Getting in Touch With Nature

Singapore is blessed with a good landscape and lush greeneries. Despite the modernization and infrastructure, you will notice that plants are ever present here. This is good news for nature lovers. If you love nature, there are many parks and nature reserves that you can trek through.

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You can begin by visiting:

MacRitchie Nature Trail

If you want to visit MacRitchie Nature Trail, you should head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park. The trail is open from 7am to 7pm every day. Admission is free. You can contact them through (+65) 6468-5736.

Here, you can experience trekking through the rainforest. Aside from the nature trail, there’s HSBC TreeTop Walk. Drinking fountains, pontoon and kiosks are provided to ensure you have a good time here.

Mount Faber

Mount Faber is open every day from 8:45am to 10pm. Admission is free in Mount Faber however you have to pay for rides (cable car). Adults should pay S$26 while children need to pay S$15. You can contact them through (+65) 6270-8855 or 6377-9688.

If you are planning a romantic getaway or a simple leisure excursion with friends, The Jewel Box @ Mount Faber is the perfect place. The place provides bars, restaurants and retail shops. If you want a stroll, you should head to Faber Point.

Hort Park

Hort Park lies in Hyderabad Road. They are open from 6am to 10pm daily. Admission is free. You can contact them through (+65) 6471-5601.

Hort Park links Telok Blangah Park and Kent Ridge Park. The park boasts of the Bamboo Labyrinth, Butterfly Garden, Floral Walk and Recycling Garden. They offer recreation, gardening and research.

Chinese Gardens

Chinese Gardens are open every day from 6am to 11pm. The admission is free. You can contact them through (+65) 6261-3632.

If you are wondering what was ancient China like, you should head to the Chinese Gardens. The gardens, architecture and landscaping was modelled after the Chinese imperial palace. You will surely enjoy the tranquil environment with the presence of pagodas, plants and stream.

Getting a Natural High

Sometimes we feel very stifled around the city because of the hustle, hassle and pollution. When we reach this point, it is important to “stop for a while and smell the flowers”. You should consider different nature reserves, farms and parks because it can make a difference at the end of the day. The sweet scent of flowers, the sight of tall trees and the smooth breeze can renew your spirit.

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You can begin by going to:

Nyee Phoe Flower Garden

Nyee Phoe Flower Garden is situated in Neo Tiew Crescent. You will enjoy the flower garden from 9am to 6pm every day. The admission is free. Feel free to contact them at (+65) 6793-6500.

Nyee Phoe presents a nursery of different kinds of flowers and plants. If you are interested, you can buy plants and flowers together with gardening materials. It is a good place to stroll especially if you have landscaping plans. They provide landscaping services.

Hay Dairies

Hay Dairies is situated in Agrotech Park. They are open from 9am to 4pm daily. There are no admission charges. Feel free to contact them at (+65) 6792-0931.

The farm is proud of its milking process. If you want to witness milking sessions, it is best to visit the farm in the morning (9am to 11am). You can purchase fresh milk if you like.

Dream Fish-Merlion Arowanas Farm

Dream Fish-Merlion Arowanas Farm is situated in Lim Chu Kang Agrotechnology Park. They are open from Monday-Saturday (9am to 6pm). There are no admission charges. Feel free to call them at (+65) 6862-9391.

The farm is equipped with 116 ponds that specialize in breeding the famous Merlion Arowana fish.

Aero-green Technology

Aero-green Technology is situated in Neo Tiew Crescent. They are open from 9am to 5pm every day. They require S$4 admission fee. Feel free to call them at (+65) 6792-4298.

In here, you will witness the aeroponic technology- the cultivating of plants and vegetables without using soil. It is the first aeroponics farm here in Singapore and the whole of Asia.

Discover Singapore’s Past

If you haven’t visited the National Museum of Singapore, it is high time to visit it and rekindle your past. The national museum is the oldest museum in the country. There was a time that the museum was closed because of major improvements. The government spent millions of dollars to restore the glory of the museum. Here’s what you need to know about the National Museum:

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Artefacts

The National Museum houses eleven prized artefacts. You will see the Singapore Stone, Gold Ornaments of the Sacred Hill, Peranakan coffin cover, Xin Sai Le, portrait of Shenton Thomas and Frank Athelstane Swettenham and many others.

Facilities

The improvements paved way to a brighter and better museum. The museum has resource centers, classrooms or lecture rooms, souvenir shops, fine dining restaurants, cafes, auditorium, elevators and escalators.

Getting there

There are many ways to get there. You can bring your car or motorcycle but be reminded that there is a limited area. It will surely take all your time looking for the spot. It is convenient to take a taxi, bus or MRT.  Taxis will bring you to the museum right away. But if in this case you decide to take the bus, you can wait at the YMCA or SMU bus stop. If you want to take the MRT, make sure to reach the Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall MRT stations.

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Admission charges

Know that the admission to the museum building is free but fees are collected for special galleries and exhibitions. For locals (kids below 6, students and seniors), you will pay nothing. For adult tourists, S$10.00 is required. For students and senior tourists,  S$5.00 is asked.

Operating hours

For Singapore History Gallery, they are open from 10 am to 6pm every day. For Singapore Living Galleries, they are open from 10am to 8pm every day.

SG’s New Guides for Real Estate Industry

Singapore’s real estate is clearer now. The new guides can safeguard and protect the interests of Singaporeans or those that are considering real estate. Real estate is a broad term that usually refers to land (everything made part of it) and the level of one’s interest in them. Real estate may be obtained, owned and transferred by individuals, business corporations, religious, educational, charitable and other stakeholders. Generally, real estate is obtained by purchase, descent or by gift.

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In Singapore, the government is advising the consumers to be knowledgeable about the real estate industry. The government therefore released guidelines for consumers and agents. Some of the guidelines issued by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) include:

No more “blank “cheques

There is a practice in Singapore when consumers release “blank” cheques to reserve private properties before the launching. Property agents are now prohibited to collect “blank” cheques unless the developer requests it through writing. With this, many contemplated that it will reduce the impulsiveness of the consumers to buy.

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Professional service manual

The manual discusses the conduct of agents when it comes to dealing with consumers or customers especially those who are financially unstable or uneducated. Practices of agents are highlighted in the manual. If agents ignore the manual, they are bound to pay up to S$75000 and suspension of their license.

Agents should help the consumer decide not just think of the commission.

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Consumers are encouraged to attend a seminar to educate them on their responsibilities. There are brochures given to help consumers judge better. Transactions will be easier and clearer of consumers know some basics.

The SPF and KNPA signed MOU

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last Tuesday, September 10,2013 at the KNPA’s HQ in Seoul, South Korea. The MOU was signed by SPF’s Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee and KNPA’s General Commissioner Lee Sung-han. The MOU endeavours to fortify law enforcement and cooperation between two forces.

The MOU is expected to supplement information sharing, training and capacity building. This is so far, a big step and milestone for both forces. What is the role of SPF? It is obvious but you should be reminded again in case you forgot.

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Keeping Peace and Order

Police have the responsibility to keep and maintain peace and order. They should ensure that no one tries to compromise or threat the amity. They should also make sure that crimes are not present or prevented.

Enforcing the Law

Police officers should be certain to enforce law so they can establish order. If the people commit something, the police should reprimand it.

Protection

The protection of individuals from crimes and other unlawful acts should be duly noted. Apart from individuals, police officers should protect their properties too.

Investigation

The prime duty of the police is to prevent crimes. If the crimes happen, they have the task to investigate it and then make sure justice is served.

Basically, that’s it but there are police forces with special trainings like counter terrorism. The SPF, together with the army and all its branches work hard to achieve one common goal- to keep Singapore in the best possible condition. It is your role as a citizen to be obedient and vigilant.

Interesting Facts about Wedding Rings

Diamond, gold, silver or platinum—a wedding ring or an engagement ring may just be a tiny piece of metal worn on the fourth finger, but it is full of interesting facts.

Wearing of wedding bands happened in Egypt over four millenniums ago. Wedding rings back then were made by weaving and braiding reeds and rushes. These rings were exchanged by a new bride and groom as a symbol of lifetime commitment.

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The circle is an emblem of eternity. In the B.C. era, a proposal ring symbolizes the will of a man to be with a woman forever and a day. Circle, as a shape, perfectly symbolizes marriage as it means there is no beginning and no end in love. For the ancient Egyptians, the circle and the hole where the finger is placed were meaningful. The circle shape suggested reverence and adoration for the sun, while the hole was like a door leading to the future.

The finger where an engagement ring is placed led directly to the heart. An interesting note of history states that ancient Egyptians wore rings in the fourth finger (now called the “ring finger”) since the vein in it leads to the heart where love resides. This legend influenced many cultures today, including weddings in Singapore.

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A gold wedding ring is a symbol of wealth in some ancient cultures. Thousands of years ago, rings, especially those that were made of gold, served as money.  A wealthy person could easily be identified by the jewellery they wore. Also, engagement ringssuch as Ling wedding bands from Singapore served as a commitment that the man could support the woman financially.

The first wedding bands were mostly made of brass and copper. However, the Romans preferred iron as it denoted strength. It was the perfect material to represent the strength of emotions of the groom for his bride. In addition to that, nowadays in Singapore, rings are usually made of malleable metals, but back then, they were far from being perfectly round and they often had precious stones.

In some ancient cultures, rings were not given at the marriage ceremony. Today, in modern weddings, rings are given during the exchanging of vows. However, long time ago, sometimes they were given after the whole ceremony was over and the newlywed has finally arrived at their new home.

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The practice of ring engraving began in the 17th century. A proposal ring during this period had small inscriptions in it. Simple words of devotion, hope and love made the ring extra special. Ring engraving made wedding bands more meaningful and sentimental. Nowadays, inscriptions can be as short as one word or be as long as a stanza of a love song.

The wedding bands are worth two months’ salary of the groom. Well, that is according to a little bit old fashioned convention. Nowadays in some countries, even in Singapore, it is already acceptable to have rings that are not as lavish as the entire wedding itself. After all, the commitment to love each other for the rest of their lives cannot be measured by the cost of the wedding ring.

Epi LASIK and LASIK Comparison

Epi-LASIK and LASIK are both eye surgery procedures that aim for the same goal, cure far-sightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), and astigmatism. However, Epi-LASIK is known to be much safer procedure than LASIK.  Though complications in the epithelial flap created during LASIK surgery is relatively low, it can possibly cause less than ideal results, or worst permanent vision loss. With Epi-LASIK, the creation of your eyes’ epithelial flap is less risky and, at the same time, the structure of your eye’s cornea is preserved.

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Epi-LASIK and LASIK Procedure

Singapore Epi-LASIK doctors create epithelial flap from your eye’s corneal tissue by using a blunt separator. The tool used doesn’t create deeper incision into the corneal layers. After the epithelial flap is removed, a laser is used to sculpt the cornea. In Tony Ho Lasik surgery in Singapore a special contact lens will be placed over the corneal surface to promote faster healing. Since the cornea is not cut, its parts and structural formation stays unharmed and unchanged.

In LASIK, there is a need to cut into your eye’s cornea. A sharp blade is used to create a flap that cuts through the epithelium, down to the cornea. Then, the cornea is reshaped with the use of a laser and the flap made is replaced to its original place. The downside of this procedure is that significant amount of important and healthy corneal tissues are cut, thus, affecting its function and structure. From a practical viewpoint, your cornea with LASIK surgery may heal but not completely and its original strength may never be regained. Moreover, since the flap never heals completely, some complications (e.g. bulging, dislodgement, and ecstasia) may possibly happen in the future.

Advantages

Despite their differences, both of the eye procedures have their own advantages. So in order for you to know what eye surgery to go for, here are some of their corresponding benefits that many Singapore patients and surgeons experienced before, during, and after the eye surgeries.

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  • The strength and structure of cornea is preserved
  • Lesser dry eye problems
  • Lesser risk of flap complications
  • No risk of flap dislodgement
  • Lesser possible need for surgery enhancement

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  • Less discomfort after surgery
  • Quick recovery. Some Singapore patients regain functional vision a day after surgery.

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Disadvantages

All things have their own down side as well. Both eye surgery techniques have their own set of flaws that every Singapore patient may or may not encounter. The disadvantages stated below are not there to discourage people who want to get their vision corrected, but to let you know of the possible results that you might experience after undergoing your chosen eye surgery.

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  • Takes a couple of days to a week to regain functional vision
  • Slightly more discomfort after the surgery

LASIK

  • Frequent dry eye problems
  • Cornea may not completely heal and regain its original strength
  • High chances of flap complications and epithelial in-growth
  • Greater chances of requiring surgical enhancement
  • Some Singapore patients complain about thinning and bulging of cornea over time. Though Singapore surgeons do eye screening before proceeding with the surgery, it’s still difficult to predict which patients have the highest possibility of developing this complication.

Increase Your Art Gallery Sales

Increase your art sales by working on your gallery’s name recognition and displaying your artworks at different venues aside from your own gallery. Host art gallery Singapore tours, raffles, open classes for the public to view your art pieces, and open houses with the artists to keep your name alive throughout the community. Here are some more ways to help people recognize you and increase your art gallery sales.

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1. Increase name recognition

Have your works displayed at hotels, restaurants, art fairs, high-end retail stores, and other crowded areas in Singapore with well-to-do clients like what Vinciarts collection art gallery in Singapore has done to increasing branding. Look for venues and ask if you can bring some art pieces by and host an art exhibit in the art gallery location for their customers viewing. Offer your art exhibit to them as free of charge, since your still a novice and aims to increase name recognition in the community. Bring along with you brochures and business cards for interested clients. Talk to every person who seems interested in your works and give them a little overview and background info about the art and a brochure from your gallery.

2. Host a raffle

Raffle off an art piece that captivates the heart of many in the Singapore community. By this, they will be enticed to join the raffle. Apart from that, sell your tickets at an affordable price so all types of people, from lower to higher class would be able to afford to buy at least one. Host the event in your gallery by offering food and drinks for people to enjoy while viewing some of your masterpieces. Lastly, spread the news about the success of your art gallery event through websites, news organizations, and press releases to local newspapers and donate your raffle ticket funds to the cause.

3. Barter with other businesses

Pay services through artworks. As much as possible, minimize exchange of services through cash. For instance, if you’re throwing a Singapore event, trade one of your masterpieces to a wine bar, catering company, or local restaurant services. Try not to spend a single cent for food, advertising, or any form of event expenses. Have it all in exchange to your piece. Then, put the agreement into writing so that all terms and conditions are met.

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4. Offer art classes

Invite interested art collectors and future artists into your gallery for an art class. Barter art pieces or pay nominal fee for a local artist to impart knowledge about drawing or molding clay to your art class. Ask the artist if he could supply all the materials needed by the class. Have your open class event published in newspapers and websites to invite more people in. Ask everyone in the class to sign a guest book, which you will be emailing and mailing for future advertisements.

5. Host an open house

Let everyone see your art pieces by hosting a Singapore open house event. Email or snail-mail those people on your guest lists, inviting them to join the open house event as VIP guests. Invite the community to come to your gallery through local art gallery publications, websites, and public advertising. Provide food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. Also, if you want more people to come to your event, invite a famous local artist for a meet-and-greet and display some of his works as well for public viewing.

What You Need to Know About Febrile Convulsions

Febrile convulsion often called febrile fit is a condition characterized by the rapid increase of body’s temperature or when the body experiences uncontrollable contraction of muscles. The usual victims are kids from six months to six years old but anyone can be a victim. The risk of acquiring febrile convulsion is high for children whose mother and/or father suffered the same condition when they were still young.

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Symptoms include losing of consciousness followed by the stiffening of arms and legs or the body in general, blackout for a short period of time, drooling, sudden falling, teeth clenching, grunting, uncontrollable bladder and bowel and temporary stop in breathing among others. Now that we know the symptoms, it would be easier for us to identify if someone is having a fit. If someone is having a fit, we should do the following things:

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Protect the person from injury

Since fits are characterized by sudden falling, it is important to prevent the fall to avoid any further injury. Keep them comfortable as much as possible by cushioning their head and loosening their clothing. If the child or infant is experiencing high fever, we should do our best to cool them. Victims are usually scared but it will help them get through this if they know we are on their side. We should not leave them until they are better.

Contact a medical professional

If the fit lasts for more than 2 to 5 minutes, it is time to seek a doctor or other medical professional. If we don’t know what to do, it is better to look for someone who can assist us while waiting for the medical professional.

What not to do during a fit

It is highly discouraged to put something between the teeth of the patient and restrain him/her.