How to Make Your Own Mayonnaise at Home

While store-bought mayonnaise is perfectly fine on its own, nothing beats the real deal in its simplicity. You may have read the label in one only to find that it lists as many as ten different ingredients, including things such as glucose-fructose syrup, or even coloring.

In reality, there should only be three ingredients to make everyone’s favorite emulsion: eggs, oil, and vinegar.
However, there’s good news. Homemade mayonnaise is surprisingly easy to make and prepare, and has a lot of delicious applications, from salad dressings for staying healthy, to a savory dip for deep-fried foods for a perfect afternoon snack.

Procedure
Since homemade mayonnaise doesn’t require any cooking, the process shouldn’t take too long. With the right ingredients – egg yolk/s, vinegar, and oil – you can make your very own condiment that you can mix with other condiments and spices to suit your taste.

Step 1. Combine the egg yolk/s and vinegar in a container and mix them until light and creamy. Alternatively, you can use a hand whisk, an electric hand mixer, or even mix the two in a blender until you achieve the said consistency.

Step 2. Continue mixing the egg yolks and vinegar. This time, slowly introduce the oil as you mix. The resulting mixture should be thick and pale.

Note: Keep in mind that adding the oil into the mix is much trickier than what a lot of cooking tutorials make it out to look like. This is why you should only add a few drops in the first few minutes of mixing. If the mixture doesn’t turn out as it should, start the previous steps again in a clean bowl.

Step 3. If you have a knack for introducing different flavors into your condiments, now is the time to add the other spices into your mayonnaise.

Roasted garlic is a must for mouth-watering aioli, tomato sauce will yield a delicious seafood sauce, and a delicious Caesar salad dressing will obviously call for Worcestershire sauce and anchovies.

Note: If you’re unfamiliar with making Caesar salad dressing and are suspicious about adding anchovies into the mix, don’t worry. They’re not there to make your dressing taste like fish – they’re there to bring out the nice umami flavor that will make your Caesar salad to die for.

Step 4. Continue to mix while adding the spices. Once the mixture now appears white and creamy, season with a pinch of salt or pepper to taste and leave in the fridge to chill for an hour or two before serving.

Other Tips
For best results, be sure to use warm wine vinegar or cold lemon juice. While you may think that any temperature of the liquid will help you achieve the results you want, the truth is that temperature can affect the flavor depending on your taste.

Differences in Uterine, Ovarian and Cervical Cancer

Perhaps you have heard of the term cervical cancer when you asked your doctor about HPV vaccinations, but there are also other forms of gynecologic cancers that women must be aware of such as uterine and ovarian cancer.

Uterine Cancer
Also called endometrial cancer, it includes symptoms such as pelvic pain, painful intercourse, unexplained weight loss, bleeding or spotting, and unusual discharges. Sometimes, the woman might also have a mass or tumor in the affected area. There is no known cause for uterine cancer, but it has been observed that most of the women with the condition have very high levels of estrogen. Uterine cancer may be similar to cervical cancer because they both begin in the uterus, but the specific locations are different. Uterine cancer is first found in the endometrium, while cervical cancer starts in the lower part of the uterus or the surface of the cervix. Unlike cervical cancer, uterine cancer can be difficult to detect because there are no standard tests and doctors usually rely on the symptoms described by the patients.

Ovarian Cancer
This is a type of cancer that primarily affects the reproductive glands, but diagnosis of the illness can be difficult because some women can also have non-cancerous tumors and low malignant potential tumors in the ovaries. The former is considered benign, but the latter can potentially affect other tissues. There are various types of malignant ovarian tumors, but all of them exhibit the same symptoms, such as; pelvic pain, abdominal pain, bloating, urinary issues, and menstrual problems. Scholars still cannot point out what causes ovarian cancer, but there are studies that show that a woman is at risk if certain gene mutations are present.

Cervical Cancer
Most cases of cervical cancer begin in the area between the ectocervix and the endocervix. This type of cancer exhibits different symptoms than that of ovarian cancer, such as; pelvic pain, painful urination and increased urination, vaginal bleeding, bleeding between periods or after menopause, and heavy discharges. One common cause of cervical cancer is being infected with a strain of human papillomavirus, specifically HPV-16 and 18. Fortunately, there are HPV vaccines available in Singapore for women who want to give themselves extra protection. Cervical cancer can also be detected earlier than uterine cancer, even if the symptoms are not yet noticeable in the early stages.

Cancer Screening
Although there are some differences in the symptoms of the three gynecological cancers, there are tests which can detect any of these. If you suspect that you have one of these conditions, talk to your gynecologist in Singapore for the following tests: Pap smear, endometrial tissue sampling, ultrasound, pelvic exam, CT scan, MRI scan, and positron emission. A Pap smear is used for uterine and cervical cancer, the tissue sampling is used for uterine cancer, and pelvic examination can detect abnormalities in any part of the female reproductive system.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Types of Pest Control Methods

Pest control services in Singapore employ various methods and equipment when they have to terminate pest infestations in your home, and different methods and equipment can be used at the same time to treat these infestations.

These are some of the most common methods that pest control management services use for your home in Singapore:

Baiting
Baiting is perhaps one of the most effective ways of dealing with common household pests. The active ingredients in bait mean a slow, gradual death for any pest unlucky enough to ingest and spread it.

This works especially well when you want to exterminate rodents, get rid of cockroaches, or remove termites from your home because their numbers make the poison spread easily.

The only downside of baiting is that it’s slow, and it may take days for the poison to work its way through an infestation’s numbers. The pests may also develop bait shyness, which can affect how effective the poison will be.

Trapping
Another way of dealing with pest infestations that you encounter is by trapping them to kill them or release them at a distance far from your home. Trapping especially works when you want to destroy annoying insects and exterminate rodents.

Traps can be quite versatile when dealing with a small number of rodents in your home, as they can be paired with bait or put in place after having your home sprayed with pesticide.

There are also different types of traps that you can use depending on how you want to deal with rodents. While there are those that kill, there are those that leave the pest alive, which allows you to release the pest safely.

Spraying
The most common method in dealing with insect pests is by spraying the infested areas of your home by spraying it with pesticides and/or insecticides, and are often safe as long as they are handled well by professional pest control services in Singapore.

There are two types of spray substances used by pest control services: natural (pesticides based on plant extracts) and chemical (synthetic pesticides designed to target specific pests).

These different spray substances can vary based on how effective they are against dealing with pests and whether or not they can pose a severe health problem for you and your family and pets, if any.

When your house is being sprayed to get rid of a pest infestation, be sure to keep everyone and everything that could be ingested at a safe distance and away from potential contact, and be sure to stay safe and avoid ingesting the fumes yourself.

These types of pest control treatments may be used along with one another when your house is being cleared. To know which ones should be best used for your home, contact your pest control service as soon as possible.

Preparing for the Military

It is a requirement that Singaporean boys serve in the military for at least two years and whether you like it or not, you have to do it. Now, would you like to just live through the two years of training or would you rather prepare for your training and excel in your performance? It is a normal thing for boys to be physical and although not all boys are into sports, we are required by society to have some level of physical strength.

Doing not only the household chores but also some physical activities requires a level of strength you can only achieve through exercise. Now, in military training, you are expected to be able to reach some level of strength for you to be able to perform certain physical activities. It may not be easy but it is required of you. Either just surviving your training or excelling is totally up to you.

Getting the right amount of exercise before your two years in the military is very important. The easiest way to improve your physical capabilities is to constantly exercise. You probably already know which exercises you are suppose to perform. These are very basic exercises but at the same time very effective.

Jogging everyday or at least twice a week is a good way to train your stamina and improve your cardiovascular capabilities. This also increases your endurance towards certain activities that may be very strenuous towards your body. The first thing you are suppose to improve is your stamina and endurance since this will give you the upper hand when it comes to military exercises. Strength isn’t everything, it is also important that you are able to keep your strength up for a long period of time. Some people are only strong for a couple of minutes before their body gives up and this is something you should definitely improve. Your body should be able to keep strong for a long period of time if you are to excel.

Push-ups and pull-ups are very important because they strengthen the right parts of your body that are needed for you to do certain tasks. The military may be scary at first but once you are able to get past that fear and strive for greatness, it could actually be a really good thing for you.

Do not forget why you are going to the military and what motivates you to stay strong, if it is not the country of Singapore, then you should find an inspiration to motivate you and keep you together until your service towards the country is finished. Two years may seem like a lot but once you are done, it would seem a breeze flowing by.

Man’s Guide to a Good Haircut

What most men don’t give importance to is their hair which is in the most important part of your body, your face! Your hair is one of the ultimate sign of grooming and if you do not treat your hair with respect, then it would also be hard for others to treat you with respect. We can not stress enough how a good haircut is very important to your image. Never! We repeat, never! Allow yourself to have a bad hair-day.

Sometimes we forget to get a haircut on a regular basis and only end up getting a haircut once we receive a bunch of negative comments but when do we really need to have our hair cut? Before everything, it isn’t just about the right length of hair, your haircut should also be in style and should compliment your looks instead of grabbing all the attention from your face.

Now, here’s how to have amazing hair. First of all, you have to be able to pick a style that works best for you. There are so many head shapes and sizes and before deciding the hair your want to have, you have to understand your face first. There are some people with round faces and there are others with a lot of angles to them. This greatly affects the shape of the specific haircut they should rock. Now, how do we do this? Well, there are a lot of tips online for you to figure out if your face is an oblong, a triangle or diamond, a square or rectangle, or maybe even a heart. First of all, you’d really have to sit in the mirror and take a good look at the shape of your head. One thing that really helps is pulling all your hair backwards or making it flat or wet for you to really understand the shape of your head.

Once you’ve understood the shape of your head, you then have to decide the length of hair you would want to have. Let’s face it, some people feel more comfortable with longer hair while others would prefer hair that is really short, their scalp may be visible. Either way, decide which length gives you confidence and start picking up a style. Sadly, you’ll also have to put into mind that you shouldn’t one hundred percent duplicate that style, there is a personalized haircut that works best for every individual and you have to be ready to compromise for the sake of a good look.

A great way to find out which hairstyle goes best is to consult an expert for opinion. You should be willing to shell out a little more money, after all, your hair is very important to your image.

Common Illnesses Associated with Old Age

Even the people that live to a ripe old age in Singapore eventually suffer from illnesses that take advantage of a weaker immune system and slow metabolism. These are the most common illnesses that the elderly need to watch out for.

Alzheimer’s Disease
This disease is brought on by the brain’s inability to stop function, resulting in the decline of cognitive processes and the death of the brain cells. Unfortunately, the condition is irreversible and will cause the elderly to lose the ability to perform daily activities and will have difficulty remembering events and even language. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, the general term for diseases that affect a person’s memory, language, and behavior.

Arthritis and Osteoporosis
Arthritis affects the quality of life of most of the elderly because it can discourage them from being physically active. The name arthritis, however, refers not just to the inflammation of joints, but the different conditions that affect muscles and tissues as well. The most common type that affects people older than 65 years is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative disease caused by the weakening of the tissue in the joints. Another problem associated with the bones is called osteoporosis and it increases the risk of getting fractures especially during falls. Osteoporosis develops from the imbalance of bone formation and bone resorption.

Hearing Loss
There is no clear explanation why some elderly lose their hearing as they age, but it could be a combination of different factors. Some doctors point to genes, medications, and a lifetime of exposure to loud noises and other damaging factors as the causes. Some of the elderly are required to wear hearing aids so they can still live quality lives.

Eye Diseases
There are eye diseases associated with old age such as cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Cataract is the result of aging or injuries to the tissue in the lens, making the eyes cloudy. Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the part of the retina that becomes sensitive to the light. Glaucoma results from the damage to the optic nerve, and if not treated early, can lead to permanent blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the result the damage to the blood vessels in retina caused by diabetes or uncontrolled and erratic blood glucose levels in the body.

Heart Diseases
Heart diseases are common among the elderly because of the development of high blood pressure and the risk posed by high cholesterol. Even when a person maintains a healthy lifestyle, there is always a risk of developing age-related problems in the cardiovascular system. Changes in the heart and the blood vessels affect the flow and distribution of the blood, nutrients and oxygen to different parts of the body. Some changes associated with age include the following: the heart might increase in size, abnormal rhythms occur, the capillary walls in the blood vessels thicken, the reproduction of red blood cells and white blood cells are reduced, and the heart muscles degenerate.

Tips for Beginner Cosplayers

Cosplayers are no longer a small niche in fan groups, but are slowly being recognized for their art and creativity. A lot of artists, photographers (called cameko), and models are specializing in the field and even earn money from making costumes and doing photoshoots. As a result, newcomers in cosplaying are often intimidated by the talent of their fellow fans. Worry no more, because here are simple tips on how to become a cosplayer.

Who can Become a Cosplayer?
Anyone can cosplay. It doesn’t matter if the character you have chosen to imitate does not have the same gender, ethnic background, skin color, hair and eyes, or even language as yours. You can even change the gender of the character you’re cosplaying (it’s called gender-bending) as long as you keep the important features that distinguish the character from the others.

How to Choose a Character?
You don’t just randomly select a character to cosplay; you have to get to know the character first. That means you have to watch the TV series or movie(s) they were part of, read the books and comics/manga, play the video games, and take note of their mannerisms, language, and background. Cosplaying is similar to role-playing, and in this case, you will be giving life to a pre-made character. Researching about the character is important, so gather as much information as you can. It would be an advantage, however, if you’re cosplaying your favorite character because you’ll already be familiar with the expressions, movements, and signature lines and moves.

How to Create the Costume?
You will need a detailed visual guide for the costume complete with accessories, weapons, and makeup. Most cosplayers don’t buy pre-made outfits and instead create the outfits from scratch. You have to break down and list all the individual pieces you will need to complete the outfit to look as closely as possible as the character. If you’re planning to join competitions, it’s a great opportunity to use your artistic skills in creating costumes. For casual cosplayers, you can mix pre-made items with customized pieces. The most important thing is that the costume should fit you perfectly.

What to Do with Props?
Most cosplayers use lightweight materials for their costumes and props. If you’re planning to create an armor for example, the best materials to use are foam, plastic or wood which can be painted over. These are easy to transport to the convention and then store at home. Large pieces should be broken down into detachable smaller items so they can be brought easily and reassembled when needed.

What Should I Bring?
If it’s your first time attending a convention in Singapore, don’t forget to pack all your costumes and props neatly so that they can be easily assembled. Bring your sewing kit and glue gun for emergencies, extra clothes (including underwear), and other essentials so you can be as comfortable as possible. Most importantly, enjoy cosplaying!

Common Techniques on How to Get Your Eyebrows in Shape

When it comes to personal grooming, you have to decide at some point on how to keep your eyebrows prim and proper. There are a number of ways for you to keep your brows in shape, of which you may opt to do at home by making use of a set of tweezers or at an eyebrow grooming salon equipped with the latest threading and trimming trends.

Tweezing
Also known as the process of plucking your brows, this is one of the most common methods people use to shape their eyebrows. Plucking out the hairs on your brows doesn’t have to be difficult especially if you have the right set of tweezers. You need a sharp pair which can easily isolate individual strands to firmly grip them and remove them without failing.

If you’re wondering, the perfect time to tweeze your eyebrows is right after stepping out of the shower. Your skin will be notably pliant and soft during that time, helping you pluck with ease.

Waxing
Eyebrow waxing is generally similar to the waxing procedure of the other hairy parts of the body, but since your eyebrows are considered a much more sensitive area — you need to be more delicate and precise in doing the process. It is better to get it done by a professional to avoid any mishaps, especially if you don’t have the slightest clue about eyebrow waxing.

Trimming your brow hair by waxing is considered better than mere tweezing because the hairs will take a longer time to grow back. You will also be left with a softer and smoother skin after the procedure.

Threading
Threading involves the use of a thin twine or a thread piece to grip and remove hairs on the brow one by one. The eyebrow threading process has been practiced since ages ago, notably in a number of Asian and Middle Eastern countries. It soon spanned a worldwide popularity because of its accuracy and painless nature.

It has to be done by someone who is well-versed and experienced in the practice, so your best option is to head to the nearest brow salon to have a threading. The whole experience is noted to be liberating as it leaves you with perfectly shaped brows.

Tattoo
Doing your brows in the morning can turn into a bothersome chore, especially if you’re doing it almost every day for years. One solution into shaping your brows without having to fill it in daily is through getting an eyebrow tattoo. A trained tattoo artist will draw your preferred brow shape which lasts for long stretches of time.

The tattoo doesn’t go as deep as the typical ones since it uses a less concentrated ink. Hence, you will need to go for a touch-up at least once a year as it is noted to fade eventually.

A Simple Guide on How to Properly Groom Your Brows

If you’re currently tight on budget to have your brows fixed at a salon or keen on learning how to groom your brows yourself, styling your brows at home is possible. This can actually be a perfect recreational activity to do over the weekends. Regardless, there is a high risk of mishaps in carrying out the process on your own, especially if it’s your first time to do it.

In order to reduce the possibility of failure and late regrets, here is a guide you must follow through in order to style your brows perfectly.

Brush your eyebrows
Often overlooked, it is actually beneficial for us to regularly brush our brows if we want to have stunning eyebrows that lay the way we desire them to. There are brow combs sold in Singapore which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes — but it is best to choose one which won’t potentially irritate your skin with their harshness. When brushing your eyebrows, always remember to start at the roots and brush following the hair growth’s direction.

Create your desired shape
Do a little research and figure out which brow shape is perfect for your facial structure. There are different arcs and angles suited to each face shape, and you might want to use that to your advantage to complement your look. Once you’ve determined your target brow arch, outline the shape using an eyebrow pencil and pluck the hairs that fall beyond the outline. You may also make use of an eyebrow stencil to assist you with the process.

Tweeze your brows
Plucking your eyebrows is one easy way to keep them in shape. This method is by far the easiest (compared to waxing or threading), and you may opt to do it at home with a pair of tweezers in hand! Tweezing is also a recommended technique in maintaining your brows since it gives you more control to prevent you from removing way too many hairs at one go. It is encouraged to use pointed tweezers in the process, since they are designed for precision and accuracy.

Fill them in
It is also important to add depth and color opacity to your brows, especially with those who have thin or naturally sparse eyebrows. You may make use of different makeup tools to achieve this. The most popular technique is by using an eyebrow pencil, which you can find in various department stores all over Singapore. It comes in different shades so make sure to choose one which matches your hair color. Other options include brow powder and brow pomade along with the use of an angled brush.

Buying the Right Kitchenware

Buying the right kitchenware may be a bit tricky without sufficient resources but this doesn’t mean that it is not possible. In fact, it is actually better to go for kitchenware within certain limitations rather than blindly purchasing random equipment which aren’t even worth it because they are either too expensive, or too cheap. Anyway, price isn’t everything and there are still a lot of different factors that will guide us into buying the perfect kitchenware.

Here are some of the guidelines you can follow if you are to purchase the perfect kitchenware:

1. Kitchen space
Some people forget to factor in the space within heir kitchen. This is actually very important to factor in because without knowing the exact amount of space your kitchen has, you might end up just adding clutter which will eventually become a nuisance instead of an asset.

2. Need or want
You should definitely refrain from purchasing things that aren’t even needed. Yeah it may be cool to have a couple of awesome gizmos here and there but never forget the basics. Once you know which kitchenware are you using, then maybe you could add a little more.

3. Budget
Set a budget for yourself and work around it. Setting a budge doesn’t mean going for a random number and finding kitchenware that fit that territory, setting a budget means being realistic about what to buy and what not to buy.

4. How often
Okay, just to be clear i you haven’t digested what we said in the need or want part of this article. A great way for you to be able to determine whether it is a need or a want would be to ask yourself how often do you actually use that piece of kitchenware, if you have never worked with a piece of kitchenware but are dying to add it into the kitchen, make sure to be realistic before, during, and after the purchase.

Stacking up your kitchen may be one of the most exciting things to do. The liberty of decorating your own place may be quite overwhelming and once you feel the pressure of filling up the blank space, this is usually when you panic and end up buying everything in a rush. Don’t let pressure be a factor when making a purchase. You might end up buying something you’ll regret later on.

Not everybody cooks, let’s face it. But for those of you who do, you understand the liberty of the feeling of having your own kitchen. Just like a dream finally coming into pieces as you slowly modify that sacred space into something which is not only fully functional but also something that makes you happy.