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Hi, I’m Joe!

I’m a well-caffeinated introvert, a full-fledged Potterhead and a book-smart KPop fan.

Also a 100% Asian writer who has trouble writing with eating as a hobby.

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann

Welcome to The Joe Diary!

My mind palace is a library of books and catalogs. And this is me sharing the bottom shelves.

  • How I earned $500 on my over-the-weekend decluttering
    Decluttering is the act of removing unnecessary items from a certain space or place. If only I could tell you how much I spent during the pandemic over useless things or impulse buys, you’d probably tell me off for being such a squander. The latest polaroid camera and an expensive film camera. An ipad. A reader. A new phone. A new laptop. But it wasn’t …
  • The Power of Daily Micro-Healing
    Finding small moments of recovery can catalyze our healing process. Healing may take a lot of time, but we can do something about it. Celebrate the small wins! A lot of us find it difficult to acknowledge the small wins and success in our lives. We seldom think that we don’t need to celebrate these things for they are in fact just small. But these …
  • When you feel like a stranger to your own self
    Take a break. Humans as we are, we get tired. We feel dejected. We feel lost. We feel burdened. We feel all sorts of ups and downs. ‘Cause feelings make us human, emotions make us mundane. I once looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize the reflection. Before me was a girl, a young woman, with eyes filled with exhaustion and worry. Lost, …
  • Getting to know “gaslighting”
    Gaslighting is known to be a manipulative behavior that can be dangerous to other people’s mental and emotional health. Sometimes, it is masked as a disagreement or a plain misunderstanding, but gaslighting can make you question about the validity of your feelings. It is important to learn what gaslighting is to protect yourself by creating a protective boundary against those who may try to take …
  • the past is not your fault
    But how you move forward from that is your responsibility. Over the past few months, I’ve drowned myself in thoughts that led me to depression and solitude. My smiles were minimal, my interactions were selective. And rather than telling people how I felt, I just kept it to myself. Explaining was so exhausting and revisiting the past just to make other people understand was draining. …

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King