5 Must-Haves to Improve Your Travel Selfies

Taking great photos of your vacations does not mean you need to buy an expensive outfit while sporting death-defying poses. A breathtaking backdrop and that beautiful smile of yours, when shot with the right camera and in the proper lighting, is more than enough to come up with Instagram-worthy selfies.

Here are some more things you can add to your arsenal to level up your travel photos.

1. A smartphone
The first thing you need for taking shareable photos of yourself is a phone with great quality front camera. A good front camera features high megapixel that enable you to capture detailed shots, a sensor that auto balances the light and a great lens that makes images look like they’re in real life. Of course, also take consideration of your other needs. There are so many smartphones to choose from that are customized to fit different budget and lifestyle.

2. The right OOTD
It’s not like you need to dress to impress. However, you need to dress in something you feel comfortable in. It will show in the photos if you’re unhappy of uncomfortable with how you look like and if your confident or not with what you are wearing. To ensure you always look great in photos, wear clothes that flatters your body shape.

3. A brilliant blush-highlighter combo
To achieve that goddess glow, the right amount of blush and highlighter will do the trick—no need to wear a full face of make-up. Try the drunken-blush technique to give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Start by sweeping blush where you know you’ll turn red when you’re out in the sun for hours. Add highlighter to the high points of your cheeks, and voila! A youthful glow for mesmerizing selfies.

4. A tripod
For solo travelers, a tripod is a must-have accessory. Without it, how can you shot yourself showcasing your beautiful destination? Yes, you can ask someone to take photos of you, but you can’t always guarantee they get the right angle. But if you have a tripod, you can simply mount your camera wherever you like and click a shutter or use a timer to snap the photo when you’re ready.

5. A wireless remote
As mentioned, you can use your phone’s timer to auto-snap photos. But another accessory you can use to accurately control your camera is a wireless remote or shutter. Instead of rushing to your spot, you can take your time adjusting yourself and experimenting on poses before finally capturing the image.

Above all, the best accessory is yourself. Be confident and enjoy the moment. Genuine feelings and emotions will always shine through in the photos.

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How to Grow and Care for Air Plants for Your Home

Indoor gardens are a great way to spruce up your home and keep fresh air circulating in your HDB flat or condo unit all day long. However, maintaining an indoor garden can take some practice, skill, and most importantly, patience.
So when you don’t have the time, or if you simply don’t have the green thumb for keeping indoor plants growing and healthy, air plants are the best option for you.

This is because air plants are epiphytes, meaning that they don’t need soil to grow, and attach themselves instead to trees and rocks. And because they’re also native to tropical climates, which means they’re right at home with Singapore’s humid climate.

Taking Care of Air Plants
Even though they’re relatively low-maintenance, air plants still need to be taken care of at least once a week. Here’s what you need to do to keep your air plants growing healthily:

• Watch for thirst – To know whether your plants are thirsty, look for the curvature of their leaves. If they’re a little too dry, they will start to curl. It’s usually best to fully submerge them once a week in a large container, and let them soak overnight.

• Air dry – Allow the air plants to dry out fully by shaking out excess water and placing in a well-lit area for about four hours. However, be sure to take the plants indoors after this, as any longer will cause them to wilt.

• Filter the light – Air plants have adapted to hanging from trees underneath thick canopies, so they tend to do best with only a few hours of bright, indirect sunlight in a day. Even with indirect sunlight, they shouldn’t be baking all day.

• Mind the climate – Air conditioners aren’t good for air plants, either – if it’s too cold, they’ll start to wilt. Try opening your windows instead or using an electric fan if you want to keep cool.

• Add in fertilizer – While air plants don’t require as much moisture to grow, it certainly doesn’t hurt to add a little bit of liquid fertilizer when you’re soaking in water once a week. Be careful not to apply too much – only a few drops will do.

On Styling Your Air Plants
Because they are naturally suited to attaching their roots, air plants look great suspended as architectural elements or inside their own dedicated terrariums.

You can even attach them to all kinds of things, such as large rocks, or pieces of driftwood, as long as air is circulating through their leaves regularly. When you do choose to place your air plants in a glass jar or container, choose one with as wide an opening as possible.

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Tips to Maintain an Excellent Eyesight

Because of the importance and widespread use of smartphones and computers today, many of us fail to notice their effects on our eyesight. The importance of seeing well is already obvious. But if we take our eyesight for granted, it can lead to a lot of problems later in our life. So, here are some of the things you can do to keep your eyes sharp and clear.

The concern with electronic devices…
As mentioned early, electronic devices have become a staple in our everyday lives. But they can have negative effects on our eyesight.

Take regular breaks
If you have to look at your computer for long periods of time at work, make it a habit to take regular breaks. Take your eyes off the screen for just a minute or two to avoid strain. It will also help if you look at objects that are colored differently from your computer screen. If you keep staring at your phone or computer screens, it might eventually cause headaches and blurry vision.

Adjust your phone’s brightness
Adjust the screens brightness to match with the environment. If you’re in a dark or dimly lit room, don’t turn the brightness up. A lot of people like to do this for some reason but it really does your eyes more harm than good. The same case if you’re outdoors. If your screen brightness is too low, you’ll have to squint and you might strain your eyes from all the effort.

Everyday things you can do…

Drink a lot of water
Being well-hydrated has a lot of benefits. It has positive effects on our skin, organs, and even our eyes. One way having enough water can benefit our eyesight is that it allows our eyes to clean itself better when we are blinking. It can also help us avoid having dry eyes which can be annoying to deal with.

Have the right amount of sleep
Sleep is important simply because it gives the eyes much needed rest. You’re awake for most of the day and your everyday activities might affect your eyesight if they are not allowed to rest. Sleep also allows the blood vessels to replenish and flow to the eyes more efficiently. That way, we become less prone to any eye problems in the future.

Go exercise
Though it doesn’t look like it, having regular exercise can also benefit our eyesight. It doesn’t affect our eyesight directly though. Instead, it has something to do with blood pressure and the like. High blood pressure, for example, can negatively affect our eyes indirectly. High cholesterol could also contribute to certain eye problems. By exercising, we can lower the risk of such diseases which will also help us to protect our eyes.

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Habits of Successful People That You Should Cultivate Too

You might be dreaming of becoming a successful businessman, politician, doctor, or whatever, but you just don’t know where to start. For one, habit change could be the answer. You might be doing things right or doing things that are simply counterproductive. So here are some things that successful people do that you can try too. Who knows, you might become the next biggest entrepreneur in Singapore.

1. Exercise. Successful people know the significance of physical fitness for a prosperous life. Being physically fit means that you’ll have more energy to do your tasks throughout the day and that you’re always in prime condition.

2. Waking up early. Waking up early allows you to get started with things ahead of time. You have time to plan out your day, eat breakfast, take a jog, and many more. Basically, waking up early allows you to psych yourself up so that you’re able to feel good throughout the day.

3. Communicating regularly. Successful people recognize their skills in communication, all the while learning to improve them. They constantly work to develop effective communication skills within the workplace, with their families, and other people in general.

4. Listening well. Aside from communicating well, successful people also understand the significance of listening to others. When you listen to your peers, you’ll be able to learn a lot about them and let them know that you care enough. This simply makes your relationship with others stronger.

5. Facing problems head-on. Successful people are rarely swayed by problems both big and small. They see these problems as stepping stones for improvement. They turn these into opportunities where they can learn and come up with solutions for similar problems they may encounter in the future.

6. Taking responsibility for mistakes. They also not only face problems head-on, but they also own up to their mistakes honestly. They don’t blame others for the problems they face and hold themselves liable if they make a mistake. The ability to do this is one that separates successful people from many others.

7. Knowing money is not the ultimate goal. Money should not be treated as a goal, but as a means towards one. Successful people have learned that money is important to accomplish their visions and is a need to make ends meet, but, it is not exactly the ultimate goal.

8. Paying extra attention to details. There’s a fine line between paying attention to detail and perfectionism. Some may argue that focusing on small details can cost valuable time, but this isn’t necessarily the case. If you pay attention to detail but not obsess over it, your services will look very trustworthy to potential clients and customers.

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The Importance of Warming Up and Doing It Correctly

Whether you go to ActiveSG, The Pit, or any gym for this matter, there will always be that one guy who heads to the weight rack directly and skips out on his warm-up. People like to do this, for some reason, but the importance of warming up cannot be stressed enough. From reducing muscles soreness, injury prevention, muscle and mind preparation, and etc., you simply should not skip your warm-ups.

Better blood circulation and oxygenation
Having a proper warm-up translates to better blood circulation all around the body. This also promotes better blood flow in and out of muscle tissues, particularly for the ones that will be active during a workout. Warming up also improves the delivery of oxygen through the blood, especially if you’re doing light cardio exercises. This facilitates better blood flow and the cleaning out of toxins left in the muscles.

You won’t gain muscles if you’re injured
This probably summarizes it all. The biggest reason why warming up is always recommended is because of injury prevention. When you’re all warmed up, it reduces the risk of you pulling a muscle. Imagine a situation where you skipped your warm up. On that day is your arm day, but because you didn’t warm up you suddenly tear your bicep mid-workout. As a result, you won’t be able to return to the gym for a while. You’ve now wasted time recovering instead of making gains.

Warming up properly
• Avoid static stretching
A common mistake people make is that they assume that stretching in place can be considered a warm-up. This is actually bad because stretching a “cold” muscle will cause its microfibers to tear, hindering your performance and weakening the muscle in the long run. Static stretching is better as a post-workout routine to reduce muscle soreness.

• Start slow
Essentially, it’s called a warm-up because you’re “warming up” the muscles before putting pressure on them. So if your lifting weights, of course you’re not going to lift heavy during your warm-up set. Start slowly from a lighter weight and gradually increase it during your warm up. By the time you get to your workout sets, your muscles will be ready.

• Work on mobility
The warm-up is also a time to practice your form and work on your mobility. As far as muscles are concerned, you can only get a good flex and stretch if your joints are able to hit the maximum range of motion. You won’t be able to achieve that if your joints are still stiff. Not only will this help you with flexible joints and limbs, but it also reduces the risk of injury, which really is the objective here.

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