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How to Have a Better First Week at Your New Workplace

Feeling both excited and nervous on your first job? Make your first week at work stress-free, fun, and full of learning with these helpful tips.

Introduce yourself to your co-workers. Researchers point to the anxiety at work due to the lack of confidence in introducing oneself and starting conversations with strangers. Remember that you will be seeing those people around you regularly, so you would want to get rid of the awkwardness. It’s perfectly natural to feel shy, but you’ll eventually have to talk to them.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are nervous about making a mistake on your first day at work, you can prepare a set of questions the night before. It will help you save time thinking about what you need to do and it can also be a good ice breaker with your co-workers.

Familiarize yourself with the new location. On your first day, you should already know where the restroom, water station, elevators, stairs, and other amenities are located. If possible, ask for a tour of the office so you don’t get lost. It’s also a good time to ask how best to get to the office and how much time you need to get to the office from your home.

Set your routine early. Once you become familiar with the specific tasks assigned to you, you can start coming up with a routine that will allow you to meet your requirements for the day. Think of its as coming up with the most effective shortcuts and strategies. Show them that you are a fast-learner and resourceful worker.

Don’t talk too much. Yes, you can get to know your co-workers without talking too much. Instead, observe and listen so you don’t embarrass yourself. Nothing ruins a first impression more than a person with diarrhea of the mouth. Don’t just talk to fill in the silence; remember you are there to work, not chat.

Take notes. It is possible that you will overlook some details during your training, but that is normal. To minimize mistakes, you should at least be familiar with the important details the day before your first day at work. Don’t be shy to take notes and organize your tasks.

Don’t mind the pressure. No one will expect you to be perfect on your first week. Just go with the flow and don’t feel pressured about trying to fit in right away. If someone asked you to come with them for lunch, use it as an opportunity to observe people and get a few tips.

Dress properly. You’re not there to receive an acting award, so don’t overdress. Don’t underdress either. Find the most comfortable clothes that don’t look to worn out for your first day. You should also probably bring a sweater in case it’s too cold in the office and an extra clean shirt.

Common Dog Ectoparasites to Watch Out For

One of the worst things that can happen to your beloved pet is seeing it waste away because of a preventable condition. Ectoparasite infestation can be prevented and will help save your pet’s life.

These are the common canine ectoparasites, or parasites that thrive on the skin, you need to be aware of.

Fleas

Most dogs at one point in their lives would likely have fleas on their skin. These parasites feed mainly on your pet’s blood. They multiply fast, some females even lay eggs on the furniture and survive for a long time. Most dogs will not show any symptoms until the infestation becomes significant, but there are subtle signs such as skin irritation, hair loss, and inflamed or infected skin. Sometimes this will depend on the sensitivity of your pet. When treating fleas, do not forget to inspect and treat your furniture as well to prevent future infestations.

Mites

There are several forms of mites that can affect your dog’s health. One such mite is the demodex. In some dogs, there will be no visible symptoms, but if there are, the treatment can be very difficult. Your pet will experience thinning of the hair and the appearance of a thick, scaly skin. The affected areas are very itchy and can become infected if there are lesions.

Another type is the fox or sarcoptes mite which is responsible for the condition called scabies. The skin becomes very itchy because the mites burrow into the skin to lay eggs. The third type is cheyletiella mites that can often be found on the skin surface. Your dog will appear to have scabby and crusty skin but the itchiness and irritation is not as bad as with the other mites.

Harvest Mites

These mites are often found in between the toes of your dog as well as the legs, tummy, and ears. Sometimes your pet will show no discomfort, but it can be a problem if there are reddish or orange patches on the skin and itchiness. These mites are often acquired in infested vegetation.

Ticks

Ticks not only affect dogs, but they can also affect humans and other animals. Some varieties of ticks are responsible for transmitting diseases, while the less harmful varieties will only cause skin irritation and local infection at most. However, this should not be an excuse to avoid prevention. Ticks on dogs cannot be transmitted to humans, but your pet can acquire them from vegetation.

Lice

The lice you see on dogs is different from that of the humans’, so don’t worry about getting infected. If the infection is mild, the dog will show no symptoms, but a heavy infestation can lead to anemia. Dogs with lice problems often have hair loss, itchiness, and dry coats.

7 Bike-Friendly Cities Around the World

A bike ride makes a leisurely tour around different sites and can transport you to distant spots in much lesser time. However, not all bike lanes are created equally. Here are seven best cities that are stunning and safe for two-wheeled tours.

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark

When you say bike-friendly cities, Copenhagen tops the list. Tourists are often amazed by the number of riders cycling around town, and kids are often taught how to ride a bike even before they are old enough to go to school. Thanks to the city government’s initiative t build bike-friendly infrastructure and systems, almost half of Copenhageners use bikes as their everyday mode of transport.

  • Tokyo, Japan

Around 15 percent of Tokyo commuters are bicycle riders. Although it doesn’t beat Copenhagen’s 50 percent biker population, it is still very impressive considering the total population of the city. If you choose to go around the city with your two-wheel drive, you can enjoy ample parking spaces, spacious bike paths and fun cycling tours.

  • Paris, France

With the city’s Velib’ bike sharing system, locals and tourists can make use of more than 20,000 bicycle units and over 500 kilometers of bike paths. Bikers can tour and go around the most romantic city safe from the motorists. A Velib’ station is also very accessible as they are always in sight and almost around every corner.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is popular for being bike-friendly for all the good reasons. With more bikes than actual people, the city is developed with bike riders in mind: flat streets, low speed limits and bike parking areas almost everywhere. People ride their bikes to go to work, drop children to school and cart around their groceries. For tourists, there are plenty of places to explore, not to mention fun guided bike tours and illustrated booklets to help you getting around town efficiently.

  • Berlin, Germany

Featuring more than a thousand kilometers of bike paths, no wonder why Berliners love roaming around on bikes. For travelers major attractions are just a bike ride away from each other. Berlin’s ‘Call a Bike’ system lets people simply lock their bikes to any fixed structure and key in a code to ‘return’ the rented bike.

  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan

In a city known for traffic chaos, Kaohsiung is the proof that a city can still be biker friendly despite the busy streets. Dubbed as the safest city for bikers in Taiwan, Kaohsiung features over 90 miles of bike paths and a bike sharing system that can be used by both tourists and locals.

  • Singapore, Singapore

Singapore is one of those cities where the cycling culture is rapidly expanding. To promote cycling as daily mode of transport, the Singapore government has constructed more bike facilities and lanes along the city’s main roads.

Biking is a fun way to see the wonderful sights of a foreign place. Other than letting you leisurely explore breathtaking views, it’s a great way to while minimizing carbon footprint.

The Most Luxe Bali Spas to Treat Yourself to

With its breathtaking beaches and picture-perfect views, Bali is a place many busy people from Singapore go to relax and unwind at. And what other ways to make your vacation in Bali more rejuvenating? Of course, a good spa or massage, which is what Bali is popular for—Balinese massage.

Whether you want a 150-minute full body massage or a coconut body scrub in the midst of the jungle, here are some spas on the island you should check out.

  1. COMO Shambhala Estate

Seated in the middle of the greenery in Payangan, complete with a beauty therapists, professional masseurs, ayurvedic doctor and a nutritionist, COMO Shambhala Estate got your overall wellness covered. One of the must-try spa treatments is the COMO Shambhala Bath, which is a 120-minute massage and cleansing treatment that uses a blend of moisturizing essential oil—coconut, almond and macadamia nut oils—that will leave you feeling refreshed and your skin soft, smooth and silky.

  • Thermes Marins Bali

Thermes Marins Bali offers 26 luxurious treatment rooms and six villas spread out all over Ayana Resort & Spa Bali. If you want the best view of the glistening Indian Ocean, request for Spa on the Rocks. The villa boasts an elegant architecture that infuses beautiful elements of nature—featuring Indonesian merbau woods and ‘alang-alang’ roofs. Indulge in 120-minute Lava Me Tender massage that uses natural volcanic lava as essence, which contains antioxidant agents and healing properties to help restore the skin’s elasticity and radiance.

  • Spa Uluwatu

Every full moon, Spa Uluwatu offers a special Moonlight Massage at their beachside pavilion to celebrate the sacred event in Balinese culture. If it isn’t full moon when you travel to Bali, try the InterContinental Signature Massage that combines various massage styles from different countries all over the world. For a mani-pedi in luxe comfort or a quick trim after our spa, the hotel also offers a newly revamped beauty salon.

  • Lembah Spa

Nestled in the heart of Bali, Lembah Spa is a serene spot perched atop a valley, rewarding you a stunning view of the Petanu River gorge. This spa offers different treatments that features a combination of Western and traditional Balinese techniques. Don’t skip trying the 150-minute Cleopatra on Petanu River spa package, which includes body mask and exfoliation, followed by 50 minutes of Balinese massage and the ever popular milk bath. End your retreat sipping on hot natural tea, which basking in the magnificent view.

  • Fivelements Puri Ahimsa

Located in the sacred Ayung River, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa is a world-renowned eco-friendly retreat, which draws its wellness approach in Balinese’s ancient traditions. The techniques used promotes rejuvenation and relaxation through a combination of deep bodywork, prana energy and meditation, all performed by local healers, whose knowledge have been handed down through so many generations.

The truth is, you can’t go wrong with any spa treatment in Bali. Just keep in mind to make an appointment in advance to any of these places, especially during high season. Besides, ample prearation is the key to ultimate relaxation.

Tips and Tricks to Maximize a Limited Living Room Space

When you’ve just moved into your own HDB flat in Singapore, you want to make sure that you have as much space as you can to make it inviting. But when your space has its own challenges and limits, it’s time to think of creative solutions to make the most out of your space.

Here are five helpful tips and tricks that are sure to give you more space for your small living room area:

  1. Open the windows

The first step to making any area in your home feel spacious is by opening the windows and letting as much natural light in as possible. Using light curtains to let the air will not just let the air in more easily, but will also make the area feel more open and spacious. It also makes the living room area feel cooler, which can even save you from using electricity during summer.

  • Use small furniture

Because using large furniture will make your limited space both look and feel even more limited, you want to use smaller furniture that’s low and close to the ground to maximize the amount of space that you already have. This is where you may want to ditch the oversized sofa and invest in furniture that’s both streamlined and multi-purpose.

For instance, ottomans and stools can serve both as seats and as small tables, benches with hidden storage compartments can be used in lieu of chairs, and instead of a standard oversized sofa, a foldable sofa bed can take its place in the living room.

  • Draw attention to the ceiling

When the floor space is limited, take advantage of the available ceiling space instead. This serves to clear both the floor and draw attention to the ceiling, which can give the illusion that the living room appears more spacious than it actually is.

  • Use your layout to your advantage

Arrange your furniture to create separate zones in your living room. This way, not only do you make better use of space, but you also make it easier to figure out the different uses of specific areas in your living room.

  • Express yourself

Feel free to decorate your home with anything you want!

Just because your living space is small doesn’t mean that you have to keep everything at a bare minimum (unless that’s your style). In fact, it’s important that you make your home feel like your home as much as possible. When you do choose decor, be sure to consider if that will actually make you smile when you come home after a long day of work.

Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet?

Whether you’ve decided to stop eating meat or that you’re simply too busy to prepare food yourself, there are a lot of reasons why you need protein in your diet – the most important of which is that it contains vital amino acids that are needed for building cells.

A shortage of available protein means that your body will start to ration out what’s left in your body, which may lead to these signs that you’re not getting enough in your system:  

1. You experience food cravings.

The constant need for snacking in between meals is the body’s way of trying to compensate for a low-protein diet. Since protein evens out blood sugar levels, it’s important to eat a 1:1 ratio of protein and carbohydrates (which break down into starches and sugars).

2. There are problems with your hair and/or nails.

Frequent hair fall may not be the cause of dandruff. In fact, it may be caused by not having enough protein needed to keep making new cells.

Another clear sign that you’re not getting enough in your diet is if you start to see ridges in your nails, or if they start peeling (especially if you don’t bite them).

3. You recover from injuries more slowly.

Rebuilding new cells and tissues requires protein, and less protein in the system means less material for the body to make into new cells to replace the ones lost. Without enough of it to make other cells with, you recover from injuries more slowly.

4. You’re getting sick regularly.

Protein is also needed to make the immune cells that fight off disease, but because you’re not getting enough protein, there’s also less to make immune cells with.

This means that you’re not making enough immune cells to replace the ones that die or are used up. Because there are less immune cells to fight off foreign cells, you’re more likely to get sick and take longer to recover.  

5. You can’t focus enough on your work.

Because protein helps to regulate blood sugar, the lack of the former means more fluctuations of the latter. The result is short bursts of mental energy (from the temporary spikes of blood sugar), followed by prolonged periods of a foggy brain throughout the day.

If you’ve experienced these symptoms following a schedule that hasn’t left you much room for a proper diet, then you might be experiencing a protein deficiency, and you need more in your diet.

Luckily, protein is easily available in a lot of forms, from meat and eggs, to dairy products, to even fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The nearest hawker center can be even a great way for you to get temporary fix of protein until you have the time to prepare your own healthy food.

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