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Friday, 23 September 2016

Try Buying Nothing For One Year?

A fool and his money are soon to be divorced.

She Set A Trend

Michelle McGagh, the founder of London Minimalists, was featured in Radio NZ's website because she decided to buy nothing for a year. She was responding to Buy Nothing Day, a counter-movement to the big sales that retail stores throw.

Imagine having to buy nothing at all. Even if you wanted to, you've told yourself that you will not buy anything at all. And so there will not be any need to go window shopping.

But "buying nothing" doesn't mean not buying food. It doesn't mean skipping on petrol for your car. It means not buying luxuries, the little things in life that you would like to have, but can do without.

By all means, if you need something, buy it. If you're going to die (literally) when you don't buy it, then buy it.

But if you won't die from not buying it, then don't buy it. 

I think it's a great idea. I wish that I could buy nothing for one year. I bet you'd already have most of what you need, but not what you want. And that's normal.

What's wrong with mending your old clothes?

Stop comparing with others on social media

You probably have heard it before from those who like to lurk on social media. Maybe it's your spouse. Do these sound familiar?
  • "Emily's gone to Bangkok recently. How I wish we could go as well." 
  • "Jane has bought a new iPhone recently. My old clunker isn't all that great nowadays." 
  • "Janet bought a new car recently. Honey, our car seems to be rattling a little bit more than usual, eh. Safety first." 
  • "Mariah bought a new house recently. It's a great neighbourhood, and we'd be blessed to raise our kids in that new neighbourhood."
What you are hearing is the sound of envy. But they're being misled. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Learn to be grateful

The Security Guard's Wife

Today I am uploading pictures of a comic that I saw on Facebook. It's probably a part of a larger series, but this will have to suffice for now. The comic is called, "My Husband, Mr. Security". It's in the Malay language.

Translation: A story adapted from a novel.

Translation: The story begins in a small town. My husband and I live in a small town. We rent a village house at RM250 a month (about USD60 a month) as we cannot afford to buy a house of our own.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Some useful hacks I learned recently

This is mostly for my own consumption, but you might find it useful too.

This single image might make more sense to you than the rest of this post combined.

The disappearing mouse cursor in GNOME - how to make it reappear.

This problem tends to happen with my Elementary OS system, which is based on Ubuntu. I leave the computer for a while, and then the computer logs out. I come back, and I log in. The mouse cursor would have disappeared.

Quick solution from Stack Exchange: Press Ctrl-Alt-F1, then Ctrl-Alt-F7.

Ctrl-Alt-F1 brings you to the text terminal. Ctrl-Alt-F7 brings you back to the graphical environment. This resets the mouse daemon and you mouse cursor is back.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Stealing when you can't afford it

There was a lady in Penang who was sentenced to jail today.

Her name was Rozita. She was only 29 years old. The headline blared, "Mum jailed for stealing toys". A photograph showed a lady in a headscarf, looking at the ground, with a grim expression on her face. She was flanked left and right by two policewomen, also wearing headscarves.

Rozita was sentenced to 10 days jail and fined RM2,000.

The poor lady. She was walking in a hypermarket called Tesco with her child when the boy started crying that he wanted the toys. Her pockets were empty, but her son's cries made her feel bad.

So she stole the toys from Tesco's shelves. Poor Rozita. She resorted to theft because her pockets were empty.

Friday, 2 September 2016

How to remove ice build up from the freezer

Today, I finally did it.

I managed to remove two bags of ice cubes, and about 2 inches of ice which had buried the said two bags of ice cubes, from my little fridge. 

Just to clarify, it's my office fridge. Not my house fridge. My office fridge is small, about 4 feet high. It has a little freezer which is just about the right size for you to put two bags of ice cubes.

Freezers can sometimes have ice build up. That makes it tough to remove things which have been kept in the freezer.