Tag: coronavirus

When this is all over

A few days ago, WITI sent out an edition about how language impacts understanding. There were a few paragraphs where the contributor, Lizzie Shupak, talks about how people use language way before the written words were invented. As someone who is almost obsessive with documenting everything in writing, I am very intrigued as to how […]

And the elites panicked

Last Friday, the Malaysian government announced that they were going to enlist military ‘help’ to curb the abundance of people not abiding the Movement Control Order (MCO) beginning Sunday. Upon hearing this, one of my elderly aunts who lives nearby with her teenage grandson called my mum, crying and almost losing her mind, begging for […]

This terrifying purgatory

As we were stuck inside the house on the sixth day of our voluntary isolation, I realised I have been on my obsessive drive again. This is the pattern I recognised I had unintentionally adopted years while working my previous role — whenever I worry about work, I throw myself into more work and assign […]

Movement: restricted

An eerie emptiness enveloped the sacred Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, where attendance at Friday prayers was hit by measures to protect against the deadly new coronavirus. Yesterday, it was announced by our new, hijacked Prime Minister that Malaysia is put under restricted movement order beginning today, carrying a few restrictions which […]

We don’t exist in isolation

This week as the number of Covid-19 casualties arises, multiple countries fell into lockdown, while others started to issue bans and strongly urge for social distancing, my family decided to pursue with the 1000-pax wedding reception for my cousin anyway. It is complicated to convince a large Kedahan family — think of us as like […]

Turn down the volume a little

A friend who was transitioning into a new position at work asked me the other day if I have ever thought about my working style, which I definitely do. For some reasons — of which I’d like to believe I am always a driven person and have a great amount of self-discipline — I always […]

My power is always here

In my adventure (that is how I am reframing it now) of job hunting, one thing I caught myself often doing is to visit the company’s websites and took a look at the pictures of the people who worked there. I did this in no way to be stalkerish, but just to see if there […]

Poetic commute

Jessica Hibbard in her delightful Overlap newsletter, of which I often look forward to receiving every week, wrote, “In one of my favorite books about writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg advocates for noticing things and developing sentences in your head before writing them down. A small, 17-syllable poem is is easy enough to manipulate without committing anything […]

Having to listen to EDM for three weeks

The other day I posted a picture of Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel book on Instagram, with the cover clearly visible. My friend E, the passionate Turkish Aries of whom I met during my year doing MA in London, who has the tendency to talk with her hands flailing and who blushes […]

The year of decades-weeks

Lenin was reported to be saying, “There are decades when nothing happens, and weeks when decades happen.” This is how every week in 2020 feels like — one of those decades-weeks. For every two job applications I sent out these days, I almost receive one in return. That’s 1:2, that’s half of everything. As someone […]