My family had our reunion dinner yesterday instead of the eve (15th Feb) of Chinese New Year because one of my sisters had to eat with her husband’s family then. It’s a Chinese tradition for the wife to eat with her husband’s family. The food you see is Peranakan – a mix of Malay and Chinese culture. Among the dishes are Ayam buah Keluak (Chicken with a bitter nut), Sambal fish, Ngoh Hiang (like pork sausage wrapped in bean curd skin), Fish otak (Steamed minced fish with curry spices, wrapped in banana leaf)
I wanted to post in January. Kept waiting for a good day, for when I could be more positive but there were too many things going on – birthdays, legal matters, bank tracing, uni application deadlines, depression (not me), death, departures, night classes and preparing for Chinese New Year. I was overwhelmed in January.
Today is the 349th day from the time I started decluttering my life. I wish I could actually do that – throw away anxiety one day, recycle negativity another day. But I’m just throwing away things, hoping each thing I get rid of, will leave me extra air to breathe.
Today I threw away my daughter’s old school uniform.
From 9th to 11th Feb, I threw away 3 pillow cases.
On Thur 8th Feb, I threw away a bag of styrofoam stuffing.
On 7th Feb, I threw away a set of old curtains.
From 4th to 6th Feb, I threw away 3 pieces of cloth I was keeping for art and craft.
On 3rd Feb, I threw away a pair of J’s old shoes, which would have been in good condition if it wasn’t soaked in water.
On 1st and 2nd Feb, I recycled 2 water bottles.
I will dedicate January to expired things. From 25th to 31st Jan, I threw away Bloateze, Buplex, Avamys, Cortisone, 2 tubes of antiseptic, 1 bottle of cough syrup – all expired!
From 19th to 24th Jan, I threw away a lip gloss, 2 bottles of hand sanitiser, a packet of wet wipes, a packet of anti-histamines, a bottle of baby powder. All expired!
From 14th to 18th Jan, I threw away Vanilla essence, 2 boxes of tea, a packet of semolina and a bottle of blueberry jam. All expired!
From 9th to 13th Jan, I threw away an unopened bottle of yuzu soya sauce I bought in Japan, instant noodles, miso soup sachets, a packet of ramen and some lemon peel.
From 1st to 8th Jan, I threw away a bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream kept for decades I could see the mould, an unopened bottle of Shermay’s seasoning I was saving up, a bottle of candy, 2 packets of sunflower seeds half used from Christmas parties a year ago, a bottle of teriyaki sauce and 2 bottles of birds nest I was saving up. Sigh.
From 26th to 31st Dec, I recycled an old laptop sleeve, 2 books and 3 writing pads.
From 22nd to 25th Dec, I recycled a pair of shorts, a pair of pants, a denim skirt and J’s old dance costume.
From 13th to 21st Dec, I threw away 9 pairs of kids’ socks.
For all of you who have been following me, thank you.