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Learning how to be an adult one step at a time

Amanda

Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly

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Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly

Amanda

Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly

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Healthcare

Lifestyle

COVID-19

Amanda
Amanda, Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Answered 7h ago
I’m guessing that most people will say donate the masks to medical staff. But is it a particular hospital? The ER staff? Nurses in charge of the isolation wards? I shall leave the possibilities open for the Community haha. Besides medical staff, perhaps we could give them out to the people delivering food? Since they are the ones going out there for us, it’s the least we can do.
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Payments

Family

Credit Cards

Amanda
Amanda, Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Answered 3w ago
Hello Cho Yee, I’m really sorry to hear about your situation. It must be really stressful for you, and I hope you have ways to contact your brother to make sure that he’s safe as well. Please try your best to coax him to come home, and the both of you can try to fix this problem together. Similar to Charmaine below, I wonder if you owe the money to banks or to someone else? Because if the debt starts to accumulate interest then that might be another problem. ): If possible, I think you can seek help from Credit Counselling Singapore (ccs.org.sg). They are a non-profit that tries to help Singaporeans with their debt issues. Alternatively like what Sj Oh suggested, try contacting MSF to see if they can help. I’m not sure if this is also feasible. But if you need to pay off the debt ASAP (let’s say there’s an interest rate), then maybe you can borrow from family first? Perhaps cousins, if you don’t want to let the elders know about it. To me, I believe it’s better to owe money to people you know and trust because they won’t charge you interest. Which will give you more time to raise the money to pay off the debt. I’m sorry, these are all that I can think of. And please please please do not act on your suicidal thoughts. It is not worth it, your life is worth more than $5000. If you need a listening ear, you can talk to Samaritans of Singapore, or update us on your situation on the Seedly Community! All the best, I truly hope that your problem will be solved soon.
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Multi Currency Cards

YouTrip

Credit Cards

Amanda
Amanda, Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Answered 4w ago
Yikes, I'm sorry to hear that they won't reverse your payment. But I think you can use the money inside to pay your bills! I use Youtrip to pay off my Spotify and Adobe subscription. I guess for the next few months, you'll have to use Youtrip as your primary card to pay for things. I hope this helps, and that you find a solution soon!
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Career

Undergraduate

Amanda
Amanda, Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Updated on 27 Feb 2020
Hello anon, I'm glad that you've chosen to go into design! There are good prospects but ultimately, it depends on what kind of graphic designer you want to be. There's advertising, publishing, web, print, motion graphics, illustration... there's a lot of aspects of design that you can potentially go into. But what's important is that you don't limit yourself to one right from the start. Be a bit more open and explore all these different areas, before specialising in a certain one. I believe that's how you stay relevant, especially when there's a lot of automation and new softwares coming up to help non-designers create basic design. As a designer, your skills are obviously important to help you land a job. But your creative process, transferable skills and eye for design is what will make or break your career. Furthermore, designers are in demand now, partly because companies are slowly becoming more digital (hence the sudden spike in UI/UX roles). Fun fact: UI/UX has existed way before, and it is actually a core in design. Just that it never specifically meant designing for web until recently. As for pay range, it really depends. If you're working in a company, with the correct qualifications it should range from mid 2000+ onwards. For freelancers, it depends on how much you wanna charge. There are those people who spoil the market by offering $5 for simple designs (Fiverr), but my advice is to NEVER DO THAT. Take your education and experience into consideration. Just as a guage, fresh grads can get paid $100/day for a graphic design freelance. But my advice is to consider the nature of the project, and decide whether getting paid per day or earning a lump sum makes more sense to you. I'm sure the whole idea of "starving artists/designers" is quite outdated now. So all the best to you! And hopefully you'll contribute to Singapore's design scene and help it grow (:
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Lifestyle

General

Amanda
Amanda, Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 19 Feb 2020
I just got my license last September and I took lessons at BBDC! As a start, you would need to go down to the centre to register, do an eyesight test and attend a briefing. From there, you can start to book theory lessons. (You can only attend practical after finishing your Basic Theory Test) In general, the theory lectures, practices and tests were all quite affordable. What I did was to read through the Traffic Handbook PDF (get it from the traffic police website instead of buying the physical book) and then book multiple practice tests to familiarise myself with the questions and answers. The questions are quite repetitive, so practicing really helps you ace the actual exam! As for practical lessons, it really depends on how fast you clear the lessons. It took me 19 lessons to complete the course, and the total cost was around 2k. If you book non-peak timing lessons, it will be cheaper but bear in mind that those time slots are also quite limited and hard to secure. It’s good to book lessons (both practical and theory) in bulk to minimise waiting time. So I maxed out the number of lessons I can book at any one time, and if I didn’t need that lesson I’ll just cancel it. Cancelling is free 24hrs(or is it 48?) before the date of the lesson. I personally found it beneficial to have at least one practical lesson per week, because it’s ultimately muscle memory and having consistent lessons is definitely an advantage. Also, the lesser lessons you need, the lesser you’re paying. (!!!) I don’t regret choosing BBDC over a private instructor because having more practice sessions in the circuit and test routes makes it easier to pass the tests. But of course, there’s always that debate saying that private Instructors teach you how to drive on actual roads while school Instructors teach you how to pass exams. So ultimately it depends on what you’re looking for. Good luck! (:
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Lifestyle

Family

Amanda
Amanda, Marketing Graphic Designer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 10 Feb 2020
I'm not sure what's your definition of romantic, but I think an annual ritual of flowers and expensive dinners can get dull over time. So last year, my boyfriend planned a whole afternoon of retracing his childhood with me. Going to his favourite yong tau foo place as a kid, and telling me all the quirks and stories he had while eating at that particular place every Sunday. Went to the malls he used to visit after primary school, and how he'll stop by this small shop to buy nuggets. The shop owner knew him so well that they taught him how to use the fryer so he can make the nuggets himself LOL. (We live in opposite ends of Singapore, so the places he planned were totally new to me.) While it wasn't the fanciest, I think we laughed a lot at all the stories and we definitely felt closer to each other. And I think this is what Valentine's is all about.
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Stocks Discussion

Investments

Robo-Advisors

OCBC RoboInvest

StashAway

AutoWealth

Smartly

Syfe

Endowus

Kristal.AI

DBS digiPortfolio

SquirrelSave

Phillip SMART Portfolio

UTRADE Robo

Amanda
Amanda
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 03 Jan 2020
Hello! You can view some reviews on Seedly here: OCBC RoboInvest https://seedly.sg/reviews/robo-advisors/ocbc-roboinvest StashAway https://seedly.sg/reviews/robo-advisors/stashaway Feel free to comment to engage in a discussion with the reviewer. I hope this helps! (:
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Travel

Multi Currency Cards

YouTrip

Amanda
Amanda
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 27 Dec 2019
Hello! You can gather more insights by reading about reviews on multicurrency cards here: https://seedly.sg/reviews/multi-currency-cards You can also leave a comment on the reviews to find out more! I've used Youtrip before, although not for Vietnam and Myanmar so I've never tested it out for those 2 countries, whether most places accept cards etc. Although in my personal experience, Youtrip was accepted in places that allowed card payment, but I got logged out of Youtrip a couple of times while I was abroad. So it can be quite a hassle to get back in, especially if you aren't able to receive an SMS code to verify your account. I hope it helps! (:
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Phillip SMART Portfolio

Robo-Advisors

Smartly

StashAway

Amanda
Amanda
Level 5. Genius
Updated on 24 Dec 2019
Hello! There are 2 SeedlyReviews on Phillip SMART Portfolio, and more reviews for other Robo-Advisors that you can find them here: https://seedly.sg/reviews/robo-advisors They are a little dated, so perhaps you could drop a comment below their review to get a conversation started to find out more! (:
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Career

Amanda
Amanda
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 17 Dec 2019
Hello! I'm not too sure what your job title/job scope is exactly whether you have to do layout the photos in an editorial or write the articles, or are you simply uploading articles and arranging a file of photos. But the thing about freelance/project-based jobs is that it can be tricky to determine how much to get paid for. It can either be per hour, like you suggested, or a lump sum. To give you some context, graphic designers who are still schooling charge around $10-$12/hour and I've also heard of fresh grads charging $100/day. The more experienced ones will charge more, based on how much experience they have. So if you are doing layout and writing then yes, $15 seems reasonable. (: However, what's more important when doing freelance work is that you draft up a contract to prevent the company from underpaying you or even fleeing payment. Try to be more detailed by coming up solutions for different scenarios, for instance charging them extra if they do last-minute changes or requesting 30% of the pay first, before you start on the project as a guarantee. All the best!
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