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Link Roundup #1: 10 Things to Know This Week

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Accelerate your personal finance knowledge with this new regular feature on Ringgit Oh Ringgit – the Link Roundup! Every week (or every other week, see how), I’ll share 10 curated links. I promise you’ll find them informational 🙂

  1. Reading the latest Salaries & Wages Survey conducted by the Department of Statistics Malaysia with interest. Takeaways: (1) Median salary growth for the whole paid employee population (some 8.7 million) is 7.7%; (2) Salary growth in urban areas is almost double than rural areas (6.6% vs 3.6%); and (3) Men’s median salaries grew higher than women’s (8.2% vs 7%). Employers reading this, please compensate your employees fairly, regardless of gender. It’s only fair. Thank you.
  2. Malaysia’s unemployment rate was 10.8% in 2017. That means about 1 in 10 of us can’t find suitable jobs! Biggest issue is ‘mismatch of skills’ – not surprised, I know many of you work in completely different industries than what you studied! Worrying statistic: 86.3% of available vacancies in 2017 was for low-skill work (which of course comes with low pay). How sad.
  3. It’s gonna be Ramadan buffet season soon! I like to find out about quirky themed buffets – like Inside Scoop’s all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet for RM29 per pax. Do you know any others?
  4. Here’s why you shouldn’t leave valuables in a hotel roomhackers have figured out ways to duplicate room keys easily. Use the safe, if your room has one.
  5. I’m tickled by TNB’s 14 tips to save money on electricity. See no 14 – advice on using ‘cold wash’ when doing laundry. Does ANY of us actually have ‘hot wash’ setting on our washing machines?
  6. I shared the following statement on Twitter: if I could invest in the marijuana industry, I would. There are so many positive signs and I believe it will continue to grow. I thought it would be impossible as a Malaysian, but someone shared that he (a Malaysian living in Malaysia) bought Canadian marijuana stocks and it performed well. So, TIL. Don’t ask me how to do it, because I don’t know myself, but at least now you know it’s possible!
  7. According to this article, you can get a bigger hotel room with no extra charge by requesting for the corner room.
  8. Heard of this NZ-based eco-friendly startup that sells solid shampoos and conditioner bars. Thought it’s a brilliant way to cut my plastic usage! Do you know of any local brands that sell solid shampoos? Please share in comments, my shampoo’s about to run out!
  9. It’s good to let your workmates know about your contribution to the workplace (and it reduces people stealing your credit, too). But you have to do it in the right way, or people will just think you’re showing off. Enjoyed reading this article, which lists three ways to brag at work without sounding arrogant.
  10. If you’re looking for new skills to add to your resume, you can’t go wrong with LinkedIn’s top 25 in-demand skills list. Find them AND the online courses to learn these new skills here.

That’s it for this week, catch you next time! Want to submit a link you thought was great? Reach out to me on FB or Twitter.

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  1. On #8, I love shampoo bar & body soap!
    Currently using NZ brand body soap – ecostore. RM10 je. Tried local 555 soap too but used up too fast although its just RM2.
    Shampoo bar – Tried too many brands but many did not turn out suitable to my hair. Brand: Sapone @ Melaka, Claire’s (the most well known local handmade soap), Green Ideal Cottage (

    Sadly, all shampoo bar I could find is RM20+, and takes longer time to wash my hair. Still exploring more brands!

    May I know the NZ-based solid shampoo that you’re mentioned?

    1. Hey peachcaffeine,

      Fixed the missing link 🙂 The startup is called Ethique. Not sure if there are stockists in Malaysia, but they’re growing, so soon I hope!

  2. I don’t think my washing machine even have the hot setting. And it’s like RM1800, not cheapo I guess. I do see these in the self-service laundry, maybe that’s what TNB is referring to.

    1. I have a feeling TNB simply copy that part from overseas punya money hacks. The ones where hot-water washing machines are commonly sold.

  3. Hi Suraya,

    Yes, I believe it’s common now for the washing machine to have hot water temperature set up. Mine is front load washing machine with dryer. Frankly speaking, every time I’m doing laundry, I would start worrying of the bills considering one washing load no less than 2hours and 30minutes, meanwhile dryer no less than 5 hours.

    1. Didn’t know it was common – next time go Tesco, I’ll check the washing machine aisle lol.

      Btw, 2.5 hours is really long omg. Mine, even with full load with blanket setting takes just 70+ mins.

    2. what is the brand of the washing machine? i use bosch series 6 and for the normal wash it will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

      On another note, i agree hot wash is not common in our ground. Our family were using the normal top load washing machine until i read an article whereby it will be cheaper using hot wash (with shorter washing duration) than using the normal cold wash that did not properly clean your laundry (especially stains or our kids’ clothes).

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