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.

Aiming for 50% coverage of vaccination rate

I am keeping this here because they got my name right. Not Yasmeen or Jasmine.

So far, Melaka is at 48% of completed 2nd dose of the vaccine. Once the state reaches 50%, we could hopefully slide into the next phase of the National Recovery Plan. As someone working behind the scenes, the situation is not as rosy. Meeting targets means stretching ourselves short. Working on weekends and public holidays. It got to a point when my daughter told me one day to stop going to work. But I still had to leave after a lot of reassurance. I am still thankful that I could see her waking up and tucking her in bed at night. Some of the front liners do not have such luxury.

I am all for vaccination.

However, the current policy of mandatory vaccination to enter public premises and all, is something I feel needs to be scrutinized. The problem with such implementation at the society level is such that it can be too ‘strict’ so much so that it is not accepting isolated cases where members of the public who are not fit for vaccination. Which leaves the MOH again in figuring out a way of how to certify the medical conditions of these individuals. Do we have them assessed by certain specialists? Do they get a special certificate or memo regarding their health status? So far, since I am part of the mobile team, I have yet to come across these ‘special’ cases but I am sure I will encounter them in the near future.

My 2nd reel on Instagram

I don’t know how the youngsters do it. Doing a tik tok/reel one after the other. Such genius beings! How do they get the timing of the video and audio in sync? I had to refer to a tutorial to do the #add27photoschallenge. It took me about 3 trials to finally get it right, somehow. This 2nd reel is a snippet of how the district’s vaccine mobile team (technically, my team) goes about. I am still shooting and collecting videos to edit and make it into something I could put on Youtube. Aiming to upload a 10-minute video.

Our little team

A medical officer, a vaccination (nurse) and a driver. Sometimes, we have a medical assistant to help or NGO’s.

There are 2 medical officers – I take a turn with my colleagues so we could rest.

Ask again

I learned something this past few weeks.

If you ask for help once, and did not get any that first time… do not let that stop you from asking again the second time.

Kadang2 bila kita request sesuatu dan di- turn down, akan ada rasa “tak naklah mintak tlg kt dia lagi.. mesti tak blh tolong”

Who knows you will get a favourable response the next time you require assistance? There could be limitations on the other person’s part to help thus unable to fulfill the request. Mungkin masa mula2 kita minta tolong, mcm terlalu sudden, orang tu pun tak berapa bersedia nak membantu atas kekangan tertentu.

A kind hearted person would feel bad at having to say NO to you. They will keep in mind of that situation and become more prepared the next time you ask. Usually they will help if you ask again another time. Why am I saying this?

A few weeks ago, the top managers decided to organise an adhoc mass vaccination programme. The type where you have a meeting at 11am on Friday and run the show the next day. My team is an ‘At your service team’. We have no choice but to just go along but we also know that we have limitations to run the show. Therefore, the bosses asked if it was possible for an NGO to provide a team. To be honest, the request was quite abrupt. It is not easy to assemble a team just like that! So, it was almost expected that the answer was a polite no.

A fortnight later, we had another programme. I had thought that the NGO would be approached again but judging from how the conversation is going in the watsapp group, it doesn’t seem so. I put forth a request through the big bosses PA but I was unsure of the outcome. As much as I hate to override the bosses, I decided to personally message the one in charge in the NGO. It was met with a favourable response. Perhaps the bosses have also got in touch with him too. The programme was indeed handled better.

Tak salah untuk cuba kan.

Vaccine Mobile Team

I have been absorbed into the vaccine mobile team at my current workplace. Somehow, my superior is convinced that I could contribute well as a vaccinator considering my previous participation as one in my past clinic. At the moment, the vaccine mobile team plays a role in going to the potential vaccinees who are having difficulties to go to the vaccination centre themselves. These group of people are usually part of the marginalized community. So far, the government mobile teams have been going to old folks home at nearby areas. This correlates with the objectives of PICK’s 2nd phase of vaccinating the elderly population and those with medical comorbidities. Soon, this service will be extended to those living in the very rural areas of the country, prisons and others.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is also working closely with medical NGOs like IMARET and MERCY Malaysia to materialize these efforts. Once these NGOs can work independently, these outreach activities will be delegated to them so as the MOH team could concentrate on their respective vaccination centres.

Last week I shadowed my senior counterpart in learning the ways on how to manage these sessions. Starting from making the line-listing on Excel, ordering the vaccines and checking on the team for the day. The vaccine mobile team will consist of one medical officer, an assistant medical officer and two nurses. I have to learn everything as fast as I can on that day cause I will be on my own next week for 3 days in a row. I hope I don’t screw up. Allah, help…

I had the opportunity to meet up with the MERCY volunteers as well. Bless their soul for participating in the programme in their free time. They have a heart of gold. PICK is scheduled to go on till next year. Like it or not, the world needs to accept the new normal.