Dash – Cashback king till 30 Sep 2019

Well, I’ve only recently signed up with Dash, the payment platform by Singtel, mostly out of curiosity. I’ve noticed their ads at Food Republic food courts for the longest time, but never felt any urge to give them a try. I did so recently, just to check if they offered any good deals.

What do you know, they are running a promotion that is actually pretty good, valid till 30 Sep 2019. 5% cashback on Qoo10 and Lazada (capped at $2.50, on top of the usual 1% Shopback cashback), as well as for purchases of groceries at Fairprice and Sheng Siong, among the rest, with no minimum spend requirement. You may shop at each of these merchants once a day and receive the 5% cashback, and it is credited into your Dash account by the very next day, which means the money is practically available for use by your next transaction.

By the way, from 12-15 Jul 2019, there is an additional 10% off with promo code plus 5% cashback on Lazada.

If you’re wondering what Dash is about, it’s like a prepaid credit card account. You get a virtual Visa credit card number every time you need one for a transaction. I didn’t keep track, but you’re probably assigned a new virtual credit card number every time. This is unlike the Youtrip card where you get a permanent Mastercard credit card number. For foreign currency transactions, i think Dash does not offer a better deal than Youtrip though. There is an ongoing 5% cashback deal (max S$5) for overseas spending valid till 30 Sep 2019 as well, might work out better than Youtrip.

No better time to sign up with Dash than now (get up to $3 cashback when you make your 1st transaction)!

Qoo10 product recommendation – Imex CR-100 coffee bean roaster

Doing home coffee bean roasting isn’t so popular in Singapore, so it’s not easy to buy a home coffee bean roaster machine. Thanks to Qoo10, we have access to Korean made machines, and Imex is an established brand. Specifically, the CR-100 is a good entry level bean roaster. It is a fluid bed roaster (hot air keeps the beans moving while roasting), which is supposed to produce an even roast.

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Qoo10 product recommendation – Pantum M6550NW wireless laser printer

Laser printers are not very lasting – specifically, the drum. After going through 2 or 3 toner cartridges, the print quality deteriorates and the drum has to be replaced, and it does not come cheap. In my opinion, it is better to buy a new printer than to replace the drum – you are guaranteed excellent print quality.

Pantum is a Chinese brand, and they are shaking up the market with their low priced products. Granted, the M6550NW printer is not as refined as similar products from Japanese and US brands, but it sets up and works fine, and that’s all i care. It costs $155 on Qoo10 at the time of my purchase, but as usual, i was able to apply a cart coupon and Qpoints to shave more than $20 off the price, plus getting cashback from Shopback and from the credit card. If there happens to be a $30 off $150 Super Sale deal on Qoo10, it would be perfect.

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Qoo10 product recommendation – Europe prepaid data SIM

Two years ago, I discovered that Three offerred probably the best prepaid data SIM for Europe, but it was only available to UK residents. There were just a few resellers on eBay back then. Well, it didn’t take long for some enterprising ones to bulk purchase the SIM cards for sale in Singapore. Now you can buy these cards on Qoo10, and they offer 1 to 10 GB of data for 30 days for an unbeatable price of $15.90 to $49.80. Continue reading Qoo10 product recommendation – Europe prepaid data SIM

Qoo10 product recommendation – EuropAce robotic vacuum cleaner

The Robotic vacuum cleaner has been around for well over a decade by now, and just out of curiosity, i found out that the first Roomba was selling for US$199.95. Since the market for such a product is well established by now, i can finally buy one without breaking the bank.

As the title suggests, i bought from Qoo10 instead of Taobao. Moreover, i bought from a local brand – EuropAce, because of the warranty is backed by a real service centre. I’m a big fan of EuropAce tower fans (pun unintended), so, even though i know they probably didn’t do their own product R&D for a robotic vacuum cleaner, there’s better assurance that my money doesn’t go down the drain in case something actually goes wrong. In fact, i placed my order during their pre-launch promotion without doing any research. I presume that, by now, any robotic vacuum can’t possibly perform poorly given that the technology is widely available. Continue reading Qoo10 product recommendation – EuropAce robotic vacuum cleaner

Qoo10 product recommendation – cordless vacuum cleaner

A cordless vacuum cleaner is only as good as the battery enclosed. The moment the battery dies, you basically have to toss it. For this reason, i don’t really want to buy an expensive cordless vacuum cleaner, and to me, anything above S$100 is expensive.

While i buy just about everything from Taobao, i feel hesitant when it comes to a cordless vacuum cleaner. For one thing, it is a sensitive item, since it packs a battery, and that means shipping costs more. It may still be cheaper to ship from Taobao rather than buy the exact same item from a local seller, but it just seems like a hassle. Anyway, it’s surprising to learn that the typical battery capacity of a cordless vacuum cleaner is no more than your phone battery! Continue reading Qoo10 product recommendation – cordless vacuum cleaner

Crazy Qoo10 deal at Crazy Chef

For only S$17
All the food in the photos for only S$17

Here’s an unbelievable deal: spend $17 to get $50 worth of food, with no extra service charge or GST. Crazy Chef offers this deal for $23, but if you applied the $3 off $20 MasterCard item coupon (which brings the subtotal down to S$20), and further apply the $3 off $20 MasterCard cart coupon, you pay only $17.

The prices of the food items are more than affordable to begin with – $6 for a chicken burger, $7.50 for the beef burger. The patties are homemade. They tasted really good and i highly recommend going for the burgers. The burgers come with salad and soup too! I was given a slice of the rainbow cake in lieu of the soup which was not available this week. Not a problem, the kids loved the cake!

It is impossible for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 young kids) to spend $50 on a single meal at Crazy Chef. It would take 7 adults to fully utilize the $50, which means the cost per adult is less than $2.50! Thankfully, one is allowed to order the sandwich platter, which costs $24.50, which was what we did. We would be having the sandwich for dinner.

I wonder how Crazy Chef is able to make a profit with such a deal, whereby i speculate that they only get $15 out of every Qoo10 order. I sincerely hope they will be able to survive and do well! Fresh ingredients, tasty food, super friendly service. Too hard to come by in Singapore!

Kitchen Hack: salted egg yolk everything

You don’t live on this planet if you didn’t notice the latest craze on using salted egg yolk in all kinds of food. Yes, even McDonald’s outed a salted egg yolk chicken burger. Did you ever wonder how they source for the salted egg yolk? Well, i’m no F&B industry expert, and i’m only speculating, that most of what is claimed to be salted egg yolk is salted chicken egg yolk. You say, what?! Isn’t salted egg yolk supposed to be duck egg yolk? That is wishful thinking. Nobody will be able to stomach the price of duck egg yolk. You will likely find true salted duck egg yolk dishes only at some Tze Char (all-round Chinese cooking) stalls or restaurants. Continue reading Kitchen Hack: salted egg yolk everything

Quick Meal – Grilled oxtail and Borshch soup

This is a favourite quick meal. It is very tasty and yet doesn’t involve a lot of effort. We came to love oxtail especially after our visits to Indonesia, where grilled or fried oxtail is a specialty. Grilled oxtail and Borshch soup (i’m calling it Borshch soup in the sense of being inspired by it) makes a great combo because the broth you get from cooking the oxtail is perfect for making the soup. Plus, you will have meat complemented with vegetables this way, a nutritious meal. Continue reading Quick Meal – Grilled oxtail and Borshch soup

Qoo10 product recommendation – mobile phone

My Nokia 500 that i am retiring soon. Taken with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
My Nokia 500 that i am retiring soon. Photo taken using Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

Gone are the days when you had to rely on the Telco to offer you handsets at a discounted prices when you sign on a contract with them. Now that Telcos are forced to slash prices due to competition, it is even more so, because their margin doesn’t allow them to dangle handsets to lure business anymore. In fact, i think the business has turned the other way round – they’re hoping to make money from selling the handsets along with the plan.

This bodes well for consumers, who are finally free to buy any phone they wish at any time without being psychologically influenced to think that a phone upgrade is a necessity upon every contract renewal. In any case, i have been free from that kind of mentality since more than 5 years ago. Continue reading Qoo10 product recommendation – mobile phone