The ultimate guide to shipping container homes and their benefits

Shipping containers are steel structures that are purposely designed and constructed for the shipping of all kinds of things. These structures are made with great emphasis being given to their attributes as secure containers that will provide maximum protection for any cargo that will be ferried in them. As such, shipping containers are made to be very tough to protect any luggage from within from damage by any external forces.

Luggage within a steel shipping container cannot be easily destroyed by shock forces from outside. The stuff inside is also greatly protected from weather elements such as rain, snow, sun, and wind. The steel containers are also greatly fortified against any forceful breakages.

Shipping containers are huge and they have a lot of room within them. The standard shipping containers are 6 or 12 meters long. The height of these boxes can be around 8 feet 6 inches tall. This is large room for carrying a lot of luggage at one go.

The above features led to the shipping containers being considered as ideal places where human beings could live in. Shipping containers are secure enough and they are large enough.

Shipping containers have proved to be very good shelters especially for people in remote places. People such as miners and engineers who need to work in remote places on temporary basis find the shipping container very convenient. A shipping container home does not take long to be established. All one needs to do is to carry the shipping container and placing it on the desirable spot.

Once one needs to move on to another spot, all one needs to do is again find the necessary transportation to carry the shipping container to the new spot. As such, a lot of time and building expenses are saved when using shipping container homes.

Shipping container homes are not very luxurious homes although today people are finding ways of modifying them and making very plush homes. One of the major challenges that people might find in using shipping container homes is the issue of room within the container. Although we have said the container is quite large, it is not quite as roomy as ordinary houses can be.

As such, when using a shipping container home one has to be frugal in space utilization. One has to be careful in only investing in space economizing items. In such a house one might have to forego the idea of having a washing machine since this is a device that takes up a lot of space whereas one could do without it.

One can however still have a washing machine but instead invest in the small sized washing machine models. One might also want to avoid investing in other huge kitchen appliances and have smaller appliances that will still effectively provide the necessary services. It is also not wise to invest in very large appliances since only a few people can comfortable live in a shipping container.


Proper management for our houses to provide suitable desirable homes

Homes like our bodies need to be given proper attention when it comes to maintenance. The house is a very important facility for the livelihood and wellbeing of the human being. For one, the human being is not a very hardy creature and he depends a lot on the house or shelter for protection against adversities.

Some of the adversities that our homes and our houses protect us from include adversities due to weather. The weather contains instances when the temperature is very low. Unlike wild animals, mankind does not have thick skins or hides to insulate his body from the cold. As such mankind needs a house or shelter to provide the necessary refuge from cold. Man also needs a proper shelter to protect him from falling snow, rain, hot direct sunlight, and strong winds.

Apart from protection from weather, mankind also needs protection from wild animals and from hostile people who might harm him. The home also provides protection for people’s property.

In today’s day and age, the home has increasingly become important as a place of refuge for people. People not only use houses to shelter from the above mentioned adversities but they also use houses as places where they can find refuge for troubled minds.

After a hectic day, which is the norm for many, people usually rush back to their homes where they can finally rest and just relax without any worry in the world. The home is the place where people feel most comfortable in and they do not have to be conscious about their actions in regards of other people or other authorities.

When we fall sick, apart from the health facilities, the home is where we long to be. The home provides the sick with the best environment to recuperate from.

Due to the great importance of the home, it is important to ensure that the home is always in the best condition to provide these important conveniences. A home should for example made to be as comfortable as possible. For example, homes should be fitted with air conditioners to help keep the temperatures and air in the house as pleasant as possible.

There are houses that are usually prone to humidity. Humidity can not only make for an uncomfortable house but it can also lead to negative health implications and the destruction of property due to mold and mildew. In such cases one can have a whole house dehumidifier that will ensure that the humidity issue is well managed to provide a pleasant and safe home.

On the same issue of safety, houses should also have the necessary safety features especially in homes where there are infants or the elderly. For example, floors should not be very slippery and high places should have the necessary safety features to prevent falls.

A major safety concern for many people today is the issue of asbestos. Asbestos is an element that can be used in building materials. It is however a very dangerous element that can initiate all kinds of health problems including cancer. As such, home owners should ensure that they carry out thorough asbestos checks to ensure that their houses are free of this dangerous element.

Living as a single man I was able to save a lot on my expenses

When I was single I was able to make great savings on expenses. I could be able to live a very frugal life because I was the only party concerned. When living with others, it can however become quite challenging to impose some of the principles that you would wish for.

For example, when I was living as a single man just after college, I did not have any major preferences for where I lived. So long as the place was near where I worked and the conditions were manageable I was comfortable. As such I ended living in a crammed dingy studio apartment that never had any sunlight. This was however not a bother since I was seldom in the house anyway.

The compactness of the house was a plus for me since I did not have to buy a lot of furniture to fill up the house. I was not earning a lot of money than and the little money I was making I wanted to be very choosy in how I spent it. In the house, the main furniture items were my wardrobe, a bed, a bedside cabinet, and a small dressing table. I also had a small coffee table and for a couch I had a futon. I could convert the futon into a bed whenever I had a guest to spend the night.

At the corner of the studio apartment I had reserved some space for my kitchen. The kitchen had very few essentials. Only things that were very essential in fixing my meals. The meals that I prepared were also meals that were as cost effective as possible.

The house did not need much energy for air conditioning. This is because it was a small confined area and I did not have any problems with draughts. The only problem was the humidity. But I did not mind it. I actually realized that the house was actually quite humid when I noticed mold on some of my belongings.

To heat up water for the shower the house had an electric tankless water heating system. This system is much more cost effective as compared to the boiler system.

During those days I was able to save a lot of money which I could use on other things such as vacations and I could even afford to treat myself to extravagant dinners every once in a while.

After I got married, I realized that this lifestyle was quite difficult to uphold while living with someone else. For starters, I had to move from my small house and I had to get a bigger apartment for me and my wife. This was a massive increase in my expenditure.

The house also came with other additional costs such as energy costs. I needed to spend more money on heating, lighting, and on gas. I also stopped being in charge of what I ate and now my wife was the authority over what we ate. She is not as sensitive as I am when it comes to food and costs.

Career opportunities in the cosmetology industry

People around the globe have paid attention to their looks throughout the history of human civilization. Despite the turbulent economic times, the cosmetology industry has been kept afloat by individuals who want to look good at all cost.

The future is therefore bright for those individuals whose passion lies in making other people look good. The simple steps to actualizing a dream in cosmetology include getting trained, getting licensed and then becoming an expert in cosmetology.

Cosmetologists also known as cosmeticians specialize in doing make-ups, hairstyling, skin care and nail care. A good cosmetology school equips their students with the essential skills that one needs to work as a facial specialist, barber, nail care or any other specialization depending on individual’s interests.

It is important to know that cosmetologists with more than one specialization are more competitive compared to their peers with just one skill. Most of the employers will prefer an individual who specializes in more than one area in cosmetology.

Besides theoretical knowledge, employers will also look for cosmeticians with relevant experience in a certain area of specialization. Some cosmetology schools have salons and spas that are open to the public. This helps in providing hands-on experience along with developing other relevant skills such as communication.

A skin care cosmetician can specialize in three areas that include, make up application, esthetician and skin care specialist or hair removal specialist.

Makeup artists can work at spas and salons doing makeovers. They can also work for the media houses, theatre and film making industry to do costuming make up.

Esthetician on the other hand specializes on skin. Estheticians are popularly known as the non-medical skin care specialists. They work on human skin and anything related to it such as skin hairs. To become an esthetician, one requires special training to perform tasks in laser hair removal, facials, electrolysis, massage, and rejuvenating treatment.

Hair removal specialist performs almost the same roles as estheticians. They however focus on getting rid of unwanted hair from the body by use of various hair removal techniques. They can perform other functions such as facials, rejuvenating treatment and massages only.

A hair cosmetician can specialize in hairstyling or a barbering. Most of the students who study cosmetology specialize on hairstyling. Hair stylists get trained on various aspects such as hair curling, shaping, coloring, cutting, cleaning, styling, and repairing amongst others for both men and women. Barbering an area of cosmetology that focuses mostly on men. Barbers are trained on removing hair, trimming, and shaping facial hair. They are also trained on how to take care for skin.

Cosmeticians who specialize with nails are referred to as manicurists. This is the least versatile of the careers in cosmetology. Most of the cosmeticians combine this skill with other skills such as hairstyling and make up application.

The services of manicurists are however highly demanded by individuals who want to keep their nails healthy and good looking. They are trained on cleaning and shaping nails. They are also trained on how to prepare, clean, apply, shape and finish fake nails.

How I ended up in a white lab coat in a pharmacy school- applying for scholarships

My father was a professional welder who has spent his entire career life working in the petroleum industry. He has had the opportunity of working with multinational companies in various destinations across the globe. My Grandpa used to tell me that my dad was good in arts and he never imagined pursuing any other course apart from welding.

Even after retiring, my dad still loves to keep his hands dirty by spending his free time welding garbage tracks for his friend Tom. My older brother followed in his steps and pursued a course in welding when he completed his high school studies.

He graduated with good grades from college and did his internship with a shipping company. Due to his exemplary performance during his internship, he was offered an employment opportunity with the shipping company. That is where he has been working for the last eight years.

My grandpa on the other hand was a blacksmith. He managed to raise five sons in a three bedroomed house while working at his blacksmith shop. Three of my uncles took over the blacksmithing business from my grandfather who was already aging. They have managed to expand the family business to other towns.

Our family has a background full of men who love arts. Men who love to put their creativity and imaginations into forms that other people can see and appreciate. Sometimes I wonder how I ended up in a white lab coat in a pharmacy school a few years back!

My journey to becoming a pharmacist began when I was twelve. The desire to commit my time to public service was bigger than that of spending my time playing with other kids. I engaged in various community activities such as planting trees, cleaning our neighborhood and several others. I had a strong desire of changing peoples’ lives.

While at school, I concentrated all my focus to my studies. I worked hard to attain good grades in all subjects. Among all the subjects, chemistry and mathematics were my favorite. I have lost count of the number of times I received presents for exemplary performance in these subjects.

When I graduated from high school, I began volunteering at a chemist in our town. The owner of the chemist was friends with my father. Kenny, as he was popularly known among the locals was happy that I was interested to volunteer in his medical store.

I was tasked with the responsibility of taking stocks, cleaning the premises and shelving. I still had not decided what course I would pursue in the university. I however had begun to gain some interest in pharmacy.

While working at the chemist, I received a phone call from a friend who had seen a scholarship post on the internet. He informed me about the opportunity and I realized that it would be a great opportunity to study pharmacy in one of the biggest universities.

 I was happy that I was among the few candidates who won the scholarship. I was able to save my father the distress of providing for tuition and upkeep fees up to masters level.

Pharmacy is a great course that gives individuals the opportunity to work in different areas such as chemists, hospitals or even as a tutor. It is one of the well-paying careers but it calls for focused individuals who have a passion in this field.

A Trip for the Ages

When you are planning a trip to Singapore, you will want to get your priorities straight before you start. Will you be staying in a hotel or searching for short term rentals? You will want to make sure you know what you want before you start.

Indians made for the fifth largest visitor group to Singapore in 2012, and this year the number is expected to cross the 1 million mark. If you are planning a holiday, here are the things you should consider before flying out.

Don’t miss: A trip to Singapore will be incomplete without a visit to its latest attraction, Gardens by the Bay. Planned as a green, floral tapestry covering 101 hectares, the first phase of the project, Bay South Garden, is open to public. You can visit two conservatories with plants, 18 super trees, or 25-50 m structures serving as vertical gardens, and nine F&B options. As CEO Dr Kiat Tan says, this $1 billion wonder is a garden masquerading as a theme park.

Best time to visit: It’s a year-round destination, but in December it’s at its best, from the Christmas light-up along Orchard Road, to ZoukOut, the annual musical fare.

Trip Trail: Experts suggest you keep aside four nights to do justice to Singapore, or three nights at the very least. Take a flight that lands in Singapore in the morning so that you can be off to a running start. Reserve the first day for the city tour on a FunVee bus, and if you are not too tired, you could take in the night safari before you crash. On Day 2, take it easy and soak in the myriad charms of the Bay South Garden, making sure you stick around for the light and sound show. Make your way to Sentosa on the third day. There are a lot of attractions here, so you will have to pick and choose what you want to do. If possible, keep Universal Studios for another day. The other option is to do the river safari, the Jurong Bird Park and zoo on day four. If you have time on your last day before you hit the airport, you can squeeze in some shopping too.

Air fare: With eight carriers and 430 weekly flights between India and Singapore, you can find one to suit your budget and schedule. Tiger Airways’ Chennai-Singapore return trip costs Rs 18,000 per person and Bang alore-Singapore fare is Rs 17,000. These low-cost carriers don’t fly out of Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata, so the fare from here is upwards of Rs 28,000.

Great Meals of Singapore

Whether you are looking for the best buffet in Singapore or the best quality dining restaurant in the area, it can be challenging to know where to begin. Singapore is a hot pot of cuisines to eat, incorporating a rich heritage of food dishes consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. If you are a local Singaporean, you would have seen these dishes in the hawker centers below your void deck, in the food courts of shopping centers and in the quaint shop-houses decades old.

These are the real dishes you need to eat in Singapore before you die. I know there are still dozens of dishes in Singapore that are true to our heritage, but if I were to cover them all, this list would take you 2 years to finish reading. As a Singaporean, there is no excuse to not trying these time-tested foods we all grew up with. As a tourist, this is a good check-list of authentic local cuisine in Singapore. These are the foods to eat in Singapore when you visit.

Many others have tried to cover Singapore’s food and although I appreciate Chef Anthony Bourdain for his wonderful exploration of Singapore food in his travel journals, I feel only a local can truly express the adequate love for our unique cuisine.

One of the many stories of Bak Kut Teh’s invention was that during the olden days of Singapore, a poor, starving beggar came by a road side pork noodle store to beg for food. The stall owner was in poverty, but wanted to help him. He boiled some of his left over pork bones and added whatever cheap spices he had to flavor the soup, including star anise and pepper which created a soup resembling tea in color. Thus pork bone tea was born. Another canon states that this was a tonic invented to ‘reinvigorate’ the Chinese coolies that worked in the Clark Quay area.

Bak Kut Teh has been in Singapore since we were still a developing country and deserves its recognition as a simple, humble dish. Most of the Bak Kut Teh here are the pepper variety with mild use of herbs like Star Anise. Choose pork ribs meat in your soup for a more tender bite. The other variant would be the Klang Bak Kut Teh, a dark and highly flavored herbal soup originating from Malaysia. When you are searching for an HDB for rent, make sure it has a buffet.

The Singapore Wanton noodles was probably influenced by Hong Kong cuisine, but has become entrenched in our culture over the years. The Singapore version is typically eaten ‘dry’, drenched with some light sweet sauce, slices of pork char siew and wanton dumplings filled with pork, with a small bowl of soup on the side.

Places to Stay in Singapore

If you are looking for a common room for rent in Singapore, you may not know where to start your search. An easy entry-point for first-time visitors to Southeast Asia, the absorbing city-state of Singapore has evolved from a colonial port into a slick shrine to wealth and consumerism. With fascinating Chinese and Indian quarters, excellent museums, world-renowned restaurants and great shopping, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied for days.

Here is a Rough-Guide-Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei-cover but what about accommodation? Whatever kind of trip you’re planning, here’s the lowdown on where to stay in Singapore from the new Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Get your bearings first with our online guide here.

Little India proper and beyond – the zone extending up to Lavender Street, reachable via Farrer Park or Lavender stations – is the best place to find budget accommodation, although hotels are hit and miss. The area around Arab Street also has a few good places to stay.

For boutique on a budget: Moon 23. A boutique-hotel experience that won’t strain your wallet, with stylishly kitted-out rooms boasting snazzy wallpaper and iPhone docks. For flash packers: A sprawling place, its size matching its ambition to be a “flash packer” hostel taking the concept of comfort on a budget to new heights.

The grid of streets between Bras Basah Road and Rochor Road has been rendered a bit sterile by redevelopment, which has also wiped out nearly all the cheap accommodation that once packed Bencoolen Street; now it’s mostly modern mid-range hotels that remain. The area remains a good choice if you can afford it, as it’s within easy walking distance of the Singapore River, Little India and the eastern end of Orchard Road.

There are only a few places to stay among the grand Neoclassical buildings of the Colonial District, the area immediately north and east of the Singapore River that forms the core of downtown Singapore. If you’ve got deep pockets, however, there are two places worth seeking out.

Chinatown runs a close second to Little India and Lavender Street in its selection of guesthouses, and also boasts a good many upmarket and boutique hotels. Boat Quay, right on the south bank of the Singapore River, is dominated by restaurants and bars, but has two worthwhile places to stay, including the splendid Fullerton hotel.

Marina Bay accommodation is synonymous with modern four-and five-star affairs, all located at the rather bland Marina Centre district next to Beach Road, with the obvious exception of Marina Bay Sands. All of these locations will help you with your search for a master room for rent in Singapore.

For five-star service: Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Arguably king of the pricey hotels in Marina centre, with magnificent views across to the financial District, even from the bathrooms, where butlers will fill the bath for you.

The Beauties of Singapore

Peering over the rooftop pool deck of Marina Bay Sands, shopping up a storm on Haji Lane, or ogling at the super trees in Gardens by the Bay, it’s almost impossible to imagine Singapore was little more than a fishing village just over a century ago. On the eve of its golden jubilee, there’s no better time to discover the delights of the Lion City. You may want to go ahead and start searching for an affordable room rental in Singapore, because this is just the beginning.

In 2015, Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence. The National Day Parade on 9 August will be bigger than ever, but the party will actually last all year. Starting with the countdown to 2015, key calendar highlights include the opening of the National Gallery Singapore the launch of the Jubilee Walk walking trail covering historic locations in the civic district and the Marina Bay area, and existing annual events like Chingay and the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, which will be held in the spirit of Singapore’s golden jubilee.

Flavors from Malaysia, China, Indonesia, India and beyond collide to create the delicious hybrid cuisine Singapore has become famous for. And while the queues for Tian Tian chicken rice at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre show no signs of dwindling, there are some impressive new players on Singapore’s food scene. In recent years’ weekend brunch – served everywhere from Australian-style cafes (try Common Man Coffee in Robertson Quay) to the city’s top hotels (think gourmet buffets and free-flow champagne) – has become a religion, and celebrity restaurants are huge: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street kitchen will be the eighth celebrity eatery for Marina Bay Sands when it opens in 2015.

Singapore’s lotus-shaped Art Science Museum and Gillman Barracks, a colonial army base transformed into a contemporary arts space, are barely three years old between them, but Singapore will get its biggest and best art space yet in late 2015. Housed in two of Singapore’s most iconic national monuments – City Hall and the former Supreme Court building – the National Gallery Singapore will showcase the region’s largest collection of South­east Asian and Singa­porean art. With a ten-day festival dedicated to its mid-2015 opening, it’ll be an occasion indeed.

It’s difficult to name another world city that boasts as many eco-attractions as Singapore. Building on its portfolio of iconic parklands such as the Botanic Gardens and the sleepy jungles of Pulau Ubin, the city-state has given birth to several new awe-inspiring green spaces in recent years, from Gardens by the Bay (don’t miss the light show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm every evening) to the Southern Ridges, the Green Corridor to Singapore Zoo’s new River Safari. It doesn’t stop there, either: tots will be able to play on one-of-a-kind giant slides at Admiralty Park when it reopens in 2015 following its redevelopment. The great thing is, you can find a room for rent with no agent and start your trip today.

Sporting a Mouth Guard

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.

There are three types of mouth guards:

Stock mouth protectors are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting goods stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. Dentists do not recommend their use.

Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.

Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance — called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint — may be created to prevent tooth damage.

Who Needs a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards should be used by anyone — children and adults — who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.

Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage. Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.

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