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…)
Tom Corley spent many years observing the habits of the ultra rich and compared them to that of the poor. He wrote about it in his book “Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals“. His belief is that if you adopt some of these wealthy habits, you can dramatically improve your life. That will then lead you to uncover more success or opportunities down the road.
One of his findings was that 63% of wealthy people listen to audiobooks during their commute to work. Only 5% of the poor do so. Since most people in Singapore use public transport and don’t need to concentrate on traffic signals and patterns, we can easily adopt this “rich habit”. And choose to learn rather than to be entertained with music, television dramas, or Candy Crush. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)