January 2021

2021 has certainly kept the world on its toes so far. With more waves of COVID-19, crazy American protests and wild market behaviour, I couldn't be more glad that I'm living out the same boring routine in the military. That being said, I do have my weekends off, so there's bountiful content for this monthly update!

Over last year, I felt increasingly disconnected from my parents, despite still living at home for the first eight months. So this month, I focused on spending more quality time with them. I had more fruitful and mature conversations with them, trying to learn more about their work and gaining a deeper understanding of their respective world views. And it honestly feels amazing and satisfying to have done so. Definitely the highlight of this month.

Reading this month has been... interesting. For non-fiction, I've been rotating between Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock and The Courage to be Disliked by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi. While they're both engaging enough to finish in one or two sittings, I've been taking my time with them, taking notes and reading more deeply along the way. On the fiction side, it's been Murakami all the way. Something about his writing just makes them perfect for entertainment within military camp. I've completed Sputnik Sweetheart, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and I'm nearing the end of Killing Commendatore now.

Even as literally everyone is profiting off Gamestop and crypto, I somehow managed to lose money trading Bitcoin. $90 within two weeks. Argh!

I ate some intensely delicious food this month. Literally an album full of mouth-watering dishes. Lots of salmon and beef. This will probably the most lavish month of this year in terms of food.

Salmon don

Pasta

Gyudon

Ramen

I also climbed every week! I wonder if I should create a page to track my climbing progress...

Kinetics Climbing

Lighthouse Climbing

All in all, this has been a decent start to the year. It's been a delicate dance between the different areas of my life, but I've managed to find balance so far. I guess the mission for February would be to sustain it. Till then, out.