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Articles by Clara Lim

I used to be MoneyDumb. I hung out at H&M every day and thought that a $50 lunch set was a good deal. These days, I spend my time researching the crap out of life and trying to maximise utility on micro-decisions. I'm not sure if that's an improvement.

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Shopping
Don Don Donki Singapore Shopping Guide – The Best & Cheapest Things to Buy
Move aside, Daiso. The stampede of Singapore customers has moved from the famous $2 discount store to a new Japanese cheap retailer in town: Don Quijote, better known as Don Don...
20 November 2019
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Dining
On-Demand Alcohol Delivery in Singapore — How Much Do the 7 Fastest Services Cost?
If you stupidly volunteered to be part of the office Christmas party exco, don’t berate yourself too much. These days, party planners have it easy. Even if you grossly underestimated...
15 November 2019
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Shopping
15 Best JB Shopping Malls (Old & New): Ultimate Guide to Johor Bahru Shopping
Regardless of race, language or religion, Singaporeans love to do our festive shopping across the border in Johor Bahru. Whether you’re buying Chinese New Year goodies, Hari Raya baju, Deepavali snacks...
13 November 2019
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Travel
Montigo Resorts Too Expensive? 7 Cheap Batam Resorts <$95/Night
Batam is kinda like a mash-up of JB and Bintan all in one… Except maybe even better. Not only are there heaps of cheap and actually nice hotels to choose from...
11 November 2019
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Budgeting
New SingPost Postage Rates Singapore 2019 — How Much Does Mail Cost Now?
Ahh, poor ol’ SingPost. Everyone always rags on our local postal service for taking forever to deliver mail and blaming them for the unexplained disappearance of ASOS parcels. To be...
5 November 2019
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Property
Bishan BTO 2025 — Everything We Know About It So Far (With Photos)
It’s been quite a year for high-profile HDB BTOs. First, there were not 1 but 2 oversubscribed Boon Keng BTOs, then there were rumours of a Keppel Club BTO. And...
4 November 2019
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Travel
Singapore Public Holidays 2020 — How to Maximise All 7 Long Weekends in 2020
Singaporeans love staying on top of public holidays, not just because we’re a harmonious multi-ethnic society, but also because most of our annual leave entitlements are pretty crappy and we...
31 October 2019
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Shopping
The Ultimate CapitaLand Mall Playbook — 7 Hacks Singaporeans Should Know
I must preface this article with a confession that I’m really not the best person to write it. Look, I have a folded-up $20 CapitaLand voucher that’s been sitting in...
29 October 2019
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Healthcare
Merdeka Generation Package Singapore — Who’s Eligible & What Top-Ups Do You Get?
Remember the Pioneer Generation package that was rolled out in Budget 2014, to much excitement and debate? 5 years on, there’s finally a sequel: The Merdeka Generation package, announced in...
25 October 2019
TPG Singapore Mobile Plan Review
Budgeting
TPG Singapore Mobile Plan Review — Is this Free SIM Card Worth Your Time? 
For a good chunk of 2019, I paid exactly $0 for my mobile data. I used a combination of the free TPG SIM card + Circles.Life’s $0 Flexi Plan (now...
23 October 2019
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Invest
Lendlease REIT is the Latest SGX Darling, But Why Isn’t Paya Lebar Quarter In It?
I haven’t been to the new Paya Lebar Quarter, but if reports from our editor Val (who has been there like 5 times already) are to be believed, PLQ is...
16 October 2019
People’s Park Centre / Complex — 5 Cheap Reasons to Visit this Chinatown Icon While You Can
Shopping
People’s Park Centre / Complex — 5 Cheap Reasons to Visit this Chinatown Icon While You Can
While you were busy grieving for iconic 90’s shopping malls like Queensway Shopping Centre and Sim Lim Square, you might have missed the news that People’s Park Complex and People’s...
14 October 2019
Fortune Centre Vegetarian Restaurants — Complete Price Guide to All 14 Eateries
Dining
Fortune Centre Vegetarian Restaurants — Complete Price Guide to All 14 Eateries
Whether you’re full vegan, vegetarian, or just like to go meat-free every now and then, then you definitely have to visit Fortune Centre. The unassuming, run-down mall in the Bugis...
11 October 2019
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Entertainment
Is the Straits Times Subscription Worth It? 7 Free or Cheaper Digital News Alternatives
Singapore’s flagship newspaper the Straits Times seems to have a complicated relationship with its readers, alternately blowing hot and cold with its on-again, off-again ST Premium firewall. If you’re not...
10 October 2019
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Shopping
NTUC Plus vs PAssion Card vs LiveUp vs Amazon Prime — Which Loyalty Programme is Best?
Way before online subscriptions became a thing, our forefathers were already proud “subscribers” to NTUC FairPrice’s Plus! and Cold Storage / Giant’s PAssion Card programmes. Cleverly masked as schemes to...
9 October 2019
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PA Insurance
E-Scooter Singapore Insurance – What Are the Options for PMD Riders & Cyclists?
Update: Effective from Nov 5 2019, e-scooters have been banned from footpaths. You can only use them on park connectors and bicycle lanes. Non-UL2272 e-scooters can be disposed at 180 locations...
8 October 2019
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Opinion
Should E-Scooters be Banned in Singapore? 5 Alternatives to an Outright Ban
Update: Effective from Nov 5 2019, e-scooters have been banned from footpaths. You can only use them on park connectors and bicycle lanes. Non-UL2272 e-scooters can be disposed at 180 locations...
8 October 2019
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Shopping
New Taobao Shop at Funan Mall — A Complete Walkthrough, with Pics
The new Taobao shop at Funan Mall is something of a mythical place. Most people I know want to go there… But no one has actually managed to find it....
4 October 2019
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Career
Corporate Bankruptcy or Insolvency in Singapore — What Does It Mean for Employees?
These days, it seems like businesses around the world are dropping like flies. Just recently, retailer Forever 21’s and travel agency Thomas Cook’s bankruptcies have been making headlines around the...
2 October 2019
early retirement singapore
Opinion
Early Retirement in Singapore — Is the FIRE Movement Possible Here?
Just like how miles chasers live for the day they fly SQ Suites, or how BTS fans can finally die happy if they could see their idols up close, personal...
27 September 2019
e-scooter accident singapore
Transportation
Got Into an E-Scooter Accident in Singapore? Here are 7 Things You Can Do
Update: Effective from Nov 5 2019, e-scooters have been banned from footpaths. You can only use them on park connectors and bicycle lanes. Non-UL2272 e-scooters can be disposed at 180 locations...
25 September 2019
cost of chronic illness singapore
Healthcare
Can You Afford to Fall Sick? A 20-something Singaporean on the Cost of a Chronic Illness
If you met Wendy (not her real name) on the street, there is no way you can tell that she’s different from any healthy 20-something Singaporean.  But over the past...
24 September 2019
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Home Loans
DBS Home Loan vs OCBC Home Loan vs UOB Home Loan – Which Local Bank Is Best?
When the time comes to buy a home, most Singaporeans go straight for the HDB loan as if on autopilot. It’s only when we’re ineligible for it that we realise that...
24 September 2019
UOB Home Loan Singapore Review 2019 — Which Mortgage to Choose?
Home Loans
UOB Home Loan Singapore Review 2019 — Which Mortgage to Choose?
UOB home loan packages come in all shapes and sizes. No matter what kind of property you’re buying, UOB has made sure that there’s something for you. The downside is...
20 September 2019
DBS Home Loan Singapore Review 2019 — Which Mortgage to Choose?
Home Loans
DBS Home Loan Singapore Review 2019 — Which Mortgage to Choose?
DBS home loan (or POSB home loan) packages are some of the most popular in Singapore today — probably second only to the ever-popular “standard” HDB loan. Interestingly, DBS home...
20 September 2019