25 Sep 2023 - 13:19

Wordle 828 3/6




My Wordle streak blows my mind tbh. Today's word was v random, and yet~

25 Sep 2023 - 13:12

"Accepting that you don't have time to do most things will help you be more relaxed right now." - Paraphrased Oliver Burkeman c/o Cal Newport

24 Sep 2023 - 13:06

Sorry not sorry for the brag, but I really am getting good at Wordle. Here's to hoping I don't jinx it. 😅.

21 Sep 2023 - 08:52

NOTE TO SELF Always do well, always give back~

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20 Sep 2023 - 11:24

Warabi mochi must be one of my favorite desserts in the world, said by a non-mochi fan

14 Sep 2023 - 09:35

I want to understand this trend of repeating 'dollah billz' in songs today. Is it a way for people to 'manifest'?

14 Sep 2023 - 08:49

Pretty cool to know that the younger artists I admire liking the old school stuff I like whenever they declare their preferences in interviews. Basically validation for why I like them.

10 Sep 2023 - 21:14

True, not true: Vietnamese coffee makes me delirious 😅

10 Sep 2023 - 19:54

Today: Extremely unproductive, extremely emotionally stimulated. There are days like this, and they're not cool

10 Sep 2023 - 19:22

Calm as the baseline but should be able to weather any storm. Fire fighting shouldn't be a regular thing

29 Aug 2023 - 10:00

CURRENTLY LISTENING Sarah Kinsley!!!!! (Why am I late to the power women partyyyyy?? + see item #1 in this list)

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26 Aug 2023 - 19:21

A random list of good music for the week:

26 Aug 2023 - 16:37

TODAY I LEARNED Padang cuisine > Hidang style - Today, I finally made sense out of an experience I had in Jakarta, eating at some random corner shop. Thanks, Wikipedia

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26 Aug 2023 - 16:06

To build this home into a studio--essentially a space to play and create. Because creating spaces that center play automatically makes room for rest spots, imho

26 Aug 2023 - 13:02

Incredibly disappointed by these minimal-looking Logi mice :/ They might've been inspired by the flaws of the Apple Magic Mouse lkaturusl;aksl;as;kl

26 Aug 2023 - 10:59

Multifunctional furniture - my source of joy

20 Aug 2023 - 21:57

"Clarity is kindness"

19 Aug 2023 - 10:26

"For the content" is a phrase that makes me sad hahaha

13 Aug 2023 - 22:58

Lesson learned: Calm down and do your due diligence. Always think twice hahaha ha ha ha

10 Aug 2023 - 19:28

True success in 2023: Spending 3 hours waiting at the doctor's clinic and having a book you started reading when you arrived and finishing half of it by the end of the visit.

10 Aug 2023 - 11:44

"Stack Your Music" CD case

Ah, in love (?? whew) with this piece of 3D-printed plastic but if I were to redesign this, I'd place the CD case with spine up so you can view the titles from top view. But then again maybe this case tries to mimic the crate-like experience of digging. 🤔

10 Aug 2023 - 11:30

NOTE TO SELF A reminder: The process of documenting or tracking is done alongside or after the activity is accomplished. Activity first, documentation after. To have tracking or documentation as a motivation to accomplish a task is... not sound logic.

Keep the integrity of the task, self.

06 Aug 2023 - 19:55

Dr. Geoff Lindsey: Vocal Fry: what it is, who does it, and why people hate it! - an equally informative and humorous video~

06 Aug 2023 - 18:11

Kindred Records - a fantasy record shop, an exercise in archiving and writing notes (WIP!)

06 Aug 2023 - 14:13

Kung tutuusin, kaya tayo may lakas loob na sabihing gusto natin ang mga gusto natin dahil alam nating mayroon tayong mga mapagpipilian~

06 Aug 2023 - 13:48

Randomly had an epiphany of sorts on how to describe myself in a few words, oddly enough they're "low maintenance but discerning". I find this funny but also accurate in a way that easy for me to embrace because I don't think there's any other way to describe me :))

30 Jul 2023 - 20:08

Bought a cheap emergency keyboard that conked out for some reason (only the numbers 5 & 6 work), which makes it only 1 year old. Now purchased a second-hand, lightly used mech keeb and now I am just like everyone else, woooot

30 Jul 2023 - 19:51

Seems like a lot of the musicians I've been listening to closely lately happen to be British

28 Jul 2023 - 22:48

FOLLOWING Quantum Foam Sounds

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27 Jul 2023 - 17:55

A public life is a performed life

26 Jul 2023 - 19:50

Today in most amazing discoveries: butter coconut cookies x tomato soup

26 Jul 2023 - 07:09

Will start a fight if I see another SHEIN ad on Youtube

24 Jul 2023 - 08:53

I get the La Union hype now. Hashtag: a convert

16 Jul 2023 - 15:09

DONE READING A Simpler Life by The School of Life

16 Jul 2023 - 15:06

Listens to new Nick Drake tribute compilation album because of this gloomy weather and halfway through switches to Bryter Layter instead. #no1curr

13 Jul 2023 - 12:53

CURRENTLY LISTENING Sixteen Oceans by Four Tet (2020)

Catching up on an old favorite! K-pop releases of late (ie New Jeans' 'Super Shy') made me think of my EDM favorites and had to check what Four Tet's been up to recently.

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06 Jul 2023 - 11:50

Tried out Meta's Threads out of curiosity and the Fediverse sell, but upon logging in, I see a feed of accounts of people I don't know aka totally irrelevant. Not a good way to draw me in, eh?

02 Jul 2023 - 15:16

I love it when event hairstyling does not involve hairspray or gel he he

26 Jun 2023 - 20:50

Korea Times: Cleaning up after 'godoksa', lonely deaths in Korea

I'm absolutely floored.

24 Jun 2023 - 10:21

Found Figma's Chief Product Officer's page on Figma and I realized that maybe dropping your Figma profile URL might become a thing in the future for designers/product people? Hmmm

24 Jun 2023 - 10:13

Didn't think I'd spend my Saturday morning catching up on #Config2023 but I am doing just that, and this is life~

22 Jun 2023 - 10:20

Bruno Major's 2023 releases remind me of how Sondre Lerche's sound shifted at some point. Interesting turnnnnn

22 Jun 2023 - 09:48

Listened to a Bon Appetit podcast episode that was a live recording which included Padma Lakshmi, hosted by Chris Morocco. A memorable statement was shared by guest Marcus Samuelsson on feeding kids, summary mine:

  1. Establish what available food there is, if kids choose not to eat what's on the table on that specific occasion, then let them know that they can only workaround that lack.

  2. Have them eat what you'll eat -- this isn't a literal thing but basically if you have bad food habits, then your kids will do, too.

  3. ^ These will help them cultivate their relationship with food growing up (I know for sure because I've seen friends who do not eat vegetables even as adults and find it hard to start now because they were only given food they wanted to eat as children, aka junk)

  4. Food can be weaponized by those who are being fed, which means (as children) choosing not to eat or choosing what to eat can be used as an opportunity to negotiate other decisions beyond the dining table. Teaching a child how to eat properly and how to see food can inform how they live at home (takeaway mine)

Hmmm 🤔

20 Jun 2023 - 20:43

"What one would hope is that pieces of software make each person that encounters that software more of a person." - Christopher Alexander

Revisiting this. Ahhhh.

20 Jun 2023 - 20:32

Google Graveyard

via netbros.com

20 Jun 2023 - 20:28

IKEA snacks are underrated

19 Jun 2023 - 16:27

I realized I had some level of comfort with the state of my skin, to which my dermatologist said 'No, you are swollen' ie 'you don't look good'.

We can now say that my self-esteem is informed by my doctor's POV ha ha ha ha :))) jks

18 Jun 2023 - 10:39

I thought about reading more books on deep generalists as I've always struggled with skillset considering I don't really specialize in...anything. But I wonder if seeking this type of material will basically make my view narrow because of confirmation bias. Hmm.

17 Jun 2023 - 21:03

Caught my brain saying 'I want to punch Facebook in the face', how violent

17 Jun 2023 - 15:16

Might be the only person (or one of the few) who get bothered watching Youtube channels with parent-child hosts where the child is clearly seen doing things they aren't exactly fond of or are almost forcefully asked to do. Can be charming at times but I have a hard time fully enjoying them :(

11 Jun 2023 - 08:50

Worried about one of my favorite platforms not having social media updates since late 2022, with major bugs all over, plus their tech guys not replying to messages anymore -- basically signs of a tech startup struggling, imo. Already heartbroken.

Why do uhh antiestablishment digital platforms have to suffer!!!

11 Jun 2023 - 08:43

Polyphonic: A Brief History of the Concept Album

10 Jun 2023 - 11:16

How we built the Figma design team

09 Jun 2023 - 18:38

Today in thoughts that stump me: how to revisit waste segregation + recycling

07 Jun 2023 - 22:48

Yes, yes yes yes yes: Lab Muffin Beauty Science: Scientists Debunk: "Sustainable" Myths Everyone Believes

04 Jun 2023 - 22:25

Bookmarking for when I return: the Noma team's guide to Kyoto

04 Jun 2023 - 21:04

NPR Tiny Desk: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Maybe one of these days I can go see UMO perform live~

04 Jun 2023 - 15:14

I've always known that I'm a bad (or subpar at best) gift-giver because of how I didn't have resources growing up to really choose 'the best' for people.

Not sure if the lockdown + lack of social interaction with friends has led me to be more mindful/thoughtful about gifts, but a few friends have pointed out that they've truly appreciated the gifts I've given them. And that deserves a self pat on the back.

Yay, improvements!

04 Jun 2023 - 14:25

DONE READING What Kids Should Know About Filipino Architecture by Edsel G. Cabalfin, Asa A. Montenejo (2015)

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04 Jun 2023 - 14:15

Signs of aging: Power naps used to be 20-minutes long, now they have to hit the 1 hour mark :/

Is it me, or is it a post-covid thing?

29 May 2023 - 19:57

I miss this era of SNL so much

22 May 2023 - 12:23

Always a good sign when you know you're not fully excited about life in general and yet still get to dance when a good song plays :))))))))))

19 May 2023 - 11:58

Tech Independence c/o Derek Sivers

19 May 2023 - 09:50

CURRENTLY LISTENING A summary of things I stuffed my ears with this week, post-COVID*

  1. John Coltrane's A Love Supreme - this was a reorientation on the basics

  2. EXO's 'Growl' on repeat - I missed this!

  3. Singaporean band Sobs - thanks to a random commentary video on a Singtel brand partnership stunt they pulled and for some reason got flack? This bad publicity led me to a nice discovery!

  4. Michael Jackson's 'Rock with You' on loop - as a morning wake-up song

  5. Hall and Oates - thanks to Simply Red's 'Sunrise' which sampled 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)'

*I say 'post-COVID' because it seems like during the days I was 'out', I didn't (couldn't?) really listen to music, for some reason

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17 May 2023 - 15:40

Vince Guaraldi's music = a balm

15 May 2023 - 08:45

Hall and Oates early in the morning = ☕

12 May 2023 - 20:33

Losing my sense of taste makes me want to order takeout curry, kimchi rice, and maybe a bag of Doritos

12 May 2023 - 15:51

Today in: accomplishing things while in isolation for covid

11 May 2023 - 18:36

"Go to the Jim"

10 May 2023 - 22:10

Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own

No one like Ryuichi Sakamoto, really.

07 May 2023 - 13:04

It would be interesting to research on the role of food in Korean television, specifically in variety shows, as it's usually used as a reward for games. A significant amount of time is given to showing the celebrity competitors eating the food, as if a version of the mukbang famous on YouTube now. I don't think I've seen a culture showcase their food in this manner. They also exclusively show (almost always!) local food, and there's a shared appreciation (vs in other cultures where people would likely be split in terms of taste). Hmmm.

02 May 2023 - 11:44

TODAY I LEARNED So proud that I was able to password protect files via Terminal ha ha

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30 Apr 2023 - 19:47

Some moments are just for keysmashing

30 Apr 2023 - 17:11

Drank maybe 1 shot extra of espresso (thinking I could already handle it as a ~big girl), and now monitoring my heart rate like a crazy lady. This just had to be said here, even if nothing much is expected in return :))))))) Ok that is all~

30 Apr 2023 - 15:23

Revisting the Eisenhower matrix

“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” — Eisenhower

29 Apr 2023 - 18:07

"You don't have to explain yourself": Steven Yeun on the freedom of filming Burning in Korea

24 Apr 2023 - 15:28

"Stop helping people who don’t want to help themselves." Hmmmmm

24 Apr 2023 - 15:11

To watch later: The Pursuit of Wonder: The Terrible Paradox of Self-Awareness | Fernando Pessoa

23 Apr 2023 - 17:40

Some days are for thinking about everything and nothing 😅😅😅

22 Apr 2023 - 09:01

Attempting to revive something I used to do when I was younger: take in input (Media! Food! Etc!) and process anything that was truly noteworthy. I called the series 'The Week's Catch', and will still call it the same.

21 Apr 2023 - 11:09

"May his memory be a blessing"

Moonbin was not my immediate favorite (in K-pop terms: 'bias') when I got into Astro, but I easily gravitated towards him, as he feels absolutely gentle and low-key as a person, but has explosive stage presence when performing. I remember being enamored when I saw him act in a comedy sketch TV show (ala SNL), thinking how could he be so funny when he was almost not doing anything on-screen. I would LOL at how strange his character was, and thought that no one else could pull off the role except Moonbin. I personally believe that to be memorable, one need not be a loud presence, Moonbin was definitely proof of that.

It feels odd to be incredibly attached to people you don't know personally, but make room for in your life. And now I find myself tearing up, reading Tamar Herman's tribute.

In it, she quotes something Moonbin said in a recent interview about their latest subunit album:

“I've always thought of a scent as a medium for memories, and we built this album's concept around scent, hoping our album to become a medium that takes listeners back to their memories. On top of that, now I want to add another meaning to the word “incense” - eternal. I think going back to the past and reminiscing can be done anytime, and any memory can be everlasting.”

19 Apr 2023 - 15:28

The squeegee is my new bestfriend. Can't believe I've been putting off my purchase; I finally have crystal clear (well, almost) glass windows ha ha

19 Apr 2023 - 10:33

Imho, a great mindset change is to choose to work with age rather than against it. The question is how!

13 Apr 2023 - 13:03

FOLLOWING @maigomika

Love watching countryside living videos, especially those set in Japan. Mika moved from Canada to Shikoku Island with her partner, so it's interesting to see an outsider settling in a part of a country sans what most people think they need to live a full life.

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11 Apr 2023 - 22:09

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

11 Apr 2023 - 03:01


Everyone: shocked at Taylor Swift’s breakup

Me: shocked that she’s been in a six-year relationship at all

11 Apr 2023 - 02:56

(wakes up at 2:30 AM with an existential crisis and thoughts on how some healthcare advice has been a recent letdown)

10 Apr 2023 - 14:04

CURRENTLY LISTENING Elements of Nature by Felbm (2021)

^ a random Apple Music discovery that's exactly what I need to calm my nerves down after watching Beef on Netflix 😅

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10 Apr 2023 - 08:36

HBO's Barry and A24's Beef -- great storytelling, absolutely emotionally draining for me. Definitely both shows worth the binge but I would need maybe 2 days for me to emotionally recover.

09 Apr 2023 - 20:56

An old video I would repeatedly watch years ago; still makes me smile: Erlend Øye • Amsterdam Acoustics

06 Apr 2023 - 14:22

DONE READING The Walking Man by Jiro Taniguchi

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06 Apr 2023 - 11:56

I learned so much about space design from this: Tiny Houses, Cozy Homes - Many Levels of Light. Amazing work from Sakano Yoshinori!

28 Mar 2023 - 16:14

'Another Mystery' by Raymond Carver

28 Mar 2023 - 12:11

CURRENTLY LISTENING Goods of the week! Aka new releases~

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28 Mar 2023 - 10:37

Tis official: Pilot Kakuno in M nib is my new favorite pen. Had this for years but only unlocking its tru potential~ now

28 Mar 2023 - 09:52

Listening to Japanese Breakfast makes me want to learn the synths, I kid you notttt!

28 Mar 2023 - 09:48

I REMEMBER The transition of loud music to the hum of a semi-broken electric fan

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26 Mar 2023 - 14:14

Instagram Stories as a format is basically a slideshow of people's lives/events.

26 Mar 2023 - 11:10


25 Mar 2023 - 12:57

Re: Next In Fashion fangirling

That Next In Fashion Season 1 finale with Minju Kim's collection + showstoppper has to be one of my favorite television moments ever, in history.

25 Mar 2023 - 12:13

Just found out this week that Netflix's Next In Fashion is back with a second season. Binged all the episodes which led me to rewatch Season 1 (definitely unmatched in quality of output and the batch of designers). This revived my admiration for designer Minju Kim, whose vision and spirit (not just as a creative but as a human being) are definitely inspiring. :)

25 Mar 2023 - 11:54

FOLLOWING @tent1000

New discovery! I love Japanese industrial design studio TENT portfolio. Definitely producing mindful work that I would love to do myself.

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22 Mar 2023 - 13:50

CURRENTLY LISTENING AM Waves by Young Gun Silver Fox (2018)

What a great album! Love it when new arrangements keep the spirit of the (pretty dated) genre that they draw inspiration from.

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13 Mar 2023 - 16:32


13 Mar 2023 - 15:56

DONE READING Four Episodes, Tokyo by Micaela Benedicto, Paolo Lim

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12 Mar 2023 - 20:49

Spent the past 30 minutes writing reviews for my hotel bookings in the past week. I don't think that's enough to make me a feedback nerd

12 Mar 2023 - 12:36

"consumerist self-care"

12 Mar 2023 - 12:34

Was lost around the Kampong Gelam area exactly a week ago, looking for a church and was told off with a 'This is a building, no church lah!'. Good times.

11 Mar 2023 - 10:25

A set of clothes hangers placed alongside each other, each holding a number of Good Morning brand towels--white towels with Chinese print in red and script that says Good Morning, in a backstreet in Jalan Besar district, Singapore

A clothes hanger number of Good Morning brand towels--white towels with Chinese print in red and script that says Good Morning, symmetrically placed, looking like a wide open flower, in a backstreet in Jalan Besar district, Singapore

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11 Mar 2023 - 09:46

What makes a good day (a thought-in-progress):

10 Mar 2023 - 13:45


Cried hard.

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10 Mar 2023 - 10:59

A quality trip feels like pilates :)))) It's like having done so much in a day but heading home with a calm, relaxed energy. Not tired, if that makes sense.

06 Mar 2023 - 11:59

And just like that, we’re close to the end of the first quarter of 2023! 😅

06 Mar 2023 - 08:43

I REMEMBER Hotel guests, mostly racially ambiguous, eating their breakfast, sitting in silence

06 Mar 2023 - 08:37

Still finding it surreal that 2020 is now 3 years ago

05 Mar 2023 - 23:31


04 Mar 2023 - 21:51

Gone back to my first ever travel destination as an independent adult after 10+ years and I realized how much of my memories were made whole because of smell!

Decided to remove my mask in outdoor areas with no crowds just to take everything in.

02 Mar 2023 - 08:09

Sit with boredom

26 Feb 2023 - 11:50

It's interesting how people use travel as an opportunity to reaffirm (or validate? parts of our) identity, and I feel that this is most true now because people are traveling again and they want to see if the way they saw the bigger world before the pandemic is still the same

26 Feb 2023 - 09:48

*Still heartbroken for Chewbacca

(a repost with the necessary correction ha HA haha)

25 Feb 2023 - 22:36

Still heart broken for Chewbacca

24 Feb 2023 - 13:59

Re: job feelings and other things

Why I love working in banking, particularly the projects related to making process improvements, i.e. unsexy things!!!! - The solutions focus on facilitating IRL or 'offline processes' (in quotes because what does this even mean anymore), making sure the tools we make enhance life somehow. Nothing related to having to rob people of their attention from reality, nothing related to transitioning them to the virtual world and making them stay there. Etc, etc.

I'll probably write something about what I probably dislike about working in finance, but I have nothing in my mind just yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️

24 Feb 2023 - 13:49

I make the weirdest decisions sometimes :/ 🎂

24 Feb 2023 - 13:45

The Perks of Living without Social Media | Cal Newport

Nothing new about 'leaving social media' because a lot of people are talking about their own reasons, but Cal Newport is the guy who's always spoken about this from years ago, even before the perils of constant use have been made it to our mental foreground. While the rest of his main points have constantly been validated by different people, his point on 'lowering your sense of self-importance' needs emphasizing (see video at 8:48).

Trying to picture all of these Like counts and varied reactions as scorecards being held up by a panel whenever someone posts something is such a jarring image.

24 Feb 2023 - 13:26

Ultimately while boundary setting is great and necessary, we can't always build walls around certain aspects of our life. So I guess thought management is the the most important skill we need to develop. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

24 Feb 2023 - 11:21

Spotting signs here and there of how much I love my job, but also seeing how much I hate making mistakes (to the point of punching my desk when I flub). I am still a work-in-progress~

22 Feb 2023 - 16:25

Supernuclear: Rules vs Principles

22 Feb 2023 - 16:18

This is the upside-down aka a Thoughts page for media input

20 Feb 2023 - 08:45

[Insert rant here about the day's heavy start and a flubbed food order]

15 Feb 2023 - 16:36

Re: mouse graveyard

TIL that computer mice are occasionally called mouses? 🤔

15 Feb 2023 - 16:34

In other news, I think I have enough to create a mouse graveyard, and by that I mean a collection of broken computer mice.........

15 Feb 2023 - 16:22

Some frustrating work-related things lead me to either space out or feel very, very heavy like something is pressed against the chest. But when I get past the moment and start to feel something else, out of personal decision to move on, I realize that it's amazing to still be able to switch and distinguish those feelings. It's a blessing to be able to say 'I felt really bad earlier but now I'm better'. Ah, the good and the bad, etc etc

12 Feb 2023 - 21:20

I REMEMBER the smell of fabric softener and light smog in the air as I walked through our street heading home from church on a sunny Sunday afternoon

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12 Feb 2023 - 20:46

I have noticed that the less I document stuff happening (ala social media user who'd shoot every single occurrence and post), the more I remember things. Hmmm 🤔

So maybe there is truth to that claim by Johnny Harris made years ago on 'How to Remember Your Life'

12 Feb 2023 - 20:35

Man standing texting at a corner of a building entrance by the sidewalk with streaks of light highlighting his face

12 Feb 2023 - 01:08

knocknock playbook by Shophouse & Co

Filed under: Stuff I wish I thought of :)))))

10 Feb 2023 - 04:03

Everything is an ad

08 Feb 2023 - 16:57

‘Love After Love’ by Derek Walcott

The time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

05 Feb 2023 - 14:47

CURRENTLY LISTENING Epik High's Strawberry EP (2023) reminds me of Sleepless In ______ (2019), which I think is a good thing~

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05 Feb 2023 - 14:26

Imho, a literal personal archive is private, not on social media 😅

04 Feb 2023 - 11:02

Reading the Bible start to finish - Derek Sivers


03 Feb 2023 - 16:44

Spaced out for a moment and all of a sudden, Cibo Matto’s ‘Mind Wall’ played in my head hmm

02 Feb 2023 - 23:46

Another Never Too Small video that had me smiling from beginning to end

02 Feb 2023 - 23:12

A thought after doing Pilates in an actual studio today for the first time: It shouldn't get any less challenging, but it should get more comfortable/more familiar

Hashtag oh wow wizdom wow

02 Feb 2023 - 10:00

I don't think tending to plants will ever be an overrated source of peace and calm.

30 Jan 2023 - 10:26

FOLLOWING @jrduennweller

Found him through the NYTimes illustration year-ender list! Love his style~

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30 Jan 2023 - 10:22

The Year In Illustration: The most memorable New York Times illustrations of 2022

30 Jan 2023 - 10:15


Shinee members on a boat looking out of the wilderness/sea, with small versions of them looking up to their human-sized versions

I forgot how much I love this album.

  1. 'Atlantis' sounds like a movie in song form.

  2. 'Heart Attack' is modern disco!

  3. 'Marry You' is just sweet-sexy, wispy in a R&B-pop kind of way~

...among other thoughts I have about this comeback. Teehee.

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29 Jan 2023 - 23:07

“What is the measure of my days?”

29 Jan 2023 - 16:44

Someone actually made a guide...? GQ: The Best Media Tote Bags, Ranked

"For people of a certain age demographic who happen to live in New York City, the media tote bag is something of a status symbol, sort of like a driving a Prius in Los Angeles or carrying a large baguette in Paris." 😅

27 Jan 2023 - 23:02

Heard today: 'Instagram Reels are like a fart in the wind; you can't even search for them!'

25 Jan 2023 - 15:01

NOTE TO SELF You are what you document

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25 Jan 2023 - 14:53

TODAY I LEARNED The term 'content design' was first used by a lead writer in the UK GDS design team.

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24 Jan 2023 - 09:09

I tried a thing: rep.ly/claudrod

24 Jan 2023 - 08:30

You don't ask an alcoholic friend (who's trying to recover) out for a drink, ok!

23 Jan 2023 - 07:11

"Where is Jesus?"

21 Jan 2023 - 12:46

Considering to revise my self-introduction to 'a humble office worker', which is 100% true

21 Jan 2023 - 08:47

This is the most successful I’ve ever been in my life with gifting. :)) Also lamps make the best gifts!!!!!!

20 Jan 2023 - 16:32

Not sure if it’s just me but Proton Mail on mobile is such a delight to use. Love how they revisited the design of email client apps 🤔

19 Jan 2023 - 07:37

Monsters University might just be one of my top favorite Pixar movies. Also, 🍵: Toy Story 4 was unnecessary.

^ random thoughts while washing the dishes after breakfast heh

18 Jan 2023 - 11:17

CURRENTLY LISTENING Space 1.8 by Nala Sinephro (2021)

Painting of pink gradient circle with black head and a rainbow ring around it with a small human figure holding onto the ring. The text space 1.8 in thin script is written across the cover and the artist name NALA SINEPHRO in serif text

I post the huge album art because IT'S GORGEOUS WHO MADE THIS

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18 Jan 2023 - 11:07

I have a running list of baby names in my head (even with the likelihood of me being a mom is low, afaik), which might be converted into pet names. I find that thought funny, though.

17 Jan 2023 - 21:36

You know, you can enjoy something without (overtly) studying it.

17 Jan 2023 - 21:25

While walking home, I suddenly had this thought in my head: "The quality of your plan of action depends on the reality you embrace."

Not sure from which self-help guru I picked that up from. Maybe from one of those weird video ads online?

16 Jan 2023 - 13:09

Random thought: 'Open' refers to a current state, 'Closed' also refers to current state but past action. Hehe who cares

16 Jan 2023 - 12:31

Today in thought stubs: Interesting conversations raised at work as the team explores different uses for ChatGPT. Makes me look at the work I do and its value; very existential shiz.

Ultimately in the whole AI discussion, weight is now given to the meaning or purpose of the process of creation. In most things we do, the ones that end up being most meaningful are things that change us. When this expectation is given to a process, then the task in itself is best given to a human to do. Is the process of turning off the lights transformative? Most of the time, it isn't. Etc, etc.

I remember a friend (who lives alone) shared that they tried to automate the process of watering and tending to their plants at home. A failure in plugging in values has led to the plants dying. I feel like that my friend has not taken advantage of what plants are for, in most cases. Taking time in caring for them is a HUGE aspect of plant care.

How much is lost (for you) when things are automated? This can be a truly personal topic because things that have meaning vary from person to person. For an artist, the process of creating means a lot, but for art marketplaces, only the output matters. Etc, etc.

15 Jan 2023 - 22:31

Must've seen Knives Out at least 7 times...?

15 Jan 2023 - 19:14

DONE READING Radically Content by Jamie Varon

14 Jan 2023 - 21:27

He finally did it! everyday.photo

14 Jan 2023 - 19:02

Me: shares lyrics of Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' to friend

Friend: It sounds like the theme of your thoughts.


14 Jan 2023 - 16:14

Re: Quartet the drama #1673683570

38:00 of Episode 7 made me softly cryyyyyyyyy

14 Jan 2023 - 16:06

Rewatching Quartet, the J-drama. The sort of breakup scene (how it seemed like a very level-headed conversation) reminded me of real life events, nothing overly dramatic. Which makes me think how great the show's writing truly is. This is rare for TV dramas, I am floored.

14 Jan 2023 - 13:53

Discovered mellow.thoughts.page from the Thoughts webring today, and it's interesting to see how things are laid out sans date and time.

14 Jan 2023 - 00:06

CURRENTLY LISTENING Analog Dance Music by Kommode (2017)

This album gives me joy~

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14 Jan 2023 - 00:04

Was thinking about how a friend uses the word 'jump' differently when I found this link on my YouTube home: Jump while you can

11 Jan 2023 - 13:00

"I do my best, I let go of the rest" (I think I heard this said by a monk from a video)

10 Jan 2023 - 06:15

CURRENTLY LISTENING Fuubutsushi by Fuubutsushi (2020)

Sun about to rise and this is playing in low volume.

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09 Jan 2023 - 12:15

Dear website, please allow me to drag your scrollbar. Some people have a weird mouse scroll wheel and do not have access to a trackpad.

09 Jan 2023 - 11:24

CURRENTLY LISTENING Future Listening! by Towa Tei (1994)

Surprised at how timeless this album sounds~

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08 Jan 2023 - 19:02

LIFE TOOLKIT A just-in-case thing, which sounds like great advice because it's not a Band-Aid solution but an approach to generally dealing with negative sensations that trigger worry: A Guided Walkthrough to Stop a Panic Attack


Starting a new post chain, just because!

08 Jan 2023 - 18:30

Bookmarks for work from Smashing Magazine:

08 Jan 2023 - 16:22

A great reminder for those who have decided to nerd the heck out of the simplest things: 'Note-taking isn't rocket science'

08 Jan 2023 - 16:19

Today in negotiations: Finish what you need to finish (a side project) and then go buy the domain you've been eyeing ok!

08 Jan 2023 - 15:21

Updated my /now page nuninoo

08 Jan 2023 - 12:19

Would like to support publications that have done a move to digital but the rich media placements on their websites make things v hard to read :(

08 Jan 2023 - 11:11

FOLLOWING Checked out the Thoughts webring after a while, and found a few new pages! Some of them quite resonate with me:

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08 Jan 2023 - 09:07

Things that make me ok with living in a tiny studio apartment: Sunlight flushing through the whole spaceeeeeeee teeheeee

08 Jan 2023 - 08:47

Do the work, speak of it later.

07 Jan 2023 - 18:20

Bought grocery hydrangeas and forgot they need some special handling. Now I am a guardian over a droopy bouquet. Attempted this, though. Hoping it does something~

07 Jan 2023 - 15:43

I hate waste so much. Getting frustrated with how waste is being managed in different places.

06 Jan 2023 - 20:24

"Music with a message should be accessible"

06 Jan 2023 - 10:08

Sick days -- when you're not fully bogged down but not healthy enough to be out and about. Quarantine makes for cozy moments at home. Tea (or coffee, if you're stubborn like me), fruits, great music. Ah.

03 Jan 2023 - 21:49

A year later and this still stings. Ugh.

03 Jan 2023 - 21:08

A post from 2007, in case you ever wondered what subpixel rendering is, among other things~

03 Jan 2023 - 17:03

Joni Mitchell wrote one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Fight me.

03 Jan 2023 - 16:43

2022: The year I ugly-cried before facilitating a workshop (snot under my mask, foggy and stained eyeglasses) because I'm a weirdo with very shallow tears 😅😅😅

Good times.

02 Jan 2023 - 20:29

I quite miss this version of me. Hoping I feel this free to write whatever I think again.

02 Jan 2023 - 19:10

Enjoying reading through blogs/class reflections posted online by teachers, specifically those who tackle media studies. One blog I stumbled upon today is Emily Contois' site.

01 Jan 2023 - 19:51

2023 reading list via Literal

01 Jan 2023 - 18:41

Filed under: Quality K-pop content~

01 Jan 2023 - 18:37

In preparation for band rehearsal next Sunday, decided to listen to the only track we have that's officially released. Congrats to me for being able to finally listen to this track without cringing.

Spotify says we only have 4 monthly listeners. We're probably the only band with a release under Warner Music that has a uhh small listenership :)))) #whocares

01 Jan 2023 - 15:26

CURRENTLY LISTENING Secret Rendezvous from the Netherlands! A New Year's find c/o my sister-in-law. Amazed at the neo-soul stuff coming from Europe!

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01 Jan 2023 - 12:08

Please be reminded that Instagram is not a messaging app. It is, but it really isn't.

Happy new year! 🤣

31 Dec 2022 - 15:43

Top artists listened to in the past 7 days: Lianne La Havas, Day6, Jacob Collier, Janelle Monae, Gil Evans

Closing the year with this list. How accurate!

31 Dec 2022 - 11:21

I love Apple Music but it's odd how albums are categorized. What IA is this...

31 Dec 2022 - 10:43

Can't believe how much of a mood high I've gotten out of this nippy weather. It's helped a lot with focusing, too.

Not considering how my eczema responds to dry air, but I do think my soul (oh wow) is really made for cooler weather.

31 Dec 2022 - 09:32

CURRENTLY LISTENING Miles Davis 🤝🏻 Gil Evans

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28 Dec 2022 - 14:51

Aaaaand another one! Can't believe I was in the same room as these talented folks that one night a few months ago. :)

28 Dec 2022 - 14:21

Today in: 2022 favorites - Emily Elbert and Jacob Collier. I can't believe I actually saw these 2 perform live this year. :)

28 Dec 2022 - 09:58

Everytime we do some ref Tetris with the stuff it contains = feeling of annoyance for this unintentional puzzle and overwhelming sense of gratitude for the amount of food we have

27 Dec 2022 - 09:18

Back in the day, Mac Premo's editing style was quite unique to the internet that it was copied by some folks and at some point, made popular by Vox. Now everyone tries to do the same snappy editing style, accompanied with sound effects for every cut/onscreen graphic placement that nothing seems to rest anymore. Everything comes with a click and a clack and a swipe and a ding. Or in this Reels-y day and age, everything is set to a 30s music snippet or AI voice.

Everything is the same same same same same same same same

(Mentally jumps to McLuhan's the medium is the message~)

27 Dec 2022 - 08:39

“If your story doesn't contain a surprise, then your story isn't a story. It's a report.” - Van Neistat

26 Dec 2022 - 19:27

Command Line Interface Guidelines

26 Dec 2022 - 16:02

Ok, JHA's Times Now is one of my favorite fonts of late #no1curr

26 Dec 2022 - 00:54

Screenshot from my Literal account of a 'shelf' labeled "Me as a speck of dust" with book covers, one on top is Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

Created a new shelf thing over at my Literal account.

21 Dec 2022 - 21:26

Re: owning a smartwatch

For someone who's supposed to be 'Slow Tech-aligned' (hah), here's how I take advantage of using a smartwatch without it getting in the way of life~

  1. It's on Do Not Disturb by default, with notifications switched on only from family. I turn this off when I place a delivery and will need to be notified of its arrival. Because of this, I can keep its sound turned on and will not be bothered by seemingly random beeps.

  2. The only app notifications allowed are related to reminders I have intentionally set. These include taking my vitamins/medications when needed, items on my calendar (this helps with my timeblocking practice and keeping myself in check), the Workout app (so that I get alerted about movement-related tasks).

  3. Currently, an analog watch face is set by default. The Metropolitan watch face is my favorite now (sometimes I have the Minnie/Mickey one set when I want them reading the time to me with their kooky-sounding voices :)). This helps me slow down a little in reading the time for obvious reasons. Forced microbreaks!

Basically I've turned the device into a glorified digital watch with the very limited beep/alert triggers while still tracking stats like a fitness watch would, but also having very handy features like serving as a remote. All of these I have access to without having to hold my phone.

Also, one random thing: I got to download a guitar tuner on it and it's probably one of the exciting use cases I have for the watch, imho. :))

21 Dec 2022 - 21:01

I would also like to inform myself from earlier this year that we have acquired an Apple Watch and it has been very helpful. Here's to hoping it can last us a looong timeeeee (until WatchOS is no longer updateable I guess?).

21 Dec 2022 - 19:13

I would like to inform myself from one year ago that we have seen quite a number of live music shows this year and stood onstage again (twice?) and it felt great.

21 Dec 2022 - 18:42

TODAY I LEARNED There's such a program created by an NGO (?) called Common Sense, based in the States, focusing on mindful use of tech specific to children. My mind is blown that their curriculum on Digital Citizenship has material for kindergarteners, tackling concepts like 'media balance' and taking a break from technology. (Kindergarteners. Let that sink in.)

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20 Dec 2022 - 09:04

The Architecture of Liminal Space

Terms noted:

18 Dec 2022 - 21:36

CURRENTLY LISTENING Gen Hoshino's Inner Visions Hour radio show on Apple Music

For some reason, despite not fully understanding the in-between talks, I enjoy listening to them. Playing through all episodes because the music selection is topnotch.

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18 Dec 2022 - 20:54

The struggle remains: How to make my quotation marks the curly version when using my desktop keyboard. These keyboard shortcuts are not intuitive.

18 Dec 2022 - 20:42

FAVORITE IKEA THINGS The Lillabo wooden toys (city-building) set, designed by Henrik Johansson. I fell in love with this series and thought it would be a great gift to my godson.

Starting a new series on great IKEA finds (For design! For science!) because there is quite a selection worth keeping notes about.

18 Dec 2022 - 19:42

TODAY I LEARNED Today in random searches: the meaning of the song 'Ponta de Areia', which I first got introduced to via Esperanza Spalding's version.

"Ponta de Areia...reflects nostalgically on the demise of a railroad route in Minas Gerais, Nascimento’s childhood home."

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18 Dec 2022 - 18:57

As a sucky gift-giver, I find Van Niestat's list pretty informative. Love his 3 traits of what a gift should be and his note on 'expensive vs costly'. Only a thoughtful person who's had a lot of effective (and enjoyable, as a giver?) gift-giving experiences could put this list together.

"The point of gift-giving is to make people feel loved (even if you don't really love them)."

11 Dec 2022 - 12:03

As a frequent searcher/lurker on Fragrantica, I would love to be part of their website team. I have so many thoughts~

10 Dec 2022 - 19:59


10 Dec 2022 - 14:04

Watching possibly my favorite J-drama by far called Quartet, an old one from 2017. One thing I take away from some of these conflicts: Meaning brings life to things, meaning can also be a destroyer of things.

04 Dec 2022 - 11:44

Mailchimp = Marketing Champions

04 Dec 2022 - 11:15

“Laughter is carbonated holiness,” said Anne Lamott.

03 Dec 2022 - 10:40


Dictionary screenshot with the definition of the word 'persnickety' - placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy: she's very persnickety about her food, requiring a particularly precise or careful approach: it's hard to find a film more persnickety and difficult to use than black-and-white infrared

30 Nov 2022 - 20:07

TODAY I LEARNED There is such a protein in the human body (among other organisms) called Claudin~

Won't be ashamed to admit that one of the things I like about myself (there's not a lot so this means something HEHE) is my name. Thank you, mom and dad.

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30 Nov 2022 - 15:57

Re: 'me, too!'

What are other expressions of empathy to help a person feel that they are not alone (without us taking the spotlight away from them/the topic)?

30 Nov 2022 - 12:08

Interesting that most people (including me, sometimes) would default to a 'me, too!' response when a person is sharing a personal story.

Most of the time, I think people just want a listening ear than a response that somehow distracts from the reason why the conversation started in the first place.

30 Nov 2022 - 09:05

Today's a holiday and I plan to start and finish a book. Yay

28 Nov 2022 - 20:41

Wasn't expecting Netflix's First Love to have The Postal Service, Unknown Moral Orchestra in the soundtrack! What a great show, overall.

27 Nov 2022 - 12:11

CURRENTLY LISTENING The Best of Friends of Distinction by The Friends of Distinction (1996)

'Great Day' randomly played in my brain, so I thought of playing this album, which I remember listening to when I was a child.

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27 Nov 2022 - 10:26

CURRENTLY LISTENING This Is What I Mean by Stormzy (2022)

Album art with image of a door and a door mat with a note on it that says 'this is what I mean', with a streak of sunlight creating a spotlight on it

About to finish reading a book with this album playing in the background. Happy Sunday!

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26 Nov 2022 - 18:27

I might not have binge-watched a TV show this Saturday, but I did spend 2.5 hours listening through Wondery's Over My Dead Body. I am such a horrible binger.

21 Nov 2022 - 08:46

The smell of soba in the morning triggers memories of Sendai breakfasts~

20 Nov 2022 - 10:31

The version of myself that I hate the most is me as TV series binger 😂😔

20 Nov 2022 - 10:22

“It's not just about getting out of an extremely depressive state, or getting over a divorce or a really bad breakup. It's like, how can therapy be a tool to get me to see life slightly differently, and make me slightly happier?” - Jordan Rakei on therapy

I love talk therapy. You don’t need to be clinically diagnosed with anything to find benefit from it. Always a great thing to speak with a professional thought untangler, imo.

Now there’s that question on access and affordability, though.

19 Nov 2022 - 05:23

Why we’re awake at 4:30 AM - Remembered to check a Figma work file access, needed to make sure it was set to ‘Only those invited’ 😭😭

18 Nov 2022 - 08:35

Hey, Siri. Play ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers

17 Nov 2022 - 09:35

Went to see PREP in 2018, saw a sea of phones shooting horizontal videos before me.

Went to see PREP yesterday, people mostly shot vertical vids!

Times have truly changed heh

17 Nov 2022 - 09:33

Going to a concert is the best because you can dance all you want and not care if someone (who may not be the dance-y type) feels out of place. :))))

16 Nov 2022 - 17:15

The gentrification of Manila! The streets are getting narrower, sidewalks smaller, blocks tighter. New buildings being built everywhere~ We mostly have concrete!

Ah, our markers of progress.

09 Nov 2022 - 20:19

"You've turned into a pressure cooker."

09 Nov 2022 - 09:53

HBO’s Barry might just be the best TV show I’ve seen this year. Bill Hader is quite the genius.

06 Nov 2022 - 11:47

Only Apple Support provides good service. Authorized service providers pale in comparison, fo sho fo sho.

05 Nov 2022 - 16:46

I go to Reddit even for practical concerns. Been finding communities with legit helpful responses and people feel truly sincere. Perhaps this has something to do with the moderation bots that other platforms may learn from?

I can’t believe it’s this helpful.

05 Nov 2022 - 11:32

"An oxygenated schedule"

01 Nov 2022 - 18:49

I wish Doh Kyungsoo stars in a Kogonada film.

01 Nov 2022 - 14:07

Today in delaaaaaayed discoveries: the DXO One.

01 Nov 2022 - 11:33

I just realized how much I hate editing photos :/

31 Oct 2022 - 14:41

A comeback soon! givehelp.today

30 Oct 2022 - 17:02

“Trivial many, vital few.”

24 Oct 2022 - 21:42

Happy birthday, Claud! 🎂🥳 May you celebrate many, many, many-many more in good health and happiness! ❤️🌹

Thoughtful friend is thoughtful! Thank you, David. 🤗

24 Oct 2022 - 20:53

Still amazed at this project: Noritaka Minami's 1972

22 Oct 2022 - 09:56

Tsujiri's Yuzu-o-Matcha. That is the post.

09 Oct 2022 - 13:10

If tech platforms made engagement cues/data private, only for the poster or creator to see, would that change the way we see the world/ourselves (considering how these platforms have already shaped behavior)? (re: thought on Spotify/Apple Music from last week)

04 Oct 2022 - 22:34

“McLuhan’s view is that mediums matter more than content; it’s the common rules that govern all creation and consumption across a medium that change people and society. Oral culture teaches us to think one way, written culture another. Television turned everything into entertainment, and social media taught us to think with the crowd.”

03 Oct 2022 - 12:38

Men I Trust: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert


03 Oct 2022 - 10:45

As a frequent user of both Spotify and Apple Music (which likely will affect my end of year listening stats), I am seeing the product feature priorities of each platform. I love Spotify’s more well articulated IA, but for someone who likes a quieter online experience, I gravitate more to Apple Music.

I feel like Spotify’s visible stats make it more social, and fuels fandom energy. It’s like the perfect streaming platform for the passionate Twitter user (badly put, hah). This may be true for similar platforms like YouTube Music.


02 Oct 2022 - 21:10

Being nice ≠ being kind. No one wins with all the virtue signaling, yo.

02 Oct 2022 - 18:04

Oddly enough, it already feels like Christmas.

30 Sep 2022 - 22:41

Proud of myself for choosing to space out while waiting for my turn at the doctor's clinic today.

24 Sep 2022 - 19:57

Takeshi Hosaka's Love2 House (and his wife's, actually) makes it to Never Too Small! This video has me smiling from beginning to end.

Spot Donald Fagen and Carole King somewhere in the video hihi

22 Sep 2022 - 20:22

FOLLOWING @yoshihiroimai - Owner of known Kyoto restaurant/overall chill join, Monk. Been seeing Monk featured in different places and I just get a general sense of peace seeing every single aspect of the restaurant/brand/business. Also found out from one of his posts that he was featured in a Netflix episode of Chef's Table!

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21 Sep 2022 - 10:27

When meditation is taught by way of acceptance criteria writing in Gherkin format

Truly, my mind is blown. Makes me want to rethink how I can write my life plans in this format as well.

19 Sep 2022 - 08:12

“All creativity just looks like content.”

10 Sep 2022 - 17:37

CURRENTLY LISTENING Are U Romantic? by UA (2022)

Glad I got introduced to UA by my language teacher a few years back. This album showcases a much groovier side of her, which is right up my alley. Album gem imho is 'Ocha'.

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09 Sep 2022 - 17:06

'Paste to replace' on Figma is just the best~

03 Sep 2022 - 18:59

FOLLOWING @casiopea_official1979 - It's nice to see their username having their founding year hihi

I love music so much~

22 Aug 2022 - 23:03

Everyone’s created their own stage out of social media, and people want to be a guest on someone else’s.

22 Aug 2022 - 22:53

Nowadays, headlines are the main thing and context is rarely asked for (presented?)

20 Aug 2022 - 12:36

If you choose to be vegan as an act against how animals are treated for meat to be harvested, should the act stop in your food selection? Do you just stop eating meat altogether and...that's it? (Rhetorical question, tbh.)

13 Aug 2022 - 20:59

Rilakkuma and Friends early this year and now, Kotaro Lives Alone. What's up with my taste in animated series? 🤔

10 Aug 2022 - 22:10

Such a great ad featuring a capella superstars, Maytree

Also, 'Over the Horizon' remains to be such a great ringtone.

31 Jul 2022 - 21:49

"...saying New York is the greatest city in the world is kind of like saying celebrities are the greatest people alive. Beneath the veneer awaits something far more regular than you might expect. To be widely beloved, to have global impact—it’s certainly exciting to be around. But the superlative is too shallow, too literal. Sure, New York conjures a specific, singular mood, but so do a lot of places." from Haley Nahman's Maybe Baby #107: Is New York overrated?

Loving this newsletter so much, particularly this release. I was just going through Kyoichi Tsuzuki's 1997 book Tokyo: A Certain Style early this morning and the theme of both pieces is revisiting a very much popular, romanticized view of a place/culture. Always worth the discussion.

31 Jul 2022 - 16:08

Today, I found a new favorite piece of pastry: chocolate kouign amann whew

31 Jul 2022 - 09:09

"It's not a treat if you have it everyday!"

24 Jul 2022 - 22:46

Lord, thank You for the gift of dance and music~

24 Jul 2022 - 21:51

To grow old is a beautiful thing.

09 Jul 2022 - 17:52

The power of lighting in a small space! I love how just some lighting adjustments define zones, making a small space deliver more than just 1 chunk of... amorphous space, if that makes sense.

05 Jul 2022 - 12:44

More than anything, my love for mint chocolate is probably driven by good memories. Maaaaybe that’s it.

04 Jul 2022 - 23:20

Big Think: ‘Why I’m against empathy” - Paul Bloom

04 Jul 2022 - 21:27

James Hong, ladies and gentlemen. Probably the man I'd like to be.

30 Jun 2022 - 23:19

Was asked over an icebreaker what my dream job was growing up. I realized my dream roles involved either music, the act of curating, or both combined. Heh.

25 Jun 2022 - 22:57

Wondering if I'm the only person who is uhhh excited to sleep because of breakfast the next day 🤔

25 Jun 2022 - 17:15


Painting of a naked woman with less bodily details facing right with other abstract shapes, color mainly in beige and bright blue

Absolutely obsessed with this.

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25 Jun 2022 - 10:59

It's that time of life when you retake the MBTI assessment thing that everyone swears by. 😂 Happy to report that...nothing has changed.

23 Jun 2022 - 10:56

For posterity, as of January 2022, my Strengths Finder assessment top 5 results are the following:

  1. Restorative

  2. Adaptability (which I doubt a little bit specifically the temperament part, but I understand how I am generally flexible)

  3. Connectedness

  4. Intellection

  5. Empathy (Really? But also I kinda get why, yet again.)


19 Jun 2022 - 22:02

Always grateful to have the resources to consult a dietician and have room to align my priorities in life. Never not grateful.

(This truly is a privilege. Hoping this can be made accessible to more people.)

19 Jun 2022 - 21:37

CURRENTLY LISTENING Untourable Album by Men I Trust (2021)

children with smiles jumping in front of a big house in a gloomy, rainy day

I can't believe I am finding this as a new-ish release in 2022. Takes me back to early 2000's (imho heyday of triphop?), but still feels so, so fresh.

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19 Jun 2022 - 14:17

Just dropping by to say that keto or a low carb diet does wonders. I should've started sooner.

07 Jun 2022 - 14:39

As I wind down tonight, this will be played: Yumi Zouma - Live at Hackney Studios

03 Jun 2022 - 22:10

Your Undivided Attention: How To Free Our Minds - with Cult Deprogramming Expert Dr. Steven Hassan

01 Jun 2022 - 07:03

Exposing yourself to the suffering of others is not to compare life states (and in effect, making yourself feel better). It’s a simple exercise of placemaking: you are going through this not so great thing where you are, I am going through this meh thing where I am at. Both not stellar in their own different ways (and maybe, objectively, their own levels of intensity), but what is the overlap? In this way, we find a way to connect instead of a chance to compare for our own ego.

30 May 2022 - 21:58

Some wise words from Alan Alda

30 May 2022 - 16:36

CURRENTLY LISTENING Yumi Zouma albums will get me through the week~

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28 May 2022 - 11:34

Splitting the load between Notion and Obsidian. The lack of a mobile sync (since I host my files on a third-party cloud storage service) has made it difficult for maintenance. And splitting the load is ok! Whatever works, works.

23 May 2022 - 16:13


14 May 2022 - 22:17

A Vernacular Web

14 May 2022 - 15:48

FOLLOWING Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli aka @_ garbagequeen _ aka Waste Nerd. Found her through one of those Tech Support WIRED vids and I am hooked!

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14 May 2022 - 14:00

CURRENTLY LISTENING Time to listen to some Snarky Puppy, The Bad Plus again. Brain, heart, ears need cleansing~

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09 May 2022 - 09:48

“Reliable rhythms lead to predictable outcomes, and rhythm is an expression of moderation.” - Jack Cheng

08 May 2022 - 11:35

"Perception is real, and the truth is not." - Imelda Marcos


07 May 2022 - 18:00

The Right of Peaceful Assembly

05 May 2022 - 17:44

why - IndieWeb

03 May 2022 - 18:32

Games I've been into so far:

He he 🤔

03 May 2022 - 15:28

Officially archived my Notion and moving to Obsidian, hosting files on the cloud which provides files version history by default, without having to set up git. Yay~

03 May 2022 - 13:06

TIL that the gamelan ≠ Balinese gamelan, thanks to the comments on this video, which I got quite a number of answers right /does fist pump into the air~

03 May 2022 - 10:05

CURRENTLY LISTENING What a Wonderful World with Original Love? (2021)

A grainy image of a man looking into the camera with the 3 W's super imposed over his face vertically lined

Apparently this is a covers compilation album with a set of Japanese artists I admire adapting songs by Takao Tajima's band, Original Love. He actually appears in one track with Ovall called 'Kiss'.

Fun fact (which is news to me!): Takao Tajima was briefly Maki Nomiya's partner in P5, for the Bellissima! album.

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30 Apr 2022 - 12:33

Sometimes I'm just grateful to have time to clean the bathroom.

30 Apr 2022 - 11:50

Missing G and N, my random talk buddies, my confidants. Funny how I lost both of you almost at the same time.

22 Apr 2022 - 11:20

THE SLOW WEB "We used to spend hours scanning bookshelves for hidden gems, flipping through crates of vinyl records to find that one perfect song or getting lost in carefully crafted photo albums. A slower pace and undivided attention gave us a sense of meaning and mystery in our everyday explorations.

But the new digital world has left us drifting. The technologies that were meant to empower us have made us passive. Machines have taken over the responsibility of serving our experiences, deciding what we should see, think, and feel."

Polite - Manifesto


Starting a new post chain for the topic.

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21 Apr 2022 - 19:37

Updated my thought dump: Thoughts on the Slow Web

21 Apr 2022 - 18:19

An inventory of obsessions

21 Apr 2022 - 18:16

Took a series of vocal exercises (after years!!!) that resulted in me being...a mezzo. For real??

18 Apr 2022 - 10:45

CURRENTLY LISTENING 海をみていたジョニー by Teru Sakamoto Trio (2007)

Rocky sea side black and white photo with a person sitting by the rocks with the album title in Kanji

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18 Apr 2022 - 10:23

I didn't think I would get a good life season reminder from K-pop, but I did (rough translation, though): 'When I stop dreaming, that means I'm no longer in my youth.' - Suho

This doesn't mean people of old age don't dream. What I take away from this is: not dreaming is like giving up life.

16 Apr 2022 - 21:18

Subscribed to The Atlantic's One Story to Read Today newsletter. #no1curr

31 Mar 2022 - 09:46

Why Is Brandy Called the 'Vocal Bible'?

I think there's potential to this that can definitely be expanded on further, focusing on technique and what her influence is to the mentioned younger artists, since it was one of their main points in the video. But I still appreciate this story, for sure.

24 Mar 2022 - 07:45

Marshall Mcluhan Full lecture: The medium is the message - 1977 part 1 v 3

Amazed how this man's observations of the world transcend time. Can't help but be reminded of Mcluhan's main thesis when I think about social media.

16 Mar 2022 - 08:56


13 Mar 2022 - 20:48

The Penthouse band rabbit hole has led me down to Hayato Sumino's work.

Also known as Cateen, here he is playing a fundraising online gig to raise funds for Ukraine: Cateen's Piano Live at TOKYO TOWER🗼

13 Mar 2022 - 13:26

CURRENTLY LISTENING Living Room EP by Penthouse (2021)

A CRT TV switched on but with no image placed on a table against a bright pink wall

'Gorgeous' was the word that came to mind when I first listened to this album. Such lush simplicity!

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10 Mar 2022 - 11:54

CURRENTLY LISTENING Over the Horizon 2016: Samsung Galaxy Brand Sound by Dirty Loops

First heard this when a coworker's Samsung phone rang while we were in a meeting, a few years ago. Wondered if it was stock ringtone because I badly wanted to listen to the full song and Shazam it. :)) After years, I finally found the track and also found future versions of it, one of them being Jacob Collier's, also an absolute banger.

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06 Mar 2022 - 10:57

Gave my weekend braincells to a show on Netflix called Worst Roommate Ever, which The Guardian calls '[might officially be] the worst true crime show ever'. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

05 Mar 2022 - 15:55

CURRENTLY LISTENING Sujinho by Jackson Conti (2008)

A man walking through the side of a cantilevered building with only his back seen

Ah, I love my random internet finds.

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28 Feb 2022 - 14:05

Git Command Explorer

27 Feb 2022 - 22:53

If a dictator's son wins this year's elections, our country will be one of the saddest jokes in history, ever.

25 Feb 2022 - 16:38

Coup d'Etat: The Philippines Revolt - 1986

25 Feb 2022 - 16:37

"It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling."

(That's today in: taking C.S. Lewis out of context! Also, an analogy that made me laugh, but it is quite brilliant.)

23 Feb 2022 - 13:28

Self-amusement is a superpower, methinks.

21 Feb 2022 - 09:30

"According to Baudrillard, what the simulacrum copies either had no original or no longer has an original, since a simulacrum signifies something it is not, and therefore leaves the original unable to be located. Where Plato saw two types of representation—faithful and intentionally distorted (simulacrum)—Baudrillard sees four: (1) basic reflection of reality; (2) perversion of reality; (3) pretence of reality (where there is no model); and (4) simulacrum, which 'bears no relation to any reality whatsoever'." - aka Baudrillard on simulacrum, via Wikipedia

20 Feb 2022 - 22:21

Jazz saves lives!

20 Feb 2022 - 20:37

Grateful for friends and random opportunities in which the expression of true friendship can be made.

20 Feb 2022 - 20:34

CURRENTLY LISTENING The past week in a nutshell!

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17 Feb 2022 - 14:06

Some days can feel like you're going insane. This is one of those days.

(Thankful to be sane enough to post this. He he.)

16 Feb 2022 - 10:16

NOTE TO SELF It pays to recognize your need to grieve. You have to assess if you're unable to go through grief because of a distraction or potentially other reasons. If a distraction conveniently got in the way, remember that grief can make itself felt at a later time if not properly dealt with. (The question to ask now is: Is it better to grieve sooner or later? When is the best time to grieve? Not that you have to force it to happen, but maybe one has to be open to it/really make room for it. Etc, etc)

15 Feb 2022 - 15:13

Saw Drive My Car and Spencer recently and all I can say to each is: it's hard and beautiful to be human. Will need to watch both again.

12 Feb 2022 - 17:51

Inasmuch as I love the thought of smartwatches and how they work, I realized they're essentially more disposable than actual (real, not fashion) watches. Aka adding up to e-waste!

(This may be a thought brought about by my newfound obsession with CASIO digital and G-SHOCK watches. :/ Not that I've began collecting. I've just been watching a lot of watch teardown videos. #no1curr)

12 Feb 2022 - 15:21

CURRENTLY LISTENING If I Didn't Love You by Ben Abraham (2022)

Gradient and grainy color sphere in green and peach against a light periwinkle background

This single is a compilation of a new favorite and some of Ben's releases of late that I've had on loop last year. Excited for the new album.

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11 Feb 2022 - 07:46

We know we have a good life when:

11 Feb 2022 - 07:32

CURRENTLY LISTENING Love I Need by Moonchild (2022)

Had this on repeat recently at night, while work tapers off.

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10 Feb 2022 - 17:19

'The kingdom of heaven is buried treasure. Would you sell yourself to buy the one you found?'

10 Feb 2022 - 07:01

NOTE TO SELF The School of Life: Being A Good Listener

Key points:

  1. They egg us on.

  2. They urge clarification.

  3. They don't moralise.

  4. They separate disagreement from criticism.

09 Feb 2022 - 13:26

CURRENTLY LISTENING Varis from Thailand is a new random playlist standout, thanks to his 2022 single 'can't let u go'. Now listening to his past releases. So many fresh, solid Asian acts, eh!

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08 Feb 2022 - 08:41


A purple sky with the words Pilmography WONPIL 1st album with Wonpil's side profile shown until right below the nose


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08 Feb 2022 - 08:24

Heard some birds chirping outside my window and my impulse had me pressing on my keyboard's volume up button because I wanted to hear more of it.

What have we become~

07 Feb 2022 - 10:05

CURRENTLY LISTENING Shonan Beach FM 78.9 via radio.garden

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06 Feb 2022 - 21:24

FOLLOWING Not new, but worth the mention, since I just saw him do a livestream talk today--twice: Craig Mod. Constantly amazed by his work! He creates elegant content/story/design projects that are packaged beautifully and still feel very personal. Hoping to produce work similarly.

06 Feb 2022 - 21:03

It's funny that my most recent impulse purchase is yet another domain name.

06 Feb 2022 - 19:09

Made my own oat milk, have been stocking up and freezing spinach puree, etc etc. These things are actually easier than we originally think.

03 Feb 2022 - 18:35

Absolutely grateful for everyday. Even when the mind (aka my occasional greatest enemy) gets in the way, heh.

02 Feb 2022 - 14:48


Black and white photo of Fujii Kaze with his eyes closed, his long hair styled to be unkempt

Obsessed with this and his covers album! This boy is quite the talent.

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01 Feb 2022 - 11:31

CURRENTLY LISTENING Drive My Car Original Soundtrack by Eiko Ishibashi (2021)

Album art with hand drawn man standing against a car with a woman driver, design has an almost watercolor like finish. Everything is in black and white except for the car that's rendered in red.

Been seeing the record stores I follow stock up on this album. Got me intrigued and was not disappointed! Now I want to watch the film because the tracks definitely have a cinematic quality to them, as if playing out a narrative. Eiko Ishibashi seems to have thing going on in her work, which is great. What a nice accidental discovery~

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30 Jan 2022 - 21:17

Minimalist.travel: Why Portuguese is the Best Language for Music

Someone actually wrote about it! Seems like I'm not alone in this observation. 🥰

30 Jan 2022 - 21:13

CURRENTLY LISTENING Mais Que Um Momento by Emilio Santiago (1983)

Emilio Santiago sitting on a couch in a shirt that's green and red with red pants

There's really something about the Portuguese language when sung. It just flows nicely with music.

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30 Jan 2022 - 20:37

I REMEMBER Not being able to work because the song that's playing is just making you pause for a head bob or a dance break. (Semi-related to this.)

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30 Jan 2022 - 20:31

Dance whenever you can, ok

29 Jan 2022 - 22:48

A Duolingo notification alerting me to go back to my lessons. The Duolingo green owl mascot is shown to be lifting weights

28 Jan 2022 - 22:09

Is it weird to be living alone and watching a looooot of videos of peoples' solo living setups? 🤔

28 Jan 2022 - 08:57

CURRENTLY LISTENING Walkin! by Otis Lim (2021)

A vector drawing of a green apple facing a mirror with a pensive look. Both actual apple and mirror reflection have empty speech bubbles beside them

A new K-indie discovery that I absolutely love. Can't wait to hear more from this guy.

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28 Jan 2022 - 07:19

It’s weird when ‘see you in 2 weeks’ from your doctor doesn’t happen because now she’s gone.

25 Jan 2022 - 03:14

CURRENTLY LISTENING Yakhal' Inkomo by Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Black and white album art image with a man's profile showing him holding his saxophone against a black background

Awake at 2:45 AM, no thanks to water drip sounds. Decided to read my devotional, listen to a jazz record, and work on a project. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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24 Jan 2022 - 13:32

CURRENTLY LISTENING tellusboutyourself by Yerin Baek (2020)

Yerin eating a potato chip from a bag of Lay's against a background/wall with different posters

I remember listening to this last year and it didn't appeal to me as a full album but it did have a few standout tracks. Listening to it now, it's such a strong album that's just generally a mood, but also I love the groovy/house-influenced tracks which I didn't expect. Five stars, yes.

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23 Jan 2022 - 21:29

In relation to this uhh happening, I have tagged this set of posts separately, inelegantly called 'alt text fail'~

23 Jan 2022 - 21:03

I always return to this: 🌱 My blog is a digital garden, not a blog

23 Jan 2022 - 13:32

Have strong negative feelings* toward the performative nature of social media

*clearly avoiding the use of 'hate' 😅

23 Jan 2022 - 13:21

'profoundly superficial' vs 'superficially profound'

23 Jan 2022 - 13:06

LOEWE | Joe Brainard: A Writer to Remember

23 Jan 2022 - 12:20

I REMEMBER the satisfaction of cleaning a linty hairbrush.

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23 Jan 2022 - 12:05

I REMEMBER good showers--hot water for the back and limbs, cold water for the face.

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23 Jan 2022 - 08:47

Made a new folder in my new-ish (made in 2020) email inbox called 'My favorite emails'. This was the first one I saved.

21 Jan 2022 - 16:51

You’ll be given love / You’ll be taken care of / You’ll be given love / You have to trust it

Maybe not from the sources / You have poured yours / Maybe not from the directions / You are staring at

Trust your head around / It’s all around you / All is full of love / All around you

(Thanks, Björk.)

21 Jan 2022 - 07:53

CURRENTLY LISTENING Records played to start and end the day in 2022

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20 Jan 2022 - 23:01

Ah, fandom bubbles (esp in Kpop) - the space to exercise ones confirmation bias.

20 Jan 2022 - 13:08

I REMEMBER that time when chicken breast slices tasted like bread.

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20 Jan 2022 - 12:20

CURRENTLY LISTENING BADモード by Utada Hikaru (2022)

Album art for BADモード album with Utada Hikaru in her brown sweats, standing in a hallway in what seems to be her home, against a while wall, with a child at the edge of the frame running away from her

Her vocals, always a win 💗

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19 Jan 2022 - 13:32


Accidentally stumbled upon Joe Brainard's work through a Fleet Foxes Instagram story (wow, thanks, Instagram?), and I will now start a series inspired by it. The whole practice/idea of journaling in that manner is perfect for all of these memories I have floating in my head that get me feeling nostalgic, more often than not. This is my attempt to grab a hold of them when they appear in my mental foreground. Here we go!

19 Jan 2022 - 11:30


Album art for MUTEMATH album with the band members in a rehearsal room with their instruments, their faces whitewashed

Mutemath's 'Noticed' has to be one of my favorite songs, I just realized. I can't believe Darren King made me appreciate the role of the hi-hat in this song specifically. It adds so much character to the song in a way that I didn't expect.

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18 Jan 2022 - 16:23

Why we're tired at work more than necessary: chat as a replacement for shoulder taps + quick conversations is not the same. You don't get the same assurance that the person is looking at you when you talk to them, the attention you get in response at the time you expect it is just! Not! The! Same!

18 Jan 2022 - 16:00

Grateful for having last.fm in the background all these years. One piece of meaningful tech for me, imho.

14 Jan 2022 - 11:59

Wondering how many GIFs all of these office communicator apps have served since the pandemic started. I resort to GIFs for some...human warmth during these times.

09 Jan 2022 - 12:51

Last Friday, I discovered on Netflix one of the things that I would end up loving so, soooo much. I am quite close to writing an episode guide of sorts, because I don't doubt it'll be absolutely worth the time. 😅

08 Jan 2022 - 17:43

Things that keep us apart even when we are physically together (a list-in-progress):

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08 Jan 2022 - 12:27


Album art for ECO PACK album with two portraits of Faye Wong placed side by side, one  has her covering her eyes with both her hands, the other shows her eyes looking at the camera with her right hand covering her mouth

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08 Jan 2022 - 11:59

Most of the time, when you hold a thing and assess its beauty or value, you judge it for what it is, not because it's carrying with it an info card of stats on how many people like it.

How can we keep our discoveries more organic?

08 Jan 2022 - 11:53

This year, may you always have the patience to wash your hands to Happy Birthday sung twice. Happy New Year!

08 Jan 2022 - 11:52

Am I even asking the right questions?

08 Jan 2022 - 11:52

Trying to seriously tackle what a slow, quieter web means to me. Pretty much setting the tone of 2022. More signal, less noise. But this only matters if what you (I, really) try to communicate is even meaningful. (What then makes a meaningful presence online?)

Ah, life.

08 Jan 2022 - 10:30

And by this I meant me! I'm the one who's catching up with all the good music that's now available to listen to. 😅

08 Jan 2022 - 10:29

Late is late but is catching up: 12 Must-Hear Albums from ECM, the Influential Jazz and Classical Label Finally Streaming

06 Jan 2022 - 12:21

Got my Dave Brubeck Quartet record in the mail and I have spent the past 15 minutes just staring at my speakers. Why does it feel like such a brain cleansing exercise~

05 Jan 2022 - 21:10

I don't ever want to get the feeling of being productive just because I "made content" out of my day (and cumulatively, my life).

05 Jan 2022 - 08:48

TIL that Spotify streams Ogg Vorbis in 320kbps, and I have been streaming only on High setting all this time.

04 Jan 2022 - 01:58

Not a fan of waking up in the middle of the night but sometimes it happens, and sometimes you post about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

02 Jan 2022 - 22:34

Tomorrow is another day for breakfast. Happy New Year!

02 Jan 2022 - 10:46

I remembered this super cool project: Alt Text as Poetry

01 Jan 2022 - 20:54

In my attempt to take advantage of Facebook's free resources and supposedly non-secure practices (because I am uhh antiestablishment like that), I tried to host my images for this page via Messenger. I know it's such a scrappy thing to do, but I've always thought their public URLs remained public. Apparently they expire! (Yay?)

So now my CURRENTLY LISTENING album covers don't load, and I am now exposed as a horrible alt text writer. In 2022, I will do better, I promise. For now, please scroll through my post chain and have a good laugh.

01 Jan 2022 - 19:08

A Cal Newport snippet I am stealing from someone's highlights on Literal: "A better strategy for shifting others’ expectations about your work is to consistently deliver what you promise instead of consistently explaining how you’re working."

Kind of like an inside joke for me or something. :)) But this is a great reminder.

01 Jan 2022 - 18:51

I saw this coming but it still hurts when you see an actual press release on it. 😅

30 Dec 2021 - 08:59

Been on a standup comedy show binge of late. Would love to see Aziz Ansari perform live one of these days~

27 Dec 2021 - 08:24


Green box with circle window in the middle showing clouds - AKMU Next Episode album cover

Consistently a record I've played more often in the morning (as I prepare breakfast and do some vacuuming. :)) What a nice morning EP. Doesn't hurt that the disc is pretty!

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20 Dec 2021 - 15:04

Wrote 2 user stories!!!1111

18 Dec 2021 - 16:59

How the weekend is shaping up: yellow tint natural lighting (I wonder what this means, air pollution index-wise...?), some Phoebe Bridgers, The Holiday (I get it, Netflix, you're pulling it out come December 31st), some egg salad sandwich (a mean spread c/o my mother), and some plum wine. With vacuuming in spurts!

14 Dec 2021 - 10:00

One of the best things I've done this year has to be softly quitting things. I say 'softly' because having a strict/cold turkey approach doesn't feel realistic. Managing things seems more effective to me.

13 Dec 2021 - 15:38

CURRENTLY LISTENING Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier (2020)

A portrait of Jacob Collier made of little raindrops with a black background - album art

Would love to see Jacob Collier's Djesse series performed live. What a talented human.

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12 Dec 2021 - 10:30

If there's a game I can win in a sport called Home Management, it's probably fridge Tetris.

12 Dec 2021 - 10:18

Routines are underrated.

12 Dec 2021 - 10:13

Tea is the norm!

11 Dec 2021 - 09:03

THINGS THAT MAKE ME BOOGIE Cool mornings and the sound of birds chirping

I am not a birdwatcher, but I notice the different chirping sounds, which means I'm actually in the company of different bird friends in my vicinity, hihi.

11 Dec 2021 - 09:00

CURRENTLY LISTENING Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi - a TED podcast

Podcast cover art in pink with drawings of people standing

I love this podcast. Episode of note: 'When will I get over my breakup?' - Love the learnings on the topic at hand, and also on research and data gathering.

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10 Dec 2021 - 07:29

Should be integrated to the social world again. It sometimes feels like I no longer know how to talk to people.

10 Dec 2021 - 07:27

Me during a group intro: I listen to a lot of music. Music keeps me company since I live alone.

(Other people introduce themselves.)

Someone from the group who thinks they know me: Claud said earlier she listens to a lot of K-pop.


08 Dec 2021 - 14:50

My sense of humor has saved me.

07 Dec 2021 - 21:45

FOLLOWING @bdenzer

Whew, the way Ben Denzer makes all of these miniatures out of paper is just 🤯🤯🤯 (Also of @ice_cream_books fame, in case that account’s familiar.)

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07 Dec 2021 - 14:37

Tbh, I wouldn’t know where I’d be without music. I am gratefuuuuuuuul for it and for other forms of art that have served a positive impact on our mental well-being.

I still have thoughts about calling certain things ‘nonessential’. This is a developing story...

07 Dec 2021 - 14:29

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”

(They say this is a C.S Lewis quote, but I'm not sure where it's from exactly.)

07 Dec 2021 - 14:22

CURRENTLY LISTENING Belvedere by Beady Belle (2008)

album art for Belvedere, with half a face of the lead singer

As the kids would say, 'such a banger'. Feels like a warm hug, always.

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06 Dec 2021 - 09:23

Today in: Food Saved Me!

A two-week old chocolate chip cookie (usually my favorites can last a bit long because of my awesome willpower--I am able to keep at least 1 piece in the freezer to consume in tiny bites) and an apple smoothie. What a mood lifter.

06 Dec 2021 - 07:28

Stuck my head out the window earlier today and just listened to the birds chirp. The air smelled like sweet pine with a hint of fried breakfast food. 😂😂

05 Dec 2021 - 21:18

“A non-traditional narcissist” 🤔

05 Dec 2021 - 21:14

NYTimes: It’s Never Too Late to Pick Up Your Life and Move to Italy

05 Dec 2021 - 11:18

BOOKSHOP MAP Your Mind; Seoul, South Korea 🇰🇷

I can't remember how I found this bookshop, probably through Instagram. But I clearly remember seeing their website and I knew I already wanted to see their stuff in person. Someday, someday.

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05 Dec 2021 - 11:12

BOOKSHOP MAP I'm starting this little chain for listing bookshops I'm fond of but I've never been to. Mostly independent bookshops, but may include non-indie ones, too; who knows? :)

05 Dec 2021 - 10:19

Went e-book 'shopping' this morning, and I realized it's almost as bad as buying books from a bookstore because you can accumulate so many books and end up not reading any of them in full. :/

03 Dec 2021 - 21:15

Aziz Ansari's Master of None has to be one of my absolute favorite shows ever (also one of the smartest-funniest). Wish I could write the way he does.

01 Dec 2021 - 13:04

Meaningful Stone - Beep-Boop, Beep-Boop [CLUB CASPER 2021 Day 1]

30 Nov 2021 - 14:52

About to scan negatives from 2019. This is harder than I thought. 😅😅

30 Nov 2021 - 13:41

Today in National Holidays:

29 Nov 2021 - 21:35

CURRENTLY LISTENING Discovery by Daft Punk (2001)

Daft Punk album art

Probably the album that truly cemented my love for electronic dance music, which started in high school, I think.

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29 Nov 2021 - 14:42

Virgil Abloh’s Lecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

29 Nov 2021 - 11:47

CURRENTLY LISTENING Jinah Restaurant Full Course by Lee Jin-ah (2018)

a photo of Jinah by a piano as her album art

A true full-course! The diversity in this album while still having a coherent sound. Oh, the stuff Jinah gets to pull off. Also, I am still obsessed with that opening track. One of K-pop's best, surprising collabs, imho.

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27 Nov 2021 - 19:21

Albums made out of the pandemic can either be really intense or just dull (like being meta type of dull).

27 Nov 2021 - 18:53

CURRENTLY LISTENING What We Call Life by Jordan Rakei (2021)

a collage style album cover

This album makes me feel like I'm floating underwater, enveloped by stories and feelings...if that makes any sense. Sonically, the vocal arrangements give off this effect the mostest. 🤔 Gah.

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27 Nov 2021 - 17:01


What Do I Call You album art, a girl image drawn with colored pencils

Had this on loop all afternoon. What a great 2020 K-pop album, ugh.

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27 Nov 2021 - 09:40

CURRENTLY LISTENING Lianne La Havas by Lianne La Havas (2020)

Lianne La Havas album cover with her smiling

Such a greatttt Saturday morning album. That cover of 'Weird Fishes', eh?

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27 Nov 2021 - 09:17

“A life in thankfulness releases the glory of God.”

27 Nov 2021 - 08:10

Resignations are weird.

25 Nov 2021 - 21:08

Of course, there are some things you spend time patiently waiting for that end up being underwhelming.

25 Nov 2021 - 20:35

Grateful for every breath.

23 Nov 2021 - 14:44

Joined friends in a Spotify group listening session and finally getting the hang of this feature (the first time we tried this more than a year ago, there were tech difficulties :))

23 Nov 2021 - 10:05

Interesting how even a low-maintenance life can require a lot.

22 Nov 2021 - 11:08

CURRENTLY LISTENING Anthropocene by Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra (2018)

Anthropocene album art

This album is such a mood setter. ☺️

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21 Nov 2021 - 18:40

CURRENTLY LISTENING Bitches Brew by Miles Davis (1970)

A painting as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew album art

This record turned 50 last year!

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21 Nov 2021 - 10:26

Here's to me hoping I get a copy of this album, puhlease. (Also, a Nate Chinen review!)

20 Nov 2021 - 18:17

'External markers of adulthood ≠ maturity' - found in some video essay on adulting. Can stand by this, for sure.

20 Nov 2021 - 16:11

CURRENTLY LISTENING Bossamanila by Sound (2003)

Scene from the Manila bay, photo used as Sound's album art for Bossamanila

The great throwback. One of my favorite Filipino bands ever.

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20 Nov 2021 - 13:56

CURRENTLY LISTENING From All Sides by Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete

From All Sides by Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete album art in green with a photo of the 2 artists

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20 Nov 2021 - 13:53

Bought a pair of cheap but hiiiiigh quality bookshelf speakers. Played Guaraldi's 'Ginza Samba' and was surprised at how much better the track can sound. Might've shed a tear. 😂

19 Nov 2021 - 13:15

Found a link to this via Wesley's page, which is great because I have been thinking about looking for a physical copy of Alexander's book. It's nice to hear his voice!

19 Nov 2021 - 12:47

CURRENTLY LISTENING Alas, I Cannot Swim by Laura Marling (2008)

Alas, I Cannot Swim album art

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18 Nov 2021 - 10:42

Did YouTube really make video autoplay the default again? 😔

17 Nov 2021 - 12:16


Tokyo Jihen - Sports album art

I can't believe this album is 11 years old. I still feel like it's a recent release, for some reason. Still, hands down, my favorite album from them. 'Season Sayonara' still makes me cry a little.

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17 Nov 2021 - 11:05

Not kidding, it's quite a great skill to be able to laugh at yourself.

17 Nov 2021 - 10:28

THINGS THAT MAKE ME BOOGIE A pantry that's always full~

16 Nov 2021 - 21:01

'The BuzzFeedication of Mental Health' by P.E. Moskowitz

Found via Dense Discovery

16 Nov 2021 - 12:24

NEW THINGS Just installed a new browser plugin called Delay Distraction by a developer student named Frank Jia. You probably know what it's for. :))

16 Nov 2021 - 09:19

DREAM LOG "She's probably cooped up in her box, praying for something (more) to happen, just like any other woman."


16 Nov 2021 - 06:44

Got a little bit obsessed with a coffee shop’s dirty matcha drink because it was soooo good (hullo, Dot Coffee) = couldn’t sleep without wondering if I was going insane

15 Nov 2021 - 13:47

I have found myself in this corner of the internet over lunch break.

15 Nov 2021 - 13:05

YouTube autoplay being funny:

Funny. (Ngl, that TBZ release is something. The Thrill-ing era was pretty short, though.)

15 Nov 2021 - 09:22



14 Nov 2021 - 23:12

Today in movie screenshots:

In a capitalist society, hypocrisy ensures convenience.

Don't be the bull endlessly ramming its horns into the corner of the room.

14 Nov 2021 - 20:52

Christmas music in 2 words? Vince Guaraldi.

14 Nov 2021 - 19:54

Basically spent this weekend doing chores and watching movies. This was the line-up:

Was going to call it an all-Asian mini movie marathon, but that won't be fully accurate, hah.

TBD, to close the day:

14 Nov 2021 - 17:33

There are movies that amaze me or make me feel things (ie make me weep). Romcoms fall under the latter, hah

14 Nov 2021 - 10:29

The older you get, the less funny self-deprecating humor becomes

Ha ha

13 Nov 2021 - 21:42

This is mostly a note to self, hah. Not that there's really a past to speak of.

13 Nov 2021 - 20:55

When we say 'your past does not define you', people mostly refer to the bad stuff you've done. But thinking about it, your past accomplishments also don't really define who you are today. Not really ok basking in the glory of yesterday, and this can be seen in how you may feel good about yourself when you talk about what you've done in the past to other people. 🤔 Yikes.

The question should then be: What are you actually doing now?

12 Nov 2021 - 12:50

Yo, @David aka netbros.com! 👋

Hello to other folks in the Thoughts webring!

12 Nov 2021 - 09:46

When I do an alignment call with one designer coworker, it starts or ends with intense life talk (which feels like a funny-odd switch of sorts because things almost always 'escalate quickly' from hi-hello's to...parenting and challenging the dictates of society 😆).

12 Nov 2021 - 07:19

The older you get, the heavier your years weigh.

Feels like years that pass become a multiplier of sorts.

12 Nov 2021 - 05:50

Probably one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while. Žižek is funny.

11 Nov 2021 - 18:50

Randomly remembered that I had Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor in cassette form (in 2001, I only had a small tape deck in my room and while the shared PC at home had a disc drive, a CD was too expensive for my highschool budget).

Anyway, this is such a great debut album, ugh

11 Nov 2021 - 16:54

The worrying never stops, eh?

11 Nov 2021 - 15:22

Interesting how the pandemic has led me to be more aware of vocal fry in people's voices during work calls

11 Nov 2021 - 15:21

It's not a hardworking Mac/Windows machine if you don't encounter a kernel panic episode/blue screen of death, heh

11 Nov 2021 - 14:20

11 Nov 2021 - 13:23

Pie crust is truly something else

11 Nov 2021 - 10:46

Was pretty late to the Jon Klassen party around 11 years ago, and only found him through the music video of one of my favorite U2 songs ever (made me cry the first watched this video + listened to the song, for some reason).

He did the art for this music video! Directed by David O'Reilly.

11 Nov 2021 - 09:11

"You find out a lot about yourself based on your font choices." (Roughly quoting Jon Klassen from his IG live when he talked about drawing letters for books. He encouraged people to try drawing type if stumped on where to start.)

11 Nov 2021 - 09:11

Jon Klassen live on Instagram now, and he's explaining the logic on designing his characters in his and Mac Barnett's shapes book series. Basically the simplicity of his character design is so that you don't immediately know their personality--you can't tell whatever's going through their mind or if they're mean or kind, etc. You can't judge them, and you'll need to read the book to get to know them.

Visual formats usually do default to display cues of whether or not a character is sinister or whether they're the pro-/antagonist.

11 Nov 2021 - 08:05

This is me having faith in sunblock doing whatever its meant to do while I'm indoors~ Hashtag: Aging Is Real

11 Nov 2021 - 08:04

DREAM LOG Can't remember the whole story, but one scene sticks out: I remember seeing myself removing sub sandwich buns from an open shelf in my kitchen and when I held them in my hands, I saw that one had molds on the sides and the other without.


10 Nov 2021 - 23:13

Realized earlier that sleep becomes exciting for me because I can’t wait to wake up and have breakfast the next day

10 Nov 2021 - 20:31

I really love banana bread 🙊 oh naw

10 Nov 2021 - 12:21

Art direction crush: Unlimited Edition from 🇰🇷

09 Nov 2021 - 16:06

Personalization for trivial* online functions is extremely overrated.

Internet, give us back our brain cells. Let us decide for ourselves and make personalization an option, not a default.

*Yes, there is such a disclaimer, because it definitely has its use in the right context. It's not for everything

09 Nov 2021 - 14:39

"There’s nothing inherently wrong with gifts, but it’s irresponsible for us to believe that purchasing presents is a holiday requirement."

An Irresponsible Christmas by The Minimalists, via Minimalism.life

09 Nov 2021 - 11:41

Today in life wins: Reheating fries in the microwave effectively restoring crisp~

09 Nov 2021 - 06:06


Album art for Car, the garden's 2017 album APARTMENT; dark night with light shining on a building that looks like a cement cube with small square windows

09 Nov 2021 - 05:39

Need to learn how to write better alt text

09 Nov 2021 - 05:15

Here’s a supporting visual for said anecdote

Falling off from a bike in Taipei

Good times, good times.

09 Nov 2021 - 05:10

Twitter early in the morning does make me feel tired. Or Twitter at any time of the day

08 Nov 2021 - 20:58

My song of the year remains to be Stella Jang's 'Some Days' from her Stairs EP. Watch and turn on ENG subs, plz

08 Nov 2021 - 20:48

(I haven't totally given up on mainstream social media platforms because some of my favorite creatives are on them, specifically on Instagram. So instead, I'm choosing to be more mindful about following people. This FOLLOWING tag thing is how I make sense of my social media activity. Blah blah)

08 Nov 2021 - 20:47

FOLLOWING @kakikata.space

Lovely illustrations, great bits of advice on mindful eating (and mindful living, actually)

08 Nov 2021 - 20:45

Instant ramen is my uhh new bag of chips*.

*bag of chips = drug

Oh no

08 Nov 2021 - 20:38

Which reminds me: I did fall off a bike in the rain one time, while overseas. Was on the ground for a while, with people attempting to ask me if I was ok, in their local language. Probably one of my favorite moments in this life. That and other past bike-related uhh booboos might've caused this meniscus tear. Nuninooooo~

08 Nov 2021 - 12:51

Oh, the joy of getting a medical report that tells you you only have a minor tear and nothing serious.

08 Nov 2021 - 08:55

Current brain crush: Sho Shibuya's design work as seen in his NYTimes personal project and also his design studio, Placeholder 💕

07 Nov 2021 - 20:56

Today in Web Design~ Mailchimp's By the Books

07 Nov 2021 - 19:56


07 Nov 2021 - 12:09

Apparently the earlier posted quote was misattributed to Maya Angelou? Getting a thrill out of these citation investigation things borne out of the internet (because these misattributions are also common thanks to the internet~)

07 Nov 2021 - 11:55

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."

A Chinese proverb this 88Rising Head in the Clouds stream just projected in their interstitial things~

07 Nov 2021 - 11:17

Interesting how the need for instant social media updates has affected behavior. The (social media) proof of being present at that moment reduces the experience of being truly in the moment.

07 Nov 2021 - 10:01

CURRENTLY LISTENING 音楽 by Tokyo Jihen (2021)

音楽 by Tokyo Jihen

07 Nov 2021 - 08:50

Watching a music festival live stream online. I miss watching live music shows. :/

06 Nov 2021 - 21:13

Biases aside, one of my favorite K-pop-related interviews ever. No shame in calling myself a P1ECE.

06 Nov 2021 - 20:23

A friend gifted me this book for my birthday hihi there are (in K-pop terms) PULLS to be revealedddddd

03 Nov 2021 - 05:46

Another piece of work from Jono Brandel’s brain: Curaturae

02 Nov 2021 - 19:17

How I Experience Web Today dot com

02 Nov 2021 - 18:08

This space needs this swimmer beaver gif.

Swimmer beaver GIF

01 Nov 2021 - 18:53

Spotted on Instagram, supposedly a St. Augustine quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

01 Nov 2021 - 14:18

I am reading books again!

01 Nov 2021 - 11:12


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