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Why You Should Register A Trademark and How to Do It

Having a trademark registered is very important and is a big necessity for the existence and development of a business. Building a brand normally should start with a registered mark. Having one makes it easier for people to identify your brand hence increasing your reputation and value over time.

The importance

Trademark registration is essential because it allows you to possess intellectual property rights and protect the identity of your brand and business. After you register trademark, you are allowed to take legal actions against other parties who may use identical signs that may confuse customers and cause damage to your brand. For your Singapore business needs, it is best to consult an IP agent to assist you in the process.

Brand name registry is very important especially when it comes to protecting intellectual property (IP). IP includes all ideas and inventions that spur from human creativity and/or intellect. Some examples are music, inventions, discoveries, literature, symbols, and etc. The protection of IP pushes people to create greater amounts of goods and products, knowing that their creations have both a moral value and economic incentive.

Although to register trademark in Singapore may take months, it is still very much a reasonable investment in the long term because a registered trademark will be valid for 10 years from the time your application is accepted.

Registering a trademark

To create a TM involves procedure. Before everything else, it is important to do a trade mark search before you trademark Chinese words. Doing this is practical for the reason that you actually cannot refund the money you pay for registration. To guarantee that you don’t infringe on the rights of others, consult an experienced Chinese registration agent in Singapore to make sure that the trademark you are proposing to use does not have any similarities with already existing trademarks, at least in your field of business. Aside from guaranteed brand protection, this will also help you save time and money because you don’t have to repeat procedures when you make mistakes.

For registering a trademark, services and goods are specified in different classes. Typically, everything starts with a trademark application form in each class. If your brand offers different services, then they will be classified per class accordingly. But, the advantage of this multi-class system though, is that only one registration is required for all services and goods belonging to a trademark. With that, application forms don’t necessarily have to be submitted for each class, rather for the trademark as a whole.

The cost of filing a trademark in Singapore is normally S$341, but is still subject to increase or decrease depending on classes. Application for renewal, application for revocation, filing of notice of opposition, and other descriptions also charge different fees per class.

In Trademark Registration, you also need to conceptualise your business identity for your Singapore brand. This may involve hiring a graphic artist to have a unique and appropriate logo design, or you can always opt to create your own logo.

In summary, trademark registration will help you protect your brand and solidify your business’ identity. It gives you the right to claim your own intellectual property and have exclusive use of the brand/mark and all services and goods belonging to it. It also allows you to oppose other parties that may try to create similar symbols and even use your mark (if unregistered) for the benefit of their own business. So, go ahead and register your trademark now!

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How You Can Fix Broken China at Home

Seeing cracks on a favorite piece of chinaware can be really frustrating, and even more so when it breaks or shatters into lots of tiny pieces.

However, damaged china doesn’t always have to stay damaged. There are different ways to repair broken china using all kinds of tools and epoxies (the process is still cleaning and gluing the broken pieces).

Securing the Pieces
The first thing you need to do is gather all the broken pieces and them in place. While it’s not a good idea to hold two pieces together by hand for a long time, you can hold them together using different methods.

There are ways to secure pieces:

• With sand (bury one piece halfway, broken side up, and secure the other broken pieces using clothespins);
• With clamps (be careful since this may add more strain to the porcelain); and
• With modeling clay (molded around the part where the two broken pieces connect).

Make sure the pieces are aligned properly before proceeding to bond them together with a filling or glue.

Fixing the Cracks
Once the pieces are held down, it’s time to There are a few techniques and materials used in filling the cracks made in porcelain to help restore its strength and appearance:

• Epoxy Filling – Applying epoxy filler directly is the easiest way to seal most cracks and add as filler for small chip marks on ceramic, since the excess epoxy can be scraped and left to dry overnight.

• Peg – Long, deep cracks in chinaware (excluding thin, fine, or bone china) can be fixed by adding copper wire and epoxy filler with the help of ceramic repair supplies.

• Using Milk – For hairline cracks, place the piece in a pot with about two or more cups of milk and let it simmer for about an hour. After this, turn off the heat and allow the bath to cool before rinsing the piece.

Keep in mind that repaired pieces can only be used for display and not for eating, since the adhesives used for them are toxic. The only exception for this is for those pieces repaired using milk.

If these methods don’t work for your piece/s, your last resort is to send them to a professional restoration service to restore your chinaware to their former state.

Hiring a Professional Restorer
If the piece is heavily cracked or shattered into many small pieces, the best way to get it fixed is to send it to a professional restorer with the tools, expertise, and the space for fixing different pieces.

There are different levels of service that a restorer can offer, from the bare minimum crack sealing, to higher quality services, such as shade matching, UV testing, and even using special epoxy coatings.

Professional restorers also provide online estimates, which helps you know if the process (wait time included, which can take several months depending on the piece) is worth the cost.

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5 Helpful Gouache Painting Techniques for Beginners

Not a lot of people know this medium, even though it has been around for a long time. However, gouache a medium that’s definitely worth discovering.

It’s a type of paint similar to watercolor and tempera paints, and is sometimes called “opaque watercolor” because of its vibrant, luminous hues similar to both watercolors and acrylics. There are three components of gouache paints: a high amount of color pigment, gum Arabic, and a solid white pigment (i.e. chalk).

You can think of gouache paints as a type of watercolor that you can layer in gradients and paint in whites without masking off, and because quite affordable, there’s no need for a complicated set-up to start.

If you’re getting started using this medium, here are a few painting techniques you need to keep in mind when painting with gouache:

1. Staining
Staining is covering up an area with watered-down paint. This gives you the base layer, or underpainting, that you can work on and add details as you go.

When starting with your base layer, be sure to use even strokes and wet your brush regularly as needed. This way, your underpainting stays as even as possible and you will have no problems adding following layers.

2. Softening
Gouache works similar to watercolor in that you can re-work it long after it has dried on the surface, sometimes even after several days have passed.

This also lets you create any additional gradients that you missed when building layers. To do this, add more water to your brush and apply to the dry strokes or areas of gouache that you want to create a gradient for.

However, use this method carefully, especially if your surface is prone to warping when exposed to water.

3. Bloom
You can water down gouache to make it move just like watercolor, and using blooms lets you add in different color bases that you can layer on top of. Simply add more water and only a small amount of pigment, and watch the color spread or “bloom” to your desired effect.

4. Dry Brush
Dry-brushing is when you layer colors on top of one another to preserve their texture. You can do this when you want to preserve the original underlying colors while adding something else on top.

Use this method for adding finer details to your work that could change the color of your underpainting when water is applied.

5. Blurring
Blurring offers a loose, organic look in painting where you can use the brush and pigment to mix colors as you want. Do this only with limited colors to keep the resulting blend from looking too muddy.

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What Happens When You Drink Too Much Coffee

As a natural stimulant, caffeine not only increases the body’s processes, but also makes you feel more alert and awake as a result. This has led to coffee being one of the most widely-consumed beverages in the world, and is arguably one of the most popular among adults and students.

But with that being said, caffeine also has its own drawback: consume too much and you’ll start experiencing side effects, which can even be life-threatening in certain cases.

How Much Is Too Much
The maximum allowable dosage of caffeine for adults is 400 milligrams, which is roughly equivalent to three or five eight-ounce cups of coffee. But what happens when you’ve had a little too much to drink?

These are the more common symptoms of caffeine overdose, such as the following:
• Fast, irregular heart rate
• Restlessness
• Confusion
• Nausea or vomiting
• Tremors or shaking, or “jitters”

However, more serious symptoms of caffeine overdose include:
• Cardiac arrest
• Heart palpitations
• Insomnia
• Dizziness
• Panic attack

The good news is that life-threatening symptoms of caffeine overdose are rare, and that most people only experience these mild symptoms before the chemical leaves the body entirely.

This is because the side effects we experience are our body’s way of telling us that we should stop consuming caffeine. In fact, if you start feeling jittery, this is your cue for taking a break from coffee or any caffeinated drinks, such as energy drinks.

However, if you start to experience any of the more serious symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Dealing with Caffeine Overdose
The first thing you need to do right away is to stop drinking coffee or ingesting any sources of caffeine as much as possible.

Mild side effects can be dealt with by drinking more water to rehydrate (caffeine takes water from the body to dilute it, which makes you feel dehydrated as a result) and burning out that restlessness by going on a short walk.

After doing these, you will notice that the side effects will subside after three to five hours, which is the half-life of caffeine in the body. But if you notice more severe symptoms or have accidentally consumed a large amount of coffee, you may need medical treatment.

Other Sources of Caffeine
Aside from black coffee and energy drinks, you can also find soft drinks, tea, and dark chocolates to be other sources of caffeine, so be careful of how much you consume these foods and beverages throughout your day.
Caffeine tablets and headache medications can also be more direct sources of caffeine, so if you’re currently taking them, be sure to reduce your coffee intake.

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How to Cool Down Your Air-Con Bill in 5 Easy Steps

Singapore is humid year-round, but while keeping cool in the middle of a hot day is amazing, the electric bill can start piling quite high the more you use your air conditioner. And when you start to include your other utilities, it can be very expensive indeed.

But the good news is that there’s no need to worry too much. You can still stay chilled out while chilling out the electric bill for your air conditioner by keeping the following tips in mind:

1. Close your windows.
Your aircon might be working overtime to cool your home if your windows are open, so the first step to decreasing your electricity bill is naturally to minimize these sources of heat. You can simply use heavier curtains to do this.

However, if you need to use the natural light, you can use larger house plants or a lighter curtain instead.

2. Clean your vents regularly.
The vents are just one of the many parts of your air con that can get clogged up easily, and this can drive up your electricity bill when you least expect it. But with regular maintenance, you can keep your bills down while still keeping cool.

The same thing can be said for your filters and condenser coils. Even if your aircon unit looks clean on the outside, there may be grime, dust, and cobwebs that have stuck to the internal mechanisms, which can also cause problems later on if you’re not careful.

3. Turn it off when the room is cool.
It’s best to use your air conditioner only during the hottest times of the day. During the afternoon, when it’s cooler outside, you can shut off the air conditioning and open the windows instead to let the air in.

By keeping the number of hours your aircon operates to a minimum, you keep your electricity bills down.

4. Don’t skimp out on your air conditioning in the first place.
While you may think that buying an obscure brand or foregoing the warranties are a great way to cut costs in the short term, you’ll find that your electric bills and repair costs will pile up faster with a lesser-known brand.
Like many things, treat your air conditioner as an investment. The initial expense will be worth it if your unit will last you for a long time.

5. Consider regular aircon servicing.
Part of regular maintenance is servicing. Be sure to call an aircon servicing company especially if your aircon unit is several years old, and is starting to have problems that can’t be solved by regular cleaning.

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

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Ideal Pest Control and Why You Should Hire an Exterminator

Pests like termites, cockroaches, and rats can be hard to deal with especially when left unchecked. It is ideal to not get rid of these pests on your own, as you may put yourself at risk of injuries or maybe even getting bitten. Accordingly, it would be best to call pest control services for immediate and quality results.

Pest control management is important for your home and business. You can avoid damaged furniture and walls, unusual odor from pest droppings, and actual sightings of cockroaches and rats. You won’t have to worry about having a pest problem if you have a pest exterminator ready on contact.

Should you do it on your own?
Pest removal may sound easy enough, but there are still many other factors to consider. At one time you may think that you’ve gotten rid of these pests, but you may overlook the possibility of them coming back. You may not notice it, but to terminate pests on your own may simply be a ‘band-aid’ solution. This is why seeking pest control services may be more important than you think.

The proper use of pest control chemicals also requires some expertise. These chemicals may have harmful and dangerous effects on us humans if not used properly or if we accidentally take these substances into the body through inhaling or ingestion.

Getting rid of pests
Because of the high humidity and tropical climate in Singapore, termites can easily thrive and populate. This means that wooden furniture, walls, and some other properties may be easily damaged as termite populations increase. To remove termites, hiring a pest control worker will be perfect because they understand the living and feeding conditions of these creatures and know how to handle them. These specialists also have knowledge on how to exterminate rodents properly and maybe even offer to get rid of cockroaches.

Rats can also be very problematic pests because they can contaminate food, spread serious diseases, and cause substantial damage overall. To exterminate, prevent outbreak of rats infestation, and kill rats, there are Do-It-Yourself products in Singapore that you can use yourself. But, it may be better to call a pest exterminator when you’re faced with repeated infestations or colonies for guaranteed pest control.

24/7 pest services
Being faced with pests at night can also be pretty annoying. You might wake up one night because of a bed bug bite, or you hear rodents running around. By then, calling 24 hours pest removal will be a good option. These services can be very practical because the damage caused by these pests may affect us at any time of the day. Termites might have destroyed the foundations of big wooden furniture, or rats may have nibbled on electrical wires, without us knowing. Either way, these things might cause accidents and even put us in grave danger.

Again, pest control management can be a great long-term investment. You are assured safe with proper usage of chemical pesticides and you’ll be able to save money from repairs and overall, maintain a healthy household (or office) that is free from pests.

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Why That Quarter-Life Crisis Your Experiencing Now is Actually Beneficial for You

For many of us young adults in our 20s, life revolves around money matters and responsibilities that we have almost forgotten how it was like to have fun without having to spend a fortune. If you often look back to those days and feel a sense of discontent with the life you’re living, take comfort in the fact that something good is on its way.

Here are the reasons why you should be thankful of the quarter life crisis you’re struggling with right now:

1. The feeling of crisis opens the path for improvement.
Oftentimes, it is the universe’s way of telling us to grow; the universe will do for us what we normally wouldn’t do for ourselves. Perhaps, you got laid off from an eight-to-five job that’s slowly chipping your soul away, an argument with a roommate pushes you to live on your own, or an illness may take place to give you a break from too much work.

In the midst of crisis, you are forced to pause, reflect and make a decision. While it may be painful at first, it always ends up to a better and stronger you.

2. Contrast allows you to evolve.
A failed relationship, getting fired or feeling of discontentment will help you realize what you genuinely want. A breakup from a toxic relationship makes us desire for a more understanding and nurturing one. Getting fired from a job opens the door to consider other opportunities. Feeling of discontentment inspires you to start something new, perhaps moving to a new city or starting up a new business that you truly love. Contrast encourages you to explore new ideas and give more attention to your desires.

3. You develop resilience.
Although nobody prays to fail to improve their resilience, nobody can escape life without misfortunes. Embracing failures, trials and crisis, as well as your desire for change, will help develop your compassion and strength. These moments make us evaluate your current way of living, your decisions and your ways of making them.

Your 20s is going to be the worst and best time of your life. Good education will help you discover what you really want in life and what you want to become in the future, although there are many life events that will impact and influence your growth. Take advantage of the fortune within every misfortune and you’ll be surprised to arise sooner and stronger than you think.

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5 Most Stunning Secret Marvels on Earth

While popular tourist attractions in the world are always worth-visiting, it’s also nice and fulfilling to discover off-the-beaten-path sites and experiences. The world is not limited to same old spots that have been mentioned in books and guides for many years. So for your next vacation, instead of heading to The Eiffel Tower or The Great Wall of China, target one of these hidden destinations and discover unique sights and experiences all your own.

1. Ha’iku Stairs (Hawaii)
The breathtaking view you will witness from the top of these stairs is the reason why it is named the ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Built in 1940s and consisting of almost 4,000 steps, the track will lead you to the peak of Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountain Range. That’s a convenient hike right there!

2. Trolltunga (Norway)
Not for the faint-hearted, Trolltunga (troll tongue) is a rock formation seated at about 700 meters (2,296 feet) above the lake Ringedalsvatnet. This tongue of rock can only be accessed by a 12-hour hike from Skjegedal village, but the mesmerizing 360 degree view certainly lends itself for some stunning photo backdrops. Just try not to look down.

3. Garajonay National Park (Canary Islands)
Just like what we often see in fairytales, this park in Canary Islands is almost always cloaked in mists, making this mesmerizing land of delicate flowers, laurisilva trees and carpets of moss seem like straight out of a dream.

4. Jiuzhaigou Valley (China)
Hike through Jiuzhaigou Valley, which is a remote region in the northern part of Sichuan, China. The valley stretches over 180,000 acres, with Tibetan villages, colorful lakes and multi-level waterfalls in it. Waters are so clear that you can perfectly see the bottom of it.

5. Rangiroa (French Polynesia)
See for yourself the fascinating sea life in Rangiroa, a ring-shaped island in French Polynesia. It’s got a gorgeous underwater world that every scuba diver must see. Dolphins, green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and manta rays are just some of the common sea creatures you’ll find here.

6. Pongong Tso (The Himalayas)
For a less crowded destination, head to Pangong Tso, a saline lake in the Himalayas between Tibet and India. The bright blue waters are beautifully contrasted by the mountains and green shore that provide absolutely mesmerizing view.

These are just a few of the plenty of places that you don’t always see on the front page of tourist magazines and guidebooks. Have you been to some of these places?

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What You Need to Know About Dry Cleaning, Pick-up, and Delivery Services

When you have a busy schedule, a laundry service is great for getting your clothes cleaned quickly and professionally.

And because they’re complete with services such as uniform laundry cleaning and laundry delivery, you can be sure that you never have to worry about not getting your clothes on time.

Laundry Services
Whether you need a standard wash and fold treatment, have delicate clothes that need laundry for spa, or a quick spin on the coin-operated laundromat to wash towel stains, there’s a good chance you will need more than one (or even all) of these types of services.

You can also choose a dry cleaning service in Singapore if you need to dry clean spa uniforms, blazers or suit jackets. A special laundry service to iron clothes might also be requested if you have garments or formal shirts, blouses, and pants that you wish to smooth out after washing.

Laundry Pick-Up
Commercial laundry services can be a lifesaver if you don’t have enough time to do the washing or dry cleaning of clothes yourself because of hectic schedule. Same day dry cleaning is available if you need them as soon as possible.

The process of laundry pick up is straightforward. When your laundry is done, you will often receive a notification via text to pick it up yourself. However, you can also choose to have the laundry delivery services bring your laundry straight to your door for an extra fee.

Once your laundry is delivered to you, the laundry staff will carry out the following:
• Re-check the number of items;
• Issue your invoice with your contact info and the delivery date;
• 50 percent down payment

There are also a few options you can reach your laundromat service, such as calling, text, email, or even their own app which you can download for free.

The usual turnaround time is seven days, which is meant to suit people who follow a weekly cycle (this turnaround time may be less than that for those availing of express laundry).

But with a delivery service for your laundry, you can get your clean clothes faster and delivered straight to your doorstep, whether you need extensive dry cleaning or just clean towels to use the next day.

Membership Cards
Some 24 hour laundry in Singapore even have membership cards for cheaper dry cleaning price and more personalized services.

Be sure to talk to your chosen laundry service about their extra features and how you want your laundry to be done (they will also suggest the best laundry washing techniques for them), and whether you want them delivered to your doorstep or whether you want to pick them up yourself.

What are you waiting for? Call your laundromat services today!

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4 Foods to Eat When You’re Down with the Sniffles (And 3 to Avoid)

No one wants to go down with the common cold, but if you’ve had a run-in with last night’s hard rain and went home with more than just your shoes soaked, you’re in for a treat.

There are a few things you should do after getting home from the rain: take off your damp clothes as soon as possible (especially the wet socks), take a quick warm shower, and drink something hot.

There are a few steps that you could take to keep yourself from getting sick the next day, but what do you do if you still end up catching a cold? Here are a few foods that you should watch out for:

Foods You Should Eat
1. Chicken Soup – This has been a remedy for sickness for a long time, and there’s a good reason why. The slow-cooked broth, especially when mixed with cubed vegetables, is rich in nutrients and every warm sip is sure to be good for the cold soul.

2. Tea – Nothing beats a steaming cup after getting wet in the rain. Hot tea is rich in anti-oxidants and has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, making it a better alternative to coffee. Tea made from fresh thyme is also great for curing whooping-cough.

3. Citrus fruits – These are rich in Vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system. One glass of freshly-squeezed orange or lemon juice, for instance, is great for recovering from a fever.

4. Honey – One teaspoon of honey before each meal is effective for fighting coughs because of its antibacterial properties. Add horseradish or ginger if the coughing leaves you feeling tight-chested.

Foods You Should Avoid
1. Milk – Daily products such as full milk and cheese aid in producing mucus and make your bouts with the sniffles last longer. Instead, drink plenty of vegetable juices to help you decongest.

2. Orange juice (store-bought) – Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C, but store-bought orange juice is much higher in sugar than the amount in an actual orange. Having too much sugar in your body can slow down your body’s ability to fight infections and may make you sick for longer.

3. Chips – Salty and oily foods could end up making your throat feel drier, which could worsen the mucus production as well as leave your stomach unsettled.

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