‘Delicious Rendezvous’ (SBS TV)

For the past several weeks, I have been feeling unmotivated. For most of the part, this is due to the prolonged lockdown here in Malaysia — specifically, Klang Valley area (Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are the two long-time runners of the highest cases on daily basis 🥲)

However, things are picking up. The vaccination rate in Malaysia is really high on daily basis (400,000 – 500,000 per day) and we are looking at the possibility of 80% of the whole population to be fully vaccinated late September.

Recently I have been watching “Delicious Rendezvous” in VIU (a streaming service app — they mainly provide asian dramas and variety shows.) Chef Baek Jong-won is the host of this Korean show; the idea of the show is to raise awareness and interest on Korean local produces that need publicity boost to help the farmers. It also helps to reduce food waste (on episode 1 and 2, they covered “ugly potatoes” — potatoes that, actually still edible and completely safe, don’t look “good” (not round) so the farmers have to throw the potatoes away because the potatoes didn’t pass supermarket suppliers’ quality control) and introduce wider variety of food to the public, specifically to Korean.

I. am. hooked.

This is a beautiful show. I love how Chef Baek introduces new ways of cooking to make the cooking process easier and simpler — and at the same time, retain the tasty and delicious taste. The show also supported by supermarkets to sell the produces to the masses (to increase the produce’s demand.)

This show also helps me to regain my motivation back. It seems like learning and having interests in something new makes you feel hopeful again.

Since I just finished episode 4, I made sambal goreng kentang — we have quite a lot of potato in the kitchen, so I decided to cook it to something that we can keep for a long time (also, sambal goreng kentang and a plate filled with warm jasmine rice are super nice!) You can check the recipe below:

You can adjust the number of chili you want. For me, I didn’t really count the chili. It’s basically you put the chili into the pot until your ancestors said, “that’s enough.”

I’m not super sure if “Delicious Rendezvous” is streaming on Netflix or not; but if you can find the service that does, do watch it!

Hee Chul is so cute here I just can’t… 😭✨

You can also watch Chef Baek Jon-won’s “Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody” on Netflix.

(Featured image is taken from Rakuten Viki)

Recheck the current workflow, tweak it, and stick with it

“I need to be okay with making ugly things.”

In case it wasn’t obvious enough, I have been looking for organizing and habit-building tips since last weekend. I rechecked my bullet journal and I wanted to know which system/pattern that actually works for me.

One of my biggest mistake — or maybe THE biggest mistake — is to see other people’s journals and compare mine with theirs. I set myself on a certain level of aspiration, and I set myself to failure.

I rewatched Ryder’s bullet journal video (the OG), and read some articles on building habit and journaling (I steered clear from bullet journal bloggers. No hate at all; they have their own system and design, and more often than not, I found myself starting to compare my journal with their journal again.) From there, I found that my current system actually works!

I used to focus heavily on weekly and daily log. After I rechecked my workload, I found that I need to include monthly overview too (monthly goal) — so I’m going to use the original bullet journal system, minus the future spread (I don’t think I need the future spread yet.) I personally feel this is a good step as I start to see my work and my days in a longer term now. It used to be in a much shorter timeframe (daily); looking it on weekly and monthly helps me to feel optimistic too.

🔖 How to build healthy habits

Dr. Wood, author of the book, “Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick,” calls the forces that get in the way of good habits “friction.”

In one study, researchers changed the timing of elevator doors so that workers had to wait nearly half a minute for the doors to close. (Normally the doors closed after 10 seconds.)

It was just enough of a delay that it convinced many people that taking the stairs was easier than waiting for the elevator.

“It shows how sensitive we are to small friction in our environment,” said Dr. Wood. “Just slowing down the elevator got people to take the stairs, and they stuck with it even after the elevator went back to normal timing.”

(Link)

Also, the article mentioned it takes 66 days in average for one to build a habit (if the action is being done every day.)

Astra-Zeneca Part Two

We are fully vaccinated! ✨

When we had our first dose back on May, we prepared for 12 weeks of waiting time before the second dose.

This is the picture from our first dose process (May 2021)

I… forgot if I have wrote about my first dose experience here. Anyway! It was on May 15, several days after Eid al-Fitr. It was on Saturday, and we realized it was the first weekend during the vaccination program (the program started on Monday) so things were a bit super busy and slightly chaotic. The security teams were busily managing the lines and had to yell many times to give information.

Anyway! We received news several weeks ago that the waiting time in-between doses for Astra-Zeneca can be reduced to 9 weeks. We didn’t have to do anything, though. We only need to wait for notifications on our second dose appointment — then two weeks ago, we received SMS notification that our second dose is on July 17 (yesterday.)

There was not a lot of pics as I really don’t want to stop and making lines behind me 😅 But I can tell the committee has definitely upped their game! The lines are clearer now. There are several lines available:

  • Malaysia citizens, and…
  • Non-Malaysia citizens

And…

  • First dose
  • Second dose

It was pretty cool. The lines are easier to navigate, and there are security folks and volunteers on several points to help folks with checking their status and scanning the QR code on the MySejahtera app (this is the app for our contact tracing throughout the pandemic.)

ALSO, shout out to the committee for providing Calm Room! For folks attending the vaccination process with concerns such as autism, panic attack, and/or anxiety, the team will be happy to help and attend their needs on Calm Room.

For the second dose, the process has been super quick since our data has been recorded and the only thing needed is some clarifications and cross-check. I arrived on check-in point then escorted to the vaccination jab station — all in less than 5 minutes.

Thank you so much, medical team!

In total, it was a… 20 minutes (including observation time) process, I guess? During the observation time, the committee assisted us on writing the second dose information on our vaccine card. This is definitely helpful and making things faster (also, avoid typos.)

It’s really bad that we are in the pandemic. I wish I could hug all the medics and volunteers there. They have been through a lot and working tirelessly to ensure we are all safe and healthy. Thank you so much, all of you! Stay safe and stay healthy!

(Currently, I’m having mild fever (37°C-ish) due to the vaccine’s side-effect. Mild joint discomfort and dizziness. However, nothing super serious. Oxygen saturation is still okay and I can still taste and smell stuffs. I’m stocking up on isotonic drink and some multivitamins. Get vaccinated if you can, friends! Stay safe and stay healthy!)

We didn’t forget this year! Yay!

In case you are curious; we had Javanese wedding (hence the kebaya I wore,) but I asked (forced my family, actually,) for the men to wear beskap Sunda-style attire. I also asked for the women in the families to go freestyle with their Javanese kebaya so they can walk comfortably.

Happy 10th year anniversary, dear. For many years to come.

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