Category: Personal

July 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 July 2020, where I received the Senate letter from my university, hereby making me officially a Doctor in Philosophy!

Regarding the pain of others

It was a full hospital trip day yesterday, as my mother had a health scare and was admitted for the day. The day before, I received yet another rejection from a company who initially wanted to consider my remote role, but then decided they “need to move fast” and unless I reconsider to relocate, then […]

What a feminist act

Joanne Petit-Frère, Tapestry of Braids #1 (Woven while Discovering bell hooks on YouTube), 2020 (via Something I Saw) My job interview went well yesterday, I think, and I have come to realise that I might be hired (again) because of my tweets. Apparently the CEO had been following me for quite sometime and had seen me tweeting […]

June 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 June 2020, where I submitted the final draft of my PhD thesis — marking the end of my doctoral journey!

Custodian of tone

(It is a jumble of personal news today, nothing smart, nothing poignant. You can skip this post if you want.) I submitted my thesis corrections today. Was glad to get that out of the way for now. In the meantime, even if I do receive the Senate letter this year, we were informed that the […]

We cut our poems out of air

Today’s post is a prompt from Suleika Jaouad’s The Isolation Journal: Reflect on the first time you became aware of race — either yours or someone else’s. What meaning did you make of it then? How has that meaning evolved? As Malaysians, or my closest circle, are trying to unlearn and doing better on disposing of our […]

Learning to ask for help

I spent today thinking and admiring people who know how to ask for help, because face it, I am the worst when it comes to asking for help. You know one of those questions during an interview session where people would sometimes ask, “What do you think is your weakness?” and I think I would […]

May 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 May 2020, where I passed my thesis defense, and where we celebrated a much quieter, sombre Eid under the coronavirus lockdown.

Commonplace blog

I was today years old when I was introduced to the term ‘commonplace book‘, a concept I actually had been familiar with ever since I started journalling actively since 2009. I did not keep a journal the way a journal should be — if there was ever one accurate way to keep journals — in […]