Journal #293

Recently, I keep finding myself making mistakes when it comes to numbering my journal. I fixed the most recent set of errors yesterday. It’s embarrassing.

What happened

I went to office today dressed with layered clothing, a grey T-Shirt with an Olive-green flannel on top. For the past few workdays, I have switched up my dressing style and found joy in that.

A few months ago, I bought three olive-green flannels to establish a personal uniform as part of my minimalism lifestyle. Now nearly five months later, it became clear to me that I’m already a minimalist in my own right because I know what I am looking for in life and everything else is superfluous.

I have also looked at my own spending and it turns out I have never had to take on any debt to fund my lifestyle. I have sufficient savings to keep me going even if I’m out of work for six months straight and still have enough to buy the occasion gadgets that I want. So I don’t need a uniform to tell the world. Instead, how I dress is to show my personality, my desire for authenticity. That is one of my core values.

At work, I spent one-quarter of my time chit-chatting away with my colleague, one-half to implement, and test a new feature for phase 2 of the project. I also went about preparing a new executable with the latest changes from another colleague for her to test tomorrow. Towards the end of the workday, I went and discussed the database schema for the next phase of the project. Since I have a stronger command of English, I went about defining the names for the columns and table.

During lunch, I went on my own. After that, I had the urge to get some new books. One is for my sister.

The book I got for myself is Smart Product Design.

The book I got for my sister is the Color Index XL because I wanted her to have a good tool to do her design and art work.

At around 6.20pm, my colleague and I decided to call it a day. In the meantime, I was already feeling my stomach growling and was getting uncomfortable.

Throughout my journey home, I had some difficulty breathing and kept coughing. It was because while I was crossing the road from my company’s building, I accidentally walked through a hidden cloud of second-hand cigarette smoke. The concentration was higher than what I usually breathed it and it caused my airways to constrict significantly. I kept coughing all the way. Half way to the MRT station, my throat start to hurt and felt sore. The back of my lower jaw also started aching.

Even after I reached home, I still had a hard time breathing. It took quite a while before everything went back to normal.

If I can participate in any class-action lawsuit against smokers and tobacco companies for causing serious health damage, I will.

Once home, I went to watch Star Trek: Discovery and have a sumptuous dinner.

What I plan next

Since I got some free time tonight, I will go back to write something for my book. Yesterday, I managed to expand one of the scene from one paragraph to five paragraphs with proper descriptions and I want to continue to do that.

How I feel

I feel great today because of the joy I get from being myself today, being authentic with all my flaws, strengths, and quirks.

What am I watching now

Here are some videos that I have been watching today.

Gary Vaynerchuk – Why My Personal Brand Is Successful

Lauv – A Different Way

Troye Sivan – My My My!

Lifestyle or life changes

I realized I have actually added probably 2 to 3kg of weight due to my 5 to 6 meals a day. I suspect it was because I haven’t been very active compared to two years ago and have been eating junk food during some of those meals.

What am I thinking of now

Most people by the age of 33 stopped looking for new music. They are stuck with what they already know. They lost touch with what’s trendy. Let’s see how true it holds for me. As far as I know, I am randomly looking for new music to listen to and still can keep up with some of the recent cultural developments.