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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.

5 Ways to Reduce Parental Anxiety

It’s normal for parents to worry about their kids. However, in some cases, worrying gets out of control. According to experts, this is a form of anxiety, which is an over-expression of normal feelings and reactions like fear and avoiding risks.

If you find yourself often stopping your kids from doing this and that out of fear, you’re probably having events of parental anxiety. When you start to notice this, try managing your anxious urges with these tips:

1. Recognize your anxieties
People feel anxious when they feel that something starts going wrong because of their anxiousness. Therefore, the first step to managing anxiety is accepting your anxieties. Don’t worry, it’s normal to feel stressed sometimes. When you’re in charge of the care of kids, you’ll naturally heighten your stress level. Keep in mind that the key here is to manage your anxiety, so don’t stress so much on making it completely go away.

2. Avoid saying ‘should’
Reduce anxiety by not expecting too much from yourself or from your kids. Avoid saying ‘should’—I should or my children should—because then you’re setting expectations. The higher your expectations, the unhappier and more anxious you become when your expectations aren’t met.

3. Minimize your social media activities
Social media can worsen your anxiety by making you feel that your kids are not living to people’s standards. You can’t avoid comparing when all you can see in your social media are proud parents posting photos of their kids’ achievements. Instead of wasting time scrolling through your feed, spend more time with your children.

4. Go easy on yourself
It’s hard not to feel guilty when you’ve scolded your children. However, learning to forgive yourself will help you manage your anxiousness better. If you do not take the actions to intentionally hurt your kids, then there’s no need to feel guilty. If you mean well and did not intend to cause pain to your children, ask yourself what you’ve learned from this, and then move on.

5. Just let your kids learn from experience
This can serve as a mantra to anxious parents. While it is your job to guide your children, it won’t help your child grow if you eliminate their right to do the things they want to do. The best you can do to empower your kids’ sense of responsibility is to let them learn from natural consequences of their actions, whether right or wrong.

We all worry about our children and wish to always protect them from disappointments and life struggles. But you’ll feel a lot calmer when you remind yourself that insisting what seems impossible only increases your anxiety. You’ll be able to function better and your children to enjoy their childhood if you relax and let life unfold as they are.

What’s the Difference Between Urticaria and Angioedema?

Anyone who has allergies must learn to differentiate between urticaria and angioedema because it could indicate a much severe allergic reaction than usual.

Urticaria
Urticaria is better known as hives or weal, those raised patches on the skin that are itchy and are the result of the presence of the histamine in the skin’s blood vessels. Most people with allergies have had urticaria as it is the most common reaction to allergens, pressure, and friction. The raised, itchy patches on the skin can spread and can cause discomfort if it covers a large part of the body. The wheals that appear in the body are described as having a central swelling, is pruritic or severely itchy, and will not leave obvious marks. To treat urticaria or to lessen instances of developing hives, the cause must be identified and eliminated.

Fortunately, hives will respond well to antihistamines and steroids, but it can recur if the person is exposed again to the allergen. It will not leave any obvious marks once the hives go away, usually within 24 hours. There are cases called chronic idiopathic urticaria in some individuals who get hives for no apparent reason. The outbreak of the hives can recur nearly everyday for weeks at a time.

Angioedema
Angioedema can sometimes occur with urticaria, but it is a more serious allergic reaction that can cause life-threatening symptoms. The name angioedema refers to the condition where the dermis, subcutaneous tissue, and mucosa and surrounding tissues become swollen. If a person has angioedema due to an allergen, the area around the mouth is swollen and the upper airway is obstructed. Other parts of the body can also be affected, especially areas with loose connective tissue, such as the tongue, pharynx, the extremities, periorbital region, and genitals. Angioedema is also believed to be caused by a deficiency in C1 esterase and usually runs in the family.

Angioedema is treated as an emergency. If a person with allergies has angioedema, his/her airways must be kept open and protected, along with a prescription of antihistamines or steroids to reduce the swelling. Those individuals with chronic urticaria are more likely to experience angioedema as well, and the swollen areas will take at least 72 hours to go away.

Treatment
Triggers of urticaria and angioedema should be avoided, including medications such as NSAIDs, antihypertensive, and ACE inhibitors. Both physical and food triggers should also be noted, and other people should be informed on what to do during an emergency. Whether the person will need to take antihistamines regularly will depend on the severity or the number of allergies, that is why it’s important to talk to a doctor about the possible side-effects of the medications that can potentially impair academic and workplace performance.

Treatment of angioedema will also require special attention from an allergologist, especially if the condition is inherited.

Growing an Indoor Garden in Singapore

Growing plants can be one of the best things that you can do in your free time. You could learn a new skill, all the while making sure that your food is safe and healthy. Gardening is also a fun and practical hobby that anyone can learn, no matter the age.

Even if you live in an HDB flat without a lawn, you could always grow your own garden indoors. Indoor gardening isn’t as hard as it looks, all it takes is a bit of patience. Here are a few tips and tricks to start you off with growing your own indoor garden.

1. Figure out which plants are right for you.
Before doing anything else, you should make sure that you really can take care of your garden. If you’re a busy-body who never has time at home, don’t fret. There is always a plant for everyone, and chances are it wouldn’t be too hard to find a plant for you.

Those who would like to have plants that don’t need much attention, there are many plants that you could choose from. While succulents make the poster plants for plants that don’t need much attention, they can still be a bit hard to grow for complete beginners. Cacti are always a good choice since you would only need to water them at least once a week. Even if you forget to water them for weeks on end, they are hardy plants that could still thrive despite a lack of attention.

2. Use grocery produce to get more plants.
There are many plants that you could buy from the grocery which you could turn into more food. By just putting them in water, or in a bit of soil, you could use vegetable or fruit left-overs that you could use to grow even more food. There are many plants that you can propagate from grocery store produce, like lemongrass, ginger, and Thai basil.

3. Take note of starter plants.
There are many plants that are great for Singapore’s weather. For beginner gardeners, you can start with simple plants like brinjals, or lemongrass, or cherry tomatoes. For those who like to eat a lot of salads, good choices for leafy green plants are kangkong and kalian. Microgreens are always a good idea, like broccoli and sunflowers. Herbs, like mint and parsley, are always good choices but may require some more experience.

4. Light it right.
Remember to keep your plants away from direct sunlight during the middle of the day, since the Singaporean sunlight can be too harsh on plants. You could create a shade for your plants using some materials like cloth or blinders. If you have the opposite problem, and your space doesn’t have any natural light available, artificial lighting s always a good alternative. There are many sun lamps available on the market that can mimic the heat of the sun, which are great alternatives for natural lighting.

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.

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