Failing to declare large amounts of cash at Singapore checkpoints could lead to fines and/or jail time

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Have you read the news about how a couple of individuals were apprehended at Changi Airport for failing to declare that they were bringing in more than S$20,000 in cash into Singapore?

If you don’t already know, know this:

You must declare such amounts online within 72 hours of arriving at or departing from Singapore’s checkpoints.

For more information on this and how to make your declaration, head to ICA’s official website.

Why declare?

Simply because the anonymity that cash provides makes it appealing for illegal activities.

Let’s also not forget that large sums of cash can be suspicious since there are now more efficient ways to keep and transfer money.

In addition, declarations help authorities track suspicious money flows and ensure that funds are not used for unlawful purposes or illegal activities that may lead to charges and imprisonment.

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Why the S$20,000 limit?

The S$20,000 limit aims to balance effectiveness and intrusiveness.

If the limit were to be too high, illicit activities might go undetected and conversely, if it were to be too low, the requirement to declare would become overwhelming and unnecessary for small, everyday transactions.

In some borderline cases, authorities may issue a warning if you can provide a valid explanation for carrying large sums of cash.

Perhaps it’s for medical expenses, family emergencies, gifts, business transactions, education costs, or large purchases…

But you don’t want to play by ear when it comes to such things.

Consequences of non-declaration

Since the online declaration process within a 72-hour window leaves little room for excuses, failing to fully and accurately declare amounts over S$20,000 in cash or bearable negotiable instruments can result in up to three years of jail time, fines up to S$50,000, or both.

Moreover, some individuals explicitly try to evade detection by hiding cash in vehicles or on their bodies, further complicating matters.

Is this declaration only a Singapore thing?

No. Similar declaration requirements exist in other countries.

For instance:

In Australia, you must declare amounts over A$10,000.

In the United States, you need to declare amounts over US$10,000.

European Union countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, and France require declarations for amounts over 10,000 euros.

The United Kingdom has a limit of £10,000.

In the UAE, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the limit is 60,000 dirhams, etc.

By understanding and adhering to these requirements specific to the country you’re entering/leaving, you can help ensure the security and integrity of financial systems globally and most importantly, don’t get yourself into unnecessary trouble with the law.

Travel with the right knowledge in your mind, yeah? 😉


Best Handheld Fans to Beat the Heat for Under S$30

Are you tired of feeling hot and uncomfortable in Singapore’s sweltering heat? Do you want a solution that is both effective and affordable? Look no further than these cooling portable fans!

Stores selling these fans, some of which conveniently attach to the neck or wrist, report rocket sales compared to last year. They have become the latest trend for coping with elevated temperatures in Singapore and around the world. With the right fan, you can enjoy a cool and refreshing breeze to stay comfortable all year round. These products are all available online on Shopee or Lazada.


When it comes to choosing a portable fan, the top choice is from JISULIFE, an established provider of sustainable gadgets for personal use. Try their JISULIFE Mini Portable Fan, which impresses with its 46-hour battery life, meaning you won’t need to charge it often.

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Available in five different pastel shades, this handheld portable fan also doubles as a desk fan, flashlight, and power bank. Talk about versatility! Weighing 129g or 180g, with a battery capacity ranging from 2000mAh to 4800mAh, and a battery life of 20 to 46 hours, it charges in 3 hours and costs S$21.80 to S$27.25.


Another top contender in Singapore’s best portable handheld fan options is the Simplus Portable Mini Fan. Personally, I own their waffle maker and it has been our go-to breakfast fix.

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Its built-in noise reduction technology makes it ultra-quiet, even with its powerful wind-gathering air ducts. You can easily adjust the wind speed by clicking the control button. The carabiner design also makes it extra convenient to bring around and doubles as a desk fan! The hidden blades make this fan particularly safe for parents or those traveling with kids. Use it on your morning stroll or during travels without worrying about safety! Weighing 125g, with a battery capacity of 1200mAh, and a battery life of 5 hours, it charges in 2 hours and costs S$10.90.


The Gadget Mix Mini Handheld Fan is so small it’s only a little larger than a lollipop, making it incredibly convenient to slip into your bag. Despite its minute size, this fan is extremely lightweight, weighing just 86 grams—almost the weight of a tomato!

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It features a low-noise motor that emulates the sound of natural wind and offers three wind speeds to choose from. Additionally, this Gadget Mix fan can be fixed on a stand to be used on your desk. It’s the ideal multifunctional companion to keep cool whenever and wherever! With a battery capacity of 1200mAh, and a battery life of 1 hour, it charges in 3.5 hours and costs S$14.90.


Travelling to a theme park with your family soon? Consider buying the Minthouz Portable Stroller Mini Fan. Powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium battery, you’ll avoid the hassle of needing extra batteries.

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Its standout feature is the aromatherapy function, which protects your baby from mosquito bites outdoors. Simply add liquid mosquito repellent into the aromatherapy box, and let the fan work its magic! Weighing approximately 200g, with a battery capacity of 2000mAh, and a battery life of 2 to 7.5 hours, it charges in 3.5 hours and costs S$17.66.


USB fans may be tiny, but don’t underestimate their power. The MUJI Portable USB Handheld Fan is perfect for both outdoor and indoor use. Its convertible handle allows it to be used as a desktop fan.

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This fan also features a “Rhythm” wind mode, which operates on low-speed mode and switches on and off every five seconds to emulate natural wind. Weighing 92g, with a battery capacity of 1400mAh, and a battery life of 2 to 12 hours, it charges in 2.5 hours and costs S$19.00.


Last on this list is a cute handheld fan that doubles as a desk fan – the Space Duckling Misting Fan. Available in three pastel colors, it features an adorable duckling in an astronaut helmet at its center. It dispenses mist to further cool your surroundings—just add cold or iced water with the provided funnel into the opening at the top of the fan. Get it online for S$12.33.

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Stay cool and beat the heat with these top handheld fans, all under S$30. Whether you’re outdoors or indoors, these fans will keep you comfortable and refreshed!

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Have you heard of a software company called

News has it recently that they have raised $3.5 million to help people earn rewards from everyday purchases.

What is it about?

If you’re not familiar with the brand, is a personal finance and shopping app that lets you earn “Max Miles” from over 500 businesses.

You can redeem those miles for flights on any airline or transfer them to 25 hotel and airline rewards programs.


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The company just raised $3.5 million led by January Capital, with other investors like Tenity and Ascend Angels participating.

They are pretty new in the market, having been founded in late 2023 by four former Meta engineers.

Their CEO Joe Lu says people have a hard time taking advantage of all their reward options and wants to make it easy to unlock rewards from regular spending.

Their goal is to help each customer earn a free vacation every year.

Led by January Capital

January Capital believes in’s vision of making rewards programs more connected.

Many rewards programs are limited to one company, making it harder for merchants to attract new customers and for consumers to manage their spending, noted Roy Ong, an investor at January Capital.

He added that aims to change that and solve these problems for both merchants and customers.

With the team’s experience in tech, there’s confidence they could achieve this vision.

Growing customer base

Over 50,000 people have used so far to earn over 50 million Max Miles, redeeming more than 10,000 flights.

The platform also gives recommendations on what credit cards offer the best rewards for your purchases so you don’t have to spend time doing your research.

Major stores like Amazon, Apple, and Grab are partners, so you earn miles when shopping there.


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Even companies like SingSaver and Airwallex are starting to offer Max Miles too to reward their customers.

Expansion plans

After launching in Singapore, expanded to Australia in November 2023.

They plan to enter more Asia Pacific markets soon.

CEO Joe Lu mentioned that he’s very excited about a future where customers worldwide can easily maximize their rewards and get more free trips from each year to create cherished memories.

“To achieve that, we are firing on all cylinders to bring more partners on board to reward customers with Max Miles,” he added.

Interested in turning your expenses into miles and need more info?

Find out how via


4 accommodations under $60/night near Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, if you can free yourself for a trip in October 2024

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Planning a trip to Universal Studios Japan in October 2024 but working within a tight budget?

You’re in luck!

We’ve scoured the area to find you some incredible places to stay, all under $60/night.

Read on to discover where you can rest your head!

Minimalist rental unit near Chidoribashi Station

Minimalist rental unit near Chidoribashi Station

Price: $52/night (for 2 persons)

Travel dates: 1 to 6 October 2024

First up, we have this minimalist rental near Chidoribashi Station to start us off.

Just a 2-minute stroll to the station, this abode puts you on a quick 15-minute commute from Universal Studios Japan.

Ideal for traveling buddies, the unit features 2 single beds and a compact pantry.

There’s also a washing machine for packing light and traveling hassle-free.

This rental offers a fuss-free home base from which to explore Osaka.

Vacation unit in a Japanese inn close to Asashiobashi Station

Vacation unit in a Japanese inn close to Asashiobashi Station

Price: $52/night (for 2 persons)

Travel dates: 14 to 19 October 2024

Located just a short walk from Asashiobashi Station in a quiet residential pocket, you will have easy access to transport while staying in a home away from the crowds.

Fully air-conditioned with a full kitchen, microwave, and laundry facilities, it offers all the conveniences of home including cooking utensils so you can prep light meals just like you do at your place (if you prefer to not dine out throughout your trip).

With two single beds awaiting, it’s an excellent home base for solo travel buddies.

Editor’s note: if this specific unit is booked, the host has others available—just ask.

Entire home 8 minutes to Bentenchō Station

Entire home 8 minutes to Bentenchō Station

Price: $55/night (for 2 persons)

Travel dates: 1 to 6 October 2024

Or consider this renovated old wooden home just 8 minutes from Bentenchō Station.

Ranked in the top 10% of homes, this property offers a prime location just a 20-minute train ride from Universal Studios Japan.

The neighborhood brims with restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores.

Cozily accommodating up to 4 guests (or an ultra-spacious stay for 2), the home features a full kitchen with appliances and cookware.

Stay connected with wi-fi, refresh your wardrobe with the washing machine, and use the other provided amenities as you wish.

Modern-looking unit next to Osaka Prefecture Konohana Police Station

Modern-looking unit next to Osaka Prefecture Konohana Police Station

Price: $59/night (for 2 persons)

Travel dates: 1 to 6 October 2024

Last but not least, we have this modern-looking unit just steps from the Osaka Prefecture Konohana Police Station.

Enjoy the convenience of a 9-minute stroll to Chidoribashi Station and a quick 10-minute bus ride to the thrills of Universal Studios Japan.

Rest in the king-size bed, whip up meals in the equipped kitchen, and freshen up in the bathroom with a shower and tub.

When you’re ready to explore, take advantage of the free bicycle rentals and get pedaling.

Stay, play, and relax, it’s your vacation home for a week.

With these budget-friendly accommodations near Universal Studios Japan, your dream trip to Osaka this October is within reach. So pick your perfect place on this list and get packing. Have fun at Universal Studios Japan while enjoying the best of Osaka! Have a safe trip to come 🙂


Measures and precautions during in-flight turbulence

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The issue of safety during turbulence on flights has come to the forefront recently.

Unless you’ve been a caveman/woman, you would have been aware that there was a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore where one passenger died and many others were injured after experiencing severe turbulence.

Experts are sharing what passengers and flight crews can do in these situations and here’s what you need to know.

Don’t underestimate your seat belts

Experts noted that passengers should keep their seat belts fastened when sitting.

Even if the seat belt is a little loose, it effectively prevents serious injuries during strong turbulence.

A lot of people forget this on long flights, especially in business class where you can lie down.

Furthermore, you should keep your seat belt on even during meals, to reduce the risk of unexpected turbulence.

Buckle up when sitting, even if the fasten seat belt sign is off.

It’s also important to listen to the safety instructions (we’re all guilty of not paying attention, aren’t we?).

What if I’m traveling with kids?

Babies under 3 should be held by their parents and have their infant seat belts fastened.

Babies are too small and not strong enough to sit alone, so they need to be belted to an adult.

The infant seat belt keeps the baby from getting separated from their parent during turbulence.

If your child is in a bassinet, take them out and hold them on your lap with the seat belt attached during turbulence.

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Clear air turbulence, which may have hit that Singapore Airlines flight, actually happens pretty frequently.

That’s another reason passengers are told to keep their seat belts on even if the sign is off.

But people don’t always listen to this advice since it’s seemingly more comfortable to remove it.

What if I’m up and about?

If turbulence happens while people are up walking around, experts advise folks to crouch down low and hold onto an armrest or headrest.

However, don’t grab onto the food cart.

And it’s best not to go to the bathroom if turbulence is likely, like over oceans.

If you’re heading to the bathroom and it starts, go right back to your seat.

It’s also safer if you control your water intake so you won’t have to go to the bathroom as much on the plane.

If you’re waiting in line for the bathroom and a flight attendant ushers you back into your seat, heed advice and return.

Cabin crew’s role in handling turbulence

Cabin crew are trained to respond safely during turbulence.

There are protocols to follow.

The crew also knows where the “stronghold points” are located around the cabin, like small handles in bathrooms and galleys.

If you want to know exactly where, ask, because passengers can use those too.

The crew also receives advance warnings about turbulence through onboard equipment.

It shows when, how strong, and how long turbulence will last.

The pilot typically informs the crew who will announce it over the PA system for passengers to take note.

During mild bumps, hot items aren’t served.

For moderate or worse turbulence, all service is suspended and crew members have 5 to 10 minutes to put away open galley items. 

Even during tense moments, the crew needs to maintain high service quality and reassure passengers it’s fine.

While in-flight turbulence can be an unsettling experience, understanding and adhering to the recommended measures and precautions can enhance your safety.

Always heed the crew’s instructions, keep your seatbelt fastened, and stay informed about the flight’s conditions.

Safe travels!