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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.

buying groceries singapore
Shopping
3 Tricks Singaporeans Should Know To Save Money When Buying Groceries
There’s a classic joke that goes, “Why are Singaporean noses so large?” and the almost embarrassing answer is “Because air is free.” And the truth is, we Singaporeans should be...
26 May 2016
air miles calculator
Credit Cards
Is the New American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Card the Best Air Miles Credit Card? Or the Worst?
In my teens, I made some questionable life choices – I dabbled in Tarot, I read Ayn Rand, I enjoyed listening to Nickelback AND Creed. Yes, that last one is...
24 May 2016
Is The New Telco on the Block Going to Change the Scene for Singaporean Mobile Users?
Budgeting
Is The New Telco on the Block Going to Change the Scene for Singaporean Mobile Users?
When the second Captain America: Civil War trailer showed up two months ago, the geek world’s reaction was so spectacular, even mainstream media started discussing how amazing it was. And...
16 May 2016
Is It Worth Rushing to Sign Up for DBS’s May Day Home Loan Special? Here Are 4 Things To Consider
Home Loans
Is It Worth Rushing to Sign Up for DBS’s May Day Home Loan Special? Here Are 4 Things To Consider
I’m a big professional wrestling fan, but one thing I’m glad for, is that over-the-top gimmicks are thankfully a thing of the past. Well, mostly. They introduced a wrestling ballroom...
6 May 2016
Uber vs Grab vs Taxis: Which is the Cheapest Mode of Transport and When?
This Versus That
Uber vs Grab vs Taxis: Which is the Cheapest Mode of Transport and When?
I’m a cheapskate, and proud of it. When I go grocery shopping, I have no brand loyalty. If it’s on sale, I’ll buy it. Now that I think of it...
3 May 2016
Swipe moneysmart credit card
Credit Cards
Here’s How You Can Maximise Your Credit Card Usage with MoneySmart’s New App
They say there are four important steps to the perfect relationship. It is important to find someone who can cook and clean; it is important to find someone who can...
28 April 2016
3 Security Aspects About Your Credit Card’s Design You Should Consider
Credit Cards
3 Security Aspects About Your Credit Card’s Design You Should Consider
Credit cards and comic books have a couple of things in common when it comes to my finances. They both tempt me to spend lots of money, and design is...
21 April 2016
car ownership singapore
Opinion
Is It Still Worth Being an Uber Driver in Singapore in 2016?
My Facebook news feed has recently been in an uproar about Hollywood’s whitewashing of traditionally East Asian characters. First, it was Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One from Marvel’s upcoming...
18 April 2016
Insist On Driving to Drink? Here’s What You Should Know About Hiring a Valet to Drive You Home
Car Insurance
Insist On Driving to Drink? Here’s What You Should Know About Hiring a Valet to Drive You Home
Unlike a certain actress, I just don’t get drunk. That’s not because I have a liver of steel or the alcohol tolerance of a giant. I just can’t afford to...
14 April 2016
4 Reasons Why Buying a Smart Home Not Only Gives You a New Level of Convenience but Saves You Money Too
Property
4 Reasons Why Buying a Smart Home Not Only Gives You a New Level of Convenience but Saves You Money Too
The year is 2016. That means we’re now further than where Marty McFly was in Back to the Future. So why aren’t most of us living like we belong in...
9 April 2016
SME Budget 2016
Business
If You Run an SME, Here Are the Most Important Elements of Budget 2016
Did you know I have something in common with Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and his predecessor Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam? We all wear glasses. And while the three...
7 April 2016
Now That Budget 2016 is Over, Here’s What Singaporeans NEED To Hear Next Week
Opinion
Now That Budget 2016 is Over, Here’s What Singaporeans NEED To Hear Next Week
The Budget 2016 announcement last week was extremely forward looking, with a lot of very exciting goals and developments expected over the next several years. Minister of Finance Heng Swee...
1 April 2016
Budget 2016 Reminds Us Again Why It Pays to Start a Family in Singapore… Literally
Opinion
Budget 2016 Reminds Us Again Why It Pays to Start a Family in Singapore… Literally
Singapore is one of the few countries in the world where you actually get paid to have babies. I mean, I get it – it’s not cheap to raise children...
29 March 2016
Dear Singaporean PMETs, Here’s What Budget 2016 is Trying to Tell You
Opinion
Dear Singaporean PMETs, Here’s What Budget 2016 is Trying to Tell You
Budget 2016 has come and gone, and while some people might be upset that it was still considered premature for the property cooling measures to be relaxed, the truth is,...
29 March 2016
Is Your Financial Consultant Trying to Sell You Policies You Don’t Need? Here’s How To Tell
Life Insurance
Is Your Financial Consultant Trying to Sell You Policies You Don’t Need? Here’s How To Tell
What did you do as soon as you got your first paycheck? Me, I told a bunch of people I’d treat them to lunch or dinner, and then conveniently never...
24 March 2016
passive income
Opinion
4 Important Things Singaporeans Should Bear in Mind Before the Budget 2016 Announcement
Can I just say, that in leading up to the Budget announcement tomorrow, I’ve been reminded again and again by the mainstream media how fortunate I am to still be...
23 March 2016
credit card rewards infographic
Credit Cards
10 Rewards You Never Knew You Could Earn With a Credit Card
I am a firm believer of retail therapy. Although I can’t really explain it, I believe there is definitely some kind of intangible positive influence on my life when I make a...
21 March 2016
Why Isn’t LTA Making It Easier to Drive an Electric Car in Singapore?
Transportation
Why Isn’t LTA Making It Easier to Drive an Electric Car in Singapore?
2016 is SG51, and this year on National Day, we celebrate the first year of Singapore’s second 50 years of independence. Since last year, we’ve been touting ourselves as a...
15 March 2016
Is Singtel’s Music Streaming Plan Worth Cancelling Your Spotify Premium Account For?
Entertainment
Is Singtel’s Music Streaming Plan Worth Cancelling Your Spotify Premium Account For?
In case it’s not obvious from my previous articles, I jiak kantang. That’s a Singlish term using the Hokkien word for ‘eat’ and the Malay word for ‘potato’. Among other...
7 March 2016
If You Didn’t Know About These 5 Tax Deductions You Can Claim, You’ll Hate Yourself After Tax Season
Budgeting
If You Didn’t Know About These 5 Tax Deductions You Can Claim, You’ll Hate Yourself After Tax Season
They say that nothing is certain except for death and taxes. Well, I can add one more thing to this list – Singaporeans who miss out on an opportunity to...
24 February 2016
Compound Interest Infographic
Invest
Compound Interest: How You Can Make Your Money Make Money
Have you heard of the adjective quomodocunquizing? It’s a rarely used English word that means “making money in any way that you can”. And yes, it really means any way of...
24 February 2016
Do Young Singaporeans Have the Wrong Perspective When It Comes to Planning for Retirement?
Opinion
Do Young Singaporeans Have the Wrong Perspective When It Comes to Planning for Retirement?
I’m not Amos Yee, or Dr Mahathir, but today I’m going to say something so controversial, you might be tempted to make a police report. You have been warned. Here...
16 February 2016
Here’s the Real Reason Why 1 in 3 Singapore Investors are in Debt
Opinion
Here’s the Real Reason Why 1 in 3 Singapore Investors are in Debt
So there are two kinds of people in this world, right? The people who know about money and financial products and the people who don’t. Nothing wrong with being in...
15 February 2016
interest free instalment plans
Credit Cards
How Much is Your Overseas Shopping Spree Really Costing You?
Singaporeans love to shop, and with our world becoming more and more connected, a lot of that shopping is done overseas or online. Now, this is great when you have...
5 February 2016
Here’s Why Escaping the Country During Chinese New Year 2016 Might Not Be As Expensive As You Think
Travel
Here’s Why Escaping the Country During Chinese New Year 2016 Might Not Be As Expensive As You Think
There are two main reasons why you’ll want to get out of Singapore during Chinese New Year – either you want to avoid the awkward interactions with extended family members...
4 February 2016