Why Signing Up As a Uber Driver is Worthwhile

By now, everyone knows you can make side/extra income from “freelance” driving with Uber. There are already 20,000+ drivers for Uber in Singapore, and this community is rapidly growing. You’ve probably already met a handful of people who are seriously considering becoming an Uber driver. Besides having another source for income, more flexibility and control over your time, here are some additional benefits of being an Uber driver that few people know about.

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Government Policies on HDB Housing – Simplified!

Affordable and quality housing is one of the cornerstones of building social stability, and the sense of nationhood. Singapore’s public housing programme is no doubt one of the most successful public housing programmes in the world, resulting in low rates of homelessness, the elimination of slums, higher cultural and social integration, and lower crime rates. By comparison, in Los Angeles, when I grew up, public housing (aka the projects) was a hotbed for crime, drugs, gangs, violence, and disease, with little chance of upward mobility or even integration. Because homelessness results in a whole host of problems, keeping housing affordable and accessible, still remains one of Singapore’s top priorities. Though with all the various government schemes, it’s hard to keep track of what’s what. Here’s an attempt to help simplify the various public housing schemes available in Singapore:

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Government Personal Income Tax Relief – Simplified!

Taxes are not evil. As humans, our progress, survival, and even wellbeing depend on benefiting from and contributing to a group. And in a sense, taxes are the “membership fee” to belonging to this kind of organised society, where a government is put in charge of certain civil aspects of society that cannot be entrusted to the private sector, such as utilities, healthcare, education, environmental protection, security, and defense. But with any group, some members are tasked with contributing more while others are bigger recipients, yet at any time, these tables can be turned. This article attempts to simplify the various tax reliefs available for individuals, many of which are put in place to benefit families and the “sandwich generation”.

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Government Policies on Social Safety Nets – Simplified!

We all wish to live and age well, and nobody desires to be disabled or dependent. You could have your life perfectly planned and yet be completely blindsided by tragedy (the 3 D’s – death, disease, and divorce – are cruel and notoriously common). And this is why we have government social safety nets. But when tragedy strikes, it’s hard to know where to start. With different schemes spanning different ministries and agencies, it can be quite daunting. So this is another attempt to help simplify the various schemes:

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Government Policies on Family Benefits – Simplified!

“I don’t know what resources are out there” and “Why can’t the government just make things easier to understand?” are two common complaints I hear from the public across all ages, races, occupations, and gender. It has becoming increasing apparent that government schemes, like all messages, cannot be successfully communicated without addressing the UI/UX (user interface/user experience) issues. And yes, I do agree that there needs to be a better way to disseminate information in a more clear and easy-to-understand fashion. But to be fair, just saying “this is too complicated and until they make it easier, I give up” is a bit like saying speaking Mandarin is hard or driving is complicated, yet so many people do it all the time. We too, need do our part to facilitate our own understanding through repeated exposure, practice, and patience. And this is my attempt to help in this process:

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Buying, Selling & Renting Cars – Now Easier with Carousell

Buying and selling on Carousell is easy peasy. To snap a photo, upload, and sell an item takes mere minutes. Chatting, negotiating, and making an offer is also quite effortless. And up till recently, Carousell has had the reputation of the go-to app shop for pre-owned electronics, used household goods, pre-loved clothes, and all things surplus or second-hand. But now they have added vehicles to their ever-growing marketplace, and it’s worth checking out.

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Buy & Sell Gently Used Branded Clothing at Refash at Up to 70% Off – plus Free Promo Code!

Where can you buy gently used yet fashionable clothing at up to 70% off retail shops? Where can you find a huge selection of trendy, designer styles as well as every day basics that are branded, trendy, clean and in good condition? At Refash, where “Twice never looked so good”! And this is also where you can go to sell your gently used clothing which don’t fit you or suit your needs anymore. They’ll sell your items for you (under a consignment sale) and pay you a percentage.

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