Why Pay for Magazine & Newspaper Subscriptions?

Where can you find the largest magazine & newspaper stand in Singapore?

When I was younger, I used to enjoy getting things by post; as an adult, I quickly realised that the letter box is more often filled with bills, useless advertisements, or urgent notices rather than actual letters (or at least the ones that are pleasant and joyful). Perhaps that’s why many people subscribe to magazines or newspapers. It’s like having a dear old friend visiting you on a regular basis. But I found magazine and newspaper subscriptions to be quite expensive here. That is, until I found out that you can get them for free (digitally) through the NLB. (more…)

Why Going to the Library is Cool

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NLB celebrated their 20th birthday last month with a cake cutting and lunch.

People usually associate going to the library with studying or with being uncool. But libraries are not just for bookworms; they house an extensive range of media, from archived newspapers, to magazines, music CDs, movies, comic books, anime, software, audiobooks, and more. You can even borrow a digital reader. Plus, there are a whole host of programmes which you can attend (often FOC) to expand your mind, your skills, and your network. For anyone who is looking for inspiration, or even just a good way to pass time, the library should be at the top of their list. Being in nicely air-conditioned space (away from the haze) is also an added bonus! (more…)

Why It’s Good to “Own” Less

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The Cash for Trash Programme gives you instant cash for your used items.

More and more Singaporeans are selling their unwanted goods and pre-loved items. Aside from recouping a bit of cash, selling stuff clears clutter and helps with organisation; for me, I find it to be very therapeutic. From the moment we are born, we are consumers, constantly wanting, using, and accumulating things. When we buy something, we enjoy a sense of “ownership”. But do we really own it, or does it own us? When we’re constantly concerned about an object (be it a car, a phone, or our clothes), taking special care to protect, safeguard and maintain it, or having to spend extra hours in the office just to afford it, who really owns whom? (more…)

Why I Won’t Visit Adventure Cove Ever Again

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If you want the water park experience for a fraction of the price, come here instead.

There was a special SG50 promotion for Adventure Cove tickets through Qoo10 for $22 ($19 for children). Since I had an additional $2 off coupon, I thought it was a reasonable price to pay, considering the usual price at the gate is $36. The free entry to Sentosa, via the boardwalk (another SG50 promotion) also made it a bit more worthwhile to check it out before these SG50 promotions end. I did have a good time there, although I was disappointed that their locker rentals were so expensive ($10 for a small locker, or $20 for a large locker). Fortunately, I didn’t have anything valuable and was able to use the free open storage racks that were often adjacent to the water slides. So why would I not go a second time? (more…)

Gobble Up Some Monster Savings

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Gobblershop’s Super Sale is happening this weekend.

This weekend (17 & 18 Oct), GobblerShop will be having their “Super Sale”, which means you’ll find savings of up to 80% on everyday items that you probably are in need of anyway, from groceries, pantry items, and household products to personal care items and more. It is one of the few times this online and pop-up retailer opens their warehouse to the public. For convenience, they’re providing free shuttle bus service to and from Bishan MRT Station (bus stop B53231). I’ve been their customer for a long time, having been to their past “Super Sales” as well as to various pop-up “Happy Carts” and I can honestly say that their prices on many items are simply unbeatable! (more…)

Need a Home Service? Get Providers to Bid for Your Business

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The “Uber” of on-demand services.

Until recently, the burden of finding a home service provider, whether it’s a handyman, car repair technician, computer repair technician, mover, babysitter, personal trainer, or private chef, had long been placed on those requesting the service. Not so anymore! Nowadays, if you need a home-based service, instead of Googling or searching through Gumtree or Craigslist ads, you can place a job request through a new app called Page Advisor and service providers will come to you. Page Advisor, which just launched a couple of months ago, has already earned a reputation as “an Uber for on-demand services.” (more…)

Where to Find Coupons and Deals for Online Shopping

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Check out this new coupon site for deals before making your online purchases.

As I’ve mentioned before, when I lived in the States, I was sort of an “extreme couponer”, often paying less than half price for nearly every purchase. In the States, printed coupons are quite common and often “stacked” on top of electronic coupons, resulting in extreme discounts. Unfortunately, printed coupons are not so prevalent in this region, but electronic coupons are gradually gaining ground. The problem is it’s sometimes tedious to find them. Fortunately, there are sites like this one: (more…)

Are You on Board with iMOB? Well, Why Not?

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Another group buying shop with extraordinary deals.

You’ve probably heard of Groupon and Deal Ensogo, but another group buying & daily deals site that you might not be as familiar with is the iMOB Shop, which is actually an acronym for “I’m on Board”. This e-commerce shop is part of SMRT Investment (yes, the same SMRT that transports you around this island). This daily deals site launched just last year, and since then, has been gaining popularity. (more…)

An Effective Way to Learn a New Language (and it’s Free!)

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Join a community of more than 10 million members and learn a new language for free.

I have a confession: I am secretly envious of all of you who are bilingual and multilingual. Yes, I’m Chinese (my grandparents are from mainland China), but my Mandarin is quite poor. Having grown up in the States, I took up Spanish as a second language, but since I rarely used it, most of it has long been forgotten. Lately, I’ve been trying to improve and practice my Mandarin speaking skills. And that’s when I found that there are tons of language learning resources that are available online and on your smartphone (and many of them are free). (more…)

Where to Find a Meal for Under $1

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Want to know which hawkers keep prices low despite rising costs? Now there’s an easy way to search for them.

Ever wanted to know which places offer the cheapest Chicken Rice, Wanton Mee, or Laksa? Now you can easily find your nearest budget hawker dishes with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) pilot online directory. The ministry database includes food items and prices from 103 hawker centres from the second quarter of this year. (more…)