As determined by the latest Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) study, the consumer confidence in Singapore for the first quarter of 2013 is stable. In the first quarter of 2013, the CCI was at 96 points-one point higher than the previous quarter. So far, Singapore ranks 8th amongst 14 Asia Pacific economies (based on consumer confidence) leaving Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and Korea behind. With 122 points, Indonesia ranks the first in Asia in terms of consumer confidence. The studies were done by Nielsen Company, an international information and measurement company. The Consumer Confidence Index is developed based on:
Job market refers to the avenue of employers searching for potential employees and employees searching for prospective jobs. The market will develop or contract depending on factors like labour demand and supply. Higher CCI will be achieved if people are optimistic about job prospects.
Status of personal finances
Personal finance involves financial decisions of an individual or family. It encompasses obtaining of money, budgeting, saving and spending it. There are many services offered to give assistance in terms managing personal finances. Services include bank programs (savings, checking and credit cards), investment (in the form of stocks, bonds and mutual funds), insurance (like health and life insurance) and other sponsored programs (retirement plans and social security). Good outlook in terms of personal finances means higher CCI points.
Readiness to spend
More spare cash means two things- readiness to spend or willingness to save and invest it. There are people that are keen about buying things they need and want while there are others that are adept at investing their money.
Good news for music enthusiasts- Psy, Aerosmith, Ceelo Green and Blush will perform in Singapore for the launching of their Social Star Awards (May 23) and Singapore Social Concerts (May 24-25). Psy, Ceelo Green and Blush will perform on May 23 and 24. Aerosmith will perform on May 25. On May 23, the concert will be held at Marina Bay Sands and on May 24-25, the concert will be at the Gardens by the Bay. Remember those dates and venues.
To know more about the performers, you can refer to this:
Aerosmith is considered as the America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band. They were formed in Boston Massachusetts in 1970. Band members include Joe Perry (guitars), Tom Hamilton (bassist), Joey Kramer (drummer), Brad Whitford (guitars) and Steven Tyler (vocalist). Their albums include Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line, Night in the Ruts, Rock in a Hard Place, Done with Mirrors, Permanent Vacation, Pump, Get a Grip, Nine Lives, Just Push Play, Honkin on Bobo and Music from Another Dimension. Famous songs are Dream On, Sweet Emotion, Walk this Way, Home Tonight, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing and many more.
Psy is a Korean singer, dancer, composer, producer and TV star. He is known locally for his humour. He became an international hit following his single “Gangnam Style”. He is the first artist to exceed the 1 billion views in YouTube.
Ceelo Green is an American singer, composer, rapper, producer and actor. He received five Grammy awards for his works.
Blush is a girl group with five members from the Philippines, India, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. To date, they released two singles and performed along with various artists like Far East Movement, Justin Beiber, Jessie J and Black Eyed Peas.
There are times that we have nothing to do but bum around. If we want to utilize our time well and be productive, there are many things that we can consider. Perhaps we can try gardening. Gardening is a fun activity because aside from helping Mother Nature (by cultivating flowers or vegetables), we can also profit from it. If we have a “green thumb”, why waste it?
There are many reasons why people are drawn to gardening. Some consider gardening as a hobby or a leisure activity. There are others that consider it as a profession and there are some that only want to plant fruits or vegetables to ensure the safety and reliability of what they are eating. Whatever our reasons are, we should be patient as we learn the craft. Here’s a guide:
Prepare your tools
Since we are not planning to produce large quantities, hand or manual tools like spades, rakes, hoes and mowers should be present.
Preparing or understanding your soil
If we have healthy soil, we have healthy plants. Plants obtain everything they need in the soil. There are many ways to ensure that our soil is healthy, we can start by putting organic or synthetic fertilizers. Earthworms are important in the soil as well so when we see them, it is best to leave them.
We should know if our soil is acidic or not. To know this, we need to check their pH level. Plants absorb the nutrients best in a soil with pH of 6.5 to 7.5.
Select your plants
Gardeners know that plants are different when it comes to their tolerance to the climate. So our choice of plant should depend on our location and climate.
After planting, we will face another challenge. We should think of the weeds, pests and possible diseases our plants may get. It is time to consider herbicide, pesticide and fungicide.
At some point in time, we get sick. It is part of life. But as much as possible if we get sick, we pray that it will come quickly and lightly. If in this case we are suffering from fever, we should find treatment immediately.
Fever is characterized by a rise in the body’s normal temperature (above 37° C). Others simply let it pass but we should be reminded that fever is sometimes the body’s way of telling us that there are more serious illnesses coming. Fever can be a symptom of malaria, bacterial or viral infections (tonsillitis and influenza), arthritis and different brain and skin disorders. High fever can also lead to yellow fever, relapsing fever, scarlet fever, dengue fever, etc. For babies and older people, they tend to experience convulsions where their temperature rises to 41° C.
The first thing to do is get the temperature. We can get the temperature under the arm, in the mouth, in the ear and in the rectum with the use of thermometer. After a few minutes, we will know the exact temperature of the body. If it is above 37° C, we should treat it right away. Fever is normally treated by lowering the body’s temperature. We can take Aspirins and/or apply cold compresses at least until the fever subsides. When we are suffering from fever, our body tends to sweat so we should replace the fluids lost by drinking large quantities of liquid to avoid dehydration. Though our appetite may be affected, it is always best to eat as much as we can.
If the fever still persists, it is time to see the doctor. If fever is recurring for a period of time, it should be brought to the doctor’s attention because it might be a symptom of other serious disease.