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Bad Food Reviews: Here are 5 Ways to Spot Them.

Like me, you probably need a little help deciding where to eat when you travel (or even at home). In the past, I often ask the concierge but often end up with recommendations for pricey and higher end restaurants. However, when I travel, I prefer to check out good local restaurants for a little flavour and adventure. Here is where I rely on my smartphone apps to guide me – my two favorite apps are Tripadvisor and Google, but there are many more that offer user reviews.

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Playing the Ride-Hailing Game to Get the Cheapest Ride

I have written some time back that ride-hailing is one of the best things that happened to the silver community – it not only offers an opportunity to ditch your car, but also an easy way to become more independent. Once you get used to the various apps in your smartphone, there are a few things you need to know about ride hailing and how to get the cheapest ride in town at the right time! Here are some tips:

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On Your Next Holiday, Your Phone Camera can be a Lifesaver!

There are many things that can go wrong with your holiday abroad especially when there are disputes with airlines, hotels, travel insurance and car rental companies. Many of these disputes play out after you return home or when you receive your next credit bill. Your smartphone camera can truly be a lifesaver – just take lots of photos (not just selfies or scenery!).

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Travelling to Hong Kong? Make Sure You e-Register with Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MFA)

At time of writing, according to MFA: “Singaporeans are advised to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong, given current developments.” That means you should defer taking a holiday to Hong Kong or even for business, if it is not important enough to take the risk. Hong Kong is undergoing the most serious civil unrest since its return to China in 1997 and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. In fact, shots were fired by police for the first time yesterday and the situation has escalated to using water canons. Here are the “must dos” if you are going to HK:

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5 Reasons Why You Should NOT drive your Singapore car in Malaysia.

Most seniors love their cars. If you own a car, especially a performance vehicle, the regret of driving in Singapore is the lack of open roads to really enjoy driving. Obviously, an option is to hit the highways of our neighbor – Malaysia. Here are 5 reasons why you may wish to think twice about driving your Singapore-car in Malaysia. If things go wrong, it can be a real hassle – touch wood it does not happen to you!

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Know your Cards: Credit vs Debit vs Prepaid vs ATM Card

Seniors often complain that when they retire, they find it difficult to get a credit card approved and would often have to settle for other forms of cards. Not all cards with a Visa or Mastercard logo works the same way and there are big differences. Different cards also offer different protection in the event your card is stolen or if there are fraudulent charges. Here is what every senior should know about the cards in their wallet!

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Checklist for Seniors Travelling Overseas

I remember my younger days when I can just throw together a few clothing items and my toothbrush, hop on a plane and I am off to my holiday adventure. But for seniors, that approach is probably not advisable. A little planning can save you from a lot of pain if the unexpected happens during your holiday. Here is a simple checklist you should keep handy when planning your holiday overseas.

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Travelling Abroad? How not to get “ripped-off” by your credit card!

One of the many joys of having excess time when you retire is to travel – so making your budget stretch during your holidays is never a bad thing. Most seniors rely on their local credit card to pay for their holiday expenses when abroad like hotels, meals or car rentals. Few actually realise that they are getting “ripped off” by their credit card exchange rates and hidden charges like “foreign transaction fees” because they rarely go back to check if the conversion rate back to SGD$ is competitive. All in, you could be paying up to 3-4% more – or simply put, that is up to $40 per $1000 transaction lost!

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Travelling Abroad? Beware of Hackers and Risky Wifi

If you are going to places that are are unsure of, you normally take precautions like locking your valuables in a safe or wearing clothes that make it harder for pickpocketers.  Add one more precaution – beware of digital hackers and risky Wifi.  In many developing countries, tourists are ripe for the diigital picking.   Like many, you may already be doing your banking or shopping online using your smartphone.  Hackers will try to steal from you by gaining access to your password or PIN numbers.  Your connection to wifi overseas is your weakest link. 

Here are some ways you can safeguard your smartphone from wifi dangers and hackers:

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