i had my tires changed last week and this naturally resulted in a quick (5 days) internet search on what my next tire should be.
during this adventure, i realized that singaporeans care a lot more about having cheap, grippy, durable, quiet and branded tires that work well in the wet but won't harden over time and preferably as recently made as possible.
this combination, as we all know, exists only in imagination land, so i checked into the tyre website recommended recently by another member and immediately found no good deals.
calls to stamford tyres yielded better results - i saved $5 a tyre compared to the next cheapest tire shop quote i got. the tyre website was $7+ more per tire, exclusive of installation.
(i stuck with continental)
they were quick to rub the tires down with an oily rag, giving the tires a "like new" appearance when paired with a set of extremely dirty rims, made more obvious by the mechanic's hand marks.
later that week, a trip to the grocery store for a tube of toothpaste resulted in my spotting of a PURCHASE WITH PURCHASE and my eagle eye saw the 1 liter bottle of listerine was being sold for ONLY $6.50 - naturally i had to take a brisk walk to the aisles nearby to see what i can purchase to make up the minimum spend of $25.
on my return to the PURCHASE WITH PURCHASE shelf, i was shocked to see only one orange bottle of listerine and decided to grab it, along with 3 sara lee pound cakes, a box of mint candy canes, 2 tubes of mentos and 2 loafs of SUPER JUNIOR THICK SLICED gardenia bread.
my wife asked me why i didn't buy toothpaste and told me there was no way we were gonna be able to finish so much bread and cake and we'd better freeze it. i proved her wrong. i also didn't believe it was ridiculous to buy those things to get $3 off my mouth wash. i think.
always wondering abou t whether paying the water dispenser company man to come by and change my water filter was the right thing to do, i decided to change the filter myself... without having the right tool.
i ended up calling the man anyway, and had to buy a tool off him, pay him to install an entirely new filter and filtration device and re-drill a hole in the kitchen. the wife was not happy about the mess HE made.
earlier this week i was wandering around a local hospital and found where i could get free coffee. in my quest to find the awesomest free coffee dispensing machine, i ended up at HDB Hub and had 6 coffees over the course of 2 hours. i also tried going to marriott for free ice but realized i forgot to bring a bag with me to the ice machine so i headed back home.
a few days ago, there was a sale of a set of plates and bowls for only $24.90 - i was very astute in calculating that in a different shade, each plate or bowl was only 90c and i would be better off buying them separately for my wife when we needed them.
when i got home, my wife told me it was meant to be a christmas present, and separates, even if we bought many pieces, don't get us a box. i had to pay full price for it.
my savings at the tire store, free drinks and mouth wash probably made up for it.
all in all, an interesting few weeks.
stay tuned, for more interesting reports from a jobless dude; when he gets job offers despite NOT looking for a job, and the altercation he got into when he used a kleenex from a packet someone left to reserve a table.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!