• By Pro.com
    Special to Yahoo Homes

    Airy, sprawling rooms with plenty of areas for decorating are the dreams of many homeowners, but for most, that’s unfortunately where they stay—in our dreams. Instead of viewing small spaces as a limitation, think of it as a fun and inventive challenge. With these 12 easy tips, making your room seem bigger will be a breeze.

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    1. Use Natural Light

    Everywhere, as much as possible. Natural light brings more dimension and an airiness that can’t be duplicated by electricity, so bring it in as much as possible. Use semi-transparent window dressings to let in the light, and make sure not to block the windows.

    (Credit: Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock)(Credit: Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock)

    2. Reflect on Mirrors

    It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but one of the most effective. Be liberal with your use of mirrors throughout your home, and even consider installing mirrored closet doors. By using large or floor-to-ceiling mirrors and strategically placing them to reflect windows or other rooms, you trick the eye into thinking a room is

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  • Alfian Sa'at is a writer, playright and poet based in Singapore. He is the resident playwright at W!LD RICE. The views expressed are his own.

    By Alfian Sa'at

    I wasn't planning on writing about Amos Yee, but I'm quite upset by the way the media is painting him—with insinuations that he might fall within the autism spectrum, that he is so psychologically disturbed that he needs psychiatric evaluation, that there is something about his behaviour that might be 'abnormal'.

    I had the pleasure of having supper with Amos and his family. The mother, Mary Yee, is a twinkly-eyed lady who would lean in to listen to you speak. She looked perpetually curious and attentive, her head craning around even as she hugged her floral tote bag close to her. One could speculate that she's passed on some of that inquisitiveness to her only child.

    "You know Amos wanted to change his name?" she told us.


    "Because his full name is Amos Yee Pang Sang. And in school the kids used to tease him and called him

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  • How would you feel if somebody pulled your hair out while you’re strolling down the street?

    Shocked? In pain? Violated?

    These were some of the strong reactions which PETA 2, the youth wing for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, evoked during a social experiment to create awareness on the cruel Angora fur trade.

    The experiment was done in Seoul’s shopping district Myeong-dong in South Korea where a rabbit-suit donned person would sneak up to a stranger from behind and pull out a section of their hair, leaving the victims appearing either shocked or angry.

    Screen grab of Angora rabbit social experiment video. Screen grab of Angora rabbit social experiment video. 

    It was documented in a video posted on 8 May, which ended with a short clip of an Angora rabbit having its fur stripped, causing it to give out a loud desperate cry of help. For many viewers, it was immensely heartbreaking to watch.

    “How can one like to do that kind of job ... pulling hair of those innocent living being ... don’t they feel pain while hearing that sound,” said an Ashma Hasmuk.

    “Aww… that broke my heart hearing it

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  • By Rezwana Manjur

    It is Mother’s Day once again and brands are kicking off their numerous Mother’s Day ad campaigns and promotions.

    While there are some really great ad campaigns and promotions out there, here are some brands we felt should maybe have given Mother’s Day a miss:

    1. Marie France Bodyline

    Because nothing says Happy Mother’s Day than a suggestion that Momma is getting a little… chubby. Why not get her a nice slimming session and plan her diet?

    Fann Wong Mother's Day promotionFann Wong Mother's Day promotion

    2. McDonald’s, PizzaHut and KFC:

    After you have adequately made your mother feel insecure with the slimming session, why not treat her to a bucket full of fried chicken and a greasy pizza slice and beefy burger?

    I don’t know about you, but growing up, my mother was highly against stuffing our faces with fast food. I doubt buying her an order of McD’s or KFC’s takeaway for the big day would sit well with her either.

    Pizza Hut Mother's Day promotionPizza Hut Mother's Day promotion

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  • In a bid to spur Singaporeans to remember the old days, Singapore’s Park Hotel Group has created a game called “Icons of SG Challenge” on its Facebook page, challenging Singaporeans to identify the Singapore's significant icons.

    The game aims to celebrate the 50 years of Singapore and is essentially a quiz in which users attempt to identify iconic Singapore food, games, people and sights. Over 1,200 people have played it so far.

    'Icons of SG Challenge' Park Hotel Group Facebook game (Photo: Facebook screengrab)'Icons of SG Challenge' Park Hotel Group Facebook game (Photo: Facebook screengrab)

    The game can be pretty heart-thumping, as the clock ticks down while you try to answer the questions. It sounds easy, but having only 60 seconds on the clock can make you sweat bullets and fluster you enough to mess up your typing.

    Users, who have to identify as many icons as possible, earn a point for every correct answer. Accumulated points will allow the user to “tikam” (Malay for “random”) for prizes such as staycations at hotels of the Park Hotel Group.

    However, before using your chance to try the lucky draw, you should think again because you only get

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  • How often do you express your affection towards your mum?

    As Mother’s Day is just round the corner — 10 May, to be exact — Jurong Point shopping mall has uploaded a video on Youtube, in which shoppers were approached to take part in a campaign to say “I love you” to their mums.

    The video, which was uploaded on 5 May, has gotten over 4,000 views on Youtube, and has been shared over 4,000 times on Facebook.

    Participants from young kids to working adults made a surprise call to their mothers, to say the “words they’ve wanted to say, but never did".

    It seems that expressing our affection is not a very common practice in Singapore, as some participants can be seen struggling to say the three simple words packed with meaning. 

    A teenager thanked her mother for “taking care of me", and began tearing up.

    Other participants thanked their mothers for the effort they’ve put into taking care of them, such as a little girl who said, “Happy Mother’s Day, thank you for your nice spaghetti.”


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  • Recently, an article about the germs in a human beard made hipsters and mountain men around the world cringe in fear. But when we generally think of germs, the first thing that comes to mind is the toilet seat, because, of course.

    But that widely-believed tale is just what it is — a tale. Germs live everywhere, and in some places, they thrive. Often, it's not the toilet seat that's the most germ-infested place in sight.

    Here are some things around your house that contain more germs than a toilet seat.

    1. Keyboard

    The fact that the keyboard contains more germs than a toilet seat may not come as a big surprise to people, because truth be told, how many of us actually bother disinfecting our keyboards?

    Studies have shown that keyboards contain bacteria that can cause food poisoning, such as E.coli and staphylococcus aureus (staph). Researchers did a swab analysis, and found  that one swab on a keyboard contained 7,500 bacteria, compared to an average toilet seat which had 5,400 bacteria

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  • Photo of children in Singapore. AFP file photo.Photo of children in Singapore. AFP file photo.

    Not too long ago, my son (I’ll call him Z) turned one.

    Someone once told me that your child’s first birthday is a momentous one. Not mainly because your child has developed so much over the past year … But because you, as a parent, have survived one whole year of dirty diapers, sleepless nights, and uncontrollable crying.

    So congratulations to all the parents out there who have passed this milestone!

    When I envision Z’s future, I’m hopeful. But I’m also afraid.


    Because, through my work, I get to interact with thousands of teenagers every year. I’ve worked with teenagers who are disciplined, focused, kind, and enterprising.

    But at the other extreme, I’ve also worked with teenagers who are angry and out-of-control. Some of them even struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

    So I wonder …

    Will Z become more like the first group of teenagers described above, or the second?

    Will he use his talents in the service of society?

    Will he become a person of unwavering integrity?

    I know that

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  • Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    Let’s be clear: I detest The Real Singapore (TRS). Far from journalism, it has participated in rumour-mongering and the demonisation of groups of people, many already marginalised and stigmatised in society. If everyone in Singapore chose to stage a boycott of the site, or to write a public statement protesting its behaviour, I would be a most willing participant.

    Yet this isn’t what happened on Sunday, when the Media Development Authority (MDA) suspended TRS’ licence to operate. What happened - and on World Press Freedom Day, no less - was a government body summarily deciding to shut down a website, even before its ongoing court case has been concluded. 

    It’s unlikely that this particular website will be much missed by anyone with a sense

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  • 'Punch Out' Parody game sadly predicts the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    The 'Fight of the Century' turned out to be a swing and a miss with some criticising it for being 'boring'. It seems Noober Gaming saw it coming, putting together this parody game which looks all-too-familiar now that the fight is done.



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