10 Fun Places To Volunteer At

7 Jun 2016 by Marianne Lim

There’s nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love and giving back to society at the same time. If you don’t know where/how to start, take a look at these fun volunteering opportunities below! For those who find it hard to put aside some time, we’ve included alternative ways you can give back as well.

#1 SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)spcaImage Credit: Channel News Asia

If you’re an animal lover, this is perfect for you. SPCA advocates strongly for the welfare of animals by facilitating rehabilitation treatments and finding new homes for animals. You can sign up as a cat companion or a dog walker and give the animals some much needed care and love, or put your people skills to use by managing merchandise sales and manning the reception area.

Alternative: Instead of buying a pet from the pet store, opt to give an abandoned pet a new home. #AdoptDontBuy

#2 Singapore Red Crosssingapore-red-crossImage Credit: Singapore Red Cross

As long as you have a willing heart, anyone can volunteer with the Singapore Red Cross! Duties include administrative and logistical assistance, as well as helping out in Singapore Red Cross events such as World Blood Donor Day and Flag Day. If you would like to be more involved in the cause, you can sign up to be a member and go for basic training where you can hone your leadership skills.

Alternative: Check out their blood donation banks and save lives by donating your own blood! The whole process is pretty painless but yet immensely rewarding.

#3 One Singaporeone-singaporeImage Credit: One Singapore

One Singapore aims to eradicate poverty by promoting fair trade, fighting corruption and advocating for basic needs such as education, clean water and healthcare. It is a 100% volunteer run organisation and duties are both ongoing and ad hoc. Roles include promotion volunteers, editors, writers, reporters, volunteer coordinators and event pack packers.

Alternative: Head down and support the Make Poverty History Concert happening on 24 September.

#4 World Visionworld-vision-singaporeImage Credit: World Vision

Dedicated to working with families, children and their communities, World Vision is a global organisation that aims to transform people to reach their full potential and provide relief in disaster struck areas. Tell their story as a videographer, raise awareness as a graphic designer or perform through arts and magic shows at events such as the 30-Hour Famine Camp.

Alternative: Sponsor a child for just $45/month and provide him/her with basic needs such as food, water and sanitation.

#5 Singapore International Volunteerssingapore-international-volunteersImage Credit: Singapore International Volunteers

What better way to make a difference and see the world at the same time? Singapore International Volunteers are a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to improving the lives of others overseas by putting their skills to good use. Opportunities include teaching English in Laos, providing water access to children and adults in Indonesia and nurturing good public reading habits in Vietnam.

#6 Wild Singaporewild-singaporeImage Credit: Habitat News 

Attention all nature lovers! Put your passion into practice as a nature guide by sharing and introducing others to Singapore’s flora and fauna. Training involves field trips with people who also love nature and interacting with nature experts. You can also help out with design, photography and writing, as well as event organisation and biodiversity surveys.

Alternative: If you can’t volunteer then be an explorer for a day! Your visitor-ship supports these wild places.

#7 Youth Corpsyouth-corpsImage Credit: Youth Corps

Join other passionate youths in giving back to the community in the Youth Corps. You’ll get a chance to be a part of major community service events – such as reforestation at Pulau Ubin and the ASEAN Para Games Final Countdown – and volunteering programmes, where you can make friends with the elderly and gain life skills by engaging with them.

#8 TWC2 (Transient Workers Count Too)TWC2Image Credit: TWC2

Often under appreciated and taken for granted, migrant workers make up one fifth of Singapore’s population. They have contributed immensely to our economy and growth, so why not show your appreciation by volunteering with TWC2? TWC2 is committed to improving the lives of low-wage migrant workers through outreach and public engagement. 

Alternative: Donations are always appreciated.

#9 Make-A-Wish Foundationmake-a-wish-foundationImage Credit:

Make-A-Wish Foundation aims to give hope and strength to children with life-threatening illnesses. Volunteering at Make-A-Wish Foundation reminds us of being a little bit like a fairy godmother – because you’ll be helping to grant the wishes of children, bringing them lots of joy and good memories! Previous wishes that have been granted include meeting Metallica, being a scientist for a day and going to Disneyland.

Alternative: Donate new or collectible items such as electronics, branded bags, mobile phones etc as they hold fundraising events same with both auctions and lucky draws.

#10 Yellow Ribbon Projectyellow-ribbon-projectImage Credit: Yellow Ribbon Project

Help in changing societal attitudes towards ex-offenders and raise awareness for the need to give ex-offenders a second chance as a Yellow Ribbon Youth Advocate. You will be part of the incredibly meaningful fund-raisers and awareness activities to support the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

Alternative: Order from SCORE Catering the next time you have a party/gathering. By doing this, you help support inmates by giving them marketable skills to reintegrate and contribute back to the workforce upon their release.

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6 Ways To Improve Your Memory

16 May 2016 by Venetia Sng

What time is that doctor’s appointment? Where did you place that book? Why did you walk to the bedroom? Did you need to get something? If all those sounds familiar, your memory may be failing you. But no frets because a healthy lifestyle can improve your brain health. These tips below will help you sharpen your memory and keep it robust for years to come.

#1 Eat Healthy


What you eat plays a crucial role for your memory. For example, vegetables like celery, broccoli and walnuts contain antioxidants and other compounds that protect your brain health and even stimulate the production of new brain cells. Time to change up that diet of yours and try to avoid food with too much sugar and grain carbohydrates.

#2 Exercise Regularly


Get your brain to work at optimum capacity by exercising regularly as it strengthens nerve cell connections and causes brain cells to multiply. A study also revealed that regular exercise not only improved blood flow to the brain but also helped people to learn new tasks faster as compared to people who rarely exercise. 

#3 Don’t Multitask


Multitasking is an attempt to do as many things as possible simultaneously and as fast as possible. It’s ironic because multitasking may actually slow you down as it makes errors more common as you get more forgetful. Instead of trying to complete multiple tasks at one go, focus on one task at a time and you may find yourself finishing things faster.

#4 Sleep Well


Sleep is key time when your brain solidifies the connections between neurons. People who nap remembers better as compared to those who didn’t nap. Get at least seven hours of sleep a day (including naps) and you’ll find yourself less forgetful.

#5 Play Games


Don’t let that brain deteriorate and get that appropriate stimulus by playing games. No matter if it’s board games like chess or video games like Dark Souls, as long as you challenge your brain with new and fresh information, you can counteract this degeneration. 

#6 Try Mnemonic Devices


Mnemonic devices are tools to help you remember better by organising information into an easier-to-remember format. Acronyms (pictured above) is one such device. Another example being beryllium, gold and titanium is BE-AU-TI-ful.

Image Credits: pixabay, shuttershock

Do you have any tips to share with us? Let us know by commenting below!

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4 Simple Ways To Be A More Confident Person

5 May 2016 by Venetia Sng

We’ll let you in on a secret: even the most confident people have their insecurities. While the phrase “fake it till you make it” does have its merits, it’s not the only way you can start building your confidence. Here are 4 simple ways to boost your confidence levels – go ahead and unleash your full potential! 

#1 Eliminate Negative Thoughts


Stop dwelling on thoughts like “you’re never good enough” or that “the whole world is against you”. You are in your own way and you need to snap out off it by thinking positively. We know it’s easier said than done which is why we have some tips just for you!

  • Get those emotions out of the way by talking it out with someone close.
  • Find a creative outlet like therapeutic painting or listening to music.
  • Get out, take a long walk and clear your mind.

#2 Meet New People


Chat with the hawker aunty the next time you get your lunch. Majority of people are friendly and there’s nothing to fear! Another way to meet new people is to join a sports team or a club of sorts. With similar interests, it’s much easier to strike up a conversation. The more you make the effort, the easier it’ll become and your confidence will naturally increase.

#3 Be Aware of Body Language


While having a conversation, it’s always good to have an awareness of your posture and what your body language is telling the person you’re speaking to. Keep a good posture, smile, keep eye contact and take time when speaking. By doing these, you’ll not only feel more confident, you’ll look the part as well!

#4 Try Something Different


Step out of your comfort zone and dive into unchartered territories! You can be totally spontaneous and book a trip to an unfamiliar destination that will require you to be assertive. Travelling to somewhere new forces you to talk to strangers, try exotic things and give you a confidence boost that you will bring back home. For something less extreme, you can head out for a solo hike at Macritchie or Bukit Timah. But remember – safety first!

Images Credit: Pixabay

What are your confidence boosters? Let us know by commenting below!

Are you aspiring to be an entrepreneur? Then it’s time to learn from the best. Here are 5 successful local start-ups and six tips we picked up from them! Psst.. find out how you can win $3000 to bring your business ideas to life at the end of this post!

Ninja Van

Ninja-Van-FounderImage Credit: Today

If you’ve made purchases online from Zalora, Lazada or local blogshops, you most probably would have received your parcel from Ninja Van. Launched in 2014 by then 27-year-old Lai Chang Wen, Ninja Van bills itself as Southeast Asia’s fastest growing logistics company, powering businesses with innovative transport solutions. Ninja Van delivers innovative and scalable logistics solutions to businesses of all sizes, helping these companies grow while managing the nitty-gritty logistics for them.

Start up tip #1: Be willing to improve on your ideas (and don’t let your ego stand in the way)

Innovative ideas are aplenty but not all has what it takes to survive in business, much less thrive. “If your idea is new and innovative, but it’s not the best, you must be humble and say, “Okay, I’ll take the best [from out there].'” Chang Wen shared in an interview, “Then, you slowly piece all these different pieces together. That’s how you become the best.” There is no sure-fire method to building a successful empire. Take your cues from business models that are working (or not), and find out how you can improve on your own. 


Carousell-FoundersImage Credit: Marketing Interactive

We’re sure you’ve heard of Carousell, the online consumer-to-consumer marketplace where users can buy/sell items in a few easy steps. Starting out as a mobile app created by Lucas Ngoo, Quek Siu Rui and Marcus Tan back in 2012 with a mission  to “make selling as easy as snapping a photo”, Carousell has since amassed a huge user community, with over 26 million new and pre-loved items listings. Carousell has also expanded into six other countries, including the United States, showing no signs of slowing down. 

Start up tip #2: Learn from every experience

You’d be surprised to know that the co-founders didn’t have formal training on designing or developing a social app when they first started out. As Marcus shared, they had to “learn how to use Photoshop, read about product and design, and do a lot of user testing.” There were many challenges and the team had to do a lot of trial-and-error as this was new territory for them, but they overcame each hurdle and improved Carousell through applying what they learned from each experience. Credit: Today’s founding team is made up of Darius Cheung (third from left), Ruiwen Chua, Anuj Bheda and Conor McLaughlin. is a property search portal that aims to make the entire experience of finding, moving into, and living in a new place seamless and hassle free. With less than two years of operation, has achieved astounding results – even Eduardo Saverin (third from right), co-founder of Facebook, has become an investor with this young start-up. 

Start up tip #3: Prioritise your consumers 

One of the secrets to’s relative success over their competitors, is that they prioritised their users’ experience. Instead of a ‘pay higher to be listed better’ method as other portals were using, made sure each property listing was vetted for quality, and streamlined the process of renting and buying a place. Not only did this simplify the process for the consumer, landlord and property agents, their business model made it efficient and less costly for everyone involved. 


Gushcloud-FoundersImage Credit: Today

In a world where Influencers have taken centre stage, Gushcloud has built itself on a foundation of content and influence, and uses its 10,000-strong network of online influencers to benefit clients that want to engage with their target audiences more effectively. After launching in 2011, cofounders Vincent Ha and Althea Lim managed to close a multi-million-dollar acquisition deal with Korea’s YDM Group in May 2015.

Start up tip #4: Do not spend what you do not have 

According to Vincent, the real challenge of business comes after setting up the company. “Our philosophy for the business is simple, we try not to spend what we do not have, and everything is bootstrap.” He shared in an interview, “It is about how we grow within our means and generate cash flow to finance our own investment and growth plans.” Vincent reasons, “The safest option for us as business owners is to have healthy cashflow. With that, you can keep changing with the tides and times when you will always have a business that feeds you and your employees.”


RedMart-FounderImage Credit: Business Times

With RedMart, the term ‘convenience at your fingertips’ seems to be an understatement. Since its start in 2011, RedMart has expanded from online grocery delivery, to partnering with niche grocers and restaurants with RedMart Marketplace, to launching RedMart Relay. The latter being an app where consumers are able to order everything, from hot meals, to clothes and even electronics, within an hour of order placement. With their fast deliveries, low prices and excellent customer support, it’s little wonder that RedMart has grown exponentially over the past few years. 

Start-Up Tip #5: Be Efficient

It was pretty challenging for the RedMart team, especially in their early days. We’re not going into details, but the team had to increase their consumer base while making sure their delivery service had the capacity to deliver within the promised time frame. It was potentially a logistics nightmare, but they developed an app to help them with backend support, tweaking their system till it was a fully-automated process.

This also applies to small business owners. You’ll be surprised at how much time you’ve been wasting on routine and administrative tasks. Fine-tuning your processes and increasing efficiency frees up extra time which you can invest in expanding your business. 

Start-Up Tip #6: Work with the right people  

How were the founders of RedMart, who had no eCommerce or tech experience, able to build an online empire? The secret? Work with the right people. “We surrounded ourselves with advisors and experienced employees,” co-founder Roger Egan III shared in an interview. “For example, we got the Lead Solution Architect from to join us and resign from the biggest grocery store in the world. Our VP of Marketing was Director of Marketing at ebay. When we get this type of people, I feel great. It is awesome to work with them, they are so talented.” 

Have an awesome business idea but not sure where to pilot your plans? Don’t let your plan go to waste. Join the Business Plan Competition 2016 organised by the University of Newcastle in Singapore, and you might just walk away with the top prize of $3000! Find out how you can join here. Registration ends on 15 May 2016, Sunday.


8 Ways To Curb Your Spending

22 Apr 2016 by Venetia Sng

Falling short on your savings? It’s time to change your spending habits and here’s how you can curb that spending of yours!

#1 Set Goals

It’s always good to have a plan. No matter if you’re saving to get a laptop or that new iPhone, set your goals. Once you have a clear goal, you’d be more prepared to work towards it. Think of it as a something that will deter you from spending excessively. 

#2 Keep Track


Keep track of your spendings and have a good visual on how much you spend on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. There are a lot of free apps around like Wally – Smart Personal Finance, Daily Budget and Spending Tracker to help you keep an eye on your spendings! Analyse and pinpoint where you’re spending unnecessarily, cut out those expenses and watch your savings increase!

#3 Debt Free

Make sure to pay all of your bills on time and you won’t spend more than what you have. Procrastinate and your bills will only snowball from there. Being conscious of your financial situation is very important as it will give you the awareness when you’re out spending. 

#4 Stash Those Credit Cards


Credit cards are handy but it can be your worst enemy too. It gives you the illusion that you have enough to spend when it isn’t the case. So in order to save that bank account of yours, try not to have any credit cards unless necessary and if you do have them, don’t use them too often or stash them away so you won’t be tempted to swipe swipe swipe!

#5 Clear Your Fridge

There’s a fridge full of food and you’re always throwing away expired food ’cause you mostly eat out and not eat what you have in at home. Sounds familiar? Food wastage is real and it’s time to kick that bad habit! Save big bucks by staying home and eating what you have in the pantry. Plus never go hungry and always check what’s in the fridge before heading out to do grocery so you won’t buy excessively.

#6 Unsubscribe To Emails

Love to shop but hate how it’s so convenient to shop online now? Unsubscribe and remove yourself from all the mailing lists now! This way you won’t be tempted by the sales and click your money away.

#7 Wait 

Always wait and sleep on it whenever you want to make a big purchase. Once the impulse wears off, you can think about it with a clear head whether the item is a want or need. Most of the time you’d realise that you don’t really need or want it after all.

#8 Collect Spare Change


Get a piggy bank and deposit all your coins into it at the end of each day. You’d be surprise at how much you manage to save when the piggy’s full. Make it more interesting by labelling it like “For A Weekend Getaway” or “For A Trip To Universal Studios”.

Any tips to share with us? Let us know by commenting below!

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