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Postby singapore eagle » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 1:52 pm

Fruit and veg is definitely cheaper here - both versus UK/Europe and Australia. I was shocked at the prices when we were in Perth last month. We were also amazed that Coles shut at 5pm on a Saturday.

Here's another cheap find in Singapore: a swim at the public pool costs $1.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 2:56 pm

Wd40 wrote:I dont know, but for fruit and vegetables, I found Singapore better than Sydney. We shopped in Woolworths and Coles and found not only the choice of fruits is so less there, it more expensive than here. Here you get like 3 avacados for like $3-4. There a single avacado is $3 and I thought avacado grow in Australia :o Regarding choice, the bananas there are tasteless. Here you get nice Philippines bananas that taste awesome.


http://industry.avocado.org.au/RetailPricing.aspx

http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/ ... gory=10064

Its also much more convenient to shop here, the fairpice across my house is open 24hrs and in Sydney you will need to hit to Woolworths near the townhall if you need to shop at like after 7PM(Unless its a Thursday, market day)


you don't know much about sydney do you? there are local markets which are cheaper than wollys and coles
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Postby nakatago » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 3:22 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:
Wd40 wrote:I dont know, but for fruit and vegetables, I found Singapore better than Sydney. We shopped in Woolworths and Coles and found not only the choice of fruits is so less there, it more expensive than here. Here you get like 3 avacados for like $3-4. There a single avacado is $3 and I thought avacado grow in Australia :o Regarding choice, the bananas there are tasteless. Here you get nice Philippines bananas that taste awesome.


http://industry.avocado.org.au/RetailPricing.aspx

http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/ ... gory=10064

Its also much more convenient to shop here, the fairpice across my house is open 24hrs and in Sydney you will need to hit to Woolworths near the townhall if you need to shop at like after 7PM(Unless its a Thursday, market day)


you don't know much about sydney do you? there are local markets which are cheaper than wollys and coles


It's been a recurring theme with him ever since he booked that holiday in Sydney.

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Postby triste » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 4:28 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:Stop buying veggies and fruits from supermarkets here, its just not worth it! I've been shopping in wet markets. You'll find 20$ will get you a lot of veggies there as opposed to buying in cold storage say.
the same holds for meat and fish too.
the supermarkets here are really a big big rip off.


I think you are right. I remember reading SMS' posts about paying the ang moh tax at the wet market so I have been a bit shy about it, but I have been so frustrated with my grocery bill lately that I want to give it a try.

What wet markets do people like here? I read somewhere that Tekka is good and even has habaneros. A stall at HV used to sell tomatillos, but I think they closed up.

I'd love some suggestions for good wet markets.

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Postby Wd40 » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 5:49 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:
Wd40 wrote:I dont know, but for fruit and vegetables, I found Singapore better than Sydney. We shopped in Woolworths and Coles and found not only the choice of fruits is so less there, it more expensive than here. Here you get like 3 avacados for like $3-4. There a single avacado is $3 and I thought avacado grow in Australia :o Regarding choice, the bananas there are tasteless. Here you get nice Philippines bananas that taste awesome.


http://industry.avocado.org.au/RetailPricing.aspx

http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/ ... gory=10064

Its also much more convenient to shop here, the fairpice across my house is open 24hrs and in Sydney you will need to hit to Woolworths near the townhall if you need to shop at like after 7PM(Unless its a Thursday, market day)


you don't know much about sydney do you? there are local markets which are cheaper than wollys and coles


I know local markets and know Thursday is the market day when they are open until late and I have shopped in one in Ashfield. I didn't find it much cheaper. Fruits and Vegetables, I would still prefer Singapore anyday.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 6:47 pm

triste wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:Stop buying veggies and fruits from supermarkets here, its just not worth it! I've been shopping in wet markets. You'll find 20$ will get you a lot of veggies there as opposed to buying in cold storage say.
the same holds for meat and fish too.
the supermarkets here are really a big big rip off.


I think you are right. I remember reading SMS' posts about paying the ang moh tax at the wet market so I have been a bit shy about it, but I have been so frustrated with my grocery bill lately that I want to give it a try.

What wet markets do people like here? I read somewhere that Tekka is good and even has habaneros. A stall at HV used to sell tomatillos, but I think they closed up.

I'd love some suggestions for good wet markets.



nah don't be shy at all! tekka is full of ang mohs these days, and yes you can get some really unusual fruits and veggies here, my gf bought a kilo of salad tomatoes for 2.50$ , some nice tamarillos for juice, fresh squid and nice prawns.
However be prepared to deal with a bit of crowd and wet floors.
give yourself say 20$ and see how far it will go there and compare it to market place or cold storage :)
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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 16 Mar 2014 6:56 pm

Wd40 wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:
Wd40 wrote:I dont know, but for fruit and vegetables, I found Singapore better than Sydney. We shopped in Woolworths and Coles and found not only the choice of fruits is so less there, it more expensive than here. Here you get like 3 avacados for like $3-4. There a single avacado is $3 and I thought avacado grow in Australia :o Regarding choice, the bananas there are tasteless. Here you get nice Philippines bananas that taste awesome.


http://industry.avocado.org.au/RetailPricing.aspx

http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/ ... gory=10064

Its also much more convenient to shop here, the fairpice across my house is open 24hrs and in Sydney you will need to hit to Woolworths near the townhall if you need to shop at like after 7PM(Unless its a Thursday, market day)


you don't know much about sydney do you? there are local markets which are cheaper than wollys and coles


I know local markets and know Thursday is the market day when they are open until late and I have shopped in one in Ashfield. I didn't find it much cheaper. Fruits and Vegetables, I would still prefer Singapore anyday.



Thursday is payday not market day and shops are open till 9pm on those days as opposed to 5 pm.
Ever been to Eastwood fruit market? Its light years ahead of Singapore.

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 17 Mar 2014 9:07 am

rajagainstthemachine wrote:Thursday is payday not market day and shops are open till 9pm on those days as opposed to 5 pm.
Ever been to Eastwood fruit market? Its light years ahead of Singapore.

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That's beautiful.

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Postby Wd40 » Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:10 pm

Nice article on Efinancial careers and the final message:

Skilled foreigners, who don’t mind taking the train to work, may still like to apply


http://news.efinancialcareers.com/sg-en ... singapore/

BTW, the recruiter mentioned in the article Kyle Blockley, is one of my Linked In connections :)

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:20 pm

Wd40 wrote:
BTW, the recruiter mentioned in the article Kyle Blockley, is one of my Linked In connections :)



0 <- That's either a cookie for you, or the number of Sh!ts most of us give. Or both. Your choice. :)

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Postby Barnsley » Mon, 17 Mar 2014 6:00 pm

I just read that Singapore only made 5th place in the Crony Capitalism charts as well.....



Wonder if it will make the papers

:D

http://www.economist.com/news/internati ... per-planet
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Postby rdueej » Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:58 am

Barnsley wrote:I just read that Singapore only made 5th place in the Crony Capitalism charts as well.....



Wonder if it will make the papers

:D

http://www.economist.com/news/internati ... per-planet


... calculate the total wealth of those of the world’s billionaires who are active mainly in rent-heavy industries, and compare that total to world GDP ... higher the ratio, the more likely the economy suffers from a severe case of crony-capitalism ...

I am not sure if there was any cherry-picking of data in that analysis.

I say it, because I am quite surprised that China is so low on the list. The article admits this, but I am not sure how much effort they put in before giving up on getting better estimates.

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Postby JetFixation » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 8:44 am

rajagainstthemachine wrote:Breakfast @ T3 airport : 12$ for a donut, croissant latte from dunkin donuts lol
latte tastes like hot water, at least provide some quality ?



That's not so bad considering that at OSL airport 3 slices of medium sized Pizzas from Pizzahut + 1 medium Pepsi costs $35 SGD!



I'm currently in Budapest now and the Mcd is about the same price as in Sg.
895 Forint for a Quater Pounder (approx $5+)

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Postby JetFixation » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 8:47 am

triste wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:Stop buying veggies and fruits from supermarkets here, its just not worth it! I've been shopping in wet markets. You'll find 20$ will get you a lot of veggies there as opposed to buying in cold storage say.
the same holds for meat and fish too.
the supermarkets here are really a big big rip off.



What wet markets do people like here? I read somewhere that Tekka is good and even has habaneros. A stall at HV used to sell tomatillos, but I think they closed up.

I'd love some suggestions for good wet markets.


I've not been but I saw a documentary few years back that some top hotel head chefs get their supplies direct from Tekka due to the selection and quality

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Postby stuckmojo » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 9:55 am

JetFixation wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:Breakfast @ T3 airport : 12$ for a donut, croissant latte from dunkin donuts lol
latte tastes like hot water, at least provide some quality ?



That's not so bad considering that at OSL airport 3 slices of medium sized Pizzas from Pizzahut + 1 medium Pepsi costs $35 SGD!



I'm currently in Budapest now and the Mcd is about the same price as in Sg.
895 Forint for a Quater Pounder (approx $5+)


I hope you just checked the price out of curiosity and not ate at a McDonalds in Budapest. Please do reassure me.


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