Side Sleeping Pillow Care and Maintenance

Having the best pillow is a good start. But it is absolutely essential that you take good care of your pillow as well. Sadly however, most people tend to overlook this. They will look after their mattress, but forget about the pillow over which they sleep every night.

Maintenance will depend on the kind of pillow you are using. Some pillows are more difficult to maintain by comparison but can be cleaned easily, such as down pillows. You must take out these pillows, and also the ones with feathers stuffed inside and air them below diffused sunlight once in a while. Make sure you do this, as they won’t be able to trap air easily (which is why they are firm) when they get older. Remember, you shouldn’t ever wash them with water and soap because the soap will dissolve the natural oils of the feather.

Go for polyester filled pillows if you don’t want to clean them regularly. Most hotels these days use them.

How You Should Clean Pillows

Sponge them – that’s the best way to clean pillows. But remember not to immerse them in water. But having said this, the final decision rests on the filling within.

Feather filled and down pillows – You should not wash them at home. That’s because, you won’t be able to wipe off easily if something spills on your pillow. You will then have to discard the pillow or go to a professional cleaner. But if you think you can remove it, then dip a bit of sponge in a soapy and warm solution, and then squeeze it gently through your pillow. Do this, two or three times. Or you can spin dry in your washing machine for just a few minutes. Hang in fresh air. Distribute feathers evenly.

Foam filled and polyester pillows – You can wash them at home. But remember not to tumble dry the pillow because the heat can damage the polyester.

Latex pillows – You may wash these pillows at home as well. But do not take out the latex from the casings as sunlight can affect them. Do not put them into your washing machine too. Hand wash them instead in soapy warm water. Never twist or wrung. Pressure the pillow gently after cleaning and rinsing to squeeze out the water. Place a dry towel over it before doing so. Change the towel when it gets saturated. Finally keep it in a sunny place so that air can dry your pillow.

Use a Pillow Case

Always use a pillow case because it will extend the life of your pillow. You should change it once a week at least. So keep a minimum of two sets in your home. White is a good color because you will feel peaceful and cool and night. A high-thread case feels like satin and gives you total luxury. But remember, the surface shouldn’t slip. Your head can slip from the pillow, and in the process you may end up injuring your neck.

Take care of your pillow well, and it is sure to work for many years.

More Reading Resources:

Continue Reading

My Top 6 Singapore Condos – Good, Bad and Everything In Between

Sturdee-Residences

Singapore is truly a global city. A business, trading and entertainment hub, the city draws people from around the world. You will find many wonderful Singapore condos, apartments and city homes. The best properties are in demand even when the realty market is cool.

Take Sturdee residences for instance.

Sturdee is an L shaped road between Serangood Road and JLN Besar. Sturdee Road is close to major attractions in the city such as the Sentosa Island, Botanic Gardens, National Museum, and the Marina. The road is close to major shopping destinations as well, like the City Square Mall, Paragon, Plaza, Newton Food Center, Tekka Center, and others. It is near the Jalan Besar stadium and the airport too. A short distance away will be the future Health City Novena.

There is a second Sturdee Road North, which is actually a lane off Serangoon Road, a short distance away.

Sturdee – A Neighborhood in Transition

You will find Sturdee residences in the historical backdrop of Jalan Besar. The neighborhood is transforming fast. Old conserved shop houses that were part of Singapore’s rich history are becoming the new joint for local and famous eateries. New Sturdee residences are coming up all the time.

Make the Right Real-Estate Decision

Real estate can cost a fortune in Singapore, unless you can find a condo or apartment in a neighborhood that is yet to make it into the swankiest areas of the city, such as Sturdee. So if you are thinking of finding an affordable home in Singapore, you can look at Sturdee residences. Buy now, as the property prices in this neighborhood are sure to soar in the next few years. There are many wonderful apartments and condos available on rent too.

Finding the Top 6 Condos

  1. Sturdee Residences – This is definitely your best choice. There are 265 units of luxuriously appointed apartments of all sizes to choose from. Condominium facilities include swimming pool, kid’s pool, pool deck, water-jet pool, jacuzzi, dining pavilion, BBQ pavilion, gym, and many more.
  1. Sturdee View Condominium – Located at 60 Sturdee Road North, Sturdee View Condominium is close to amenities including eating establishments, hawker centers, convenience stores, supermarkets, banks, ATMs, clinics, and shopping malls. It is also close to reputable schools such as ITE College West, Farrer Park Primary School, and Hong Wen School. Completed in 1998, there are 24 units here.
  1. Kerrisdale – Convenient, comfortable and centrally located, Kerrisdale is among the bigger scale condos in district 8, where you can enjoy resort style comfort and serenity. Facilities include swimming pool, play area, skating ring, half basket ball court, table tennis, badminton court, exercise area, and putting green.
  1. CitySquare Residence – Completed in 2009, this is a 30 floor freehold condo. There are 910 units here. Facilities includes a swimming pool, lap pool, covered car park, 24 hours security, BBQ pits, gym, fitness station, tennis courts, putting green, steam bath, Jacuzzi, clubhouse, function room, games room, karaoke room, a playground and even a bowling alley.
  1. Citylights – Citylights is a 99-year leasehold condominium in district 8. Completed in 2007, it has 42 floors and 600 units. You can choose from 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units or penthouse.
  1. Southbank – Developed by King & Queens Development Pte Ltd, this condo has 197 units. Sultan Mosque and Arab Street are just some of the notable landmarks nearby. Condo facilities you can use here are the lap pool, swimming pool, spa pool, BBQ pits, gym, sauna, function room, and playground.

The Sturdee Road neighborhood is changing fast. Choose your home from the many Sturdee residences available.

Continue Reading

Right Age and Health Requirements for Scuba Diving

There was a time when scuba diving was considered to be a dangerous sport. Only the daredevils and experts could even think of trying this. However scuba diving has evolved since those days. Recent advances in scuba equipment, dive computers, sophisticated dive planning, and better understanding of diving physiology have made diving much easier and safer now. Today, almost anyone can learn to dive with the best scuba gears and best training available.

But still, those who are thinking of trying this for the first time will always have a few questions. Am I fit enough for scuba diving? Can I dive at my age? We will try to answer these questions here.

Am I Physically Fit for Scuba Diving?

This is a relevant question. That’s why, you must first answer a scuba diving medical questionnaire before beginning a diving course.

The high pressure you will experience as a diver below the water will affect how your body will work. The fact is that, physical conditions that may not be bothersome, or even noticeable, in everyday life may be dangerous underwater. Lung problems (collapsed lung or asthma), ear issues (problems with ear equalization), allergies, and certain diseases can all be potentially dangerous below the water. Plus, you are not allowed to take some medications if you are diving.

You must read carefully, and then honestly answer the diving medical questionnaire before starting to dive. Review this periodically throughout your diving career.

Am I the Right Age for Scuba Diving?

Age requirement for scuba diving varies depending on the country and scuba diving organization. But as a general rule, children aged 8 and above may scuba dive, if matured enough. Most diving organizations offer special children’s courses in shallow, controlled conditions for kids aged 8 and above. Children above the age of 10 years can join a certification course. In the USA, most organizations require children to be 12 years old before certification. Currently, there is no upper age limit for scuba diving.

Is It Necessary to Know Swimming?

The answer is “no”. However, you must be comfortable in the water. You shouldn’t be so terrified of water that you are uncomfortable at the swimming pools deep end. You can join a one-day experience course if you are comfortable in water.

To earn a scuba diving certification, a student diver must pass a watermanship assessment. This varies depending upon the organization and certification level. For example, some organizations may require that students tread water/ float for 10 minutes, and swim 200 meters (or snorkel 300 meters) without stopping.

Can I Scuba Dive With a Disability?

These days, many people with physical disabilities are doing scuba diving. There are many special gears for divers who may face problems in using standard dive gear. For example, there are webbed gloves for divers who cannot swim with fins.

However, often it is not essential to use specialized gears. Divers are weightless and move freely underwater, so the weight of the scuba gear is not an impediment. Every new diver must relearn how to efficiently use his body in a completely foreign environment. Divers who have a physical disability start at exactly the same point as any other new diver.

Do I Have a Good Reason for Learning to Scuba Dive?

The fact that most people can learn to scuba dive does not necessarily mean that everyone should. Before joining a diving course, consider why you want to do this. Reconsider, if you view diving as a risky adrenaline-filled sport. Properly done, recreational scuba diving is about control and relaxation. You should never take up scuba diving simply to please a spouse, parent or friend. They can be your inspiration, but the real reason should be, because you want to be underwater.

The good news is that if you want to learn to dive, you are likely to be able to do it.

Continue Reading