1. Play: Channel your inner child
2. Make: Scent ‘bombs’ for de-stressing
Minty oils help to perk you up in the mornings, lemon and citrus are for de-stressing and lavender is perfect for bedtime.
Info: Check out YouTube videos such as Sonia Castaneda’s DIY scent bombs
3. Grow: Improve your gardening skills
You can use the free Greg plant care mobile app to take the guesswork out of gardening. PHOTOS: ST FILE, GREG.APP
How do you make sure your recent purchase of a lush green money plant is not going to wither within days?
You can use the free Greg plant care mobile app, available on the Apple App Store, to take the guesswork out of gardening.
The app uses machine learning to help its users care for plants. It first zeroes in on the plant owner’s location and then asks for photos of the items to be cared for. Greg identifies the type of plant, then advises about watering and calculates whether the plant is getting enough sunlight through proximity to a window.
The app is connected to a global community of plant owners who help contribute to its effectiveness by giving regular feedback about their plants through the app. The more feedback the app gets, the smarter its artificial intelligence becomes.
This data helps the team behind Greg identify how more than 5,000 plant species respond to various temperatures, light conditions, latitudes and longitudes and watering schedules.
Gregarious Laboratories, which created Greg, was set up in New York by former employees of Tinder, the American networking and online dating app.
The app was created to promote a better understanding of plant engineering and to create a greener, healthier planet. It is available free as well as with a range of options for paid subscriptions.
4. Cook: Japanese-style bone-on chicken curry with rice
Japanese curry is more khaki in colour than orange.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Watching Japanese drama The Curry Songs on Netflix set off my cravings for Kare Raisu (Japanese Curry Rice).
A different variety from the local versions, Japanese curry is more khaki in colour than orange.
There are several brands of Japanese curry roux available in the market. A Japanese friend once recommended me the Golden Curry brand. I find that a mix of brands renders better results. I recommend combining Golden Curry and Java Curry roux.