3 Signs that Tell You it is Time to Ditch Your Favorite Sneakers

A lot of what Singapore has to offer is easily accessible either by walking or by using public transport. However, while a reliable pair of walking shoes will last you a long time, sometimes it may cause a few problems and annoyances before you realize that you should have ditched it for a new one some time ago. Here’s how you know when:

1. Your shoes are worn out
This is the most visible and obvious sign that your favorite (and sometimes only) pair of shoes need to be replaced. However, there are less obvious signs of wear and tear that you need to look out for.

For instance, the shoe’s overall structural support or the midsole shock absorbers could already deteriorate even if you think the shoe looks good. This depends on how far and how much time you spend walking in a day.

If possible, try rotating between two or three pairs to allow them to rest, and will last much longer.

2. You have visible signs of foot stress (i.e. callouses, in-grown toenails, blisters)
You should never have to “break in” any pair of shoes just to make yourself comfortable with it, and no amount of breaking in will build up your immunity to these kinds of foot stress. If you experience signs of irritation, ditch them and buy yourself a new pair immediately.

The same could be said if you feel pain in your arches. Because you will end up walking in them, your shoes should provide you with as much comfort as possible, and the shoes you have probably aren’t doing you any favors.

Unsupportive footwear will cause the muscle and tendons in your foot to continuously flex and tighten throughout the day to keep your feet up, which can cause painful injuries resulting from overuse.

3. Your toes touch the front of your shoe
Just because your foot grazes the front of your shoe doesn’t mean it fits perfectly. In fact, much like our fingers, our feet also swell and shrink throughout the day. Ideally, the best time for fitting new shoes is late in the afternoon, as your feet will be at their biggest.

This is generally accepted as the “rule of thumb” when it comes to fitting, and it allows you the maximum wiggle room for your feet.

Because your shoes don’t always look like they’re about to give out, don’t wait for these signs to cause you problems after three to five months. As much as possible, if you experience them right now, it’s time to get a new pair.

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

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The Things to Know About Snuff Bottles

If you are fond of snuff bottles, you should know that there will be an exhibit here in Singapore that will feature intricate Chinese snuff bottles. The exhibits already started on April 20, 2014 and it will continue for the next two weeks. It will be housed at Tian Fu Tea Room located in Beach Road, Singapore. You should head straight to the exhibits and marvel over snuff bottles.




Snuff bottles originated from China. It was seen during the Qing Dynasty. Snuff bottles only contain powdered tobacco. History tells us that smoking tobacco was forbidden during the Qing Dynasty but snuff bottles are acceptable because it is a good cure for common illnesses like stomach pains, headaches and colds. In Western culture, snuff bottles are similar to snuff box used by some Europeans.

If you are interested in snuff bottles, you can refer to the following things:


  • Size and materials: Snuff bottles are very small that it can only fit inside your palm. It is made of different materials like metal, ceramic, porcelain, ivory, jade and wood. The most common material in making snuff bottle was glass.  
  • Symbolism: Chinese snuff bottles are intricately decorated. There are bottles that are hand-painted or hand-carved. The value of the bottles differs according to the decoration. Chinese use snuff bottles because it is a symbol of happiness and longevity. Dragons and horses are common animals depicted in snuff bottles. These animals symbolize speed, rank, wealth, power and perseverance.

There are still people who use snuff bottles but the large population goes to collectors. If you like to collect snuff bottles, you can go to the event mentioned above. You will surely enjoy it.

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Problems with Chain Letters


There are times that you are annoyed by chain letters sent in your email. That is understandable considering that you did not ask for it and it can possibly contain viruses and other malicious activities. You should be careful when you are dealing with chain letters because even those that look harmless and respectable contain viruses. If they do not contain such, chain letters can still consume a space in your inbox.

You should know that there are two types of chain letters – hoaxes and urban legends. The goal of hoaxes is to defraud or trick other users. Urban legends on the other hand are intended to notify users of a threat or claim to be informing them of urgent information.

So, how can you know if you are dealing with a hoax or urban legend? Here are some guidelines:


  • Suggests catastrophic consequences. If you received an email that suggests catastrophic consequences when you do not send it, it may be hoax or an urban legend. Do not be scared of that.
  • Promises money. If you received an email that offers or promises money, it may be hoax or an urban legend. There are cases that they will offer GCs (Gift Certificates).
  • Spelling or grammatical errors. Legitimate emails have perfect spelling. Apart from that, they do not have grammatical errors. If you come across a message with spelling or grammatical errors, it may be a hoax or urban legend.
  • Urging you to spread the message. If you received emails urging you to spread it, it speaks of hoax or urban legend. You do not need to forward something if it is important.
  • Forwarded a thousand times. If you received emails urging you to spread it, you have to check if it has been forwarded a thousand times. If it has been forwarded many times, it may be a hoax or urban legend.
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