Design Tips for a Small Apartment Bathroom

A small space can look picture-worthy if you can maximize what you already have. It is only a matter of picking the correct elements and making them work together. A small bathroom can be functional and still look awesome with these design tips.

Install a large mirror. The first thing you should look at is the mirror installed in your bathroom. A small mirror will only highlight the fact that it was made for a small space. Replace it with a large mirror. It helps distribute lighting better and adds the illusion that the space is bigger than it appears.

Glass shower doors. Instead of curtains, which are hard to clean, glass doors are better for a small bathroom. The material is good for reflecting light and it does not break up the space clearly like a curtain does.

Add more tiles. To make the space look bigger, make sure that the walls are tired from floor up to cornice (where the wall meets the ceiling). At least you do not have to repaint the walls anymore because it is waterproof.

Go monochrome. You might have to replace the fixtures and the tiles to change the entire atmosphere in the bathroom. A monochrome color scheme does not make the different pieces clash, plus it retains the minimalistic clean look that you would expect in a bathroom.

Rounded corners. If you are planning to replace the vanity or the sink in your bathroom, look for a wounded or curved design. Small corners will have a little more area to move around so you do not bang your hip against the sink every time.

Add niches. What if you do not have enough space even for a small cabinet? You can store your bathroom essentials in niches on the walls. Have these built-in when you have your bathroom renovated.

Go dark or go light. If you like dark colors, you need to go all the way with that color scheme. If you like light colors, you need to stick with that. The important thing to remember when picking a color palette for a small bathroom is that the elements should not clash. Picking just one or two colors that go well with each other will transform the bathroom.

Deep shelving. If you only have enough space for one cabinet or closet in the bathroom, make sure that there is enough shelving inside it so all the items can fit.

Add vertical shelving. Floating shelves save you space if you need more storage. But do not just install ready-made shelves. Look for styles that serve a dual purpose. For example, a large mirror can also serve as a storage cabinet.

Add wall décor. A bathroom is not something you would think of decorating but adding pictures or paintings for example can trick the eyes into making the space appear bigger.

4 Easy-to-Make Cookie Recipes

Do you love cookies but don’t have enough time to make them? Try these very easy cookie recipes that you can make in minutes.

Tahini Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups flour, ¾ cup tahini, ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¾ cup unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons honey, and ¾ cup sugar

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350° while whisking flour with salt and baking powder in a bowl. In a mixer, beat butter with honey and sugar for 3 minutes. Gradually add tahini and the flour mixture until the mixture forms a slightly sticky dough. Form dough into small balls then dip in sesame seeds. Line balls in a baking sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, making sure to rotate the sheets when halfway done.

Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups oats, 1 cup raisins, 1 cup pecans, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¾ cup unsalted butter, ¾ cup light brown sugar, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation: Preheat oven to 425°F then spread oats in a rimmed baking sheet, Toast for 6 minutes before adding pecans and toasting again for 6 minutes. In a bowl, whisk flour with nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the toasted oats and pecans. Set aside. In a mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for 4 minutes then add vanilla, egg, and maple syrup. Gradually add the oat and pecans mix until combined. Let for an hour. When ready, preheat oven to 350°F and scoop cookie batter not parchment-line baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, making sure to rotate the sheets when nearly done.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, ½ teaspoon baking powder, and ¾ teaspoon salt

Preparation: In a bowl, whisk flour with baking powder and salt then set aside, In a mixer, beat sugar and butter for 3 minutes before adding egg yolk, vanilla, and egg. When combined, add the dry mixture gradually. Next, knead the dough into small disks, wrap in plastic, and chill for 2 hours. When ready, preheat oven to 325°F and let dough sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Cut cookies shapes from the dough then place in lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, making sure to rotate the sheets when halfway done.

Salty Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients: 8 ounces semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate, 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 egg, 2 egg yolks, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ cup sugar, ¾ cup light brown sugar, ½ cup unsalted butter, and flaky sea salt

Preparation: Preheat oven to 375°F while whisking flour with baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a mixer, beat butter with powdered sugar, brown sugar, and sugar for 3 minutes before whisking in vanilla, egg and egg yolks. Beat for 5 minutes until combined, then fold in chocolate with a spatula. Spoon dough into lined baking sheets, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure to rotate the sheets when halfway done.

5 Ways to Ensure You Actually Relax on Your Vacation

Have you ever come back from a holiday feeling tired and stressed? You may have to re-evaluate your approach to having your vacations.

The goal of vacations and holidays is to unplug you from your busy life, make you feel relaxed and refresh your body and mind from the stress of your everyday life.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind to help you tune out of your hectic office life and plunge into the relaxation of your vacation.

  1. Escape Your Phone Service

Put your phone’s “airplane mode” to good use by using it throughout your vacation, or better yet, turn it off. And if you are going outside Singapore, don’t go out of the way to upgrade your data plan. Do not even call your network service provider to ask about it. Just put your phone in airplane mode and only use it for taking photos.

  • Keep Off the Social Media

Thanks to the online world, we seem to have the fear of missing out on something. Who cares if your ex is getting married or your college classmate is going to Canada for good? Live in your own moment and stop worrying about what’s going on at home. Every time you’re about to check your Facebook or Twitter, ask yourself, “Do I really need to do this?” or “Do I really need to post that now?” Get everyone envious by posting all your vacation photos when you get home.

  • Plan a Vacation Your Bank Account Can Actually Afford

It will be more stressful if you constantly have to worry whether you have enough to support yourself during your holiday. So, travel within your means. At the same time, know that it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. Make peace with the fact that you will see some of our hard-earned money leaving your wallet and know that you deserve the treat.

  • Let Your Co-Workers Know

If you’re going on a week-long vacation, there will likely be times when your boss or co-worker will have to reach you. But you can minimize the possibility of this and enjoy an uninterrupted holiday by preparing your co-workers to help you pick up the slack. Letting your co-worker know of your scheduled vacation and formulating emergency exits for them will give you a better shot at truly relaxing during your vacation.

  • Remind yourself that you deserve it

People tend to feel guilty for taking a break. But don’t! The fact that you are physically and mentally unable to relax during the week can take a toll on your overall health. We need to occasionally take a break from our work life in order to recharge and comeback in full health.

Ultimately, feeling a bit stress when you come back to work is inevitable. Integrate pleasurable activities into your day-to-day life, so you are not reliant on travel and holidays to de-stress.

Common Bedtime Habits That Could Be Sabotaging Your Life

If you often feel anxious and tired, you’re likely looking forward to getting into bed at the end of your every day. However, what you probably didn’t realize is that some bedtime habits that you think are harmless could be the reason why you feel so crappy and sloppy the entire day.

From the quality of sleep to the food you eat, here are five bedtime practices that could be sabotaging your life.

  1. Trying so hard to resolve conflicts with your partner

The famous saying “never go to bed angry” could not be so good after all. Staying up late trying to resolve an issue will not only cut your sleep time, but also make you feel too hyped up to doze off. Instead of trying to solve an argument, agree to disagree for the meantime and get yourselves some rest for a refreshed feeling in the morning. When you wake up and the frustration doesn’t go away (though in most cases, it does), try talking once again. At least, you’re a lot calmer now and you’ve had enough sleep. 

  • Relying on wine to wind down

While alcohol can make you feel drowsy, it negatively affects your quality of sleep. Specifically, alcohol affects the cycle of your sleep, causing you to wake up more often and experience less deep sleep. Rather than drinking alcohol before bedtime, go for warm milk or green tea to relax.

  • Eating late night snacks

Snacking on something sweet or salty before going to bed means more calories will be stored as fat. That’s a recipe for unwanted weight gain and disrupted sleep. When your body is working to digest food, it won’t be able to rest properly. Late night snacking will not only affect your quality of sleep, but also a problematic digestion the next day.

  • Lighting up a cigarette close to bedtime

We can’t stress enough how smoking is bad for the health. But if you insist on doing it, try to avoid lighting up a stick close to your bedtime. Remember that nicotine is a form of stimulant. Therefore, smoking before bedtime can make it difficult for you to fall asleep, which means irritable and groggy the next day. Give yourself at least two hours cigar-free before hitting the sack.

  • Using your phone, period

The blue light from your phone’s screen contributes to keeping you awake. And if you need more compelling reason to keep your phone away from bed, know that it can also hamper your intimacy with your partner. When you have the habit of answering emails when on bed, you are setting up the vibe that your bed is a place for work and not for resting and lovemaking with your significant other.

We’ve all experienced the consequences of lack of sleep. Since we don’t want to endure these awful situations at work and in school, make sure to keep your sleep at all time high by avoiding the aforementioned habits.

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.


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:


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.


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.


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.