Articles by Vanessa Nah

I like my articles the way I like my sitcoms—funny, entertaining, and leave you knowing a little more about life. In another life, I was the biggest nerd in class and was *this* close to doing a PhD. That researcher is still in me, but these days is digging up personal finance tips and the best deals in Singapore to help you become more MoneySmart.

Top 43 Free Things To Do in Singapore (Dec 2023): Christmas Markets, Snowfall Displays, Pet Carnivals, Free Jagua Tattoos, And More
Top 43 Free Things To Do in Singapore (Dec 2023): Christmas Markets, Snowfall Displays, Pet Carnivals, Free Jagua Tattoos, And More
Bored as well as broke? We’ve got good news for you. This December, there’s no way you’ll miss out on the festivities with the slew of Christmas markets, fairs, and...
6 days ago
The Best Entry-Level Luxury Watches to Buy in a Falling Market: Top Picks From Our Resident Watch Collector
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The Best Entry-Level Luxury Watches to Buy in a Falling Market: Top Picks From Our Resident Watch Collector
It’s time to buy that Rolex. Well, if you really want a Rolex for the Rolex. If you’re eyeing a luxury watch as an investment piece, things are a bit...
29 November 2023
Travel Safety: Tips for Women, LGBTQ+, and Persons with Disabilities
I once had a creepy guy approach me in a Uniqlo store overseas. He grabbed my hands, called me beautiful, and begged me to let him take a photo of...
27 November 2023
Best Black Friday Deals and Promo Codes: Shopee, Dyson, Zalora, And More
Food, beauty, electronics, home living, toys, fashion—everything goes on sale for one special day each month. And this November, after the 11.11 sales, we get a second chance at snagging...
24 November 2023
6 Best Pet Birthday Cakes in Singapore For Dogs, Cats, Hamsters And More
For my cat’s past 2 birthdays, these are the homemade birthday “cakes” I made for her: I thought my handiwork had improved—that latest birthday cake ain’t half bad, right? A...
10 November 2023
“How Should I Invest $100k?”: We Rate Advice From Reddit
If life gives you $100,000, can Reddit tell you how to turn it into a money tree? “Put it in UOB One.” “All in Bitcoin, thank me later.” “Use the...
8 November 2023
Best Credit Card Promotions in Singapore (Nov-Dec 2023): Citibank, DBS, HSBC, UOB, and More
Credit Cards
Best Credit Card Promotions in Singapore (Nov-Dec 2023): Citibank, DBS, HSBC, UOB, and More
When it comes to credit card promotions these days, we’re spoilt for choice. Banks offering credit cards in Singapore are competing so hard for new customers that they are practically...
4 November 2023
HDB BTO Dec 2023 Launch: Locations, Expected Prices, Application Rates, and More
Was 2023 supposed to be your year to finally get a Built-To-Order (BTO) flat? If you clicked on this article, I suppose that day has yet to come. Listen up,...
1 November 2023
Japan Rail Pass Prices Have Increased By 70%! Here Are 7 Must-Know Travel Hacks To Save Money in Japan
It’s no secret that Singaporeans love visiting Japan. And as most Japan aficionados would know, the unlimited travel Japan Rail (JR) Pass is a cost effective way to get around...
31 October 2023
Are Travel Aggregators Secure? Harder to Claim From?—Your Questions About Travel Aggregators, Answered.
Ah, Expedia,, Agoda… Names that almost roll off the tongue when we think about jet-setting to a new destination or planning that dream vacation. Most of us have probably...
The Price To Pay For Flying Cheap: Do Budget Airlines Compensate You For Flight Delays and Cancellations?
What if we told you that flying cheap might come at a higher price?  In May 2023, we surveyed 1,730 Singaporean adults on flight delays and cancellations. We found a...
27 October 2023
Credit Cards
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card—MoneySmart Review 
KrisFlyer miles chasers, the KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card might be the easiest, most fuss-free miles card for you. This card lets you earn KrisFlyer miles directly with no conversion fee...
25 October 2023
How to Handle a Layoff: A Step-By-Step Guide
When our colleague’s friend, Bernard*, was told to go to the office early on a Monday morning “for a chat”, he had a bad feeling. Monday was not a usual...
10 October 2023
Are Typewriters Good Investments? Or Just For Nostalgic Sentiment? We Find Out From a Typewriter Enthusiast
Out with the old? More like out with the new. Retro is in, and there’s one old school item that’s met a recent resurgence in popularity. You could say something...
28 September 2023
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How Do I Negotiate My Salary When Switching Careers?
Once upon a time, making a career switch was seen as something scary, uncommon, and worrying. It was something one resorted to, not something anyone would willingly opt to do....
13 September 2023
Credit Cards
I Overpaid My Credit Card Bill. Now What?
Last month, I overpaid my credit card bill. For the second time. “I think your 2 braincells can’t handle having a credit card,” my sister said helpfully, when I burst...
11 September 2023
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6 Best Mooncake Fairs in Singapore 2023: Takashimaya, TANGS, NEX, And More
Each year when the Mid-Autumn Festival rolls around, Singaporeans go lunar-tic for mooncakes. Mooncakes start appearing in our homes, offices, and even our shopping malls in the form of mooncake fairs. Why...
11 September 2023
Best Deals for F1 Singapore 2023—All-Day Buffets, Free-Flow Sake, Race Simulators, And More
Welcome to one of the most exciting and festive times of the year. Nope, it isn’t Christmas yet—it’s the Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix season in Singapore. F1 Singapore 2023...
6 September 2023
Singaporeans Studying Abroad Lose $446 Every Year Due To This Hidden Fee
It may be expensive to study abroad, but hefty tuition fees are pretty much inevitable once you decide that a degree from a Singapore university isn’t for you.  There is,...
26 August 2023
Credit Cards
Why Are There 2 DCS Ultimate Platinum Cards? Should I Get 1?
I’m always wary of cards that are marketed as “XX Ultimate” or “XX Platinum”. For all their outlandish names declaring “I am the best!”, these cards seem to be mostly...
24 August 2023
Credit Cards
Citi Ultima Card: Luxury Private Island Access, Supercar Drive Experiences—MoneySmart Review 2023
There’s 1 Citi credit card that 99% of us will never even see in real life, much less hold in our hands. The odds of meeting a Citi Ultima Card...
23 August 2023
5 Housing Highlights from National Day Rally 2023: New HDB BTO Plus Category, More Housing Options for Singles, And More
Over the weekend, PM Lee delivered his National Day Rally 2023 speech. These National Day Rally Speeches can bear pretty big news. Just last year, PM Lee announced that masks...
21 August 2023
“What Can Digital Banks Provide That Regular Banks Can’t?”: Answering Reddit Questions About Digital Banks
Are digital banks the new way to bank? Since the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) began issuing digital bank licences, digital banks have been popping up on our feeds and...
DBS is Giving Out Transport Rebates and Cashback at Hawkers—Here’s How It Benefits You
You might remember the Singapore government handing out cost-of-living relief payments in Jun 2023. About 2.5 million Singaporeans received a one-time payment of up to $400 to help cushion inflationary...
16 August 2023
Credit Cards
Is the HSBC TravelOne Card the One and Only Travel Card You Need?—MoneySmart Review 2023
Let’s talk about the HSBC TravelOne card’s name—“Travel One”. It aims to be the 1 travel card you need. HSBC says so as well: “Unlock instant travel rewards and elevated...
11 August 2023