3 Easy Ways To Earn Free Money

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The best thing about these three ways is that you just have to sign up with your email to start earning!

1. Rakuten

I was recently introduced to this website Rakuten where I can receive cash back savings for buying products I need! I regret making all those purchases without doing more research, I could’ve saved hundreds of dollars..

They were formally known as Ebates and they partner with stores like Amazon, JCPenney, Sephora, Kiehl’s and hundreds more that you commonly shop at! So please remember to check this website if you’re about to make an online purchase to see if you can get any cash back.

It’s free to sign up AND they give you $10 just for joining and using their app. I’m still kicking myself for not finding out about this sooner, especially since I’ve been recommending skincare brands that can be found on this site.

2. Swagbucks

The Swagbucks program is literally giving money away for almost nothing. All you have to do is to either use their search engine and/or do surveys to earn points! Each time you use their search engine, you’re eligible to earn Swagbucks. You’re basically being paid to search, which is something we all do anyway! You can also earn points by watching videos, shopping with them, or doing the tasks set for you.

Once you have accumulated enough points, you can redeem it in the form of a gift card from their many stores/restaurants or you can choose to get it in cash via Paypal. Between this and doing a few surveys a day, I can earn around $20 – $ 25 a month. I used mine on an Amazon gift card last month, it was like buying myself a present 🙂

Swagbucks is such an easy way to earn a little extra money and takes almost no time at all to sign up, that I have been telling everyone around me about it!

3. Tailwind

Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool that is used by most bloggers and businesses to drive traffic to their website. Not only does it help boost your marketing efforts on Pinterest, it also offers an affiliate program that pays a very generous commission.

You do need to sign up for a Tailwind account to become an affiliate, but it’s completely free for the first 100 pins you post. So whether you take 7 mins or 7 months to use your free trial, it’s up to you!

Once you’ve created an account, you can immediately get your referral link and start promoting that lets you either earn credits to pay for your subscription to Tailwind should you choose to continue, or redeem an Amazon gift card!

5 Tips On Making Your Long Distance Relationship Work

As my husband is currently in Myanmar and I’m in Singapore, we have been apart for close to 4 months now. Borders are still closed and likely won’t open till July. This is the longest we’ve ever been apart from each other, and it’s tough. I miss him so much. Facetime helps but it’s the uncertainty of when we’ll next see other that gets me down sometimes. We actually planned on going our honeymoon this year but I guess that’s down the drain. I’m just thankful that we procrastinated (as usual) in booking flights and accommodation. Hopefully we’ll get to go someday soon! For now, let me list some tips that has helped us in the past and are relying on more than ever right now to get us through this trying period.

1. Text each other good morning/good night messages

I don’t know if this works for everyone, but for me it helps to start or end a day knowing that your other half is thinking of you. Granted, there are days where we get so caught up with our own lives that we just fall into bed without texting but more often than not, we always make the effort to send a short text.

2. Keep Yourself Occupied

When you’re busy, you have less time to mope around pining for him and feeling sad. As I’m unable to travel for work now and I can’t work from home, I’ve been enrolling into online courses to keep myself busy. I also love that I’ve been reading a lot more.

3. Update Each Other

You don’t necessarily have to schedule in a video call to update every single minute or type out everything that has happened to you if that’s not you. You can send each other random texts or photos of what’s happening around you that either made you think of the other, or just wanting to share a moment with them.

4. Video Calls

Having said that, it makes a huge difference when you video chat compared to just texting. It helps to see the other person’s face, to see his smile, to hear his tone when he’s recounting his day. Just make sure you aren’t distracted and are really listening.

5. Have The Same Goal In Mind

For us, it’s to buy our first property. Whatever we do now, it’s to work towards that goal together. So even though we can’t plan when our honeymoon or my move will be due to the pandemic, we can still work hard to earn and save. With a common goal, we will constantly talk about our plans and keep each other motivated.

Most importantly, trust and have faith.

Places To Get A Decent Massage in Myanmar

All massage parlours are still not allowed to reopen for business in Singapore. So while I can only dream of getting good burmese massage now, I shall list out all my go to massage places in Yangon.

Hla Lifestyle Wellness Centre

Prices here are pretty steep compared to other places, but it is worth every penny. The staff here are well trained and treat you like royalty. I’ve been here more than 10 times since they’ve opened, and have gotten a good massage every single time. Please try this place out if you’re in Yangon and want a place to pamper yourself silly! (Price ~ SGD45/hr)

Muguet Japon Day Spa

This is a more affordable place for a good massage but if you prefer a lighter touch, you may experience hit or misses here. The masseurs here tend to use a harder than normal pressure so just be sure to let them know your preference! (Price ~ 25/hr)

Tony Tun Tun Beauty & Spa (Golden Hill)

Cheap yet doesn’t skimp on any frills nor the quality of massage. Because they have a hair salon next door, I usually get a massage followed by a hair wash #purebliss (Price ~ SGD12/hr)

*All prices are from memory and may have changed since.

Books To Read

I love reading reviews on books so I decided to contribute by doing a post on books I read in 2019 and a small list of books I hope to finish in 2020!

  1. Dark in Death by JD Robb
  2. Leverage in Death by JD Robb
  3. Connections in Death by JD Robb
  4. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  5. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  6. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

I’m a huge fan of Nora Roberts and her in death series are a great way to pass time mindlessly. I love Oprah and everything that she stands for. You can read her book a million times and come away with a new life lesson each time. She’s so inspiring and there’s so much wisdom to be found in her book. I highly recommend you to read it if you haven’t already! This year I hope to set aside more time just to read though it’s already April and I’m only halfway through Anna Karenina and three quarters through The Rosie Project.

Books that I would like to finish in 2020:

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  3. Origin by Dan Brown
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My goal is to read 2 classics a year! I just created a goodreads account to keep track of all the books I’ve read. You can check it out here if you like.

Moisturisers That Actually Result In Moist Skin

I don’t know if I’d be able to remember every single moisturiser I’ve tried because I might not be able to ever end this post, but I will definitely try! Some of products were gifted to me by a friend who’s a beauty writer, but most were purchased by myself through much research!

1. Banila Co Birds Nest Forever Young Multi Care Lifting Cream

This felt sticky when applying it but absorbed fairly quickly. Didn’t cause any breakouts and my skin didn’t look shiny. But I still felt a little dry even though I wasn’t travelling much at that time and was in Singapore’s humid climate.

2. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

I used to swear by this and its corresponding serum till one day I was stuck in wintery Frankfurt and had no skincare other than this and its serum. I forgot my whole bag of skincare and somehow these two were packed in my makeup bag instead. I thought I was lucky but my face peeled so badly. They were clearly not moisturising enough even though I applied two layers of each to substitute all the other steps in my regime. Again, perhaps only suited for humid climates. It also didn’t irritate my sensitive skin so I’d give it a try again if I were based in SG or if I had normal to oily skin.

3. Minon Amino Moist Moist Barrier Cream

This cream absorbed really quickly and had no fragrance. It was lightweight but it provided adequate hydration. It did give me a bit of shine but I would still recommend for people staying in a humid climate.

4. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

I think they have an updated version of this already but I haven’t tried it. A lightweight gel cream that had a light fragrance to it but did not break me out. It takes quite awhile to absorb and though it does give the skin a dewy look, when I washed it off my skin still felt dry.

5. Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream

Smelt like roses, absorbed okay, but I did get two pimples when testing this product. It didn’t wow me so I probably won’t give it a try again.

6. Clarins HydraQuench Cream

I can’t remember the exact line of products I was using from Clarins as it was 7-8 years ago but I remember not being impressed with the results even though I stuck to the brand for a year. Even had membership and all. During that time I was involved in a lot of outdoor activities though, so perhaps it contributed in the lack of results. Might give it a try again if anything well raved comes out.

7. AHC Ageless Real Eyecream For Face (7th Gen)

This is my current favourite moisturiser. I wear it under my makeup when I fly and even after a 20 hour flight, my face doesn’t crack! Yet, in Singapore, it isn’t overly rich and I can apply it as a day moisturiser though I do get shiny midday. I have also tried their 5th gen moisturiser, it it lighter than this and doesn’t perform as well, but good enough for a day cream.

8. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream

I added this in the list because it’s marketed as a moisturiser but I used it as a spot treatment/lotion. This is simply because when used on its own, my skin became too dry. But my skin became softer and brighter when used together with a thicker moisturiser. It’s all about trial and error!

Top 7 Things You Need When Migrating To A Developing Country

I will be moving to Myanmar to be with my husband, Bill, soon and even though I still have a few more months (I hope!) to go before the big move, I have been researching and planning non stop about the things I would need to settle in as comfortably as possible.

I’m moving into his bedroom that is already furnished albeit like a bachelor’s pad, it greatly reduces the list of things to bring, though being a developing country, they have far fewer resources so the following are the things I can think of to help make the move as smooth as possible for me!

1. Skincare

I have sensitive dry skin so I only use tried and tested products that I know work for me such as Kiehls, Sulwhasoo and Babor. These brands aren’t readily available or are overpriced in Yangon. I also bought an organiser and it makes my bottles looks so appealing, really helps motivate me to put on my skincare every morning and night.

2. Clothes and Shoes

I know it seems stupid to add this but there’s a reason: in Singapore I usually wear shorts and slippers and summer clothes all year round. However, not only is Yangon a more conservative society, they have a cold spells that a girl like me from the tropics won’t be able to stand without proper clothing!

My parents-in-law are also more into appearances, not in a bad way, but different from how I usually am – no makeup and casual wear. So I have bought a few dressier heels and dresses to try and fit into their lives a little more 🙂

One of Yangon’s major export is textile, but their markets are mostly flooded with their traditional wear, longyi. Which is why I chose to get my stuff from Singapore first.

3. Portable charger and adaptors

I included adaptors for those of you who are moving to a place with different plugs but luckily for me, Yangon and Singapore are the same. Unluckily for me, Yangon’s electricity is volatile and unpredictable. So having a portable charger is a must!

4. Portable USB Fan

This is so small and convenient to bring around with you wherever you go. Just plug it into your phone and you have a brief respite from the many heatwaves Myanmar and the surrounding countries tend to experience.

5. Contact Lenses

I have really bad eyesight so my contact lenses can’t be bought over the counter and has to be ordered in advance. So I’m gonna be bringing at least 1 years worth to buy myself enough time to find a reliable optician there. It may be overkill, but I’m the queen of procrastination..

6. Medication

Now I don’t normally take medicine even when I’m feeling unwell or suffering from menstrual cramps/headache, because I don’t want to become reliant and believe in a more ‘holistic” approach and usually try to just get more rest and drink more water. However, occasionally when I do have to, this is where having my stash of medication around will come in handy.

7. Mosquito Repellent Device

Every time I’m in Myanmar, I always get covered in bites by the end of the trip DESPITE using mosquito repellent patches, mosquito coils and mosquito sprays. This time I will be bringing this item and hope like crazy it will work. I hate waking multiple times during the night to the annoying buzz of a mosquito hovering nearby waiting to suck the blood outta you!!

These are just some of the things I can think of for now. Might update with more items closer to the move!

New beginnings!

Hello! I actually wanted to start this off with my move to Myanmar but as Covid-19 has postponed my plans by who knows how long, I shall document my planning process instead. I’ve been given the gift of time!

I’m moving to Myanmar to be with my husband, Bill and we will be staying with his parents. Their house is big enough for us to have our own en suite bedroom far enough to be private. I’m really looking forward to moving in and decorating our space to make it look more cosy and less bachelor pad-ish haha.

Bill and I have been together for 9 years now and have been married almost a year. Due to the nature of my job which requires me to travel quite a bit and his business being based in Myanmar, we have experienced LDR during the course of our relationship. However the longest we’ve ever been apart was 2 months and now, because of Covid-19, we’ve been apart for more than 3 months now : ( Can’t wait for things to get better.