5 Secret Airplane Features You Didn’t Know Existed

The parts of the plane that all of us know are the most obvious ones—the cockpit, the wings and the tail. However, there are a lot of things going on behind these parts that probably most of us don’t know of.

Even if you’re a frequent flyer, you will be surprised by these hidden buttons and functions that could make your flight even more comfortable.

1. The Hidden Button for Extra Space
The armrest nearest to the aisle looks fixed. But if you need more space, know that it can be raised. Simply look for a button under the armrest, near the hinge. Press it and it will let you swing the armrest up. Once you got the armrest out of the way, there’s no more digging into your side, you can move your legs around freely and stand up and move conveniently if you need to go to the toilet.

2. Emergency Wing Hooks
In case of an emergency water landing, these hooks can be used to secure a rope between the wings and the door hatch. The rope will provide the passengers something to hold on to so they will not slip off the slippery wing and drop into the water.

3. That Tiny Window Hole
Look closely at your plane window and you’ll see a little hole at the bottom part of it. Take an even closer look and you will notice that the window is made of three glasses, and the hole is carved on the middle glass. This is meant to protect the plane from the strong pressure from the outside of the plane. The outside glass handles all the external pressure, the middle glass balances it and the inside glass is there to keep the middle glass from cracking.

4. Secret Bedroom
If you think there isn’t enough room on the plane for a sleeping area, you’re wrong. Most airbuses for long-haul flights have sleeping compartments where the crews can catch a shut eye, read a book or just hide from annoying passengers. If you’re nice enough for a flight attendant to like you, she might just let you take a nap at their area during the entire flight.

5. Triangles Above Windows
Check the walls above the windows of your plane. Above the middle windows, you will likely see triangles drawn on the wall. Each triangle lines up with the edge of the aircraft’s wing. This is for the flight attendants, so they know where go to get the best view of the airplane’s flaps and slats. If you have motion sickness, securing a seat between these triangles will help give you a more stable ride as this part is the plane’s centre of gravity.

Some of these may be present in some aircrafts, while some are not. But it doesn’t hurt to check, so why not try? These hidden features can certainly give you a more pleasant ride and even peace of mind.

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5 of The Best Red Lipsticks You Can Find in Singapore

A red lipstick is a woman’s best friend. One swipe can jazz up your look, whether you’re heading to a formal event or making your way to the office. Accordingly, it’s not uncommon to know how almost every girl has one red lipstick ready in their trusty makeup bag!

The good news is: Singapore has some of the best red lipsticks in the market. With so many options to choose from, one can be easily overwhelmed as to what to pick. We’ve narrowed down some of the best, classic red lippies for you to try – which includes both affordable and high-end choices.

1. Sephora cream lip stain (01 Always Red)
If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, you can never go wrong with Sephora’s cream lip red stains! This shade has that perfect cool-toned red suitable for every occasion, plus it has a good formula compared to other lip stains. It’s a liquid lipstick that dries up to a beautiful matte finish – but the catch is, it doesn’t dry up the lips at all.

2. MAC Ruby woo
A retro matte lipstick best-seller, MAC’s Ruby Woo’s shade is one of the most famous and iconic shades in the history of red lipsticks. The bright, cherry red shade is definitely going to brighten up your complexion. The matte finish also doesn’t budge once it has set on your lips, so you don’t have to worry about retouching every time you eat or drink!

For best results, make sure to properly moisturize your lips or apply a lip primer before application.

3. NARS Audacious Lipstick (Rita)
This blue-toned red lipstick shade is a sure head-turner! If you want to draw attention (or just highlight the curves of your lips), this the NARS audacious lipstick in Rita is the right choice. The formula is amazing – it’s long-lasting, creamy, and pigmented. Not only that, this lipstick doesn’t dry out the lips too. You can easily purchase them at NARS standalone stores in malls across SG, or at Sephora.

4. Urban Decay vice lipstick (Temper)
For a warmer undertone, the Urban Decay vice lipstick in the shade Temper is a great choice. The shade is rich and warm, and this lipstick is expected to suit those with neutral/warm skin tones perfectly. It also has a slight orange tinge – so while it’s bold, it doesn’t have a big shocking effect compared to other shades of true red. With a comfortable matte finish, it’s also long-lasting and it doesn’t dry the lips much.

5. Laneige silk intense lipstick (Wannabe Red)
A red lipstick with a neutral undertone, the Laneige silk intense lipstick in Wannabe Red is the ultimate cross between red and brown lip color. This makes the shade both sophisticated and bold. Those with neutral skin will find this neutral red shade lip color flattering on them.

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5 Foods to Avoid if You’re Trying to Shed Some Pounds

It is almost automatic to think of whole foods as healthy, but the truth is – not all of them actually are. A low-cal frozen dinner might invite you to the idea of saving some extra calorie consumption, however, the lack of fiber content in these frozen meals urge you to find another snack to munch on sooner or later.

Your morning smoothie isn’t any better for your summer body, too. If it contains too much sugar beyond the recommended daily intake – it might take a while for you to effectively shed off some pounds. In crafting your beach bod diet menu, here are 5 foods you are better off avoiding:

1. Microwave popcorn
While popcorn is a whole grain, even “light” and “natural” microwave popcorn is packed with artificial ingredients, butter, and sodium. This makes the snack contain tons of calories, far more than you are conditioned to think. You don’t have to totally give up popcorn for your movie nights, however. There’s a healthier alternative in the form of air-popped popcorn; which only contains around 30 calories per cup.

2. Store-brought bran muffins
Bran muffins might seem like the perfect healthy breakfast option, especially with oat bran’s ability to lower one’s cholesterol levels. However, the store-brought prepackaged ones at the supermarket may not be actually as healthy and fresh as they claim. Several of these bran muffins pack around 300 calories, which is almost the same as a cream-filled doughnut! Aside from that, these muffins may also be loaded with butter, oil, and sodium.

3. Veggie chips
Ah, the supposedly guilt-free chips! Vegetables are now served as chips to make the classic favorite feel like a much healthier snack – but a majority of these commercial veggie chips are not as healthy as they claim to be. Better yet, opt for fresh vegetables instead. These processed and synthetic versions of the fresh veggies may only bring you more calories and sodium, along with other artificial preservatives.

4. Granola
Half a cup of regular granola already has around 200 – 300 calories, 3 – 15 grams of fat, and 12 – 16 grams of sugar. This serving also contains about 40 grams of carbs. Since granola is mixed with something else, such as fruit or yogurt, its caloric value only increases when served. The calories can easily add up to 600 calories for breakfast alone!

5. Frozen meals
If you’re always on-the-go, frozen meals might seem like a life-saver. They are super convenient and easy to prepare (taking only 3 minutes to cook). However, while your 300-calorie frozen meal option might seem like a healthy option, it’s actually not. Most of these frozen meals are packed with sodium and other synthetic additives. These meals also lack the sufficient fiber your body needs to keep itself full, so don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to scan around for another food to munch on shortly!

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5 Tastes of Singapore

Cliché has it that for one to fully experience a place, one must taste the local food a place has to offer. Like any other known tourist spot, Singapore has these following local cuisines aimed not only to satiate tourists’ hunger over their well-deserved holiday, but keep them coming back for more.

1. Hainanese Chicken Rice
Often dubbed as Singapore’s national dish, this local cuisine is typically characterized by fresh and tender native or “kampong” chicken, as locals prefer this variant because of the authentic flavor it has. Originally coming from Hainan in China, overseas Chinese brought it to Singapore where it earned its fame.

2. Roti Prata
Singapore has indeed a mix of cultures as this dish originated from Punjab in India, as is noticed in the ring of its name. Translated from its original Hindi, roti prata basically means “flat bread”. It is made of stretched dough spread with butter or ghee and then fried. Curry (either fish or mutton) is usually poured on the roti to give it just the right amount of crispiness on the outside and the right kind of soft inside.

3. Singapore Chili Crab
This dish is great news for those on a diet, as this is a low-fat, spicy crab dish. Going on with the street-food style recipe, it goes well with mussels in red pesto, steamed bao buns and crunchy baked mussels. This is a go-to dish for those aiming to satisfy their seafood-craving.

4. Laksa
There are different versions of this dish, depending on the kind of recipe they follow. But the famous among them is their Katong Laksa, named after the Chinese living around the Katong area. The dish is made up of thick vermicelli cut into shorter pieces conveniently bit-size by nature, contrasted by spicy soup stock with coconut milk. Adding to its flavor is dried shrimp, and occasional ingredients like cockles, prawns and fishcake.

5. Rojak
This dish with an unknown origin typically symbolizes the diverse culture of Singapore. In colloquial Malay, rojak translates to “an eclectic mix”. Its harmonious blend of assorted fruits and vegetables creates a mix of distinct flavors that brings salad to a whole new level. Its most common ingredients include toasted bean curd, blanched water spinach, beansprouts, raw cucumber, Chinese turnips, pineapples, mangoes, rose apples or jambu, and of course dough fritters. The dressing is typically made from fermented shrimp paste, chili, lime and sugar. The dish is complete by a garnishing of toasted peanuts (chopped) and slivers of ginger.

For tourists and locals alike, food definitely is the next universal language. No one is bounded by culture or norms as long as the hungry stomach is fed to satisfaction. These are but five, the list can go on depending on your liking.

The tastes await—Singapore awaits.

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Things to Consider When You’re Planning to Change Careers

Sadly, regrets happen only when it is too late. All those years spent neglecting what you wanted to do all along are finally catching up with you and hitting you harder than you’ve ever expected. Maybe it wasn’t the direction that was wrong. Maybe you just fell in love with something else. This article is about making the transition from your current career into your ideal one. For whatever reason you’ve started career, you have to realize that if you change careers, it is most likely going to be about yourself which would also mean that not everyone has your back this time.

Before you switch your career, here are some things you should ponder on:

1. Think of five reasons why you should go. One reason isn’t enough for you to shift careers. You need at least five. Go from the most general to the most detailed. Having these reasons is important because you might be midway through your next career and suddenly decide to shift, again.

2. Think of five reasons why you should stay. Let’s be realistic here, not everything is bad. There are certainly at least five reasons why you should stay. It would be totally unfair to think of all the reasons you should go without putting into account the reasons why you should stay.

3. Think of the risk. There can’t be any reward without a certain amount of risk. One major risk when it comes to shifting your career is having to start from scratch. Yup, you heard us. Not every grass on the other side of the fence is greener and you should definitely not forget this.

If you’ve done the previous and still want to shift careers, here’s what you have to do next.

1. Reposition. Repositioning yourself means fitting yourself into the career you desire. Your schedule, spending activity, and many other factors may have to be adjusted to make room for the new career.

2. Become competitive. Now that you’re in a new field, you have to improve yourself. Unlike others who started early, you might be a couple of years behind. This does not mean that you can’t beat them though, this just means you’ll have to work twice as hard as others.

3. Take the plunge. Scary but exciting. You have to take that plunge! Nothing happens until you’ve taken the first step and nobody can do this for you. It takes a lot of guts to shift your career and you aren’t about to give up just before you’ve started.

People shift careers for a lot of reasons, sometimes personal, sometimes financial, sometimes there are even more complicated reasons. Whatever they are, we have to find a place where we belong.

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