So for at least three years I’ve shopped quality over quantity. I no longer wear cosmetic jewellery or buy new fast clothing mindlessly.
I wear the same gold jewellery, well-made clothes and shoes again and again, and I don’t change my bags daily like I used to (while at the same time trying to look fine because I do like fashion). I’ve also wear the same hairstyle and little makeup.
With the time I’ve saved from being a minimalist in fashion and life, I think I’ve learned much: growing food, watercolour painting, writing calligraphy, playing the ukulele, hiking, diving, financial management, philosophy, first aid, etc. It’s amazing to know I only picked up these new skills in the last few years.
So excited to improve my new skills, and learn even more new things. Speaking Mandarin? Dancing maybe? Astronomy? Oh, I love how there’s so many things to look forward to in this life
#minimalist #philomath #curatedlife
My sister @amanda_khong religiously brings her healthy lunchbox to work from Monday to Thursday. So I help her spice it up by making different salad dressing every week.
This week, I made Miso-Mustard Dressing with:
🔸1/2 tsp grated ginger
🔸1 tbsp honey
🔸1 tbsp mustard
🔸2 tbsp miso
The chicken is marinated overnight in generous amount of spices – turmeric, cumin, white pepper, and sea salt – before grilling in the oven.
Yes, this is how she keeps her figure 💃🏻
I was in Sin Chew Daily, a local Chinese newspaper, last week. I had no idea what it was saying about me; I could only read my Chinese name and simple words like ‘big/ 大‘ and ‘person/ 人’.
Today Mommy read it to me. Chinese makes me sound impressive “大显身手 / tai yin san sau”. I feel like a kung-fu master 🗡🥋😜
Organising a two days long class or a painting excursion to a park seem impossible at the moment. 🌸🍃☀
So I took a 1 hour online class, google for a photo, and starting simply painting! 🎨
This is the result:
My sisters mistaken it as a lotus flower… 😭
Actually it’s Torch Ginger Flower (bunga kantan); the bud is used in Asam laksa and curries.
This is far from what I want to achieve. But I will take baby steps. One day it shall be as realistic as @art.by.ratna paintings💪
#bungakantan #flower #stationery #watercolour #watercolourpainting #art #pink #painting #travelpalette #torchginger #torchgingerflower #edibleflowers
Made a healthy and easy soy sauce ginger-coriander dip to go with free-range organic steamed chicken.
Just mix together pounded fresh ginger, julienned sawtooth coriander, soy sauce and chicken stock from the steamed chicken.
Oh, I love my sawtooth coriander plant. I find so many uses for it. Yesterday, I just made tomato vinaigrette with it for my sister’s lunchbox. I need to plant more of them soon.
I truly believe it’s not hard to eat healthy. My family has been quite busy lately. So we just made steamed chicken, stir-fry vegetables with mushroom, fried eggs with onions, and ABC soup. Our stomach and heart is so full! 🐓🍚🍳🥦🥢💕
When I first do ‘adulting’, I forgot that I had hobbies: things I love to do for fun. Oh how dreary life (and I) was.
So decided to paint again. I organised a watercolour painting class with my friends and bought some art supplies from @stickerrific . But how do I find time to make it a part of my life?
I figured that if I watch less Instastories and scroll less of my Facebook feed, I will have some time. So I skipped consuming social media to sketch and paint. I do that in small blocks of time, 15 to 30 minutes.
This illustration of Cencaru Sambal is created over six sessions. I truly believe that when there’s a will, there’s a way.
Next I’ll love to organize a private watercolor class with @art.by.ratna and a sketching outing at a park. Who wants to join?
Our work need out eyes to be glued to the screen and bottoms on the seat. So whenever we can, we should look at greeneries and walk everywhere.
This weekend, I’ve hiked for hours, got lost in the jungle, and got bitten by leeches. I had such a good difficult time; I learned to endure bodily pain, deal with uncertainty, understand the spirit of adventure, and be calm.
Sometimes I wonder why I torture my body and mind like this. I could’ve just sleep in. But then when it’s all over, it’s amazing to *know* I can do more than I think I’m capable of. Besides I think my legs just got sexier from all the exercise 💪🌳🍂☀️🐜🕸