Advertisement or Article? Marketers Don’t Want You to Know

Most people will tell you they hate advertisements. When watching television, these people will skip through commercials or subscribe to commercial-free streaming services like Netflix. On the internet, they will use ad-blockers. But, advertisers and marketers today are very sneaky. With the rise of native advertising, many ads blend in seamlessly with content. This makes it difficult to tell whether internet content — news, product/service reviews, how-to guides, etc. — is authentic or was developed/written purely for commercial purposes. Sadly, a recent study showed that >80% of today’s students were unable to tell an advertisement from a news article.


The EcoBank Bazaar & How I Prepare for the Lunar New Year

Every lunar new year, my mum (who is in the States) asks, “Are you wearing new clothes?” And every year, the answer is the same. “Well, they are new-ish“. “And what have you done to ensure another 12 months of good fortune and prosperity?,” she asks. I tell her that I have cleaned my home and donated some items along with my time. Those items and my time have, in a small way, benefited the less privileged. And my year is off to a new, conscientious, charitable, and sustainable fresh start. How’s that for an answer?


US Social Security Will Be Depleted in 15 Years

Of the many reasons why I moved to Singapore, the one that surprises Singaporeans the most is my desire to be a CPF member. Some Singaporeans feel that all CPF does is “rob them of their hard-earned money”. Yes, CPF is a means of forced savings. But nearly all developed nations (including the US) have such a system as the foundation of their social safety net. While nobody likes being forced into something (even for their own good), being forced while feeling cheated is far worse. In a recent report, the US Social Security system has admitted that their entire fund will be depleted by the year 2034.


Why You Should Do a Year-end SWOT and Performance Review on Your Marriage

For many businesses, the end of the year is usually spent producing financial reports and reviewing business operations. Every business has unmet goals and blind spots, as does every marriage. Doing a SWOT and performance review can help you revisit relationship goals, acknowledge weaknesses, develop a strategy to deal with obstacles, and extinguish threats before they become insurmountable.   (more…)

Having Trouble Finding a Competent, Reliable, and Trustworthy Agent? Propseller Can Help You

When I first moved to Singapore, I was shocked by the unscrupulous practices employed by some property agents to further their own selfish interests. From fake listings and misleading information to omitting important property details, these dodgy practices would have definitely resulted in legal action in the States (where the majority of real estate agents are held to fiduciary standards). With more than 30,000 property agents in Singapore, how can one find not only an honest agent but also the most suitable agent to fit his/her situation? This is where Propseller can help.