The Rise of eSports and What It Means for Gamers

Following the announcement of eSports being included as a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games, the industry has been gaining more and more attention. This made possible the launching of the first ever eSports Academy in Singapore through a collaboration between Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association(Scoga) and streaming website, Twitch. 

In addition, a diploma program has also been launched by Informatics Academy. It aims to impart skills on game development and design theories, live-streaming production, eSports knowledge, and coaching/team management. It is also supported by some major developers and companies namely, Riot Games, ESL Asia and Twitch.

It’s true that the eSports scene is definitely flourishing, but what does this really mean for gamers and eSports enthusiasts alike?

“It’s not just a hobby”

Generally, this means that players won’t have to waste money in internet cafés to play/hone their skills anymore because there is now a proper place where they can learn and practice. By being enrolled in an academy, players can showcase their abilities and talents while also learning scholastically. So those who alternate schoolwork and play don’t have to worry too much anymore. This also helps parents to be more accepting of gaming to not be just “a waste of time” but as a legitimate career that their children can pursue. We should then be able to acknowledge eSports as a career path that can be both academic and/or vocational.

Not just for players

eSports is not just about the gamers, it’s involves a lot of different fields in the industry. This is why the academy also includes lessons on live-streaming, shoutcasting (live commentators), and etc. Tournaments are one of the reasons why there are so many gaming enthusiasts around the world. If people can’t make it to the venues (e.g. it’s abroad), they can simply watch broadcasts. And broadcasts would also not be possible without live-streaming production teams. Schoutcasters also contribute to a lot of hype in tournaments. They can be especially important when the game becomes fast-paced and there is a need for analysis and live commentating. Learning to coach teams could also prove to be a worthy career. Even coaches like kKoma of three-time League of Legends world champions SK Telecom T1, has become as popular as his players.

Revenue

Because there is a legitimate demand in the industry itself, sponsors and advertisers have invested in a lot of eSports teams and players. This also isn’t the only way team organizations earn money. In the 7th iteration of the major DotA 2 tournament, The International, the total prize pool was a whopping US$24,787,916. Singaporean DotA 2 superstar, Daryl “iceiceice” Koh Pei Xiang also already has above one million dollars in overall winnings in his pocket. League of Legends developer, Riot Games, has a different approach on the other hand. Riot provides professional players with salaries instead of directly raising the prize pool.   

6 Benefits of Swimming

Whether you’re looking for ways to beat the heat, dream of being an Olympic swimming champion like Joseph Schooling, or just want to have fun at the Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex, here are some good things you could get from a good dip in the water.

  1. Keeps you safe

Well, the biggest reason people learn to swim is simply not drown. So much so that swimming is considered an essential life-skill. Learning to swim is crucial because bodies of water are all around us, hence it is important for our survival. If you know how to swim, not only will you be able to save yourself from the dangerous situation of drowning, you could also go and help others.  

  • A good stress-reliever

Floating through the water in a slow pace can definitely help us unwind after a long, tiring day. We also relieve stress while swimming because we control our breathing, like inhaling and exhaling in meditation. Because we also focus on our bodies when swimming, it gives a chance for our mind to rest and that can help us think more clearly.

  • Strengthen the immune system

The benefits of swimming to our health is mainly centered around its power to enhance the circulatory system. Through the breathing exercises used for swimming, oxygen is regularly distributed to the cells in the body. Through this, the blood can flow easier and the cells can efficiently remove toxins. Swimming also affects the lymphatic system. When it is functioning well, it distributes more healthy white blood cells which increases overall immunity against diseases, as a result. 

  • Improve your flexibility

Flexibility is an important aspect that not only is involved in, but also is improved through swimming. The joints and ligaments in various parts of the body don’t go through too much stress, even though we do broad ranges of motion when swimming.  Being flexible not only improves our range of motion, it also protects us against possible injuries.

  • Interact with many people

Swimming almost always prompts us to interact with others. Whether you’re a competitive swimmer, or just taking a relaxing swim, you will always have people to talk to. We can meet and talk with other people in fun and relaxed way. Another thing to look at is the many of groups synchronized swimmers that exist, both in the competitive and entertainment scenes. 

  • Have a full-body workout

Even though there are no heavy equipment or weights involved, swimming can engage the whole body. You use your arms, legs, and even you’re back. Also, because you float on the water, the muscular stress in the body is evenly distributed. Unlike, in jogging, where all your weight presses down on your legs and feet.   

A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Types of Flooring for Your Home

Next to the walls, and ceiling, the flooring is one of the largest, and by extension, most important aspects of your home that you need to pay attention to. This not only means looking for a kind of material that is easy to clean, resists staining, and feels good to your feet, but also a kind of material that works best with the rest of your home’s elements.

Whether it’s your home or your commercial property, here are some of the most common types of flooring you will encounter in most buildings in Singapore:

Vinyl

For a family with kids and the elderly, vinyl makes for an excellent type of flooring because of its high resistance to slipping. It’s also waterproof, which makes it quite easy to maintain.

This type of flooring is best placed in areas where heavy traffic is likely to occur, which makes it popular among homes or HDB flats with families of four or more, and in areas of the house such as the kitchen or hallway.

Ceramic Flooring Tiles

This type of flooring comes in two types: reflective, which is easy to clean at the cost of being susceptible to foot marks; and non-reflective (matt), which is more suited for areas that need slip-proof flooring because of its texture.

Hardwood/Solid Wood

Nothing gives you the same level of luxury and beauty for your eyes (and your bare feet) as having a solid wood floor. Though teak is the most commonly used hardwood for flooring in Singapore, other types have recently become more popular, such as cherry, oak, and birch.

Wooden flooring often comes in planks and boards of different properties, from cuts, to sizes, to dimensional stability.

Laminate

The look of wood without the hassle of maintenance can be found in laminated flooring, which is why it has become another popular flooring type. However, laminate should only be installed in dryer areas in the house or property.

While quality laminate flooring is made to resist scratches, staining, and fading, they are still prone to warping when exposed to moisture for extended periods of time.

Stone

Every cut of stone used for flooring is unique, which can make materials such as marble, granite, and slate equally luxurious and highly sought after. They even come in various finishes that you can choose from: honed, polished, or bush-hammered.

However, as much as natural stone is beautiful to have as a flooring for your home, it can also be quite expensive. When choosing to have stone flooring for your home, keep in mind that extra care is needed to take care of it.

The Different Types of House Paints and Finishes

The ultimate medium of any designer is the paint that goes on the surfaces of homes, whether applied on the outside or in. While paints or finishes are effective ways to both protect and decorate surfaces, not all paints are applicable in every surface.

Most paints fall into general categories, and these basic types of paint will usually be enough for all your domestic paint job needs. Here they are for your consideration:

Base Coats

Base coats are what bind the finishing coats to the surface they are painted on. Done well, they keep the other coats from peeling off or from losing their colors because of the nature of the surface.

Primer – The primer, or whitewash, is used on uncoated surfaces in order to protect the material underneath as well as provide a good base for the succeeding coats.

First Coat – To build up the opacity of the decorative finishing coat, one or two more coats are usually applied. This is because the paints applied may not always be spread evenly or a surface may need more paint to be coated evenly.   

Finish Coats

Finish coats are more decorative, applied only after the base coats have dried, or after washing down surfaces that have been previously painted.

There are at least three types of finish coats: flat, eggshell, and gloss and satin. The first one is often used for ceilings and walls, and is best used on siding materials. Eggshell finish is more durable than flat, and gloss and satin goes best with wooden or metal surfaces.

Specialty Paints

While most paints will do well in most domestic purposes as long as the right primer is applied on the surface that they were designed for, there are some paints that are made specifically to fulfill a particular task.

Some of these specialty paints include bathroom/kitchen paint, floor paint, metal paint, and traditional paint. The first two are formulated to resist fungal growth, moisture, and staining, with the exception that newly-painted concrete floors need to cure completely before painting.

Metal paint is exactly what it is: high-gloss paint that is designed specifically to give metal surfaces their sheen, and can even be applied directly over rust. Cleaning the brushes used to apply metal paint will, however, take paint thinner instead of mineral spirit.

The last category of specialty paint is traditional paint, such as distemper, limewash, and other types of traditional colors, which can now be purchased much more easily. (One thing you need to look out for in limewash is that it can be volatile when mixed with water, so be sure to read the instructions carefully.)

Why You Should Call a Locksmith Service Instead of Picking Your House Lock Yourself

When you get locked out of your house or your car, you may be tempted to break yourself in. But when you don’t know what you’re doing, you can easily cause more problems than what you’re trying to solve.

Here’s why it’s better to leave it to a locksmith services in Singapore to break you in should you happen to have a problem with your locks and/or keys:

1. You avoid looking suspicious.
No one wants to look suspicious when doing anything, especially when they’re trying to break into their own home or car because they forgot to bring their keys along with them. However, when you do try unlock car doors or your own home, you will still get suspicious looks.

The good news is that you can easily avoid these kinds of embarrassing moments by simply calling a locksmith service in Singapore when you need help to open door. For this reason, there are many 24 hour locksmith companies that can provide key duplication or replacement any time of day.

2. Their services are confidential.
Locksmith services make sure to keep everything as private and confidential as possible, whether you need to unlock the door to your HDB flat or unlock car doors if you’re in a hurry to get to work.

But the downside to this is that once the locksmith arrives, he/she may ask for your identification. This is needed to verify that that is indeed your address, and not simply someone trying to break into someone else’s home or car.

3. They can break you in without breaking your lock.
Professional locksmiths are able to work locks without breaking them, unlock biometric door, as well as so much more. If your door access machine failed or you managed to break your lock by accident, these Singapore locksmiths also provide a lock installation service and replacement service, as well as fix broken locks that can still be saved. A 24 hour locksmith can be of assistance in case of these emergencies.

Whether you need a key maker in order to duplicate a key, or even a way to repair a lock after you tried to break yourself into your own home, a locksmith can help you out.

Additionally, a locksmith can even install security systems to make your home safer and prevent would-be burglars from trying to pick your locks when you’re not around.

Call a Locksmith for Your Home Today!
Stuck without your house keys? Need a car locksmith to get your car key un-jammed? Need a cheap locksmith that provides quality services? Well, look no further.

There are all kinds of problems you can encounter with your locks and keys that you can’t solve when you try to unpick your lock on your own, but with a professional helping you out, you can say goodbye to these inconveniences for good.

So what are you waiting for? Call a locksmith services to fix all your lock and security problems today!

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

Get to Know the Five Surprising Health Benefits of Butter

If you’re a fan of pastries and other types of delicious baked treats, you may have recently tried to avoid butter because of the effects that fat can have on the body.

However, not all fats are harmful. Fats such as monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat is actually healthy and needed by the body, and can help important bodily functions. Certain saturated fats can also be healthy when in moderation.

In fact, here are the various health benefits butter can give you when eaten in moderation:

1. It has a lot of fat-soluble vitamins
You can find a lot of fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K2, in butter. If you’re considering going vegetarian, adding butter can make up for a lot of the nutrients you would only get in eating meat.

While the first three are nothing new to you if you’re already eating healthy, K2 (which aids in breaking down calcium to be used in the body) is can be hard to find outside of grass-fed butter.

Selenium, which is responsible for enhancing antioxidant effects in your body, is another fat-soluble mineral present in grass-fed butter.

2. Lowered heart attack risk
Saturated fats can also be healthy, and when consumed in moderate amounts, can help the body perform its various functions.

For instance, saturated fats have been shown to help raise a person’s good cholesterol count, while at the same time neutralizing a good portion of a person’s bad cholesterol. This decrease in bad cholesterol can help prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases later on.

Another way that moderate amounts of butter can lower the risk of heart disease is the additional introduction of vitamin K2 into the bloodstream.

3. Butter is rich in butyrate
Butyrate is a fatty acid created by bacteria when they are exposed to dietary fibers. For humans, this acid is highly beneficial to the digestive system because of its anti-inflammatory and protective effects.

This makes it more effective as a health food than margarine, which is perceived as a “healthier” low-calorie alternative to butter.

4. Certain fats in butter contain anti-cancer properties
While this may sound like a stretch at first, it turns out that grass-fed butter does in fact contain significant amounts of conjugated linoleic acid, which not just boosts your immunity and build muscle mass, but also prevents the development of cancer cells.

5. Butter improves the mood (and the mind)
Additionally, while it seems that cholesterols are the bane of any healthy diet, it turns out that low cholesterol levels can be linked to a higher risk of conditions such as depression, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s.

With just a small helping of butter included as a food ingredient, the risk of these conditions go drastically down.

4 Great Reasons to Try Out Couples Yoga Today

Yoga has its own benefits as an exercise. Contrary to what you think, there are a lot of bodyweight and breathing exercises in yoga, as well as different styles of yoga, that can do the same thing as spending time in the gym.

However, there are more benefits you can get when sharing this activity with your partner. Aside from having someone to practice and hold different kinds of poses with, there are other ways that couples yoga can be good for you:

1. It reduces anxiety and stress. Yoga is sure to reduce the anxiety and stress of everyday life with many exercises that involve different breathing techniques and poses that require you to stretch and hold your muscles for extended periods of time.

But when you do it with your partner, it’s another story – couples yoga is great for reducing stress and tension after a long day, and makes for a great bonding experience overall.

2. It creates more shared moments. The simple act of doing something together with your partner is a shared moment in itself, and if you’re having a hard time looking for something to do together, couples yoga is a great and easy way to spend quality time with your partner.

3. It promotes intimacy. What makes yoga a gift that keeps on giving is the trust built during the exercises. In fact, certain exercises in couples’ yoga require trust between both parties to hold certain poses for lengths of time.

Once your yoga session is done, not only do you discover your limits and strengths, but you also take steps to improve them, and by extension improve as a couple.

4. If offers warmth and affection. Yoga isn’t sexual in nature, even though it often leads to a better sex life with your partner.

What is integral to couples yoga, however, is touch, which gives much-needed feelings of warmth and affection for both partners. You and your partner will especially need a way to keep them alive when both of you are working and have different schedules, and this is a great way to do so.

To keep the romance alive, there are a lot of exercises you can do in your free time. All you need are comfortable clothes and an exercise mat, and you can get started on a few poses, such as the partner double tree, the downward double log, or even the standard back-to-back pose.

Not only can you repeat different exercises and modify your routine to have all kinds of poses, but you can also adjust your routine to have as many repetitions as you want.