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What You Need to Know About Owning a Car in Singapore

For those of you who don’t know, Singapore is an extremely difficult place for you to get a car, especially because of the fact that Singapore is a small country, with a small land, not enough roads, and too much vehicles around. Although Singapore is doing a great job in handling traffic, it is definitely not enough because of the amount of vehicles in Singapore. Owning a vehicle in Singapore is incredibly expensive as the tax and certifications are very hard to get. To get a certificate, you would have to pay about $50,000 Singaporean dollars before your vehicle can actually hit the road.

The sad part is that despite paying that amount, your certificate is only good for up to 10 years. The tax on vehicles can be very expensive due to the imports of these vehicles, which could mark up the price of a small SUV by $100,000 Singaporean dollars. If this amount of money doesn’t scare you, then maybe the next paragraph will. Singapore only allows the number of private cars on the road to increase by 0.25% per year, which is very small considering the number of people who want to have a car and maybe even dreamt and already saved up for it.

What makes it even worse is that the government has decided that by February of 2018, they will cease to allow additional cars on the road, which means that if you are desperate to drive, you have to wait for someone to give up their certificates first in order to get permission to drive. Hopefully this is not a permanent case and Singapore would be able to do something about their traffic and increasing vehicle population without the hindrance of people who would love to drive or own a vehicle of their own.

Owning a car may be a dream for some and although it is not impossible to get in Singapore, it can still be very difficult. Aside from the financial struggles a car would put you through, obtaining ownership of a car and getting the certificate could also be another problem. If you really want a car, do not let this stop you and although it can be hard, you have to be diligent enough until you are able to get what you want. The public transportation in Singapore may not be bad at all, but it all depends on you if you want that vehicle. Singapore is a land of opportunity, but you must never forget your competition.


Upgrade Your Food-tography Skills

5 Tips to Take Better Food Photos Using Your Phone
Taking food photos – or ‘foodstagramming’ as people call it – has become a universal habit for a lot of social media users today. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’ll immediately dig into their food without snapping a photo or two. Good thing is we’ve listed down some of the best and simplest tips on how you can capture Instagram-worthy food photos even with the most basic smartphone’s camera.

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  1. Opt for Natural Lighting. Unless you’re taking photos in a poorly lit room or at night, we suggest that you turn off your camera flash and take advantage of the natural light instead. You can do this by moving the subject next to a bright window; or if that’s not an option, use photo editing apps or certain filters to brighten up your photo. An added benefit of no flash, you’re less likely to annoy your fellow diners if you’re in a restaurant.

 

  1. Snap Fresh Food. An easy trick to take gorgeous and sumptuous-looking food photos is to shoot them as soon as they’re cooked (or served). Remember that food tend to lose its visual appeal fast so don’t let it sit for too long before taking pictures of it.

 

  1. Practise Focus and Framing. If there’s one thing that makes photo-taking challenging on a phone, it would be the lack of zooming features. But even without this feature, it’s still possible to take good photos by tapping your phone’s screen to adjust the camera focus. Aside from that, practising proper framing also helps create a more compelling and dramatic image of your subject.

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  1. Set White Cloth as a Reflector. Another good way to snap good photos is to use a white napkin or any white cloth as a reflector to mirror the light and fill in the dark areas in your subject. You can even use the same cloth to soften and filter harsh lighting.

 

  1. Use Photo Editing Applications. Don’t have the time to set a good photography environment? Then leave everything to a photo editing application. For natural-looking filters, try VSCO Cam or Camera+. Another popularly used app is Snapseed – alongside its amazing filters, it also has a tool that creates a desirable background blur and depth of field.

You don’t really need a DSLR camera in order to take exceptional photos. Being creative and maximizing your phone’s features could be more than enough to capture mouth-watering food photos.

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4 Decor Ideas for Small Bedroom Spaces

 

How can you possibly turn your small bedroom into a functional space that contains all of your personal things, plus a bed, bedside table, TV, a big closet, and perhaps a couch? Don’t worry even if you have limited space. The trick lies in the furnishings you choose and keeping most of the space clean and clutter-free.

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  1. Choose the Right Curtains

You might need darker drapes to cover the sunlight, but you also need light-coloured curtains to make a small space look bigger. To hit two birds in one stone, layer your curtains. Use dark-coloured drape underneath a light-coloured one that faces the room. Preferably in the same colour of your wall, the curtain will blend in and give an impression of larger space while at the same time blocking the bright sunlight from streaming into your room.

  1. Go Minimal

Limited spaces require less stuff to give it a free-flowing feel, so make sure you decorate minimally but tastefully. Keep the room clean and clutter-free, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have your walls free from hanged decors. Paint your walls in cream shade and hang some of the work of your favourite artists. Find your own style while considering the balance between decorative pieces and art.

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  1. Opt for Multi-Functional Furnishings

For smaller bedrooms, invest in a bed that has built-in storage underneath to take care of your room’s storage and keep it clutter-free. If you want to add an interesting element, then add bedside tables and/or nightstands, which will not only provide you with lamps for night time reading, but also provide additional storage for your knick-knacks, books, and other decorative trinkets. Consider them as bedroom pieces for flaunting your personality.

  1. Play With Reflections

Install a floor-length mirror in one of your walls to open up a small space. The mirror creates an illusion of extended space by reflecting what’s already there. Another technique to use mirrors is to place them across the best angle of the room. If you face an amazing outdoor view, place the mirror across the view to reflect the pleasant sight and allow you to see it from multiple angles.

If you want to double the size of your room instantly, without spending a fortune for major renovation, redecorate your bedroom and have these tips in mind. It will not only make your room look bigger, but also unique and stylish.

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5 Excellent Bookstores in SG  

Despite the ever-growing prevalence of tablets and e-books, the appreciation of original, ink-and-paper books is far from lost here in Singapore. We have big bookstore chains and cosy independent bookshops filling our literary needs. Here are five of our favourite places to go to:

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  1. POPULAR

Living up to its name, POPULAR is the most famous bookstore in the country, which isn’t a surprise given that it is also our oldest and biggest bookstore chain. Aside from offering literature in all genres, POPULAR is also the top bookstore for getting textbooks and school supplies.

  1. BooksActually

A perfect place to book aficionados, BooksActually is a charming bookshop filled with literary classics like those of Joyce, Nabokov and Steinbeck; modern works from writers like Murakami, Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan; as well as novels and stories from local Singaporean writers.

  1. Times Bookstores

Times is the best bookstore if you want to read travelogues, guide books and works of nature writing, although they also offer all kinds of literature. Their branch at the Changi Airport terminals are the most well-equipped and ideal for those looking for travel reading materials.

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  1. Basheer Graphic Books

This is the go-to place for art students, professionals and hobbyists. Basheer Graphic books offers a comprehensive range of books on art, with special titles on drawing, cartooning, animation, product design, interior design, fashion, picture books, landscaping, crafts, typography, photography and architecture.

  1. Kinokuniya

The “bookstore of all bookstores”, Kinokuniya is the single largest bookstore in the country, even one of the biggest in the region. Its more than 400,000 books in stock and 200,000 monthly visitor should give you an idea how big it is. Needless to say, they have the largest collection of books and magazines in Singapore.

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Choosing the Color of Your Car

People who purchase cars do not only spend a lot of time looking for the right model to fit their needs and personalities, they also think hard of what color to choose. The color of the automobile is as important as its model, according to top companies that manufacture cars.

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According to observations and research, the superior vehicle color is white. This is evident in the ongoing Detroit auto show especially in the Volkswagen stand where a notable number of cars are white in color.

The color white has been the predominant automobile color in the last 10 years and according to a representative from Volkswagen, this is because of the Apple era. Car companies sought inspiration from the official colors of Apple products- white with metal and chrome finishing.

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The combination is a fresh choice which consumers has begun to patronize. In addition, the color white is a very clean and modern color. Most cars really look good in the color white. However, these type of white cars are not selling that well in Europe, where the people associate white automobiles with delivery cars, making it look cheap.

People who choose black cars over the white ones are said to be the sporty types. Other people residing in hot countries nonetheless prefer the color white because it deflects heat and using a black car in that type of heat can make the inside of the car very hot. The color white is also very visible, making it easier to maneuver yourself in traffic. It seems that choosing your car’s color is as much of a safety precaution as a personality-driven decision.

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