Singapore day 1

We finally arrived very weary but excited at Singapore. From the first moment of arriving, I knew Singapore was a magnificent place.

Driving out of the airport along the wide, tree lined avenues is gratifying. The trees are beautiful, glistening in the sunlight and Singapore enjoys a wonderful array of natural beauty mingling with old and new architecture.

After a much needed shower and freshen up at the hotel, we started to explore this glorious city. We went in a nearby mall and I bought some much needed shorts for me from Marks & Spencer! Then wandered around admiring the varied architecture and went eventually into the art exhibition Presidents Young Talents 2018. The topics of the immersive and mindful paintings, sculptures and new media are instructive and innovative. I personally enjoyed their intellectual endeavours.

We strolled into the first exhibition room where there were a group of people, animatedly English speaking westerners, laughing and talking. I looked at the sculptures and media then heard an almighty crash behind me.

“Sorryeeee, sorry, that was my fault.” A woman drawled anxiously. The man said it didn’t matter when it clearly did and sounded distraught.

I carried on examining and looking at the works whilst pretending to ignore the calamity behind me and then wandered upstairs leaving the poor man taking photos of the debris.

Upstairs the lively people continued to giggle and chat during the remainder of the exhibition. I felt irritated and realised they clearly didn’t care they’d caused so much havoc and distress.

The exhibition overall was simplistic in some ways and clever and innovative as well. I enjoyed the creativity of the work which is refreshing to see in contemporary art installations and media.

We continued to explore and found the famous Raffles Hotel and I enjoyed a Singapore Sling cocktail. Yes, I realised I was going to thoroughly enjoy Singapore which is a splendid city. The people are friendly and very helpful too.

We had endured flying throughout the night so was very tired. We popped back to our hotel for a cup of tea, break and planning before going back out for dinner and drinks. I decided that we should frequent a couple of bars and then have an early night.

The bars were researched online by hubby and very good. We drank some superior craft beers and then went home for a much needed full night’s sleep. Tomorrow the sightseeing really starts. Ho hum…

Minimalism – Wardrobe Declutter

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As with all things relating to minimalism, it is best to activate over time.  This is why I’ve taken so long re-organising the wardrobe.  The home was never really cluttered but when I discovered minimalism, I decided there are ways to clear the home and have less stuff.

My focus became to cut the clothes that I don’t wear.  With this in mind, I took everything out and organised into 3 piles (Out/In/Maybe).

Over the last few months the maybe pile, has been radically reduced and when I had less clothes, I bought some white coat hangers and organised the wardrobe so that it was not only arranged by type but colour too.

Although this goes against the minimalism ideal, for me it made everything tidy and saves so much time in the morning when I am deciding what to wear.  Honestly, the wardrobe has never been so tidy and it is lovely and does save an enormous amount of time.

So for me the key points are:

  • Deciding to reduce (IN/OUT/MAYBE)
  • Organise by type (skirts, trousers, tops, jumpers)
  • Colour co-ordinate
  • Don’t worry too much about the Maybe Pile because you can consider and reduce over time

Do recycle items and pieces of clothing that are good enough should taken the charity shops.  As a nation, we throw away enormous piles of clothes, so this is the sensible thing to do and best for the environment.

Also, attempt a one in, one out policy and stick to it.  My proposal is to buy better quality clothes but a lot less and mix and match more.  During the colder times, scarves are great to jazz up clothes plus colourful, matching jewellery too.

Anyway, I hope you like my tips and here’s to a clearer wardrobe which will save you time and money.

The idea of simple living…

After reading books like Stuffocation and articles about minimalism, I have started to embrace living more with less. Decluttering the home is how it starts but it soon spreads. It has changed my mindset. I now think more about what I buy, eat and how I spend my time. It hasn’t been easy and there is still too much stuff but it is going… We don’t need copious amounts of stuff and everything becomes less stressful without life’s clutter. As a student, I preferred time to money. I remember lending the book Walden (Thoreau) to family but they found it “boring to be honest” and didn’t get the message.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.”

The minimalist ideology provides an outlet to clear life’s path of clutter and leaves space for time, experiences, fulfilment and happiness. Most importantly it challenges you to think about the environment, waste and well, everything. I’ve decided to only purchase necessities this year and will keep you updated. However, I will experience life to the full – are you? FB_IMG_1456763530215