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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:

• 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’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• Don’t use bring an outdated ID card.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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The Basics of Rugby

Promoting sports is good because it can encourage sportsmanship and healthy living not only for kids but also for adults. Singaporeans are known to be sports enthusiasts from football to rugby. Speaking of rugby, Singapore’s rugby team, the Singapore Sevens seemed a little off with their game. They will not join the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon because of their defeat against China. This is sad news for the team and their supporters however this is where sportsmanship comes in. They have to accept it and think that they are given the opportunity to be better so that next time, they will surely win.


If you are curious about rugby, it is not too late to learn about it. You should know that rugby is not only famous here in Singapore for European countries, Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia. Here are some basics that you need to know about rugby:


There are two opposing teams with fifteen members and seven substitutes each. The team is divided into 8 forwards and 7 backs. The forwards are expected to get and hold the ball; they are bigger which is best for scrumming and lining out. The backs on the other hand are expected to make points; they are smaller and more agile.

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The team who gets the most score wins the game. Points depends on how the player acquired it. For example, the goal made in the in-goal area is five points. The succeeding conversion kick is worth two points and the drop goal or penalty kick is worth three points each.


The match is expected to last at least 80 minutes. Before the start of the second half, there is a five minute break. The injury time can be added to the clock if the need arises. The game will officially begin if you hear the blowing of the referee’s whistle. The ball should be passed backwards, not forwards.

Common terms

There are many terms in rugby. You have to know each one so you can enjoy the game. Maul is when the carrier of the ball is engaged in but not tackled to the ground. Ruck is when the carrier of the ball is engaged in but tackled to the ground. Scrum happens after the occurrence of a minor penalty. Line out happens when the ball or the player is kicked or thrown placing the ball or the player out of bounds.



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