10 Foods Cheaper than Fast Food in Singapore

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Rich nations like Singapore, cheapest McDonalds set is $7.20 with drink. It totally cool walk out McDonalds front door realise money not enough. There are way more ecomical eateries out there.

1. Roasted Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice Singapore

Roasted or steamed Chicken Rice are available as low as $2. Sticky soy sauce and sweet chili sauce are always available on the counter for customers. You can order 3 packs of Chicken Rice with S$7.20 and still get $1.20 back.

2. Minced Meat Noodle

Bak Cho Mee

Pork as the main ingredient in making this dish. Everyone know and love this. One can eat like 2 minced meat noodle for S$7.

3. Soto Mee

Soto Mee Singapore

Priced at S$3 each without drink. Ingredients are shredded chicken, beansprout, yellow noodle, chili(optional), spring onion and some fried shallot. Unique and outstanding citrus soup.

4. Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee Singapore

Priced at more or less S$4 without drink.

5. Vegetable Rice Stall

fan cai singapore

The cheapest buffet style foods. Get some sweet and sour meat, fried egg with some fried potato coupled with sweet sauce. Only at $3.60 without any drink. Some stall may even sells it cheaper.

6. Yang Zhou Chao Fan

Yang zhou chao fan Singapore

The most well known staple food in chinese community. You could have it as little as S$5 only.

7. Lontong

Lontong Singapore

Malay-style vegetable sweet and spicy soup.

8. Tosai / Dosa

Tosai Singapore

Favourite Dish when visiting Indian restaurant. Lovely and healthy condiments

9. Wan Tan Mee

Wan Tan Mee Singapore

Always so tempting to eat it when visiting hawker centre. Cantonese cuisine is just so hard to resist. Price tag at S$4.50

10. Yong Tau Foo Soup

Yong Tau Foo Soup Singapore

Hakka Chinese cuisine with clear savoury soup sided with fried beancurd skins.

Cleansing Bar Price in Malaysia and Singapore

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Buying personal care at Malaysia Johor is much cheaper. 

Sebamed made in germany
Sebamed is Germany product.

How much cheaper ?

Ranging from RM5 - RM10. Let say buying 5 sebamed that would be saving of RM50.

Due to variety of skin problems, usage of soap-free cleansing bar is on the rise. No two skins are the same. Delicate skin cant tolerate normal soap.The use of skin-related active ingredients and the physiological pH value of 5.5 makes sebamed Cleansing Bar a biologically effective skin cleasing agent and ideal for sensitive skin.

Soap and alkali-free sebamed Cleansing Bar gently cleanses deep into the pores. An effective moisturizing complex, containing essential skin-related amino acids, vitamins and lecithin, promotes the moisturize retaining capacity of your skin. The pH value of 5.5 maintains the balance of the acid mantle's hydro-lipid system and its protective barrier function against damaging environmental influences.

Malaysia and Singapore Cream Bun

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Imagine SGD 1 can buy 3 Cream Bun at Malaysia

Malaysia and Singapore Cream Bun

With 1SGD equivalent to MYR3.00, RM0.85 Gardenia bun can be bought 3 times. Cream bun is like a basic pastry everyone fill their hungry tummy.

Besides, it is likened to an instant noodle at Japan. Cream bun is an instant noodle at Malaysia and Singapore. In fact, Cream bun is much cheaper than instant noodle cup unless it was a 5-packs instant noodle.

Student would always agree instant noodle are savior in their school or university days. Now, It even better with cream bun due to better nutrition.

  • Product            : Sunshine wholemeal cream bun
  • Calories           : 184 KCAL, 28g Carb, 6.6g Protein, 4.9g Fat
  • Net Weight      : 65g
  • Status               : Halal , Made in Singapore
  • Manufacturer : Sunshine Bakeries
  • Flavor              : Chocolate
  • Value               : SGD 1
  • Website           : www.sunshine.com.sg

Meanwhile, a Malaysian will need to fork out 3MYR to buy a 1SGD made cream bun. Although Malaysia and Singapore are neighbor, Malaysia food price is relatively cheaper in currency value. Well, Singapore's image shine brighter as a developed nation. SGD1 for a cream bun would not be any problem for average Singaporean.

Top up Grab Singapore using Malaysia bank

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You may top up Grab Singapore with Malaysian RHB visa card

At Singapore, Malaysian will not be able to see Grab Malaysia interface even with balance of RM100. The urge to use Grab car service among the youngsters are on the rise. Singapore has efficient public transportation. However, Grab has lenient rules one may bring pet, large luggage, eat or drink. In fact, the rise of Grab car are likely due to youngsters cant get MRT and public bus after midnight.

It seem like Visa does have a higher fee. RM154.79 for SGD50 is about 0.323 rate.

A current exchange rate from SGD to MYR is 3.01. RM154.79 should get SGD51.42.

Anyways, you will need a RHB visa card plus counter activation to do top up your Grab Singapore balance. 

Airasia Tickets 2017 - 2019

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KLIA2 fee and Visa charge on every ticket purchase.

2019 Airasia Ticket

2019 Airasia ticket

No Visa processing charge, there is no need to use online banking method to buy Airasia ticket with a RM4.00+ fee. Besides, news about KLIA2 fee abolished early January 2019 only applied to those board flight through Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

The issue with visa charge was a serious matter prompted Bank Negara's public statement. Rumor said the culprits behind exaggerated visa charge are now being charged at court early January 2019. The exorbitant visa processing fee caused lots of complaints among the foreign travelers.

The truth is Airasia are honest on ticket. RM16.00 for visa processing fee despite Bank Negara warning statement. Proof Visa processing fee RM16.00

complain #1 Trip advisor rage passenger
complain #2 rage passenger on visa charge

Airasia 2018 Ticket

Airasia 2018 ticket
KLIA2 fee abolished. RSC charged on every passenger. Online banking charge

Passenger service charge is the airport charge. Every passenger are required to pay RM11.00 one-way. On a return ticket for two persons, airport earned a total of RM44.00 in any airport nationwide. Not to mention, shop rental and really nice RM20.00 buffet.

On top of that, RM3 klia2 fee was a fee needed to be paid by every passenger onboard on KLIA2 until it was revised on early January 2019. On a return ticket, RM6.00 was a bearable cost. No doubt there was transparency in Airasia ticket.

The dire issue was not just KLIA2 fee or the RSC believed to be implemented in 2018. The issue was "Visa charge". One of the cheapest fee to get Airasia ticket through online during 2017 - 2018 was "Online banking".

2017 Airasia Ticket

Airasia transparent ticket system

The truth about Airasia ticket system is purely amazing. Like a real-time ticket service. The proof is the ticket system is able to do update after I paid cash at the counter on flight day. The RM79.50 charge was not previously in the online receipt, updated into the online receipt after I took the flight.

No one in Malaysia had a right mind to make an Airasia booking using their debit/credit card simply because there was a charge higher than the online banking. The card offered by Airasia to waive processing fee, it was just not doable and has cost to bear too.

Yes, the Airasia visa processing is no longer apply at least for me. Someone exposing wrongdoings on Visa processing charge

Chicken Price in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah

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Is West Malaysia chicken way expensive than East Malaysia ?

Bangsar Aeon chicken thigh price more or less RM13.00 per KG
East Malaysia chicken thigh price more or less RM9.40 per KG

Chicken price at West Malaysia and East Malaysia
East Malaysia every 100g chicken thigh is RM0.94. West Malaysia every 100g chicken thigh is rm1.31

Nowadays, you are not consider lucky to get 100g chicken thigh for RM1.00. There are RM0.90 for 100 grams of chicken thigh in east Malaysia.

Not much effort in this comparison simply to point out there are very little price gap between West and East Malaysia chicken price.In fact, chicken price is not fixed likened to Malaysia petrol price. There will be fluctuation in local produced chicken but rarely seen it actually raised to RM15.00 per kilo. Although Kuala Lumpur is a big city, East Malaysia food price are catching up real quick. Most of restaurant food prices are following West Malaysia standard.

Frankly speaking, West Malaysia restaurants with air-conditioning and nice interior setting are growing rapidly attracting younger generation and affluent community to try their foods in an exchange for higher food price. For more extravagant food, one should easily find it at West Malaysia.

Neither West or East Malaysia restaurants used imported chicken. High-end hotel restaurants may use the same local produced chicken as the open-air restaurants.

The support price for local produced chicken priced at RM8.50 and the ceiling price could be at RM14.00 per KG.

Reload Digi with Wechat Malaysia

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Wechat Wallet allows user top up mobile number

Wechat is a huge mobile app among the Mandarin-speaking countries notably China. However, there are lots of social networking apps offers the same functionality. From a random statistic shown that Hong Kong and Taiwan people prefer "Line" developed by IT company from South Korea. As if the app Line is not usable, they would prefer "WhatsApp".

There are huge differences between Wechat version in Malaysia and China. China version of Wechat allows users browse movies and make daily transaction. They are strong believer of cashless society. Whereas, Malaysian are generally go to stores with their smartphone and wallet. The term "Cashless Society" is still very fresh and new to them.

Lack of apparent benefits of cashless further slow down acceptance on this phenomenon. It will take awhile to witness common traders / sellers / hawkers putting up barcode allowing buyer/patron pay with their smartphone. Besides, nation with fewer population and slower internet speed may not be an ideal place for such ground-breaking innovation.

 A nation with large population and with faster internet speed is able to reap benefits in cashless society with consumer transactions time reduced and less paper corruption cases. Imagine thousands of automobile on the road are crossing the toll counter paid by using mobile app instead of paper currency. Besides, authorities could have easily obtain digital evidence those trying to bribe a traffic officers.

Time is as valuable as gold and more. Saving 10 seconds for 1 million population is a disruptive force for better society.

Wechat Malaysia

Very clean and modern Wechat interface

Choose your telcos

Wechat users allow to choose Xpax, Umobile, Digi and many other choices for mobile reload service

Digi RM 30 Prepaid Reload

This feature will reduce mobile users dependence on small mobile store reloads their phone.In the near future, mobile prepaid cards will be redundant.

Top up successful

Wechat is one of the most sucessful social messaging apps in the market. Neither Line or Whatsapp have this exclusive feature.

Malaysia Chicken Retail Price 2018

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Will retail price of chicken in Malaysia reach RM10.00 price point ?

How many of you actually remember retail price Chicken you bought during festive season or perhaps during tax holiday 2018 ?

Chicken price during february 2018
Chicken price in February 2018 during festive season

*This article  is not an indicator of nation economic situation and the article is meant to be self-explanatory.  Most of the content are author's interpretation.

It is quite interesting topic to ask how much chicken price back in 2000 ? Certainly, no one could give you a correct number. Even if you have found the actual number, average people just can't do anything about it. All we do is pointing the finger. In fact, time cant be reversed and we cant really move backward in time, people's hope for moving forward may have been the foundation for price hike.

As a consumer, we can't really do anything about it but, we can be an observer. What are the force behind it actually drive the price to further up ? the cost of manpower or just pure business profit margin ?

From the above logic, the price moving upward is a trend could be caused by employee wage increase, fuel increase, currency fluctuation in a sense that business will always maximize it profit in order to be competitive. The price hike is a vicious cycle that in the end of the day government gains lots of corporate taxes and could distribute the wealth back to the people. In often, the flourish of business will create wealth and potentially taking care the people too.

Chicken price in Malaysia during tax holiday 2018
Chicken price during tax holiday 2018. 20 days before September 01, 2018

During the tax holiday, Chicken breast price did not reach RM10.00 price point. However, chicken wing and chicken drumstick hit RM12.00 price point. Is Chicken price varies among the store ?

There are reasons why many times common folk pointing fingers to authorities when price suddenly have a upward change rather than business institution. It is uncommon to blame the business community because all they do is to maximize the profit and pay their tax routinely. Not to mention, there are shops everywhere selling the same stuff nationwide. The business competition is so fierce hardly any unethical practice because it will drive the particular business down, investor wealth lost lead to chicken store closing down and business have always been regarded to create wealth and use the wealth to create innovative product in a long run. There were nothing prouder when local business venture to the international stage.

 In fact, authorities have the majority people vote in democratic elected nation could have use machinery and mechanism to suppress any business wrongdoings or unethical profiteering. The least they can do is going out and make a campaign in the campaign speech was to encourage people turn their voices toward the business community.

September 2, 2018 after SST implementation

RM10.00 for chicken breast and drumstick. As for chicken wing, there are slight drop in price. Put the blame on chicken vendors is likened mistreat employees who have put lots of effort in slaughter chickens for the public consumption.

Author is not trying to be smart. But, authorities could opt to fine chicken vendor association for market price manipulation, encourages more chicken produce in order to gain more chicken market supply or they could buy all the chicken in the market and sell it cheaply.

Chicken price on September 2018 Malaysia
Chicken price on September 2018. Chicken Leg having a promotion selling only RM6.40 per kg until September 2, 2018

Authorities should always monitor market chicken price and make an annual inflation report. It is not transparent and efficient to just make national  inflation report that includes everything likely to have intention to misled the public intelligence.