The useful idea of the Minimalist.

The idea of the minimalist is simple and efficient.

It’s really useful in many situations, for example to manage multiple projects at work, to clean and tidy up the house, to make a plan for traveling, etc…

Here are the points of the idea:

1. Know the details.

2. Think of a work flow from start to finish.

3. Simulate this flow in your head.

4. Carry out this simulation.

 

For example, when managing a work project:

1. Know the details of your projects.  The number of projects, the weights, the time limits…etc

2. Think of a work flow for your projects.  Considering all the aspects of point 1, decide the priority and think of a flow for your projects.

3. Simulate the flow of Point 2 in your head clearly.

4. Carry out the simulation of Point 3.

Point 2 and 3 is very important. If you think the flow is not good or the simulation is stuck, you need to change and try them again.

Time has a limit. How about finishing what you have to do with efficiency? You need to enjoy your free time!

 

I am a Princess.

I am a Princess.

It doesn’t mean arrogant and high-handed. It means I treat myself as a Princess.

For example,

For a Princess, I make the bed neatly when I wake up.

For a Princess, I fold up and put the clothes in the closet methodically.

For a Princess, I cook and dish up the food on a plate carefully.

For a Princess, I do yoga and go to a favorite cafe for relaxation.

For a Princess, I clean and tidy up the room habitually.

etc…

To treat myself as a Princess is to value and satisfy me by myself.

Nobody can make me happy because happiness is to realize I already have it inside me.

 

My Second Language.

English is my second language. I use English as main language in my daily life.

But I can’t speak English well, I’m not good at talking with someone in English, and it takes minimum an hour or maximum 2-3 hours to write a blog.

Although I had studied English at school for 8 years at least and have kept learning English by myself, my English skill haven’t improved at all. I wasn’t sure why for a long time.

In the past few months I have felt I start understanding English. Actually I enjoy chatting with locals and write a blog in English. Why?

Because I realized an important thing. It’s too obvious and simple.

Language is a communication tool. Language is a tool to express or communicate my feelings and thoughts, and to understand other person’s one with the sounds and the letters. I mean, I need to express or communicate what I feel or think with my heart, and I also need to understand what others feel or think with my heart.

When we try to express something very hard, it will touch person’s heart because we do it with our heart and others are also impressed with their heart. Language is the same. Language without our heart doesn’t get to anyone’s heart.

It’s hard for me to use English but it will be a lucky language to change my world.

 

The Little France in Noosa.

I went out for birthday party tonight. “Happy Birthday Graeme!!”

It’s The French Bistro “La Riviera” is owned by a french couple. As symbolizing their nice and friendly character, the atmosphere of this bistro is really comfortable and the food is fabulous! I understand why locals recommend this bistro.

I had Bouillabaisse which is a traditional food of Marseille. It was just awesome. I want to explain how delicious it is, but it’s really hard because it’s delicious beyond description.

I knew Bouillabaisse is a famous food in South France but I didn’t have any more information, so I asked the chef’s wife about it.

“Long time ago when fishermen in Marseille came back from a day fishing, they sold fishes. But when some fishes were left, they stewed all fishes together. That was the beginning of Bouillabaisse. Now we add some herbs for example saffron in the soup to flavor and enjoy having this with Rouille**.”

**Rouille is a spicy sauce which is often used in the food of Provence.

It’s an interesting story and she also recommended to have Casserole which is another french traditional food. I heard this recipe was made 300 years ago.

I should try Casserole and others in this little France in Noosa.

The French Bistro “La Riviera”   239-245 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville 4566

 

A School of Fish.

I went for a walk to the Noosa River this morning.

I sat on a rock and gazed into the clear water. Soon a school of fish came. They were very tiny fishes and there were about 30 fish in the school.

They moved regularly. When a leading fish moved to the right, others also moved to the right. When the leader stopped, others also stopped. It was like a swimming dance show. They were just lovely.

The trifles make my happy day.