How Your Train Journey Can Improve Yourself

The average Singaporean spends 85 minutes commuting every single day. That’s A LOT of time spent on Korean dramas, playing mobile games, or just staring into space.

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But what if you could use those 85 minutes to improve yourself? You’ve come to the right place.

Learn how to eat right

Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh

Serpent’s Tail, 2018

Get the book here: Physical Copy, eBook

If you’re one of the many people in this survey who stated that they want to eat better in 2020, Ruby Tandoh’s Eat Up is your book for all food-related goals.

The book not only debunks diet fads and fitness crazes that might have left you feeling guilty for eating what you want to eat, it also serves up the history of food, practical recipe inspirations, and shopping tips.

And to add the cherry on top, the book is completely free of judgement and written in such a sympathetic way that’s full of kindness — you know the author understands how tough it is to eat right!

This delicious read will help you clear away any misconceptions you have about food and make you fall in love with it all over again.


And speaking of clearing up…

Learn how to lead a minimalist lifestyle

In addition to the wave of ‘Does it spark joy?’ memes that swept the Internet, Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ sparked a whole new interest in the minimalist lifestyle.

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Fumio Sasaki is no different. In his book Goodbye, Things, he described himself as a regular guy who was stressed and constantly comparing himself to others until he embraced the minimalist lifestyle.

Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki

W.W. Norton & Company, 2017

Get the book here: Physical Copy, eBook, Audiobook

The book covers the author’s personal experience, a study on why society sees personal worth as directly proportionate to the value of things, and offers practical and actionable tips to help you kickstart your journey into the minimalist lifestyle.

But make no mistake, you’re going to need a lot of mental strength for this task. Fortunately, you can…

Learn how to be mentally strong

You exercise to build physical strength, but what about your mental strength? That takes training too and a trip to the gym won’t help with that.

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Instead of lifting a barbell, pick up 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin.

William Morrow, 2017

Get the book here: Physical Book, eBook, Audiobook

Expanding on her viral Forbes web post, Amy outlines the 13 common pitfalls that people often do, and trust us, you’ll definitely be guilty of committing at least one of them.

The book also offers practical ways to avoid these common pitfalls that’ll buff up your mental resilience to the point you’ll feel empowered to overcome life’s challenges.

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Psst… If these books looked familiar to you, give yourself a pat on the back, you observant commuter you.

These books are actually part of our Power of Words campaign and yes, they can be seen on several MRT stations’ platform screen doors, and also on large wall decals!

But if Grab is your preferred mode of transport, fear not. Borrow any of these ebooks, you’ll get to claim $2 off your Grab fare. Talk about words taking you places!

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