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De-clutter & Purchase "Sparks of Joy"

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De-clutter & Purchase "Sparks of Joy"

Do you often think about how much stuff you have? Every time you move home, does the amount of contents always surprise you? A wonderfully, maybe a little overtly, organised Japanese woman is making a living out of creating home order and concentrating on possessions that "spark joy!  "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising” by Marie Kondo. You can even watch her Google Talk  and see her passion her simple yet effective method. Or take tips from Sarah at Spruce Up! for steps to make it easy and other hacks.    The office is always...

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Wearing a “sinh” or Lao skirt - a brief guide for foreigners

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Wearing a “sinh” or Lao skirt - a brief guide for foreigners

No it is not a confession, a “sinh” is a Lao skirt.  When in Laos, a foreign woman who wears a sinh is showing respect, whether she wears it for ceremony, to work or just around out about. I suggest try it. It gives you kudos, partly because many assume you are working here or even better still, volunteering.  Here are some things about the sinh, some, my Lao colleagues have taught me, some I love, and some, just noteworthy enough to share. As the wearer adapts to the sinh, she tends to become more adept at showing her own...

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