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Minimalist in the City – Reflections of 2017

2017 is coming to an end and as we welcome the New Year, I thought it would be good to consolidate some of our thoughts for the year, and some of the key takeaways that we will bring with us to 2018. Health  In terms of my health, i went for a health checkup earlier this year and seems like everything is good. I took my very last IPPT this year and almost narrowly miss out on my gold award as work and family commitments seems to have taken a toll on my fitness regime. I guess I’m still...

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A minimalist pregnancy?

Kyith from Investment Moats had shared our November expenses report in a local facebook discussion group (thanks Kyith!) and it had generated a lot of feedback and discussion. Well predominantly, it was about the cost of having a baby in Singapore, as well as how “minimalist” or not “minimalist” the pregnancy was. I think in general, most people would think that a minimalist pregnancy is a low cost pregnancy. Which might not necessarily be the case…. More than a year ago, I wrote an article about “Minimalism during pregnancy”, which was in part inspired by my own experience and...

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Nov 2017 – Expenses Update

November is the month that we celebrated the birth of our son, Ashton, as announced by Kate earlier in this post.  I am glad that we have a boy now to balance the gender inequality within our family (just kidding!). A girl (女) preceding a boy (子) forms the Chinese character “好“, which symbolises good fortune. We are grateful for everything we are experiencing right now and are  looking forward to a bright future with lots of fun adventures with our two little ones. Three years ago when we were preparing for Ally’s arrival, we had purchased quite a bit of baby...

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Car ownership in Singapore

A recent video produced by “Talking Point” garnered quite a bit of lively discussion among the local community. This has always been a topic of discussion and a somewhat controversial topic. However, perhaps what might have reopened this discussion is the statistics in the latest report – On average, these households earn a monthly income of S$3,000, and data from the Singapore Department of Statistics (Singstat) show that 16.3 per cent of them own at least one car. We all know how freaking expensive cars are expensive in Singapore and for those household income that falls lower than a certain...

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An exciting piece of news to share

To all our readers, We have a piece of exciting news to share with you! Here it goes……drumroll….. We just had baby number 2! No, it’s not that I just found out that I am pregnant and we are having the baby next year – literally, I had just delivered our second child. And it’s a baby boy this time 🙂  I know it must have caught many of our readers by surprise! After all, we have never mentioned in any of our posts about my pregnancy, nor any indication that I was pregnant. Also, there wasn’t anything in...

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Navigating the workplace

A friend of mine called me late at night last friday evening. I was initially pretty startled by her call as I wasn’t expecting it, and I was getting ready to sleep. I answered the call. And oh boy, I think it was a good thing I did. She was sobbing at the other end of the line and sounded really agitated. Apparently, something had gone wrong at work. Very wrong. By way of background, she had transferred into the new department for about 2-3 months, and she has been struggling to get some of the work done, even...

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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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