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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.

The 5 Benefits of a Trademark Registration

Do you want to protect your brand from copycats and impostors? Here is why you should apply for a trademark registration in Singapore.

Deterrent

If you register trademark in Singapore, it will decrease the likelihood of other people claiming that you are using the same brand or logo. The trademark owner is recognized as the original and sole owner of the brand, forcing the other party to provide incontestable proof that they are the true owner. If another party has made a similar mark, whether intentional or not, they can be sued for infringement. It is your right to get compensation for any similar or confusingly similar mark, whether it was done through ignorance or not. Your registered mark will appear in journals that publish recognized trademarks so that the public can be alerted about its use.

Exclusive Use

Applying for a trademark registration means you are applying for intellectual property protection in a specific territory, so if you apply to register TM in Singapore, it means that the registered mark is only protected in Singapore. Legal exclusivity of use of the trademark is granted to you, which means you are able to guard business brand name from possible copycats and imitators. However, this protection is covered only nationwide. If you want to protect you brand overseas, you will need to apply for trademark registration at IPOS by designating another country. If you already registered your trademark in Singapore, however, it increases the chances of successfully applying for a registration in other territories.

Security and Property

A registered mark is an intangible property recognized by the law. A merchandise with a recognized and trusted logo attached to it guarantees that the customer is getting an authentic and quality product from the original company. Brand loyalty is not new among customers; that is why if you register trademark, you’re also investing on the image of your name. A registered mark can also be used to secure loans for your business and treated the same way as any immovable property.

Licensing and Assignment

As the sole and exclusive owner of the registered trademark, you get to enjoy all of its benefits. You also have the right to license other parties to use the trademark or transfer or assign it to a different owner along with your business. Only those you have signed an agreement with, however, can use the trademark in Singapore. The licenses granted to other parties will also allow you to enjoy other possible sources of revenue and to expand your business ventures.

Remedies

The owner of the registered trademark can enjoy the damages and fees from infringement procedures, because they are recognized as the valid and sole owner. Filing a dispute is much easier even when the proof infringement is found on the Internet, because intellectual property rights also protect owner in digital platforms, not just physical evidence. This protection can be enjoyed for 10 years once you have received the certificate of registration and is renewable for another 10 years.

Best Dishes For Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and the pressure is on! Everyone is flooding in the malls and markets buying the perfect ingredients to cook the perfect dishes. Well, we hope you’re one of them because these dishes might need you to go the grocery but they are definitely not that difficult. There aren’t many people who cook, there aren’t many people who even know how to cook, but let’s face it, everybody loves food! We may have different pallets but at the end of the day, we just have to eat! Now, why are we even doing this? Because Christmas is the perfect time for you to impress the ones you love with the perfect dishes. Sadly, we aren’t talking about dessert, just the main course.

Here are a few of the best dishes for Christmas:

1. Roasted Turkey
Turkey is one of the heaviest proteins out there. Packed with a huge dose of protein throughout every bite, roasted turkey is a great way to stuff everyone’s tummy with a great roasted turkey. The good thing about the roasted turkey is that you can play around with a lot of herbs like peppermint or rosemary depending on your preference.

2. Christmas Ham
Now, you may be wondering what is the difference between Christmas ham and regular ham. Well, guess which one is sweeter and better seasoned? You guessed it! Christmas ham. With an amazing glaze and perfect crust, Christmas ham is a great addition to put on the table.

3. Roasted Ribs
Now, you can’t just eat your ribs with a fork and a knife, you have to get your hands dirty, and getting your hands dirty is the fun part! You don’t have to be all strict on Christmas, you can have some fun with your food! You might have a hard time cleaning your child’s face as they bite into those ribs, but at least you’ll have fun doing it!

4. Lamb
It’s time for lamb! There are so many things you can do with your lamb that we just can’t decide which is the best dish for Christmas. You can either braise your lamb chops in your signature juice or you can once again grill them. There are so many dishes you can make with lamb. What could go wrong?

Christmas is the time of the year that really pressures us to give the best dishes to our loved ones. But at least with this list of dishes, what could go wrong? Christmas is a time of love. Not just in our gifts, but also in our dishes.

New Year, New Savings

How successful or unsuccessful have you been so far with your savings? Well, now it’s time to face the facts and be honest with ourselves if we haven’t been able to do much with our money. Just like every other resources, we are given only a portion and it is a hundred percent up to us what we are to do with the given amount entrusted unto us. Well, even though we did earn it, it still came from somewhere right? This leads us into the first thing we must realize. Do not think of money as something that you have earned, think of money as something that has been given to you. Why? Because this greatly affects your perspective on saving.

Now, it is only natural for us to take care of things that were given to us compared to the things that we think we deserve to have. A lot of people work, slave themselves, but do not end up saving any amount of money in the end because the moment that money goes into their pockets, they believe that they deserve to spend it. Now this is the second perspective we need to fix, we do not have to spend all the time! You don’t always need to treat yourself of buy something that is way beyond your budget for whatever reasons you think are necessary. Sometimes, we don’t even need to spend at all. Sometimes we spend on something that does not even do us any good. Why should you spend on something like that?

Last of all, why save money? Well, if you want to measure your riches, you have to measure them by how much you have and not how much you spend. Saving money gives YOU value. The money you splurge or the money you spend do not give you value, it is the money you keep that does. The money you keep if you keep on adding to it, becomes a huge amount and that amount would later on define you and your future. If you haven’t saved up in your twenty’s all the way to your fifty’s, how do you think you’d be able to afford a house? Compared to paying a huge sum monthly, wouldn’t you rather own a property without the stress of paying it off?

Give yourself value by controlling your spending. Not everything you need to spend on has to be expensive. Not everything is worth your money. There are so many practices and principles about saving money that will help you out in the future. Although there are a lot of sayings, let’s just simplify everything into this. If you respect your money, your money will respect you in return.

How to Keep Your Mobile Phone in Good Condition

Most people can’t live without their mobile phones anymore, but what will you do if your most important buddy bails out on you? Sure, you can replace it with a new phone, but you’ll be able to save more money by taking care of the one you already have.

Here are tips to keep your phone in good condition for years to come.

Buy a Phone Case
Your phone is an investment and it’s an indispensable item nowadays, so it only makes sense that you should protect it. Even if you handle it as carefully as possible, there will be accidents. A phone case and a good quality screen guard will protect your phone from the elements, scratches and will provide a cushion if you drop it.

Clean Your Phone
Like any electronic gadget, your phone can also deteriorate when exposed to dirt, dust, oil from your fingers, and moisture. Wipe the exterior with a lint-free cloth and use an air pressure canister to blow out the dirt in the ports. Take care of all the accessories as well, and if possible, save the original packaging in case you need to sell it, replace it, or have it repaired.

Keep Away from Water and Heat
Never leave your phone in areas near water and/or heat, because you will irreversibly damage it. Don’t be a fool and bring your phone to the beach, pool, sauna, or outdoors in the rain. Don’t place it near appliances that create heat and fire or near other electronic devices.

Keep Software Updated
It might be troublesome for you, but keeping your software updated will make fixing the bugs much easier. Your phone will run faster without any hassle as well.

Uninstall Unused Apps
Check your phone for unused apps occasionally. All of us are guilty of downloading and installing apps that we thought we might need or we thought were interesting. Unnecessary apps use up storage and the phone’s energy, so get rid of them in order for your phone to run more smoothly.

Reduce Animation
Live wallpapers look cool, but they eat up the resources of your phone. Turn off or reduce the animations that you see in your operating system to save energy.

Clean the Storage and Browser Cache
Get rid of files that you no longer need so you can create more space for others. If you have a lot of photos you don’t want deleted, you can transfer them to your computer. Check old message threads, clear the app cache, and clear your browser history to save more space.

Do Not Charge Overnight
Don’t charge your phone overnight because doing so will weaken and destroy the battery. You will need to make a habit of charging your phone in the morning so that you can monitor it.

The Best Mobile Games for Hardcore Gamers

Before the advent of the smartphone, the most popular mobile game was Snake. Just recently, a new type of game that combines real-world locations and the virtual world was popularized by Pokemon GO. After the latter’s success, game developers have recognized the potential of the platform usually associated with casual gamers.

With so many apps available, which mobile games should hardcore gamers try?

Tales of Phantasia (1995)
Originally made for other gaming platforms, this classic is now available in its mobile version so you can relive the epic battles against the sorcerer king Dhaos as the heroes travel through time to seal him.

Chrono Trigger (1995)
If you have played this game on Super NES, Nintendo DS or PlayStation, you might enjoy another playthrough on your mobile phone. In the game, the characters travel through time to gather items and resources in order to complete their quest.

FIFA Mobile (2016)
With the success of FIFA games in other platforms, it was only a matter of time until a mobile version was created. This version, however, has an Attack Mode that allows the player to complete the offensive stages in the soccer match.

Lumines (2004)
Originally made for consoles, portable and PC, Lumines is an addictive puzzle game that requires the player to rotate and align the blocks to create a 2×2 square made up of same-colored blocks.

Fallout Shelter (2015)
If you loved all the Fallout games in the series, then this mobile version is a must-have so you can immerse yourself in the building and managing of your own Vault.

Super Mario Run (2016)
This is one of the few Mario titles that can be played outside Nintendo devices. It’s a running video game that requires the player to clear the obstacles along the way.

The Room Series (2012)
The first title was released in 2012 and had an interesting objective of letting the player figure out how to open the strange boxes to unlock more puzzles.

Lifeline: Whiteout (2016)
Immerse yourself in this heart-stopping game which requires you to guide Adam, a stranger trapped in a wasteland with only his phone to contact you.

Infinity Blade II (2011)
This is a role-playing game about Siris and Isa whose course of adventures are determined by the choices the player makes that will result in different endings.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (2011)
This indie game was made initially for PC, and features the character Scythian as the protagonist. In his first mission, he travels to the Caucasus Mountains to look for a book.

Horn (2012)
This mobile game looks just like the Zelda and Fable games with its awesome graphics and action adventure-themed gameplay.

Shadowgun (2011)
This third-person shooter will remind you of the iconic shooter games for console and PC. It introduces John Slade, a Shadowgun who was told to look for the thief Dr. Edgar Simon.

Vegan Pantry Staples: Food Items to Stock in Your Kitchen

Shopping for vegan grocery food items is pretty easy once you know the basics to look for. A lot of beginners often feel intimidated by this, but disregarding the elaborate and lengthy product labels and all that, a simple guide can pave a long way for you to master the art of shopping vegan food items.

Note that having a well-stocked pantry at home is a trump card of every efficient kitchen. Following a vegan diet doesn’t have to be all greens and salads, instead, you can always experiment with cooking different meals whenever you feel like it!

Nuts
Nuts are great to snack on as it is. In some dishes, nuts are also considered the perfect additional ingredient to help step up the flavor. They are notably good for the heart and they help you live a healthier, longer life. Nuts come in a wide array of kinds thus making them a must-have in every vegan kitchen. For some meal ideas, you can combine walnuts into your salads, blend cashews into cheese, or turn pine nuts into pesto.

Vegan milk
Vegan milk options range from almond, soy, rice, cashew, and coconut milk – which all packs the essential nutrients you need minus the staggering amount of calories in your normal milk. Coconut milk, for one, has high fiber and B vitamin content. Meanwhile, soy milk contains generous amount of protein and almond milk has zero cholesterol (which can clog your arteries) and no saturated fat as well.

Beans
Beans are packed with antioxidants, protein and fiber which are all beneficial to the body. Regardless of whether they come in cans or in dried variety, beans are easy to store in your pantry. They add depth in almost every dish, and sometimes you can even add them in some desserts! You can never go wrong with having a regular stock of cannellini beans, chickpeas, and black peas.

Herbs and spices

• Cumin – It adds a smoky flavor to your meals. The taste of cumin commonly stands out in a lot of spicy and Mexican dishes.
• Cinnamon – This is generally used for sweet treats, but cinnamon also adds a rich flavor in making savory meals.

• Cayenne – The perfect spice for chili lovers! If you’re a fan of the spicy heat, have cayenne in your kitchen.
• Oregano – Often branded as the flavor of Italy, Oregano undoubtedly boosts the flavor of your meals. Plus it comes in a greenish color, making it a perfect garnish for your dishes.
• Turmeric – Turmeric adds a bright yellow color to your dishes, such as that in curry. Aside from color, it also adds an earthy flavor to your recipes and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

Common Reasons Why You Always Feel Drowsy at Work

If you picture out a typical workday afternoon, you are likely to visualize yourself fighting the urge to fall asleep while sitting at your desk. This is true for a lot of employees who work a normal 9-5 desk job. The afternoon is usually the time when your lunch break feels long ago, and the end of your shift seems like it’d still take many years to go.

Maybe you’re paralyzed with pent-up work fatigue, or your body just craves some decent sleep. Either way, there are a number of reasons that come into play if you feel sleepy the entire day at work.

• The afternoon
We are all familiar with the after-lunch slump, of feeling a little too sleepy after eating a hearty lunch meal, but even if you eat less amount of food you are still likely to stumble across this phenomenon. This is because of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, which is responsible for telling the brain when to feel active and alert and when to fall asleep. The latter usually also happens in the early afternoon, not only during night time.

• Cooped up indoors
Science says that in order to keep your body in an alert and energetic state, you have to get some exposure from the sun and move around. Being active is one effective way to keep your drowsiness away. If you sit in front of a computer in a dark room for the whole day long, chances are you’ll feel sleepy at some point.

• You lack sleep
Ideally, we need at least 8 hours of rest to ensure our bodies are in peak condition as we work. If you happen to lack sleep, you are undoubtedly to feel worn-out. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night in order to avoid this from happening. Head to bed early, you’ll be surprised how much your health and mood will improve if you pick up this habit.

• Health and personal issues
If you happen to get full eight hours of sleep every night but still find yourself struggling to keep awake, there is a chance you might have overlooked medical issues and concerns. For instance, Anemia (the lack of iron in the body) and an underactive Thyroid are among the common causes of weariness. Even if you get as much sleep as you can get, these health conditions are notorious for making the body feel weary.

Other health issues which may be behind your regular drowsiness include food intolerance, sleep apnoea, diabetes, and also pregnancy.

How to be More Confident About Your Writing

Confidence is something that really differentiates the strong from the weak. Without displaying confidence, your writings tend to fall into an unappealing category of soft influence. Confidence changes a lot of things. From the way you stand to the way you talk, there are a lot of ways where you can display confidence. Now how about writing? Is it really that hard to show confidence in your writing? Well, definitely not!

Here are a few ways to show confidence with your writing:

1. Do not over-sell. Sometimes when you aren’t that confident with what you have, you tend to over-sell instead of letting your writing speak for itself. Over-selling can be annoying sometimes and when you’ve already convinced someone, additional information might just turn them off or make them lose interest because of the information overload.

2. Mention references. Do your research! Never go to battle empty handed. Without sufficient research, you’ll end up clueless when it comes to defending your writing plus your writing wouldn’t be that solid. Leave no room for error. Cover your weak spots by offering an explanation or a reference to save you from receiving heat for that specific section of your writing.

3. Keep it simple. Yup, sometimes you don’t need to over-complicate things. Some people tend to make something seem complicated for others to look at their writings as intelligent but it is definitely useless because not that many people can understand them. Simplify your work but also don’t over-simplify. Paint colorful pictures without soaking the whole canvas in massive layers of paint.

4. Use words carefully. Take note, we didn’t say strong, we said perfect. There are so many different levels to elaborate the world talk for example, you can blurt, you can shout, or you can whisper. Make sure to use the right vocabulary to be able to perfectly elaborate your work. Paying attention to grammar and vocabulary is definitely important.

5. Leave room for criticism. Criticism is very important. Besides, you can’t be right everytime. In fact, strength is not found in being perfect, it is found in how you handle criticism. Allow people to criticize you but this doesn’t mean you should allow people to step on top of you. There is a huge difference between the two.

Some people prefer reading writings which were written with confidence which is why it would be a huge problem if you have an important topic but aren’t able to elaborate it properly or with confidence. Sadly, content nowadays isn’t the only thing that is important, there is also presentation. You have to learn how to present a certain idea with confidence and strength instead of weakness an insecurity. Be a confident writer and see how your writings get noticed.

Ten Percent of Our Brains

A common myth we all grew up with is that we human beings only use ten percent of our brains. Remember growing up and thinking to yourself how ridiculous this fact may be? Well, science has different things to say about this. The first time we’ve encountered this fact, we couldn’t help but think to ourselves, where does the other ninety percent go?

Well, sadly, that’s not really something we’ll answer in this article. Before anything else, can we just take a moment to admire the complexity and the beauty of the human brain? It’s still hard to wrap our finger around the idea that everything we do, even you reading this article right now has something to do with your brain.

Every decision we make and even those things that our body does naturally, all involve the brain! From our eyesight to the way we sneeze, everything involves the brain. Even those distant memories we hold oh so dear to us involves some part of our brains. Even certain things that trigger emotions have a good deal of relationship to our brains.
Well, what we’re here to do is to actually disprove the theory that we can only use ten percent of our brains. A lot of people have argued that a lot of substances make them able to unlock certain parts of their brains which isn’t usually functioning on a normal basis.

Using an FMRI (functional magnetic resonance image) you are able to see the brain activity which observes a person’s brain under the FMRI, you will be able to see that doing specific tasks like telling a story or singing a song unlocks and uses more than ten percent of your brain. This was easier to disprove than we thought. Although it is disproved, we now realize why people say that we only use ten percent of our brain.

Well, this is because in our normal state of mind, we only access certain parts of our brain mainly our memory and our senses but when we are performing a specific task, this is what increases our brain activity and takes us to other parts of our brains which we don’t normally utilize.

Our priority though should be to utilize more than ten percent of our brain’s volume even if we aren’t doing much. And increase our ability to both think and react to the given obstacle right in front of us. Our brains are built for one thing, to help us think! Sadly, not everybody realizes how powerful our thoughts may be. Knowledge is power and it pays to be powerful.

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