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Is it Normal to Like Gross Stuff?

Are you one of the thousands who watch pimple-popping videos on YouTube? Do you find earwax extraction videos just as satisfying? Or does watching people pull out ingrown hairs make you feel clean and all good inside?

It is easy to find these videos all over the Internet and maybe you’ve wondered a couple of times why you find them fascinating and mesmerizing. If you feel relaxed watching these kinds of videos even if most of your friends find them disgusting, don’t worry, because there is nothing wrong with you.

Feelings of Disgust
According to psychologists, this fascination for gross things both has biological and psychological imperatives. So, how are these two related to watching relaxing blackhead removal videos? Researchers claim that when our parents teach us disgust during early childhood, it is also a mechanism to protect us from harmful substances and bacteria that can make us sick. People associate physical symptoms like bumps, nasty odors, wounds, rashes, and others with sickness; and the first reaction we are taught to do is to avoid them.

Psychologists point out to the arousal value of disgusting things, but here arousal dos not just refer to intimate encounters with a partner. Arousal is just the term for exhibiting excitement such as a faster heartbeat or faster breathing. However, the feeling is not always negative, because there is also a positive side to arousal that our brains can read as reward or pleasure.

Add to that the natural human curiosity to know about things. If you’re not averse to the sight of blood on a nasty wound for example, that does not make you a sadist or a future serial killer. And with the ease of finding videos on almost any subject on the Internet, you will no longer feel the same disgust that you are supposed to feel when you see the object right in front of you because you’re safe from having contact with it.

Bile Fascination
Another term used in the Internet is bile fascination, which refers to the feeling of being repulsed and fascinated at the same time. Maybe you know some friends who are never grossed out with terrifying horror scenes and would even comment that it was not as bad as some equally gross scene from another movie.

For these people, they know they will be looking at some horrible stuff that most people have no stomach for, and yet they are also curious about why it was so gross in the first place. It’s like the opposite of wanting to know how brilliant a movie is after reading so many positive reviews. It turns out that bad publicity does work for a lot of people as well. There is a natural curiosity for some who want to know how bad a thing is.

And, hey, maybe you were guilty once of sharing a disgusting video on social media, knowing a lot of people are more interested in it, than say, videos showing altruism.

Some Interesting Facts about Milk Tea

While milk tea is considered a popular drink across some Asian countries, the knowledge of most people regarding the drink is still considered limited. Unlike tea or coffee, there is just limited information when it comes to the milk tea drink. Perhaps it’s because the drink has only experienced popularity just recently, or that it has a lesser consumer count when compared to the other staple drinks.

Regardless, here are some interesting milk tea facts you may not have heard before!

Tapioca pearls can define how good a milk tea shop is
For a lot of people, they consider the tapioca pearls as the marker of a good bubble tea place. Everyone has varied preference when it comes to these pearls; some like them chewy and soft, instantly melting in their mouths, while others like to enjoy taking their time in chewing. Good tapioca pearls are somewhere in between. They are chewy enough not to hurt your teeth, but they don’t also break down only after two bites. Quality tapioca pearls are ensured to be neither stale nor overcooked.

But, the toppings can be a choking hazard
There’s a reason why bubble tea isn’t advised for young children. The toppings in milk tea may become a choking hazard for a child (aged 4 years old and below), especially if he/she didn’t chew the pearls properly. Take note of the generous amount of pearl each drink has!

Children aren’t solely the likely victims of choking from milk tea, though. First timers may also suffer from choking, especially if they aren’t used to having their tea with bits of tapioca pearls in it.

There’s a hack in flawlessly putting your straw
Avid milk tea drinkers know that there are times the tea leaks out the top after merely banging the straw against the plastic covering. However, after a series of trial and error, there has been discovered a hack in flawlessly putting the straw in your drink. The thumb must be put atop the straw to create an airtight seal, before stabbing it straight down your drink. The tea is less likely to spill that way!

Most milk tea is made with powdered creamer
Surprise! If you thought your favorite milk tea is made with fresh milk, there is a likely chance you may be wrong. Milk tea is commonly made with powdered creamer, as is observed in some Asian countries like Taiwan (which is the bubble tea’s birthplace itself). However, in order to cater to the preference of the public, various milk tea shops have customized their menus to give their customers a chance to pick if they want milk tea or a fresh milk tea. Undoubtedly, fresh milk tea is said to taste a whole lot better!

Tips For Single Moms  

Being a parent is the best blessing we could ever ask. It is better if we have someone to share the responsibility with but there are times that things might not work. For single parents out there, they prefer rearing their child alone rather than with someone else.


It is there choice and we cannot do something about it but try to understand them and empower them. There are many single moms here in Singapore. There are others who already mastered the skills of being a single mom while there are others who are doing their best to keep up.

For those who are doing their best to keep up, here are some tips for you:

1. Look for role models: It is important that our kids flourish amidst the circumstance. The first thing that we can do is look for role models. We can for instance make a list of single parents that inspire us. If we see or hear many success stories of single moms, we will surely be inspired.


2. Find a suitable work schedule: Of course, we have to get a job to sustain our children even if the father is giving. When choosing or applying for a job, we have to scrutinize the work schedule. We can also consider online jobs since we can just work at home. There’s also day care centres here in Singapore that can help us get through the day.

3. Count to ten: There are times that we might lose our cool. It is crucial that we do not lose it even in stressful situations. We have to learn to count to ten. This might seem not helpful but if we try to pause for a moment and count to ten, things will be better and lighter.


Smart Shopping: 5 Tactics to Cut Down Your Grocery Cost

Regardless of whether you’re shopping just for yourself or for your entire family, you probably find that grocery shopping takes one of the biggest bites of your paycheck. Even worse, the dizzying selections of foods and goods on display make it even easier for you to spend more.


If you badly need to cut back on your expenses, you’ll surely find these sneaky shopping techniques helpful.

  1. Pick In-House Brands

Some Singapore grocery shops carry more affordable alternatives to pricey brands with their own product line. These brands are usually much cheaper and carry a whole range of grocery items—from toiletries to canned goods—to choose from.

  1. Avoid Prepared Produce

While prepared salads and pre-cut fruits and veggies are convenient choices for healthy fixes, they have lesser vitamins and usually wilt faster. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead and prepare them yourself. While it requires a bit of labour, it will save you a couple of bucks in the long run.


  1. Say No to Temptation

Got a sweet tooth? You’re better off avoiding the chocolate and candy lanes. That pack of candies may only cost $5, but imagine how much you can save if you skip buying one every time you go grocery shopping in a month. The same thing goes to whatever food weakness you have. Also, don’t enter the grocery when you’re hungry, as everything tends to look more tempting than usual when your stomach’s empty.

  1. Grow Some Produce

Grow your own fruits and vegetables at home to save more on expenses. Plant seeds or buy plant seedlings, give them TLC, and you’ll soon reap the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies without the price. For those leaving in condos, try growing a few potted herbs in the kitchen.

  1. Forget the Basket

If you’re shopping for just a few necessities, forget getting a basket or a cart. It is easier to avoid impulse buying simply because you can no longer carry more items.

Since food is a basic human necessity, it’s impossible to say that we can skip buying them like when buying a new purse or a new pair of shoe. If budget is a major concern, the most important thing to keep in mind when grocery shopping is to know your needs in order to determine which things to buy and which not to buy.


Restaurant of the Future  

Innovations are everywhere. We will not be surprised if we hear TVs can be accessed through voice command or in this case – restaurants with flying drones to deliver orders. Here in Singapore, Timbre Group uses flying robot waiter which is another first in the world. Timbre Group has five outlets throughout Singapore.


The restaurant chain plans on optimizing the workplace with the help of drones. What’s in it for us? Well, there are various reactions from different groups. In the perspective of the chain, they are just enhancing the workplace environment especially with the government’s tightening of labour policies. It is not a secret that the Food and Beverage sector is suffering from shortage of workers.

The drones can hold up to 2 kilos. Drones will be dispatched so waiters can engage more with the customers and promote the restaurant’s menu. The drones will not deliver the food directly to the customers because the waiter can do it to maintain that “human touch” factor. Waiters will simply get the orders in the central waiting table. Infinium_-Robotics_Timbre_Group_Drone_Delivery

In the perspective of the customers, drones are not welcome – yet. There are people who criticize and are skeptical about drones. Customers think that drones can be a distraction when talking and eating. That is understandable since it is a new sight. Other customers also think that drones are simply a nuisance in restaurants.

In the perspective of industry watchers, drones will be a familiar sight in five to ten years from now. As for the Timbre Group, they are seeking grants from the government to support their technology and make it available soon.


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