Microwave’s Dilemma: To Put or Not to Put?  


You implore the help of many household appliances to make your lives easier and more convenient. There is nothing wrong if you rely on household appliances but sometimes, you have to realize that there are limitations. In the case of microwave, it is super-handy but it cannot possibly handle everything.


Many Singaporeans consider microwave because of its use. You only need to wait for few seconds or minute to make something edible – that is truly remarkable. With this, you want your microwave to live a long life but will it? It will not if you continue to abuse it and be ignorant about it. You have to remember that it cannot handle everything. There are some things that you cannot just put in there.

Here are some things that you should not put in the microwave:

  • Dry sponges: Sponges can harbour germs and bacteria. To kill germs and bacteria, we zap it in the microwave thinking that sponges can stand its heat. This somehow makes sense but it is not good for the microwave. You have to know that the sponges will catch fire if you let it sit inside the microwave. To avoid fire, why not buy new sponges instead?
  • Metal food containers: You have to remember that if metal food containers are microwaved, it can also catch fire. The best practice is to look for microwaveable plates instead of metal food containers.


  • Eggs with shell: There is nothing wrong if you cook eggs in the microwave provided that egg shells are not in the mix. Attempting a hard-boil egg in the microwave can create problems. If you let this happen, the egg will explode.
  • Plastic containers: Sometimes you just put anything directly at the microwave without thinking of its property. There is a tendency that ordinary plastic containers will melt if heated in the microwave. Unless it is labelled “microwave safe”, you have to spare it from the heat.
  • Foil: You believe that foils cannot do harm to your microwave. You should avoid using foil when microwaving because it can lead to sparks. However, there are specific microwaves that can tolerate foils. Reading the manual first won’t do you harm.

If you follow this, your microwave will last probably a lifetime. If you think that there is something wrong with it, you should consult your technician or service provider right away before misfortunes happen. There are many technicians spread across Singapore than can help you.


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Essential Tips for Displaying Art at Home


Buying art pieces for home decor can be overwhelming, not to mention the process of choosing a space where to hang them. Many people owned framed prints and original paintings that are hidden in the basement or attic simply because they’re unsure where to hang them or the best way to display them. Consider these helpful tips to turn your walls from dull to dramatic—minus the headache.


Frame a Meaningful Subject

Purchasing a new art may not be necessary to decorate your walls. Scour through your storage boxes for meaningful mementos and breathe new life into them by having them framed. A good quality frame transforms a regular item and gives new life to it. It could be your child’s first Mother’s Day letter for you or a champagne label from your wedding. Of course, photos can be used as well. Print your favourite photos and frame them to display.

Hang Them at the Right Height

The height of the frame from the floor or furniture truly makes or breaks it. If the framed display will often be viewed while standing, like in the hallway or lobby, the frame should hang 60 to 65 inches above the floor, which is an eye level of an average person. When hanging artwork above furniture, the bottom part of the frame should sit six to 12 inches above the top of your furnishing.


Play With Sizes

Placing a large framed artwork in a small space can really make the piece shine. On the other hand, when dealing with smaller artworks, collect several of the same theme and hang them together. The power of numbers compensates for the otherwise diminutive appearance. Playing with scale can create delightful impact that will make a space standout.

Create Your Own Gallery Over Time

If a large wall calls for a number of frames, start by hanging your first artworks at the centre and then slowly expand outward as your collection grows. This decor technique works great on walls around staircases and large hallway spaces.

Art can influence us in many ways. Surrounding yourself with meaningful and beautiful objects will transform the atmosphere of your environment. Take your time, find out what you want, and display it with confidence in your own little sanctuary.


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