How to Spot En-Bloc Potential in Singapore
Are the pipes cracked and the paint peeling? Are the air vents choked with dead insects? Do the residents gaze at toxic waste sites with envy? Then you’re looking at...
18 September 2012
5 Essential Steps When Renting Out Your Singapore Property
Renting out your property is great. Facing a disgruntled customs officer, as he explains which part of your hollow wall your tenants hid their heroin in, is not-so-great. Nor is walking...
17 September 2012
5 Business Ideas to Avoid in Singapore
Run a business! Be your own boss! Then pay your own wages, wind up with a second mortgage, and go home every night wondering why death won’t just take you. I’m...
8 August 2012
Are You Ready to Buy a House in Singapore? 5 Signs of Readiness
In the property market, it’s taboo to tell a buyer to wait. The industry advice is to buy as soon as you have the money, as if houses were a...
6 August 2012
How to Negotiate When Buying Your Property
In every real estate negotiation, I’ve left sellers with tears in their eyes. Mainly from laughter, when I strip off my shirt and make crying, begging noises. That’s why I...
2 August 2012
How to Find a Side Income in Singapore
Side income is the holy grail of personal finance. It’s the one answer to every personal finance issue in existence. Can’t afford a house? Side income. Not happy with life?...
26 July 2012
5 Renovation Mistakes That Can Cost You Money
Every so often, you’ll meet a designer who’s convinced style and common sense don’t get along. That their art’s a left brain / right brain conflict, which should excuse their resulting no brain renovation....
19 July 2012
How to Successfully Flip a House in Singapore
Back in ’07, house flipping was the express train to Moneyville. Stock brokers were flipping houses. Pensioners were flipping houses. My dog groomer, whose property knowledge doesn’t extend beyond 72...
12 July 2012
AIA Being Sued: 3 Lessons About S’pore Insurance
Someone get a medal, because a local citizen’s found the heart to take AIA to court. She’s got my full support, which is nothing to sneeze at…assuming the judge’s decision...
27 June 2012
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
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)
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!
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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