Monsters exist

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

Primo Levi

Saw this quote posted in the comments of a Humans of New York photo.

New website projects

Yesterday, I tweetedย about getting a personal domain name, and today, I have done it. This blog will soon be directed asย wendykwan.ca! This is a big step for me as I’ve usedย singtothesky.org for years and years – and before that, it was au-contraire.org – but hopefully this will be the beginning of where I start branding myself online. Although if I were to be honest, I feel online personal branding can be such an unauthentic way because you have to make sure you publish a professional marketable version of yourself. Hopefully, even with the new domain name, my blog will still be able to represent 100% of me.

I also thought about starting a new (and different) blog yesterday. Now that I have the whole summer ahead of me – the rest of my life too! – I now have the time to start the projects I’ve always wanted to start.

First day of the rest of my life

First day of the rest of my life, and I cannot sleep. Actually, that sentence sums up the last five or so years of my life pretty well. But tonight – or rather, this morning – I have a good reason for not being able to sleep.

I am finally graduating.

High expectations lead to disappointment

No pretenses.

I’ve let so many people down the past two weeks, I don’t even know what to do with myself.

There has got to be a Medium article or a Thought Catalog article I can read to make myself feel better… And more importantly, not let these situations happen again.

Consequences of sleep deprivation

After one night of sleeping less than an ideal seven hours, you are hungrier and more apt to eat more, more likely to get emotional, less focused, and are losing brain tissue.

As a university student, not getting the daily ideal seven hours of sleep is considered normal among your friends. If you were to tell someone that you got eight or nine hours of sleep last night, your friends would stare at you in awe. Eight hours of sleep in your last year of university? Unbelievable.

One of my many New Year’s resolutions this year is to change my sleeping patterns. I’ve been known around my circle of friends as the person who “doesn’t sleep”, but after reading this article, I think it’s about time I’ve changed my sleeping habits. I’ve always known that sleeping late, or not going enough hours of sleep was not healthy, but seeing how my sleeping pattern was affecting my body, displayed so graphically and horrifyingly in the article’s infographic made me want to make a good attempt at changing my habits.

Change won’t happen instantly, I know this, but if I can change my habits even a little bit (like sleeping before 3AM!), I think I can work on changing my sleeping habits altogether.

Korean food and the Academy Awards

Two things:

  1. I love Korean food. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also cheap and healthy. And it’s so difficult to get all three when eating out.
  2. I haven’t seen over half of the Academy Award nominated films – including Gravity and American Hustle – and I feel incredibly guilty about it.

Returning to the December days

The past month has been really crazy.

But firstly, happy new year! I’ve committed myself to five new year’s resolutions so far, but I won’t be sharing them here just yet! There is too much to document from the month of December! And I think I’ve already started to forget some of the things that happened, so I am relying purely on my Foursquare calendar check-in history to make sure I’ve got all the important points documented.

Travel newbie

As mentioned in my previous blog, I will be going to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 next summer! I will be travelling alone for my trip to Recife, but will meet up with a friend in Recife for a couple of games (hopefully), before heading off to Rio de Janeiro for (hopefully) a quarterfinal game. Luck has already been on our side yesterday, when the World Cup groups were drawn, and our only confirmed ticket so far will be for the United States vs. Germany game on June 25th. We got incredibly lucky! I had a feeling we would end up watching a match featuring less prominent teams, but somehow we managed to get the Group of Death as Group G. Insanely lucky.

To watch Brazil play in Toronto was a childhood dream

The first time I saw Brazil play was back in 2002. It was summer, and my dad was hooked on the TV, following every single game of World Cup 2002. I started watching with him, and before I knew it, I became a fan of the Brazilian national team and the magnificent maestro Kaka. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Brazilian national team came to Toronto to play Chile in a FIFA certified friendly. It was a very short trip. They arrived the evening before, and they left the night of the game. They only stayed one night. I wasn’t even planning to attend because the tickets were so expensive – even more expensive than actual World Cup 2014 tickets! – but the day before the game, I realized that I didn’t take this chance now, I may never see them play again. At least never in Toronto – hell, when I was a kid, I never imagined I would even be able to see them play in my home city of Toronto! – and probably not at least until my 30s. So I took this chance, bought a $62 ticket for the nosebleed sections and off I went.

Life is about taking the opportunities as they present themselves to you after all. If not now, then when?

Instagram

  • It really needs to snow in London. The city would look even prettier with some snow. ๐Ÿ˜ #Canadian
  • I got yelled at by the shopkeeper shortly after taking this photo. She didn't like the fact that I was touching all her inventory without buying anything. ๐Ÿ˜… #Persimmon
  • Trying to do better with sharing my travel photos. (New Year's resolution maybe?!) This is a photo of the Latvian lunch I'm having on my second day here in Riga. Very affordable meal! ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ Extra context for this photo: This is the meal I ate after waking up at noon today. I spent a total of 13 hours sleeping at my hotel within my first 24 hours in Latvia. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #ILoveHotels
  • 6 AM flights mean napping immediately after work, staying up until 2 AM, taking the bus from city to airport at 3 AM, landing at 10:30 AM, and then accidentally napping at your hotel from 5 PM to 11 PM. ๐Ÿ˜ด Yikes, I've missed dinner.

This is a photo of the coast of Latvia, the Bulduri region, facing the Gulf of Latvia. Even flying in at 10 AM in the morning, I could still see large cargo ships sailing through towards Finland.
  • First mulled wine of the season, and my first ever taste of reindeer meat! (That's a reindeer meat crepe I'm holding.) It tastes delicious! I want more... ๐ŸฆŒ P.S. That's glรถgi I'm holding in my hand! Finnish hot mulled wine. ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
  • London's museum of art and design. Such a big museum, you definitely need at least three hours to properly see everything!