Public or Private Healthcare – Which Should You Choose?

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How do you choose between public subsidised healthcare vs private unsubsidised.

For Singaporeans and PRs, public healthcare is subsidised. The cost can be a mere fraction of the cost compared to private healthcare rates. So why would one choose to pay more and go through the private healthcare route? Here are some common reasons why this might make sense.

Please note that this is just a general and simplistic summary, and that you may need to consult your doctor or other healthcare provider to discuss your specific needs, conditions, and treatment options. Also, please note that in this post, “private rates” refers to “unsubsidised rates”, not necessarily to a specific private institution (since even public institutions provide private services). (more…)

Free Transport From Toa Payoh to Clementi

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How to travel for free without a car.

I saw an article a while back which explained how a person could travel from Toa Payoh to Clementi for free and all in the comfort of a shuttle bus that would transit through the Grandstand (formerly known as Turf City). Free shuttle services are one of the best kept secrets in Singapore. They take you directly to popular places, and most of them are open to the public. (more…)

Would You Dumpster Dive in Singapore?

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Food waste at the wet market on the eve of Chinese New Year.

So. Much. Waste. According to the NEA, food waste makes up approximately 10% of the total waste in Singapore. Around Chinese New Year, with all the reunions and celebrations centered around food and the dinner table, I would imagine that this rate goes up. We’re indeed privileged to live in a society in which food, for the most part, is plentiful and its abundance can often be taken for granted. (more…)

Cheap Salad Bar Buffet at Shallots

an affordable salad bar buffet

It always bothered me that a decent satisfying salad with quality fixings would typically cost much more than a sandwich or burger. There are some salad shops in Singapore that are well-priced. But many will just fill your plate with mostly lettuce, and skimp on the toppings. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for an affordable salad bar buffet where I get to choose what I put in my salad. (more…)