Taking a cab in Singapore🇸🇬

I grew up with either the blue or yellow cabs but now there’re 6 taxi operators and several private ride hailing such as Uber, Grab. With a population of approximately 5.7 million people and an island city, we do have choices when it comes to what cab to take!

With choices come decisions. And usually price and service shape our decisions on public transportation. Even within the same operator, different car models command different fares…so we really need a good chart to help us decide!

Useful Singapore taxi information

👆🏻I found this article to be concise yet informative. It covered essential information on

  • fare comparisons – flag down fares, booking fees, cancellations, peak vs off peak
  • types of payments accepted

Do your homework too. Now that you know the names of the cab operators, it is worthwhile to download their apps or check their websites. Where you’ll find up to date information on latest promotions, promo codes 😊 and in-app cashless payments.

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Tender loving care!

a bud!!!

close up 😊

flower!!!

wait… not one but two!!!

Pretty proud of myself😊 this time. Previous air plants I had often ended up over watered …

I’m encouraged to keep growing these wonderful little plants and hope I’ll have more such photos to share with all of you soon!

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“Dispel the cold” – steps to better health and well-being.

A book by a Japanese doctor, Dr Yoshiharu Shindo recently caught my eye while I was at the bookstore. The front cover showed a sock 🧦 and the back cover said “put on more socks 🧦” as one of 4 steps to “dispel the cold” from our bodies. Called the Hietori Method (Hie means “cold” and Tori stands for “removing something away” in Japanese). My notes 📝 …

Why is it important to “dispel the cold”
The Chinese translation of this book has 排寒 on the cover. 排 means expel, remove and 寒 means winter or cold. Cold isn’t just temperature cold but accumulation of “cold” in our body. A concept in traditional Chinese medicine. When you’re cold, your blood vessels constrict which affects blood circulation. Poor blood circulation not only affects proper distribution of oxygen and nutrients, it also inhibits the discharge of toxins from our bodies.

Why wear socks with 5 toes and why at least 4 pairs?
Having the most concentration of sweat glands, the soles of our feet are the best place to remove these toxins. Through socks layering.


#1🧦 – 5 toes socks. The first pair closest to our skin has to be highly absorbent to absorb and then expel the toxins. Silk is recommended. The reason for 5 toes allows each toe to be closest to the cloth

#2🧦 – 5 toe socks. Cotton or wool. For their absorptive and breathability qualities to absorb the toxins from #1🧦

#3🧦 – round toe socks. Silk. To absorb toxins from #2🧦 and expel

#4🧦 – round toe socks. Cotton or wool. To absorb toxins from #3🧦 and expel

Front cover
Back cover
a selection of silk and cotton mix 5 toes socks I bought

I’ve tried for a few nights now to layer the socks as suggested. Some dampness especially the first 2 layers is expected since they’re closest to the toes.
Which means I’m removing toxins from my body naturally too😊

I’ll be posting the next 3 steps as suggested by Dr Yoshiharu Shindo. Stay tuned!

圣诞集市VLOG|新加坡设计师的圣诞集市 |A visit to a Christmas Market organized by Etsy Craftivist Singapore

Welcome to my guest post! I’m Didarlin from Henan province, China and I’m currently studying in Singapore. Follow me as I share lifestyle and travel blogs of China and Singapore. Check out my recent visit to a Christmas market organized by Etsy SG!

步入12月,新加坡的街道、商场都被圣诞气氛笼罩。闪烁的小彩灯,笑容满面的“圣诞老人”,大大的圣诞树,随处可见。

而新加坡的设计师们,在11月末开展了一场圣诞集市活动,吸引人们驻足围观,并顺便为圣诞节挑选礼物、购买装饰品。

圣诞创意集市

先来看一看vlog,感受一下现场热闹的气氛吧!

Watch my vlog on the Christmas market😊

集市上有各种各样的摊位,琳琅满目的创意作品让人眼花缭乱。

形状特别的杯子,手工编织的抱枕和项链、耳环等饰品,全是出自新加坡的设计师之手。这些作品,充分展示了设计师们的创意与灵感。

其中有一个展台非常有趣,将54种新加坡的传统食物做成了海报,引得大家纷纷驻足观赏。

手写卡片,可以送给朋友、亲人,当做圣诞祝福的贺卡。

还有不到一个月就是圣诞节了,你准备好迎接它了吗?

Supporting hearing impaired drivers

Photo from CNA, Singapore

As we end the last day of November and head into the last month of 2019, and a time where fake news and hypocrisy have fueled protests and riots around the world.

With so much negativity, I wanted to start December … positive.

Your next cab ride in Singapore could be driven by a hearing impaired driver. Another excellent example of inclusivity.

For those not familiar with Grab, it is a Singapore based transportation company. In fact I’ll be making a post soon on the Singapore taxi scene for would be travelers to Singapore. Stay tuned!

Deaf Grab drivers: ‘They can do everything but hear’
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/deaf-grab-drivers-they-can-do-everything-but-hear-12126614

Timeless X’mas ornaments

Finally I can take out the Christmas decorations!

Most have been with me for a long time. And each ornament has at least a story to tell. When, where, how we got them. For example the 101 Dalmatian dog was a happy meal toy from McDonald’s SINGAPORE, when the movie was released in 1996. I’ve kept it well, albeit some yellowing. It used to light up if you pressed the button on top of the red bow. Something I did every day in the run up to Christmas each year until the battery went flat. The second photo of a pair of Christmas bells were handmade by my grandma more than 5 years ago.

I still go window shopping for new ornaments every year. Though mostly just browsing. It’s the best way to soak in the festive atmosphere and get decorating tips from shops filled with Christmas trees, advent calendars, bells, angels, snow globes, etc …and merry Christmas songs. It’s a truly magical feeling!

Thank you for coming to read my story.

Some of my timeless Christmas collection
Handmade by my grandma more than 5 years ago
Window shopping 😉

The time of the year…

Goals. No matter which stage you’re at in achieving your goals, this 1 minute video is for everyone. Simple, no fuss yet gentle reminder from our animal friends that it pays to be flexible and patient.

A time of the year where flexibility and patience are also needed as we juggle multiple year end family and social get togethers, travel plans, shopping, deadlines…

1 minute pugsheen “how to achieve your goals”

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season with family and friends!

Chocolaty gut helpers

I’m one of those people who have to consume more fiber foods to maintain regular bowel movement. For us with digestive problems, these “good” bacteria help to keep our guts healthy. And with a rich chocolate taste, what not to like😉.

10 billion lactic acid bacteria in a resealable bag

Probiotic lactic acid bacteria (乳酸菌)in foods and supplements are thought to be safe for most people, though some people with immune system problems or other serious health conditions and allergies shouldn’t take them. Check with your doctor if you’re unsure and always eat in moderation!

Approx 19 bite size nibbles in a bag

Disclosure: This is NOT a paid review. I travel frequently to Japan, Singapore and Hongkong where I call all home😊 This brand and it’s vast range of products are widely available in these countries. 

Else, they’re also available on Amazon (link below👇🏻) and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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https://amzn.to/2OThdum

Plants cafe

Ooohh! So pretty … plants and succulents have a very special and healing effect. And a cafe inside! Aroma of coffee, cakes, soft music and comfortable seats. What more can I ask for?

Will drop by another day to try their cakes and coffee. And spend an idyllic afternoon there. Stay tuned for that post😊

“pay-what-you-like” cafe in London

Breakfast is often regarded as the most important meal of the day. It is also the first meal of the day. However not everyone can afford breakfast let alone a hearty nutritious one.

With the help of very generous people, cafes that operate as non profit or “pay-what-you-like” are emerging in cities across the world.

For example this cafe in London. In addition to putting an important meal on the table for those who cannot afford, it also allows people to see how everyday charity can help others in need.

If you’re in London why not drop by?
And if you know of any similar places, please leave a comment to spread the word.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48668371

BREAD photos #1

A softie for bread, whether it’s the whiff from a cafe bakery or photos from a magazine or internet, I can’t resist! Over a cup of coffee at home or in a cozy cafe… it’s just perfect 😋 whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

I’ll be posting bread photos, bakeries and cafes from my visits. And also interesting cafe stories. How about sharing your bread photos or favorite bread+coffee spots with the community? (Just add a link to your post in my comments section) Looking forward!

Simply life bakery cafe
http://www.simplylife.com.hk/index.php?lang=en