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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.

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Opinion
Budget 2017’s Water Price Hike – What You’re Not Hearing About the 30% Increase
At the Budget 2017 announcement, there were many important points raised by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, and we’d like to talk about as many of them as possible. But...
22 February 2017
5 Reasons Why Online Travel Fairs Are the Future
Travel
5 Reasons Why Online Travel Fairs Are the Future
Up until two years ago, there was only one major travel fair in the country. Up until two years ago, you had to pay to enter the travel fair. The...
21 February 2017
Here’s How You Should Be Budgeting to Buy a Car in Singapore
Transportation
Here’s How You Should Be Budgeting to Buy a Car in Singapore
Welcome to Singapore. We’re a city-state where public transport is, despite the higher rate of breakdowns in recent years, still one of the best in the world. We’re also an...
14 February 2017
How Much Should You Give This Year During Lunar New Year?
Entertainment
How Much Should You Give This Year During Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year comes a little earlier than usual in 2017, and I’m just glad that we’ll be enduring festive songs being played nonstop in shopping malls and supermarkets for...
24 January 2017
3 Things Entrepreneurs Should Consider Even Before Registering Your Singapore Company
Career
3 Things Entrepreneurs Should Consider Even Before Registering Your Singapore Company
This article was brought to you in collaboration with DBS Bank. Hey you! Yes, you, reading this article on your mobile as you try your best to distract yourself from...
23 January 2017
3 Things You Should Do Early in the Year to Set Yourself Up for a Better 2017
Budgeting
3 Things You Should Do Early in the Year to Set Yourself Up for a Better 2017
Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and really, what can go wrong? Okay, that sounds a little too optimistic, but after the year that was 2016, just about anything 2017 gives...
16 January 2017
Comparison Sites Obviously Benefit Consumers – Here Are Three Industries in Singapore That Need Them the Most
Opinion
Comparison Sites Obviously Benefit Consumers – Here Are Three Industries in Singapore That Need Them the Most
2016 was a year defined by choices, and more accurately, choices that were often made without having all the facts at hand. It’s a year dominated by fake news sites...
6 January 2017
GrabShare Vs uberPOOL – Which Carpooling App Is Best for Singaporeans?
This Versus That
GrabShare Vs uberPOOL – Which Carpooling App Is Best for Singaporeans?
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, or so they say. In that case, fiercely competitive rivals Grab and Uber must really love one another. The two private-hire apps have...
21 December 2016
Will This Website Be a Lifeline For Sim Lim Square?
Shopping
Will This Website Be a Lifeline For Sim Lim Square?
There’s no doubt that Sim Lim Square has long been the place to go for electronics in Singapore, and this is even more so since Funan DigitaLife Mall closed for...
15 December 2016
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Property
Just How Much Can You Can Save By Buying or Selling Your HDB Flat Online?
I cannot imagine just how different life was before Facebook, Wikipedia, Google and iPhones. I mean, I’m (sadly!) old enough to remember those years but there are just so many...
8 December 2016
travel insurance
Travel Insurance
The 3 Most Bang for Buck Travel Insurance Policies in Singapore
After a year that seemed to go on forever, most of us should be glad to finally see the end of 2016. Like many Singaporeans, we’d have made plans to...
1 December 2016
singapore F1
Opinion
Here’s How Singapore Will Be Affected Without the F1 Night Race
Back in 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin popularised the phrase “conscious uncoupling” to describe their separation after a decade of marriage to one another. It was a novel concept...
28 November 2016
The Best Black Friday 2016 Deals That You Shouldn’t Miss Out On
Shopping
The Best Black Friday 2016 Deals That You Shouldn’t Miss Out On
If you’ve missed out on the massive discounts that Singles Day offered earlier this month, don’t fret. The massive sales Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have originated in the...
25 November 2016
medishield life
Health Insurance
3 Things You Didn’t Know About MediShield Life and Integrated Shield Plans
Did you know that if you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, you are covered by MediShield Life? In addition, did you know that two-thirds of Singaporeans and Permanent...
24 November 2016
singapore johor causeway toll
Travel
Singapore Drivers Going to Malaysia versus Malaysian Drivers Coming to Singapore – Who Pays More?
A favourite pastime of many Singaporeans is heading north to visit our neighbours in Johor over the weekend to enjoy relatively cheap shopping and delicious food, not to mention the...
22 November 2016
manhattan card sign up
Credit Cards
Cashback, Free Petrol or Uber Rebates – Which Credit Card Sign Up Bonus is Best for You?
Competition is always good for the consumer. In the very highly competitive industries of private car hires and credit cards in Singapore, we consumers are the ones who benefit from...
21 November 2016
4 Ways to Decide Which Credit Card Works Best for Your Year-End Holiday
Credit Cards
4 Ways to Decide Which Credit Card Works Best for Your Year-End Holiday
Can you believe it? There are only 7 more weeks left to the end of this crazy rollercoaster year, and I for one cannot wait to end the year on...
10 November 2016
us dollar donald trump singapore
Opinion
3 Ways the Falling US Dollar Could Affect Singaporeans
Once again, 2016 has given us proof that anything can happen and will happen in a democracy. If you thought Brexit was going to be the biggest unexpected vote this...
9 November 2016
posb cashback bonus
Budgeting
Here’s How the POSB Cashback Bonus is Going to Change the Way You Earn Cashback
Here in Singapore, we take pride in being a country built on meritocracy. Now, whether you actually agree that we are a meritocratic society or not, the fact is that,...
18 October 2016
Here’s Why Having Sufficient Post-Hospitalisation Coverage Is Important
Health Insurance
Here’s Why Having Sufficient Post-Hospitalisation Coverage Is Important
No one wants to get sick. No matter how much the hospitalisation fees and charges are subsidised, no matter how much you’re covered by MediShield Life, it’s the sheer inconvenience...
17 October 2016
Are Singaporeans More Protected with the New Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act?
Shopping
Are Singaporeans More Protected with the New Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act?
If you were one of those who bought a Samsung Galaxy Note7 earlier this year, congratulations! It was recently announced that you could get a full refund. The unprecedented move...
13 October 2016
scoot
Travel
Here’s Why Singaporeans Should Rejoice About the Scoot-Tigerair Integration
Is the end of Brangelina still a thing? It’s been almost a month since we received news that Angelina Jolie was filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, ending a 12-year...
11 October 2016
fixed deposit singapore
Opinion
Here’s What Singaporeans Should Know About the Revamped CPF Investment Scheme
We all like Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. According to a recent Yahoo! poll, some 69% of Singaporeans want him to be the next Prime Minister. even though he’s personally...
29 September 2016
second hand car singapore
Car Loans
With the Relaxed Car Loan Regulations, Singaporeans Would Be Crazy if They Took Up In-House Financing
Have you heard of the acronym “FOMO”? It stands for “Fear of Missing Out”. It’s a legitimate fear – as evidenced by the hordes of Pokemon Go players rushing around...
27 September 2016
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Wedding
Read This Before Buying Your Diamond Ring, Or You’ll be Making a Mistake
This post was written in collaboration with JannPaul. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
27 September 2016