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Is Singapore’s Public Transportation System Really That Efficient?

People always tend to grumble about their city’s public transportation system. This made us curious, how do transportation systems compare? And how well is Singapore’s system actually performing? To find out, we analysed publicly available data with the goal of getting a better picture of how Singapore compares to other major cities around the world. Singaporeans Wait Less Than Other Commuters Nothing makes passengers more upset than having to wait a long time for their train or bus. Thankfully for Singaporeans, the average wait time of 12 minutes in Singapore is shorter than most other major cities. Additionally, fewer...

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Is Singapore's Public Transportation System Really That Efficient?

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Hydroponic Farming at Home: How to Grow Safer, Better and Cheaper Food in Your HDB Flat

Last week, 131 people in Singapore fell ill with gastroenteritis after consuming food from a catering service, which follows 2 other incidents where about 300 people suffered food poisoning from a restaurant and a different catering service. While eating bento boxes at a conference or going out to restaurants is unavoidable, these incidents to make us wonder if there is a safer way to eat. In fact, there is a way that is not only safer, but also cheaper and better for the environment: hydroponic farming. Having become quite popular in the last few years, hydroponic farming is quite...

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Hydroponic Farming at Home: How to Grow Safer, Better and Cheaper Food in Your HDB Flat

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6 Ways to Save Money When Renting a Car on Vacation

Renting a car while on vacation can provide you with unlimited freedom to go wherever you want. Consider Iceland, where some of the most interesting sights you’ll see can be tucked away in places only accessible by car. Similarly, imagine how much more you can discover on a quintessential road trip across the United States as opposed to staying in one city. However, while renting a car can give you financial freedom during your travels, it can be quite expensive compared to public transit. To help you save money when driving abroad, we explored different ways you can save...

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4 Ways to Be a Smarter Holiday Shopper This Year

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and friends. Many of us would like to shower these loved ones in gifts. However, navigating the budgeting and shopping processes can be tricky for all of us. To help, we’ve outlined a number of ways to make your holiday shopping as financially responsible as possible. Set a Limit for Your Holiday Spending Budget If you are truly serious about monitoring your finances during the holiday season, it is crucial to set a budget for the gifts that you plan to buy. To start, make a...

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Do Millennials Save Money by Living in Co-Living Spaces?

Co-living spaces have become increasingly popular with millennials and expatriates living in Singapore. These homes tend to include modern furnishings, maid service, utilities, wifi and a sense of community for their residents. But could you actually save money by signing up for a co-living room? We set out to determine whether could you actually reduce your housing costs by living in one of these units. What Are Co-Living Spaces? Co-living spaces are shared flats in which residents rent individual rooms and share common spaces such as kitchens and living rooms. These living quarters have become quite popular with young...

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7 Last-Minute Luxury New Year’s Eve Getaways for Couples

New Years is a time for celebration, whether you are enjoying a quiet evening in with your family or spending a wild night out with friends. With glamorous New Years Eve experiences happening all over the world, it may be tempting to celebrate all your hard work in 2018 by treating yourself to a luxury getaway with your significant other. But how much would it really cost for Singaporeans to enjoy the most top-notch NYE experiences around the world? Below, you’ll some of the top NYE experiences around the world and their costs. Luxury NYE Experiences in Asia &...

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Want a Smart Home Appliance for the Holidays? Here Are 3 That Are Actually Worth Your Money

If smart phone is the the most influential consumer technology in the world today, smart home is one of the next frontiers that the biggest technology farms are going after. However, smart home technology and devices can be a rather tricky topic. First, these devices can cost thousands of dollars (think smart refrigerator) and are therefore difficult to “upgrade” every 1-2 years. The implication of this is that buying the wrong device when the technology itself isn’t yet mature (or for that matter, proven to be all that useful) can be a rather expensive mistake. Afterall, it’s still not...

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ValueChampion Student Interview Series: Joel Ng, MITB Candidate, SMU

Graduate school is a major investment in one’s professional future. Here at ValueChampion, we hope to make this financial decision more approachable. By interviewing students and sharing their stories, we hope to shed light on key decision making factors for prospective students. Following his bachelor’s degree and several years in the working world, Joel NG decided to return to SMU in order to pursue a Master of IT in Business (MITB). In our interview we asked him what made him choose this degree and learned more about how he was able to finance this career investment. What influenced you...

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Want to Travel Around the World? How One Couple is Doing it Without Breaking the Bank

To many, travelling the world may seem like a pipe dream. Whether it’s due to a tight budget or a very busy work schedule, many people may feel like they don’t have the means to accomplish their travel goals. However, one couple is altering the perceptions of the cost of traveling, while documenting how they can afford to do so and where they get the best experiences. The founder of the popular travel blog “A Girl and a Bald Traveller” gives us some tips on how he is able to travel multiple times a year while maintaining a full-time...

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November BTO Sales Launch: Where Can You Find the Best Value?

The Housing & Development Board’s current Build-To-Order (BTO) sales launch will provide 3,802 new HDB flats, which is an exciting proposition for many prospective homebuyers. Given that purchasing a home is one of the most important investments that you will make in your lifetime, it is crucial to do your research in order to find good value. With that in mind, we’ve carefully reviewed the sales launch information to help you make a good investment. What Type of Homes Are Available? The latest BTO sales launch offers a wide range of housing options. For example, available units range from...

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Beauty Pageant to Tech Industry: How Jeraldine Phneah Took Control of Her Career & Bought a HDB Flat by Age 26

For young Singaporeans graduating from universities, the realities of the job market can be quite sobering. For example, the annual surveys of recent graduates from leading universities in Singapore found that only 78.4% of last year’s graduates were able to find full-time jobs 6 months after their final examinations, down more than 10% from 89.8% in 2007. In this regard, it’s becoming ever more important for young adults in Singapore to take both conscientious decisions and creative paths to craft a career that work for them. Jeraldine Phneah, a former beauty pageant in Singapore, has an interesting perspective to...

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Beauty Pageant to Tech Industry: How Jeraldine Phneah Took Control of Her Career & Bought a HDB Flat by Age 26 With Her Partner

For young Singaporeans graduating from universities, the realities of the job market can be quite sobering. For example, the annual surveys of recent graduates from leading universities in Singapore found that only 78.4% of last year’s graduates were able to find full-time jobs 6 months after their final examinations, down more than 10% from 89.8% in 2007. In this regard, it’s becoming ever more important for young adults in Singapore to take both conscientious decisions and creative paths to craft a career that work for them. Jeraldine Phneah, a former beauty pageant in Singapore, has an interesting perspective to...

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Redefining Ugly: How One Singapore-Based Startup Aims to Achieve Zero Food Waste

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that each year more than 1 billion tonnes of food is wasted. Local startup, UglyFood, has found that foods that are not cosmetically attractive (or “ugly”) are often wasted as they are viewed as less desirable to shoppers. The startup’s founders saw this as both a business and social-impact opportunity. So far, the business has diverted more than 7,384 perfectly edible fruits and vegetables by transforming them into juices, smoothies and popsicles. We conducted an interview with UglyFood to learn about the organisation’s mission, successes and future goals, as...

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