Must-Try Healthy Juice Drinks for the Post-Festive Season

Feeling like you’ve overindulged during the year-end festivities? Thinking of treating your body to healthier options somehow? If so, then here are five delicious and healthy juices that you’ll surely enjoy, and will help you get over the guilt of last year’s overindulgence.

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  1. Avocado Chocolate Juice

You read it right. Apart from incorporating it into your beauty regimen and making guacamoles out of avocados, you can also enjoy this green fruit by making healthy and tasty juices. Containing more potassium than bananas, and rich on protein, you’d definitely want to have an avocado juice as your breakfast or lunch drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • pinch of salt
  • chocolate syrup

Procedure:

  1. Add in milk, avocado and a pinch of salt into the blender, and blend it until smooth.
  2. In a glass, pour an inch of the juice then layer it with chocolate syrup. Repeat this process until your glass is full of juice.

Tip: If your blender is capable of blending ice, you may want to add a few ice cubes into the juice to make it less thick.

  1. Banana Lime Yogurt Smoothie

The first time I had this drink was when a university friend made it for me. Since then, I already loved banana lime milkshakes, and thought of it as a great light meal substitute for during snack or lunch time. Here’s my version of banana lime yogurt smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 banana, thinly chopped
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • Pinch of salt

Procedure:

  1. Simply blend all the ingredients together. Serve and enjoy.

 

  1. Carrot Milk Juice

For some odd reason, some eateries in my hometown in Singapore started serving this drink as a part of their menu when I was around nine years old. I loved the drink since then and had never gotten bored of it ever. Carrots are full of vitamins so you can’t really say that it’s a bad drink to love and be addicted to.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Procedure:

  1. Just blend all the ingredients together, until no traces of carrots are visible.
  2. If you want to turn it into a more summery drink, add some ice cubes to make a frappe out of this tasty drink.

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  1. Mango Yogurt Drink

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Indian Mango Lassi at many Indian restaurants in Singapore, so I decided to make my own version of the healthy and tasty mango yogurt drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ripened and chopped mangoes
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • Pinch of salt

Procedure:

  1. Blend all the aforementioned ingredients together, and you’ll get a yummy smoothie that you’ll definitely enjoy.

 

  1. Pineapple Coconut Milk Juice

Pineapples are known to be great antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. The fruit even contains bromelain which aids in improving one’s digestion. By blending it with coconut milk, you’ll avoid getting the usual cuddling of dairy products when they’re combined with acidic fruit juices like pineapple juice. Other than that, the coconut milk also gives the drink a distinctive taste that might trick you into thinking that you’re drinking an actual piña colada.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chopped pineapples
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup low-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Procedure:

  1. Blend all of the ingredients together.
  2. If you want to turn it into a more summer drink, simply add a few ice cubes to make a frappe out of the drink.

Tip: Add a small pinch of cinnamon powder on top before serving to give the drink some extra flavour.

Now that you know what drinks to try, I truly hope that the aforementioned drinks will be able to kill the guilt you might be having for indulging into your guilty pleasures during the year-end celebrations that you attended. The best part about these drinks is they’re easy to make, and just delicious to drink. So what’s not to like about these refreshing juices? None.

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Sites for Your Early Christmas Shopping  

 

 

November will end soon and what comes after that is the jolliest time of the year – Christmas.  Christmas is almost here and it is time that you start thinking of the gifts you want to buy for your friends and family.

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If you plan to buy early or in advance, perhaps you know Black Friday sale. Black Friday is the time of year that you can get the best deals and the best price. In United States, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving (usually at the 4th Thursday of November). It has been regarded as the start of Christmas shopping season.

Though Singapore does not practice Black Friday, it certainly acquired the penchant of Americans for shopping up to the point of madness. Great deals indeed do not stay forever so it is important that you grab it while it is there. The good thing is that there are many websites that you can consider.

Here’s the list of sites for your early Christmas shopping:

  • Flipit Singapore: Flipit accommodates more than three hundred different brands with thousands of coupon codes at your disposal. Flipit is indeed a gift their Christmas.
  • Wishlistr: Wishlistr can help you track the items that you consider even if you are jumping from one site to another. It will organize the items you are interested in buying.

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  • Shopbot: Onling shopping during Black Friday is very inconvenient. If you consider online stires, you do not need to stand in line and wait for your return. Shopbot can help you compare the price on different sites.
  • Shopback: Shopback offers coupon and codes that will give you 80% off on different stores across the web. You can also consider cash rewards for a dollar spent.

Actually there are still many sites needed to be discovered. At the end of the day, the one thing that counts is thought.
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The Health Benefits of Reclining Chairs  

 

 

In terms of furniture, you only see it as useful in the conduct of everyday lives however, you do not think beyond what it can offer. Take the reclining chairs for example. You have to know that reclining chairs present health benefits aside from aesthetic value. Recliners benefit the body in more ways that you can think of. The good news is that there are many choices here in Singapore that you can consider.

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Here are the health benefits of reclining chairs:

  • It can relieve stress: There are many triggers of stress and sometimes, you do not know it. The thing is, stress is only a state of mind but it can exacerbate any health conditions if you let it control your life. The trick here is to look for stress relievers. It may be as complicated as going abroad to travel or as simple as buying a reclining chair. Doctors highly recommend that you take an hour rest outside the bedroom and reclining chairs can help you with that task. Resting can alleviate stress and it will manifest in your health.
  • It can reduce pregnancy pain: When women are pregnant, it is hard to go about everyday life comfortably – the aching joints, swollen ankles and tight fingers make things hard. Many pregnant women consider lying down but if it is for a long time, the pains and aches intensify. The best course of action is to sleep in a recliner. Though not all prefers this.

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  • It can lessen achy joints: It is indeed inconvenient and painful to endure stiff and swollen joints. Recliners can help these people since it can facilitate better circulation and angle the joins properly. For people who are suffering from arthritis, a recliner chair can be a great help.
  • It can improve circulation: As mentioned earlier, a recliner chair can improve the circulation. If you have a job that requires you to stand all day long, there is a tendency of heavy feet and swollen joints.

The reasons mentioned above should be enough for you to consider reclining chairs. If it is not too much to ask, you have to choose a chair that gives you value for your money. Looking for that perfect reclining chair is easy since it is widely available in the market.

If you are still not convinced to consider reclining chair, perhaps you have to stick with your typical sofa or your ottoman. This kind of furniture is a bit bulky and they can consume a lot of space. Whatever you choose, the important thing is you are comfortable at the end of the day.

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Essentials for the Today’s Techie Guy

 

The world is increasingly being dominated by technological, perhaps most notably through compact gadgets and devices. Generally, men are more inclined towards technology compared to women so it’s not so odd to see guys having more tech gadgets than their female counterparts. So if you’re a guy who is into techy stuff and gadgets, here are some essentials for you.

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  1. Google ChromeCast

 

This gadget is for people who are fond of watching films, videos, televisions series, and music on their phones, tablets, and other handheld gadgets. How does it work? Well, ChromeCast is basically a medium that beams any type of video or music you have in your smartphone onto your television or home stereo through wireless Internet connection. It’s an interesting investment because you no longer have to suffer watching films on such small smartphone screens.

 

  1. iPad Pro

 

This iPad is basically the same as the first iPad, its later incarnations, and the iPad Air. However, this one packs a lot more computing and processing power than its predecessors. With a 64-bit A9X chip, the iPad Pro has the equivalent power of a midlevel laptop. So why not bring a laptop instead? The iPad Pro is only 0.27 inches slim and 1.5 lbs. light. So imagine having a device with the power of a laptop but as thin and light as a tablet.

 

  1. Beats Studio Wireless Headphones

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Wireless headphones are now increasingly become more popular than their wired counterparts. The Beats Studio Wireless is one of the best out there because it delivers sound quality similar to regular headphones with wires. It also has noise cancelling and can last up to 12 hours per charging. The sad part of is the hefty price tag of almost 400 USD. But we believe you get the bang out of your buck with this gadget.

 

  1. Amazon Echo

 

Also known as Alexa, the Echo is a device that function similarly to the Apple’s Siri. This means that it is voice operated and is capable of doing several things such as playing music, providing weather and traffic updates, searching for sporting news, and reading out audiobooks.

 

  1. GoPro Hero Plus

 

The GoPro is a lone traveller’s bestfriend. You can basically take photos of yourself even when alone. Moreover, it is waterproof, compact, and wifi capable. The Hero Plus is the cheaper version and is just as good as its bigger brothers as it provides the same kind of services.

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What We Know About “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

 

The J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter film and book series has a wide following around the world. Unsurprisingly, fans would likely clamor for more of Rowling’s works. Enter the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, which is based on the book of the same title. It might be a long while ‘til the movie gets released. In the meantime, here are some quick facts about it.

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It’s Not a Solo Heroes Act

Much like the Harry Potter series, which was centered around three heroes, this new film will revolve around the stories of four characters namely Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob. However, much like the Potter series, which featured Harry as the main hero, Fantastic Beasts will also be featuring Newt Scamander as its main protagonist.

 

It’s Set in the USA

While Harry Potter was set in London, England in the 1990’s, Fantastic Beasts goes Westside in the USA specifically in New York. Moreover, the film pushes back time and will be set during mid 1920’s at the start of the Great Depression. Specifics are yet to be released. All we can do now is to speculate several possible magical world similarities between New York and London especially on where the American witches and wizards go to school.

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Magic is a Lot More Secretive

While a handful of muggles (non-magic people) in the Harry Potter series are aware of the existence of the magical side of the world, Fantastic Beasts setting is actually more secretive about the magic especially due to the historical events such as the Salem Witch Trials. In this new film, a group of muggles known as the Second Salemers seeks to hunt down and expose the wizarding and witching world, which is historically similar, again, to the Salem Witch Trials.

 

Say Goodbye to the Legendary Trio

Since the film is set about 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter, it is very unlikely that Harry, Ron, and Hermione will be making appearances in the film especially because they, and even their parents, haven’t been born yet and because it’s set far away from England. So nostalgia might be out of the question here. But, who knows? They might make cameos perhaps in glimpses of the future.

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Hair: A Woman’s Crowning Glory

 

When we hear of crowns, we think of a queen. We do not have a queen here in Singapore but we surely know what a crown looks like and what it stands for. Alternatively, crown also refers to a woman’s hair. The hair itself is our tiara and we do our best to take good care of it. Like the crown, our hair is our glory.

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Speaking of hair, there are different hairstyles that we can consider. Gone were the days of plain ponytails and braids. We have now twisted hairstyles that will surely keep our main in superb shape from day till night. We first saw the trend of braided hairs at fashion shows. The models look divine with their hairs. It is not wrong if we decide to have different looks.

So, here are some braided hairstyles that we can consider:

Our crown jewel: To do this, we have to part the hair first at the center and isolate the back and front section. This is the basic braid.  We have to take the left portion of the front section and form the braid which will start from the temple. We can secure this braid using an elastic band. We have to do same on the right side. This basic braid is considered for those who want a clean and neat look. If we do not want to look like a school-girl, we can slightly loosen the braids.

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The twisted metal: If we want a twisted metal style, we should first tie the back section of our hair into low ponytail. Before actually braiding it, we have to apply styling mousse. The styling mousse will get our waves to last longer. After applying, we should split the ponytail into two and twist each section before crossing it to the other side. We should do this alternately until we achieve a full rope braid. We should not forget to secure it by using an elastic band.

Our runway remix: If we have a night out after work, we should consider the runway remix style. First, we need to make a rope-braid-ponytail. This will serve as our head band. After that, we remove the elastic bad at the end of our hair and run our fingers through the back to remove the tangles and at the same time to create volume and viola – we have a polished look fit for party.

These braided hairstyles will surely give life to our hairs. We have to remember though that no matter the hairstyle, we have to be confident when we wear it. There are other hairstyles that we can consider, we only need to be open for the possibilities.

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Cheap Ways to Party Hard  

 

When we party, we do our best to limit charges or costs because after all, times are hard here in Singapore and unless we are an heiress or we are just ridiculously rich, we cannot party hard without thinking of the charges and costs. However, this doesn’t mean that we deprive ourselves of some fun.

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So, what’s a boy/girl to do when he/she wants to de-stress and have a good time but payday is still weeks away? The good news is that we can hang on to our precious dollars and still have a good time through the following tricks:

  • Why not pre-party? This doesn’t mean that we are going to conduct pre-party. This means that before actually going to a club or bar, we should have a fill of food and drinks somewhere cheaper first. Whether it is at a friend’s pad or a nearby resto. Sure, we have to shell money for drinks but at least the pre-party would cut the spending significantly.
  • Befriend the staffs: If we frequent a bar or a club, there is a big chance that we know the bouncers, staffs and even the owners. This is the perfect time for networking and of course – perks. For example, a staff will make our servings bigger as a sign of gratefulness. If we are that lucky, the owner might treat us.

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  • Be on the lookout for promos: There are many clubs and bars here in Singapore and they entice customers by offering different promos. If we are serious about partying cheap, we should look for promos. For example, we have to know clubs or bars that offer Happy Hour and Ladies or Gent’s Night.
  • Buy the bulk: The good thing when we come in group is that we tend to pay small portions since everything is divided to everything. We have to buy the bulk so we can save more.
  • Do not bring credit card: We should always bring cash and not depend on our credit cards. If we have credit cards along, we will be confident to splurge and we will surely regret.
  • Consider house parties instead: Well, cheap partying includes free venue but more food. This is what house parties mean.

Now that we know some if not all of the tricks to party cheap, it is time that we put this into action. If we do not have money and we are not in the mood for parties, we should not be pushed into it because we will not have a good time. Partying is supposed to be fun, not worrisome.

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5 Essential Travel Tips from Solo Escapades

 

Along with knowing yourself more, there are a whole lot of things you will learn from travelling alone. Sure, the adventure is fun and a reward in itself, but it needs preparedness to ensure you’re getting the most of your trip. If you’re planning for a soul-searching getaway, these are some of the things solo travellers ought to do (or, at least, try) during their adventure.

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  1. Research About the Weather. Whether you’re travelling to Southeast Asia or United States, it’s important to research about the weather of your destination. This may be an obvious pre-trip procedure, but forgetting to do so can seriously ruin your trip.

 

  1. Arrive During the Daytime. Traveling solo is exciting, but it could also be pretty risky. Before booking a flight, make sure to know you’ll be arriving at your destination. Pick a flight that allows you to land while there is still plenty of light when it is safer to walk around and everything is easier to see.

 

  1. Lie a Bit. When someone (like a market vendor or a cab driver) asks you how long you have been in the place, say at least two weeks. People may less likely take advantage of you if you seem familiar with the locality.

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  1. Speak the Language. It can be really frustrating, if not embarrassing, not being able to speak even just a bit of the local language. A quick solution is to memorize a few basic words such as the local words for “thank you”, “please” and “hi” before your trip. Other than just being polite, speaking the local language makes you seem like a smart traveller, putting you at less chances of being scammed or taken advantage of.

 

  1. Be Self-Centered. Travelling alone is the only time you have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want it. So, enjoy it! It can be surprisingly fun to be alone, listening to your own thoughts and taking care of nobody else but yourself. Take advantage of this time to be introspective and reflect about what you have and what you want in life. If you are worried about feeling alone and lonely, remember that there’s a whole new world of people around you. Try to make friends with fellow diners or chat with locals at the market.

Travelling is one of the best experiences we can have in our lives. It pushes us out of our comfort zones and teaches us many things about ourselves and the world around us. Relish this chance, but always be smart with your choices.

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6 Healthy Foods to Always Have In Your Kitchen

 

It’s midnight and your last meal seems like a distant memory. During this time of the day, it’s better to keep your nibbles low in calories. If only you have healthy ingredients on-hand, it would be easier to whip up a healthier snack than opening a pack of Doritos. To make sure you’re always ready to make a guilt-free meal anytime of the day, have a stock of these foods in your kitchen at all times.

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  1. Bananas

Sweet and healthy, bananas are a nutrient powerhouse rich in fibre and potassium. While best eaten on their own, bananas can also be created in a million quick and simple healthy ways. Cut up bananas over your oatmeal or dip slices in almond butter for a flavourful, healthy snack.

  1. Eggs

Eggs are the most versatile low calorie foods. One egg costs around 75 calories, although various ways of cooking it changes the total caloric content. Keep a dozen in your fridge for quick and easy egg snacking ideas.

  1. Milk

It’s always good to have a carton of milk inside your fridge, whether it’s soy, almond, or non-fat. In minutes, you can make hot chocolate with milk or a refreshing good-for-the-body fruit smoothie.

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  1. Avocado

These should be in every kitchen, unless you’re allergic to them. Why? Because avocados are jam-packed with nutrients and can be eaten with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even on its own. Thrown in some slices for a hearty smoothie or make your own guacamole with organic ingredients for a healthier dip.

  1. Almonds

Keep almonds in your kitchen for a better alternative to greasy snacks—think of buttery crackers and potato chips. The sweet nuts also make a great addition to cereals, smoothies, and yogurt. Store your almonds in the fridge to prevent its oils from oxidizing, which can otherwise cause the nuts to carry harmful free radicals.

  1. Sweet Potatoes

Carbohydrates have earned not-so-good reputation when it comes to fitness. But if you;re looking for a good way to fuel up after an intense gym session, throw in some sweet potatoes to your meal. They are healthier source of carbs, as well as B6 and Vitamin C.

There you have it—six healthy foods to always have in your kitchen. In a pinch, you can create not only a scrumptious snack, but a treat that’s hearty and healthy as well.

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How to Stay Safe in the Digital Age  

 

Staying safe is hard these days knowing that things may hit us without us knowing. With this, it is crucial that we protect the things that we have. We may be vulnerable now but that does not mean we have to stay that way forever.

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Staying safe is challenging especially with the technology we have. Hackers can get into our lives and pull things. If we do not want them to touch our lives, we have to stay safe and secure our mobile devices. Our mobile devices provide a rich source of information for hackers to use. We should not let them in.

Singaporeans should know how to stay safe. We can begin by considering the following:

  • Get iPhone or iPad: If we are concerned about our security, we have to get iPhone or iPad because Apple’s iOS is still integrally safer than Android (especially Android’s older versions). Apple’s operating system provides security updates most of the time which can help us.

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  • Consider Nexus phone or tablet: If we really want Android, we can still be secured but we have to choose the right phone or tablet. Experts say that Nexus is a safer bet. Nexus are updated more rapidly than any other product.
  • Installing security software: We have to know that not all Android devices provide quick updates thereby exposing us. Since this is the case, the best thing that we can do is install security software.

The best choice of course is Apple’s iOS because of its strict security measures. Android is catching up but they are not there yet.

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