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5 Awesome Sites to Check Out this GSS

The Great Singapore Sale (GSS for short) has started and that means that a lot of stores will be shelling out discounts and products for every shopper to enjoy. While the city is buzzing with tourists and citizens going out to try and get the best deals possible, we ourselves have decided to make our own selection of online shops to check out if you want to buy something from the comfort of your own home.

Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo is a store you should try out if you’re looking for some high quality beauty products. It offers everything from skincare products to anti-aging and protection. It also has a repertoire of products to help with makeup such as balancers and cushions to help with brightening.

That’s not all, if you sign up for it today you’ll get a 10% discount on your next order. It’s US branch is also offering a father’s day offer on Men’s skincare product, because they deserve to take care of their skin as well.

Lorna Jane (US)

Lorna Jane

For all your active wear needs, Lorna Jane has got you covered. This store boasts a variety of active wear products like tank tops, leggings and even jackets in different colors, shapes and decorations that are both breezy, comfortable and beautiful to boot. Not just that, if you want a new water bottle that’s easy to travel with then it’s got you covered too.
This store is also offering a 25% discount on any selected items and is valid until 30th June, so take the chance while it’s still up for grabs!

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YoShop

If you’re looking for variety when it comes to what you can buy for this GSS season then Yo Shop’s actually a pretty good place to start. While it can be a bit overwhelming, this site offers just a little bit of everything from clothes to accessories for both men and women.

It is offering up to 60% discount for its products along with free shipping, featuring plus sized dresses and bikini sets for those who want something to wear to the beach.

Tea Box

Tea Box

If you like your tea, then you’ll love Tea Box and all the different flavors that it provides. This site doesn’t just sell a good mixture of leafs, it also sells tea sets and even tea makers and other types of wares that can make creating your own tea recipes easier. For this GSS season it is definitely a store that any tea aficionado should check out, especially if you’re trying to lead a healthier and calmer life.

Tea Box is also a holding a discount of 12% for any of its products that lasts until the 30th, so make sure to not let it go to waste.

Dr Brandt Skincare

Dr. Brandt

This brand is another one that pus skincare at the forefront, it doesn’t just focus on skincare products either. Dr. Brandt makes sure to give customers the chance to purchase everything from masks to creams that can help with enlarged pores. Not just that, but if you take the chance to buy a Detoxifying Antioxidant Water Booster for your skin you’ll be able to get one free, just make sure to get it before the 19th.

So don’t be shy and let the inner shopper in you have some fun for this GSS season, we’re sure you will enjoy these great offers.


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How Breast Implants Affect Women

Breast Cancer is one of the more iconic diseases in the last decade and there is an increasing amount of information about it, with a lot of foundations now established to fund more research. And latest research has shown that a disease that may surge because of breast cancer is anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.

Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (we’ll just call it lymphoma for now) is a type of cancer that women can develop through breast implants. Women get these implants either as a result of breast removal due to breast cancer or for cosmetic reasons.

The disease can affect anyone who’s had implants for two to up to twenty-eight years and the only way to treat it is by removing the implant and any scar tissue that’s around it. It’s not an everyday occurrence, but more and more cases are appearing.

This rare form of cancer has affected over 10 million women worldwide in the last few years, with some areas of the world seeing a bigger sum than others.

Doctors first discovered the link between cancer and implants in 2011, when they realised that patients who developed lymphoma were usually the ones with the rougher and more textured implants, as opposed to smoother implants which are frequently used.

Even though they’re not quite sure on why the difference in texture would affect the development of lymphoma, doctors theorise that it could be bacteria that are attached to the textured implant; if this is the case, then the bacteria would be able to form a type of coating called a biofilm and attack the immune system. The effects of this biofilm could vary from causing severe inflammation to even developing cancers such as lymphoma.

Researchers argue that it might not be the only cause; more investigations have gone into testing whether or not women’s genetic makeup has some molecule that could reject the implants and in turn generate lymphoma.

Thankfully, the symptoms for lymphoma are easy enough to spot. Like Breast Cancer, symptoms involve swelling and a buildup of fluid. Small bumps will also appear around the breast or on the armpits.

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Thankfully, this type of lymphoma can be solved quickly. To test for it, doctors simply have to drain some fluid from the breast and test it for a substance called CD30 which is what causes lymphoma. Not just that, but if spotted early, it is easily treatable, and the patient won’t run any risk of the disease resurging at any point during their life.

Unfortunately, things aren’t quite that simple. The link between implants and lymphoma was only made a few years ago, before that, doctors either had no idea of what was happening or didn’t have any concrete evidence. Because of this, a lot of women were put back into chemotherapy treatment which didn’t help their condition at all.

Even after it became a known, many doctors still weren’t aware of the disease or what to do to prevent it; this led women to look for help from each other through social media groups where they could relay their accounts to one another and learn more about their situation.

With time, lymphoma through implants has become better known, but a lot of damage has already been done. Breast implants, regardless of the cause for them, have become one of the more common plastic surgery procedures in the world, so the possibility for people that could develop this type of lymphoma is certainly high.

Not just that, but as of 2015, only 30% of plastic surgeons frequently talked to their patients about cancer, according to Dr Mark W. Clemens II, a plastic surgeon and an expert on the disease at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

With all that said, doctors are still working hard to spread the knowledge about lymphoma, and these women are also doing everything they can to help each other out. It’s just a matter of time before more people learn more about it and help future cases be more prepared. In the meanwhile, we highly recommend women to do regular checks on their breasts and see a doctor once they notice anything unusual.


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Positive Workout Songs Playlist (Part 2)

Music influences our mood and the right songs could pump us up for an activity, while the wrong one could make us feel even more anxious or lacking energy. Which is why, listening to the right playlist while exercising can motivate us to run further or cycle faster. Here’s another list of songs that we feel will keep you all pumped up when you workout!

Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars’ songs have always feel somewhere between melancholic and just outright fun. Runaway Baby is one of the latter and, just like “Uptown Funk” it embodies a great feeling of cheerfulness and energy that can prepare anyone for the start of a good run. Just make sure you don’t run away too fast.

Titanium by David Guetta and Sia

If Runaway Baby is a fun and happy song then Titanium is the complete opposite. It starts off with a sad tune whose purpose is to remind you of things that depress you. However, as the song picks up, it starts to become more energetic and almost rebellious as the song talks about standing back up and overcoming problems.

Needless to say, this song is perfect for moments when you’re doubting if you can continue or not as it reminds you why you’re working out and pushing you forward.

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It’s best to ride that wave of good vibes with another energetic song. While this one is mostly instrumental, it might work better than some others on this list as you have to focus only on the melody, whose techno vibe helps in raising the spirits back up after a gruelling run. Plus, we can guarantee that it’ll make you put a kick in your step.

Shake It by Metro Station

Shake it became so popular back when it came out that it got tiring. It’s song is very simple, and a good chunk of it is just repeating the title. However, this part is also catchy, and the fun beat that accompanies it can get even the people that dislike it the most to dance to it as if it was nothing.

I don’t Like it; I love it by Flor Riad ft. Robin Thicke and Verdine White

If we’re talking about good and catchy beats then no song can come up with this one, unlike Shake it which could get a bit jarring after a while, I don’t Like Its’ chorus is intermingled with some nice solo beats and melodies that’ll make you dance like there’s no tomorrow. It also helps that its bright tone and simple style also make it easy to focus on it more.

Going to Make you Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Factory

We couldn’t exclude this early 90s classic; Everybody Dance now has become one of the more iconic songs of all time and for a good reason. It’s disco/rap combo helps it stand out from other songs, and unlike a lot of party songs, everything about this one is iconic and energising.

You should listen to it if you’re doing anything that requires you to move, but it’s perfect if you’re practising your dance moves.

Burn by Ellie Goulding

We finish this list with Burn, a song whose quiet melody and lyrics might feel a little too slow at first, but they work great as an inspirational song with the aim of lighting a fire inside of you, as the song likes to point out. It’s probably not active enough to keep you going while doing cardio or running, but listening to it as warm up or doing some simpler exercises could work better.

With all these amazing songs up front, we certainly hope that you’re able to find something you like and that works for you when you work out.


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5 One-Pot Wonders that’ll Make You Excited to Cook

Cooking can become quite a hassle when you’re trying to get food done quickly. We don’t always have time to prepare so many things while also trying to keep track of our lives and what we have to do. This logic is what gave rise to fast food and delivery services, but there’s an easy method that applies to homemade food as well and all you need is a pan or a pot.

One pan or pot wonders are dishes that can be created quickly and effortlessly, all you need to do is grab a pan or pot, prepare the ingredients and them mix them all up and watch the magic happen.  So, let’s take a look at some of these recipes that we’re sure you’ll fall in love by the time we’re done.

Tabasco Braised Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

We start off with a kick thanks to this spicy chicken recipe. The flavourful tomato sauce that’s created by combining the tomatoes with onions and Tabasco gives this dish its name. All of that goes a long way in enhancing the flavour of the chicken and chickpeas. A braise would usually take a long time to make but this recipe is quick and easy to repeat. Recipe below is suitable for a family of 4.

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds skinless chicken thighs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 white onion, diced

2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, including juice

2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

2 cups kale

1 tablespoon Tabasco

½ cup water

Instructions:

We’ll start by seasoning the chicken thighs with salt and black pepper, while heating up a tablespoon of oil over medium height heat in the pot. Once the oil starts bubbling, the chicken in and cook it for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, then remove it from the pan and add the remaining oil to cook the other half of the chicken.

Once all the chicken is set aside, lower the heat down to medium and put the onions in until they become tender (which should only be about 4 or 5 minutes). Add tomatoes with juice, garbanzo beans with juice, kale, Tabasco and water and stir making sure to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pot.

Once this is done, mix the chicken thighs together with the tomato mixture until they simmer. Cook for about 30 more minutes until the flavours mix and then it’ll be ready to serve. We recommend serving it along with some rice or quinoa (there are quite a few things you can do with quinoa too).

One Pan Caprese Pasta

Pasta is certainly one of the most delicious and loved dishes one can make, and this simple dish is no different. If you love Caprese (mozzarella with tomato, fresh basil and olive oil), this recipe is one that you can’t miss if you’re looking for a light main course or a great side dish to your meals. Definitely fits into the Mediterranean Diet! This recipe serves 4.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes| Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup diced white onion

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 1/2 cups dry pasta

1 package of grape tomatoes, sliced in half

5 fresh whole basil leaves

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 1/2 cups water

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

1 1/2 cups fresh, diced Mozzarella (about 8 oz)

2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

Chopped basil leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat a 12-inch skillet or a sauté pan up to medium heat with one tablespoon of oil. Cook the onions with this oil until they become tender and soft. Drop the pasta, sliced tomatoes, fresh whole basil leaves, garlic, water, salt and pepper in once the onions are tender and stir them together.

We’re not done just yet, however. We want to bring the pasta mixture to a boil here and letting it really suck in the juices and flavour from all the other ingredients, so make sure to stir it continuously for about ten minutes. You can check this by seeing if the liquid around the pasta has reduced.

Once the pasta is cooked, all we have to do is throw in the mozzarella cheese and let it melt by covering the pan. You can also add some balsamic vinegar and chopped basil once it’s done for extra flavour. Best part? You can eat from the pan if you reduce the quantity four times to have your personal pasta in a pot.

Rustic Chicken with Garlic Gravy

Nothing is quite as good as some well-cooked chicken, and this recipe sure delivers on that front. Your mouth will water instantly once you get a look at the combination that this chicken and gravy make, and your taste buds will explode once you taste it too! You won’t want to leave even a bit of food left on your plate with this pan/pot wonder. You can even use whatever type of chicken you want.

You’re also advised to have a staple on the side, preferably pasta, mashed potatoes or bread so that you can fully soak up and taste the gravy.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes |Cook Time: 30 Minutes |Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 Tbsps. Cooking oil

6-8 pieces skin-on/bone-in chicken thighs (could use any skin-on chicken )

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

20-22 cloves garlic, separated and peeled (2 full heads)

2 Tbsps. flour

3/4 cup dry white wine

1 cup chicken broth

1 1/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or about 3/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves)

2 Tbsps. Butter

Instructions:

Start off by heating the oven up to 400-degree Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celcius) and set up a rack in the centre of it.

Heat some oil in an oven-safe skillet and pan fry the chicken with some salt and pepper. Cook and turn the chicken regularly for about eight minutes until it’s well browned and then remove it from the pan.

Reduce the heat once the chicken is cooked and remove it from the pat. Add the garlic into the pan and cook it for about three minutes. Sprinkle some flour in and stir it properly such that the flour is fully incorporated into the oil and garlic before putting the chicken back in. Put a lid over the pan and place it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove the pot from the oven (with gloves of course) and put it on the stove. Take the chicken out and you could start plating them.

Now it’s time to get to the sauce. Over medium-high heat, whisk in wine into the pan which has all the juices from the chicken, and simmer for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, thyme and a bit more salt and pepper, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring regularly, until the sauce thickens. Turn the heat off and stir in the butter.

Make sure to taste it once it’s done to make sure it doesn’t need any more seasoning and pour it over the chicken before serving.

One-Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage Alfredo

The combination of the pasta and sausage is great, especially if you haven’t really had the chance to do your grocery shopping put have a few hardy ingredients ready in your fridge. There’s vegetables in this dish too, so it’s a great way to sneak them into your children’s diet! It’s also relatively straightforward to cook, so you won’t have to worry about any prior cooking skills.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 lb Italian sausage

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups milk, plus 1/4 cup for the sauce

1 1/2 cups chicken broth, plus 1/4 cup for the sauce

1 (16 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and pureed (you can do this in a food processor or blender)

8 oz goat cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 handfuls fresh spinach

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

12 oz pasta of your choice

Instructions:

Let’s start by removing the casing from the sausage and discard the casing. To do this, cut along the side of the sausage with a sharp knife and peel off the pierced casing with your fingers. After that, sauté the sausage in a large pot or pan with some garlic and olive oil at medium heat, make sure to leave it there until it browns.

Stir in the chicken broth, pureed roasted red peppers, milk and pasta; make sure to season it with some salt and pepper to give it some extra taste. Bring it to a boil and then lower the temperature to medium heat so that the pasta is cooked through, though remember to cover it first. If the liquid gets absorbs then add in the rest of the milk or broth.

Now, all we have to do is add and stir in the spinach (though don’t throw all of it in) and the cheeses. Stir it some more until they are melted, and it’ll be ready to serve.

Ginger Beef, Mushroom and Kale Stir-Fry

We’ve had a tonne of chicken and pasta recipes so why don’t we close out with some good old beef. It’s not just beef on its own; this stir-fry brings out the flavours in the kale, mushroom and beef to create a great combo of taste. You’ll feel like you’re eating actual Chinese food by the time you’re done even though kale isn’t a typical vegetable used in Chinese cuisine. This is a dish that you could also prep ahead by marinating the meat a few days before or while making breakfast so that it’s ready to be cooked by the time you return home.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:

1/3 cup soy sauce (if making gluten-free, be sure to use GF soy sauce)

1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons corn starch

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

For the Stir-Fry:

1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 ounces baby portobello or button mushrooms, halved

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved

3 cups chopped kale

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

The most important part of this dish is the sauce, so take all of the ingredients for the sauce, put them in a bowl and whisk them until they mix. After your little mixing session is done, pour the sauce into a zip-lock bag and add the steak in to marinate in the fridge for at least fifteen minutes.

To cook, heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, fry the garlic until it’s golden brown before adding in the mushrooms and kale. Once the mushrooms are half cooked, add in the steak slices and stir fry until the meat is cooked to your desired doneness and the sauce has thickened. Serve over some steamed brown rice and you’ve got a wholesome nutritious meal!


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What You Need To Know About the Mediterranean Diet

The  term “Mediterranean Diet” came about in 2013 when medical researchers were studying diets from around the world and tracked the health statuses of women from when they were in their 50s to 60s till they were in the 70s. They found that the people from this small village in Italy had the lowest cases of age-related diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases, and thus started looking into their diets to find out whether it is the cause of their better health status.

mediterranean diet

First, let’s talk about what Mediterranean food is not about. When one mentions Italian or Greek food, one would often think about pasta, pizza, lamb and loaves of bread accompanied by bottles of wine. However, Mediterranean food is more than that and when referring to the Mediterranean diet specifically, it’s about eating a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables, beans, shellfish, chicken, fish, tomatoes, nuts, olive oil and…even, red wine. For example, the paella or pilaf has a lot of the above ingredients inside. Nonetheless, the key to everything is moderation.

This “Mediterranean diet” has been around for thousands of years but contrary to what most would believe, it’s not just a diet but a way of life. People who live with the diet don’t just eat; they also lead active lives, get a lot of exercise and are very social. It’s a lifestyle that is meant to keep you healthy in all fronts – physical, emotional and mental.

Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

We’ve talked a lot about the Mediterranean diet and what it is, but you might be wondering what the benefits of it actually are, people wouldn’t talk about it if it didn’t live up to the hype after all. The main benefit that everyone mentions when they talk about this particular diet is how it can help prevent heart disease, type-2 diabetes, obesity and even depression.

It’s Low in Processed Foods and Sugar

Ingredients found in Mediterranean food tend to be natural with little processing and no artificial flavouring, favouring on fresh produce. The only ‘processed’ foods would be items such as cheese, sausages and preserved olives or capers. It doesn’t shy away from carbs nor is it exceptionally high in protein (e.g. Atkins or Paleo diets).

The Mediterranean diet is also low in sugar, with the only sugar present being in fruits and wines. It also involves drinking a lot of fresh water or natural juices, which also lowers the consumption of sugar that could lead towards diabetes.

Helps You Lose Weight

This is one of the main reasons why the Mediterranean diet is so popular. Not only is it sustainable, the ingredients are all healthy and offer a variety of nutrients (protein and omega 3s etc) that allow you to lead a healthy life without making you go hungry, so you won’t have to skimp on food. Not just that, there’s also a large variety of foods and dishes, so you won’t have to worry about sticking to only one type of food, you can try out different recipes that suit your palate or needs.

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Improves Heart Health and Prevents Cancer

The benefit of a lot of these dishes, and their reliance on olive oil in particular, is that they offer a great amount of Omega 3 fatty acids that can help heart disease, as some famous stars would tell you. Coupled with a diet high on fish and the chances of cardiac arrest can be lowered by 30%, with sudden cardiac death going down by 45% or more.

Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, is also great at lowering hypertension because it makes nitric oxide more bioavailable, which makes it better able to keep arteries dilated and clear. It also helps fight against oxidation and improves endothelial functions, which is further enhanced by the antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine.

The antioxidants found in red wine and the various fruit and vegetables also help to prevent cancer by protecting DNA cells and slows down the degenerating rate as well as lowering cell mutation and delaying tumor growth.

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Prevents Diabetes

Its ability to lower inflammation also makes Mediterranean diets able to lower the risks of diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type-2 Diabetes. The reason for this might be in the fact that foods found in this group control excess insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels, and makes us gain and retain weight.

People living with a Mediterranean diet eat a balanced breakfast shortly after waking up and eat all three meals a day, with their biggest one usually being lunch.

Can Prevent Cognitive Disease and Help You Live Longer

The effects of anti-inflammatory vegetables and fruits also help fight age-related cognitive decline. Thus, the Mediterranean diet can work as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, which are often thought to be related to the lack of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is necessary for body movements, body regulations and thought processing.

This diet also encourages people to spend more time with nature as well as getting a good sleep and spending time with loved ones. Constantly spending time with those you care about helps release dopamine too, and can help with fighting stress and depression.

Plant-based foods and healthy fats also act as a good combination for longevity. Olive oil for its part offers a lot of monounsaturated fat, which is associated with lower levels of all the diseases we’ve mentioned before and also acts as the main offering of this diet.

 

These are some of the main benefits tied to Mediterranean diets that have helped push it into popularity as of recent years. It stands out even more in an age where people are looking to live healthier and change the direction of their lives.

However, like many things in life, a Mediterranean diet will only help you if you eat the correct amount of calories for your body type and weight, and stick to it. If you’re able to find a balance and follow the diet as best you can we’re sure to get results.


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Give Your Dad a Fathers’ Day Brunch to Enjoy

Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, and while we’ve already marked down the perfect gifts for the day, it’s time we take a look at another side of father’s day – food. It’s great to spend some quality time with your father over a meal and luckily, Singapore has no shortage of fantastic restaurants perfect for celebrations! Here’s our list some of the great restaurants you should get a taste of this Fathers’ Day.

Open Door Policy – Tiong Bahru

If you want to try out an excellent bistro-styled restaurant, then you can’t go wrong with Open Door Policy. This restaurant offers excellent and savoury dishes that are sure to water both yours and your father’s mouth with a variety of dishes that are not just good to eat, but right to pay for. Open Door Policy is opened for brunch, lunch and dinner, so don’t miss it.

Address: 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650
Hours: 12–3PM, 6–11PM
Phone: 6221 9307

Basilico – Regent Singapore

Basilico is a fancy restaurant that always offers the best for Father’s Day; it’s yearly “Festa del Papa” always offers something new, not just in the food department but also events and games for parents and children to enjoy. Guests will be able to enjoy a spread made up of flavorful sea-foods and other types of food all in a buffet style, so you can eat until you drop without any concerns.

Address: Regent Singapore, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715.

Hours:

Breakfast:
6:30 am – 10:30 am (Mon-Sat)
7:00 am – 10:30 am (Sun)

Lunch:
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Sun)

Dinner:
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm daily

Phone: +65 6725 3232

Swissotel – Merchant Court Singapore

Swissotel is offering a great Father’s Day treat for all the amazing dads out there. Treat the man in your life with Ellenbourgh Market Café’s selection of crustacean dishes, with over ten crab creations for them to dig their teeth into all for S$58 starting at noon.

You can also toast to your dad at Crossroad Bar, which offers a series of bespoke beverages as well as an Asian-inspired Tapas selection for guests, and most importantly fathers, to enjoy. You’ll be able to get and two types of tapas for S$48 or six beverages and three tapas at S$68. Either way, these are offers that you can’t afford to miss and will be available throughout Father’s Day weekend.

Address: 20 Merchant RoadSingapur 058281, Singapur

Hours: 12 pm-4pm (Ellenborough Market Cafe), 6 pm-12am (Crossroads Bar)

Phone: 6239 1847/1848

Audace Bar and Restaurant

This superb French restaurant opened recently, but it’s not falling behind the competition. For Father’s Day, it’s offering a fabulous brunch featuring dishes such as Mascarpone and Pepper Tartine cooked with truffle oil, Beetroot Braised Pork (see picture above), Braised Leg Lamb and Chickpea Parmentier, Creamy Polenta and plenty more. It also boasts quite a variety of desserts, and all just for S$68++.

Address: Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

Hour: The Father’s Day special will be on June 18th from 11.30am to 4pm

Phone: +65 6298 1188

The Kitchen Table-Sentosa Cove

Fancy restaurants are excellent and all, but if you want to have a more casual experience with your dad, then you can’t miss out on The Kitchen Table. For this Father’s Day, the Kitchen Table is offering a series of beer-infused dishes and free-flow drinks (exclusively to dads) that’ll get them in the festive mood. It also boasts a buffet of sea foods, pizzas and desserts, so it has its bases covered for this day.

Address: 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374

Phone: +65 6808 7268

 

These are some of many restaurants that’ll be opened and offering great deals on Fathers’ Day. We hope that you check out the ones we’ve provided, or maybe you’ve got something in mind already? Either way, we wish all fathers a Happy Fathers’ Day.


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Get to Know The Real Person #NoLabels

We are often judged by our appearances and labelled ‘fat’, ‘skinny’, or ‘short’. This certainly causes us to lose confidence with ourselves and our body images, which isn’t the real person behind each one of us. In our body positivity campaign, we interview a few men and women to show that we are often more than just a label.

As you can tell, many a times, some of the labels can be hurtful and down right ridiculous. Take the time to get to know the real person behind your label.

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Iron Supplements: Do You Need Them?

 

A poll result published on 26 Nov 2015 indicates that nearly 50% of females in Singapore may not be aware that they have iron deficiency. Doctors said that symptoms such as physical and mental fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, may point to iron deficiency – but most people may put them down to stress and/or lack of sleep.

Iron deficiency is more often found in women who have heavy menstruations or are pregnant. While iron supplements may be readily available, doctors recommend a balanced diet as the best way to maintain healthy iron levels.

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How about the reverse – iron overload?

In the article published by PhysiciansCommittee, iron is called a double-edged sword.

The body requires iron for healthy blood cells but beyond a certain level, iron becomes a dangerous substance as it acts as a catalyst for the formation of free radicals. Once the excess iron is absorbed by the digestive tract, the body stores it. Because of this, research studies have shown that higher amounts of iron in the blood mean higher risk of cancer.

In spite of advertising from health supplement manufacturers, iron overload exists and the tendency is higher for men and for women after menopause.

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Major contributors to iron excess are taking vitamin and mineral supplements that contain iron. Some people may be taking certain multi-vitamins without knowing that there is iron in it. Other factors include eating excessive red meat and to some extent, processed foods that have iron added.

It was mentioned earlier that women with heavy menstruations may have iron deficiency. The reverse may be true for women after menopause or women who don’t menstruate regularly. Which explains why men have a higher tendency of iron overload – because they don’t menstruate!

Hence, it is prudent to have your doctor check your iron level before taking any supplements containing iron.

What are the symptoms of iron overload?

  • stomach pain
  • heart palpitations or chest pains
  • unexplained weakness
  • joint pain
  • unexplained fatigue

joint pain

The test used to check one’s iron level is known as ferritin. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron, releasing it when the body needs it. Ferritin is stored in the body’s cells until it’s time to make more red blood cells. Thus, if a person has an iron overload, it may take months before the normal level can be reached.

It’s an inexpensive test, likely costing less than a bottle of iron supplements, and it can help ensure that you do not over or under-consume iron.

For more information on integrated health management, visit www.vitalay.earth

Contributed by LayYong, Wellness Entrepreneur.


References:

The Straits Times “Women not aware of iron deficiency”, Nov 26 2015

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Iron: The Double Edged Sword, www.pcrm.org

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