The Myth of Home Ownership in Singapore, and Why I Choose to Rent

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Do you really own your home?

Although I own properties overseas, I am a renter here in Singapore. People keep telling me that “renting is just like flushing your money down a toilet”. When I ask these people whether they rent or own, they proudly proclaim “own, of course!” But do they really own their home? Most people who purchase a home, do so with a mortgage. This is the same as renting, but instead of renting from a landlord, you are renting from a bank. And do you know what the word “mortgage” means? (more…)

Get an Entirely New Wardrobe – for Free!

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Swapping is the new shopping.

Over the years, most of us have amassed a collection of clothing that they simply do not wear anymore. These items typically will remain in a our closet unworn for years until they are eventually disposed of. Instead of having these clothes pile up, and take up precious wardrobe space, why not exchange them in a swap. On April 5th and 6th, 313 @ Somerset will be holding its annual Green and Gorgeous Fashion Swap

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A Reason Not to Skip Breakfast – It’s Free!

Get free Egg McMuffins on National Breakfast Day

If you happen to live or work near a McDonalds, they will be giving away more than 100,000 Egg McMuffins tomorrow (17 March). What’s the occasion? It’s National Breakfast Day! All outlets will be giving out 1,000 Egg McMuffins, except for those at KKH Hospital, Yew Tee (including Yew Tee Kiosk), Tampines Interchange Kiosk, Lucky Chinatown, Clementi Avenue 3, Changi Airport T2 Transit and Science Centre Singapore.

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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. This is 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. (more…)

Budget-friendly Buffets in Singapore – Part 1: Chinese & Vegetarian Cuisine

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Budget-friendly buffets, all priced around $15 or less!

While these buffets may not have the same variety that a buffet at a five-star hotel would have, you can still find great food and a decent spread, all without breaking the bank. And you won’t need a voucher or a 1-for-1 credit card promotion. These buffets are all around $15 or less. Compared to “The Line” at Shangri-La or “Carousel” at Royal Plaza, where you’ll have to spend 4x the amount. But is the food there really 4x better? (more…)