Paid Surveys – 6 Legitimate Survey Sites that pay you for your opinions in Singapore

I don’t like to idle. I don’t quite like the idea of spending my precious time doing nothing, or feeling bored.

So when I have some pockets of time available, I will participate in online surveys to earn points which I can accumulate to redeem shopping vouchers or extra cash!

Here’s some of the sites which you can participate, and I personally tested and redeemed vouchers or cash from!

1. Your Voice

http://www.yourvoice.com.sg/

Amazon Gift Card, Vouchers from NTUC, Waston, Robinson, Takashimaya etc. Points do not expire.

The redemption vouchers reached me in an amazing speed – within a few days!

Your Voice vouchers

2. AIP Online Surveys

https://sg.m.aipsurveys.com/

Redeem for NTUC Vouchers. EPoints will expire after 1 year from the last date you logged in to your “My Page”.

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3. Your Say

http://www.yoursay.com/registration?c=SG

Minimum draw out amount via Paypal is $12.50USD, there’s a 2% handling charge and thus payment is $12.25 USD. Almost immediate deposit of the redemption amount into Paypal!

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4. My Survey

http://www.mysurvey.com.sg/index.cfm?action=Main.join&r=MYSURVEY

Points expire 2 years from the date of last member activity (eg, logging in, completing survey etc). Redeem cash paid via Paypal or various shopping vouchers. Take note that they do not allow logging in the site doing surveys while you are overseas and they will suspend account if you do that – for reason(s) which I don’t know why? My account was suspended once as I might had logged in while in overseas (Ops, holiday also cannot stand having idle time).

My redemption for Paypal cash took about 1.5 weeks to receive.

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5. Plus! Online Panel

https://plus.micropanel.com/a/panel.do?id=8916&languageID=0

If you are a Plus! cardholder, you are already part of this programme.

Earn LinkPoints which you can accumulate to redeem NTUC vouchers or offset NTUC partial purchase amount.

Best part : if you do not belong to the target audience whom they are looking for, you will still get 30 points most of the time by just clicking on the survey link!

6. Toluna

https://sg.toluna.com/

Earn points for shopping vouchers! Points earned will remain valid for 16 months, so remember to redeem the points! Exchange points for NTUC vouchers, or direct cash into PayPal account.  It takes 4-6 weeks to process the payment.  I applied it on 01 Sep, and only got the payment on 09 Oct.

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There you have it, the 6 legitimate sites which you can earn a little extra.  I have received cash/vouchers amount near to $300 from these survey sites ever since I started. It’s not a big sum if we look at the length of time that we need to accumulate to this amount. However, it is that extra way to change idle time to something useful for myself.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

This is an easy bake and for a novice like me, it’s really not that difficult to make!

I cannot remember where I got this recipe from, and I knew that I did some modification to the original recipe.  It turn out pretty well and even the kids love them!

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I used Dilmah tea bags as that’s what available for me at the time I went to supermarket. You can use other preferred brands.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies
 
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 70g castor sugar
  • 40g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g cake flour
  • 3 earl grey teabags
Instructions
  1. Soften butter under room temperature.
  2. Place soften butter, castor sugar and brown sugar together and beat until it is creamy and fluffy.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla essence, and mix well.
  4. Sift cake flour and baking powder into the mixture, mix well.
  5. Cut open the teabags and pour the tea leaves into the mixture, mix well. (If the tea leaves are coarse, please cut them finely first)
  6. Pour the mixture into a piping bag.
  7. Line the baking tray with baking paper.
  8. Preheat oven at 170 Degree Celsius.
  9. Cut the tip of the piping bag (disposable), pipe the mixture on the baking tray. About 1.5 round for each cookie.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes

Let the cookies cool down before storing them in a air-tight container. Enjoy! 🙂

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Jubilee Weekend – SG50

It’s the Jubilee Weekend here in Singapore! There are many activities around Singapore, some of them free and the rest with discounted prices.

We have 4 no-work & no-school (Friday to Monday) days. Initially I wanted to bring the kids to enjoy the free Science Centre /Snow City / Omni Theatre experience but we abandoned the idea as we reckon that it will be a day of queues. Instead, we enjoyed the holidays with a visit to Singapore Sports Hub and plenty of home-cooked food from my mother & in-laws.

We brought my parents to Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday. It’s a transformation from the old National Stadium which I think my parents will want to see and be there. Coincidentally there was a carnival by OCBC and we participated in some of old-school games there.

My dad triumphed the gasing game and from his smile when he threw the top down, I felt that he had re-lived his childhood once again. After that, my dad taught Dawn about the “go-li” game and Dawn tried the game together with him.

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It’s always great to see the kids smiling and happy, and they are contented with their “sword” balloons which they queued up together and waited for it.

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We took a walk along Kallang Basin and the scenic is beautiful! I guess it is a popular place for couples & families to come by in the night too.

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We took a family photo with the National Stadium behind us.  🙂

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We woke up early on National Day 09 August and watched the recorded Proclamation on TV.


We had also received the Proclamation of Independence Card in our household Fun Pack. I wanted to include this here so that the girls will remember about this one day when they read my musings. 有国才有家!

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I was greeted with breakfast prepared by BZDaddy. Thumbs up for someone who seldom cooks! 🙂

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That pretty much sums up our long weekend. I used the opportunity to rest and “nua” as much as I can. It’s a holiday that we rested and spent time with our family and love ones.

I went to Daiso and pick up this little case to house the Singa that was given in the Household Fun Pack. I had 3 because my parents and my in-laws passed us theirs. I housed them together with the Disney figurines as I didn’t want to buy an extra case. Do they look weird together?

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Blessed with contest wins & extra cash!

I am quite blessed this year, with a few wins that are significant.

Started the year with winning a Refa Active that is retailing at S$450.

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Then, I got a $50 Le Petit Society shopping voucher in a contest hosted by Simply Her and had a good shopping spree over the internet.

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And now, I won $50 for the Travel Smart Rewards auto spin – first time winning such an amount! You can read more about Travel Smart Rewards here.

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Looking forward to more great wins! 🙂

7 space-saving items for small homes that you can get from Daiso in Singapore!

I love Daiso. Everything in store is $2 each. Some finds in store gave me solutions to issues which I am stuck with before.

I shifted to a small apartment last year and the kitchen and the bedrooms are small at my first glance. I wasn’t used to the space, let along keeping all the stuff we had before into this small place, without cluttering the whole place.

These are my amazing finds from Daiso, and they helped me! These are some space saving ideas for small homes!

1. Wire Net

When the counter top or shelf space has ran out, explore the space on the wall & doors.  You will be amazed with the extra storage space that you can create by just adding in wire net or racks.

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The wire nets in Daiso

I created this space for my 2 girls to hang their drawings & art crafts in their small bedroom.  The pinkish pegs are from Daiso too!

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My household shelter (aka bomb shelter) has it’s entrance in the kitchen. The metal door is a saver to add space to my very tiny kitchen.  Add some magnet hooks, with a wire net and a few baskets, that’s the  home for the potatoes, onions & garlic!

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I have 2 balconies and 1 of it is my little home garden. I hang up all my gardening tools and this kept my balcony tidy.

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2. Extension Poles / Stretching Poles / Tension Poles

These amazing poles creates layers in spaces that you never once thought was useful.  It comes in different length.  Take the measurement of the space which you intend to create layers, and chose the correct length.

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This is what I did for my kitchen, on top of the sink.  I was frustrated initially because I can’t find a suitable space to hang some kitchen accessories. Simple solution by using the extension pole!

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Check out the various ideas across the web! You will be amazed!

Idea & photo source from http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2011/10/organizing-those-little-things.html

Idea & photo source from http://www.jenthousandwords.com/2010/09/under-my-sink.html

Idea & photo source from http://www.jenthousandwords.com/2010/09/under-my-sink.html

3. Shelf Risers

Shelf Risers help to create another layer of space.  Another useful point about such shelf riser is it reduces the need to take out everything when reaching for something that was stacked at the bottom.

This is from one of my kitchen cabinet. By adding the shelf riser, it adds another layer for me to stuff more things. 😀

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Pardon for the mess…a little corner of my work place which I stacked small boxes or my packing tools box

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4. Vacuum Bags

Tight with space in your wardrobe? Use vacuum seal bags to compact those winter jackets, or even clothes which you seldom wear but still want to keep. It can reduce at least or more than half of the space they originally will take up. There are different sizes of vacuum bags available.  The most common ones are those that require a vacuum to “suck” out the air in order to compact the bag.

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However, if you are like me who doesn’t have a proper vacuum machine at home, there are also bags which do not require the machine to do the job.  And they are equally good! Handy to bring to travel too!

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5. Fridge containers

When the living space is small, the appliances are smaller too. These little holders which can be hang on the fridge shelves are amazing little tools to add that space that you need to place the little packets of chilli or small items.

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Here’s how my fridge door looks like after adding 2 of the holders :

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6. Door Hanger 

These door hangers simply just add a home to that pair of worn jeans (I wear my jeans at least 2x before a wash! ops!) or your hangbag. You know, instead of hanging them at the window which is quite unsightly sometimes.

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7. Hanger Connector Hook 

Most of the wardrobes are horizontal-challenged because we add new clothes more often than house-keep the old clothes. The wardrobes are seldom vertical-challenged as the standard wardrobe size will usually cater for long dresses.  With these connector hook, you can turn the vertical space into useful space, for short items such as tops, skirts etc.

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Besides the items mentioned above, I believe there are others amazing items which can give creative ways to make small living space keep more things and in a neater way. Share some of your great finds with me!

The cute things that a 4 year old will say – Part 2

We were on the way to my mom’s house, with Eva at the back seat.  Daddy was the driver (as always).

He drove over a speed hump….with a higher speed than his usual speed whenever he cross a speed hump.

Eva exclaimed : Papa, you not careful ah??!!

Daddy : Why?

Eva : I (felt a) bump and I flew up like a cute little bird!

Daddy : ……….

Me : [Laugh out loud]

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Daddy drove to a petrol station and left the car to pump and pay for the petrol. Both Eva and I stayed in the car.

* Peep Peep is the name of our car, name given by the 2 girls.

Eva : Mommy, why does Peep Peep need to take his dinner now?

Me : Huh? [wondering what is Eva trying to say]

Me : Oh! She needs to eat in order to continue to bring us to places.

Eva : Peep Peep only needs to eat once after a long time? Not like us?

Me : Yes, darling.

Eva : Why?

Me : Hmmm… Peep Peep has a big stomach!

Eva : Peep Peep eats so much! (she is satisfied with my answer?! phew!)

 

 

Free money – Earn money with your MRT travel using your EZ-Link Card!

 

Have you heard of Travel Smart Rewards? If you have not, read on!

I thought this was a “scam” when I signed this up last year. The reason was because there wasn’t any money credited back to my EZ-link card even though I received emails and report summary that I had “earned” a certain amount of money.

Just a week ago, I realised that I had been missing out those money which I “earned”, all because I went to the wrong machine! There wasn’t much information on how the redemption should be done, so I am going to show it here!

How this rewards works : You earn points by taking train trips all day during a weekday (Monday to Friday) using the EZ-Link card registered in Travel Smart Rewards.  If your trip is during the designated off peak hour, you will get more points. Weekend and bus travel does not count. You can read up more in their FAQ.

So in simpler terms, you basically do nothing much in order to earn points.  You can follow your usual travel patterns and likely to get some rebates back.

As for how to redeem the money, this is what you can do.  Based on my personal experience, the money rewards will be ready for collection on the following month. For example, amount accumulated in April 2015 was ready for collection from 16 May 2015.

Go to the TransitLink Machine – these are those standalone machines, which are not the same as those big ticket machines. You will see the screen as below when you approach the machine. There will be a “INSINC Reward” button on the screen.

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Place your EZ-Link card on the designated area and click on “INSINC Reward” button and it will bring you to the next screen.  If there are no rewards to claim, it will simply prompt that there are none.  Otherwise, the following screen will show the total amount available in the card.

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You can click on “Proceed” if you want to claim the reward and it will top-up into the card.

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$6 as a rebate and for doing nothing extra – is indeed a good reward.  And I have pending $10 for my May travel!! Not bad, right?!

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Try it if you travel frequently by the train on weekdays! Sign up here!

Disclaimer : I get referral points if you sign up using the links I had provided.  It is a nominal amount but it does help to motivate me to provide more useful contents in future. 🙂

My Priceless Mother’s Day Gifts

Dawn hid her cards and little gift while I went to shower.  It’s still a nice feeling to receive a surprise when I stepped into my room. 😀 Her messages on the cards are so sweet!

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Eva made a big sunflower (she said so) and a card in school and came home with “Mama, for you for you..happy mother’s day!”

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Seriously, what more can I ask for?

Singapore National Primary School System : The Middle-Class Bias of Educators

Dawn came back on Wednesday night and asked for some family photos to be printed. She said it was for a homework that was given by her teacher and it has to be handed in on the next day – Thursday.

I was puzzled with the teacher’s request because it seems to assume that all the students in the class have ready-printed photos or a printer at home.

Nevertheless, we asked Dawn to choose the photos and assisted her in printing them because we have a printer at my home office. The homework was completed close to 9pm, just before the children bedtime.

My child came back from school on Thursday and she told me that some of her classmates were not able to complete the homework. I continued to ask her how did the teacher react to those who did not print or bring the photos, she said that the teacher pointed at the page and said to the student (interpreted by Dawn in such a manner) – your family is a blank page?

Now, I was not there in the class to hear the exact remark. There’s a possibility that the remark interpreted by my daughter is not what the teacher had intended. It could be just an exclamation, or an expressed thought and mean no harm to most of us.

The requirement for students to follow teachers’ instructions on homework deadline is important. It’s a form of early education for children to learn the values of accountability and responsibility.

The key issue that struck me, however, is this: the homework was given a day to complete. The homework requires parental involvement. It requires photos of family members out for an occasion (outing). It requires more than 1 photo. It requires physical copies of photos and are to be pasted in the given box in the workbook.

The given timeline for this piece of homework has suggested, in my humble opinion, a middle class bias. The assumption of how each student should have the minimal of what the majority has. But is that really so?

Assumption 1 : All families have a printer.

Is that true? We don’t have one a year ago. We wouldn’t have bought one if I had not need it for my home office.

Must every family be able to afford a printer?

Assumption 2 : All families print photos, and have excess of them to use for homework material.

I did that, many years ago. My last photo album was for my wedding. With this digital age, my phone is my photo album. Sleek, mobile, free to add more photos and easy to delete ugly ones.

Do we still print excessive copies of photos nowadays and have them laying around? I don’t and I am not sure about the others.

Assumption 3 : All parents are always free every weekday night. 

Don’t we have parents who work night shift?

Don’t we have parents who leave the children under the care of grandparents during weekdays because of whatever reasons?

Don’t we have parents who work and only reach home after the child is asleep?

Don’t we have parents who reach home at 7pm after work, prepare and have dinner, house chores and bath, only to be in a rude shock about the child’s homework requirement at 9pm, with no printer at home and printer shops outside are closed for business?

Assumption 4 : All families are complete.

Do all children have the opportunity to go for happy outings with their families?

Do all children have the opportunity to take happy photos with their families?

Do all children come from complete family?

Are there no children who really come from a family that is of a blank page?

Maybe I am reading too much into this. This short timeline for completion of a homework that requires parental guidance or special material is not an isolated case which I had experienced ever since Dawn started her formal education. There were other such instances or even requests to bring a certain stationary (example of a drawing block or a red pen – which was not included in the required list of items to purchase at the start of the year) on the next day of school.

This might have been my own misinterpretation of the whole incident, but if the recipient of the remark from the teacher falls into any of the above, the message may not be well received.  The child walks away from the lesson feeling wronged, alone and blamed. While it may be important to ensure that the children are task-focused, it is equally important to allow the child and family an appropriate amount of time to react to the requirements of the homework.