A $1 Million Jackpot with Your Name on It?

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Here’s where unclaimed money goes when the beneficiaries can’t be found.

Just in the last two months, two of my friends have had to help settle a family member’s estate. Both of them were the primary or sole beneficiaries of the estate. For one friend, this was expected; for the other, it was a complete surprise. Every now and then, you’ll hear about some millionaire who left everything to an unsuspecting person or even a stranger. A common question that arises is how will you know if you are a beneficiary of such an estate? And if reasonable efforts were made to contact these unsuspecting beneficiaries, but they were nowhere to be found, what happens to all the unclaimed money? (more…)

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 (rates listed below). 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…)