A lot has changed since Taobao shopping became popular a few years ago. I would recommend doing shipping differently than before.
First up, forget about Taobao direct or consolidated shipping. It is SLOW, and relatively expensive. The air shipping could take as long as the sea shipping offered by other forwarders. Overall the shipping feels disorganized, maybe because it is handled by too many parties.
The other day i mentioned that i was going to get an Ozone air purifier for my fridge. Well, today i took delivery of the Enerfer Ozone air purifier.
I’m very pleased with both the price and the dimensions of this product. It is rather diminutive and won’t take up much of your precious fridge space. I charged it up immediately and turned it on to test if it works, and yes, it does emit Ozone. I’m pretty sure this would do a lot of good inside the fridge, to kill any undesirable “bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa” which give rise to smell and also damage fresh produce.
I’ve not done a purchase from iHerb for a long time (or any foreign website), and i’ve forgotten about how to go about it. What i normally do is pay with the YouTrip card, since the items are denominated in USD. Well, you know that one way merchants make money is to charge you in your local currency and earn extra from the currency exchange commission as well. You will definitely end up paying more than if you chose to pay in the original currency, i.e. USD.
Now, things get worse when, not only do you pay extra in currency exchange to the merchant (iHerb), you’ll also pay a currency conversion fee to the bank (in my case Citibank 1%), when they know that they’ve lost out on earning the currency exchange! It’s double loss to you!
Just to share this so you’ll be careful. Definitely do all your foreign currency purchases with the YouTrip or equivalent account.
Okay, yet another product discovered through Facebook, and it is also yet another kickstarter project. It’s a very compelling product, but so expensive! Especially since i missed the early bird deal, which still costs S$83 per piece. So, i looked for a cheapo imatation, and lo and behold, there is the Egg Sitter.
I think this Qoo10 seller PanJa has it the cheapest at $9.90 (there are other sellers on Qoo10), with QPrime delivery (free for combined purchases of over $60). So does it really work?
Since Chapaguri was featured in the movie Parasite, I think a substantial number of people who saw the movie would have been curious enough to actually try to procure the noodles. I suppose you can count me as one of them.
Well, not that i was desperate to try the noodles at once. Happens that i was trying to accumulate $40 worth of QPrime purchases on Qoo10 so i can take advantage of a $6 off $40 coupon discount, so i thought this was a good opportunity to try the noodles. I chose the Chapaghetti variant, which is essentially the instant noodle version of Jjajangmyeon.
Like many new products i’m trying out these days, i first saw these Fridgeballs on one of the Facebook videos. Toss one of these balls into your fridge and your fruits and vegetables will last twice as long. Sounded like a good idea, and i immediately did a search on Taobao to see if such products were available. Well, yes and no. Yes in the sense that there are products that claim to do the same thing, but no, not the same product.
A cafe is probably the most ubiquitous eatery worldwide. True, it is still more a Western concept, but it seems to gain foothold easily in any part of the world. Somehow, it manages to become the hip place to hangout, host a meeting, work, study, settle your meals or just to be by yourself. Practically anything.
Well, now that most of us are in lockdown, what do we do? Why, bring the cafe home! I had this idea since eons ago. It’s actually not cheap to hang around in a cafe. A cup of coffee and a small snack sets you back $7 at the very minimum. $5 for a cup of coffee? That’s almost enough to buy 1 pound of green coffee beans which is sufficient to make 16 cups of double espresso coffee. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Fresh roasted fresh ground coffee. Choose your own beans, even Blue Mountain if you like. Beats what you get in Starbucks anytime.
The online marketplaces have seen a boom in their sales volume recently, thanks to the Circuit Breaker measure that has resulted in home-bound people doing much more shopping online than in brick-and-mortar shops.
You may not have noticed, but I’ve seen the online sellers or merchants swing from panic selling to now hiking prices (beer prices especially) and milking the cash cow from increased demand. At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, they were actually worried about holding on to too much stock on hand, and they tried to offload at highly discounted prices. Thankfully i caught some of that action, since I’ve always been buying stuff online. Because it’s cheaper when you buy online!
I thought now is a good time to share my experiences on how you can save when you do online shopping. Probably 80% of the items i buy when shopping at online marketplaces (Taobao isn’t considered one) are groceries, because you need to eat everyday right.
Not sure if you feel the same, but once taken-for-granted, now the Supermarket has become almost a sacred place. You need to queue to get in, and, I’m not sure about you, once inside, I don’t just hurriedly get the stuff in my groceries list. I would scan the shelves to see if there is anything I missed out. In doing so, i actually take more notice of all the items on the rack. It suddenly dawns on me that everything that sits on the shelf serves a purpose, their value finally given recognition. We should count ourselves blessed for having such a varied and diverse range of food items, don’t you think?
So, do you stick to a certain Supermarket for your groceries? I’m pretty sure NTUC FairPrice is still the more popular one for most people. Fairprice is unbeatable when it comes to cleanliness and tidiness. But that is something i can easily forgo in favour of value and convenience. So, I’m going to tell you what i think of the other popular Supermarkets.
It was almost exactly 4 years ago when i said everyone must learn to cook. In some ways, the predictions i made back then came through. We have actually arrived at that point in time when people started getting worried about food security.
If you hardly cooked before this, now is a great time to start! Train yourself to be able to feed yourself – i see this as an essential skill everyone should have. Being able to feed others is a good idea too – meeting someone else’s basic needs is a great way to serve others don’t you think?