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    The Essentials: Makeup

    We have 4 women in this house: me, my 2 sisters and my mum. Naturally you might assume that we load our house with LOTS of makeup and clothes. We have a walk-in closet full of flashy dresses, handbags and heaps of lipsticks. We splurge money on vanity and pretty things like nobody’s business. Well, OF COURSE NO. We’re way more thrifty than you think. My sister Shin and I are rational scientists, and my youngest sister Shan is probably the most price-sensitive 22-year-old you’ve ever seen. We also share makeup and clothes. Before we buy anything, we research. We read reviews, we test them out in the store, we…

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    The Essentials: Planning

    One of my 2019 resolution is to stay organized (and sane). I need a planning system that can organize my finance, projects, deadlines and ideas in one place. I’ve tried multiple ways, such as Trello, Google Calendar, Bullet Journalling, using notebooks in different formats and sticky notes with different colours. After some time, I slowly merge different functions in each one and create my own system. Here are the tools I used to stay organized. 1.Passion Planner “Passion Planner is the one place for all your thoughts.” The planner comes with a wishlist, roadmap, monthly and weekly layout. This is perfect for scheduling and having a bigger picture when you…

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    The Essentials: Books

    A few people told me their 2019 new year resolution is to read more books. When my youngest sister Shan said she wanted to pick up the habit, I almost teared up. Finally she wants to pick up a book and not Facebook! Here’s some of the books that I’d recommend you to read at least once in your lifetime. I choose these books because they are timeless and universal – you can learn something at every stage of your life. easy to read – nothing too technical or boring here. easy to find in bookstores or your friend’s bookshelf. sectional. You can read them by chapters without feeling overwhelmed.…

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    #5: What was the smartest decision you made?

    Link: 18 questions for an incredible review of your 2018 In these last weeks of December, I’ll be answering 18 questions for an incredible review of your 2018 that I wrote in my previous post. I hope this series inspires you to look at your life, career, family and relationship, and to reflect and plan for an awesome 2019. Let’s go. Question 5: What was the smartest decision you made? The best decision I made was to change the way I work. I invested in gadgets that make me work more efficiently. This change was inspired by my partner who’s more organised and tech-savvy than me. I realize that I wasted…

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    18 questions for an incredible review of your 2018

    The quality of your life is defined by the questions you ask yourself.  This morning I heard this podcast by Freda Liu and Jeevan Sahadevan on BFM 89.9. I like the depth and coverage of the questions so I decided to spend some time transcribing the audio into text. Here are 18 questions to guide your in reviewing your year and preparing for the next year. Grab a pen and a piece of paper. What were your top 10 goals for 2018? What were your top 10 achievements? What were the top 10 lessons you learned? What was the biggest risk you took in 2018? What was the smartest decision you…

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    4 books that changed my life

    We have more than a thousand books in our house. I’m not kidding. Since we’re young, my parents had always been generous in buying us books and any resources that will help us to improve. I think reading is one of the best habits an adult can cultivate in a child. I watched Lavendaire’s YouTube video on books that changed her life and glanced through my bookshelf. Here are the 4 books that I’ve read so many times and still gasp, “Did I read this last time? I think I didn’t learn about this. Let me write this down!” 1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  Key message: What do you…