$5 Pap Smear Screening for the ladies

I've heard about the $5 screening offer from HPB last year but didn't bother.
Until I came across articles on pap smear and cervical cancer and it got me thinking that I should perhaps do a test.....for $5.
I initially thought that all I had to do was to show the clinic my IC and I'd be eligible for the $5 screening. Turns out, we need to present a letter for verification before we can enjoy the rate.
I then checked out the HPB website and contacted their hotline to request for the screening letter. I vaguely recalled receiving it sometime back, but probably lost the letter 🤭
The officer on the hotline told me that the letter generation will take 2 weeks. Oh gosh, another example of the slow service from government agencies. I told them to expedite as I want to have the scan soon. No promises, they said. And I wondered, how many procedures backend would it take for them to "approve" my letter? 🤔Shouldn't such letters be built inside the health buddy app wh…

Budget Tracking : Feb 2016

Before I start, sharing this quote I came across from the internet that resonates with me:

Don't you agree?

In the month of Chinese New Year, I felt like I gained more than I spent because of the angbaos I received. Hehe. But, I'm not sure if this is the 2nd last time I'm going to get my angbaos because I want to get married soon! Argh, gotta discuss more with my bf. Right now, we're just too passive.

Fixed expenses: $525

Variable expenses: $1,304.69
  • Food - $161
    • Mainly weekday lunches and a few dates and treats for and with my bf
  • Shopping & Misc - $566.45
    • 1 blogshop dress, NTUC shopping, a Groupon deal & Oakley sunglasses for my bf etc
    • $$$ to my mom for her birthday, health checkup, $10 TOTO (got 3 rows with 2 numbers T.T), and visit to the TCM because of my really weak stomach. Any recommendations for good sinseh? Foresee spending more on Misc for such health visits, but I hope it's worth it.
  • Travel expenses - $477.24
    • $448.64 for 3D2N Bangkok trip
    • $28.60 for Travel Insurance (after a 45% discount)
  • Transport/Ez-reload - $100

Variable Earnings (not including salary): $937.78

This month, I received a special income from a POSB/DBS fixed deposit @ 1.88% p.a that I signed last year. The amount? $188 (HUAT AH!). I'm looking out for other attractive fixed deposits. Let me know if you've any lobangs!

Other earnings came from:
  • angbaos - not sure if this is the 2nd last time I'm getting this :'(
  • interest - from OCBC 360
  • credit card rebates 
  • dividend from my stocks (woohoo!)
Slight recoup of my variable expenses due to the angbao $$ and interest from fixed deposit and dividends from stocks. Hope I won't spend so much next month!


  1. Hi Cherry,

    Unlike you, budget wise, CNY tends to be a "painful" month. Not just the outflows from the ang baos, there's still the dinners and the new year goodies. But well, as long as we "budget" for it, there's nothing wrong with letting loose once in a while, right?

    And congrats on finding Mr Right! Feel free to approach me if you need any "tips". My wedding to the Mrs wasn't that long ago...

    1. HI FAV BLOGGER! Thanks! Have no plans for our wedding yet but will approach you for tips soon! :)

    2. HI FAV BLOGGER! Thanks! Have no plans for our wedding yet but will approach you for tips soon! :)


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