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Minimal Minimalism

Minimalism has gained popularity and got me interested. It blends well with environmental consciousness.

I do have minimalist characteristics.

I don’t like multiple frames on a wall. Some of my walls are bare.

My home decors are simple like for Christmas I only have the Belen/Manger and my litte live Christmas tree as I posted here https://joyfullplace.wordpress.com/2022/12/24/my-little-christmas-tree/ I do have a Santa Claus when my young nephews and nieces are coming over but they have celebrated in the province since the pandemic.

I only have one TV unlike my friends who have a TV in the family room and another in their bedroom.

I avoid multiple items and generally buy replacements only or items I do not yet have.

But there are minimalist characteristics that I don’t have or practice.

I still can’t let go of items with sentimental value to me easily. Like our antique furniture. It’s not really that functional and I suppose minimalists would have sold or given it away. But it had been with our family for more than 70 years. I only have 2 pieces which were brought here because they have to be repaired and there were no good restorers in the province. The oval table and other chairs are in our ancestral home in the province. I also keep some greeting cards from that time , long ago , when sending cards was the way to greet and express our feelings. I still have old postcards when pictures of places we went to were shared via mail instead of emails and social media.

I keep my mini library. I’ve given away the textbooks I used in school for the younger generations to use, but I’m keeping the rest. It’s just a mini collection so it’s not a big violation of the minimalist code I suppose.

Minimalists advocate having a few items in our wardrobe, the more similar the better. I’m not ready to have uniform-like clothes, though I buy more mindfully.

I haven’t emptied my closet or given away half its contents. I’d like to make sure that items will find a new home as I’ve written in Mindful Discarding https://joyfullplace.wordpress.com/2021/04/11/mindful-discarding/ . I also think that discarding for the sake of decluttering might not help if the items will be discarded mindlessly and end up as garbage and be an environmental concern.

Minimalism is a continuum. The extreme ones are the ascetics which live with bare essentials. I still think I’m practicing minimalism even if I’m at the other end of the continuum. I’m a minimal minimalist.

Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!

From freepik

I’ve read that Kiong Hee Huat Tsai is Hokkien which most Filipino-Chinese or Chinoys as we call them are more adept at speaking so am using it to greet everyone Happy Lunar New Year!

From GMA News Online it is said – Tracing their roots to Fujian in Southern China, most Filipino-Chinese are more adept at speaking Hokkien than Cantonese so you might want to consider and add “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” to the list of popular greetings.

It’s another new year, another chance for a fresh start. But then, every new day can be a fresh start for all of us. Let’s embrace it !

Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!

My Little Christmas Tree

My little Christmas tree is a live plant. I set it up just a few days before Christmas so as not to burden it with the decor for long. I only use a few Christmas balls , just enough to dress it as a Christmas tree. My little Christmas tree adds joy to the occasion , in addition to giving oxygen.

Maligayang Pasko!

Merry Christmas!

Making The Most of Unexpected Happenings

We’ are so comfortable with our routines. We make plans based on expected events . But there are times when things happen contrary to our expectations.

My desktop monitor conked out. This disrupted my blogging routine. I’m taking this chance now to try to blog through my cellphone. But it’s not as easy or seamless transition to a new gadget as I expected. Still, there has to be another way , an alternative .

Then there was the last typhoon. We are still experiencing typhoons, not really unexpected because even if the typhoon months are June to August, we still get them up to November, even December though not as many. What I didn’t expect was the prolonged brown out. We do experience power outages during typhoons but they have been for short periods only of late which was even lauded by one opinion writer. I took the chance to play the piano again. Late that night, I continued and finished a book I’ve started reading months ago.

The biggest unexpected occurence was the pandemic Covid. Our plans and our daily routines were disrupted by lockdowns and restrictions from health protocols. We had to find ways to survive the pandemic. It was when I started blogging, something that had been in my mind. Many have found other ways. I wrote about my observations in my post Creative and Productive Ways To Survive Quarantine/Lockdowns. The lockdowns and confinement at home also gave me more time to be with my thoughts, be more pensive. I captured my thoughts in my post Positive Realizations in the Days of Covid-19.

We’re not in control in all instances . There are fortuitous events. We have to have a plan B or find ways to make the most of unexpected happenings.. And some of these unexpected occurences can lead to positive realizations, new or better ways, or rediscovery of forgotten passions/ hobbies which make our souls sing.