Just realised it’s been more than 1 year since a post. Things have changed so dramatically, not just in locally but the entire world as well. Life has been tough and is going to be tough while everyone is trying to get used to the new norm. But people have toughed through adversities throughout known history and will get through this one again.
Every beginning of the year, everyone will make resolutions and then review them at the end of year. I tried to do this 10 years ago but I just gave up and everything seems to repeat itself. Nothing has changed much in the last 10 years. In fact, it seems like it has been getting harder to get by as each year progresses. Maybe it’s all about the economy, political unrest and natural disasters that everyone has been talking about. But I think it’s still all in the mind. If you don’t work hard then nothing will come to you. I suppose I have not worked hard enough. People also say that the kind will be rewarded. I don’t think I have done any misdeeds but I suppose that I have not been kind enough. Another year and I am still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe I am not looking hard enough. Sigh…
Just wanted to share something about tax free shopping in Japan from my own experience. Tax free shopping in Japan is quite hassle free and some shops have dedicated cashiers for it. Others you’ll need to claim the tax refund but from the mall itself. Overall, I didn’t have to go to any customs office at the airport to get my tax refunds.
The retailers and malls who do the refunds will do the necessary procedures and stick like loads of receipts on your passport and can make it look quite thick depending on how much you shop.
Few things to note when you buy tax free items in Japan:
1) minimum spending of ¥5000 for consumables and general goods each. Some malls offer the ability to combine receipts from different shops.
2) Goods will be sealed and can’t be used until you depart the country. There certain things which you use immediately such as electronic items.
The interesting part is that no one talks about if you have to show the goods you purchase to any customs officer when you check in for your flight back. Well, basically you can just check in the items you bought. You don’t have to bring it as carry on. After you enter the departure gate, there is a counter for customs to look at the refunds. Basically the officer didn’t bother and just asked me to deposit all the receipts in a box at the counter and off I went. That’s how simple it is.
Was here for a lunch time meeting which required a halal venue. Was surprised to find this place in the middle of popular lane in Singapore. Food was quite authentic British and the service was great as well. Unfortunately, their coffee machine broke down that day so couldn’t taste their coffee. Though they volunteered to buy coffee for us from another cafe should we want it which was quite nice. Overall, worth coming back again.
Th lunar new year is coming soon. Lots of people buying and decorating their homes. Same goes for the shopping Malls. Festive season comes with festive feasting. It’s a time where everyone gathers and feast. Lots of people say food always taste better when you’re eating in a group comparing with eating alone. Eating with family definitely adds to the festivity. So just exercise moderation and try to stay active by taking a short stroll after your meals. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
Saw this scene at a very popular outlet selling salted egg fish skins chips. I realise why it’s sold even at opening although it says you’re only able to buy 5 at a time. I’ll still amazed how this person managed to buy a trolley full of it and cleaned out the stock.
Was told some of these people will resell them at a much higher price in another country.