How to Save Money with GST in Malaysia?

Time is running out. We are racing against the clock. It’s the end of 2014, and for Malaysians the exciting 2015 will greet featuring GST by April Fool Day!

Grocery Shopping with Pineapples foreground
Grocery Shopping

In a nutshell, GST is a goods and services tax. Briefly, it means any purchase for goods and services, consumers would have to pay an additional 6% on top of the total cost. Of course, there are exemptions and exclusion scenarios that I am not the expert to preach. Find out more at official website here. The example here is just a naive illustration to describe a layman’s understanding on GST. Pretending that you plan to purchase a brand new, imported handbag, it costs you RM500. With GST, one has to fork out additional 6% of total cost at which is RM30, hence final amount you have to pay with GST is RM530.

Let me give you another scenario. Being a typical Malaysian, we love hawker food from nasi lemak, char kuey teow to mee goreng. I believe their business’ total revenue is unlikely to go beyond RM500K annually, hence they are unlikely to register for GST. Logically, no GST is imposed on hawker food thus the price of hawker food should remain the same. However, these hawker operators obtain goods or raw materials from retailers or wholesalers on the upstream that are registered for GST. Indirectly, hawker operators are the last guys in this chain and naively claim victimized on ‘price hike’. Who do you think the smart hawker operators would transfer this cost to if not to the fellow ‘loyal’ consumers.

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Bread Maker Recipe | Peanut Butter Loaf with Pumpkin Seeds

If you were to follow my post, I had just invested in a new toy called bread maker machine! And, it brings us lots of joy to my family – we have our daily supply and we do not longer eat the commercial sandwich loaf on the supermarket aisle! In addition, we love the aroma of freshly baked bread that fill up our little cottage in the morning! It is just magically comforting, pleasant and makes one’s mouth to water. Do you know that researchers found the smell of baked bread makes people happier and kinder to stranger? Strange?

Bread Maker Recipe for Peanut Butter Loaf of Bread
Bread Maker Recipe for Peanut Butter Loaf of Bread

Let me tell the story from our castle. For the past 2 weeks, our breakfast is freshly baked loaf. Thanks to the generic bread maker machine, we have a few variety from plain to wholemeal loaf, mixed fruits loaf, fruits and nuts loaf, and even peanut butter loaf. The last one certainly makes one salivating once the aroma is in the air!

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Cheap Bread Maker Review | Giant Ezion vs. Tesco Brand?

Generic Bread Maker – Does it work?
I have to confess that I love to work in my kitchen, and I have been eying for a bread maker after hearing lots of wonder of what it can do. Branded bread maker versus a generic one, which is better a option? From my research, the inexpensive bread maker works at par despite of minor shortcomings on size or features. Also, I don’t turn my large investment into a ‘white elephant’ that would be shelved when I was no longer in the mood of baking. So, cost really matters and in fact, the generic works from bread maker reviewers.

Plain Loaf by Bread Maker machine
Plain Loaf by Bread Maker machine

Highly recommended by a friend who is making her family’s daily dough supplies, she bought an inexpensive Tesco bread maker and has consistently grateful for having it! In fact, her spouse reaffirmed that after consuming home made loaf, you would not want to purchase any commercial sandwich loaf anymore! Furthermore, one would consume without fear and guilt, when the knowledge on the commercial ingredients are not found and sound. Pretty impressive on how much joy that a simple bread maker can bring into our life!

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The Big Fat Hen Penang Restaurant | Tell Me Which is Which?

When I was first told about The Big Fat Hen Cafe, somehow it just struck my mind as if it is the sister restaurant to TGIF! No thanks to the abbreviation, it perhaps confuses me with 4 letters, composed of T and F of each. The fact is The Big Fat Hen (TBFH) is a new restaurant in town, local family owned business, operating at three different locations in George Town with each less than 1 km away from another. And remember all the three cafes feature a range of distinct variance on their menu. Yes, I am not kidding! What you find at one eatery may not be available at the next TBFH outlet in town!

Americano @ The Big Fat Hen
Americano @ The Big Fat Hen

Big Breakfast @ TBFH
Big Breakfast @ TBFH

If you’re looking for something specific in mind, it is worth to note the variety on their menu. Though they are not far from each other, it is wise to know the options before heading in. Continue reading on to find out.

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Bukit Merah Laketown Resort | WaterPark Ticket Promotion @ RM20

Similar to big scale theme parks in other countries such as Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studio, Sea World, Ocean World in Hong Kong or Lotte World in South Korea, Bukit Merah Laketown Resort has its own charming theme – a lake town resort that is composed mainly of an Eco Park, Water Park and Orang Utan Island.

Bukit Merah Laketown Water Park
Bukit Merah Laketown Water Park
Wave Pool & Stone Ship
Wave Pool & Stone Ship

I can pretty sure bet, there is no other theme park in the world that would present you the unique opportunity to visit Orang Utan Island, despite it’s not a glamorous thing to do. Orangutans or Orangutangs are considered the most intelligent primates, of the great apes that currently only found in Sumatra and Borneo. Classified as an endangered species, except for their long hair and arm, most anatomical structures are very similar to human hence giving its name ‘Orang Utan’, literally translated that ‘Forest Man’. If you would like to meet up with Orang Utan upclose and personal, boating tour can be arranged at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort upon arrival.

Aside from Orang Utan Island, Eco Park and Water Park await. If this is your first trip, let me quickly brief you on what to expect from both.

Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Jetty
Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Jetty

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Delicious Steamed Yam Rice (Taro Rice) Recipe | Ready in 1 Hour

Yam or better known as Taro by some folks are commonly found in South East Asia. Made into cake and dishes, this root vegetable is a favorite of many due to its distinct texture and flavor. Starchy, delicious if one knows the secrets to cook it to perfection. Growing up in Asia, I somehow fall in love with taro since my early childhood. From taro yam cake that my mom used to make, taro bun (only 25 cents) that reminds me of how inexpensive life used to be when I was young to taro pork ribs that obviously added more than a few kilos onto my body!

One fine morning when I arrived at wet market, I couldn’t resist the temptation of a fresh taro. Hence I bought one home after taking a crash course on how to cook steamed yam rice.
It is in fact as simple as ABC. For someone who loves a pot that cooks everything, this is a meal that you ought to try. Combining carbohydrate, protein, some vegetable variety, this dish certainly giving you a satisfaction especially if you are a big fan of taro! Happy cooking!!

Easy Quick Yam Rice Recipe
Easy Quick Yam Rice

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