Time is money and money is, well, money.
And in the super fast-paced and expensive Singapore, you don’t want to be wasting either. Use these 9 indispensible hacks you never knew you needed in your life.
Read a book in three weeks? Pfft, ain’t nobody got time for that! The next time you want to borrow a book from the National Library (NLB), check your book out at the automated checkout machine. Immediately after, check the same book out again with the same library card – and your loan period will be extended to six weeks. Return the book at any NLB branch, or at the automated bookdrop machines across the island.
NEXT: Watch a free show →
Enjoy classical piano, pop, rock or jazz performances from some of SG’s best musicians at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre’s Date Night Fridays programme. The open-air stage faces Marina Bay, and the views of Singapore’s sparkling skyline are ultra Instagram-y.
NEXT: Book a cab – fast! →
You’ve danced the night away at Zouk, and you’re ready to go home. Like, now. Skip the struggle of booking a ride home (and the extra surcharges) with Grab Flash, which streamlines GrabTaxi and GrabCar booking into a single blue-and-white button on the free Grab app. Responses are speedy, and you’ll know the exact fare upfront.
NEXT: Simplify reservations →
Making a restaurant reservation by phone can be a PITA. Book a table with Chope instead. You’ll get: zero waiting time, instant confirmation via email, promos, new menu updates plus a chance to win Chope-Dollars redeemable for dining vouchers
NEXT: Know your left earbud from right →
Always sticking the wrong earbud in the wrong ear? Try this: Make a small knot in the cord near either the left or right earphone for a quicker way to identify L and R.
You should be cleaning your earbuds at least once a week. In a recent survey of 200,000 people, only 8% cleaned their earbuds as often as they should – otherwise, they could cause nasty ear infections!
NEXT: Shop the real steals →
The Singapore Police Force holds an auction several times a year for the public to buy items confiscated during criminal investigations, seized theft items and even lost belongings. These can range from diamond rings and iPads to designer bags and watches and more. Prior to the auction, you have two days to eyeball the hundreds of items up for grabs. After registration, you’ll receive a bidding card, which authorises you to participate on auction day. Want in? Call 6820 3828 to find out upcoming auction dates and how to sign up!
NEXT: Order the meat first →
If you’re the kind of person who loves an extra scoop of sweet-and-sour pork or ginger chicken from the mixed rice stall, then order like a local and always request your meat dish first. The hawker will think you’re spending more and likely be more generous.
NEXT: Save your nails →
Don’t ruin your fab manicure for something as minor as adding a new key to your keychain. Use a staple remover to wedge open your key ring, then slot your new key in easily.
NEXT: Save on family fun →
Download the Carousell app or visit Groupon for tickets to various attractions in Singapore and around the region at seriously low prices. At press time, individual tickets to Legoland Malaysia on Carousell were available for as low as $41 (usual price: $59.25).
NEXT: Double your reading time →
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, July 2016