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Best Restaurants in Singapore for a Most Romantic Date

There are already many places in Singapore that are considered scenic and ideal for a date. We all know that different couples have different ideas as to a how a romantic date is done. You could just take walks together, sing at the karaoke, or watch a movie. But really, nothing beats dining in a romantic restaurant!

Saint Pierre

Upon entering Saint Pierre, you’ll be surrounded by a classy atmosphere and an aura of romance almost immediately.  Here, you can choose between six-course meals or ten-course meals. Saint Pierre is also known not only for serving haute cuisine but also for their incredible service. If you’re looking for a restaurant with a fancy ambiance, excellent service and a beautiful view for your date, this is the place to be!

Pollen

What’s great about Pollen is that you can go there for a spontaneous date after walking around Gardens by the Bay. It’s great if you prefer a more relaxing place surrounded by flowers and greens. Pollen also actually has a climate-controlled environment which results in quite a comfortable atmosphere. An added bonus is that the place remains romantic whether you go there at noon or at night. The food being served is not to miss too, of course. Their modern European dishes compliment the overall ambiance well, leaving you with a sweet and enjoyable time with your date.

White Rabbit

Harding Chapel was abandoned for 15 years and has now been beautifully restored as a restaurant and a bar. The church is surrounded by lush greenery where you can take long peaceful walks with your date. There’s also a bar area at the back of the church where you can just chill out and have a few drinks. If you think about it, it kind of makes sense that this is a great place for a romantic date. It’s a church! Can’t you hear the wedding bells ringing?

Summerhouse

Summerhouse can pass off either as a good place for a relaxing date or an ideal place to pop the question! It’s a place with good lighting throughout the day because of its “glasshouse” design. At night, the garden around Summerhouse is adorned by the fairy lights, giving off an enchanting vibe to the evening. Summerhouse is also a multi-concept restaurant with areas themed in distinct styles.

The Cliff

The Cliff is another great place for a romantic date, in fact, it’s an excellent place for a proposal even. It is brilliantly placed to overlook the South China Sea. There’s no better place to watch the sunset while dining with your loved one than here! Even though it’s a 190-seater restaurant, it’s divided into three dining spaces and the tables are also spaced far away, enough for you to have some intimate time talking with your partner.

Is Coconut Water Really Good for You?

All around Singapore, you’ll see bottles and cups of coconut water being sold. Today, coconut water is being considered a great substitute to plain water. But how good is it really? Let’s find out!

All the Nutrients

Simply put, coconut water is packed with vitamins and minerals. It is known for being rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which are essential minerals for the body. Potassium is important for most bodily functions especially the heart which needs potassium to regulate blood pressure and pump blood efficiently. Calcium, as we all know, is necessary for the development of strong bones. Lastly, magnesium, which helps sustain organ function and energy production.

Electrolytes

There have already been many studies comparing coconut water and sports drinks and how they affect hydration. Coconut water has been found to be a great source of electrolytes because of its high potassium content hence leaving a person feeling refreshed and energized after physical activities. It also has considerably less sugar compared to sports drinks, which makes it great for athletes trying to limit their sugar intake. Plus, coconut water is said to reduce nausea after high-intensity workouts.

Blood Pressure

As mentioned earlier, potassium plays a big role in regulating blood pressure. One reason is that potassium neutralizes the effect of having too much sodium in the body. Also, there are cases where imbalanced levels of minerals or electrolytes in the body can a spike in blood pressure. Because coconut water contains a balanced amount of each, it helps promote stable levels of electrolytes in the body.

Low in Calories

So you’re want to drink something sweet but you’re worried about all the calories you might get? Coconut water is the answer! It’s an excellent substitute for sodas, juice, and other high-calorie drinks. It’s a natural beverage that’s sweet, filled with nutrients, and is low in calories. Each cup (depending on how big) only has about 45-50 calories. If you’re tired of plain, bland water, go get some coconut water.

Can Help Muscles

The minerals in coconut water can also help ease muscle tension. Potassium has gotten enough attention, it’s time to give calcium and magnesium some love! They both work together to significantly reduce muscle stress. Aside from aiding the growth of stronger bones, calcium also promotes muscle relaxation. On the other hand, intense workouts can leave you drained of magnesium which can then cause muscle spasms and cramps. It’s why you’ll need to refuel magnesium, and coconut water is a great choice for that.

Hangover cure

Alcohol has a diuretic effect which means it can cause you to keep releasing water by urinating. Eventually, you’ll be dehydrated if you don’t drink enough water. You typically get a hangover because your brain and your body does not have enough water anymore. As stated earlier, coconut water is great for rehydration because of its electrolytes. It will replenish the nutrients you’ve flushed out from urination and/or vomiting.

Here’s How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes Like a Pro

Can you even remember when was the last time you washed your brushes? Exactly! The fact that you can’t remember is enough reason to wash your brushes now. Dirty brush bristles attract dirt and dust, which can transfer onto your face causing skin irritations and breakouts. Plus, product build up on the bristles make it difficult to blend your make-up, leaving you with patchy and uneven application.

To avoid all these skin and make-up disasters, learn the best ways to clean your bristles.

  1. Once a month is good, but once a week is ideal

The sad reality is, people never wash their brushes. Depending on how much you use your make-up brushes, make-up experts and dermatologists recommend washing them every month, but once a week is the most ideal, especially if you use them every day.

  • Know what the bristles are made of

If you are a make-up fanatic, you know that there are two types of brush bristles: natural bristles, which is used mostly on dry products like powders; and synthetic, for wet products like liquid foundations, lipsticks and concelears.

  • Natural Bristles

Cleaning natural bristles is as simple as dipping the hair of the brush into dishwashing detergent, running them in warm water, and swirling the bristles on your palm to dissolve and wash away product build up. Repeat the procedure until th water runs clear, and then gently squeeze excess liquid.

  • Synthetic Bristles

Same steps apply to synthetic brushes, but since this type of brushes are often used for application of emollient products, you will need to do some additional steps to completely wash off dirt and residues. Swirl the brush in make-up removing wipes or spritz them with rinse-free cleanser to help dissolve dead skin cells, oil build up and product residue. Then, do the same procedure on how to clean brushes with natural bristles.

  • Lay down your brushes to dry

When washing, always point the brush down so the water won’t get into the ferule—the metal portion of the brush that attaches the bristles to the handle. Letting the water run into the ferule might break up the glue, causing the brush hair to loosen up and fall off. When drying the brushes, lay them down in a slight angle that allows the water to drip off the brushes, or use a make-up brush drying rack for more convenient drying.

  • Cover your brushes when not in use

When not in use, store your brushes in a container with a lid to avoid pollutants from getting in contact with your brushes. For those freshly cleaned brushes that you opt not to use yet, toss them in a Ziploc bag to keep them separated from the used ones.

Treat your make-up tools well by cleaning them regularly. A set of quality make-up brushes do not come cheap and should be considered as an investment, too. 

6 Golden Tips for Whiter Teeth

Before you head t your dentist for an expensive teeth whitening procedure, try doing these simple and natural whitening strategies. In many cases, a healthier lifestyle is all you need to keep your teeth healthy and pearly white.

  1. Adjust your diet

If you are drinking black coffee, wine and black tea or smoking cigarettes pretty regularly, then expect your teeth to appear not so pearly. Other culprits of stained teeth are gravy, colas and dark juices. We’re not saying to totally avoid these drinks, since many of them also provide great health benefits. Just make sure to brush your teeth right after consuming such beverages.

  • Replace your toothbrush every two months

If not, you are just transferring bacteria into your mouth. According to dentists, the best way to brush your teeth is to place the toothbrush at 45-degree angle against the gums and gently move it in circular motion. Hold the handle of your toothbrush like how you would hold a pencil o you won’t put too much pressure while scrubbing your teeth.

  • Use a tongue scraper to remove plaque and odor

One common cause of bad breath is build-up of bacteria on the tongue, which is why scraping your tongue daily will help get rid of the odor A scraper is more effective at removing food residue than a toothbrush, too.

  • Include some ‘detergent’ foods to your diet

Apples are great ‘detergent’ food for the teeth, so as celery, carrot and even popcorn. For better results, make these foods the last food you much on in a meal if you cannot brush your teeth after eating.

  • Keep your mouth fresh

Check your breath by licking a small portion of your palm and smelling it while it’s still wet. Gross, but it can save you from the embarrassment of bad breath. If it seems to stink, it’s time to grab some sugar-free breath freshener. Looking for an ideal mouthwash? Get one that’s alcohol-free. Mouthwashes that contain too much alcohol can easily dry out your mouth, making it more prone to bad-breath-causing bacteria.

  • Brush your teeth in the morning and at night

This is the most crucial practice for healthier and whiter teeth.  Our saliva, which keeps the plaque off our teeth, dries up at night. Therefore, it is best to have the plaques cleaned off the teeth before you snooze off the rest of the night. Similarly, it’s important to brush your teeth first thing in the morning to remove plaque and bacteria that have built up while you were asleep.

Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about for good hygiene. Your teeth helps you talk and chew, and can even make or break your self-confidence. So, keep your pearly white in their tiptop condition.

3 Crucial Tips to Make a Healthier Grocery List (That Works Every Time)

Unhealthy foods just seem to be everywhere, from your favorite hawker stalls, to even right next to the health foods section at your nearest supermarket in Singapore. And with a hectic schedule that leaves you drained, they can be even more tempting to buy.

This is the challenge of creating a healthier grocery list, which can be especially difficult if you’re just starting out on your commitment to a proper balanced diet. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

In fact, there are a few tips you can use to get you started on buying healthier groceries:

  1. Have realistic expectations on the foods that you’ll actually eat

Even though you want to try out lots of different foods when you’re just starting out, there’s a good chance you won’t like some of them. The last thing you want in your fridge is something that you don’t like, simply sitting there until it spoils.

Trying out just a few new foods each time you go grocery shopping is a great way for you to introduce yourself to the vegetables and fruits you’ll like.

If you’ve mostly stuck to processed foods during every grocery trip and need a drastic shift on what you buy, think of the healthy foods you’re most familiar with instead of the ones you’ve simply heard about. 

  • Keep your list organized

Your grocery list is your best friend that keeps you from mindlessly putting items in your cart, and even keeps each trip stress-free.

There are many ways you can keep it organized. For instance, you can do so depending on the way the groceries section of your nearest supermarket is laid out. Another way to organize your list is by breaking it down into categories.

These categories can be based around food types, such as vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, or even condiments and beverages.

If you’re really having trouble avoiding the sweets that you’re used to having, you can also avoid leaving any space for these desserts on your list and prioritize the fruits and vegetables first.

  • Stick to the plan

Now that you have your grocery list, stick to it! It’s there for a reason, and it’s to keep you from having to spend impulsively based on discounts, promos, and advertisements in the supermarket.

If you still find yourself getting sidetracked (deep discounts and eye-catching displays can be quite hard to pass up), ask yourself if the item fits into your meal plan. If it doesn’t, move on.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of ways to plan your grocery shopping to include both healthy foods and even the occasional dessert if you fancy yourself a sweet tooth. But by going into the supermarket or grocery store with a clear purpose and intention, you’ll find that shopping for your meal plans doesn’t have to be too time-consuming or confusing.

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