Are Petrol Prices in Singapore pegged to Crude Oil Prices?

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After the announcement of Budget 2015, petrol companies were prompt in implementing the new petrol duty tax. Petrol duty tax for premium grade petrol (98-Octane) increased 20 cents to 64 cents, while intermediate grade petrol (92-Octane & 95-Octane) increased 15 cents to 56 cents. Since then, there was much debate on whether the companies were profiteering as some of the companies raised the pump prices in excess of the hike from the petrol duty tax.

In March 2015, I was honoured to be invited by MediaCorp producers to attend “Talking Point” to give my personal views as both a driver and a consumer. If you have missed this episode, you can head to Toogle and watch the recorded version. During the commercial break discussion with an oil industry veteran (Mr. Ong Eng Tong), I finally understood the background as to why the petrol prices in Singapore are priced similarly across the different companies. He shared much on the common business practices of the petrol industries. In summary, it is similar to how the telcos in Singapore operate and that is by sharing key infrastructures. Another key lesson learnt for myself is the understandings of the different petrol grades. Since that day onward, I decided to pump 95-Octane for my newly purchased car instead of 98-Octane. After trying out a few full tanks of 95-Octane petrol, I concluded that Octane level did not have relationship with the fuel consumption on my Kia Forte K3. Lastly, Mr. Ong also shared during the show on the different components that determines the pump prices as below:

Petrol Price Composition

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Up Close and Personal Breakfast with Sesame Street Characters at USS

The Sesame Street frenzy did not just end with the birthday cakes and cupcakes for Ashley on her 2-year-old birthday.

An impromptu decision that came with her birthday planning was to bring Ashley to the Sesame Street Character Breakfast at Universal Studios Singapore (USS). Initially, our concerns mainly revolved around the question, “Will Ashley be scared of the life-size Elmo, Big Bird and Abby?” After pondering for a few days, we finally took the plunge and decided to go ahead with the plan to bring Ashley to visit her favourite characters from Sesame Street. This turned out to be one of the best decision as what followed simply amazed Colin and I when we were at USS. As we walked into the empty New York street of USS towards Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor, it was just pure joy to see Ashley gushed out in excitement, “ELMO!” , “ABBY!”, “ERNIE!”. On seeing her excitement just seeing statues of her favourite characters, we knew we were in for a treat when she sees real life Sesame street characters responding to her.

USS     Empty New York Street

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Review: Wellements Baby Move (Constipation)

I believe constipation in a baby is one of the worst nightmare of mummies. What follows can be worse when the baby starts to produce hard stools that cause bleeding. My first bad experience happened when we brought Ashley on a holiday when she was 12 months old. As Ashley started teething at a later stage than most other kids, there were limited types of food that we can feed her at that stage. The real challenge came when fruits and vegetables that can be easily be chewed and swallowed with just gums are not readily accessible when one is overseas. Hence, that was the first time we had Ashley not poo for 2-3 days and when she does, the stools became so hard that she always cries when she tries to get them out of her system.

Therefore, this prompted me to find a solution for this problem even if this may not be a recurrent event. After reading on mummy forums and talking to other mummies, prune juice appeared to be an easy option to solve the constipation issue as it is liquid and can be easily consumed by Ashley.

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Review: Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike

Ashley in her Trike!This post should have been put up long ago but as usual, laziness and procrastination sets in and I sat on it for a long, long time.

We purchased Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike for Ashley months back after seeing several kids around the neighbourhood ride on it. As to every other purchases we made, this is definitely not one of impulse buy. We went to retail shops, baby fairs and as usual, found it hard to purchase it there and then given the retail price and the possibility of Ashley’s dislike of the tricycle. After looking around for several months, we decided on Radio Flyer out of the many brands of tricycle upon reviewing and comparing the specifications with other commonly known brands.

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Ashley’s 2nd Birthday Celebration with Sesame Street-themed Cakes by ButterFingers

This year we decided on a small-scale celebration of Ashley’s 2nd birthday. What first came to my mind was that I wanted Ashley to have a birthday cake that features her favourite character, ELMO. Searching through dozens of images of birthday cakes with Elmo designs was overwhelming and fun at the same time. Luckily for me, Rachel, our long time friend from our JC years have her home-based business, ButterFingers wherein she bakes beautiful cakes and cupcakes for special occasions. With her advice and suggestions, we finally decided on a cake design featuring Elmo on a garden themed setting. Initially, I was considering incorporating both of Ashley’s favourite TV characters, Elmo and Barney on the same cake. However, upon seeing a photo Rachel sent me, I decided against it and told myself, I needed the standing rainbow with Elmo (Ashley would love it given that she is recently into the Youtube video clip, Elmo in the Sky)! And I am glad I did coz it turned out fabulous as shown in  the photos below (photo credits to ButterFingers).

     

     

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