Simple Tips on How to Start a Food Blog

It is already known that food is a great part of Singapore’s culture. That being said, if you’re a foodie who wants to share Singapore’s wonderful cuisine to the world, you might consider food blogging. But, if you’re having difficulty picking up ideas on how to start, here are some tips for you!

1. Your blog name and content
Many of those starting out with a food blog sometimes find it hard to come up with a name. One easy solution to this is to know what type of content you’re trying to put out first. Either you’re going for restaurant reviews or food recipes, figuring out your niche is important not just for the name of your blog but also your identity as a whole. You’re blog name, then, should be short yet unique and memorable while tying into your niche.

2. Your website
If you know how to make a website yourself or you know a web designer, that can be good. But for blogs, it will be ideal to have a web host. A web host basically provides the necessary technologies needed by your website for it to be viewed on the internet. Also, if you do not yet have a domain name, a web host can help you purchase one. You’ll also want to create your website with a content management system. WordPress is one that is commonly recommended because it is efficient and easy to learn.

3. Dabble with themes
Once you have WordPress, it will be relatively easy to design your website. There are a lot of themes in WordPress to choose from, both free and paid. The paid ones are also cheaper compared to hiring a web designer to create your website from scratch. Having a theme that suits your niche is also essential to provide the overall aesthetic of your blog. Try to find a theme that matches your content well and complements the photos you put up as well.

4. Start creating content
Start writing and posting your blog articles, and do it consistently. Initially, you should have about 10 or more articles ready to publish from the get-go so that your first visitors at least have a lot to look into. It would also be a good idea for you to incorporate some food photography in your blog. The one thing that attracts site visitors, aside from a good read, is the sight of good food. You can even add videos if you want.

5. Promote your blog
Because of the internet and social media, it will be very easy to promote your blog. That is why it is important to have social media accounts for your blog. Facebook and Instagram are the better ones to have in Singapore because they are more commonly used by people. If you can, you can also try networking or collaborating with other food bloggers, especially those who are already “big”.

Why Keep a Fitness Journal?

You made a promise to yourself that you’re going to go to the gym and take it seriously. You go around Singapore and find a gym that you like and you begin exercising there. After a while, you find that you’re wandering around the gym not knowing which exercises you should do next. That’s where a fitness journal can come in handy. Here are also other reasons why you should keep a fitness journal:

To set up your workouts
If you have a fitness journal, you will be able to write down what your workout is for the day ahead of time. That way you won’t have to wander around the gym thinking about what you should do next. For example, let’s say you’re hitting biceps, chest, and back. Before you even go to the gym, take a page in your journal and write down the workouts you want to do for each body part. As you’re working out, you can easily check what you plan to do next.

So that you hold yourself accountable
A fitness journal will help you see exactly how you’ve been performing. You may say to yourself that you’ve hit a plateau and you’re not losing weight/gaining muscle. But if someone were to look at your fitness journal and saw that you were having low-intensity workouts and have not been exhausting yourself enough, then there is the reason why you’ve hit a plateau. Having a fitness journal prompts you to be honest and helps keep you accountable.

To see your progress
You’ll be able to keep track of your progress very easily with a journal. You can see how much you’re getting better at lifts and other exercises. You can see how intense your workouts are getting. You can see how much you can already carry. And you can see how much weight you’ve lost or how much muscle you’ve gained. In addition, seeing how much you’ve progressed can be a great source of motivation that can help you continue towards your goals.

You can write about how you feel
Another great reason why you should keep a fitness journal is that you can take down notes on how you feel that day. You’ll be able to find out which days you feel tired and less motivated, and which days you feel strong and energized. This is important because your mood will generally determine your attitude in your workouts. Plus, you will be able to understand which exercises you enjoy the most and which ones you need to work more on.

You’ll know your weaknesses
Much like how you can see your progress, you’ll also be able to see your weak points. You might notice that you can squat significantly more weight compared to your deadlifts. Or that you lack cardio and abdominal exercises. Having a fitness journal helps you map out which of your body parts need more improvement.

6 Reasons Why Your Child Should Grow Up With a Pet Dog

Most kids love dogs. They are cute, playful and friendly. But did you know having dogs can actually benefit your child’s physical and psychological development? Here are some reasons why having a dog at home is a beneficial for your kid.

1. Dogs promote responsibility
Having a pet is one way to teach your kid about responsibility. Making sure that the dog always has food and water gives your child a glimpse of obligation and accountability. Also, your child learns compassion and empathy by caring for your pet dog.

2. Dogs lighten the mood
Have you ever wondered why young and happy love is called ‘puppy love’? It’s because dogs naturally exude jolliness and positivism. When a person and a puppy create a special bond, every interaction is full of fun and playfulness. Try cuddling or playing with your dog when you feel blue, it’ll surely turn your mood around.

3. Dogs help your little reader gain confidence
Younger kids who just learned how to read often feel self-conscious reading aloud in front of people, but they don’t feel the same nervousness around animals. Reading to a pup is the perfect way for your kids to enhance their reading skills and build self-confidence.

4. Dogs encourage more exercise
Kids of today’s generation are hard to pull out of the house, but having a dog is a simple way to get them moving outside. Most dogs are excellent companions for some physical activities like jogging or walking around the neighbourhood and enjoying a sunny afternoon of playing in the park.

5. Dogs help kids learn social skills
Having a pet dog can also help your child to be friendlier. After all, walking around the park with a dog likely sparks a conversation with other pet owners. A quick chitchat and the sharing of dog for a few moments promote patience and generosity to your child.

6. Dogs help strengthen immune system
Studies show that young kids raised in constant contact with pets get sick less often during the first year of their lives. Exposure to microbes and dander that your pet carries helps improve your child’s developing immune systems. Moreover, children with pets experience reduced risk of allergies.

Having a dog at home enriches the lives and health of your child in many ways. Getting one for your family could be the greatest gift you can possibly give your child.

4 Private Jet App Services in Singapore

Have you ever jokingly wish that you could book an Uber from Singapore to Hong Kong, but rather than cab, you get a private jet instead? What if we tell you that you can? Yes, that’s right. Through mobile app services, you can conveniently book a private jet to take you to places. Some of these jets may even cost you lesser than flying on a commercial flight. Through just a click of a button, you won’t have to worry about crying babies or having small talks with an annoying passenger seating next to you. Check out these apps for a flamboyant ride for your next summer getaway.

Victor
Victor, known as the ‘uber for private jets’ is a popular private jet hire service that lets you compare prices and book private jets. This booking app allows travellers to use the app on both web and mobile. One great selling point of Victor is that it provides total transparency on operator and aircraft details, offering total financial protection to its clients.

Javajet Asia
A Jakarta-based company, Javajet Asia offers private jet services in the continent, with an array of modern aircrafts. If flying from Singapore, you can fly either with Gulfstream 550 or Raytheon Beechjet 400A. Some of their clients are the head of states, Hollywood stars, royal families and business tycoons—so you can be a member of their elite club as well.

JetSmarter
Another app for hiring private jets, JetSmarter connects passengers and aircraft carriers to chartered flights, offering more than 3,000 aircraft for booking. All it takes is to download the app and sign-up. One of the app’s key features is the JetShuttle, where you can share an aircraft with other passengers. This feature allows you to book a seat on an already-scheduled flight or create a shared charter where you allow other passengers to join you. You will be surprised that a seat on this type of private jet flight can cost lesser than a commercial flight.

Privatefly
With a network of more than 8,000 private jets worldwide, you can certainly fly privately and luxuriously anywhere in the world. This application features an empty leg availability, wherein the jet is booked for one-way only and have to return to its home base empty. The prices for empty leg trips are usually much lower than a regular private jet flight, since operators often offer heavily discounted flight prices for these empty trips.

Flying to your next vacation destination is now made easier. Download and use any of these apps to book your private jet, so you can travel in style, comfort and luxury.

5 Ways to Use Castile Soap in Your Beauty Routine

Castile soap has become a staple ingredient for homemade household cleaning products—all for good reasons! It’s eco-friendly, vegan and chemical-free. And because of it’s environmentally safe and organic nature, it has also made its way to our beauty routine.

So, if you have liquid castile soap seating in the kitchen, here are five more ways you can use it for your skin, hair and nails.

1. Facial Cleanser
Keeping a sensitive skin clean can be challenging with traditional drugstore face wash products. Thankfully, you can make your own gentle facial cleanser at home with liquid castile soap. Get a foaming soap dispenser and fill it up with a quarter cup of castile, half a cup of distilled water and a teaspoon each of vegetable glycerine and jojoba oil. Secure the dispenser with its lid, shake gently to mix and use it in the morning and at night.

2. Body Wash
A thorough facial cleanser, castile soap can also be used as a body wash. Create your own peppermint liquid soap with three-fourths cup of castile soap, a quarter cup of vegetable glycerine, a teaspoon of coconut oil and about 10 drops of peppermint oil. With its gentle ingredients, you can use this every day in the shower. Use it with bath sponge for easy lathering.

3. Shaving Aid
In a blender, blend a quarter cup each of castile soap and rose water and two tablespoons of liquified coconut oil. You can also add about five drops of tea tree oil if you like. Store in a pump bottle in the shower. To use as shaving aid, get a pump of the product in your palm, and apply it on the area you want to shave. Then, shave your way to a smooth, soft and well-moisturized skin.

4. Make-Up Brush Cleaner
Remove germs, dead skin cells and build up of products from your make-up brushes. In a regular size mason jar, mix a solution of one tablespoon of castile soap, half a cup of water and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Soak your brushes into the jar and leave them there for 15 minutes. After which, rinse them in cold water and let them dry.

5. Cuticle Softener
Create a homemade solution for your discolored and brittle nails and peeling cuticles with castile soap. All you need is a medium-sized bowl where you can mix half a cup of water, two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of castile soap and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir the mixture until frothy, and then soak your nails for 10 minutes. Discard the solution afterwards, and moisturize your nails and cuticles with jojoba oil.

These are just a few of the many ways you can use liquid castile soap. You can explore and try your own unique combinations, too. Another great thing about castile soap is it blends well with almost any ingredient you’d commonly find in your kitchen.

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Exfoliating Your Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you probably never get attracted to facial scrubs as you might think it can only exacerbate redness. If you’re acne-prone, the more you don’t want to disturb those breakouts, right? Wrong. It turns out that exfoliating can be beneficial to all skin types.

Here, we will tackle the most common questions about exfoliating, so you can find the best routine that will give you youthful and glowing skin.

1. “I have dry skin. Should I exfoliate?”
Yes, you should! In fact, flaky skin inhibits full penetration of your skin care products. Additionally, build up of oil and dirt can clog the pores and cause pimple-like bumps. The ideal way to exfoliate, though, is to use gentle chemical exfoliators or a light face scrub that has super-fine granules. After exfoliating, follow up with hydrating lotion or a thick moisturizer to restore your face’s moisture.

2. “My skin is too sensitive. Will exfoliating exacerbate it?”
Gritty particles are definitely a no-no, but most skin types can benefit from mild facial scrubs with fine exfoliators. Consider products rich in plant or fruit enzymes to gently deep clean the skin. These products offer gentle enzymatic peel with its grained powder that you mix with water. Just make sure not to over exfoliate, or you’ll strip off too much natural oil from your skin.

3. “When should I exfoliate?”
You can exfoliate either in the morning or at night. But if you’re using a scrub with retinol in it, it’s ideal to exfoliate before bed, since your skin is more vulnerable to bacteria as it has shed off a layer. After exfoliating, always remember to apply liberal amount of moisturizer to restore your skin’s moisture.

4. “Can I use my body scrub?”
No. Never use body scrubs on your face as they contain harsher and larger granules, which is specifically designed to exfoliate thicker and tougher skin in the body.

5. “Should I avoid the eye area?”
Some facial scrub, which contain retinol, are specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes. Always read the label to ensure it is safe around your eyes and never use one with coarser granules.

6. “Are all exfoliators the same?”
Exfoliants come in different types. But even so, all helps unveil youthful and more radiant skin. The difference, though, is that manual and chemical exfoliants should be used only once to twice a week, while electronic exfoliants, like Clarisonic, is gentle enough to be used daily.

Regularly exfoliation is good for all skin types—oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin type. The key is to know which kind of exfoliator to use to guarantee best results every time.