Surviving SERS: What You Need to Know (Part 2)
Property
Surviving SERS: What You Need to Know (Part 2)
In the first part of “Surviving SERS,” we looked into the compensation options available to those of you affected by this redevelopment scheme (including our forgotten citizens – the singles)....
6 June 2013
5 Benefits that National Service Should Have (But Doesn’t)
Opinion
5 Benefits that National Service Should Have (But Doesn’t)
We like to think compulsory National Service (NS) betters us. It teaches us responsibility, doubles our chest hair, and shows us how to add creative flair when swearing. But at...
3 June 2013
Why the Smart Money’s on Investors, not Savers
Invest
Why the Smart Money’s on Investors, not Savers
Saving money is good and all, but let me be frank here. When your financial strategy is on par with a chipmunk hoarding acorns, I don’t see wealth and comfortable...
29 May 2013
How to Earn $1,000 a Month by Running a Blogshop (Part 1)
Career
How to Earn $1,000 a Month by Running a Blogshop (Part 1)
Ah, blogshops! My favourite way of making money since 1992. “Uh, that’s a lie.” No it isn’t. I was stealing classmate’s diaries and hocking them for a buck twenty. Diary =...
23 May 2013
Down to 4 Cs: Why Country Clubs are Falling Out of the Picture
Entertainment
Down to 4 Cs: Why Country Clubs are Falling Out of the Picture
Country clubs are going the way of Chia pets. They’re awesome for a while; then we realize they’re pricey, need too much maintenance, and (after a few years) become as...
21 May 2013
3 Lifestyle Membership Cards That Help You To Save Money
Budgeting
3 Lifestyle Membership Cards That Help You To Save Money
Whether you’re a student with a part-time job or a professional climbing the corporate ladder, you work too damn hard to pay full price for your beverages, movies, meals, spa...
15 May 2013
Commercial vs. Residential Properties in Singapore (2013)
Property
Commercial vs. Residential Properties in Singapore (2013)
Since the last quarter of 2012, the residential property market has taken a pounding. Seven rounds of cooling measures have taken a toll, and even now, we are seeing a...
13 May 2013
No Discount: The Average Cost of Raising a Child (in Singapore)
Family
No Discount: The Average Cost of Raising a Child (in Singapore)
In my day, children were raised on sunshine, sports, and pure grit. The only “play station” was a clearing where the musangs were less likely to gnaw your face off. And...
6 May 2013
Income Inequality in Singapore: Our Annual Peek (2013)
Opinion
Income Inequality in Singapore: Our Annual Peek (2013)
Income inequality measures how much richer the rich are, compared to the poor. It’s a polite term economists created, to replace: “Here’s how far the poor are from ramming sharp...
1 May 2013
HDB Loses $1 Billion a Year, and Why You Shouldn’t Care
Opinion
HDB Loses $1 Billion a Year, and Why You Shouldn’t Care
Some Singaporeans asked that land costs be excluded from HDB pricing. The answer to this was a stern no. Too much social welfare, as we all know, leads to laziness, communism, and Satan...
30 April 2013
Is Childcare Affordable in Singapore?
Family
Is Childcare Affordable in Singapore?
Historically, the most affordable childcare system comes from Sparta. They just left the toddler out for the night, and if he didn’t get eaten by wolves, he was probably prepared for anything....
26 April 2013
5 Important Tips When Getting Personal Loans in Singapore
Personal Loans
5 Important Tips When Getting Personal Loans in Singapore
There are two times in Singapore when the cost of living gets high. According to expert financial analyses, those times are “today” and “tomorrow”. And now the sheer number of...
9 April 2013
Top 10 Well Paying Jobs in Singapore in 2013 (That You Might Be Able to Do)
Career
Top 10 Well Paying Jobs in Singapore in 2013 (That You Might Be Able to Do)
When you step out of university you’re probably young, driven, and full of passion. Ready to do a job that changes lives. Ready to be someone who matters, damn it....
29 March 2013
Key Expenses That Medisave Should Cover (But Doesn’t)
Healthcare
Key Expenses That Medisave Should Cover (But Doesn’t)
Have you ever had a migraine, then struggled to pry the top off a child-proof bottle of aspirin? Yeah, what you need is right in front of you, but you...
27 March 2013
The 7 Highest Paid Political Leaders in the World (2013)
Opinion
The 7 Highest Paid Political Leaders in the World (2013)
When it comes to politics, pay’s a difficult issue. Sure, the current leader may be expensive, but consider the alternative: All it takes is one under-qualified choice, and the economy’s...
21 March 2013
The Pros and Cons of Buying Property in Malaysia
Property
The Pros and Cons of Buying Property in Malaysia
Singapore houses comes in two price ranges: Expensive, and too expensive. So when it comes to investment properties, our options are pretty limited. We’re either buying property overseas (preferably Malaysia),...
11 March 2013
5 Key Factors to Look For When Buying Singapore Property
Property
5 Key Factors to Look For When Buying Singapore Property
The humanity of property investors has an “off” switch, and it’s flicked during valuations. Tell them a bungalow was a treasured family home, and they’ll roll their eyes and insist...
6 March 2013
What You Should Know Regarding Commercial Property Loans
Commercial Property Loans
What You Should Know Regarding Commercial Property Loans
There are 3 types of situations that apply to commercial loans: Individual buying a commercial property Company buying residential property Company buying commercial property Before proceeding in taking up a...
5 March 2013
5 Sneaky Property Agents’ Tactics to Watch For (in Singapore)
Property
5 Sneaky Property Agents’ Tactics to Watch For (in Singapore)
So you think property agents are all cheats, do you? You think every last one is just out for your money. Well that’s not fair, because I’ll have you know you’re...
21 February 2013
What You Need To Know About The Progressive Payment Scheme
Home Loans
What You Need To Know About The Progressive Payment Scheme
Under the standard Sale & Purchase Agreement, purchasers are required to make instalment payments of the purchase price, typically referred to as progress payments, as and when the developer completes...
16 February 2013
3 Tips for Recovering From Serious Debt
Budgeting
3 Tips for Recovering From Serious Debt
There are two kinds of debt: The sort where you skip good lunches, and the sort where you’re researching the market price of your less important internal organs. There’s a...
28 January 2013
5 Cars You Can Buy (Overseas) For the Cost of a Toyota Corolla in Singapore
Transportation
5 Cars You Can Buy (Overseas) For the Cost of a Toyota Corolla in Singapore
Some Singaporeans might feel a car is the best investment. This is what happens when you don’t understand the meaning of the word “investment”, or what money is even actually...
23 January 2013
How Singapore’s 7th Round of Cooling Measures Affects You
Property
How Singapore’s 7th Round of Cooling Measures Affects You
If you see property agents walking all bow-legged, hand them a Panadol: The poor guys just took a knee to the groin. It’s from the government’s secret fighting move: The...
14 January 2013
Prettify Your Home for Free: 5 DIY Renovations Anyone Can Do
Property
Prettify Your Home for Free: 5 DIY Renovations Anyone Can Do
Contractors and architects make their job look like rocket science. But seriously, how hard can it be? Short of accidentally removing a load-bearing wall, and then being crushed to death...
14 December 2012
The Expat’s Guide to Singapore’s Internet Service Providers
Budgeting
The Expat’s Guide to Singapore’s Internet Service Providers
Singapore has a wide range of Internet Service Providers. Assuming your definition of “wide” is “barely not a monopoly”. The scene is dominated by three big companies (M1, Starhub, Singtel),...
29 November 2012