Advantages of Outsourcing Your Laundry

May 30

Housekeeping and laundry are two of the most important and most common functions of hotels and spas here in Singapore, yet they are often left at the bottom of the priority list. Today, we’ll look at how outsourcing your laundry and dry cleaning can benefit your business.

When deciding to outsource laundry service, the quality of work and the cost is often the most important factors to keep in mind. Whether you have a 50-storey hotel with over 500 staff or a five-room inn with no more than 20 personnel, linen and towel washing and uniform laundry are among the most repetitive and time-consuming tasks you need to face every single day. Keeping your staff—and even yourself—motivated in doing this job can be difficult, especially if there are a lot of other tasks demanding for your attention.

To lessen the burden, entrust your laundry works to a good shirt and pants cleaning firm or a commercial laundry services company. These professionals can do dry cleaning, wash and fold, laundry for spa, laundry pick up and laundry delivery all for your convenience, as well as provide you these advantages that your business will surely benefit from.

• Reduction in operational costs
Savings on capital expenses eases the financial pressure during off-peak seasons. It also makes your business look attractive to the eyes of the investors, opening the doors to further business expansion of hotel facilities.

• Focus on running your business
Whether you are a manager or an owner of a business, it’s easy to overload yourself with tasks across the different departments of the establishment. Partnering with a 24 hour laundry in Singapore gives you and your staff more time to take care of other more important tasks.

• Save on utilities
Taking advantage of laundry service companies here in Singapore will get the laundry task off of the untrained staff for the job, which can otherwise result to inefficient use of water and electricity.

• Guaranteed quality
Dry cleaning and doing the linen and uniform laundry may seem basic, but due to the task’s monotony, it’s hard to retain in-house staff to do the job. And if you really want to maintain an in-house laundry team, you need to invest some time to train them; unfortunately, you do not have the luxury of time to do that. Instead of having to return from scratch every single time, why not work with commercial laundry services that can do laundry pick up and laundry delivery for you? No more training needed, and you can always guarantee superior quality of work.

Commercial laundry services may seem like an additional cost for businesses, but really it is the other way around. Especially if you are in the hospitality industry, nothing beats superior laundry quality when it comes to providing optimum cleanliness for your hotel’s facilities.

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300 Push-ups a Day

May 14

What happens to your body when you do 300 push-ups a day? Well, exercise as awe all know is a very healthy thing to do every single day as it does not only improve our performance and the condition of our body but it also keeps our body strong and healthy, ready for whatever lies ahead. One thing we do not always realize is that growth is part of life and if we are not growing towards improvement, we are growing in reverse as we become weaker and weaker the more we do not take care of our bodies.

Discipline may be a hard thing to cultivate if you are only starting but the more you practice discipline, the more disciplined you actually get. Most people think that the more you practice discipline, your discipline depletes and you end up becoming less disciplined than you actually were, this theory is definitely wrong. Being able to keep yourself disciplined is a hard thing to do. You see, consistency is not a sexy word, but it is very effective. Without consistency, we would hardly be able to move anywhere forward and would be stuck just where we are. Growth does not always happen when you sprint into doing something new, sometimes growth happens when you do one thing countless times until you have mastered it. The more you do something over and over again, the less of an effort you have to extend for you to actually do it.

Doing 300 push-ups a day may be a hard thing to do at the start because your body is still rejecting the change in lifestyle. The trick is to not think of the task too much but then actually just do it. At first, it would be really hard to do 300 push-ups straight which is why we suggest that you divide your 300 pus-ups into 100 push-ups thrice a day. If you have a hard time with 100 push-ups, you can divide it into three sets. The first set would be 50 push-ups, the second set would be 30 push-ups and the last set would be composed of 20 push-ups.

Once you’ve started doing that for over a week, you can start adjusting your workout into twice a day with 70 push-ups for the first set, 50 push-ups for the second set, and 30 push-ups for the last set. This might still be a challenge but hey, the point of doing push-ups is to improve right?

Push-ups aren’t just good for your body but also a great way for you to improve your discipline. The more important thing to be cultivated is discipline because without the necessary discipline, you won’t be able to improve different skills.

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The Singaporean Blogger

May 14

Let’s face it, blogging in Singapore isn’t that hard compared to other places since the overall population of Singapore may be smaller than others but the important thing is you are able to penetrate your target market. The hard thing about Singapore is that there aren’t too many communities and instead of people gathered together, you might have to target people from a larger group directly instead of as a whole.

Getting your work not only published but also appreciated in Singapore would be hard if you do not know Singapore by heart. It doesn’t matter if you are a foreigner or a local, knowing the place and the culture is still very important. You should be able to distinguish the places where certain groups hang out or certain things in which certain groups enjoy doing.

Being familiar with popular places like Clark Quay, Little India, or any other place in Singapore could work towards your advantage as you not only have a wide range of comparison but also a lot of things you can relate towards your topic. Getting the right information will always be important and as long as you are willing to go the extra mile just for accuracy, you won’t have that much of a problem.

Blogging is a lifestyle and you must learn how to live like a blogger. For many people, what they see is what they get but for a blogger, you do not only have to see the things around you but you also have to absorb them in a way which makes you capable of present what you digest into a more acceptable and appealing blog.

Becoming a blogger can actually be hard work as it does not only require your time to think and do your research but also your effort in making sure the content of your articles are not only accurate but also colorful. There might be times in which writing may be difficult for you but to remain a Singaporean blogger, you must also be consistent with posting your material online as your audience’s attention might have a very short lifespan.

Keeping not only the schedule of your posts consistent but also the quality of your posts are very important. Consistency in this sense does not mean that there is no more room for improvement. Improvement is very important and you should constantly be growing with every blog you write. Writing is a skill and as almost every skill, the more you practice, the more you improve.

Popularity should be the last of your concerns as it comes with your growth and improvement. Focus on your blogs and not just on how many people read them.

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How to Choose a Diaper for Your First Baby

Apr 20

As first-time parents, you already have a lot to deal with but almost everyone forgets that when it comes to disposable diapers, the size isn’t the only thing you should worry about.

Here are tips on how to choose the right diaper for your newborn.

Disposables or Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers are still an option even if there are a lot of choices available in markets in Singapore. Cloth diapers can be hand-washed and machine-washed so that you can save more money instead of buying packs of diapers every week. To make life easier, you can use a flushable liner that will trap baby’s poo so that it’s easier to clean by dropping it in the toilet. If you want to save more, there are washable cloth wipes that are better alternatives to disposable wipes. Cloth diapers don’t expose your baby’s skin to petro-chemicals such as super absorbent polymer (SAP) that absorb the fluids. Most parents, however, choose disposable diapers because they involve less work and effort to use.

Diaper Absorbency
For disposable diapers, absorbency should be your first concern because it they must be effective in holding the body fluids away from your baby’s skin. If the diaper is always damp, the moisture can cause irritation and rashes. Make sure that the inner layer of the diaper is soft and can stay dry by wicking the moisture into the diaper’s core. Inspect the absorbent core that is supposed to keep away the moisture from baby’s skin to prevent the development of rashes, and check the outer layer that is supposed to be waterproof to prevent leaks.

Diapers Should Fit
How do you find the correct diaper size for your baby? The best way is to base it on your baby’s weight. By finding the correct size, there is less chance of leaks because the diaper fits properly. You have to make sure as well that the diaper has double elastic sealing edges, meaning that there should be one sealing edge each for the absorbent core and the outer shell. For extra comfort, inspect the quality of the materials the diaper is made of such as the elasticity and the softness of the diaper. But even with these factors in mind, you will still go through a trial-and-error process when looking for the best diapers for your baby.

Skin- and Environment-Friendly
If your baby is sensitive to materials such as latex and fragrance, use hypoallergenic diapers that are free from the following: chlorine, fragrance, and dye. SAP is found to be safe in most studies, so there’s not need to worry if you can’t find an alternative. There are green disposable diapers available for parents who want to be Earth-friendly. These types of diapers usually use less chlorine during the manufacturing process, are made of biodegradable materials, use renewable resources in the factories, and pay attention to minimizing their carbon footprint.

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The 12 Best Novel-to-Film Adaptations

Apr 20

Need to watch movies that will not waste your time? Here are the twelve best novel-to-film adaptations you need to see.

A Clockwork Orange
Inspired by the book penned by Anthony Burgess, it features the delinquent Alex who leads a gang in a dystopian Britain.

Blade Runner
This film is largely based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? a novel by Philip K. Dick. Blade Runner is set in Los Angeles where the replicants, genetically engineered creatures, are nearly identical to humans. These replicants are banned and hunted by the Blade Runners.

Adapted from the novel by Joseph Heller, it details the struggles of Captain Yossarian and his squad while they are trapped in Pianosa and asked to complete suicide missions. Even insanity will not be enough to offer an escape from their tasks.

Devil in a Blue Dress
Based on Walter Mosley’s novel, it features Easy Rawlins, a war veteran who becomes a private investigator even if he had no training or experience. Rawlins’s first mission was to find a missing woman.

Empire of the Sun
Taken from J.G. Ballard’s novel, this adaptation chronicles the story of Jim Graham who became a prisoner of war in World War II.

Lord of the Flies
There are two films based on William Golding’s novel of the same title. The first was released in 1963 which faithfully follows the book about 30 boys trapped in an island, while the second film focuses on the child Ralph.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
Taken from the dystopian novel by George Orwell, it details the life of Winston Smith who is trying to make sense of his life in the totalitarian state of Oceania. His life changed when he met Julia and they start questioning the state.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Inspired by the book written by Ken Kesey, it tells the story of the criminal Randle McMurphy who was transferred to a mental hospital and is hoping to avoid menial labor and eventually plans an escape.

The Godfather
The first installment of the of the series of the same name by Mario Puzo is about the Corleone family who became well-known in organized crimes after the eldest son took over.

The Remains of the Day
Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, it recalls the story of the butler Stevens during post-war Britain when he received a letter from Miss Kenton.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Based on the novel of the same title by Harper Lee, it features the lawyer Atticus and his two children who are exposed to a fictional town’s idea of racism when Atticus was appointed to defend a black man accused of rape.

Watership Down
Inspired by the novel of the same title by Richard Adams, this animated film tells the story of Fiver and Hazel who are trying to convince their fellow rabbits of Fiver’s vision of an apocalypse.

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Which Eyebrow Shape is Perfect for Your Face?

Mar 14

Figuring out the right shape of your eyebrows doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. In fact, there are various arch shapes and recommendations for your brows based accordingly on your face shape. This is because your facial bone structure serves as the main basis in determining the perfect shape of your eyebrows.

If you are yet to figure out the right eyebrow shape for you, here are some insights about the ideal brows for different facial structures.

Round face
Round face shapes have the cheek area as the widest part of the face, along with a symmetrical length and width of the face. Supermodel Miranda Kerr has this type of facial structure. With a round face, you might want to focus on making your face appear longer and leaner. You can achieve this by drawing a high arched eyebrow shape. If you don’t want your face to appear more round, remember to steer clear of rounded brows!

Oval face
One popular celebrity which has an oval-shaped face is Oprah, characterized by defined cheekbones and a wide forehead. Softly arched brows are right for this kind of facial structure. Hence, you might only simply need to maintain the natural shape of your brows. Avoid shaping your brows too thin, though. Maintaining your brow’s natural shape is most likely to compliment your look.

Square face
Square face shapes have the prominent feature of having a bony and square jawline. An iconic actress which has this kind of face shape is Angelina Jolie. The shape of your brows becomes important if you have a square face, especially when it comes to softening your jawline and restoring balance to your face. To ensure this, have a well-defined sharp arch atop your eyebrows to decrease the square-ness of your face.

Long face
Having a long face means that your facial structure has an elongated shape from the forehead down to the chin. This is similar to the shape of Brooke Shield’s face. Working with this particular shape urges the need to make the face appear shorter, so as to restore balance. A flat eyebrow is best for this face shape since it acts as a horizontal border. Visually speaking, it divides the face and makes it look more proportional.

Heart face
Famous stars like Madonna and Julia Roberts have a heart-shaped face, which tapers towards a pointed chin. This facial structure is also characterized by a prominent forehead, and so the cosmetic goal is to draw attention away from the forehead area while balancing the pointed chin at the same time. A rounded and curved arch is best suited for this particular face shape.

Diamond face
Diamond shaped facial structures are rare. It has highly angular curves that is widest on one’s forehead, thus the focus of this facial shape is to make the temple area look a little less wide than it truly is. A curved shaped eyebrow is ideally suited for this kind of face shape. Having one softens the appearance of the whole face.

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Effective Tips on How to Achieve the Perfect Brows

Mar 14

In the world of beauty and cosmetics, the eyebrows serve as a big part of your overall look. A lot of makeup lovers not only make sure their eyebrows are properly trimmed, but also ensure they’re properly filled in. Getting your eyebrows done perfectly is no piece of cake after all. It requires practice and time, but after some time of doing it, you are likely bound to master the process by heart.

What makes fuller brows?
Beautifully arched and full brows are what’s popular among a lot of beauty gurus. Given a naturally full brows, you do not have to overwork them into achieving that perfectly styled look. You only have to fill in the gaps with brow powder or an eyebrow pencil.

Regardless, there is still a chance for you to achieve fuller brows even if your brows are sparse due to plucking or if you were born with naturally thin brows. This is what makes most makeup products a miracle-giver. The catch? You just have to master the proper application.

This is where the process might get tricky, though. You have to make sure the lines you draw aren’t too hard or obvious. You have to give your brows a soft look; even if you want to boldly fill them in due to their sparse appearance or heavily plucked condition. The thing is, they have to appear as natural as they could!

How to achieve the perfect brows
• Practice. There are different eyebrow arcs suited for respective face shapes. You have to do a little research and figure out the best arch for your own face. After that, allot time on practicing how to draw the shape. Filling in and drawing your brows are similar to that of painting/sketching on a canvas, so you have to be acquainted with the process. Keep it full by the nose and at the arch’s peak for an elegant result.

• Enhance the appearance. Make use of your concealer to highlight the shape of your brows. Dab a little amount on the brow bone to enhance the arch and the brows’ shape. By doing so, it also reveals the hair you missed when plucking. (Given you pluck your brows in trimming them!)

• Take your time. Mastering the perfect shape of your brows isn’t a piece of cake. You have to be patient while doing the process and keep going despite having frequent errors. Also, remember to brush your brows up before you begin drawing to make the task a little easier.

• Start from the center. In order to evenly distribute the brow powder, apply the majority of the product on the center of your brows first. This process is much better than starting heavy on the brows’ edges. From the center, work on consistently distributing the amount to the rest of the brows.

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