Monday, January 27, 2014

Where to buy cheap toiletries in Singapore

Where do you buy cheap toiletries in Singapore?
There's a few good places that I have stumbled upon where you can buy cheap toiletries in Singapore. You will find that they are located in Chinatown at People's Park Complex (beside OG Building and Chinatown MRT) - StreetDirectory.com map.

Here you'll find a few small businesses which open till generally 7-9 pm weekdays. They sell toiletries and various other basic items often much cheaper than Fairprice, Giant and Cold Storage. These include:
  • organic toiletries such as shampoo, conditioners, etc.
  • body spray, body wash/ soap
  • beauty products such as skin care, facial care, skin lotion
  • shampoo and conditioners
  • mouthwash, toothbrushes, floss
  • perfume/ cologne 
  • body spray
  • hair styling aids
  • hand soap/ sanitizers
  • sanitary pads
  • shaving aids
Colgate mouthwash at Fairprice
I saw some Colgate  mouthwash mouth 750ml Green tea flavour selling for $5.80 which sells for $9-10 normally at Fairprice. Another example was some Pantene shampoo 700 ml selling for $4.90 compared to $10.90 at Fairprice (or $7.90 which it's on special). It may seem like you are only saving a few dollars here and there, but it all adds up after a while ;)

You'll find that the stores around this Chinatown area are quite competitive among each other, so if you have time it can be worth shopping around, especially if you are buying in bulk. There are also similar stores like these across the country in the heartlands (Singapore outer suburbs), so you really just need to look around carefully and be okay with crowds to find your bargains.

Here's my listing of those in Chinatown, as that's where I find them concentrated and focused in the one area - and in my opinion, they should be that bit more competitive.

Name: Swanston
Location: Blk 32 02-1002,1004 New Market Road Peoples Park Food Centre
Tel: - 6534 5776
Operating hours: 10am to 9pm
GST # M9-002933-J
Comment
  • Popular and generally great prices - This store is the most popular. It's always open every time I go there and it's constantly busy. There have been gradually buying up more and more stores around the main store so you'll find this store slowly expanding. 
  • They sell unwaxed dental floss - This is one of the only stores in Singapore where I have been able to find a particular type of floss that my dentist had recommended to me. This is unwaxed dental floss and dentist recommended it for flossing as it is more rough so it picks up more excess plaque/ food from between your teeth!

Name: Sunny Ocean Pte Ltd
Location: Blk 32 #03-1058/ 1060 New Market Road Peoples Park Food Centre
Singapore 050032
Tel: 6535 5175
Website: https://www.facebook.com/oceancosmetics
Opening hours: 11:30 - 21:00

Comment: 
  • Very competitive to Swanston. Quite popular as well. Both stores give you pretty good prices with some slight differences (ranging from 10-20 cents to a dollar depending on products). So it may be worth checking out both these stores and determining which serves you're needs and for what first. 
Facebook description:  
  • Located at Chinatown, People's Park almost 30 years, Ocean is one of the most prominent brand name. We specialise in selling beauty and personal care products such as make-up, skin care, fragrance and toiletries. as well as household products such as cleaning supplies.
  • As one of the oldest shop around the area, we uphold our tradition of giving you the greatest value at the lowest price. Singaporeans and tourists alike can find their best buys back home.


Name: Dragon D'or cosmetics 
Location: Blk 32 #03-1126 New Market Road Peoples Park Food Centre
Singapore 050032
Tel: 6535 1722/ 6535 2005
Comment
  • This store is great if you're looking for organics and health products. They sell some items not found in your typical pharmacies and supermarkets.
Description from InSing: Dragon Dor Cosmetics is a beauty and skin care retailer with brands such as Silky Girl and Adidas. It is located in in Peoples Park Food Centre open from Mondays to Sundays.
InSing page: http://search.insing.com/business/dragon-d-or-cosmetics/chinatown/id-cd500000


Name: Chua Lee 
Location: Blk 32 #03-1122  New Market Road Peoples Park Food Centre
Singapore 050032
Tel: 6534 4172
Comment: 
  • I can't remember the details about this store right now. But it's another one of the stores in the area. Not as popular as the others but worth a look if you have time and are already in the area. 
Description from InSing: Chua Lee Cosmetics is a beauty and skin care retailer with brands such as Silky Girl, Olay, Maybelline and Nivea. It is located in Peoples Park Food Centre open from Mondays to Sundays.
InSing page: http://search.insing.com/business/chua-lee-cosmetics/chinatown/id-cc500000



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Words with silent letters

Silent words
Here's quick list with of common words with silent letters. These are rules and examples from "The Spelling Skills Handbook", By John Barwick and Jenny Barwick*.


  • Silent b: comb, crumb, debt, doubt, dumb, lamb, limb, numb, thumb
  • Silent c: conscious, muscle, scene, science, scissors
  • Silent d: friendship, grandfather, handkerchief, Wednesday, windmill (The d in these words is still sometimes pronounced, but it is becoming less common).
  • Silent e: base, bite, hide, ice, large, life, mistake, name, owe, pale
  • Silent g: align, campaign, design, foreign, gnat, gnaw, gnome, reign, resign, sign
  • Silent h: exhibit, ghost, ghoul, honest, honour, hour, rhyme, rhythm, spaghetti
  • Silent l: almond, calf, calm, chalf, could, folk, half, talk, walk
  • Silent n: autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn
  • Silent p: corps, coup, cupboard, pneumonia, psalm, psychiatrist, psychic, psychology, raspberry, receipt
  • Silent r: car, care, certain, early, for, government, nature, north, oar, offered
  • Silent s: aisle, chassis, corps, debris, viscount
  • Silent t: ballet, bouquet, castle, debut, fasten, depot, listen, often, ricochet, whistle
  • Silent u: guard, guess, guest, guide, guitar
  • Silent w: answer, know, saw, sword, who, whole, wrap, wrestle, wrist
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Spelling rules

Spelling rules
Here's quick cheatsheet with some spelling rules and letter combinations. These are rules and examples from "The Spelling Skills Handbook", By John Barwick and Jenny Barwick*.


Most of these rules noted below apply to plural nouns and to changes in verb forms.
  • If a word ends in -ch, add –es (e.g., lunches)
    • Exception: If the -ch makes /k/ sound, just add -s.
  • If a word ends in -sh, add –es (e.g., blushes)
    • Don’t be caught by fish. Remember, one fish... two fish
  • If a word ends in –ss or –s, add –es (e.g., buses)
  • If a word ends in –o, add either –s or –es (e.g., mosquitoes)
    • Note: dingoes can also be dingos
  • If a word ends in –x or -z, add –es (e.g., sixes, waltzes)
    • Important: If z comes after a vowel, double the z before adding the -es (e.g. quizzes)
  • If a word ends in a consonant and –y, change –y to –I and add –es (e.g., the word party changes to parties)
  • If a word ends in –y, change the –y to –I to add suffices other than –ing
    • To avoid having double i, always keep the final –y when adding –ing (e.g. trying).
    • Important: watch out for skiing, which does contain double i
    • Other examples include the following:
Base word
Add -es
Add -ed
Add -ly
Add -able
Add -ness
Add –ment
carry
carries
carried




cry
cries
cried




vary
varies
varied

variable


merry


merrily


merriment
happy


happily

happiness

  • If a word ends in –ay, -ey or –oy, do not change the base word to add suffixes (e.g. highways, keys, boys)
Base word
Add -s
Add -ed
Add -ing
play
plays
played
playing
employ
employs
employed
employing
enjoy
enjoys
enjoyed
enjoying
delay
delays
delayed
delaying
pay
pays
(paid)**
paying
buy
buys
(bought)**
buying
**Some verbs in the past tense change their form rather than adding –ed.
  • This rule also applies to adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe, or give more information about, a noun or pronoun.
Base word
Add -ful
Add -less
Add -ous
joy
joyful
joyless
joyous
play
playful


  • Put “i before e except after c”, when it rhymes with bee
o    ie words (i before the e…) that rhyme with bee: (e.g. achieve, believe)
o    cei words (…except after c) that rhyme with bee: (e.g. ceiling, conceit, conceive)
o    Exceptions: seize, weir, weird, protein, caffeine, codeine, Neil, Sheila, Keith, Reid





  • If a word ends in a silent –e, drop the –e to add a suffix beginning with a vowel (including –y)
  • Base word
    Add -ed
    Add-ing
    Add -y
    Add -ous
    Add -al
    Add -ion
    use
    used
    using




    admire
    admired
    admiring




    scare
    scared
    scaring
    scary



    nerve


    nervy
    nervous


    culture
    cultured



    cultural

    fuse
    fused
    fusing



    fusion


    o    Important: Keep the final –e when adding a suffix beginning with a consonant
    Base word
    Add -ly
    Add -ful
    Add -less
    Add -ness
    Add -ty
    Add -some
    sore
    sorely


    soreness


    loose
    loosely


    looseness


    safe
    safely



    safety

    lone
    lonely




    lonesome
    care

    careful
    careless



    hope

    hopeful
    hopeless



    use

    useful
    useless



    noise


    noiseless




    o    Important: Do not drop the final –e when adding –able to words ending in –ce and –ge which have a soft sound (e.g. noticeable, manageable)


  • If a word ends in a single vowel followed by a single consonant, double the consonant to add a suffix beginning with a vowel.
  • Base word
    Add -ed
    Add -ing
    Add -er
    bat
    batted
    batting
    batter
    travel
    travelled
    travelling
    traveller
    marvel
    marvelled
    marvelling

    commit
    committed
    committing

    control
    controlled
    controlling
    controller

    Base word
    Add -ous
    Add -al
    Add -able
    marvel
    marvellous


    commit

    committal

    control


    controllable


  • In most cases you can form plurals of nouns ending in –f or –fe, by changing the –f, or –fe, to –v and adding –es (e.g., calf to calves)
  • o    Exceptions: chiefs, roofs, handkerchiefs, cliffs, reefs

  •  Some plurals are made by changing some of the letters of the base word, or by adding an unusual suffix (e.g., goose to geese, from medium to media, from fungus to fungi)

  •  Some nouns only exist only as plurals (e.g. one fish = a school of fish, one deer = a herd of deer, one salmon = four salmon, one sheep = a mob of sheep)

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    References:
    *Barwick, J (1999). The Spelling Skills Handbook. Sydney: Horwitz Education, pp42-54.