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Is Anime for Children Only?

Long story short, the answer is yes and no. Japanese animation, or anime, is a different genre from other animated movies and series not only because of its distinct style, but also because its target audience are not just children.

History of Early Anime
The first anime film was released sometime in 1916, but it was only 5 minutes long and the drawings were sketched using chalk that were redrawn in between takes. However, this is still unreliable because early Japanese films in general were stored in reels that were dismantled, and some were also destroyed during earthquakes and bombings. The distinction of the first anime film released commercially goes to Dekobo Shingacho – Meian no Shippai. It was followed by several short anime films that were the works of Junichi Kouchi, Oten Shimokawa, and Seitaro Kitayama.

The use of chalk was not productive, so the animators turned to paper cutouts for silent 2d stop-motion anime. Even then, most of the themes will seem familiar to fans today, such as folk tales and samurai life.

In the 1930s, Kenzo Masaoka produced the first anime with pre-recorded voices called Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka, about a man having an affair. By 1934, anime was made using cels. So far, all the themes of the old anime were not exactly made for children. Some were even made to sell propaganda and promote the military, although educational themes were also produced. In 1945, the full-length anime film Momotaro: Umi no Shinpei was used to send a message of hope, but it was not until 1958, when an anime film was released outside Japan with the production of Hakujaden.

Anime from 1950s to Present
Osamu Tezuka gained cult status as a mangaka (comic artist) and collaborated with animators to produce Boku no Son Goku. The first female animator gained recognition when she directed Ribon no Kishi, while the first anthology was released in 1960 with the title Mittsu no Hanashi, which consisted of 3 segments.

In 1961, the first regular TV anime series Otogi Manga Calendar was aired, but anime TV series was made famous with the release of Tetsuwan Atom, or more popularly known as Astro Boy. The show set the standards and artwork that most anime still use today, such as the stylized hair and big eyes.

The first romance series, Sennin Buraku, and the first children’s series, Tetsujin 28-Go, were both released in 1963. The first anime for girls, Mahotsukai Sally, was released in 1966, while the first space opera, Uchu Senkan Yamato, was aired in 1974.

The Anime Genres
The anime target audience is divided into 5 groups based on age, namely; Shojo (Young Girl), Seinen (Adult Male), Shonen (Young Boy), Josei (Adult Women), and Kodomomuke (Kids).

These are further subdivided into the following categories:
• Action
• Adventure
• Akuma (Demons)
• Bishounen
• Card/Monster Battle
• Comedy
• Drama
• Ecchi (Erotic)
• Fantasy
• Game
• Harem
• Hentai
• Historical
• Horror
• Idol
• Magical Girl
• Mecha (Robots)
• Romance
• Shonen Ai (Girls’ Love)
• Shoujo Ai (Boys’ Love)
• Yaoi
• Yuri

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Know Your Migraine Triggers

Not all migraines exhibit the same symptoms and even those symptoms differ in intensity. What makes migraine so complex, however, is that there is no clear explanation of its causes and even its triggers. Trigger factors, or precipitating factors, are the objects and activities that can cause a migraine attack, but they are not necessarily the cause of the illness itself.

Migraineurs have different triggers, and unfortunately, the only way to determine which factors can trigger an attack is by experiencing it. That is why it’s important to keep track of everything you eat and drink and the activities you perform everyday through a diary.

Common Migraine Triggers
Some of the most common migraine triggers that you should look out for are the following:

1. Stress, anxiety, tension, and shock
2. Caffeine (found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and cola)
3. Exercise (either the lack of exercise or too much exercise)
4. Muscle tension and head injury
5. Dehydration (do not substitute for water sugary drinks or beverages with aspartame)
6. Sleep (either lack of sleep or too much sleep)
7. Changes in routine, environment, weather, and sleeping patterns
8. Hormonal changes in women (some women experience migraine during their monthly period)
9. Exposure to high humidity, flickering lights, glare from lights, loud noises, and high altitude

10. Prolonged exposure to the glare of computer screens
11. Skipping or missing meals
12. Eating too much sugary food
13. Consumption of additives in food such as MSG, aspartame, and nitrates
14. Alcoholic beverages (including wine, which has tannins)
15. Cheese (contains tyramine)
16. Use of oral contraceptives (these induce hormonal changes)
17. Grinding of the teeth (this happens during sleep)
18. Perfume and other strong scents
19. Sexual encounters
20. Food triggers

The most common food triggers among migraineurs, besides cheese and alcoholic beverages, are beans (all kinds of beans), chili peppers, pickles, dried fruits, olives, red plums, avocado, citrus fruits, banana, pizza, yeast breads, processed meats, bacon, sausage, hotdog, whole milk, sour cream, chocolate, and vinegar. Migraineurs are often advised not to consume anything with alcohol, caffeine, preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners, and yeast.

Managing Migraine Triggers
The list provided above should serve only as a guide and is not set in stone, so you might still be able to enjoy some of the food and activities listed above. Remember as well, that some migraine triggers might not cause attacks years later, while new triggers can also appear. Just keep in mind that you have to pay close attention to everything, especially the food that you eat.

Changing your diet and exercise can help, but don’t forget that drastic changes can also trigger attacks. Talk to your doctor about these triggers and take your migraine diary with you next time you book an appointment, so that he/she can recommend a treatment for each stage of a migraine attack.

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Ways to avoid pimples

Our skin is basically our best asset so it is a must that we take care of it. Needless to say, our skincare dedicated to our faces is as important as our clothing. Our faces are the first medium of interaction we have with other people, so we should minimize impurities as much as possible.

This is not to encourage or tolerate vanity, but we wouldn’t also want to neglect our faces. Among the myriad of problems our faces could encounter, pimples are the most annoying at the least, and degrading at the most. In worst cases, it even affects self-esteem.

So before it gets worse, both our skin and our ego, here are a few tips to avoid those dreaded pimples:

1. Wash frequently
Needless to say, frequent washing is an effective way to keep your skin away from pimples. But don’t overdo this either, as washing your face more than twice a day can make pimples worse. It is also advisable to wash with warm water. You should keep the distinction between warm and hot, as the latter could cause even worse problems. The cleanser you use is also worth taking note of. Mild cleansers are advisable. Wash your face using circular motion with your bare fingers and not with a washcloth as this may dry skin and rob it of its natural moisture. Rinse well and don’t forget to just pat it dry. Most of us have this habit of rubbing our faces dry as this is much faster, but sad to say it also irritates our skin.

2. Stay hydrated
If you’re not fond of following that 8-glasses of water routine, you just might want to reconsider it. Our bodies are basically made up of water, so any depletion on its levels could cause problems – even pimples. Skin that’s well-hydrated glows effortlessly and doesn’t produce excess oil which could lead to pimples if pores are also clogged with dirt. So keep those tumblers within reach, as water intake just got into your beauty regimen.

3. Limit sun exposure
As much as we’d like to stay indoors, some of us might just need to sacrifice this luxury most days. If not for work or for school, we can’t just do away with long hours under the sun. If this is the case, sunscreen would be a helpful companion against skin dryness. Water intake should also be upped as this regulates our body temperature and keeps skin moisturized. However, you would want to check those suncreens before using them as most of them are oily. So make sure you use oil-free ones to successfully avoid those pimples, and not attract them instead.

Keeping our faces healthy, glowing and pimple-free not only helps add plus points to our grooming, but more importantly it adds points to our self-image and self-regard.
So skin-up and face life.

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3 Ways to Maintain Clean-Smelling Clothes

It isn’t new for anyone to want our clothes to smell like they’ve just been freshly picked from the washer. From formal wear to everyday casuals, we would want to extend their freshness and pleasant smell as long as possible. However, with all the pollution and mere environmental factors which is an inevitable given in our daily lives, we couldn’t help but cut short our clothes’ pleasant aroma.

To extend the fresh scent our clothes have, here are a few tips to help us in our dilemma:

1. Sprinkle essential oils
There are different ways to boost the clean scent of your clothes using essential oils. First, you can directly use it during the final cycle of your rinsing. Add around ten to twenty drops of essential oils before hanging your clothes to dry or tossing them in the dryer. The other way is to add a few drops to a clean washcloth and include it in the dryer.

This procedure will make your clothes just lightly fragrant, leaving the people around you guessing what perfume you wear. Another way to add essential oils is to dilute it in water and directly spray it to clothes that have gone musty with disuse. So it’s up to you to take your pick. Just don’t forget to replenish those essential oils since they’re used for a whole lot of other purposes.

2. Store with old air fresheners
Even when you think those air fresheners are within the brink of retirement, think again. Just as the saying goes, oldies but still goodies. Get those air fresheners that has seemingly exhausted all its scent and tuck it in the back of your cabinet or wardrobe. When left in not so well-ventilated places, those wrappers or worn-out containers can sure do the trick.

Since the area is enclosed, the faint scent of the old air-fresheners will still exude the right amount of scent that’s just right for your clothes. Not too concentrated, not too faint either. So before you chuck them straight to the bin, check if your clothes need a little boosting.

3. Wrap in old dryer sheets
For those using dryers for their laundry, you might want to reconsider before tossing those dryer sheets to the garbage. They’re actually a good enhancer for your closet. Not only is it consistent with the scent you used for your laundry, it’ll keep your clothes smelling fresh much longer. Plus, you’ve maximized your household supplies to its exhaustion. In the long run, this tip might just actually help you make the most out of your money spent for laundry needs.

These tips aren’t guaranteed. It always has to be tried first if it suits you or not. But the keyword here is try. Maybe you’ll finally find the answer to your wardrobe predicament.

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7 Advantages of Using CRM Software

An effective customer relationship management is one of the keys to a successful business, but you do not need to stick to traditional tools and processes to make it work. With the help of a CRM system, your staff can do better business with sophisticated tools for generating sales reports and improve the overall account management.

These are the pros of using automated sales management tools.

• Better Communication. A CRM system, such as the cloud CRM, can improve communication within any company of any size and type. Even startup companies in Singapore can now provide the best client relations solutions that will rival even that of large corporations. All the employees will have access to the same accurate data and consumer contacts to manage prospects. After all, good communication starts within an organization.

• Excellent Customer Service. A CRM software for your business in Singapore will serve as a solution for organizing consumer information. Whenever a customer calls one of the members of your sales management team, related information and the history of purchases and services availed by the caller can be accessed through the customer database software in just a matter of seconds. The records will also include past issues that might help resolve the current concern of the client.

• Data Organization. The best customer relationship management process involves a detailed identification, documentation, and recording of interactions with customers and clients. Your sales tracking team will have an easier task in providing the best possible positive experience for the customers because of a sophisticated tool that streamlines the process. Accuracy is key when it comes to categorizing and quantifying various data and that is only possible with the best CRM software in Singapore.

• Better Reporting and Analysis. Miscalculations and inaccuracy can hurt sales, but with the help of client managing solution, generating sales reports takes only a few seconds because it has various tools that will enable automatic reports. The sales team can even view important data through the customizable dashboard of the cloud CRM, allowing them more time to focus on other important tasks.

• Upselling and Cross-Selling. Loyal customers might also be interested in services and/or goods that fall within the same category of the services and/or goods they have purchased. The sales management team can also use enterprise resource planning or ERP software to sell these complementary merchandises.

• Task Automation. Manual recording and organization of customer information can take up time and resources that are better used for other tasks. Although there are programs that can make data gathering easy, it is designed for the specific purpose of simplifying the task of the lead management team because it already anticipates what is needed. Closing sales with potential customers need various smaller tasks that can be completed without having to worry if the sales team has the right data or not. With a CRM software, it’s just one click away.

• Increase Revenues. The more sales leads are pursued, the better are the chances of increasing customer revenues. With consumer info organization, it is easy to create a profile of potential customers or clients who might be interested in your services and/or merchandise. The sales management tools simplify the task in searching for prospects and leads.

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3 Crucial Tips for Successful Brand Growth

In a highly competitive environment, every company working towards growth would eventually start looking into ways to extend their brand, whether it’s to cover more products, services, or even to reach a wider audience.

There are a lot of advantages you can get with brand extension for your business in Singapore. Not only will it be less costly for your launching campaign, but you also cut down on costs for your labeling and packaging.

Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to advance your branding successfully:

1. Keep your product line consistent.

You want your products to stay consistent with your brand, so your audience will still be able to remember and associate your name with your products. You can do this by expanding your brand to include products similar to the ones you already market.

However, consistency with your product line also means that you get to widen your platform in new and creative ways. It becomes a matter of proper planning—and perhaps a little bit of luck.

2. Transfer a component.

Brands can also find success expanding when they take a certain component that’s already closely associated with it and proceed to expand there.

With component transferring in brand extension, you position yourself in a way that lets you to fill a certain niche in the market. You might be surprised that it can cater to a surprising amount, and your extension can even draw in more consumers.

3. Make sure your brand is registered.

One of the best ways on how to stop branding theft is to register your trade mark here in Singapore. This crucial step allows you to protect your brand and make sure that no competitors would infringe your intellectual property rights. Contact a business name registry company to know more about the different plans and coverage available.

With trademark registration, not only do you have the full protection that allows you to explore your brand, but you also have access to other features of a fully-owned brand name that you otherwise wouldn’t.

To register trademark, find out first whether your mark isn’t owned yet by doing a quick search at the brand name registry.
Having a registered mark basically gives you full control. Once your intellectual assets are certified through brand indexing, your assets become properties that you can take full advantage of to advance your business.

Advancing Your Brand with Copyright Registration

The best part about trademark registration in Singapore is that it’s easy and economical to create a TM. In fact, the cost of filing a trademark is quite affordable than expected, considering the scope of protection that your brand can enjoy for an extensive span of time.

Start off your trademark application with a thorough trade mark search of the logo or name you wish to legally enlist. Then, get in touch with a registration company for a step-by-step guide and to get a full list of the requirements you need to comply for your brand application.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Biking Every Cyclist Should Know

With gas prices always rising and rush hours in the transit always jam-packed, it’s time to look at biking: really cheap to buy, easy to maintain, and rolls fitness exercise and cheap transportation into one.

However, there are a few do’s and don’ts that cyclists must follow at all times. Here they are:

DOs
• Give right of way to both pedestrians and motor vehicles. As a cyclist, you should think of yourself as a bit of both – much faster than a pedestrian but still much slower than a motor vehicle.

• Make yourself visible to everyone, especially if you’re cycling at night. Having something on you that’s bright and/or reflective like a neon green vest or even a bright flashlight will give everyone else a heads up and prevent potential accidents from happening.

• Wear a helmet. Yes, even if you’re just cycling around the neighborhood, and especially on any road. Helmets will be the only protection you have in case of an accident. Make sure to get one that fits you snugly with a properly tightened chin strap.

• Be nice to fellow cyclists. If you see a fellow cyclist in need of help, such as a flat tire or a broken chain, offer what you have. This means that you should also…

• Bring a repair kit. At all times. Keep a spare tube covered in baby powder in a plastic bag, as well as a bike pump and a patch kit, wherever you go. You’ll never know when you need it, and when you do, you really don’t want to be unprepared for it.

DON’Ts
• Don’t get caught in the rain. Always check the weather forecast before you go out biking. Better yet, bring rain gear or a poncho just in case.

• Don’t let your chain squeak. Lubricating the chain is really easy and shouldn’t take you more than an hour to do so. This goes for the rest of your bike.

• Don’t use bring an outdated ID card. You’ll never know if you’ll get in an accident or if you encounter someone else who is. If in case you do, keep your ID cards up to date.

• Don’t wear earphones. Stay alert as much as possible. When you’re on the road, everything – and everyone – is trying to kill you.

Be sure to pass these rules to every cyclist you know – it helps to improve the community and keeps you safe on the road.

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Think You’re Bored? Try Sports!

Have a lot of free time but you’re constantly bored? Then why not try out a sport?

Sports are a great way to spend your free time. They have a lot of benefits: not only are they a lot of fun, improve motor skills, and relieve stress, but they’re also a great way to make friends and find a community of enthusiasts.

Perhaps the best part is that with enough practice, you might even add it to your belt of life skills and compete in national (and maybe even international) tournaments.

They can be challenging at first, but getting the hang of them is actually pretty quick. Here are a few that you can try out in Singapore right now:

1. Ultimate Frisbee
If throwing around a plastic disk with a few friends sounds like fun for you, you’ll love this sport for sure – Frisbee involves a lot of running and launching yourself into the air to catch passes.

It also has a lot of perks: there’s no referee, non-contact, and most of all unisex, which means everyone can play it. Some organizations even invite beginners free of charge, which makes it all the more beginner friendly for those who would like to try something new.

2. Archery
Though still quite uncommon in Singapore, archery is starting to gain quite a bit of footing. This sport is a great way to improve your concentration and arm strength, with many different clubs offering to teach it to beginners and provide you with a set of bow and arrow to get you started.

3. Rowing
If you’ve experienced the thrill of kayaking before while on vacation and want to do it again, there are classes that you can enroll in in Singapore that teach will teach you the basics of competitively rowing a boat.
On the other hand, if the idea sounds silly to you: don’t be fooled. This sport is included in the Olympic roster and professional dragon boat athletes have developed biceps and shoulders from this sport.

4. Running
You might have had to a few times to get to class on time or to make it to the MRT, but chances are you’ve never really had to run too much in your life. Or, you might have even skipped leg day a few days too often.
But this is the perfect sport for you if you’re particular about looking for a sport that doesn’t need a lot of equipment. It’s also great cardio, and the best part is that you can even do it by yourself with a pair of good running shoes and proper clothes.

Of course, these are not the only sports available – there are more just waiting for you to pick up. So what are you waiting for? Enroll in a class now!

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