As unbelievable as it seems, we’ve finally made in to 2021 all in one averagely fine piece.
With all the mishaps that we’ve had since the pandemic struck in 2020, 2021 was the only thing we’ve all looked forward to; now that all those are far behind us in the past, 2021 is one we’re hopeful for as what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger ain’t it?
With merely two days in the year, netizens are quick to express their gratitude for surviving a rather horrid 2020 or how it’s going to be 2020 part 2. Nonetheless to whichever side you’re on, here are the 6 best tweets we’ve found that about 2021 yet.
Whatever the reason is, practicing a lifestyle of minimalism can in turn be challenging but also life changing at the same time.
Gone will be the days of icky clutter and 2021 would be the year where less is in fact more. Like every other life changing decision, simplicity takes a few steps and patience to reel in while sometimes it takes a little boost to make that jump in order to see how happy the other steps would be.
Although you might not think of any, there are many things in your life that you can simplify, such as clutter, debt, home and schedule. These are a few ways to ensure that 2021 isnt going to be jammed pack out of the box.
1) Write stuff down
Visual aids are always a great way to begin if you want to take that first step towards making life simpler and more straightforward. What are the reasons that you want this change? Are you tired of looking at a messy cupboard or fed up of being stressed out at night? These are your whys, and they provide great motivation to keep you going, your reasons would help you remember when you need them too.
2) You really don’t need any duplicates
Grab a box, walk around your home, if you see something that you have two of, chuck it in the box. Two sets of the same hand-mixer, copies of the same book, two of the same mats for your bedroom, if you don’t see yourself using it for the next couple of weeks, chances are that you don’t need it.
3) Clutter-free zones
Clutter doesn’t only take up space, but it also causes unnecessary stress with many of this only adding on to what we’re facing right now in this whole pandemic. Declare clutter free zones in your home to ensure the utmost focus when needed. If you too enjoy that clean and clear environment, look towards expanding your zone each day in order to have that clutter-free home that you’ve been planning about.
4) Think less, do more
Whether it be eating, travelling or simply living, the time taken where you’re deciding on stuff is best spent doing it instead. Spend lesser time to decide on what to have for lunch, what to wear or what to make for your family dinner; try a healthy routine that you could use to rotate throughout the week where you’d have 2 or 3 dinner choices for example.
5) Travel light
Travelling on a holiday or simply travelling to work is best when you’re aren’t held down by baggage mainly in your pockets and your backpack. The next time you take a trip for the week, pack half of what you planned for initially; when commuting for work, take less cash if you don’t plan on using them all, especially with the amount of e-wallet choices we have these days.
You’ve seen it more than once, customers to a restaurant or shoppers at a mall, there’ll always be people who end up using their hands for temperature taking instead of using their foreheads like how we’re supposed to be.
So that brings the question to which method should we use? To answer the question, an eatery in Singapore has resorted to leave a sign outside where customers are to have their temperature taken at a machine – Only use your hands to have your temperature taken if you don’t have a head.
With some of us more clearly still more confused than the other, this one eatery is obviously fed up with all the connotation of “having your temperature taken”.
Should get scanned for your temperature at the wrist or forehead?
Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said that having it taken at the forehead would result in the most accurate body temperature reading. However, Malaysians who were concerned about infrared rays perpetrating the skull and affecting the brain started the trend of using their wrists instead, causing a nationwide phenomenon.
Arms are not considered in temperature checks as they are the peripheral parts of the body, and extremities would have temperatures at the arms vary depending on environmental conditions.
The normal human body temperature varies from 36.5°C to 37.5°C, any temperature higher would be considered a fever.
Dr Noor Hisham also assured to the public on how there have been no reported side effects of scanning the forehead with infrared light
“We do not deny that many people are worried about side effects if they use the thermometer on their foreheads, but as far as we know, there is no scientific data that states it will cause illness,” he said.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s isn’t like any other days, whether you call it “Betwixtmas,” “Crimbo Limbo,” or “The Merrineum, it is in fact a weird one as you aren’t sure if you should be carrying on with your days as usual or be ready to reel in the new year.
It is a strange period in exceptionally strange times as well, so it’s all normal if you feel somewhat uneasy and don’t have a proper direction to go in.
If you find this period way too uneasy to go by, here are seven tweets that would perhaps help brighten the situation and also to help you in defining your whatever you would call this period.
Whatever you plan to do, remember to do it with some positivity. It still took you a long way to finally reach this point, didn’t it?
If one of us would be looking for a way to define this year, look no further as we’ve practically been living like this since the start of the pandemic.
No, you shouldn’t be drinking at 10am; but I guess we surely can’t stop you with your decisions.
If my boss is seeing this, we’re sorry but not sorry at the same time.
Like we said, nobody’s stopping you from doing anything.
Yeah, we only have one day on our minds and it doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out.
We don’t know a lot of things, but one thing we know for sure is Christmas cookies.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but when a pandemic has taken up the whole year, trying to deck the halls with boughs of holly may be a harder task than usual this time.
It’s important to know that it’s understandably normal to feel the blues during this festive season as some of us may have more downs than ups in 2020 that Christmas doesn’t even feel festive anymore.
Apart from skipping Christmas parties and cutting down on holidays festivities, a blue Christmas isn’t permanent as there are ways to overcome them. Here are 5 ways to ensure that your holidays are filled with festive when you need it.
1) Limit alcohol intake
Instead of beer and wine, try stirring up a mock tail or perhaps even a classic homemade cup of eggnog instead to lifted the mood. If you are in fact at a party, limit yourself to fewer servings of alcohol and focus your energy on catching up with friends for the season instead.
2) Get some sleep
A little bit of sleep helps boosts your immunity and importantly, you mood as well. Take rests when you have too and refrain from staying up too later as some good sleep goes a long way when you need the energy for the next day.
3) Learn to say no
Yes, gathering with family and friends are important during this time of the year; don’t overpower yourself with a full schedule and remember to take time for yourself when you need it, but do remember to spend time with them, Christmas is still in fact the perfect time for family time.
4) Avoid overeating
Christmas food may be wholesome and oh so tempting for seconds, but avoid overeating and only eat what you can. You are what you eat, so you certainly don’t want to be a turkey on the sofa during this festive season.
As many are less fortunate than you, take this time of the year to give. Look for soup kitchens or volunteer centers where you could help spread the joy of Christmas, plus the gift of giving is always a good one to give out for Christmas.
You never thought that it’ll happen, but here you are, hours before that secret Santa Christmas party that you’re supposed to show up to with a gift in hand.
Whether it be a way too busy work schedule before the holidays or plain bad time management, thank the lucky stars as the possibilities even for a last minute Christmas gift are endless. To save you from some unnecessary holiday season panic or the embarrassment of not having a gift in hand, here are 12 ideas for last minute Christmas gifts that you could easily get your hands on during this time of the year.
You could leave it at home, have it at your study or even bring it to work for your coffee runs. Coffee mugs are a perfect gift as it pretty much says “I’ve got your coffee runs well sorted out for the upcoming year”; on top of that, portable coffee mugs make it that much of a bling as nothing goes perfect with a busy schedule than a portable mug of hot coffee.
2) Dreamcatcher or wind chimes
As simple as it sounds dreamcatchers and wind chimes make a room or area that much more aesthetic. With its versatility, you may end up giving someone that last piece they need for whatever they wish to be decorating.
Let’s face it, Malaysia’s hot, humid, and we need to hydrate. What other way to say “drink up” than to give someone a tumbler that they could carry around. You might think it isn’t worthy, but you can tell a lot of a person by the tumbler they choose.
Ever wondered what a forest or even a Christmas morning smelled like? Wonder no longer as there are scent candles and scent sticks out there that has every aroma you could think of. From warm nights to even s’mores on a fire, want to give someone the smell of Christmas? There’s definitely a scent out there for that.
5) Minimalist notebook
In a very messed up world, minimalist accessories are the way to go. Pick out a very subtle but bold design for a notebook that you know that one would carry around for meeting and classes, As note-taking and journaling are beginning to have a rise when everyone is stuck at home during the pandemic, you might even give someone the urge to pick up on a new hobby.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has made this Christmas a weird one, that didn’t stop shopping malls around Malaysia to put their Christmas decorations to good use.
Every year malls around Malaysia welcome the festive season with an extravagant show of light displays and decorations, and safe to say that one always outdo the other in terms of gathering good feels and the festivity all under one roof.
Here’s 6 malls of Malaysia that brought the Christmas for
One of the many Instagram-worthy shots that you’ve definitely seen once at least on social media, Pavillion’s Golden Christmas Memories is one onf the most eagerly awaited Christmas displays. Apart from nostalgic and traditional decorations, a traditional European Christmas village is accompanied by a 30 foot Christmas tree and giant brightly colored ornaments hanging from the ceilings.
2) Mid Valley Megamall
The Centre Court at Mid Valley Is decorated with oh so jolly decorations and of course, multiple Instagram-able spots as well. Hot air balloons, plush toys, and Christmas trees adorned with candy-cane inspired ornaments, these decorations are also based on the theme of a huge family estate; various sparts are made to look like different parts of a massive house to the garden.
3) The Gardens Mall
The Gardens Mall went with the traditions this year with a traditional Christmas market. A hallway is set up with twinkly lights accompanied by wreaths on street lamps and of course, a Christmas tree beaming red and gold. Apart from decorations, its props range from a very real Volkswagen Beetle, a Morris Minor 1000 and a Vespa.
4) Sunway Pyramid
Looking for Santa’s secret workshop? Look no further as Sunway Pyramid marked the holidays with recreating just that. Surrounded by wrapped gifts and nutcrackers, a Christmas tree also make this display a spot for the kids to enjoy!
5) Suria KLCC
Giant Christmas trees, giant nutcrackers and giant bow-wrapped gifts. Colorful lights and decorations don’t even seem like the main attraction anymore.
In an astronomical event last night referred to as a conjunction, Saturn and Jupiter appeared closer in the night sky then they ever have since 1623.
Although the distance between the two is 734 million kilometers in reality, the planets appeared only 0.1 degrees apart overhead on Monday from Earth. Jupiter that is more massive than the other two planets was about 885 million kilometers from Earth and Saturn was about 1.6 billion kilometers away.
In a clear sky, the duo could be seen shining brightly in the southwestern sky soon after sunset while glowing in the southern hemisphere’s western sky.
“Jupiter comes around every 20 years or so and catches up with and passes Saturn. That’s when we have one of these conjunctions,” says Jeffrey Cuzzi, a research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.
Such conjunctions recur every two decades owing to their orbital periods. Cuzzi says that “even after December 21st, you can watch the planets start to move away, which is kind of fun, because normally you don’t notice the motion of the planets in the sky.”
The last time this event had happened, it wasn’t visible as it happened during daylight hours. Astronomer Galileo Galilei had discovered Jupiter’s satellites 13 years before that time and people today can pay homage to him by observing this phenomenon with a pair of binoculars there are “probably about as good” as the telescope Galileo used to discover Jupiter’s moons, Cuzzi says.
The previous one that was actually visible happened way back in 1226; and to put it into perspective, infamous warlod of the Mongols, Genghis Khan was still leading his army on wars throughout Asia.
It was also believed to have happened around the time of the “Christmas star,” also known as “the star of Bethlehem,” in Christian mythology, leading debates of these phenomenons being the conjunction itself.
“There was a conjunction in 7 BC, kind of like this one, and there was another one with Jupiter and Venus in 2 or 3 BC,” Cuzzi notes. “These things were happening then, and it’s possible that they could have inspired a lot of these stories.”
Who would’ve known that we’ll be spending the holiday season at home this year?
None of us would’ve had the slightest thought that Christmas would be an indoor holiday this year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be worse does it? Yes, it’s easy to blame the pandemic who has caused all of this and changing our holiday traditions, but it comes down to us to make the most out of the situation and to do it the right way.
Other than being great for long distance, flexible, the ideas and possibilities you could experiment with virtual meetings are endless. Here’s a few ways where you can ice things up.
1) Christmas themed ice breakers
As it might be a little to overwhelming for new-comers and people that aren’t sed to virtual meetings yet, you’d might as well break the ice like at any other party. Share a hilarious Christmas memory, favorite Christmas songs or to describe their year so far in a few words.
2) Plan ahead for a virtual secret Santa
It’s pretty much the same way as in real life, the only difference that you’d be looking at your secret recipient through a small screen. Follow the usual rules in assigning a person to everyone, but this time, virtually or through lucky draw apps you could easily find on your app store.
3) Put those presentation skills to good use
Chances are that lockdown has made most of us that much more of a pro in making and presenting slides. Assign at random or let everyone choose a Christmas topic to present at the virtual Christmas meeting. Let your imagination run wild and remember this is all for fun and games.
4) Christmas cocktail night
A night off with a careful mixed-up cocktail to your liking? Yes, you deserved it, take some time off to indulge in your favorite Christmas cocktail while with your friends over Zoom and not at the bar. If you’re feeling that tad bit adventurous, make cocktails with you buddies over Zoom.
It might be easier in real life, but that doesn’t mean it will be all that bad if done online. Make sure everyone’s internet connection is up to par, especially since trying to guess while have a weak wi-fi signal is pretty tricky not only for you but for your audience. To help out with that, charades.net just might do the trick!
Whether it is dreaming of a white Christmas or to deck the halls, one thing we can all agree on is that it’s that time of the year again where we would turn up the volume whenever a Christmas song is playing.
The most appropriate time for a Christmas song marathon is none other than now, we’ve waited a whole year for this time to come around again and it’s especially sweet now when to think of multiple downs we’ve had this year.
Of course, to suit the occasion, we’ve curated the best of the best Christmas songs ever to be recorded and put them right here for you to add to your Christmas playlist and to make the remainder of 2020 that much jollier.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
What other way to reel in the festivities than to put on this wholesome tune featuring the likes of George Michael, Boy George and Bono.
Last Christmas – Wham!
One of the many Christmas anthems in this list, the seasonal George Michael favorite has earned covers from the Taylor Swift to Jimmy Eat World
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
The King of Christmas himself; let’s face it, 10/10 would wish for a white Christmas during the holidays because of obvious reasons being snow.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – Andy Williams
No matter how bad the year turns out, Andy Williams will always be there to remind us of the most wonderful time of the year, as he’s always done since 1963.
Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
The best of both worlds, this “Spanglish” single is up there as one of the most catchy songs to sing to.
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
A country favorite, this bright sounding guitar of Nashville legend, Hank Garland certainly did Bobby Helms justice.
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) – Nat King Cole
The legendary crooner’s ultimate bop doesn’t even bop as to it is now known as one of the most enduring Christmas tunes, a song perfect for when chestnuts are roasting on an open fire.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Recorded when she was just 13 years old, Brenda Lee walked herself into the history books with a rockin’ Christmas song for rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
The First Noel – Frank Sinatra
A little bit of Frank Sinatra goes a long way, we’re just saying
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Who could even resist when that iconic piano riff starts reeling in? Let’s just put it this way, it isn’t time until Mariah Carey says it’s time.