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Ideas for Designing a Small Kitchen for an Apartment

You do not need to own a mansion to have a fabulous kitchen of your own. With these ideas for small kitchen spaces, you will want to invite friends over regularly to show it off.

Kitchen tools as décor. You do not need to add unnecessary items to the kitchen to decorate it. Use the kitchen tools you already have. Maybe you have racks, plates, knife sets, etc. that will match the texture and color scheme of your counter and cabinets.

Green and alive. Adding houseplants is never a bad idea especially if you cannot change the color of the walls. For a small kitchen, it would be better to display your collection of herbs and vegetables in small pots. That way you have decoration and ingredients within easy reach. Place these near windows.

Floating shelves. Cabinets take up a lot of space. With floating shelves, you have storage and display at the same time. Show off your collection of kitchen tools instead of stuffing them in a drawer somewhere.

Mirrors. Installing mirrors in a kitchen might seem like a weird idea but did you know that mirrors can make a small space look bigger? It enhances the effect of light-colored walls and countertops.

Interesting floors. Add some personality to your kitchen by renovating the floors or adding a colorful rug. If the walls look plain, pick a pattern or color that pops out.

More light. A small space with good lighting will appear larger. Add more accent fixtures like mini chandeliers and pendants for a sophisticated look.

Repainted shelves. If you have the budget, have the shelves and drawers repainted so the kitchen does not look plain. Maybe you can match it with the color of your kitchen appliances or match the color of the ceiling.

Custom storage. Sometimes there are awkward corners in our home that we would rather hide like a corner or wall that looks small or disproportionate. You can have a custom-built cabinet or shelving installed so you can maximize what you already have.

Rosy walls. If you are not a fan of bright or dark colors, go for something that is light like rose paint or blush for your walls. You can also have matching countertops.

Monochrome. Black and white looks gorgeous even in a small kitchen. You will even have a lot of appliances and kitchen tools available to match the color scheme. To be effective, make sure that the white color is at the bottom (counters, floor, etc.) while the black color should be above the sink or on the upper kitchen cabinets.

Marble counters. Match the marble with black, white, and gold or bronze colored accents like light fixtures, bar stools, and cabinets to create a sophisticated kitchen.

Let’s Talk About Farts

Everyone farts, even the rich and famous, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t discuss it in terms of its significance in showing—err, making noises—about our health.

The Role of Gut Microbes

While farting in public seems more horrifying to you than, say, sneezing, it’s just one of the ways your body tells you that the good microbes in your gut are happy. According to research, these microbes that produce gas also have a role in boosting the immune system by protecting the lining in your intestine and your body from infections.

18 Farts a Day

Most doctors agree that a healthy person should have at least eighteen flatulence daily, but an average of fourteen is okay, too. The human body cannot naturally digest fiber, that is why the microbes are responsible in breaking them down, but the process produces gas as a result. Keeping the good bacteria healthy means that your gut is an ideal habitat for diverse microbes with several different health benefits.

What Makes Up a Fart

The gas that gets trapped in your body is mostly nitrogen, while your fart is made up mostly of carbon dioxide, methane, oxygen or hydrogen, but these are odorless gases. So, where does the smell come from? Occasionally, your fart includes some traces of sulfur from some of the vegetables you eat. Fear not, because sulfur compounds (such as, methanethiol, hydrogen sulphide, and dimethyl sulfide) are harmless.

Too Much Fart

However, there are days when you seem to pass wind more than usual. Is that normal, too? According to doctors, there are several causes of gassiness, such as; high-altitude locations and flights; eating vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains; swallowing too much air; food sensitivity; nutrient absorption problems; and celiac diseases and irritable bowel syndrome. The first three items should not cause any alarm, but the last three will need immediate medical attention and diet changes.

Good and Bad Smell

Majority of the farts we produce are odorless, but some are slightly embarrassing, although not a cause for alarm. If it smells like rotten eggs, then it’s okay. However, if your fart smells unusually stinky, it could be a sign that your gut cannot break down some of your food or you have an intolerance. This is also usually accompanied by other symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pains. Visit your doctor in Singapore to determine the cause.

Silent and Loud Farts

Is a silent fart healthier than loud, trumpet-like sounding farts? There really is no difference in the content of both, but the sound that it makes has something to do with the position of your sphincter. Both are harmless, but the latter could cause embarrassment. Holding it in will also not cause any health problem, but you could experience bloating and slight pain if you try to keep it in.

Top Five Instant Hangover Cures for After Your Next Night Out

There’s nothing like having a drink or two with good company, but it can just as easily turn to a whole bucket, and on the following morning it all comes to that familiar feeling of dizziness and brain-splitting headache. And at a certain point in time, we’ve all been there.

But the good news is that there’s a way to wake up in the morning without it! Here are a few cures you absolutely should have handy before spending the night out with your friends and co-workers in Singapore:

1. Water

Believe it or not, alcohol actually takes water away from your body, so re-hydrating in the morning is crucial if you want to avoid that splitting headache and dizziness that comes after a night out drinking.

If you can, have a glass of ice-cold water followed by a shower – your head will thank you afterwards.

2. Sports drinks

And if we’re talking re-hydration, why not take it the extra mile? Sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade contain important electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium, and chloride that balance out your system as well as readily available sugars that your body can use right away.

If you’re on a diet, you can also sip coconut water as a low-calorie alternative since it has less sugar than most sports drinks, and is a lot less irritating to your stomach.

3. Coffee

If alcohol is a beverage that can make people sleepy, then how about curing the hangover using a beverage that wakes people up?

It turns out that the caffeine in coffee not only makes you feel awake in the morning, but also counteracts the effects of ethanol in your system. The only downside it has is that it coffee also takes water away from your system, so remember to re-hydrate when you do wake up.

4. Banana

Bite-sized electrolytes have never been so easy to get! Bananas are great sources of the electrolyte potassium, which prevents further dehydration.

You can even pair them with other fruits and vegetables to get those crucial nutrients your body needs. So whether you eat them by themselves or throw them in a blender for a smoothie, having a banana or two will round out your breakfast as a result.

5. Eggs

Who knew that the easiest way to cook a satisfying meal at home also works as a great hangover cure?

The best part about this quick source of protein is that you can cook them in various ways. Crack a few into a bowl, scramble them, or even simply have them sunny-side up – the options for this hangover cure are endless!

How to Build Up Your Confidence in Social Situations

It’s normal to be anxious when you’re in a social setting. In fact, most people tend to get at least a little anxious during situations and events where it’s necessary to have to interact with those around you.

However, there’s good news – you can overcome this with the right outlook and practice. Here’s how you can look and feel more confident whenever you find yourself in any social situation:

1. Strike a pose! To be confident in mind, you also have to be confident in your body, and this all starts with your body language.

Your posturing and hand gestures also communicate a particular message to other people that you need to be aware of, since you might end up saying the wrong thing subconsciously.

Slouching or looking at the ground is one thing can make you seem uninterested and hard to approach, while standing straight would reflect the opposite. Remember to do this every now and then by pushing your shoulders back if you catch yourself slouching.

2. Pay attention to your voice… or more specifically, pay attention to how you sound. Sounding friendly or gentle can go a long way especially when you find that you’re in a bind. It also makes other people around you feel at ease.

The best tip to improve your tone is to just practice talking to yourself in front of a mirror, and pay attention not just to what you say, but how you say it.

3. Be all ears! Actively listen to the people you’re having a conversation with. Listening is just as important as talking when it comes to making fun and meaningful interactions with people in any social setting.

For instance, while you don’t have to stare at them the whole time, you do need to maintain and establish eye contact. This lets the other person know that your full attention is on them.

4. Smile! This reinforces the thought in your mind that says you’re enjoying yourself, and when you do this, other people can see that you’re interested.

This is one thing you don’t have to fake if you’re really not feeling happy. However, sometimes the best solution to the problem is to simply put on a happy face. This can lighten up your mood a little bit, and it also allows other people to respond more positively to you.

The best way you can boost your confidence and not feel self-conscious is through actively paying attention to other people instead of yourself. The more you do pay attention to other people, the lesser you pay attention to yourself, and the less self-conscious you’ll be.

Socializing takes time to improve, and just like any other skill, it’s something you need to actively work on. To do that, just expose yourself more often.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

6 Insider Tips to Know Before Your Hawaiian Getaway

The Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai draw hundreds of thousands of tourists who are looking for a tropical getaway every year. If you are planning on a holiday getaway in Hawaii, make the most of your vacation by learning these insider secrets that can help you save money, while being able to try more authentic Hawaiian experiences.

  1. Skip the Hawaiian Hotels

Save your accommodation budget for more souvenirs by going on a glamping adventure. Go for this off-the-grid accommodation still offers you a king-size bed and a warm bath near the Volcanoes National Park. You can walk from tip to tip of the island for an enjoyable hike or a truck to drive you from end to end of the island. 

  • Explore the Old Hawaii

Hawaii may be a top U.S. destination, but its cultural roots are much older than the country itself. Discover pre-U.S. culture, traditions and history by going on a trip to Molokai. The trip will surely amaze you. It will give you a glimpse of the old Hawaii without enduring a crowded view, since the place isn’t directed at most tourists.

  • Eat Like a Local

Skip the fancy Hawaiian restaurants. And go rub elbows with the locals. You will know you are in a local food hub if the menu does not provide explanations of the dishes. Do the research—or ask the locals on the next table—yourself.

  • Ride the Bus

If you are headed to Honolulu, save yourself from the hassle of looking a parking space by happing on board a local bus. Download the app ‘Da Bus’ to get real-time updates about where the nearest bus stop is and it’s expected arrival time. Buy a one-day bus pass for around $5 for unlimited bus ride.

  • Head to Costco

Since you want to save more money, do the cooking your by grocery shopping at Costco, which has seven branches in Hawaiian Islands and four on Oahu. It’s easy to get fresh produce and snacks in there. The mini mart also offers fueling services, making it more convenient to tour the Hawaiian Islands if you’re renting a car.

  • Enjoy Free Entertainment

You do not have to shell out a fortune to experience Polynesian entertainment. Hotels, malls and public areas offer classes and show on the cheap, or even sometimes for free. For a night of hula dance, head to Kuhio Beach Hula Mound at Waikiki Beach, or go to Royal Hawaiian Centre in Honolulu for a ukulele class.

Lastly, get yourself a flower lei. Wear it and toss it to the ocean on the last day of your trip and start counting the days until your next Hawaiian vacation.

6 Ways to Sweat the Stress Away

With the traffic, hectic schedule in the office and work emails haunting you even when you’re on vacation, it’s no wonder why chronic stress is common in many Singaporeans.

So, how can you deal with stress? Well, the most effective way is to exercise. And with regular exercise you’ll be able to maintain the cortisol levels of your body and promote the production of endorphins—the type of natural hormone that helps the body and mind relax.

While any physical activity and exercises can make your heart race, here are five of our most favorite ways to break a sweat.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is well-loved for good reasons: it connects your body and mind, and brings together the mental and physical disciplines to increase your flexibility and physical strength, while keeping you relaxed.

  • Pilates

This type of workout is specifically designed to strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility and body posture. Pilates is known to relieve anxiety and stress, and is an ideal exercise to releases muscle tension and improve breathing to boost circulation of oxygen to the brain, which results to feeling of calmness.

  • Kickboxing

This exercise burns calories like no tomorrow. Use a fitness watch to see your calorie count rapidly decreasing. This combination of boxing and martial arts is a satisfying workout to get your heart pumping, boost your energy and build confidence.

  • Dancing

For this one, you do not need gym membership. Simply play your favorite dance music and let loose. What else can make you feel good than listening to your favorite jam and letting yourself feel every beat of the music? Dancing is a fun way to exercise and enhance your creativity. It allows you to stretch your body and move your muscles in different ways than you normally would on a regular basis. If dancing with choreography is what you’re looking for, try zumba.

  • Heading Outdoors

Yes, nature will help you relax. The beauty of nature will help melt away any form of anxiety and stress. Go biking, jogging, hiking or simply walking at the park. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy the outdoors, and there are so many spots in Singapore for that.

  • Running/Jogging

Running outdoors, as mentioned, is beneficial to managing stress. But even if you’re just running on a treadmill or jogging in place gives the body that extra boost needed to promote production of endorphins. If you have a dog, make it more fun by taking your furry friend at the park for an afternoon jog.

Stress is inevitable, but there is always something that we can do to keep our mental and psychological health in tune with our overall well-being.

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