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Why Writing by Hand Still Matters  

 

We are living in the digital age. This means that everything is provided with only one touch of a hand. The digital age made things easier and more convenient but it made us too dependent. In the case of communication, it is now focused on the central messages. When we communicate, we always get to the point.

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The messages that we have to deliver these days should be hurried too. This made us lose our interests on words. It takes time to send a message. Any haste will only lead to misunderstanding. We should avoid misunderstanding by taking time to write some messages.

If we want to be understood well and build connections in a personal way, we have to be reconnected with our inner passion – that is crafting beautiful words. Not all Singaporeans consider actually writing letters by hand but this craft can be powerful and more personal. Many people will appreciate this craft.

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Words are not the main focus here but the time that we put through and do not forget the effort too! So, if we want to make things more personal, writing by hand should be practiced. Believe that writing still matters. We only need plain papers or stationaries to begin with.

Writing letters here in Singapore is not that popular anymore. Everyone prefers emails rather than considering snail mail. There is no surprise if post offices are no longer needed. However, this does not mean that we stop writing. As long as our hands can take it, we should keep writing and inspiring.

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Things We Think Are Important But Aren’t Really  

 

Life here in Singapore is challenging especially if we do not have enough resources. It is crucial that we make money more than we spend it. The key here is to save and determine if we really need such things.

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There are things that we think are important but are actually not. We have to be keen on identifying needs and wants disguised as needs. Here are some examples of things that we think are important but are not:

  • Television: As long as our television is functional, there is no reason why we need to replace it. There are many Singaporeans who continuously change their television set but that is their prerogative. If we want to save, we should not think about our old television.
  • Air conditioning: If it is very hot, it is uncomfortable. Air conditioner is a lot of help but we have to be conscious of its cost. Buying a new one can cost us at least $2,000 plus the instalment not to mention the maintenance and other aircon services.

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  • The latest smartphones: We can survive without a smartphone. Smartphones are just our way of not being “socially excluded”. Everyone is using it, so what? If we have smartphones at present, we have to think twice if we need to change it for S6 of iPhone 6.
  • Magazine or newspaper subscription: Not all people here read the magazine or newspaper anymore because we can find it online. If we want to save some money, perhaps we have to think of cutting our magazine or newspaper subscription.

We know our basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. Whatever is beyond that may be considered as wants. If we know how to identify between needs and wants, we will save lots of money.

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Drink Up: Singapore’s Best Japanese Sake Bars  

Sake is one of the most famous type of liquor worldwide. Served hot or cold, this popular liquor – made by brewing fermented rice – brags an array of complex flavours like no other. We scored three of the best sake bars in the City of Lion. Here’s our review:

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  1. BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar

The arrival of BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar is something of a milestone for aficionados of modern Japanese cuisine here in Singapore. This restaurant features a unique and brand new concept that pairs ancient Japanese sake with traditional Spanish cuisines to bring an element of surprise to the taste buds. If you’ve developed a fine appreciation of sake, BAM! is the ideal place for you to enjoy this drink, with its list of over 80 sakes created by sake professional Derrick Lim.

Address: 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977

Tel: +65 6226 0550

  1. Aoki Restaurant

Located at the first level of Shaw Centre, Aoki Restaurant is easily identifiable by its modern Japanese facade and interior. Popularly known for its impressive selection of sakes, which have all been personally handpicked by restaurant owner Kunio Aoki, you’re assured that all you will be drinking are of the highest quality. One of the best varieties to try is the award-winning Nakatori Junmai Daiginjo 35%. With an SMV (Sake Meter Value) of +5, this sake gives off a nice tingly sensation yet very smooth texture as it slides down the throat.

Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Tel: +65 6333 8015

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  1. Mikuni

While most bars import their sakes, Mikuni offers homemade sakes by their in-house sake sommelier. Among their bestsellers are the yamahai sakes, which are concocted using a unique method used in specialty brews to add an earthy flavour to the drink. If you’re a seasoned drinker, you will surely appreciate the full-flavoured Kariho—a yamahai junmai that’s fruity, crisp, and refreshing to the palate.

Address: 80 Bras Basah Rd, Fairmont Hotel 3/L, Raffles City, Singapore 189560

Tel: +65 6431 6156

Singapore is a home to many international bars and restaurants. With the country’s colourful F&B scene, anyone can experience the world’s best delicacies without leaving the heart of the Lion.

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