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Rising living cost, smart economy and a slew of martial arts. March 2, 2018

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Economy, life challenges, Singapore.
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Karate isn’t my forte but I seem to be forced into the martial art of chopping expenses in a timely fashion. It’s a kind of adaptation and survival here. You either do chopping and trying to earn more to fit rising costs; or you get chopped and sunk into the sea of expenses. Sink or swim is now the game of survival in an urban setting where Infrastructural costs for futuristic and advanced digital economy is required.

Digital economy is the future. And I have to agree with it. But not all aspects of digital advancement technologies are beneficial — that’s another topic to delve into.

Now back to rising costs and my chopping board. I have doubts if these cost cutting measures is going to be useful because there is a base limit to look after. So that means you can’t choose chopping all the time. After the recent announcement of water tariff increments and the rise of GST in a few years’ time, we are given two years to prepare for the overall haul.


As usual I prepare ahead. This planing made me scrutinize all kinds of expenses.
Almost everything is raised in price: monthly maintenance fees, bills of all kinds like water and electricity, telco bills (raise by a heap over the decades), food prices, clothes and shoes (even when when you buy at sales, they are sometimes dearer than elsewhere in the world); food, materials, and all.

Limit non threatening items like shoes, bags and clothes unless they are skin the bottom line sales which happens a few times now and then. Slaughter the pigs in the rest of the dens, and leave money for healthy eating. Something no sane mind would cut if you think medical costs are now rising quite a bit here where insurance is now catching up to ease unaffordable gap.

Regardless, water has the most dreadful increment. It is a necessity that you cannot skip. I am wondering why can’t they increase tariff on all luxury goods, tobacco and liquor. They could do the prostitutes and gamblers in by increasing more taxes there. These are the non beneficial , non necessities items and services that society doesn’t need. In short, vices that should be punished heavily with taxes. But to increase necessities like water is hell to both the consumer like me and the businesses everywhere. Everything needs water. Even dead people need water. That rise means an overall pop up trend in prices across the board.

Not a fun swimming pool to play in.
Definitely not for those who have cars.

So karate is one form, maybe judo would be my next art—aka flipping lifestyle to fit rising costs. It’s probably a better way. Choosing a different system of living on the same piece of land may be a better. But I don’t know yet exactly the steps of doing it because there are other mitigating factors too.

Confined spaces with a now tempremental climate would be one to think of. Public transport in a terrorist threaten environment also means smart and well planned traveling is needed.

Then again, a cheerful disposition may well solve all the problems. A positive mindset with a smile usually do wonders as a start. And they cost nothing.

We live in a changing time and space where everything seems to be about money, power and looking advanced.

Advanced living and thinking isn’t about rising prices. It’s about rising quality intelligently without deteriorating value of money. Well, that’s my opinion.

Certain so-called advances may not be advances in the end. Doing simple chores with a sophisticated technology in certain contexts aren’t good ideas either. So these added expenses should not be considered.

Smart economy isn’t about adapting all the most sophisticated technologies but how clever one is in implementing them without technical glitches that runs too long to interfere with daily living. It’s unproductive and even dangerous.

A lot of considerations to think of, but I suppose I see how the people involved would do.

I think i stop here for my two cents for the day. —@Karen_Fu