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Easy Ways To Reset Your Body Clock

29 Jun 2017 by Bryan Yeong

The June holidays are over and it’s back to reality! If you’re finding it difficult to bid farewell to all-day binge-watching sessions, sleepovers with the BFFs and the freedom to snooze whenever, here are some handy tips to help you switch back to ‘school mode’, pronto. 

Readjust Your Bedtime

No more staying up till sunrise just because you know you can sleep in the next day. Make it a point to change your bedtime back to its regular timing, ensuring you’ve estimated enough hours of rest for yourself in preparation for the day ahead. It might take a while to accustom yourself back to your normal sleep timing, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you won’t feel comfortable snoozing any later.

Cut Out Napping

It’s not about the quantity of sleep you have, but the quality – and having spontaneous naps throughout the day is the easiest way to mess up your nightly sleep cycle. Sure, they can be irresistible – especially on chilly afternoons with rain pattering at your bedroom window – but don’t give in! If you’re in desperate desire of a snooze however, it’s wise to keep it to 20 minutes and below.

Stop Having Distractions

For all you nocturnal creatures of the night, we totally get it when you abruptly function best at dusk and launch into a storm of activities just as the rest of the family are preparing to hit the sack. Get rid of all distractions – put your laptop away, resist the urge for bedroom dancing, say ‘goodnight’ to your group chats – to shift your focus to be solely on getting a good night’s rest.

Stick To A Sleep Schedule

Switching up your bedroom timing is one thing, but sticking to an optimal duration of rest is another. Ensure you have sufficient hours of slumber each night (studies share that seven to eight hours per night works best for most), and refuse to allow any situation to result in otherwise. So that means no more late night movie screenings and supper sessions…

Avoid Late-Night Snacking

While we’re on the topic of food, putting away with late-night hunger pangs will also help you sleep better. Stay away from food, especially caffeine found in coffee, tea or soft drinks after dinner, as they can stimulate your mind to keep you up. Sleep it off instead – the last thing you’d want is insomnia the night before an important day to stay alert for!

Get In The Mood

Try as you might, but feeling your eyelids gradually getting heavy won’t be as easy without the right setting. Set your room to be the right temperature, treat yourself to a nice, warm shower, and cosy up in your sheets as your prepare to doze off into your dreams awaiting.

How are you preparing to reset your body clock? Let us know in the comments below.

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From a part-time barista to a full-time kopi hawker, Faye Sai is one-third of the millennial trio behind Coffee Break. We speak to the 29-year-old lady boss on taking the road less travelled and beyond.

What do you want to be when you grow up? For most of us, the typical answer may lie in white-collar, high-paying professions such as doctors and bankers. But there’s also been a rise in the number of aspiring millennials who are willing to take the plunge into unorthodox occupations they’re passionate about – the F&B industry being one despite its reputation as being physically strenuous and long working hours, but thriving in the process.

Amid the competitive scene are young entrepreneurs diving into the profession of being hawkers, aka ‘hawkerpreneurs’. Among them is third-generation ‘kopi barista’ Faye Sai who’s heating up the local coffee scene with her innovative brews at Coffee Break. We speak to Faye on how she started out and what makes the brand special in the growing hawker scene.

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“I’ve always seen myself as a hawker,” says Faye, who has since taken over the Sai family’s 82-year coffee shop heritage. Along with older brother Jack and twin sister Anna, Faye serves up authentic kopi brews and artisanal toasts while creating modern flavours inspired by their travels.

The 29-year-old’s interest in the business started a while back. Helping her father with the business since she was 19, she wanted to pursue coffee brewing as a career but was denied by her father who urged her to obtain a degree and gain work experience. Undeterred, she continued building up experience by working part-time as a barista and even volunteered for the World Barista Championship to learn more about the speciality coffee scene. This helped Faye in infusing unique flavours such as sea salt caramel, pumpkin spice mocha etc. into the traditional sock-brewed coffee which the business is known for – that’s dedication!

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On what others had to say about her job, Faye says: “I usually face mixed reactions, but that was in the beginning when nobody really saw being a hawker as a viable career. My friends have always been supportive, but my mother is still very apprehensive about it. She’s seen our dad slog it out in the past and was reluctant to see us suffer like he did, even more so when it’s all three of us!”

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However, despite giving up the stability of a full-time job for her passion, Faye considers herself fortunate for figuring out her strengths in the process of pursuing her dream. The business management graduate said, “I could’ve gotten a comfortable job with a steady pay check, but I’m glad I took this path as it gives me a lot of opportunities to learn more about myself. Back then, I took a diploma that wasn’t a great fit so I switched over to business management in university which I genuinely enjoyed and am now able to apply back to the business.” Playing to her strengths, the lady boss now deals with the marketing aspects, while siblings Jack and Anna manages research and development and operations respectively.

Dishing out advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs, Faye encourages: “Be open to trying new things and don’t be afraid of failure. At the same time, always have a backup plan so you can have a safety net to fall back on while you’re going forward.” So stay dedicated to your dreams and goals no matter how lofty they might seem – you might just make it!

Coffee Break is located at Amoy Street Food Centre, Buona Vista and Raffles Place. Like them on Facebook (@coffeebreakamoystreet) for more kopi-licious updates!

Do you know someone who has an inspiring story to share? Tell us in the comment section below, or drop us an email at [email protected]!

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Intense training sessions and gravity-defying stunts are all in a day’s work for Louis Sue, one of Singapore’s only professional male pole dancers. Teenage speaks with the 24-year-old on his unique career and his experiences thus far.

Let’s get straight to it: where pole dancing is concerned, there are certain social stigmas that brand the dance form, such as being overly sexual and feminine – but it’s time to ditch any preconceived notions about pole-dancing. An ever-evolving sport that requires high levels of strength, flexibility and endurance, pole dancing is shifting towards mainstream fitness. Guiding us through is Louis Sue, a professional male pole dancer/dance instructor at PoleLAB, and the reigning SG Pole Challenge 2016 winner, who defies the conventional in his quest to be at the top of the game, gravity-defying stunts and all.

 

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How did you get started in pole dancing?

Flexibility. This was something I struggled with from the beginning. The other would be pain tolerance. There are moves that require a lot of leg grip, which is also why we tend to wear so little because we need that friction on our skin – most guys tend to use brute force. Off-pole, I’d say it’s the judgement. When talking about pole dancing, you wouldn’t think of a guy doing it. Moreover, there’s a stigma that pole dancing is very sexy. But in actual fact, there are different aspects and styles that require a lot of effort. The style I go for includes acrobatic and gymnastic elements. It’s moving towards more ‘pole fitness’ rather than ‘pole dancing’.

I started pole dancing during my army days. I was looking for something that incorporated both dance and fitness – it was either this or breakdancing. Coincidentally, my friend and sister had started pole dancing so I tagged along for a trial lesson. It felt different and fun, so I never looked back.

Why did you stick to pole dancing instead of exploring other dance options?

It was more of the fact that pole dancing is very unique. For example, it’s normal to see guys who breakdance. But to suddenly have this niche – I started out quite strong and from there I continued and the more I progressed, the more I didn’t want to stop.

What’s the most difficult thing about pole dancing for you? 

 

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Flexibility. This was something I struggled with from the beginning. The other would be pain tolerance. There are moves that require a lot of leg grip, which is also why we tend to wear so little because we need that friction on our skin – most guys tend to use brute force.  Off-pole, I’d say it’s the judgement. When talking about pole dancing, you wouldn’t think of a guy doing it. Moreover, there’s a stigma that pole dancing is very sexy. But in actual fact, there are different aspects and styles that require a lot of effort. The style I go for includes acrobatic and gymnastic elements. It’s moving towards more ‘pole fitness’ rather than ‘pole dancing’.

What aspect of pole dancing do you like the most?

For me, it’s showcasing tricks to people who are not open about pole dancing. When it comes to doing certain moves, people think it’s pure strength but it’s also technique. Pole dancing is always evolving; people are always inventing new moves. It’s nice to see what you can do with just a pole.

You choreograph your own performances. What are your main considerations?

 

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Firstly, it’d be the type of pole, the style and duration and even the venue of your performance. In a normal performance, you try to think of what the audience wants to see and showcase cool tricks. For competitive pole dancing, you’ll have to do exceptionally well in all aspects. It’s more of coming up with unexpected new moves – the judges are experts themselves and you have to give them something to look forward to rather than just the same old tricks.

What’s the pole dancing scene in Singapore like?

As of now, it’s mostly female-dominated. I really hope that more guys can be open to it, and that people won’t think that it’s just risqué dancing. With regards to the dancers themselves, most of them are quite reserved and are not ready to go all out to nail difficult tricks. I hope to see more people going for advanced moves and stunts.

What keeps you motivated?

 

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For now, I would consider myself to be one of the main people to go to if you want to learn advanced tricks and flips. I’m competitive and I really want to do well in this. I hope to compete on an international level someday, so that’s my driving factor.

You’re currently juggling a full-time job, a part-time instructor gig and training competitively. How do you manage your busy schedule?

My colleagues are really supportive especially when it comes to catering to my schedule. I don’t get to be around my family that much, but they understand that I need to focus and work hard [on my passion].

What’s an advice you’d offer to those who’d like to pursue their own passions?

I’d say to go at it hard. If you really want it, you have to prove it and show results. It can’t be all talk. I had that dilemma too, whether I should go to work, continue my studies or pursue pole dancing. My first competition was a gauge for me. Even though I was up against professionals, I trained hard ad managed to clinch the winning title. This was a major push for me to pursue pole dancing on a professional level. With that being said, it’s important to always have a backup plan. Even if I didn’t win, I wouldn’t give up the dream entirely, I’ll find ways to work around it.

This article was adapted from Teenage May Issue 2017.  

Do you know someone who has an inspiring story to share? Tell us in the comment section below, or drop us an email at [email protected]

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The school holidays are here! And what better way to spend the spare time you have than to find a part-time job to earn some extra moolah? We’ve made your job hunting easier by filtering out some of the best (and fun) part-time jobs to apply for. Get your résumés ready in 3, 2…

Barista


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Not much beats a cup of cuppa, except perhaps making one! Master the craft of latte art by learning the ropes at your local neighbourhood café joint, and serve up the frothy brews while you’re at it. The smiles and satisfaction of your customers will simply be the cherry on top of making that perfect cup of coffee!

Remuneration:  Up to $1o/hour

Pet Sitter 


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If you’ve got a soft spot for animals, why not reach out to home owners searching for individuals willing to take care of their pet (and house) while they’re overseas? Finding a willing party to entrust you is possible via a quick search on apps like Pawshake, local forums or online communities, or scouring pet interest Facebook groups – there’s bound to be a fellow pet lover looking for someone to perform simple tasks like feeding or walking their pets. Responsibilities can range from daily house visits, to possibly staying at the owner’s place while they’re away, or even boarding their pet at your own place. Similarly, the money you’ll earn really depends on the arrangement you have with each client, but additional skills like being able to groom, train or even administer medication to animals will surely come in handy. 

Remuneration: From $30 a day

Grocery Shopper


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What if we told you that you could earn money while on a shopping spree? Grocery shopping that is. Make a date with the supermarket and become an ad hoc grocery shopper for customers too busy (or lazy) to do it themselves. Through groceries delivery services like Singapore’s own Honestbee, you get the flexibility of even choosing which products suit the customers best, and you won’t even need to lug the heavy bags to their door step – other delivery “bees” will get that job done so you won’t break a sweat.

Remuneration: From $13/hour

Live Streamer


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While the social media phenomenon Bigo Live swept the youth scene when it launched late last year, it quickly drew flak for the negative undertone of the app not serving a “PG” purpose. That’s where local inception BeLive looks to differentiate itself in the live streaming scene, with a heavy focus on showcasing talents – from singing to cooking to magic tricks. And it seems to be working. With support from investors like MediaCorp and promotion via influencers, the app is fast rising as an alternative (and SFW) source of income for many comfortable in front of an online audience. Gain “stars” as you grow your viewership, and eventually cash out your “stars” just for showcasing your hidden talents! BRB while we go set up an account….

Remuneration: Up to $100/stream, and a potentially budding fanbase! More info here.

BeLive is available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Ticket Sales Agent


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When it comes to concert tickets, we’re quick to snap them up, but why not try your hand at selling them (the legal way) too? Sign up to be a ticket sales agent where you can practice your customer service skills by helping others book tickets for upcoming events, handle the sales process from start to end, and share more about the latest ongoings Singapore has to offer. 

Remuneration:  Up to $1o/hour

Private Transport Drivers


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Don’t count out driving Uber or Grab cars as chauffeuring for retirees – millennials are starting to jump onto the bandwagon as well. And for good reason! Drivers get additional incentives based on various factors such as the number of trips performed, number of hours driven, etc. and these can help chalk up attractive earnings of up to $7000-8000 per month (!) – making this the prevalent part-time option for many. And if you don’t have your license to drive just yet, this is only a greater motivation for you to do so once you hit the legal age. It’s also a convenient way to socialise and explore new sights around the city!

Remuneration:  Up to $7000/month

Tuition Teacher


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The tuition teacher you dreaded seeing at your doorstep when you were younger could very well now be you, should you opt for taking on tuition jobs during the school break. Brush up on your basic subjects and get ready to take on potentially distracted kids and worried parents, in exchange for a rewarding fee – made even better if you have multiple students at one time. 

Remuneration: Amount averages between $25 – $45/hour

Board Game Coordinator


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Sometimes the fun of the game is being an observer instead of a participant. Board game cafés are a frequent hotspot for weekend group hangs or late-night chill sessions, so why not try your hand at hosting board game sessions amongst groups of friends? Expand your knowledge of the board game world by learning the tips and tricks from the many variations and showcase your newfound expertise by sharing how each works to customers. Hey, you could even sneak a round or two with colleagues after working hours!

Remuneration: From $7.50/hour

Take our quiz in the June issue of Teenage to find out what part-time job suits you best, out on newsstands now!

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Marking his foray into the tourism and hospitality industry through his Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management degree with MDIS, Joshua Koh shares his insights gained thus far.

With tourism being a key factor in Singapore’s economy, the demand for hospitality and tourism employees has always been high. But behind the glitz and glamour of lush staycations, impressive events and posh hotels, lie tons of hard work, sweat and sacrifice. Just ask Joshua Koh, MDIS Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management alumna. When asked about his first real taste of the industry, Joshua recalls, “I was tasked to entertain guests, and to be a waiter to collect their dishes. The hours were really long and it was [the norm] for staff to pull overtime.” He continued, “The hotel industry is not as glamourous as it seems. There’s a certain level of stress, meeting customers’ expectations.” Nevertheless, Joshua remained undeterred.

Seeking to further his passion for the hospitality field – he was initially studying in another private institute – Joshua Koh turned to a trusted friend for advice. “My friend, who is an MDIS alumna, told me about how the school has a conducive study environment. The students are serious about their studies and MDIS has good facilities as well.” He continues, “He also told me that the lecturers would attend to your queries even after class, and stay back even till late into the night to answer any doubts.” Upon his enrolment, Joshua found these statements to be true. Realising that this industry was not one that would be easy, his experience in MDIS helped him tremendously in kickstarting his dream.

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Pictured: Joshua (far right) with his coursemates on a field trip in Taiwan 

“We had the opportunity to go on an overseas field trip, to Taiwan, [during the degree programme],” Joshua shares, “It was for an assignment, so we had to create questionnaires targeting locals and tourists to find out about their travel and food habits. We explored many areas in Taiwan, even night markets, to find out why they would choose to patronise that place, whether their intention was to eat or to shop for example.” He continues, “I found out that Singaporeans are more willing to explore and try new and exotic types of food as compared to other Asian countries.” This experience and information gained would prove to be valuable to Joshua, who aims to either work in a tour agency or events company in the future. “Whether I’m working overseas or in Singapore, I would be able to use what I learned to help my clients feel comfortable, be it with the food provided or the [attractions].”

Hands-on knowledge was not all Joshua gained. His lecturers imparted all sorts of valuable industry advice that would stick with him in years to come. “I learned the importance of always being prepared, and being able to foresee the future, to anticipate and to keep updated with market trends and changes.”

Get your head start into the tourism industry with MDIS! Click here to find out more about the courses available. 

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