Documenting my favourites from the past months, serving as a note for me to update in the near future:

  • Just like how Twice won me back in 2019, I have taken a liking towards Stray Kids’ 2020 efforts. It started with God’s Menu’s all-encompassing execution of their concept, Hyunjin’s new hairdo and his stunning beauty, followed by their fun, catchy repackage Back Door and its b-sides. Stray Kids’ often stray (hah!) into hard EDM sounds that I don’t vibe with, so the emphasis on their rapline in the repackage pleases me. In fact, it reminds me so much of what BTS’ rapline used to offer.
  • I admit, The Tropical Zodiac Signs feel suffocating for me at times. There are a few stereotypes and restraints that make me feel like I cannot transcend into a better person, especially when I want what other zodiacs have. It was not until I found ThePeoplesOracle‘s explanation on the Sidereal Zodiac that made me feel like I can break free from the rigidness of Capricorn, in which, as much as I love that sign, it can be tiring. There is an innate need within me that wants to be more adventurous, to take a leap. The Sidereal Zodiac does not penalise me for wanting that, but at the same time it warns me of the price that I have to pay.
  • There is a lot to be said about Jooheon’s mixtape, but first things first: I am so proud of him to talk about his anxiety and provides a moral support to others. And the production value in this whole release is spectacular.
  • Did wordpress adopt Notion’s UI?
  • Marie Howe’s Singularity: “before we came to believe humans were so important / before this awful loneliness.” Followed by her interview with The Isolated Journals.
  • The only way for me to make intimacy alive again is to write it. And this is what I have to promise myself – that I am here to explore the human connection that I yearn and cannot really withdraw from.
  • I steer away from proclaiming myself as an empathetic person because, for one, I know that I am not, and two, I feel like that is such a huge burden to carry. Within that space, you are given yourself the risk of setting expectations and not healthy boundaries. Plus, there is acknowledging that we all operate on our own set of biases, projections, and limited lived experiences, thus we chose who to empathise with. I am not good with words in real life, and I am still learning to fully hold all words accountable. My starting point, from now on, is to ask the other person on what do they really want to do or feel now, and give myself the permission to accept that I cannot solve everything.

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