Giving Every Month.


I live a self-centred life.

Although, yes, I do work in a profession where the focus is on the patient and family, and as doctors we profess to “help others,” I spent the majority of my time fixated upon the self. What would I have most fun doing this weekend? What are my ambitions? What do I want to buy?

Even this insignificant blog, this bypassed back-end of the World Wide Web, is a little shrine to self-progression. It is dedicated to furthering my knowledge and pleasure, and sharing my nerdacious exploits with my readers. Most of my sentences start with I.

I grew up in a Christian family, and attended an evangelical church ever since I can remember. I was an eager participant in Sunday School, which they rebranded to the much cooler “Kid’s Church” (they never placed the apostrophe correctly, and that irked weeny primary school me). Throughout my teenage years, I joined the weekly youth group, lurking on the outer fringes of the cliques until I managed to bring my school friends to church and felt like I finally belonged. I relished the wonderful, deep discussions we had in our small group sessions.

Giving was a huge part of being a church member. It became a matter of habit to drop a few coins out of my allowance into the offering bag every week. When I started earning a small amount of money from cashier work and tuition, I learnt to give more consciously, reflecting on wherefore and where-to I gave my tithe. Towards the end of high school and throughout university, my friends and I banded together to sponsor a child through World Vision on our unimpressive wages.

But I haven’t gone to church regularly for some years now. And with the disappearance of one habit, another has faded: the act of giving.

So for the last couple of months, I have committed to a change of lifestyle. I will donate a portion of my earnings, every month, to a charity or several charities that I believe in, both local and international. This will be a rule rather than an option. The fun part is, of course, picking what or who I want to support.

I hope you don’t get me wrong. I’m not sharing this on my blog to toot my own horn. There are many others who are much more generous, sacrificial and committed than I am. I have friends who run charitable organisations alongside full-time work, or travel overseas on missions. I have done none of those things.

But I know that, with our busy schedules and the stresses of work, it’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference–that your small gift won’t really change anything. So I hope that by sharing my personal pledge of charity, this post can be a reminder to myself and to you that, whatever our day profession may be, we can make a difference through simple, regular generosity. Our societies need doctors, dentists, mechanics, engineers, consultants, administration workers, policy makers, hospitality staff, mathematicians, researchers, writers, designers and artists just as much as they need people who run charitable organisations. Charities need funding just as much as they need workers. We can be good at the jobs that we do, and develop our skills to earn an income, and give a portion of that income to make society as a whole—the world as a whole—better for every member.

So this month I’m giving to:

I’m also making a conscientious decision to shop less wastefully. This article outlines three really simple questions to ask yourself before you make a purchase, and I think the first one especially is so useful.

1. Will I wear this a minimum of 30 times?

2. Do I really need this item, or am I just attracted to it because it’s similar to something I already own?

3. Is this a timeless item or an unsustainable trend item?

These rules allow you to channel your money into quality items that you need and will use regularly. If I had used these questions earlier, I would have avoided blowing my money on quite a few items that are currently hogging space in my wardrobe. I have a drapey dress in there with a giant alien landscape on it because I thought it looked edge-y and sci-fi. I’ve never worn it :(

So maybe instead of passing along the #ALSicebucketchallenge, consider passing along the idea of Giving Every Month. It’s less catchy, but, I think, more meaningful.

space dress


Thursday Tunes #001

Time for a special Thursday Tunes selection by yours truly! Here’s a selection to tide you over until the end of the working week. A couple of house tracks and a third piece that’s something different…almost out of this world :) Happy Thursday everyone.

1. Jess Glynne – Right Here

Laid-back tune from the girl who provided the vocals to Clean Bandit’s smash hit, Rather Be. Really liking her easygoing vibe, much in the same vein as Route 94’s My Love.


2. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck

First official single from American rapper Vic Mensa, who is also responsible for the snappy freestyle sounds of When a Fire Starts to Burn.


3. Julian Kruse – Fallen From the Sky

And if you totally want to be transported to a different world, check out this amazing but little-known German artist, Julian Kruse. His sounds are ethereal.

This suggestion isn’t mine, but for an intensely atmospheric experience, open http://www.rainymood.com while you play the above song. Then close your eyes and bask.

Chill-Out Wednesday

Heck yes, it’s Wednesday night. Happy hump day, everyone. Happy half of the working week over.

I’ve been knocked out with a sports injury for seven days now, and I’ve been putting my feet up, bemoaning the agony and channelling my inner sloth. I’m watching my muscles melt into mush. I miss soccer intensely, but I suddenly have my weeknights back. It’s a strange feeling. Today I came home from work and baked a cake. And then I ate it. It tasted good.

Lemon raspberry yoghurt cake. Recipe from smittenkitchen.com

Lemon raspberry yoghurt cake. Recipe from smittenkitchen.com

Here’s a chill-out mix hand picked by yours truly, to channel more of that slothiness and laziness. A bit of deep house, a bit of trance, a lot of mellowness. Hope you enjoy!

1. Delcroix & Delatour – Walking


2. Veuve – Stay


3. Climbers – Equal Responsibility


4. Alex Cheatle – Sweet Loving (ft. Star Slinger & Flume)


5. London Grammar – Hey Now (Arty Remix)

Top 6 Happiest, Poppiest Remixes to Brighten Your Day

Good morning world!

OK, so my original intention was to make this a Top 5 list…but I couldn’t bring myself to cut any of the following six songs out. So here you go! Six fantastic remixes that never fail to make me tap my toes, bop, sing along and smile crazily at the world.

There will always be disagreements about genre, but to me these are all songs that have some “pop” elements – an upbeat tempo, light vocals and catchy melodies.

1. Fly – Protohype ft. Alina Renae (Louis the Child Remix)

Louis the Child’s signature cheerful, poppy sounds + Alina Renae’s vocal stylings + lyrics that will make you want to punch the air = a great song to start the day


2. Idea of Happiness – Van She (Robotaki remix)

I love Robotaki‘s style. He makes stuff that’s funky and laid back and happy. This is one of my favourites.


3 . Miami 82 – Syn Cole (Fusq Remix)

There are so many remixes of Miami 82 out there, not least of them being Avicii’s, which helped Syn Cole gain attention. I’ve been a fan of other stuff by Fusq (previously Fusk Asker), and I think his remix is wonderfully catchy. Also make sure you check out the original vocal mix and the more chill and groovy Jerry Folk remix.


4. Duck Sauce – NRG (Skrillex, Kill the Noise, Milo & Otis remix)

This song. So much NRG. So pumpy. Yes. Good.


5. DJ – Alphabeat (Madeon Remix)

Madeon, boy genius. I have probably listened to this song a hundred times, but every time that intro starts, and that dude sings “something I can dance to…” – how can I disobey? This song is a classic in my books.


6. Oh Be Clever – Next to You (Elephante Remix)

After listening to the lyrics closely, I realised this song might be about a crazy stalker. I still love it though.

Merry Friday to all :)