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My Morning Routine

I’ve always been a morning person, so mornings are my favorite part of day. It’s when I feel most active and alert, in anticipation of the day ahead. Back in school, my mornings used to be hectic and I’d be running around the house scrambling, grabbing things as I went, and eating breakfast on the go. But now that I operate on my own schedule, I ease into my mornings with calm. I get to do the things I want and need to do, which mostly involves taking care of myself, R, and our home. I take comfort in my morning routine as it helps set the tone for the rest of my day which I try to make the most of, everyday. So here’s what my current typical morning routine is like. I wake up: typically before 7. The first thing I do is drink a tall glass of water before emptying out my loaded bladder and brushing my teeth. I feel: energized and ready to start the day! The sun is up but …

Dental Musings

When it comes to electronics, I live by one simple philosophy: I have what I use and use what I have. On top of the unnecessary spending, I absolutely hate accumulating things in the name of accumulating things. With the exception of shoes, maybe. Ha! But even then I’d make sure to get plenty of wear out of them instead of just having them around. The same thinking applies to my dental care. I’ve used traditional toothbrushes all my life, up until about a couple of years ago. When my parents and brother started using the electric brush, they suggested I do the same, telling me that it made such a difference. I wasn’t convinced. The traditional brush has worked for me all this time, and I didn’t see the point in spending the extra money for a simple tool to clean my teeth. Plus I really didn’t mind the arm workout. It wasn’t until my parents bought me an extra one and insisted I use it that I finally gave it a try. Talk …

What’s in My Work Bag

I’m always curious to know what people carry in their bags. While I used to be an extreme packer, I now keep things to a minimal for the sake of my personal organization and weak bones. I try to clean out my bag at the end of every day to discard any trash, receipts, and any other random trinkets I no longer need. Just for fun, I thought I’d share with you the contents of my work bag, essential things I haul to work day-to-day. When it comes to my work bag, I’ve stuck to this one simple trusty chestnut leather tote for years. I like it that it’s down-to-earth (not too flashy for work), practical, and compartmentalized. And though it gets overstuffed and a little pregnant at times, I haven’t found another bag worthy of its replacement. One. My 11” MacBook Air on which I do 100% of my work (with some play). Two. My iPhone 5S that I take with me everywhere I go, bathroom breaks included. Three. iPhone charger because bathroom breaks …

Our Eleven House Rules

Living in a new place always feels like a fresh start. For R and me, moving into our first home together was a big deal. We love having our own space, especially since we renovated and designed it ourselves. And while we never officially sat down to go over rules of the house, there are several habits we try to follow that help keep our space clutter-free. 1. Keep countertops clear and clutter-free. Living in a limited space like an apartment, we’re compelled to be smart and creative about storage space. First, we didn’t bring absolutely everything we own to our new place, just things we would need and use on a regular basis. Second, we try to use up every nook and slot we can fit our stuff into, allowing for clear desk and countertops. 2. Put things back immediately. This applies to everything from the vacuum cleaner, mop, remote control, screwdriver, ladder to the pencil, pen, stapler, scissors, paper clips, and especially the ubiquitous eraser, rubber bands, and bobby pins. 3. Don’t let …

11 Easy Ways To Kickstart The New Year

It’s that time of year again. The one time in the year we feel compelled to issue a list of promise and pact to ourselves to lose weight, eat healthier, sleep more, spend more time with loved ones, and attempt bungee jumping (still haven’t mustered the courage for it, and likely never will). And while moments of resolution-making give us a riveting sense of thrill and hope, kicking ourselves in the butt in hopes of changing our habits in 35 different ways seems less than reasonable and with the exception of superpeople, inexecutable. We are only human, which is why we like to start small. Here are 11 things you can easily achieve to kickstart the new year. No superpowers needed (not that we know of anyway). What are some things you do to start this new year fresh? 1. Declutter your space. The easiest way to declutter is to remove everything off the counters, shelves, and drawers. See what you have, keep what you use, and toss what you don’t. The key is to tackle one …

9 Tips for Taking Pre-wedding Photos

So you’re engaged. The wedding planning is on a roll. Checking items off your ambitious mammoth list? Check. Next up: the pre-wedding photo shoot. Like with everything else you have planned for the wedding, your couple photos should, hopefully, be as personal as you’d like them to be. While many choose to travel to the end of the world to lands far far away, beautiful, meaningful photographs can be taken as close and simply in your own backyard (we mean it). But okay, if the backyard is out, there are endless options depending on your style, budget, and wants. So while many other parts of the wedding planning can wear you out, we hope our tips will help you to enjoy a stress-free and fun photo shoot with your beau. And if you remember nothing, remember to have fun. Cheers! 1. Determine your style. Engagement photos vary in style—formal, informal, romantic, fun, horror (yes, ever seen the recent coffin engagement photo shoot?), and the list goes on. First decide the general feel you want to go for. Style will determine much …

8 Simple Ways to Organize Your Closet Today

“I have too many shoes!” — said no woman ever. We girls love our shoes, so please get off our case! So we love pretty shoes, bags, and dresses. But what’s the point if we don’t have them in view to marvel at? Hey, it’s not about how much stuff you have. It’s definitely not about buying more stuff. It’s really about how you work with what you already have. It’s about organization—knowing where you put what, and being able to easily pull it off a shelf to wear. It’s about giving your favorite things a happy home when you’re not using it on you. If you’ve been putting off your closet organizing, we say procrastinate no more! In just 8 simple steps, you’ll be able to turn what was once a disarray into an oasis you’ll love and want to spend all day in. And when we say simple, we really mean simple—nothing drastic and no supermom skill required (although that’s always a bonus!). 1. Start with a clean, empty space. Empty out everything from your drawers, …

Organize Your T-Shirts in 4 Simple Steps

I’m generally not a big T-shirt person. But even so, I’ve accumulated quite a number over the years. And when I have a collection of something—anything—I find ways to keep it organized, visible, and accessible. My latest current favorite t-shirt storage method is easy, effective, and unbelievably space-saving! All you’re going to need is about 15 minutes (really depends on the size of your t-shirt collection) and your two hands. Let’s get started! 1. First, empty out drawers. You’ll want to start with clean, empty drawers. Whatever mess you made earlier, toss it out of the drawers! And if you’re feeling it, toss it over your shoulders! Feels good, doesn’t it? 2. Fold t-shirts into a small rectangle. Step 1: Fold length-wise and lay on a flat surface (the floor will do). Step 2: Fold sleeves inward. Step 3: Fold width-wise. Step 4: Make another fold width-wise. 3. Stack according to color. With the folded t-shirts, group them based on color. 4. Store inside drawer. When storing the t-shirts, store against the front and side of the …

TickTock Escape Room: Can You Escape?

They say a curious mind is a healthy mind. And, a healthy mind equals a happy mind. Today, our curiosity brought us to yet another escape game arena, the brand-new Tick Tock Escape Room in Alam Sutera, Serpong. When I first heard about it, I was fired up! Our last escape game experience at Escape Hunt Jakarta was a whole lot of fun, even though our efforts would have earned us no apprenticeship with Sherlock H. But today is a new day, and I was set on unriddling whatever came my way. And even though I showed up dressed in a mini polka dot dress, I meant business! TickTock’s three experiences included: The Mansion’s Heist, Asylum, and Murder at the Opera House. Knowing this wasn’t our first time, co-owners and dynamic duo Ronny and Silvia, offered us the bigger challenge: Murder at the Opera House. In 60 minutes, we were to solve a murder mystery and escape the room. We confidently accepted. 15 minutes into it, we asked for our first clue. Like always, I was reluctant …

Packing Light for Travel

I used to be an overpacker. I would bring way more than I needed because I felt like I wanted options. I was afraid of being limited to whatever I had in my suitcase. And worse, I used to be paranoid about forgetting things. But then I got tired of having to roll around a heavy suitcase and waiting for my luggage to come out at the airport (which we all know takes forever). So I decided I needed to be a smarter, more efficient traveler. These days, when I travel for a few days up to two weeks, I fit all my things in one carry-on suitcase. No more check-ins, no more annoying waits. There’s a certain pride that comes with successfully fitting your two weeks into one dainty little sack (I gotta be honest, I take a lot of pride in this accomplishment). You may think it’s hard to do, but no! All that’s needed is a little pre-planning! Now, I’m happy to share with you my tips on how I pack light …