Gone are the days when the Singaporean uniform of choice was shorts and flip flops. These days, more and more fashionistas ply our streets, with 80% of those under the age of 25 all dressed in hipsterish attire, and those over 25 dressed like OLs and yuppies.
1. Miss Hao Lian (aka the show-off)
You’re conscious of your social image and splurge to make yourself look – and feel – good. Your happiness comes from possessing things, especially luxe items.
❶ You dream of the latest Hermes Birkin.
❷ You adore the attention you get as a customer at places with personal butler or shopping services.
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If travel means adventure and the great outdoors to you, you need to get out of Singapore to get that vacation feeling.
But let’s face it, for a great many Singaporeans, the joy of travel comes from being pampered in a nice hotel, sitting down to a sumptuous buffet breakfast and chilling out by a pool with a nice view of the city.
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Tarzan had abs without the use of a gym, but as Singaporeans who spend most of our time sitting in front of computers rather than swinging from tree to tree, we have to put in a little effort to maintain our health. For many people, that means joining a gym.
I have a friend who decided he needed to save more money. Instead of enjoying gambling sessions at Marina Bay Sands less frequently, not opening so many bottles while partying or selling his car, he decided to rent out half of his bedroom to a student from China. Every day he woke up only to stare into the eyes of the Chinese guy sleeping two metres away.
We do understand that living in Singapore, most people have no choice but to participate in the ritual of visiting shopping malls and actually buying stuff from time to time because, well, you can’t avoid trees in a forest.
Anybody who was born and bred in Singapore knows that Singaporeans waste a lot of money (we’re probably the nation with the highest per-capita number of Chanel bags).
But time is another commodity we just don’t seem to have enough of—long working hours (or for kids, tuition-packed schedules) induce us to spend money on conveniences like cars and maids.
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The cost of living makes Singapore one of the toughest countries to retire in, according to a new report.
It found that about two in three workers here who are 45 or older would like to retire in the next five years but 48 per cent of them say they would not be able to. The global average is 38 per cent.