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Shopping for Groceries with treatsure

Look ma, I’m on ST! >>> Changing food habits amid Covid-19 Among the many everyday norms that have changed as a result of the ongoing pandemic, one that affected me greatly is my grocery shopping habit. What used to be a twice-a-week routine became a fortnightly one in the first month of Circuit Breaker, and by the time the extension of CB was announced, the joy of grocery shopping in a supermarket had slowly seeped away as I became more wary about being in a confined public space. And then I chanced upon treatsure! treatsure strives to minimise food waste. It’s as simple and straightforward as that – they save surplus food from merchants such as UglyFood and UnPackt, and redistribute them to customers: (treatsure) Besides grocery suppliers, treatsure’s other key merchants include hotels like Grand Hyatt, Fairmont and Swissotel The Stamford, who supply excess buffet food in bentos called “treatsure box” or plainly “buffet-in-a-box”. I have used RedMart before and I was not impressed when my carrots came black and half rotten. To be …

Chinese New Year Eco Practices!

Chinese New Year is early this year, and it feels like it’s celebration after celebration following Christmas and New Year that just passed! As we wish for abundance for the new year, don’t forget to scale back on our waste and practise conscious consumption! Below are some tips we could heed this festive occasion: Reuse and upcycle home decorations I hope you kept last year’s decorations, because it’s time they come out of the storeroom and see the light again! Chinese New Year decorations are timeless. Red lanterns, door couplets, kamquat trees, pussy willows… There’s no need to replace them every year, for each year without fail, they serve their purpose – to create a festive and happy atmosphere. For the crafty, why not take the chance to exercise your creative muscles? There are many DIY project tutorials out there that teach you how to upcycle old ang baos into beautiful ornaments to elevate your home a little more. You can start with something simple like this paper goldfish, or create something more advanced like …

The Point of A Wish List

I love Secret Santa. It’s a yearly tradition between me and my friends, although not all of us actually celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. It’s simply fun to exchange gifts as a token of friendship and Secret Santa offers that opportunity. At the same time, it’s an excuse to make time for a get-together. I am not the most sensitive person and I admit that I am an adequate gifter at best. My gifts are typically too generic and not personal enough. Shopping for the perfect gift that ticks all boxes (useful, personal, makes the receiver happy) is stressful for me – I spent 3 hours in Sephora this year looking for the perfect gift for one person. She’s my best friend so it is supposed to be very easy, right? No. So having a wish list is tremendously helpful for me. It helps me narrow down to items that you really need or want, and perhaps intend to buy anyway. It helps to manage waste. How many times have you received a gift …

The Most Sustainable Decoration?

We’re about a week away to Christmas and if you have yet to start assembling your Christmas tree and decorating your home/office, well, you’re already late! I love decorating spaces. Whether it is my home or my office, I love adding that personal touch to make where I work and live that little bit cosier. Festive seasons excite me because there’s a theme I can play around with. Christmas? Think santa, Christmas tree, presents, snowflakes, reindeer, snowman, crackers, baubles and tinsels! Yet, precisely because it is so seasonal, I hate purchasing dedicated ornaments. Festive ornaments are hardly versatile, they can only be reused in another year’s time when the same holiday comes around. If not kept away in storage, taking up space and left to be forgotten, they go straight into the bin once the festivities are over, never seeing light again. So I didn’t want to buy any decorations for Christmas this year, because I didn’t want to store nor waste resources. I went to Pinterest to get some inspiration, and while scrolling, it …

Packing for A More Eco-Conscious Vacation

When we are on holiday, we may have the tendency to cut ourselves some slack with our diet and spending habits. If there’s one thing we should not compromise, however, it’s our sustainable practices. Considering the carbon footprint our plane ride might have left on the planet, it’s even more necessary that we take intentional steps to lower our environmental impact in other ways. Here are a few for starters: Refillable water bottle More often than not we end up buying plastic water bottles while we are travelling. Or perhaps it is what the hotel or travel agency provided. Now that’s not going to solve the plastic crisis we are facing. Bringing your own water bottle really helps to reduce plastic consumption and waste, and help manage pollution, especially in places that are nearby rivers and beaches. No excuses for being in areas where tap water is not safe; it’s not that difficult to boil your own water. I notice that in recent years, some hotels have started to provide potable water in reusable glass …

swimming with sharks and mantas

I had always been kind of afraid of seawater. When I went snorkelling for the first time two years ago, on a whim after my first real heartbreak (“I need to do something crazy to make me feel better about myself”), it was a personal breakthrough. Since then, snorkelling became something special to me. Sort of like my own self-care hack. I was in Fiji last month and I just couldn’t pass up on swimming with some sharks and mantas. In my previous snorkel experiences, I had only seen small fishes. The swims in Fiji really took it up many many many notches. I am still reeling in awe of the clear waters and rich marine life in Fiji. Snorkelling has really opened up a whole new (underwater) world to me. Being so close to these creatures made my heart sing. Maybe, just maybe, diving is what I am going to.. dive into next.