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About Me Once you have made a list of business you want to get into, you will want to research each one so that you can see a few different things and will be able to compare the choices. It does not matter if the business is going to be in the US or in Singapore you need to be sure to make the right business choice that is going to work for you. One thing that you will want to compare is the startup cost. The next thing that you will want to compare would be the potential for the business.

A Guide to Different Types of Locks and Keys

With so many options to choose from in mechanical and digital locks and keys, it can be overwhelming trying to pick one for your apartment in Singapore. Fortunately, your trusted locksmith services company is equipped with the tools and know-how for the installation, maintenance, replacement, and repair of locks and keys.

Availing the assistance of a locksmith is crucial in times of emergency. To give you an idea about the available choices in the event you lost your keys in Singapore, here is a list of locks and keys for car or home key duplication.

Types of Keys
• Transponder Key. This is common in most cars that use a radio signal to activate the vehicle once it is inserted in the ignition. If you lost your transponder car key, you can only get a replacement from a car locksmith because it is very difficult to duplicate a key of this type, as they are designed to avoid theft.

• Double or Four-Sided Key. Most apartments that use mechanical locks need a double-sided or a four-sided key. A four-sided key makes it more difficult for a burglar to unpick your lock.

• Paracentric Key. It is designed to open a paracentric lock which has small picks at the end. You will find this in high-security buildings.

• Dimple. To unlock the door with this type of key, the dimples must match the pins on the lock. It can also be difficult to pick.

• Keycard. This looks like a regular plastic card, but it has a magnetic strip which the door mechanism reads before you can unlock a door.

Types of Locks
• Padlock. Some padlocks nowadays are either combination locks that need a series of numbers to be unlocked or key/non-key retaining. They can still be broken by burglars, so you might want to consider another lock installation option.

• Knob Lock. This is the most common door locks that have a rotatable knob and cylinder. They are quite easy to bypass so the locksmith service usually recommends installing it with other types of locks.

• Deadbolt. This is the lock recommended for external doors, because they cannot be picked easily or even broken by brute force. Contact a 24 hour locksmith to repair a lock or replace it entirely if there is a sign of forced entry.

• Electronic Lock. It operates with the use of electric current and can be locked or unlocked remotely.

• Card/Fob/Fingerprint Lock. These are high-tech locks called access systems that are programmed professionally to limit access. Locksmith services can install security systems as sophisticated as these.

• Standard Key Car Entry. If you are still using an older car model in Singapore, you’re most likely using a standard key for the vehicle which looks similar to a mechanical door key. They are less secure, but you can find a Singapore car locksmith to have an emergency key duplicate the moment you realize “I lost my car keys.”

• Electronic Car Lock. To unlock car doors of these cars, you will likely be asked to provide a code. With this level of sophistication, they can also be difficult to duplicate or replace when lost. It will be also difficult for you to unlock car doors by yourself if you forgot the code. Contact a professional key maker in case you have lost your key to avoid theft.

• Keyless Car Entry. For those who have a habit of forgetting things, this might be the best option because you don’t need a physical key anymore. You either punch a code on the keypad or use it in combination with a key fob. It is the most secure lock for your car but only a locksmith services company is licensed to replace or fix broken locks.

Should You Hire a Painter for Your Home?

House painting and/or condo painting is probably the simplest type of renovation you can do in your home. You just need a brush and paint and you’re good to go. But is it really as easy as that? No, not at all! There are many more factors that you might overlook and many mistakes may happen. So, you might want to leave it to the experts and call for painting services.

Why do it?
There are many reasons to hire a painter in Singapore whether it be services for a room in your house, or a whole HDB flat. Hiring a good painting contractor also gives you a lot of benefits like professional assistance, quality selection of paint, and even allow you to save money.

• Choice of paint
In commercial painting service, you’re consulting a qualified person about which type of paint is the best to use for your house or condo in Singapore. Your commercial painting contractor can also give you advice on how to choose good colours for your wall as well as different parts of the house.
Paint used in interior house painting can also be different from the ones used for the exterior. Outdoor paint can be strong and weather-resistant but can be strong enough to damage the lungs when inhaled constantly, hence it is not ideal to be used indoors. Being able to distinguish and tell you the difference between the two is another advantage of having a good residential paint contractor.

• Professional service
As long as you’re not opting for cheap house painting, good painting services can offer you professional help and also finish with quality results. A paint contractor for hdb homes knows the most cost and time-efficient methods to paint the wall of a room or house, and also the different conditions (e.g. climate) that the paint can withstand. So, it’s best to consider hdb painting as an investment for your future home.

Hiring an HDB painting contractor to do services for your HDB flat can also be a good choice. You will not have to worry much about their authenticity because they are already sanctioned by the Housing and Development Board. An HDB painting service can be as reliable as it is functional.

• Can help you save
Making a mistake with paint can cause you a lot of money without you even noticing it. Obviously, the cost of paint increases the higher quality it is. So, you don’t want to make unnecessary mistakes if you want to save money. The best painter will use the best methods in applying the paint in a way that it is cost-efficient, while still having a quality finish.

In maintaining the good quality of paint on walls and other parts of the house, wall cleaning is also considered a great option. Talk to your local painter for available pressure washing for walls options in Singapore near you.

A commercial painting service will also tell you about how light can affect how the room will look with the paint you used. If you do the job on your own, you might overlook the way the paint looks with the light on or off. Again, this will help you save because your making one less mistake.

When you’re stuck in a choice between doing the painting on your own or calling for painting services, just choose to seek the aid of the experts. Whether it be for condo painting, indoor, or outdoor house painting, you definitely will not regret it.

Tell-Tale Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can be treated if the disease is detected early, but most people tend to ignore the symptoms because they associate it with other mouth illnesses. What should you look for to determine if there is a mouth problem, cancer or benign, that needs to be addressed?

Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can affect one or many parts of the mouth or oral cavity such as the lips, lip and cheeks tissues, gums, the front two-thirds of the tongue, floor or the area under the tongue, and the roof of the mouth.

Most of the cases of oral cancer begin on the squamous cells, or the cells that cover the surfaces of the lips and tongue. So how does oral cancer start? One of the tell-tale signs of squamous cancer cells is a patch that looks red (erythroplakia), white (leukoplakia or keratosis) or a combination of both (erythroleukoplakia). You will not feel any pain, but some could feel velvety when probed, and there could also be lesions, too. If this patch doesn’t disappear after 2 weeks, you need to visit a doctor.

Sores, which can be found on any part of the oral cavity, should be painful to be considered normal (or a canker sore). If you notice any lump or sore, but there is no pain, you need to have it looked at. Some of the lesions aren’t noticeable, that is why you need to examine your mouth in front of a mirror at least once a month.

Some symptoms, however, are more noticeable, such as; a persistent sore/crust, lump in the cheek, thickening in the cheek, swellings, pain and tenderness, numbness, difficulty moving the tongue or jaw, difficulty chewing or swallowing, loose teeth, recurrent sore throat and hoarseness, feeling of a lump stuck in the throat, a lump in the neck, persistent bad breath, and pain in the ears without hearing loss.

Screening of Oral Cancer
Your dentist will usually examine your oral cavity for problems during routine check-ups, that is why you should visit at least twice a year (every 6 months) to address oral health issues besides cancer. Even if you don’t need any cleaning or extraction, you should still visit your dentist, especially if you’re at risk of developing oral diseases.

So, what puts a person at risk? Lifestyle is a factor in the development of oral cancer such as smoking and alcohol abuse, prolonged exposure to sunlight (remember that your lips are part of your mouth), acquiring sexually-transmitted diseases like human papillomavirus, acquiring severe lichen planus, and an unhealthy diet among people older than 40 years.

If your dentist suspects that you have cancer, a biopsy is usually recommended after a closer physical examination of the mouth and face. Treatment is determined by the progress of the disease and the location of the cancer. Common treatments include surgery (removal of the cancer and affected tissues or to ease symptoms if the cancer is advanced), radiotherapy (either brachytherapy or external beam radiotherapy), photodynamic therapy, and chemotherapy.

What the Heck are Boils?

You may have noticed a skin growth that looks similar to a pimple, but then it starts to grow bigger and feel more painful. Maybe that growth is a boil, or in medical terms, a furuncle. It’s a bacterial infection of the skin, specifically the hair follicles (hence, folliculitis), that can grow up to the size of a golf ball and looks like an oversized pimple.

How Boils Form
The boil is a deep infection that will look like it has several heads or it could also be a huge pimple with an abscess, which contains pus. They form when the naturally-occurring bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (other bacteria and fungi can also cause boils) enters a hair follicle wall or oil gland when there is an injury to the skin. This bacterium populates the armpits, between the legs, the area between the buttocks, and the nostrils, that’s why most boils also form in these areas. The bacteria will thrive in the hair follicle and that’s when the pus starts to accumulate, and the boil grows bigger within 10 days.

Sometimes a person with boils might experience fever due to the infection of the surrounding tissue called cellulitis. It’s also possible to have more than one boil or to have boils that appear as a group with several heads called carbuncle. These are symptoms of a more serious infection that needs immediate attention.

The boils are not caused by poor hygiene, but boils are also related to other medical conditions such as iron deficiency, anemia, diabetes, eczema, obesity, and immune deficiency. Athletes who share equipment and people who also live in poorly ventilated and tightly-packed areas (such as prisons) are also prone to having boils.

How to Get Rid of Boils
They look disgusting, alright, but before you laugh, you should get them treated to avoid complications such as blood or tissue sepsis, bone/heart/brain/spinal cord infection, abscesses in other organs, and scarring.

Boils are usually treated by drainage or incision and do not need oral medication. But for recurring boils and serious infections, the doctor might prescribe an antibiotic that you need to take for several weeks and an ointment or antiseptic that should be applied on the boils. You will also be advised to observe proper hygiene by using antibacterial or antiseptic soap for a week and to clean the skin with 70% isopropyl alcohol everyday for a week.

If you live with your family, they will also be advised to follow the same cleaning routine to stop the spread of the infection.

Some people will also need special antibiotics such as rifampicin and clindamycin. In severe cases like antibiotic resistance, a culture is recommended.

To prevent the recurrence of the infection, you will need to observe the following practices:

• Reduce weight if you are obese
• Quit or avoid smoking
• Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day
• Bathe everyday
• Avoid sharing of personal items such as towels
• Change your clothes everyday
• Taking iron supplements (if you’re iron-deficient)
• Decrease the sugar in your diet
• Practice proper wound care

Why You Should Call the Professionals and Not Do Plumbing Yourself

Ever thought to fix broken pipes yourself? Of course, you can do it on your own! But without proper knowledge, you might buy the wrong materials, damage the toilet bowl by accident, or move a pipe that you’re not supposed to move. Even when you think you’re perfectly capable, it’s better to just call for plumbing services.

Why call a plumbing service?

Before anything else it is important to know the difference between a plumber and a plumbing contractor. The former handles repairs of the plumbing system, like getting rid of a toilet bowl choke and repairing leaking or bursting pipes. The latter, on the other hand, can do the tasks of a plumber but can also do other complex jobs. To install a sink, constructing the waste disposal system, even maintenance and repair are among the things that can be done by a contractor.

For one, you may find instructions in the internet on how to fix a faucet, or install water heaters, or how to cover a leaking pipe. You can certainly do all of this on your own. But, even though there are instructions on the internet, the problems you may face or the side-effects of what you are doing wrong are not clearly presented at all. The difference between you and the best plumbing workmen is that they know the ins and outs of the plumbing system like the back of their hand. Compared to seeing instructions online, they have done these tasks many times in actuality and with genuine practice.

Cheap plumbers aren’t very hard to come by as well. Whether you need an urgent servicing of toilet bowl or just want to reduce the plumbing cost, you can easily get a service from local contractors here in Singapore. But, do ensure that they are licensed and certified plumbers to guarantee immediate and quality results.

Licensed plumbers

A PUB licensed plumber in Singapore provides professional services such as:
• Bathroom plumbing – fix toilet bowl, toilet leak, etc.;
• Kitchen plumbing – fix clogged kitchen sink, damaged faucet, etc.;
• Cleaning and ventilating the pipe;
• And many more.

For an HDB flat, calling an HDB plumbing contractor should be ideal because they can easily be reached as they are already associated with the Housing and Development Board. They are also reliable and very much capable of getting the job done.

24/7 emergency services

There are always times when a pipe, toilet, or faucet becomes damaged in the middle of the night. A 24 hours plumber will be your hero (actually the best and only option you may have) when disaster strikes at nighttime. They are most likely licensed plumbers so you don’t really have to worry about them making mistakes.

Having a reliable plumber, even at the dead of night, will take a heavy burden off you shoulder. Especially if you’ve been facing a lot of problems with your plumbing system, knowing that there is an emergency plumber that you can call at any time of the day will save you from all the worry.

If you think hard about it, you can say that plumbing services are very practical for our lives. We may overlook it, but sometimes we even get more problems regarding our plumbing system more than we get sick ourselves. So, never hesitate to call for a plumber, they are there for a reason!

6 Ways to Avoid Overspending

If you find yourself relying too much on paydays and they seem too far away from each other – then you’re splurging on items way out of your budget. You spend a little too much on luxury items such as clothes, electronics or even vacations.

So before you blow-off your next paycheck before you even receive it, here’s a few tips to help you curve your over-the-top spending habits and stay within the limits:

1. Track everything. Since we do almost everything online nowadays, you could also do this step virtually or by traditional paper and pen. All you have to do is to categorize different inflow and outflow of money. Just identify expenses and types of income.

2. Get your total assets. Add up every source of income you have, whether from salary, wages, tips and other sources you may have. Even project-based ones, you have to list them down each month you receive them. Experts say that you shouldn’t rely only on one source of income, as this may post constraints for you. Make those free time productive by engaging in profit-enabling activities.

3. Get your total liabilities. Next up, total all your payables. These fixed expenses include utility, credit card, mortgage bills or rent, and whatever else you have to settle each month. For credit bills, make sure you know the terms before swiping purchases. Don’t allow those enticing discounts and offers get the best of you. Have a masterlist of existing credits so you don’t lose track of what to settle next. Be careful and be vigilant of your payables.

4. Prepare for the unexpected. We all have those splurges and what better way to overcome them is to prepare for them. Don’t shy away from those luxuries because pampering can motivate you further to earn for yourself and your family. These type of unexpected or variable spending needs to be allotted accordingly to avoid spilling over and cutting short fixed expenses. Get your old receipts and from there, template your variable expenses. Don’t be strict though, as too tight budgets make you crave for splurges even more.

5. Save. Instead of waiting for what’s left from your budget, squeeze in savings as part of what you have to allot budget for. They should also be prioritized as they play an important part of your financial freedom. Savings shouldn’t be neglected, as they form a buffer if emergencies happen.

6. Dry run. Test out your budget plan and adjust figures until you get the right combination for each category. Adjust amounts until you get the right blend of all your expenses and splurges. Don’t forget to key in all your earnings. If your overhead expenses just won’t budge, you might want to try another source of income on top of what you’re already earning.

5 ways to relax for introverts

If you’ve been branded as “boring” too many times than you can count, then you might want to take a break from all that self-loathing and accept yourself as an introvert instead. You typically enjoy me time more often and much more intensely than most people, therefore earning a few snide stares from classmates or colleagues. Don’t fret: that’s just the way you cope.

You may be a little different than most people, but you don’t have to think something’s wrong with you. You’re just introverted and it’s actually not a bad thing.

So before you damage your self-esteem a little further, here are ways for you to replenish all that psychological energy that seems too evasive especially on busy days:

1. Accept yourself
This might sound too repetitive, but introverts need to accept themselves first before they can go ahead and take care of themselves. If you feel tired from all that psychological energy spent on social interaction, it’s okay to feel exhausted. Accept that you have limits when interacting with people and try to manage your coping based on this fact.

2. Negotiate need for space with your loved ones
Directly affected with introverts’ need for space are those closest to them. They get the backseat oftentimes when introverts need to recharge through their alone time. It is a must to keep your loved ones well-informed of your intervals of alone time, so they would know when you’re psychologically spent and not getting into another bout with them. They need to be the most understanding of your need for space since the ones closest to you absorb the most shock from all your social withdrawal.

3. Engage in music therapy
Compose a playlist that’s so you. Regardless of genre, music does wonders to relax a distressed psyche. So take time to list down your favorite and categorize them depending on the mood you’re in. If you want to relax, then have a ready playlist to soothe yourself. If you’re looking to boost your day, you should have a playlist ready with all the pep you need. Introverts connect with music deeper than most people, so use this to your advantage.

4. Learn something new
One thing about introverts is that they need stimulation much more than most people do. But not socially – just something they need to engage in that doesn’t require physical energy, but is psychologically and mentally stimulating. So one way to help them dispense all that energy is to bury themselves in activities that require their concentration. Learning a new instrument, learning how to cook or bake or even learning how to ride a bike can use up their energy and help them unwind as well.

5. Write. Write. Write.
Since introverts don’t dispense of their thoughts as often as extroverts do, they need an outlet for all their ideas and opinions. So what better way to share a piece of their minds than to write them down. It gives them release and also helps them unwind from all those social interaction. Every stroke of their pen or every button they key in helps put things in perspective. It also keeps them company in ways only introverts enjoy and appreciate.

How to Take Care of Your Air Conditioning Unit in 3 Easy Steps

Aircon servicing can do a lot to save on energy and repair costs later on, whether it’s for your home or office.

A dirty filter, insufficient coolant, and a faulty thermostat—these are only some of the many reasons why your AC isn’t functioning well. Taking that in mind, aircon maintenance just seems like such a hassle.

However, taking care of your air conditioning unit really isn’t that difficult. Here are a few ways you can take care of your aircon unit:

1. Clean it regularly

The climate in Singapore can be really hot, which is why you want to keep your aircon unit working properly as long as possible – and that starts with regular cleaning.

To keep a clean AC, there are a lot of steps to take when it comes to cleaning your air conditioning unit. You mainly want to start by washing the filter (a clogged air filter may be caused by dust, cobwebs, and debris), cleaning out the dirty coils, and straightening out the fins with a fin comb.

It’s also good to know that the cost of aircon servicing can be cut by keeping your unit clean. But, if something seems to be wrong with the unit, you’re better off seeking help from air conditioning services to help you maintain an upkeep AC.

2. Call a servicing company for your air conditioning unit

There are a lot of things a home AC repair service in Singapore can do for you aside from troubleshooting air conditioner problem. Calling them will save you from the burden of carrying a big, heavy unit to the shop and having to bring it home again. Instead, when there are problems like the air conditioner not cooling, the obvious thing to do is to call a servicing company to come to your premise. Not only do they have the skills to fix cooling system issues, they also have the proper equipment and training to detect potential problems that could be lingering in your unit.

Aircon servicing can also help you out when it comes to finding and installing replacement parts for your air conditioning unit to keep it running smoothly.

3. Check your surroundings

Air conditioning units rely on compressor units to exchange hot air and cold air, which is why air conditioner cleaning is so important. So, keep your aircon unobstructed as much as possible and be sure to check regularly for any objects that could be covering it to avoid having a defective compressor.

These objects can be anything from wooden planks to even plants and shrubs whose stems and leaves could get caught in the compressor. Dried leaves or twigs that can get caught in the aircon unit’s machinery can even pose the risk of catching fire.

The same can also be said for any debris or fallen leaves blocking the sides and the base of the air conditioning unit. Allowing the compressors to have an open space will help them work more smoothly and keep them from wearing out prematurely.

Some Easy Tips You Can Learn to Haggle Better

Are you tired of having to deal with fixed high prices as an expat or a tourist? Then why not haggle instead?
It’s an open secret that most people don’t really pay the price on the label, but negotiate for a better deal. In many parts of the world, haggling isn’t just a skill, but a way of life.

Haggling politely is also a good way to practice your interpersonal skills when it comes to things that can be agreed on by everyone. Here are some tips you can learn to help you get started:

1. Learn the culture
For an outsider, whether just visiting as a tourist or getting used to the new culture as an expat, nothing beats firsthand experience. Spending time with the locals can not only immerse you better in the culture, but vendors will remember you and may give you better deals in the future.

If it helps you learn faster, try to speak the language – this allows you to interact much better, and maybe even gain better insight than if you didn’t speak the language.

2. Don’t rush—enjoy the process
Haggling isn’t a competition or an argument – it’s a way for both parties to get the best deal on a particular transaction. No one likes to deal with a person with a bad attitude, so be sure to smile and be friendly. That way, even if it turns out that you can’t get the deal you’re looking for with that vendor, at least you get to enjoy the process.

3. Know what’s appropriate to haggle on (and when)
Everyone knows that not everything can be haggled, and these things can be different from place to place. Spending time to know the people can be a great way for you to know which things can be haggled, and which things can’t. Most of the time, these things are usually universal, such as food prices.

4. Don’t drive too hard a bargain—but don’t be too soft, either
Vendors are more likely to refuse to sell you their products if you set an amount that’s lower than half their asking price. However, they’re also likely to charge you a higher price if you’re uncertain.

When haggling for a lower price, it’s important to be assertive and yet flexible at the same time. This is what makes it mentally taxing. To get a better feel for this, practice first on low-priced items that you don’t really need, and then you’ll be able to work your way up to higher-priced items with confidence.

5. Always carry some cash
This tip could not be stressed enough, unless you really want to have a bad time. Carry local currency as much as possible (not all vendors would accept foreign currency), and remember where the ATM machines are.

Do not flash your money or show it before you have landed a final price – the vendor might just end up charging you a little higher.

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