Re-Inventing Christmas As A Time For Giving, The 21st Century Way
It has traditionally been a holiday to spend time with loved ones, to give them presents, and generally reflect on how the struggles and triumphs we experienced throughout the year have changed us for the better.
We spent our childhood Christmases with our families as we decorated trees, watched Christmas-themed movies (I’m pretty sure I’ve caught Home Alone every year since I was 4) and caught up with family we rarely saw.[caption id="attachment_19610" align="alignnone" width="600"] Asia For Good!
Giving Back The 21st Century Way[caption id="attachment_19611" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Eco-friendly Christmas[/caption]
First, why not have a green Christmas by being eco-friendly?
Christmas is definitely the most magical time of the year, but it’s also one of the most wasteful. Just think of all the wrapping paper and cards you chuck each year! Switch things up by going green this festive season, and do your part for Mother Earth.[caption id="attachment_19612" align="alignnone" width="819"] Christmas Hacks[/caption]
For starters, try out these super simple sustainable Christmas hacks, like putting your gifts in a reusable tote, or making your very own recycled wrapping paper out of old packaging![caption id="attachment_19613" align="alignnone" width="620"] Biotrap[/caption]
Next, you can crowdfund, or give a micro-loan to help someone’s wish come true.
Today, technological advances have made it more convenient to give to the less fortunate, and giving back to society has never been easier.
Social enterprises like projects.
Better still, when repaid, you can choose to lend the money to someone else, making it a gift that truly keeps giving.
You can also play a part in the development of mind-blowing social innovations – like these bio-degradable mosquito traps to combat Zika, by funding them on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.[caption id="attachment_19614" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Socially Conscious Christmas Gift Guide [/caption]
Now, we all love Christmas, but it has a tendency to be a commercial affair and a celebration of consumerism (let’s face it, who doesn’t love an excuse to binge shop!).
Therefore, instead of getting run-of- the-mill hampers, why not do Christmas differently with quirky gifts that give back to communities in need.
For instance, when you buy Yellow Leaf Hammocks’ ridiculously comfortable hammocks, you’re empowering artisan weavers in Thailand, and improving their lives and livelihoods.[caption id="attachment_19615" align="alignnone" width="1024"] cool gadgets like Luminaid’s colour-changing solar lanterns and TOMS’ Apple Watch straps.
For each one you buy, proceeds will go straight to communities in need.
[caption id="attachment_19616" align="alignnone" width="650"] Creative Ways To Give Back[/caption]
You can also make a statement by trying new, unique, and meaningful activities with your loved ones this Christmas.
Try cooking a meal for families in need, or round up your bill to the nearest $10 for a good cause at Timbre (Timbre will match your donations dollar-for- dollar, and the proceeds will go towards medical treatments for patients who cannot afford it).
There are so many simple and creative ways to give back that will not only let you create special memories with those closest to you, but also help to spread the Christmas cheer to the less fortunate.[caption id="attachment_19617" align="alignnone" width="900"] Festive Eating To Festive Giving [/caption]
Did you know that you can even feast for a good cause? Have your feast and give back too, by indulging in yuletide feasting at restaurants that employ the marginalized.
For example, dine at restaurants that train ex-offenders in culinary skills to help them get their lives back on track. Soon Huat Dining House at Chinatown Point.[caption id="attachment_19620" align="alignnone" width="400"] Give Back This Festive Season[/caption]
So this Christmas, instead of struggling to find presents on the streets of Orchard Road (which, let’s admit is going to be crowded with other Christmas shoppers), why not take these options into consideration to make your Christmas an extra special one?
Asia for Good is reinventing the spirit of giving back this Christmas with their socially conscious gift guides and hacks for a merrier, more sustainable way to celebrate the festive season!
Asia For Good[caption id="attachment_19619" align="alignnone" width="1024"] DBS Foundation[/caption]
The team at Asia For Good believes that consumers have the power to create positive change, and the good news is that socially conscious living is actually really easy!
You just have to continue doing the things you already love – like eating, shopping, and traveling, but this time, with companies that make a difference.
Their lifestyle-oriented stories on the Asia For Good website covers everything from cool social innovations, to socially-conscious restaurant reviews, so that you can live ethically and effortlessly.
What’s more, the website also features a regional directory of social enterprises to connect you with businesses (like cafes that hire ex-offenders, and companies that make eco-friendly bamboo tissues) that are giving back and creating a positive impact in society.
Visit https://www.asiaforgood.com to find out more.
Also Read: What If We Told You, You’ve Been Choosing Your Christmas Gifts Wrong All Along?
These Five Local Bars Feature LIVE Bands You Can Rock Out To After Work
What’s better than knocking back some drinks with friends on a Friday night? A live band of course! With more quaint bars offering customised drinks popping up in popular areas like Club Street, Amoy Street and Telok Ayer Street, there’s been a lack of bars that feature a live band.
Don’t get me wrong, quaint bars are really great but when you just want a place to relax after a long week, live music just has that ‘kickback and relax’ vibe. We’ve found 5 bars that have made live music a big feature in their bars, and we’re telling you they sound AMAZING!
1. Blu Jaz
Blu Jazz needs no introduction if you’ve ever walked the streets of Haji Lane. While other bars have come and gone, Blu Jazz has stood the test of time. If you’re ever in the area and in need of place to relax after a long day Blu Jazz is the perfect place. WithDJs and live jazz bands playing here every other day of the week, it’s no wonder Blu Jaz is a favourite among locals and expats!
11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, S189848
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 12pm – 1am; Fri, 12pm – 2am; Sat, 3pm – 2am
2. Timber @ The Substation
(image credit: 45 Armenian St, S179936
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu, 6pm – 1am; Fri – Sat, 6pm – 2am
Contact: 6338 8030
3. The Powder Room @ Black Swan
Opening Hours: Mon, 11.30am – 11pm; Tue- Thu, 11.30am – 12am; Fri, 11.30am – 1am; Sat: 5pm – 1am