Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Too Ambitious

I started early in the morning…

First, I thawed the frozen items that were to be part of my dim sum fillings. By lunch time, I was already making my little spring rolls with all the ingredients I have chopped up and spiced accordingly.

By evening, I have completed items four of eight. Phew!

At 11pm, I realized that I have been too ambitious wanting to finish everything and sell them off before the trip. Parents are still here and they need to enjoy the days they have left in Belgium. I am unable to make food and go sightseeing at the same time. The love ones are always my priority. Dim sum will have to wait.

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Human Nature, Simplify, Travels

Gathering

We had a simple family gathering at our home this afternoon. One last time for the family to spend some moments with each other before some of us move and travel onwards. Who knows when we are going to see each other again. Overall, it was a lovely Sunday afternoon drinking coffee, eating cake, chatting and playing with the two young boys.

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Quotes, Simplify

Soft Things Do Not Break

It’s the hard things that break; soft things don’t break. It was an epiphany I had today and I just wonder why it took me so very, very long to see it! You can waste so many years of your life trying to become something hard in order not to break; but it’s the soft things that can’t break! The hard things are the ones that shatter into a million pieces!
~C. JoyBell C.

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Simplify

The Art Of Buying Food

As long as I enjoy preparing good healthy meals, I will also enjoy the process of shopping for ingredients. Therefore, those pre-cooked packaged meals and grocery delivery businesses will not find their ways into this household any time soon.

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Quotes, Simplify

Closure

There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.
~Ellen Goodman

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Belgium, Simplify

Taxes

D and I filed our taxes ten days before the deadline. This was done on-line and took less than 30 minutes. Preparation is key here and I have been accumulating the necessary data and documents since the beginning of the year. Always be prepared, especially when it comes to taxes.

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Creative Business, Simplify, Travels

Airport Shuttle

Before our flight back to Belgium, we were faced with some transportation dilemmas. After weighing my three options of family pick-up, train and airport shuttle; I quickly opted for the last. Admittedly, an airport shuttle costs more than four train tickets. But I am pleased with my decision because we do not have to trouble anyone, there is no need to wait, no need to drag our luggages about, and get driven straight to our front door. I am always willing to pay more for convenience and time.

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Human Nature, Quotes, Simplify

Their Opinions

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. If a god appeared to us—or a wise human being, even—and prohibited us from concealing our thoughts or imagining anything without immediately shouting it out, we wouldn’t make it through a single day. That’s how much we value other people’s opinions—instead of our own.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12.4

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