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What is slow living and what is the concept all about?

If you have heard about slow living before, it has become a lifestyle and gained significant attention to some community. But what is the concept all about?

Essentially, living slowly means allowing yourself the time to enjoy all the little things and do everything as well as possible rather than as fast as possible.

If you’re looking for a way to take a step back from the daily hustle and hectic life, this lifestyle approach might be suitable for you.

As technology and development accelerates, so does the speed of our life. Imagine a business execution might take a couple of days during the last generation, but with the current technology, every action seems so instant. This has cultivated a culture of daily hustle, grind and need to keep up with the speed of others. Everyone wants to be faster than the other person. This ‘hustle culture’ could have contributed to burnouts and stress.

Hence, the concept of slow living lifestyle is introduced – to slow down our life and appreciates the details.

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“It’s quality over quantity. It’s doing things with presence, being in the moment. Ultimately, it’s about doing everything as well as possible instead of as fast as possible,” says Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed.

What is Slow Living?

Slow living is an approach to everyday life that goes from what you eat, how you work to how you plan your vacation. It’s a set of values that says faster isn’t always better, and there is a choice.

It can be difficult to sink into this reflective, purposeful lifestyle but doing so promises to prioritise wellbeing over achievement – all too often we focus on ticking off a list of tasks accomplished rather than enjoying the experience. 

Slow living is about doing things at the right speed. So, understanding that, sure, there are times to go fast and be busy—but there are other times when it pays to put the brakes on and slow down.

Honoré

“I think in our fast-forward culture, where the taboo against slowness runs so deep, we just assume that the only way to slow down is for everything to become incredibly slow motion, which would be absurd,” says Honoré.

What is the important feature of slow living?

Slow living is about creating opportunities to disconnect, slow down, and be more present. “It’s knowing when to go on and use that incredible thrilling speed of technology—and then knowing when enough is enough and to stop scrolling through Instagram or stop surfing the net while watching Netflix or just simply stop being in front of a screen,” says Honoré.

The other feature of slow living is letting go the fear of missing out and instead of trying to do every single thing, focusing on the things that matter. It’s about learning how to politely say no, and spending your time doing what you’re passionate about.

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Why is slow living worth your time?

So many of us have experienced the consequences of a fast-paced, hustling lifestyles that we risk losing many important things. Have you heard of some of our friends that got ill or suffering from depression due to over-working? Or a person regretting for not spending enough time with their closed ones? Or how someone did not enjoy a quality life when they have the energy to do so?

“We are bumping up against the limits now of how much speed the human mind, body, and spirit can take, and I think we’re paying a price across our lives to this ‘go fast’ or ‘do everything at once’ attitude,” says Honoré.

The slow living movement allows us to actually living our lives instead of racing through it.

Similar to the German idea of gemütlichkeit and the Dutch gezelligheidhygge is all about wellbeing and embracing Danish culture is a simple step towards embracing slow living.

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Amazing free museums and galleries in London

London, being one of the largest cities in the world, is a popular spot for many people especially for those who are interested to visit museums and galleries.

The capital city of England and United Kingdom is definitely not short of such places for visitors. They provide wonderful information about histories and exhibition of arts and paintings. The best thing is that most of them are free and you do not have to pay for the entrance.

Of course, there are certain exclusive sections and exhibitions that you might have to pay a fee to visit.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of London exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. 

If you have the interests for dinosaur skeletons and other wonders of the natural world, this is the place to visit.

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Website nhm.ac.uk

Location:
Cromwell Road,
London SW7 5BD

National Gallery

The National Gallery, founded in 1824, houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is located at Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster.

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Website nationalgallery.org.uk

Location:
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN

Science Museum

The Science Museum’s mission is to create a society that celebrates science, technology and engineering. The museum has different sections that tells stories about the Industrial Revolution, space exploration, clockmakers, telecommunications, mathematics, flights, and many more intriguing science topics.

Website sciencemuseum.org.uk

Location:
Exhibition Road, South Kensington,
London, SW7 2DD

National Maritime Museum

Part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum comes with a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, and thousands of other objects. 

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Website rmg.co.uk

Location:
Greenwich,
London SE10 9NF

British Museum

The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest which documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was the first public national museum in the world.

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Website britishmuseum.org

Location:
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG

Tate

Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art galleries, the United Kingdom’s national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art.

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Website tate.org.uk

Location:
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG

Imperial War Museum

The museum was founded with the intention to record the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during the First World War. Since then, it has since expanded to include all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces have been involved since 1914. As of now, the Imperial War Museum aims “to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’.

Website iwm.org.uk

Location:
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ

Royal Academy of Arts

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position as an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects. Its purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

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Website royalacademy.org.uk

Location:
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a museum and library that displays a mixture of medical artefacts and original artworks exploring “ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art”.

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Website wellcomecollection.org

Location:
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum and Gardens has displays of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, and is known for its large collection of taxidermied animals. 

Website horniman.ac.uk

Location:
100 London Road
London SE23 3PQ

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Travel

Where to go for the best views of Istanbul

Istanbul, which straddles the Bosphorus straits and lies in both Europe and Asia has mesmerising views across different points in the city.

The city in Turkey has a lot of different histories and cultures, considering being influenced by different empires of the past, namely the Romans, Byzantine and the Ottoman.

Despite the change of different rulers since centuries ago, many of the buildings and architectures are still being preserved, hence, it gives a wonderful view from different parts of the city.

Here’s some of the view that is worth exploring.

Galata Tower

The nine-storey Galata Tower’s vantage point is undisputed, seeing as it was built by the Genoese in 1348 and used as an observation tower to spot fires by the Ottomans. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic view of Istanbul’s historic peninsula.  For a breathtaking view of Istanbul’s skyline go at sunset but be prepared to stand in line as there’s often a queue of people waiting to enter.

Maiden’s Tower

Also known as the Leander’s Tower, visit this famous Istanbul landmark by boat from Uskudar on the Asian side. In existence since the medieval Byzantine period, legend has it that an emperor put his daughter in the tower to protect her from a prophecy that had predicted she would be killed by venomous snakes. You might have noticed this famous tower in blockbuster movies and TV shows as it is featured in two James Bond films, The World Is Not Enough and From Russia With Love as well as Hitman and The Amazing Race 7.

Otağtepe Park

Located by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge, along Kavacik, in the Beykoz district on the Asian side, the Fatih Grove Tema Vehbi Koç Nature Culture Center (formerly known as Otağtepe Park) offers spectacular views of Istanbul and so called as fake heaven. You can see the two bridges and the city’s best scenery with a bird’s eye view, and combined with the unique Bosphorus view. 

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

The palatial surroundings of the Ciragan Palace Kempinski counts as a must-see spot in Istanbul, which is a former Ottoman palace. Once known as the Kazancioglu Gardens, this historic 17th-century structure was home to seven sultans and hosted celebrities, nation leaders and VIPs. Walk out from the palace, and you’ll be able to have a good view of the strait and the other side of Istanbul.

Buyuk Camlica Tepesi / Camlica Hill

If you happen to find yourself on the Asian side of Istanbul, pay a visit to the Buyuk Camlica Tepesi that’s situated 268 m above sea level. It has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn. Easily reached by bus or taxi, there’s a number of cafes dotted about the park where a cup of Turkish coffee and a snack can be enjoyed along with the sunset.

House Cafe Ortakoy

Few cafes will offer as good a setting as the House Café in Ortakoy. Its patio seats look out directly on the Bosphorus Bridge and the sublime Ortakoy Mosque.

Sakip Sabanci Museum

Set in a 1920s mansion – known as Atli Kosk (or Horse Mansion) – that was once the residence of an Egyptian prince, it is now a private fine arts museum dedicated to calligraphic art, paintings, religious and state documents of the Ottoman era. Situated in the wealthy Emirgan neighbourhood, the mansion’s lush garden and terrace has a view looking towards the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

This museum has also gained attention when exhibited the works of Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.

Buyuk Valide Han

Buyuk Valide Han which means ‘great inn of the Sultan’s mother’, is located close to Grand Bazaar in the Mahmutpasa ramp. It was founded in 1651 by Kösem Valide Sultan, the mother of the Ottoman sultans Murat IV and Ibrahim. The terrace of the Inn has become very popular in the recent year with the photo lovers. 

Mikla Restaurant

Istanbul has a number of restaurants and bars that boast a sky-high perch with the view of the amazing Bosphorus but Mikla Rooftop Bar has a distinct advantage. With a cool outdoor terrace, that’s heated in the winter months, you can enjoy a great view of the historical city.

Pierre Loti Cafe

The on-site café has existed since the 18th century – this is reason alone to visit. It overlooks the Golden Horn from an elevated vantage point and reachable via walking up a hill or riding a cable car just adds to the experience. Go for the view but linger on to explore the numerous historical buildings including a double epigraphy, wooden Kasgari Tekkesi (religious establishment belonging to Sufis) dating back to 1813.

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City Guide Travel

Iconic Architecture in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, colloquially referred to as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia. As the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia, there are many iconic architecture in Kuala Lumpur. From skyscrapers with Islamic motifs to British colonial-era landmarks, you will be amazed by the architectural gems awaiting you.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers is the world’s tallest twin structure with 88-storeys, standing at 452 metres tall. They were once the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until they were surpassed by Taipei 101. Both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors by a 58 metre long, double-decker Sky Bridge. The towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs in Islamic art as a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. As one of the landmarks of Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Towers primarily house the headquarters of Petronas Company, other offices & a shopping mall. Besides, it is also a host to Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, as well as Petrosains Science Centre.

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Constructed in 1994, Kuala Lumpur Tower stands at 421 metres with its viewing deck at 276 metres. The viewing deck is at least 100 metres higher than the Petronas Twin Towers’ Sky Bridge. Erected atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, this building is primarily used as a communication infrastructure. The tower’s architectural-style reflects Malaysia’s vibrant Islamic heritage with Islamic tiles, typical Islamic floral and abstract patterns. Besides, the building has ‘Muqarnas’, a form of ornamented vaulting in Islamic architecture. Moreover, KL Tower also hosts a revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360. Hence, visitors are able to enjoy the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a late-nineteenth century Moorish-style building. It originally housed the offices of the British colonial administration in its early years. It once housed the superior courts of the country. And now, it is home to the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia. Built in 1897, the building is constructed entirely with brick. It features strong gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with a porch, arches, curved colonnades topped with shiny copper cupolas and a domineering 41.2m high clock tower.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was Kuala Lumpur’s third railway station. It is a Moorish-style building, adopting a mixture of Eastern & Western styles. It resembles a typical glass and iron Victorian-era English railway building. Standing opposite the Malaya Railway Administration Building, it used to house the offices of the Federated Malay States Railways. But, it’s now the administrative head office of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

Putra Mosque

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Putra Mosque in Kuala Lumpur is one of the modern mosques in the world. Its Islamic-architecture artistically blends traditional designs, local craftsmanship and the use of indigenous materials. Located next to the Perdana Putra and man-made Putrajaya Laka, Putra Mosque incorporates Malaysia, Persian & Arab-Islamic architectural designs. The mosque is constructed in rose-tinted granite which gives its desert-pink hue that offsets the cengal woodwork on doors, windows and panels.

Perdana Putra Complex

Perdana Putra Complex is a 6-storey natural stone clad office complex comprising the Prime Minister’s Office, the offices of the deputy Prime Minister and Chief Secretary to the Government. Located in Precinct 1, the complex overlooks Putrajaya Lake, Putra Mosque and Dataran Putra. The design of Perdana Putra Complex incorporates elements of Islamic-Mogul architecture. For instance, the green-pitched roof converges at the onion-shaped glazed mosaic dome, wrought iron bunga raya motifs and more.

Istana Budaya

Istana Budaya is also known as The Palace of Culture. It is Malaysia’s National Theatre – the main venue for all types of theatre including musical theatre, operetta, classical concerts and opera from local & international performances. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, it is nestled next to the National Art Gallery. The building was designed by the local architect with the inspiration of a traditional moon kite in flight. Istana Budaya is one of the most striking structures in KL due to its turquoise-blue tiled roof. Besides, the main building takes the shape of the sirih junjung, a traditional arrangement made of betel leaves used during Malay wedding and welcoming ceremonies.

Thean Hou Temple

Also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest & largest temples in Southeast Asia. This six-tiered temple is dedicated to Tian Hou, the Chinese Sea Goddess Mazu. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, the temple is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Thean Hou Temple is a representation of a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design. For instance, the pillars, roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments.

Masjid Jamek

Masjid Jamek is also known as Friday Mosque. It is officially known as Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad. Built in 1907, Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Overlooking the Klang River, the design of the mosque has been described as Moorish, Indo-Saracenic or Mughal architecture. This building has the similar style as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. With its strategic location, Masjid Jamek offers spectacular photogenic scenes due to its architectural styles and flourishing surroundings.

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