Top 5 reasons to have a dog

have a dogWhen we adopt a dog, we some­times think that we’re doing it a favour. What we don’t realise is that get­ting a dog can be life-chang­ing if you let your four-legged pal work its mag­ic on you and the peo­ple around you. Below is a list of top 5 rea­sons to have a dog.

Top 1 rea­son: Get­ting a dog can make you more responsible.

Get­ting a dog isn’t like get­ting a new gad­get; it’s like adopt­ing a child. The lazy you will not be able to cope with the respon­si­bil­i­ties of look­ing after it, which include feed­ing, bathing, walk­ing and train­ing it to be a fan­tas­tic canine. Your dog can be a reflec­tion of who you are. Shab­by and ill-bred dogs are deemed to be raised by irre­spon­si­ble ‘par­ents’, while the well-behaved and sweet ones are per­ceived to be prod­ucts of nur­tur­ing ones.

Top 2 rea­son: Chil­dren can under­stand the stages of life through dogs.have a dog

Sad­ly, if you have a dog in your younger years, it is unlike­ly you’ll out­live it. The aver­age life of dogs is from 10 to 13 years. Through your dog’s life, chil­dren will learn about and appre­ci­ate the stages of life with the growth, devel­op­ment and pass­ing of their dog.

Top 3 rea­son: Dogs can turn you into a self­less person.

As you pro­vide for and help your dog go through life, you become less self-absorbed with yours. Even if it’s dif­fi­cult to walk your dog on a cold winter’s day or a hot summer’s day, you’ll still do it out of love.

Top 4 rea­son: Dogs make you for­get your problems.have a dog

Dogs have an uncan­ny way of just being there for you when you need a friend. I have good mem­o­ries of sit­ting next to my pup and telling him about my hor­ri­ble day while he looked at me with his kind pup­py eyes. I remem­ber the fun­ny things he did that cracked me up and relaxed me.

Top 5 rea­son: Dogs force you to lead a healthy life.

Long walks and exhaust­ing chas­es are inevitable if you’d like to have a healthy dog. As you help your dog achieve this, you, too, become fit. My oth­er blog entry titled Top 5 rea­sons to walk your dog dis­cuss­es the ben­e­fits in more detail.

have a dogIt’s real­ly great to have a dog, a love­ly crea­ture that gives us so much by just being itself. Your dog can be your best friend, psy­chol­o­gist, phys­i­cal train­er, and so many oth­ers if you let it.

Top 5 reasons to walk your dog

Dogs are won­der­ful pets to have. They can make you laugh, for­get your prob­lems, appre­ci­ate life, be healthy and inspire you to be self­less. If you’re lucky, you can find your­self in a beau­ti­ful rela­tion­ship com­pa­ra­ble to what you have with a best friend or close fam­i­ly member.

Like with oth­er rela­tion­ships, you’ve got to work hard to nur­ture your bond with your canine. One of the best ways is to take him or her for a walk every day.

Some­times, tak­ing your dog for a walk can be a pain, espe­cial­ly on a cold and rainy winter’s day. If this rou­tine is start­ing to become a chore, the list below might inspire you. Read the top 5 rea­sons to walk your dog.

Top 1 reason: Walking your dog means your adding to your daily step count.reasons you walk your dog

If you have a job that requires you to sit in front of a com­put­er the whole day, and your only source of 8,000 steps is the three times you go to the toi­let and rare vis­its to the kitchen or pantry, thank your pup for the exer­cise. As you walk or some­times jog along with your ener­getic dog, you’re able to make your­self a lit­tle health­i­er while you strength­en your bond with him or her.

Top 2 reason: Your dog can make friends while you’re walking.

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Dogs are social ani­mals. When they see oth­er dogs, they either get excit­ed or aggres­sive. In the book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs, See, Smell, and Know, Alexan­dra Horowitz reveals that dogs can share thoughts and news by smelling each oth­er. By walk­ing your dog, you’re giv­ing your pup the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get some juicy infor­ma­tion and more impor­tant­ly, make bud­dies aside from you.

Top 3 reason: You, too, can make friends if you walk your dog.

Imag­ine the peo­ple you can meet by just walk­ing your dog. When your dog inter­acts with humans, there’s a big chance you’ll have a chat with these peo­ple as well.  If this hap­pens quite often with a par­tic­u­lar per­son, it’s almost inevitable for you and the stranger to get to know each other.

Top 4 reason: You might meet the man or woman of your dreams thanks to your dog.

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Dogs are supreme charm­ers. It’s com­mon for peo­ple find it hard to resist the excit­ed yelps, the man­ic tail wags and the adorable eyes of dogs. If you’re lucky (and you’re sin­gle), walk­ing your dog might be as effec­tive as join­ing a dat­ing site. Always look pre­sentable when you take your dog out for a stroll because one of your walks might pave the way for a roman­tic beginning.

Top 5 reason: You can discover new places while walking your dog.

Walk­ing your dog may make you more adven­tur­ous. Tak­ing the same route day in and day out can be a bit bor­ing. Spice it up by tak­ing dif­fer­ent routes. It’s alright to get lost as you might uncov­er some gems in the process, such as a store with unique finds, café, park or a spe­cial bench near your home that you would like to revis­it in the future.

Make the most out of walk­ing your pre­cious dog. When­ev­er you’re lazy to do your ‘dog duty’, try to remem­ber the rea­sons to walk your dog. Enjoy the spe­cial bond­ing moments with him or her, and be ready to embrace the adven­tures that come with walk­ing your pup.

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Top 5 ways to deal with your annoyance with a colleague

Have you ever had an annoy­ing co-work­er? I’m sure you have. How many times have you fought your­self from telling any­one about how you feel about him or her because you weren’t ready to make the annoy­ance ‘a thing’. If you’d like to keep it that way or you’re tired of being annoyed at this work­mate of yours, I hope my top 5 ways to deal with your annoy­ance with a col­league can help.

Oth­er online arti­cles share tips on how to han­dle an annoy­ing col­league; this post shares strate­gies on how to deal with your annoy­ance at a col­league. You may not be able to change an annoy­ing co-work­er, but you can cer­tain­ly change your dis­po­si­tion. Read the list and start free­ing your­self from this annoy­ing feeling.

Top 5 ways to deal with your annoy­ance with a colleague:

Top 1: Avoid your annoying workmate.

If you know he or she has lunch at a par­tic­u­lar time and sits in the same place, find a dif­fer­ent lunch spot or have lunch at a dif­fer­ent time. If he or she goes to the toi­let towards the end of morn­ing tea, go to the loo at the start of your break or go to a dif­fer­ent one. Remem­ber: out of sight, out of mind. Make an effort to avoid him or her, and it will seem as if he or she doesn’t even work at the same office.

Top 2: Don’t give your annoying colleague a code name.

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The moment you enter this realm, you’re doomed. Hav­ing a code name for the annoy­ing one encour­ages you to talk about him or her more often because you’ve already invest­ed your cre­ativ­i­ty. The secre­cy is height­ened by the cre­ation of a code name, sim­i­lar to how clas­si­fied inves­ti­ga­tions are giv­en unique case names. The name also brings in fun into the sit­u­a­tion you’re in, mak­ing con­ver­sa­tions about him or her even more enjoyable.

Top 3: Don’t talk about your annoying colleague to another with your annoyance with a colleague

The moment you tell some­one at work about how you feel about a par­tic­u­lar co-work­er, chances are you’ll find some­one else who shares your sen­ti­ments. Soon, there’ll be two of you fault-find­ing day in and day out. As I’m sure there is a basis for your annoy­ance, this num­ber will eas­i­ly mul­ti­ply with­in days. The more you talk about your neg­a­tive feel­ings with oth­er peo­ple, the more it gets real and the more it will con­sume you.

Top 4: Ignore your annoying colleague.

Igno­rance is, indeed, bliss. The less you know what this per­son does, the less annoyed you’ll be. Stop your­self from seek­ing updates from your col­leagues about the lat­est he or she’s done or not done because every tid­bit of infor­ma­tion you get is sim­i­lar to adding wood to fire. As you train your­self to ignore your annoy­ing work­mate, the embers will die.

Top 5: Just smile.

deal with your annoyance with a colleague

Your annoy­ing co-work­er can only get to you if you allow him or her to. Fight back by smil­ing. Think of things that make you smile. Think of hap­py places. Think of the best things in life. (I’ve got a list of sim­ple rea­sons to smile.) If you see him or her, sim­ply flash your bril­liant smile as if noth­ing is wrong in the world. If you don’t let him or her affect you, you’ve won the battle.

If you do all of these tips to deal with your annoy­ance at a col­league, you’ll most like­ly be able to free your­self from car­ry­ing this neg­a­tiv­i­ty. It’s not easy, but it’s doable.

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Top 5 songs about friendship from animated films

song about friendship from animated filmsThere are many beau­ti­ful songs about friend­ship from ani­mat­ed films. You may not have tak­en note of some of these songs when you watched the films ages ago, or the songs may be from movies you’ve nev­er heard of. Lis­ten to the songs about friend­ship from ani­mat­ed films and let me know which one’s your favourite.

Lis­ten to the songs about friend­ship from ani­mat­ed films and let me know which one’s your favourite.

Top 1 song about friend­ship from an ani­mat­ed film: You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Writ­ten and first record­ed by Randy New­man, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ is Toy Story’s theme song. It was nom­i­nat­ed for the Acad­e­my Award for Best Orig­i­nal Song and Gold­en Globe Award for Best Orig­i­nal Song. The song, which was cre­at­ed for this 1995 Disney/Pixar movie hit, has been cov­ered by oth­er artists and even trans­lat­ed into dif­fer­ent lan­guages. After being fea­tured in all Toy Sto­ry films and numer­ous cov­ers, this song has stood the test time and con­tin­ues to be a famil­iar tune to both the Gen X and Y.

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Top 2 song about friend­ship from an ani­mat­ed film: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Who doesn’t know Frozen’s mas­ter­piece song ‘Do you Want to Build a Snow­man?’? Per­formed by Kirsten Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez, the song topped the charts and played in my head for weeks (pos­si­bly even months). The song was used as a sto­ry­telling instru­ment, effec­tive­ly tak­ing its movie view­ers through the mile­stones of the friend­ship between Anna and Elsa. It starts off with an upbeat tune and mel­lows when it focuss­es on the rift between the sib­lings. Lis­ten to it and tell me if you’re able to stop it play­ing in your head.

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Top 3 song about friend­ship from an ani­mat­ed film: Return to Pooh Corner

I can still remem­ber the Ken­ny Log­gins cas­sette where I first dis­cov­ered this touch­ing song. I played it so many times that the tape got all wound up sev­er­al times. Released in 1994, ‘Return to Pooh Cor­ner’ is one of the songs in Loggins’s Gram­my-nom­i­nat­ed children’s album with the same title. Although the song talks about what hap­pens in Pooh Cor­ner, the mes­sage of friend­ship is clear­ly con­veyed in the heart­warm­ing depen­dence of Christo­pher Robin, Win­nie the Pooh, Eey­ore, and Owl on each other.

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Top 4 song about friend­ship from an ani­mat­ed film: Remem­ber Me This Way

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Casper, the friend­ly ghost, had to go but not with­out leav­ing Wendy with a fan­tas­tic mem­o­ry of them danc­ing togeth­er to this emo­tion­al tune. ‘Remem­ber Me This Way’ is singer-song­writer Jor­dan Hill’s first sin­gle, which became the ani­mat­ed film Casper’s theme song. This song show­cas­es the strong friend­ship between ghost and human. Lis­ten to it, and you’ll under­stand why it’s on my list.

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Top 5 song about friend­ship from an ani­mat­ed film: Friend Like Me

Robin Williams was, indeed, a total per­former as proven by his ren­di­tion of the song ‘Friend Like Me’ in his role as the Genie in the film Aladdin. The orig­i­nal song col­lect­ed nom­i­na­tions from the 65th Acad­e­my Awards and the 50th Gold­en Globe Awards. In the song, the Genie empha­sis­es how lucky Aladdin is to have him as he can grant him three wish­es. The per­for­mance of the Genie and the scene’s visu­als are as mem­o­rable as this song about friendship.

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My cheat song about friend­ship from an ani­mat­ed film that’s still in the mak­ing: For Good

Allow me to add one more song from the musi­cal ‘The Wicked’. I believe the movie team is work­ing on its ani­mat­ed film adap­ta­tion, which will be released in Decem­ber 2019. The film will undoubt­ed­ly fea­ture the song ‘For Good’. Orig­i­nal­ly per­formed by Kristin Chenoweth and Idi­na Men­zel in the Broad­way musi­cal, this farewell song, whose music and lyrics were com­posed by Stephen Schwartz, stress­es how friend­ships shape our lives, maybe not always or clear­ly for the bet­ter, but def­i­nite­ly for good.

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Songs are vital in mak­ing a movie linger in our minds. The more they’re able to con­nect with the view­ers on dif­fer­ent lev­els, the more they become embed­ded in us. Per­son­al­ly, I may for­get the film title, but I don’t for­get its songs. Each song rep­re­sents a time in my life and a par­tic­u­lar group of friends or fam­i­ly. I can’t help but feel nos­tal­gic lis­ten­ing to these songs.

Top 5 regrets I don’t want to have

I’m near­ly in my for­ties. Ahem. I’m no longer that young, but not quite old. I’m a few years away from open­ing the doors of mid­dle-age­dom, but I’d rather not get the key to that one just yet. For now, allow me to label myself a not-young-any­more adult. As a not-young-any­more adult, intro­spec­tion has become a hob­by. Thanks to the long tram and train rides, I have come up with a list of regrets I don’t want to have when I’m a def­i­nite­ly-not-young-any­more-but-prob­a­bly-still-looks-young-thanks-to-my-Asian-her­itage (phew!) adult.

Top 1 regret I don’t want to have: I didn’t trav­el enough.regrets I don't want to have

I’m start­ing to feel the num­bers in my age to weigh me down. I still enjoy walk­ing, but I’m start­ing to lose the spring in my legs. I don’t want to wake up one day regret­ting that I didn’t allow my feet to take me wher­ev­er. Trav­el­ling is an expen­sive hob­by to have, and I have mem­o­ries of regret­ting the costs asso­ci­at­ed with it. How­ev­er, the costs are eas­i­ly trumped by the fond mem­o­ries, the cul­tur­al immer­sion, the famous land­marks, the places that have earned the land­mark sta­tus in my heart, and the new and improved me at the end of every journey.

Top 2 regret I don’t want to have: I didn’t pur­sue what I want­ed in life.

Pur­su­ing what I want in life means I need to fight myself from stay­ing with­in my com­fort zone. It, how­ev­er, is a dif­fi­cult bat­tle to win as I’m quite risk-averse. Although I’m hap­py, the ques­tion ‘What else do you want to do in life?’ looms over me — and I let it. It some­times cre­ates dis­con­tent, but it also adds excite­ment in my life.

Top 3 regret I don’t want to have: I didn’t stay in touch with friends.regrets I don't want to have

Edna Buchanan was right when she said that friends are the fam­i­ly we choose for our­selves. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we some­times have to part ways with our friends. We don’t let friend­ships get in the way of oppor­tu­ni­ties, but we also shouldn’t allow oppor­tu­ni­ties to get in the way of good rela­tion­ships we’ve estab­lished over the years. Wouldn’t it be fan­tas­tic to be able to have cof­fee with our school friends when we’re in our 70s?

Top 4 regret I don’t want to have: I didn’t save enough.

The time will come when I can no longer work and when that time comes I want to be finan­cial­ly sta­ble. Becom­ing rich has nev­er been a dream, but remain­ing sta­ble is start­ing to become an obses­sion. I’d hate to see myself finan­cial­ly depen­dent on my fam­i­ly or friends, so I make sure my pig­gy gets a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of my earn­ings. It con­flicts with the first top regret, I know, but it’s doable.

Top 5 regret I don’t want to have: I didn’t eat and drink every­thing I wanted.regrets I don't want to have

As we age, our bod­ies start becom­ing fussy. Sud­den­ly, our super bod­ies will start telling us to lessen the inges­tion of sug­ar, salt, spices, alco­hol, fat­ty foods, fizzy drinks, cof­fee, etc. It’s inevitable, so I’ve got to start enjoy­ing them now (just before I go through some health checks). I’m not think­ing of stuff­ing my face with food and drinks every day until I hit 70. Of course, I’ll have to eat and drink every­thing in moderation.

I hate hav­ing what ifs, and I know it will be more frus­trat­ing to have them in my lat­er years. My solu­tion? Deal with these poten­tial regrets now, so they don’t become a reality.

You’ve read my list of regrets I don’t want to have when I reach my 70s. It’s now your turn. Do it on your next train or bus ride. Please share them with us.


Top 5 reasons to say NO

5 reasons to say NO

We should say NO. Not always, of course, but we should say ‘no’ when our heart of hearts is telling us to say ‘no’. Some peo­ple find it dif­fi­cult to blurt out the word ‘no’, one of the very first words we learnt in life, as if it were Voldemort’s name in Har­ry Pot­ter, for var­i­ous rea­sons: Some just want to help at all occa­sions. Some may have an ulte­ri­or motive. Some are just peo­ple-pleasers and feel very guilty to say the big word.

Although chal­leng­ing, we have to do it for our­selves and oth­ers as well. Read the list of rea­sons why we should say NO.

Top 1 reason to say NO: To be free to say ‘yes’ for those you want to say ‘yes’

Life can’t be a breeze if you don’t know how to say ‘no’. Be kind to your­self. If you keep say­ing ‘yes’, you won’t have time or room for the ones you real­ly want to say ‘yes’. You’ll always be pre­oc­cu­pied doing some­thing you would rather not do or be with some­one you’d rather not spend time with.

Top 2 reason to say NO: To give a more deserving person a chance to say ‘yes’

Some­times, we think that by say­ing ‘yes’, we’re mak­ing every­thing in the world right.

Have you ever thought that maybe there’s some­one else who’s more deserv­ing and who’ll be hap­pi­er to say ‘yes’?

Take for exam­ple: If you’re offered a job that you don’t like yet take it, you go to work unhap­py and unful­filled every day. How­ev­er, if you had declined it, some­one more suit­able would’ve been able and ecsta­t­ic to take the job. Anoth­er good exam­ple is if there’s a guy who likes you and you don’t feel the same way about him. Once you say ‘no’, then he can stop pin­ing for you, move on and be with some­one who’ll appre­ci­ate him more.

Top 3 reason to say NO: To protect relationships

There will be times that because of your ‘can’t-say-no’ atti­tude, the peo­ple who occu­py a spe­cial place in your heart may suf­fer. On a day that you’ve set a date with a friend, you may have to bail out because say­ing ‘no’ to your boss is an impos­si­bil­i­ty. On a week that your fam­i­ly is vis­it­ing from over­seas, you may not have time for them because a friend has asked you out for din­ner. If you keep say­ing ‘yes’ to some­one or some­thing even if you’ve already planned to spend time with friends or fam­i­ly, you put their feel­ings in jeop­ardy. Start say­ing ‘no’ or you might end up los­ing all the peo­ple who tru­ly mat­ter to you.Top 4 rea­son to say NO: To show con­fi­dence and self-worth

Say­ing ‘no’ shows that you’re not a push-over and you’re ready to face the con­se­quences of your deci­sion. It also indi­cates that you appre­ci­ate your­self, val­ue your time, oth­er plans you’ve pre­vi­ous­ly set and the impor­tant peo­ple around you.

Top 5 reason to say NO: To make people know what you actually want

Sim­i­lar to the ‘Boy who cried wolf’, it might come to a point where the peo­ple around you will doubt your ‘yes’.

If you’re now con­vinced that you need to learn how to say NO, you’re now ready to read 10 Guilt-Free Strate­gies for Say­ing No on Real

Say YES when you mean YES, and NO when you mean NO. Start work­ing on your NO. It may be dif­fi­cult for now, but when you can final­ly say ‘no’ with­out feel­ing guilty, you know you’ve just stepped into the dimen­sion of liberation.

Top 5 reasons to say NO

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