Month: January 2020

January 2020

Every day I take a 1-second video using the app 1 Second Everyday to record what’s happening in my life. This is for January 2020 — where, despite how everyone was grumbling of how long it took, was quite eventful for me! It was my birthday month and it was also the month where I […]

We don’t give voice to anyone

Last week there was this whole fiasco about the novel American Dirt, a novel about the Mexican migrant experience who received flak from the Latinx community due to the tones of appropriation and the dehumanisation of the Mexican experience as portrayed in the book. It was written by Jeanine Cummins who isn’t Mexican and whose […]

An act of solitude and ruthlessnes

Today I turned down an opportunity that seemed interesting, but it would pay too little and with some vague instructions which required me to ask multiple rounds of questions until I finally got some sense of clarity. I did not think much of it throughout the day, but as he sat down to write tonight […]

How to lose a country

(First of all, FINALLY SUBMITTED MY THESIS!) Last week, I finished reading How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by a Turkish journalist and political thinker in exile, Ece Temelkuran, which is a brilliant memoir/nonfiction on how countries, regardless of geography or administration, can quickly slide into dictatorship once we […]

This doesn’t reduce me

I still was not able to submit my thesis. Apparently there are still some leftover administration woes (!!!) which pushed the deadline to yet again, hopefully, another day. I swear in 4 days I am going to look back at this post and revel in the fact that I have finally successfully submitted. There is […]

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 […]