Month: January 2020

Make space

I’m very fascinated on yesterday’s discovery found through Alan Jacobs’ brilliant newsletter, Snakes and Ladders, about this very interesting institution during Safavid Iran called kitab-khana, literally ‘book-house’. I remember when libraries in Malay used to be called kutubkhanah, which I used to think was named after the Pole (of ‘kutub’ = North and South Pole) […]

It's revolutionary to be happy

Halloween, 1968: Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (W.I.T.C.H.) hexes Wall Street, New York. The stock market reportedly falls by thirteen points the following day. The past few days I have been struggling to deal with my flawed ideals that normal every day people do not have to have some basics of insurance literacy in […]

Courage is strategic

I have realised that I have indeliberately gotten into this new practise recently as I started to journal everyday in my 2020 Moleskine Planner. I am still in knee-deep with my university administration woes at this point of time — just like today, I received my Turnitin report one week after requesting (which I remembered […]

The neverending drumbeat

I am currently having to jump through multiple administration hoops just in order to submit my thesis. In 2 weeks I will look back on this post and see that I have successfully submitted. Designer Frank Chimero — of whose writing, portfolio, and blog I have been diligently following since years — doesn’t always write. […]

The cosmic weight of a new start

I think the best thing I did so far (it’s only been three days anyway) as we entered 2020 was to subscribe to this newsletter called Tiny Spells, where it sent a self-care oriented daily digest of messages, tasks, goals, etc. every morning. It’s just what I needed in this increasingly terrifying world. The first […]

Peace to the never knowing

I wrote a lot this year, although less for work, but more towards projects that I have sole or major decision in the direction of the writing or the project — like the magnum opus that is my ongoing PhD thesis, or this blog, of which I have treated as a space for me to […]