Mary Jean Wall

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Understanding Singapore’s Wedding Rules and Regulations

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weddingGetting married in Singapore is easy and simple once you understand the requirements, rules and information for weddings and marriages in Singapore. Once you have these down, then it will be a breeze to pick a wedding venue Singapore offers its newlyweds.

Everything you need to know about getting married in Singapore is available on-line at the Registry of Marriages (ROM). Any marriage taking place in Singapore, and a few that don’t, must be registered with the ROM. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

First, choose your location: If you plan to have the solemnisation outside of the ROM, then you must choose your own solemniser. If you don’t know of one, you will find a list of authorized officiates on the ROM website; they all work on a voluntary basis.

roseflowerSecond, you need to file a notice of your intended marriage. To do this, you need a valid passport and you must meet the same eligibility requirements that citizens do. You will also need to include the details of your two witnesses in you application. At least one of you must have been a resident in Singapore for at least 15 days before filing a notice of marriage. Regardless of citizenship, this legal rule applies to all. The earliest you may solemnise your marriage is 21 days from the date of application and the latest is 3 month.

Third, when your application is successful, both of you are required to go to the ROM on the date and time specified, there’s usually three days before solemnisation, for verification of documents and administration of statutory declaration.

Last, your Solemensation: this is your actual wedding ceremony, the place where you’ll be saying you ‘I do’s’ and receive your marriage certificate.

Marriages that take place in Singapore are recognized in most countries, but it is wise to check with your embassy and make sure if it is legal in your home country.

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Does Sheryl Sandberg speak for all Women?

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Does Sheryl Sandberg speak for all Women?

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the controversial best seller, “Lean In”. She is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and she is one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave a powerful and inspiring TEDTalk where she discusses how women unintentionally hold themselves back from experiencing real success in their careers. Her commentary from this event has been viewed more than two million times and has developed into a hot topic of debate for both men and women.

Advises Women to Make Career a Priority

Sheryl Sandburg encouraged women to sit down at the table, look for challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with enthusiasm and determination. In her book, Sheryl digs deeper into the daily struggles and difficult decisions professional women face when they try to make their career a priority in their lives.

She analyzes and offers advice on this challenging topic using her own personal anecdotes, compelling data, and detailed research. Sheryl uses this book to offer working women valuable career development advice, mentorship, and practical negotiation techniques.

Can Women have it All?

One controversial concept she discusses is women need to let go of the dream that they can “have it all”. It is too difficult to achieve great professional and personal success without additional help. She describes specific steps women can take to help them combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment without becoming overwhelmed. She also suggested men can personally benefit by supporting women at home and at work.

Sheryl wrote “Lean In” to help women establish realistic goals for individual growth. She uses her experiences and humor to explain that women can do anything they set their mind to do, but it will require some help along the way.

Starts by Changing How Women View Themselves

Her book discusses in great detail how women are pulling back when they should be “leaning in”. Having a lack of self-confidence, assertiveness, or competitiveness is holding women back from receiving high power positions. She points out that most women are less comfortable in leadership roles and they need to develop that comfort level to rise to the top.

Although Sheryl does not speak for all women, she does have a real understanding of the struggles women face trying to get ahead and how hard it is to achieve a healthy work/life balance in today’s fast-paced business world. Not every woman is going to seek the same level of professional success as she did, but as whole, women need to accept that we can’t do it all on our own and it is okay to ask for support. Men have been relying on help from women for years.

Sheryl Sandberg talk to Oprah on the three biggest mistakes women make


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Common Goals and Teamwork

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Team workIn the contemporary business world, learning how to work together might just be the single-most important skill in maintaining a competitive advantage. Being able to approach the daily goals along with the long-term vision with a unified front is not just good sense, but a proven way of getting things done. It also makes for a much more active workforce, where the team can function as a self-contained system, where people inspire each other to do their best, and to give their all. The secrets of success here are not based on any kind of hidden quantity, like some elusive philosopher’s stone for effective business practices, but are actually based on simple and practical techniques .

There are many organizations that run into difficulties, without knowing exactly where things started to go off track. With a little work and plain old-fashioned elbow grease, it’s always possible to find the way back to that yellow brick road that can lead toward the original vision that started things rolling in the beginning. Effective teamwork is something that’s not necessarily easy, but it is based on certain principles that teams tend to fall into rather naturally, when they are introduced in the right way, and at the right time. This is exactly how teams can grow, too, and when there are training courses to reinforce the learning, then something spectacular can happen.

Teamwork begins with a common experience to help the team remember why they are there in the first place. Courses and seminars can be an entirely effective tool in unifying a group, so that working toward a common goal becomes obvious, and rather liberating. Human beings seem to be geared toward a work ethic that means working together. It is fulfilling, emotionally and financially, to pursue single tasks together with a singular vision. It can be a tricky balance, where individuals need to be recognized for their individual contributions, while simultaneously being recognized for their ability to pursue visions together. It’s quite possible, however, and the rewards seem to be never-ending.

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How Women See themselves

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This fascinating experiment from Dove shows how women are truly their own worst enemies. They put themselves down and see faults where there are none.  What was fascinating was that the artist never met any of the people and without exception when another person described the woman they were much more beautiful than the women saw themselves. Its no real surprise but I wonder if we will ever get better.

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New Orleans to Host Women’s Final Four

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womens college basketballWomen in sports is a popular topic these days, with Danica Patrick winning a historic pole position at the Daytona 500 and Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn vowing to recover in time for the 2014 Games in Russia. Meanwhile college basketball fans are looking forward to the upcoming NCAA tournament, which will culminate in the Final Four games being held in New Orleans.

This will be the third time the Women’s Final Four will be held in New Orleans. In 1991 the Final Four was held at the UNO Lakefront Arena and won by the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.  In 2004 the championship game was held at the New Orleans Arena which saw the Lady Volunteers succumb to the UCONN Huskies.

This year’s semi-finals and championship games will be held at the New Orleans Arena. The 2013 champion Baylor University Lady Bears may return to defend their title. Other high ranking teams that are expected to compete in the tournament include Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Kentucky.

Sports fans should start searching now for great New Orleans deals and Final Four tickets. The semi-final games will be played on April 7th, with the Championship Game on April 9th starting at 6:30pm CDT.

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Scott Tucker & My Other Favorite Racers

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One of my passions is auto racing and with the 2013 racing season off to an exciting start here in America, I wanted to share a bit about my favorite racers — those I’ll be following this year.

Scott Tucker

Since he first began racing in 2006, Scott Tucker has both competed as a driver and built a successful race team from the ground up.  In 2008 he won half of the races in the Ferrari Challenge Series and was named American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year in 2010. In addition to racing in the US, his team, Level5Motorsports has competed at the 24 Hours of LeMans for the past three years, finishing 3rd in 2011.

jimmie johnsonDanica Patrick

The most successful female racer in history, Danica is a NASCAR driver for team GoDaddy.  In addition to being the first woman to earn the pole position at the recent Daytona 500, Danica placed 3rd in the Indianapolis 500 (the highest finish by a woman), and is the only woman to have ever won a race in the IndyCar Series.

Jimmie Johnson

Before joining NASCAR in 2000, Johnson had raced motorcycles as a child and moved on to off-road racing as a teenager/young adult. He is the only driver to win five consecutive Cup Series championships (2006-2010) and has won 61 races between 2002 and 2013.  His recent 1st place finish at the Daytona 500 was his second time winning that race.

Other racers to watch include NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon and ALMS driver Klaus Graf.


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Women’s Favorite Five Health and Fitness Apps

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zumba classThe first few months of the year are a time of focus on health for many women. The catalyst for this focus is those New Year’s resolutions. While resolutions to lose weight, get healthy, or shape-up are nothing new, what is new is how women are approaching their resolutions.

Women still focus on diet and exercise, but widely available technology now plays a large role. Apps on smartphones, tablets, and even computers help women stay on track, meet goals, and learn news ways to shape-up. Here are some of the top health and fitness apps women are using:

  1.  MyFitnessPal
    The most popular use for this app is counting calories. With over 2 million foods in its database, all she needs to do is input her food and the app tracks it for her. The app also offers an exercise tracking function and tutorials on over 350 exercises. The best part is that women can share their diets, routines, goals, and success with friends to increase success.
  2. WebMD
    Women like to use WebMD to understand their unique conditions. Ladies who suffer from conditions such as diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, and other conditions that can be managed through wellness routines enjoy access to detailed information at their fingertips.
  3. Exercise Buddy
    This app focuses on helping women manage exercise routines. It includes over 1000 HD videos and over 1700 exercise tutorials. In addition, it contains over 75 pre-created workout routines that target specific needs and equipment. Exercise Buddy also includes body metrics tracking with intuitive graph interface so that ladies can see their results.
  4. Daily Ab Workout
    Strong, toned abs are easier to get with this app guiding the workout. The app is designed to offer women a quick, convenient way to focus on their cores. Ab workouts are presented with video instructions and timers.
  5. VirtualGym
    This app features 3D animations and a virtual personal trainer to help women learn how to maximize their exercise routines. Includes over 400 exercises, 100 workouts, and badges and points to celebrate achievements. The app includes a calendar to assist with planning and tracking.

Women (and men) are enjoying the convenience of health and fitness apps. With the swipe of a thumb, they are tracking their diets, managing workouts, learning new exercises and sharing successes with friends. The entire health and fitness industry benefits greatly during the first few months of every year, and this year. Mobile apps greatly benefited in 2013 thanks to women seeking new ways to approach their New Year’s resolutions.

Louise Simpson is a fitness writer who used to be a computer programmer.  She likes to write about health and technology for not only health blogs, but for software sites like

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Danica Patrick gains pole position at Daytona

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Female nascar driver Danica Patrick has gain the pole position at Daytona 500.  Congratulations to Danica and well done from all the women out there are you go crashing through that glass ceiling.  She is the first woman driver to win the pole position in the event’s 53 year history. She is also a beautiful, confident woman now its just a shame she is with Go Daddy who present women in an oversexualized way in their ads.


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Auto Racing is Safe for Women Drivers

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The idea that auto racing is a mens-only game is a myth. Women have been racing motor vehicles since the 1880s. While fewer in number, their passion for the sport equals that of their male counterparts.  And, with racing becoming more and more poplar in the US, future generations will likely have more champions like Danica Patrick, Ana Beatriz and Simona del Silverstro.

With more and more women on the track, concerns about the safety of race cars is increasing (not that racing was cavalier about the safety of male drivers). Mothers who are concerned about whether their daughter will be safe as she races around the track can rest assured that all the major race series have been amping up their safety requirements in order to insure the health and safety of their drivers.

The photos of cars pinned on racing profiles like look futuristic and fast, but they hide a myriad of safety features designed to protect their drivers.  Below are some of the features now required by NASCAR as an example of the safety of race cars.

Race Suits

Racing Suits aren’t part of the cars, but they are a vital part of racer safety. All suites must be fire retardant.  This includes the gloves and shoes worn by racers. Many drivers add a heat shield to the bottom of their shoes as well, to protect not just from fire, but from the heat of the car’s engine. The helmets worn by drivers must also meet safety standards to protect racers from head injuries.

HANS deviceHarnesses and HANS

Far beyond the simple seat belts found in regular cars, racers are strapped in using a strong harness that encompasses the shoulders, waist and legs. The HANS device (Head And Neck Support) attaches to the helmet and provides support for the back of the neck and head. In the event of a crash, it prevents the head from whipping forward without stressing the neck.

Structural Features

Cars themselves have built in safety features to protect drivers.  These include window nets to limit flying debris and restrain the driver’s arms, roof flaps to reduce the chance of cars going airborne or flipping repeatedly down the track.

Car of Tomorrow

NASCAR has spent nearly a decade developing what they call the Car of Tomorrow, which changes the very design of race cars.  It includes a roof that is both higher and wider, a smaller fuel cell, a windshield made of flexible glass, and a reinforced roll cage.

These, and many other safety features are being tested and used by drivers and racing teams around the world — not just NASCAR.   Young women who dream of joining race teams in NHRA, American Le Mans Series, or any race league can learn about these features by following their favorite teams online at sites like Scott Tucker Racing.

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The Struggle of Women in Rehab

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Drug addiction comes in many forms, from the illegal narcotics to the abuse of prescribed medication. This form of addiction usually masks many other painful problems, especially for women. 70% of women who abuse drugs have a history of sexual or physical abuse. These problems make rehab a compound problem complicated by other emotional trauma. Not only that, but women are often the primary caregivers and have jobs where the temptation of using drugs can become overbearing.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Women who have problems with drug addiction often suffer from other problems. Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression are common among these women, likely due to past traumas that they did not want to deal with fully. This is how a cycle of use emerges and the women become reliant on drugs to numb the pain of their mood disorders.

This is not a hopeless scenario, but rehab must treat more than the main symptom. This means that therapy is often a vital part of treatment. Studies have shown that women who are treated for both their mood problem and drug addiction are more likely to succeed after rehab. These women are able to rebuild their lives and become productive members of society.

Rehab With Kids in Tow

Some drug rehab programs cater specifically to women who are pregnant or have children (click here to locate such programs). If the woman still still has kids, programs may also allow the children to get treated for the emotionally problems associated with their mother’s addiction. This allows for a fuller recovery process and addresses the needs of the child or children.

In some cases, mothers may have lost custody of their children and lack the means to support them financially or emotionally. In that case, there are visitation options that rehab facilities provide. Once the mother has undergone treatment the center might be able to recommend that custody is at least partially restored or that she is given visitation rights.

Avoiding Temptation

Some women took to drugs because they were readily available in their chosen profession. Nurses are faced with prescription medication on a daily basis. This can prove too much for those recovering from addiction. Women who have had problems with drug addiction should try to avoid these professions. However, if it is absolutely necessary for them to work in these jobs, then a support group should be attended weekly and a sponsor and counselor consulted when temptation is at hand.

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