1. Reading this piece helped me to process the pandemic by attaching words to the whirdwind of emotions and void that I’ve been feeling
But recognition of one’s own good fortune does not keep loneliness at bay…I felt lackadaisical and hazy…in an instant, the people we were casually dating—many of whom we had already deemed incompatible, and no doubt vice versa—were the people we were stuck with.
I had never felt so much a part of history before, nor understood so acutely how little there was to separate us from the men and women of the past, how we had always just been people.
The days continued to pass, and it became increasingly difficult to distinguish between them. Friends would call, and we couldn’t remember whether we had spoken two hours or two weeks ago. The virus colored everything, giving birth to alien emotions, blurring boundaries between the real and the imagined.
I have been alone for over a month as I write this. One by one, all my future plans have been canceled, and it has come to seem of little consequence whether I will be quarantined through May or November or the following May.
Every day I talk to friends across the country and the globe, collecting their own tales of quarantine—the virus has invaded human life the way it does the human body, it seems, latching on and wreaking havoc.
2. Sad to see J.Crew, my go-to brand since college, slowly dying in the world of fashion. Happy to see Patagonia walk the talk and will continue to support the brand.Read More »
1. Interesting list of professions. “Personal Data Broker,” “Personal Memory Curator,” “Data Trash Engineer,””Algorithm Bias Auditor,” “Head of Machine Personality Design,” and “Chief Purpose Planner” piqued my interest.
2. Drinking water may be overrated but it’s much needed during pregnancy.
3. Agreed that complaining is how we communicate and build bonds. I just need to ensure that it’s not about the same thing all the time and that I also have a productive outlet with actionable resolutions.
4. Gig economy impacting all sectors of society — but is it sustainable to work in such state when all benefits are tied to companies?
5. Sad turn of events — even the princess Meagan Markle cannot steer away from racism.
6. Maybe I should consider data product management role in the travel industry down the road.
Last year’s attempt to compile book reviews failed because I didn’t update it in real time. It was just too much for me to do it all at the end of the year, especially because Novembers and Decembers are generally busier than other months.
This year, I’m trying to update the books as I finished them in real time when they are fresh in my mind. Below are books that I read and enjoyed.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown – 4/5 [Nov’18 – Jan ’19]
It provided me a sense of clarity and empowered me to make intentional decisions, specifically saying no now so that I won’t regret later. Timely book to finish at the start of the year, as I’m trying to re-focus and re-prioritize.Read More »
Another year. Another post of TVs that rank and review all the shows that I spent time watching. This year, I enjoyed Korean dramas more than Western dramas and liked that they were available on Netflix in real time.
Killing Eve S1 – 4 / 5
A refreshing thriller / crime drama that deserved all the praise and more. The cat and mouse chase between the assassin and British detective was so addictive that I binged the entire season in one sitting. Can’t wait to see the second season.
After Life S1 – 4 / 5
Unexpectedly delightful show! Staying true to its European roots, the pace was slower and the dialogue was caustic. Wish that it was longer and can’t wait for the second season.Read More »
Parasite – 5/5
The best movie of the year for me. So many unexpected twists and turns. What I thought was going to be a low key movie about a poor family infiltrating a rich family to earn a living turned out to be a strange tragedy in the end. So glad that I went to the theaters to enjoy it!
The Green Book – 4.5/5
Sadness and hope packaged into one! What a fascinating true story and great to see that the two were friends for life.Read More »