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📺 My Favourite Anime Shows So Far

7 August 2020

If there's one thing that not many people know about me, or at the very least, have slowly come to the realisation is that I'm sort of a huge fan of anime. In fact, from the very first time I came across shows like La Corda d'Oro (LOVED this) to Alice Academy, I've been warped in a different genre of entertainment I didn't know I would love. It's been well over a decade since I grew a deep interest in anime and I've seen some of the most amazing shows that I'm glad I didn't miss out on.

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't think of this sooner but I realise, you know, it's better now then never that I make a special list of my favourite anime that I absolutely love love love and would recommend you to try and watch.


Attack on Titans

Attack on Titan
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As far as anime goes, I have to say Attack on Titans is easily one of the best there is out there. This story centres on Erin Yeager who resides in one of the three walls that is built to protect humanity against titans, freakishly deformed giants who eat humans for pleasure. It's gory, yes, and very few moments for humour but this story is about more than that. It really focuses on the debate on how much people would fight just so that humanity would survive. Catch this series on Netflix! You won't regret!


The Rising of the Shield Hero

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Credits photo to Shallow Dives in Anime

This series has also been recently included on Netflix! Shield Hero is about Naofumi (main character) and three other modern-day Japanese guys from different dimensions who are summoned to Melromarc as the Four Cardinal Heroes. They are tasked to gain power and strength to stop and save the kingdom from the catastrophes that are the result of Waves of Catastrophe, where monsters appear and destroy anything in their way. These four heroes are given a sword, spear, bow and shield respectively. Unfortunately, Naofumi is fated with the shield and thus, makes him viewed as the "weaker" and perhaps most useful out of all the heroes (he was also not liked, belittled by the kingdom that summoned him). 

He grows to be one of the strongest heroes (I think THE strongest, if I have to be completely honest) in the anime and I like that he gains that strength from the friends that he meet along the way, such as Raphtalia, a super cute Demi-human who does the actual fighting and Filo, a small girl who turns into a huge bird called Filolial. I think Season 2 will be ready soon, so be sure to catch the first season!


The Promised Neverland

Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) - MyAnimeList.net
Credits photo to AnimeList

Yikes, this anime gave me the CHILLS when I first watched it. Don't mistaken it for a cute, completely innocent show to help you pass the time. It's an amazing suspenseful horror story of a group of orphans, namely, Emma, Norman and Ray who live happily together with other children and their Mama, Isabella. Their joyful life takes a horrible turn when they find out that they are actually raised up to be devoured as delicacies for demons who live beyond their orphanage. With the next harvest day around the corner, these children attempts to devise a plan to escape together. Like my first few fave animes, you can also find The Promised Neverland on Netflix! 


Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul (TV Series 2014) - IMDb
Credits photo to IMDb

Another dark anime on my list (I'm starting to see a pattern here). This story involves Ken Kaneki, a shy college student who is transformed into a half-ghoul, half-human after meeting his deadly date who turned out to be a ghoul and almost killing him. Kaneki is saved by a group of "good" ghouls who also manage a coffee shop "Anteiku" together. He is introduced the ways of the ghouls by surviving on human flesh and abstinence (not blindly attacking humans just because he's hungry). The first season is mostly about his struggles to come to terms with what he has become and keeping his new secret identity from his best friend, Hideyoshi Nagachika. I've lost count the number of times I've watched this show. It's still good no matter times I come back to it. Sure, it's a little gory but I love to see how Kaneki's character development goes through the series.


Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden (TV Series 2018) - IMDb
Credit photo to IMDb

Seriously, I can't even begin to explain why everyone should watch this show. Not only is this anime so beautiful (it's by far one of the prettiest that I've seen), but this story really moves you. If you have a cold dead heart like mine, well, just be ready with a box of tissues or anything else to hold up the dam of tears that will come later. This story begins with Violet Evergarden, a child soldier who just managed to survive a bloody war and heavily injured. With the war over, she realises she doesn't have any other purpose other than being in the battle field and that she has lost the one person who cared for her. Most importantly, she is left alone to wonder what "I love you", the last words that was said to her during the final battle. You'll follow through her journey as an "Auto Memory Doll,", special individuals who help to write letters for others and meet others who would one day build her understanding of what love is.


Lovely Complex

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WOW, where do I begin?! This show will have you bursting with laughter. Careful, you might lose a lung or two after watching Lovely Complex. I know I almost did. There are two main characters in this story, Koizumi a super tall-ish girl standing at a staggering 172 cm who is understandably self-conscious of her height that could put off guys who could be her love, and Otani, a cheerful 156 cm who dreams of joining the basketball team. They bicker all the time (it's the best) but support each other to achieve their dreams and find love. 


Asobi Asobase: Workshop of Fun

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I have a hugeeee soft spot for this anime. I've recently discovered it on YouTube (not sure if the complete episodes are still there) but this anime just cracks me up. It's purely hilarious and so if you need some cheering up, you can follow the life of three mid-schoolers, Olivia, the new pretty-blond haired student who pretends she doesn't understand Japanese to tease her classmates, Hanako Honda an athlete at the school, and a shy but sometimes scary bookworm called Kasumi Nomura. This show does not hold back at showing how bratty and dumb these girls can be but it's just so comically funny you just love them for it anyway. Watch it and you won't regret!


Maid-Sama!

Animated gif about cute in Kaichou wa maid-sama by Whimsy

No list is complete without mentioning Maid Sama! It's a romance-comedy anime centering on Misaki Ayuzawa, the first female student council president of what was once an all-boys school. Crowned  with the title, "Demon President" by the boys, she reforms Seika High School with an iron first, not afraid to practice her Aikido skills on any pesky boys who get in her way and protect the few girls in the school. However, she keeps a big secret after school, one that could get her suspended or expelled. She works a part-time job at a maid cafe to support her small family but was found out by Takumi Usui, a popular boy from her school. It's such a good show, never fails to make me laugh!


Ouran High School Host Club

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This show is GOLD. It's a little old, sure but Ouran High School Host Club is one of those shows that does not fail to make you love each and every character in the story and laugh! Haruhi Fujioka, the main character, is recently admitted to Ouran Academy, a prestigious school for the rich as an honour student. While she searches for a quiet place to study, she finds what is supposed to be an unused music room but is soon mistaken. She meets six members of the Host Club, good-looking and extremely wealthy guys who entertain the bored and rich girls in the school. She accidentally breaks an extremely expensive vase owned by the club and is made to become a member of the Host Club to pay for the damage. And this all happened when she is mistaken as a male student. 

And many, many others to name (I'll be here all year if the list goes on).

What I'm currently watching?


Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 1)
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[Cooking Series] 🍳Simple Fried Rice With a Twist

14 July 2020


So just recently, I've been getting my hands busy with a bit of cooking in the kitchen. I'm not much of a cook but thanks to my mum (check out her page here if you love gardening!) and some practice, I've finally perfected one recipe I think I've grown to be quite good at making - fried rice.

Of course, this isn't just ANY fried rice. What we have here, ladies and gent, is an insanely simple yet tasty dish which anyone can make in 30 minutes, give or take.

I do believe that you can't go wrong with making fried rice. It's almost like there are no rules to how you can create your own version of it. Just look at me, I don't cook that generally well but this recipe is easy enough that even I can somehow come out with something edible for the family to eat.

So if you want to try it, follow these steps and see how the results turn out!
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  Ingredients  

🔹 Leftover cooked rice 
My family prefers the nice firm quality of yesterday's leftover rice. It's less likely to be sticky and squishy. But if you don't have any, make a new batch. Use 2-3 cups of rice with less water. Use the pinky-finger rule or something like that.

🔹 2 onions (Bawang besar)
Slice each medium-sized onion into smaller pieces to make it easier for you to ground (tumbuk) them with mortar and pestle (lesung batu). Do this until they're evenly crushed. 

🔹 1 cup of anchovies (ikan bilis)
Wash and rinse them in a clean container and then pour them in to the lesung batu. Crush them as finely as you can. This ingredient is the KEY to the flavour of your fried rice later.

🔹 4-6 pieces of dried chilies (cili kering)
The use of dried chilies is something my mum learned from the growing YouTube channel - Sugu Pavithra. It makes so much difference to our dishes because it adds that spicy tasty flavour we crave. For our fried rice, you want to wash and snip the dried chilies into smaller pieces. Then, putting them in a container, pour warm water to get the seeds out so that our fried rice won't be overly spicy. Next, after filtering the water out from the dried chilies, crush them together with our anchovies and onions. Now, we got a nice paste to start making our fried rice.

🔹 1 carrot (optional)
You can dice them into small cubes to add some veggies in your fried rice OR opt for other veggies as well.

🔹 Salt & White Pepper

🔹 Leftover fried fish (optional)
Leftover fried fish adds a savoury quality to your fried rice. 


  Time to Grab the Pan!  

1️⃣ Sauté the Paste
After adding a bit of oil into your pan and having the heat on medium, add your paste (remember the crushed onions, dried chilies & anchovies we did). As my mum said, take your time to let your paste, especially the anchovies to really cook. You'd know this when the anchovies or bits of them turn a little crispy and the paste you're frying becomes less watery and slightly brown.

2️⃣ Put in Veggies & Leftover Fried Fish
This shouldn't take too long. As long as your veggies are cooked, you're done with this step. As for your fried fish, it's already cooked so re-frying it again just helps to warm it up.

3️⃣ Add Salt & White Pepper
Add a pinch or two of salt and white pepper. We'll come back to this again in a minute. Now make sure to stir everything well.

4️⃣ Shower the Glorious Rice into the Pan!
We're almost done! But first, in the rice pot, make sure you have already crushed the rice with a spoon so that they aren't clumping together. Then pour the rice into the pan. If you see clumps of rice in the pan, break them apart with your cooking spoon. Turn the heat slightly up and mix everything thoroughly. We want the paste we sautéed earlier to be perfectly mixed with the rice.

 5️⃣ Add Salt & White Pepper
If necessary, now is the time you can add more salt or white pepper to flavour up your fried rice. Add little by little until everything tastes just right. Oh, and this is also the perfect time to taste-test your dish. Lower the heat when you do!

Serve and eat!
Because there aren't that much variety of veggies in our dish, we make it a habit to eat our fried rice with ulam from my mum's garden. I truly recommend for you to try and eat with fresh ulam as well. 
Other than that, selamat makan!



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Nearing the End of My Master's Degree

1 July 2020


These last few months have been a crazy and dizzying ride for me. Between things like racing to finish my research project, digesting lecture notes and attending online classes, as well as contemplating to just sit in bed and simply not do anything, my mind has been everywhere but here. And it's true. If you can't tell by the amount of dusts that have piled up in this blog, I haven't been dropping by here for a long while. 

In fact, now that I've checked, the latest post I published was at the end of April. We're now taking baby steps in July already. How insane is that?

I'm not mad at myself for not updating about my life or any random stuff that I usually do. A few months ago while we were all pretty cooped up at home during MCO, my life was pretty slow, mundane and uninteresting. There wasn't anything that I did that was any different from the day before that. Back then, today felt like yesterday and the day before that, and the weeks and months before. 

Nonetheless, for some reason, things started to pick up the pace pretty fast a couple of weeks ago when I received deadlines to chase and once again, my life felt like it was finally in motion. 

So what have I been up to really? 

1) I got myself a new phone to replace my broken one. I'm currently using Realme 6 and it is just GREAT.

2) Just submitted my research report on Monday. I'm still trying to digest that I'm over it now. It's been a rough couple of months trying to get it pieced together.

3) I finished rewatching Tokyo Ghoul S1 two days ago and I realised again why I loved the show! Oh, and don't forget how gory it is, that I will never forget. It's a bit sad that only the third season is available on Netflix so I have to resort for some tacky website to watch the series. But yes, my opinion still stands: it is an awesome anime. 

4) My groupmates and I have completed our final assignment for our Critical Discourse Analysis course. This has been one of the most pleasant groupwork that I had. Really loved the positivity in this group and I've learned plenty from this class as well.

5) I've installed a new game on my phone called Exos Heroes. It's been two months since I started playing and it is really addictive. There's always something to do, challenges to complete and battles to win. It keeps you just busy enough that you don't get too bored or even overwhelmed by it. It's a fairly new game so there aren't that many streamers and YouTubers who are talking about it but the community is growing.

6) My two cats, Leo and Dessi are doing just fine. Still crazy and loud as ever. Check out Leo's story here!

7) My sleeping schedule is long gone since work started piling up and my time management went extinct. Things might turn for the better though now that I have more time for myself. I'm just left with figuring out how I can stop myself from having mysterious sunburns despite being indoors all week (solution: just wear sunscreen during the day).

8) I finished watching 13 Reasons Why S4 about two weeks ago. I actually loved the series despite it's distorted plots and character developments (Note: Ani is no longer annoying here, in fact, Jessica is). I felt there were some issues the producers could have handled better, for example, mental health. Clay was still hallucinating after dead people despite being many seasons later after Hannah died and the show just ended without explaining how Clay dealt with that. Overall, I would recommend people to watch it, but it's heavy stuff so it might not be everybody's cup of tea. Compared to S3, the last season seems like a better closure for the entire series so in a way, I'm sort of glad that I did watch it.

9) I have been OBSESSED with Patriot Act by Hasan Minhaj. It's an American comedy show that talks about politics and you can watch it on Netflix and YouTube. I love it because Hasan delivers hard and sometimes very complicated issues in an engaging way while also sliding in a couple of jokes. The team who helps to run the show does great research for each topic and episode, and by the end of the show, you'd feel mind-boggled. Truly, for real. 

10) I am surviving through the semester quite well. We have been opting for regular weekly Google Meets lectures and I think the additional pre-recorded lecture videos do a great job at helping us to keep up. The only bummer in my entire learning experience is the Internet connection. I have to tell you, some days, it's all good and then in others, the Internet just lets you down big time. It's still a thorn to the side sometimes but with classes being over now, I might not have to feel irritated about it on a weekly basis.

Anyway, that's all from me for now. I will definitely be able to post more regular articles soon. How have you guys been doing for the last couple of months? And since you're all here, I'd just like to thank all my followers for still being here and supporting my blog! I hope to hear from you all soon! Leave a comment to say hello! 

🐱Being Mom to Leo

21 April 2020


Hi everyone! How are we doing during this MCO season? I understand that everybody is going through these difficult times in their own way and with how things are progressing, I think we're all doing a great job at trying to contain this virus pandemic. As for me, things have not changed as much. I've always been an indoor sort of person who likes to go about her day in her own privacy.  

However, even for me, I have to admit, these past few weeks have put a rather strange pressure on me. I miss going outside, meeting my friends, going to class and spending my leisure time outside of my room. At the same time, I know this will be over soon enough and I'm paying a small fraction of what I can sacrifice to have the good old days back.

I would have posted an entirely separate post about my experience during the MCO or anything about the virus pandemic. However, after much contemplation on my part, I've come to the conclusion that I rather not talk about it if I can because I know we are already so much consumed with discussions on this very topic. I thought, perhaps a different fresh conversation between you and I would give us space to bring our minds away from all of that, even just a little. And with that, I want to talk about my experience of being a cat mom to Leo.


I've actually already posted an article of Leo's background in another post called, "🐈 It's Time You Meet Leo". He had a rough start as a kitten. To make the story short, he was dropped off by his mother (I said something else in the previous post) from the high wall separating our garden with our next door neighbour twice before we finally took him in before she would do it again the third time. Perhaps she was in the process of transitioning her litter of kittens to a safer place but couldn't commit to take care of all of them that she dropped Leo with us. We might never know. Whatever the reason was, we couldn't refuse him. I love cats and little kittens, we all do as a family but that day, when my parents took a look at the ball of shivering and starved kitten in my hand, they thought he wouldn't survive another day. It was hard for me to accept that, I guess I never had something die in my watch. I didn't want to give up either.


I made sure he was warm, took every few minutes to check on him in his little box filled with dry warm towels we had to spare. And during all that chaos, I was still hoping that his mum would call out for him, knowing that she had one little kitten missing. But she never did. Hours passed by and it was noon, he looked a little freshened up after his long nap. And he was immensely hungry. He was peeking at me through his half-opened eyes, almost closed shut with dried tears. We didn't have any suitable food or milk for a kitten, and he was hungry. I think I was alone at home that day and I couldn't drive (not even for toffee) to the nearest pet store to get what he needed. Leo was getting weaker and feeling a little desperate, I booked for the nearest Grab and bought the necessary things from a pet store. He got his milk warmed up, I made sure to rub his tummy with a warm towel to circulate his bladder and put him back in his towel where he started to wobble around and explore this strange box he was put in. 


We pretty much knew we were head over heels with Leo to give him away. He's a really sweet loving thing who absolutely craved for attention, especially mine at the time. I was like his surrogate mother in a way because in every 2 hours, I would be ready with a small cup and syringe to feel him milk, cleaned out the soiled towels from his cage (he moved to a cosier "room" after his stay in the box), reheated the water from a metal bottle before wrapping it with a warm towel so that he could hug it to sleep (it keeps him quiet when I finally left him to do my own thing). I realised, that even though it might never be the same as the real thing, being a cat mum is tiringgggg. It was a full-time job because small kittens need to be attended to every few hours and they're also adamant about getting your attention too. Leo used to scream/meow his lungs out if I finally thought it was time for him to settle down back in his cage. But was it all worth it? The many restless sleep I had in those short weeks he was in my care before I had to whizz back to university for my masters? Was it worth the little heartaches when I could only see him on the weekends? 

It was. He turned out to be a handsome little cat now. As he grew up, he got plenty of interesting nicknames that I'm sure he responds to each time: Yoyo, Squirrel (for the many times he literally fly from one furniture to another, with his tail behind him and looking very much like the animal he's nicknamed after), etc. He's good company for anybody who needs to stay up for work in the living room where he'll unintentionally distracts you with his cuteness. 


He loves having attention from his hooman family but we discovered he can be a little shy with new guests. Leo might be a little braver when he's older, just like his "sister", Dessi, our cat. Despite how he got us all swooning over him, I realised that even till these days, many months after we first took him, he could never really win over our Dessi. She's pretty much set on disliking him for life although she's completely fine to tolerate with his presence at home. However, that never stopped him from trying to invite her to play and hangout. 

I present to you, Queen Dessi, the empress of this household. She insists on being featured on my blog if Leo was to be showed off to.
I always imagined that this would be how their conversation go if I could understand it. I'm pretty sure it's 99.99% accurate judging by the look Dessi throws at Leo.
One thing I can take from this experience as Leo's "mum" is that caring for a kitten as young as he was might not be for everybody. It was stressful and you have to be ready at all hours in case he's hungry, needs his bedding cleaned, etc. Having support from my family made a huge difference and I had time for myself to prepare for my upcoming semester at the time. I also learned that in contrast to how I've always viewed of myself - hesitant and awkward to display affection towards those around me, I grew to be a huge softie over Leo.
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💔[Relationship Series] Can We Forgive and Forget?

2 April 2020


Forgiveness... I used to think it was something as simple as saying, "I forgive you." but it turns out that it needs a whole lot more of myself too. It’s complicated because the whole process of forgiving can make and break you, but what will pull you through is how how ready your heart is to forgive. Forgiveness can free you from heartaches, resentment and pain when you’re willing to let go of hurting someone back, but without it, you could be left with the pain and anger simmering for a lifetime.

I'm writing this post because I believe forgiving others is the hardest thing for me to do. I say this truthfully because I’m still learning to accept the fact that forgiveness would be good for me and for the decisions I make in the present and for the tomorrows. I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic and it was left in my draft for almost a week because I wanted to be in the right mindset before I do start writing my perspectives about forgiveness and forgetting.

People have hurt me in the past and I’m sure it must have happened to you many times before. What has been keeping me back is that I thought, if I forgive too easily, then I’m letting the persons who have hurt me “free”while their actions brand on me forever.

What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is about more than simply letting go of the cause of your pain. Forgiving is about freeing that other person while also releasing yourself from the negative emotions that weigh you down. Hatred leaves an ugly feeling inside each of us and if you notice, it makes US feel horrible. It almost feels like you’re becoming somebody else you don’t know and your life doesn’t feel the same way like how it used to be. For me personally, I can only hold so much hate for someone not longer than a few hours or a day, because hating takes so much of my time, energy and thoughts. It feels emotionally and psychologically exhausting. I think that instead of becoming somebody my mind and body struggles to live by through hatred, forgiveness can at the very least brings some relief so that the resentment won’t eat away at my heart.

Forgive and Forget?

This also brings us back to the phrase, “Forgive and forget”. Do we also need to forget what the person and the wronged actions he/she did to us? The thing about forgiveness is that it doesn’t happen by forgetting the wrong instead, it’s about stopping the negativity of hate and want of vengeance from controlling you. If you were to prefer forgetting, it provides temporary relief but at some point in your life, you’d be occupied to put forward your energy in ignoring the pain rather than facing it. To forget the pain, it has to start from forgiving. Forgetting pain can come after once we have come to fully accept your circumstances. However, again, in my opinion, forgiveness does not mean the pain becomes non-existent because it only helps to ease you from the pain and leave the memories behind.

However, having said that, you are also not obliged to fix or stay longer in a toxic relationship, or wait for that someone to change. There is no need for you to get back and reconcile to the same person who has hurt you. You have spared yourself the hurt by letting go and at the same time, you don’t need find their actions acceptable or justifiable. Forgiveness heals you from the power of the other person from controlling you and how you feel.

How Do I Forgive Someone?
1. Recognise Your Pain and Emotions


It’s really hard to face raw emotions and it is also the reason why most of us tend to choose to ignore them, hoping that they would go away if we try not to think about them for as long as we could. All the same, your pain and emotions are valuable human experiences and just like everything about you, they deserve to be recognised and given attention to. You will feel exposed, yes, but at least now you will know how you’re feeling about the person who has hurt you and the actions they’ve done.

It'll be scary at the beginning to allow yourself to feel, but it will get better. Once you've accepted the emotion, you know it can't hunt you down again. Then, reflect on why you feel affected by what they did and once you stop resisting your own pain, you’ll have a clearer mind in what to do next.

2. Give Yourself Time to Heal


Forgiveness doesn’t have to come instantly.
I don’t think everybody is capable of that and I admit I don’t think I can be that forgiving with a snap of the fingers. At the very least, I need time to wrap my head around what happened, how I feel towards the issue and then I can think straight. You can’t force yourself to forgive like how you cannot pressure somebody else to do the same. If you need more time to reflect, to digest your situation better, by all means, do whatever you need to come to terms with yourself and the person who offended you.

There are some of us who need more time forgive ourselves before we can do the same to others. Some of us beat ourselves for what happened, wondered why we didn’t predict what was to happen, and how we could let it happen to us etc. We need to come to the realisation that we did the best that we could in that situation and we can live through this, just like how we managed to live through all the other obstacles we faced before.

3. And Now, We Think About The Other Person


This might be as difficult as it is to accept our emotions. In this step, we need to put ourselves in that other person's shoes. That’s right, the very person who has hurt you. We have to admit that people can be imperfect and act irrationally, just like how we have our own moments of the same behaviour. Forgiveness needs us to understand the other person and that nobody can be perfect or pleasant at all times. We have hurt our friends or family too but we preserve those special relationships because we forgive them as well as willing to understand, and vice versa. We all need forgiveness and that includes the person who has hurt you.

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Forgiveness can be a long process. It won’t or rarely happens overnight. Nor does it take a couple of encouraging words from your part or someone else’s for you to forgive somebody who has hurt you. Whatever the situation, you’re just as hurt as that person is scarred from what they’ve done to you. To move on from the past, to enjoy the time you have in the present, you need to forgive. As Carolin Müller said in INSIDER, “Our life is so short, but if you live only in the past you can never enjoy your present." 

References:
Psychentral // INSIDER // Psychology Today // Mayo Clinic // Medium

📧 6 Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Email Inbox

27 March 2020


I used to drown in a sea of emails
. Literally. Sometimes I missed out on important emails from friends and work, or in other, they just never showed up in my primary inbox. They weren't missing, simply misplaced or buried deep beneath the other spam messages and unimportant newsletters taking over my email. 

It was a mess. 

I tried keeping my email  and other folders as organised as I could because I received tons of emails and newsletters on a daily basis. At one point, a friend of mine saw the 900+ unread messages clogging my inbox and pointed out how I needed to do something about it fast. When I left it too long without trying to clean up a few emails, the new incoming ones overwhelmed my inbox. And it turns out that what I used to experience not too long ago is also shared by many others. 

In today's post, I want to share some tips that can help you to clear out your inbox of junk for good.

6 Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Email Inbox
1. Cut the Habit of Signing up for MORE Emails


One of the first few things that you have to do (which you will thank yourself later) is to stop subscribing to more emails. Remember whenever you come across websites that require your email address to sign-up etc. and there's a tiny space at the bottom of the form that you can tick for newsletters and promotion updates? Yes, I'm talking about those. Most of the time, they come separately from the T&C tick box and you can avoid from receiving any future mails. This is where you can decide right here right now to curb junk coming to your inbox in the future. 

2. Nip the Annoying Emails from the Bud


Personally for me, the problem with deleting junk mails that you don't need or aren't interested in is that they will come back. What's more effective is to unsubscribe them before you tick them off to the bin. It saves you the time of deleting the same spam-like mails from appearing again. If you're using Gmail like I do, here is what you can do:

  • Click open to any of the mails you don't want to see anymore
  • Scroll to the bottom of that email and click on "Unsubscribe". If it's not below the message, then it may be somewhere else in the email.
  • You're saved!
Now all you're left to do is to delete those pesky emails and not expect them to return ever again.

3. Say Hello to "Filtering" 


Filtering is great for avoiding dozens and hundreds of emails from your main inbox or primary inbox. You can make full use of "categories" such as the ones in Gmail - Primary, Social and Promotions, or folders/labels. 
My email follows the category tabs based on certain functions:
  • Primary -  person-to-person emails, especially with my friends, lecturers and work purposes.
  • Social - Updates from my social media, news subscriptions, etc.
  • Promotions - Shopping deals, discount announcements, etc.
You can edit, add or remove these category tabs according to what suits you as well. However, for this post, I'll be sharing on steps to filter your messages according to these categories. 

Step 1: Click one of the messages you want to filter. Select the three dot button at the top

Step 2: Time to create your filter

Step 3: Apply label to the message AND/OR category


4. DELETE EVERYTHING!

This especially applies to the messages that you have just filtered according to the category tabs such as Primary, Social and Promotions. Since they're all sorted, you can safely delete them all without risking the important emails you still need. To save time from ticking each box of email to delete, make the option "Select all messages" and "Select all #### conversations" in the top blue bold text before removing them. This is to make sure that all the messages in that category are selected for deletion. 

5. Have Separate Email Accounts for Work and Personal Purposes

For some, the idea of having multiple email accounts may be daunting and complicated to manage. It makes sense, I suppose, as it makes signing up across different websites through the same email simple and straightforward. However, the truth is when you have only one email account, it becomes extremely complicated (unless you're a whizz with the filters, folders and categories). 

The disadvantages of possessing one account are many, including being at risk of mismanaging personal and work emails (like sending the wrong email to someone, I've been there many times), your inbox flooded with promotion announcements and newsletters from your personal activities, and having trouble to organise messages through your public email address/business contact email. 

To avoid the hassle and mess, create different email accounts for different purposes. At the very least, have two main emails for work and play (personal). 

6. Regularly Check your Emails


But how often you may wonder. I make it a habit to check my emails at least 2-3 times a day. I may just be a full-time student who doesn't have that many messages blasting my inbox, but at the very least, I try to clear as many emails as I can throughout the day. 

If you're working, then you might want to clear out your messages more often. According to lifehack.org, working professionals could check their email at least 5 times a day and you shouldn't spend more than 2 minutes per email unless absolute necessary. The most important thing you should prioritise is your actual work and not replying to emails. 

Times of the day to check your emails: 
  • In the morning
  • Mid-morning
  • After lunch
  • Mid-afternoon
  • End of the day
And that pretty much sums up some of my tips to have a fresh and cleaner email inbox! Let me know what other tips that work for you in the comment box below!

P.S.
I recently uploaded a new YouTube video on my channel. Check it out here! 

📺 [YouTube Edition] The Good and Bad Habits

26 March 2020


When you're stuck indoors for so long, sometimes, your creativity gets a hold on you and you do the one thing you did not have in mind. And it works. That's what happened to me yesterday. I was testing my laptop webcam just for fun and discovered that the resolution quality wasn't so bad, and before I know it, I got changed and had an outline ready to film a brand new YT video.

It was crazy.

I haven't done something like this in a long time. The last time I did something out of the blue was a year ago when I was last active on YouTube. I realised how much I missed talking to a camera and rambling on without stopping because talking is what I like to do best (depending on my mood). Yesterday, turned out to be a blast. Great lighting, cosy background in the back, I actually looked good (???) despite the lack of makeup and I had something great to talk about. 

Of course, after contemplating on my choice of topic today, I realised that talking about my good and bad habits might be rather strange, especially as a comeback video to my channel. But that was the topic I had in mind yesterday and now it's up on my channel. 

Do drop by, like and leave your comments on what you think about my topic. I would love to have a chat! 



🏠 What I've Been Doing During Covid-19 Restriction Order

20 March 2020


Not much. To be honest, I didn't want to publish this post yesterday when I first drafted it. It had only been over two days since the restriction order had commenced and there wasn't much to share just yet. However, overall, I can say that at least for me, things have been pretty normal. My lifestyle before the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has always been similar to what the current isolation looks like - being at home, doing my own thing and enjoying my privacy.

As much as I love being indoors, I miss being outside too. I am quite well aware of the other obvious changes since my self-quarantine started.  Here are some of the things that I noticed:

  1. I can't leave the compound of my home
  2. I can't meet my friends
  3. The future of my final semester is bleak as of now
  4. Classes are postponed, we don't have e-learning classes either
  5. Everything is about the coronavirus on the news and social media. Sometimes I get a little bit overwhelmed and I would shut off my phone. I'm very conscious of what goes out there without even looking it up.
  6. People can be selfish and stubborn in times of crisis. Earlier this week, on Monday to be exact, I was doing my usual grocery shopping to stock up my small supply of food. I was met with a crowd of people hoarding shopping trolleys and baskets, piling food supplies high which we all know would go to waste in the near future. Some brought suitcases while one lady I managed to observe, placed a basket inside of her trolley as if to stash one basket away from another person who would have needed it. It made my blood boil.

I'm currently at home with my family as there is nothing for me on campus. Since then, I've been in between keeping myself super productive or being a little slouchy. As long as I am somewhere on that spectrum, it suffices to keep me occupied while I'm indoors. On the working vigorous side, I'm continuing to compile data samplings for my research report. I'm quite lucky that they are entirely of online newspaper reports which I can easily do from home. When it comes to my occasional relaxed moments, they include these:

Farming in Epic Seven
This is Kise, one of my favourite units in the game. I took loads of time to equip her and make her strong for hunts. In fact, I'm still trying to perfect her especially to max out her equipment. Other than that, I also make do with the time by automating my Epic Seven hunts/side story while simultaneously doing something else. With the recent updates to this game, I don't have to come back too frequently to keep the game going because now, my team can do at least 15 runs without my assistance. I'm currently trying to "farm" or gain currency/materials to purchase catalysts for unit upgrade, particularly for Luna, another unit I'm trying to build.  


Bingeing through Netflix - Castlevania (TV Series)
Where do I begin with this animated series?! It's purely amazing. Even with the extremely gory bloody bits in the story, the characters are amazing and I'm loving the plot. Initially in the first two seasons, it centers on three main characters - Trevor Belmont, a demon hunter, Alucard, a half vampire, half human, and Sypha Belnades a magician speaker. They worked together to stop Dracula's genocide on humanity along with his troops of night creatures in Wallanchia. I've just managed to start with Season 3 now and I'm taking my sweet time to enjoy the last season of the show. I'm not sure what to expect but I'm in for the ride.


Catching up with my Sims
I'm new to playing the Sims so I'm still trying to get the hang of this game. It's actually one of my first purchased game on my laptop which I previously didn't have the time to pamper myself with. For me, this kind of game is ideal to pass the time as it does require my attention to make sure my Sim character doesn't do anything stupid, like yesterday, she randomly jumped inside a dumpster and made herself stink. I still don't know why she did that till today. So far, I've celebrated two of her birthdays and to my horror, her second birthday marked her as an elderly and within seconds, my thriving and successful Sim, turned into an old woman. I-- 

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It was either just me or her, but I didn't manage to get her to marry anyone. She did have a relationship with this really cool guy from her neighbourhood, but he liked to keep the relationship low-profile. In the end, neither of them made the move to be something more serious. Sis was frustrated. I wanted to see kids!!!

Playing with my two cats
Or not...


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More updates will come soon! But in the meantime, how are you guys doing with the restriction order at home/work? What do you do to keep yourself busy or relaxed? Let's keep ourselves safe wherever we are and hope that this virus pandemic will be over soon.


P.S.
I edited this template from Canva for my new laptop wallpaper. Haha! It's pretty cute!



🤗 My Favourite Things in March 2020

14 March 2020


Hello everyone! How are we surviving? No, I'm seriously asking since I've been hit with the hoo-ha about the coronavirus pandemic left and right on Twitter. I can't even remember the day when Twitter isn't all about the virus anymore but then again, that just shows how much things have changed since then. With that being said, I'm doing rather well myself here with just one class each week which basically minimises the need for me to get out of the house. Just to put a disclaimer out there, I very much welcome this whole staying at home thing because it equally lowers the chance for me to be out in the world and... socialise. NOT that interacting with my fellow human friends is a bad thing, but as an introvert, I have to admit, I love spending some "Me Time" in the comfort of my own home.

Oh, and I'm broke so I think that sums up my entire situation at the moment. Travelling around KL will leave an irreversible dent on my wallet. I'm only left with one economic-friendly option - staying at home until my scholarship is credited to me for this semester. I'm still waiting for that amazing day to happen since I'm currently at Week 4 heading to Week 5. I mean... that's almost half of my entire semester already. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying. Sigh... 

Other than that, I'm sort of coping with my final research project that's due in A COUPLE OF WEEKS MORE (*insert heavy panicky breathing here*) but you know, overall, I'm surviving. I had to change my topic earlier in the semester because of the lack of time in my hands, and to be honest, I think my current topic is a lot more interesting. I'll be sure to share with you what it is when it's all done and dusted later on!

But anyway, let's get back to today's topic - my favourite stuff in March! Of course, we're barely half way through the month but I do have some interesting things to share already. 

Tote Bag
I've never been like that girl/dude who went about my day with a tote bag to carry my things. Previously, I found them a little risky to use because of insecurity reasons. The opening of most tote bags that don't come with zips is usually very exposed and open. As a woman, I don't feel very safe to carry my things in there in public. BUT I grew to love these simple yet cute bags because one, they give me this aesthetic-ish kind of feel, and two, do you know how much stuff you can bring in these things?! Loads! For their simplicity, they can fit as many things as you want to carry. I don't put my personal items in there like my purse or phone but tote bags, in my opinion at least, is super great for grocery shopping or holding books and stationary for class.

WPS
Not too long ago, I received a new laptop to replace my old one which had served me well for the last 5+ years. I had to reinstall all the programs and software back to the new laptop. I downloaded WPS because I just wanted to try it out (plus it's free, sis is broke so please understand) and what do you know? It's UH-MAZINGGGG. You can customise the theme of your WPS window and mine is in freaking PINK. WITH CATS. What really got to me is that the button for a new tab is in a shape of a cutie cat paw! But on to some more seriously good aspect about WPS as I later found out, is that you can open all its other programs like powerpoint, word, etc in ONE window but in different tabs. There are even ready-made templates of documents like slides, reports, resumes, etc. 

More ASMR videos
I know, I know, I've mentioned this before in a previous post but I can't help it! ASMR videos are revolutionary. At least for me when I'm doing work and needing some soothing background sounds/music. It's like getting a nice brain massage... for free.
Some of my current favourites include videos from Miracle Forest and Made in France ASMR. I LOVE ASMR sounds of soft rain, fire crackling in the fireplace, crinkling leaves and paper. Just thinking about them got me snoozing off because that's just how much my brain appreciates getting a "massage" now and then. 


New Sets of Cutie Clothes
Ever since my birthday last month, my wardrobe has had a rush of change with new clothes coming in to spice up my daily outfits. I don't normally shop for clothes so you can still catch me wearing what I had on 5-6 years ago if you're lucky. It's the same for my shoes too. I only got two pairs with me - my everyday Sketchers and black flats. However, these days I'm altering my clothes between my peachie-coloured velvety blouse (a birthday gift) and new baju kurung. I swear, I grab at any chance just to dress up on a normal basis.
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And that wraps up my post for today. For some reason, I felt it was very brief but it's something right?  I've included some of my own illustrations to add my own personal touch to this post. But I SWEAR, I can draw so much better if I had my drawing tablet with me. I might make it a thing for my future blog posts if they turn out to look okay. Until next time, enjoyyyyy!