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My 2022 to-be-read bookstack

Happy new year! Hope you are all well and safe–although this is easier said than done. COVID cases are surging again, and nearly every one I know are either positive or manifesting symptoms. #fuckyouomicron

I’m praying for everyone to get better or feel better soon–COVID is not something to be sneezed at (no pun intended).

Speaking of the new year, what better opportunity to do something different? Like taking on a new hobby, starting a new fitness regime, eat a different food category?

This year though, I’ve decided to get back into reading. So I’ve joined the Goodreads 2022 reading challenge. I’ve listed only 15 books for this year–because let’s start small, and yeah, I’ll explain further in another post. For now though, here are eight of the fifteen books I plan to read this year. Read More

On grieving and adjusting.

So it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on here. Not that there’s a want of having anything to say; rather, it’s the Herculean effort taken to process things.

So many things happened in the space of two months, ranging from the most mundane to the most painful: so much stuff to deal with at work and school, the slow crumbling of my (already fragile) mental health, and then the loss of a loved one.

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The Weekly Snippet 4: Skrrrt, skrrrt.

Hi, I hope you are all safe and well.

I’m taking the time to write this before I settle down with readings for tomorrow’s class. Boy, this has been the worst week I’ve had for this month. I’d rather not enlarge on this, but suffice to say that I need help–the sooner, the better. And when I say help, I mean it’s the “Doctor, doctor, I am sick” kind of help that I need. I’ve soldiered on for months, but I think I’ve done enough of that already.

However, it’s not all woe and drudgery! I discovered Molly Jones via Ruby Granger’s videos. Watching her vlogs is an absolute joy. For a moment, I forgot about work, and grad school. Not that I was looking for an escape route–the videos were something I aspire to: living slow, taking time to appreciate the little things around me. Also, I love that I learn something from these people too.

Check out her videos, they’re absolutely wonderful.

Sadly, my time’s up, so I have to go and study! Hope you have a great weekend, and stay safe!

 

The Weekly Snippet 3: Things I am pretty excited about.

Hey, hey, hey, hello!

Here we are again! I am writing this while I am on a break from studying. Yes, you read it right. Classes have now started again and I am now a freshman for the Master of Industrial Relations program. It’s so amazing how fast the time has gone since I have applied for graduate school admissions. But at the same time, it feels weird to be having another year of online classes. I really did hope last year that the pandemic will be (done and) gone, and I will be starting my Masters’ back in my uni campus.

In my dreams.

The pandemic is far from being over, and for all intents and purposes, it has gotten worse, vaccine rollout or no. So I might as well be resigned to the idea that I shall graduate virtually for my Master’s.

Pessimism aside, I do know that there’s always a silver lining in everything. So I will try to be a little more hopeful in this post. After all, this blog post is all about being “excited” about things, so..there you go. Read More

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The Weekly Snippet 2: Me and period drama

At the risk of providing too much information, this girl is PMS-ing right now. And what better cure can a girl have than a glass of cold milk, Lotus Biscoff biscuits, and a night of period drama? There was no pun intended, I promise. 

I’ve managed to watch two period pieces from HBO–one, a revisioning of a popular television series from Australia, and another, a Malaysian-English production. The first one is mainly light-hearted with some dramatic and sentimental lines, and the other, rather heavily charged. Hopefully I’ll be able to share as much as I can without providing any spoilers.

Miss S is the Chinese adaptation of the Australian Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Now, I’ve had the pleasure of being able to watch the original, so I have a point of comparison. But before I’ll deliver my verdict, I’ll tell you that Miss S has a pretty competent cast, including Yii Ma, as Su Wen Li, or the titular Miss S, Gao Weiguang as Inspector Luo (Inspector Jack Robinson’s Chinese counterpart), Haochen Wu as Police Officer Shen, and Bu Guanjin as Xiao Taozi. Read More

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Getting it Done: Using Notion to get productive at work.

A rainy hello from me to you!

We’re having another typhoon over here so it’s raining steadily for the past three days now. I hope that wherever you are, you are well and safe. 

I know that it’s been a year on since the outbreak of the pandemic, and some are still working from home. Add the stress of attending (graduate) school online, and we have chaos. And we are in chaos.

What surprised me is that despite the number of school and work-related breakdowns I’ve had, I’ve managed to get through it. And I am happy to say that I have finally graduated from the diploma track of the graduate program that I currently in.

How did I do it? By studying and working smart, yes. But I had an app that helped me juggle work and school activities. Recently, this app has been talked about in the productivity and studytuber community. Yep, it’s Notion.

The best bit about this app is that you can use it ANY WAY YOU WANT TO. 

Also, you’re a student, you can avail of the Personal Pro plan for FREE.  Yes, for free. I KID YOU NOT. All you have to do is to sign up for an account on Notion using your SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS. 

This post is the first of a two-part series using the Notion app for being productive at work and in school. 
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