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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.

Accounting Software Mistakes and How to Remedy Them

Even with an accounting program, it’s still possible to commit some mistakes. However, there are some errors in accounting that you simply can’t afford to make, especially if you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur in Singapore. So to brief you with what these costly accounting software errors are, we’ve listed some of the most common mistakes that small business owners commit, together with the tips on how you can possibly avoid or correct these problems.

1. Not Scheduling or Performing Data Backups

Most small and even large Singapore businesses often fail to realize the importance of performing or scheduling file and system backups, and only realizes its importance when their system crashes together with the important files. Yes, you might never have to use your backup files, but if you’ve experienced any system crash, then we bet you know just how important it is to perform data backups to keep your business running.

HOW TO AVOID THIS: Schedule Routine File and System Backups. One way to avoid losing your data is to perform regular file and system backups on your accounting software. It’s even advisable that you store backup files in separate locations so that even if worst case scenarios like natural disasters occur in your area, your business will be immediately up and running.

2. Hiring an Unqualified Accounting Personnel

Let’s say you noticed that your best accounting software from Singapore isn’t giving you accurate expense and income reports: some figures in your financial report don’t add up, and your budget-to-actual statement is not as accurate as you need. You might initially think that there’s something wrong with your software, but you should also consider that the errors might be caused by the software’s user.

Poor hiring decisions often plague small Singapore businesses, since hiring a random person with a so-so accounting experience is much cheaper than getting an experienced accounting professional.

HOW TO AVOID THIS: Improve the Hiring Process of Your Company. Other than getting a good accounting software, you should also work on hiring an accounting professional that understands the industry you’re in as well as the program that your business uses. Make sure that each of your hires are experienced in terms of using an accounting software. The best way to test their skills is to ask them to perform a certain task using your software. Another option is to conduct an examination that will test the person’s basic understanding of the accounting principle as well as the accounting software that you are using.

3. Not Providing Accounting Software Trainings

Most business proprietors think that their employees can just figure out how to use an accounting software. However, today’s accounting software programs have become more complex – in fact, even working with user-friendly programs like QuickBooks can be frustrating for employees if they don’t have any resources to guide them.

HOW TO AVOID THIS: Provide Training Opportunities for Employees. Providing training materials and opportunities for your employees might require you to spend some bucks, but it will prove to be beneficial both for you and your employee in the long run. Giving them training opportunities will help in ensuring that your employees will fully understand the accounting software – its features as well as the best ways to utilize it. Moreover, conducting training will also increase their productivity since they’ll be freed up from all their repetitive tasks with the help of the accounting software.

4. Failure to Upgrade your Accounting Software

Data compatibility issues often occur when an accounting software hasn’t been upgraded. Waiting for a couple of years before upgrading your software usually causes these types of problems. In some instances, you’re stored data might even become corrupted or inaccessible if you wait too long just to upgrade your software.

HOW TO AVOID THIS: Perform Periodic Software Upgrades. Including periodic software updates in your business plan is one way to ensure that you get to upgrade your program. Remember that your software should be updated every two to three years so that your business won’t be at risk of losing any accounting data. Also, knowing when your accounting software company will release the software’s newer version will help you in getting your necessary software updates.

How Not to Look Old in Your Clothes

Fashion should make you stand out, but not because you look ridiculous or ten years older than your age. Here are the things you should avoid when dressing up.

Too Much Makeup

If you’re not going to act on stage, why use up every single piece in your make-up kit? Your make-up should highlight your strengths but hide your flaws. That doesn’t mean you have to cosplay every time you go out. Wear make-up appropriate for the occasion. You don’t want to look like a melted candle on the beach or an anemic at the office party.

Too Many Accessories

Unless you’re cosplaying as a Christmas tree why advertise all the contents of your jewelry box? Accessories should add color to your outfit, not overpower it. Don’t wear accessories that clash with the colors or cut of your clothes. For example, if you’re wearing flowery dress with a lot of frills, there’s no need to wear a chandelier necklace.

All Black Clothes

They might look good on teenagers but when you have fine lines and wrinkles on your neck and face, black could make imperfections stand out. This is when the statement “dress your age” should be used. Choose earthy colors for your skirts and pants and then pair them up with bright-colored tops so you’ll look fresh and vibrant.

You Follow Trends

If you’re a certified fashionista who’s updated with all the latest trends in clothes and shoes, chances are, you’ll look outdated in about 5 years. You’ve also wasted a lot of money on things you don’t want to use instead of investing in pieces that never go out of fashion. Jeans and simple shirts might look boring to you but they’re functional for every age and never go out of style.

Clothes that Don’t Fit

The cut and shape of your clothes should enhance your figure, not make you look like a dining table or a stripper. Tight-fitting clothes are as uncomfortable as baggy clothes. You should also choose underwear that fit properly. Ladies should have a professional fitting when they’re trying on bras.

All Vintage

Vintage clothes are so chic, but you would want to pair them up with modern hairstyles and accessories. Mix and match old-fashioned dresses with the modern shoes. Stop wearing the standard shirt, pants and blazers combination at the office. When done properly, your diverse wardrobe will be the envy of your co-workers.

Oversized Glasses

Pick glasses that are the right size for your face and shape of your head. There’s nothing fashionable about huge, thick-rimmed glasses no matter what those young pop group singers tell you. And no, you don’t look smart in them.

Too Many Hats and Scarves

Scarves on collared blazers or shirts? You’ll look like you’re about to be strangled. The combination will make your torso look bigger and people will think you have a short neck. And don’t wear big hats like a fedora unless you’re shooting a film.

An Introduction to Comics

Comics and manga have inspired a lot of films, television series, books and video games since William Hogarth’s “Modern Moral Subjects” in the 1600s came out. They probably make up more than half of the adaptations released every year, including anime. Most anime are adapted from the modern manga, the Japanese version of comics, which began in 1945.

The Early Days

Telling a story using pictures isn’t new. Our ancestors used it and even employed pictographic writing systems. A comics tells a story using images divided into panels of chronological order. What separates comics from an all-text novel is not just the illustrations but the speech bubbles. It started as a scroll to identify the characters, then later the artists used balloons for dialogues. A trend using a running dialogue below the panels was also used. In the 19th century, comics has taken the form which we recognize today. The first comic strip is “The Glasgow Looking Glass” in 1826.

Serialized Series

The first comics all pertained to politics and society. It was not until the Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday became popular among the British that a character became the focus of the story. In the US, it was popularized by R.F. Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley. In the 1920s, comic anthologies for children became popular. In 1938, the comic book Action Comics #1 began featuring Superman on the cover. That was the start of the superhero trend.

The Manga Industry

After the wars, Osamu Tezuka developed manga into an established art form by publishing volumes consisting of a hundred pages or more. His most notable work was Mighty Atom or Astro Boy. Another mangaka, Machiko Hasegawa also contributed to the medium’s popularity with her Sazae-san. Manga explores not just action and juvenile humor, but covered a range of topics from fantasy to adult themes. Today, the manga industry can compete head-on with novels. It’s also a favorite source of materials adapted into animated and live action films and television series.

Different Genres

You can find every type of comic for any reader. Manga’s genres are more defined however and do not just feature action heroes. Shoujo for example is a comic strip for females which usually have a romantic, lighthearted theme. You’ll find almost everything in manga, that is why next time someone says comics are only for kids, you know they’re wrong.

Asian Comics

Other countries have their own forms of comics and graphic novels too. India has its own graphic stories since the 7th century, but it wasn’t until the 1950s when the graphic novels first came out. Hong Kong comics include themes such as comedy, supernatural, gangster and crime, kung fu and gambling. In the Philippines, long serialized hero and love stories used to be popular. Sri Lankans like romantic themes while Malaysians enjoy adventures and warrior stories. The comic industry in China and Taiwan like adaptation of classic works. South Korea on the other hand has manhwa in the form of comic strips and webtoons.

How to Prevent Burns at Home

 

There is no better way to fight burns (all degrees) but to prevent it from occurring. There have been many burn cases here in Singapore but most cases can be prevented if the people around were more vigilant. This sounds easy but if you have kids around, things can be challenging. This is the reason why you have to know preventive measures you can put in place at home.

Here’s the list:

  1. Keep children out your workspace. While you are cooking or handling hot items, make sure that there are no children around. If your kinds are around, make sure to keep them out your workplace. Kids tend to be restless so there is a big possibility that they will encounter these hot objects. When you are cooking, make sure that the pot handles are facing toward the back of your stove. This is to prevent children from reaching it.

 

  1. Keep a fire extinguisher. Your house should be fire proof so the least thing that you can do is to put fire extinguisher. If you want more, you can install smoke detectors and automatic sprinkler system in case of fire. If you install smoke detectors, make sure to test it once a month. As for the fire extinguisher, you do not need to test it. Just check the label for the expiry.

  1. Lock it up. Kids are especially curious. They are attracted to everything that sparkles, flickers or lights. Knowing this, you have to lock everything that can ignite. For example, lighters, gas and matches. If you want to be sure, you have to store it where they cannot reach it.

 

  1. Check wires and outlets. Do not forget how exposed wires and outlets can pose burning risks. With this, you need to install outlet covers. This is to make sure that your children will not put anything in it. For exposed cords or wires, do not think twice – throw it already. Discard wires that are not in use.

You do not want anything to happen but it is important that you are ready for whatever that will come your way. Make sure your first aid is complete.

There are also particular jobs that put you at greater risk for burns. If you are in the workplace, make sure that you practice safety all the time. Do not ignore company policies on safety. Should there be fire, you have to be knowledgeable of your evacuation plan particularly the fire exit and the evacuation area. At the end of the day, burns can be prevented if you are keen on everything.

How You Can Effectively Stop Stroke

 

It is time that you examine your life and discover the things that can threaten it. Perhaps you should start with stroke. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death not only here in Singapore but the whole world. What makes it worse is that age makes you more susceptible to it. You cannot just reverse the years.

Stroke arises when the blood supply of the brain is interrupted. There are three forms of stroke that include ischemic, haemorrhagic and transient ischemic attack. Of the three, the less serious is transient ischemic attack because blood flow is briefly interrupted however it is crucial that you check with the doctor because it can lead to more serious clots. The most common stroke is ischemic where narrowing or blockage of arteries happen thereby reducing blood supply to the brain. Haemorrhagic stroke on the other hand is caused by a rupture or leak of blood supply.

Since you cannot just reverse the years to decrease your chances of having stroke, you can however manage or control the risk factors that lead to severity. Here are some tips on how you can effectively stop stroke:

Monitor blood pressure

It is imperative that you always monitor your blood pressure. Remember that high blood pressure can quadruple stroke risk if it is not managed or controlled. If it is elevated, you have to submit to treatment right away. Your goal is to maintain blood pressure less than 120/80.

The best thing that you can do is to avoid high in cholesterol foods like ice cream, cheeses and burgers. Reduce salt in your diet as well. If your doctor recommends that you take medicines, do it.

Lose weight

Another risk linked to stroke is obesity. Your goal should be a BMI of at least 25 or less. How can you achieve it? Increase your exercise time. You can also do other physical activities like playing basketball, walking or running. When it comes to eating, make sure not to consume 1500-2000 calories per day.

Moderate drinking

You will be surprised that drinking can reduce your risk to have stroke but up to a certain point. Your goal is to drink alcohol in moderation – perhaps one glass per day and not more. To make it more effective, drink red wine because it contains chemicals that can protect the heart.

Avoid diabetes

Having diabetes can increase your chances of stroke. High blood sugar can destroy vessels. Your goal here is to control your blood sugar. To do this, you have to follow doctor’s instructions by monitoring your blood sugar and exercise.

10 Iconic Human Males from Video Games

Sometimes it’s not just the gameplay that creates a successful game. There are a lot of characters that have become legendary for their appeal and story. Here are ten guys who stand out.

Dante of Devil May Cry

Dante wants justice for his slain brother and mother. The opening shows the demon hunter Dante in his office when Trish barges in and tells him that demon Emperor Mundus is returning.

 

Duke Nukem of Duke Nukem

Duke Nukem is trying to thwart Dr. Proton’s plans to rule over the world with his Techbots. The first game was released in 1991. It has several spin-offs and a comic series.

 

Geralt of The Witcher

Geralt of Rivia was one of those selected to be trained and genetically-enhanced with powers. Called a witcher, he went on to become a monster hunter and traveled with his horse Plotka after he received his Wolf medallion.

 

Harkyn of Lords of the Fallen

Convicted criminal Harkyn was released by Kaslo to help stop an attack of the Rhogar under Ardyr, the god who once ruled humanity and was defeated by the Judges.

 

Kazuma Kiryu of Yakuza

Kazuma Kiryu took responsibility for his boss’s death and was kicked out of the Tojo clan. He did so to protect his best friend Akira Nishikiyama. After spending time in prison, he still wants to help his former family.

Kratos of God of War

Kratos won every battle he commanded until he faced a barbarian who overwhelmed his army. On the verge of defeat, he called on the god Ares for help. He was able to defeat the opponent but at a great cost. When he attacked a village dedicated to Athena, he accidentally killed his wife and his child who were brought by Ares for such a purpose.

 

Max Payne of Max Payne

Former police officer Max Payne is looking for the murderers of his wife and his child. The perpetrators were high in a drug called Valkyr. Max was also framed for the murder of his partner while doing undercover work.

 

Nathan Drake of Uncharted

Nathan Drake finds a notebook in the coffin of ancestor Sir Francis Drake. He thinks that Drake tried to hide his discovery of El Dorado, but Nate is determined to get there with friend Victor Sullivan.

 

The Prince of Prince of Persia

The first game was released in 1989 and featured the Prince. He must save a princess from the vizier Jaffar. The Sands of Time series was a reboot of the older games. The Prince finds the Dagger of Time and was tricked by the vizier into releasing the Sands of Time.

 

Samanosuke Akechi of Onimusha

The game is inspired by the Sengoku period of Japan with elements of the supernatural. Princess Yuki sends a letter to Samanosuke Akechi detailing the disappearances of servants in the castle. When he arrived, he learned that demons called genma have taken her.

20 Puzzle Games You Should Try

 

Tired of the usual shooters and save-the-world stories? Try your hand at one of these 20 mind-bending games.

Bejeweled’s objective is to line up three or more similar gems to make them disappear.

 

Braid features Tim who is trying to rescue the princess. The player guides Tim on his journey through each stage. The puzzles solved recreate the story.

 

Bookworm Adventures allows the player to guide Lex by defeating enemies. The combat consists of forming words to inflict damage.

 

Echochrome lets the player control a mannequin while traveling through different three-dimensional shapes. These shapes can be rotated and the player must avoid obstacles along the way.

 

Fez features Gomez who, when acquiring a red fez, sees the three-dimensional world. He must collect cubes to return the world to what it was while solving puzzles in the environment.

 

Gunpoint uses the elements of stealth to guide the spy Richard Conway in his tasks and to search for a murderer. The player should avoid obstacles and traps inside buildings.

 

Hexcells Infinite is the third installment of a series. It’s goal is to determine which cells must be eliminated or highlighted.

 

Lemmings allows the player to guide lemmings to an exit. A certain number of survivors must reach the exit at a specific time to clear a level.

Limbo allows the player to a guide a boy in his search for his sister. The player must avoid traps and use objects in the environment while traveling.

 

MouseCraft’s goal is to help Schrodinger to finally complete his invention. Mice must be guided safely to a block of cheese.

 

Myst lets a player travel to an interactive world in first-person perspective to find clues about the interconnected Ages.

 

Mummy Maze is a form of logic game where you guide a character out of a maze by avoiding the mummies and other creatures.

 

Peggle has fifty-five levels to complete by shooting balls at colored pegs. Points are also earned depending on how the shots were made.

 

Picross 3D is a form of a nonogram which allows the player to create an image on a rectangular prism by chipping away cubes.

 

Portal features Chell who must be guided through different interconnected rooms. The puzzle consists of teleporting Chell and other objects using a device.

 

Puzzle Quest incorporates elements of a role-playing game but the combat is in the form of turn-based puzzles.

 

Tangram is a form of dissection puzzle where you form shapes using seven pieces called tan. Magma Mobile has a mobile version.

 

Tetris was made by Alexey Pajitnov. Its goal is to place pieces by rotating and moving them to create an unbroken line of blocks to make them disappear.

 

Trash Panic’s goal is to make all the garbage fit in a can by breaking, burning, or decomposing each to avoid overflowing.

 

World of Goo lets the player create structures using goo. Its goal is to get the right number of goo balls to an exit.

5 Ways to Relieve Stress

 

We all experience stress one time or another. As we go through the hustle and bustle in a busy city like Singapore, we incur problems, we get frustrated with work, get tired of people or we simply get stressed on the things that just doesn’t go our way whenever we expect and need them to. For sure there are many ways on how we individually cope up with stress but here are some vital and effective ways on how to really relieve stress:

  1. Find your Center and Calm Yourself. There are just some things we can’t control in life but we can always manage our reactions towards it. In times of stressful situations, try to relax. Find your center and calm yourself. You can’t solve your problems if you get angry or force yourself to think of ways when you know your head is about to blow up. Try to meditate and give yourself the “breathe in, breathe out” mantra every time you feel like you can’t handle things anymore. It will help clear your mind and release your stress for sure.

 

  1. Exercise. You can run, take a walk or even do some fat-burning exercises like boxing to cope of with stress. These work all the time and notably these have been studied and verified to not only keep our bodies healthy but also our minds. Release your endorphins in order to feel happier and thus discharging stress out of our system.

 

  1. Sleep it out. Sleep is relaxing. If you think you can no longer handle the problems around you, sleep it out. Close your eyes, relax your mind, have a good nap or a good night sleep. By the time you wake up, your mind is cleared and you can think way better than staying awake for too long just to solve your difficulties.

  1. Cry your heart out. It’s always healthy to cry and just let things go. This is not a sign of weakness rather it just shows that we are all human and that we need to release the tension and stress flowing coarsely through our hearts. Just cry and accept things as it should be.

 

  1. Eat some Good Food. Treat yourself. You can binge in eating your favorite comfort foods or you can resort into eating healthy like vegetables and fruits. It feels good whenever we get to eat what we want because we can forget about the things that bother us momentarily. At least after eating, your tummy and mind is full so you can have more energy to consume in relieving your stress and in thinking for ways on how to solve your problems.

Unveiling Apple’s New iPhone Series

 

Every year or so, many Singaporeans are anticipating the unveiling of the new iPhone. The good news is last September 7, Apple already unveiled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It was officially introduced by the CEO Tim Cook. He said that so far, it is the best iPhone ever created.

What makes iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus the best ever created? Here are some of its features:

Slick design

All smartphones now have slick design. This kind of design looks classy and beautiful. As for the new iPhone, it has actually a high gloss finish which means seamless lines around. You will be happy to know that the camera is more protected because of its enclosure.

Force sensitive home button

You are used to clicking the home button but for the new iPhone, you do not need that force. It boasts of what they call “taptic engine” that is force sensitive. This feels like you are navigating through your computer’s track pad.

More resistant

Your previous iPhones are not invincible to dust and water but not the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It is proud of its stronger phone enclosure that is more dust and water resistant.

Improved camera

Perhaps the most beloved feature of iPhone users is the camera so the developers did nothing but to improve it. They guarantee that you can take a lovely selfie if you want to. Some improvements include optical image stabilizer which has the power to steady your shaky hands whilst taking, it also boasts of lens that permit more light and 12 megapixel sensor plus 4 LEDs on its flash.

Enhanced speaker

Do not forget about the speaker or stereo-quality. The developers said that the new iPhone has enhanced speaker with one at the bottom and one at the top. This is for increased coverage or range.

No more headphone jack

Apple made a bold move because they removed the headphone jack however it gave way to a new level of headphone called Airbuds. The Airbuds is wireless and it connects to your phone via Apple’s W1 chip. You can easily access Siri by tapping it twice.

Better chip

As for the performance, it will not fall short. Its chip is A10 Fusion which is 120 times quicker than the chip of the first iPhone released. As for the graphics, it is 50% quicker than its A9 predecessor. There will be no 16 GB as it will start at 32 GB storage.

No reports yet as  to when it will be available here in Singapore. You can only remain calm and wait for it. iPhone 7 costs USD 649 while iPhone 7 Plus costs USD 769. The AirBuds are sold separately at USD 159.

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