saturday. slightly sunny.

Germany might be on lockdown soon…so we sorta had our last meetup before it will be illegal to do that. some people might say that we’re irresponsible and that we should’ve taken social distancing more seriously. but in our only (albeit rather weak) defense, we have been almost solely hanging out with each other and were at my place, and no one took any public transport and let alone ran into another soul. (other than at supermarkets, but don’t we all?) it’s a gray area isn’t it?

wrote some letters to send cos Angela Merkel encouraged that (she also said we shouldn’t physically meet; it’s true that people only hear what they want to hear). and so i ran out of envelopes and stamps so i was delighted to find out that we can buy and print stamps online! and i folded the letter into an envelope thing so it didn’t need an envelope too! wow i feel so eco-friendly!

READ

why COVID-19 is worse than the flu. hmmhmm

someone who finished the freeCodeCamp’s certifications in a month who also makes YouTube coding tutorials. ive never watched a video coding tutorial…still quite skeptical (i always read) but well, i think i should give it a go soon. since i’ll be stuck home for a while with my computer

WATCHED

i’ve been watching Ted-Ed Riddles and i finished season 1 today. i can proudly say that i solved most of it (two with my genius friend)

Crashing on Netflix. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a genius. watched Fleabag and Killing Eve and so happy to see her art on Netflix.

CURRENTLY READING

these would be books (and sometimes perhaps very long form texts) and maybe this would keep me more accountable to finish them hahahaha. this is a little embarrassing and you can see how hard is it for me to just. focus. on. one. thing.

Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

For the Love of Physics: … by Walter Lewin

thursday. it’s sunny. NRW, Germany

i haven’t been out to the city but i did go for a jog this morning and yeah, there weren’t as many cars as usual, i think the vehicle i saw the most were buses. it’s quite like a dead town. guess it’s good. #stayhome 

READ

the art of journaling. a very very comprehensive article and i pretty much just skipped to the sections that are most relevant to me. one of my New Year resolutions is to journal every day…trolololol fail. i have still yet to find the most suitable method for me…alas, i couldn’t even decide between having a digital journal or a physical one. ahh, possibilities are endless!

the history of irrational numbers because last Saturday was Pi Day. pi is an irrational number. 

this is by far the best text written on “untranslatable emotions” i’ve ever read. probably cos it highlights an actual use for it

there’s a PDF and i was excited to see there is a Malay section which only contains one word. oh wells. hahahahahaha. it’s still nice. but the PDF is more like a collection of words that don’t have English equivalents lol

WATCHED

The Circle USA on Netflix. how to make friends while being under self-quarantine. oh. and American dramassssss. hahahahahah. hilarious.

 

WILL BE WATCHING

been binge-watching this every evening with the Streberin. i wonder what we will do when we’re done with the series….

Halt and Catch Fire on Amazon Prime. an underrated TV Series which talks about programmers and geeks and nerds set in the 80s. it ended up on many “Best of the Decade” lists. mainly discovered it because i had a crush on Mackenzie Davis

Wednesday. spring is coming. Aachen.

hello again, well, it’s the virus outbreak now so i’m pretty much staying home as much as i could. though i still go out quite often hahahaha. not very responsible of me. so i thought it might be a good idea for sharing what i’m reading again. i read some good pieces in the past two months or so but well, life caught in the way. this might turn into a diary of how im surviving this hahahaha.

READ

we should not believe everything we read. it’s so sad actually that we might have to remind ourself that something that sounds too good to be true, might really be not true. 

WATCHED

the Butterfield Diet Plan. ahhahahahah British humour ist DA BEST

and Young Sheldon on Amazon Prime

and The Circle USA on Netflix

How to DIY your own sauna without spending a lot of money

i will slowly migrate all of my published stories on Medium to here. well, there are not a lot anyway.

originally posted on Medium; slightly edited for readability .


1. Make sure you are at Malaysia or somewhere near here; the trick is to get as close as possible to the Equator.
2. Park your car in the morning somewhere without shade, leave it there for at least two hours.
3. Go back to your car at sometime between 2pm-4pm.
4. Sit inside and do not start the engine. Also, wear long sleeves because you don’t want to get sunburnt and also for better results.
5. Don’t die of heat exhaustion.

Studies have shown that sauna-ing is very healthy and I have done a search online to know how often you should carry out this wonderful activity.


Very Important Disclaimer (VID) I: Please consult your doctor or general practitioner before trying this.

VID II: Kwan Wei Yen does not endorse this and if you die…oops sorry but you could only blame yourself for not reading VID I.

VID III: The above method would not work if it’s raining.

medical advices are so confusing

or maybe it’s just in Germany. or maybe because i’ve only needed help here in Germany. but wow.

anyway:


physiotherapist: go to your doctor and get referrals to come here again

me: i want to go to physiotherapy again

doctor: nope you’re going to an orthopaedic cos you shouldn’t need physiotherapy anymore


psychologist or counsellor lol idek who cos the mental health industry in Germany is even more confusing: you need to go to psychotherapy

me: i want to go to psychotherapy

doctor: nope you need a psychiatrist


at this point i’m not even sure if i have that many problems. but if anyone was asking, my university life is going great.

2019 reflections + 2020 resolutions

threw a spontaneous NYE party with seven other friends and thought it would be fun to compile “best of” lists. that list is only for us to know, heh. then we did some reflections then some resolutions. after that we played games and got drunk. i don’t get how 10 persons managed to use 18 mugs/glasses but also i used three different ones for different beverages (wow).


2019 REFLECTIONS

(got these questions online while i was planning for the party, please pardon the sequence that doesn’t make sense)

an unexpected surprise last year: that i won a scholarship despite horrible academics results in the previous semester. however, the scholarship is awarded to students who engage themselves socially, a lot. hah.

best advice i heard last year: watch your mouth.

best thing i learned last year: to execute some basic life functions with my left hand. i still brush my teeth and eat with my left hand.

one word to describe last year: dramatic.

biggest regret last year: i fucked up something.

an unexpected obstacle last year: broken right arm and completely-torn right knee ligament at the same time.

best place i visited last year: Verona, Italy.

most excited for this this year: ironically but honestly, university.

most challenging thing last year: at one point after my accident, i had problems with my physical health, mental health (had anxiety and depression), emotional health, with some people i hold dear, with exam stress because i was very far behind classes because i missed a lot of classes due to poor mental and physical conditions, with a new job as a student research assistant at a university institute, and i had to manage a student association. i was literally operating with a broken arm, broken ligament, broken brain, and broken heart, at the same time. somehow i pulled through…

most grateful for last year: …thanks to friends who stuck around.

most inspiring person i met last year: will it be very narcissistic to nominate myself for this? cos i would actually be very impressed and inspired if i met someone who went through those shits like me; because despite having a terrible time most of the semester, the semester ended as if nothing bad happened. omitting the (extremely) negative aspects, i actually had a great semester, well, academically. and financially. this might be material for another blog post that ive been trying to work on.

my biggest achievement of 2019: having written the best paper in an exam; also, best grade to date!

funniest moment of the year: there probably were a lot cos i do a lot of dumb things/ do a lot of things dumbly but the one that came to my mind was the moment when i was on the operation theatre for my RIGHT arm surgery, alone and scared, and they nearly operated my left arm cos that was stated on the document.

place i want to visit this year: Poland. Turkey.

best moment of the year: couldn’t decide…


2020 RESOLUTIONS

these are quite vague because i need my privacy.

  • journal every day.
  • save money; get my finances straight.
  • be physically and mentally fit enough to go to the moon.
  • listen to a podcast every week.
  • spend more time alone.
  • eat my ego.
  • finish reading the books on the shelf.
  • not destroy the left side of my body.
  • try to churn out at least one blog post per month. a real post, not a reading journal. very unrealistic in the first three months because of exams…

    PS: HAPPY NEW YEAR!