Visiting Singapore and getting a wholesome vacation experience in the diversity of cultures

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When I visited Singapore during my vacation, I was able to enjoy one of the most educational trips that I have ever had. In my lifetime, I have managed to travel to many destinations across the world. I love to go to places where I will be able to learn something new concerning the people, and the natural features in the different places.

In my time I have been able to come across some very unique things that have been very exciting. One of the greatest experiences that I had managed before my trip to Singapore was the safari experience in Africa. During the African trip in which we had traveled to Kenya, I was able to view all kinds of amazing and beautiful animals that I had never seen before apart from seeing them in movies or photos.

Viewing the animals in the wild and observing them as they went about their daily lives was an unforgettable experience. I was even able to experience lion, cheetah, and hyena hunts. This was especially quite fascinating despite the horrors that it involved.

Visiting Singapore was a whole new experience. It was totally different to the other experiences that I had enjoyed in the past. The biggest marvel that I found in Singapore was the ability to interact and learn from such a diverse community. In my other trips I had managed to interact with interesting communities. This included interacting with the Maasai people of the East African rift valley. These are people who still maintain the traditional ways of living that their forefathers had hundreds of years ago.

In Singapore I was able to experience and assortment of traditions and cultures from the Asian communities that live in the small island. I was especially able to get a thorough experience due to the plan of accommodation that had been rearranged by the touring company that was hosting us.

The touring company has an ingenious but very effective way of hosting their clients. They do this by working with some locals who host the tourists in their homes for a few days at a time. Select couples across Singapore would be tasked with hosting a tourist or two for the night while the touring company would take the tourists around the other sites by day.

In the homes where I was hosted by the locals, I had the master room to myself. The master room has an attached bathroom and so I would have all the necessary amenities conveniently all to myself.

By living with the native Asians I was able to learn more intricate things about the Asian people. Each time I was hosted with a couple from a different Asian community and so by the end of the tour I had a very rich understanding of different Asiatic customs and traditions. I was able to live with a Chinese couple, a Mal couple, an Indian couple, and a Vietnamese couple.

One of the greatest advantage of this arrangement was the fact that I was able to enjoy different types of home cooked Asian cuisine.

 

Getting my first house through the flatsdb.com website

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When I got my first job I was very excited. This is because finally I had a chance to lead an independent life. I would have my own money and I would be able to start my adult life. The job I got was many miles from where I was still living with my parents. The journey to the work place was a three hours journey. It was impractical to continue living with my parents and so immediately I got the recruitment letter I set out to look for a house close to the offices where I would be working from.

Getting a vacant house in Singapore is not easy, especially if you are not familiar with the given area where you are looking. The HDB flats which make up the bulk of the residential dwelling places are massive high rises with hundreds of apartments in one unit.  Looking for a vacant house in these mammoth buildings is a formidable undertaking.

Despite the tough challenge, I had to get a house and I had to get one pretty fast. Given the short time I had to get a house, I quickly went for one of the fastest ways of getting a vacant house. This is by using the online real estate listings. There are many real estate listing sites for HDB houses around Singapore but I decided to use the flastdb.com website.

In the flatsdb.com website, I was able to get detailed information about the many available houses in Singapore. One of the major advantages that the site provided for me is the fact that I could base my search on the location. I could look for vacancies that were within the region where I wanted to be living in.

Other advantages of using flatsdb.com is the fact that I was able to learn more about the houses. For example, the rent for each of the available units was clearly indicated. I needed a master room or a common room since I did not have a lot of funds. The flatsdb.com website provided me with several options of master rooms and common rooms that were within the region.

Some of the listings included a photo of the given vacant rooms. As such one could make a better decision considering even the minor details such as the color of the walls in the houses. Using the flatsdb.com website, I found no need to rent a house using the help of house agents.

Using house agents was my other option in trying to find a vacant suitable house within a short period. Using the online house listings was however a much better approach since it saved me a lot of time looking for the agents and it also saved me the costs that I would have to incur in contracting the services of the house agents.

I was finally able to pick a master room of my choice from the many that were presented in the flatsdb.com website. Before I rented it, I first visited the house to ensure that what I was getting was actually what I wanted.

 

Factors that influence health including the environment that we live in

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Health is a very important aspect in life. A happy life requires one to have good health. Health basically refers to a situation where all the bodily functions and organs are operating normally without any problems. Often times the body might face different abnormalities that might need to suffering or improper bodily functions. At such times the individual might be said to be unwell. The best instance of an individual experiencing bad or poor health is when one is sick.

Sickness is a condition that is detestable and no one would want to be sick. Sickness is often accompanied by pain and feelings of discomfort. When people are sick, they are usually not able to function or carry out their usual activities as they would like. For example, when sick many people are not able to report to work and if they struggle and work, they are not able to perform at optimum.

Ill health can be caused by many things. Many times we focus on causes of ill health such as poor diet, pollutions, bad life styles, and hereditary factors. However, we should also consider environmental factors that can affect our health.

The environment is basically our surroundings. For many people the environment in which they live in is pretty constant since they do not have to move around often. For example, for most people, their daily lives usually comprises moving from home to the work place and back again. For such people, their environment could be said to be the environment at the workplace, and the environment at home.

It is usually not easy to change the environment where we work from. However, we usually have a lot of say on where we want to live. In order to help sustain and promote our health, it is important that we chose home environments that are good for our health.

A good living home environment should for example be free of pollutions such as any chemical risks that might affect our health. A good example is ensuring that our houses are asbestos free. In Singapore, the government initiated HDB flats are generally supposed to be free of this. However, if one lives in a private house should always carry out an asbestos test on the house just to be sure.

Other chemical pollutants that we should always try to keep away from includes toxic emissions especially such as those found in residences close to factories and other processing plants.

While looking for a house to live in, one should also consider one’s own physical health and conditions. For example, whereas common rooms for rent are suitable enough for many kinds of people and are actually advantageous due to their cost saving, they could also prove to be unsuitable for some.

People such as pregnant mothers need a lot of space and fresh air. A common room might not be appropriate for such a person since the conditions might be too stressful for the mother and the stress will impact negatively on the growing baby.

Easy profitable work from home jobs for stay at home moms

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A good job is one that helps people in focusing their energies towards a significant goal and also keeping one intellectually stimulated – especially where there is healthy competition among peers. Unfortunately the choice between keeping a full time job and staying with the kids at home is one of the hardest decisions that a mother has to make. Many times having to make this choice is detrimental to a woman’s dream of career progression.

The possibility of working from home and being able to reach similar goals as other women has changed the fortunes of a lot of women and they do not have to sacrifice any of the two. Here are some examples of work at home jobs for women;

Women who have a good knowledge of certain subjects or are fluent in more than one language can engage themselves in online tutoring. Students have been receiving help from tutors for a long time to improve their grades in different school subjects, but with a computer and good internet connection, a stay at home mum can easily provide this services remotely. A normal tutor can assist only one or two students at a time but virtual tutors are able to assist many students at the same time. Tutor.com and studypool.com are some of the sites that hire virtual tutors who can work from home.

Women who command a good following on social media can join affiliate marketing programs where one can sell items and services that are posted on these websites for a commission. Amazon.com is one of the websites that offers a wide range of products that one can sell for a commission in the comfort of your home.

Every company whether big or small needs vigorous advertisement to reach its desired clients. Graphic designers are people who are good in listening and coming up with awesome design solutions and hence they are able to understand the needs of a client and create attractive magazines, flyers, catalogs and different kind of advertisements. Women who are good in graphic design can easily design advertisements from home.

For women who have good skills in editing and can proofread written blogs, articles and content. There are many sites which offer this kind of jobs with flexible timelines and this can be done from home. Women can easily find these jobs on upwork.com, freelancer.com and guru.com

Women who have good computer skills and technical understanding of internet search engines can work as search engine evaluators. These are people who ensure that users of search engines like Google get desired results when they search for something on the internet. Women are known to have very good organizational and coordination skills which can be put into good use in this field of work.

Remote interviews through the telephone are now a common survey method that can easily be done by women from the confines of their home. Armed with a telephone and pre-determined set of questions, telephone interviews can easily be conducted by women at home.

Shopping is not always easy, especially shopping for musical appliances

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Shopping is becoming tougher and tougher as days go by. When I was a young kid and I would be sent to the shop, I would have a very easy time. My mother would simply send me for bread, or for milk, for cheese or for lettuce. Today I cannot send my kids to go shopping themselves, they will be overwhelmed by the wide array of products.

In our stores or shopping malls, the buyer is today confronted by a plethora of items to choose from many of which are basically the same product but each product having unique differences. Today you cannot send your kid and simply tell them to get bread you have to tell them exactly what kind of bread you want. Today’s products are numerous due to numerous companies producing similar products that are differentiated in terms of flavor, size, texture, packaging, quality, warranty, and many other distinctions.

One of the toughest things that I have ever shopped for was musical appliances. Being the secretary of a local music group that we have in our neighborhood, I was tasked with shopping around for some of the items that we needed for the club.

Shopping for musical appliances was a tough job because it was something that I had never done before. I also did not have a clue about many of the things that I had been tasked with buying. The only names on the list that I was familiar with were guitar, mic, and keyboard. These names were however within compound names such as mic preamps. I knew what a mic was but had no clue what a pre amp was.

Since I did not want to let down the club I did not tell them about my ignorance. I quietly planned to go to the internet and simply do a search of the items and I would know what they were; and that is exactly what I did.

However, I was in for a rude shock. Whenever I searched for an item on the internet I was presented by multiple variations of the same thing. For example, when I checked for a mic preamp, I was presented with several mic pre amps all claiming to be different from the others. Luckily, the group had specifically listed down that the amplifier they wanted was a fender blues Jr.

The internet was however not wholesomely useless. At least, many of the different variations of the items I wanted had some detailed reviews that I could read and understand about what their functions were, where they could be used, their prices, their advantages and disadvantages, and some other useful tips. Although it was a tedious time consuming task, at least after reading the reviews I had much more knowledge of the appliances and I could easily select the appliances that would be best applicable for our club.

After two long tedious days of scouring over the internet, I was able to come up with a list of the items I needed.

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What is the best musical gift for a graduating music student?

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Next week I will be going to visit my younger brother in Atlanta. It is about two years since we were last together. My brother moved to Atlanta to complete his music post graduate course and I have been busy working on some out-of-the-country projects for the company I work for.

Despite not meeting physically, my brother and I have been in constant communication. Thanks to the advanced modern technologies of this new age, we were able to chat and send messages through the internet. Many times we also talked through video calls; this is when the time in our different time zones allowed us to have some free time that we could use catch up. Due to this continuous communication, we have been able to keep abreast of all the developments in each of our activities.

My brother is my only sibling and so we are very close. We share in most of our issues. Therefore, I want to be there when my brother is finally graduating from his college. Our parents will also be going to Atlanta and so it would be very important that the whole family is there. Luckily, my company has allowed me a few days off and my wife has also been given some time off at her work place.

Since this will be a monumental occasion for my brother, we want to buy him a special graduation gift that he can appreciate and remember for a long time. I need to get a gift that he will love and one that can be used often.

My wife suggested that the best gift would be a musical instrument. I had at first thought of buying for my brother a special kind of clothing or footwear but I guess my wife’s idea, as usual, is better. Since my brother would be graduating with some honors in music, it was only fitting to get him a gift related to music.

Luckily I know that my brother’s musical instruments of choice are the guitar and the piano. I remember when we were kids how he had always fussed about having the digital piano in his room since he wanted to practice one tune or another. His passion or the instrument had continued into his adulthood.

His passion for the guitar had developed later. I noticed his interest in guitar when he was in high school. He had quickly become very good in guitar until he was performing musical pieces in competitions among the schools and within the township.

Since I am not aware of any other instrument that he loves playing, our choice for a gift has to be between these two.

Since I want to buy a quality gift, buying a grand piano would be too inconveniencing due to transportation and storage issues. A guitar is a better choice for a gift. It is easily portable and my brother can easily find storage for it. Due to its easy portability and storage, my brother can also use it often and it will be a good reminder of his graduation.

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Despite the glamour and appeal, becoming a rock star is tough stuff

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Becoming a rock star is the dream of many teenagers. For me, my desire to become a rock star was much more than the desire of any Tom, Dick and Harry. When I first saw a live rock performance by a rock band that had come touring in our town, I had decided that I had to be a rock star. Becoming a rock star was always going to be difficult for me due to my parents’ complete distaste for anything that was not centered on my education.

My parents were both raised in very poor families. Through hard work in their studies they had both been able to finally lead descent lives. Due to their upbringing, my parents therefore had a lot of faith in education and since they did not want me to suffer as they did, they desperately insisted that I also study hard to get a bright future.

Well, I understand them completely and I put a lot of effort in my studies. I actually manage very good grades and although I am never top of my class, I always mange to be among the top. However, I believe that my parents take things a bit too far by restricting me from doing other activities especially fun activities which they believe will derail me.

The rock band had however created a deep desire in me that could not be swept aside so easily. I remember that I could for a long time afterwards replay their performance in my mind. I could hear the highly amplified bass guitar sound booming through the numerous loud speakers that they had arranged in front of the stage where they were performing. I could also replay the energetic moves of the lead vocalist who was also playing a rhythm guitar.

The harsh booming and surprisingly rhythmic music of the three guitars that were being used were amplified by what I learnt later were some very expensive tube amplifiers. I was fascinated at how just three guitars could cause such a paradoxically rhythmic cacophony of sounds. The sound had such a great effect on the crowds that people were crazily chanting and swaying to the music. For that brief moment, the rock stars had been transformed into gods. I decided I also wanted to have that power.

Since I could not openly declare my ambitions to my parents, I would sneak out in the afternoons and visit a friend who lived a block away from our house who had an electric guitar. He was also learning to play and had not advanced very much in learning how to play.

When I had decided to become a rock star, I had not thought that learning to play the guitar would be so hard. Watching the rock stars on stage effortless strum their guitars had seemed to be an easy thing to do. I had imagined that I would quickly learn the guitar and go on to become a legend on the stage. A few visits to my friend with the electric guitar comprehensively convinced me otherwise.

I was just not cut to be a guitarist. That was the end of my dreams of becoming a rock star. I went back to my books!

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How to become a music technician

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When people think of the music industry, or when they listen to songs and albums, they focus on the singers themselves, and how talented they must be, to make such wonderful-sounding music. That is certainly true; that the singers are very important when it comes to how good a record will sound, but it excludes the integral roles that are played by other parties in making the song sound the way it does.

The next person that people usually think of when they think of the people involved in producing music is the music producer. Again, this is fair because the music producer is the one who is in charge of the overall conception and production of the song, mixtape or album.

The people who are seldom remembered are the music technicians, even though it is arguable that they play roles that are as important, if not more important that all the other people who are involved in the music production process.

The music technicians are the ones who check to make sure that everything that will be used in recording the music is in good working order, and tuned to provide the sound possible. The importance of their work is highlighted by the fact that most of the things they do are so technical that neither the artists themselves, nor the music producers would be able to do them without the technicians being involved. In the world of sound production, one incorrect setting could mean the difference between a great-sounding record and one that sounds terrible.

In order to become a music technician, it is usually advisable that you acquire a degree from a college or other educational institution. Some educational institutions exist that focus specifically on music education, and a degree from one of those would be a great way to get credibility on the industry in as short a period of time as possible.

While it is important to get a formal education; as with all technician roles in all industries, the most important consideration will simply be whether or not you know what you are doing, In order to be recognised, hired and allowed to work on important projects, you must be able to show an understanding of the various instruments and equipment used in the music production process and a proficiency in making them work together in order to produce the best sound possible.

Doing this could involve physically adjusting things on instruments or using digital interfaces such as a computer or MIDI controller to manipulate settings in order to get them at optimal levels to make sounds being produced sound as good as possible.

The prospects of a music technician are very impressive. After working as a sound engineer or in whatever technician role for some years, whether in a single studio or in many different ones, a music technician will usually have acquired the essential skills and the reputation to change careers and become a music producer, thereby taking on a wider and more lucrative role in the music production process.

 

Finding the best machine for working-out from home

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Many times people want to work out but the options for working out that are at their disposal are simply not ideal. For example, the way that is most commonly known and accepted is running or walking. Despite it being a cheap method and quite easy, it has many disadvantages such as; it takes up a lot of time, one has to be in a safe neighborhood with good roads or paths, the weather has to be favorable, it can only be done during the day or in well lighted roads, and finally running is known to cause damage to the knees of runners after a long time.

The other widely accepted way of working out is by joining a gym. Gyms can be very effective but again they have disadvantages such as; you have to share the facilities with many strangers, you might be grouped up in a class of people whose needs are not similar to yours or whose pace of developing is different, gyms are costly, and in some gyms you can only visit at certain times.

The best solution therefore seems to be where one can work out in the comfort of their homes i.e. a home gym. This however brings about other major issues. One thing is that you could have a home gym but you never use it. This is because with a home gym you do not have much motivation unlike in a public gym where the influence of others and the fact that you have paid for the facilities will drive you to consistency. In a home gym one does not have an instructor or trainer and so they only do what they feel like doing. This can be limiting in that one will not push themselves to the limit to attain their goals.

I had this dilemma and did not know what to do. I simply did not like the gym but I knew that if I invested in a home gym it would likely go unused like many gyms I have seen in many of my friends’ homes. I was not interested in any intense workout routines and only wanted some cardio exercise to control my bulging waistline which had become a concern for my wife and she was always pointing out that I should do something about it.

Incidentally, she was the one who was to come up with the solution for my problem. I think despite her pointing out my rounded midsection, she could also notice that she was also quite in the same boat.

One day while driving home she casually asked what I thought about buying a working out machine. I had not thought about this since my mind had been stuck on the thought that working out at home meant having a gym at home. I now realized that it was not necessary to have a complete gym.

I quickly warmed to the idea and we decided to shop around and see what was on offer.

After thorough shopping, we both agreed that the rowing machine looked like the best machine for us. It took up very little space, it was fun to use, it worked on many body parts and muscles, it did not pose a huge risk for injuries, and it was quite effective for burning calories, which was our number one goal.

Protection from Financial Fraud- Guide to Retirees

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For some individuals, getting into the retirement age means full stop on all the usual activities that defined their professional life. This is considered as the perfect time to enjoy the retirement fund, and all activities that were not fully explored during busy days. For others, the retirement age is also a time to explore the world and what it can offer. So it is no longer surprising to know that some retirees start their new phase in life by buying plane tickets to experience a different adventure. Sure, these are the common approaches on how to spend the retirement age. But did you know that there are other productive things you can do even if you are recently retired? In fact, according to recent studies, retirees should even consider different kinds of activities that can keep their mind sharp and keep them physically fit. And if you are just creative enough, you will also find a number of opportunities that will not only keep your mind and body healthy, but will also help you earn extra cash. Just remember, seniors and recent retirees are often the target of scammers so it pays to be extra careful.

Red Flags to Keep in Mind

Retirees are often involved in a number of financial transactions, and the bulk of these transactions is related to their retirement packages and potential investment schemes. And the problem is that there are some retirees out there who are not even aware that they are being targeted. If are recently retired or you have a family member who is recently retired, then it pays to understand the usual red flags associated with potential financial fraud as indicated in the same study.

According to the study, roughly a quarter of the seniors are receiving mails and calls related to lotteries, cash and other financial schemes. These promotions usually flood the inbox and may contain information that the recipient has won money, or that another person is asking for help. Some of these e-mails are invitations to join investment schemes and questionable online jobs. Although not all online jobs are scams, there are fly-by-night companies that are just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting retirees. If you receive these invitations, make sure you research on the company and ask for referrals and testimonials. There are tested online jobs that can work, including Toluna and Ipsos. Toluna has been around since 2000, so its longevity is one testament to its authenticity. Another option is to try out Ipsos i-Say, another paid survey opportunity online.

The same survey also indicated the common complaint among retirees regarding financial decisions. Many respondents indicated that they are not confident enough in making investing decisions. And some added that they are confused or they don’t understand the financial decisions made in their behalf.

What to Do to Get Protection?

Understanding and knowing the red flags is the first step towards financial independence and protection. In short, access to information goes a long way in protecting oneself against financial fraud. It also does not hurt to contact regulatory agencies and other non-governmental organizations to seek financial help, or to confirm the authenticity of some proposed investing schemes.