Go-To Hike Trails in Singapore

For a country known for its incredible buildings and urban city life, Singapore actually puts a highlight on its natural attractions as well. That being said, one of the best ways to see the scenic nature is through hike trails. One way or another, these hike trails are also places you shouldn’t miss. The picturesque views invite both locals and tourists alike, whether for early morning jogs or just to bask in the beauty of nature. So, without further ado, here are some of the best hike trails to go to in Singapore.

1. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the many hike trails in Singapore known for the richness in plantlife and wildlife. It also has the tallest hill in Singapore. This is why the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is more ideal for those who like to walk around in nature. Another reason why it’s one of the best to go to is that there are four different trails you can take. One takes you directly to the peak of the hill while the other tree accounts for the scenic views around the nature reserve.

2. Hindhede Nature Park

Right next to the Bukit Timah Nature Park is the Hindhede Nature Park which also has equally great hike trails. The trails here are actually easier to traverse which makes it great for beginners and leisure hiking with kids. This location also houses a variety of animal species so it will be very much worth it take stops and look around. There’s also the incredible Hindhede Quarry towards the end of the park.

3. TreeTop

The TreeTop Walk located at the MacRitchie Reservoir is already a pretty popular hike trail even though it’s also a pretty hard climb. Though there are steep slopes and most of the path is wavy, you’ll find it very much worth the time and effort once you reach the top. At the top of the trail, there’s a long suspension bridge that gives you a view of the whole forest. Again, this is a fairly hard trail for complete beginners, so make sure you have enough water and that you’re fully prepared to make the hike.

4. Pulau Ubin

The Pulau Ubin hike trail is probably one of the best places to go to if you really want to take a break from the city life. This granite island has almost everything that nature lovers look for. There’s an abundance of wildlife, there’s rich greenery, and an overall picturesque view of the island. In addition to that, there’s also a coastal boardwalk which you simply won’t see in many other trails. Another great think about the Pulau Ubin trail is that you can go around in bikes if you get too tired walking!


Making Conversations in Singapore

There is a perfect time and place for everything and despite your innocent intentions of making a new friend or at least a new acquaintance, it might not go so well if you don’t do it right. The western and the Asian style of dating are naturally very different but Singapore on the other hand cannot be categorized as any of these two. The dating game is constantly changing as culture is changing and it is only natural that we adapt to the changes around us to survive.

Here are a few ways to make your approach to Singaporeans a little more effective.

1. Time, place, and person

As the starting of the article says, there is a time and place for everything and this specifically means that there are places wherein interaction just doesn’t work no matter how hard you want it. Like for example, trying to start a conversation at the MRT station at six in the morning would be a terrible idea as everyone is busy getting to work and instead of being able to make a friend.

You might get the cold shoulder or another type of negative response. Approaching people at a social place like a bar or maybe even a park after hours increases your chance of making a friend just because you are inserting yourself when they are unoccupied and available.

2. Friendly but structured

Being friendly is always a good idea but being a bit too friendly might make you come off as a bit of a creep and frankly nobody wants that. Being friendly but structured means that your conversation should be entertaining but your intentions should be clear.

Of course do not come off too hard as it might just give off the creepy vibe even more. Starting with a basic “hi” then later on going to the introduction then making your motive clear that you want to make a friend is a great idea to build a connection as Singaporeans aren’t that big of a fan of overly casual conversations

3. Etiquette

Becoming a friend is quite simple as long as you do not try to push any boundaries and Singaporeans tend to have this sort of conduct wherein it is okay to say this and not okay to say that. Making sure that you keep yourself respectful, polite, but also entertaining is the best way to go. You can always have a little fun as long as you don’t step over any boundaries.

Making a friend in Singapore isn’t that hard if you direct your efforts in the right path. Who knows, you might make a great friend in Singapore today.


How Avoiding Multitasking Can Affect Your Productivity

It’s become hard to notice but, in this time and age, we multitask almost all the time. We look at our phones while walking, we listen to music while doing work, and sometimes we even do more than two things at once. Though many people say that multitasking helps them get their work done, it’s not necessarily the same for everyone. In fact, multitasking can affect our productivity negatively even. Here’s how:

 

Multitasking makes us more stressed

Every time you’ll have to multitask at work, you’re already putting yourself under stress. You’re going around here and there, doing this and that, and everything just becomes hectic. Think about it the next time you’re about to do it and see the difference between multitasking and not multitasking. You’ll see that you’re less stressed when you don’t have to do a lot of things at once.

Multitasking leads you to make more mistakes

Naturally, you will make mistakes because your focus is divided. Doing multiple tasks at once will obviously take a toll on your mind. For example, let’s say for some wild reason, you’re doing two projects at one time. Now, you have information you plan to put on one project but you put it on the other. You don’t notice it because your attention is already foggy. This is just one of the many crucial mistakes that can happen when you do too many things at once.

Multitasking gets in the way of your progress

With the two points mentioned above, you can easily see that multitasking significantly affects your progress negatively. For one, you become more stressed with your work. It will then become easier to experience more burnout or even lose motivation as a whole. You’ll also have to waste more time trying to fix the mistakes you make because of multitasking.

Multitasking can affect our brainpower

It’s been found that multitasking can also be damaging to our memory. For instance, while you’re on the way to work, you plan to pick up some food. But then, later on, you forget to do it because you were walking while looking at your phone the whole time. This sounds too simple but it’s small things like this that build up sooner or later. Our short-term memory is also affected when we’re focused on something, and then suddenly act on something else.

Our brains do not want us to multitask

Why? Because our minds are not made to multitask, that’s simply the case. Although our minds are great in almost all aspects, it’s still not recommended that we keep multitasking. If you’ve noticed, we even sometimes have difficulty focusing on just one task, how much more with two or three.


Things That Should Stay Between You and Partner

Sometimes you’ll turn to your friends or family for advice regarding your relationship, and that’s perfectly normal! But there are also things that you should keep to your relationship. If you can’t help but vent to someone, then, by all means, do so. You just need to remember that there are also things best kept to your own.

Fights

Fights are common in any relationship. No matter how long you’ve been together, you’ll always have disagreements from time to time. That’s why you should try your best to be selective about what you share with your family or friends. If you bad mouth your partner to your friends every time you have a fight, you’re perspective about him/her will change to the negative sooner or later! Of course, if the relationship becomes physically and emotionally abusive, that’s another story.

Financial problems

Another common problem in relationships is the difference in spending habits. If one of you is a frequent spender and one is really keen on saving, there’s bound to be disagreements. The thing is though, every couple will experience highs and lows when it comes to money. Though financial stability is important, there really are times when you’ll be frustrated with the money you have. In that case, don’t go around blaming your partner! Keep the problem between the two of you and trust that you can address financial issues together.

Problems with each other’s families

If your partner tells you something sensitive about their families, of course, you should keep it private in your relationship. If you have problems within your family, for example, and you’d want to get it off your chest, your partner is the person you usually go to. That’s because you’ve already established trust with each other. Surely, neither of you would want the other to go around talking to others about your family, right? It’s definitely one of those things you should simply respect as a couple.

Your goals as a couple

Another thing you should leave to yourselves is your goals with each other. Although it’s not necessarily prohibited, you should try not to expose too much about your dreams and goals as a couple. For example, planning to have kids. Usually, you’ll keep it to yourself until it’s actually confirmed. But really, as long as you and your partner share the same sentiments, that would be great for your relationship.

Anything related to sex

Sex is a very personal and intimate thing. Regardless of your partner being good or bad in bed, don’t go around telling others about it. It’s already pretty obvious that this is something that should be kept only between the two of you. Though it’s okay to brag about how loving you are as a couple, it’s really best to leave the intimate things out of the conversation. It’s a form of respect for each other and to the people you’re talking to as well.


Where to Eat Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is just one of the many amazing dishes you can find in Singapore and, although not that popular around the world, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish you should definitely try at least once in your life. Despite its popularity in Singapore, this dish actually originates in Hong Kong and has slowly been accepted into Singaporean culture. Although trying this dish is important, where to try this dish is another factor you should put in your mind as the taste varies from place to place. This dish is usually found in your local hawker but for this article, we will give you a little more than just the ordinary hawker center chicken rice.

Here are some of the best places to have a taste of Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

1.  Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell

With a very affordable price of 3.50 Singaporean dollars, you can get yourself the perfect bowl of Hainanese Chicken Rice that’s oily and flavourful just the way that Hainanese Chicken Rice ought to be. You may be shocked of how cheap it is and although there are cheaper prices you can find in Hawker Centers all around, the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is definitely a steal.

2.  Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier

Just another mouth-watering addition to this list as their Hainanese Chicken Rice is served. The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier is best known for their convenience as they are open until 4:30 in the morning, which means that if for some reason you are craving for chicken rice at three in the early morning, it is not impossible to get some!

3.  Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

The good thing about Hainanese Chicken Rice is although it is but one recipe, the taste may vary a great deal depending on where you are eating. Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice prides itself to have the most colorful and the tastiest dipping sauce around. Oh and by the way, did you know that the chicken can be either served steamed or roasted? Well, now you know. Wee Nam Kee also does an amazing job if you are planning to order your Hainanese Chicken Rice with roasted chicken.

The taste may differ depending on where you plan on eating but one thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with Hainanese Chicken Rice!


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