I have many online journals/ blogs over the years. My first one was opendiary.com in 1996-2000 era :P I never managed to keep one consistently though. Hoping this one will be more of a stream of consciousness type of diary that I can write consistently. Thanks for visiting. Posts will mostly be about personal life, personal finance, books I read etc.

It was so difficult helping my mom with simple ipad tasks

Tasks such as printing, taking pictures, or doing a screenshot. It's a super frustrating experience and I'm the only one left to help her. My sister has basically stopped contact with her.

I am determined to keep up with technology as I age.

elated not going back to the office yet

I'm elated I don't have to go back to the office yet. After reaching FI commuting two hours each day for work on public transportation is just not appealing. And I get to use the pockets of small time slots on myself, rather than pretending to be working in the office, or waste time chitchatting on subjects I don't care about.

I also get to use a clean bathroom that I clean weekly myself, and prepare fresh meals twice a day.

Next possible chance of returning to the office: Jan 3, 2022

Worked about two hours on September 2

Then I listed a bunch of unused items on eBay.

Life is good.

working four hours on Sep 1, 2021

It's actually a very cushy job, I guess

So I should stop complaining about it.

pixel 5 and graphene os

Welp, I'm taking one more steps towards privacy.

Just ordered a pixel 5 and will try out graphene OS.

I haven't decided which carrier I will stay with though.

Gotta figure that out shortly.

Should I sell my camera

I haven’t used my camera for a long time

Debating if I should sell it to get multiple cellphones

Cellphones seem to be what I am obsessed with these days

But my camera is top of the line and take amazing portrait pictures.

If I ever get to see phie babe I want to use it to snap snap.

So undecided…

I guess I will keep my camera until I know if I am ever going to meet with phie babe.

performance review

My performance review numbers are out. I used to be so obsessed about the numbers. This time I got surprised my boss brought up that he was about to go through the numbers with me. I guess I no longer care. And that's a good thing.

Continue to send my whole paycheck twice every month to investments.

Continue to live on my ESPP amount (16.5% of my gross salary = 15% gross and 10% purchase discount).

If this is not security I don't know what is.


Terrified to learn that there is a kidnapping case in the neighborhood this afternoon, in a generally safe area.

I can’t imagine what the girl is suffering right now

another test at the hospital tomorrow

Mom will have another test at the hospital tomorrow July 16, just running on a treadmill.

Mom went to hospital

Luckily it was just a 5 hour check and everything comes back normal. She complained her heart hurt for days and I'm glad she got it checked out.

The wait was not nice for me though, unsure what's going on.

Gotta praise the Canadian medical system.

My major concerns

These days I feel like I live a very comfortable life. My immediate personal life is going well. Work is not too stressful. Non existent money problems. My boyfriend behaves well. I don't have too much health issues. (I have some tiny ones but they are under control - perhaps the topic of a different post).

My mom's health, however, is the subject that worries me. My mom is in general good health. But since she has the vaccine, she has been complaining about heart tightness and that it hurts. I am not sure if she has the heart disease or this is an unfortunate temporary side effects of her vaccine.

Am I worried? I am. She lined up some neighbors to take her to the hospital if things go bad. At the same time there is nothing much I can do.

As much as we plan our lives in 30 minute increments, there is always the inevitable. The one fact that nobody can escape from.

I can only accept it.

Do I need a blog?

I have struggled with this question forever. Typically my mode of operation is I set up something, write a few months, make a few friends, then I will delete my blog.

Will this mode change finally? This is not a fancy place, I just can type in plain text. I am not going to care about grammar and spelling too much. No SEO concerns.

By emptying my head I hope I will be able to carry on with my middle aged life at a unremarkable pace.