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Should You Buy a COE or PARF Car in Singapore? What’s the Difference?
With the average price of a new car rivalling the cost of a 3-Room BTO flat in a non-mature estate in Singapore, it’s easy to see why used cars are a...
27 November 2018
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Can Branded Bags Ever Be A Good Investment?
There are lots of ladies in Singapore who have a weakness for branded bags. Heck, we’re even starting to name our kids Chanel and Prada. Now, imagine if these designer...
26 November 2018
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Considering Moving To Ulu Punggol? Here’s Our Punggol Survival Guide
It’s true – Punggol is hardly anyone’s dream estate. But while it’s no Tampines or Bishan, it sure is getting there. There are waterfront HDB flats, the convenient Waterway Point...
26 November 2018
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U Stars Supermarket Review – Is It Cheaper Than RedMart & NTUC?
You can ask anyone: Since I moved into my own home, I’ve morphed into a full-blown auntie who gets excited about stuff like spin mops and cheap toothpaste. And because of this, I...
22 November 2018
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4 Easy Ways To “Earn” Money While On Holiday
Okay, okay. I know the whole point of a vacation is to be spectacularly unproductive, and making money isn’t exactly a priority. Most of us use our paid annual leaves to go on vacay...
21 November 2018
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This Versus That
Xiaomi Singapore Price Guide – Top Xiaomi Products vs The “Original” Brands
I don’t like to support fake stuff, but Xiaomi is impossible to resist. The Chinese brand has literally mastered the art of copying the most popular (and expensive) gadgets of the tech...
16 November 2018
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RateX Singapore – Online Shopping With “Auto” Promo Codes?
In this day and age, all “shopping” is by default “online shopping” – which is why RateX is such a godsend. If you’re wondering what it is, the ‘x’ in its...
15 November 2018
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Grab Drivers: Should You Consider GoJek, Ryde and Taxi Companies Instead?
The private car hire scene has been booming in the recent years, and many locals have taken to driving for income. Depending on how many hours you clock, you can...
14 November 2018
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Google Wifi Singapore Guide – How Much & How Useful?
Since it was introduced late last year, there’s been quite a bit of hoo-ha regarding Google Wifi in Singapore. First things first, let it be known that I take my wifi quite...
12 November 2018
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Car Insurance
Top 10 Most Popular & Cheapest Cars to Insure – Honda Vezel vs Toyota Altis & More
Yes, COE prices in Singapore are at an (almost) 8-year low of $25,556 for category A cars (up to 1600cc). But before you chiong to the nearest showroom and spend...
5 November 2018
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Spectacle Shops in Singapore – Where to Buy Glasses, Sunglasses and Contact Lenses
Unless you are part of a very small percentage of Singaporeans, odds are, you’re short-sighted. More than 4 in 5 people in Singapore over 18 are short-sighted, and over 3...
31 October 2018
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Best Refrigerators in Singapore – Which Fridge Should You Choose?
Refrigerators are pricey, but a must-have in every modern kitchen. A basic top-mount fridge costs at least $500, while larger ones with more features can cost up to more than...
31 October 2018
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Car Loans
COE Bidding – I Got My COE For $2,693 By Bidding Myself
Bidding for COE myself must be one of the most rogue things I ever did. The Certificate of Entitlement, or more commonly referred to as the COE, is a very...
25 October 2018
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9 Sentosa Restaurants Where You Can Eat Cheap For Less Than $10
Sentosa’s original name was Pulau Belakang Mati, which translates to “the Island of Death from Behind”. It’s pretty appropriate, since after a trip to Sentosa it does feel like somebody stabbed you...
24 October 2018
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10 Freakishly Relatable Financial Nightmares & Horror Stories Every Singaporean Would Know
Horror doesn’t always come in the form of bloodied zombies and screeching banshees. In fact, there are a lot of things that may make me shit my pants. And they often involve...
23 October 2018
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How Much Pocket Money Should Singaporean Parents Give Their Kids
Most kids don’t really look forward to starting school. What they will welcome is receiving pocket money, and whatever tiny bit of financial freedom that comes with it. Suddenly, they...
18 October 2018
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Lighting Shops in Singapore vs Carousell vs Taobao – How Much Do The Same Lights Cost?
I recently collected the keys to my new home. If you’ve been following my renovation articles, you would know that I am in the midst of pimping it up. One major (read: expensive) component...
18 October 2018
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5 Chilling (Yet Probable) Consequences Of Hawker Centres Going Cashless 
On the surface, going cashless at hawker centres seems like a dream. It’s like that Visa PayWave ad, right? You pirouette around with your char kway teow and with a magical wave of your credit...
17 October 2018
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Smartphone Showdown – Google Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS and XS Max (2018)
Earlier this week (10 Oct), Google announced the release date for the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – 1 Nov 2018. Preorders are already available on the Google...
15 October 2018
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Shopping at Changi Airport Duty-Free (DFS) – Cosmetics, Electronics, Alcohol & More
In case somewhere along the way I sound like an over-enthusiastic cheerleader, let me just put it out here from the get-go: this is not an advertorial, I just very unabashedly...
11 October 2018
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5 Ways to Spend Halloween 2018 – Price Guide to USS Halloween Horror Nights, Zouk Halloween & More
Looks like scaredy cats like me really can’t catch a break. The lunar 7th month is over so the Chinese ghosts are finally back in hell, but guess what? It’s now time for Halloween...
10 October 2018
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9 Things to Do in Haji Lane Singapore – Tarot Card Reading, Selfie Coffees & More
Nothing screams “hipster” as loud as an adventure to Haji Lane, Singapore’s OG indie neighbourhood. And although you cool cats can’t blow grape-flavoured smoke hoops at shisha joints anymore, there’s still...
9 October 2018
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HDB Silver Housing Bonus — A Guide to Downsizing Your Home in Singapore
When your children were younger, you bought a bigger home to contain all their bric-a-brac. Now, as they have grown older and moved out of the family nest, you and...
9 October 2018
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High Life
Migrating to Australia – Cost of Living, Annual Salaries and Taxes
If you are reading this from your cramped office cubicle, or on your mobile while enduring a sardine packed MRT ride home, chances are the fleeting thought of migrating the...
8 October 2018
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Bespoke Suits for Men – Best Tailors in Bangkok, Hoi An, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Singapore
Whether it is for your graduation ceremony, wedding, or that all-important presentation, sometimes you just need to look dapper in a fitted shirt and suit. It’s common knowledge that getting a suit...
8 October 2018