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Maybe Not Like Budget 2021, But We Are Helping Singaporeans Too.

Budget 2021 is out, and it has brought a plethora of financial changes to be implemented with it. This contains a mix of the government’s abundant help towards the society and every individual citizen’s contribution to sustain our country through the worst financial recession since independence.

Even amidst all these changes, however, Phix somehow manages to fit right in and stay relevant.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that petrol duty rates would increase by 15 cents per litre for premium petrol from Tuesday, 16 February. This is alongside a 10 cent-raise in petrol duty rate for intermediate petrol.  

Undoubtedly, this affects almost everyone significantly. Phix customers, however, have it slightly better. 

This is when the geolocation feature comes in handy. Given this, customers can look for and choose providers closer to their homes. Not only does this shorten the time and money spent on travelling for the provider, it also allows the prices to stay stable as there is no hike in transport fee – if any. 

Another way we resonate with what has been said in Budget 2021 is in terms of financial help to households. 

A whopping $900 million has been dedicated to the Household Support Package to support families with their expenses, such as children’s education and utilities bills. 

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In our little way, we are trying to achieve our aim of helping the local community by personally sourcing providers for customers who require their services. This has a two-pronged advantage. Our customers’ needs are met, while our providers get equal distribution of the available jobs.

The government is also extending the Jobs Support Scheme for hard-hit industries. 

We at Phix try to provide financial aid to our providers as well. Though it is a far cry from the additional $700 million that the government is going to be pumping in, Phix covers every provider’s commission rate for a time through a $50 bonus given to them. This monetary cushion lasts for a good number of jobs due to the low commission rate. 

Budget 2021 is the government’s thoughtfully packaged solution to the people of Singapore, and it undeniably goes a long way in helping each and every one of them. Phix is simply seeking inspiration from this colossal effort and taking it in stride to help achieve its own aim of helping Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. 

As Mr Heng said in his Budget 2021 speech, and I quote, “I am confident that we, as Singaporeans, can once again summon our resolve to tackle the challenges and emerge stronger from this unprecedented crisis.” 

Personally, we could not agree more. Once you are a part of our Phix family, we take care of you in the best way we can. The best part? With just a single tap on your App Store or Play Store, you can join us as early as right now.

Download now and experience our very own version of Budget 2021.

Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR and Marketing Executive

Family Bonding Requires Planning…But Does It Really?

Do you do the Sunday thing with your family too? Where you allot that one day of the week as ‘family day’? Lunches, dinners, picnics, movies; all the fun that you plan and save for right before the start of a new work week. Sometimes, it seems as though it is the only time we set aside to spend with family. 

But why? Is the scramble to book tickets for shows and outings necessary to spend a quality day with your loved ones? Moreover, does it not count as ‘family day’ if there is no prior planning involved? 

It may seem as though this article has been nothing but a barrage of questions from the get-go. But to the family man or woman reading this right now, I would appreciate if you could take a moment to answer them for yourself. 

To put it plainly, bonding is simply being together. Small activities such as cleaning the house or sitting on the couch watching television together after dinner counts as bonding too. These can go a long way, with moments being created which the entire family can laugh about – now or even years later. 

Spending time together, even the slightest moments, does wonders for any relationship. One example would be that of younger parents and children. While children learn how to behave and function in the world, parents are simultaneously learning how to do a good job at teaching them while building a strong foundation with them. 

The latter, especially, is crucial. 

Studies have shown that spending time with your children has many benefits in shaping them, such as improved behaviour and grades. In the long run, these qualities make children bloom into ambitious, hardworking, and pleasant individuals. 

Bonding with your children also gives them plenty of room for creative space, most likely through the games played together as a family. Something as simple as building a fort can not only hone their skills, but also get their creative juices flowing. For instance, they could imagine the fort to be a kitchen and pretend to cook and serve dishes. Or the fort could serve as a clinic, in which case their inner doctor might make an appearance.  

Not to mention, it leads them to see you as a constant; someone vital and present in most – if not all – their earlier happy memories. When they build a fort in the future, perhaps with their own children, you will definitely be reminisced fondly.

This is not limited to just your children; bonding has a significant positive effect on your relationship with your parents, spouse and other loved ones as well.

The key to a happy and successful life is strong and healthy familial ties. Without family, there is no base unit and neither, perhaps, any source of support.

So, take some time out today – be it the moment you get back home or while having dinner afterward – to nurture small yet quality moments with the people you go home to. After all, home is where the heart is, and the heart is where family is. 

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Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR and Marketing Executive

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4 Similarities and Differences Between COVID-19 Vaccine and Phix Customer App.

When PM Lee announced that we would be moving into Phase 3 on the 28th of the month, it was all anyone could talk about. Gatherings can take place in groups of 8 instead of 5, and the first batch of vaccines has already touched down on Singaporean land.

It might be a little tough to imagine what the title is talking about, but in the broadest sense, both the vaccine and app are lifesavers – albeit in different ways. 

Similarities

Lifesavers

The vaccine – without needing an explanation – saves lives in the literal sense. The immunity that it promises from the current pandemic has created great hope in the hearts of the Singapore community, and there is great anticipation regarding PM Lee’s statement that there will be enough to go around for everyone by the third quarter of 2021

Phix helps make life easier in a slightly different way. With over 300 services available, ranging from housekeeping to business analysis to guitar lessons, this on-demand app gives customers a wide range of services to choose from. 

And it gets better. The islandwide coverage of Phix allows you to access providers in your geo-location. Need a service immediately? You got it. Want to schedule for sometime in the future? We have you covered on that front as well. 

Free to Get

The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is free to all Singaporeans and long-term residents, exactly like the Phix Customer App. There is no charge for signing up and customers have the liberty to book as many services as they wish to or deem necessary. 

Apart from that, both the sign-up and vaccine administration are on a voluntary basis. Essentially, you call the shots. 

Quick

How long has it ever taken you to have a vaccine administered? Even if you are someone who does not do well with needles, you hardly realise when it started and when it ended while the doctor tries to distract you with soothing words of encouragement. Not even five heartbeats and the whole thing is over.

Well, it may take longer than just mere seconds to make a booking on Phix, but once you know the exact service you want, the booking process is a breeze. 

Simply select your service, key in your location, choose your provider and preferred timeslot, and you are good to go.

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Difference

Simplicity of Storage

There are not many differences between both products that comes to mind, but this is definitely one of them. 

The Pfizer vaccines need to be stored at negative 70 degrees Celsius, and this sets off an entire supply chain where the appropriate facilities to make ideal storage conditions possible need to be manufactured or shipped over. This in turn translates to considerable costs for the government. 

Using the Phix app, on the other hand, is nothing if not easy and convenient. You will agree once you start using it. 

At the end of the day, the one thing you can’t deny is that having both of these will give you nothing to lose but everything to gain, be it in terms of health or peace of mind. Skeptical? Think about it again once you’ve got your vaccine and made your first booking on the Phix Customer App.

Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR and Marketing Executive

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How Covid-19 Has Affected Us Not Physically, But Mentally.

When the pandemic first hit, people everywhere were being uncomfortably and unwillingly shut in the confines of their houses, and it took a long time to get used to the concept of staying in and working from home. As months passed and this arrangement looked as though it were here to stay for a long time, workplaces were compelled to turn to technology in ways that would take the place of real-life human interaction as much as possible. 

And all of a sudden, activity on Zoom, Microsoft teams, Skype, and several other video-calling and communication platforms spiked to compensate for the inability to meet and work together. Officegoers now had the option to simply roll out of bed 15 minutes before they had to attend for a meeting, or now use that time to actually get cracking on the exercise schedule they previously never had the time for. 

Over time, people actually started liking the comfort of the situation and were getting settled into this new way of life. But of course, the circuit-breaker phase had to end sometime. So, offices resumed operations and employees now had to head back to work, albeit not all on a daily basis. 

All this makes it sound as though Singaporeans are very good at accepting and going with the flow, but is it all really as seamless as it seems? Mental health, for one – or the lack of it – has taken a toll on the employed during these evidently-long months of working from home. 

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According to a survey done by National University Health System’s (NUHS) Mind Science Centre, 61 percent of the employed population working from home are experiencing stress due to it, with over half of the same group saying they feel stressed at home itself. These figures are greater in comparison to the front-liners of the pandemic situation, who report only 53 percent and 32 percent of stress-experiences at work and home respectively. 

In addition to that, the same survey tells us that a greater proportion of the females are experiencing these negative mental health effects as compared to their male counterparts. 61.3 percent as compared to less than 50 percent are feeling stressed about work while the numbers talking about stress at home are 50.2 percent versus 45.5. 

Gender aside, the different age groups are affected differently as well. A second survey conducted by NUHS reveals to us to the younger generation feels less mentally resilient. To sum it up, half of the respondents aged above 45 felt more adept at being able to handle emotions such as sadness and anxiety compared to 40 percent of the younger ones. Half of the latter often found themselves having morbid thoughts and fears regarding their loved ones’ and own well-beings. 

These percentages might perhaps mean more to you if I tell you that they were derived from a total of almost 3,300 participants for both surveys combined. If these results are indicative of a mere fraction of our community, I personally cannot even begin to imagine the nationwide mental impact that Covid-19 has had on us. 

All this information and figures can be found in the Straits Times article I referenced above. However, I believe that repetition is reinforcement, and the fact of the situation has to be made known to the readers through these stark, rigid numbers. 

Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR & Marketing Executive

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GETTING PHIXED IS NOW LEGAL IN SINGAPORE.

Yes, our website is ‘getphix.com’, and we do not sell weed. 

It might sound absurd to some that I’m even clarifying this, but scrolling through @getphix’s Instagram followers was even more absurd for me. 

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When I first began working in the company, the over-800 Instagram followers had me impressed. Such a significant figure for a practically new start-up? Definitely impressive. 

Then I started scrolling through those followers, and it was obvious that some of them had only become followers because they had a completely different idea about what we did. 

I jumped onto Google to check what it had to say about us. Typing ‘phix’ in the search bar, my colleagues and I were pleasantly surprised to see our website as the seventh suggestion on the first page itself. After all, being one of Google’s top 10 suggestions is no small achievement, especially for a young start-up. 

The only damper on our spirits was the small fact that the first six suggestions were all about vaping and weed. 

And that was the last push I needed to get in front of my laptop and furiously clack away at my keyboard, because this message needs to get out there – and it needs to get out now. 

Whether you’re one of our few kick-seeking Instagram followers or just the innocent reader who chanced upon this article, you need to know this: MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL; PHIX SG IS NOT. 

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The way we Phix you up is genuinely intended to and targeted at simplifying and bettering your lives in a 100% legal, fast and easy way. 

Welcome to our humble abode, where we help connect customers and service providers offering over 300 services. With one-half of our aim being to serve as a safe haven to providers, Phix proudly hosts a wide range of both white and blue-collar services, from housecleaning to tutoring. 

New services are constantly being added, and this way, we complete the second half of our aim by providing our customers on-demand, custom-made quick fixes. 

Phix has always been about the community. I can tell you first-hand how true that is; the efforts we take on a daily basis to communicate with as many existing and potential members of the Phix family as possible are never-ending.   

We move forward with the goal of constantly trying to reach out to as many people as we can so that we can help them to the best of our abilities. You could be a freelancer looking for an avenue to make more income, or a customer needing a service; our doors are always wide open for you. 

Legal, safe, simple, even healthy: these are not the words used to describe weed, but Phix SG. It still boggles me that a provision this good can simply be downloaded on a phone in a matter of mere seconds. 

With that, my passionate speech-making has come to an end, and I would like to thank you for your attention. Once again, we are Phix SG, and we do not sell weed. 

Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR & Marketing Executive

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