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Work Related : Enamel Pins


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Heyy guys,
 I just made these new enamel pins available for pre-order :



The pre-order sales only available until 31st May 
and the estimated shipping is the second week of June.

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Little Things 243 : on More Books but Buying Less


I'm listening/reading to my 54th book this week. 
It's been a while since I can consume as much books as I can. Audio books is becoming my almost-daily habit this year. Most of the books that I'm listening to are non-fiction : biographies, memoirs, self-help, and anything knowledge-based. I found it easier than listening to fiction.


From the reading, I get few new insights about our current state of living among other things. Especially after reading Jane Goodall's Harvest For Hope - she mentioned about how we are destroying the future by being ignorant because we consume too much foods and buy too many things. We need to educate ourselves more and share about this among people around us if we care enough. That's why I'm writing this. I also read a lot of books on minimalism and having less, as a reminder to myself.



- Jane Goodall's books : Please read/listen to her books to understand more.
- Books for minimalist / searching for a way to a simpler life :
  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders 
  • Lagom by Niki Brantmark 
  • The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking 
  • The Little Book of Contentment by Leo Babauta 
  • The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay 
  • Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk
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Side notes :

1) I'm urging my fellow Malaysians to read more books this year. 
I know books are quite expensive, so what I'm doing is using Scribd because I only need to pay $8.99 (RM 36) for unlimited amount of digital and audio books every month. That way, I can still consume as many books as I possibly can and also not buy physical books to reduce the paper waste. You can try this too.

I donated and sold a lot of my unread books and only leave books that I want to reread on my book shelves - so people can still read these books. I have too much books before this (around 2 huge bookshelves) and I thought I should be proud with keeping a lot of unread books :F Shame on me. 



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2) I'm also trying to minimize the quantity of stuffs I buy. 
On clothes - I'm actively donating unused clothes. The clothes I'm wearing are mostly the same clothes all over again. I stopped buying clothes several years back, I'm never fashionable and a bit boyish in that sense pun. So repeating dark shirts and jeans all over again has never been an issue :F I geli melawa2 pakai make-up, and be all-womanly :F I guess I don't have it in me, even though I'm already 31. I'm that comfortable with those pimples, pure oiled face and huge pores on my skin. I was born  to be as natural as I can get.

On recycle - we always collect all the bottles, tins and glasses. We give them to uncles and aunties that collect those items in our neighbourhood every week so they can sell it and make some money.

On buying things - Mmmm.. I guess it is safe to say that we are still living as frugal as we are. We don't buy things that we don't really need. Maybe because we are still living together without any children, or I'm just a frugal person at heart. I care for the environment and I want to make a change, even a small one.

Let's try to buy less, recycle and reuse more ! 

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3) Cook home-made foods.
I cook foods for my husband almost every day - he does eat his 'bekal' during lunch time at his office. I've been bringing foods for several years so eating my healthy lunch box isn't something new for me. I hardly eat out because I hate to mingle around during lunch hour - hah hah. 

Well, this year, let's try to bring home-made foods every day for lunches at work, guys ! :D

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Extra : How to read more books :


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Little Story 227 : Coughs and Herbal Tea


In the past 2 months, I got sick twice : viral cough and allergic cough. 

The viral cough took 10 days to recover. It infected my throat (so I was having a really bad and painful sore throat), my nose (I can't breathe through my nose at all), my eyes (there was a LOT of discharges and my eyes were blurry most of the time) and phlegm (infected ones). I went to the doctor and he said that I had to wait for it to recover from the inside and it might took awhile because of the viruses : 10 days.  Note : My sister passed it to me and I passed it to Af.

Another one is allergic cough. This one had me so sudden because of some herbs that I tried (and maybe isn't suitable for me - I stopped eating it right-away, it was the black seed or habbastus-sauda). It was more like a wheezing non-stop cough and phlegm. Plus, it was also pretty bad, the sound of it terrifies people around me. I had this for 7 days.

Twice, I had to conduct my workshops at Stickerrific while wearing face mask and they even prepared hot green tea specially for me because they were so thoughtful and probably because it was 'that' uncomfortable to watch me cough like I was fighting a demon inside me (and I love Stickerrific ♥️- please go there and buy a lot of stuffs to support our local business guys). 

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I rarely get sick - except for my migraine, so when I do get sick, it is often a surprise for me. I also hardly eat medicine because I hate to imagine having these unknown chemical drugs in my body, so I usually go for alternative natural ways to help me get better. 

How I helped to soothe my cough :
  • drink hot Camomile Tea (in the morning / at night) - it's caffeine free, so it won't disturb night sleep.
  • a spoon of honey twice (in the morning and at night). 
  • drink hot Green Tea (while working) - it works like magic. 
  • also tried a spoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning (and it was super awful) :F

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Extra note :
  • If you are still new in the habit of drinking herbal tea, I should remind you that the usage of sugar is unnecessary. You don't have to add sugar. Just add in the tea bag and hot water, that's it.
  • Don't drink too much - enough with maximum of 2 bags of tea per day. Nothing in this world is good when consumed too much.
  • Some teas got caffeine - some teas don't. Do your research if you are trying to avoid caffeine, especially when fasting season is coming soon and you know you need to detox to avoid extra cravings. 
  • Some teas are mild, some teas are strong - please try different brands to find something that matches your taste. 
  • Jane Goodall reminds me to go for "natural, local and organic" foods and drinks in buying things from the mall. So if you can, go search for it ♥️

Books : 31 Books in 2018 - Achieved ! (Current : 68th Book)


I already reached my goal of 31 books this year, last month in March ! 
Last year I failed to read 30 books as planned, so this time I had to change my technique to cater my busy lifestyle and I started early (+ I didn't slow down like I usually do every year). 

What did I do ?
I started subscribing to Scribd ($8.99 per month) and used it to listen to as many audio books as I want. I download at least 2 offline books (for outing activities - which rarely happen nowadays) and I listen to audio books online most of the time when I'm at home. On my laptop while I'm working and on my iPhone when I'm cleaning the house or cooking. That's it - I stop buying books and I just rent all the audio books. By the time I'm writing this, I just finished book 33.


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Book List 2018 (bold text are the ones that I like) :
  1. You & a Bike & a Road by Elianor Davis
  2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  3. Porcelain and Pink by F Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Sense if an Ending by Julian Barnes
  5. The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo
  6. The Little Book of Contentment by Leo Babauta
  7. What Language is That by Uwem Akpan
  8. The Ghost by Robert Harris
  9. The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  10. The Light Princess by George Mac Donald
  11. Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  12. Cici's Journal by Joris Chamblain
  13. Mathilda by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  14. Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen deGeneres
  15. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
  16. After You by Jojo Moyes
  17. The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  18. The Magic String of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  19. Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles
  20. Rework by Jason Freid
  21. Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar
  22. An Unquiet Mind by Kay R. Jamison
  23. $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeum
  24. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  25. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  26. Lagom by Niki Brantmark
  27. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  28. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  29. The Misfit's Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch
  30. Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge
  31. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
  32. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  33. Where Am I Now by Mara Wilson
  34. The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
  35. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  36. Unfiltered by Lily Collins
  37. The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
  38. #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  39. The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay
  40. Chakra Healing by Rosalyn L Bruyere
  41. Silence by Thinch Nhat Hanh
  42. How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere by Larry King
  43. How to be Everything by Emilie Wapnick
  44. Awkward by Ty Tashiro
  45. Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk
  46. Ajak Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan 
  47. Madame Zero : 9 Stories by Sarah Hall
  48. Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins
  49. Talking with Confidence for the Painfully Shy by Don Gabor
  50. To Siri with Love by Judith Newman
  51. Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
  52. Harvest for Hope by Jane Goodall
  53. 50/50 : Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days - by Dean Karnazes & Matt Fitzgerald
  54. The Faith of Obama by Stephen Mansfield
  55. Angela's Ashes by Frank Mc'Court
  56. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey
  57. South and West by Joan Didion
  58. If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski
  59. A New Model by Ashley Graham
  60. Note to Self by Connor Franta
  61. I Got This by Jennifer Hudson 
  62. Brave by Rose McGowan
  63. The Moment of Everything by Shelly King
  64. The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson
  65. 'Tis by Frank McCourt
  66. Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer
  67. Always Eat Left-Handed by Rohit Bhargava
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I noticed that it is easier for me to listen to self-help books and biographies (instead of fiction), so I'm using this chance to listen to as many books as I can before I bore myself out and stop consuming books for awhile. 

Books for freelancer / creative souls / aspiring entrepreneur :




  • Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge
  • The Misfit's Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles
  • Rework by Jason Freid
  • Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar
  • $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeum
  • The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
  • #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  • How to be Everything by Emilie Wapnick
  • Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins
  • Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey

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      Books for minimalist / searching for a way to a simpler life :




    • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
    • Lagom by Niki Brantmark
    • The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
    • The Little Book of Contentment by Leo Babauta
    • The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay
    • Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk

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        How's your book reading challenge so far ?
        First quarter of 2018 almost ended guys 😁

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        Note : I think I've decided to upgrade my next book goal to 100 books, inspired by another app developer I followed on Goodreads - he's on book 32 at this moment. 

        Plant Project : Grow My Own Mini Herbs


        Last month I participated in a "Grow Your Own Mini Herbs" workshop by Eats, Shoots and Roots at Riuh in the City, Bangsar - it was my first visit to the beautiful event. 

        If you are new to this blog - big note : I love plants and animals. That explains my Plant Projects throughout my adult life. When we were small, gardening was a weekly chore with my dad - and plus, he opened a nursery in MAEPS called The Plots after he retired. So.. yeah. Among us siblings, I am the only one that still uses all the knowledge that my dad taught us about plants.

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        Grow Your Own Mini Herbs :

        For RM 70, we had a quick 1.5 hour class about plants (herbs), soils, fertilizers, compost and basic 101 in caring for our own herb garden. Fair enough - I really want to know the basic stuffs anyway. It was a quick and fun class, because I truly wanted to know. I wish I was eager to learn all these stuffs when I was in school. 

        We each received a metal container, soils (3 compost + 1 cocopeat + 1 sand) and herbs of our choice. From the class, I chose : Ulam Raja (seeds), Thai Basil (seeds), Mint (cutting) and Dill (cutting).


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        Things I learned at the workshop (1.5 hours) :

        • Basic soil mixture | 3 compost + 1 sand + 1 cocopeat 
        • Basic on planting herbs using seeds and cuttings (need to choose sturdier ones and give it a clean cut) 
        • Choosing edible plants (they advised us to try planting local herbs first because plants like rosemary, thyme, etc are a bit challenging for beginners - those herbs are not used to our climate) 
        • Easier herbs : thai basil, ulam raja, coriander, dill 
        • Herbs can survive under the shade, they need at least 4 hours of sunlight every day - so it is suitable to be potted at your apartment's verandah 
        • Basic on how to make your own compost



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        Almost 20 days after the workshop :
        • 4 Ulam Raja sprouted and already around 1.5 inch tall
        • Only 1 of my Thai basil survived and it has not even reached 1 inch
        • My dill cutting died
        • My mint cutting survived, sprouted and has new roots
        • 2 of my new Pak Choi seeds also sprouted
        • I planted 4 new Season Lettuces
        Aren't this one of the most beautiful thing in life? 
        A new life from a small dot of seed, just with water and the sun.

         
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        Today marks a special day in our Malaysian history.
        I write this specially to indirectly mention about the birth of a new life.
        Congratulation on playing your part as a responsible citizen.
        #GE14