5 Tricks to Make Your Day-Off More Productive

We all know the feeling of finally enjoying a day-off from work after what seems like forever. During these days, we just feel like staying in bed all day long, ordering our favourite pizza, and avoiding any form of human contact for one whole day. But sometimes, this only leaves us feeling lazy and sluggish, like you’ve wasted a good day just laying on your bed all day. Luckily, that can be avoided and here are a few ways on how you can still be (semi-) productive even on your day-off.

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  1. Try Out a New Recipe. When you get home from work, cooking a good meal seems like a rather daunting task. When you have the whole day ahead of your, however, take it as an opportunity to experiment or try out new recipes. Scour through your Pinterest board for recipes that you actually swore to try but forgot to. Here’s your chance to finally channel your inner chef.

 

  1. Declutter Your Place. Is your place starting to look like a mess? Then use your day-off to spruce your place up even just a little. Wipe off the foundation spills on your makeup table, arrange your brushes, throw out empty containers and list down the products that you need to restock. Got a two-week’s worth of laundry? Throw all of it in the wash. This may not sound fun for you, but wouldn’t it be better to lounge in a place that’s clean and neat?

 

  1. Plan Your Week Ahead. Do your future self a favour by making your week less hectic by planning your workdays ahead of time. Bring out your planner, set reminders in your phone, and ensure that all of your activities for the following week is properly lined up. With this, you’ll be able to relax more since you already know what the week ahead has in store for you.

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  1. Go for a Good Run. I know – who wants to exercise during their day-off when you could just curl up in your bed, right? But doing a quick, short run can actually help in energizing you for a whole day. Head to your gym and hop on the treadmill, or try a new running path. If you want, you can bring a friend along and grab some brunch later. Think about it, it’s much more satisfying to lounge in your couch, watch a good movie, and be lazy when you know that you’ve done a good workout for the day, right?

 

  1. Pamper Yourself. Grab that bubble bath or new face mask you’ve been wanting to try, open your favourite bottle of wine, read few chapters of your favourite book, or experiment with your look. This may not sound productive to you, but trust me it actually is. It’s fun and somewhat lazy, but it won’t make you hate yourself for eating a large pizza and staying on your bed all day long.

A day-off from work can both be a blessing and a curse, so don’t let it get the best of you. Make the most of your spare time, and you’ll thank yourself later when you’re facing work prepared, fresh, productive and happy.

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Sleeping Positions for Pregnant Women  

 

The government of Singapore is encouraging couples to conceive. In fact, there are different programs to help couples conceive. For couples who grabbed the opportunity, their lives will change soon. The coming of a child will totally change everything – in a positive way. The pregnant woman will experience the greatest change.

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Conceiving can do a lot of things to our body but rest assured that everything will be worth it when we see that little bundle of joy. When we are pregnant, things are harder to do like eating, walking and even tying our shoes. For some pregnant women, they have a hard time sleeping. It is not easy to sleep soundly with our belly.

We have to switch our sleeping positions to accommodate our developing girth. The imminent concern here is finding the right sleeping position. What is the safest sleeping position during pregnancy? After our fifth month, our back will not be the same. When we sleep on our back, we put more pressure to our aorta and the inferior vena cava. Pressure for these vessels means sluggish blood circulation to our body and of course our baby.

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Lying on our back is also not recommended because it can make our breathing difficult. This position will push down our intestines which can lead to stomach troubles. Lying on our stomach is not good too for obvious reasons – our stomach will press our expanding uterus not to mention our swelling breasts.

So, what position should we consider? Lying on our sides is okay but experts recommend that we consider lying on our left side. Lying on our left side can improve our blood circulation giving our babies enough nutrients. It does not end there because lying on our left side can also keep our growing body weight from pushing down our liver too hard.

Here are some suggestions while lying:

  • For Belly and back support – We have to secure a pillow and put it under our tummy or between our knees. The pillows will serve as our belly and back support which will prevent us from rolling to our back or stomach.

 

  • To Improve Breathing – If we encounter shortness of breath, the easiest remedy is putting a pillow under our side so it can raise our chest.

 

  • To Alleviate Heartburn – Pregnant women often experience heartburn. It is uncomfortable during our waking hours how much more if we are trying to sleep? We should put few books and blocks at the bead of our bed as this can help us keep the acids down instead of burning up.

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What You Need to Know About Drug Management  

 

When we hear about drugs, it is either of two things – drugs that are prohibited and drugs that can reduce pain or discomfort. Of the two drugs, the most necessary and of course legal is the latter. If we take drugs every time pain kicks, it is crucial that we know what analgesia to take.

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Analgesia refers to medications that have the capacity to render the person insensible to pain without the loss of his/her consciousness. World Health Organization reminds Singaporeans to observe pain ladder when managing analgesia.

Here are the common types of pain and its distinctive drug management:

  • Headache: If we experience headache, the typical drug treatment is Paracetamol acetaminophen and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). If the headaches are severe accompanied by vomiting or fever, a doctor should be consulted.
  • Migraine: Many Singaporeans suffer from migraine. For migraine episodes, we can take Paracetamol or NSAIDs also but if migraines are severe, many consider triptans.

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  • Menstrual cramps: Many girls have this problem and we take NSAIDs most of the time. The good news is that any NSAID will work.
  • Muscle ache: When we suffer muscle ache, Paracetamol or NSAIDs can make a difference. If inflammations are present, NSAIDs will work better.
  • Strain: For strains, we can use muscle relaxants and NSAIDs.
  • Severe trauma: Severe trauma includes burn, severe sprain and bone fracture. Opioids can help a great deal but if it is more than 2 weeks, it is a different thing.

Before taking drugs, it is crucial that we see our doctors first. The prescription and the advice should come from them.

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The Motorola Improvements  

 

If we want to purchase another smartphone, deciding which is better seems to be the hardest. This is because there are myriad of smartphone brands here in Singapore each claiming better than the other. We only want to have the best that is why we have to decide wisely and thoroughly.

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If in this case we are only loyal to the Motorola brand, we will be happy to know that there will be improvements coming. Motorola is updating its smartphones and this time, with better cameras and other improvements. This is Motorola’s way of enticing more customers who want an alternative of Apple and Samsung. Motorola brags about manufacturing lower-cost smartphones.

There will be new models to be released in the market – the Moto G, Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. The Motorola President Rick Osterloh said on an interview that these new models will surely deliver great mobile user experience that does not break the wallets or purses of its users.

For Singaporeans who are not familiar of the current structure of Motorola, it is time that we know this – Motorola was bought by Lenovo from Google in 2014. So, here are some improvements Motorola have considered:

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Moto G boasts of five inches screen. It does not end there because it has also a thirteen megapixel camera (up from eight megapixels last year). Aside from that, Motorola also claims that the Moto G can withstand three feet of dunking in the water for up to thirty minutes. It can support 4G connections at the same prices. The Moto G will go on sale August 4, 2015.

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Moto X phones (Style and Play) boasts of twenty one megapixels camera (up from thirteen megapixels last year). For the Moto X Style, it has 5.7 inches screen and the battery can last more than a day; it also has sharper screen and more options for customization like leather or wood backs (which are expensive by the way). As for the Moto X Play, it has 5.5 inches screen and assures two days of battery life. Both the X models do not have the extensive protection from water unlike the Moto G. Motorola did not give the exact date of the Moto X release however, they assure the public that models will be out in the next few weeks.

With this new modifications and improvements, Motorola can pick where they left off. This is something to consider knowing that its cost will not break our wallets or users.

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Pet-Friendly Hotels  

 

Sleeping far away from home has its perks and disadvantages. Perks like being alone and experiencing luxury are hard to refuse. It has disadvantages too like missing home and our pet dog. It is good to know that there are hotels out there that employ pets to bring happy happiness to their guests.

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Here are some hotels that see the importance of having pets around:

  • The Jefferson: The hotel in Washington D.C employs a CEO (which stands for Canine Executive Officer). The pet dog is a beagle and is called Monti. Monti is hanging around the lobby and welcoming the guests. The “Lord Monti” experience is $450 a night but the 5% of the reservation will be given to PAW Rescue.
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza: The hotel in Boston has two lovable canine ambassadors. The black Labradors are named Catie and Carly Copley. The dogs enjoy riding on the bellcarts and are there to greet the guests. In fact, we can book an appointment with them and take them for a walk.

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  • Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch: The hotel in Colorado has two dogs – a St. Bernard called Bachelor and a Bernese mountain dog called Belle. The two dogs can take its visitors to hiking trails and flower-covered hills. Ah, what a fine experience.
  • Mandarin Oriental: If we are in Bangkok, we should see the Mandarin Oriental and hear the Thong-Jaa sisters. The sisters are domestic mynah birds capable to mimic sounds if they are taught. The best experience is the birds greeting the guests.

Although we are not sure if there are hotels here in Singapore with the same services, we surely hope that there is one. Having a pet around brings us closer to home.

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4 Work Habit You Need to Stop Doing

Bad work habits come in many different kinds. There are those that cause disaster on your productivity, make your work harder, inflict additional stresses, and serve as a negative result of being too stressed out—but not all happens at our desks. Regardless of where these habits happen, all of them have negative effects in our lives.

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Here are some common habits that threaten your work performance.

  1. You Multitask

If you think you’ll be able to do more duties in lesser time by doing multiple tasks at once, think again. It’s a fact that humans have limited attention to span. After working hard on a particular period of time, you might feel extremely exhausted and have no enough energy to complete your remaining tasks. Being focused on one task at a given moment helps a lot to work better and faster for a longer span of time.

  1. Starting and Ending Your Day With E-mails

Sending a bunch of emails the moment you wake up will easily make you lose track of your priorities. On the other hand, sending emails before going to bed at night will give you insomnia. So, what you should do? Make a to-do- list and stick with it. Cross out at least two important things before sending out emails.

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  1. Keeping Your Desk Messy

A messy sight will keep you from focus. Toss that week-old Starbucks cup to the trash, throw away those year old files and documents, and make good use of your drawers. A clean and organized desk will help you concentrate on the job that needs to be done.

  1. Not Disconnecting From Work

Weekends are sacred; it’s the time for hardworking people like you to unwind and relax. Hide your phone in a hard-to-reach area as soon as you get home on a Friday night. If it rings and it’s somebody from work, don’t answer it. They’ll surely text their concern to you. If the concern is about work, it can wait until Monday. If it’s about a weekend vacay or a Saturday night out, go and call back for a fun time with colleagues.

Breaking bad habits is not an easy task, and it surely doesn’t happen overnight. However, making even the smallest effort to break all these good-for-nothing practices will certainly make a huge difference in your life and career.

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5 Nappy Care Tips Every Parent Must Know

 

Changing baby diapers isn’t among parent’s favourite duties, but hey there’s no excuse for it not to be done. Changing your baby’s diapers must be done—and done right—because it doesn’t only affect your baby’s mood, but his health as well.

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So whether you’re caring for your little munchkin or still preparing for the coming of your precious newborn, keep these nappy care tips in mind to ensure your baby’s happy mood and good health.

  1. Keep it Dry and Fine

Whether to go for cloth diapers or disposable ones is just a matter of personal preference. The important part here is to regularly change diapers when necessary, and not until your baby is soaking wet or thoroughly soiled. However, before putting on new diapers, rub baby oil on his bottom to avoid rashes and chafing.

  1. Always Consider Mildness

Every part of your baby’s body is as delicate as his face, so make sure every baby product you use is mild. When shopping, check labels to see if products are hypo-allergenic and are mild enough not to cause skin irritation. It’s also essential to get those that provide moisture and skin care. The same rule should also be followed when buying detergents for laundering your baby’s clothes.

  1. Gently Massage Your Baby

Your little boss needs a lot of TLC. Incorporate gentle baby massage into your daily nappy ritual. After bathing, softly massage his body including his cute bottom. Finish off by patting with mild powder. You may also sing a lullaby as you massage him for total relaxation as you send your little tot to dreamland.

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  1. Be Careful and Light

Ill-fitting nappies can cause leakage and discomfort. Check if the one you’re using is in the right size. Make sure that the diaper perfectly snugs the bottom of your baby when secured with tapes, snaps, or fasteners.  Check your baby’s reaction and if the edges of the nappy sinks into his skin; you can immediately tell if he is uncomfortable with the fit.

  1. Set Up a Nappy Station

You cannot tell when your baby’s going to poop, but you can be prepared to make the experience pleasant for your baby. Be calm and do not scramble when a situation calls for an unexpected nappy change. Have everything you need in a corner, near a changing bed or table. Also, prepare your baby bag ahead of time so you won’t have to panic when you’re out.

A good nappy care ritual before putting your child to bed will assist him to a longer and better sleep. Sleep is among the most important things for babies as it greatly helps in the healthy development of mind and body.

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6 Things Galaxy S6 Can Do That iPhone 6 Can’t

 

Galaxy S6 hit the store shelves just this April; but months prior its release, it is the iPhone 6 that was leading the game. Both of these phones though are fantastic options, but there are a few features on Samsung’s new flagship phone that iPhone 6 cannot do.

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  • Wireless Charging: Wireless charging is effortless, and it’s just cool! Even with its very thin profile, Samsung managed to fit in wireless charging functionality. No need to worry which wireless charger to buy, since the Galaxy S6 supports both wireless technologies—WPC and PMA.
  • Fast Charging: Aside from wireless charging, Galaxy S6 also boasts a fast charging feature, taking only 10 minutes to get enough charge for up to four hours of use. While iPhone 6 is already quick to charge, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 only takes half of the time iPhone 6 fully charges its battery.
  • TV Remote Control: While iPhone 6 also has the same feature, it requires third-party accessories if you want to use the handset as a TV remote. On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 has built-in infrared blaster so you can instantly control just about any device, such as DVD players, AV players, Blu-Ray players, DVRs, TVs, and even air conditioning units.

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  • Monitor Heart Rate: There are iPhone 6 apps that use the phone’s rear camera and flash to measure heart rate, but most of these apps are slow and often gives inaccurate results. The Galaxy S6, however, packs a dedicated heart rate monitoring device that instantly and accurately measures your pulse rate.
  • Hide Sensitive Data: iPhones store images in the albums, but doesn’t let you hide the ones you wish hidden from everyone else. On the Galaxy S6, you can set your phone to Private Mode, where you can hide sensitive files and data. This can be activated and deactivated with a quick toggle. But since it’s guarded with biometric technology, only your fingerprint can do change this setting.
  • Lock Apps to the Screen: You forgot to move your sensitive data to the Private Mode, but someone needs a quick access of your phone. So now what? Use the Pin Window feature to lock your device only to a particular app before handing it over to someone. They won’t be able to exit the app without entering a password or authenticating on the biometric sensor.

There are a few more Galaxy S6 features that can make iPhone 6 users a bit jealous. This is just a glimpse of how Samsung has stepped up their game with the recently launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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Dating Faux Pas: 6 Never-to-Discuss Things On a First Date

 

You may be an expert on politics and religion, but that’s not what someone you just met would like to talk a about. Here are a few more topics that are best avoided when trying to impress someone on a first date.

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  1. Me, Myself, and I

It’s essential to open up things about yourself on a first date. This will let your date know more about you and your interests. However, it’s also equally important to let your date talk about himself, too. A first date is like a ping pong match, where the conversation should go back and forth.

  1. Marriage and Kids

This is usually one of the topics that send the other person running in opposite direction. Although it’s fine to mention that you’d like to get married and have kids someday, your date isn’t interested in knowing the names you want for your future children or the theme you like for your wedding. Even if you feel that he/she is the one, keep the ‘commitment’ topic off limits.

  1. Low Self-Esteem Remarks

You’ve spent hours for doing your hair and makeup because you want to put your best foot forward—not your worst foot. Sure, we’ve all got something we don’t like about ourselves, but first dates aren’t the right time to highlight what we think are the worst in us. Remember that confidence is a turn on, so make sure you’re not ruining your own game by feeling bad about yourself.

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  1. Family Drama

Talking about family history is a good topic for first dates, but don’t mind including the family problems you once had or currently have in your family. Forget about sharing that Uncle John isn’t talking to your dad because of the surprise party he wasn’t able to attend. Save the family drama for another—and much later—date.

  1. The Exes

Really, nobody wants to be on a first date listening to someone talking about a terrible break-up with a recent ex. It’s okay to discuss a history of your past date (or dates), but keep it vague. Talking about your ex not doing this and that isn’t something your new date wants to hear. Leave the hate talks about your ex for a date with your girl friends with a big glass of wine.

  1. Religious and Political Beliefs

Do not even attempt to comment on a date’s religion or political beliefs, or even touch base on your own beliefs. Make sure to avoid any of these topics as this may only lead to a debate. It’s not romantic, you’ll see.

Keep in mind that after this date, you may not want a second date with the same person; so it would be smart if your date only knows a little about you. If ever you both want another date, that’s when you open up more interesting stories about yourself.

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