Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rallies won't change Malaysia. Yet.

Writer's note: I hesitated on writing about Bersih 4.0. Because after all, as someone who is part of the brain drain in Malaysia, as someone who saw that it's better to leave than fight, I don't see myself as deserving to comment as compared to those who risked going down to the rally. But looking at how the discussion is exploding online, I felt the need to pen this down, in hopes of getting another perspective of this rally out.

Over the past few days, news about Bersih 4.0 flooded my newsfeed. Many of my Malaysian friends either attended or supported the event, directly or indirectly, and my social media was filled with yellow. I can't help but to feel a sense of admiration for those who went down and supported the rally, and a sense of pride that my fellow countrymen were able to pull this off.

While we cannot deny that in terms of turnout and conduct, Bersih 4.0 can be considered a success, numerous other questions and issues were raised to in response to the rally. Questions that we definitely need to answer if we are serious about changing the country and not let our efforts top at Bersih 4.0.

First, will the rally achieve the change it was supposed to, or will it be just like a one-off carnival, where the status quo remains after everyone has packed up and gone home? Second, was there a noticeable lack of Malays, the majority population, during the rally? And how will it affect the perception of the rally?

One of the biggest criticism against Bersih 4.0 was its power to change the status quo. Critics argued that at the end of the rally, supporters will just go back to their normal life and continue on, while Najib and co. (the main targets in this rally this time round), remain in power without any noticeable change. This is exactly why some analysts are saying that the police have so far remained peaceful because any provocation would just bolster the cause of Bersih 4.0.

“Just let them let off some steam”, I would imagine Najib's strategists say, “and they will go back to their life, thinking that they have achieved something.”

Supporters of Bersih 4.0 may argue that the rally is not the end of things, that it is to send a clear signal to the administration that the citizens had enough, or that the main purpose is to change people's mindset and mentality, as a start to something bigger. But let us not forget that the organisers of Bersih 4.0 did list down five demands as part of the rally, which includes a free and fair election, a transparent government and the right to demonstrate. Aside from the right to demonstrate, how many other demands can the organisers achieve before the rally peters out?

Minimal to none, if the government continues to play the ignorant strategy. Even one of the biggest protests — the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong — failed to achieve anything substantial at the end of their protest because the administration simply acted dumb to the protests. They simply let the protest be, while everyone except the students carried on their normal lives.

The movement may have seemed big, but it failed simply because of one reason: it lacked the support of the majority of the population. And Bersih 4.0 may be just facing a similar issue too, which the apparent absent of Malays as some claimed. There are already talks of it on social media. Hafidz Baharom, in his article, claims that there are those who already took to social media to mock the lack of Malays. Joe Najib, in a more succinct analysis, wrote that Bersih alone is not enough because we are not reaching out to those who truly matter.

The rural Malay voters. The core support of UMNO. This is the sentiment that I share, and perhaps the biggest challenge right now in changing Malaysia. The number of yellow participants may look big in photos, but the silent majority is bigger. No matter how many rallies you plan, it will not change anything if your message does not resonate with the majority of the population.

If we are truly serious about changing Malaysia, we need to stop having rallies. At least for the time being. Rallies work great at sending your message across, but it works best if everyone buys into your message. If a significant population decides that your rally works against them, my advice is to not have rallies at all. Instead, focus on reaching out to those who are most likely to buy into government's propaganda. Start to change their mindset, make them see the other side of the story.

This will not be easy, but it is the most effective and longest-lasting way to introduce a mindset change. Malaysia's biggest problem now is not apathetic citizens. It is the education system who produced citizens who cannot think for themselves, citizens who are so entrenched in the government's ketuanan Melayu mindset and citizens who cannot think out of racial lines.

Even when the Bersih 4.0 was supposed to be for all Malaysians, less than two days into it and you have people accusing the Malays for not showing up, and people accusing the rally as controlled by the Chinese. Unless this systemic divide is addressed, rallies like Bersih 4.0 will just remain as a one-off carnival event without incurring any significant changes. We've had 4 Bersihs already. How much change have we experienced since then?

Bersih needs to extend beyond just a one-off rally and the duty of bridging the racial divide should take an even more important focus before we can even consider lasting changes. We need to start thinking of how we can go out to rural areas and reach out to the Malay voters there and those who are most likely to believe UMNO's messages.

Rather than just duke it out over social media, like what we did during the Low Yatt incident, we need to start honest face-to-face conversations with one another, Like literally sitting down together and engaging in honest discussion. We need to see beyond stereotypes of each other but to see each other as similar human beings, united in one common struggle, to be able to move forward. We need to start knocking on each other's doors, interacting with each other more — like what our forefathers did — rather than just stick to our own cliques. Only by crossing the racial and class divide, by engaging the other side, can we move beyond this deeply ingrained racial mentality.

Only when we address this difference do I think rallies will exert the effect it is supposed to have.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Singaporean or Malaysian?

This blog is dead. Well, half dead. Like the kind of dead when you're having a final stage cancer. Not that the owner doesn't want to update the blog, but he is finding it increasingly difficult to do so. With the lack of time, the demand of work. Writing a blog seem so menial now. There so much more to do, so many other priorities. Gone were the days where he wanted to share his feelings with the world, through words typed out on a screen.

As a person who is stuck between two countries, born in one and adopted by another, I cannot help but to feel some sort of identity crisis now. When I first came to Singapore, I have never thought that I would stay for long. In my mind, I always knew that I would go back to Malaysia. To the Luke six years ago, Singapore seemed too mechanical, lifeless. I hated how everything moved in a precision manner, how materialistic the city seemed to be.

But that was six years ago, and those are just stereotypes formed by a boy who only has the internet as his source of information. As I got to know the city, as months became years and my roots deepened here, I came to realise that like almost everything in life, nothing is perfect. Well, except the cup of mango macchiato that I am drinking now — but as bad as I initially imagined Singapore — I slowly grew to like it, with it flaws and what not.

I slowly began to realise that, hey Malaysia ain't that perfect and Singapore ain't that bad too. I guess this is what travelling does to you. I began to see the good and the bad, the nuances that come with it. That no city can be perfect. For every shortcoming, there is a positive attribute.

As both countries stand at important crossroads now, Malaysia with the political turmoil and Singapore with the upcoming election, I cannot help but wonder which country do I truly belong to now. I still feel for both countries. Malaysia, for the first 19 years of unforgettable memories, and Singapore, for the six years of tough moulding. If you ask me now, I can never really tell you with certainty if I am Malaysian or Singaporean now.

Granted, I can never be a true Singaporean in most people's eyes; and I fully understand that, with me not going through National Service and the formation years. And I guess that is something you can never pick up if you have not gone through those formative years.

But yet I no longer see myself as a true blue Malaysian any longer too. I find it hard to identify with things that make us Malaysia now, especially the political struggles. Whenever I go back to Malaysia during the holidays, I increasingly find myself being an alien, no longer recognising how things work. And there have been numerous times where I blended in perfectly with Singaporeans, where people guessed that I was from Singapore until I speak Chinese or when they ask me about NS.

So who am I? To be honest, I don't know. Maybe they should consider creating a third category for us who are stuck in between two identities, without knowing which we belong to. Perhaps this is where PR comes into play.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

TRT210815: I hate buying clothes

I am very picky when it comes to clothes. I prefer comfort over everything and usually that means I tend to stick with my clothes for a very long time. Because you know, I have feelings towards them and all. But mostly because I am too lazy to buy new clothes. Not to mention that they cost money. I miss the good old times in NUS when most of my clothes came cheap, thanks to my stay in hall.

One of the things that change when you grow up is the responsibility, where suddenly everything about your life is heaped unto your shoulders. From keeping yourself nourished to keeping yourself clothed. It's a scary thing you know. I miss the time when things are much simpler, where my mum will nag me to do almost everything. Eat, sleep and clothes. Now, I have to do everything myself, from buying office wear for men for my work clothes to making sure that I don't die of starvation.

Still wondering why I wanted to grow up so much when I was younger. I think it's a feeling that most of us share.

I am not sure how some of my friends do it, though. They have this ability to just keep restocking their clothes while I, on the other hand, can never get my mind to decide on clothes that I want. They are either too expensive or not my taste. I somehow see buying clothes to be like a waste of money, and I never buy new clothes unless I absolutely need them. Or when it's Chinese New Year.

Might explain why I was never a hit with girls. Heck, I even find combing my hair a chore. But I have come to somewhat accept the reality. While the younger me have no idea what clothes to get or how to keep an eye out for deals, the older me, after many embarrassing episodes, have gradually began to learn how to make better purchase choices.

I still hate buying clothes though.

Monday, August 17, 2015

To infinity and beyond, Version 3.0

I was so close to winning a Wii-U today. So close until I could hear the soft whispers of the Wii-U calling tenderly to me, begging me to take it home. But Titanic just had to happen to me, where an iceberg popped up from nowhere and ruined all my plan. If only I can force choke that iceberg into pieces. Even playing as Obi-Wan did not help me.

But still the game was fun. It bears many similarities to Mario Kart, but it is more than just Mario Kart. It is a game where you can play all of your favourite characters in Disney, from the classic Mickey Mouse to Marvel's Iron Man to Luke Skywalker from Star Wars. I am talking about Disney's latest instalment to the Infinity game series, called the Infinity 3.0.

As someone who thinks he's a gamer, the concept of Disney Infinity is very new and exciting to me. This is a game that mixes toy figurines from your favourite shows with video games together, where you use the toy figurine to choose which character you want to play and which game you want to play. The game aims to bring best of the both worlds together, combining a physical toy set with a virtual game.

Not only that, you can have different characters from different universes playing together, such as having Mickey racing against Darth Vader, in the latest 3.0 release featuring all the characters from the canon Star Wars series. Spoiler alert: There are even characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming real soon.

Of course, I must be honest and say that while all of the features of the game — from the open world playability to customisations to space fight — sounds good during the presentation, I have never played the game before so I am not able to comment on the gameplay is if you actually were to play it. I did see some people trying out the game and from my casual observation (the player was exploring Tatooine), the environment looks pretty nifty and detailed, and the combat system using lightsaber reminded me of the Lego game series. Did not try the button mashing too, so no comments.

What I can say is the game seems to offer a lot of different variety of gameplays, from 2D platformers to third person open exploration, depending on the toy set you buy. Yes, which means that there are many microtransactions involved. Basically from how I see it, the Disney Infinity serves as a platform where you use your toy sets to unlock different games and characters. There are tons of different toy sets that differ according to movies (ie the Clone Wars series and the original trilogy) with additional characters and power ups you can buy on the side.

Still, it's one of the very few games where you can have characters from so many different universe (Pixar, Disney, Marvel and Lucas Films) mixed together and the toy sets you buy are part of a growing collection, as Disney is working hard to ensure forward compability for earlier toy sets that you bought.

Game aside, it was my first time stepping into Disney's Southeast Asia's HQ for the first time (the place is called Sandcrawler Theater! Minus the Jawas and stolen robots, of course), which also happens to be Lucas Films HQ. Probably will be one of the few rare chances for me to visit big companies like this unless I get employed or get chosen to voice the Asian version of Luke Skywalker. 愿原力与你同在. Hurhur.

So what do you think of the gaming platform released by Disney? Have you played it before? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comment section below.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Catch a belly dance and a one-for-one dinner offer with The Entertainer Singapore!

I attended a food tasting session last Wednesday at Beirut Grill, a Middle Eastern restaurant nestled among the other Middle Eastern restaurants in the Kampung Glam area, Bugis. The event was part of the blogger outreach effort by The Entertainer Singapore (more on that later) and with a belly dancer promised as part of the itinerary, I enthusiastically said yes to the event (I'm sure many of you clicked the blog post because of the picture too right). I also love Middle Eastern food, so that's a plus point.

If you have not heard about it before, The Entertainer Singapore is one cool app that lets you enjoy one-for-one (yes, you buy one and get one free) offers at more than 800 restaurants, bars, cafes, spas, activities, attractions and more around Singapore. The app gives you a good reason to leave your house and explore Singapore (if you're an adventurous person, but hey, it's always good to get some sunshine outside), as participating merchants are scattered all around the island. The app also highlights you which participating outlet is nearest to you.

Not only that, the app also allows you to share the offers with your friends and has a partnership with Uber as well to ferry you to the locations you prefer. One of the participating outlets, out of the 800, is Beirut Grill.

Aside from its delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, one key feature of Beirut Grill is its weekly belly dance performance, that happens at 8 to 10 pm every Friday. If you ever wanted to see a belly dance performance while enjoying your food (or to get a sample of a Middle Eastern atmosphere), Beirut Grill is the place to be.

Us bloggers were served six different dishes for the night (with names that I have trouble pronouncing such as Baklava), and I personally enjoyed them as they offered a different taste from the usual Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Western food that I eat, which is littered around Singapore. My personal favourite was the Mixed Grilled Kebab Platter because it combined two of my favourite things when it comes to food, meat and grilled.

The platter comes in different combination of meat: chicken, lamb and beef; all of them grilled using different herbs and spices, hence the different colours. They're all rich in taste, and even though were grilled, for example the lamb meat, were easy to chew and not tough.

I also enjoyed the eggplant, particularly the one where they made it to look like it was cheese baked.

It's actually cooked with chickpeas and onion, served in tomato sauce, according to the menu. Still, as somehow who never really liked anything eggplant, the sauce and chickpea combination just kept me going for more. The eggplant doesn't taste slimy (the reason why I hate it) and it blended in well with the sauce.

The falafel was also good and I never knew fava beans can taste so tasty when fried and served with tahina sauce. The other food were decent but only these three stands out for me. Will definitely be looking forward to trying the different offers and places available in The Entertainer App as well.

The Entertainer 2015 App is available for purchase for only 60 SGD this year, and I think it's worth it if you make good use of it. In fact you can earn back your money's worth after three to five claims, and they have offers for places such as Adventure Cove too. Like I said, the app gives you a good reason to not be stuck at home. Also helps with suggesting places to eat as well.

Singapore VS Malaysia's opposition parties

Malaysia pales in comparison to Singapore in a lot of aspects. Its economy is not as robust as Singapore's, the education system is a joke, corruption runs rampant without checks and chances in life are largely determined by your race. It's no wonder why talent is one of Malaysia's biggest “export” and the fact that Singapore is one of the top destination for Malaysia's brightest is a proof of this. Singapore is simply better than Malaysia in a lot of things.

However, as Singapore's election fast approaches, with it drummed up as potentially being the watershed election, there's one part of Singapore that perhaps is worse than its Malaysia counterpart. And that is the state of its opposition parties as a whole and not just the individual parties.

For starters, I feel that a lot of Singapore's opposition parties exist for the sole reason of opposing the incumbent. They are not happy with the current government and hence they want to bring it down. They don't think forward with the aim of taking over and forming an alternative government. This can be seen in the sheer number of opposition parties running this election — nine of them in total — which limits the chances of them working effectively together, with so many “Indian chiefs” wanting the run the show.

The fact that many of the different party leaders originally left their old parties to form new ones also calls into question their real motivation of running. It's like their individual need to be in the limelight outshines the collective need of having to take down the government. The lack of alternative workable policies by some parties as well calls into question of how well will they do on the national level should they be elected.

In stark contrast, opposition parties in Malaysia have a whole different aim altogether. Rather than just wanting to oppose the ruling party, the Malaysian opposition parties have the general motivation to take over the parliament. Rather than nine different parties, Malaysia has only three “real” opposition parties despite its larger size to focus their effort and to utilise resources effectively. After the 2008 general election, these three parties formed a coalition together with the eventual aim of taking over the government, and this move has since seen them wrest control of two states from the ruling coalition.

The opposition parties in Malaysia have also formed a shadow cabinet to study the workings of the real cabinet and have successfully proven their worth in the management of Penang. Of course, there are hiccups along the way, particularly with PAS, but the opposition has managed to stay united despite all the challenges and continues to pose a legitimate threat to the ruling government.

While the recent move of not having three-cornered fights is laudable, Singapore's opposition parties need to move beyond focusing on just municipal issues and merely be there for people to cast a protest vote against the government. Because when you are not united as a coalition, even if all of the opposition parties win you will still be unable to form an alternative government. Unless the opposition starts thinking big (big issues) with the aim of taking over the government, there's a high probability that the status quo will remain.

Perhaps this election will be the game changer for opposition landscape in Singapore.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why I Can Never Be PewDiePie

PewDiePie. With a networth of millions, he is one of the most well-known names in the Youtube and gaming community. He is the genius who thought “why can't I try to make a living streaming my games” and boom suddenly he is one of the richest Youtuber in the world. Many of us may either envy him or admire him, for his success and how he managed to achieve it.

He has spawned many PewDiePie wannabes who want to achieve what he has, even a tiny fraction of it, but no one yet has ever come close to dethroning him. Me included.

Ar first glance, the way he does it sounds easy enough. You just need to own a game, a streaming software, a Youtube account, a webcam and a microphone and you're good to go. There's no script writing required, no complicated camerawork and no extra cast needed. All you have to do is sit in front of your computer, start your game up, play and record your reaction. The work is minimal. Or so I thought. The reality, on the other hand, is much more complicated.

Which is why after several unsuccessful tries, I have come to realise that PewDiePie is a legend for a reason and decided that I can never be him because of several factors:

1. Inadequate hardware/software: I thought setting up a recording session was easy. All I needed was a software, webcam, game, microphone and I am all set to go. That was before I discovered that recording your game while simultaneously playing it is going to push your computer to its limit and before long, I have games crashing on me, my laptop dying on me and a lot of wasted time.

Sometimes the encoding goes haywire and I end up with corrupt video files, missing audio and a really high blood pressure. To end up with a finished video is not easy, especially if you're playing long. Without a good gear, both hardware and software, is like a gamble every time you click the record button.

2. Inability to multitask: I cannot multitask for nuts. Especially not when I am engrossed, for example, when playing an intense game. My mind is so wrapped up with what's happening in the game, be it a cutscene or an enemy that suddenly jumps, that I often forget to talk or have my sentences stop midway. Which could lead to pretty awkward situations when you're making a really big point and suddenly you're like...

3. An over-saturated market: Of course, not to mention that there are thousands of people wanting to do the same thing as you. And when you have so many people vying for attention at the same time, it's difficult to get any traffic at all. What more when you need to compete with the king himself. Unless you have a key differentiator or a nice pair of cleavage of course.

4. I can't act: Yes. All those facial expressions and fluent English? I can't. And when one cannot act, more often than not you end up with another awkward situation, where your jokes fall flat or you fill your sentences with “Errr” or other sad sounds. In fact, I made a video version of this post just to illustrate that:

Like I said, being PewDiePie may sound easy on paper, but it is really tough to execute. Not that I am giving up though, after all I still have my handsome looks to help, in fact, I see as a challenge to break into the already-saturated market. Unless I can find a different niche of me.

But in the meantime I think it'll still be a good idea to continue to just post awkward close-up videos just to practice. Who knows maybe something goes viral or I may just get scouted? #daydreams

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Life is Strange (Post-Episode 4): The Torture Begins

I have now finished the fourth out of five episodes of the game Life is Strange (LiS) and graduated into the now emotionally wrecked alumni players of the game. Little did I know how immersive this game would be when I first started it and how it could shift from a high school drama game to a messed up mindblowing game in the span of just four days game time.

The game is fun, I must say. Fun in how it slowly pulls you and spins an innocent story to entice you, before going full blown bananas that constantly keeps you on the edge, wondering what other surprises that await you in the next chapter. Surprises that literally leave you speechless. This game really knows how to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride.

Both Dawn and I have been combing the LiS Reddit section looking through all the discussion there, trying to make sense of the ending that will probably haunt us for the weeks until the final episode is out. Thank god I bought the game when there's only one episode left, else god knows how I am going to survive waiting for the rest of the episodes.

In a way, reactions to Episode 4 can be roughly summarised into this picture I found from Tumblr:

Anyways, I did it video rant on the whole ending (sure beats writing) just to get that EHMAGERD feeling off my chest. Major spoilers in the video so tread on your own risk.

Now excuse me while I slowly count down the days to Episode 5.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Chasing your dream is only for the talented

“Students, rebel against these soul-suckers! Follow your dreams, however hard it may be, however uncertain success might seem,” goes George Monbiot, in his Guardian article titled ‘How a corporate cult captures and destroys our best graduates.

I used to believe in Monbiot's battle cry back when I was still a prospective undergraduate. I believed in many things — big dreams — like most of my peers. I believed in working for ideals instead of just money. I believed that life is meaningless if you are stuck in a 9-to-5 desk job. That you should do what you love instead of what pays the most.

I was thrilled when I got my acceptance letter and looked forward to university life. To me, it was the stepping stone to doing greater things. It was the place to learn and grow, and the place that would help propel me towards my dreams. While my parents saw the university as the place where I earn the piece of paper that would guarantee me a well paying job, I saw it as something much bigger. A place where everything is possible.

Such was the idealism of youth.

When I was asked to indicate my preferred course, instead of Computer Science — the course that my parents, relatives and friends had thought I would take — I went for Arts and Social Sciences instead, with the intention of majoring in Psychology. The decision surprised those around me. I had been tinkering with computers all my life and to them, Computer Science was the course with the better career prospects and starting salary. It was the course that guaranteed a “better future”, so to speak.

I was young and foolish. Despite having experience in computing both in O and A levels, and against advice that centered on “Arts graduates earn peanuts”, I went for it. I was enrolled in Psychology, thrilled to be finally starting my journey in university. In a way, I “chased my dreams.”

I wanted to understand humans better and come up with brilliant theories that explained how  they worked. I wanted to change the world by improving the mental health conditions of our population and get people to focus on what is important in life. I wanted to do a lot of things with my studies. It was only much later that I found out that chasing your dreams is not always romantic and it rarely ends the way you picture it to be.

Like those students who were mentioned in the article, I too got sucked mercilessly into the system. To cut a long story short, I found out that as a Psychology graduate, you don't always end up working in the same field that you studied for. To actually practice Psychology, you need to have a Masters degree, which meant starting the whole university process again. It was the same situation for many of my fellow Arts graduate as well. That what we studied for is not exactly what we will be working for.

To top it all off, I found myself caught in a rather unpleasant situation upon graduation. Having borrowed loans from the bank and university for my tuition fees, I was saddled with a five digit debt even before I started earning my first paycheck. As I was not one of the top students in my cohort, the prospect of getting a scholarship seemed grim as well.

My parents were burdened enough already in trying to support my living expenses and my younger siblings were reaching their university-age soon. To continue follow my dreams meant to continue putting my parents through unnecessary burden. It was unpractical and selfish for me to do so. In the end, reality took over and I had to search for a job to at least settle my own finances and ease the strain on my parents. The part about chasing dreams had to be put on hold.

Don't get me wrong. Choosing to study Psychology was one of the best decisions in my life. It has helped me to broaden the way I think and look at things in a much more different perspective, which I am thankful for. I grew and learned much during my study there.

However, had I known what was waiting for me at the end of the journey, I may have go with computer science instead. It pays much better and you start off on a better footing than others. You have less to worry about on finance. Because at the end of the day, it's the basic necessities that matter the most. If you can't even feed yourself, how can you focus on chasing your dreams?

Most of my friends who graduated from the “hard” fields, for example, engineering and computer science, have already finished paying their loans. Meanwhile, a lot of my friends are still struggling to pay off the debt. I still have three to four years down the road before I clear mine.

It's easy to ask students to chase their dreams, but it's impractical to think that everyone who chases their dream will succeed. If that is the case, we would have more artists, singers or actors now than any other occupation on the planet. Besides that, there is an imbalance in how different jobs or vocations are valued as well. It is a well-known fact that arts graduates get paid much lesser than those in engineering or computer sciences.

Are we saying that some dreams are worth more than others?

Students are penalised with heavy debt if they choose to go down the less safe path and inequality ranges across the field. How can we expect students to be given the choice to freely choose what they want when some of the choices are clearly better than the others? You may say that the finance industry sucks your soul away, but you cannot deny that these are the kind of jobs that gives us the basic security that we need.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs explains that humans will always try to fulfil their basic needs first, such as food and shelter before moving up to the higher level of needs such as self-actualization. The only thing that can guarantee us our basic needs is money, which is what the “evil” industries as what Monbiot pay the most. In this aspect, it would seem that our parents know what is better choice.

Unless we can address this issue of inequality in courses of study, the whole talk of chasing our dreams remain just that, a talk.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shopping at Rakuten via ShopBack

Online shopping is fun. You get amazing deals, you don't have to travel and you can buy almost anything that you want. Which is why online shopping has grown tremendously over the years. What's even better, of course, is when you're able to shop online at all the major online shopping sites and get cashback at the same time. Yes, you literally get money back every time you shop online.

That may sound too good to be true, but that is exactly what ShopBack does. Being the biggest cashback site in Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philipines; ShopBack offers you cashback opportunities at more than 500 merchant stores across the three countries. If you're someone who has no idea on where to shop or is wondering where you can get the cheapest deals, ShopBack is definitely a good place to start.

There are tons of stores where you can earn cash back from your shopping spree through your site, but one particular site that I liked was Rakuten. With the wide range of Japanese products available on the site, it's the closest you can get to actually being in Japan without flying there. So if you're a Japanese lover, click here to find out more about Rakuten cashback now.

Another site that I also liked was Groupon. I have always used Groupon to get cheap deals to food outings or short vacations and now you can have a deal within a deal through this cashback too. Just head to the site and get your Groupon cashback now.

Of course, there are still tons of other online stores that you can earn cashback through the site, so make sure to check ShopBack out!


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