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Don’t Date These 6 Women If You Want To Be Successful!

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There is a woman behind every successful man is a term common to everyone. However this does not apply to every women that men will come across in their lives. Here are 6 women to steer clear of if you want to be successful!

The Bossy One
Being bossy is second nature to this woman as if it is ingrained in her DNA. Yes, she may appear cute when you first approach her, but over time this trait is poisonous and you might find it hard to be with her.

The Paranoid One
She is always worrying about you not being faithful to her. This may be due to bad experiences in relationships in the pass and she is not trusting of men. She may seem attractive at first sight due to her vulnerability.  However her distrust of men will make it tiring for you when she accuses you once too often.

The Clingy One
This woman is one of the toughest partners to be with. It would be sweet to have her missing you all the time and wanting your attention, however this will become poisonous to the relationhip over time as you will feel choked by her demands for your attention.

The Never Hungry One
She is constantly worried about her figure and appearance and is perpetually on a diet. She will complain that she is overweight and not eat when you are on dates with her. This may seem as a plus point at the start of your relationship as it means she would not gain weight being with you. However I’m sure it is no point to eat alone on a date.

The Party Girl
She is always seen out at parties and is usually the life of the party. You may find her attractive due to her carefree and wild nature. She may be good for the party but what about when she is not out at parties. This girl may be running away from her problems by partying and it may be too late for you to realise that when you get involved with her.

The Drama Queen
The drama queen is damaging for a relationship as she thinks that the world revolves around her. She is immature and will throw tantrums as often as you change your underwear. She is also prone to mood swings and will constantly be wanting to have a quarrel. This is one woman who would literally drain your soul.

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10 Signs that She is Ready to be Your Life Partner

 

Guys, are you in a relationship and wondering if the girl you’re dating is the one person you want to spend your entire life with? Well, check out these 10 hidden traits and if you check more than 6, it’s time to start looking at BTO projects and bind her to you for life as soon as possible. Before it’s too late, yeah?

She’s easily contented
Even if you can’t give her the best in life, she’ll still stick by you through thick and thin because she doesn’t need material stuff to be happy as long as she has you.

She’s selfless
Marriage, even relationships, are all about give-and-take. If she’s not selfless enough to sacrifice and give in occasionally, you know that the relationship won’t end well. After all, there’s only so much you can give in before you get frustrated and decide that enough is enough, right?

She’s strong emotionally
When it comes to starting a family together, both the guy and the girl will face obstacles that seems insurmountable and stresses over practically everything, because it’s an area in life that’s so new to them. If your girl is strong emotionally, both of you can comfort and support each other in times of crisis.

She’s doesn’t spend much
If she still spends on branded bags and chases after the latest trends, you’re going to have a hard time paying the bills, paying off the loans and providing for her. The lesser she spend, the more the both of you have to pay for the necessities.

She can cook passably
Because, hey, it’s expensive to eat out and sometimes, even if you can cook, it’s awesome to have her cooking a meal for you in your own little world, no? And she doesn’t need to be a world-class cook, because whatever she cook, will taste delicious to you. Guys, agree?

She can take care of you
Of course, we’re not saying let her take care of you while you laze around doing nothing. But if your girlfriend is able to take care of you and support you in times of need when you’re dating, you’ll know she’ll be the perfect mother for your children.

She’s independent
A marriage is between two person, and both of you need to toughen up and support the family together. Now, imagine a marriage where instead of the wife and husband sharing troubles together, the man is doing everything while the woman just relax and leave everything to him, which one would you prefer to be?

She’s competitive
She’s going to do the best she can, and in the process, ignite your competitive spirit to do the best you can as well. This way, the both of you can grow together as a couple.

She’s tolerant
If she’s doing great at tolerating your antics when you’re dating, even when you know you’re particularly irritating or being a MCP, then you know she’ll make a good wife. Because after marriage, the things she has to tolerate about you will only increase.

She has got great people skills
Hey, she has to have great people skills because you don’t want to be stuck between your mother and your wife every single time you come home, right?

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20 Signs You’re Succeeding Even If You Feel Like You Aren’t

 

 

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We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.

Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.

2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.

Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.

3. You have raised your standards.

You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.

4. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good.

No, this is not narcissistic even though it might seem like it. Self-love is success. Love yourself enough to say ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t make you happy, doesn’t serve your purpose, or drags you down.

5. You have moments where you appreciate who you see in the mirror.

Ideally, you should appreciate who you see in the mirror at every moment. But even if that doesn’t happen, if you do it more than you used to, then that is success. Love yourself. You are awesome.


6. You have learned that setbacks and failure are part of self-growth.

Not everyone can have success 100% of the time. That’s just not realistic. Life is about victories and losses. So look at your setbacks as stepping stones to something better. In reality, there really is no such thing as as setback. It’s all just part of a wondrous journey.

7. You have a support system that includes people who would do anything for you.

If you have figured out the people who “have your back” and recognized the ones who only pretend that they do, then you have succeeded. This is a painful realization, but once you learn to see the signs of betrayal, you can stay away from those people.

8. You don’t complain much.

Because you know there really is nothing to complain about. Unless you really have gone through some horrific life experience and had unimaginable losses, most of what we all experience on a day-to-day basis is just mundane. And successful people know that. And they live in a space of gratitude.

9. You can celebrate others’ successes.

Just because other people succeed, that doesn’t make you a failure. Applaud the people who rise to the top. The more positive energy you give to other people’s victories, the more you will create your own.

10. You have passions that you pursue.

You are not stagnant. You know you have something wonderful to contribute to the world. You have unique talents and gifts. Not only do you know that, you pursue it.

11. You have things to look forward to.

If you don’t have exciting things going on in your life that you are eagerly anticipating, then you are slowly dying inside. Successful people create goals that they are passionate about pursuing. They let this excitement drive their life.

12. You have goals that have come true.

Even though “failures” are a part of life, you have stuck to your goals and dreams long enough to make them come to fruition. You have  some tastes of victory. It fuels you.

13. You have empathy for others.

A person without empathy is dead inside. Empathy equals spreading love and positive energy into the world. Successful people know this. They love others as if they are family.

14. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others.

Love is risky, and sometimes scary for people. It’s the one thing we all strive for, but it’s also intimately tied to the one thing we fear the most – rejection. If you open your heart enough to love and be loved, then you are successful.


15. You refuse to be be a victim.

You know that life doesn’t always happen to you. Many times, you are a co-creator of your life experiences. Successful people know this and refuse to be kept down by life experiences. The rise up and conquer anyway.

16. You don’t care what other people think.

You know you can’t please everyone. You know that the standards with which society judges people is many times unrealistic. So you just keep true to yourself and love the person you are.

17. You always look on the bright side.

Life can be full of disappointments – if you choose to see them that way. Otherwise, they are learning opportunities. No negative experience is ever wasted as long as you learn from it.

18. You accept what you can’t change.

Let’s face it – there many things you can’t change in life. All you can change is how you view what happens. If you can change your negative perspective on situations to a positive one, then you are successful.

19. You change what you can.

And let’s face it again – there are many things you can change in life. Successful people don’t sit around accepting the negatives that are changeable. They get out there and do something about it!!

20. You are happy.

To me, this is the ultimate definition of success. It doesn’t matter what the balance is in your bank account, how big your house is,  or how many fancy vacations you take. If you are happy, then you are succeeding in life.




Even if you don’t see yourself in many of these 20 things, don’t fret. It’s okay. Be happy that you see yourself in just a few. In time, the rest will come. You just need to keep moving onward and upward.

Originally posted on www.lifehack.org

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5 phone apps for busy women in Singapore

We love tools that free us up from the daily chores and bring things we love closer. So here are 5 Singapore apps that will make any busy woman happy.

HopHop Chef app - book a local chef to cook at your home
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1. HopHop Chef (www.hophopchef.com)

Do you love good food but have no time for cooking? Book a chef to cook at your home with the newly launched HopHop Chef. Choose dishes you like from the app and select chef’s time of arrival. Chef brings ingredients, cooks, serves on your plates and leaves your kitchen clean. All in 2 hours.
Price: $120 for 4 people inclusive of food and a chef.

HopHop Chef is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.

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2. Honestbee (www.honestbee.com)

Hate queuing at grocery shops? Delegate grocery shopping to Honestbee.  Shop from multiple grocery stores and get the same day delivery.Price: Free delivery for the first order above $10.

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Honestbee is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.

 

3. Helpling (www.helpling.com.sg) 

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Hate cleaning? Book a cleaner with Helpling to clean your rooms, fridge, windows, oven or do the ironing.  Price: $20 per hour. Helpling is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.

 

4. Vanitee (www.vanitee.com/sg)

Is a visit to a beauty salon long overdue? Get your mani, pedi, massage, hair and even facial done with Vanitee. Select the service you want, specify the time you want your beauty artist to come and pay online.

Price: $20 – 1000.

Vanitee is available on Google Play and iOS App Store.

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5. HipVan (www.hipvan.com)

Make your home a dream home with design goodies from HipVan. Shop for furniture and decor while sitting on your comfortable couch. Don’t have a couch? Get one from HipVan.

Price: $10 – 1000.

HipVan is available on iOS App Store.

Originally posted on www.bonvivant-mag.com

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4 Reading Hacks Every Book Lover Should Know

 

 

 

1. When You Can’t Read… Listen!

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Audiobooks are the answer for people who always want to be reading. Amazon’s Whispersync lets you sync your ebooks with the audiobook version so you don’t have to waste frustrating minutes trying to find your place in the audiobook. Now, there’s also OverDrive, which allows you to break free of Amazon and sync ebooks and audiobooks for other platforms. So, you can read your ebook on the train and listen to the audiobook during your run, or, with bluetooth shower speakers, even in the shower!




2. Read Big Books In Tiny Pieces

If you’re intimidated by the size of Ulysses or just don’t want to strain your wrist or weigh down your backpack with you books, the DailyLit app will send you short installments of books at regular times that you choose. You pick the book, you determine how many pages you can read at a time and when you can read them, and DailyLit will get you the right amount of reading at the right time.

3. Read While You Wait
You might not always have time to set aside to get cozy and read for an hour, but everyone has several chunks of a few minutes here or there throughout the day — 10 minutes of waiting in lines, waiting for the pasta to boil, while you do laundry, waiting for the train to arrive, waiting for your (ahem) bathroom business to conduct itself. Instead of checking for new emails for the hundredth time, crack open your book. All those 10 minutes add up, and before you realize it you’ll be halfway through your bookshelf of unread classics.




4. Lock Yourself Out of Your Phone

Look, we’re living in an online world and you’re just an online girl. We alll fall victim to the evil addiction of scrolling. Even with a book in hand you may soon find yourself swiping and tapping and checking your e-mail just one more time, you know, in case there’s something life-alteringly important. You’d think getting some offline time might be as simple as turning off the phone, but we’re all weak weak creatures who can’t deny the allure of Facebook or a perfect emoji text. That’s where apps come in handy. Apps like Flipd, App Detox, or even a straight up Parental Control app let you control how much time you spend online, on certain apps, or even just lock you out of your phone automatically at certain times of the day. It’s basically like putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your little window to the Internet. Finally free of the urge to status update, you can dive into a good old-fashioned hardcover.

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10 Dining Spots Your Kids Will Love

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When it comes to eating out with your little ones, do you always find yourself on the verge of pulling your hair out?

It can be incredibly tricky dining out with your young children as you have to feed them, pacify them, entertain them before you can even dig into your now-cold plate of hearty handmade ravioli or premium wagyu.

Take heart that you’re not alone! GET.com has rounded up this list of 10 kid-friendly dining spots in Singapore that’ll keep your little ones’ tummies and hearts full.

While your little ones are busy entertaining themselves, your wife/husband and you can finally tuck in without breaking a sweat!

1. Jamie’s Italian

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Conveniently located in VivoCity, Jamie’s Italian is a kid-friendly, casual Italian restaurant that your family can dine at for a fun-filled day or night out.




Besides offering a nutritionally-balanced selection of delicious food options on its rustic menu for both adults and kids, Jamie’s Italian also offers an exquisite antipasti bar and ice-cold draft beers brewed exclusively for Jamie’s Italian Singapore.

You’ll be happy to know that Jamie’s Italian provides high chairs for younger children, and colouring sheets and crayons to keep children entertained.

They’ve also got a mini terrace with a herb garden for those curious little ones to explore!

If you don’t already know, Jamie’s Italian is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s casual Italian chain. You can be sure that your family is in good hands, especially since Jamie champions healthy eating and is no stranger to fighting for food education for every child worldwide.

Address:

Jamie’s Italian

1 Harbourfront Walk

VivoCity

#1-165-167

Singapore 098585

Contact:

6733 5500

Opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm

2. Marché

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The Marché outlet at Suntec City is one absolute winner for families. Besides providing colouring sheets and craft sets to keep children occupied, the double-storey windmill-themed play area never fails to work its magic to enchant kids!

The play area is larger and better than the one at Marché 313 Somerset; expect to find a mini-bridge and a stairway leading to a hideout on the second floor.

Kids will love the blackboards, puzzles, wooden playhouses, wooden train tracks, treehouse and an almost-life-sized cow they get to “milk”! There’s even a climbing wall for children who are physically more active.




If you can get your little ones away from the play areas to actually load up on food, Marché’s Picky Kids Menu offers easy-to-eat sweet or savoury crepes, rosti with chicken cheese or pork sausage, or pizza.

Fret not if your child’s still a toddler – the Suntec City and 313 Somerset outlets have baby stations equipped with a microwave oven for parents to reheat pre-packed baby food brought from home.

Address:

Marché Mövenpick Suntec City

3 Temasek Boulevard

Suntec City Mall

#01-612/613/614

Singapore 038983

Contact:

6337 3134

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am-11:00pm

Saturday – Sunday & public holidays: 10:00am-11:00pm

3. IKEA

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Who hasn’t been to or heard of IKEA? It is famed for its gorgeous show rooms, flat packages, bouncy meatballs and ice-cream cones that retail at an unbeatable price of $0.50 each.

The family-friendly IKEA restaurant wing is where you’ll find affordable Swedish-style food for all, special kids meals, high chairs and play areas all in one place.

While the adults are busy shopping at the store, children can be kept equally occupied within IKEA’s in-house play facility, Småland – a magical forest with spider webs strong enough to climb and clogs big enough for children to hide inside.

It’s the perfect play area for jumping, climbing, running and bouncing. Do check out Småland Conditions of Entry before making a trip down!




There is also a silent and calm forest where children can watch a movie or just rest under an enormous spruce tree. Whatever their choice, it is definitely adventure for the little ones!

At the IKEA store, there are also changing rooms for babies where parents can attend to the needs of their little ones.

IKEA Alexandra Address:

317 Alexandra Road

IKEA Alexandra

Singapore 159965

IKEA Alexandra Store Opening Hours:

10:00am-11:00pm daily

IKEA Alexandra Restaurant Hours:

9:00am-10:00pm daily (Last order at 9:30pm)

IKEA Tampines Address:

60 Tampines North Drive 2

IKEA Tampines

Singapore 528764

IKEA Tampines Store Opening Hours:

10:00am-11:00pm daily

IKEA Tampines Restaurant Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9:30am-10:30pm

Weekends/PH: 9:00am-10:30pm

(Last order at 10pm)

4. Quentin’s – The Eurasian Restaurant

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It is a harsh reality but not all restaurants are warm and welcoming towards diners with young children.

Quentin’s made it into our list because it is ultra kid-friendly, boasts fantastic service on top of dishing out excellent Eurasian food at very reasonable prices.

It is recommended that the whole family head to Quentin’s together as their portions are pretty generous!

Quentin’s playroom for kids is air-conditioned and packed with lots of toys and books! Its kids menu is priced at $15++ with a selection of mains including usual suspects like fish & chips, chicken tenders, sausage & chicken nuggets and chicken stew. Each kid’s meal comes with fresh apple juice and 1 scoop of ice-cream!

Address:

Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant

Eurasian Community House

139 Ceylon Road

Singapore 429744

Contact:

6348 0327

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm

*Opened till midnight on Fridays

*Closed on Mondays

5. Cool De Sac

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Cool de Sac is a children’s entertainment center like no other – it centres around children and their parents by establishing a space where the whole family gets to enjoy a healthy meal out together without compromising on their children’s development through creative play.

Thriving on the notion “Eat well. Play smart!”, expect to find educational play stations ranging from LEGO, arts and crafts, to interactive games for older kids and a plushy soft play area for younger ones at Cool de Sac.




The adjoining Bistro Cool by Cool de Sac commits to serving quality food whipped up with fresh ingredients that even the most health-conscious individuals would approve of.

Admission charges and other vital information can be found on their official website here. http://cooldesac.com.sg/location-info

Address:

3 Temasek Boulevard

#02-379/80

Suntec City Mall

Singapore 038983

Contact:

6337 0205

Opening hours:

10:00am-8:00pm daily

6. Scrumptious At The Turf

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Nestled amongst the slew of family-friendly eateries at The Grandstand sits Scrumptious At The Turf, a restaurant that offers fresh, hearty Western comfort food.

It is especially value-for-money on weekdays and the delightful food is something that anyone would appreciate.

Scrumptious At The Turf is a great place to take your kids to for wholesome food that doesn’t necessarily translate into boring food.

Children will love the rack of little toys and puzzles, the gigantic chalkboard that they can doodle on and the light-hearted cartoons that screen perennially on their TV screen.




On top of having a play area for kids within the friendly and welcoming restaurant, kids get to dine for free!

But of course, the catch is that a child gets to dine for free with any adult main course ordered. You’ll also be pleased to know that the mains are generously portioned!

Address:

200 Turf Club Road

The Grandstand

#01-08

Singapore 287994

Contact:

6464 6900

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am-10:00pm

​Saturday – Sunday: 09:00am-10:00pm (or later!)

*Closed on Monday

7. Trapizza

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Trapizza is a casual Italian bistro sitting on the ever popular Siloso Beach at Sentosa. Its open-air layout offers an ideal chill-out spot for beachgoers, tourists and families alike.

Besides indulging in wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, a selection of pastas, salads, snacks and desserts, families get to soak up the sun and dig their feet into the warm soft sand on a fun day out in the sun! A children’s set menu is also available at Trapizza.

They have play houses on the sandy beach where kids can enjoy slides and sand play while parents chill out al fresco style, looking out for their kids at the same time.

Address:

Trapizza

10 Siloso Beach Walk

Singapore 098970

Contact:

6376 2662

Opening hours:

11:30am-9:30pm daily

8. EatPlayLove Café

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If your kids are fascinated with arts and crafts of all sorts, you have to take them to EatPlayLove Café. Aptly situated in Kampong Glam, EatPlayLove Café oozes lots of whimsical vibes and is full of nostalgia.

You can also find old-school Singaporean snacks and toys that are sure to trigger that sentimentalist in you!

At just $5, each kid gets two hours of unlimited crafting fun on weekdays at this crafty café!

On weekends, public holidays or school holidays, rates sit at $5 for the first hour, and $2.50 for each subsequent 30-minute window.

You’ll be surprised what your little children can dream up with the unlimited use of craft materials!




EatPlayLove Café serves a mix of Western dishes, Thai-inspired cuisine and sandwiches such as Macaroni & Cheese and Pineapple Rice.

If you intend to eat, go early, as their kitchen is closed from 3-6pm except on weekends and public holidays!

You might want to keep tabs on their Facebook page for latest updates, too! https://www.facebook.com/eatplaylovealiwal

Address:

28 Aliwal Street

#01-07

Singapore 199918

Contact:

6444 6400

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

*Closed on Tuesday

9. Café Melba

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Spacious grounds for children to run about? Check.

A kid-friendly menu that kids actually love? Check.

A big, bouncy castle on weekends and public holidays? Check.

Seriously delicious, thin-crust pizzas? Check.

Enter Café Melba, an Australian-inspired cafe located in the compounds of the Goodman Arts Centre that exudes laid-back charm and loads of joy for every child and parent.

On a regular day, board games, coloured pencils and activity sheets are available to keep your young ones in their seats!

Feel free to ask if your child needs high chair or if you need to park the stroller, they’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Well, besides the alone-time or spouse-time you’ll finally be receiving, Café Melba is where you should be looking if you (and your kids) yearn for wholesome, basic comfort food in a lush, family-friendly setting.

Word has it that their fluffy, non-greasy pancakes and wood-fired thin-crust pizzas are must-tries!

Address:

Café Melba

#01-5690

Goodman Arts Centre

Block N

Goodman Road

Singapore 439053

Contact:

6440 6068

Opening hours:

Weekday: 10:00am-10:00pm

Weekend: 8:00am-10:00pm

10. Ocean Restaurant By Cat Cora

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If you don’t already know, Cat Cora, a mother of four, made television history in 2005 when she became the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

It is therefore not difficult to guess that the food served in the Ocean Restaurant amid swimming, majestic sea creatures is expensive and exquisite down to the detail.

The Ocean Restaurant is popular among couples as it is romantic in its own right. Nonetheless, it remains a family-friendly restaurant with its offering of a children’s menu, huge activity sheets and even coloured pencils for kids.




Now, that is quite unheard of in the realm of fine-dining restaurants, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure the stingrays and fish swimming at an eye-to-eye level are a bigger draw for your inquisitive little ones!

Address:

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora

S.E.A Aquarium

Resorts World™ Sentosa

8 Sentosa Gateway

Singapore 098269

Contact:

6577 8888

Opening hours:

11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm daily

Originally posted on Get.com

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18 Things Japan Has That The Rest Of The World Desperately Needs

1. Machines that pour beers for you like this, so you never have to wait for a beer at a bar.

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LIFE-CHANGING.

2. Katsu sandwiches that look like this.

Katsu sandwiches that look like this.



That’s right. Chicken or pork katsu. In sandwiches. Bury me now. I am done.

3. Shirts and pants from 7-Eleven stores, so you never have to experience the look of the “walk of shame”.

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Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed

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Wearing a new shirt after a night out means that you can go home feeling like death while looking so elegant.

4. Thousands and thousands of 7-Eleven stores that have ATMs and even T-O-I-L-E-T-S inside.

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There are more than 18,000 7-Eleven stores in Japan, which is more than twice the number in the United States. Yes, really.

And the fact that many of them contain toilets means that you never have to go to a coffee shop and pretend that you actually want a coffee when you don’t want a coffee, you just want a piss. It is wonderful.

5. Hot towels (oshibori) that are given out at the start of every single meal, just so you can wipe your hands.

Hot towels (oshibori) that are given out at the start of every single meal, just so you can wipe your hands.

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In other countries you’re normally given them at the start of your flight if you’re flying in business class. In Japan it feels like you’re in business class at all times.

6. Vending machines that serve hot and cold drinks.

Vending machines that serve hot and cold drinks.

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There are more than 5 million of these machines in Japan, which is insane. And there aren’t separate cold and hot vending machines – they come from the same machine.

7. Vending machines that come with a defibrillator or emergency equipment inside as standard.

They aren’t in every machine, but what a neat idea.

8. Bikes racks that ANY bike can lock into.

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Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed

No need to hire out a potentially expensive city bike to get from A to B. Just lock in your own. And these bike locks are free to use too.

9. Underground gates that close only if you don’t tap your card on the reader first.

Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed

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In cities like London, the gates open only after you have tapped on the reader and remain closed the rest of the time.

Why is this boring fact important? Well, think about it. The doors constantly closing and opening at the entrance and exit of the underground can lead to so many delays waiting at the gate, even if everyone queuing in front of you is paying with the correct fare. The fact that they stay open means that you’re barely delayed at all.



10. Rail payment cards you can use in McDonald’s.

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And not just McDonald’s – you can use your transport card in many shops and restaurants. You can even use it in different cities. Even though each city in Japan has a rail card system, the cards all work in one another’s systems.

11. McDonald’s deliveries to your work and home.

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It’s not *everywhere* in Japan, but in some cities you can just download the app, choose your lunch…and boom – hangover cure to your door.

12. Hundreds of TV shows consisting of people making dinner and comments by people watching these people making dinner.

Hundreds of TV shows consisting of people making dinner and comments by people watching these people making dinner.



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Sometimes every channel seems to be airing a show that consists of this format. The people commenting are usually back in a studio or are shown in a box in the corner of the screen while a chef talks and eats food in a kitchen. It’s wonderful.

For British readers, I can describe this only as 24-hour foodie Gogglebox.

13. Queues for trains and ATMs that look like this.

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YES, THIS MIGHT LOOK BORING, but it means that nobody is looking over your shoulder and people can get on and off public transportation without that painful pushing and shoving because nobody knows who is first.

Every single train station also has its own jingle – for when the train is about to arrive or depart.

14. Seats on trains that can switch direction if you prefer to sit, or not sit, with your mates.

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It doesn’t work, of course, if the people behind you are sitting on the seat, mind.

15. Lockers of all shapes and sizes at every station.

Lockers of all shapes and sizes at every station.



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Especially useful for travellers, you can store whatever you want for about 500 yen (£2.60/$4) every 24 hours. Many other countries don’t have the nerve to do this.

By the way, you can’t store corpses in them :/

By the way, you can't store corpses in them :/

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Or explosives. Please make a note of that.

16. Toilets that can do this when you enter the room.

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Not necessarily what is depicted in The Simpsons, but they can open to say hello. This can feel weirdly intimidating at first, but you get used to it.

There’s even a button on the wall that can lower the seat – so you never have to do it by hand.

17. Toilets that play sound effects like running water to disguise the sound of you on the toilet.

Toilets that play sound effects like running water to disguise the sound of you on the toilet.

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The first time you experience a Japanese toilet, you end up playing with all of the buttons, which include bidets and fans that immediately dry your bottom. Even public toilets have them installed, so you see buttons like this quite often.

18. And a train that is covered in cartoon dogs and features a carriage with a ball pit and a library.

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It’s called the Aso Boy! and it runs between Kumamoto and Miyaji (Aso).

The ball pit and the library are for children, by the way.

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18 Cats Who Are Proving They Are Liquids

It’s the cold, hard facts.

According to Merriam-Webster, to be a liquid is to be capable of flowing freely, like water.

18 Cats Who Are Proving They Are Liquids

1. Therefore, cats must be liquids. Look at them.

Therefore, cats must be liquids. Look at them.

2. Just… look at them.

Just... look at them.

3. They fit into anything that isn’t cat-shaped.

They fit into anything that isn't cat-shaped.

4. They are far too squishy to be solids.

18 Cats Who Are Proving They Are Liquids

5. This cat is literally dripping off someone’s legs.

This cat is literally dripping off someone's legs.

6. And this one’s basically waterfalling down the stairs.

7. Kinda seems like if cats were not liquid, they wouldn’t be able to fit into tiny boxes like this.

Kinda seems like if cats were not liquid, they wouldn't be able to fit into tiny boxes like this.

8. Or compressed into little pitchers like this one.

Or compressed into little pitchers like this one.

9. That jiggling looks like a pretty liquid sort of thing.

10. And if sinks are meant for water…

 

11. Then why are so many cats all up in them?

 

12. Seems questionable.

 

13. Here’s a cat leaking through the cracks. Just like a nonsolid.

14. Surely this once identifiable cat can only look so elongated because he is…GASP…A LIQUID!!!

 

15. SOLIDS JUST DON’T LOOK LIKE THAT.

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16. Like, did that kitten just *magically* pop out of that tiny hole? NO. THAT KITTEN IS LIQUID.

17. Open your eyes, people.

 

18. CATS ?ARE ?LIQUIDS. ?

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