POSB Smart Buddy – FREE Watch with E-Payment for Schools and Selected Merchants

The POSB Smart Buddy programme / 储蓄银行智能伙伴计划 was launched in in 19 primary schools in August. This ground-breaking programme uses wearable tech (a free watch) to teach students how to save and spend wisely by helping them track their savings and spending habits digitally.

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What makes POSB Smart Buddy watch stands out is the function of e-payment. The watch helps children take an early step towards digital payments and also monitors their activity levels. Parents can in turn remotely pre-set their child’s daily allowance, send them emergency money, and monitor their kids’ spending, savings, eating habits and activity levels – all with an accompanying app.

The programme further creates a digital payments ecosystem within the school where the school’s canteens and bookstores are set up with digital payment terminals. Students can simply tap and pay with their free POSB Smart Buddy watches.

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During the demo session, we were given a first-hand experience to set up the Smart Buddy watch and made purchase on the spot.

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The steps to purchase were straightforward – basically, you would just select your orders and click “Pay Now” at the terminal.

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Tap your Smart Buddy watch over the Nets machine and balance will be deducted.

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Parents can monitor their kids’ expenditure from the app, anytime and anywhere!

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You can also use your Smart Buddy watch at any of these merchants.

Look out for the NETS contactless symbol when you pay.

Paired with a mobile app, you can instantly allocate allowances, check on savings or spending, and be informed of your child’s whereabouts with the bus tracker and in-school locator feature. Most of all, you get to do them all while on the go.

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For more information on POSB Smart Buddy or requesting your child’s school (if they are not yet on board) to adopt this programme, click here.

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{Giveaway!} Travel to 九份 Jiufen @ Taiwan with Round Taiwan Round Custom Shared Tour

Sometimes when it sounds too good to be true, it is probably true. Round Taiwan Round, the number one online travel planning and tour site in Taiwan, is proud to be the only online travel planner that has the know-how to travel Taiwan from the heart, with their smart programming team to help visitors provide the most efficient way to travel.

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The interesting part of Jiufen custom shared tour is that it only cost USD30 per person (without English-speaking driver). This is an example of the standard package tour costing USD30 to book which brings you to 5 attractions. Transport is included back and forth from your Taipei hotel!

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If you decide to customize your tour, the best part of this is you can get to choose up to 6 attractions within Jiufen to visit all within a day! But to be practical, it is strongly recommended to keep your itinerary to around 4 or 5 attractions so as to get the maximum mileage of your anticipated trip to Taiwan. Here’s the list of the attractions you can choose from 🙂

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Well, we have been there and with this great deal to choose from, there are even more reasons to pick beautiful Taiwan in your itinerary.

Here we are at Shifen Waterfall. Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布) is the most renowned cascading waterfall in Taiwan. Although not nearly the tallest the island has to offer, it’s is certainly the widest at an impressive 40 meters. Because of its horseshoe shape and powerful flow, it is nicknamed the Little Niagara of Taiwan. Recessed within a beautiful forested mountainside setting, this waterfall often delights visitors with a bright rainbow on sunny days. Its colorful spectacle has also lent the waterfall its other nickname of “Rainbow Pond”.

Shifen Old Street is a bustling hub for those eager to get a glimpse of an old railroad town which still retains the charm of yesteryear. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street stop has now become one of the most popular on the Pingxi rail-line. It is easy to see why so many are drawn here – local food, souvenir shops and puffing trains add to the charm of this little gem, as well as make it a fantastic place for photography. A must try to light the lantern and fly it up to the sky!

At 九份 Jiufen Old Street which we blogged here.

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Houtong (猴硐), located in Rueifang District, is a mountain village in eastern New Taipei City. It was originally called Hou Dong (猴洞) because of a cave in the area that was once inhabited by a group of wild monkeys. The whole Houtong area is surrounded by mountains and located by the upstream portion of the Keelung River. A visit here will reveal a perfect scene seemingly handcrafted for the enjoyment of both photographers and landscape artists.

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Face to Face Noodle House (面对面) @ City Square Mall

Fans of Face to Face Noodle would not need to travel across the causeway to get a taste of the authentic Sarawak noodles. Riding on the success of its outlets in Malaysia, Face to Face Noodle has an outlet in City Square Mall.

Face to Face’s special noodle recipe traces its roots to Sarawak over 100 years ago. The story begins when the founder’s great-grandfather picked up the technique of making Jook Sing noodles, one of the rarest forms of noodle-making in existence. A decent stall selling fresh homemade noodles, it soon won the hearts and stomachs of many Sarawakians and the rest was history.

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It was one of the weekday nights that Big and Small M wanted to try something they like. Having an outlet here spared us the hassle of waiting for an opportune time to visit Malaysia to get a taste of it. The ambience here was very different to that of the Malaysia outlet we visited previously which you can find it here.

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Our orders included:

HOUSE SPECIALTY PAN MEE (DRY) – Homemade noodles in rich broth served with minced pork, crispy anchovies and onsen egg.

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Genki Herbal Chicken Pan Mee (Soup) – Homemade noodles in traditional herbal soup served with tender chicken, enoki mushrooms and various herbs.

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Creations Pork Pan Mee (Dry) – Homemade noodles served with minced pork, cooked in signature gravy, wantan crisps, braised egg and meat balls.

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Traditional Sarawak Kolo Mee (Dry) – Springy homemade noodles served with minced pork, char siew, and fried wantans.

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Overall, the broth was flavourful and the thick and flat noodles added extra texture which gave a good bite for a decent family meal. Click here to see their menu.

Address: Lot 02-23/24 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd 

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

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Child Free Flights: Perks through Malaysia Airlines Online Booking

Long international flights can be exhausting and tiresome, and a lot of people are willing to dish out some serious cash for that extra personal space (totally underrated sometimes!) and comfort (ditto!).

Beyond economy class, the user-friendly MAS online booking system also offers its passengers First Class and Business Class tickets that aims to make the journey not only comfortable, but also delightfully wonderful. Of course, fliers are not just paying for the comfort, but also the perks that come together with it. Luxurious seating, wider entertainment range, better food and drinks, and then some!

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And here’s a pretty cherry to go with that cake. In a bold move by Malaysia Airlines (MAS), they’ve gone the extra mile by only allowing passengers above 12 years old into the upper decks where the First and Business class seats are located.

The restriction came about as First Class passengers began criticising that they could not fully enjoy the amenities despite having paid a much higher amount, much less proper rest and sleep due to crying babies. Not exactly what you expect to experience when luxury and mile-high indulgence is the main thing premium fliers are paying for.

Applicable to the Airbus A380’s and 747’s, the higher classes already does not have the space nor the facilities to accommodate baby bassinets, whereas only economy class would be equipped accordingly. The A380 will fit six bassinets in the lower floors, and will open up three more bassinet positions whenever there is an overwhelming demand for seats in economy class from families with children and infants. So it’s not like there’s no room for the kiddies!

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It’s not easy for kids when they’re travelling, more so in an airplane, and even more so if it’s their first time. Long journeys, limited moving space and popping ears spells restlessness, discomfort and raw boredom for them. Heck! It’s even an issue for most adults – we’re just better suited to handle it. Drinking water, hum and even forced yawning tends to help alleviate the popping ears problem.

But fret not. Malaysia Airlines has pimped out the economy class, showcasing it as a family friendly (kids friendly that is) zone with strong in-flight entertainment (touch screen personal TV anyone?). Now that ought to keep the little ones pacified for a fair bit ey? They’ve also provided mindful facilities such as toilets, with eight for economy in a 350 seats configuration, as well as dual aerobridges that spells out faster onboarding and deboarding from economy.

The online booking system would automatically exclude First Class and Business Class from your range of options the moment you select accompanying children under 12 years old to ensure that there’s no confusion when navigating selections. What’s more, children under 12 years old wouldn’t even be allowed to step foot onto the first and business zones so there’s little worry of a hyped up or anxious kid running around causing a parade of a commotion. They’ve even made it that the 747’s will not be able to accommodate travel cots, thus making it a baby-free section.

Of course the decision didn’t come without some criticisms as some parties have declared the move as discriminatory. MAS defended its decision as a strategic one, having no difference from “quiet carriages” on some premium training services.

But all in all, the move has since been well received by fliers, and the move has even been adopted by several other airlines. MAS has got some impressive destinations under its belt, not to mention that of course, it flies to the ever beautiful Malaysia if you were to ever decide on some diverse multiculturalism and diverse ecosystem of urban development and natural beauties. For some wicked cool Malaysia Airlines online booking deals, check out Traveloka today!

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6 European Destinations the Kids will Love Exploring

Europe is full of wondrous sights and cities to explore – consider a break from the norm and head somewhere complete different this year. Here are six of the best European destinations that the little ones will find a bundle of fun.

Rome Italy

For a wealth of history, head to Rome. The Italian capital is full to the brim with ancient relics and magnificent architecture that is still impressive to this day, including the Colosseum, as recommended by the Secret Traveller. The jaw-dropping structure still manages to amaze thousands of tourists to this day. And that isn’t all it has to offer. Visit Vatican City, the city-state in the middle of Rome, to see St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica that stands in front of it, where to Pope address thousands of people. The food is just as glorious as the sights, too – don’t miss out on trying some of Rome’s famed carbonara.

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Andalucia, Spain

Steer clear of the bustling beach towns and overcrowded resorts in Spain’s mainland and explore the quiet heritage of Andalucia instead. There are many towns here that offer and abundance of beautiful buildings, including the cathedral of Seville that boasts being one of the biggest in the entire world. But there’s so much to do in Andalucia that you’ll be just as awe-inspired as the little ones. As they lose themselves in the wonders of the beaches, complete with wind and kite surfers out on the water, you’ll be basking in the luscious surroundings of sand dunes and dramatic horizons.

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Zadar, Croatia

Labelled by the Telegraph as the country’s coolest city, Zadar is a growing hotspot in Croatia perfect for a fun family getaway. Head there in the summer to find a beach town full of revellers soaking up the beating rays, with a warm and vibrant atmosphere flowing in the air.

Head further into the city, though, and you’ll be intoxicated by the hidden history beyond the shore – the Old Town, for example, showcases a Venetian influence through its architecture. And don’t miss any of the town’s eccentricities, either – the solar-powered light-up dancefloor on the beach is a particular highlight.

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Crete, Greece

Your holiday will be awash with culture regardless of where you visit in Greece, and Crete is no exception. It’s a gorgeous, rocky island off the coast of the mainland, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore naturally stunning landscapes and scenery to no end.

Head to the redeveloped ancient town of Knossos for a taste of ancient civilisation that children can explore to their heart’s content. Where you’re done, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum showcases finds from Knossos that have been preserved, including the enchanting Snake Goddess.

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Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is a sprawling region in the very south of Portugal, but its scale beckons for a modest stint of travelling in order to see it all. For a laidback and relaxed vibe, head to the old town of Lagos, complete with cobbled streets for you all to stroll down and explore.

And when you’re wanting to get the energy flowing, Albufeira is the place to go. It’s teeming with tourists and locals alike, with incredible beaches, delectable restaurants and a lively atmosphere day and night. It’s here that you’ll also find the Zoomarine waterpark, with this YouTube video highlighting how you’re able to take a swim with dolphins.

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Brittany, France

It isn’t near the coast, but taking the kids to Brittany makes for a very different type of family holiday. It’s here in the French town that you’ll be able to witness rolling fields, luscious greenery and genuine farmhouses to stay in, making the town a very low key and quiet affair – perfect if you want a quiet getaway.

There are beaches in Brittany to unwind upon if you wish, but there’s more to be had inland. The kids will love exploring the sleepy weekend markets that offer everything from homemade cheese to clothes, and the small restaurants you’ll find as you slowly stroll through the small towns offer some of the most gorgeous dishes to be found in the whole of France.

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The Changi Village Story: Eat, Play and Explore

Tucked away at the far eastern coast of Singapore is a small and yet well-known neighbourhood by name of Changi Village. Those who love photography, cycling and sight seeing would inevitably hop into a bumboat and head to Pulau Ubin. Even if you are not “that” adventurous, Changi Village can also offer you as the ultimate destination to experience some of the best-kept treasures in Singapore.

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Just the mention of Changi Village Hawker Centre would remind everyone of some of the popular Nasi Lemak stalls there. Personally, I feel that the Nasi Lemak tastes largely the same and I have no preference of any particular stall to patronize.

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If you get to travel to this far eastern side of the country, remember to come with an empty stomach. The lure of irresistible Nasi Lemak – rice cooked in coconut milk, mixed with some slices of cucumber, fried ikan bilis and peanuts, fried egg and chicken wing or drumstick and lastly, smeared with delicious sambal is sure to win everyone’s heart.

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You can call this place super ulu but it is not going to stop hip cafes and eateries from opening here. Chocolate Origin specializes in chocolate cakes and confectionaries. It uses the finest ingredients to get the cakes tasting oh-so delicious, ensuring all goodness when you take a bite.

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Crepes & Puffs is a quaint cafe boasting a wide range of delicious confections for all taste buds. On weekdays, it even attracts loyal customers dressed in their office attire who come for its artistically created crepes, puffs, pastries, cakes and other treats.

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Delicately prepared by Shanghainese chefs, Tang Tea House is famed for the freshness and authenticity of its halal dim sum ranging from chicken pau, har kow, siew mai and steamed chicken dumplings.

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Stepped into the corridors of these blocks you can find traditional shops selling…

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Chap Huay Tiam certainly brings us back to the old school days. Myriad of tidbits, old school biscuits and customized goodie bags for all occasions are what you can find here.

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Not heading to Pulau Ubin? Try renting a bicycle here and explore the vicinity!

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ST Bakery serves a variety of fresh bread and cakes. The prices are reasonable and affordable too.

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Johor Bahru Pau / Tim Sum [新山手工包點]  selling unique assortment of delicious paus which includes black sesame pau, chicken, pork big pau, braised pork pau, Amy Yi’s Jumbo Pau, Sured-Win Jumbo Pau and other dim sum items.

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More shops around the blocks.

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If you are feeling adventurous, take an exploratory trip down at Changi Point Coastal Walk which stretches 2.2km.

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Also referred to as the Changi Boardwalk, you may even catch views of the waters out towards Johor. Last but not least, remember to bring along your insect repellent and sunblock when you are here!

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