Review of EAMart and Fairprice On

After the success story of Redmart, new contenders are cropping up every now and then. The new kid on the block is EAMart. Bet you haven’t heard of them. Well, i took notice only because they were the only online grocery store that stocked an item i happen to be Googling about.

So, what is the differentiation they offer? No minimum purchase to get free delivery. But seriously, i wonder how they stop someone from getting free delivery for an order of, say, just S$1. Anyway, I can imagine that, for a significant group of people, especially those who are too busy or simply hate to go to a supermarket, the free delivery is a big deal. It’s not for me, but just for fun, i made a purchase on EAMart 🙂 Here’s my take on EAMart: Continue reading Review of EAMart and Fairprice On

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Amazon product recommendation – Philips Sonicare 4100 ProtectiveClean

I’ve been using the Sonicare Series 3 for a year and a half. Well, i thought i could save money by sharing a single handle between my better half and myself, by swapping the brush head each time we use it respectively. Looks like that was a bad idea – it accelerated the wear and tear. Had to shop for new sonic toothbrushes. This time i went for the cheapest one that does 31000 vibrations per second, two of them this time, and it is the Sonicare 4100 ProtectiveClean. Continue reading Amazon product recommendation – Philips Sonicare 4100 ProtectiveClean

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Taobao product recommendation – Spiral Vegetable Cutter

There’s no way you can cut vegetable into strips quickly and evenly with a knife. If you searched on Taobao, you will find quite a few variations of tools to help you do that. They don’t look convincing. In the end i settled on the tried and true method – the Japanese method. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Spiral Vegetable Cutter

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Parcel forwarding from the US – vPost vs ezbuy

So, i just shipped two Amazon parcels from the US, using vPost and ezbuy respectively. I’ve been shipping parcels from the US using ezbuy exclusively for years, but was forced to look for an alternative recently.

You might be wondering, why would i need to ship Amazon parcels through a third party forwarder if there is Amazon Prime in Singapore that offers free shipping. The reason is, prices found on Amazon Prime are much higher than that on the Amazon US website. Either that, or the product is not available. There are categories of goods that you will not find on Amazon Prime, such as Coffee Beans and other imported food. Continue reading Parcel forwarding from the US – vPost vs ezbuy

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Taobao product recommendation – Wireless Microphone

Wireless Microphones used to cost a bomb. Thanks to advancement in technology, all things wireless cost a fraction of what they used to. I got hold of a Wireless Mic for just 89 Yuan (S$18), and it’s the set with a mini stand. It worked right out of the box. Two pieces of AA batteries as well as a 1/4″ to 3.5mm stereo plug adapter are included. No audible noise. Happy.

If your old folks are the Karaoke loving type, this would make a nice (and cheap but not cheap looking) gift. The lowest end one (the one i got) uses slightly cheap feeling plastic, but you can choose the higher end metallic one for just a bit more.

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Medan 5 days itinerary

Medan is a bustling city, being the third largest in Indonesia. Prices are cheaper here than in Jakarta and Surabaya, so if you want a cheap getaway, Medan fits the bill.

Here is an important travel tip for Medan – use Grab for cheap and efficient transport around Medan (should apply to all Indonesian cities as well). For a six-seater car, it cost only 15 to 20k (S$1.50 to S$2) for travel within Medan city, which is quite affordable. For a normal sedan, it is even cheaper.

Grab is the no brainer choice to arrange for your airport transfer, costing less than 150k (S$15) for a six-seater, plus 15k for toll. The journey takes almost an hour. Here’s how you can use Grab upon your arrival – when you exit the airport terminal, go to the parking area A (Parkir A) on the right. The Grab cars are all just waiting there. Book a car and proceed to look for the car when the driver confirms the booking. Continue reading Medan 5 days itinerary

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Ezbuy hits another wall

Apparently, Ezbuy is now blocked from forwarding Amazon purchases (for selected items). I turn to vPost for now, but i hope Ezbuy will be back in action (Update: i shipped another Amazon order to ezbuy warehouse and it worked). I believe they’re still the cheapest around.

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Shopback $1000 milestone

It happened so quietly that i almost forgot to blog about it. Well, it took a while (which means i’m not spending so much which is a good thing), but i’ve reached the S$1000 withdrawn cashback milestone! Thank you Shopback! I’m glad Shopback is going strong, and we can continue to reap the benefits of cashback. My cashback mostly come from booking.com, Agoda, Taobao, Qoo10, Fave, iHerb and occasionally eBay. Sign up if you haven’t and get $5 credit, because why not?

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North-South highway lunch stop – Kampung Serom

Having passed by Kampung Serom 3 after having lunch at Sungai Mati not too long ago, I vowed to check out this place, and so i did. Except for a Char Kway Teow stall, there was no other food to be found here, so it’s not recommended for lunch, unless you just want to check out this place.

What attracts me to Kampung Serom 3, as usual, is how old the place is. The two rows of shophouses by the road look like they are at least 60 years old. Locals seem to enjoy hanging around the 3 kopitiams (especially at the two that does not serve food). Just sitting around and sipping kopi.

Johor style wooden shophouses

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Okinawa 5 days itinerary

Took advantage of the now available budget direct flight to Okinawa. There’s not so much to see in Okinawa, to be honest, but it’s Japan nevertheless. Here’s what we did in 5 days.

Day 1
Ashibinaa Outlet – Aeon – Hamabe-no-chaya Teahouse – Banta Cliff

The flight touched down at budget flight kind of timing, 8am. Fortunately, the driving in Okinawa is quite well mannered, and the general speed limit of 50-60km/h is safe enough for driving under lack of sleep. By the way, I did not make use of the ETC card and i avoided the toll highway completely.

I did not plan beforehand where to have breakfast, and while driving about looking for a place, we stumbled across an A&W restaurant.

All American, including the music which was the radio broadcast from the US Air Base

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