BY DENISE HUNG
We are told to travel light. Travel as light as you can so that you don’t have to carry any baggage while exploring or globe-trotting. The airline companies put a limit to our checked-in luggage. Budget airlines make us pay for anything more than a hand carrier. When we pay a premium, we are allowed to carry on more items.
“What for?” I always asked.
If what you need for a five-day-four-night trip are a couple of T-shirts, an extra pair of jeans, a few more undies and perhaps a cardigan for the occasional chill wind on a long night out, why load the colourful bermuda shorts or fancy top? If there isn’t an official reason such as a wedding or luxurious event, then there is no need for such excess. Looking good comes from graciously feeling great.
I have always been a backpacker. Even when I am given the opportunity for a free checked-in luggage, I pack lightly so there is no reason to stand around the belt waiting to identify bags. I much prefer grabbing my belongings, making a beeline from the immigrations to the arrival gate, then right in line for a cab. If time permits, I will take the hour train ride home to reflect on the journey or what’s to come in the far-distant future.
However, I have also been the excessive traveller while moving across countries. The last business class flight was purchased on the notion that my extra baggage cost more than the front row seats, hence, there was a need. The wide legroom, proper cutleries and better-looking meal were part of the package. I always feel that packages or bundles are undesired. As light travellers, we much rather enjoy the choice of having to choose our meals, mode of transport, traveling itinerary and so forth. Hence, I was a fish out of water on the business class journey.
The way you do one thing is how you do almost, everything. I sincerely believe the practice of having just enough. Enough sauce for the noodles, enough clothes for the days ahead, enough water for the road, sufficient drinks for a party and adequate materials to fulfill our altruistic needs. Anything more is merely partial.
I have stopped buying as many local handcrafted objects. I hold back taking more sauce or drinking more (alcohol or caffeine). I have ceased to take on more work or personal projects to focus on the present. Finding significance in experiencing life more by having less. Less on our shoulders, in our luggages, on our shelves and in our fridges. I walk more with a lighter load which lets me soak in the sunlight or observe the environment. I fall in a deeper state of mindfulness during my meditation. I put in more passion and creativity with singular projects. I find challenge in simplifying things and peace in being simple. Just, simply be.
Denise Hung is a mileage collector, on a plant-based diet, and enjoys immersing herself in nature and being upside down on a yoga mat. Denise graduated with a patisserie degree and lived in Yorkshire, Orlando & Santa Monica, and is about to leave Singapore for Hong Kong. She has co-written a cookbook (Kitchen Stories) with a talented food stylist, Elodie Bellegarde, and is thinking of publishing another book. While on this journey, she often contemplates about the impermanence of form and bring awareness towards the space within.
Denise Hung 基於美食的旅程裏數收集者，喜歡將自己沈浸在自然中，在瑜伽墊上翻轉倒立。Denise 是西點師畢業，曾居住在 Yorkshire, Orlando & Santa Monica，即將離開新加坡啟程香港。她曾和有才華的食品設計 Elodie Bellegarde 一起編寫了一本食譜（廚房裏的故事）。如今她正為另一本書的出版做打算。在旅程中，她通常會去思考形式的無常，並將覺知帶向內在的空間。