The annual Geylang Serai bazaar is one of the most fun aspects of the Ramadan period in the lead up to Hari Raya Puasa. But alas, while the light-up will offer some colour in an otherwise dark 2021, the bazaar itself has been cancelled for the second year in a row. Taking its place is an online bazaar called Bazaar Kita. It will not be able to completely replace the festive atmosphere of the live bazaar, but it’s still better than nothing. What is this online Ramadan bazaar? Bazaar-Kita.sg was opened on April 9, 2021 and will run until May 12, 2021. It is a collaborative effort between the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) and the People’s Association’s Wisma Geylang Serai . The latter is a community and cultural centre in the Geylang Serai area that includes shops, the local community club, a child care centre, a senior care centre and arts and community facilities. Bazaar Kita enables you to buy some of the products and food that used to be ... » Learn More about Geylang bazaar goes online: 4 highlights from this Ramadan’s Bazaar Kita
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We present to you an introductory guide to the online shopping bargain paradise that is Taobao. You’d (almost) never want to step out to shop again. What is Taobao? Taobao is China’s premier online marketplace that sells everything and anything you could possibly ever need or want. When we say everything, we mean it — from clothing and fashion, jewellery and accessories, mobile phones, electronics and accessories, to household essentials such as decorations, houseware and even large furniture pieces like sofas, cabinets and beds. Is it safe to buy from Taobao? The massive online shopping marketplace is owned by Alibaba Group, and regularly features in record-breaking ecommerce sales, such as 2019’s Singles Day sale which saw the Group reap a new high of US$38.4 billion (S$53 billion) in total (for comparison, America’s Black Friday that same year saw $7.4 billion in sales). As the crown jewel in Alibaba’s portfolio, Taobao is said to capture up to 85 per cent of all ... » Learn More about Your ultimate guide to shopping on Taobao in Singapore
Make telemedicine your first choice for most doctor visits. That’s the message some US employers and insurers are sending with a new wave of care options. Amazon and several insurers have started or expanded virtual-first care plans to get people to use telemedicine routinely, even for planned visits like annual checkups. They’re trying to make it easier for patients to connect with regular help by using remote care that grew explosively during the Covid-19 pandemic. Advocates say this can keep patients healthy and out of expensive hospitals, which makes insurers and employers that pay most of the bill happy. But some doctors worry that it might create an over-reliance on virtual visits. “There is a lot lost when there is no personal touch, at least once in a while,” said Dr. Andrew Carroll, an Arizona-based family doctor and board member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Telemedicine involves seeing a doctor or nurse from afar, often through a secure video ... » Learn More about Employers, insurers push to make virtual visits regular care
NEW YORK: Amazon.com, one of the biggest winners of the pandemic, posted record profits on Thursday (Apr 29) and signalled that consumers would keep spending in a growing US economy and converts to online shopping are not likely to leave. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, shoppers have relied increasingly on Amazon for delivery of home staples, and the company sees this trend continuing post-pandemic, particularly for groceries. While brick-and-mortar stores closed, Amazon has now posted four consecutive record quarterly profits, attracted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers, and recruited more than 500,000 employees to keep up with surging demand. Amazon said it expects operating income for the current quarter to be between US$4.5 billion and US$8 billion, which includes about US$1.5 billion in costs related to COVID-19. Shares rose 4 per cent in after-hours trade. Throughout the pandemic, the world's largest online retailer has been at the centre of ... » Learn More about Amazon posts record profits as amid wave of pandemic shopping
Amazon.com Inc, one of the biggest winners of the pandemic, posted record profits on Thursday and signaled that consumers would keep spending in a growing U.S. economy and converts to online shopping are not likely to leave. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, shoppers have relied increasingly on Amazon for delivery of home staples, and the company sees this trend continuing post-pandemic, particularly for groceries. While brick-and-mortar stores closed, Amazon has now posted four consecutive record quarterly profits, attracted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers, and recruited over 500,000 employees to keep up with surging demand. If you want to understand why the Amazon union vote in Bessemer is so important, and why the U.S. economy is so rigged in favor of the wealthy, so unequal, this one graph – that we aired on my @MSNBC show on Sunday night – should do the trick: pic.twitter.com/ie1uAsGGKV — Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 8, 2021 ... » Learn More about Amazon expects windfall as US economy reopens
Whether it's your favourite show, fresh vegetables, music, or flower bouquets, there's probably a subscription service for it in Singapore. A recent survey found that 69 per cent of Singaporeans over the age of 16 have a subscription service, an estimated two million people. 39 per cent have more than one subscription, and 19 per cent have more than three. While subscription services can be a huge convenience, they can quickly get out of hand. Sometimes these services border on the absurd: You can subscribe to a service that goes through your expenses and cancels your existing subscriptions. ValueChampion ran the numbers to show how subscription services add up and the opportunity cost of spending too much on renewing purchases. The costs (and opportunity costs) of subscriptions An individual subscription seems affordable when you think about it on its own. For example, an $9.90 Spotify subscription for limitless music access seems like a great deal. However, when one ... » Learn More about Are subscription services slowly making you poor?
As told to Kendra Tan I may be poorer by a thousand dollars every month, but it’s worth it in exchange for individual growth and freedom. My name is Kez, and I’m currently 26. In Feb 2020, when I was 24, I moved out of my parents’ house two months right before the circuit breaker period. I’m currently staying in a rented apartment with three other housemates, one from the Netherlands and two from Slovakia. Why I decided to move out of my parents’ house I decided to rent a place because I had lived in a dorm for my entire university life and coming home to live with my parents was not something I thought I could get used to in the foreseeable future. Additionally, both my siblings had already moved out of the house, and I was the only one left. So after quite a bit of consideration, I felt that I had to move out as well in order to have some sense of individual growth and development. As I also don’t have any plans to get a BTO anytime soon, I figured that renting a home ... » Learn More about Money confessions: Why I moved out of my parents’ house at 24, and how I afford it
I am not a relationship expert. However, I have talked to quite a few and it turns out, young people have got it all wrong. When it comes to relationships, we often get confused by grand gestures and often neglect the most important things in life. It is not the grand gestures that count, it is the millions of tiny ones that really do, and say 'I love you' without actually saying the words. And that is what parent blogger Amy Betters-Midtvedt recently shared her blog post on Facebook. It resonates with many women who have been in a relationship for a long time, and everyone, including Amy, says the same thing - it is easy to spot if your husband is going to uphold his 'till death does us part' end of the bargain. Amy's post Amy wrote this on Facebook to let the younger generation know what true love really looks like. And within a few days, it became quite popular! What we see is her husband of 19 years coming to her rescue with his credit card because she could not find ... » Learn More about 21 signs your husband will love you even after 20 years of marriage!
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans living in India have been taking precautions to keep themselves safe amid the country’s astronomical rise in COVID-19 infections. Despite this, some of them have fallen victim to the disease, which has registered about 300,000 new cases daily in the country. Among them is a Singaporean who wanted to be known only as Vishal. Mr Vishal, who is currently living in Chennai, tested positive for COVID-19 on Apr 17. He described the last 10 days as “horrible”. Speaking to CNA on Thursday (Apr 29), he said: “It’s like a roller coaster - it goes up and comes down. Some days I’m okay, sometimes a lot of pain - especially during this time to have COVID-19 in India, it’s a bit scary.” His first symptom was a headache, he said. Worried that he might have been infected by the virus, he requested for hospital staff to test him at his home as a precaution. “I thought, no I’m okay, I don’t have COVID-19. And then, you won’t believe it, I had COVID-19,” he said. ... » Learn More about Singaporeans say they will stay in India amid rising COVID-19 infections, but will take extra precautions
AFTER over a year of community quarantines, working from home, social distancing, and other measures to keep us safe from the virus, the number of confirmed positive cases continues to rise. While we see hope on the horizon with the ongoing vaccination program in different parts of the country, we are not yet out of danger, and we cannot afford to be complacent. One of the main reasons why we need to go out is to purchase essentials specifically food, grocery items and medicines. During the past months, several big brand supermarkets have upgraded their systems to better serve their customers by offering online grocery shopping, delivery and pick-up services. But what about medicines? Customer welfare has always been a priority with Generika Drugstore. Aside from making generic and house-branded medicines more affordable and accessible to the public, Generika Drugstore also introduced trailblazing PLUS services for their customers focused on customer care and convenience. These ... » Learn More about Generika drugstore gets an app-grade