13 Best Role-Playing Games You Need to Try

RPGs never get old even when there are plenty of shooters and action-adventure titles around. Here are 13 titles you can sink your 100 hours into.

  1. Kingdom Come: Deliverance – An RPG set in the Medieval times where you play as a son of a blacksmith. You start off as a peasant with no skills and no connections, but who decided to see life outside of your village. It has no magic and fantastic creatures if you want a new take on RPGs.
  1. Moonlighter – You get to live two different lives in this game; in the morning as a shop manager and in the evening as an explorer. This means you get to enjoy two different mechanics; managing resources and exploration.
  1. The Alliance Alive – A thousand years ago a race of creatures called Daemons have taken over the world and have blocked out the sun. Nine people decided to take on the challenge of restoring order and ousting the evil overlords.
  1. Monster Hunter: World – The objective of the game is simple enough: take down or trap monsters; but doing this is more complicated because you can hunt alone or in groups to take down the creatures. Additionally, your equipment will determine the rate of your success.

  1. The Banner Sage 3 – This is the conclusion to the series which is well-known for its tactical turn-based combat. For fans of the Viking lore and culture, this game is highly recommended.
  1. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – An excellent sequel to the first Pillar, here you control the watcher and a group of characters who join you on your seafaring adventure. The events are set 5 years after the first game.
  1. Ashen – You will be able to explore this open sunless world as you find your way home and eliminate monsters. This game can be played singly or in multiplayer.
  1. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – This sequel, set hundreds of years after the previous game, follows the story of a young king who was usurped and banished from his home. The king, however, found himself an ally in a president of an unknown nation.
  1. Death’s Gambit – Although this is primarily a platformer, a lot of players also enjoyed this for the RPG elements and the beautiful art style.

  1. Octopath Traveler – This turn-based RPG lets you play through eight different characters with unique backgrounds and abilities. If you’re the type who only sticks to one class, this game can let you handle all of them in different playthroughs.
  1. Deep Sky Derelicts – You play as a poor outcast wandering the different ships in space. To change your fate, your mission is to find a derelict ship in Deep Sky.
  1. West of Loathing – Thus turn-based RPG is based on the Kingdom of Loathing universe but with a western setting. Your mission is to find a better life in Fresco City.
  1. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – If you are a fan of the series, then this installment will not disappoint with its beautiful visual and unforgettable characters.

25 Edible Flowers You Need to Know About

There are nearly 50 types of edible flowers that you can eat, but the best part is that you can also grow them in your backyard. Here are some of the edible flowers you might want to try in your recipes.

  1. Arugula Blossoms taste lighter than the arugula leaves and can be used for dishes like scrambled eggs and pesto.
  2. Basil Blossoms can be used for making tea and usually has a lighter taste than the basil leaves. They can also be made into vinegar and oil.
  3. Marigold or Calendula can be dried and used for omelet, bread, and casseroles as a better and cheaper substitute for saffron.
  4. Anise Hyssop can be used to make tea or as an ingredient for pie, ice cream, and salad
  5. Carnation or Dianthus can be steeped in wine or made into candies and edible cake decorations. Did you also know that carnation is used to make chartreuse?

  1. Chamomile flowers are steeped to make tea, but they’re also good for cocktails, scallops, spring salad, and ice cream.
  2. Chicory buds or petals are usually pickled and are known for the slight bitter taste.
  3. Chrysanthemum is blanched and used in salads, but they can also be used as seasoning and stir-fry ingredient.
  4. Clover has medicinal qualities that make it an ideal ingredient to make tea. They also make great addition to salads.
  5. Dandelion can be consumed raw as long as you pick those flowers growing closest to the ground. Some can be steamed to make salads or made into wine.

  1. Fuchsia are used mainly as garnish for food because of the slight acidic taste.
  2. Gladiolus can be substituted for lettuce and will complement savory or sweet mousse and spread. Gladiolus can be cooked, too, or tossed in salads.
  3. Hibiscus is dried to make tea or tossed as a garnish in salads.
  4. Impatiens are known for their slightly sweet taste which make them ideal for garnishing drinks and salads.
  5. Jasmine flowers are used to add aroma to tea.

  1. Lavender is sweet and has slightly citrus notes, which make them ideal as garnishing for cakes, ice cream, champagne, stews, custards, and flans.
  2. Lemon Verbena is steeped to make tea, but the flowers can also be used to make flavored flan and custard.
  3. Lilac has a slightly bitter taste which make then ideal for salads.
  4. Nasturtium is one of the most common edible flowers you can buy in the market and may be used for dishes with cheese. They are also popular as salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.
  5. Pansy, especially the petals, have a mild taste which make them ideal as toppings for fruit salads, desserts, and soups.

  1. Radish flowers have a slightly spicy flavor and are used for salads and sautéed recipes.
  2. Rose petals can be used to make a variety of desserts, jellies, syrups, spreads, and flavored butters.
  3. Rosemary Flowers are milder than the leaves, that is why they are used as substitute to make subtle flavors for seafood, Mediterranean meat dishes, and dressings.
  4. Squash or Pumpkin Flowers taste just like squash or pumpkin. The blossoms can be substitutes for the squash or pumpkin dishes.
  5. Violets are known for their sweet scent. They can be used as toppings for desserts and cold drinks or as decorations for cakes.

What to Do When You Can’t Focus at Work

It’s already a given that Singaporeans are hard workers. But there will always be those times when you just can’t focus on the task at hand. Now, there may be a lot of reasons for this. And fortunately, there are also many things you can do to get rid of the problem. Here are only some of them.

Take a short rest

One of the main reasons you can’t focus on your work is because you’re simply too tired already. When your brain is exhausted, it’s already obvious that your concentration will be impaired as well. In general, the best thing you can do is to get enough sleep every night. When you do this, you’ll feel refreshed each day and you won’t get tired easily. If you feel tired at work, you should take a few short minutes for a break instead of drinking coffee and continuing your work. Maybe you can walk around and just have a change of scenery for a few.

Break down the task to make it easier

Another reason why you can’t focus on your work is if it’s too big of a task. The easiest (and probably most logical) thing you can do, in this case, is to break it down to smaller tasks. If the task is too big, it might seem out of reach and you may think that you won’t be able to finish it. That, in turn, will make you lose focus on finishing it. By breaking it down and setting smaller goals first, you can make things easier for yourself. You might not notice that you’re slowly but surely getting things done when you finish each small goal first.

Stop for a second and see if you’re multitasking

When you are multitasking, you get the feeling that you’re focused on work and that you’re already doing a lot. But it usually doesn’t end up like this. Multitasking drastically reduces your focus because you’re paying attention to too many things at once. So, when you have a lot of things on your hand but you still can’t get your focus back up, take a step back even just for a second. If you notice that it’s because you’re multitasking, drop other unimportant things and focus on one task first!

Think of the consequences

If you start losing focus, it’s likely that you’ll start procrastinating. If you do start procrastinating though, one thing you can do is to think of the consequences if you don’t do your work. It would be even better if you could imagine the worst-case scenario if you delay your work even more. Though this might sound Spartan-like and harsh on yourself, it can be a good way to bring your concentration back.


9 Things to Remember When Caring for a Trailing Jade

The trailing jade plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) is perfect for newbie gardeners because it is easy to grow. However, even if it shares the same name as the jade plant, the trailing jade has different care requirements that you must meet.

The trailing jade is an epiphyte. The term simply means that it attaches itself on trees, rocks, rotten logs, and even the forest ground. That description should tell you that you can grow it in a pot with soil, but you will get better results by recreating its natural habitat.

The trailing jade can produce flowers. Most gardeners prize this succulent’s trailing stems and leaves, but they are also capable of producing flowers on the spikes given the right conditions. The trails make them ideal for placing near windowsills or in hanging baskets. The stems can grow up to 30 cm in length, so they do not really take up a lot of space.

Use a peat-based soil. If you want to use a soil mix, choose a peat-based soil which contains perlite or sand and peat (1:2). This allows for adequate drainage and aeration of the soil. If you want to re-pot the trailing jade, you can change only the top soil once a year. Do not move the plant unless it looks like it is outgrowing the container.

Give it something to climb on. As a vine, it should have a support structure to grow around. Use a trellis, arbor, or pergola to showcase its beauty.

Keep the trailing jade away from the cold. If grown outdoors in Singapore, the trailing jade will have no issues, but if you want to place this indoors, make sure that there are no drastic changes in the temperature. Anything below 10°C in an air-conditioned room is bad for the trailing jade, which is native to tropical forests in South America. Ideal temperatures are between 18°C to 24°C.

The trailing hade needs bright indirect lights. This plant grows under the shade of tall trees in its natural habitat, so it is only natural to provide it with the same conditions at home. Morning light is fine, but it should be protected during the hottest times of the day. If you notice the leaves look scorched, you need to move the plant elsewhere. However, spray the leaves regularly to keep high humidity.

Do not over-water the trailing jade. It is a succulent, so it means it is good in storing water, but it has small roots. Wait until the soil is dry before watering the trailing jade. In fact, it is better if you water it sparingly than regularly.

Fertilize the trailing jade occasionally. If the plant looks healthy, there is no need to use a fertilizer, but if you must, use a diluted liquid fertilizer once a month.

You need to prune the trailing jade. To keep it in good shape, pinch the stems on the overgrowths. You can even use the stem tips and leaf cuttings to propagate the trailing jade. Tie the stems loosely to keep to the shape of the structure supporting it.


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!


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