Food & Supplements, Health & Fitness, Infographics

[Infographic] Understanding Health Supplement Taking Habits in Singapore – Deborah Tan

A month ago, Material World – with the support of Centrum – invited readers and their friends to participate in a survey about health-supplement consumption. Deborah Tan translates the responses in this inforgraphic below.

The reasons for taking a health supplement are many. Mainly, people take them for overall health benefits and to fill in the nutritional gaps in their diets. However, what we need to realize is that taking a vitamin pill does not immunize you against chronic diseases or, for that matter, cure any. Many of us make the mistake of believing that just because we are taking a health supplement, we can continue to indulge in unhealthy lifestyle habits such as binge drinking, not exercising enough, and consuming junk food. A health supplement is not a Free Pass. If you are looking to age well, to keep your health in tip top condition, then you need to make sure you …

1. Eat your daily required servings of fruit and vegetables
2. Exercise every day. Stay active!
3. Get adequate sleep
4. Learn to manage your stress levels
5. Quit smoking

Health supplements should play a complementary rather main role in your diet. Also, different groups of people require different types of vitamins and minerals. For instance, if you are a man, you don’t need as much iron as women, who menstruate monthly. If you are a woman of child-bearing age or are expecting, your doctor may recommend pre-natal vitamins with extra folic acid and vitamin A. For those who are over the age of 60, look for multivitamins that don’t contain iron but has more of the vitamin B12. Remember always to talk to your doctor about the health supplements you should be taking and, do your research. With this, enjoy the infographic below:

Based on 100 volunteer respondents.

Based on 100 volunteer respondents.

This infographic and its accompanying survey were done together with Centrum. Respondents were not told of Centrum’s involvement when asked to complete the survey. All opinions are the author’s own.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. She sometimes wishes for a pill that contains caffeine. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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Who Are You In The Hunger Games Universe? – Deborah Tan

“What?!? You??? An INTROVERT?” is the common response I get whenever I reveal my Myers-Briggs type. According to the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), I’m an INTJ. INTJ means Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judgment. It’s not that unbelievable, trust me. Although I may seem extremely comfortable in social situations, it does take me a long time warm up to people. And, if I spot a few close friends at a party, chances are I usually just stick to them rather than go up and introduce myself to new people.

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The Sorting Hat of Real Life. Only you have to answer some questions yourself.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is designed to measure how people perceive the world and make decisions. The MBTI is often used in team building, career counselling, leadership training, and even marriage counselling. I was first given the MBTI to take when I was in JC and my teachers realised I needed to see a counsellor to help me deal with peer-related issues with my classmates. When I got my result, even I was pretty surprised that I had a tendency toward Introversion than Extroversion. But anyway … enough about me.

To find out what your Myers-Briggs type is, there are several free tests you can take. But to get an accurate reading, experts do advise most people go to a qualified practitioner to get it done. Still, an approximation can be obtained at sites like this one or this one. The MBTI would reveal where your personality falls within these 4 dichotomies:

I – Introversion vs E – Extroversion
N – INtution vs S – Sensing
T – Thinking vs F – Feeling
J – Judgement vs P – Perception

Altogether there are 16 possible results.

The Material World founders are extremely entertained by the MBTI. Mostly because we have discovered that we are all Introverts, in varying degrees. Denise is an INFP, Lili is an ISFP, and Vanessa is an ISFJ. The MBTI isn’t a new thing but recently, a lot of people have been creating memes using characters in popular young adult fiction series, for example, Harry Potter. Since The Hunger Games is the rage this weekend with the release of Catching Fire, we at Material World decided to waste no time and have created one based on Suzanne Collins’ phenomenal trilogy of a strong-willed heroine named Katniss Everdeen. So who are you in the universe of The Hunger Games? Read below to find out:

[Warning: Spoilers ahead]

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Explaining our MBTI chart for The Hunger Games universe:

The Champion – ENFP
A possible ENFP, Johanna is vivacious, enthusiastic, and not afraid to speak up. She is easily frustrated and disappointed when things don’t go her way. She is clearly someone who champions causes rather than individuals, and when the cause is actually the individual Katniss Everdeen, she steps up and does her job.

The Counselor – INFJ
As a likely INFJ, Rue is intensely interested in the well-being of others, specifically Katniss’. Although she is guarded at first after forming an alliance with Katniss, she gradually opens up to the older girl and establishes a close relationship with her. Her creative solution to using mockingjays to communicate with Katniss is another sign of her INFJ-ness.

The Healer – INFP
Loyal to people, INFPs are dominated by intense feelings and deeply held ethics. Mags’ willingness to sacrifice herself so Finnick, Katniss and Peeta have a chance at escaping the poison fog makes her a likely INFP. INFPs typically withhold judgement, preferring to keep their options open.

The Teacher – ENFJ 
Charming, considerate, ENFJs are responsive towards the needs of others. Cinna – Katniss’ stylist – is possibly an ENFJ because he is drawn to symbolic actions (cue the bridal-gown stunt) and spontaneity. ENFJs, it should be noted, do not take action unless they have thought through the logic and details.

The Composer – ISFP
ISFPs are easy-going, peaceful people who prefer to “live and let live”. Strange to use Seneca Crane (gamemaker in the first movie)? Actually, no. Seneca’s seeming willingness to let Katniss and Peeta manipulate the outcome of the Games is a sign of his highly developed sense of empathy and his being conscious of what would appeal to the audience and keep them hooked to the games.

The Crafter – ISTP 
ISTPs are naturally quiet people although they are often capable of making humorously insightful observations Peeta is likely an ISTP because he is highly adaptable and open to new information and approaches. ISTPs are often a source of frustration to their friends as they often act without regards for their own safety.

The Performer – ESFP
Focused on completing a task with maximum fun and minimum discord, ESFPs are also keen observers of the human behavior (remember Finnick’s preference for secrets over money?). ESFPs dislike structure and routine, and are “fun” to be around, desiring to “go with the flow”.

The Promoter – ESTP
ESPTs are able to improvise to bring about desired results. Ceasar Flickerman is a clear ESTP for the Capitol values his ability to bring out the best in the Tributes during his talkshow. Adept at influencing people, dramatic and debonair, their goal in life is to sell themselves and their ideas to others.

The Inspector – ISTJ
Typically reserved and serious individuals, ISTJs are extremely dependable. They are capable of shutting out distractions in order to take a logical, practical approach to their endeavors. Gale is likely an ISTJ as he will later show his single-minded determination to bring the Capitol down, to the extent of sacrificing his relationship with Katniss.

The Protector – ISFJ
ISFJs are most concerned with taking care of people by keeping them safe and secure. Although they are compassionate people, their reluctance to open up to strangers can lead others to see them as standoffish (yep, Katniss is definitely an ISFJ in this respect). ISFJs are serious people with strong work ethics and are not inclined to self-indulgence.

The Provider – ESFJ
ESFJs project warmth through their genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. They are serious about their responsibilities and are generally proficient at detailed tasks, that make life easier for others. Generous and kind, ESFJs are sensitive to the physical needs of others by offering pratical care. As you’ll see, Primrose grows up to become a capable doctor, helping with the medical needs of the District 13 rebels.

The Supervisor – ESTJ
Effie – the escort of District 12’s Tributes – shines as an ESTJ. As outgoing people, ESTJs do not hesitate to communicate their opinions and expectations to others (note her constant need to dole out instructions to Katniss and Peeta). ESTJs dedicate themselves to maintaining institutions behind a smooth-running society.

The Architect – INTP
Preferring to work alone, INTPs have little regard for titles and are impatient with bureaucracy and hierarchy. Often perceived as aloof, and even rebellious, INTPs also come across as oblivious. They can be charming because they have a quick wit and a way with words (Haymitch sells the idea of having two winners to Seneca, after all).

The Fieldmarshal – ENTJ
ENTJs either possess the charm of a world leader or the insensitivity of a cult leader, and no one fits this bill better than President Snow. ENTJs can overwhelm others with the desire to order the world according to their vision and as a result, they are often seen as controlling, arrogant, and aloof.

The Inventor – ENTP
Quick to see the complex relationships between people, things, and ideas, ENTPs possess an intelligence that is highly prized. Plutarch Heavensbee – the Gamemaker of the Quarter Quell – shows he is a typical ENTP with his amazing ability to size up situations in the arena. With his innovative solutions to difficult problems, it’s no wonder he manages to fool even President Snow.

The Mastermind – INTJ
Always prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, INTJs have a low tolerance for emotionalism. Although they like to assume leadership, INTJs do not readily accept authority based on tradition, rank or title. A typical INTJ, Alma Coin, leader of the District 13 rebels, shows how determined she is to execute her vision in the third book – going to the extent of slaughtering the innocent to make President Snow look bad.

Do you agree with our analysis? If not, tell us who should be what, explaining why as well.

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. The sullen INTJ in her believes she is in a relationship with an ESTJ who cannot stop talking! Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Infographics] Happiness In Entrepreneurship – Deborah Tan

The traditional standard for measuring success is often using money and the accumulation of luxury goods. What many people are doing are SEEING SUCCESS. But the material trappings of success and wealth may not actually reflect the true happiness one feels about his or her job. As an entrepreneur, I’m definitely earning way less than I used to. However, the past six months have seen me using my time to help a friend’s social enterprise deliver food to youths at risk, train for a half-marathon, learning to bake, and still earn money doing what I love most. It has been a challenge not being able to buy shoes and dresses whenever I walk past Zara but at the same time, life is more fulfilling. As the year draws to a close, I hope you will think about embarking on the entrepreneurial journey! If you’ve been dreaming about starting your own business or, just simply, breaking free from the corporate world, I strongly encourage you to follow your dreams! I hope this infographic will spur you on to taking that first step.

And being Happier definitely leads to a Richer life!

And being Happier definitely leads to a Richer life!

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. The Material World team is running their first half-marathon together this Sunday, so please wish them luck! Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Infographic] Stress & Women In Singapore – Deborah Tan

More than a month ago, we invited the readers of Material World to take a survey on stress. Through this survey, we had hoped to get an idea how stress affects women aged 25 to 34 physically and emotionally. Here’s what we have learnt:

1. An overwhelming 75% of respondents say they are more stressed NOW than they were 2 years ago

2. Slightly over 70% of respondents say although they feel stress on a daily basis, it is still at a manageable level

3. The effects of stress are most likely seen in weight gain (25%) and exhaustion (33%)

4. 72% of respondents say they deal with stress by going out for a good meal. About half say they deal with stress by going for a work out.

Beauty brand Shiseido has recently found out that stress has a negative impact on our skin because when subjected to stress, our skin cells lose hydration and become irregular in shape. This causes gaps to form between our skin cells, making it easier for pollution, bacteria and irritants to invade our skin.

Together with Shiseido, Material World produced this infographic to highlight how stress is affecting women in Singapore. Respondents did not know this survey was carried out in conjunction with Shiseido and were not offered any form of remuneration for their time. Although they were asked if they would like to try a skincare sample, they were not told which brand this sample would be from.

We hope you’ll enjoy this infographic as much as we did producing it.

Happy Monday and don’t let stress get you down!

Brought to you by Shiseido Ibuki

Brought to you by Shiseido Ibuki

The survey “Stress and Women in Singapore” and the infographic were done with the support of Shiseido to help raise awareness for their new skincare range Ibuki. All opinions expressed by the survey’s respondents are INDEPENDENT of Shiseido and were not vetted by the client. All product information offered are for the purposes of education and awareness.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweet.

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“Stop Being Such A Miserable Git!” – Deborah Tan

In my boyfriend's eyes, I'm THIS in the morning

In my boyfriend’s eyes, I’m THIS in the morning

“Stop being so miserable!”

My boyfriend has this annoying habit of saying this to me every morning. If you are NOT a morning-person, you will totally understand why it is so, so challenging trying to get up and get going in the AM.

My routine is something like this: I wake up, I crawl out of bed, use the toilet, crawl to my work table, turn on the computer, and work. I try not to talk, drink, eat or smile until 12 noon.

This anti-social behaviour in the morning is a source of amusement to the boyfriend who calls me a whole host of names like “Miserable Git”, “Miserable Guts”, “Tim Curry” (see pic on right), whatever. If attempts at wisecracks and lame jokes do not get me smiling (he has a 100% failure rate so far), he would proceed to irritate me, doing things like trying to hug me (if he’s sweaty from a run), or nagging me about some random unwashed cup in the sink.

Don’t get me wrong. I do not like my pathetic behaviour at all. In fact, I do want to wake up feeling like sunshine, radiating more joy and happiness than Smurfette on LSD. I just can’t. Why?

Reason No. 1: I don’t sleep well
For two days now, I have been falling asleep at 4am. When I do sleep, it is mostly a dreamless one. I wake up feeling (and looking) like something the dog dragged in. Stress has a huge role to play in this inability to sleep. The busier I get, the less I’m able to sleep. The less I’m able to sleep, the more miserable I am in the morning.

Reason No. 2: I’m severely dehydrated
Water makes up a majority of our blood. When we are dehydrated, blood thickens, forcing the heart to pump harder, resulting in fatigue. Fluids are also needed to carry energy-boosting nutrients to the brain and other organs in the body. This is where I will admit that I take horrible care of myself. When I work, I don’t eat, I don’t drink. Then at night, I drink a glass before bed, and have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the loo. If I don’t drink water, I wake up the next morning feeling sluggish and lethargic. Don’t ask me why I do this to myself.

Reason No. 3: My body is protesting
As if it isn’t bad enough that I don’t eat regularly, I don’t eat well. The mental and physical stress I put myself through should mean I need to eat even more healthily. Despite this abysmal attitude towards food, I continue to train for my half-marathon, continue to push myself to meet my deadlines, continue to be everything to everyone. Is it any wonder then that my joints are always hurting, that my muscles are always stiff and sore?

I’m sick of feeling less than 100% in the morning. So I’m hereby declaring my resolve to become healthier and happier. For starters, these are what I’ll aim to do every day from now on:

1. Drink a huge glass of water the moment I wake up
2. Pop my fish oil and Vitamin E & B supplements before going to bed
3. Sleep promptly at 11pm every night (no excuses!)
4. Get a handle on my stress levels. PRONTO

This infographic (taken from hr.sparkhire.com) provides a really great insight into how stress at work can badly affect a person’s health in so many ways. But ladies, you know what I really want? I want to know how you are affected by stress. So if you are game enough, please click here to take a survey. The results will be presented in an infographic in early-November. I want to find out how you deal with stress, what stresses you out the most, and WHO stresses you out the most. Meanwhile, enjoy this one:

Taken from hr.sparkhire.com

Taken from hr.sparkhire.com

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits and has recently taken up baking to help her cope with her stress. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Infographic] The Dirty On Cheating (Part 2) – Deborah Tan

Exactly a month ago, I did up an infographic about some interesting statistics on cheating. As the results reflected findings from US and UK, we thought it would be great if Singaporeans can give us an insight into the cheater’s mind with a survey.

Tonight, Material World presents an infographic that reflects the results of this survey. Although more women than men took part in this survey, we found that patterns are generally similar between both sexes. And, the good news – it seems – Singaporeans are pretty loyal. Most of the respondents turned out to be non-cheaters. Those who are cheating or have cheated tend to get into affairs with their friends – someone who knows and understands them.

Unlike the UK survey that revealed Audi drivers to be most likely to cheat, in Singapore, cheaters here are most likely to drive a Toyota. Anyway, have fun going through this infographic!

Pssst … wanna help us out with another survey? Click here to take our Happy Endings survey now!

Cheating in Singapore

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About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits and thinks cheating is more stress than it’s worth. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Infographic] The Great Eye Experiment Results – Deborah Tan

Almost a month ago, Material World invited you – our readers – to participate in a survey about your eyes. We were interested in finding out what you thought about your eyes and how you think their appearance affect the way people perceive your age. The response was fantastic and we thank you all for taking part.

Over two weeks, a total of 74 people completed the survey, giving us a glimpse into just how much they know about taking care of their peepers. Many believed that a lack of sleep and staring too long into their computers and smartphones are responsible for their tired, “old-looking” eyes. The truth is something else all together.

The infographic below shows the results of the survey. The survey was done with the support of Biotherm, in conjunction with the launch of their new eye cream. Our respondents did not know they (1) were doing a survey sponsored by Biotherm and (2) were going to be rewarded with a sample of their new eye cream until the second-last question. Of the 74 respondents, 7 of them declined to receive the sample – which is fine. Their answers were still taken into consideration.

So have a look at this infographic and see if you fall in with the majority.

BTEyeInfographic

The survey “Great Eye Experiment” and the infographic were done with the support of Biotherm to help raise awareness for their new product Blue Therapy Eye. All opinions expressed by the survey’s respondents are INDEPENDENT of Biotherm and were not vetted by the client. All product information offered are for the purposes of education and awareness.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweet.

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[Infographic] The Science Of Flirting – Deborah Tan

There are – generally – two types of flirting: Flirting for fun and flirting with intention. I’m sure a lot of us have dabbled in a little of each. As we get older, some of us tend to “forget” how to flirt or, we even think flirting is unnecessary. But flirting does has it pros and it may not always have to be about romance and love. Salespeople constantly flirt with their customers to persuade them to buy something, employees mimic the way their bosses sit or talk in order to achieve some form of “common ground” with them. Flirting is healthy and by no means, does it mean that you are a “slut” or a “Casanova” for liking to flirt.

Check out this infographic below to learn more about flirting and how you can sign up for the ultimate mixer event by Material World!

flirting

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and thinks it’s healthy for couples to keep their ability to flirt even if they’ve been in a relationship for yonks. Follow her on Twitter@DebTanTweets.

 

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[Infographic] The Biggest Misconception People Have About Writers – Deborah Tan

Pens are for hire at Material World

Pens are for hire at Material World

“Content? Who pays for content? Nobody pays for content!” said the person I was meeting for a “entrepreneur catch-up” session. My first reaction was to throw my glass of water in his face. Then, as he went on and on about how I can never become a successful businesswoman by selling words, I really wanted to break that drinking glass and use a broken shard to slit my wrist.

Monetising is THE word of the moment for anyone who wants to start a business. What is the product that’s going to be bringing you money? What is the service you are selling? Why should people pay for your stuff? While it’s easy to justify why people would pay good money for clothes bought in bulk in a South Korean fashion wholesale market, it’s not that simple to explain why people should pay me (and my team) for WORDS, for IDEAS, for simply sitting in front of a computer 12 hours a day, stringing words together to make stories. After all, Uncle Google can point you to loads of FREE content, right?

Yeah, I admit: Content is everywhere. But it ain’t free, honey.

Because it’s everywhere, everyone takes it for granted. Like fresh air and clean water, no one really gives a hoot about these resources until they become precious and scarce. Turn on your tap and you can get water. But what if you were told tomorrow that all the glaciers in the world would melt, evaporate and disappear, and that the ONLY clean water in the world would lie in a lake in Mongolia? I’d give my last ice cube to bet that you wished you were living there.

Content only looks free.

Every content is worth something – how much depends on its quality and the “process” behind its creation.

You can’t sell your umbrella without someone writing about what your product is. You can’t sell it until someone writes why it is worth something. That line beneath the picture of your umbrella on your website telling people how much it costs? THAT IS CONTENT AS WELL. Content is the building block of every single business transaction in the world. You think you are reading this story for free? Wrong. I am only able to write it because (1) my Internet bills have been paid for (2) my time doing this has been “justified” by an assignment that came in late last night, and (3) I still have money in the bank.

The next time you think “content is worthless”, go to Google, type in something, and look in wonder at the massive industry behind all that content that now fills your computer screen. Yep, without content, Google’s got nothing to show you.

You may not pick my brains for free. Allow the infographic below to tell you why:

Infographic by Deborah Tan, Material World

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and wants to change the perception that writers don’t make good businesspeople. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Infographic] Reasons To Leave Your Job By 2014 – Deborah Tan

Can you count the number of times you told a colleague, “F___ it. I think I’ll quit!” but never actually got round to really resigning? Things like that are called false starts and there is a reason why you have so many of them.

Deep down, within the heart of people who desire to leave their job is the thirst for autonomy. To own your time and your life, to be your own master, to stop feeling like you have to kiss ass just to get something done your way. Some people want to leave their job because they feel like they are just another faceless drone in a big corporation – and really, can you blame them?

The reason why Facebook and Twitter have gotten as popular as they are is because they provide the necessary outlets for us mere mortals to have a voice, a presence, and a platform for promoting our normal lives to other normal people.

But enough of words, below is an infographic to explain why you have the odds stacked against you when it comes to holding down a full-time job that is also fulfilling.

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About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of  Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and hopes to meet Steven Tyler in person one day.

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[Infographic] Earth Day 2013: Tech Goes Green – Tan Lili

Technology – where would we be without it? While there’s no denying that the tech industry has contributed to global warming, you can bank on it to help turn things around with the development of sophisticated green technology. Right this moment, you can do your part to protect our planet too. Celebrate Earth Day, every day, with these tips.

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About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction.

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[Infographic] 5 Signs Of A Bad Macaron – Deborah Tan

OK. I won’t claim to have baked any macarons in my life. But I’ve sure eaten a great number of them!

Not my favourite dessert but with Laduree’s opening in Singapore this week, we are pretty sure a lot of people will be talking about those famous macarons.

Before you bite into one, here’s a guide to help you figure out just what – exactly – makes a BAD macaron. After all, it’s only when you know this, you are better able to enjoy a good one:

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About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and hopes to meet Steven Tyler in person one day.

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