Pasta Quarantine… And Then Some

It has been 50 over days since the rest of Malaysia were told to stay safe by staying home. We all did. And then there were also those who didn’t give a shit, went out and either got arrested or got infected. Our Movement Control Order (MCO) ended last week, with a slightly relaxed version of…

Another Two Weeks of Staying Home

On Friday, 10 April 2020, the Malaysian government made another announcement to extend the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) for the country. The lock down will take place for another two more weeks until the end of April — on the 28th, just two days shy of the end of the month. Sometimes I wonder if…

The Days of My Life in Lockdown.

Working from home was a real challenge for me and I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It certainly wasn’t mine. I stayed indoors for the better part of nine days, working feverishly on projects and ad-hoc campaigns while struggling to pay attention to the details of each task through the haze of video…

With Nothing but Books for Company

How is everyone doing so far in this lockdown period? It’s been 4 days, including today, for me and working from home was shit. It’s difficult to rally everyone when half your team has children, one relies on a mobile data connection for work, and a couple of others are more interested in their own…

A Back-Breaking, Neck-Aching Process

I’m pretty sure everyone would have heard of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic by now. Many countries have initiated a lockdown and people are instructed to stay at home unless there is an emergency. It took Malaysia a long time before initiating the lockdown status, not before our total number of cases went into the…

When There’s a Need for Udon.

When I was young, my favourite go-to Japanese noodles was udon. I used to order the plain udon noodle bowl before graduating to beef or chicken. I remember when my mum used to lecture me about devouring a whole bowl on my own, that I wouldn’t have room in my stomach for anything else. I…

Progress

  What does progress mean to you? Progress, to me, can be many things. It can come in many ways and take many forms. It can be anything. I could be a work in progress, learning new things, wanting to take the leap, go the extra mile and be a better version of myself.  I…

A Glorified Treasure Hunt

Spring cleaning isn’t something I’d look forward to, especially on weekends because it means unearthing old junk and disturbing the thick layers of dust covering said junk. It always leaves me in a sneezing fit. And it also means having to do housework when all you really want to do is relax. But it’s okay….

So Fishy but Still So Good!

There’s always that one friend who knows just where to get good food. Sometimes, you need to drive far; other times, it can just be right behind your house. In this case, it’s not a friend and yes, it was behind my house. My sister’s husband has a nose for delectable menus and he found…

Inside the Mind of a Curious Girl.

I’ve always been a curious sort of person; I used to ask a good many questions when I was growing up, whether I was at school or in college. Even when I started working, I used to ask a lot of questions. The problem with society is that some people are not able to digest…

Making Changes and Accepting Some.

Hello, it’s been a while… Yes, it has. Sorry for the silence. Life has been hectic what with my recent coming out and starting a new job and various other things that life decides to throw at me from every possible angle. But here are some changes in my life so far… A Challenging Diet…

Sleeping with the Skeleton in My Closet

Have you ever felt how you’re not who you think you are? That you’re not who society or your family wants you to be? That you might be harbouring a deep, dark secret or two? No, you’re not a cold-hearted serial killer. Neither are you a psychotic child molester or serial rapist. You’re you. You…

Esoteric Healing Gave Me a Renewed Sense of Confidence

Stress has always been a part of me. I mean, who isn’t stressed, right, especially in this new-fangled era of continuous working even after office hours and on weekends. Not mention, the kind of pressure your managers pile onto you, calling you names or contacting you at ungodly hours of the night. I’ve experienced those…

Are Laptops Better than Cat Beds? Your Cat Thinks So

This one’s mine. Said every cat ever. Are you inspired to complete your thesis? Planning to finish writing that long-awaited novel? Or it’s that infernal presentation that your boss has been harping about? Whatever the reason, you brew yourself a hot cup of coffee and fire up the laptop. You’re about to do some serious…

Achieve Financial Joy by Decluttering Your Wallet.

It is in my pocket, in my bag, in my wallet, and on my mind, every hour of the day! Want to achieve financial joy? Manage your wallet with these three steps, the KonMari way! If you’re a devotee of Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo, you must be a big believer in her method of…

Dial ‘A’ For Anxiety.

The letter ‘A’ symbolises a good many things in my life; the good being a grade that I’ve always looked forward to receiving in my examinations to the bad which I’m going to talk about today. I’ve never been a grade A student, though, my grades have always been enough to get me through my…

7 Fitness Wearables That Won’t Dent Your Bank Account.

So the new year has begun and how many of us actually have added fitness goals to our list of New Year resolutions? How many of us have actually stuck to our guns and started doing various physical activities to keep ourselves fit? Let’s not mock those who have begun or who are already in…

Weekend Reads: 5 Great Gadgets For Your Next Road Trip

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Have you ever thought how lucky we are to be Malaysians? I have, and it’s not just because of the wide variety of cuisines. Malaysia is home to many different races who celebrate many different festivals and thus, serve a smorgasbord of gastronomical fanfare, as far as your stomach can…

Wading into the Unknown.

It has been four months since I was kicked out of a job because the company wanted to rehire a former employee. A role that I had been hired to fill, but was then told my services were no longer required because said former employee would be returning to take it back from me. It…

How to Handle Rejection on Your Own.

Rejection is a topic that many people don’t want to hear, don’t want to talk about, nor do they want to receive in the first place. As it is very common to get rejected, here are a few ways of mine on how to deal with it. Photo by Gerd Altman from Pixabay Rejection is…

Conversations with Your Grab Driver.

To you, he may be just a regular Grab driver you hailed on the Grab mobile app. But to him, you’re more than just a passenger. You’re his friend, confidante, therapist and more. Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels Let’s face it. Being a passenger in a car with anyone who doesn’t talk to you…

The Perks of Staying with Your Parents.

Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels. Whenever my parents go for one of their round-the-world vacations, they usually get me or my sister to stay over and watch the house for them. House-sitting, you know. And unlike baby-sitting, at least I don’t have to mop up after a terrible meal session, change diapers or watch…

The Little Digits We Take For Granted.

No matter how careful you are around the house, no matter how heightened your senses are when you’re navigating the space around your office, no matter how observant you are… There will always be that very moment when you stub your toe against the bed frame, reverse your heel into the couch or smash your…

Which Do You Read Faster: Ebooks or Print Books?

Image by Crimson Times. Is it just me or do you find yourself reading your ebooks faster than the printed ones? Well, yes, that’s my question of the day. I came across a post on Tumblr that said the person finished reading their ebooks faster than their printed counterparts. And it got me thinking: Yes,…

The Ugly Truth of Job-Hunting.

Disclaimer: The post may sound a little harsh and possibly unfair to hiring companies. But it perfectly describes the difficulties that we face when it comes to job-hunting. This is based on the blogger’s personal opinions and not as a means for libel, slander or defamation. I’m sure that each and every one of you…

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

Title: The Immortalists Author: Chloe Benjamin Format: eBook Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary Setting: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas No. of Pages: 352 Publication: Tinder Press Publication Date: January 4th, 2018           If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York…