honestbee - Introducing Family Market


Do you shop online? I do, in fact, very often. The opening up of public Internet access has enabled us to be more productive and it also makes us busier (because we can now do more things in the same span of time compared to 20 years ago).

I hardly shop for personal stuff, most of the things I buy online are groceries and household stuff (ah, so auntie, I know). Over time, I discovered that there are many advantages of buying groceries online so I have been sticking to this mode for years.  Here are some advantages:

  1. I save time travelling to the malls, walking though the aisles, squeezing through the crowd and waiting at the cashier counter. To me, time is precious. I would rather use the time to coach my boy, to have more shut-eye time, to read, etc.;
  2. I don't have to lug super heavy household items and groceries even if there is a car to help with transportation right from the lift or door step, I still can't escape carrying them;
  3. For those who drive, it means saving on money for petrol/diesel and parking fee; and
  4. I can do away with to-buy physical shopping list because anytime when I realised I ran out of something or the inventory for some household stuff ran low, I could immediately place the item(s) into my shopping cart on my phone via honestbee mobile app. It saves me from recollecting what I need to get when it is time to consolidate the items and purchase them. 

Honest Bee Mobile App which I can't do without

I used to buy online with major supermarket stores but I have switched to honestbee ever since August 2015 (I blogged about it here). The switch was obvious. The delivery slot from major supermarket stores is 3-4 hours, that means I have to be at home for an unfruitful half a day waiting for my delivery. I would be tied down by the timing of the delivery, and that means I couldn't even run out to grab a meal or run some quick errands. honestbee's delivery slot is just 1 hour, and that saves me a lot of agony.

Granted, you need a minimum purchase of $50 to warrant a free delivery, but that is not difficult to hit when you consolidate your items to purchase. And yes, there is a $3.99 concierge fee charged for every purchase but that is nothing compared to the time I would have saved physically shopping, let alone the travelling and parking cost. honestbee's service has been satisfactory, which is also the reason why I stick to them.

honestbee launches an online store recently, called Family Market. Basically, it works with its network of suppliers to provide popular products to customers like us. I did a random check, and found out that the prices are indeed  lower. The offering in Family Market is carefully curated basing on demand, so one would expect the range of product to expand over time as honestbee collects more data and negotiates with more suppliers.

It is wonderful to know there are ways we as consumers can save more money now with honestbee Family Market at our convenience. If you have not tried online grocery and household stuff shopping, do click on this link and browse through the offering. A minimum of $50 to qualify for free delivery and a concierge fee of $3.99 apply.

Not forgetting to share some love with you here. If you are new to honestbee, you may use click on this url to get $10 off $50 purchase. Happy Shopping!


Barterli - Online Second Hand Book Trading App

[Product Review]

I love to buy books, so you can imagine after reading those books that I have bought, the books will be back on the shelves. Over years they  accumulated, so I either have to give them away or sell them as second hand books.

When it comes to selling second hand books, I usually sell them through Carousell, Ebay or Facebook. These platforms may have a wide captive audience, but they are not exclusive. They are virtual market places with a lot of noise and distractions because many different items are selling there. They are not exclusive places for book lovers.

I was recommended to Barterli, an app you could download on your phone or tablet, where one could trade second hand books online. I thought this is quite an useful app as it serves the community of book readers exclusively, without the cluttering of other products.

With Barterli, you can scan the ISBN and all the synopsis will be uploaded instantaneously (if there is in the database). Upload of books can be done in matter of seconds. You could also do it mannually by typing it out.


Buying is as easy too!


I have set up an account with Barterli to try out this app. In fact, I have loaded a few books to sell too. Of course, the app can be improved further. For example, I wish I could add more photos of the books that I am selling, but the app restricts it to only 3. I wisgh I could rotate the photo after I have uploaded it but I can't. I believe the app will get better over time, with more people using it and more user feedback.

Did I say this service is free? Yes, it is absolutely free! So go on, give it a try, because every good book deserves a second read.


How To Pack The Luggage When Your Kid Travel Overseas Without You

Now that mid year exam is over, are we all ready for R & R (Rest & Relax)? I'm actually in the midst of packing luggage, not for us, not for me either, but for AJ.

AJ will be going away for 5 days with his school. This coming overseas trip will be AJ's third trip away without the parents over a span of just 2 years. Huh? He is only 10, and already third overseas trip without parents?! It's kinda too soon, isn't it? Yea, I actually dislike the idea of kids travelling overseas without parents at too young a age. To me, primary school level is considered too young.

His first trip was last year March when he went to Malaysia with his new primary school friends. Just 4 months past 9 years old and he had to be away from us for 3D/2N. It got me a little emo, no less. Why do school trips start so early these days? These children were only 9 or 10 years old. Haiz...

Knowing that it was probably our children’s first overseas trip without parents, the personnel from the tour agency was kind enough to share with us some practical tips how to pack their luggage. Here are some useful pointers:

1) Since it was a short 3D/2N trip, we only need to pack in 2 sets of day clothing, 1 set of pyjamas and an extra set for ‘in-case’.

2) Pack each set of clothing mentioned in point (1) in one ziplock bag. That means there should be 4 ziplock bags. So the children need not worry about what to wear everyday. Each day they only need to unzip one ziplock bag.

3) Pack the money for them to buy things into each ziplock bag together with the clothing as well. This is to prevent unforeseen mishap if the child lost his wallet that day, he/she would still have money from other day’s supply. Though the children hardly had to spend money as school trips would have all 3 meals covered, the extra money was given for them to buy little things like titbits, souvenirs, etc..

4) Pack in a large plastic bag for them to dump all soiled clothing.

5) Checked with the hotel if they supply toothpastes, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, etc.. If the hotel does provide, you need not pack these in (remember: the less things to remember for them the better). If you do need to pack them in, give the child small bottles, enough for him/her to use for those days, and be prepared that he/she will forget to bring them back. In the madness of packing up upon checking out, they might forget many things.

6) Pack in the necessary medication in sufficient quantities for those few days only. Inform the teachers about your child’s health condition so that they may be able to help watching out for symptoms.

7) Lastly, don’t give them a luggage bag that is too huge for them to handle.

I find these tips very useful when I packed AJ’s luggage on his first school trip. I did exactly as told and the luggage bag came back as a piece. 😁

AJ’s second overseas trip was another Malaysia trip, but with Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) then. It was again a 3D/2N packed-to-the-brim trip. I used the same method to pack his clothes. The only difference was that I had to pack in his performance attire which he had to wear for 2 nights. It needed to be pressed and I was a little concerned that he might be careless in handling it and caused it to crease. Fortunately the children could hang their performance attires in the concert hall once they reached the site for rehearsal so that had solved the problem.

And very soon, he will be embarking on his third overseas trip without us. I am adopting the same packing method but this time I will get him to arrange his own outfit for the day.

By this time I have become a little cool about his travelling (and there will be more to come). My only concern left is the lack of sleep which always happen in this kind of packed-to-the-brim trip. Moreover, having a mate or 2 in the same room means endless chatting and possibly playing online games on the phones which will eat into their limited sleeping time.😔

That is something beyond my control since I cannot be present. So I will have to load him with probiotics and Vitamin C before and after the trip.

Have any of your kids gone overseas without you at such young age? How did you cope with this separation anxiety?