What is the Difference between a Humidifier, a Dehumidifier, and an Air Purifier?

Singapore may be humid, but there are instances where a place, such as an office or your own home, may not have the same quality that you’re used to. Throughout the year, you may need the help of a machine to regulate the air quality depending on how dry or humid it is.

These devices should ideally keep the humidity in an enclosed area within thirty-five to forty-five percent. However, while these three devices may seem similar at first, they serve different purposes. Here they are for your consideration:

Humidifiers add humidity to the air, which is great for areas or rooms that feel too dry, which can cause sores and itching for sensitive skin that also dries out as a result. They usually come in four types: ultrasonic, evaporative, impeller-driven, and steam vaporizers.

Both ultrasonic and impeller-driven humidifiers produce a cool mist to add humidity to the room in different ways. The latter uses ultrasonic waves in order to produce mist, and the former uses a high-powered fan to evaporate the water into the air as a way to make cool mist.

Meanwhile, steam and evaporative vaporizers heat water into mist with electricity. While some models allow the mist to cool down slightly before exiting the machine, these models are usually known as warm mist humidifiers.

While humidifiers work by adding moisture into the air, dehumidifiers do the opposite by taking moisture from the air to lower its humidity. Dehumidifiers are often used for areas where the humidity is too high and needs to be lowered, such as rooms with little ventilation.

Reducing the humidity will also reduce the instances of allergens, such as mold and mildew, from thriving. This also makes them great for drying laundry indoors quickly and easily, aside from being generally easier to maintain than humidifiers.

However, if the lack of moisture triggers nasal allergies that are more prone to infection, a humidifier may be needed to add water into the air and keep the humidity at a level that will minimize said allergies.

Air Purifier
This device is helpful for those afflicted with an allergic reaction spread through dust mites, pollen, or pet hair. Air purifiers remove these pollutants and other particles from the indoor air and do so via two methods: mechanical filter and electrostatic filter.

While mechanical filters are fairly straightforward, electrostatic filters use static electricity in order to make suspended particles stick to a surface where they can be easily wiped. Purifiers can also produce either ozone or UV light, which may have their own side effects.

Ozone, for instance, should not be used if there are people nearby who suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma, and should instead be near purifiers that use ultraviolet light, which are often used in many hospitals and health centers.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

8 Must-Know Tips to Achieve Your Dream Body

Everyone wants a healthier, stronger and leaner body, but not everyone knows the real thing behind exercise, diet and fitness. If you’re one of the majorities who wishes to get leaner, keep these tips and strategies in mind as you journey towards achieving the body you’ve always dreamed of.

1. Change up your routine every two weeks
If motivation is a big factor, keep your routine as interesting as possible by changing it up every two weeks. Boredom can be your biggest enemy when working out. According to experts, people find variety much more enjoyable.

2. Fuel up after workout
For someone trying to be fit, breakfast is not exactly the most important meal, but the post-workout meal. While you may be tempted to skip refueling, thinking that you might undo the burnt calories, a combo of 15 grams of protein and 30 grams of carb will help restore your energy, promote muscle recovery and help build a leaner physique.

3. Hang on tight instead of pulling up
Can’t do a single pull up? No worries. Simply hanging on the monkey bar for as long as you can is enough to slowly improve your upper-body strength. Keeping your body still will naturally engage your core, hips and lower back, as well as your arms. If you want to bring it up a notch, slowly move your legs up and down.

4. Put on your bikini every so often
Do not pack away your bikinis even if it’s rainy season. Doing so may lead to potential surprises of ‘how did I get these extra love handles?” or “why does this fit awfully now?” Keep your two-piece handy so you can put it on every now and then and make sure you still like what you see in the mirror.

5. Proper execution matters—a lot!
50 push-ups won’t matter if you are not executing the exercise correctly. Before adding more weight or increasing your speed, perfect your form and technique first. This is especially important if your routine requires you to perform as many reps as possible during a certain amount of time.

6. Give your ropes some love
The best exercise tool available is a jump rope. It may seem juvenile until you see perfectly-toned-bodied boxing pros doing jumping ropes every time they train. Not only is this workout equipment inexpensive, they are also compact and portable. Who would’ve thought that this children’s toy can help you burn 200 calories in 20 minutes?

7. Sweat out to your own tunes
Listening to your favorite upbeat music will help you power through an arduous workout. In fact, studies show that people who exercise on machines designed to play music based on their speed and effort exert more energy (without being aware of it) than those who exercise without music.

These are just a few tips to hopefully help you achieve your fitness goals. Now that you’re armed with the right knowledge, you already have a good idea of how you should tackle the quest for better health and fitness.

Requirements for Freight Forwarding in Singapore

If your business needs to send merchandise through local freight or international freight, you should not negotiate or hire a shipping company or a local logistics company without consulting a freight forwarder in Singapore. You will be able to move cargo easily anywhere in the country or around the world because the freight forwarding company has connections to customs, various logistics services, and transportation agencies.

To understand the complexity of freight forwarding, let’s look at the requirements for importing and exporting in Singapore.

Import Requirements in Singapore

Importation refers to the process of bringing goods from a free trade zone into Singapore. If you hire a freight forwarding services company to handle the documentation of your merchandise, the process of importation becomes much easier because the logistics company understands the Customs Act regulations and has connections to different transportation companies. The freight forwarder can also arrange for the shipping company to transport the goods safely and on time.

As the importer or consignee or receiver of the merchandise, you will be required to complete or submit the following to your freight forwarding company:

• Customs permit, customs account and a Unique Entity Number
• Confirmation that the goods are not within the restrictions
• Inter-bank GIRO for payments and taxes to Singapore Customs
• Goods and Services Tax and Duty are not required if the merchandise remains within a free trade zone or stored in a licensed warehouse, but the importer or shipper is required to pay GST and/or duty if the merchandise will be sold locally
• GST and/or Duty are not required if the merchandise is granted exemption through the Temporary Import Scheme, Major Export Scheme, Approved Import GST Suspension Scheme, and Import GST Deferment Scheme
• Declaration documents for customs clearance such as invoices, permits, endorsements, packing list, Bill of Lading for sea freight or Air Waybill for air freight
• Insurance bond or banker’s or company guarantee of the goods

Export Requirements in Singapore

A fast goods shipping coordinator can also handle the processing of requirements and permits for exportation of goods from Singapore. As the shipper or freight forwarder, it is your responsibility to determine whether the merchandise is allowed for air freight or sea freight; complete and relevant information of the merchandise is provided to the logistics company or the freight forwarding agent; and that the dangerous goods and properly packed, labeled, and classified. The freight forwarder is responsible for looking for the best possible solutions for transportation of the goods.

The following are the requirements for exporting goods from Singapore to a designated country:

• Customs account, customs permit, and a Unique Entity Number
• Confirmation that the goods are subject or not to restrictions under the Competent Authorities in Singapore
• Declaration for Dangerous Goods in case the merchandise is classified as such; this document requires the material or product safety data that will determine the classification of the merchandise
• Containerised cargo for sea freight require documents such as Bill of lading, invoices, permit for cargo lodgement, and packing list
• Conventional cargo for land freight or air freight require Airway Bill, invoices, packing list, permit number for cargo lodgment

GST and duty are not required for export of merchandise from Singapore.

Movies that make Men Cry

As a guy, it’s pretty hard for us to feel the emotional connection with most movies since our lives are a tad bit different from those which we see on the big screen. But anyway, sometimes as a man, we need to watch movies that make us feel sensitive, even if it is just for a while. These movies make you cry for all the right reasons. None of the corny tears, these movies bring out manly tears. You won’t even feel bad for shedding a tear or two during because of these movies.

Here are a few of the best movies for guys:

1. Warrior
Warrior is a film that hasn’t gotten the appreciation it deserves. The film follows two brothers who have been separated from each other for many years since their parent’s divorce. Somehow, the brothers find each other again but this time, under very unusual circumstances. If you love MMA and fighting in general, this movie is definitely the movie for you.

2. Southpaw
Southpaw tackles a really messy story of a famous boxer whose life has started to fall apart and his journey to redeem what he has lost. This movie is not only moving, it is also very tough. It shows a man willing to go to the farthest extent just for him to redeem himself. But then again, redemption is not just for you, it is also for the ones you love.

3. Fight Club
Following a really messy story of people who started a club based on just one factor, fighting. People in the club get to fight each other and release their animalistic instincts. The dopamine surge through their bodies as they put themselves through the situation of fighting for survival. Fight club is man’s classic movie. The ending however, might leave you in tears not from sadness, but from completion.

These movies, although a few, are perfect movies for you to just indulge yourself in. These are the type of movies that stir guys up and brings out all those hidden emotions that have been locked a way for quite a period of time. Let’s face it, there are some movies whose main viewers are female and others whose dominant viewers are male. These are movies for men, and these are movies that men appreciate. Even if it isn’t about tears, these movies are still really good in itself.

Sometimes it’s necessary to watch a movie or two. Sometimes all we need to do is travel into another world or another life for us to bring back a part of ourselves into our current situation and our current surroundings. Sometimes the lessons we learn from movies help us out with our lives. Sometimes all we need is a good movie.

Modern Music Artists We All Love

Okay, maybe not all of us, but a good slice of the pie. New songs keep on coming everyday as different artists release their music every once in a while. Maybe for some of us, it’s a bit hard to adjust and appreciate the new music being released. Maybe we feel like most modern artists do not have that much to bring to the table? This is entirely wrong. In fact, there are a lot of new artists that are really good and paving the way for better artists in the future. Music does have it’s certain jewels, but there are always a few who stand out a dime in a dozen. Even when it comes to pop music, there are a lot of musicians with a lot to offer.

Here are a few great pop artists of our current generation

1. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is truly an artist. Being able to sing from the heart, it’s amazing that Ed Sheeran is still able to release new albums every now and then. Very heartfelt, it feels like you get to know Ed Sheeran even more the more that you listen to his music. His music is a direct reflection of him and his perspective towards the world. Ed Sheeran has been producing a lot of music and it seems like he is not stopping any time soon. This singer/songwriter hasn’t been stopping at all when it comes to making good music.

2. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is a brilliant pop artist, although the spotlight is his, he makes sure to deliver quality music and performance to his audience. Bruno Mars has constantly been bringing us into different genres and making them more digestible to the public. From reggae to blues to funk, Bruno Mars really knows music as he is very good at incorporating classic techniques and sounds into his modern music. The best part about Bruno Mars is that he rarely releases new songs. But when he does, he makes sure that each and every one of them are amazing.

3. Justin Bieber
Love him or hate him, it’s safe to say that Justin Bieber has been blowing up for the longest time now. We’ve even saw him grow up through his music and character. Justin Bieber is growing and that is the best thing about his music, his music grows with him. From his first song to his latest song, you can definitely see the transformation of his style and sound. Keeping himself in spotlight has never been a problem because whenever he releases something new, the public automatically catches it.

Here are three of the most popular but also most loved musical artists of our time.

The Best Space Opera Novels

Space opera is the science fiction version for chivalric romance and warfare. If you enjoyed Dune by Frank Herbert and Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, you need to check out these other notable titles in the space opera sub-genre.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The first installment of the Hyperion Cantos features different characters across multiple timelines. It is set in the 27th century when the humans have mastered most of the planets in the galaxy using instantaneous travel.

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
The novel is told from three perspectives that later merge into one story as the story progresses. The novel introduces the characters Dan Sylvests, Ilia Volyova, and Ana Khouri.

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
This novel has everything you’d expect from space opera: space wars, aliens, superhuman intelligence, physics, and love and intrigue. The book introduces the idea of a galaxy divided into four zones.

Ringworld by Larry Niven
The novel is an expanded story taken from Larry Niven’s Known Space series and is set in 2850 AD on Earth. It features Louis Gridley Wu who was invited to an expedition beyond the Known Space.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
Set against the Idiran-Culture War, the story is told from the point-of-view of Bora Horza Gobuchul, a changer and Idiran Empire operative.

The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
This collaboration explores the possibilities of the first contact between the human race and an alien species. The novel is set in Jerry Pournelle’s CoDominium where humans have just recovered from a civil war.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
The first book in the series of the same name, it tells the story of John Perry and his work with the Colonial Defense Forces. Perry is exposed to the wonders and the horrors of colonization.

Gateway by Frederik Pohl
The first installment of the HeeChee series, it introduces the space station Gateway, which was built within an asteroid and constructed by an extinct alien race.

Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
Based on one of Poul Anderson’s earlier short stories, it chronicles the trip of a colonization starship which was destined for a faraway star system. The ship, however, failed to decelerate and continued its journey far beyond its destination.

The Centauri Device by M. John Harrison
The book introduces space captain John Truck who transports drugs during his spare time. It is set in a corrupt and stagnant world where Truck is hunted because of his origins.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
The first title in the Imperial Radch series as well as the author’s debut novel, it features a sole survivor of a starship that has been betrayed by its A.I.

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Set in the future when humans have explored and claimed most of the Solar System, it highlights the conflict between the alliance of superpowers and the marginalized Belters of the Asteroid Belt.

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