thoughts: feb, 2019


In my mind, rice cooker has one function: makes rice. While reading Amazon reviews, I found out that it can make all sorts of things that are not rice, such as pasta, mac & cheese, porridge, all sorts of chicken dishes, and even carnitas! Mind-blown. Maybe this is what it means when they say a fresh perspective!

Which photos are worth keeping? As I’m deleting photos from the past, I realized that I take too many photos of

  • food (oddly, without people around the table to enjoy them — therefore, as time passes, I have no idea where I ate the food and who I enjoyed it with)
  • books
  • screenshots (of IG posts, articles, and emails)
    • my intention is to use them as examples and/or look them up, but I’m 99% sure that it never happened
  • selfies – my husband and I take one too many selfies — not that we post them anywhere, but that’s how we have fun.
  • skylines – as if I’m a tourist, every time I see the beautiful ny skylines, I tend to snap a photo. These actually have no value — for I can just walk to the waterfronts and/or look outside my window to really appreciate NYC. Note to self, stop taking so many photos of the city that I live in and actually enjoy and experience it to the fullest. Don’t fall trap to the routine and try to make the best out of it.

As I deleted photos of friends that I no longer keep in touch, I wonder how they organize photos of me. Do they also delete it or remember that point in time?

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

thoughts: jan, 2019


My preference for food negatives correlates with the weather. I prefer cold salads during hot summer months and warm grain bowl during cold months.

I’ve been biased towards suede my entire life, a bias I inherited from my mom. I wonder if this is something that I should reconsider.

Betrayal. I was told that I’d have lobster, only to be served imitation crab meat on my plate.
This is how I felt today when HR promised to make drastic changes in my department, only to find out that the leaders were given “harsh feedback.”

Big fish in small pond vs. small fish in big pond
It’s better to be a small fish in a big pond at the start of your career. It allows you to learn and be exposed to various aspects about a business.

The split second decision to transfer from a local to express train is agonizing in the moment. A thousand thoughts cross my mind and I wonder if this life.
Stay in the local and keep the momentum going or wait for the express, with the faith that it will get me there faster.
The verdict is hard to tell, especially with the unreliable NYC subway system. Am I over thinking a simple transfer?

Photo by ORNELLA BINNI on Unsplash

thoughts: december, 2018


Most people can be categorized into one of the four buckets.

1. Smart & Nice
2. Smart & Mean
3. Dumb & Nice
4. Dumb & Mean

Below are my observations from a professional setting.

Smart and nice individuals are very easy to work with and reasonable. They are very clear in their communications, realistic with expectations, and just a nice human being to work with. They inspire me enough to sign up for extra work, just to make them smile.Read More »

corporate pet peeves: random phrases


Often times, I’m awed by some of the phrases that I hear at work and automatically think that the person speaking is smarter, but upon reflection, it’s just a fancy way of saying basic concepts.

In my hopes of sounding smarter, below are my collections.

“Meta Data Framework”
What does this even mean?

“Directional Thinking”
Since when did “thinking” needed a qualifier? And something grand as “directional.” Then again, I feel the same about “thought leadership.” Read More »

corporate pet peeves : email


Similar to my scheduling pet-peeves, these email offenses are cringeworthy and annoying. If you ever work in a corporate environment, please read and consider whether or not you subscribe to these behaviors.

1. “Confirming receipt” — Why do we need to confirm receipt? Either you provide an answer or an update. Not sure why writing “confirm receipt” is necessary.

2. Not answering all the questions asked — and only answering the first or last question or some of the questions, making me follow-up to say, “thanks but you forgot my other questions” in a much passive-aggressive way. Read More »