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Animal Training: Can You Do It?

Training animals is not easy but if you really like it, you will find a way. If you want to train your dog, there are many things that you should consider. Though there are no true national certifications here in Singapore (unlike in other countries like the U.S. which has certification council for pet dog trainers), you can still learn the art. But you need hours and hours of training and credits to maintain or keep the certification.

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If you simply want to train your dog and not consider it as a career, you can do animal training (in this case dog training). Here are some tips that you should consider:

  • Read Books: It is important that you gather books or reading materials about dog training or animal behaviour in general. You can research online or go to bookstores and find books about animal behaviour.
  • Learn the Profession: You should learn about the profession. This also involves a lot of reading. These books will bring you to the world of animal training. You can also research online or simply go to bookstores.
  • Volunteer: If you really want to observe the dogs, it is advisable that you volunteer at local dog shelters. Volunteering will help you survey and study dogs. This is good because you can encounter many types of dogs.
  • Visit Dog Training Classes: If you hear about dog training classes nearby, you should go there. You should be interested in science based techniques like reinforcements or commonly called conditioning. You will see actual dog training.

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If you are seriously considering pet training, you should do your best to understand your dog. Understanding the behaviour of your dogs can make a difference.


What You Need to Know About Safe Cycling

Have you heard about the national cyclist Dinah Chan getting into an accident? The 25 year old cyclist was doing her cycling training last September when she encountered an accident involving a car. Chan was thankful that there were no broken bones. She is determined to proceed with her training as soon as she is discharged.

Cycling accidents happen but if you want to lessen its impact, you should know what to do. Whether you are cycling professionally or for leisure, you should familiarize yourself what to do during an accident. Here are some tips:

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  • The Right Position: It is important that you know the right position. If you are a professional cyclist, you will know the proper position. You should make sure to practice it all the time.
  • Exit: If you cannot make it to the track and you feel that you are falling, you should look for the exit. Quickly assess your environment and when you see grassy surface without cars, head to that direction.
  • Soft Landing: When you see the perfect spot for landing, you can let go of the bike now. You should drop the bike as soon as you see the spot.
  • Drop and Roll: There is a right way to drop and roll. When you land, your arms should be bent at the elbows. This is to absorb the initial part of the impact. You should instantaneously roll to your left shoulder and hip.

There you go. Hopefully you learn something out of this. Cycling is fun but if you let the news of accidents affect you, you will no longer enjoy the activity. Enjoy the ride and the bump! It will make you stronger and better. Good luck!


Metallica in Singapore Once More

The American band that sang ‘Fuel’, ‘Fade to Black’ and ‘Seek and Destroy’, among others, will be returning to Singapore after 20 long years. This one-and-only heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, will be performing at the Changi Exhibition Center on 24 August, a date that will surely awaken their supporters and avid listeners not only in the country but also abroad.

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This band composed of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, last performed in 1993 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This year, the trio will be joined by bassist, Robert Trujillo, on their first-ever concert to take place in Changi Exhibition Center. The crowd can expect the most popular American heavy metal band to unleash their thunderous music—again.

According to a certain press release, LAMC Productions, the organizers of this upcoming concert, decided to hold the concert in Changi Exhibition Center for the reason that there is no other available venue large enough for such a band. Metallica has become one of the most influential and successful heavy metal bands of all time, ever since it was formed in 1981.

This one-of-a-kind band has had countless sold-out tours around the globe on top of selling over 100 million records, making them a Grammy Awards winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Right now, the band is working on their tenth album and has a film set to appear later this year. Tickets for ‘Metallica Live in Singapore’ can be purchased at www.sistic.com.sg, with ticket prices ranging from $148 to $188.


What to Expect in the Next Few Months

Aside from work, you have a lot of things to look forward. There are many festivals and events that you can participate so better get ready. You will surely enjoy everything if you share it with your family or friends.

Here’s a list of festivals and events that you might be interested in:

Christmas in the Tropics

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Singaporeans surely know how to be jolly. After your work, you will be amazed how the streets come to life. Christmas in the Tropics is a festival that brings carnival or parade to the streets for a month. You can witness seasonal decorations and lighting up along shopping centres like Orchard Road, Takashimaya and Tangs. Of course ION, Orchard Central and Wisma Atria participate present a good show too. Look out for the street performers! It will surely blow you away.

Mid-Autumn Festival

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Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated every August or September. Mid Autumn Festival is also known to locals as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival. The festival is similar to Thanksgiving. If you want to witness this festival, you should head directly to Chinatown. The place offers beautiful lanterns and delicious mooncakes that you can avail.

Dragon Boat Festival

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If you want to witness the annual Singapore Dragon Boat competition, head to Bedok Reservoir. You will surely see other crews competing for this prestigious sport with their colourful boats.  Cheer for your favourite team and enjoy the spectacle. You will be thrilled upon hearing drumbeats and chants.

Hungry Ghost Festival

HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL

Chinese believe that souls of the dead are allowed to roam the earth. This happens every August. As a result, Chinese conduct grand feasts to calm the roaming spirits. The festival comprises of burning incense, prayer offerings, foods and fruits presentations, puppetry, singing performances and many more. Non Chinese are allowed to witness the festivities. You can go to Geylang, Chinatown and Redhill to check it out.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and record everything. It will help you relive the happy moments.


HK Stars Andy Lau and Sammi Chen in yet another Movie Together

After nine long years, HK stars Andy Lau and Sammi Chen will be seen together again in the big screen by their fans in their latest movie following Magic Kitchen in 2004. In their recent press conference in Singapore, the much-adored celebrities of Asian cinema displayed sizzling chemistry for their anticipated thriller romantic comedy, Blind Detective.

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Andy Lau will play a blind ex-detective while Sammi Cheng will play a young policewoman in this upcoming film directed by Johnnie To. The plot reveals how Lau and Cheng works with each other to solve their own personal cases, only ending up getting their lives and hearts twined together as they hunt down a serial killer together.

As they faced the press for interview and promotion of the movie, the chemistry between the celebrities is immensely noticeable. It was observed that both of them were comfortable in each other’s company, even after nine years of not having made a movie together.

Lau told the press that he considered Cheng a very good colleague before, but she is like a family to him now. He also thoughtfully added that they are now in a different generation and time, which is why the dynamic is difficult to describe. Cheng said that she felt honored and lucky to be given another opportunity to work with Lau, who helped hone her acting skills.

She also expressed how she admired Lau’s success in his career as an actor, as well as how kind and compassionate he is as a person. Blind Detective opens in Singapore cinemas on 4 July 2013.


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