12 Best Stealth Games of All Time

Patience is quite short among modern gamers these days who are spoiled with overpowered characters and fast-paced action. Some of the best titles, however, belong in the stealth genre which requires patience, timing, and planning.

If you want a change of pace, try one of these awesome titles.

Dishonored (2012)

What would you do if you have been accused of a murder you haven’t committed? That’s exactly what happened to Corvo Attano who was the bodyguard of the woman he supposedly murdered. Now he’s looking for the people who set him up using his unique abilities.

Mark of the Ninja (2012)

If you love platforming, you will fall in love with this game. Playing as a student of a famous ninja named Azai, you must rescue the mentor and battle against a corporation and its plutocrat.

Thief (2014)

If you have played the original series, this revival of Thief will enjoy more adventures with Garrett, whose goal is to steal from the rich. You’ll also get to experience again the dark gothic Victorian setting.

Deus Ex (2000)

Anyone who is a fan of the Metal Gear series will surely enjoy this indie title that gives the player free reign on how to clear levels without being detected by enemies. It is also heavily inspired by the Robin Hood tales.

Volume (2015)

If you have been given nanotechnology to augment your abilities like JC Denton has, you would probably think you don’t need stealth to accomplish your goals. The beauty of the game, however, is giving the player the different possibilities to play the game.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005)

Sam Fisher is back with this third installment of the series inspired by the novels by Tom Clancy. What separates it from the previous titles is that there are more ways to play the game through combat options and new stealth mechanics.

Styx: Shards of Darkness (2017)

This is the third installment in the Of Orcs and Men series. It features Styx who has the useful ability to make copies of himself to defeat enemies. The goal is to determine the cause for the unusual alliance of the dwarves and dark elves.

Aragami (2016)

Not only is Aragami a skilled assassin but he is also gifted with teleportation. His goal is to free the Shadow Empress and her retainers by finding all the six talismans.

Syphon Filter (1999)

This game introduces Gabe Logan and Lian Xing who must track a group of terrorists. It will remind you of old spy movies.

Echo (2017)

Another notable indie game, Echo introduces the players to En, who is battling creatures called echoes. What makes this game unique is that it remembers all the actions done by the player so that the enemies can also perform the same.

Metal Gear Solid (1987)

If you haven’t played at least one of the several games in this series, maybe you shouldn’t even be reading this list. The title comes from the superweapon that looks like a humanoid tank.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002)

If you loved the first game, you should get your hands on this one as it allows more options for Agent 47 to accomplish his missions.

Reasons to Consider Using Dating Apps

For a time, online dating apps were the talk of the town, not only in Singapore but all around the world. These days though, a lot of people are starting to bat an eye on online dating. So are there still reasons for you to try it out? The answer is, yes! Read on to see why.

1.  It’s fun!

One of the reasons why online dating apps became popular was that they provided a fresh take on finding a partner. It’s generally a fun and interactive way to meet people, without even meeting them at first, if that makes sense. Many people still find it entertaining that you can just “swipe left” if you’re not interested in the other person and vice versa.

2.  You can meet unexpected people

Another fun aspect of online dating is that you have the chance to meet people you’d never have imagined meeting. Most apps connect you locally to other people near you even if you don’t them at all. This is simply a great way to meet different kinds of people. You never know, your future partner might actually be someone you don’t even expect!

3.  It’s generally convenient

Online dating apps are made to be quick and convenient. You can just add a description of yourself and wait for people to swipe you right. It also gives you the ability to just ignore those who you don’t think are a good match for you. Compared to meeting a complete stranger on a first date, you’ll at least know that you already have similarities with someone you meet in a dating app.

4.  You can easily see who you’re compatible with

Consider this example. Your friend says he’ll hook you up with someone he knows. Aside from the fact that your friend knows the other person, you’re still strangers to each other. That means you don’t know if you’ll like this person or not. If you see each other on your first date, there’s still a 50-50 chance that you won’t like each other. With dating apps, you can at least be confident that you’ll like the person. You’ve swiped right for him/her anyway.

5.  There are a lot of people using it

Even though we said that people are batting an eye on dating apps, it certainly does not mean that no one is doing it anymore. As said earlier, you’ll have the opportunity to meet different kinds of people through a dating app. It’s still a trendy way to meet potential partners. That, in itself, sparks curiosity for many people as well. And there’s really nothing wrong with trying it these days. You’ll never really know who you’ll meet and how great your chances are of actually finding love!

6 Amazing Benefits of Fish Oil

Fish oil has become one of the most consumed supplements over the years. That being said, it’s not that hard to find one in Singapore as well. It’s generally taken to fulfill our body’s need for omega-3 fatty acids. People who take fish oil supplements are those who are not able to eat a lot of oily fish each week. Even so, there are still many people who don’t know about the many benefits of fish oil. Here are some of those benefits.

It greatly improves heart health

Although there’s no guarantee that it will completely prevent strokes or heart attacks, fish oil has been observed to help reduce the risks and factors that may lead to heart disease. Consumption of fish oil has been linked to lower triglycerides (fat in the blood), higher levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol, and the prevention of plaque build-up in the arteries.

It also benefits our mental health

Fish oil has also been observed to help fight cognitive decline, prevent or delay certain mental disorders, and even reduce symptoms of depression. Many small studies have reported that fish oil may actually help promote memory in older adults. Fish oil, being a good source of EPA, is also a possible reason why it helps reduce symptoms of depression.

It can also keep your bones stronger

Omega-3 fatty acids have also been found to have many positive effects on our bones. So, aside from calcium and vitamin D, it would also be a good idea to have omega-3 fatty acids in your diet if you want to strengthen your bones. This is even more important because our bones will naturally get weaker as we age. This not only helps against brittle bones but also reduces the risk of bone diseases as well.

It helps fight chronic inflammation

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Studies have found that taking fish oil can actually help fight this disease since the omega-3 fatty acids generally have anti-inflammatory properties. Fish oil is also said to be effective at reducing joint pain even in the long-term.

It can aid in the growth and development of a baby

Fish oil is also recommended for pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding. This is because omega-3 is very important for children’s development. It’s also been found that if a mother takes fish oil regularly, there will be a reduced risk of allergies in the child.

Take note…

Always remember that just like anything we include in our diets, it’s best to take it moderately. Of course, fish oil might have negative effects if taken excessively. If you want to be more secure, make sure you consult your doctor first.

10 Best Books About WW1 and WW2

Technology and techniques have improved over the centuries, but war never changes and that is why it still fascinates a lot of people today. Here are the best books about wars you need to add to your reading list.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)

The book was published a few years after the end of the First World War and is written by a German veteran, which makes it a unique perspective on the war and its effects on the soldiers.

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman (1962)

Whereas most books about the World Wars focus on specific battles and areas, this book details the beginning of the conflicts and political ideologies that led to World War 1 up to the German invasion of France.

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor (1999)

As the title suggests, the book details the events leading to the battle in Stalingrad and the surrounding areas. Operation Barbarossa was the Nazis’ idea to occupy Soviet Union and to control the Caucasus region for oil and agriculture.

World War One in Southeast Asia by Heather Streets-Salter (2017)

Most of Southeast Asia was still under colonial rule in the first World War, but the aftermath of the fighting in Europe influenced the economic, social, and political climates of the colonies.

Maus by Art Spiegelman (1980-1991)

This graphic art novel retells the author’s survival of the massacre of the Polish Jews by the Nazis. The story begins with a recollection of the liberation of the concentration camps.

Empires of War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II by Francis Pike (2009)

The effects of WW1 and WW2 in Asia is still felt especially with the Western-centric point of view of their so-called liberators.

Forgotten Armies: Britain’s Asian Empire and the War with Japan by Christopher Alan Bayly and Tim Harper (2005)

The British empire’s colonies in Asia which spanned areas between India and Singapore were strategic areas that could have helped Germany and its allies in their cause. In a matter of weeks, South and Southeast Asia was placed under the yoke of the Japanese forces.

The First World War in Africa by Hew Strachan (2004)

The First World War did not just affect Europe, but colonies in Africa were also important battlefields that do not get enough attention in history books.

The Great War in Africa: 1914-1918 by Byron Farwell (1989)

The book recounts the conflicts in the African front, specifically in the German colonies besieged by attackers. The writer himself was a veteran of the Second World War.

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (1971)

The book recounts what life was like for the ten Boom family right up to the invasion of the Netherlands by the Nazis in 1940. The author became instrumental in black market operations to help Jews escape from the enemy.

4 Vegetable Soups for Your Kids

Are you having a hard time convincing your children to eat more veggies? Try these recipes for your kids.

Lentil Soup

Ingredients: 1 cup lentils, 2 bacon slices, 1 cup frozen onion, 5 ½ cups water, 1 pack frozen mixed vegetables, ½ teaspoon dried basil, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon sherry, and croutons

Preparation: Cook bacon and onion for 5 to 8 minutes then stir in vegetables, water, lentils, and basil, bring to a boil then simmer for 35 minutes before stirring in sherry and salt. Cool before pureeing soup in a blender then serve with croutons.

Barley and Vegetable Soup

Ingredients: 1 cup pearl barley, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 stalk celery, 8 ounces mushrooms, 2 garlic cloves, 8 cups vegetable broth, 2/3 cup frozen corn, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 bay leaf, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, 2/3 cup frozen peas, 1/3 cup parsley leaves, 15 ounces drained and rinsed chickpeas, 15 ounces diced tomatoes, 1 ½ cups frozen green beans, and salt and pepper

Preparation: Heat oil in a pot then add carrots, onion, celery, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes then add mushrooms. Stir in garlic, then add broth, tomatoes, green beans, chickpeas, corn, basil, barley, oregano, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. Add peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf and stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Black Bean Soup

Ingredients: 4 cans 15-ounce black beans (drained and rinsed), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 celery ribs, 2 yellow onions, 1 peeled carrot, 6 garlic cloves, 4 ½ teaspoons ground cumin, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, 4 cups vegetable broth, 1 to 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or 2 tablespoons lime juice, ¼ cup cilantro, sea salt and ground black pepper, and garnish (avocado/cilantro/radish/tortilla chips)

Preparation: Heat olive oil in a soup pot then add onions, carrot, and celery. Sprinkle with salt and cook and stir occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in cumin, red pepper flakes, and garlic before pouring broth and beans. Simmer until the beans are tender. Then puree 4 cups of the soup in a blender, pour it back in the pot, season with salt and pepper, then stir in lime juice or vinegar and cilantro.

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Ingredients: 1 can peeled potatoes with basil, 2 red bell peppers, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 sweet onion, 3 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 ½ cups vegetable broth, ½ tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon ground pepper, 1 cup basil, 1 cup heavy cream, 1 ¼ cups aged white cheddar, 4 slices toasted sourdough bread

Preparation: To create cheese croutons, rub 1 garlic clove on the toasted bread then sprinkle with cheese. Broil for 2 minutes until golden. To create soup, sauté onion and pepper in melted butter for 10 minutes. Next, stir in garlic, smoked paprika, and tomato paste. Then stir in tomatoes, broth, sugar, salt, and pepper. Crush the tomatoes then bring soup to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes before stirring in basil and cream. Serve with the cheese croutons.

Here’s What You Need for Your Own Home Mini Bar

If your dream is to have your own well-stocked bar at home, here is a list of all the essential items you will need.

Alcohol

Before you even come up with cocktail recipes, you need to decide which alcohol you need to stock up in your personal bar. How do you pick from so many choices? Start by buying alcohol you enjoy, because you will be the bar’s first customer after all. Later, you can build up your stock of alcohol gradually as you make more cocktails. If you don’t have anything in mind at the moment, begin with gin, vodka, scotch whisky, bourbon whiskey, rum, and tequila.

Mixers

The type of mixers you will need will depend on the cocktails you plan to make. But if you want to have just the basic mixers, you should include the following: ginger ale, cola, pineapple juice, orange juice, tonic water, cranberry juice, tomato juice, and Angostura bitters. You could also look up the list of ingredients in the cocktails you’re planning to prepare.

Garnishes

The garnishes will also depend on the cocktails you have in mind, but if you want the basic garnishes for popular cocktails, you should have a supply of the following: lime, lemon, salt, pepper, sugar, cocktail olives, cocktail onion, and Tabasco sauce. Most of the garnishes, however, can be found in your kitchen, but you might need a different set for your personal bar.

Glassware

Some people are specific with the glassware used for their drinks, that is why you should also have an assortment of glasses and cups if you’re planning to use the bar on special occasions with family and friends. Some of the basic glassware you will need include mugs or pint glasses, tall or highball glasses, martini glasses, wine glasses, martini strainer, martini shaker, rocks glasses, and others.

Ice and Ice Machines

You can’t create or serve drinks without ice, that is why you should have a supply of ice in your bar. There are different ice machines that can be installed in counter-type or underbar type settings. The following are the ice machines and other tools that will help you serve drinks: ice cube machine with bin, ice dispenser, soda dispenser, nugget ice machine, flake ice machine, and blender.

Storage

If you’re planning to host parties, you should have a proper storage area for all your supplies. A kitchen cabinet and undercounter refrigerator will usually do the trick. However, you might also want to consider special counter cabinets designed for a mini bar.

Others

To complete the bar accessories, you will also need to stock up on other items such as shakers, strainers, jiggers, hand juicer, pour spouts, measuring tools, table napkins, rags, knives, spoons and bar spoons, coasters, and swizzle stick.

What You Need to Know About Pre-Eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a life-threatening condition that affects a few pregnant women. It can cause hypertension and other health problems regardless if the woman had the condition before the pregnancy or not, but sometimes it does not show any symptoms at all.

Pre-Eclampsia is Closely Monitored

Most problems in pregnancy can be treated if diagnosed early, even pre-eclampsia, which can affect both the fetus and the mother, specifically near the expected day of delivery, and raises the possibility of having birth complications. Proper prenatal checkup should include checking of blood pressure, urine tests to detect the level of protein in the sample, ultrasound, checking for blood-clotting functions, Doppler scan, and weighing in of the mother.

Pre-Eclampsia Affects the Organs

The complications that come with pre-eclampsia affect the organs of the mother, especially the blood vessels, causing problems in other organs that do not get enough supply of oxygen and nutrients. This can lead to damages in the kidneys, liver, and brain. The blood vessels will also leak into the surrounding tissues, causing edema or swelling, while some of the protein in the blood will also leak into the urine. Consequently, some affected women are forced to deliver the baby before their due date to reduce the risks.

Pre-Eclampsia Affects the Baby

Not only does this affect the mother, but also the fetus, because of the constricted flow of the blood to the different organs including the uterus. As a result, the amniotic fluid may be too low and the uterine wall will tend to separate from the placenta even before the baby is due. The baby will not get the right nutrients from such a poor condition, leading to poor growth and early deliver.

Pre-Eclampsia Shows Confusing Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of pre-eclampsia are unnoticeable and may be attributed to other mild conditions. In some cases, pre-eclampsia shows no symptoms at all, because they mimic the effects women go through when pregnant. Some of the symptoms include high blood pressure, swelling, headache, nausea and/or vomiting, stomach or shoulder or lower back pain, shortness of breath, proteinuria or presence of protein in the urine, changes in the vision, hyperreflexia or very strong reflexes, and anxiety.

Pre-Eclampsia Should be Monitored and Treated

You might need the doctor more often if you have pre-eclampsia especially if you are nearing your due date, because treatments will depend on the development of the baby. For mild pre-eclampsia, your doctor will recommend changes in your diet and bed rest. While severe pre-eclampsia will need treatment for high blood pressure, vitamins and supplements, bed rest, and diet changes.

Pre-Eclampsia is Not Preventable Although healthy routines might reduce complications during pregnancy, there is no formula to preventing pre-eclampsia, especially if you are a high-risk individual. You’re more likely to have pre-eclampsia if: you’re a first-time mother, you had gestational hypertension, it runs in the family, you’re younger than 20 or older than 40 years, you have a body mass index of 30 or more, and you already have hypertension.