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7 Things We Hated As Children But Love Now

26 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

What are some things you hated as a child but love to do now? We list down a few just for laughs.

Haircuts

Remember how you’d dread having to sit still at the salon for what it seems like forever? Now we can’t wait to get that super awesome hair wash, head massage, plus how our hair are always perfectly blow dried and styled when we leave the salon.

Salad

Salad

We didn’t understand why adults love munching on raw green leaves all the time when we didn’t even like cooked ones! But considered us converts ’cause we’ll take salad with any type of sauce anytime anyday. 

Naps

Day Time Nap

Though it’s scientifically proven that naps do help children’s brains to develop better, we still weren’t particularly fond of naps as well ’cause that means lesser time to play! But hey, give us a chance to nap now and we’ll jump into our beds gladly. 

Siblings

Siblings

Siblings, you either love them or hate them. We used to fight over toys and cry over who’s the favourite child. But all’s in the past now that we’re grown ups – we talk about school/job, relationships, parents and anything else under the sun.

News

Reading News Online

As kids, we didn’t quite get why adults sit in front of the television and watch the news religiously at 10pm every night. Admit it! You find the news boring as hell when you were young too. Now with social media, we see news updates all the time and honestly don’t mind it a single bit. It’s always good to stay updated.

Long drives

Long Rides

We were impatient little pricks when we were young and would ask if we were reaching our destination every now and then (sorry mum, sorry dad). That said, we’ve learnt to appreciate long drives now especially the scenery.

Talking about our day

Talking To Friend

“How was your day?” and “What did you learn in school today?” Sounds familiar? Usually we’ll just give a half hearted reply just to shrug our parents off but we talk so much now, sometimes they would stuff our mouths with food just to shut us up.

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Have any funny stories to share with us? Let us know in the comment box below!

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8 Best Foods for Good Skin

21 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Food is our fuel and how we look like largely depends on what we eat. Certain foods work wonders for your skin, in fact, they are just as important as the moisturisers and sunblock you apply on your skin. Here are 8 foods you should eat more to nourish your skin inside and out!

#1 Fish

Best Food for Good Skin Salmon

Fish like salmon, sardine and mackerel contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the best sources of the fat. It also has a type of omega-3 called DHA, an anti-inflammatory, which battles the root cause of acne. Time to ditch those meat for more fish!

#2 Green Tea

Best Food for Good Skin Green Tea

If you want elastic and smooth skin, drink a cup of freshly brewed green tea everyday – not those canned ones! Green tea contains EGCG, a type of antioxidant, that boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Plus it also reduces redness and helps fight inflammation. 

#3 Tomato

Best Food for Good Skin Tomato

Vitamin C is a daily essential and tomatoes are packed with vitamin C! It protects our skin from harmful UV rays, sun damage, pollutants, and cell-damaging free radicals. Plus it even helps collagen smooth out wrinkles by improving our skin’s overall texture.

#4 Bell Peppers

Best Food for Good Skin Bell Pepper

Bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C and carotenoids – especially in yellow and orange bell peppers. Eating more bell peppers helps the prevention of wrinkles and increases protection from the harmful sun rays!

#5 Sunflower Seeds

Best Food for Good Skin Sunflower Seeds

The perfect snack when your mouth’s itching to munch on something. Sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E and keeps your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Vitamin E also enhances immune function, allowing the body to fight off the inflammation that leads to acne.

#6 Walnut

Best Food for Good Skin Walnut

If you’re not a fish person, try walnuts! Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity and the nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. They are also packed with an omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid which helps with eczema.

#7 Soy

Best Food for Good Skin Tofu

A study found that people who consumed more soy products like tofu had fewer fine lines and better skin elasticity. Soy products contains isoflavone which can help stop collagen from breaking down, as it is what leads to sagging and lines.

#8 Dark Chocolate

Best Food for Good Skin Chocolate

One more reason to eat more chocolate but note that you should only binge on chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao! Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, and contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity.

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If you’re also looking to lose some kilos, avoid these fruits that are high in sugar!

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7 Fusion Food Joints To Get Your Exotic Fix In Singapore

16 Sep 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

Cantonese-American? Korean-Mexican? Thai-Singaporean? We introduce the best hybrid dining spots that bring together the best of both countries (and palettes) with interesting spins on your favourite foods.

Ninja Bowl

Ninja Bowl

Ninja Bowl

Address: 15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
Operating hours: 9.30am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat to Sun)
Contact number:
6222 8055

Taking over the now-defunct Department of Caffeine, Ninja Bowl is former Power 98FM DJ Darren Wee’s third and latest venture. This new kid in town offers a wholesome array of Japanese-inspired rice bowls such as Geisha ($14), a colourful medley of roasted pumpkin, buttered carrots and onsen egg topped over your choice of base carbs (quinoa, orzo pasta or rice). Although rice bowls are what they do best, Ninja Bowl’s brunch items are pretty intriguing too. Highly recommended are the Tonkotsu Spirit ($16), Japanese cha shu served with smashed avocado and poached eggs on the side, and Fancy French ($16), French toast drizzled in honey and homemade hazelnut butter.

REDPAN

Redpan

Address: Marina Square, #02-03/04, Singapore 039594
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 6255 5850

It’s a feast for the eyes and the palate at this new bistro. A joint venture by architecture firm DP Architects and local restaurant chain The Food Explorer Group, REDPAN is branded as a “love affair” between design and food, serving up creative interpretations of familiar favourites in a multifunctional space of clean lines, sleek curves and orthogonal furnishings. Specialising in “local fun dining”, you can expect experimental dishes like Lup Cheong Mac & Cheese ($14), Pork Belly Bak Kut Teh ($21) and Beef Short Rib Satay ($32) – best paired with their equally enticing desserts of Red Date Butter Cake ($8) and Banana Milo Dinosaur Donuts ($7).

Roll Out Sushi Bar

Roll Out

Address: Tampines Mall, B1-K11, Singapore 529510
Operating hours: 10.30am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 
6900 4372

Sushi’s a definite crowd favourite, but we bet you’ll love it even more with a local twist. Enter Roll Out, a fun takeaway option that does éclair-sized maki rolls (from $3.90), decked out in colourful ingredients instead of the traditional nori seaweed. They serve a wide variety of choices from the usual suspects of unagi, salmon and shrimps, to homegrown flavours like Curry Favour (chicken katsu strips coated in Japanese curry), The Hainanese (poached chicken wrapped in chicken rice) and Red Hot Chilli Pincers (battered snow crab leg drizzled with chilli crab sauce). As their name suggests, they’re always rolling out new creations so you can be sure there’s something for everyone.

Vatos Urban Tacos

Vatos Urban Tacos

Address: 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189766
Operating hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 12am (Fri to Sat)
Contact number:
6385 6010

A refreshing option to the countless K-BBQ restaurants here, popular Ko-Mex chain Vatos Urban Tacos has finally brought their unique brand of Southern Californian fare with distinct Korean influences to Singapore. A must-try is the Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16), which earned its title of “Best Dish in Korea” by 10 Magazine with its addictive recipe of shoestring fries topped with an explosion of braised pork, kimchi and melted cheese. Also not to be missed are the Galbi Tacos (from $12), featuring marinated short ribs served on homemade tortillas, and Spicy Chicken Quesadillas ($16), where chunks of chicken are drenched in chilli sauce then grilled to a flavourful crisp.

CreatureS

CreatureS

CreatureS

Address: 120 Desker Road, Singapore 209639
Operating hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Tues to Thurs, Sun) 12pm – 11.30pm (Fri to Sat)
Contact number: 6291 6996

A modern-day cafe located in what used to be our most notorious red-light district? If that doesn’t grab your attention, its unexpected mash-up of East meets West delights will definitely make you take notice. Taking traditional recipes, the chefs at CreatureS whip up Peranakan-inspired creations from the likes of Ngoh Hiang & Cuttlefish Kueh Pie Tie ($24), Pumpkin Soup and You Tiao ($12) and Ikan Bili Caesar ($15). Not a fan of savoury fare? Check out their tempting selection of desserts featuring local flavours – think mao shan wang durian paste, and creamy orh nee in cake form.

Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar

Chow Fun

Address: The Grandstand, #01-08, Singapore 287994
Operating hours: 11am – 12pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 
6464 6900

If you’re in the mood for hearty comfort food, pop on down to Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar. A playful nod to the ubiquitous Cantonese fried noodle dish found all over America, this jaunty joint means serious business when it comes to noodles. There are over 18 inventive small plates ($2.90 for tasting portions, $15.90 for regular servings) for you to slurp up: Salted Egg Spaghetti, Tom Yum Cream Udon, Pork Belly Bibim Guksu Rice Noodles… the list goes on. Other moreish bites include Potato, Bonito and Cheese Pancake ($5.90), Peranakan Roasted Honey Pork ($5.90) and Chicken Skin and Salted Egg Yolk Dip ($6.90).

Som Tam

Som Tam

Address: Orchard Central, #08-13, Singapore 238896
Operating hours: 11.30 – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (Mon to Thurs), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri to Sun)
Contact number: 6238 6872

There’s no lack of Thai restaurants in Singapore, but we hardly see any that goes straight-on modern fusion like Som Tam. Run by the same folks behind Gin Khao, Som Tam puts a novel spin on classic Thai cuisine to create their trademark “reinvented” flavours. Green curry with pasta? Tom Yum with truffle fries? Satay with Thai dipping sauce? It all makes sense here. Plus, with cheeky offerings like Not So Complicated Noodle ($9.80), Find The Shrimp Yourself! ($13.80) and 50 Shades of Chicken ($10.80), who can resist ordering ‘em all?

Salivating yet? You’re in luck: we are giving away free dining vouchers to CreatureS and Som Tam for our lovely readers. Find out how you can score a free meal at these fusion eateries here!

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8 Guilt Free Healthy Snacks

15 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

If you’re a stress eater, don’t eat those feelings away! Here are some low calorie snacks you can munch on to fight those midday hunger pangs without feeling guilt ridden.

#1 Low fat yogurt

Healthy Snacks Yogurt

Regular consumption of yogurt helps reduce brain activity that handles emotion (stress and anxiety) and increase activity in the ‘decision-making’ regions of the brain. Yogurt’s also chock-full of calcium and protein, and is great if you’re looking to shed some weight, so aim for around 200 calories worth of low fat yogurt and throw in a handful of berries to make it tastier!

#2 Asparagus

Healthy Snacks Asparagus

Asparagus are loaded with folic acid, various vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. There’s nothing bad about having too much of it other than the fact the it makes your pee smell funny. Which isn’t a big deal, considering you’ll need the folic acid and vitamin B it gives to produce serotonin (positive brain chemicals).

#3 Unsalted nuts

Healthy Snacks Nuts

Flush with vitamins B and E which provide a boost to your immune system, nuts are also loaded with zinc, Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are great for soothing stress. Go for a pack of unsalted trail mix for a serotonin-inducing munch.

#4 Sweet potato

Healthy Snacks Sweet Potato

Eating sweet potatoes boosts your serotonin production while supplying your bod with fibre, carbs, vitamins and minerals that are good for both your heart and mind. In addition, sweet potatoes negate pesky sugar cravings because they’re already subtly sweet. So yay for double efficiency!

#5 Carrot

Healthy Snacks Carrot

Another root vegetable you can go for is carrot. We love munching on boiled baby carrots mixed with a dash of salt or butter. They are the yummiest mid day snack ever! Other than the awesome vitamins and fibre it provides, carrots are great for your eyes too.

#6 Banana

Healthy Snacks Banana

Reach for a banana the next time you need an instant pick-me-up. They contain tryptophan, a protein that converts into serotonin, the feel-good chemical that makes you happier. Also, bananas are packed with vitamin B, potassium, iron, fibre and many other health benefits that help alleviate PMS, boost brainpower… the list goes on.

#7 Dark chocolate

Healthy Snacks Dark Chocolate

This unexpected superfood is laden with cancer-preventing antioxidants, and minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, fibre etc. It also lowers blood cholesterol, reduce stress hormone levels, and improves alertness, concentration and memory recall. Milk chocolates are a NO NO ’cause they’re sugar-filled and overly processed. Only go for dark chocolate with 70% to 90% cocoa.

#8 Orange/Grapefruit

Healthy Snacks Orange Grapefruit

Stocking up on vitamin C helps reduce stress levels, and fruits like oranges and grapefruits get the job done. Also, breathing in citrus scents curbs stress and anxiety, eases nausea, improves moods and even reduces food cravings while increasing metabolism – just peel one and take a whiff!

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Having a filling breakfast and lunch removes the urge for a midday snack. If you want to avoid snacking, these filling high protein breakfast recipes are your best friends!

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5 Morning Stretches To Energise Your Day

7 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

We are all familiar with the dread of not wanting to get out of bed when we wake up every morning. That said, morning stretches gets your blood flowing and eases any muscle tension from the night before. So instead of sulking about it, why not take 10 minutes to do these simple stretches while you’re in bed and start the day feeling more refreshed than ever!

Reclining Spinal Twist

Reclining-Spinal-Twist

Start the routine with a spinal twist, it relieves all the stress in your lower back that was accumulated overnight. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds on each side and don’t be alarmed if you hear some “cracks” when you twist into position. As long as you’re not forcing to hard, you’re good.

Lying Side Quad Stretch

Lying-Side-Quad-Stretch

Now switch to laying on your sides and stretch your quads by pulling your feet towards your butt, hold the position for at least 30 seconds for each side. To maximise that stretch, squeeze your butt while you’re in position to really pull that muscle. Since quads are one of the most overworked muscles, be sure to stretch them every morning!

Hamstring Stretch

Hamstring-Stretch

Wake those legs up by doing some hamstring stretch, 30 seconds on each side. Make sure you do the stretch while your hips are centred and flat, we wouldn’t want you to injure yourself. While stretching, give those ankles a good wiggle for some extra circulation.

Upward Stretch

Upward-Stretch

Now that you’re feeling a bit more energised, sit up and raise your arms towards the sky. Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head with your palms facing upwards. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then stretch slowly towards your left and right to pull that torso muscle.

Neck & Shoulder Stretch

Neck-Shoulder-Stretch

Lastly, some neck and shoulder stretches to end the routine. Tilt your head to your left to stretch the muscle on the right side of your neck and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out the left side of your neck. After that, roll your shoulders to the front and back, lift them up and then drop them. Repeat sequence for the shoulder stretch three times and you’re done!

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Feeling all nice and relaxed now? Power up your day further with with these easy peasy breakfast recipes

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