What’s The Point Of Becoming A Smart Nation?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spent a large segment of his National Day Rally speech elaborating on Smart Nation, which he described as “using IT comprehensively to create new jobs new business opportunities make our economy more productive make our lives more convenient and make this an outstanding city in which to live, work and…

4 Questions That Lee Hsien Loong Cannot Answer About Oxley Road

It’s already a couple of weeks plus since the Oxley Road affair broke, but it already feels like forever. While Singapore waits another week plus for the Parliament session on 3rd July 2017 (where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is supposed to answer questions from MPs regarding the 38 Oxley Road dispute), there are some…

5 Reasons the Oxley Road Saga is Way Too Singaporean 

By now, the Oxley Road saga between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee), and his siblings Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, has developed into a game of thrones. No one can predict what happens next and all heads are on the chopping board. One certainty is that when Parliament sits on 3…

PAssion Card – The Membership Card That’s Almost Free!

This is post 4 of 4 in the series “Membership Cards” Since I’ve already blogged about NTUC and SAFRA memberships, the other membership which I really like is the PAssion card by People’s Association. Being the cheapo I am, I signed up for the card many years ago even before I got NTUC and SAFRA…

When North Korea and South Korea Almost Reconciled

The North Korea nuclear crisis is putting the world on edge, what can be done? If you’ve been keeping up to date with news on the North Korea nuclear crisis, you may also be aware that this long-drawn “war” between North and South Korea (and its allies) could have actually been averted due to a…

Three Things More Expensive for Singapore Parents Than Milk Powder

The cost of milk powder in Singapore has risen to a level even PAP MPs cannot endure. If you weren’t paying attention, the rise in milk powder prices has been hogging quite a few headlines. How expensive is Singapore milk powder? According to the Mandarin chart below, the price of milk powder in Singapore (#2)…

Why Would Singaporeans Buy Fish From a Farmer Instead of A Fisherman?

“Farming” to Singaporeans typically brings to mind crops like vegetables, fruits, rice, or livestock, poultry and eggs. But what about fish? Some of us may think our fish are typically wild fish caught by fishermen and farmed fish is just a minor source of our fish. So why would Singaporeans increasingly buy fish from a…

Did gov.sg’s Bot Accidentally Reveal The Size of Singapore Reserves?

gov.sg recently released a chat bot which you can AMA with on Facebook messenger.  Source Besides giving you almost instant replies about anything under the sun, accurate or not, it can also advise you on who in the public service to harrass contact regarding your problem and point you to the relevant webpages just like Google,…

Financial Advice for Women: An Interview with Anna Haotanto

This is post 1 of 4 in the series “#SGfemales” Growing up, I realised that it was difficult to find financial advice tailored to females during different stages of our lives. Besides having a good female financial advisor or female friends who are savvy in investing and are kind enough to give you tips, the…

How Many Times Will Singapore Become a Syonan-To?

On 15 February 1942, the Japanese renamed Singapore Syonan-to after the British did their first Brexit from Singapore. Syonan-to means “Light of the South”. Three years and more than an estimated 50,000 deaths later, Singapore finally shook off its slave name when the Japanese finally surrendered. Source The Singapore Government, always as pragmatic and straightforward,…