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Articles by Peter Lin

I am the poster boy for reinventing one's self. I've been a broadcast journalist, technical writer, banking customer service officer and a Catholic friar. My life experiences have made me the most cynical idealist you'll ever meet, which is why I'm also the co-founder of a local pop culture website. I believe ignorance is not bliss, and that money is the root of all evil only if you allow it to be.

islamic banking
Budgeting
Islamic Banking Singapore – Banking and Islamic Investments for Muslims
Have you ever wondered how Sharia or Islamic law applies to financial decisions? The answer to that concern is: Islamic banking.
15 November 2018
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Property
Property Agents in Singapore – What Can They Do for You?
It’s getting easier to figure out how to buy, sell, or rent property in Singapore as there’s plenty of information available online plus property portals for you to browse listings....
5 November 2018
home equity loan
Home Loans
Home Equity Loan or Term Loan in Singapore – What Is It For And How Do You Get One
If you’re looking to borrow a large sum of money and have a property on hand, you may be able to “cash out” the property’s value by taking a term...
16 October 2018
Cheapest Premier League Subscription and More? Here’s What The New Singtel CAST Offers
Entertainment
Cheapest Premier League Subscription and More? Here’s What The New Singtel CAST Offers
This post was written in collaboration with Singtel. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
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Budgeting
Getting the Latest Flagship Phones at Heavily Discounted Prices With Combo XO
This post was written in collaboration with Singtel. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
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Travel Insurance
Annual Travel Insurance Singapore – Why Buy It & When Is It Cheaper?
Buying annual travel insurance can help you save a lot of money. But exactly how much? Singapore has become a nation of experienced travellers. In fact, travelling overseas has become...
17 September 2018
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Budgeting
Choosing an Electricity Retailer in Singapore – Why You Should Look Beyond Just the Advertised Rates
This post was written in collaboration with Geneco. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
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Life Insurance
You Got Cancer. Is Critical Illness Coverage Enough?
Cancer remains Singapore’s biggest killer, according to a recent report by the National Registry of Diseases Office. From 2008 to 2012, 29.5% of all deaths in Singapore are cancer-related. Top cancers...
11 September 2018
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Personal Loans
Effective Interest Rate (EIR) – What Does It Mean & How Do You Calculate It?
Everybody knows what an interest rate is – it’s effectively a percentage of an amount over a year. If your savings account earns you a 0.05% interest per year (which...
5 September 2018
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Travel
Travel Frequently to Malaysia? Data Roaming in Malaysia Just Got a Whole Lot Cheaper – Here’s Why
This post was written in collaboration with Singtel. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
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Invest
What Is Ethereum and How Does It Work?
This post was written in collaboration with IG. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
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Healthcare
CareShield Life – It’s Not Just an “Old People” Thing, You Know
Did you know anything about ElderShield before this week? I didn’t. After all, it didn’t sound like something that would concern me. I’m still a millennial after all. But after...
4 June 2018
5 UOB YOLO Card Benefits and Promotions You Need to Know About in 2018
Credit Cards
5 UOB YOLO Card Benefits and Promotions You Need to Know About in 2018
Since it was introduced in 2017, the UOB YOLO Card has become the best credit card in Singapore for weekend dining and entertainment. And UOB has made it even better.
6 Travel Vaccinations Singaporeans Should Get & How Much They Will Cost You
Travel
6 Travel Vaccinations Singaporeans Should Get & How Much They Will Cost You
Whether it’s a weekend holiday to Thailand, a volunteer mission to Cambodia, or a business trip up to Hong Kong or Taiwan, we Singaporeans are constantly travelling. Yet everyone has...
21 May 2018
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Budgeting
Exchanging Foreign Currency in Singapore? Here’s a Way to Decide Which Money Changer to Visit
Before you head overseas for your end-of-year vacation, you’ll need money. And of course, you’ll head to the nearest money changer to exchange your hard-earned Singapore Dollars into the currency...
11 May 2018
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Home Loans
DBS FHR Home Loan – The Fixed Deposit Home Rate and Why It’s So Different From Other Home Loans
When I think “groundbreaking”, I think of Marvel and the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which starred a talking raccoon and a walking tree and still managed to pocket...
8 May 2018
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Credit Cards
0% Interest Instalment Payment Plans: What Your Bank Isn’t Telling You
That iPhone X you’ve been eyeing could be yours at an easily manageable monthly instalment! Without interest! All you need to do is whip out your credit card and sign up...
24 April 2018
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Health Insurance
What Exactly Do Insurance Riders Do For You and Should You Bother Getting One?
Thanks to the slew of publicity about the newly implemented MediShield Life, which covers all Singaporeans, it has resulted in more awareness and interest in finding out how much we’re...
20 April 2018
Grab Has Beaten Uber in Singapore, But Are We the Real Losers?
Transportation
Grab Has Beaten Uber in Singapore, But Are We the Real Losers?
It’s been the worst kept secret, but on Monday it was announced that Grab had finally acquired their rivals Uber Singapore. It’s been a tough back and forth battle between...
28 March 2018
The Tapestry – Which Home Loan Should You Apply for When Buying A Condo in Tampines?
Property
The Tapestry – Which Home Loan Should You Apply for When Buying A Condo in Tampines?
The popularity of living in Tampines cannot be understated. It’s been experiencing explosive growth over the past 30 years and you now have not one but three shopping malls that...
23 March 2018
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Home Loans
Applying for HDB Loans in Singapore – The Ultimate Guide to How Much It Will Cost You
If you’re buying an HDB flat in Singapore, you often have the option of taking an HDB concessionary loan, better known as an HDB loan. Before you apply for an...
14 March 2018
Home Loans in Singapore – The Complete Guide to Property Loans
Home Loans
Home Loans in Singapore – The Complete Guide to Property Loans
Buying a home in Singapore is a huge financial commitment that almost everyone goes through at some point in their lives. Whether you’re a newly married couple or single, whether...
13 March 2018
How to Apply for Credit Cards in Singapore – The Complete Guide
Credit Cards
How to Apply for Credit Cards in Singapore – The Complete Guide
You’ve gotten your first month’s salary and now you’re feeling like you have the power to do anything. Except for applying for a credit card, because you’ve heard a bunch...
13 March 2018
Krisflyer UOB account
Savings Accounts
The KrisFlyer UOB Account Has Enhanced Features, Is It Worth A Second Look?
The KrisFlyer UOB Account and Debit Card is a product introduced in April 2017 that’s the first of its kind for debit cards. It’s a debit card and savings account that allows...
insurance companies singapore 2018
Opinion
Insurance Companies Getting Mixed Signals from the Government – Here’s What It Means for You
This has been a weird week for insurance companies. They’ve been the subject of not one but three discussions in Parliament, with a fourth announcement from MAS in the middle...
9 March 2018