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~Sponsored Review~

Next to the elections, #jiaklocal is possibly the next best thing to #buylocal and showing some of our kampung spirit. Having been supporting local by being the ever ardent supporter of Naiise, I now lend a hand to spread my love for Sugar. Sugar is an interactive city guide that seeks to encourage a culture of exploration in Singapore, and in so doing, help local small businesses get discovered.

The app is free and helps me discover new indie cafes, boutique bars, heart-thumping activities, and novel events near me - this sounds like a dating app already.

So I dated Sugar for two weeks and here's my 7 things I discovered about her and myself.

Spending money faster than I earn

Loading the kitty in the app is easier than doing a fund transfer, and that is a major major major turn on for me. The times that I have spent being a keyboard warrior on Taobao's online help and trying to pay for my purchases have made me appreciate fuss free transactions.

I can lose my fortune in a stock market 

Unlike mass purchase voucher websites like the Groupons and Deals where prices are standardised, here comes Sugar with prices that rocket, fluctuate and nosedive like an Olympic Diver doing the perfect dip. I have seen my redeemed cream puff transact at $0.60 and I paid $1.20. Holy dang.

The science behind this is simple, gather enough people to bring the price down and ta-dah, you get the lowest deal for the day! Better still if you set the lowest price of all time, skimming reduces the price by 20 cents #dontsaybojio. While I have not seen a deal lower than 60 cents, seeing the price drop is no joy greater than this. Plus, purchasing that last deal sets on enough endorphins to make me grin like a silly.

 Early bird catches the worm

I have gotten so obsessed with this, this is the first app I actually bother fiddling with half awake every morning. And it is not even to reply whatsapp messages nor check facebook. With the limited deals, you truly have to be an early bird to catch the worms - even at 730am on weekdays there are deals already sold out and all I can muse is - try again tomorrow.

14 days until the next purchase, BOO.

The greatest bummer comes when I revel in joy after nailing a purchase is I have another 14 before buying from the same merchant again. I suppose this prevent bulk buying and the kind folks at Sugar think consistency is boring.

There have been times when prices hit a new low and hitting the button gets me an alert that I have "X more days before I can buy this!". #truestory

Buy more = Save more  

Things have gotten so sweet that with every top up, you get more credit! Here goes, with every $100 credit they top up another $100, shaving off your future transacted prices by HALF. I am already sold on this and have plans to just rely on Sugar for my future entertainment and meals.

7 days too soon

Given how most deals expire in 7 days, I end up planning where to go ahead of time and that unfortunately leaves little room for changes. The great thing then is, the app helps you track the date and time of expire.

Terms and Conditions are meant for reading

It is very important to read the terms and conditions before clicking buy because some deals only apply on weekdays at certain timings.

Have fun and play around because it helped me save a fair deal of lunch money and lowered my dissonance post purchases since I got them at discounted prices.

Hvala Waffle Bar, 313@Somerset
Vanilla Bean Soft Serve ($1, RSP $

The Bakery Chef (Bukit Merah Central)
Rainbow Cake ($1.20, RSP $)

Flourish Pastries, Tanjong Pagar Complex
Cream Puff ($1.20, RSP $3)

Oka Sushi Bar (Tanjong Pagar)
Sushi Pack ($2.80, RSP $7.80)

Kuay Chap Set ($3.80 , RSP $7.60)


Rabbit Hole
Craft Salad ($3, RSP $9)


Bread and Hearth (Telok Ayer)
Croissant ($1.20, RSP $3)


It is a distraught affair seeing my redeem list empty, onward to more shopping on sugar!

In celebration of Sugar's first year, they are giving all new sign ups $10 extra Sugar credit so all you need to do is sign up at with the referral code "we1sugar" for the extra $10 Sugar credit and the credit will be sent to you within 3 working days! This promotion ends end July so hurry!!

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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