May 2017

What Should I Do During Load Shedding

What Should I Do During Load Shedding

  1. Make Use Of Surge Protection 
    The greatest cause of damage to equipment from a power outage is from electrical surges. Installing a surge protection device can help minimize some damage in unforeseen situations when the power goes off or is restored
  2. Back It Up
    When working on a computer, back up important data and save your work incrementally so that you don’t lose your work/files during shedding
  3. Electric Fencing
    To ensure that your electric fencing continues to function during load shedding. Your electric fence and electric gate battery should have a back-up battery
  4. Unplug Your Cables
    It is vital to unplug computer power cables from the modem when there is an imminent power outage. This applies to all sensitive equipment.
  5. Portable Modem
    You can either use a 3G internet dongle or your smart phone as a modem for your laptop you connected to the internet during load shedding
  6. Fully Charge Your Batteries
    Make sure that your laptop battery is fully charged and that your smart phone and tablet have enough battery life
  7.  Be Vigilant
    Ensure that you are especially alert when arriving at or leaving your home in the evenings, as the street lights and your outside lighting will not be functioning during the load shedding process.
  8.  Lighting
    A battery powered torch is essential in every household. Candles and matches must be used with care as they can cause fires.
  9. First Aid Kit
    Make sure your kit is stocked and store it in an easily accessible place for the family to reach it during a power outage
  10. Invest In A UPS
    A UPS not only acts as a back-up battery for your PC in the event of a power failure, but it also regulates the amount of power that your computer receives. Use as per product instructions. Do not reverse the feed; this is dangerous as your earth leakage will not function

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The Gift Of Water

The Gift Of Water

Water Is A Basic Necessity For Life
It fuels every living thing on this earth. and it is critical to survival. But for more than 700 million people across the world, clean water is not easily accessible, creating a chain of problems for families and entire villages

The Solution?
Water wells. Maranatha is currently building water wells in Zimbabwe and Kenya, typically in locations where Maranatha has built a church or school. This way, the church or school becomes a center of outreach to the community

How Water Builds a Community

  • People no longer fight over scarce resources for water
  • Without having to waste time searching for water, children can attend school and become educated
  • Nomadic tribes can settle down in an area because water is provided for family and herds
  • People can plant a garden and grow their food
  • A healthy community begins to emerge and bloom
  • Women have time to invest in their families and organizations, like church.

The Gift Of Water

Super Simple Marketing Plan

Super Simple Marketing Plan

  1. How Are You In Service To Others
    What do you or your business provide? How are you in service to people? Remember, a good business helps people with “what they need,” not with” you want from them.”
  2. Create Your Personas
    Who needs your stuff? I mean really NEEDS it! Good business provides solutions to problems? Is there a different type of customer for each problem you solve?
  3. Where Do Your Potential Customers Spend Time?
    Where do your personas spend time online and offline? Do you know how to figure that out? Have you checked the analytics of your current customers? Where is the MOST appropriate space to connect with them?
  4. What Is An Appropriate Giveaway?
    What “MUST-HAVE” giveaway can you post online and giveaway offline on those most visited sites and places ? What types of giveaways are APPROPRIATE for those social sites and local places? Do you need an online giveaway and an Offline giveaway?
  5. Where Does Your Giveaway Lead?
    Make sure your flow from online or offline giveaway leads to your email list. In general, your sales will come from email marketing , not from the tweets and Facebook posts. You want to get people on your list so you can provide even more help through time.
  6. Take Care Of Your Newly Generated Business.
    Once people are on your email list make sure you are offering them the products and services they really need (see step 1 above). Practice good marketing etiquette and always be grateful they connected with you
  7. Expand Your Reach By Developing Your Street Team Or Affiliate Program
    You may have many people who will naturally share and promote your products and services. You might also have people who would love to help but need to be asked. Ask them. Develop an expectation list for your street team and provide all the support you can to your affiliates.

Super Simple Marketing Plan

What Colors to Use on Your Website

What Colors To Use On Your Website

What Colors To Use On Your Website

  1. Use a Natural Palette Of Colors
    They are more pleasing than any of their artificial counterparts. Combine them in order to get the emotional response that you want to get from your visitors. Unnatural colors, such as bright green , blue or red usually cause eye fatigue and chase visitors (i:e prospects) away. Also you should be aware that primary colors like red, yellow or orange can work for culinary promotion purposes.
  2. Create A Strong Contrast Between A Page’s Background And It’s Text.
    The best combination for readability is black text on a white background, but there are also other excellent combination. Besides white, other effective website background colors are dark blue, grey and black. The situation is not the same for product promotions. When the product is the center of attention, desaturated colors are recommended.
  3. Select An Average 3 Different Colors And Use Them Consistently Throughout The Website.
    Chromatic harmony is one of the most important criteria in order to create a pleasant experience for the visitors. It is strongly recommended that a moderate number of colors should be employed; four or five is OK; more than that not only will hey create inconsistency, but they will also cause an eye sore for the visitor making him skip important pars of the site.
  4. Be Sure To Take Into Account People With Visual Disabilities.
    Make sure that the message of your site reaches people as well.

Old Vs. Young People
People of different ages have different reactions to colors. People past a certain age will find websites with more sober and restrained (and therefore relaxing to the eye) colors more attractive. Youngsters, on the other hand, will appreciate more vivid and brighter colors.

Men vs. Women
Men tend to prefer blue and orange to red and yellow, while women prefer red to blue and yellow to orange. Also, remember that it has been proven that women are liable to perceive considerably more colors than men.

 Nations And Colors
If your website addresses an audience larger than your country of origin or it is meant to attract prospects from a specific country, invest some time in researching the specific meanings of colors. For example, while white is a symbol of purity in Western cultures, it stands for bad luck and unhappiness in China, Japan, and India. While very appreciated in Japan, pink is frowned upon in India and East-Europe countries, where it is regarded as a ‘non-manly’ color

Common Colors And Their Most Common Meanings

  • Red:
    Energy, passion, excitement, power; also implies aggression, danger.
  • Blue:
    Coolness, spirituality, freedom, patience, loyalty, peace, trustworthiness; can also imply depression.
  • Yellow:
    Light, optimism, happiness, brightness, joy.
  • Green:
    Life, naturalness, restfulness, health, wealth, prosperity; in certain contexts, can imply decay toxicity
  • Orange:
    Friendliness, warmth, approachability, energy, playfulness, courage.
  • Violet:
    Wisdom, sophisticated, celebration
  • White:
    Purity, cleanliness, youth, freshness, peace
  • Black:
    Power, elegance, secrecy, mystery.
  • Gray:
    Security, maturity, reliability
  • Pink:
    Romance, a feminine color.
  • Brown:
    Comfort, strength, stability, credibility.
What Colors to Use on Your Website

What Colors to Use on Your Website

Top Essential Gadget Gifts

Top Essential Gadget Gifts

  1. Fitness Trackers:
    For the healthy nerd or fitness fanatic who thrives knowing exactly how many steps they’ve taken, how fast they ran and how many calories they burned. Most watches have other cool features too like heart rate and sleep monitoring.
  2. Smart Watches
    Having a smart watch is basically like slapping a mini smart phone to your wrist. Enjoy the use of apps, extended use of your smart phone, fitness tracking and a stylish watch all in one bundle.
  3. E-Readers
    Gone are the days of paper backs and hardcovers taking up shelf . Sell all your books and buy an e-Reader instead! read on the go and store hundreds of books -even connect to the web and download books as you need more to read. Enjoy liquid ink displays which are just as friendly on the eyes as reading from paper, except you have a backlight!
  4. Smart Glasses
    There are a lot of intelligent items on this list! Smart glasses have a display, audio output, a camera, microphone and GPS. They can even access WIFI or simply connect with your phone. What’s so great about smart glasses? No hands!
  5. TV Sticks.
    Like the Amazon Fire TV Stick – Plug is the Chromecast competitor and enjoy 4x the storage and 2x the memory with a dual core processor. Access hundreds of thousands of shows and movies on Netflix, Amazon instant Videos and Hulu Plus by simply plugging in the USB dongle

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How To Teach Your Children Respect

How To Teach Your Children Respect

By Dr. Robyn Silverman

Young Students:
“I treat you and me like we matter!”

Older students / Teens / Adults:
The ability to see and celebrate the value in ourselves and others (and behave accordingly)

  1. Teach Them The Powerful Greeting.
    Some children never been taught how to greet adults and children in a respectful way. Be sure to teach them the proper eye contact and gesturing consistent with respectful interactions in your culture.
  2. Give Them Opportunity to Interact Appropriately:
    Children need to practice social skills. Bring your children to new places where they can practices meeting new people and interacting with them respectfully.
  3. Provide Respect-Based Rules
    Discuss rules for interacting with others both online and in person. What kinds of manners do you expect? when your children are playing with friend, what specific actions do you want to see? When your teens are online, how do you want them to behave? The more specific you are, the more likely they are to understand the rules.
  4. Regard Online And Social Interactions AS Privileges
    When our children and teens act appropriately, they can be trusted to do the thing. We can provide them with choices and privileges knowing them will be respectful. However, when children abuse social interactions, we must take time to “re-teach” them about how to show respect before providing privileges

How To Teach Your Children Respect

Parenting In The Digital Age

Parenting In The Digital Age

Parenting in the digital age means that cell phones are a fact of life for most moms and dads. Here’s how to make sure your cell phone makes you a more dedicated parent, not a distracted one.

10 Cell Phone Rules For Parents

  1. When your child is talking to you, look at him, not your phone.
  2. Follow your children social media and use your phone to check their posts
  3. When you’re playing with your child, don’t check your phone.
  4. Use your phone to share interesting videos with your children
  5.  Don’t respond to phone calls, texts or emails at meal time.
  6. When you’re on a walk with your child, don’t use your phone, even if she’s asleep in her stroller
  7. Text your children to say hi!
  8. Video chat with your children while they’re away.
  9. If you’re using your phone and your child wants your attention, put down your phone immediately.
  10.  Limit your phone use so your kids’ memory of you won’t be that you were always on your phone

Parenting In The Digital Age

Kid’s Nutrition, No More Frustration!

Kid’s Nutrition, No More Frustration!

Your little one has just gone from being a 4-hourly milk-devouring infant, to a big child. This can be “the projectile spitting” or “I won’t open my mouth” phase when the little one starts getting a bit picky and choosy about what food they will put in their mouth. So here are 7 Rules to help you face this situation.

  1. Check With Your Doc!
    Check with your kids pediatrician; As long as they are happy with the developmental progress, you have nothing to worry about.
  2. Kids Get Fed When They Have To!
    Yes, kids get hungry too. And they will ensure that they are fed when they are hungry. Sometimes you just have to give them some space
  3.  Engage Them During Meals!
    If it means that you have to sit and animatedly talk to them about ‘how a piece of banana wants to get into their stomach to be with its other friends’, so be it
  4. Repetition Is A Sin!
    If you feature their favorite food on the menu everyday, it will soon become a “not-so-favorite” dish
  5. Small Meals!
    try and break down the meals. It might take a while for the baby to eat just three meals a day like us grown-ups. Give them a few small meals during the day.
  6. When In Doubt Milk It Up!
    Whilst not a substitute for a hearty meal, there is no harm in occasionally resorting to topping up their meals with the “well-trusted” milk.
  7. No Junk Food!
    Not at the age of 2. They shouldn’t be introduced to junk food at such an early age. Make them cultivate a taste for veggies instead.

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Making Singapore A Great Place For Families

Making Singapore A Great Place For Families

2017 Announcements

Housing (A place of our Own)

  • 17,000 Build-To-Order (BTO) flats in 2017
  • Shorter of about 2.5 years for some BTO flats
    Starting with about 1,000 units from 2018
  • Enhanced CPF Housing Grant for first-timer families
    Increase from $30,000 to $50,000 (2-to-4 room resale flats)
    Increase from $30,000 to $40,000 (5-room or larger resale flats)
  • Lower Rents For parenthood provisional Housing scheme flats
    Reduced by $200 to $400 per month(depending on flat type and location)

Childcare (Care for baby, peace of mind for Daddy and Mummy)

  • 8,000 infant care places by 2020
    Increase capacity of center-based infant care (children under 18 months)
  • 10,000 new childcare places over the next year
    Childcare places increased by over 40% in the last years
    140,000 places mow available and more childcare places in estates with many young families.
  • More support for home-based care
    Infant care training cause by NTUC’s SEED institute and KKH for domestic helpers employed by families (pilot will 100 places)

Community And Workplace Support (We can manage work and family successfully)

  • Parental Leave
    Additional 4 weeks of unpaid infant care leave for public servants (3-years pilot)
  • More recognition for flexible work arrangements (FWAs)
    New verifiable FWA standards to encourage progressive workplaces
    Employees recognized through the jobs Bank TAFEP website
    Jobseekers can identify these companies as employers of choice
  • More Family-friendly public transport system
    open strollers on public buses from 2 Apr 2017
    Priority queues at all train stations and new bus interchanges by end-2017
    Nursing rooms in new bus interchanges and integrated transport hubs
    Diaper-changing stations along future MRT lines

Making Singapore A greqat Place For Families

6 Ways to Live Like an Entrepreneur

6 Ways to Live Like an Entrepreneur

Even if you don’t own your own business, you can still improve your work and personal life by adopting some traits of successful entrepreneurs. Here’s how to start.

  1.  Don’t Do It For Money
    Whatever you do in life, you’ll never really love it if you’re just in it for a paycheck. Find a reason to be passionate about what you do. If you can’t find passion in your work, it might be time to start looking for a new career.
  2. Be Self-Motivated 
    External motivation will only take you so far, so find deeper reasons to pursue your goals. Cultivate a passion for your pursuits then take care to complete tasks the right way-you’ll find that the end result is improved
  3. Become A Strong Leader
    Leaders do much more than just take charge-they are great communicators and motivators and they earn the respect of the people they work with. They also know when to handle a given situation on their own and when to ask for help.
  4. Take Action
    Successful business owners don;t sit on their hands. Even if you don’t feel like you have everything you need to start a new endeavor, you have to work with what you have and never let fear or failure keep you from your greatest accomplishments.
  5. Build A Strong Team
    Both in business and in life, no one can make it alone. You’re going to rely on a network of coworkers and peers. Make sure to help then develop their strengths and collaborate to create the best work possible.
  6. Use Your Strengths
    No one is perfect at everything. Find out what your strengths are, and make sure your goals are attuned to your abilities. Unhappy with your weakness? Make personal development a priority.

6 way to live like the entrepreneur