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When you embrace “less is more” in your life, it becomes simple, but not plain nor colorless. Think “less” as an optimal level at which your senses and abilities can perform best.  And when you perform best, you feel great and happy.  Even your taste buds have their optimal level at which they can perform best!

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Can we become happier and freer by giving up our belongings?  As counter-intuitive as it sounds, minimalists claim we definitely ...
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We use energy in the home to keep the indoor temperature comfortable: not too hot, not too cold, even if ...
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Shabu shabu can be served cold. It's called rei-shabu (means cold shabu shabu). Cold shabu shabu is carb-free and guilt-free!  ...
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