Author: SimplyJesMe

Technology is not to blame, you are

Recently, PCF introduced technology into our sign-in system. Instead of the manual signature by the parents, parents use the iPad to take picture to sign in. Seems like a no-brainer as this digital storage of information will be better for the administrative duties too. The best thing is that they can take picture of the person fetched the kids from school. In case of any dispute, they are able to track it and prevent any incidents where our children can be fetched by any random stranger. Technology can really help us a lot. So I was surprised to overheard...

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Cost of a traditional Chinese wedding in Singapore

I am not joking when I tell you a wedding is a hefty affair. Looking at the financial point of view, I would have opted for a simple buffet lunch but no, wedding is also a family affair. It really depends on both you and your partner’s parents, more so for the bride’s parents. They would want a lavish event to marry off their daughter proudly and to loudly announce to their friends and associates. This is also their day so I have to do it their way. My parents requested the wedding banquet and I couldn’t say no...

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Entrepreneurship – A wasted degree?

Earning $100k or getting a honours degree is not stopping me from starting me own business. However, many would feel that I have wasted my education. They ask, why do I need to study so much if I am going into entrepreneurship? Have I wasted my technical knowledge and wasted my last 8 years of working experience? I don’t think so. Education has prepared me with enough concepts and theory and that allowed me to self-study for other online course I like. With the fundamentals taught in school, I can read through online materials easily and grasp concepts with...

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Sharing session with SimplyJesMe – Postponed

The sharing session has been postponed as the organisers will be holding a bigger event at a later date and combined with other bloggers. The scheduling of this date was too rushed so they were unable to get more speakers. Now, this is a better idea! Attendees will be able to learn and get to know more from a trip down and I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you to the people who signed up, willing to take the effort to travel and just to interact with me. I really appreciate your support and looking forward to meeting with each and...

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Customers are not always right

I know I have not seen all after being in sales line for 9 years. After so long, people still continue to surprise me. One thing does not change: Customers are not always right. They can shout at their top of the lungs, they can scold you for their bad mood, they can shift the blame to you because of their own fault but they cannot escape blame on their part. I know I am in the service line and I have to give great service to people so that people will recommend our snacks to others. I know...

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Club Med Bintan – All-inclusive, unplanned holiday

This was quite an interesting idea for me – All-inclusive resort where all the food, accommodation and facilities are added in the price. I heard it first from a few friends but I never thought I would want to try it. After all, shouldn’t a holiday be full of sight seeing, shopping and walking? Not if you just want to relax and not have to plan any itinerary or follow some boring tours. Price is not so prohibitive too. At $825 per person, and free for any children below 4 years old, it was an enticing offer to bring...

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Sharing session with SimplyJesMe on 5th May

I am honoured to have my own sharing session to meet and greet my readers. You can register them at this link – Unconditional Parenting Made Easy. I have no idea who thought of this title because parenting is never easy. Yet it’s the tough and challenging times that create the most unforgettable memories. Me? I have no secret recipe, I just try my very best and I think that’s enough. Yep, completely informal session! Many parents don’t think trying their best is good enough. They try to live up to societal and unrealistic expectations, mostly resulting in more disappointment...

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Should I buy Integrated Shield Plan until 99 years old?

Thanks to Ray, he pointed out I should expand my price comparison of different shield plans to age 75 and up. I can’t remember why I stopped at 75 years old, but I probably followed AIA’s tables, which only covers up to 75 years old. In any case, it got me thinking if I would keep buying integrated shield plan if I live till 99 years old. I wrote in another post debating whether people should buy term plan up till 99 years old. In short, you probably don’t have to keep paying for insurance and can stop once...

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My Honda HRV – A 2 year review

I always thought my personal posts interest no one so I am surprised people request for an update! I take feedback very seriously and it’s always good to have more ideas to write so I don’t mind to do this 2 year review. My last post was all about the price I bought my Honda HRV and why I went with Kah Motors. This post would be all about what I like and dislike about Honda HRV. Take note that my first car was Toyota Vios, where HRV is definitely a trade up and I would have different expectations...

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The peak period

Not just mega sales during Christmas but online sales like 11/11, 12/12, and particularly Chinese New Year. It’s the most hectic period for all online merchants. From renovation to selling furniture, abalone, vegetables, dried goods, clothes, cars and many more, I believe most sellers will be happy and tiring during such times. I am also happy to see my business taking off. It’s scary because we have to work till late almost every day to fulfil orders. The worst part is when our stocks run out so fast we kept on ordering and keeping stocks! It was crazy but...

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A summary on 5% co-payment of insurance for Integrated Shield Plan (IP)

Why the need to impose co-payment? It was 100% full riders coverage previously and I have blogged about the different prices of different insurance companies. However, premiums have increased by up to 80% due to a small group of people abusing the system, so the rest of us have to pay for higher premiums unfairly. What do you mean by abusing the system? When you are fully covered, people will be more keen to do many more check ups, tests or examinations that may be unnecessary. That means higher charges to the insurance companies. The insurance companies will in...

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My Way Of Paying It Forward by 15HWW

It’s been 3.5 years since I left my cushy, well-paying first job in the government service. With nothing concrete lined up then, it was a step into the unknown. A leap of faith. On hindsight, I took a huge risk. But well, I was deeply unhappy with my lifestyle and drastic action was necessary. These days, I count my blessings that things have turned out rather well as a full-time freelancer/self-employed. So I was filled with nostalgia when I came across these posts (here and here) by Jes recently. With a toddler in tow, she’s probably taking even more risks than me and...

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The ultimate price comparison of Integrated Shield Plans (New PruShield Fairer Pricing Approach)

The ultimate price comparison of Integrated Shield Plans (New PruShield Fairer Pricing Approach) Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Jes Finance , Insurance 0 Comments I just finished updating the price increase for AIA Max Essential on my previous post. Now I have to explain the new PruShield Plans, which is so much more complicated with their new 5 steps plan, also called the Fairer Pricing Approach. I am sure many Prudential customers will be pretty confused but ultimately, most just accept the price increase and changes. All these changes should be considered to see if they affect you positively. Basically,...

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Qoo10 vs Lazada vs Carousell vs Shopee – A comprehensive guide to online platforms

Qoo10 vs Lazada vs Carousell vs Shopee – A comprehensive guide to online platforms Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Jes SnackFirst 0 Comments Online platforms are popular nowadays as they dangle discounts and huge offers from major brands. As SnackFirst is an online shop and depends a lot on traffic, these online platforms are very useful to get more sales and attract new customers. While searching for information regarding these platforms, I did not find many articles on them. I am sharing my information here as I think it will be very useful to other online retailers, even my competitors!...

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Why I left my $100,000 job

Why I left my $100,000 job Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Jes Familytalk , Myself , SimplySalesTalk , SnackFirst 0 Comments I will start off 2018 with an in-depth post. Many of you know that I quit my regional sales job to start my own business at SnackFirst. What I have not mentioned is why I feel that it is the right move, instead of accepting another job offer or go for more interviews. Yes, it was mainly due to my boss who asked me to shut up but I could have found another similar job. It was hard for me to explain...

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