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…)

Prescription Glasses & Eyewear for Only $10

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Good vision is priceless!

I’m in my mid-30s and my vision has recently been changing. In fact, it’s been improving. Because the power of my lenses are often now too strong, I find myself needing to update my prescription every 6 months to 1 year. This can be very costly, as I would need to buy new glasses each time. Fortunately, I found a site where I can get great looking, affordable prescription glasses for about S$10! (more…)

What You’ll Find at New2U Thrift Store

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New2U Thrift Store during their end-of-the-month sale.

I have a friend in the States named Michael who is a multi-millionaire. When attending formal events, he can definitely make an impression. He is typically one of the best dressed people in the room. He is often mistaken for a celebrity or a model. You’ll never guess that he, like me, grew up in poverty. You’ll also never guess that 90% of his outfits (as well as 90% of mine) were purchased second-hand, most commonly from thrift stores. (more…)

Why I Hate Coach, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Longchamp, and Louis Vuitton Designer Handbags

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Designer handbags are commonly seen at Daiso.

I have never seen so many designer bags until I moved here. They are surprisingly ubiquitous, popular among the youth, the elderly, working adults, and metrosexual males. I’ve even seen them carried by ladies in full-length burkas. Despite their high price tag, they are so common here. You don’t have to be at Orchard or the CBD to spot them. You’ll find them even while shopping at Daiso! So why do I hate them? (more…)