The hobby – Making Youtube videos even if it’ll take me months to make one

Get a hobby. Have an adventure

Saw that quote on Google. I seem to have this fascination in capturing and editing video clips for the past few years. I am aware that it is not really Hollywood material but it is calming (to me) as I immerse myself in the long hours of trimming clips and adding audios to the media. Right now I am trying my hands on Video.Guru, a free app available on Play Store.

Video.Guru was easy to use for a newbie like myself. There is also plenty of Free To Use audios in the app. I did not have to worry about copyright. It took me a while to collect my clips but I felt it was worth it in the end. There is of course always room for improvement. I watched more videos on Youtube than making them. Bingeing mostly on BTS videos, haagrendal, hamimommy and jihyunkkung. Here is my Youtube channel by the way.

I love making the type of vlog where I don’t really show my face. Somehow it is called silent vlogs? It’s not really that silent. I seem to enjoy these kind of videos especially from Japan and South Korea. Most of them are videos of homebodies, moms who love to clean, cafe owners, florists etc. I don’t fancy the ones where they chat a lot on camera. So far, I have only followed one Malaysian vlogger who adopts this type of video called asykalx. A young man in college with a neat room. However, upon searching ‘silent vlogs malaysia’ – it seems that there’s quite a number of aesthetic, calm Malaysian vloggers enjoy making videos in this category. I wish success to all and will follow them one by one.

Why am I celebrating them?

It’s because once upon a time, I watched a video from this very popular influencer and he said that to create interests, vloggers shouldn’t produce something movie-like or something viewers can watch on TV. One should be boisterous on Youtube. I couldn’t help rolling my eyes when I heard that and was thinking, “eh, sukatilah org tu nak vlog gaya canne.. tak sumerang suka cakap banyak2”. Indeed, it was one of my monologues.

Unlike the more focused and professional vloggers, I take more time to produce one video due to work commitments. That is not a good recipe if you’re aiming to generate an income. But of course that is the least of my concern right now. I just want to experiment and see what I could do with my Samsung phone, sometimes the camera and the free app.

My initial target was to make 10 Youtube videos in 1 year.

Unfortunately due to Covid19, I couldn’t make at least 5.

Nevertheless video editing is a great hobby.

I loved it and hope to expand on my skills in producing Youtube videos.

My mask acne cleared up – finally

Remember my Hermo Haul some time ago? I was on a quest to solve my acne troubles. Well, the problems solved but the star product wasn’t from any of the items I bought. Some of the skin care products helped but you could tell they were more as an adjunct and did not lend any significant improvements to my skin’s condition. I tried and implemented a few new things to my schedule/regime.

Lifestyle changes

  1. Drink more plain water – I am refilling my water bottle more often at work since we have the dispenser machine at the workplace. That helped a lot
  2. Manage time better – sleep better, plan my assignments so I wouldn’t have to cram every single thing in 2 weeks or so
  3. Change my 3 ply mask more often – it is now recommended to double mask to protect ourselves from new, vicious strains.

Self love

  1. I bought loose flowers for myself from this online florist – The Fine Flowers. Staring at the fresh flowers reminds me of my happy days as a medical student. Back then, I got mine from our local supermarket like ASDA. Loose flowers ni kira normal and keperluan utk omputih. In Malaysia, flowers mcm for special occasions je.. hence the steep pricing. Sedeh sis.
  2. Explore good music that uplifts the mood – as you can tell, my current obsession is BTS. If I can get over Take That and NSync when their time comes to part, I am sure I would be able to do the same for BTS. But please, tunggu sis naik 40. ha ha ha.

Invest in good skincare product

For now, from my previous hauls.. I am really loving Goodal’s Vitamin C toner pad and Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. In fact, I am repeating the order for Goodal although it costs quite a bomb. It’s about RM88 without discount. Which means, another Hermo Haul coming soon. So, what is the star product that managed to solve my mask acne problem. It is actually a Japanese product that most Malaysian women have grown accustomed to. I have used this product before and due to it’s hefty price, decided to switch to a Korean brand. Turns out, these products are superior and well received because they do what they say.

It is SKII.

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Bought the welcome kit from an online store

It worked wonders in less than 2 weeks – I was delighted. Even the acne scars have become less pigmented. Throughout using this product, I didn’t use other beauty products, not even makeup except for the facial cleansers. I guess SKII is here to stay until I am 40. It has been giving me a youthful look so far. LOLS.

A short message from the lady boss

Sy ucapkan terima kasih pd semua staff sy yg byk berkorban masa, tenaga dan mental stability dlm menangani masalah skrg. Sy dpt rasakan betapa sukarnya semua bertugas dlm pandemic covid ni. Yg di rrt, cac, triage, pkrc, klinik.
Minta maaf atas semua kecelaruan yg berlaku.

Anggaplah komuniti suka pd kita di kk** ni yg baik, sopan , sabar dan prihatin rakyat.

Keep up yr good work.
DG pesan kita kn kuat lawan situasi yg lebih buruk akan dtg.

Tq semua. 🌹

This was a message sent by my Family Medicine Specialist (FMS), our lady boss, in our clinic’s watsapp group. She was thanking all of us from cleaners to doctors for doing a wonderful job during the pandemic. She demonstrated empathy towards our busy schedules and even made an apology for mishaps that happened beyond her control. She reminded us to serve in the best way we can to the community and always have the right intentions in accomplishing our duties. The message ended with another thank you and a rose emoji.

This was perhaps one of the very few heartfelt messages I have ever read or received from a superior. In a way it made us feel that we are not forgotten and that we are all weathering the same storm together. That she has her own role in this matter and us with ours. It felt good and inadvertently energized everybody to give their very best.

I hope that she will train more leaders like herself to create a better working culture environment for the future. I think most of our Malaysian organizations need that.

Ramadhan 2021 – the plan

Alhamdulilah for being able to meet Ramadhan again next year. As usual, I am making plans to ensure that I have a productive Ramadhan for myself and my family. Some of my plans include;

  1. Making meal plans – most of the days, Sahur will be just me and my son whilst Iftar will be us 3, including my daughter. My husband is working in Johor at the moment. My MIL lives 5 mins away so we could easily have our Iftar with them too. As for meals, I have stocked up on my fresh produce in the freezer, my instant cooking paste and canned food. I am not thinking of cooking complicated dishes, just simple ones to whet the appetite and fill in the empty stomach. I still want my kids to know the feeling of those without food and prevent food wastage.
  2. Terawikh – this year it is at home again. I think it has always been at home for me ever since I gave birth to my first born. Perhaps I’d only get the chance to visit the musolla when the kids have grown up. Yet, I enjoy the terawikh at home because it is comfortable and I could perform the prayer in my own pace.
  3. Khatam Quran – the momentum tends to get disrupted once I get my period. I will try harder this year .. ha ha
  4. Read more – I am still on my ‘revelation’ book since many Ramadhan ago. It is a very thick book and is quite a challenge to read but I hope to make some progress until I am 40.
  5. Giving gifts – I used to send parcel kasih sayang to my friends. It seems that the practice has dwindled down due to time restrictions of going to the post office and sending them. Perhaps I can order through Shopee and send them to their home addresses instead. Come to think of it, that does seem to be a good idea.

Getting a Ramadhan ready house means not only getting the house cleaned up but setting it up so it would be ibadat friendly. Declutter the living room and activity room, kondo-ing old clothes, recycling boxes or plastic bottles, setting up a prayer area, getting out the nice cutleries for Ramadhan etc. I am so glad I bought the S6 Roborock. It helped me a lot with the maintenance cleaning. I still need to clean the windows myself. Maybe I’ll do the heavier part of cleaning during my period. LOls.

Apart from that, I am also organizing an Iftar buffet with my work colleagues. This year we are settling on Chatterz Cafe at Hatten Hotel. It costs about RM78 per adult pax and half for children aged 5 and above. We wanted to include friends in other department but no one responded. I am actually not a fan for all this gathering but I thought I’ll make an exception for this one.

A Chinese New Year weekend

2021 is host to a very quiet Chinese New Year celebration. I miss going to the mall where the loud loud songs of CNY blast through the speakers. What more the lion dances and bright red decorations at the foyer. The good thing is that majority of people are obeying the SOPs and the PKPs. Only a few noisy vessels here and there. Sometimes even I get confused as to what they are fighting for in the first place. They oppose everything.

I don’t celebrate CNY but a few of my neighbours does. In continuation of my Xmas lights effort end of last year, I decided to proceed with Minci’s Solar Project for this CNY. I ordered more solar items from China through Shopee and bought a variation of decoration lights. Solar lanterns, included. My vision was for a festive scene out of Mulan. My packages came from China in 2 – 3 boxes at different intervals as they were from different vendors. I think I spent nearly RM600 for all of them. It was one of those purchases where you buy bit by bit, not realizing the bills were stacking up. Thankfully, the quality were appropriate for its price. I mean you gotta give China credit for its technology man. People have got to stop looking at them as great copiers – their technology is getting more awesome.

It was easier said than done as my main challenge for putting up the lights were my height. It was a pain to put up the sticky hooks securely at its place. Then, having to stretch my arms and neck to see where best the lights would go. The ladder was damn heavy too. It took me two days to kind of figure out how to hang up my lawn decorations. Charging the lights were easy as there were plenty of sun. After all, we are coming into the dry season. I am a bit worried though as we are at around this time last year when we had to ration our water and rely on the tanks provided near the surau.

I finally completed my task a week before CNY. I am positive I heard a kid on his bike passing by my house yelled, “cantiknya rumah tu, ada lampu”. I hope those who are celebrating are just as excited as I am seeing the bright lanterns glowing at night. I have included this scene in my upcoming Youtube video. I am trying to produce at least 10 YT videos in a year using the content structure that I have come up with to get at least 10 minutes showtime. This is of course a work in progress. I don’t know how millennials make it look so easy capturing and uploading a vlog frequently. I feel like a dinosaur. A mini, not so extinct dinosaur. But hey, humans can learn new things right.

It looked prettier LIVE

I have already bought enough lights for the Ramadhan and Eid season – anticipating an also Covid19 version of festivities, for who knows, we would still be stuck like this in the future. In fact, I am also planning to extend this project into planning a Covid-19 friendly gathering with my friends and family if the SOP permits soon.

How did you spend your Chinese New Year weekend? Did something interesting?