Sunday, January 25, 2015

Introducing FAQs about Money Lending in Singapore from CreditMaster

If you're in Singapore and looking to borrow money, you might want to read this list of FAQs about money lenders in Singapore. The list starts out with some ideas to consider before taking out a loan in the first place. For example, you might be able to find government assistance instead of a private loan. It also gives some guidelines in terms of how much money individuals may be able to borrow, based on their income level.

The FAQ page is part of the information available from the website of CreditMaster Pte Ltd, a company founded in 2010 to provide loans to citizens of Singapore as well as residents and foreign visitors who are looking for financial assistance. The company is a licensed moneylender regulated under Singapore's Registry of Moneylenders.

CreditMaster specializes in providing loans to people who may have had difficulty securing loans from banks. They offer a variety of personal loans, including payday loans. The company advocates for transparency in lending, and they work with individual customers to create personalized loan packages based on the customers' unique needs.

The CreditMaster website has a lot of information about the company and their lending practices and is worth a visit if you're in Singapore and looking for quick financial help.

Introducing the Singapore Airshow

If you're interested in the aerospace and defense market, I'm sure you keep an eye on upcoming international air shows, such as the Singapore Airshow. This event happens every two years, and the next show is scheduled to be held in February 2016, from the 16th through the 21st.

The Singapore Airshow includes two conferences, the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and the Asia Pacific Security Conference. Aerospace and defense professionals from around the world will be attending these conferences. Attendees include both commercial and government representatives.

The 2014 show included the announcement of major contracts for well-known companies like Boeing and Airbus. In all, there were deals announced that were worth more than $32 billion in all. The trade exhibitors at the event reported being very pleased with the event when they were surveyed about their experiences; in fact, 99% of exhibitors said they were satisfied with the event.

The Singapore Airshow also gives a big boost to the local economy. According to the show's website, the 2014 show contributed S$319 million to Singapore's economy, a 25% increase from the 2012 show. One can only imagine that the 2016 show will be an even bigger success.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Introducing IMDEX Asia 2015, a Maritime Security Conference

If you have an interest in maritime safety and security, you'll want to make note of the fact that there's a maritime security conference to be hosted from May 19-21 by the Republic of Singapore Navy and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

The International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference, also known as IMDEX Asia, is hosting its tenth biennial conference in 2015. The event will be held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference theme is "Safe and Secure Seas - Strengthening Cooperation in Maritime Security."

The conference includes an exhibition, strategic conferences, and a warships display. The exhibition has become so popular that booth spaces for exhibitors have sold out very quickly, which reflects the growing naval industry in the region where the conference is being held. According to a media release from the IMDEX website, the Asia Pacific market recently surpassed Europe to become the second-largest naval market in the world, after the US.

The IMDEX website is very thorough and contains detailed information on past conferences as well as a lot of information about what attendees can expect at the 2015 conference.

Meet Leigha Pittard, CEO of Fierce Simplicity, a Designer Swimwear Company

Fierce Simplicity is a luxury women's designer swimwear company that specializes in well-fitting swimsuits, sexy bikinis, and cut out monokinis. Based in Florida, Fierce Simplicity capitalizes on the year-round beach weather and has perfected its craft of unique bathing suits for jet-setting travelers, sun bathers, and pool party attendees.

Our interview below is with Leigha Pittard, CEO of Fierce Simplicity.

1. Would you tell us how Fierce Simplicity Swimwear got its start?

I moved to Miami after graduating, and in February of 2013 I launched my online swimwear boutique, Fierce Simplicity, specializing in women's designer swimwear. Growing up in Massachusetts, I always had a love for the beach but could only truly enjoy it during the three months of summer. Moving to sunny South Florida, I enjoy the beach year round, and this is where I decided to focus my business on luxe swimwear. There is nothing like sunbathing on the beach in a super-cute Brazilian bikini with a cold margarita in hand.

As a fairly new company, Fierce Simplicity has seen much success. We are an internationally recognized swimwear brand with sales in over 35 countries. With the encouragement of my customers and supporters via social media, I realized I had a knack for curating retro swimsuits, sexy bikinis, and unique cut out monokinis from luxury designers around the world such as Pily Q and Maaji and discovering small lesser-known brands with one of a kind designs.

2. How do you choose the designs to feature in your shop?

I have always used social media as a conversational tool to gain honest feedback from our customers and supporters. With the use of Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram I found that the swimwear market lacks swimsuits for women with large DD cups and bigger chests along with flattering plus-size swimsuits. I also have noted many companies still do not offer bikini sets in mix and match sizes.

When choosing designs to feature on, I look for versatile pieces that are figure flattering for all body types. I make sure our collection is unique, sexy, and classy, and addresses all types of swimwear preferences from micro bikinis and sheer thong swimsuits, to sexy yet modest one piece bathing suits. I also place polls on our Instagram account @fiercesimplicity to gauge our customers' opinions on potential items to add to our store. Most importantly, I look for design and quality in the swimsuits I add. I believe swimwear should be timeless in design, so I select pieces that can be worn for every type of event whether it's a pool party, a honeymoon, or a vacation to an exotic location like Tahiti. I believe all women should feel confident and sexy when they put on a swimsuit whether they prefer a vintage 1950s style high waist bikini or a video vixen cut out monokini.

3. When it comes to choosing swimwear and finding something "just right" for them, many women find the experience a bit challenging. Do you have any advice to share?

Often we see a cute bikini on a friend, and it becomes an instant must-have. This is the wrong approach to finding the right bathing suit, unless you and your friend have a similar body build. Choosing the right swimsuit for your body type is essential to look sexy and feel great in your swimwear. The art of finding the ideal swimsuit is all about enhancing your body's best assets.

  1. The first step is to know your body type (body shape). The four most common are the pear shape (hips wider then your waist and chest); the apple shape (your waist is wider then your hips and equal to your bust); the hour glass (your bust and hips are proportional with a smaller waist); or the straight figure (thin all around with relatively no curves).

  2. The next step is to choose swimwear cuts and styles that accentuate the type of figure you have.

    a. One-piece swimsuits will hide your waist, especially ones win a dark, solid color with shirred paneling. High-waisted bikinis are also a nice alternative. Tankinis are also a classic option.

    b. High-cut bikini bottoms and one-piece swimsuits can make your legs look longer and your torso more fit.

    c. Bandeau tops are great for pear-shaped women as this style makes the bust appear wider and will balance out a figure with wide hips.

    d. Underwire bikinis are a girl's best friend with a large bust size. Thicker strapped bikini tops also offer more support and comfort.

  3. The third step is to also choose colors and fabrics that accentuate your appearance and downplay the areas you are less fond of.

    a. To accentuate a feature you love, choose swimsuits with bright colors or patterns. To hide a feature you do not like, use a solid color.

    b. If you have pale skin, choose black or deep jewel tones such as maroon, navy, and dark purple. For dark skin, bright colors are very flattering.

    c. To make an area look bigger--say, for example, you want to accentuate your bust or hips--add ruffled swimwear pieces. To make an area look smaller, choose a swimsuit with shirred or ruched fabric.

    d. Buying separates will be your best friend.

  4. It is also important to select a swimsuit that matches what you want to use it for. For example, if you are playing volleyball, a crop top bikini or rash guard swimsuit may be the best options as this type of bikini has optimal support without the worry of boob slippage.

Check out the Fierce Simplicity Swimwear Fit Guide to learn exactly how to accentuate your best features and minimize the less flattering ones while in a swimsuit:

4. Along with swimwear, what are some other items you sell?

In addition to luxe bikinis and unique one-piece swimsuits, Fierce Simplicity offers a wide variety of resort wear and beach accessories. You can find Bohemian lace cover-ups, crochet maxi dresses, barefoot sandals perfect for beach weddings, and body and belly chains. I am also working on a nail polish collection to expand the business into cosmetics. Nail polish and bikinis do go hand in hand, after all.

5. What swimwear fashions do you think will be most popular this summer?

For the Summer 2015 swimwear trend, you can expect to see:

  • Strappy bottoms and caged bikini tops
  • Animal print swimwear (the classic leopard print re-imagined)
  • Crop top and sporty bikinis
  • The classic sexy black swimsuit
  • Bralette bikini tops
  • High-waist pin-up bikinis with cut outs.

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Thanks, Leigha!

Introducing Postnatal Massage Singapore

If you are in Singapore and have just had a baby, you might be interested in learning more about a business called Postnatal Massage Singapore or PNSG. They have over twenty years of experience in providing postnatal massage services to clients.

The main idea of postnatal massage is to help women as their bodies go through the recovery process after giving birth. Not only does this help women feel better, but it can also help them in getting back their pre-pregnancy bodies.

In addition to postnatal massage, PNSG offers other massage therapies, too, including prenatal massage and baby massage. The baby massage, for example, is a process that helps mothers learn ways to bond more closely with their infants through touch; the masseuse works with the mother and baby in very short sessions.

There are some promotions currently offered on the PNSG site if you want to give their services a try. They have a prenatal trial for mothers who want to meet the masseuse and try the massage therapy before committing to a series of sessions. With their postnatal massage, they offer an "assurance package" so that clients who buy a package of sessions can change their minds after the trial session if they wish.

To get an idea of the services and how they can help new and soon-to-be mothers, the testimonials page on the website is especially interesting as you get a first-hand perspective about the value of massage for healing the body during and after pregnancy.