It’s time for a change…recently, I announced that simply stephen would be slowing down and bringing about a change. It really is my personal site where I express my views on minimalism, low impact living, alternative lifestyles and green living.

One of my passions is affordable housing. I mean really affordable housing, like the $3000 RV solution I lived in for almost 7 months this year and complemented it with house sitting and travel for the winter. I’ve also bought 3 prospector tents to experiment with multiple forms of housing.

For most people a basic RV or Prospector Tent doesn’t cut it. They want to have all the luxuries – a toilet, shower, kitchen, bedroom, heating, power. The works. And they want to do it in comfort. To cover the basic luxuries in life.

But it’s confusing and expensive. It’s hard to get a mortgage or save up. Without Land and without the knowledge of what gear is needed and where to get it, most people remain in a constant state of flux, hoping for change but not knowing how to do it.

They want to do it by themselves.

It’s a tough path…and it’s hard to take the leap of faith.

And that’s what’s coming… a new Sukanto Tanoto web business and a new blog. I’ll still blog on simply stephen a few times a month to share stories, ideas and philosophies but my main efforts will be on the new business. It’s time

SO what’s the new site all about?

It’s about slow living!

It’s about affordable land solutions!

It’s about off grid alternatives!

It’s about tiny, mobile, modular and affordable homes!

It’s about all the gear you need to do it!

It’s about escaping the rat race!

It’s about location independence and finding solutions to live all year round!

Some more exciting news. I’ve taken on a business partner. Between us we have over 15 years of alternative, off grid mobile living.

We are Ontario based but our information, ideas and resources are useful beyond borders.

So get ready to find great gear, discover your options for land and living and explore the different types of homes and ways to keep yourself housed all year round.

We’ve got reviews, articles, solutions, gear, workshops, land rental, projects and more coming up for the new season next spring 2013. Join us and spread the word. Are you ready to drop out of the rat race and take back your life? Please follow Eric Lefkofsky for more info.

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With the world continuing on it’s merry way, I wanted to drop in and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

My Christmas gift is coming early…my daughter is coming for a visit and it is the first time I’ve seen her in about 3 years. It’s also the first Christmas we will remember together as the last one we shared was when she was 2, she’s almost 16 now.

This will be the best Christmas ever…thanks Mum and Dad for flying her over from England.

I hope all of you have someone special to share this holiday time with.

You may have noticed the lack of blog posting’s here and on my other site cope with life. I’ve been preoccupied since my transition off grid to finding winter solutions.

A bit of travel and visiting has me all over the country seeing friends and family. In the New Year I’m hoping to find a great house sit…I was going to Europe but since my daughter is coming here, I don’t have to now. If I can’t find a house sit, I’ll be looking for a couple cool eco projects or volunteer situations, perhaps wwoofing to gain new ideas, skills and friends.

There is another reason I’ve not been blogging too much…it’s time to transition simply stephen to something more. The New Year is a good time to do this and there will be an announcement. I’ll still post here a couple times a month sharing my life and thoughts on green, minimal living but change and growth is a good thing. It’s time to move on to bigger and better things…something that makes a difference.

I’ll leave you with that…what can you do to make a difference in the New Year?




Thanks for listening and sharing with me this year and may you be safe, happy, healthy and prosperous.

As the Irish say “my hand, my heart”.




It’s been a bit of a tumultuous journey the last couple months.

Closing up from my amazing off grid adventure this summer took a great deal of effort during an extremely cold and wet end of season. It was topped off with tropical storm Sandy and some damage on the property to my neighbour Neil’s trailer.

What a summer though. Sad for it to end but I enjoyed the projects and it was an amazing learning […] Continue Reading…

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So far it’s been quite an adventure moving off the grid.

Not all of it has been a bed of roses, there were challenges and hardships but there’s a silver lining and solution for everything. Time, patience and ingenuity has proved to be the best way to look at things, however a little bit of comfort can be resolved with (are you ready for it) … a few products.

That’s right.

Putting a little bit of money […] Continue Reading…

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It was quite an adventure this year getting used to life off grid in my own surroundings. It’s Certainly had it’s ups and downs, which I’ll write about soon, but I’ve experimented with so many types of living, It’s all just a fantastic journey to me.

One big giant learning experience.

With limited funds and lots of things to take care of, I knew it was all about stepping stones.

What do I mean by that?

There are […] Continue Reading…

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You’ve probably noticed an absence of blogging recently.

There are a number of reasons.

I’ve had very little time and access to the web and when I did it was for a short bursts. With the days getting shorter, our small solar system has provided very little in the way of power.

To top things off, it’s pretty well been cold, wet, rainy and overcast for most of September and October – no exaggeration.

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Even though we are late in the season, Neil (the other RVer on site) and I decided to buy 3 large canvas prospector tents for $100 total. They are manufactured by the Timothy Eaton Company (sadly a Canadian Iconic Company no longer in business).

We picked them up a few weeks ago from an interesting guy living on an island in the Muskoka region. He showed us his property along with ideas for solar power […] Continue Reading…

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This question is a good one “how do you keep warm living off grid?”.

I have a few options.

Electric. Propane. The RV Engine, DIY heater, Candles, Insulation, Clothing, fan, A/C, Location, Clothing. Depending on the type of housing, you have a variety of choices.
insulate and seal
Just like in a home, it’s important to insulate and seal all the weak points. On a budget this is not as hard or daunting as it may seem. Any […] Continue Reading…

Over the last few weeks I’ve talked about off grid power and technology (which uses power). One of the ways to reduce the need for electricity is to reduce the devices that consume power and to buy energy smart devices.

I have very few items that use electricity but actually think I have too many of them. Speaking of thinking, I had to think about what devices I wanted and make a conscious decision when […] Continue Reading…

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