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Never Despise Meager Beginnings

I first came across the phrase ‘Never Despise Meager Beginnings’ in a movie; I’ve long forgotten the movie, but the quote lingers. When I look back on my life, the significant milestones all happened because I made a choice at some point. Life is a series of little choices and the choices you make today will influence the type of choices available to you tomorrow. I am now married to a wonderful man because I made a choice to do sign up for an activity which I’d never tried before. I am now working where I’m working because I made…

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Letting your significant other be good at what they’re good at

My life has been in fast-forward mode the past 2 weeks; in the short span of 14 days I have 1) gotten married 2) had our rental application accepted (insert sigh of relieve) and 3) received our keys to said apartment! Today, a sunny Saturday afternoon, my hubby and I trucked in bucket-loads of cleaning stuff to scrub everything from top to bottom.  We went for the divide and conquer strategy.  He tackled the bathroom, whilst the kitchen was all mine.  After a full day of scrubbing and cleaning (both our allergies kicking in) we settled back contently…….and then he…

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How to Sew a T-Shirt With No Pattern

admin / February 7, 2014

I’d always wanted to sew my own clothes, but was put off by the hassle (lots of equipment to gather) and how complicated it seemed (I couldn’t even thread my machine, let alone read a pattern). This year however, a year of ethical fashion, spurred me into action. This year, I commit to: Buy from ethical makers, or Buy second hand, or Make it myself, or Wear things I already own, or Borrow or swap garments with my friends. This isn’t easy for me, because I love clothes.  It’s a weird thing to admit to because it all sounds so…

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Questions to Grow Your Relationship

admin / February 4, 2014

My fiance and I spent most of our dating years apart (comments about long distance relationships shall be saved for another day!)  Being on the phone or on skype, forces you to communicate talk.   Overtime, I learnt was to ask better questions.  Better questions means more specific questions.  Instead of how are you, try what struck you the most from the movie on the weekend?  This not only prompts more in-depth discussions, but also teaches you to listen actively.  You can’t ask specific questions, until you’ve listened to what’s going on in the other person’s life  Glennon Melton puts it…

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My First Summit Experience: Mount Feathertop via Razortop

admin / January 2, 2014

I lifted my eyes towards the summit, shifted the weight of my pack and forced a smile.  My two hiking buddies were bounding with energy; it was as if they were taking a leisurely morning stroll.  I, on the other hand, was struggling.  We had barely begun the hike and Diamantina Hut, where we had started our journey, was still in sight.  I knew we had at least 4 hours of trekking (11km) to go and I was already spent.  The Aussie sun was unrelenting, my dark hair was burning under the heat and I felt suffocated under my layers…

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Travel is an excuse to observe people (in a non creepy kind of away!)

admin / November 21, 2013

I’m typing out this blog entry in the middle of Starbucks. Everything feels just like home, except that the air is that bit more humid, the accents around me somewhat foreign and I don’t feel rushed (a rarity). I landed in Singapore late last night and today is the first full day of exploration. Whilst sitting in the middle of Starbucks is perhaps not considered to be the best way to ‘explore’ a city, I always find the unplanned days the most illuminating. As Daisann McLane noted in her nat geo article: One of the great things about travel is…

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