$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…

Mid-year review: Goal met of $200k cash at 28. $400k+ net worth and Astrea bond V

Half a year gone.

I still have not gotten my keys to my new home and am still childless. Ok, TMI.

On financial front, I've been seeing a steady increase in my net worth. As at my last update in end 2018, my net worth was at $372k.

Half a year later, I've successfully crossed $200k cash savings (previously it dropped as I topped up my MA) and exceeded $400k in networth. I may be able to hit $450k by end year but will just need to carve out some money for renovation and home stuff.

Most gains came from employment. While I lament how sick I am of work, it is my main source of $. I've not added any stocks and can never not live off my portfolio for passive income. It is with salary crediting that I've received 1.85-2% interest on my DBS multiplier anyway.

I've been thinking if I'm making my money work hard enough. I occasionally browse the SGX hoping to see some stocks to purchase, but am not comfortable enough to make the move.

Since Jan till date, my transactions include:
  • SSB Jan 2019 bond at 2.2% for $10k
  • CIMB FD 1.7% for 6 months for $15k. Better than leaving it there for 1% interest
  • Etiqa 2.02% endowment for $5k which I shared here and here.
  • Top up $7k cash in early Jun to my SA account for tax relief. Did the same for my hub too.
  • My latest transaction was today - to ballot Astrea bond V with $10,000. Applied $20,000 on behalf of my hubby as well since he doesn't do anything with his money except leaving it in CIMB. My previous Astrea IV is doing pretty well. As of today, it is trading at $1.068 but I'll prob leave it till maturity. 
Nothing exciting so far but I'm contended with this simple life.


  1. Stumbled upon your blog. This is rather impressive, great work!

    Just to point out that although Astrea IV is a fund of PE funds, those are bonds (more like lehman minibonds but still "bonds"), just like your SSB (I assume as I don't remember seeing a SGS issue for Jan), perhaps would be good to put them under Investments instead of Stocks?

    1. Thanks for your sharing! Have amended it to SSB.

      Ah, I parked SSB as FDs in my pie chart and Astrea Bonds under stocks. Will consider revising :)

    2. Welcome :) Yea probably just Investments as bonds are bonds, not stocks/equity.

  2. Looks like your goal for a flat by 28 will take a big bite out of your cash flow.

    1. Yes! Oh well, good thing is I'm pretty ready for it haha


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