“It’s easy to tell when you’re frustrated.”
I recently passed my 90-day mark at work, and this was a comment from my feedback that really stood out to me.
Thinking on this, I found that I’m most visibly frustrated when either I have to push back a deadline or respond to emails which are not relevant to my current projects.
On further thought, I realized that I put a lot of energy towards work that doesn’t matter as much, or can wait, so I end up putting off more important matters until I get crunched by a deadline. …
“So where are you from?”
“Well I was born in San Francisco, but I moved to Shanghai when I was 7. I stayed there until I graduated high school, and so now I’m back in the Bay Area for college.”
“Oh, so are your parents from Shanghai?”
“No, they’re born and raised in HK.”
“Oh so do you know Canto at all?”
“Ehh, siu siu ah”
“Oh, that’s cool! What can you say?”
“Well, I know how to ask for the bathroom and my favorite foods haha.”
“Haha, yeah? Well that’s good. What do you like to eat?”
“Mid Autumn Festival reminds us to look up to the sky. Gaze at the moon. Appreciate the beauty of life and nature.” — my 10th grade English teacher, heavily paraphrased by my bad memory
Today, lots of people are gonna stuff their face with mooncakes and look up to the night sky; the moon is supposed to be the biggest you’ll see it all year. Mid-Autumn Festival (“中秋节”) has quite a few colorful myths behind it.
The most reasonable of them is probably the one where, at one point in ancient Chinese wartime, soldiers relayed messages across enemy lines by…
For Labor Day Weekend, I took a solo trip to New York City to attend Electric Zoo, an electronic music festival hosted at Randall’s Island Park.
Initially, on the feeling of elation and freedom from recently graduating, I just wanted a reason to go to New York. An electronic music festival in New York on a long weekend was the perfect reason for me to go on a random adventure. I made up my mind in June and bought a ticket for myself and an Airbnb for 2. I was thinking I’d bring a friend with me, but over time…
I wouldn’t read this if you haven’t seen the movie. SPOILERS AHEAD, but also go watch the movie. Or read the book.
I had a “wow that’s me!” moment. And then I realized that’s never happened to me before while watching a movie.
I almost cried at the theater because I didn’t know what it felt like to relate to a movie character until watching Crazy Rich Asians.
Similarly, I never understood why we overanalyzed symbolism and imagery in our English literature classes until I watched the Mahjong scene in Crazy Rich Asians. …
Sometime before I started working, I had lots of free time and no furniture at home. So I forced myself to get out of the house and find things to do, primarily to pass the time and so that I could sit not-on-the-floor.
I found myself longboarding to the nearest Starbucks often. Maybe I’m basic, but their matcha lattés have been on point lately. Great taste and energy boost, and puts me in the mood to do more serious work.
Like a data science competition on Kaggle.
“In our modern world that is increasingly connected, there are so many different people [and things] vying for your attention, and it’s really really hard to carve out any time to just go out without a specific purpose to different areas. That’s viewed in a lot of circles as being lazy, as careless . . . but perhaps that’s where the real action is, where the adventure starts.” — Chad Grills
It’s been an entire week since I started working. I’ll probably go into greater detail about how I feel about the solitary adult life, but I will say, I’m surprised by how quickly things are changing, despite also settling into a more stable routine. Something I’ve had to do a lot of lately is do bursts of focused activity to prepare for things in advance. Like planning around public holidays, personal finance stuff (WHICH I HATE TO MY CORE but it’s important), and even just what I eat.
“I liked the part where you talked about how having a car enables you to be wherever for whoever. It’s a sweet lesson.” — Catherine Chang, re: my previous Lessons Learned
After graduating from college, I took it upon myself to push the boundaries of what it means to live my life to the fullest. Or, as the Snapchat/Instagram stickers would say, living my best life.
Now that I work in a heavily data-driven industry, I think it’s appropriate share some statistics:
Part of why I started writing on Medium is that I just wanted to write about cool stuff that I’m blessed to have in life. And discuss things I am passionate about. Like comics. And video games. And traveling. And new life experiences.
On that thread, I think I’m growing on the idea of just including a photo each week of a snapshot into my life. So basically social media/blogging, except I also unload my stream of consciousness on a platform which makes my writing look cool. And then share my comics.
Thus, I present to you this week’s photo:
I'm a semi-international software engineer, gamer, streamer, traveler, foodie, and music festival headliner. Crafting my writing and presentation skills.