Author: Minimalist in the city

The engagement ring

At a friend’s gathering  a few weeks ago, a mutual friend in a group secretly whispered to me and told me that another friend of ours has  finally moved on from his previous job to a current role in another organization. It kind of took me by surprise, as I thought he really liked the working environment and had great camaraderie with his colleagues at his previous workplace. Well, I guess the monetary benefits for the new role must have been pretty attractive then, I thought aloud. “You’re right!”, my friend retorted. “He has to save up to buy...

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A proud parenting moment

As Dave has shared in the previous post, there was an estate party in our neighbourhood last month, and we attended the event. The event was pretty well organised, with lots of family friendly activities and games, many suitable for young kids. Ally might have been a bit too young to participate in some of them but it was all good fun and we were glad she had enjoyed herself. There was also a colouring contest for kids. To be honest, we didn’t think of enrolling her in the contest, firstly because she was too young (although there was...

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Surviving the 11.11 challenge

I have a confession to make. Even though I try to live minimally, and purchase only things I need, I do a lot of window shopping. Online. Ok, that is an oxymoron, some might say. If you are a minimalist, you won’t even bother looking at stuff like that. Because, you probably don’t need any of those. So what’s the point of browsing through them? Very valid points. And to that, I will say that when it comes to physical shops, I don’t even bother to look at items on sale anymore, neither will I be attracted by visuals...

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Compassion at the work place

An uncle of a colleague passed on earlier this week. It was an upsetting event and I passed her my condolences. The passing of a love and close one is always one of the hardest ordeal to overcome for anyone and words alone are insufficient to describe the feelings, and little can be said to comfort the other party. Sometimes, the strongest support that we can offer, is just to be around and let them know that we are. Coincidentally, there was a company event that was to be held the next day. It was an after work event...

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Oct 2017 – Expenses Update

October is the month when we celebrated our 5th wedding Anniversary and we went for a family day out at River Safari. Ally enjoyed free admission with each accompanying adult for the month of October. This is the third time we went to River Safari with Ally and she is so excited about it that she kept on harping about seeing the Giant Pandas. As Ally just turned three last month, she is now able to better appreciate the attractions like touching a live star fish by herself. The best thing about going to River Safari is that all the...

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Oct 2017 – Expenses Update

October is the month when we celebrated our 5th wedding Anniversary and we went for a family day out at River Safari. Ally enjoyed free admission with each accompanying adult for the month of October. This is the third time we went to River Safari with Ally and she is so excited about it that she kept on harping about seeing the Giant Pandas. As Ally just turned three last month, she is now able to better appreciate the attractions like touching a live star fish by herself. The best thing about going to River Safari is that all the...

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A closer look at our expenses

Our blog has garnered a lot more traction over the last few months and we thank our readers for your continuous support and comments. One area which has garnered a lot of eyeballs is definitely our monthly expense reports. We share our expense reports with fellow readers as part of our journey towards minimalism and financial independence. This is solely our journey and as there are not many local families out there who track their expenses or share their expenses on the public space, I guess ours provide a snippet of how a family of 3 survive in the...

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What are you passionate about in life?

Recently, I attended an inspirational talk by Grant Rawlinson (aka Axe) who originated from New Zealand and is currently based in Singapore. He is a professional speaker, adventurer and explorer. He used to be a professional 7 – side rugby player during his younger days (did that for around 25 years) but it ended after an injury. Despite that, he found new challenges — extreme adventures and he has already completed 50 expeditions across 5 continents, including reaching the summit of Mount Everest in 2012. I was really awed by how captivated he is by the concept of human powered exploration....

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Interview Series – Minimalist who wants to step foot on all Seven Continents before the age of 35

This interview is about a young friend of mine Yong Sheng, 30 who aspire to travel to the seven continents before he reaches age 35. He is also a practicing minimalist with a keen interest in investing and photography. He is currently working as an operation executive in a logistic firm. I’m very impressed on how focus this young chap is and i decided to share his story to a bigger audience. Hopefully more young people will feel inspired and follow his footsteps towards living their dreams. Travelling to the seven continents is definitely in one of my bucket list...

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THE BIG PLAN – Counting down with 1000 more days to FI

THE BIG PLAN Exactly 5 years ago, I came out with a big plan to aggressively save a considerable portion of our combined income to invest and grow our stock portfolio with a focus on dividend stocks. The objective is to have enough dividends generated from our stock portfolio to cover our annual expenses in 10 years time so that we could get out of the rat race and live on our own terms. The plan was first conceived when we first got married in 2012 and if everything goes according to our plan, we should be able to...

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Sept 2017 – Expenses Update

September is the month where we celebrated Ally’s birthday and also my sister’s wedding. Ally also transited from half day to full day child care where she will be attending additional enrichment classes like speech and drama. We believe she will be able to adapt to it and enjoy it. My sister’s wedding was a really simple and close affair. It is a church wedding where only family members and close friends were invited. I’m really happy and proud of her who found the right soul mate who will walk this journey with her. I really love this type...

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Random thoughts of the day: Counseling a junior member of the team at work

I played Aunt Agony to a junior of mine in the team at work the other day, and ended up spending more than an hour trying to “counsel” her and providing with a different opinion of the situation that she is in. Here’s a brief background. This junior of mine is one of the youngest in the team, not just in terms of experience within the organisation itself, but also collectively her experience in the line of work that we are in. Having said that, she is a very smart, capable and ambitious young lady, and I have a...

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Pre-school in Singapore

This is one of the hottest topics right now at the moment, and especially since it is an area of focus that is highlighted by our Prime Minister at the recent national day rally.  With a preschooler in the house, we read with interest on the developments in the sector, and are definitely heartened by the fact that the government acknowledges the importance of the pre-school sector, and are pulling in money and funds to provide quality, yet affordable pre-school education for the masses. On a personal level, Ally has been going to a childcare centre for more than...

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August 2017 – Expenses Update

This month we have a couple of birthday celebrations with our immediate family members and Ally ‘s early birthday celebration. We ate out for Kate’s father birthday and celebrated my mum, my grandma and Ally’s birthdays together where we feasted at home with home cooked food courtesy of Kate’s wonderful culinary skills. Everybody enjoys eating and chilling out at our minimalist home. Nowadays, we tend to organize most of our birthdays at home whereby we don’t have to spend a lot on food but we get to eat very nice home cook food or we could just order from...

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Routine is the enemy of time

Have you ever wonder the purpose of your existence in this world? Is it to go through the so called “holy template” of leading a fulfilling life by doing the following; study hard when you are young, get a good job, save some money, start a family, have kids, buy a house, work hard then retire 40 years later at the age of 65 or above? Upon retirement then you start to enjoy life. Sounds familiar? This is perceived to be “normal” to most people but to me this is nothing more than just a routine. Maybe there are...

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