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6 Must-Visit Floating Cities That Aren’t Venice

Pretty much all cities with canals and water ways like to be called “The Little Venice of ,” making them a hit destination among tourists, too. However, there are still some out there that aren’t named in a such cliché way.

So, if you have crashed Venice off your travel bucket list or you simply just want to witness alike places minus the crowd, here are six more floating cities worth visiting.

1. Bangkok, Thailand
With Bangkok’s wide and busy streets, it is easy to forget that the winding canals around the city once served as a major means of transport back in the years. Today, many of these canals look dreary and may no longer be as lively as before. However, they still remain a fascinating remembrance of the past and a fascinating window of the early years of Thailand in the midst of this fast-evolving world.

2. Copenhagen, Denmark
Built in 1600s, Copenhagen’s wide canals have served different purposes over the years. Originally built to be passageways for the navy, these water paths have made the city an international port through its easy access to the Baltic Sea. The lively Nyhavn district became a key destination among locals and are decked with restaurants and entertainment spots.

3. Fenghuang, China
Those who visit Fenghuang never fail to be in awe by the green waters that glisten beneath the stilted houses. You can cross the other side of Tuojiang River by boat or be daring and cross it by food—hopping from stone to stone in a path that stretches to the other side of the the river. Just make sure not to fall.

4. Giethoorn, Netherlands
You will have a hard time looking for a car in Giethoorn, which is a water-logged village in the province of Overijssel. Instead of concrete streets, inhabitants travel by boat, sailing through its idyllic waterways. Those who visit this place are always struck by gorgeous scenery, which includes century-old homes and the calming silence—the loudest sound you’ll probably hear are the quacking sound of the ducks.

5. Annecy, France
A small city in the southeast region of France named Annecy deserves its other name “Pearl of the French Alps.” A two-lined canal, which is initially built as defensive structure, cut-through the city, lending a fairytale look that unsurprisingly attracts tourists around the world.

6. Ernakulam, India
This little city is seated in the southwest of India and relies mainly on it canals as primary means of transportations. Ernakulam is connected to other cities by over 30 boats that operate from over 50 docks in district. Trips that usually take 45 minutes by land only be 10 to 15 minutes by sailing.

There are several more floating cities in the world worth exploring besides Venice. Do not limit your list to the most popular ones; try to witness the beauty of them all, one city at a time.

5 Skincare Tips for Your Summer Travel

Travelling is good for the mind and soul, but can be really hard on the skin, especially in the summer season, when the sun is probably in its hottest and you’re more frequent in the water—super chlorinated water! Your skin has all the reasons to act out—from the airborne bacteria present inside the plane to the changes in routine and climate, not to mention excessive sun exposure.

Here, we share to you some tips on how to keep your skin happy while living the beach life—and yes, it’s more than just slapping on some sunscreen.

1. Improve Your In-Flight Hygiene
Cleanliness is key to keeping your skin free of breakouts when you’re inside a plane. Always carry makeup remover wipes to wipe clean your skin whenever needed. But just as important, wipe down your armrests and seat before sitting on it. People leave bacteria and oil behind on seats, the reason why sometimes you develop body acne the next day of your flight. A quick wipe might be the only thing you need to save you some trouble.

2. Practice Healthy Hotel Habits
During the summer season, our skin is prone to breakouts. We sweat a lot and probably use a lot of new products, including those hotel toiletries, which can aggravate sensitive skin. Even if you are staying somewhere fancy, those designer moisturizers and lotions can still cause trouble on your skin if you have never tried them out.

3. Protect Yourself from the Sun
Any dermatologist would agree that sunscreen is a top skincare necessity during this season, no matter your skin type or skin tone. Those UV rays are cancer-causing. Make sure to re-apply all throughout the day. If you’re swimming or sweating a lot, you definitely need to reapply every few hours. Put on a layer of body sunscreen before heading outside and bring a spray sunscreen with you to reapply later in the day. Accessories help, too. Wear hats, shades and UV-protective clothing.

4. Adjust Your Skincare Routine
knowing your skin type is important to fully protect your skin. Heat can be good for those with dry skin, especially if there is presence of humidity in the air. For those with oily skin, being under the heat can be a challenge. According to dermatologists, try to keep your skin care as simple as possible. Start with cleanser and end with moisturizer suited for your skin type.

5. Treat Sunburns
It is a good idea to bring some skincare remedies in case you end up being under the sun for longer hours. Bring some aloe for wound and sunburn healing. However, know that aloe does not replace the purpose of sunscreen—it cannot protect you from UV damage. It can only soothe redness and peeling of the skin due to sunburn.

It’s not just you who needs a break; your skin, too. Enjoy summer while also giving your skin some TLC and reap the benefits of good skin even after your trip.

5 Ways to Break Bad Habits

All of us have certain habits, both good and bad. Some people, even locals, joke around saying that Singaporeans have different habits like walking in such a fast pace, queueing in line for hours, and even chope-ing seats. Sometimes, though, our bad habits can get pretty overwhelming. When not managed earlier, they may affect our lives negatively. And really, it can be pretty hard to get rid of one.

Share your goals
Sharing your goals to get rid of a bad habit will make you accountable for it. Letting a friend or a family member know about it leads them to expect you to succeed, while you on the other hand, will try to work hard not to let those expectations down. When you share your goals, you are somehow asking others to help you keep track of your improvements.

Replace bad habits with good ones
We have habits, both good and bad, typically because it is a way to relieve stress. Clearly, a bad habit does you more harm than good. Of course, unlike what most people would think, breaking a bad habit is really difficult. A solution to this would be too indulge yourself in a new, and better, habit that can give similar benefits. If you smoke to relieve stress, for example, try to indulge in a new (good) habit that can give you a similar feeling instead.

Find out the causes
Identifying what causes you to do bad habits can mean a lot to be able to address them. It can be anything from stress, anxiety, or maybe everyday things and places like refrigerators and bars. The most ideal way to break a bad habit is to address the feelings that prompt you to do them. So, you can get rid of these habits by simply avoiding what causes them.

Go with people who help you break the habit
The people we surround ourselves with can have a huge impact on our progress. We may have friends or companions who got us into doing the bad habits. And staying with them will not do you any good when you’re trying to eliminate the vices. Obviously, you don’t have to completely cut these people off. Just try to go with those who live the way you want to live.

Have a little competition
If you have a friend who wants to break a habit he/she shares with you, try to quit together. This makes it easier because you can check on each other and hold each other responsible for your actions. You can even make bets with each other. The one who gives in to the temptation of doing the habit first gets to pay the other. Overall, the point is to get better and celebrate your victories together.

Why Having A Hobby is Important

In such a busy world, it just seems that we don’t have enough time in a day. But hobbies are there to remind us to unwind and enjoy once in a while. Aside from giving us a time to take a break and have fun, hobbies can also give us many benefits. The best part about it is that you don’t really have to limit yourself to one hobby. You can try to learn as many as you want!

Stress relief
A hobby is defined as an activity that is mainly done for enjoyment, usually during one’s leisure time. With that definition, it is obvious how hobbies can be great mediums of stress relief. Doing something you enjoy can take your mind off the stress and give it some time to refresh. You may engage in physical activities that can help promote good hormones or maybe indulge in a different world through a book.

Bring you knowledge
When you’re starting to learn a hobby, obviously you gain more knowledge about it. You learn new techniques, ideas, and values that you can use not only with it but also with life in general. Additionally, not only will you be developing your skills in these certain hobbies, you’ll be surprised that having hobbies will also teach you a lot of life skills.

Enhance your social life
Having a hobby means you are involved in a community. It is something that you can usually enjoy with the company of others. You meet people who share the same interests with you, and maybe even learn to get better at your hobbies together. You might have a hobby of model building and have a friend who also does so. Together, you might be able to make a business out of the models you create and meet a lot of people who might be interested in buying them.

A way to earn
Hobbies aren’t necessarily only for leisure. Like what was said earlier, you might be able to earn money from your hobbies. Painting, perfume making, photography, knitting, almost any hobby can be turned into a business if you want to. Hobbies also help you earn better in your job, indirectly. It has been found that those who have hobbies can do better at work because they develop the habit of not wasting time.

Depending on your situation, there can be a lot of hobbies to try out. Whether you like to keep moving, or want to stay at the comforts of your home, there are a million things you can try.

Hobbies that get you moving:
Drone Racing
Rock Climbing
Martial Arts
Cycling
Hobbies that teach patience:
Fishing
Yoga
Knitting
Home-Brewing
Others you can try:
Playing online games
Photography
Blogging

4 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Dog

If you’re an animal lover in Singapore who wants nothing more than to have a new furry friend, and you’ve most likely spent countless hours trying to convince your parents why you should get one.

However, there are a few things that you need to know before getting one:

  1. Dogs take much more time and energy to raise than cats

They’re also much more social and need more stimulation in their everyday experience, and the lack of this can put your dog in a rather mood. They need regular walks outside, and they also need toys for their teeth to chew on if they happen to be growing puppies.

Dog years are much shorterthan human years, so be sure to give them love and attention as much as youcan.

  • Much like people, they also need their teeth brushed

Dental health is criminally underrated when it comes to caring for your pets, which is why you should also brush your dog’s teeth regularly using a special brush and toothpaste. Taking your dog to the vet and scheduling an appointment for a regular check-up can also just as easily avoid problems later on.

You should also get Fido’snails trimmed so they don’t break, snag, or affect his gait and make itdifficult for him to walk. If your pet dog doesn’t like having their pawshandled, a short visit to the vet can make things a lot easier.

  • Dogs do not like being chained up in a corner and left alone

Many dog owners often tie their dogs to a corner when they need to go somewhere and leave them alone, and may not seem like a dangerous thing to do to your pet at first. However, this turns out to be both dangerous and cruel as a practice.

The reason for this is because dogs are naturally territorial and aggressive, and this instinct switches on when they are confined to a small space. Tying them also increases the chance of them potentially getting strangled or choking on the leash, and can even make them sitting targets for the weather, other animals, or other external factors.

  • Canine fur can be a source of allergy for some people

Whether you’re planning on getting a dog with long fur that you need to brush and trim, or a short-haired dog that doesn’t need too much hair, you should check to make sure that you’re not allergic beforehand.

You should also be prepared for your home being covered in dog fur when you decide to adopt a new furry friend. Dog fur, like dust, can be home to dust mites or other things that could increase your tendency to sneeze.