Don’t buy bedsheets from shopping malls or big brand names. Most of them are overpriced, terrible pieces of designer cloth unsuitable for comfortable sleeping.
After spending thousands of rupees I have come to the conclusion that their advertisement of 100% cotton is usually false, they are almost always a mix of cotton & some other polyester like material which feels like silk or satin, and annoyingly slides your head off the pillow & your body off the bed while sleeping. The xxx% thread count claim is utter lies, just false details to get you to buy their products.
Always & only buy bedsheets from local handicraft fairs. They are handmade by someone with the hope of earning a livelihood, 100% pure cotton, cheap, perfect texture that you can ‘feel’ over your skin, very comfortable after a wash or two for a good night’s sleep. And you will be supporting local workers directly instead of a corporation. Never buying branded bedsheets / pillow covers again.
If you already have a credit card from HDFC bank then this is for you. Depending upon your spending & repayment history the bank allocates higher limits on your card from time to time.
But to actually avail of that limit upgrade you have to take action from your side. You can either call the customer care to inquire, or you can check in netbanking if you’re eligible for credit limit increment.
Login to netbanking, go to Cards > Credit Cards > Request > Credit Limit Enhancement. Upon selecting your card number you will be presented with either a credit limit that is higher than your current limit if you’re eligible, or a message that you’re currently not eligible.
In case you do have an upgrade available then you just have to request for it & your card’s limit will be enhanced immediately, which you will be able to check in the netbanking credit card section.
In case you’re not eligible for an upgrade right now then there will be a button to get a message when an enhancement is available. Click that & the bank will notify you when it is available.
Either ways, it’s easy to upgrade your credit card’s limit & you should always ask for it even if you don’t spend much. It’s always good to have the highest credit card limit that you can.
I am so glad I chose this particular book because it is small, and it was an easy & fun read.
Hopefully the dry spell is finally over & I’ll be able to read more in the coming days.
All the inspirational blogs, articles, videos, self help books advise us to focus. But what exactly is that focus?
I think focus is not something that comes naturally or automatically, and does not stay with you forever. You have to get it or bring it manually yourself, on a daily basis, and quite often several times in a day.
For me focus is the act of reminding oneself regularly to work on what is important & ignore the rest. One must do this mental exercise of “bringing focus” everyday, until it becomes a solid habit set on stone.
The bus stop is right in front of Pet Express in Mall of Asia. Look for the purple signboard which also has the timings of the bus both ways.
Even if you don’t want go into the casino, the visit to Okada is still worth it for the amazing, free 5 minute water + light + sound show that starts at 6PM every day & runs every hour until 10PM in the weekdays & until 11PM in the weekends.
Drawstring bags are terrible. The strings go out of balance often & it is frustrating to adjust them. Never buying one again.
Visiting Manila, Philippines for 2 weeks.
So exactly how much charges you will have to bear if you withdraw cash in a foreign country ATM using your HDFC bank debit card? I will give you the straight forward answer with exact calculation.
Let’s assume you drew some foreign currency from the ATM which was worth 1000 in Indian rupees as per that day’s currency conversion rate.
There will be following 2 fees:
ATM use fee by HDFC bank: You will pay a fixed charge of Rs 125 to HDFC every time you use an ATM outside India to draw foreign currency. This fee might also be applied if you are just doing balance inquiry instead of withdrawing cash but I have never done that so I can not say for sure.
18% tax on the above by Indian govt: There will be 18% GST on the above Rs 125 which HDFC bank will deduct & give to the Indian government. So 18% of Rs 125 is Rs 22.5
Combined: Rs 125 + Rs 22.5 = Rs 147.5 . This amount will appear as a single line item in your bank statement.
Cross currency conversion fee by HDFC bank: Your bank account has money in Indian rupees but you are withdrawing money in a foreign currency, so you will pay HDFC bank a fee to convert the currency, which is 3.5% of the amount you drew in Indian rupees.
So for 1000 rupees this fee is 35 rupees.
18% tax on the above by Indian govt: There will be 18% GST on the above currency conversion fee of Rs 35 which HDFC bank will deduct & give to the Indian government. So 18% of Rs 35 is Rs 6.3
Combined: Rs 35 + Rs 6.3 = Rs 41.3 .This amount will appear as a single line item in your bank statement.
So for every Rs 1000 worth of foreign currency you withdraw abroad, the total charge is Rs 147.5 + Rs 41.3 = Rs 188.8
Withdraw Singapore Dollar 1500 = 76813.21 Indian Rupees
Fee 1: 147.50 fixed fee Fee 2: 3.5% of 76813.21 = 2688.46 18% of 2688.46 = 483.92 2688.46 + 483.92 = 3172.38 Total: 147.50 + 3172.38 = Rs 3319.88
Withdraw Malaysia Ringgit 1000 = 16843.50 Indian Rupees
Fee 1: 147.50 fixed fee Fee 2: 3.5% of 168.43.50 = 589.52 18% of 589.52 = 106.11 589.52 + 106.11 = 695.63 Total: 147.50 + 695.63 = Rs 843.13
The above 2 charges will apply every time you use a foreign ATM to withdraw cash in their currency.From my experience I believe this will be same for all countries.
I only have HDFC bank account & debit cards so I can speak only for HDFC. Debit cards from other Indian banks might have higher or lower charges.
Important note: In addition to these above 2 charges by HDFC + tax by Indian govt, some foreign bank ATMs in some countries might charge you an extra fee for using their ATM because your bank is outside their country/banking network. Depending upon how transparent that bank is, their ATM screen might or might not show a notice about this charge before you proceed to do the withdrawal & give you an option to proceed/cancel the withdrawal. It could be a fixed amount or a percentage fee. This will be added to your total withdrawal amount in Indian rupees & will not show as a separate item in the bank statement.
For example I have never paid any such additional fees by any ATM in Malaysia, but I have paid 60000 VND [Vietnamese Dong] for one transaction at a Citi bank ATM in Ho Chi Minh City airport, Vietnam, and 250 Peso for one transaction at a PSBank ATM in Manila airport, Philippines.
Hope the above makes sense. If it is still not clear you can email me.
Staying in Saigon [also known as Ho Chi Minh City], Vietnam for 4 weeks. Lots of two wheelers.
The Vietnamese people love coffee & tea. Small tea stalls every 5 meters. Sit down, sip coffee, talk or bury your head into the phone.
People here are so slim, because their food is healthy & low on carbs, oil etc.
They also love their national flag, its everywhere, outside homes, stores, private businesses, public establishments, on vehicles.