Concarit, a concrete cushion

[Chapter: Blooming zakka]

Grey isn’t my most immediate favourite colour. But if it’s renamed to “concrete” I’ll favour it more instantly. This is probably because I prefer the feel and tone of concrete.

I grew up in a house with concrete flooring and a concrete countertop in the kitchen, hence I’m thinking my strong concrete affiliation is likely to have derived from that familiarity in terms of colour and material.

What’s really intriguing about concrete is to witness how it’s turned into everyday items (I’ve featured some on this blog before). I really enjoy looking at these cool concrete cushions called Concarit. They appear totally soft and comfy. Very deceiving!

Find out how they were made at Gessato. Worth to try it out yourself.

90-degree socks by Rasox

[Chapter: Japanese + zakka]

Have you tried wearing socks that are perpendicular? One designer at Rasox thought it through thoroughly then went ahead to create just that – socks at a 90 degree angle.

The truth is (according to a television program I watched) the manufacturing process isn’t easy. However Rasox socks have been well-received and they are said to be very comfortable.

A board game called Cashflow 101

[Chapter: Living]

Have you played this game? I played it years ago. To start, every player has to have a job. The profession card I picked (randomly) for my very first game was an airline pilot.

Each profession card will also show your monthly wages and monthly expenses. A pilot’s salary was high but so were my living expenses.

As you move along the board, you might land up on a square that announces that you are expecting a baby (and every player will clap their hands too!) or another that requires you to pay for a high-ticket item you’ve just “purchased”. Or you could land on a square that offers you an opportunity to invest. A game balance sheet helps you keep track of everything.

My “salary” was the highest among all the other 5 players but it was the janitor beside me who grew his money to a stage where he was the first to get out of the rat race.

The game wants you to decide what you should do with your money. How to spend, save, multiply your cashflow so that you can have enough to retire. Enough to escape from the rat race. That’s relevant to anyone, isn’t it?

This game isn’t for financial geniuses, anyone can play or learn to play! What’s more, there’s also Cashflow For Kids and Cashflow 202, something more advanced than 101.