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.


How to Get the Most Nutrients from Different Foods



You just prepare foods without thinking whether you are doing it right. You have to be aware from this day on that the way you prepare or handle the food can either make or break the health benefits they contain. With this, you have to learn how to prepare or handle food the right way.


Here’s how you can prepare foods to make the most out of their nutrients:


If you are the type that peels the apple or prefer the sauce form, you have to think twice from now on – you are actually missing out its nutritional value. Be mindful that the skin is rich in antioxidant and fiber. If you peel it, you are wasting nutrients that can help with cholesterol and inflammation.

Meat, seafood and poultry

If you are broiling your meat, seafood and poultry, you are actually eliminating the nutrients. Cooking foods in high temperature will change the proteins and sometimes it can become toxic to your body. The next time you cook, make sure that it is at a lower temperature to avoid burning it too much leading to carcinogen build-up.



Some believe that regardless of the way it was cooled, vegetables will always carry nutrients. You need to know that if you boil vegetables, you are actually transferring everything in the water and down the drain. If you want full nutrient retention, you can just steam the vegetables.


The latest fad here in Singapore is milk tea and you cannot blame the people. Tea and milk make an excellent pair but if you really want to maximize the nutrients of the tea, you should forget about the milk. There is a protein in milk that can decrease a compound in tea that has the power to protect the heart. Better drink tea plain or you can just add squish of lemon for flavouring.


When you buy dairy, you always pick a low-fat one because you are taught that it is better. It is time that you know it is not actually for the better. When you actually remove the fat, there is a trade-off – sugar. Sugar in return is more harmful than the fats. So next time you buy dairy, quit thinking about low-fat.


Spinach can be an excellent ingredient for your salad but you can still choose a warmer version of it by steaming it lightly. Steaming can still let the spinach retain all of its nutrients.

Hopefully you learned a lot and start to execute it. Your ultimate goal here is maximum retention of nutrients so you have to observe the right way to handle or prepare such.


5 Foods That You’re Probably Eating Wrong



You eat because you want to nourish the body and be healthy. Here in Singapore where life is hectic, you need all the nourishment you can get from foods to cope up. But the question is: are you eating it right? You might think that you are eating everything right but the truth is, the way you prepare and handle specific foods can destroy the health benefits they offer.


You have to be aware of the foods that you probably eat wrong so you do not waste the nutrients. Here are some foods that you eat wrong and how you can make the most out of it:

  1. Nuts: When you are hungry, it is easy to grab raw nuts and eat it right away. You think that you get all the nutrients because they are raw. That is where you are wrong. Nuts contain phytic acid and lectins that can prevent nutrients from being digested and absorbed properly. The best way is to soak them first. Pecans, peanuts and walnuts should be soaked for 12 hours, macadamias and almonds for 7 hours and cashews for 4 to 6 hours. After soaking, do not forget to dry it either in a dehydrator or oven.


  1. Bananas: Actually banana is your go-to fruit. They are popular that you will see it in almost all households here in Singapore. It is time that you learn eating it solo is not the right way to consume it. Eating them plain is not helpful. Bananas have high sugar content so to help it metabolize faster, always pair it with fat like butter or almond.


  1. Strawberries: Nothing is more satisfying than eating a handful or bowl of fresh strawberries. Some people cut it first before consuming. That is not right. Cutting the strawberries will decrease its vitamin C contents. Vitamin C is sensitive to oxygen and light. The next time you eat it, make sure to eat it in whole.


  1. Coffee: Your energy quick fix is coffee because of its caffeine. If you drink coffee right after you wake up, you are drinking it all wrong. You see, when you wake up your body produces the highest cortisol levels. Mixing caffeine with cortisol can actually intensify your tolerance making it less effective. Drink coffee few hours after waking up.


  1. Onions: You do not consider raw onions but it is time to change that. Raw onions actually have oils and minerals that can ease the breaking down of fat deposits as well as speeding the metabolism.

From these, you should now think twice before peeling a fruit or boiling a vegetable.


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