Contact lenses and fashion

When your vision needs correction, it’s such a relief to know that you have so many options to help you see clearly. For years, people with sensitive eyes could only wear glasses for their vision correction needs, but now there are contact lenses that will fit the needs of the most sensitive allergy sufferer. Also, there have long been tinted contact lenses for people who wanted to enhance their appearance, but they were usually very dramatic and were designed to change the color of your eye – there weren’t lenses available for people who just wanted a subtle enhancement of their natural appearance.

Acuvue Moist are 1 day lenses that feel fresh and clean all day long. And because they’re replaced daily, there’s no icky build up of irritants to bother your eyes! No storing your lenses in a pot at the end of the day, no fussing with cleaning solution. According to the Acuvue website, the lenses are made with Exclusive LACREON® Technology, which permanently embeds a moisture-rich wetting agent, resulting in a fresh lens feeling and end-of-day comfort, and uses a hydrogel material to allow oxygen to pass through to your eye. (http://www.acuvue.com/products-acuvue-1day-moist )

These lenses are for people with near- or far-sighted vision, and are perfect for people with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

But what if you’re interested more in a lens that will not just help you see better, it will help you look better? You may like your natural eye color, but you want it to “pop” a bit more. Think of the colored portion of your eye, and how it currently contrasts with the white of your eye. Now think of an image that has been outlined with a slightly darker color, or a picture in a frame – the contrast against the background makes the image stand out.

That’s what Acuvue Define contact lenses do for your appearance – they outline your limbus, which is where the colored portion of your eye meets the white part of your eye. Studies have shown that having a more defined limbal ring is perceived as highly attractive and desireable. The Define lenses offer three levels of limbal ring enhancement – Natural Sparkle, which offers a subtle enhancement, Natural Shimmer, which offers a brighter contrast, and Natural Shine, which offers a lively contrast and enhancement. All the Define lenses offer a natural look, allowing your natural beauty to shine through, while subtly enhancing your own look.

Wonder what types of clothing to go with these lenses? One of the good things about contact lenses is that they give you more possibilities with different fashion styles without the constraints of a pair of glasses on your face. You can go for women simple chic design fashion or try ordering French design clothes online and pair them with colored contact lenses to make your look more dramatic.

What is pre wedding photography?

pre wedding的圖片搜尋結果Pre wedding photo sessions are a great chance for a couple to meet with their photographer, usually at their choice of venue, and have some portrait photos taken. This pre-wedding photo shoot is a fun introduction to build rapport with your chosen photographer prior to the big day. Your photographer can also see how relaxed you are, how affectionate you want to be, and work out the best angles to shoot you from to flatter you the best.

Seeing the results of the photo session helps to build confidence in your photographer, and lets you be sure that you will both look fantastic in the final wedding photos. It can be useful to have this photo session at the location of the wedding venue itself.  This way you can explore the venue with your photographer, discuss different ideas and decide on final plans and images.

Pre wedding photo shoots are included in a lot of wedding photography packages, but some photographers expect an extra fee for any prints, and some may charge additional fees for a pre wedding session.

 

Why have pre wedding photos?

There are many reasons to have pre wedding photos, here are some of the more important ones:

  1. Assist your photographer

The pre-wedding shoot helps you work out which photos you like, so your photographer can focus on those on the wedding day.

  1. Stop camera nerves

Getting to know your photographer and being more relaxed on your wedding day will help the day run smoothly and give you a better final result.

  1. Create a guestbook

You can have a personalised signature guest book with the prints from your pre-wedding shoot.

  1. Have a make-up and hair trial

It is a good way to test your make-up and hair stylists before the actual wedding day.

  1. Have photos on your invitations and cards

You can choose your favourite images from the shoot to personalise your invites and wedding stationery.

  1. Get photos in a different location to your wedding day

You can have some images taken looking like yourselves rather than dressed up as a bride and groom, and taken in a casual setting such as the beach, a park or your home.

 

Overseas photo shoot

Many couples want to get married overseas – it may be a fantasy location or to relive a wonderful holiday experienced together in the past. Many photographers also offer Overseas pre wedding photo shoots so that even if not actually getting married there you can have some beautiful photos from your favourite destination.

These photo packages will generally include the time for the photoshoot, the photographer’s return airfare & accommodation, the return of raw images, a choice of images for editing and a mounted photo album containing your favourite shots.

Outsourcing Payroll: Is it really better?

payroll services的圖片搜尋結果There has been a lot of buzz in recent years about outsourcing jobs. From call centers to payroll, there is a company that can be hired to complete the task and often with some perks. Even with perks, there are plenty of people against outsourcing as well. One topic I think is important to highlight when talking about outsourcing is HR payroll outsourcing. While you will find people who are very passionate about outsourcing in general, few are willing to do much about the outsourcing of tech support or call center jobs; but what about payroll?

Edwards (2007) highlights 10 benefits to outsourcing payroll including less cost, less worry, higher productivity and increased reliability. Certainly, this applies slightly differently to big companies than it does to small, but outsourcing payroll saves office space as well as the cost of running the additional office equipment so it is easy to see how this could be a cost saver. Outsourcing payroll to a team specifically designated only to this task could also logically increase reliability, accuracy and speed which most definitely lessens the burden of worry regarding payroll mistakes.

The cons? An article in Payroll Manager’s Letter cautions against outsourcing payroll without paying specific attention to the qualifications as well as the capabilities of the chosen company. For example, the company should be capable of utilizing Electronic Federal Tax Payments System (EFTPS) in order to monitor the deposits being made. Another issue that could arise is taxes; just because your payroll is being performed elsewhere does not mean that you are not responsible for all of the associated taxes. It is important to be aware of tax due dates to avoid fees.

Another issue that is closely related is ensuring that the chosen company is legitimate, this is especially true if foreign companies are being utilized. For example, in doing a simple search, one can see that there are a number of companies offering services of payroll processing in Singapore and they all seem like great choices. It is important to look further into each company under consideration prior to any contracts being signed or fees being paid to ensure it is not a scam. Anyone can create a website! Be sure you know the company exists and have actual contact information prior to making commitments.

That leads us to the original question, is outsourcing really better? The answer is that it really depends on the payroll needs of your company. Kildal (2015) provides a simple and concise article on how to decide if outsourcing payroll is right for your company. Among the many other things to think about, also consider that most employees in payroll position have the education to back that role up and it may be worth it to keep payroll in house despite of some of the obvious advantages of outsourcing.

References

Dos and Don’ts for Outsourcing Payroll. (2015). Payroll Manager’s Letter, 31(8), 2-4.

Edwards, J. (2007). 10 reasons to outsource payroll. HRWorld.

Kildal, S. (2015). How to Decide Between In-House or Outsourcing Payroll Services. CPA Practice Advisor, 25(1), 13.

Why Buy Infrared Lens Filter?

infrared lens filter的圖片搜尋結果Infrared (IR) photography allows you to photograph the unseen world all around us. It produces beautiful artistic results and has a number of professional uses. All sorts of objects can reflect and absorb IR light in unique ways. Plant leaves, people’s skin and colours and textures all look very different, and infrared photos have greater clarity and fantastic contrast.

All that is needed to access this invisible world is to buy infrared lens filter.

Before You Buy Infrared Lens Filter

Before you go and buy infrared lens filter, check that your camera can capture infrared. Put the camera in live view and point an infrared remote control at it. If you see a red tinted light, your camera will capture infrared light.

If you do not have a live view, set up for a long exposure, and point the remote towards the lens. The picture should show the red light.

Different Types of Infrared Lens Filter

There are different types available when it comes to buy infrared lens filter. These are screw in types and square filters.

Screw-in filters are excellent but are more expensive. Square filters have the advantage of being able to be taken in and out quickly, but risk your shot being ruined from light leaks more often than with a screw in type.

How Do Filters Work?

The filter only allows infrared light to pass through to the lens. Prices vary depending on their size and how much of the infrared spectrum they affect. The main difference between them is how colours appear.

Digital cameras generally block most infrared light which would normally make them unusable, but they can be used if you buy infrared lens filter. Colours appear different, and you need a tripod due to the longer exposure times required. You need to focus before attaching the lens.

Using Infrared Lens Filters

An IR filter will improve the quality of your shots in different ways and in different situations, including:

Shots with Haze and Fog

Shooting through fog and haze – the filter allows you to see through fog and haze to improve visibility and produce a sharper image with better contrast.

Dark Landscapes

An infrared filter creates better contrast and makes parts of dark landscapes visible that would barely be seen without a filter. This creates almost an x-ray effect for such dark shots.

Where Can You Buy Infrared Lens Filter

There are several ways to buy infrared lens filter. Specialty camera retailers would be the best place to start. They have filters of many different types, and the better retailers will stock infrared ones. The staff in these shops can advise you on the best options to buy infrared lens filter for your camera.

Many of the bigger retailers are present online, and there are many camera retailers dealing exclusively online. They carry all types of filters and are a great option for you to buy infrared lens filter.

Learning is a lifelong process

learning的圖片搜尋結果People say that “Life is a continuous learning process”. There are two ways one can learn, either formally or informally. Formal learning can be characterized by having a structured or controlled approach in learning. This learning can generally be done through formal education or formal training programs where the learner has the intention of achieving a goal or objective as to what to learn and/or how to learn it. On the other hand, Informal learning is more of incidental and is mostly undergone through life experiences and is taught by someone who is more experienced in one aspect.

What I want to talk about in this article is about Continuing Professional Development. I will explain it by answering the basic questions of what, when, who and why. What is Continuing Professional Development or CPD? Continuing Professional Development, in layman’s term, can be defined as a formal learning undergone by professionals so as to either be more credible and confident, be able to take the next step in moving up in a career, be updated with current issues, standards and developments in a profession, or may even be a requirement by a government body so as to promote the status of their professionals. When is CPD done? This can only be done, of course, by professionals, being able to pass a national exam conducted by a regulating government body. Who are involved in this undertaking? The first entity in Continuing Professional Development is the learner or the professional. He is the one seeking additional knowledge or training so as to level-up his or her profession and/or be able to contribute more on his/her organization. The second entity is the accredited CPD provider and I would like to put an emphasis on the word “accredited”, meaning approved by the professional regulatory body, so as to be assured of the credibility and quality of the program to be taken.

From all the things written here, I think the question that readers would be most interested in is the “Why”. Why undertake Continuing Professional Development courses? Learning, unlike what other people may think, does not end when one finishes school, passing a licensure examination and work as a professional. Professionals still has the responsibility to learn and educate themselves even after having to work for a long time. We know that change is inevitable, and one way that professionals are updated with current changes in their respective profession is through CPD’s. It can also be taken to be able to focus in training and development that the course would offer to achieve one’s career goals.

Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”, which can be applied to a professional career because CPD’s can also be a way to evaluate a professional’s stage in his/her career and to assess whether or not career objectives are still being pursued and be able to plan for next developmental stages in the profession, for an unexamined career may be viewed as pointless, not having satisfaction as one goes through its different stages. 

The growing importance of soft skills

professional studies的圖片搜尋結果Continuing professional development (or “CPD” in short) is one of the major trends in today’s professional world. This is particularly true among the working community in Hong Kong. In fact, many workers, be it blue collars or white collars, are taking short-term or certificate courses of various subjects in order to enhance their working skills. In some cases, industry participants of some professions are required to complete a certain number of accreditation points in order to be qualified for a position in the upper echelon. Some of the popular courses include CPD law courses and finance courses, which attract legal, finance and accounting professionals to enroll in.

Apart from taking courses, employees may also consider sharpening their “soft skills” as a way to climb up the professional ladder. The term “soft skills” is associated with Emotional Intelligence Quotient, or EQ in short. It is generally about how a person interact with people and respond to different situations. Many companies are attaching greater importance to this “soft side” of their employees in addition to standard qualifications as it is an essential component of an individual’s core competency and is an indicator which can tell how an individual employee might be able to contribute to the success of the company.

You may wonder what are the most important soft skills to an employee. Here we list out some which are most sought after by employers nowadays:

Positive attitude – As the saying goes, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Having a positive attitude opens the door to success. It is a universal truth that can be applied to everything including work.

Work ethic – It refers to motivation and dedication of an employee. Talent and intelligence are important but do not guarantee that a worker will be dedicated to his work.

Communication skills – Different jobs require a different skill set but the ability to communicate well can ensure that an employee will work smoothly with the rest of the team. Good communication skills do not only require a person to speak up and make his case but also require him to be a good listener at times. Sometimes it is not what one said that counts, it is how one presents his ideas and takes opinions that is important.

Time management – For some jobs meeting deadlines and finishing work within a set timeframe is important. Employees’ ability to manage time helps ensure that time will be spent wisely which translate to better cost efficiency.

Problem-solving skills – Studying is the process of acquiring knowledge, but knowledge acquisition is not the ends to the means. How an employee applies his knowledge in solving problems is what it counts. Many people fail to apply their knowledge in practical situation.

Property investment opportunities in Mongolia

mongolia, ulaanbaatar的圖片搜尋結果Mongolia is undoubtedly the haven for property development in the eastern frontier. Bordering some of the biggest economies, China and Russia, it stands out as an oasis in a desert of opportunities. Finding an investment goldmine bordered by an area vastly developed is a rare occurrence.

The IMF forecasts that by 2016, Mongolia’s economy shall rise at a rate of 14%. This is a result of a thriving mining industry, coupled with the increased demand for natural resources by big economies like China. Rapid economic growth is expected to continue at double digit pace thereafter.

The growth of the mining and financial services industry has seen an upsurge in the demand for high-end office space. The rise in economy has already seen the entrance of international brands into Mongolia. This has raised the earnings for the locals, resulting in the enlargement of the middle class. Retail schemes that are well designed and strategically positioned are able to tap full occupancies and are able to set market rental levels now and in years to come. There has also been a rapid increase in the number of international investors and expats looking for international standard accommodation and commercial space.

The property market in Mongolia is highly focused on the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. The challenges however include the fact that the city is under pressure due to a fast rate of urbanization, supply constraints due to capacity, weather, geography and capital and the rising wealth of its residents. There are nine administrative districts in the capital. The central District, Sukhbaatar, hosts the parliament and all other government buildings .It is also home to all but one of the country’s high end office towers.

There are significant urbanization and demographic disparities within Mongolia .Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, has a population that accounts for approximately 46% of Mongolia’s population of 2.8m. This is projected to grow to 54% by 2020. Ulaanbaatar is bordered by mountains either side of the city. These restrict where the expanded population can live. Property development in the city must seek to address this challenge. And whoever provides the better solution can smile their way to the bank.

It’s a fact that thirty percent of the population is under fourteen. Anything built is built for the future. The country is also experiencing a rapid development of the mortgage market. Currently, there are reduced financing constraints for homebuyers. This coupled with the steady rise in the purchasing power of the local community is welcome. This young group will undoubtedly benefit from these and more advantages in future, thereby providing sustainability for the market.

The property market holds the future of Mongolia’s development blueprint. It is no overstatement to infer that property development in Mongolia serves as a benchmark for any future investment in Mongolia.

How to give your kids sex education

Have you ever come across the situation where your kids saw something involving sex from magazines or television and asked you what was it about? Have your kids ever asked you what intercourse is? Do you feel embarrassed or even avoid talking about sex with your kids? What parents should understand that it is their responsibilities to talk to their kids about sex and help them build a positive and healthy attitude towards this subject. Studies have shown that an open and positive communication between parents and children on the subject of sex can help develop a correct attitude in children. Giving kids proper sex education is in fact necessary given the vast amount of obscene materials that can be seen nowadays. Parents therefore should start giving their kids proper information about sex early on.
But where should parents start with? The answer is they should start from themselves. Having the right knowledge and attitude is key to passing on the right information to kids. It is not uncommon for parents to have misguided information about sex, as their own parents might not have given them the correct information in an era when sex was a taboo and they were made to educate themselves and as a result being exposed to misguided information. So for parents, they should learn the correct facts first before starting to give their kids sex education.
With the right information in place, the next step for parents is to communicate openly and honestly with their children on the topic. By being honest and open, parents are showing their kids that sex is not something to feel guilty about and that it is important to discuss with the subject is in a mature and positive manner.
Contraception is another main topic in sex education. Parents should not only tell their about the use of condoms, but also the proper way of using a condom. There is a saying that using two condoms together, i.e. putting one on top of another, will be more protective. This is plain wrong. Putting two condoms together will in fact increase the friction during the intercourse and will cause them to break more easily. We should always opt for the best condoms in terms of quality to ensure optimum protection. Moreover, better quality condoms are less prone to causing skin irritation and discomfort.
An open and honest two-way communication is crucial to a balanced development of children. If you want your children to open up to you, you should take the initiative first and learn how to be frank and open with your kids. Parents are the role model for their kids, and everything that parents do will have an impact on their children. Start from ourselves and so our kids will follow.