9 Ways to Motivate Yourself

Whether you’re preparing for an exam or you’re about to apply for that dream job, take a step back and follow these points before nervousness and anxiety take over.

1. Visualize Your Goals

The best way to motivate yourself to do your best is to visualize where you want to be a few years from now. Plan and don’t be afraid to dream big. Be realistic with your visions however. You should have short-term and long-term goals, but keep your mind open for other opportunities too.

2. Write it Down

Start a journal or you can just place sticky notes on the mirror so that every time you prepare for the day, you will be reminded of why you’re working hard. Some people give up halfway because of challenges, but a reminder should be enough push to get you going again.

3. Get Enough Sleep and Rest

Beat stress and anxiety with a good night’s sleep. You’ll feel fresh and clear-headed. Don’t decide when you’re tired. Rest for a bit so you can meditate and think about what you need to do. If that isn’t enough, treat yourself to a warm delicious meal or go out and exercise.

4. Reward Your Hard Work

Give yourself a pat on the head every time you accomplish something. Buy a new pair of shoes, watch that movie you’ve been dying to see or eat your favorite dessert. One job well done is one small step towards your goal.

5. Listen to Music

Feeling stressed and worn out? Listen to your favorite song or experiment with a new genre. Sing along and don’t mind what the neighbors say about your voice. Music is food for the soul. It’s also a great background for meditation and relaxation.

6. Prepare Smartly

Prepare everything you need ahead of time. That way you will still have a window for other plans. You are more likely to feel anxious if you rush and make mistakes. Plan and make a list of the tasks you need to complete before a deadline or an event.

7. Micromanage Tasks

People procrastinate because they don’t know how to begin a task. If a project at school for example seems like a hike up mountain, divide it into manageable tasks so it’s easier to complete. Don’t delay and start early so you still have time for corrections and additions.

8. Enjoy Your Tasks

Find joy in whatever you’re doing. Look in the mirror and erase that wrinkle on your forehead with a smile. Think about the reward if you’re finding it difficult to finish the job. Take short breaks while you’re working. Remind yourself what it is you’re after. Keep in mind that no worthwhile goal is easy to accomplish.

9. Don’t Compare

If you start looking at other people’s accomplishments, you will start seeing your shortcomings. Understand that everyone was a newbie once. Even your company’s CEO didn’t know everything the first time he/she started. Healthy competition is good for you, but jealousy is poison.

The Best Portable Video Games in History

Whether you have Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Shield Portable or any of the retro portable gaming devices, these are the games you need to check out.

Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)
In this social simulation game, players have to complete tasks in the village of anthropomorphic animals.

Astro Boy: Omega Factor (Game Boy Advance)
The game closely follows the television adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga. Astro’s adventures, from his birth until his rebirth, is chronicled in this beat ‘em up game.

Doom 3 BFG Edition (Shield Portable)
The experiments in a research facility at Mars have accidentally opened a portal to Hell. The player has to fight the demons invading Earth.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Snake manages the mercenaries Soldiers Without Borders and at the same time performs the missions himself. The objective is to stop the Peace Sentinels in Costa Rica.

Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy)
This is the first handheld game of the series and a direct sequel of the first game. Samus is sent to Planet SR388 to eliminate the threat of the Space Pirates.

Pokemon Yellow Version (Game Boy and Game Boy Color)
Players fight other Pokemon with his own in this turn-based role-playing game. The goal is to garner experience points to level up the Pokemon or catch more.

Silent Hill Origins (PSP)
This is the prequel of the series and is about Travis Grady’s search for a girl in Silent Hill. The player has to solve puzzles, explore, and defeat monsters.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear)
Sonic and Tails are trying to gather the scattered Chaos Emeralds after a test performed by Dr. Robotnik went wrong, but they are stopped by Knuckles the Echidna.

Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
This is a remake of the earlier version of the game. The gameplay is also similar, allowing the players to control the Fox’s Arwing Fighter. However, it has a battle mode that supports up to 4 players.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
When Mario was absent, Wario placed a spell on the Mario Land so they’d think he was the ruler. The objective is pretty much similar to the other games.

Tales of Phantasia (Game Boy Advance and PSP)
This role-playing game lets the player directly control one character during the battles against the forces of sorcerer-king Dhaos.

Tetris (Electronika 60)
Shapes composed of four blocks must be placed horizontally to create a 10-block line without gaps. The game has different versions for various platforms and is quite addictive.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy, Game Boy Color)
The player controls Link who is stranded in the Koholint Island. He has to wake the Wind Fish so he can return home.

WarioWare: Twisted! (Game Boy Advance)
Wario’s Game Boy Advance is broken so he asked for Dr. Crygor’s help. This puzzle and rhythm game features mini games that the player has to figure out in seconds.

The Benefits of Ebooks


Since the advent of online publishing, access to books, journals, magazines, and newspapers has become easier. The ebooks have become an indispensable tool for students, teachers and book lovers.

These are some of the benefits of ebooks.

  1. Access to rare, out-of-print and limited titles. There are tons of books that cannot be found in bookstores or libraries. There are also books that are no longer printed for mass distribution like scholarly works from the early 1900s. If you happen to find one, they’re either in a bad condition or are too expensive. There are websites like Project Gutenberg and Many Books that offer a selection of free books for legal download.


  1. Access to short works of authors. From time to time, some authors write short stories or essays that they don’t want printed. Some are written as short prequels or alternate stories for their book series. Most of the new writers nowadays post links to these short works online or provide them as freebies whenever you purchase their books.


  1. A virtual library with unlimited space. Admit it, most book lovers love to hoard books. But what do you do if you don’t have enough space in your apartment for more books? A virtual library can duplicate your physical bookshelf. You can store as many titles as long as you have enough space. Documents after all take up less space than music or video files. You don’t have to worry about keeping books safe from insects or dirt.

  1. Read from any device or e-reader. You can read from your computer, phone or e-readers that are available in the market. Do you fear that your e-reader might run out of power? The simple solution is to treat it like you would treat your cellular phone—make sure it’s fully charged before you go out. Charge it when you’re not reading or you’re doing other things.


  1. No need to wait for deliveries. Sometimes it takes weeks for a new book to arrive when you order online. It’s also not uncommon for some books to be released in parts of the world at different dates. For example, there are fantasy novels released months earlier in Europe than the rest of world. Ebooks don’t have such restrictions.


  1. Access to free or discounted books. There are a lot of free ebooks from different genres available online. Just choose legitimate websites to download your ebooks to get the best quality. Some titles are also cheaper than their printed counterparts. If you want to save up, buy ebooks. Young unpublished writers also post their novels online.


  1. Read anytime, anywhere on your device. Try lugging an omnibus of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan wherever you go. It has 14 books, each one averaging 700 pages. With ebooks, you can also read when in bed without having to hurt your arms. You can even read in the dark. You can adjust the settings to reduce the brightness and change the font size too.

Organizing Your Bookshelf at Home


When you have a lot of books at home, it’s sometimes difficult to look for one that you need right away if they are haphazardly stacked on the shelves. There are many benefits to having a well-organized bookshelf besides needing less time to search. You can use the books as decoration for your home and it will be easier to keep your books clean and free from insects and dust if they’re stacked neatly.

You don’t need to make a catalogue for your books, unless of course if you’re planning to imitate a library. Here are some ways to organize your books with function in mind.



Bookstores and libraries use this method. This only works however if you read more than two genres. Some volumes don’t indicate the genre in the spines so this in an ideal method if you read a variety of books. The disadvantage however is how to separate genres that are almost similar like horror and suspense, and fantasy and science fiction. Some books can even be classified in different genres.



You could arrange your books by their titles. If you can recall only the first word or two of the title, it’s easier to look for the book this way because most books have titles on the spine. Don’t count the articles “the” and “a” when you use this method. The only problem is where to place compilations or readers, complete works editions and book series omnibus.



If you have more than a dozen books from certain authors, it might be useful to separate them. It also works like the alphabetical method but this time you’re organizing them according to the author’s last name. The only problem is where to place books that have more than one author and what to do if you have only one book from one author.



Separate the hardbound, softbound and pocketbooks. This is also for decorative purposes. Hardbound books have a classic look especially when they’re placed neatly on the shelf. If your collection also includes magazines, comics, journals with either comb or spiral bindings, they won’t look out of place as well.


Spine Color

Books can decorate your living space. Arrange them according to color. But this arrangement is for decorative purposes. You still have to look for the titles and the authors. It would be more difficult as well to look for the thinner books in your collection. This method could work for magazines and comics so they look stylish beside your books.



Arrange your shelves according to authors’s names but also arrange his or her books alphabetically. You can also separate books by their binding and then arrange them alphabetically. You can combine any of the options listed above especially if you have a huge collection of books.

Choosing Your Bridal Dress Maker

Many women have already been fantasizing their perfect wedding gown back in the days when they were still reading stories of Cinderella and other fairytale princesses. Now that their most awaited day has finally arrived, there’s nothing more blissful than making a dream wedding gown come to life, and a wedding dress maker will help you with that.

Hiring a dressmaker, instead of buying an off-the-rack dress from a bridal boutique, is the solution to getting one-of-a-kind wedding gown that perfectly resembles the dress in your imagination. However, you need to make sure you hire the right wedding dress maker.

What Dressmakers Do?

There are two types of dressmakers—the one who specializes in making alterations to ready-made dresses and the one who can make a dress out from scratch. The right choice of dressmaker will be determined by your needs and budget. If you’re aiming to wear something unique and one-of-a-kind, you’re likely to get that from a seamstress who can create a dress out from scratch. Though you need to keep in mind that this can be a costly option since you will have to pay for the dressmaker’s experience, time, and effort. But if you don’t mind getting a gown from any local bridal studio in Singapore and just want to make sure that the dress fits you perfectly, buying an off-the-rack gown and have it altered to a seamstress is a more practical choice.

Furthermore, aside from altering the size of the dress, a beautiful bridal studio in Singapore can also help refine the details of a ready-made dress. They can remove or add train and bustle, change the lace, or change the style of the neckline.

How Much Time Is Needed?

If you’re having your bridal dress made from scratch, order it no later than eight months prior the wedding. Whether you’ll be having your dress custom-made or buy a ready-made one and alter it to your measurements, you will usually have two or three fittings once the dress is complete. Have your first fitting anywhere between two to three months prior to your wedding, and the final fitting one to two weeks before the wedding day.
However, you also have to consider that different dressmakers have different policies, and the time it takes to have your dress completed depends on the working speed and workload of your dressmaker, as well as the complexity of your gown. Therefore, the best thing to do is to contact a number of dressmakers in Singapore as soon as you say ‘yes’ to your sweetheart and inquire about how quickly they can deliver if you wish to order your wedding gown from them.

How to Choose a Dressmaker?

Before signing a contract or paying a deposit, you’ll need to find out whether your dressmaker is a good catch or not. Instead of going on a blind faith, determine a dressmaker’s qualifications and abilities to meet their client’s needs by considering the following tips.

• Ask for photos of previous wedding gowns and the sketches from which they are made from. This allows you to see how precise the dressmaker’s workmanship is in matching his or her sketches.
• Ask for contact numbers of previous clients who you can call for references. Ask about the dressmaker’s workmanship and ability to deal with their concerns and special requests.
• Read online reviews, and check your prospect dressmaker’s Facebook and other social networking pages to ensure there are no complaints against him or her.
• Interview the dressmaker. Ask about their training and education related to their job, as well as their experiences through the years. It would also be helpful if you’ll include questions like, “what’s the most complex gown you’ve created,” and “how long it took you to finish the dress.”
• Make sure the dressmaker specializes in the type of gown you want. A dressmaker who specializes in contemporary-themed dresses may not be the best choice for a vintage-inspired wedding gown.

How to Save Money?

If you’re looking for ways to save money, having a custom-made dress isn’t going to give you that. Perhaps, try choosing one from a local bridal boutique or department store and then have it altered by a dressmaker. If you really want a gown of your own choice of materials and style, you can possibly save a lot from ordering multiple items at the same time in the same shop. For example, have your gown custom-made in a bridal studio that offers great discount for brides who will purchase her veil, shoes, accessories, and bridesmaid dresses all at the same time.

However, bear in mind that a professional wedding dress studio in Singapore, even if they offer discounts, usually charge more compared to a typical local seamstress. You will also have to pay for the supplies required in making your wedding gown. Luxurious materials, like intricate laces, beads, pearls, and rhinestones, can make it even more costly. If price is an issue, you may have to balance well the cost and quality, so make sure to manage your expectations, choose someone with a small but remarkable portfolio, or consider buying a ready-made dress and then have it altered.

How to Communicate with Your Dressmaker?

Any dressmaker would appreciate an open communication when it comes to dealing with the dress’ design. They want you to be happy and look your best with your dress, and recommend their services to your family and friends, so don’t hesitate to tell them everything you want, and inform them if their headed in a direction with your bridal gown that’s not what you had envisioned. It is also equally important to turn up on time in your scheduled fittings, as these people, just like you, often have a lot of things to do.
Brides don’t have to sacrifice their dream wedding dress just to make their wedding possible. However, making realistic expectations and goals can go a long way in making sure that you won’t be getting something that you will regret afterwards. By planning well in advance and carefully interviewing each dressmaker you consider, there’s a greater chance for you to get the dress of your dreams without costing you a fortune.

Summary: Choosing the style and design of a wedding dress is just the initial part of creating your wedding gown. You have to make sure that the dress of your dreams is skillfully brought to life by a talented and experienced dressmaker. To be able to hire a good one, we’ve created some helpful tips to aid you in choosing your wedding dressmaker, so make sure to follow suit.

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.