I DIDNT THROW IT AWAY

I annoy my family quite a bit with my ‘waste not, want not’ principle in life; and I am quite a recycling fanatic that I made an effort to train up my parents to do so before I moved out of our home into my hubby’s place. To me, it is as simple as creating the smallest waste/carbon footprint that I will leave behind on this earth. I am also looking forward to fast tracking my minimalist lifestyle once we move into our new home in 2 years’ time.

Thank you Agy from Green Issues by Agy for getting me to join this blog train series on why I didn’t throw something away. Below are two things that I have kept for more than 20 years:

1) Handcrafted Stainless Steel Rack

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My Pa’s 3rd Brother, my 三伯 (3rd Uncle), was once a steel craftsman. When my parents first got married, they had little and lived in rented places and Ama’s Kampung place until I was about 4 or 5 years old. When they finally got their own flat, 3rd Uncle handcrafted this 100% stainless steel rack, together with a similar steel mini cabinet, for our new flat. The rack had since then been installed in our toilet.

In 2010, my parents decided to do some renovation to our house, and everyone decided it was time to discard this rack. Chinese are quite annoying sometimes, new houses equates many new things. The concept of vintage or sentimental value hardly exists. I protested big time because it was such a well designed and beautiful rack and it would be very hard to get anything close to this. Looking back, I am so glad I persisted. This beauty still lives in our house, serving its purpose. Before I got married off, I gave it several nice washes and it is as shiny as 20 years before.

2) Gold Ball Earstuds

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I just wore this pair of earstuds last week and my Mommy was surprised I still have these, after a long 20 years. When I was 8 or 9 years old, my Ma brought me to this goldsmith at Beauty World 美世界 and let me have my ears pierced. Back in those days, it cost $20 – $30 to get our ears pierced with a choice of gold studs. We kept those gold studs on for about a month until the wound healed, and for the years on, it was all fashionable accessories that came and go (although I don’t even have those anymore haha!)

All these years, I kept this pair of gold ball earstuds aside, because they held so much sentimental value for me. And somehow, as one gets older, classic designs grow on you and I have taken a new liking to the earrings and have started wearing them again. Coincidentally I saw something similiar when I was shopping for 四点金 in Poh Heng and it now costs a good $90 already (due to gold price inflation). Doubly glad I kept this pair of small trinkets so well he he.

In this buy and throw society we currently live in, do you ever ask yourself what is the true value that lies in something you had yesterday and something that you are getting tomorrow? I like to believe that, if we take the effort to appreciate and take good care of something we have, then we will be better and more contented beings in this life.

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on “I Didn’t Throw It Away”. We have become such a throw-away society, but there are some things in our households that we still keep. Why is that so? Perhaps this blog train can unlock the reasons behind it! Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn’t throw them away.

Tomorrow Christine from Rhinestic’s Knick Knacks will sharing her story too! Christine has always loved creating. She could be sewing a dress one day, and doodling the next. However, she is deeply inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese artworks as well as steampunk aesthetics. Through her blog, she hope to share more about her crafts further on our little red dot!

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Matcha Mochi Meditation

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I brood a lot, until Mr W labels me as a walking worry wart sometimes. I guess this naturally happens when you are a hypersensitive person who leans towards paranoia too often. And, it really doesn’t help when someone like me is taking a slower pace towards life now; I basically brood even more sometimes. SO, I made a mental note to stop all these self inflicting nonsense and decided to DO SOMETHING. And today’s form comes in baking!

Baking requires research, deliberation, ingredient preparation and step by step work. To me, it is the nicest form of meditation. I forget to brood and start to get really focused on every single step, purposefully. You can really get your cake and eat it (literally).

Many months back, my wondrous friend YJ, shared this Matcha Mochi Cake recipe with me because I gave her some matcha powder. Months later, I am still staring at the Matcha and another pack of matcha latte from Muji. AND, since there is leftover glutinous rice flour in the fridge (one of my bro-in-law got very excited making muah chee some weeks back) so I thought, what better time to conjure this right? It is a simple recipe and I even used the simpler cupcake version because I have the Morries Mini Cupcake Maker.

The colour didn’t turn out so great because my Matcha powder is probably medicore grade, but it does taste chewy with a touch of crunch on the outer layer. And whatever I worried about didn’t happen. Yummy meditation.

WARM LEMON WATER

If there are 3 habits that I am certain I can keep for the rest of my life, it will be warm lemon water, oats and Straits Times.

Every morning, I spend 30 minutes of my morning to sip my warm lemon water slowly while reading Straits Times on my ipad then make my oats that will be drank slowly for another 20 minutes. This minimalist one hour breakfast has nursed back my gastric to pretty good health.

Why warm lemon water?

It all started from an old friends’ gathering 3 months back whereby someone shared that her client paid a few thousands for a machine that can process the tap water into alkaline water, and how it has cured his kids’ constipation issue. I went to google for a alkaline food chart and found out that lemon deserves a +9.9 (contrary to our usual understanding, see some articles here, here and here.) I agree with the thinking that it is alkalising inside the body. Before this, I had read somewhere that an overall acidic body condition ages you, OK I confess that was the initial motivating factor. But, a deeper dive brings much even much more benefits in drinking lemon water, you can get plenty of materials with a quick search on google. But personally, I have experienced the below

  1. Boost in immunity and reduction in phlegm – usually by this time of the year, I would have already come down with flu or chronic cough at least 2-3 times but I am all cleared this year as of now.
  2. Clearer skin – I am blessed with decent skin condition save for those bumpy blemishes on my forehead, last check shows that they are gone. I think this is the effect of the liver detox that was one of the benefits mentioned.
  3. Reduction in digestive problems – I used to experience acid reflux and bloatness in my tummy, this always lead to dizzy spells then nausea then vomitting. Occurence has reduced greatly and so far nil vomitting. My irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has also greatly improved!

A lemon costs 65 cents from NTUC Fairprice, and because these are usually larger, I only squeeze in juice of 1/6 wedge for each cup of water for moderation sake. I think 1/2 a lemon is really too much. Anyway, so that’s 10 cents each morning. Once in a blue moon, I do get organic ones, that costs up to $1.80 each, and they are also smaller, so I probably use a quarter, so that’s 45 cents per serving. For organic juice, I will place the squeezed lemon wedge into the warm water for the lemon oils within the skin to be released. I find this 10 cents spent good value for health since I can save on supplements or posible medication costs.

Please read also why overly acidic body conditions are bad for you here and here. Oh, do go through those articles I linked, several tips include drinking the lemon water warm, avoid adding honey (it turns the water acidic!) And do not let the lemon sit in the water for a prolonged period; freshly squeezed is the best.

Keep being healthy, I will probably talk about the oats next time.