About Michelle Liew, B.A.

Michelle Liew is an English teacher and professional writer with over 20 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (English and Literature) from the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. With an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate, she has taught English language, literature and music in many Singapore Schools for over 12 years. Michelle has also worked with children with special needs in both mainstream and schools for special learners. She has been published on websites like HubPages and runs a blog dedicated to writing and poetry, called Getting Literal, and a blog about animals, called Pets Aware. Michelle has a broad range of interests that include literature, history, philosophy, human relationships, health and psychology. When she is not busy writing her heart out, you will find her tinkering jazz tunes on her piano. She loves anything that helps her to grow as a person, including her pet terriers, Misty and Cloudy.

5 Unexpected Ways Plastic Pollution in the Ocean Affects You

By |2020-02-22T17:40:49+03:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Environment & Planet|Tags: , , , , |

Plastic pollution in the ocean is, by far, one of the worst biohazards of the Millenium. It damages the ecosystem, causing marine life and birds to become extinct. We know that an ocean with plastic pollution floating in it can't have many positive effects. But how does it affect the environment, and by extension, our lives? We have some answers. How does plastic pollution in the ocean affect the environment and us? 1. Ghost Gear Injures the guts of marine mammals Plastic that lingers can

What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared from Earth One Day?

By |2019-11-04T23:25:02+03:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Environment & Planet|Tags: , , |

Human beings have been at the apex of the animal kingdom for almost as long as they have existed. We are integral to the existence of the Earth. Profound notions like these make one wonder what would happen if humans disappeared from the Earth one day. Morose as the possibility is, it's one to ponder, with the onset of climate change and global warming. Let's take a few minutes to consider what would happen to our planet if all humans suddenly disappeared from it. What

Is Coffee with Milk Bad for Your Health? The Pros and Cons

By |2020-02-22T18:04:32+03:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Food and Nutrition, Health & Wellness|Tags: , |

Everyone needs a pick-me-up before the start of a long workday, and coffee with milk is a perennial favorite. But is our favorite drink a boon or bane? You probably know about both the positive and negative effects of caffeine. Prepare for the big reveal. How Does Coffee with Milk Impact Your Health? Roughly 4 to 5% of cow's milk comprises complex fats. Adding milk to coffee increases the latter beverage's fat content. Milk consists of proteins such as casein and whey. They give lattes

9 Signs of a Toxic Work Environment and How to Handle It

By |2020-01-30T18:25:35+03:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Career, Relationships & Social Life, Social Life|Tags: , , |

Dragging your feet to work every day is stressful enough without competitive or gossipy colleagues to torment you. But you'll never know when you'll come across them, so you must be able to read the signs of a toxic work environment. Everyone knows the boss or colleague from hell. These people take enjoyment out of work and knock the passion out of you. There are other signs that your work environment may be toxic, and we introduce you to them in this article. How to

How to Deal with Gossip about You and the People Who Spread It

By |2019-10-15T22:49:44+03:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: Relationships & Social Life, Social Life|Tags: , , , |

You catch furtive glances, snarky remarks, and giggles behind your back. Knowing how to deal with gossip and the people who spread it about you is not always easy but can be done. Gossip is a habit that throws a damper on life. Elusive as it is, it's not all out of our control. Here's what you can do to deal with gossip about you. Why Do People Gossip? The first thing to do when people gossip about you is to find the root cause

Do You Have Overbearing Parents? 7 Signs & How to Handle Them

By |2020-02-23T13:52:49+03:00October 5th, 2019|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , , |

You're scared silly when it comes to having Sunday Dinner with your overbearing parents, and dread the off-the-cuff, critical remarks they make. You're not alone. You shouldn't fear your parents since you're an adult. But it's hard to deal with their tight control, even after decades. If you're uncomfortable with how yours relate to you, you'll find this article useful. Why Are Some Parents Overbearing? All of us are familiar with helicopter parents who micromanage their children, even after they've grown. But what makes them

13 Street Smart Safety Tips for Women That Could Save Your Life

By |2019-10-01T20:06:32+03:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Life Hacks, Lifestyle|Tags: , , |

Crime is always on the rise, and women aren't in the best place to curb it, that's why they need to know some street smart safety tips. Who knows, one day, these could save your life. Every woman knows that she has to protect herself on the streets and can use a few reminders. We have some suggestions for being safe while you are out on the streets. 13 Street Smart Safety Tips for Women 1. Be Organized First, always have in mind where you

9 Octopus Facts That Prove These Creatures Are Absolutely out of This World!

By |2020-02-23T01:01:30+03:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Animals, Environment & Planet|Tags: , |

The tentacles of this creature create images of monstrosity and fear. You are probably familiar with the octopus, but there may be facts that you may not know. This creature is one of the most intelligent animals known to man, and a million other surprises besides. Octopus Facts You May Already Know The octopus is familiar to all of us, and there are undoubtedly many things that we already know about it. Before we introduce you to a few lesser-known octopus facts, we'd like to