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Articles by Ryan Ong

I was a freelance writer for over a decade, and covered topics from music to super-contagious foot diseases. I took this job because I believe financial news should be accessible and fun to read. Also, because the assignments don't involve shouting teenagers and debilitating plagues.

Em’ceeing A Lot of Money: Side Income for Hosting
Career
Em’ceeing A Lot of Money: Side Income for Hosting
Have you got a magnetic personality? Can you speak well in public? Do you empathize with the man on the street? Yes? Then you’re clearly not one of our MPs....
22 June 2012
5 Safety Tips for Singaporean Gamblers
Entertainment
5 Safety Tips for Singaporean Gamblers
Early disclaimer: Gambling is stupid. Don’t do it. But who am I kidding? Some of you are going to lose your money on a dice roll anyway. I mean, heaven forbid...
29 May 2012
4 Well-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require Degrees (In Singapore)
Career
4 Well-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require Degrees (In Singapore)
University is only about wild parties if you (1) have a big trust fund, and (2) are waiting to take CEO position in the family business. If you don’t have...
28 May 2012
Buying Singapore Property? Don’t Get Trapped by a Law Firm!
Home Loans
Buying Singapore Property? Don’t Get Trapped by a Law Firm!
You know about the legal issues when buying property? Sure you don’t. If you’re like anyone else, you accepted the first what’s-his-face & Partners the banker pointed at. Or maybe your...
21 May 2012
How to Explain Missed Deadlines at Work
Career
How to Explain Missed Deadlines at Work
I am the world expert on this subject. The last time I explained a missed deadline, my boss’s face went slack in awe. Then he wrote it down, sent it...
4 May 2012
7 Job Interview Questions You Need to Ask (In Singapore)
Career
7 Job Interview Questions You Need to Ask (In Singapore)
Singaporeans are competitive. Even our job interviews are like Quake 3 death matches. Forget about “negotiating to find the right fit” or any of that pansy stuff. A job interview...
29 April 2012
The Best Time to Change Your Car in Singapore
Transportation
The Best Time to Change Your Car in Singapore
If you’re like me, you only change cars once the traffic police stop you. Then the cop who pulls me over makes choking noises, while deciding to laugh or cry....
27 April 2012
Oops, The Economy Broke: Reasons for Singapore’s Inflation Scare
Opinion
Oops, The Economy Broke: Reasons for Singapore’s Inflation Scare
Did you have breakfast this morning? I sure as hell didn’t. Or rather I did, but then I read the news and upchucked four hot cakes from sheer shock. The...
25 April 2012
5 Steps to Justify Your Pay Raise
Career
5 Steps to Justify Your Pay Raise
So you asked for a pay raise, and your boss asked you to justify it. And then you ripped off your shirt, pounded your chest, and threatened him to sudden-death,...
22 April 2012
3 Lessons From the Sky Habitat Sale
Property
3 Lessons From the Sky Habitat Sale
Yeah, “Sky Habitat” is right; because that’s how far the buyers of this Bishan Condo have kicked off from Earth. Sky Habitat is an official stamp; the final statement that...
19 April 2012
Why Public (Govt.) Hospitals Are The Better Choice in Singapore
Healthcare
Why Public (Govt.) Hospitals Are The Better Choice in Singapore
Singapore has some of the best healthcare in the world. Which isn’t surprising, since most of us have diets that require it. Pass me that oyster omelette. Now hang on;...
14 April 2012
5 Part-Time Jobs to Avoid in Singapore
Career
5 Part-Time Jobs to Avoid in Singapore
Maybe you need to work and study. Or maybe you need to make dough while raising your offspring. Well that was the initial reason for this article: An attempt to...
10 April 2012
5 Money Saving Ways to Buy Electronics in Singapore
Shopping
5 Money Saving Ways to Buy Electronics in Singapore
Before forking out money for your new iThing, you need to know Singapore is bargain city. The big malls don’t always offer the best prices, and Sim Lim is populated...
17 March 2012
5 Ways to Wreck Your Insurance Claims (In a Car Accident)
Car Insurance
5 Ways to Wreck Your Insurance Claims (In a Car Accident)
There are plenty of ways to wreck your insurance claim, most of them in the seconds following an accident. I learned this when a good friend implanted a Nissan into...
29 February 2012
5 Good Reasons to Get Mortgage Insurance
Mortgage Insurance
5 Good Reasons to Get Mortgage Insurance
A lot of Singaporeans decline mortgage insurance, and mostly because of the sales pitch. I mean, here you are taking on a lifetime debt, and they’re next to you whispering: “Bet you...
20 February 2012
3 Unusual Reasons to Get a Higher Property Valuation
Property
3 Unusual Reasons to Get a Higher Property Valuation
When I say some property buyers sometimes want higher valuations, people look at me like I just claimed to raise a dinosaur in my bath-tub. It confuses people: The valuation...
14 February 2012
Renovation Loans in Singapore: How They Work & How to Get One
Renovation Loans
Renovation Loans in Singapore: How They Work & How to Get One
If you made a diorama of my house, you’d get something like a Lego brick a cat chewed on. And the interior is worse; like the dungeon level of an...
13 February 2012
How to Get Good Tenants in Singapore
Property
How to Get Good Tenants in Singapore
When it comes to finding good tenants, Singapore is a step up…from hell. If there was a training video for landlords, it would be the last 30 minutes of The...
5 February 2012
5 Cheapest Ways to Enjoy Sentosa
Travel
5 Cheapest Ways to Enjoy Sentosa
Sentosa’s pricing is only acceptable to (1) maths deficient tweens with overpaid parents, and (2) tourists who forgot to pack their common sense. To the rest of us, everything’s more...
4 February 2012
How to Get a Home Loan on Bad Credit
Home Loans
How to Get a Home Loan on Bad Credit
Face it: If you were bankrupt before, or had a debt written off, your loan application is now entertainment (i.e. trashcan basketball in the bank office). Bad credit is a...
1 February 2012
How to Negotiate Your Rent in Singapore
Property
How to Negotiate Your Rent in Singapore
Imagine smuggling 10 live cobras in a bodily orifice. Now take that level of difficulty, push it forward, and you’ll know what it means to deal with local landlords. Negotiating...
29 January 2012
Shoebox Apartments in Singapore: 5 Reasons Not to Buy
Property
Shoebox Apartments in Singapore: 5 Reasons Not to Buy
The list of overrated things is pretty long in 2012. But up there with K-Pop and Donald Trump’s business sense, we ought to add shoebox apartments in Singapore. These stylish,...
17 January 2012
Used Cars in Singapore: Why They’re Worth Buying
Transportation
Used Cars in Singapore: Why They’re Worth Buying
The government is just as boggled as you are. With prices so high, how are Singaporeans still buying new cars? It’s seems like a third of our collective income is dedicated...
15 January 2012
MAS Customer Knowledge Assessment: What It Means to You
Invest
MAS Customer Knowledge Assessment: What It Means to You
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), apparently sick of complaint e-mails, has taken drastic steps. In traditional Singaporean manner, there is now a test for newbie investors. Because, you know,...
12 January 2012
5 Simple Ways to Save Money When Moving House in Singapore
Budgeting
5 Simple Ways to Save Money When Moving House in Singapore
The last time I moved house, I was stupid enough to find a random company off the Internet. Let’s just say that it was a real experience; comparable to sandpapering...
8 January 2012