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Many people are considering taking up self defense even when Singapore is touted as one of the safest countries in the world. This is a phenomenon that occurs rightfully so, since even with this title, there are still about over a hundred cases of outrage of modesty per month that are reported. Definite numbers are difficult to access due to under-reporting and this also does not include cases that take place overseas.

With the increasing rate of globalization, more people are traveling overseas. However with gaping difference in security in different countries, there is a growing imperative for everyone, especially women to be able to defend themselves. With that, we trudge forward with fun facts about self defense that could be useful for you!

1. Ninjutsu (the art of self-defense by being a Ninja) is a real thing! 

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We actually have a real ninja in Singapore! His name is Nachum Kaplan, and runs a local ninjutsu school. However, ninjutsu is quite different than the ideas we have of ninjas that we get from stereotypes in the media. On the contrary, ninjutsu is a specialised martial art with a strong history that dates back all the way from 900 years to feudal Japan. It is deep, sophisticated and definitely does a lot of damage.

2. Self-defense can get you convicted!

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This is an important information to note and will serve as a public service announcement to everyone out there- Self defense can get you convicted. The law for self defense is recorded under the Penal Code, and it states that one should not inflict more harm than necessary to be safe or you could also be charged, with self-defense challenged as a valid reason for violence.

3. Self-defense classes are the new immersion into a culture

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Learning is hardly ever restricted to countries. We learn anywhere, and we learn everywhere. There has been a growing trend of new ways to immerse ourselves into new cultures overseas through learning their art. That is what our Bloggerati Juli did, as she took muay thai classes when she went to Thailand in the early months of 2015. It was a thoroughly enriching and authentic experience learning from locals as she learnt much about self-defense there.

This sums up some interesting information about self-defense that will prove to be useful in time to come be in learning, travel or even the law. Self-defense is a growing trend and should you decide to take it up, I hope this helps you be well equipped in both knowledge as well as what you will learn in physical sessions.

August Nuffnang reads:

  1. http://www.businessinsider.sg/the-20-safest-cities-in-the-world-2015-1/#.Vd4F5lOqqko
  2. http://www.police.gov.sg/stats/crimebrief2015.html
  3. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-based-martial-artist-self-050005166.html
  4. http://singaporelegaladvice.com/what-can-i-do-to-protect-myself-in-self-defence-in-singapore/
  5. http://www.bunbunmakeuptips.com/bangkok-chakrit-muay-thai-school/#more-16662
Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

Hello to our dear Nuffnangers!

A little good news to perk your week ahead!

We are excited to announce that Nuffnangsg will be taking over Indonesia with our beloved 8 bloggeratis!

Do you know that Indonesia is an archipelago compromising of thousands of islands and we will be heading to 4 of these places – Bali, Banyuwangi, Surabaya and Jakarta over a period of 5 days! With many events and activities installed, the bloggers will be exploring many scenic places such as Kawah Ijien, Mount Bromo, Teletubbies Land and many more with #wonderfulindonesia.

Well… Let’s all pray that weather be good to us and the sun shines bright.

 Partnered with Garuda Indonesia and Wonderful Indonesia (Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia), we were given this great opportunity to be able to travel to Indonesia, accompanied by the comfortable flight and interesting itinerary planned for our bloggers has made the trip filled with more excitement!

Always wondered what our bloggers are most excited about when it comes to travels? We has a few words with our Bloggeratis’ and here’s their take on travelling:

1.    What are you looking forward to the most, for this trip?

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Visiting a live volcano is something on my bucket list, both Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijien are absolutely stunning!  -Sengkangbabies

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I’m looking forward to Mount bromo and watching the beautiful mother nature views! :D  – Shennyyang

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Looking forward to indo food? HAHAHAH! I’m really excited for the beautiful view at Crater, I’ve always wanted to do a yoga pose up there hahah – Zoeraymond

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Hiking, because it is a new challenge & I can’t wait to see the blue flames myself! -Sheilamansy

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The FOOD!! I love spicy food and Indonesian cuisine is one of my favourites!- Tippytapp

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I’m excited for the stunning scenes such as the blue flame- imchacha

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Looking forward to experience Indonesia and get beautiful pictures, especially at Kawah Ijien and Mount Bromo! Afterall, its my first time mountain climbing! – Evonnz

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I’ve never been to any hiking trips before, therefore, I’m really looking forward to the breathtaking views and the night trekking!- Randyys

2. What is ONE travel essential you can’t live without?

Definitely power banks to charge my gadgets! -Sengkangbabies

One thing I can’t do without when traveling is my trusty camera to help me document all my memories! – Shennyyang

 Travel essential would be my lip balm? Because my lips are always swollen when cold. Hahaha- Zoeraymond

Camera? Since the other basic necessities can be bought there >.< – Sheilamansy

Sunscreen! Especially important when travelling because you cannot predict how long you’ll be under the sun for! – Tippytapp

 Iphone! (Camera, Music, Social Media platforms, contact-all in one)- imchacha

A portable wifi! I need to stay connected! – Evonnz

Definitely my phone. I use it to document my trip and share pictures on social media. Most importantly, it is my life savior if I get lost! – Randy

Look at all of their replies! They cannot live without electronic gadgets and this probably explains why they are bloggers!

Stay tuned for more updates soon on NuffnangSG official blog and the blogs of our 8 Bloggerati’s!

#NuffnangsgxGarudaxVITO #garudaindonesiaSG

Winnie Soh
Nuffnang Community Team

Hello Nuffnangers!

Or rather Kon’nichiwa   and Annyeonghaseyo our Dear Nuffnangers!
Have you been hit by the K wave or the J wave yet?

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Wasabi, the only flavour seasoning you’ll ever need. Who needs pepper when you’ve got wasabi right?

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Anime. All day err’ day!

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You’ll be complaining if there’s no kimchi as a side dish on the table.

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Bopping to every K pop song. Your parents might think they all look the same but you can tell each and every member from every group. Just. Like. That.

Yeap. You’ve definitely been hit by the J & K Wave! Tell us all about it!

With up to $1500 in cash and vouchers to be won all you got to do is decide which you love more and what share what you love about their food and culture!

PRIZES

1st prize: $500 CASH!
2nd prize: $300 CASH!
3rd prize: $200 CASH!
$10 KFC vouchers for all participating entries!

Contest Details

Open to all Nuffnang Bloggers

Step 1:

  • Pick either Japan or Korea.
  • Blog about why you love their culture and more importantly, why you love their food!

Step 2: 

End off your post with this paragraph (MUST INCLUDE the paragraph below!) :

BATTLE OF THE KFC WINGS

Freshly breaded in-store with a special batter, these juicy wings are cooked to crispy perfection and coated in your choice of two bold flavours – choose between the Japanese-inspired tangy yet savoury Umadare and the Korean-inspired sweet and spicy Yang Yeum. Who will be crowned king of the wings? You decide.

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Pick a side and be part of KFC’s greatest wing-off. Hashtag #kfcoishii to support Umadare or #kfcmashisoyo to support Yang Yeum on Instagram!

I vote for #kfcoishii / #kfcmashisoyo (pls select one according to which country you choose to blog about). What about you?

Lastly, Submit your Permalink with FULL name, email and contact details in the form below by 9 September 2015.

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sarahlim
Nuffnang Community Team

Did you know?

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

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