I have seen 1984 by George Orwell be described as an example of English literature and classic many times but the title does not sound interesting at all, so I kept putting it off. One fine day, I told myself “you bought the book, you might as well read it” and I couldn’t put it down.
1984 is a dystopia (a community or society that is frightening or undesirable, an antonym to utopia) novel set in 1984 when most of the world population falls into one of the three superstates - Eurasia, Oceania and Eastasia - totalitarian states with the mottos:
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
The ideology of the totalitarian states as described by the book “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism by Emmanuel Goldstein” is every bit the opposite of what I have been taught at school and in society, but many of the traits described reminds me of what I have read about communist countries, especially in Russia (which was known as Soviet Union back then), but this book takes it many steps further. Perhaps this was what communism was really about, except that no country has yet been able to manifest it fully before it was defeated, or perhaps George Orwell wrote this novel on the basis of communism.
If you are looking for a novel that contradicts every belief you have ever believed in and make you grateful for the freedom to think, to speak, to act according to your own wishes, this is the book for you.
I have always wondered why the most successful four companies of the twenty-first century - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google - have that the other billions or millions of start-ups don't. What gives them the competitive edge over other businesses?
The Four by Scott Galloway has taught me that the reason these (he calls them) The Four Horsemen are able to penetrate and dominate the retail, smartphone, social and search sectors respectively, is because these four companies acts on our human instincts to acquire more stuff, acquire knowledge, be more god-like and have higher sex appeal and to connect with others.
The Four has these common traits, which distinguishes them from the rest of the other companies:
Scott Galloway goes through The Four one by one, dissecting each company so that businesses from around the world can perhaps learn a thing or two and better their businesses.
After my colleague got us each a packet of barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate on her recent trip to the US, I got so addicted to it. I went looking for it all around Singapore and someone wrote online that it is available at this Warehouse Club in Joo Koon. I went to this Warehouse Club and although I didn’t find barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate (I did find an alternative snacking chocolate there, read my last postto find out), I found Warehouse Club to be such a great place that I wanted to share with everyone.
Warehouse Club is a members-only wholesale centre operated by FairPrice. The two-storey store at FairPrice Hub in Joo Koon offers more than 4000 products including groceries, fresh and frozen food, electronics, household goods and beauty products. Members can buy items in bulk at discounts up to 20 percent.
You can get red and white wines at the Wine & Spirits corner where a bottle of wine averages $14.95 - $34 per bottle.
Snacks and chips can be bought by the cartons to maximize your savings. Popchips Gluten Free Variety Pack costs $31.95 per carton, Austin Zoo Animal Cracker is $21.95 per carton and extra-large packets of Lays potato chips at $17.50 for 2 packets.
Alpen Light Jaffa Cake is a great grab-and-go option for those who don’t have the time to have to have a proper breakfast in the morning, retailing at $13 per pack (5 bars). If you are more of a cereal person, you can get Cheerios for $14.95-$15.95 per box and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies at $9.95 per box.
You can even bottled Starbucks coffee either individually or in sets of 15 bottles.
There is an assortment of jams and peanut butter spreads, priced between $5.80 - $11.95 per bottle.
Mayonnaise lovers will love these huge-ass 1.9 litter jars of Kirkland Signature Mayonnaise going at just $9.95 each.
You can get fruit juice and fruit concentrates at $3.60 - $29.95 per bottle or per pack.
You can even get Nescafe Dolce Gusto (Esspresso Intenso/Cappuccino/Mocha/Lungo) at just $21.50 each.
This is where you can get cooking oils and rice.
The fresh fruits and vegetables section is pretty limited but they are slightly cheaper than those found in NTUC FairPrice and Cold Storage.
You can stock up on your favorite ice-creams from Haagen Dazs Mini to Potong Durian Ice-Cream.
Right next to the chillers that holds the ice-cream are chillers filled with cakes - fruit cakes, cheesecakes, strawberry gateau, chocolate mousse.
Adult milk formulas such as Enercal Plus, Regilail and Anlene are available in cartons. Supplementary drinks such as Dr Oatcare, Spirulina and Ensure can also be found here.
You can find all the common shampoo and body wash brands here - Head & Shoulders, Clear, Panteen, Sunsilk, Olive Essence, Dettol, Doce, Lifebuoy, Lux, Neutrogena Rainbath and Goat’s Milk Foaming Bath, all at a discounted price.
Here are more toiletries, from face mask sheets to facial cleaner to sanitary pads.
Fashionistas and beauty queens will love the face mask sheets that come in packs of 10, which only costs $7.90 - $16.90 per pack.
You can also get liquid laundry detergents such as Breeze, Top and Walch.
This row stocks toilet paper, boxed tissues and kitchen towel.
There are many brands of dishwashing detergent, the cheapest is only $2.90 per bottle.
Baby diaper brands such as Merries and Dryers can be bought at just $20.95 and $37.35 for 3 packs respectively.
There is a section for adult diapers as well, look out for brands such as Tena and Dr. P.
There is even a small section of cutleries where you can get spoon, fork, bowls, plates cups and many more.
Warehouse Club regularly holds special discounts, sometimes as much as 30 percent off.
Warehouse Club is currently running a One Year Membership Promotion where NTUC and FairPrice members and shareholders pay only $10 for 1 year while the public pay $20 for 1 year. This membership allows you to enjoy these benefits:
1. Great deals with multi-packs and value-packs
2. Earn LinkPoints with minimum purchase of $20 for Plus! Members
My boss bought us each a packet of this barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate on her latest trip to the US and I have fallen in love with this ever since.
I have never been really a fan of chocolate because I find them too sweet, but this barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate is made from dark chocolate so there is no problem with sweetness. The pretzel and sea salt makes it salty, this is my first time having savoury chocolate.
In fact, I liked it so much that I wanted to buy it in Singapore. That's when I realised that barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate is only available in the US.
You can buy it online at Qoo10, Shopee, Carousell and Airfov, but since they are all shipping directly from the US, be prepared to wait for a few weeks to months before you can get your snacking chocolates.
Someone posted on Facebook that you can get barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate at Little Farms in River Valley and Warehouse Club in Joo Koon so I personally went to these two places. Both of them do not have the actual BarkTHINS, they have something similar.
Little Farms have Choc Pita Thins [$11.98] in Dark Choc Wafers and Milk Choc Wafers flavours.
Warehouse Club has Sheila G's Thindulgent [$3.95] in Caramel Pretzel and Almond Sea Salt flavours.