Tips on How to Wake Up in the Morning Pronto



The hardest part in getting to work is waking up in the morning. The moment you survived the struggle and dragged yourself to the shower, the rest will follow easily. The temptation to snooze the alarm clock is just too powerful but you have to wake up if you do not want another late.

If the struggle is too real, you have to make changes in your lifestyle. You have to make sure though that the changes will resolve the difficulties you are having especially when it comes to waking up. Here are some tips on waking up in the morning pronto:

  1. Move the alarm clock far back. If your phone serves as your alarm clock, make sure that it is out of reach. If you can reach it, the tendency is that you can just switch it off or hit the snooze button. If you place it far back or at the other side of your room, you will have no choice but to get out of bed and turn it off. The moment you are out of bed, it is easier to get going.


  1. Develop a sleeping pattern. When developing a sleeping pattern, you have to make sure that it is regular. Remember that the body is your natural alarm clock. Once you have this regular sleeping pattern, the body will wake at the same time with or without the buzzing of your alarm clock. To do this, try to sleep and wake up in the morning at the same hours every day (including weekends).

  1. Let natural light in. When it is dark, the body will continuously release sleep hormone. If you let natural light come in the morning, the body will stop releasing such so it is easier to get up. The best thing that you can do is to adjust the blinds for natural light to come and this will instantly stimulate the body.


  1. Get moving as soon as you wake up. The natural light will stimulate your body but it will be wasted if you do not get up. You should get up and get moving. Activities can stimulate your brain and it will dismiss sleep. You can for instance go for a run or any exercise. You can also freshen up to “rinse off” the sluggish feeling.

If you want to keep up here in Singapore, you better follow your alarm clock strictly. Remember while you are sluggish over there, many people are actually getting more and more productive by the minute. Should this continue, you will find yourself left out.

How to Get Rid of Head Lice



Causes and Types


Head lice, or Pediculus humanus capitis, are more common than you think. These are tiny bug-looking things that live and breed on your head. There are other types of lice that live on the human body. Pubic lice, also called crabs or Pthirus pubis, can only live in the pubic area and not on you head. Another type is the body louse or Pediculu humanus corporis. Their source of food is your blood so it won’t matter if you wash your hear regularly or not.

You can get lice if you come in contact with people who have head lice. It’s common among children. Head lice cannot fly so it takes head-to-head contact to get lice. You can also get them if you share personal items like combs, hats or caps, towels, hair accessories, pillows, and anything that your head comes into contact with. You cannot get them from pets because they can only survive on humans.


They make your head very itchy. If you keep scratching, it will leave your scalp irritated and reddish. Some people can also feel the lice crawling. They also lay eggs or nits that stick to strands of your hair. There are others who get swollen lymph nodes and eye infections.


Management and Prevention

If you suspect that you have head lice infestation or pediculosis, there are ways to determine this without going to the dermatologist. You can start by inspecting the scalp and strands of hair for lice eggs, especially the areas behind the ears. You can also use a fine-tooth comb. Comb the hair by small sections. In extreme cases, it is advised to get a haircut to minimize infestation.


There are over-the-counter lice shampoos you can use. Look for shampoos with any of the following active ingredients: pyrethrins, dimethicones and permethrins. Follow directions on the label. These medicated shampoos usually cannot be used as often as regular shampoos. Keep the contact with other parts of the body as minimal as possible when using the medicated shampoo. Don’t use more than one type of product. There are also shampoos made specifically for children. If you have an infant with lice, it’s not advisable to use medicated lice treatments. Remove louse by hand. Some are advised to use prescription drugs such as malathion, spinosad, benzyl alcohol, and ivermectin.


Don’t use conditioner, hair sprays, essential oils and blow-dry your hair when you use lice shampoo.


It’s also important to keep monitoring if the shampoo is working. Use the fine-tooth comb regularly until the lice disappear. Wash your bed linens, towel and clothing regularly. Dry clean items that cannot be washed. Clean and then soak your hair items and accessories. You might have to replace some items. Keep your house clean as well.


The best way not to get lice is to not share your personal items with other people.

Introduction to Metal Music



When Black Sabbath debuted in 1968, they were the first successful group to blend blues, jazz and rock n’ roll with lyrics about war, social upheavals, vices and politics. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple also debuted within the same year and the rest, as they say, is history.

What is Metal?

Metal was distinguished from the earlier form of rock for its themes, extended guitar solos, poetic lyrics with a variety of themes, and reliance on bass and drums. Two examples of the diversity of the earliest form are “Smoke On the Water” and “Soldier of Fortune” by Deep Purple. The first song is faster and more upbeat, while the second is slower.


Metal bands are also known for their getup and theatrics during performances. Long hair, tattoos and piercings seem to have become common. Japan even has a sub-genre called visual kei where the artists wear costumes, outrageous hairstyles and makeup. Just watch the videos for “Filth in Beauty” by The Gazette and “Clever Sleazoid” by Dir en Grey.


Too cheap for your taste? Well, try listening to “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor Op.1” by Yngwie Malmsteen. Some scholars think metal and classical have a lot in common.

What Should You Listen To?

If you’re new to this genre, you’ll soon discover that not all the songs are about screeching vocals and rebellious youth. Just listen to “Windowpane” by Opeth and Disturbed’s version of “The Sound of Silence.” Still, the most prominent themes are alienation, sorrow, and death in society. Examples are “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, “Balls to the Wall” by Accept, and “Linchpin” by Fear Factory.


Some bands also sing about love and family. Examples are “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish, “My Immortal” by Evanescence, “Love Me Forever” by Motorhead and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Songs like “Wind of Change” by Scorpions also deliver a message.


What’s New in Metal?

Today metal bands incorporate other elements in their songs. Metal’s influences can range from hip-hop to classical. Notable subgenres are black metal, death metal, nu metal and thrash. Examples are “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, “Where the Slime Live” by Morbid Angel, “Freak on a Leash” by Korn, “Toxicity” by System of a Down, and “War Ensemble” by Slayer.


There are also symphonic metal songs like “Emerald Sword” by Rhapsody of Fire, “Wolf & Raven” by Sonata Arctica and “Storm the Sorrow” by Epica.


Sometimes there are debates on how to classify some artists. Bands like Linkin Park are sometimes considered metal but others would disagree.

5 Fashion Tips in Choosing Your OOTDs



In Fashion, being the center of attention or the stand out is a main goal. It takes us a long time to choose our outfits because we want to dress to impress on a day to day basis. There are many fashion styles that we can wear but it will always depend on how we embrace each style or on how we choose the best outfit for the day. In Singapore, fashion enthusiasts elaborated these five simple tips on how to choose our outfit of the day:

  1. Feel your mood for the day. In choosing your outfit, knowing your mood is important. What you feel would always reflect on what you want to wear during the day. If you feel happy and enthusiastic, you might want to wear bright colored outfits with prints. If you feel sad and low, basics like jeans and shirts in black, white and nude colors are the best resort. Your mood, though not all the time, dictates what you’re going to wear every day.


  1. Check your closet. You should always check your closet. It is mandatory to check what clothes you have at the moment because it would be upsetting if you planned a specific style for the day but you do not have the supply of clothes in your closet. It’s important to check your resources and then plan for what you are going to wear.


  1. Choose the best outfit. It’s really a challenge to choose the best outfit of the day. Choosing what’s best would depend on not only your mood but also on what you feel is most comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. It may also depend on where are you going or in what kind of event you’re going to attend.

  1. You can actually experiment and use different accessories. Try to check on what best suits you and your outfit for the day. Also, limit the accessories you put into your body. Remember, less is always more.


  1. Do your own Hair and Make-up. You can always opt to just let your hair flow freely, wear a casual ponytail, braids, waves or a comfy yet classy bun. In terms of make-up don’t put too much. If it’s a just a normal office work day, just use light eyeshadows and light colored tints and lipsticks. If you are going to attend a special occasion or if you have an important meeting, just keep your hair and make-up casual yet elegant at the same time.

7 Travel Item Must-Haves



Traveling has always been one of our favorite activities. Low fare rates offered by airlines, travel packages and tours, craving for fun, adventure and bonding with loved ones are just some of the reasons why we love to travel. With that, if we are planning to travel outside of Singapore, we need to always carry with us these travel must-haves:

  1. Food for the Travel Junky. Eating in airports can be bit expensive, unless you prefer to eat fast food all the time (which are the only ones affordable btw). You can bring your favorite comfort food with you to keep you company especially if you can’t find something promising in the airports or terminals.


  1. Medicine. You will never know what would happen during trips. You might get to eat something nasty, you might get diarrhea, colds and cough, allergy attacks, migraine or any sickness that could drive you away from enjoying the whole trip. To prevent and cure that, bring with you necessary prescribed medicine always.


  1. Headphones or Earphones. If you want to just be with yourself, chill while listening to feel-good music, and watch a movie while waiting for your flight, this is the must-have you need to bring with you.

  1. Organizer or Kit. To keep your things intact and not all over the place, you should bring this in your carry-on bag to do away from searching stuff you literally don’t know where you placed in your bag. Contents could be chargers, printed travel documents, make-up and other important things you own.


  1. Travel Pillow. To the sleepy heads, this should be a big check on the list. To avoid experiencing stiff necks and invading your seatmate’s personal bubble by sleeping in his/her shoulders, you should bring this pillow. More so, you can make sure that you can relax and have a good nap without causing any nuisance to others.


  1. Something to Read. If you are tired of stalking someone on Facebook and other social media sites, you can always bring with you a good book to read, your favorite lifestyle magazine, a newspaper or a travel guide booklet of the country or place you are about to visit. These will not only kill your boredom but are also informative. Learning something new while traveling sounds great, don’t you think?


  1. Power Banks. With all the electronics we have like cellphones, iPad and tablets, it is mandatory to bring your power bank with you anywhere you go while traveling. You’ll never know when or where you’d get stranded and all sockets in airports, terminals or public areas will be occupied so take this suggestion in hand all the time.

What is a Codependent Relationship



Relationships are gifts if it is managed well. If not, it can become a curse leaving you broken. If you are into a relationship right now, you have to determine if you have a healthy relationship. Healthy relationship means being independently happy but also taking into account the needs of your significant other. Not the type that you always find yourself sacrificing for the happiness or wellbeing of your partner before putting yours.


Perhaps you heard about codependent relationship. Codependency is a concept that describes extreme emotional or psychological reliance on your partner. This concept is used for partners with greater needs of support due to addiction or illness. If your partner is neither, it is time that you think twice. Your relationship may be dysfunctional.

It is time that you understand it. Codependency also refers to a pattern of behaviour for someone who continuously seek for the approval of his/her significant other. The approval is for identity and self-worth. Here are some things that you need to know about codependent relationship:


Truth is anyone can turn out to be codependent. It is just that there are people who are affected by their circumstance more than the others. For example, those who grew to abusive parents are more likely to experience codependent relationships. Growing up, these kids will undermine their own needs just to please their parent.



If you are into a relationship now, it is important that you learn to identify if it is a codependent one. Signs include unable to feel satisfaction in your life without that specific person and giving support to your partner even if it means sacrificing your own physical, emotional and mental health. If you are too blinded to see, you should now hear the words of the people around you. Oftentimes, they will say that you are in a codependent relationship.


Putting the needs of your loved ones first before your own can be unhealthy. It can exhaust you mentally, physically and emotionally that you begin to neglect other relationships around you.


You have to change but breaking up is not necessarily the only option. It takes time to repair a dysfunctional relationship but if both parties learned their lesson and are willing to make things better, it can be possible. The first thing the couple need is to set the boundaries and it is recommended that they talk about it. If it can’t be helped, there are many professionals here in Singapore out there willing to offer or assist you.


What You Should Know About Occupational Burnout



Singaporeans are known to be hard working but time will come that you will experience occupational burnout. Others call it job burnout. Whatever you want to call it, the nature doesn’t change – it can affect your happiness and eventually your health. Job stress is normal but if it leaves you in a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, that is the time that you have to be alarmed.


Occupational burnout can affect your health in the long run so it is important that you know things about it so you can prevent it from destroying your health, your disposition and the relationship around you. Here are some things that you need to know about it:


Before things get out of hand, it is important that you know the signs before it take a toll on your health. You have to ask yourself some questions like do you feel lack of energy to be steadily productive? Do you lack satisfaction from all your present and past achievements? Do you suffer from unexplained backaches, headaches and other pains? More importantly, have you become sceptical about work?

If you answered yes to all, then you are enduring occupational burnout.



Occupational burnout just do not happen instantly. It is already there but you choose to ignore it thereby aggravating it. The causes depend on different factors. Causes include unclear expectations, job mismatch, work-life imbalance, lack of support, dysfunctional workplace and many more. It is important that you identify the cause so you can work on improving it.


It will not progress to occupational burnout if at first you already addressed the issue. You continuously ignore the signs and just act surprised when it has aggravated. You should remember that if ignored and left unattended, it can lead to serious consequences. Some consequences include obesity, stroke, fatigue, excessive stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, heart disease, substance or alcohol abuse and many more.

Taking action

This should be enough to fetch your concern. It is crucial that you take action and you can start by identifying then managing the stressors that caused the burnout. After that, you have evaluate all your options, adjust your attitude and more importantly, seek support from the people around. If you are hesitant to discuss it to your boss, you can talk with co-workers, friends, family and if you still need more support, you can ask the help of doctors.

Do not forget to sleep at least eight hours a day, eat healthy foods and do some exercise – it will surely make things better.


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