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3 Fitness Classes to Smash Your Fitness New Year’s Resolutions

To those who have just decided to live a more active lifestyle, the gym can be an intimidating place. It’s filled with so many people who have the same goal as you, and the gym can only accommodate so many people at the same time. Especially during the first few weeks of the New Year, gyms tend to be full of people with the same New Year’s resolutions as you. But how do you still achieve your goal, and not get stuck waiting forever for your turn on the elliptical? The answer is fitness classes! It’s a much more practical (and cost-effective) to reserve a spot for you in a class that can cater your specific fitness goals. It even opens up more options for exercising; from yoga mats to underwater, fitness classes can help you achieve your fitness goals, tailored exactly to you.

1. Pulse, powered by Clubbercise
For those who love dancing the night away, why not do so while getting a good workout? Pulse is a dance fitness concept that combines energetic dance moves and cardio. While dancing to hits from the 90’s to the modern day, you can tone your entire body from head to toe. Each class lasts an hour and is led by fitness experts that can give you a healthy and safe workout. Pulse also hands out glowsticks that you can wave around while doing your workout, which completes the nightclub look and gives your arms a great toning. These classes are held at Tanjong Pagar every 6:30 pm; all you’ll need to bring are workout clothes, good shoes, water and a towel.

2. Ritual Gym
Ritual Gym is the perfect gym for busy-bodies who still want to be active. All you need is 30 minutes and Ritual Gym can guarantee an effective and safe workout for you. Science says that all you need is a good workout for twenty minutes, and Ritual Gym can help you make the most out of those twenty minutes. Your workout will consist of a combination of strength training and cardio, giving your whole body a workout. After your workout, shower and change in one of their private cubicles, grab one of their fresh and healthy smoothies from their fuel bar, and you can be on your way to other priorities all under thirty minutes. You don’t even need to bring anything, as Ritual provides all the materials that you need (you can even train barefoot!)

3. Aqua Cycling by Aquaspin
Aquaspin adapts land-based exercise programs and puts them in the water. Aqua cycling lets you do your usual cycling exercise routine, but submerged partially underwater. With the pressure of the water pushing down on your knees, you could get a good and safe workout that is both soothing and healthy. For those who have never tried water aerobics before, you could find a sport that you’re familiar with, like cycling, running, and aerobics, and try the underwater version provided by Aquaspin.

Top Franchises in Singapore

Singapore is a great place to set up a franchise. The market in Singapore is unbelievably huge. With a huge population despite it’s size, setting up a franchise in the perfect location could easily keep your business healthy. Singapore is very brand oriented which means that having a popular brand is a must if you want to have a successful business in Singapore. Of course, the downside of franchising is the lack of personal input since you are duplicating a business that is already successful. But if you are after money, then franchising is definitely something for you.

In this article, we will be talking about the top franchises that actually originated in Singapore! You don’t need to invest in a foreign company to get a pretty successful franchise. All you need to do is pick the right one from the very country you’re in, Singapore.

Here are a few of the top franchises in Singapore:

1. Old Chang Kee
Old Chang Kee is famous for serving Singapore’s top snacks. Of course, why wouldn’t there be a franchise that focuses on selling something people eat everyday? They have a really interesting selection of fried curry puffs, chicken wing, sotong, fish ball, nuggets, and more! Old Chang Kee has even been able to expand to Australia, Malaysia, and also Indonesia.

2. Prima Deli
A fusion of Singaporean Asian, French and Western business which sells pastries, buns, cakes and bread. Prima Deli is an inspiring tale of a home-grown bakery franchise that has started to get recognition and grow beyond the founder’s expectations.

3. Ya Kun Kaya Toast
We don’t know about you, but we definitely love breakfast! Ya Kun Kaya serves amazing classic Singaporean breakfast like toast, soft boiled eggs, and coffee. Another fun fact about this place is that it makes you feel like you can have breakfast any time of the day! Ya Kun Kaya is of Hainanese origin and now has 70 outlets across seven countries including Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan

4. Toast Box
Famous for it’s Nanyang coffee, this franchise also focuses on serving the best classical Singaporean breakfast! As for Toast Box versus Ya Kun Kaya, we can not say which one is the best. You’ll just have to find out for yourself!

5. Pezzo
Pizza is one of the greatest franchises around the world which is why Pezzo is an amazing franchise! Pezzo serves pizza in nine different toppings! Imagine having that much toppings to choose from! Well, it may not be a lot, but for a franchise, Pezzo does pretty good!

Here are the top franchises in Singapore that originated in Singapore itself! Why not hit the mall and check them out?

How Much Does it Cost to be Pregnant in Singapore?

Pregnancy is indeed a blessing especially for couples who tried so hard. While being pregnant brings a lot of joy to the soon-to-be mother, the cost is another thing. Once we have confirmed our pregnancy, it is crucial that we determine our course of action throughout our pregnancy.


The cost of pregnancy here in Singapore is not fixed since everything depends on our choices of specialists and hospitals. For example, at a public hospital the cost of antenatal consultations (which includes check-ups, screening and tests) cost at least $400. At a private hospital, the cost of antenatal consultations starts at $150 not to mention the separate fees for ultrasound that can cost at least $180.

Many Singaporeans think that private hospitals will give them better service and care. That is their prerogative. For those who have money setbacks, public hospitals will do. We have to try; we might have a positive experience.


The good news is that the government subsidizes some of our screenings and tests during pregnancy. In fact, the government can subsidize antenatal expenses up to $450. We only need to claim it from Medisave. Now that we know the cost of tests and check-ups alone, we should consider baby things like clothing, bottles, toys and other accessories. Baby clothes start from $5 for example.

When we are about to give birth, we have to decide the room. For example, a delivery room can cost from $2000 to $3000 – granting that we have a normal delivery. If there are complications, caesarean is a must and it costs from $3000 up.

The point here is to be prepared. Pregnancy is serious so we need a plan.


Why Bishan is Gathering Interest  


No one wants to live in what was once a burial ground, right? That is creepy enough but there is always a place that will surpass its gloomy history and become a thriving residential estate. This is what happened to Bishan.


Bishan is a small town here in Singapore (in fact, some Singaporeans haven’t heard about it). Today, Bishan is gathering interest and touted to be the ideal place to live here. Indeed it is shining brightly. Here are the reasons why Bishan gathered substantial supporters over the years:

  • It is not that far. Bishan is not at the centre but the location is not that far. Residents of Bishan can go to the centre via the Central Expressway (CTE). Bishan is also accessible through Thomson Road, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and Braddell Road. Oh, we can also consider the Bishan MRT station.


  • The place is self-sufficient. Many people think that because of Bishan’s size, the town is incomplete. This is not true. Despite the size, Bishan boast of self-sufficiency. The town offers a stadium, library and reputable schools. There are also parks, residential estates and golf courses.
  • There’s continuous development. There are many HDB flats in Bishan but there are also upcoming developments. For example, CapitaLand is building condo projects (Sky Habitat and Sky Vue). For buyers who do not have any problems with prices, Sky Habitat presents a good investment.

Bishan is an emerging town. Despite the size, it gathers interest of many Singaporeans because of its rural charm. Bishan is so much more than our ordinary neighbourhood.


Clever Ways of Saving in Singapore

We all need to save money for a better future, but how can we do that? Saving money, as said, is really difficult, especially when you’re living with your family and you know the members of the family only have a small income.  But it is harder to save money if you only subsist on your own and wants something every time pay day’s coming.


Electric and water bills are the most important obligation that should not be neglected. On the other hand, there are also monthly bills that are not usually used in your house so better cut it. Turn off any connection that is not needed like telephone, cable and internet connection to avoid large charges. If possible cut all connections to have lesser monthly bills.


Get a Phone Plan: Cell phones, like cars, needs fuel and cell phones’ fuel is prepaid load. Nowadays, if you do not have load for a period of approximately 30 days, your card will be deactivated. Re-activation of the card is a very tiring yet expensive. So, to avoid this, make sure that you are subscribed in a monthly plan.

Buy affordable but tasty meals: What’s the point of buying expensive foods when in fact there are a bunch of restaurants and food shops that offers an appetizing meal? If you are a clever person, you will surely be eating in a nice, cozy and expensive food place, but when you are a pragmatic soul, you will go to a restaurant that has clean, cozy, delicious, cheap and the finest food in own. It’s really a big savings.


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