Experiencing Thailand in Singapore

I know what you may be thinking, how can you experience Thailand in Singapore? Well, you may have guessed that there would be a little China or a little India in Singapore but did you know that there is actually a little Thailand? Singapore has and always will be one of the most diversified cultures in Asia with influences from all around the world and although you may have not pictured it out, Thailand actually has a special spot in Singapore.

Little Thailand might fool you at first glance as you pass by because of the multiple travel agencies and money changers which do not look so appealing but do not let this facade fool you. Golden Mile Complex is as Thailand as Singapore can get and everything from the clothing stores, the restaurants, the alleys, and even the people give off a huge resemblance of Thailand. Fun fact. The Golden Mile Complex actually has the biggest variety of Basil around in Singapore.

As you know, Thai food is composed of a large variety of vegetables which is why it is not a surprise that in little Thailand, you will find a huge variety of these vegetables. Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for, Thai food. Starting from the supermarket, you will already find food stalls around and even a small noodle bar but look around a little more and you’d find a stand that sells bananas fried in flour and coconut oil.

Although the taste may be a bit hard to picture out, the experience is absolutely beautiful. Hidden around the mall, you’ll find one of the most authentic Thai restaurants around called the Beerthai House Restaurant. The reason why we can so confidently claim that this place is authentic is because the owner of Beerthai House is also the president of the International Thai Chef Association of Singapore. What else proof would you possibly need?

Although not verified but there has been a rumor going on that they let you order Thai dishes even if they are off the menu. Have a try and see for yourself. These are just a few of the hidden gems you can find in the Thailand of Singapore and although this may not seem like much, the authenticity will amaze you as how they were able to retain the ingenuity of Thailand in Singapore. Singapore is a place that will amaze you as there is always something new to discover.

5 Surprising Benefits of Alcohol You Should Know

Drinking alcohol can be a lot like a tightrope walk – while it can offer certain health benefits and can be a great way to unwind after a long day, it can also lead to a lot of health problems later on. The key is to keep it balanced.

Of course, you don’t have to start drinking just for the health benefits, but when you already do, here are a few that can give you reason enough to be comfortable with having a drink or two:

1. Alcohol can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease
Multiple studies have shown that alcohol, when consumed in moderate amounts, can raise HDL (high-density lipoproteins), otherwise known as “good” cholesterol, which has been linked to better protection against different heart diseases.

Moderate drinking has also been linked to other benefits, from better response to insulin (an enzyme that allows the body to store glucose) to improvements in blood clotting.

2. A drink or two can improve your libido
One drink a day can help to improve your sex life. Even though alcohol is considered to be a depressant (it limits activity in the nervous system), consuming small amounts can build your libido and help to protect against erectile dysfunction.

3. You are less likely to be diabetic
Healthy adults taking two glasses a day can have a lowered overall chance of developing type-2 diabetes when compared to healthy adults who don’t drink at all, ad this is because small amounts of alcohol can increase a person’s sensitivity to insulin.

4. You’re less likely to develop dementia
When taken in small amounts, alcohol can cause moderate amounts of stress in brain cells. Because they are able to respond appropriately to the stress caused to them, they are able to build themselves up to withstand more stress better, which keeps dementia at bay.

5. Alcohol can make you live longer
Drinking can even add a few years to your life, especially when small amounts are consumed during meals (and only consumed during lunch and dinner) as part of a Mediterranean diet. However, with this type of regular consumption, the rest of the day needs to be alcohol-free.

How Much Should You Drink?
Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol means taking one drink per day at most for women of all ages, as well as men over the age of sixty-five. For those sixty-five and below, the amount is up to two drinks.

How much you should drink also depends on the type of alcohol you drink. For beer, the amount is 355 milliliters (or 12 fluid ounces), 148 milliliters (5 fluid ounces) for wine), and 44 milliliters (1.5 fluid ounces) for distilled spirits or drinks with a proof of 80 or higher.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Fabrics and Leather

Ink can stain clothes and leather in really noticeable ways, but while it may seem like a guarantee that you’ll never be able to wear ink-stained clothes again, there’s no need to fret just yet.

In fact, when treated properly, you can remove the stains and salvage your laundry if you catch the ink stains and treat them beforehand. Depending on the type of ink and the material stained, there are a number of ways to treat the stain.

Types of Leather
When it comes to removing ink from leather, it’s important to know what the type of leather is. There are generally three types: suede, smooth, and vinyl/synthetic leather.

Of the three, vinyl/synthetic leather is easily the most durable. Smooth leather can be cleaned by yourself, but do observe caution when doing so, and ink-stained suede should be taken to a professional as soon as possible.

Removing Ink Stains from Leather
The best way to remove ink stains from leather by yourself is by dampening a white cotton cloth with isopropyl alcohol and gently swabbing from the outside-in. Keep the work area small and replace the swab once you see the ink coming off.

Keep blotting this way until you see the ink disappear, but do so gently to keep the leather’s color and layers.
Once done, allow the garment to air-dry. Ideally, you want to air-dry the leather in between treatments as to give it some time to rest before going at it again, especially if the stain is old.

Removing Ink Stains from Cloth
Pen ink is one of the most difficult stains that can get onto fabrics, especially when they explode in a pocket during a hot day or when left in the dryer.

When it comes to most fabrics and the different types of ink that can stain them, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

• Ballpoint – In homes and offices, ballpoint pens are a staple. But when they leave stains, the best way to treat them is by swabbing them with a cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol.

If the ink remains, mix a small amount of oxygen-based bleach with cool water and submerge the garment in it. Rinse and repeat.

• Permanent marker – Do the same as that with ballpoint ink. However, if the stain won’t come out, consider dyeing the garment with a darker color to mask the stain.

• Washable marker – Do the same as that with ballpoint ink. However, if the stain won’t come out, take it to your professional dry cleaner to have it cleaned. Be sure to point out the stain as well as the steps you’ve taken to reduce it.

Benefits (and Possible Drawbacks) of Swimming

Swimming can be a great pastime specially because of the heat in Singapore. It can also be a great sport and fitness endeavor. We get a lot of benefits from swimming, but if we’re not careful, there can also be problems.

• Full-body workout: When you swim, you’re using most of the muscles in your body. You use your arms, legs, even you’re core and back are also engaged. Because of this, you’ll not only gain muscle strength, but also a toned figure. Take a look at Joseph Schooling’s physique, you’ll easily notice the definition of his muscles.

• Flexibility: You can easily improve flexibility through swimming. Because we do broad ranges of motion with our limbs while swimming, we train the joints and ligaments in various parts of our body to become more responsive to stretching. When we become more flexible, it reduces the likelihood of us getting injured.

• Stress relief: Much like meditation, the breathing exercises in swimming can also give a calming and therapeutic effect. The rhythmic breathing that you use when you swim can actually help you relax. In addition, floating peacefully on a pool can help you drown out all the worries and stress. The sound of water and the feeling of floating can help you unwind after a tiring day.

• A life-skill: The fact of the matter is, water is all around us. We are surrounded by bodies of water, great oceans and small rivers and lakes alike. Learning to swim is a life-skill because it is essential for our survival. Not only does learning to swim save you from drowning, it also gives you the capability to help others who might be caught in the dangerous situation themselves.

• Chlorine: Chlorine is a chemical added to the water in most swimming pools. While it is necessary to keep the water clean, frequent exposure to chlorine can cause damage to us humans. For one, it can be absorbed by the lungs while breathing and can cause respiratory problems like asthma. It also strips the natural oils off of our hair and skin, leaving them dry and damaged.

• Doesn’t help much with weight loss: Even though it is a full-body workout, it has been found that swimming doesn’t really help with intense calorie burning. It is a great way to keep fit but doesn’t actually produce significant results for weight loss.

• Other factors: Firstly, when swimming outdoors, we are overly exposed to the sun. Because our body is surrounded by water, we may not notice the sunburn. The darkening of our skin as a result of overexposure to the sun should also not be taken lightly. Secondly, swimming out in the open can also be quite dangerous. The current is not exactly stable and can be strong enough to pull you in. Also, there are aquatic animals that can harm you physically if you’re not vigilant.

5 Ways to Make A Habit Stick

So, you’ve gone to an Active SG gym or you’ve gotten into the habit of running for stress relief. But days later, some unknown force is driving you to go back to bed and you find it hard to go out and exercise. Getting rid of bad unhealthy habits can be one thing, but making a new habit stick is also a different story. Here, then, are some tips to get you taking up that hobby in no time.

Ask yourself how much you can do
When it comes to making a habit stick, ask yourself how much of it you can do in one time optimally as little as possible early on. Check everything, your work, your food, the amount of time you get sleep, etc. Let’s go back to the example of going to the gym. You’ve checked everything and found that you can only go once a week. But don’t be disheartened, you were able to stick to it and you’ve become healthier because you went to the gym 52 times a year, rather than having not gone at all.

Dedicate a month to it
Probably the most efficient (and quickest) way to make a habit stick is to do it for a whole 30-31 days straight. This might sound intimidating but it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll stick to a habit when you do it without missing a day. Plus, only the initial days can be hard because you’re still adjusting. But once you’ve gotten used to it, you’ll find it quite easy.

Don’t miss in consecutive days
Let’s say you were able to do it for thirty days straight. You might be tempted to take a break once you finish 30 long days of continuous practice of a habit. Even so, it is crucial to not miss two straight days of doing a habit. If you allow yourself to do this once, you’ll do it more in the future.

Stay in a positive environment
If you want a new habit to stick, make sure that the people around you respect and support you in your choice. If you want to get rid of the habit of smoking, don’t go to places that may tempt you to do it. Your environment can have a greater impact on you than you would think, and saying that you alone can push yourself to make a habit stick is a grave mistake.

Picture your future self
When trying to kick a bad habit or making a good one stick, try to imagine what you would look like or how your life has changed (for better or for worse) in the future. An example should be appropriate here. You’re currently thinking about taking meditation as a habit, but you still have reservations. Picture yourself in the future, “I’ve been meditating for a year now, I am less stressed from work and am living a healthy lifestyle”. Something like that.

Chlamydia: Things You Need to Know

Caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, Chlamydia is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Singapore. Although symptoms of chlamydia are typically mild or none at all, serious complications can cause permanent damage to one’s health.

What Are the Complications?

If you see a doctor right away after suspecting you have been infected, you’ll have greater chance of clearing yourself up with no lasting health effects. But if you wait too long to treat the infection, it’s not impossible to experience serious—even fatal—health complications.

In women, chlamydia primarily infects the cervix and then eventually finding its way to fallopian tubes, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Once the infection aggravates, it can cause severe pelvic pains, infertility, and ectopic pregnancies, which results to miscarriage or even death of the mother. If the child in the womb of an infected mother survives, the bacteria can infect the newborn, causing eye infections and/or pneumonia.

Chlamydia in men, although less common, can also develop into a serious health problem. If left untreated, the bacterium can cause inflammation of the epididymis, as well as scarring of the urethra. It can also spread to the patient’s prostate gland, causing fever, pain during intercourse, and discomfort in the lower back. Whether the STD creates an impact in men’s fertility, however, is still unclear.

How Is It Spread?

Chlamydia can be transmitted through anal, vaginal, or oral sex. It can also be passed from a conceiving mother to her baby during the delivery.

Any sexually active individual is prone to chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater your risk of infection. When you go for std test in Singapore, it is important to check for all possible illnesses. Because the opening of the uterus of teenage girls is not fully matured yet, this makes them at higher risk for infection, if they practice unprotected sex.

Since this STD can be transmitted through anal or oral sex, men who engage in same sex intercourse are also prone to chlamydia.

What Are the Symptoms of Chlamydia?

Most cases of chlamydia in both men and women show no symptoms. However, if symptoms occur, it’s usually after one to three weeks following the contact. In women, some of the most common symptoms include vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain during intercourse, and spotting or light bleeding after sex. In men, there can be burning sensation when urinating, pain around the urethra (opening of the penis), and penile discharge. However, these are non-specific symptoms and may occur due to a variety of reasons.

Since it’s also possible to get infected through anal intercourse, be watchful for symptoms like unexplainable pain, bleeding, and abnormal discharge in the rectum. When infected through oral sex, symptoms may occur in the throat. A sore throat, fever, or cough could be signs of infection.

What Tests to Take for Detecting Chlamydia?

A Singapore healthcare provider needs to run a series of test to diagnose chlamydia. The test is done by collecting a urine sample from the patient or can be done during a pelvic exam where the doctor collects a swab from the vagina or from the cervix. Usually, it takes a few days up to a week to get the results.

However, remember that chlamydia screening isn’t necessarily done in conjunction with a Pap test. While some physicians do it with the Pap test, many don’t so make sure to ask your doctor if you wish to get checked for chlamydial infections.

How to Treat Chlamydia?

The good thing is that chlamydia is very easy to treat when detected early. Since it is bacterial, it is curable with antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the antibiotics prescribed by Singapore doctors in a single, large dose or can also be spread out over five days. Doxycycline is also another antibiotic that’s taken twice a day for about a week.

Your physician may prescribe other antibiotics. Regardless of which antibiotic you’re given, follow the dosage instructions carefully to ensure that the infection completely clears up. However, even after being cured, it’s still possible to get infected again.

How to Prevent Chlamydia?

It may not be easy to discuss your reproductive health and activities with a healthcare provider, but it’s a critical step to prevent chlamydial infections. Annual STD screening in Singapore is highly recommended for all sexually active people—men and women, teenagers and adults. Get tested for chlamydia and other STDS between each partner, and if you can, convince them to get checked as well.

Similarly, pregnant women and those who are trying to conceive must also get screened as chlamydia can infect babies through vaginal delivery. Other than STD screening in Singapore, here are some more ways on how you can protect yourself against chlamydia and other STDs.

• Abstinence. The surest way to avoid getting infected is to abstain from sex, not just from vaginal intercourse but from anal and oral intercourse as well.

• Minimize Number of Partners. If possible, only commit to a mutually monogamous relationship. With this, you can be sure that you and your partner are the only people involve when it comes to verifying your reproductive health.

• Use Condoms. When used correctly and consistently, condoms can greatly reduce the risk of transmission of any STD, whether you engage in vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse.

Keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure. If you are sexually active, don’t leave it to chance and make sure to talk about STD prevention with your healthcare provider.