4 Red Flags to Look Out for When House-Hunting in Singapore

House-hunting, or looking for that one place you can call your own whether it’s an HDB flat or a private condo, is a huge commitment that takes up a lot of your time and money, which is why you shouldn’t rush to get your own place as soon as possible.

While there a lot of ways you can make the right call and make a good investment, there are also a lot of ways that you can make the bad call. Keep that from happening with these red flags to look out for before signing the lease:

1. Potential foundational/structural problems
While some HDB flats may have a loose faucet or two that you can easily call in a plumber to fix, the foundation or structural integrity of your place is perhaps one of the most fundamental aspects that need to be met.

A flat or house that isn’t structurally sound can not only be dangerous to live in, but could cost you (as well as your landlord or landlady, if you happen to be renting) a lot of time and money, and can either be generally annoying or life-threatening.

2. The reason why the last tenant left
The answer as to why the last tenant left might give you some answers on whether you should settle for this particular piece of property. These reasons can vary from simply moving out to a new location to possible complaints that you might be facing in the future (i.e. non-working toilets, unsafe tap water, etc.).

Renting also means signing a lease, which is a binding agreement you can’t break out of easily. Reading the fine print can save you a lot of heartbreak later on.

3. There is a CCTV installed outside and the lock is newer than the gate
While it may not mean much on their own, it could be a sign that the place may be a bad neighborhood and that the new lock has been recently installed to replace the old one that was tampered with.

Another sign that could mean this is that if the door looks newly painted compared to the rest of the unit, which may or may not look as new.

Again, it could still not mean much, which is why it’s important to ask people living around the area for any strange or loud noises that happen at night, or whether anything even happens at all.

4. You can hear too much noise even if the walls are thick
Whether it’s up on the higher floors or closer to the ground floor, you will still be facing this problem. For instance, even if you think you’re higher up and should therefore be quieter, there is still the possibility of hearing noise from traffic, if not your neighbors.

What You Need to Know About PCOS

PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome may be affecting a lot of women among your family and friends. In fact, in Singapore, PCOS affects between 5% to 15% of women in reproductive age. PCOS should not be ignored because it can lower the quality of life of a woman and even lead to obesity and infertility when left untreated.

Here are some things you need to know about PCOS.

Is PCOS a Type of Cancer?
Although the name might sound like a type of cancer, the cysts are not necessarily cancerous and are usually painless. The name polycystic is a term that describes the number of small cysts found in the ovaries. Because the symptoms are not life-threatening, a lot of women do not know they have it, but this hormonal disorder affects both the reproduction and the metabolism of the body. Symptoms such as irregular periods, infertility, weight gain, acne, thinning of the hair, and excess hair on the body and face are common.

What Happens When You Have PCOS?
Besides the symptoms listed above, PCOS can also occur with other conditions that might worsen it or make life more difficult for the woman. Some patients also suffer from insulin resistance that could potentially lead to type 2 diabetes, high levels of bad cholesterol, and hypertension. If the woman already has problems with her weight, she will also likely suffer from sleep disorders, irregular menstrual cycles, and lack of ovulation. The last two could lead to uterine cancer due to the inability of the uterus to shed as often as it should during menstruation.

Can PCOS be Cured?
The cause of PCOS is still unknown to date, but researchers believe that it results from a combination of different factors besides the imbalance of hormones which causes most of the symptoms listed above. It has also been known to be connected to the high levels of androgens or male hormones in the ovaries that result in excess hair, hair thinning, and a deep voice in some women. If there is a female relative who has had PCOS, it is also more likely for the other women in the family to acquire it. Unfortunately, PCOS cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be managed through a combination of treatment, diet, and exercise.

How Can I Improve the Symptoms?
Before a treatment can be recommended, the doctor will need to perform tests to determine the severity of the symptoms and to rule out other possible conditions. A physical exam, blood hormone levels test, blood glucose levels test, and ovarian ultrasound may be performed. If there is hormonal imbalance, the doctor will recommend anti-androgen medication and birth control pills, while problems in the blood glucose level will need a separate treatment such as Glucophage. For women who cannot use estrogen, the doctor will recommend synthetic progestin, while spironolactone might be prescribed for acne, hair loss, and hirsutism may be recommended.

10 Best Video Games with Anime

Anime-based video games and video-game based anime are quite common, but which titles stand out from the rest? These are twelve of the best video games with anime that you need to know.

1. Pokemon Series
To date, there are a total of 20 movies, more than 900 anime episodes, several video game titles and specials in the Pokemon franchise. The earliest game, Pokemon Red and Blue, was released in 1996.

2. Persona 4: The Animation
This 26-episode anime was inspired by one of the most the popular titles in the Persona role-playing game series, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, which is also a part of a larger series, Megami Tensei.

3. Mega Man NT Warrior
Alternatively known as Rockman.exe, Mega Man NT Warrior is an anime and manga series based on the Mega Man video game series. Although most of the events follow the games closely, there are slight differences in the ending in the game Mega Man Battle Network.

4. Tales of Zestiria the X
This 26-episode anime, which can be split into two stories, is based on the two role-playing titles Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Berseria, both part of the Tales series.

5. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul
This game features a total of 819 unique cards, but if you want to play the other titles in this series, you can start with Yu-GI-Oh! Monster Capsule: Breed and Battle, which was released in 1998.

6. Street Fighter II V
This is the title for the anime and manga series based on the game Street Fighter II, which focuses on the events after the defeat of Ryu and Ken by Guile.

7. Valkyria Chronicles
Senjou no Valkyria is the title for the anime series based on Valkyria Chronicles, a role-playing game that was inspired by events in World War II.

8. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn
Also known as Gundam Musou, this video game is based on the Gundam anime series, specifically from the following titles: Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.

9. Digimon World
This is the video game counterpart of the anime series Digimon. The lead character’s task is to save File Island by recovering the lost memories of the Digimon.

10. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Another anime classic, Dragon Ball Z, has also inspired several fighting games. This installment is considered the best because it features the most number of characters in all Dragon Ball Z games.

Caring for Baby’s Clothes

Baby’s skin is more sensitive than those of an adult’s and can easily get irritated if he/she comes into contact with dirt and chemicals. Caring for baby’s clothes require special attention because it rubs on his/her skin for most of the day.

Here are tips to make baby’s clothes safe from irritants and allergens.

Spot-Cleaning and Frequent Changes
If you find dirt or food on baby’s clothes, you should spot-clean it right away, so that it will be easier to remove when washing. You might also want to change them into fresh, clean clothes as soon as possible. When going out with baby, you should always bring a change of clothes in case he/she gets dirty.

Remove Loose Pieces
Friction can also irritate baby’s skin, that is why you should buy soft, quality baby clothing that will not loosen or fray easily. Watch out for loose buttons, ribbons, sequins, and other embellishments that can irritate baby’s skin. Avoid purchasing clothes with so many embellishments and decorations to make washing and maintenance easier, too.

Separate Laundry Basket
Your baby should have his/her own separate laundry basket to avoid mixing with other laundry. The dirt and grime from the other soiled clothes can stain baby’s clothes and you could easily loose small pieces, such as socks, mittens, and bibs in the basket. Always read the care instruction labels on the clothes before washing them, then turn the clothes inside out to prevent loosening or abrading the surface. Secure the buttons, zippers, and other closures or use a laundry bag if necessary.

Use Mild Detergent
Baby’s clothes should be washed with baby-safe detergent free from scents and dyes to avoid irritating baby’s skin. Whether your baby is using hand-me-down clothes or brand-new clothes, you should wash them first before putting them on your baby to remove the dirt and finishing chemicals left on the fabrics. Stick to one brand of detergent as much as possible to give baby’s skin the time to develop its own protection. Most experts recommend that hand-washing is the best method to remove the stains, but you can also use the cold wash and rinse setting in the washer.

No Need to Iron Clothes
You do not need to press baby’s clothes, because they do not need crisp, pressed clothing yet. If you’re worried about the wrinkles, however, you can use a fabric softener made for baby’s sensitive skin, then fold the clothing when they’re dry.

Look Out for Signs of Irritation
If you spot signs of allergies or skin irritation, try removing baby’s clothes to see if the condition improves. Consult your pediatrician to determine if the baby has a skin condition or allergy. Most of the time, however, skin allergies and irritation are not caused by baby’s clothing.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Trademark Classes in Singapore

Trademark registration applies for a wide range of products and services that your intellectual property may fall under, and are used as a reference to know what trademark class applies to your brand or product.

There are many different benefits that trademark registration can give your business, such as full rights and legal protection, but the best part about applying to register trademark is that you can renew it indefinitely so that you can keep using it for your products.

Knowing the different types of goods and services that you can apply to register trademark in Singapore for allows you to more effectively protect your brand by defining the type of protection that applies to it.

Goods that You Can Apply a Trademark For
Trademark registration for goods is categorized from Class 1 to Class 34. These categories cover the following products that you can register TM for before you submit your company name to IPOS.

Here they are for your consideration:

• Industrial chemicals
• Paints and resins
• Laundry preparations
• Industrial lubricants
• Medical and pharmaceutical preparations
• Common metals and alloys
• Machines and tools
• Non-musical apparatuses and instruments
• Vehicles
• Firearms, explosives, and fireworks
• Precious metals and alloys
• Musical instruments
• Stationery
• Rubber and insulation
• Leather goods and accessories
• Building materials
• Furniture and mirrors
• Ropes, textiles, and threads
• Textiles and clothing
• Carpets and matting
• Games, sporting articles, and Christmas decor
• Meat, meat products, and vegetables
• Granulated food products and spices
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Scientific
• Alcoholic beverages
• Tobacco and smokers’ articles

When it comes to registering for a trademark for goods, you want to make sure that the product you intend to release is not just quality, but also highly marketable to your intended audience.

Aside from having a trademark, effective marketing strategies can do a lot to boost product sales and associate the said product with the brand, which creates brand loyalty among consumers.

Services that You Can Apply a Trademark For
Meanwhile, trademark registration for services in Singapore is categorized from Class 35 to Class 45. These categories cover the following products that you can apply a registered mark for.
Here they are for your consideration:

• Advertising and business services
• Insurance and real estate
• Telecommunications
• Transport and travel arrangement
• Education and entertainment
• Food and accommodation services
• Medical and veterinary services
• Legal services

A lot of business portfolios are made up of different types of goods and services that are offered to potential consumers, and can come with products that also have their own trademarks.

While services may seem similar enough to products, they are actually a lot more different because they aren’t directly tangible. This makes it more important that you describe them in detail when you apply to register for a trademark.

This also applies to the products you plan on trademarking that are associated with that service as well, as this will give you an extended protection and coverage on your trademark.

Issues in Pest Control to Consider

Pest control management can be a tedious process depending on the level of infestation and the species that have invaded your home or office. Anywhere you can find humans, there most certainly will be pests like rats, cockroaches, and flies. Commercial methods to terminate pest can be ineffective and often endanger the health of the occupants especially with the use of chemicals, that is why you have to consider several factors that could affect the life of your family or the occupants when considering pest control services in Singapore.

Behavior and Identification
You don’t need to be a biologist to observe the behavior of the pests that occupy your home. By being able to describe certain details to the pest control services team, they will be able to help you find the best solution. To exterminate rodents for example, pest control management does not necessarily have to resort to chemical treatments if they can place traps or use other methods. To terminate pest, you need to observe where they usually get their food, hide, leave droppings and urine, and the time they usually come out.

Condition of the Structure
Some homes in Singapore with a problem of pest infestation aren’t necessarily filthy places with owner who don’t clean up after themselves. Sometimes the apartment building has seen very few renovations and improvements or there might be problems in the plumbing that the landlord has not addressed. Multiple entry points for pests can be a cause for infestation, especially for tough survivors like rodents and cockroaches. If you want to kill all cockroaches and flies that contaminate your food, you should also consider in investing in minor repairs to holes in the walls or ceiling, ventilation and cooling system servicing, and plumbing inspection.

Use of Chemical Treatments
Some species such as termites can only be exterminated through chemical treatment but only if the infestation has not caused major damages to the structure. To remove termites your best option is to prevent infestation in the first place. For this, chemical treatments are a must, but you should pick a pest control management company in Singapore such as www.pestdestroyer.sg that has the license to use pesticides, insecticides, repellents, rodenticides, disinfectants, fungicides, and others. All these chemicals have different functions, effects on the non-targets, and even effectivity. A pest control services team therefore must have an expert such as a certified entomologist or have a solid pest management program for both long-term and short-term solutions. Termite removal is a long-term treatment, which means your family will be exposed to chemicals frequently.

Effect on Targets
As already detailed, the chemicals used for pest control management can affect not only the pests but even non-targets such as the humans, house pets, and even non-pest animals and plants that thrive in the area. Ask the pest control services team for details about the effects and if there are other less-harmful options that you can pick. There are natural and biological pesticides for example that are less harsh than conventional pesticides.

The Perfect Band Members

Let’s face it, nobody is perfect. But then again, sometimes people’s strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. This is the good thing about having partners, you get to help each other! Now, let’s say you want to start a band and are looking for the perfect band members. Where do you begin? Wait a minute, how do you actually start? Well, the process might seem complicated but once you’ve got a direction, you’ll be find.

Now although a band is about the music they play, it would be impossible to create a band without any band members. This might be the hard part, finding the right members to shoot you towards the top!

Here are a few ways for you to find the perfect band members:

1. Skill
Measuring their skill is very basic but also very necessary. To be able to play good music, you must have good musicians. Sadly, no matter how much someone wants to join your band, if they don’t have the skill, you shouldn’t let them. Maybe if they were really interested in joining, you could probably give them some time to improve and measure their growth from there.

2. Vision
Having the perfect vision is very important. Making sure that your band members share the same vision is equally important. It would be really hard to be in a band where everyone of you has a different vision of how they want the band to turn out. There has to be a single vision to unite each and every one of you together.

3. Chemistry
Chemistry is very important but it takes quite a while to see if you guys have chemistry. Well, sometimes people instantly click but that is somewhat rare. Some people just don’t jive together. Finding people who compliment your music as you to them is very important.

4. Personality
Now depending on your vision, you must have members with pleasing personalities. If you aren’t aiming for anything that big, you wouldn’t have to look for members who are that invested. Looking for members who are willing to invest their time in the band is something you should be looking for.

5. What else can they contribute
Everyone needs to have something to bring to the table. Whether it be charisma, connections, or a pleasing personality, everyone needs to have that specific something which makes them part of the band. Everyone needs that something to make them irreplaceable.

Finding the perfect band members might be a hard thing to do at first but don’t be too hasty. Once you’ve found the perfect members, you wouldn’t have to spend more time searching anymore.

Beauty Around the Corner

Some people go to great lengths to find something of utmost beauty to them without realizing that they don’t have to go that far, all they have to do is take a look around. Now the more we evolved, the more people started comparing themselves from one another. Some people even find success and validation in being able to copy others instead of being able to fulfill what they are suppose to fulfill or become who they want to become.

Sometimes it doesn’t take a journey to another country or an amazing experience for you to be able to experience beauty, sometimes it’s just around the corner. People’s expectations about certain things in life slowly increase the more they compare themselves to others. People start wanting more the moment they see their neighbor getting something new. We can’t help it, sometimes we want what others want. But the sad thing is, sometimes we don’t even want it for ourselves. Sometimes we just want certain things for us to be able to get validation from others. Now why is this? Well, sometimes we are afraid to define beauty on our own. Sometimes we are afraid of being judged by our standards when in fact, you shouldn’t compare yourself with others. What’s even more sad is that some people even invite people to compare them to others. Everyone wants to be “better” but nobody really wants to be themselves.

Singapore alone is a place of beauty, why should you go around elsewhere to look for more? Well, if your intention is to appreciate beauty then that’s okay. But if you are only going to appreciate it because you don’t know how to appreciate the beauty around you, that is definitely wrong. Learn how to appreciate the things around you. It’s kind of funny how we tend to waste a good thing and only realize it’s importance when it isn’t with us anymore. We can’t help it, sometimes we only know we love a certain thing once we’ve lost it.

Valentines day is coming up, we’re not saying you should be romantic, we are just saying that maybe this valentines, you’ll be able to appreciate the small things around you instead of looking elsewhere for beauty. There is beauty all around and if you find something beautiful, don’t hesitate to appreciate it. Sometimes this world just needs a little more people who are able to appreciate beauty and show others how to be happy with the simple smiles around them.

How to Deal With a Nonstop Chatterbox

Good communication involves listening and responding. Some people, however, want to direct the entire conversation themselves without stopping to listen to what others have to say. Having them around can be nice during parties and get-togethers, but what if the person talks nonstop during work hours or school activities?

Direct the conversation with questions
The problem with most ramblers is that they tend to jump to different topics that sometimes don’t have anything in common. Before their monologue goes on, ask questions that will redirect the conversation to the original topic or to steer away from gossip. Ask them to summarize or go directly to the point. You have to be assertive when you do this and that’s not gonna be easy.

Tell them they talk too much
If you’re good friends with the person, it’s not wrong to tell them they ramble. Be polite when you say this and explain why they need to slow down. Assure them that because you’re friends, there is no need for detailed explanations about everything. Talkative employees are more difficult to deal with especially during meetings. To avoid idle chatter, set the rules and agenda before the meeting begins and lay down a rule not to have side discussions.

Make up an excuse to leave
Before you get a headache, make up an excuse to end the conversation. Do it politely and interrupt when your friend pauses. Sometimes giving cues that you are uninterested will also work. Don’t respond and look distracted while the person is talking. Playing with your phone as if you’re waiting for a call or message always does the trick.

Start a different topic
When you’re in a group, ramblers tend to bask in the attention of other people. If you let your friend go on and on, there will be no end to it. Start a conversation with one of the people in the group who isn’t responding to your friend. You can then make up an excuse to leave or others might pick up on the new topic. The rambler will feel awkward and check herself/himself.

Listen and understand
Sometimes if you listen to them you will notice that they are trying to say something but they can’t. Maybe you’re friend is going through something and is trying to block the negative thoughts by talking. Some people also talk because they feel like they are more interesting than others. Don’t tell your friend about it though, but this will give you a different perspective about them. Most of the time they are not even aware of this problem.

You need to talk to them
There is no harm in telling your friend about the problem. Do this when no other people are around so he/she doesn’t feel uncomfortable. Don’t be confrontational about it because the person might just be going through something. Tell the person he/she needs to do something about it before anyone calls him/her out.