Category: Education & Self-Improvement

Why Money Resolutions Fail

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Who’s driving these luxury cars? The answer may surprise you.

It’s that of year again when we, with all our good intentions, list all the various health, self-improvement, and financial goals that we aim to achieve in the coming 12 months. Each year, the same New Year’s resolutions appear – make healthier food choices, exercise regularly, spend less, save more – yet most resolutions are broken within the first 2 weeks. It seems that we all know exactly what we need to do, but the knowledge-behavioural gap is wide, and translating what we know into actions is where we fail. So here are some ways in which this gap might be lessened, at least when it comes to meeting our financial goals. (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…)

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…)

Free PA Courses at CCs and Water-Venture Outlets

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Pick up new hobbies & skills while making new friends.

Now is your chance to learn how to play the guitar, make cheese, kayak, line dance, draw, sew, perform 13 various martial arts, meditate, cook Nonya cuisine, or teach your dogs new tricks. The People Association is offering 2000 free courses for you to upgrade yourself. Note that these are only open to Singaporeans and PRs, and registration is through the respective CCs or Water-Venture (WV) Outlets on a first-come, first-serve basis. (more…)

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions – in 5 Steps

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Here’s a better way to keep those New Year’s resolutions.

The top New Year’s resolutions that people make every year all have to do with self-improvement. Losing weight, spending less/saving more, and quitting smoking always top the list. But 25% of resolutions are broken just after one week. And less than half are kept by mid-year. Are our goals too ambitious? Or are we approaching them the wrong way? (more…)

A University Education without the Tuition

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Learn just about anything online for free with MOOCs.

I recently attended a NTUC appreciation dinner for mature workers. There, I met a pioneer generation crane operator who has worked at the Singapore Port for the last 50 years (and is still working there!). Although my working years are just a fraction of his, I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different careers that span very diverse industries.

Although I earned a Masters in Engineering at uni, the vast majority of the skills I use today are self-taught. Where did I learn these skills? At the “University of Google”. (more…)

A Frugal Way to be Happy, Have Better Health & Live a More Fulfilling Life

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A simple, quick, and frugal way to brighten your day.

Before going for retail therapy, spa therapy, or talk therapy, there may be a better and less expensive way of brightening up your day. Although free, it involves some gumption, courage, and vulnerability. It’s something that worked well for me in the States, but I wasn’t sure if it would work here in Singapore. So I wanted to test my theory and conduct a little experiment… (more…)