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This month, skip immigration queues, get your visitors privileges and get free birthday gifts!
Many stores in SG give “gifts” on your birthday month if you join their membership programmes or e-mailing lists. Check out the freebies at beauty shops Lancôme and Sephora as well as those at department stores like TANGS Singapore, which offers complimentary alterations on clothing you buy. Even specialty food stores such as Ryan’s Grocery send a 15-percent discount to use on your next purchase. Make a wish, stat!
Bring your own bag, that is. In Singapore alone, about 700 million kilogrammes of plastic waste is discarded annually — and less than 10 percent is recycled. But, there are easy ways to reduce plastic use, including bringing your own bags when shopping. That’s just one smart initiative by community-based Plastic-Lite Singapore.
Its newest programme is Bounce Bags, which makes reusable shopping bags (think fabric totes) available at designated sharing points. Currently, bags can be donated or borrowed at a single sharing point such as the sheltered walkway leading to a wet market beside Block 293, Yishun Street 22. Or, contact the site to propose a Bounce Bag drop spot near you.
Applying for a long-term visit pass in SG for your common-law spouse, parent, unmarried step-child or handicapped adult child? To save time, apply online and then arrange to have the pass delivered to a SingPost post office near you for collection. Once your application is approved, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority will inform you accordingly. Visit https://bit.ly/2yvT9ci or www.ica.gov.sg for more information.
Got a visiting friend or family member? Pick up the HAVE Privilege Card so your guest can enjoy free coffee, discounts on retail purchases and tourist attraction frees, reduced prices for cable car rides, and much more. Visit the HarbourFront Centre website to find out where to buy the card.
Wine bottles don’t come with nutritional info, so it can be difficult to calculate how many calories you’re drinking (if you care). The trick? You have to figure out the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) percentage. Use this formula: percentage of alcohol X ounces you’ve poured X 1.6 = calories in your glass.
Some text adapted from The Straits Times / Additional reporting by Hazel Vincent De Paul, Pinky Chng, Tara Barker + Sara Lyle Bow
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