Category: Health

How to Get Out of a Hard Sell at Spas & Wellness Centres

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You don’t have to avoid spas simply because of the hard selling of packages.

I was so naive and unprepared when I went for my first beauty/wellness service at a Singapore spa. In the US, I had only been to one other spa prior to moving here. My spa experiences between the two countries were like night and day, mainly because in the US, hard selling is not common. To be honest, I had never encountered a hard sell before in my life… that is, until I bought two vouchers from Groupon.sg, one for a massage and another for a slimming session. The steeply discounted offers enticed me to try out their services. However, I soon realized that such promotional offers were a company’s bait, and that I naively took the bait and was about to get lured in. The slimming centre salesperson employed tactics like guilt, shame, pressure, and even ridicule. The massage centre salesperson was slightly nicer, but still tried her best to wear me out and waste my time. But I stayed strong and left both places with my dignity and wallet intact. Others weren’t so lucky. Since that first eye-opening experience, I’ve visited and tried out a handful of other spas. Each time, I would bravely walk into the lion’s den with my voucher in hand, and then leave the centre unscathed. I have heard a variety of pitches, been yelled at a few times, and endured different hard selling techniques, all while testing out my own techniques of countering, deflecting, and avoiding the hard sell. Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

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Prescription Glasses & Eyewear for Only $10

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Good vision is priceless!

I’m in my mid-30s and my vision has recently been changing, in fact, it’s been improving. Because the power of my lenses are often now too strong, I find myself needing to update my prescription every 6 months to 1 year. This can be very costly, as I would need to buy new glasses each time. Fortunately, I found a site where I can get great looking, affordable prescription glasses for about S$10! I’ve been ordering from this site for almost 6 years, and can attest to the company’s reliability, and the accuracy and quality of their products. At first I was skeptical, but each time I received my order, I would have the optometrist verify it. Out of curiosity, I sometimes would ask the optometrist how much a similar pair would cost me, and he would usually show me a pair that was over S$200. (more…)

How to Save Time Preparing a Homemade Meal

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Food preparation can be quick, easy, and delicious if you have the right tools.
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When I ask people why they don’t cook their own meals, the first reason they usually give is not having enough time to cook. However, I would argue that dining out can take just as much time, if not more when you factor in travel time. But I have do use some methods and techniques that greatly increase efficiency and productivity in my kitchen. And with this one kitchen appliance, I can whip up a quick, delicious, and healthy meal and not be reaching for junk food when I’m hungry. Without any pre-preparation, I can also cook an entire multi-course meal for 20 guests in less than two hours time. How is this possible? (more…)

Why Cheap Meals May End Up Costing You More

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What’s the real cost of cheap food?
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In our “food paradise” nation, there is no shortage of choice and variety when it comes to food. Wherever you are, you’re only a few step away from a food court or restaurant. Despite the abundance of good-tasting food, I do more home cooking here than I ever have done in all my years living in the States. There are two main reasons for this. (more…)

Are Gym Memberships in Singapore Worth the Price?

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Fitness centres are great, but they come with a high price tag.
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Gym memberships in Singapore usually cost over $150 a month. People will tell me that they feel it’s not a high price to pay for health, but that assumes you can’t achieve good health in a less expensive way. Here’s how I do it without an expensive gym membership: (more…)