Monetary gifts

Monetary gifts are pretty common in Singapore and certain parts of the world, where we would gift money to congratulatory parties, mainly celebratory occasions, such as weddings, baby showers, housewarmings, etc. In fact, it is also an easy (and lazy) way to prepare a gift, as you do not need to think about what to…

A minimalist wedding

A reader asked us to share our “minimalist wedding”. However, when Dave and I got married more than 5 years ago, we were not yet minimalists, nor aware of this concept of minimalism. Now, to think back, ours was in no way a minimalist wedding, and it was every way pretty similar to the traditional…

Busy… yet fulfilling

I have been really really busy of late. Not because of work of course, since I am currently on maternity leave. Yes, you guessed it right, I have been really busy mothering a newborn and a toddler. Sleepless nights, insufficient rest, tired and frozen shoulders…. you name it, I think I’ve got them all. Even…

Nov 2017 – Expenses Update

November is the month that we celebrated the birth of our son, Ashton, as announced by Kate earlier in this post.  I am glad that we have a boy now to balance the gender inequality within our family (just kidding!). A girl (女) preceding a boy (子) forms the Chinese character “好“, which symbolises good fortune. We are…

Car ownership in Singapore

A recent video produced by “Talking Point” garnered quite a bit of lively discussion among the local community. This has always been a topic of discussion and a somewhat controversial topic. However, perhaps what might have reopened this discussion is the statistics in the latest report – On average, these households earn a monthly income of…