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Animals can also save lives. In fact, they do it every day. 

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For many of us, the only time we care about animals is either there is nothing to watch except National Geographic, or that we want to make sure we maximise that Groupon Zoo ticket.

Have you ever wonder how we end up having furkids in today’s society? And also, how do animals and insects communicate without scripts and speeches?  July’s Nuffnang Reads has all the answers!

1. The Importance of Being Poisonous

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Many venomous creatures such as snakes and tarantulas are as useful as they are scary. Venoms have many uses in the medical field: from developing vaccines, to drugs that delay onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, animals have been a critical part in various medical breakthroughs in the 21st Century.

The next time you wish all the furry tarantulas burn in eternal hell, think again how much they have contributed to humanity.

2. Animals and Us go a Long Way Back

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Nowadays we no longer think twice about keeping pets. But have you ever wondered how the cohabitation first came about? Also, just what on earth are people thinking when they keep exotic “pets” like cheetahs and hyenas?

It is said the earliest trace of domestication is dated more than 10,000 years ago. No wonder there is that saying that dogs are man’s best friend.

3. Animals Speak

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How do animals communicate without a spoken or written language like us?

Many animals do so by smells! Pheromones are chemicals often left behind by various species to communicate a variety of information. Sea cucumbers leave scents behind to warn their members about danger around or elicit attraction from the opposite sexes. Similarly, mice and other mammals also have a special organ that gives off and detects warnign pheromones.

Movements are another medium for communication. The bees as another example, do their bee dance, wriggling their cute little bums to convey the location, distance and direction of honey to their fellow colonies.

Just a buzz further:

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Many of us are not aware that bees are important not just for their honey we spread over our favourite barbecue chicken wings. Bees play an integral role in ensuring we get our agricultural produce. By facilitating pollination, bees essentially are the trusty helpers of our farmers. No bees, No food.

It seems like each and every animal is great and valuable in their own way just like humans! We often only think of dogs as our best friends. Having read about other animals and insects, would you see them differently?

July Nuffnang reads:

1. 10 Crazy Uses For Animal Venom

2. Our Furry Friends: The History of Animal Domestication

3. Scientists decode honey bee “waggle dance

4. Would we starve without bees?

5. Warning! Alarm pheromones detected

 

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Jasmine Tse
Nuffnang Community Team

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Criollo Cocoa Cafe

Date: 25th July 2015, Saturday

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Venue: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road #02-01, Singapore 238858

Latte Art is the IN thing now.

If you’re interested to get ahead of your cafe-hopping friends by making your very own cuppa, read on for more info!

About Criollo Cocoa Cafe

At Criollo Cocoa Cafe, you are in for a treat of comfort foods in an environment that serves freshly brewed coffee at the same time. Their specials include chocolate ice cream waffles and hot cocoa. Located along Orchard Road, Criollo Cocoa Cafe is the perfect hangout spot to fuel and recharge for shopping sprees too.

What can you expect?

Latte Art is an up and coming hobby that many coffee enthusiasts are taking up. During the event, you would learn more about the art through a short introduction session. That would be followed by an easy-to-follow demo session. Finally, you will get to perfect your Latte Art skills during the hands-on sessions. So even if you’re a first-time, just relax and have fun!

On top of learning to make your own perfect Latte Art, there would be a food tasting session for you to pair your fresh cuppa with Criollo Cocoa Cafe’s signature mains and desserts such as the Chocolate Ice Cream Waffle and Seafood Tagliatelle in Spicy Laksa Sauce.

Who else is coming?

Our bloggeratis Shennyyang and Samantha Joy will be joining you guys in this event. Do not hesitate to say hi to them! As for our community bloggers, you are welcomed to bring along a friend!

As there are only limited slots available, bloggers will be selected at random and only selected bloggers will be notified before 2oth July 2015. Do keep a look out for our confirmation.

Sign up now and you’re well on your way to outshine your cafe-hopping hipster friends!

Nuffnang Lovin' x Criollo Cocoa Cafe

Jasmine Tse
Nuffnang Community Team

2015 is an important year for Singapore and fellow Singaporeans. 50 years of nation-building by our pioneer and country leaders has shaped Singapore into a prosperous and beautiful global city today. More importantly, through our trials and tribulations, we have also built our Singaporean identity and have successfully put multi-racial harmony on the map. Seeing our nation’s remarkable achievement, the Nuffnang family is greatly humbled by our leaders selflessness, and aspired by their ambitions and vision for Singapore.

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If you have been reading our Dayre, you would have read about our announcement that Nuffnang is a major partner of the NDP2015 committee! No words can express how proud we are to be a part of Singapore’s grand celebration of her Golden Jubilee.

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Being NDP2015′s exclusive blogger community, we were invited to various media events. Let us share some of our excitement meeting the NDP2015 participants, and adventures riding on the vehicles that you would see on 9 August.

1. Majulah Singapura – Everybody can be a Pioneer of Tomorrow!

At the first NDP2015 media event, our Bloggeratis were privileged to meet some of the participants and boy, were they all so excited!

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Corliss was elated to meet and chat with our Singapore Girl representing our national carrier Singapore Airlines at the Vintage Parade segment.

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Did you know? Diah’s own brother is currently part of the Singapore police Force. So it is no surprise that she was exceptionally happy to meet SSSGT (R) Ramalingam S/O Nadasan Pillay who first participated in NDP in 1967 when he was in the Police Force!

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The event certainly injected a healthy amount of patriotism into us, and some of our bloggeratis also had many heartfelt wishes and aspirations for Singapore.

And as Mongchin said, “I’m very proud to call myself a Singaporean and am very thankful to be able to call this country my home. I’ve said this umpteen times, I know, but I truly am so so proud and I couldn’t sing enough praises of this little dot of a country to others when I was travelling all over Europe for half a year last year.”

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Photo: Mongchin

2.  Media Launch of NDP and SG50 Fun Packs

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One great essence of watching the National Day Parades live is waving the Singapore flag and shaking the red and white clappers with so much gusto and pride. These accessories alongside Singapore flag tattoos and homely snacks are all packed into the Fun Packs. This year, the excitement packed into the signature Fun Packs can be enjoyed by every Singaporeans, not just spectators in attendance. Yaaaaaay!

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What is better than free goodies? Free goodies packed for you with love by another fellow Singaporean!

No wonder the Singapore Kindness Movement was polled to be the most memorable campaign. Singa must be proud.

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We need not say more when it is written all over our bloggers’ faces just how exciting A Fun Pack from Me to You can be.

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And walking away from the event, Becksko literally brought out the words from our mouths. “Born and bred in Singapore, nothing makes me prouder than to see my country grow, and to grow with my country as one.”

3. Air Show and Mobile Column Displays

Each National Day Parade is also an opportunity to be proud of our country’s security and military strength. Just like social media these days, defence of our sunny island is a 24/7 responsibility. For this, we would like to thank all our military and civil defence officers for their selfless protection of our nation all year round!

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Guarding our skies are our RSAF. This year’s air participation boosts the largest number of aircrafts featured ever at any NDP! In line with Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, 50 of them will make up the aerial show.

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On land, Singapore also enjoys the protection from Singapore Armed Force, Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force.

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During the media display of the Mobile Column, we were invited on-board some of the vehicles that would be featured in the NDP 2015 Integrated Show. And oh boy, that ride packed more thrill than one on a roller coaster!

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Photo: Sengkang Babies

The 4 media events put together by the NDP 2015 Committee have reflected the amount of thought and effort poured over each idea and item for the parade. We share the excitement with them and can’t wait to see all Singaporeans come together as one to celebrate our nation’s Golden Jubilee!

Nuffnang SG would like to wish the committee a very successful show come 9 August!

 

Jasmine Tse
Nuffnang Community Team

Nuffnang Reads is back! And it IS all about money money money this time.

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SG Budget Babe took the time to remind us the importance of differentiating needs from wants. For the ladies, she also discussed women’s tendency to spend more.

Besides our propensity to spend and even splurge, producers and companies also have some tricks up their sleeves to maximise their profits too.

Case Study: IKEA 50 cents ice cream 

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Recently published on Quora were several mind tricks used by retailers in recent years to maximise their profits. And specifically, IKEA’s example had been singled out.

According to a chef who previously worked at an Ikea food-service operation, the objective of IKEA’s quick-service restaurants is to “reinforce their low price profile”. Everyone has a rough idea how much a meal or an ice cream should cost. Seeing cheap food available in IKEA would lead people to assume low prices are offered throughout IKEA. On the other hand, consumers often have no idea how much furniture cost, and with the assumption that IKEA prices would be wallet-friendly, consumers would have no qualms purchasing over-priced IKEA furniture.

Also, what is the likelihood you would leave IKEA with only food in your tummy? Most IKEA outlets are too out of the way. To make your trip worth, you are likely to grab some items on your way out too, whether you need them or not.

Hence, IKEA is more than willing and able to sell you 50 cents ice cream and $1.50 hotdog combos!

The Power of Advertising  Consumers

Speaking of marketing and advertising. Did you know, we are more likely to respond to an advertisement in our first language?

That’s because our first language is the more emotive language and thus we can be less rational when perceiving and using our first language. That would increase the likelihood to fall for any advertisements played out in our native tongues.

Shopping online also reveals to retailers your purchasing patterns. This allows them to customise the ads placements as well as check-out pop-ups to entice you to make impulsive purchases.

Watch ABC’s The Checkout’s comparison of groceries shopping online and at the supermarket itself.

Still think that advertising is power?

Not really. YOU, as a consumer, are the power.

Saving for the Rainy Day

Now that we have gained some knowledge in spending, we should get started on saving too. Here’s what SG Budget Babe has to share about saving. Saving is not only important, it is something we can all do everyday.

From staying away from vices, to choosing the right company. Saving up can be incorporated into our daily lives!

And just to pick your brains a little :)

Ever wonder about the stereotype that the Chinese save a lot more and are ever so stingy?

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Source: Tumblr. Leave it to Jessica Huang to save and stretch every penny under the Huangs roof! 

It is as true as it can be. Studies have shown that culture and language spoken influence perceptions.

In this case, the Chinese language does not mark time differences, while the English language does through the use of tenses. This makes the future “nearer” for the Chinese thus having greater risk aversion, and also fuelling their need to save. On the other hand, English speakers would perceive the future to be further away and thus have less incentive and motivation to save.

Aren’t you glad Singlish throws tenses out of the window too?

Mo’ money, Mo’ problems

Sometimes we have the privilege to suffer from first-world problems.

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With the money kept safe and saved, how do we watch it grow?

Again, SG Budget Babe has some advice on investments. She suggests taking up classes and also getting registered with the SGX, for not only it is a requirement, investment without any knowledge is as good as gambling!

Nuffnang Reads June 2015:

1. SG Budget Babe

2. What are some examples of restaurants using psychology to manipulate our spending and eating habits?

3. How Ikea uses food to trick you into spending

4. The language of Emotion: Ad Slogans in Native Tongues Connect to Consumers’ Emotions

5. Saving for a Rainy Day: Keith Chen on Language that Forecasts Weather – And Behaviour

Jasmine Tse
Nuffnang Community Team

Hola Nuffnangers!

It is June, and we are crossing the half mark of the year!

Many students are also spending their June and summer break now. Doesn’t matter if you have taken on part-time jobs, or simply bored out of their minds. Perhaps you’re the life of parties, or maybe the socially-awkward turtle. Well, do not worry, doesn’t matter! For our list has something just for everyone.

1. Chill with yo homies and make your own popsicles!

The heat from the perpetual summer Singapore weather can be unbearable sometimes. What can be cooler than designing and making your own popsicles at home?

For a fuss-free and healthy Froyo popsicle, you might want to mix a spoon of honey with plain yogurt and leave to freeze in popsicle sets. (Psssst, you can get a set of four at $2 from Daiso!)

The beauty of making your own froyo popsicles is, you can experiment with jams or fruit concentrates such as household favourite Ribena to create colourful swirls as well! Just remember not to mix thoroughly so the colour effects would be more obvious!

When all fails, simply blend your choice fruits together and pour into your popsicle sets and stick them into the freezer. Voila, all you need is to survive the heat while waiting. Have fun and freeze away!

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For more popsicles ideas and recipes: http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2013/05/36-homemade-popsicle-recipes.html

2. Catch up on your favourite TV shows

Your popsicles ready?

Now, find your comfortable spot and get on a TV marathon. Run solo or gather your best TV buddies. Summer break is the time you can catch up with all the TV series you have missed when you’re away mugging and rushing reports.

Here are some of the TV shows our Nuffies would be catching up on this Summer:

Orange is the New Black that would be back with Season 3 this June (12th, to be exact!)

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All the babyzillas out there, don’t forget to keep up with (Not the Kardashians) the National Lee Twins and Song Triplets on The Return of Superman

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When all fails, we always have Friends!

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3. Hop on the revamped Battlestar Galatica Ride

Gather your buddies and head to the Universal Studios Singapore now if you have unless energy to expend and a thirst for thrill. After being closed for months, the Battlestar Galatica Ride has opened its gates again on 27 May 2015. And this time, to enhance the view of each rider, the seat arrangement is now in rows of 2 instead of 4.

All the stress pent up since the beginning of time? Hop on for the thrilling ride and the opportunity to scream your worries away!

4. GSS Shopping

It is June, IT IS THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE.

How can anyone miss out on Singapore’s favourite pastime: SHOPPING

If somehow you have forgotten how to get more bang for your buck, recap with previous Budget Barbie episodes featuring  Qiu Qiu!

5. Plan a Weekend Getaway with your Friends

Weary of the shopping crowd and urban stress? How about a weekend getaway then.

From Pulau Ubin, to JB across the causeway, there is no lacking of getaways destinations for great food and company. When all fails, book the next flight and go on a short holiday! Be it to satisfy your Thai food cravings, to shop even more in Mongkok, or get the heavenly Balinese body massage your body has been aching for. Here, we have some help from our frequent flyers for shopping tips and food guides around.

4 visits in a year! Shenny who pretty much knows her way to the best massage spots and food  generously shared about getting around Bangkok. BeFunky Collage

Esther on the other hand has done up an elaborate Hong Kong series too, segmented into the various districts such as Mongkok and the picturesque Victoria Peak!

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So there you go. Party away, your way.

Jasmine Tse
Nuffnang Community Team

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