Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Morning routine

I think I have a simple palate. I would eat what my mom buys. For breakfast, she would typically buy fried noodles with fried chicken and egg, dumpling noodles etc. However, at the beginning of 2017. I have decided to put an end to this.

As part of an overhaul/reflection to my life in general, I have come to the conclusion that I need healthier food in my system. I need to cut down on expenses on food if ever I am going to live on my own.

And so, I have started the morning routine of eating overnight oats, which would be coupled with chia seeds, milk, and any fruits I can find in the fridge. I did try to cook my oats so as to give myself options. Alas, the pain of waking even earlier to prepare breakfast is seriously not my thing.

1.5 months into the routine of eating overnight oats, I think my body has adjusted to it. In the name of moderation, I have imbued cheat days on weekends so that such a eating habit can be sustainable.

The next step is to have more control over lunch... 

Monday, February 27, 2017

No-sew recycling bag

Finally ended my procrastination and got down to making my own recycling bag. This is a no-sew bag. I got it done within 5 minutes! Hope to do my bit for the green cause and lessen the use of plastic bags. But lesson learnt, an old tee made of cotton is a better material to work with. In this picture here, I had used a tee which had spandex like material as such the shape of the bag would go wonky after several uses.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Something more than shopping

In my earlier post, I shared my modest loot for the BKK trip.
The biggest joy I had was spending time with these two young ladies.
Thank god for placing me in the position of influence to share my thoughts about life.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bangkok 2017

I was in the land of thousand smiles two weeks back.

Guess what, I came back with only 7 new purchases! So proud of myself.

I went for this trip with a shopping list at hand. I didn't want to spend money mindlessly and accumulating another article in my life. I didn't want to feel pressured to have to buy something just because things are cheaper. You know what I mean?

Thank God I managed to keep my purchase to 1 belt, 2 tops, 1 handheld sewing machine, 1 packet of banana chips for Angie, a bottle of perfume, 1 recycling bag.

The only poor purchase was the extra top that I bought. I had only intended to buy 1 top. In a moment of weakness, I gave in to the "it's darn cheap" mentality.

Not being on the buying streak allowed me to slow down quite a fair bit for this trip. I was in a better state of mind to focus on the people and sights that surrounded me.

If you are on the journey of minimising spending (be it local or overseas), having a shopping list definitely is the way forward.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Long awaited

Finally I got my promotion.

When I wanted it the most i.e last year and it was not given to me, anything after that, doesn't excite me anymore. I must confess I still struggle with trusting God and His blessings for my life. I fear to hope and yearn due to the disappointments. The 'no' and 'wait' loom larger than the 'yes'.

What I look forward now is the new pay in April. Guess the promotion is timely in view of the financial goals set for the year.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


I have not taken cabs in weeks! Kudos to myself.

Cabbing is one of the key expenses that drains my saving index.

Being drained, impatient and that desire to escape crowds, I resorted to cabbing wherever I go. At one point, cabbing cost me about 400 bucks a month.

I hope to keep this up where possible. Finger crossed.