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Restaurateur Howard Lo Speaks Up About the Impact of Government’s 25% Alcohol Tax Increase

Restaurateur Howard Lo Speaks Up About the Impact of Government’s 25% Alcohol Tax Increase

Watching last week’s budget speech was a bit like watching one of those seemingly “boring” episodes of The Walking Dead. At first, it appeared like nothing major would come about – but then something completely unexpected happened that shocked all of us into simultaneously proclaiming “WTF!”

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Why Are More Singaporeans Falling for Love Scams?

Why Are More Singaporeans Falling for Love Scams?

Singapore has always had a reputation as the world’s safest city. Don’t believe it? Then try walking around New York’s Central Park at 3am and then come back and tell me that you still think Singapore isn’t the safest place to be! Thankfully, Singapore became an even safer place, as crime dropped to a 30-year low in 2013!

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Why Having a Coffee Maker Can Save Your Company Millions

Why Having a Coffee Maker Can Save Your Company Millions

With businesses trimming expenses more eagerly than a conservative politician cuts welfare programmes, one of the first workplace appliances to get abandoned (or “requisitioned” by the boss) is the company coffee machine. But if your boss knew what financial destruction could result from sleepy, inattentive, unmotivated employees, he’d probably upgrade the POS office coffee maker to a Nescafe Dolce Gusto in a heartbeat.

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Happy National Day!

Happy National Day!

MoneySmart would like to wish all our readers a Happy National Day! Enjoy the fireworks, and hopefully you’ve got a long weekend!

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Em’ceeing A Lot of Money: Side Income for Hosting

Em’ceeing A Lot of Money: Side Income for Hosting

Have you got a magnetic personality? Can you speak well in public? Do you empathize with the man on the street? Yes? Then you’re clearly not one of our MPs. Which means like average Singaporeans, you’re struggling with the current cost of living. The good news is, you can use your charming persona to roll with the (financial) blows. In this article, I ask part-time emcee Eugene Tay about this booming industry:

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Doob Bean Bags: A Whole New Bag of Tricks

Doob Bean Bags: A Whole New Bag of Tricks

I’ve always had an affinity for bean bags. Heck, look at me from five metres and I’ll pass for one. Trouble is, designer bean bags cost too much; so unless a sack of foam pellets is worth a college education (i.e. Peking University), I make do with whatever industrial strength material holds my weight. Then along come Jay and Shane from doob bean bags, who not only change my whole idea of bean bags, but add entrepreneurship lessons to boot. This week, I find out what it takes to start and run your own beanbag company:

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Side Income Masters: The Way of Stephanie Chai

Side Income Masters: The Way of Stephanie Chai

If you’re like me, you’ve probably pulled any number of hilarious stunts to get a side income. I wasn’t the only one making money from selling Sea Monkeys, don’t you lie. Anyway, while we were up to shenanigans, Stephanie Chai was raking in serious dough on the side. A former model and the brains behind Wedding Guide Asia, Stephanie knows about side income. We ask her about it:

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The Social Network(er): The Story of Project Crew’s Alaric Tan

The Social Network(er): The Story of Project Crew’s Alaric Tan

Alaric Tan is the driving force behind The Project Crew, a new force in Singapore’s event management industry. And if you’ve been in that industry, you’ll know there are easier jobs out there. Like being a Commando. To find out how Alaric thrives and succeeds in his pressure-cooker world , we do some catching up.

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Reizo: Undressing the Story Behind a Fashion Entrepreneur

Reizo: Undressing the Story Behind a Fashion Entrepreneur

REIZO is a custom tailoring business, recently opened at Wilkie Edge. In a world where tailored suits cost more than blood transfusions, Reizo manages to deliver quality at cut rate prices. That isn’t the only unusual thing about them; this fresh start-up had some unlikely roots. MoneySmart did some probing, and we nabbed while we were at it.

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CPF: Complicating People’s Funds. Got Problem, No Solution. Yet.

CPF: Complicating People’s Funds. Got Problem, No Solution. Yet.

Common interpretations of “CPF” range from “Curi (steal) People’s Funds” to “Coffin Provision Fund”. Singaporeans have been griping about it since the days children read actual books, and unlike NS, it’s not getting easier. Over the past couple of weeks, I spoke to friends and neighbours about their issues with CPF. Somewhere between their saliva flecked rants and obscene gestures, I picked out five complaints that stood out. But first off…

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