Friday, August 29, 2014


I have stopped driving in to Singapore for work every day. Instead, I now drive in twice a week, and carpool or take the bus for the rest of the week. What an exciting change of routine! I must say, the carpooling groups created on Facebook has brought many drivers and passengers together and has probably helped many daily commuters too. I hope this lasts...

The Path To Success

Taken from here. I finally found an article that truly speaks from my heart as well.

8 Slow, Difficult Steps to Become a Millionaire.

1. Stop obsessing about money. See money NOT as the primary goal but as the by-product of doing the right things.

2. Start tracking how many people you help, even in a very small way. Successful people know that their success is ultimately based on the success of the people around them.

3. Stop thinking about making a million dollars and start thinking about serving a million people.

4. See making money as a way to make more things. The more things you make the more money you make vs make more money to make more things. "We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies" -Walt Disney.

5. Do one thing better. Pick one thing you're already better at than most people.Just. One. Thing. Become maniacally focused at doing that one thing. Work. Train. Learn. Practice. Evaluate. Refine. 

6. Make a list of the world's ten best people at that one thing. For me, that would be Martha Stewart, founder of IKEA, MUJI and Vera Wang.

7. Consistently track your progress.

8. Build routines that ensure progress.

My problem is, I am indecisive. I have many things I want to do, and I can't focus on one! Did I mention that I want to be a teacher too? A teacher to special needs children? But but, I want to design as well? Produce things people will like? Revolutionize people's home and lifestyle?

Tsk tsk tsk.. Ally Ally...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Making Vintage Wire Baskets

Wire baskets are quite hard to find. So I made some! All you need to get from the hardware shop are a sheet of wire mesh (they come in different thickness, I bought a thick and a thin one), wire cutter, a metal ruler and a fine plier (for jewelry making). A pair of gloves would be great if you have them because you would be working on something with many sharp ends.

First you have to determine the size of the basket you desire, basically the bottom, and the sides. Then measure it as if everything is flat down, like this. Cut out the four corners accordingly, that would be the height of the sides.

Then simply fold the four sides up to meet each other. Loop the ends onto each other. Fold down the sharp ends on top.

Ta da!

Spray paint! Although the wire mesh are usually galvanized, they will rust eventually. 

 My utensil cubby!