Month: September 2019

September 2019

Every day I take a 1-second video using the app 1 Second Everyday ( to record what’s happening in my life. This is for September 2019 — where I finished writing the first draft of my entire PhD thesis, & plus-oneing a friend for his convocation.

Do you actually care about other people?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of comedy series Fleabag, surrounded by her Emmys I’m always happy to receive Jocelyn K Glei’s newsletter in my inbox, for she always shares all the insightful articles and links on productivity, and more importantly, on hurrying slowly, which is a quite clever wordplay on moving at your very own […]

Sort of like an exhale

I guess this is the year where I reread the books I have read from a few years ago. At the top of my mind, the books that I have reread this year were Bruce Chatwin’s Under the Sun (I definitely had an absolutely different take especially reading it again right after finishing an Edward […]

Then what?

I have been away for a few days to travel to attend a friend’s convocation — of which he kindly asked me to accompany him — which also lead me to think of two things with my impending thesis submission myself (I have submitted a notice of submission which basically means I have given my […]

The matter of living

I have been writing more than reading this week (or more like editing) so when it comes to the end of the day when this blog demands its portion of content, I am embarrassed to say that I could not offer much today. But I come across this comic on the protection of minorities from […]

On languages & fluency

Something interesting I learned about languages today: Italians are some of the fastest speakers on the planet, chattering at up to nine syllables per second. Many Germans, on the other hand, are slow enunciators, delivering five to six syllables in the same amount of time. Yet in any given minute, Italians and Germans convey roughly […]

On personal evolution

I saw someone reading and speaking highly of Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano’s The Open Veins of Latin America the other day, and being my usual curious self, I started to look for the book at the library. I admit this was my first time hearing of the book or the author himself. I learned that […]