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Visiting one’s gynaecologist regularly for routine tests and check-ups should be a priority for every woman. If you’re planning to get pregnant, it is even more important to find a good gynae for your prenatal check-ups. To help you find a qualified health provider, we’ve listed some tips on how you can pick the best gynaecologist for you.

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1. Create a List. In order to find a good gynae, try to define first the word ‘good’ based on what’s personally important for your health status. Before you start searching, come up with a list of qualifications that you think your gynaecologist should posses. Here’s a good start:

• Education – Where and when the gynaecologist received his or her training, and whether the person is board-certified.
• Expertise – Areas he or she specializes in, such as infertility, obstetrics, menopause, and prenatal care. Your current phase of life will help you determine the specialties that should matter most to you.
• Experience – Amount of time the person has been practicing gynaecology in his own clinic or in a hospital.
• Philosophy – When it comes to dealing with topics like alternative therapies and birth control, looking for a gynae who shares similar views to yours will definitely increase the chances of you being satisfied with your gynae’s services.

2. Consult Your Physician. This is one of the most important tips when picking a gynaecologist. Your general physician is someone who already knows you and your body well, and so is probably the most qualified person to recommend a Singapore gynae to you. Your GP should be able to guide you in searching for the right professional that will suit your particular needs.

3. Ask Your Health Insurance Company. You would want to pick a gynaecologist that’s in the network of providers of your health care plan. This way, all your visits will be covered by your insurance and you’ll be able to save money from check-up and consultation fees.

Get Trusted References. Another easy way to look for the right professional is to ask your family and friends. Most women will be more than willing to give you the name of their gynaecologist if they’re happy with the services. You might find out that many of them engaged gynaecologist doctors at Thomson in Singapore due to the highly qualified doctors there. Doing so also allows you to hear bad reviews about certain specialists so you can avoid them.

4. Do Your Own Research. The gynaecologists you have shortlisted should be licensed. To be sure with his or her standing, do check with your state medical board or your Singapore health insurance provider for additional information on the gynaecology practitioners you’re considering to hire.

5. Consider the Clinic’s Location. This is an important point to consider when choosing a gynae, especially if you have an existing gynaecological problem or if you’re currently on the maternity phase. The closer your gynaecologist is to your place the better, so your doctor is easily accessible whenever the need arises.

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6. Think About the Professional’s Gender. Another important thing to consider when picking your gynae is whether or not the gender of the person matters to you. While there are some who don’t mind having a male gynae, most women feel comfortable with female gynaecologist.

7. Check on the Doctor’s Reputation. You’ll be sharing some of the most intimate information about your life—your body and your sexuality—with your gynaecologist so be extra particular with your standards in finding a reputed doctor. Check with various hospitals and clinics about a doctor’s works, history, and ethics.

8. Set Up an Introductory Meeting. You can’t simply decide on which gynaecologist to get based in reference and reputation alone. You’ll need to meet the person yourself and find out how easy the person is to get along with. Notice how the gynaecologist interacts with you and answers your question, and if he or she seems up to date with the latest news and trends in the field of gynaecology.

9. Accessibility of Gynaecologist. While Singapore doctors are always busy, they should still remain available for their patients. Talk with the previous clients of a potential gynaecologist and ask whether or the specialist was able to attend to her needs. Knowing this information gives you an idea of what to expect from a gynae’s services.

10. Consider the Doctor’s Staff. As important as your gynaecologist’s personality is her assistants. In most hospitals, it’s the assistants who will prep you up for the examination. Remember that on your delivery day, it’ll be this team who you will be spending most of the time with since your gynae will only appear during the final minutes of your labour. Therefore, as much as possible, get the feel from the junior doctors and nurses assisting your gynaecologist. Be sure to look for some sensitivity and smile.

11. Choose Someone Within Your Budget. Cost is another logistic factor that’s worth considering when choosing your specialist. If you’re insured, do find out if the clinic or hospital is covered by your insurance. If the hospital is not covered, find out how much you’d get as a reimbursement. If you have no health insurance, ask around about the hospital and doctor consultation fees, and then see whether or not it fits your budget.

12. Think of Your Comfort Level. Aside from the accessibility of your gynae, another important thing to consider when picking your specialist is your comfort level. Your comfort is of utmost importance especially when discussing body and sexual problems, as well when going through gynaecological examinations.
Your gynaecologist will play an important role in keeping your reproductive health healthy, so make sure you trust your specialist completely. Unless you are fully satisfied, never settle for less.

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You want perfectly polished nails but you cannot possibly do it on your own that is why you implore the help of salon manicures. There is nothing wrong with that but every time you come to the salon, you are just convincing yourself that you need it thus you need to shell out money.

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Do you wonder how much money you can save if you can personally attend to your nails? The good news for Singaporeans is that a UK-based company Nails Inc. launched the very first spray-on nail polish. Nails Inc. calls it Paint Can. The first customers were from UK but the company is looking to expand to other countries.

In fact, in United States, there’s a waiting list for fans who want to try it. Though there are no dates yet as to when it will arrive in Singapore, people here are enthusiastic about the new product. If you are not yet convinced that this will work more than your monthly visits to your manicurists, here are the reasons why you should consider it:

  • Convenient: As mentioned earlier, you do not need for an appointment when going to the salon or wait for your turn there. You can have the spray-on anywhere as long as you have the necessary tools to make it possibly.
  • Cheap: If you add the costs of visiting salon every month compared to the cost of the spray-on nail polish, you will definitely save a lot of money. Now if you choose to purchase many, that would be a different case – of course you will spend money.

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  • Simple to use: There are still things to be done before applying the spray-on but you may be at ease because the steps are easy. The first thing that you need to know is to coat your dry nails (like you would normally do). Be wary though not to touch the cuticles since it is crucial to make sure that spray-on does not stick to it. After that, you can apply the spray-on. Do not worry about the mess because you can just wash it after. After two minutes, coat your nails again. Wait for two minutes or until coat is dry before thoroughly washing it. A little rubbing and washing will do the trick. Then voila, you are ready to flaunt that nail.

Hopefully the reasons are enough to consider spray-on nail polish. Since it is not yet available here, you have no choice but to consider manicurists first and while you are at it, better study their work so you will know in the future how to clean your own nails.

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Running is serious and if you consider this sport, you have to make sure that you have the right stamina and endurance to make it to the finish line. As a runner, your one big dream is the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS). Many already crashed this to their bucket list but it is not that easy.

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Although the race will be in early December, final call for registration will end at the month of November. You still have time to join the registration but the question is, are you ready and prepared? If yes, you should be excited about it but if you are not yet ready, there will always be next year.

The trick here is to have the right stamina and endurance when the race comes along. Regardless of your age and your gender, you can make it to the most prestigious running event here in Singapore. Here are some secrets shared by the most successful runners:

  • Get out: To improve your stamina, the best way is to run and then run some more. It is better to start slow and gradually moving faster than going faster at first thereby risking yourself. Remember that the gradual increase of the speed and length can have a positive effect in the long run. If you want to infuse more, you should also consider cross-training.
  • Sort out: Food is the body’s fuel. It will not move or function properly if you infuse the wrong fuel. It is important that you watch what you eat and sort it. Make sure that you eat enough carbohydrates to give you plenty of energy and protein.

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  • Apps to help you out: You are not alone. There are many apps that you can download to help you with this endeavour. For beginners, you can start with C25K and for professionals, Nike+ Running is best.
  • Avoid harm: You have to avoid harm or injury as it can affect your performance whether training or the real thing. Although you do not intentionally want to hurt yourself, you still need to be wary. If you feel pain or discomfort, do not over-exert. It is best to lessen the exercise until you feel better.

You have to know what is in store for you next year. There will be a half and full marathon that you can choose. There will also be an Ekiden, 10 kilometre course for different runners including those wheelchair-bound participants and the famous 700 metres dash for kids. What is good about the event is that it entices family and friends to come together and support the races. The atmosphere is carnival-like.

In fact, even if you are not a participant, you can still have fun.

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Rugby is relatively popular here in Singapore. In fact, Ablitt Cup, which coincided with the 68th Societe Generale Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s kicked off on October 30, 2015. The line-up consists of team from Australia, South Africa and England. Last year’s champion, Borneo Eagles also joined the competition.

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If we are a fan of rugby, we witnessed the game and understood everything but if this is new to us, there is nothing wrong if we allot time in learning everything about rugby. Rugby is a kind of football created in Warwichshire in England. It was created way back 19th century.

There are two types of rugby:

  • Rugby league: Rugby league can be an amateur or professional game which is overseen by Rugby League International Federation. For professional competitions, there are two main competitions – Super League and the Rugby League.

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  • Rugby union: Rugby union can also be an amateur or professional game which is led by first tier unions like Australia, Argentina, Ireland, England, France, New Zealand, Italy, Scotland, Wales and South Africa. The second and third tier unions on the other hand consist of Venezuela, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Fiji, Japan, Peru, United States and many more. Rugby union is the most common and popular type of rugby in the world.

The two types of rugby share almost the same elements but they have different and distinct rules that distinguish them apart. Now that we know the types of rugby, we will not be confused when we hear one. Rugby is a fun game if we give it a chance.

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YouTube is the number one video capital of many hits, music and many things that we cannot find elsewhere. Google wanted to capitalize on the unrelenting success of YouTube thereby the creation of YoutTube Ted.

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It launched on October 28 in America but soon it will arrive here in Singapore. Before it arrives, it pays that we know everything about it.

So, what is really YouTube Red?

YouTube Red is a monthly subscription service that get rids of all advertisements from all their videos. Initially, YouTube Red was presented as YouTube Music Key. Removing advertisements from all videos is truly a gift everyone wants.

What do we get from it?

It is clear that if we use YouTube Red, we will not see any ads on the website. We have to know that no ads will be seen on other YouTube applications on TVs and mobile. However, there are some limitations to it. For paid contents on YouTube like movie rentals, purchases and channels, we may still view the advertisements.

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What devices to consider when watching YouTube Red?

We can watch YouTube Red through Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Consoles (Playstation 3 and 4, Wii U and Xbox One and 360), Roku and other smart TVs. Currently, YouTube Red is not available for Amazon Fire TV.

What are other benefits?

YouTube Red seeks to enhance viewer experience. One benefit of YouTube Red is viewing videos offline. We can simply download a video and it will available to us for thirty days even without a connection. After watching it, we can like or comment on the video even if we are offline. Another benefit is listening to videos even if the screen are turned off.     

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One of the main highlights of any wedding are the photos that’ll serve as a keepsake for the most special day of your life. While it’s a great way to help you relive your wedding, planning a photoshoot can actually be pretty mind-boggling as there are lots of things to think about – your outfit, makeup, hairdo, the lighting, weather, poses and so much more. No need to worry though, since we’re here to give you some great tips on how you can possibly have an amazing Korean wedding photoshoot in Singapore.

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  1. Decide on Your Photoshoot Theme. One of the first steps that you should do while planning your pre-wedding shoot is choosing a theme. Doing so is what makes your photoshoot unique and adds a hint of your personality to your photos. Some of the best themes are movie-themed shoots, offbeat pre-wedding shots, adventurous themes and nostalgic photoshoot themes.

 

  1. Choose Your Backdrop. Deciding as to what your backdrop will be depends on your photoshoot theme. Think about whether you want to do a night or day shoot, whether you like land, beach or cityscape, or if you’re considering going overseas for your photoshoot. Just be sure to choose a location with comfort rooms nearby so that you can do some quick outfit changes and makeup touch-ups.

 

  1. Add Some Story to Your Photos. As the saying goes, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ and your wedding photos can be just that – a true embodiment of your love story. You can have your photoshoot done at the place where your love story started, or the place where you first met each other. That way, you’ll be able make your photoshoot more meaningful.

 

  1. Set the Budget For Your Photoshoot. The budget you’ll allocate for your photoshoot depends on the Korean wedding package you’ll take, as well as how important your shoot is to you. If you value your shoot’s output, then it’s only reasonable that you spend quite a portion of your budget here. The services of a Korean pre-wedding photographer often range from a few hundred to a few thousand depending on the popularity and experience of the photographer that you’ll hire.

 

  1. Decide on Your Photoshoot Outfit. Are you planning to have a full bridal shoot or are you just going for a more casual photoshoot? Whichever it is, you should already start thinking about your hairdo, makeup, outfit and accessories for your shoot, as well as to which bridal studio or vendor you’ll get them from. As early as possible, start short-listing vendors that can provide the services that you need at your estimated price range to avoid settling for a second-rate bridal boutique in the last minute of your shoot.

 

  1. Pick Your Photographer. One essential part of a pre-wedding or actual day shoot is finding and hiring the right photographer. Simply short-list some of the best budget-friendly photographers in your area and check out each of their portfolios. Once you’ve decided on your top potential photographers, try scheduling a meetup with them before you decide on which Korean pre-wedding photographer to go for. You’d definitely want to work find and work with someone whom you’re comfortable with.

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If you’re on a tighter budget, however, do consider asking your shutterbug friend if he/she can carry on with the work of a wedding photographer. Otherwise, consider doing a DIY wedding photoshoot if you happen to own some photography equipment.

 

  1. Consider Getting a Videographer. Planning to have a ‘behind the scenes’ of your photoshoot? Then consider hiring a videographer too, since it’s unlikely that the same person can do the shooting and filming. Also, consider having your behind-the-scenes filmed separately from your photoshoot. It’d also be a good move to hire your photographer and videographer from the same studio or vendor so that you’ll be able to negotiate for the package price.

 

  1. Plan Out Your Poses Beforehand. Thinking and researching some good poses for your shoot will help you ease the stress during the day itself. Doing this will definitely help you avoid extra charges for the services of your photographer, and you’ll also be able to make the most out of the shooting time with your pre-planned poses.

 

  1. Schedule Your Photoshoot. Plan enough buffer time between your shoot and when you’ll need the photos, since an unlikely event like a bad weather or a last-minute crop-up might cause your shoot to be postponed. Also, make a booking with your photographer ahead of time, as well as with the venue of your shoot if it’s not a public one.

 

  1. Visit Your Shoot Location Ahead of Time. If you have some free time, we suggest that you visit your photoshoot location beforehand. Note the days and spots that are less crowded. Also, find out where the nearest toilets on your locations to make all the makeup touch-ups and costume changes a lot easier for you. If possible, you can also ask your photographer for some advice about locations as he would probably have done photoshoots in those places before.

 

  1. Ask About Photo Print-Outs. Some Korean wedding photography vendors include print-out services in their packages. So ensure that you clarify what’s included in your package, since some photographers only specialize in the shooting and will only provide with the digital version of his shots once you’re done with the photoshoot.

Planning a pre-wedding photoshoot can be really stressful, but by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll definitely get the best wedding photoshoot that you could ever have.

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While we all have pet peeves when it comes to our fellow flight passengers, flight attendants also have their own set of hates about us that we may not be aware of. Here, in no particular order, we enumerate five things on what our FA friends wish we knew before flying.

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  1. There’s no way you can sneak into business class.

You might slip through the curtain, sink into the back row seat, and think that no one noticed it—well, think again! Flight crews have passenger list that shows exactly who is sitting where. If you asked for an upgrade and you’re granted, that’s fine; but otherwise, don’t take something you have not paid for—or else you’ll have to do the walk of shame as you march back to your designated seat.

  1. Use the passenger call button only when necessary.

And by necessary, it means medical-treatment level. Press the button only when needed, but don’t treat it as if it’s a servant bell. Unless you feel nauseous or for some reason you accidentally cut yourself, give the bell—and the crew—a break from constant “ding ding”.

  1. The safety regulations are for your own good.

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Maybe you didn’t have enough sleep, feel cranky, or just stubborn, but the main reason why cabin crews exist is to ensure your safety. Asking you to put your seatbelt on, your seat in upright position, and your bags underneath your seat isn’t about being bossy or playing tricks on you—it is for your own good.

  1. Wastes are for bins, not for crews.

Do not hand your dirty napkins or bag of vomit to the flight attendants, unless you’re disabled. Remember that flight crews also handle your food—do you really want to risk cross-contamination by handing wastes to them?

  1. Avoid stacking items on the food tray.

Perhaps, you’re thinking that it’s helpful to stack food containers on top of one another when you have finished your meal—but you’re not. The food tray will not fit back in the trolley until the attendant has undone your pile. Just leave it as is—it’s more convenient for both parties.

Considering how frequently they are up in the air, flight attendants know exactly how inconvenient it is to travel and do things with very limited space and resources. While FAs are there to assist you and make travelling more convenient for you, they aren’t slaves and deserve to be treated right.

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The Bad Side of Muscle Relaxants  

October 12th, 2015 | Posted by Editor in Health Watch - (0 Comments)

 

Muscle relaxants are helpful – if used appropriately. Muscle relaxants help in easing muscular pain. Many Singaporeans employ the use of muscle relaxants but we have to be wary because there are a number of side effects linked with them. Unless we consult our doctors first, we should not take one at all for our safety.

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When we have sprains, strains and muscle spasms, muscle relaxants are our quick solution. We need to keep in mind that muscle relaxants do not heal our injuries but it provides temporary relief from muscle pain. Examples of muscle relaxants include chlorzoxazone, carisoprol, metaxalone, cyclobenzaprine and methocarbamol.

As mentioned earlier, these drugs are without side effects. The use of relaxants is only for a short period because long periods will lead to dependency and health abuse therefore discouraged by many physicians. Muscle relaxants focus on our central nervous system. If ingested, a person may experience:

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  • Alertness: Muscle relaxants can affect the alertness of a person. A person may experience dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, steadiness and clumsiness. These can affect the alertness of a person and if experienced, certain activities should be avoided like driving.
  • Potential heart and liver problems: There are particular relaxants called chlorzoxazone and quinine sulphate that can potentially develop heart and liver problems.
  • Urine color changes: Another side effect is the change in urine color. Patients should not worry because the change in color is harmless and the color will return once the medication is discontinued.
  • Other mild side effects: The side effects vary depending on the person. Some persons may experience dry mouth, muscle fatigue, fainting, hiccups, nausea, committing, diarrhoea, constipation, sleep disorders, weakness and trembling.

If the side effects persist, we have to go see our physician right away. It is important that we notice the side effects and do not ignore it because it might lead to more serious ones like potential and liver problems.

For those who take muscle relaxants, doctors usually recommend it together with exercise, healthy diet, rest, physical therapy and other treatments. The important thing here is not to develop dependency. It is always highly recommended that we take the right doses prescribed to us and if it does not relieve the pain anymore, we still need to see our doctors.

It is easy to take relaxants especially if we feel pain but it should not be taken lightly and without careful consideration. As much as possible, we should not consider relaxants and if the pain is unbearable, we still need to take it slow.

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