The next day after an 18-hour trans-pacific flight from the States, I was due to make a presentation for the final rounds of a Data Visualisation “hackathon” competition. The (local) time of the presentation was 1pm, while the corresponding time in the States (where I was the previous day) was midnight. As you know, long-haul flights can often leave a person feeling exhausted, irritable, and “brain foggy”, which are all common symptoms of jet lag. But on the day of my presentation, I felt very refreshed, well-rested, and energetic. Here’s how I was able to recover so quickly:
My friend’s mother passed from cervical cancer at age 50. At the time, my friend and I had just graduated from uni. It came as a great shock because my friend’s father was a renowned TCM doctor. But it turned out that her mother never had a Pap smear before. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, up to 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by proper screening and other preventative measures. (more…)
Having diabetes not only comes with a diminished quality of life and social stigma, but it can also be a heavy financial burden. And as any good financial advisor will tell you, wealth planning is not complete without health planning. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), diabetes is the 2nd leading cause of death in Singapore. Last year, MOH declared a “war on diabetes“, and together with the Health Promotion Board (HPB), they’ve put programmes into place to make healthier food options and exercise more available and more affordable. They have also reduced the cost of diabetes screening and medications. In addition to these, here are some other ways for people with diabetes to control costs. (more…)
We all wish to live and age well, and nobody desires to be disabled or dependent. You could have your life perfectly planned and yet be completely blindsided by tragedy (the 3 D’s – death, disease, and divorce – are cruel and notoriously common). And this is why we have government social safety nets. But when tragedy strikes, it’s hard to know where to start. With different schemes spanning different ministries and agencies, it can be quite daunting. So this is another attempt to help simplify the various schemes:
In the recent Committee of Supply debates, government spending on health care costs are estimated to increase. Likewise, in households, health care costs are also rising as the population ages, families get smaller, and the demands of modern living make health maintenance more challenging.
[This article was contributed by Bosch Singapore] The first quarter of 2017 is almost over, and fading along with the months is that resolution you made to eat healthier. As Singaporeans lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles and as our diets get richer, it has become more pressing than ever to get back on track. (more…)
Life, as we know it, has a mortality rate of 100%. And the probability of getting hospitalised for a critical or long-term illness is almost as high. The only thing we don’t know is when and where tragedy will strike, and what the financial burden will be. This is why it was important for me and my family to get additional health insurance coverage.
For some people, the word “retirement” evokes images of dancing seniors on cruise ships. For me (and increasingly more and more people), retirement has always meant a period of time when you have a drastic reduction of income either purposely due to choice, or unexpectedly due to unforeseen circumstances. By this definition, retirement can occur at any age. My past experiences have convinced me that at any moment, we can be “forced” into retirement. This is why I’ve spent my entire life in constant preparation, though I know that when a tragedy strikes, it will seem like no amount of preparation was adequate. If your family member or close friend has been forced into retirement by unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, especially due to a critical illness (and is not yet at the official “retirement age”), here are some steps to consider:
Before moving here (5 years ago), the concept of a hair spa was totally foreign to me. I would say that hair spas or hair treatment centres aren’t places most Americans regularly visit or even know exist (at least I didn’t). Yet I was curious and decided to try out a “free offer” from one of the 4 hair treatment centres. I knew before even stepping foot inside their shop that they were going to find something wrong with my hair (that of course, is how they make money). My purpose in going was not for a diagnosis; it was to see what they do, whether I can replicate their treatment at home, and whether my treatment could match theirs. Here are my results: (more…)
The Singapore Cancer Society, through its Women’s Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Campaign, has partnered with more than 160 GPs island-wide to provide free Pap smears until 31 July to female Singaporeans and PRs age 25 to 69 who have not had a Pap smear in the last 3 years. For a list of participating clinics, please see here. (more…)