Flat Size: Why Bigger & Better is Not For Me (and Likely Not for You Either)

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Last year, I bought a 3-room HDB flat. My friends and family from the States were all shocked. They all asked the same question, “Why didn’t buy something bigger/better?” As with so many things in modern society, the question of why you should or should not purchase something often boils down to affordability. That’s why shows like Suze Orman’s exist — to tell potential buyers whether they can afford something or not. The problem is that this completely misses the larger picture.

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Lessons from My (Future) Self

As mentioned in the previous article, our experiential (present) self often dictates how we think and feel moment-to-moment. But we also have a future self which likely will view our present situation very differently. The future self also has different interests and goals, often in conflict with our present self. In a sense, many of our current world problems even the biggies like climate change and species extinction can be seen as a conflict between our present and future selves.  (more…)

The Valentine’s Day Gifts that Really Matter

While Valentine’s Day is traditionally touted as a time to celebrate love and happiness with a partner, for me, it’s also a reminder that unhealthy relationships exists and are actually quite common. No matter what age, gender, race, religion, education, or income level a person is, toxic relationships know no boundaries. Before I met my husband, I was in a relationship (during my uni years) which ended when a friend of mine intervened and drove me to the police station in the middle of the night.

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