My first Groupon(Singapore) deal bought!

Jun 20, 11 My first Groupon(Singapore) deal bought!

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Group deal sites have been around for the longest time, and I actually signed up to receive updates for quite a few. However, I have not found any deals attractive enough to buy them. Mostly, the deals just didn’t seem all that attractive. Some of the deals are discounted off retail price, such that when you compare it to prices you can get at the shops, it’s only marginally cheaper. In other cases, the locations are not exactly the most convenient, so you usually won’t go or do that event on a wimp and would require a bit of schedule planning. I prefer a little bit of spontaneity in my life ūüôā But I finally did it! I bought the¬†$35 for 1 Month Club Membership + 60 min Health Assessment + 4 VibroGym Sessions at Lifestyle Fitness (Worth $645) deal from groupon.sg. Essentially, this is not significantly cheaper than most commercial gyms. At some point of time, California Fitness or True Fitness were going at around $30-45/month for a 1-2 years plan. So at $35, its within that range. The main reason why I did buy it is because of 2 main reasons. 1) I’m on a diet/fitness regime now, and 2) the location is right opposite my office! Best deal ever ūüôā Will I buy more groupon deals? Perhaps. Deals like,¬†$6 for 1 Manhattan Fish ‘n Chips at The Manhattan FISH MARKET (Worth $13.90),¬†$3.25 for Any 6-Inch Sub (Worth up to $6.50) at 7 Subway Outlets or¬†$5 for 1 Main Ramen or Rice at RamenPlay (Worth $10.80) does seem cheap and worth it. But seeing how 10,000 to 30,000 coupons for each has been bought, I wonder how the shops can cope with it and also if QC will drop. For 30,000 coupons, and with a typical validity of 6 months, that means they would have to serve additional 5000 purchases at a heavily discounted price. Do note, groupon does take a cut of the coupon price, which means more retailers might suffer...

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Marriage and the impact of changing social dynamics

Jun 16, 11 Marriage and the impact of changing social dynamics

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Marriage is one of the most memorable thing in a person’s life. It marks the start of a new chapter in the lives of 2 individuals when they decide that they are willing to put aside a part of themselves to stand together as a couple.¬†I once heard a quote, and thought it’s really quite true. “Monogamy is when a person decides that staying together is more worthwhile than chasing personal wants.” However social dynamics have changed significantly in the last 10 years, and one of the things I have been pondering about is marriage. The main reason is actually because most of my peers are starting to get married, and I have attended 8 weddings in 6 months! But that’s not the only things I have observed. I have seen quite a number of shotgun marriages, a number of people getting married for the sake of moving out from parents, and a few divorces, separations and annulments. From that, I believe in the next 10 years, there will be far less marriages than now.¬†Let’s look at it logically. Since I’m a guy, I will largely present the guy’s point of view. I believe guys get married for 4 main reasons, Family pride and name One of the main reasons why guy’s get married is for the family name. This is one of those deeply ingrained asian culture that we have. In India, a person’s choice of a spouse is irrelevant. The parent’s choice is more important. In most chinese, the surname and family name is a very significant thing. Having family culture and future generation was probably one of the biggest concern of our parents and grandparents time. Even for myself, when I was in secondary school, one of my considerations when looking for a girlfriend was if she would be a good mother to my kids. (Okay fine. Go giggle behind my back). This has been diluting a lot these days, where personal desires are more important than family desires. Some couples...

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My first ‘suaku’ trip to Jurong East Swimming Complex @ Lakeside

Jun 15, 11 My first ‘suaku’ trip to Jurong East Swimming Complex @ Lakeside

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In the hot tropical weather of Singapore, the only water theme park available is Wild Wild Wet. While they have about 5-6 decent rides, it’s actually not that cheap considering the entry fee plus locker fee etc. But then, its really not too expensive considering it’s privately managed. There used to be Fantasy Island in Sentosa, which was once Asia’s largest water theme¬†¬†park. Unfortunately a series of fatalities, bad press and low attendance resulted in it’s closure. Those born before the 1990s would definitely remember spending some time there! It was really a marvel! Amazingly, hidden in the western corner of Singapore lies the Jurong East Swimming Complex! Technically speaking, it’s actually between Chinese Garden MRT and Lakeside MRT, but *shrugs*   At an entry fee of just $2 for adults, you get to play with these amazingly long slides! So basically,¬†there’s¬†3 slides, 1 lazy river, and 1 wave pool. Very reasonable pricing! Of course, expect it to be crowded on weekends. You need to pay $2 to rent a float, and 40cents to use the lockers. But that’s really chum change for the value you get. There’s tables and chairs, lots of idling areas and I would say it is pretty spacious! Quite a nice gathering place for families. The only other bad point is that it is at Lakeside, and there is no direct buses there. Walking from the MRT would be the easiest way. View Larger Map No matter where you stay in Singapore, even if it is 90 minutes away, you should go visit this place at least once! I can’t believe I took so many years before I did it. Interestingly, with the Resorts World Singapore, there is actually a new water theme park coming up! The¬†Equarius Water Park is slated for completion by 2012, and it features a 450meter water...

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Suzie Q and Toby J @ SG Pole Challenge 2011

Jun 13, 11 Suzie Q and Toby J @ SG Pole Challenge 2011

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In 1 line, SG Pole Challenge was amazing! Suzie Q and Toby J was amazing! As mentioned in my earlier blog post, SG Pole Challenge was held over the weekend at Iluma,¬†Tornado-Se7en. It was actually quite an interesting venue. It was a segmented portion of Tornado, which is kind of like an entertainment zone with arcades and what not. So it had a high ceiling, which allowed a feeling of spaciousness compared to the usual drinking venues. The theme for the event is Goth, so most of the costumes and performances were tuned towards that direction. The judges were fantastic! Very poised and professional. Suzie Q and Toby J were both judges and performers for the event! There were actually 2 more judges, 1 from the International Pole Dance Fitness Association, and 1 from Prime Gym. Unfortunately I couldn’t get them all into the photo. And I shall blame it all on my ancient camera. The performers for the event sure had loads of fun! and definitely all this would not be possible without The Fairy Goth Mother¬†Ming (also known as Suzie Wong), the founder of Acropolates! Enjoy the...

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Skipping the queues of EZlink top up at MRT stations

Jun 08, 11 Skipping the queues of EZlink top up at MRT stations

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I Finally did it! I applied for EZ-Reload for my ezlink card. Before the new CEPAS compliant cards came out, auto top ups were actually very common. You basically go to the ticketing machines, link it up to your bank account via giro, and they will do the transfer ¬†every time the fare card goes below a certain amount. However, EZlink got greedy, and they started charging a $0.25 ‘convenience’ fee for this service. Seriously, is it necessary? Then, we migrated to the new CEPAS system adopted by the Singapore Government to allow for more players in the industry. In comes NETS Flash Pay. Essentially, it is a competitor product by NETS into the contactless micropayment space. But given the way things are in Singapore, it’s probably not going to change much for a duopoly. In any case, I found out that the POSB Everyday Card has a 2% rebate for EZ-Reload. So basically what this means is that if you top up $50, you get $1 in rebate. Deducting off the convenience fee of $0.25, you would actually earn $0.75! Applying for EZ-Reload actually took me less than 5 mins of my time: 1) Go to the EZ-Reload website and apply for EZ-Reload by card. 2) Enter in your details, in particular, your credit card number and your EZlink card number. 3) Wait for an acknowledgement email or sms (This takes 2-3 business days however) 4) Go to a General Ticketing Machine in the MRT stations to activate the EZ-Reload. 5) Tada! You’re done! Pretty simple stuff. So why wouldn’t you use auto top up?...

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The Shortcut to the Shortcut: The 4 Key Principles of The 4-Hour Body

Jun 02, 11 The Shortcut to the Shortcut: The 4 Key Principles of The 4-Hour Body

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I was just starting the 4-Hour Body, Slow Carb Diet just on Monday this week which I mentioned¬†here¬†and¬†here, and what a pleasant surprise!¬†Tim Ferriss¬†came out with a¬†video¬†of the speech he did recently about the book. It’s actually quite a messy video, because of all the content he tries to put in. But again, I would suggest people who are interested to buy the book!...

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