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It is what it is.

This is not a reflection about myself. This is about Don Draper’s brilliance as an ad man. I just feel like talking about it. Well, maybe it’s a bit about me after all. Mad Men is one of the most brilliant TV series in the planet. But is the protagonist, Don Draper, brilliant as well? […]

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Starry nights, now and then.

The stars are brighter than usual tonight. This reminds me of my trip to Mati in 2017. It was on the summer after I finished college. I remember lying on the beach, feeling the sand and stones with my back. It was uncomfortable, but the breathtaking sight made it not matter. Above me was the […]

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I’ve had enough of knowledge.

I’ve had enough of knowing about how many people died, how COVID-19 kills the immune system, how people are baking their sourdough bread… It’s important to be in the know. I know people just want to stay alert. Everybody just does their best to survive. But I’ve had enough. I want to wonder and wander […]

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Two Kinds of Help

I was at Citi Hardware earlier, looking for a universal adapter. Noticing there weren’t any adapters left, I asked help from one of the store clerks. He checked the stash for a while and shrugged. “Looks like we’re out of stock, ma’am,” he said. Being the persistent and annoying girl that I am, I looked […]

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Busy is not always productive.

It’s important to take a break. Breathe for a while. In Japan, the essence of “Ma” or negative space is just as important as the occupied space. “Ma is the emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise yet to be fulfilled.” That means pausing between tasks is okay. Having downtime every week/month is completely fine. […]

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We’re too unkind to ourselves sometimes.

Yesterday, I saw an article about the proper way of reading philosophy text. I didn’t realize there’s a reading strategy for that. Usually, I’d be frustrated at myself for going over and over one paragraph, trying to understand what it means. Turns out, according to the article, it IS normal to reread text about philosophy. […]