Sunday 30 June 2024

[Post 582] I'm Much Happier Living In Belgium Than In The U.S. - Here's How Much It Costs


Jessica van Dop DeJesus, 45, relocated with her family from Washington, D.C. to Brussels, Belgium in 2021. Last year, Jessica and her husband purchased an apartment for about $587,000, where they live with their young daughter.

[Post 581] I Live Above A Mall In Miami, FL For $4,150/Month | Unlocked


Rachel Koggan, 34, lives above a mall in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami, Florida. She pays $4,150 a month in rent. Rachel works in public relations as the vice president of media relations at M Booth.

Unlocked is a home tour series focused on how much people across the globe spend on their housing, what they get for the money and what they had to sacrifice to make it happen.

Saturday 29 June 2024

[Post 580] Making $37K A Year Playing Dungeons & Dragons In Salt Lake City


Mari Murdock, 36, turned her love of tabletop gaming into a career. She is a professional dungeon master and writing teacher that brings in $37,000 a year.

This is an installment of CNBC Make It's Millennial Money series, which profiles people across the globe and details how they earn, spend and save their money.

[Post 579] Living On $65K A Year Working Three Jobs In Houston, TX


Shonnita Leslie's side-hustle as a DoorDash driver helped her pay down around $20,000 of her six-figure student loan debt. Here's how she spends her money.

This is an installment of CNBC Make It's Millennial Money series, which profiles people across the globe and details how they earn, spend and save their money.

Friday 28 June 2024

[Post 578] How I Bring In $400K A Year Selling Cheese In NYC | On The Job


Caroline Hesse, 32, is the founder and CEO of C. Hesse Cheese, a wholesale cheese distribution company in New York City. She sells cheese to restaurants, cheese shops, catering companies and direct to consumers. In 2023, her business brought in $400,000.

[Post 577] Living In A $1,600/Month Apartment In New York City | Unlocked


Vionna Wai, 30, and her husband, Chucky Hui, 29, have over 150 houseplants and two cats. The couple pays $1,600/month in rent for their 1-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, NY.

Unlocked is a home tour series focused on how much people across the globe spend on their housing, what they get for the money and what they had to sacrifice to make it happen.

Thursday 27 June 2024

[Post 576] Justin's: How I Built A Peanut Butter Company And Sold It For $281 Million


Justin Gold put his homemade nut butters in Whole Foods, but still couldn't turn a profit. A 2006 mountain-biking ride inspired a new product that put Justin's on the map. For more on how Denver and Boulder have rebuilt themselves as centers of business and industry, check out CNBC's primetime special, "Cities of Success: Denver & Boulder," premiering Thursday, April 11 at 10pm ET/PT.

[Post 402] My Side Hustle Now Brings In $25K/Month - Here's How I Did It


Liz Chick started making and selling art to get reprieve from her "windowless office" job. Now, she runs an art studio in Brooklyn and makes $5,500 per month.

Sunday 23 June 2024

[Post 401] I Spent 14 Years As A Stay-At-Home Dad For My Son. Here’s Why It’s Time To Reclaim My Life


“Why is an abled-bodied man being a stay-home dad?” For 14 years, father of two, Lee Kwong Luen dedicated his time and energy to caring full-time for his son, Jue Ming who has autism and bleeding disorder, haemophilia B. 

He shares candidly about the criticism he faces, his struggle with social isolation and depression, and how he’s slowly reclaiming his identity after putting his career and life on hold for over 10 years. 

Wednesday 19 June 2024

[Post 400] Why Japan’s Economy Is So Fiercely Inefficient | WSJ


Japan is a country of contradictions. From bullet trains to pioneering robotics, it’s often seen as a land of innovation; but it also has a strong attachment to tradition with practices like hanko. Japan used to be the third largest economy in the world but lost the title to Germany last year. So why is the country falling behind?

WSJ’s Peter Landers explains how being fiercely traditional is weighing down Japan’s economy.

Monday 17 June 2024

[Post 399] Our Japanese Bakery In A Hawker Centre: Meet The Shio Pan Sisters | On The Red Dot - I Am A Hawker


It had always been 28-year-old Danielle Tan’s dream to be a baker and own a bakery. She honed her skills by baking and selling cakes at pop-up stalls both as a student and a working adult. After two years of working, Danielle decided to start her own pastry business, specializing in “shio pan” – a Japanese salt bun. Teaming up with her 32-year-old sister Serene, they opened Butter Town.

Butter Town quickly became a roaring success, consistently selling out their breads within two hours of opening. However, their small oven, single mixer, and few trays couldn’t keep up with the overwhelming demand. Within three months, the sisters faced the urgent challenge of scaling up their operations to meet their customers’ needs.

Wednesday 12 June 2024

[Post 397] From Hospitality Graduate To Noodle Hawker: My COVID Career Switch | On The Red Dot - I Am A Hawker


26-year-old Catherine graduated with a degree in hospitality, while her sister, 27-year-old Chong Kai En is a nursing graduate. Neither imagined that they would end up running a hawker stall specialising in noodles when finding a job during the COVID-19 period proved extremely challenging.

Neither sister knew how to cook, so they had to learn to cook the dishes, handle tough customers, and deal with financial struggles. Despite all that, they managed to grow their one noodle stall into three noodle stalls, a vegetarian food stall, and even a vegetarian restaurant. How did these sisters beat the odds and thrive in the competitive hawker scene?

[Post 396] Ultimate World Cruise: What's it like to spend 9 months on a cruise that goes to 60 countries?


What is it like to live 274 days on a cruise ship that's been closely followed by the entire world on TikTok? CNA Lifestyle talked to some passengers from Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise to find out, during a recent Singapore stopover. (Video: Joyee Koo)

Friday 7 June 2024

[Post 395] The man who eats IKEA food for a living gives us insights on their famous meatballs and more


Ever wondered how IKEA makes its famous meatballs and popular chicken wings? How do they come up with new menu items? IKEA Singapore’s food manager Aeson Ong invited us into the kitchen to find out – and even got us to try some of their brand new dishes.

Thursday 6 June 2024

[Post 394] What to do if you get retrenched | CNA Explains


What should go into your severance package? Are non-compete clauses enforceable? We asked HR experts on what you should know if you get retrenched

Wednesday 5 June 2024

[Post 393] The private driving instructor who's retiring after 48 years on the job


Sunny Kang has been working as a private driving instructor for 48 years. He retires on Apr 27 when he turns 75, the age limit for private driving instructors. And their numbers will only dwindle - Singapore has only about 305 such instructors left, since it stopped issuing teaching licences in 1987. 

Tuesday 4 June 2024

[Post 392] Employment rate for private university graduates falls but median salaries rise


The employment rate for graduates from private education institutions fell, even as they earned more money. This, according to a SkillsFuture Singapore survey of 2,400 students who graduated between May 2022 and April last year. Monthly median salaries rose to $3,400 -- up $200, or slightly more than 6% from the previous survey. But fewer are finding full-time jobs. Over 58% found permanent employment within six months after graduation -- a drop of more than two percentage points from the previous cohort. The percentage of those unemployed crept up to over 16%.

Sunday 2 June 2024

[Post 391] How To Manage Your Money On Payday: The 50-30-20 Rule | Money Mind | Personal Finance


Can three simple numbers help you manage your money better on payday?

[Post 390] $13 For Restaurant-Style Fine Dining In An Yishun Hawker Center? I Am A Hawker | On The Red Dot


33-year-old Asyraffie Bin Mohamed Shukor is an accidental chef who fell in love with the art of fine-dining cooking while working in the modern European restaurant Iggy’s. When his dream to start his own restaurant fell through, Asyraffie, decided to continue his fine-dining journey in a hawker centre, blending haute cuisine techniques with the vibrant flavours of local street food.

From serving six customers a night in a private fine dining restaurant to serving 200 plates in four hours in a hawker centre,  Asyraffie has not compromised in his cooking techniques that brought him fame and acclaim. He serves a dish called Nasi Kerabu, which is unfamiliar to most Singaporeans. Yet it has attracted customers from across the island. So, why are people willing to pay more than $10 a dish and queue for up to 45 minutes for an unknown dish in a hawker stall?