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Spending Christmas the Singaporean Way

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The colors of Christmas are finally coming together as the end of the year feels like the end of a painting. With the last stroke filling in the last touches, the painting of your year 2017 is almost finished. Throughout the colors of Singapore, you’ll find the evolution from an urban paradise, into a festive one. Colors come out from every corner of Singapore from Shangri La all the way to Clarke Quay. Even Chinatown is adding in green to their theme of red all throughout. Everyone is starting to celebrate Christmas!

The hard part for some of us is that when Christmas comes, we are still expected to work. The pay may be bigger, but maybe you had a different picture in mind on how to spend your Christmas. Well, one of the first things you need to think about is not where to spend your Christmas but rather with who. Making plans to spend your Christmas with your family and your friends should definitely be your first priority in comparison to what to do.

There are many beautiful places during Christmas like Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza’s Christmas City taking you to a whole new Singapore in general as it transforms into this Christmas themed plaza. But wait, let’s not get carried away, there are so many more things to Christmas than the place. Another big thing that makes up Christmas is gifts. The pressure usually takes place some time around November when we realize that December is definitely fast approaching and we haven’t even picked decided who to give gifts to and not just what to give them. There are so many things expected of us during Christmas and giving the best gifts ever is definitely one of them. Another thing that may add to the pressure is when you are incharge of Dinner or maybe even cooking. What are you to do? Sit back, relax, and remember, Christmas is a time to smile.

Christmas isn’t a time to break your back over the pressures and expectations this holiday puts on your shoulders. Christmas is a time to look back and be thankful for all that has happened this year. Christmas is a time to motivate yourself once again for the upcoming year. But most important of all, Christmas is a time to smile. A smile can be so powerful that it can actually dictate your mood! On Christmas, everybody deserves to smile. After all, what’s there to frown about? Throw a smile into the world, you’ll see what the world has to give in return, on Christmas day.

Things that can Cut Our Spending

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There are many ways for us to save money but one of them is cutting down on our spending. Have you ever been in that awkward situation when you start the day with a certain amount of money and because of oblivious spending, you suddenly wonder where your money went? Well, maybe it’s time to take a little more control on your spending. We’re not saying spending is bad, what we’re saying is that there are so many ways for you to be able to cut your spending.

Here are a few ways for you to cut your spending:

1. Do Groceries
Groceries are a great way for you to save! Even those snacks you’ve been craving, instead of buying them from a convenience store or a store where it would cost a little more. Another great thing about going to the grocery is that you get to buy by bulk which means that you get more at a cheaper price. You also get great deals at the grocery! Not only do you get to buy more, but you get to buy cheaper food.

2. Plan Your Week
Planning your meals for the week might seem a bit odd but it is the perfect way for you to be able to maximize your groceries and ration your meals. This also pushes you to cook which means you save a lot on food. Rather than always buying form outside, why not cook at home? You could start by once a week, then thrice a day, then everyday, then twice a day. Really depending on your schedule and discipline. You can even cook or prepare your food in advance and just leave them in the refrigerator for when you are scheduled to eat them.

3. Bring a Tumbler
We all need water. And although water doesn’t seem like much of an expense, it is actually a great one considering how many times we buy bottled water on a regular basis. Bringing a tumbler lets you drink water from your home anywhere you go. This might even be really convenient later on once you suddenly find yourself thirsty without any place that sells water nearby.

4. Bring Snacks/Food
This is an obvious way to save up on money. Even the cheapest meals you’d be able to eat at the Hawker Centers might even be more expensive than what you get to cook at home. Besides, with your low budget, there are very few options available. When you cook your food and bring it with you, or at least bring snacks with you, you are not only saving up on money, you are also giving yourself the liberty of choice.

Here are a few things you can do to cut your spending. Why spend extra when you can save?

The Best Sports Manga for Newbies

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The sports genre has been gaining popularity among manga and anime enthusiasts in the recent years. If you’re a newbie, choosing your first title can be daunting, so here are the best sports manga titles you should start with.

Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi (1999)
The longevity of this franchise rivals that of other long-running series from other genres. It features the triumphs and heartbreaks of a tennis prodigy, Ryoma Echizen, who chose to attend Seishun Gakuen instead of pursuing a career internationally.

Chihayafuru by Yuki Suetsugu (2007)
This manga will introduce you to the game Hyakunin Isshu karuta or a card game with the objective of determining which card comes next and to grab it before the opponent does.

Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa (1989)
This epic series follows the struggles of a young boxer, Ippo Makunouchi, as he tries to rise up in the ranks after being inspired by a middleweight professional boxer who taught him the sport.

Ace of Diamond by Yuji Terajima (2006)
Seidou High has been known as an elite school when it comes to baseball, but when three talented freshmen named Sawamura Eijun, Furuya Satoru and Kominato Haruichi joined the team, it seemed that they had a fair chance in reaching the Nationals.

Kuroko’s Basketball by Tadatoshi Fujimaki (2008)
Kuroko Tetsuya didn’t have any talent for basketball at all when he joined Seirin’s team. They were surprised to learn, however, that he was the sixth man of the Generation of Miracles and has an unusual ability for passing.

Real by Takehiko Inoue (1999)
Noted for its serious take on basketball and the struggles of disability, it introduces Tomomi Nomiya, Kiyoharu Togawa and Hisanobu Takahashi who all have gone through difficulties in life but found purpose in playing basketball.

Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe (2008)
Onoda Sakamichi was unable to join the anime club in high school because it was disbanded. It was then that two other students, Imaizumi Shunsuke and Naruko Shoukichi, convinced him to join the school’s bicycle racing club.

Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate (2012)
The series introduces two extremely talented volleyball players, Hinata Shouyou and Kageyama Tobio, who ended up becoming teammates when they enrolled at the same high school, Karasuno. Instead of continuing their rivalry, they have to work together to get their team to the Nationals.

Kokou no Hito by Shinishi Sakamoto and Yoshirou Nabeda (2007)
Buntarou Kato was a mountain climber who aspired to reach the peak of K2’s East Face. The manga is based on the novel by Jirou Nitta and inspired by a real-life mountain climber named Katou Buntarou.

Ping Pong by Taiyou Matsumoto (1996)
Best friends Hoshino “Peko” Yutaka and Tsukimoto “Smile” Makoto have very different approaches to playing table tennis. Smile is getting more attention at Katase High School because of his work ethic and obvious talent, while Peco refused to practice and has no confidence.

What You Need to Know About Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis affects a lot of men and women in Singapore when they reach the age of 50, although the number of affected isn’t as high as the other countries in Asia. The causes of this progressive illness are still unknown and even the progress and severity cannot be predicted.

Here are the facts you need to know about multiple sclerosis.

It is an autoimmune disease.
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a kind of autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, which means that your own body attacks the protective covering of the nerves in your brain and spinal cord called myelin. The myelin, which is a fatty substance that insulates the nerve fibers, is responsible for the transmission of the nerve impulses in your nerves. MS results in the inflammation and damage of the myelin over time, causing interruptions in the nerve impulses or damage to the nerve fibers. The name sclerosis is taken from the scar tissue that forms on the damaged myelin.

The symptoms are unpredictable.
The afflicted experience different symptoms such as weakness and extreme fatigue, tingling sensations, lack of coordination in the movements, vision problems, sensation problems, bladder problems, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, spasms and pains, and cognitive impairment. Some of the symptoms can be mistaken for other health problems, so make sure to get diagnosed properly. MS is not fatal, however, and a lot of people with the condition can still live normal lives and live for up to 80 years in Singapore.

The symptoms are subtle.
For some people with MS, the symptoms might not be noticeable and will develop slowly. The progression and severity of the condition will also vary and cannot be predicted even during a medical checkup. If you suspect that you or someone you know has MS, it’s important to consult a neurologist in Singapore to check coordination, strength, and eye movements. If there are symptoms, the doctor will recommend additional tests such as MRI scans to determine the extent of the damage in the brain tissue. Then the doctor has to pinpoint if you have clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting MS, primary progressive MS, or secondary progressive MS.

Multiple sclerosis cannot be cured.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS today, although studies are still ongoing to pinpoint the causes, risk factors, and to come up with effective treatments for MS. Some researchers point to a combination of factors for the cause of MS such as genes and family history, age, lifestyle and habits, and environment. Anyone can be affected by MS, but most patients are diagnosed between the ages 15 and 40.

There are treatments for MS.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the progression of the disease and to ease specific symptoms experienced by the afflicted person. He/she must also avoid relapses, or short and severe attacks. Some of the treatments available are immunotherapy or the modification of the immune system’s activity; prescription of methylprednisolone to control severe attacks and reduce inflammation; and prescription of immune suppressants for people with progressive MS.

5 Fool-Proof Study Tips to Ace that Exam

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Is your major exam around the corner? No need to worry about last-minute cramming, here are some essential study tips to help you ace that test with flying colors!

Prioritize important tests
The thing is, you are likely to be better at one particular subject compared to another. With limited time to study for the exams and catch up with all the information you have to be familiar of, you have to prioritize studying for tests that you know need utmost dedication. Committing time where they need it is an important strategy all students must learn.

Ask about content and format
Exams are generally composed of one to three types so as to truly put to test what the student has learned over the semester. In order to get acquainted with what’s to come, ask your mentors about the exam format, either if it’s essay form, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, modified true or false, and the like. This will guide you in your study process.

Study in advance
Ideally, you have to study at least one month prior to the big day. Studying over a long period of time is noted as the right way to study, but sadly, a lot of students fall into laziness and procrastination to even pull this trick off. Creating a study plan for the upcoming weeks is also one way to stick to your study routine. Aim for A’s!
Snack breaks

It is essential to take short five-minute breaks in between study sessions to let your brain relax. Your mind can only absorb so much knowledge in due time, and if you force it to take more than it can get, then your studying may only be futile in the long run. Allow the information to sink. Snack on healthy brain foods like fruit, almond, and yogurt.

Develop study habits
Each one of us learns differently. That means, you may be good with color-coded outlines but others may find it as a difficult way to study to. Others may use songs to memorize lists and important details. While there are some who use acronyms and use each starting letter as a guide to memorize significant information. Nevertheless, figure out study habits that work well for you and adapt them.

Good night’s sleep
As much as we all would love to sacrifice sleep for additional hours of reading and studying, it has been found out that students generally perform better with a full eight hours of sleep every night. This may be difficult to do considering the many books and notes you have to study, but remember that you need your full energy and focus while the exam is going on.

Innovative and Delicious Ways to Serve Avocado

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We live in an age where avocado toasts are the trend, and basically avocado-everything proves to be a hit among a great number of eager consumers. In fact, millennials are branded as the avocado-loving generation.

There must be a reason behind this growing appeal and why avocado has successfully influenced a lot of eaters to incorporate the fruit as an ingredient in a lot of their meals. Yes, you read that part right. Did you know there are a handful of ways to eat an avocado?

Avocado fries – For when you crave the greasy and crispy fried stuff, switch to a healthier version instead. You don’t need a fryer to make this one. Prepare some avocado slices, dip them in egg, and cover them with breadcrumbs before baking them to golden brown.

Creamy salad dressing – If you feel like your usual go-to salad dressing has grown stale lately, then it’s about time to kick things up a notch. Blend the ingredients of your basic vinaigrette together with chopped avocado, and you’ll have a creamy salad dressing!

Avocado hot dogs – Who ever said avocado is only meant for your toasts and sandwiches? You can also opt to put them on your hot dogs for a fun, tasty flavor. Think of it as a delicious clash of contrasting flavors. The smoky, grilled hot dog pairs well with the creaminess of the avocado.

Chocolate mousse – Consider this a secret ingredient that can make your chocolate mousse much yummier. Combine the ingredients of ripe avocado, semisweet melted chocolates, tablespoons of honey, and a dash of salt in a food processor and blend until smooth. You’ll be surprised at how richer the mousse gets with the presence of avocado!

Green deviled eggs – Getting tired of deviled eggs? Make basic guacamole and use it to fill the eggs instead. This is one refreshing take to your usual deviled eggs, which makes it a perfect finger food for parties and any occasions.

Grilled avocado – Split a few avocados and slather them with little oil, before slapping them on a hot grill. Allow a minute or so for the grilled avocado to turn warm and creamy, together with the perfect appearance of grill markings. This is perfect for eating alongside the steak you just grilled!

BLT with avocado – Step up your usual BLT sandwich with the addition of avocado slices. It’s no longer just bacon, lettuce, and tomato (BLT) sandwich now. It’s more of a bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato (BLAT) sandwich. This is the perfect healthy sandwich to make if you are on the go.

Organized Writing: Key to Getting Your Readers’ Attention

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Organizing your writing may be something hard for you to do, but it’s actually really simple. It is easier to understand thoughts or writings when they are presented to you in an organized manner rather than having to read through a whole abstract writing trying to make sense of everything when the more you read, the more lost you become. This is why organizing your writing is important.

Breaking Your Article into Parts
So, how exactly do you organize your writing? Well, before that, let’s go back a bit into our thoughts. Our mind works in mysterious ways, sometimes we are able to organize our thoughts in our minds and sometimes when things get too complicated, it gets even harder for you to be able to have a clear vision and you might even get lost on what you are writing along the way.

This is definitely not something you want to happen to you. So, how does the process go? Well, we start with the simple division of information. We have the introduction, the center or the middle part, and we have the ending.

Drawing Your Reader into Your Article
The introduction is obviously where you get to set the pace and scenario bringing your audience to your level by updating them or educating them on what they’ve missed or don’t know. This is very important because not only does the introduction help you explain the important details of your article, it is also supposed to catch the attention of your readers.

Giving an eye-catching introduction is a great way to start your article since you’ve increased their curiosity and focus towards your writing. Now let’s go to the middle part of the article. Depending on how much information you are trying to present, there are a lot of ways to structure the middle part of the article. You can go from the most general to the most specific or vice versa.

Keeping Your Readers’ Attention
Don’t forget to keep in mind that the attention of the audience is very important so if you have to simplify some things, you may want to do that. Well, this depends on what you are writing, sometimes you will need to elaborate instead of simplify depending on the topic. Once you’ve done everything that needed to be done and said everything that needed to be said, it’s finally time to wrap everything up.

This is the tricky part, the ending. Ending your writing on a short note might decrease the possibility of your audience retaining what they’ve just read. Without a powerful ending, your audience might most likely forget your whole writing. Which is why we ask the question, why shouldn’t they forget?

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