What is the Best Gift to Give?

We usually give gifts during special events but no one can stop us if we want to give something on ordinary days- that makes it sweeter actually. Giving gift is the most delightful gesture in the world. If you are torn which gift to give for a friend, special someone or a family member, it is useful to utilize this guide:


Think of something your friend, special someone or family member needs

Indeed the market offers different things that we can buy- some are cheap, some are expensive. Buying a gift requires brainstorming. There are many people that can find gifts that easily while there are others that need more time and thinking.

Gifts are usually appreciated if it symbolizes something. If you want to be remembered always, buy a gift that is useful and functional. For example, for men you can buy tie, socks, watches, ballpen, alarm clocks, shoes, wallet, handkerchief, etc. It sounds simple but they usually use these items so they will thank you for that. For women, you can consider beauty essentials, bags, purse, gift certificates to spa and massage, etc. For kids, shoes, toys, food and clothing are appreciated too.

You just need to probe what things that friend, special someone or family member needs.


Customizing the gift that will make that friend, special someone or family member feel important

If we have the time, we can start making something for that friend, special someone or family member. Sometimes the best gift we can give is a part of us. For example we can personally make a picture frame or a photo album. We are sure that there is only one in the world. It will make our friend, special someone or family member feel important and loved.

Vandalism Excuses No One

Vandalism refers to the malicious and deliberate destruction of someone else’s property without the written consent of the property owner. There are countries that put heavy emphasis on punishing the individual who committed vandalism. Singapore for instance is a country that is serious about vandalism. In fact, to show how serious they are, a local man was arrested last April 27, 2013 for vandalising the Cenotaph war memorial at the Esplanade Park on April 23, 2013. Mohammad Khalid Mohamad Yusop sprayed the monument with graffiti.

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He was charged with one count of vandalism. Under Singapore’s Vandalism Act, the person behind the vandalism will:

Pay a fine

Upon his conviction, a penalty of up to S$2000 will be required from him.


The court can decide to send him to prison for not more than three years.


Caning is a legal corporal punishment for some countries. Corporal punishment is a physical punishment that includes deliberate infliction of pain (for retribution, disciplining, reforming and deterring unacceptable behaviours). Afghanistan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore use this form of punishment.

In Singapore, caning varies depending on the circumstance. There are judicial, prison, reformatory, military, school and domestic/private. Judicial caning is brutal; it is set aside for criminals below 50 years old whose crimes fall under the Criminal Procedure Code. The milder form is used by some parents to punish their children. However there are some exemptions for caning that should be noted. Women, unhealthy men, old people (50 years above) and men with death sentence are exempted from this punishment.

In the case of Mohammad Khalid Mohamad Yusop, he can suffer three to eight strokes of rattan cane.

Safety Tips: How to Treat Burns

Burns are widespread. Some are less serious, some are very severe but regardless of the type, you should know how to deal with it. While waiting for help, it is a must that you “self medicate”; this could be the difference of scarring or not scarring. If you are medically trained, it is better but if you are not, it would be beneficial if you consider the following things:


Identify the degree

Be reminded that there are different types of burns. You should learn how to identify each type  or degree of burn. The first degree of burn is less serious and it does not necessarily need medical attention. It is generally characterized by light scalding, reddish and somewhat swollen. The second degree burn is often misinterpreted as a first degree so you should be cautious about it. When you see redness, swelling and you feel pain plus the skin looks blotchy, you have a second degree burn. The third degree burn is more serious and painful. If you were exposed to a hot object for a very long time, most likely you have third degree burns; this burn will cause bone, muscle and fat damage.


If you have a minor burn, the first thing that you should do is put the affected area under running water for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you feel any burning sensation, you should continue the process. If running water is not available, you have to apply a cold compress. If there are no cold compress, you can use an ice pack. Remember not to apply the ice directly unto the burns because it can damage the skin. If the pain is still there, you should look for pain reliever. Ibuprofen or Naproxen will do. Treat the burn every hour by rinsing it with saline solution. However if it is serious, you should go to the emergency room right away.

Exploring Peranakan Cultures

If you want to know about Peranakan cultures, the best way to do so is by visiting the Peranakan Museum. A sister museum of the Asian Civilisations Mueum, the Peranakan Museum is the first in the world to exhibit the Peranakan cultures in Singapore, Malacca, Penang and neighboring Southeast Asian nations. Here’s what you need to know when you want to visit:



There are ten galleries that exhibit Peranakan way of life. The building has three levels. The Level 1 Gallery 1 presents the beginnings of Peranakan culture. Level 2 Galleries present different wedding chamber and processions. Level 3 Galleries 6-10 present the Religion, Public Life, Food and Feasting of Peranakans.

Getting There

The Museum is at 39 Armenian Street. You can get there via taxi, car, train or bus. Taxi is the most convenient way. There is a paid parking area next to the Peranakan Museum. If you want to save money, you can try the train or bus. If you decide to ride the MRT, make sure to stop at City Hall or Bras Basah stations then walk from there. If you decide to take the bus, wait at the Singapore Management University bus stop and take either bus 7, 14, 16, 77, 106 or 11.



The good news is that the admissions are free to all locals and permanent residents. For adult tourists, S$6.00 is solicited for entry. For full time students or senior tourists, S$3.00 is solicited.

Operating Hours

The museum opens from 1pm to 7pm during Mondays. They open from 9am to 7pm during Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. They open from 9am to 9pm during Fridays.