Category: Simplify

Overcoming Excessive Consumerism

Ryokan hotel, Beppu, Oita, Kyushu

“Wanting less is a better blessing than having more.” – Mary Ellen Edmunds The last time I tidied my apartment was one and half years ago. Unfortunately, I started to accumulate stuff again or did I? As I packed my stuff to be given away, I realised that I bought new stuff like shoes, clothing

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Think Small. Think Simple

Russian Matryoshka Doll

Have you heard of the “5 Cs”? Do you know what the “5 Cs” stand for? Many years ago “5 Cs” was a big thing. Everyone was working hard, pursuing their 5 Cs – Cash, Credit Card, Car, Condo and Country Club Membership. As for me and my peers, our focus was on the first

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Spend time with people… Not with devices

Apple Store at Shinsaibashi

Recently I received a text message on a conversation between an elderly father and his adult child. I found it meaningful and thought I should share with a bigger audience. This is how it goes… I had spent an hour in the bank with my dad, as he had to transfer some money, I could

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A World of Distractions

Singapore Changi Point Creek Walk

“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” — Ann Voskamp There are times when I picked up my phone to check my calendar, I got distracted when I saw an e-mail notification and started checking my e-mail. Then I went on checking my Facebook. I absolutely forgot about why I picked up my phone. Has

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A “New” Economy 

living-for-experiences-feature-image

When I started reducing my possessions, a few friends joke that I need to continue to spend on luxurious goods to help drive the economy. Does living a life of simplicity have a negative impact on the economy? Yes and no. Buying less material items would have a short-term negative impact on the economy. It

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Chasing After Happiness & Beauty 

Singapore Changi Beach

After a relaxing facial treatment at the spa I frequent, the spa manager once again made her sales pitch to me. She said I should sign up for the new anti-aging package to prevent wrinkle due to work stress. I asked if she has heard of a story about a businessman and a fisherman. This

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