How to Save Time Preparing a Homemade Meal

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Food preparation can be quick, easy, and delicious with the right tools.

The number 1 reason people don’t cook at home is “not enough time”. But if you compare the time it takes to dine out (including travel time and wait time) to eating at home, sometimes dining out takes even more time. And if you use easy and quick preparation methods at home (like I do), then cooking at home takes just minutes. I can even multitask and do other things while I cook. My favourite kitchen appliance is my pressure cooker. It not cooks rice twice as fast, it can cook an entire multi-course meal for 20 guests in less than two hours time.  (more…)

Why Cheap Meals May End Up Costing You More

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What’s the real cost of cheap food?

In our “food paradise” nation, there is no shortage of choice and variety when it comes to dining options. Wherever you are, you’re only a few step away from a food court or restaurant. Though despite the abundance of good-tasting food, most of the food my family consumes is homemade. People always ask why I don’t eat out more often. They say that food is cheaper at food courts than if you make it at home. Is this true? If we assume stall owners are making a profit, how are they keeping the food so cheap?     (more…)

Free (or Low-Cost) Things to Do on Valentine’s Day (updated)

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Cheap dates for cheapskates.

I haven’t really found a restaurant or venue with a special Valentine’s Day meal that is, what I would consider, value-conscious. It seems that most places just by virtue of adding the three words, “Valentine’s Day Special” double their prices while giving you maybe just slightly more than their usual offerings. But I have found several free events and activities, for those who want to do something other than (or in addition to) having a nice meal. Here are my top suggestions for free or inexpensive things to do on Valentine’s Day or on Valentine’s weekend. (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.

Gym memberships in Singapore usually cost over $150 a month. People tell me that they feel it’s too high a 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…)

The Best, Smartest, Luckiest, and Safest Investment for the New Year

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Your year to achieve security, wealth, and happiness.

In a few hours, it will be Chinese New Year. And many people hope this new year will bring to them luck and wealth. That’s why I want to share with you the biggest investment that I am banking on. No, this is not a get-rich-quick scheme, new trading algorithm, or forex formula. This is a safe investment, and one with high yields that hardly anyone talks about. And it is rarely mentioned in seminar or books. (more…)

8 Reasons to Buy Second-Hand Clothing, Furnishings, and Gadgets

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There are many benefits of buying used clothing, some are not so obvious.

It’s just 4 more days till the Chinese New Year. And everyone is busy cleaning their homes and clearing their unwanted goods. Many people are also shopping for a new outfit to wear on the first day of the new lunar year. But does new necessarily mean never-worn? Maybe it just needs to be new to you. Here are my 8 (auspicious) reasons why you should consider buying used. (more…)