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)…

Brutal Truths About Having PRCs in Singapore

PRCs: they have a reputation for being obscenely loud, unbearably pushy, kiasu to the max, shit in public, cheat Singaporeans, display uncouth behaviour (that I must point out, some Singaporeans also show), unbafflingly self-entitled and amazingly unaware of social norms (or just have a damn thick skin). Tell an average Singaporean Chinese that our forefathers…

Financial Advice for Women: An Interview with Anna Haotanto

This is post 1 of 3 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 to Survive The Shock of Retirement in Singapore

You must be wondering, isn’t retirement in Singapore or elsewhere after a lifetime of work the holy grail of working? The enlightenment stage in the end of our career where we have earned and invested enough to attain financial independence, and can finally relax and travel the world? Retirement in Singapore isn’t so simple. As…

Should I Be A Working Mum or Stay-At-Home Mum?

How should mothers decide if they should continue working, or quit their jobs to stay at home and look after their children? Source: salary.com The bottom line is: whatever arrangement gives you the best chance of fulfilling your priorities after taking into account the drawbacks. This is one question many fathers don’t have to struggle…

Yes to Unemployment or Redundancy Insurance

What is unemployment or redundancy insurance? Unemployment insurance (sometimes packaged as redundancy insurance) is a type of unemployment benefit which you can receive if you lose your job involuntarily. If you’re retrenched or made redundant, payouts from redundancy insurance can help tide you over temporarily till you find a new job. Payouts from your unemployment…

Why Freelancers Need Clear Contracts

A YouTuber, Ben Matchap, famous for parkour stunts among others, revealed in an angry Facebook post that he was denied payment by a customer (Kenneth Jeyaretnam) who thought he had leaked the video to The Online Citizen, which apparently wasn’t invited to the event. Source: Ben Matchap YouTube/Redwire Times Ben also added two screenshots of…

Extra Chairs Will Start Appearing In Meetings Around Singapore, Here’s Why

There was a collective enlightenment seen in the audience as Shane Owenby (VP & Managing Director, APAC, Amazon Web Services) shared an office hack. Picture: Cult Furniture Bring an empty chair into unproductive meetings Flashing a photo of a red office chair, he told the predominantly PME crowd, that in Amazon meetings, if the discussion…

Innovation CXOs Spill The Beans On Future Jobs

On Monday, I attended an Innovation Exchange panel session at NTUC Centre, where CXOs from four multinational companies shared their thoughts on innovation and jobs of the future. From left: Tobias Puehse (Vice President, Innovation Management, APAC, Mastercard); Susanne Arfelt (Country Director, Unilever); Richard Koh (National Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore); Audrey Kuah (Managing Director, Dentsu Aegis Network…

SPH is hiring at the same time it announces job cuts

Singapore Press Holdings is cutting up to 10% of its workforce due to business slowdown etc etc. The cuts will come in the form of: attrition retirement non-renewal of contracts outplacement retrenchment After reading the Tripartite Guidelines on Managing Excess Manpower, which advises on alternatives to retrenchments, such as redeploying staff, I wondered if there…