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The Art of Architectural Model Making

January 31, 2018

Making miniature objects fashioned after real, life sized people, places, buildings, among others is no small business. Model makers put on hours—years even on more intricate designs—to create something so small yet so significant.

Mark, who is into model ship building, shared some things about the art of architectural model making, “A lot of us have visions. But some have clearer visions than others. And a few of us are able to translate that to a concrete object like making models or miniature objects. We can be good at theories, but it is a different story to take that into practice. Some very gifted people are able to do both,” shared model maker Robin Lee.

“What will you be modelling? First, you need to comprehend the nature and size of the project you will be modelling. If the idea is mainly in the form, then you need to focus on the base material that will show best your form, regardless how it shall look from the inside. Some other projects, like houses, for example, may require a model that shows the design of the facades and the inside layout. So, here you will be dealing with more details. If it is a model for an apartment, for example, then the inside is all that matters. Urban design models are a completely different case. You will be modelling entire neighbourhoods so the level of details required for the architectural elements in the model is much less,” as the article titled How to Make Impressive Architectural Models? Your Complete Guide posted at arch2o.com.

Precision and firm, sturdy hands, according to Architect Dale, are some of the things you have to master when doing scale models, “Careful executions of plans. And following the right measurements matter much in this profession. If you make bushes bigger than the building, then we have some serious problem and expect your bosses and clients to be mad at you. You have to be able to create something that is representative of what will be built in the future. I was especially careful when I make miniature bridges and buildings because these are projects that will affect a lot of people in real life. Model making is both an art and a science. Art because it involves creative creations and science because there are some Mathematics involved.”

With technology advancing nowadays, learning about 3d model softwares is also essential, “A lot of things are made easier now if only you become computer savvy. In fact, 3D architectural model has been around for quite a while now and this have paved the way for designers’ job to be easier. If you want to be in this field, learning a thing or two about digital 3D design will be very beneficial for you in the long run. I could only imagine what will be invented in a few more years, and you have to be quick in picking up more skills as time passes,” added Architect Dale.

Cleaning Tips For Young Professionals

January 22, 2018

Living alone can be very challenging at one point especially when you are working. This is true to all young professionals or what they call as yuppies. That is why there are times that they would rather eat outside rather than cooking at their own apartments because of the hassle of preparing the food that they are going to eat. In this fast paced world that we live in nowadays, we would want to have everything instantly, from the food that we eat to the things that we use at home. That is why there are lots of appliances that we need to buy at home just to make our lives easier. We can always take out food anytime and when you get back to your apartment, you just need to reheat it at the microwave oven. Everything is really instant but there are times that we forget to do things that we really need to do and one of which is cleaning the house.

One thing that is also common among Yuppies is that they love to have parties at their apartments on weekends. They love to party at their units rather than going to a bar but what happens the morning after the party can be a disaster. There are cups scattered everywhere and it is really a mess. This is where they would need house cleaning services especially in Singapore. It is the cleaning the day after that pose a big challenge that is why they would really seek the help of cleaning services who can do the organizing for them especially if they have work the following day.  As mentioned earlier, yuppies are always on the go that is why they really do not have enough time to clean their units or houses. They still have other activities that they need to do like going to the gym. Home cleaning services especially when you are in Singapore is pretty common because of the time that you can save and you will have more time to attend to other important things. The convenience that it brings can really help almost everyone save time.

There are also times that we would want to do the cleaning by ourselves but it can be overwhelming. You just imagine cleaning the entire unit by yourself. But there are also some people who really would want to do it. The thing here is that you really need to be organized when it comes to cleaning otherwise; you might end up scattering all your things and cannot put them on their proper places when you get tired. They say that it is best to always start with the kitchen, all you need to do is to place all the soiled dishes in the dishwasher. Once you have done that, you can already attend to other things such as cleaning the sink. You might want to organize all your soiled clothes and place them on the washing machine. If you notice, for you to be able to clean your unit or your house, you need to multi task. By doing this, you can actually finish more things in a short span of time.  

4 Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Web Design Needs

January 7, 2018

Thinking of having your building a website for your business in Singapore? Or perhaps you already have one and are considering a redesign?

A website is a crucial marketing and communications tool for any business. It works for you round the clock, even while you and your team are asleep. It is only fitting then to put your best foot forward in designing your site. After all, your website is a representation of your business.

One major decision you'll have to make is whether you're hiring your own web designers or partnering with a web design company in Singapore. If you need your website running as soon as possible, you may benefit more from considering the latter option.

Here are more reasons why companies prefer to outsource their web design needs than form their own in-house team.

1. Web design is constantly evolving. Businesses providing web design services make sure to stay abreast with the latest in the industry. They continue to further their knowledge so they can also share fresh ideas with their clients. The web design industry is highly competitive. They know that they only way they can stand out is by staying on top of their game. In return, you also get to benefit from their talent and expertise. You can gather ideas you may have overlooked for your new website design.

2.   Enjoy access to the latest tools and innovation. You can expect web design companies to always be on the look-out for new tools and innovations. This also works to their advantage so they can set themselves apart from other service providers. If you will navigate through these technologies on your own, the process can be intimidating. When you partner with a web design company, all you need is to discuss your goals, needs, and requirements. The team will take charge of finding the right tools for your business. You can ensure you're only paying for what you need and will be able to make the most use of.

3.   Focus on what you do best. Additional manpower means additional responsibility for you. If you are not yet prepared to take on another set of tasks, it's best to go to a third party web design agency. You can focus on your core competencies all while ensuring someone is taking care of your web design needs. Of course, you're free to sit down with the team and collaborate with them anytime you want. But, you no longer have to carry all the load yourself. You even have someone experienced to make decisions on your behalf, when it comes to web design concerns.

4.   Save time and money. The hiring process can be costly. Add to that, the trainings and seminars you'll have to invest in for your new team members. If you're entrusting a separate web design agency, you no longer need to worry about these areas. You won't have to be concerned either with absences or leaves that can delay any ongoing projects. In the long run, you not only get to save time. You also get to save money.

For your company's web design needs, be sure to partner with a team you can trust and rely on. Outsourcing web design is a good decision but remember too that not all service providers are the same.

Why is the Demand of Singapore Liposuction & Other Cosmetic Surgeries Continue to Rise?

January 3, 2018

We all know that getting rid of fat is a very frustrating activity. This is very relatable especially if you are the kind of person who is working your ass out all day to build a strong career and earn a living. In this modern age, this is a very common issue because everybody wants to be successful. However, we are all living in a very complex society where we all want to become everything all at once.

Aside from being successful, we also want to make good memories while we are still living our life which includes selfies and good looking pictures. We want to dress well, look good, become healthy and have a well sculpted body. From there we can see that we are trying to accomplish many things which is impossible for most people.  Of course life is too short and we don’t have all the time to accomplish all our goal separately or one at a time.

The idea of having a beautiful physical appearance has been fueled by the influence of media. We can see how it has successfully penetrated the minds of people through TV personalities and even through online influencers. But on the other perspective, looking good symbolizes some positive qualities of a person. Probably people just understand it even better now and minding ones appearance is not just vanity after all.

Taking care of your looks, bearing and shape can help enhance an individual’s personality. It is because knowing how to groom yourself properly can somehow indicate being responsible. It could also show love or respect for one’s self that could indicate a strong personality which attracts more people. No wonder why we need to look good or presentable during business meetings or job interviews to have a better chance of winning the pitch or getting the job.

As a quick solution for this growing need, people run to cosmetic surgeries for a quick fix. One procedure that has been commonly demanded by thousands is the liposuction. It is a process of removing fat from a person’s body in an attempt to change its shape.

In Singapore, liposuction has already evolved to more advanced surgical techniques. One of the most sought of modern fat removal procedure is the vaser liposuction in Singapore. Vaser is an acronym which stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. Unlike the traditional method of liposuction, vaser lipo is a non-invasive way of getting rid of the excess fat because it only uses sound waves to gently loosen fat and pave the way towards liposuction and smooth contouring of the body.

In the case of vaser liposuction, tumescent liquid, or a saline solution mixed with anesthetics, is injected into the body area being treated. Instead of using a laser, or water pressure, or a cannula and manual movement to break down the fat tissue, vaser lipo uses ultrasound high frequency vibration to break fat cells apart. This advanced technique makes fat removal more convenient and less scary therefore attracting more and more people to try and not fear such type of cosmetic surgeries.  This had led to public acceptance and increase in demand which we can witness nowadays.

How to Choose the Best Clinic for Your Acne Scar Treatment

December 29, 2017

There's no single best acne scar treatment for everyone. When deciding which treatment to use, it's important to first understand the type of acne scar along with any skin or health conditions that you may have. Note that acne marks are different from acne scars. Acne scars are formed when deeper skin tissues get damaged. When left untreated, these scars can result in permanent damages.

Types of Acne Scars

Acne scars have two types - depressed and raised acne. Depressed scars can be further classified into three types. First is called ice pick scar, second is known as raised acne scar and third is referred to as rolling scars. Ice pick scars are deep and narrow whereas raised acne scars look like lumps. Rolling scars, meanwhile, is characterized by sloping edges on the skin.

If you have depressed scars, one option dermatologists may recommend is an acne scar laser treatment in Singapore. This procedure is used to treat acne scars, even out skin tone, enlarge pores, and tighten skin. It's best that you set an appointment with a reputable dermatologist to get started with your treatment.

Dermatologists can examine your acne, determine its type, and recommend the best treatment for you. They can also advise you on necessary preparations and post-treatment care.

Choosing a Clinic for Your Acne Treatment

Take your time when choosing a clinic to get your acne scars treated. You're looking at a delicate procedure since it involves your health. Trusting the wrong doctor or going to a random clinic may compromise your safety. Here are tips to help you make an informed decision.

1. Get to know the doctors. Doctors will happily share their credentials on their website. Information can include their educational background, professional experience, membership with authority organizations in the industry, positions they're holding in related institutions, as well as their specializations. If not readily stated on their website, you should at least be able to request details from their clinic. You'll want to know that the person performing the treatment for you is qualified and fully-experienced.

2. Schedule a consult. Once you have a list of skin clinics you want visited, it's time to go and book for an appointment. This is your chance to meet the team, especially the doctors. Do talk to other patients that you meet and ask them about their experience. You might meet someone with similar skin issues as yours. If they're happy how they're concerns are handled and are satisfied with the results of their treatment, that's a good sign.

3. Evaluate dermatologists and their team. Once you're there at the clinic, observe carefully how the entire team accommodates patients. When talking to the dermatologist or surgeon for the first time, take note how they make you feel. Do you feel at ease sharing your concerns? Do you feel they're listening and are ready to help? Are they performing the procedure you need regularly?

Once you’re confident with your doctor and clinic, then you can proceed to studying treatment options you have for your acne scars. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take that first step to enjoying a better-looking, healthier skin. Contact an aesthetic clinic near you today.

You Might Not Have Heard of Retractable Roof in Singapore

December 28, 2017

Most of us are concerned with protecting our families. One of the best way to do so is if we would actually be able to provide a good shelter for them of course, we would all dream of owning our own homes, living there comfortably, and maybe just spending some day in watching our favourite TV shows and just resting. No shopping, no strolling, just pure relaxing. That is such a nice scenario, right?

Now, if you're an adult who is currently saving so you get to purchase your own home someday, you might also be that kind of adult who are already looking for different house designs. You might actually be smiling right now to the idea that our guesses are correct. And if we are right, we can all agree that part of us planning or designing is thinking of good materials to use. Part of that would be thinking of good suppliers who can give you cheap but quality materials.

Now, we can all say that when it comes to building a home, most of us think of the interior: paint colors, types and designs of pieces of furniture, and possibly, the layout as well. But have we actually thought of getting focused on the exteriors? Not much except if that involves the paint and the design. But how about the roofing? We can all bet you already have that in mind but we can tell you something you might not yet be familiar with: a new type of metal roofing in Singapore. We are not saying that this type of roof is no longer available but what we are saying is that it has evolved to become one the first retractable roof types in Singapore. Yes, that is right. Something that is retractable.

You can imagine that roofing installation is something that id probably done last because once it gets installed, then that is it. However, one of the many challenges we might have here is that sometimes, when the roof get worn out due to extreme weather conditions, we might need to go extra way for us to fix it right there.  But with the new technology employed in producing the new generation of roofing, they have become sturdier and easier to fix as well.

In all honesty, house construction is a bit technical and as such, being a potential homeowner, inasmuch as you want to understand how things work, like the so called aluminum composite panel sold in Singapore, it will be understandable that it might be too many. And it is because of that you might also need to consult with a supplier that will assist you with any information that you need.   If you are thinking that this might be costly compared to the traditional kind of roofing, you might need to look at it like this: this is such an investment and will cost you less eventually. Not only it is sturdier, it is also readily available anywhere. Moreover, even if this is new, you are guaranteed of excellent roofing material. 

Why We Need To Take Good Care Of Hair and Scalp

December 27, 2017
Sure, we select our preferred shampoo and conditioner quite well (mostly concerned about which will make the hair softer, more shiny, and which will make it grow faster)—but not many of us really look into the condition of our scalps. “Your scalp’s health is very important. You may not think about it much but there are many reasons as to why you need to have a healthy scalp. Dandruff is the clear indicator that you have a dry scalp. A dry scalp makes it much harder to get waves or define your natural hair texture. You may not shampoo enough, or possibly too much, and your scalp is telling you there’s an issue. The other major reason is not moisturizing efficiently. Starting today you can get on the road to the best scalp you have ever seen,” wrote an unnamed writer of the article for unclejimmyproducts.com titled Why You Need to Take Care of Your Scalp.
 
Jenny who frequents a hajib friendly salon shared that she used to be alarmed about her falling hair, “Years back, when I turned 30, I noticed that whenever I comb my hair, there were too many hair strands that are trapped on my brush even if I comb my hair really slow and gently.” Jenny then opted to find a good scalp treatment salon in Singapore, “I researched online and found that my shampoo may be too harsh and my diet may not be doing my hair and scalp good. I immediately had a scalp treatment to make sure all those dandruff will leave my scalp. I also do regular scalp and hair treatments to make sure everything is handled with care.”
 
While hair products can damage the hair and scalp, another contributing factor for those itchy scalp and thinning hair may be because of our daily food intake, “Did you know that in many cases unusual hair loss and thinning hair are caused by nutritional deficiencies? In such cases, reversing hair loss may be as easy as adding foods rich in hair loss fighting nutrients to your daily diet. In this online guide, you will learn the best tips on how to prevent and reverse hair loss naturally through nutrition. An average healthy person naturally loses between 50 and 100 hairs a day. Within three to six years, most of the lost hairs will have grown back where the old ones fell out. However, in some cases the lost hair does not grow back, or it grows back very slowly, resulting in thinning hair. Thinning hair or hair loss may also result if your hair starts falling out at an abnormally rapid rate and your body is not able to make new hair at an equally rapid rate,” said healwithfood.org’s article titled Guide to Reversing Hair Loss.
 
And while it seems more common to men, hair loss and hair thinning, is something that women can also suffer from. And as we have mentioned, reasons for this condition may not just be about the hair products that we use—it can be also about the food that we eat. And while there is not just one sure-fire way to fight this problem, there can be good habits and practices that can help as better hair loss solutions for women. “If you see the signs of receding hair line, and you notice than your hair is not thick as it used to, it’s time to have a major lifestyle check. Maybe you are eating too much fatty foods and less green leafy veggies, or maybe you have too much sodium in your diet. Maybe you need more protein for your hair to be healthier. Maybe you are too stressed out in your job that even your body and scalp are telling you to slow down, or maybe this is all about  genetics—that a lot of members of the family are suffering from, too,” shared Mitch, a salon owner. She added, “We all need to start taking care of our hair—and more importantly, our scalp, because no one wants to lose all their hair at a very young age. Or even when we are old and gray. A healthy hair and scalp usually indicate a healthy body as well.”
 
Some natural, homemade remedies for itchy scalps are:
  • Coconut oil
  •  Baking soda
  • Apple cider
  • Lemon juice
  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Aloe vera
Most of the shampoos and conditioners we buy have harsh chemicals that can irritate the scalp and ruin the natural shine of our hair. If the condition becomes worst, it’s best to try a scalp treatment to treat the condition before you lose your crowning glory entirely and permanently.

5 Popular Gift Items for the Holiday Season

December 23, 2017

Holiday season is still not yet over, which is why you still have time to give gifts to your family, friends, and the people who are close and important to you. Although giving gifts is not mandatory, it has been a tradition and it is a great way to show our gratitude for the people who loves us and makes us feel important. If you are contemplating what kinds of gift that can you give this holiday season, below are some gift ideas that will be definitely loved by the recipients.

Hamper

Hampers is one of the most popular kinds of gift nowadays. There are many shops and stores that sell hampers with different items that can be surely loved by the gift recipients. You can give it to anyone and it is a perfect gift for families. Hampers contain food and other items that can be shared by someone to his or her family and friends. The most common inclusions of hampers are chocolates, candies, and snacks. There are also hampers that have themes which includes items that can be used when baking, cooking, and for doing other activities. Choose a hamper that you think will be perfect for the person or family you’re gifting to.

Wine

Another popular gift not only during the holiday season is the wine. The reason behind this is that wine has been a part of our celebration of events and occasions that we often share with our family, friends, and even acquaintances. Giving wine to someone is a great idea because the gift will be a part of the celebration which can be heart-warming thought. Also, there are plenty of flavours and types of wine that you can find and wines are healthier compared to giving alcoholic drinks. You can also find wines that are packaged for gifting, which can save your time in wrapping your gifts.

Décor

Every year more and more people are giving home decors to their families and friends as their form of gift. During the holiday season, you can buy decors that are related to Christmas such as ornaments, fairy lights, and Christmas wreath in Singapore. There are tons of designs for home decors so you wouldn’t have to worry about not finding anything that the recipients will like. You can also choose to give pillows, storage boxes, desk decors, or anything that can add beauty to the home of the recipients. Whenever they see the décor that you gift them, they will definitely remember you.

Fruit basket

Giving fruit baskets during the holiday season has been a tradition for decades. Giving it is a way of showing your love and gratitude to the recipients. It is a healthy option to give especially to families, which they can include to their New Year’s Eve dinner or banquet. Buy a fruit basket in Singapore that is already presentably packaged so you won’t need to worry about packing it yourself. Also, make sure to buy from a store that sells fresh and high quality fruits so you wouldn’t have to worry about giving rotten fruits to your families and friends.

Guides on Choosing the Right Curtains

December 21, 2017

No window ever came with instructions on how to decorate and cover it. And we know, windows alone cannot protect us entirely. Most of the time, we choose a drape, blinds, or more commonly, curtains, according to our taste, without really keeping in mind some important things that can bring out the beauty—at the same time—protect the interior of our homes.

Janina, who knows where to buy curtains of the highest quality in Singapore, shared her own curtain buying tips, “I always go for curtains that have thick and dark textiles. This is because I need all the UV protection I can get. From experience, I can tell you that buying the thin, translucent ones just don’t do the job. I also make sure I take the measurements of the window with me, height and width basically, whenever I head to the store to buy new curtains. I try not to buy online when it comes to this because I want to see and touch the curtains in person.”

Fabric is also a major concern for the article titled How To Choose Curtains And Drapes For Your Windows posted at livspace.com, “The material plays a vital role in the look of the drapes and consequently, the room. From sheer laces to lightweight cotton, medium weight brocades to heavy velvets, you have plenty to choose from. The two factors that you should consider while picking your fabric are: 1.The amount of sunlight you want streaming in; 2.The mood and décor of your room. For example, heavier fabrics suit more traditional rooms while sheer fabrics work best in more minimalistic rooms. Remember, each fabric falls differently from an elevation and therefore will look different when pleated and drawn back.”

While it may appear challenging to find the best curtain for your windows, trust that with good exposure to quality curtains and knowing the needs of your own windows, you can do this successfully. “Decorating with window treatments can be an overwhelming process. But once you've found the right one, they can make a major impact and draw together an entire look. When selecting a curtain or drape, think about function before style. This instantly narrows down your style options (and believe us, there are a ton of options!). Whether you want to filter light, create a little privacy, or add color, keep these four components in mind when picking out curtains or drapes,” shared wayfair.com article titled How to Choose Curtains and Drapes. The article further shared how privacy and lighting concerns matter in choosing the right curtains, “Depending on your space, consider how much light you want to filter in or out:
If you're choosing curtains for a common area like a living room or sunroom, opt for sheer curtains to allow more light into the space. Consider a heavier fabric in a room where you want more privacy or less natural light, such as a bedroom or theatre room.”

The article 10 Important Things to Consider When You’re Buying Curtains posted at elledecor.com mentioned something about off-the-shelf and custom window treatments, “Custom window treatments offer many benefits: You can customize the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly-fitted suit. Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options, though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels.” Interestingly, the same article mentioned how important it is to consider whether the curtains we are to buy are washing machine friendly or are meant for dry clean alone, “Determine whether you're going to buy dry-clean only or washer machine friendly curtains — it will save you time and money in the long run. Keep in mind that you can ruin high-quality curtains by trying to wash them yourself.” 

Camille, who claims she has found the best curtain in Singapore, shared finding the right lining can add an extra appeal and protection to your curtains, “With the right lining, curtains that receive direct sunlight can appear opaque—and therefore, more absorbing to heat. When I buy new curtains, normally, I buy new linings that can complement it as well. I also make sure to change my curtains at home as season changes. Lighter layers during spring, but thicker on summer when heat is just too scorching.”

 

The Many Advantages of Home Language Learning

December 20, 2017

The teaching-learning adage goes: “Education happens outside the four walls of the classroom.”

Seemingly, many educational institutions in Singapore have taken this literally as a number of these tuition centres are now offering an extensive range of tutorial services at the comfort of home. These coaching and mentoring institutions hope to supplement regular classroom instruction and training using more personalized and focus learning sessions. From financial literacy, developing business and economic aptitude to soft skills and professional competencies, there is a home-based teaching service in Singapore. 

For kids, there are of courses the regular tuition services that provide tutorials in school in regular school subjects like Math, Biology, Chemistry and English which are the more among popular subject for home tutoring in Singapore. 

But there are too is a rising demand for language teaching specifically in Chinese enrichment. 

And it is easy to understand the reason why. Generally, home-based tutorials have been proven to be more effective than regular classroom, large group instruction. In the case of language, Mandarin enrichment class in Singapore are done in flexible schedules and ate the comfort and convenience of a safe and familiar environment which removes weariness, reluctance and nervousness on the part of any learner especially young kids.   

Instead, good Chinese tuition centre make use of personalized instruction and special tasks are performed and accomplished by the learner with intimate guidance of tutors who are also qualified teachers just like most other teachers in school. Most Chinese enrichment tuition services in Singapore can also easily modify curricula and approach depending on the learning speed of the student. Many Chinese enrichment sessions can even custom-made its lessons and focus on actual and real needs of a student. For instance, a Chinese enrichment class in Singapore can focus only on functional language use instead of gradual language competency development from rudimentary vocabulary to syntax and sentences. Instead these special Chinese enrichment in Singapore can immediately focus on teaching sentences that are immediately important in day to day transactions and emergency situations. This of course are more effective approach among foreigners and migrants who need to quickly learn the language in order to immediately adjust to the locale and the locals.

Home-based Mandarin enrichment services in Singapore also allows better focus on the learner which is difficult to do in group-oriented or large group teaching using generalized approach to language learning.  Since regular formal classroom settings involve management of large groups, it is often difficult to monitor individual progress of every member of the class and adjust teaching strategies depending on the pace of students. As such, most classroom teachers just use standardized instructions and tools which do not fit all learners. In addition, most regular classroom teachers find difficulty in individualizing classroom evaluation methods and are often limited to generalized pencil-paper exams which, especially in the case of language teaching and learning is not an effective testing method.

But perhaps the most important advantage of home-based Chinese enrichment tutorials is the kind of confidence it builds among learners. Especially for young kids, failing in examinations or quizzes, or making mistakes in front of a group, which normally happens in a language class, can be traumatizing and can cause students to lose confidence or lose interest in learning altogether. This factor is removed in good home Chinese tuition tutorials in Singapore where there is better confidentiality, intimate relationship and enhanced level of openness between tutor and student which help manage the learners’ self-esteem and therefore confidence to learn.  

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