It’s Kind Of Unusual… For Me

Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the same routine, habit, and schedule every single day. It’s an obsession.

But there are times when I really need to stray from the usual schedule or routine for various reasons, which is kind of unorthodox in some cases. So if I’m used to going out on weekends, then it’s kind of unusual for me to go out on weekdays just to relax or do important errands. The same thing goes for staying at home on weekends, waking up earlier/later than usual, or going home earlier than usual (especially before dark). I just have to deal with it.

As for my habits, it could be that I need a break from doing it or I don’t feel like doing it at times. Well, it’s not a bad idea to try something different from time to time, right?

Anyway, here are some of the things and habits that I find unusual… for me.

Not Going Out On Weekends

I usually go out on weekends, since it serves as a break from the usual activities at home. Well, since I don’t have a job at the moment, I always spend weekdays at home surfing the net, doing house chores, and writing stories and articles. Most Saturdays, I go out on mall-hopping trips, checking the shops (particularly bookstores, supermarkets, and specialty shops) and having a nice sip of cappuccino frappe at a small café while writing a story on my smartphone. I generally spent my Sundays visiting my mom and my little sister if they’re at home or going on a mall-hopping trip by myself if they’re not at home.

Of course, there are times when I feel like staying at home on a certain Saturday, but it will be like spending another boring afternoon surfing the net or trying to finish an article… especially if it happens to be sunny all afternoon. It makes me wish I’d just go out instead.

Going Out On Weekdays

Just like not going out on weekends, going out on weekdays is pretty unusual for me. I don’t know, but it feels kind of weird going out on a weekday afternoon as this is where I’ll do most of the writing stuff as well as doing house chores, particularly going to the market, buying food, and cooking dinner. Besides, if I go out on a weekday, there’s a possibility I’m not going to enjoy it that much since I need to get home earlier than usual, which isn’t so like me at all.

There are exceptions to the rule, though. Christmas and New Year celebrations, doing important errands, and a rare urge to go on a mall-hopping trip (usually on Fridays) are some of the reasons for going out on a weekday. Anything else, these are best enjoyed on weekends.

Going Out On An Outing With Anyone Other Than My Family Or Relatives

I’ve been on an outing with my friends twice: one with my classmates from college, and another with my call center co-trainees. I have to admit, I feel like I’m completely out of place in these outings, at least on the latter. I don’t know, it’s just that I’m not comfortable being with anyone other than my family or relatives owing to my extreme case of shyness and introversion.

Waking Up Earlier Than Usual

Since I’m a NEET, I always enjoy the fact that I have a lot of time in my hands, and I get to stay up at night without having to worry about getting up early. As simple as that. So if I get up early, then that means I’m either preparing for a mall-hopping trip, a family outing, a visit to a relative, or an important appointment. Anything else would be kind of weird, knowing that I always go to bed at around 2:00 to 3:00 AM every day.

Going Home Before Dark

Since I always go out on weekends, I make sure to maximize every second of it by visiting shops (particularly bookstores, supermarkets, department stores, and specialty shops) and sitting at a café with a cappuccino in hand. On Sunday afternoons, I spend time with my mom and little sister. Well, I really enjoyed it so much that I had the tendency to go home late, usually on or before 10:00 PM.

Well, going home before dark is like cutting a trip short for some strange reason. While I wouldn’t mind going home early if it’s on a weekday, don’t expect me to do the same on weekends.

Not Wearing Layered Outfits

Wearing layered outfits seemed pretty cool to me, though it feels kind of hot at times.

Most of the time, I wear layered outfits whenever I go out. Every once in a while, I only wear a shirt without any jacket or blazer. As much as possible, I always make sure that I have something to wear on top of my shirt so I can still look cool and stylish. Never mind if the weather is hot or not, I’ll always stick to wearing layered outfits at all times.

Now, I imagine myself feeling naked without wearing a jacket… actually, not really. But of course, not wearing something on top of a T-shirt may reveal some unsightly flabs on my waist, and that’s not something I want others to notice. Also, if you don’t see me in my layered outfit(s), then it’s really wasn’t me… at all.

Wearing Shorts When Going Out

Back then, it’s not that unusual for me to wear shorts when going out. Right now, I don’t feel like wearing shorts anymore since I don’t want to expose my hairy legs. Aside from that, I also don’t want my legs getting exposed to dust and insects, which can lead to skin allergies and excessive itching.

Actually, I’m trying to look a few years younger in a cool-looking outfit, so it makes sense that I ditch shorts in favor of pants, preferably black slacks so I can hide the unsightly hair on my legs. In case you didn’t know, having unsightly hair on your legs gives an impression that you’re an adult.

Anyway, I still wear shorts while going to the market or the resort, but that was that. I can’t imagine myself wearing shorts while enjoying an afternoon shopping at a mall or attending an event, and I don’t want to risk my hairy legs get exposed to elements… and in public.

Postscript

Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the same routine, habit, and schedule every single day. It’s an obsession.

Whether it’s unusual or not, it depends on the person. But if it’s something you don’t normally do and you’ve just done, then this is what you call unusual. Even others will notice that too.

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#Throwback: Online (And Downloadable) Entertainment (2006-2008)

I was relatively new to the internet back when I created my first Friendster account in June 2006 (I created a second one in January 2007). Though I was a few months short of the required age of 16 in order to create a Friendster account, I somehow managed to get around it until I actually turned 16 in October that year. And then I started downloading stuff like anime wallpapers and computer games, and eventually music files and video clips.

Back then, all I did on the internet was checking my friends’ Friendster accounts and surfed some websites. Well, that’s how I spent most of the time online and nothing else. Of course, we don’t have an internet connection at home during that time, so I did all the browsing in an internet café near my high school, in the mall, or near my house. Anyway, it was also during that time when I was also introduced to a few websites that somehow changed my (online) life. And to think I’m lucky enough to discover and visit such websites that are otherwise unavailable today, these actually served as the predecessors to the ones we have today.

All right, so this throwback post will feature sites that let you listen to your favorite music or watch video clips online.

YouTube

YouTube is one of websites that still exists on the cyberspace since 2006, thanks to an overwhelming number of users and subscribers. And yes, I still go there to watch various video clips, usually entertaining and informative videos, and at times, some music videos.

Back when I just discovered the site back in 2006/2007, the first thing that comes to mind is to watch various anime and Asian drama clips, as well as a few others. Once I started watching video clips on that site, I just can’t stop. I even embedded some of the videos to my Friendster profile.

Among the videos I watched on the site are bloopers from the Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden, clips from anime shows like Striker Hungry Heart, Digimon, D.N.Angel and Love Hina, clips from Korean dramas like Stairway To Heaven and Miss Mermaid (known in the Philippines as Irene), and a couple of episodes from Chinese Paladin. There were a few others too, such as various TV commercials (local and foreign) and some music videos.

I actually recall that time when I get to watch full episodes of some anime series, though it is divided into three parts per episode (about 7 to 8 minutes each part) since there’s a limitation on the length of videos to be uploaded on that site. Of course, it has since changed and the site allows longer content to be uploaded.

YouTube has certainly changed over the years. Nowadays, you can share videos to various social media sites and blogs with ease, and some of the videos can be downloaded thanks to some online YouTube video downloader sites. But back then, there’s no way I can easily get the videos off that site.

Imeem

Back before Spotify become the go-to site for music streaming aside from iTunes, Amazon Prime, Tidal, and a few others, there are actually a few sites that let you stream music for free.

Imeem is a social media site that lets users upload, share, and stream music and videos. You can even create a playlist of your favorite songs and share it with other users, or embed it on an external website.^

In 2007, I discovered the site by accident. And seeing that one of my friends had some music embedded in her Friendster account, I thought I might want to try doing it as well.

I then started creating a playlist of my favorite songs and embed it to my Friendster account, which contains mostly easy listening songs. So, the moment my friends came to check my Friendster profile, they’ll be greeted with a cheesy 70s song (like That’s The Way Of Friends by Paul Parrish) or a jazz fusion track (like Is It You by Lee Ritenour).

I discovered a few great songs on the site too. Well, it was quite an early music streaming experience for me at that time, since I tend to spend about an hour browsing through some of the songs and listening to a lot of tracks. Of course, I always make sure to add some of the recently discovered songs to my playlist so I can go back to it in case I need to get the song title and the artist.

I haven’t logged in to that site for quite some time, though I managed to visit the site for a couple more times until its demise in late 2009. By then, I already have a growing library of songs on my PC, and I have the phone’s radio to listen to when going out… and eventually, an MP3 player that also plays video files as well. And of course, there’s Multiply…

Multiply

It was on this social media site called Multiply where I actually go crazy downloading tons of music from various users. I always thought this is the hub for (free) music downloads, but it turns out I can also do other things on the site too, such as blogging and uploading photos. Well, I was quite focused on searching for music on that site.

Well, Multiply actually lets users upload and share content (like music and pictures), in addition to the blog posts.^ While I uploaded some music and pictures on my account, I never cared much about the rest of the sites’ features, including blogging. Somehow, I managed to enjoy this kind of experience, even designing my Multiply account to serve as an alternate site for my blog, which never materialized in the end.

Initially, I could just download individual tracks in MP3 format, something that I do most of the time while logging to my account. Eventually, the ability to download and save music files was removed, only to be replaced with the M3U (playlist) format. I can just download the M3U playlist file and either save the music on the playlist being played as an MP3 file via Windows Media Player, or just open the playlist file in a text editor, cut/copy and paste individual links, and save the MP3 files.^ And then they replaced it with an embedded music player, but I still managed to obtain the MP3 files using a third party browser plug-in such as Orbit.

In the end, the site’s social networking portion is discontinued to focus solely on e-commerce, and eventually, the site was shut down in 2013.^ Prior to discontinuing its social media feature, Multiply’s user base had been affected by such changes to the site’s interface such as the ability to download music files, as well as some users forcibly removed from the site due to copyright violations. Well, that’s the end of a fun era… at least for me.

Postscript

What I then thought was impossible to do online, becomes possible. It was through these sites that I get a taste of online entertainment. The more I get exposed to these, the more I want to have them.

They’re actually part of my early online experiences. I had to admit, an hour or two of watching online videos and listening and downloading music just isn’t enough, considering that I only get to do these at an internet café. Well, these should give you an idea what online entertainment is like, twelve years ago. Sigh… I really missed those times.

i150W: MMXIX

It’s already 2019, the year of the boar. With a new year comes new hope, a change, and a lot of plans in life. So what’s in store for the year 2019? That’ll be quite a surprise, I tell you.

Starting the year right, I aim to eschew negativity and pessimism in favor of positivity and optimism for a happier life. No matter how bad it will be in the end, there’s no way I’m gonna let the darkness take over my life.

But more than just getting rid of negativity and pessimism in life, it’s time to get rid of my bad habits in life and make some good changes to it. Also, it’s time to try something new, something that I haven’t done before. With a goal in mind, I can do all of them.

And so, I’m looking forward to a brighter future ahead. I’m so glad I survived 2018.

#2018: Second-Half

In the second half of this year, there were some stormy moments, an intermittent period of depression, and health-related anxiety. 2018 is really not a good year for me.

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Anyway, it’s time to round up the list of notable posts from July to December:

Never Too Young, Never Too Old

Age is just a number, so I thought I might write a post about how people can still enjoy doing the things they loved as they grow older, and even at old age. And since I’m growing older, I thought I might need to console myself with the fact that I can still enjoy my childhood hobbies at my current age (I’m already 28 at the time of this post).

Anime Shows Are More Interesting Than Other TV Shows, Period

My first anime-themed post on TWATKcox-WP. Anyway, since I’m a big fan of anime shows, I thought I might want to write about my fascination with it, as well as the current status of anime programming on free-to-air channels (excluding digital sub-channels). Of course, I prefer anime shows to teledramas and Asian dramas simply because they’re incredibly awesome to watch.

What It Means To Be A Loner?

Well, there’s always a dark side in being a loner, but it actually gets better the more you get used to it. Anyway, I’ve already shared some of the negative effects of being a loner, like struggling to make new friends and experiencing the fear of being rejected and ostracized by your peers. For me, it’s like surviving in a lonely world, without anyone to help you get out of this miserable loneliness.

#Throwback: The Happy Lemon Experience

Published exactly six years after having my first Happy Lemon drink, this really paved the way for me to try out milk tea and fruit tea drinks from popular milk tea shops like Chatime, Gong Cha, CoCo, Serenitea, and of course, Happy Lemon.

#Throwback: The Manga Reading Experience (2011-2012)

Since buying a Western-style manga book more than 7 years ago, I become interested in reading and collecting manga. This led me to check second-hand bookshops and bargain bins of major bookstores for some manga books at discounted/affordable prices.

Night Life: A Four-Month Journey On A Night Shift Job

In my four-month journey as a call center agent in training, I actually learned a lot of things. However, I also find it extremely difficult and depressing, so I quit the job. Until now, I still couldn’t believe that I actually did this just for the sake of experience, especially dealing with irate customers, working at night, and struggling to get some sleep during the day. I still have mixed feelings about my first job at a BPO company, but at least I know what it is like working there. To be honest, I’m not really good at dealing with customers owing to my bad attitude so there you have it!

Appreciating Coffee

I’m not a coffee drinker before, but I think I’m starting to love it after finding myself enjoying coffee frappe drinks a lot better than milk tea drinks. Besides, I can now tolerate the taste of coffee… well, except strong (brewed) coffee without sugar and milk.

Not In The Mood For Disruptions

I was having a bad temper at that time when I thought of writing this post. I was actually pissed off at the thought of losing concentration on my upcoming blog posts (thanks to my brother) so I vent my anger by kicking the computer chair I was sitting in and slamming the bathroom door. After that, I immediately worked on this angry post about my hatred for unnecessary disruptions while working on a blog post or a story. I managed to finish it within a day, and I felt better afterward.

No Offense, But…

I actually conclude TWATKcox-WP’s year with a stormy post, and it was a pretty bold move for me to write an extremely offensive post with the intention to say bad things about the people I hate so much. This is actually a product of my diabolical mind like a devil is encouraging me to relentlessly destroy someone or a group of people through indirect means, such as a blog post.

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So I’ve reached 58 posts by the end of the year 2018, which is a little higher than the total amount of posts published in 2017. Not to mention that TWATKcox-WP already reached a new milestone for publishing 250+ posts in its entire run.

Well, I have nothing else to say regarding that cursed preceding year. It’s time to move on and wish me luck this 2019.

No Offense, But… [E]

Sometimes, I wish I was never a friendly person everybody knows. Oh, why am I saying something like this?

I don’t generally post some offensive stuff on this blog, but I think it’s time to show the bad side of me. One way or another, you’ll probably realize that behind my friendly smile is a diabolical mind, something that I possessed ever since my life is in shambles due to a lot of factors, including family problems, bullying, and personal anxiety. This is too much for me to handle at times, but what am I supposed to do? I couldn’t just fight back without facing consequences, so I’ll do this indirectly.

Oh well, brace yourself for a stormy post I’ve written with a not-so-peaceful mind. Prepare to get offended.

My Dad Is The Most Toxic Person In My Life

To this day, I still hate my dad for being narrow-minded, ignorant, inconsiderate, lazy, insensitive, and abusive towards me, my brother, and my mom. Well, he may have some good qualities, but his bad attitude already dominated his personality and there’s no changing it. I tend to express my hatred by annoying him on occasion and talking back at him when needed. Many times, we argued over simple things and I ended up feeling angry and upset for what he did. He’s getting worse as he age, so I can only wish for him to die as soon as possible. Sounds diabolical, but that’s the only way for me to experience a great deal of relief.

I still live with him, all right, but we don’t talk much. I can hardly calm down with him around, and I certainly can’t avoid his annoying attitude. And to think that I’m gonna inherit his bad attitude, I’ll end up despising him for life.

Yeah, you can read all about it here. And by the way, you have no right to call me out for disrespecting him in some way, ’cause you really don’t know everything.

I Can Insult You Relentlessly For All I Care

There are times when I feel like hurling insults at someone for being a jerk or calling out a person for being insensitive. While it’s not my habit to say something offensive against someone, I actually felt compelled to do so just to express my intense amount of hatred to a specific person.

Case in point: I always keep dissing on some of my classmates from fourth-year high school on several occasions, and on numerous posts too. I’ve experienced hell throughout the second-half of that cursed school year (2006-2007), and there’s no way I’ll recover from this distress even though it happened a long time ago. And to think they have the nerve to add me into a Facebook group with an intention to annoy me as much as they want? They better go to hell for doing that. And yeah, one of my classmates had a sister who is a classmate of my brother’s, so there’s a possibility of him knowing what I did to them.

In case I run into one of them again, then I can just say something insulting straight to their faces and walk off. I’ve already done this once and, I had to admit, it’s really fun. No regrets, they really deserve this.

Social Media Is Being Dominated By Bashers

Yeah, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are being infiltrated by bashers, trolls, and fantards, and they’ll do anything to spread bad vibes through their posts. Also, they’re largely responsible for spreading fake news and hoaxes that target unsuspecting gullible people.

They’re entitled to freedom of speech, yes. But even that has limits. For those who keep posting negative or hateful comments online, please do us all a favor and shut up. You’re polluting the peaceful online world with unnecessary clutter.

I Don’t Care About Your Attention-Seeking Posts

Is there really a need to post your problems, rants, and emotions online? Well, not everyone cares.

Who Cares If I’m Popular Or Not?

People who are aiming to be popular are the ones who are truly talented, show-offs, and idiots.

You don’t have to tell me I’m not popular ’cause I’m not striving to be popular. Why make a big deal about that, when you yourself are not. Mind your own business. You certainly don’t want to be called out for being Captain Obvious.

Some People Are Hypocrites

So you go to church? But aren’t you an insensitive churchgoer if all you do was gossip about your neighbors and show off your newly-renovated kitchen and designer bags which are largely funded by bank loans? Duh! I don’t go to church and I don’t gossip or show off my prized collection of second-hand manga books… okay, I actually did the latter, but still, I don’t brag about it that much.

So you offer to help someone in need, but you’ll also gossip about that person’s private life. You wanted to help someone, and yet you’re making the person look bad in the eyes of everyone. If the same thing happens to you, how would you feel?

There are ways to do good things without having to resort to doing bad things on the side. Oh well, it just shows how terrible you are despite trying to commit a good deed. Maybe you need a miracle?

I’m Tired Of Seeing Social Media Posts Of Friends Having Fun And All That

This is one of the downsides of being immersed in social media for such a long time. I tend to feel insecurity whenever I see some posts of friends hanging out at the beach, having fun after work, and attending events. I, on the other hand, had just become an anti-social being spending time in front of the computer, staring at social media posts and wishing I could do the same. Yes, that’s not how social media sites are supposed to work.

Okay, so I’m clearly at fault here. But maybe I really need not to look at these posts if there’s the feeling of insecurity building up inside me. Speaking of which, some envious social media users are checking other people’s posts to check on their activities, posting insulting comments, and making stories about what that envious user has seen on other people’s accounts. Pfft, that’s so pathetic.

I certainly don’t have an issue with social media users posting their opinions on their timeline. Just a reminder, though: always do this with restraint. Who knows, an enemy might pop up from nowhere and may cause you a great deal of trouble even if you deleted that offending post.

Postscript

No offense, but there are some things that I find annoying, and some people whom I find even more annoying. How I deal with them is beyond your thinking.

Well, since I already described myself as the writer with an attitude, I think you already have the slightest idea why I call myself that. Oh come on, I’m entitled to this kind of so-called freedom of expression, right? You certainly wouldn’t find all of them insulting, right?

Whatever it is, I really don’t care much about your reactions. And yes, I’m quite unapologetic about this too so don’t expect me to apologize for what I’ve written on this post. I’m pretty sure you already know why I labeled this post as explicit, right?

Food For (Holiday) Thought

It’s that time of the year once again, to spread love, peace, and joy to everyone. But more than just giving gifts and spending time with family and relatives, there are some things to remember in spending the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas.

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We all know that celebrating the holidays needs some planning, from setting up the Christmas decors to preparing food for a sumptuous feast. Anyway, some people tend to shell out a lot of cash just to celebrate the holidays, but are you really gonna do it with a lavish amount of food on the table and some cool-looking but expensive decors? Well, I don’t know what’s on your mind right now, but I think some of you may have divided opinions on this one.

So if you’re planning to shop for some gifts to give or food to be served on Christmas Eve, then a shopping list might come in handy. It could be a piece of paper or a note on your smartphone that features the list of things you’ll be buying. Believe me, shopping can be really such a pain, especially if you don’t know what you’re going to buy for a sumptuous Christmas dinner or for someone who’s expecting a (nice) gift from you.

Anyway, there’s the price increase in some grocery items, including Noche Buena items like Christmas ham and cheese ball (queso de bola). This is definitely gonna hurt your extremely tight budget, especially if you’re really looking forward to a nice Christmas dinner with your family. Well, there are some ways to get around it, like buying bundle packs of some grocery items or choosing a particular brand of a certain grocery item that’s less expensive than the others. If possible, you might want to scale down on some ingredients that you’ll actually need so that it will fit your limited budget. It really pays to be practical at a time like this, you know.

And yes, it’s better to shop early. You certainly wouldn’t want to join thousands of shoppers in an extremely busy Christmas shopping which can be both stressful and exhausting at the same time. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead so you wouldn’t have to deal with the busy crowd and an extreme amount of stress during the holiday rush.

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And then there’s the Christmas feast featuring mostly unhealthy food commonly served at parties, like fried chicken, grilled meat, stews and soups, pasta dishes, sugary juice and soda drinks, sweet desserts… and probably some salads. Well, to be honest, I’m more of a meat lover and I have a sweet tooth so these should be great, but my health isn’t gonna thank me for that.

Of course, what’s a party without some alcoholic drinks and some kind of entertainment? While some of our relatives don’t generally celebrate this with any kind of alcoholic drinks, there are others who actually do this to some great extent that they’ll have hangovers the following day. It’s bad enough that we’re consuming a whole load of cholesterol, sugar, and excess calories from the food we eat during a holiday feast, what more if you’re already consuming alcoholic drinks to your heart’s content? That’s a feast loaded with multiple health problems that can affect your heart, kidneys, liver, and even your brain. Really, that’s not a healthy way to celebrate Christmas.

It’s not bad to indulge yourself in some mouth-watering dishes, sweets, and some sugary and alcoholic drinks. Just make sure that you eat and drink in moderation, and don’t forget to include green leafy salads and vegetable dishes on your plate as well. If possible, try to cut back on all kinds of unhealthy food, especially fatty and salty foods. And of course, don’t forget to drink lots of water too.

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What a better way to celebrate the holidays with a nice gift from your friends and loved ones? But really, you don’t need to be extravagant in giving someone a gift and you don’t need to be choosy in receiving a gift. What matters is, it’s in the gift sender’s thought that counts.

If your godparents gave you a gift this Christmas, it’s always best to thank them at all times. It really shows that they always think of you as their godchild, and the least you can do is to appreciate their love and kindness in sending you a gift, as well as taking good care of it.

But if you’re always expecting a gift during the holidays, why don’t you give someone a gift too? I mean, it’s better to give than to receive, right?

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, for there’ll be love, peace, and joy to everybody. But aside from the gifts, sumptuous feasts and parties, let us remember the real reason behind this well-loved holiday of all time. And while it’s basically all about the celebration of Christ’s birth, it is also the perfect time for families and relatives to reunite and spend time with one another.

From Keihancarl in Manila, I sincerely wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

i150W: Tumblr

It was September 2010 when I joined Tumblr. This is where I host the first incarnation of The World According To KCOX, then a spin-off to my former blog the Kin Keihan Times. Well, I was sort of amazed by its interface so maybe I decided to create one.

Anyway, Tumblr is a microblogging and social media website, commonly used for multimedia content such as pictures (including GIF files) and videos. It hosts a variety of accounts, from fan fiction to fan art, visual arts to travel photos, personal experiences to informative posts. The possibilities are endless… except maybe for something NSFW.

Of course, there are some problems I encountered using this site, like the proliferation of pornographic content and saving draft posts on a slow internet connection. And editing a post can be a real pain too.

Regardless of what others say, I’ll stick with Tumblr for all I care.

Not In The Mood For Disruptions [E]

I hate being disrupted for whatever reason at all, especially if it’s upsetting. I find it extremely annoying and it affects my concentration and creativity so much that I tend to put off what I should do for the entire day. If I’m not in the mood to write, then that’s it for the day. That’s one of the reasons why I can’t get everything done within the intended schedule, you see that my mind needs to be at peace in order to produce a quality work and not some shitty stuff that looks like it’s rushed.

As the type of person who needs an extreme amount of concentration in order to produce a fine work of art, it’s important that I shouldn’t be disturbed in any way. You can say that being unnecessarily disrupted while working is one of my biggest pet peeves in life, whether it’s intentional or not.

I’m gonna be straightforward on this one. Because concentration is important in writing various stuff, there are some things every non-writer should know. Do not disturb a writer unnecessarily while at work and do not disrupt the peaceful environment of a writer’s workplace. Keep that in mind, you inconsiderate fools.

Concentration Is A Skill That’s Not Easy To Master

Can you really concentrate on doing stuff in a bad mood? Obviously not. Your mind tends to get preoccupied with anger and anything unrelated to what you’re doing, meaning you’ll have a hard time focusing on your actual work. Losing concentration really sucks big time.

So what happens if you lose concentration? You’ll suffer a minor setback on the things you’re doing and depending on how worse the situation is, it takes a few hours to a few days before everything goes back to normal and you can finally begin work again.

Concentration is a skill that’s not easy to master. There are a lot of distractions that prevent you from accomplishing a certain task, which makes it even more difficult for you to finish everything within a given time. See if you can finish a set of tasks within a time limit on a bad mood, you can only accomplish just a task or two… maybe none at all.

Well, if I decided to go freelance, then I have the right to get ballistic and hit anyone who ruins my concentration while at work.

You’re Upsetting Me

As mentioned earlier, I hate being disrupted for whatever reason at all, especially if it’s upsetting. Can you do your work feeling upset for some reason? Absolutely not.

It really ticks me off when a peaceful environment suitable for writing can be disrupted by an annoying person who keeps yelling stuff angrily at me or to anyone else. It’s not a bad idea to let your mind be affected by the not-so-peaceful environment at home, it’s even worse if you just had an argument or a fight with someone.

Come on, I badly need some peace of mind while doing stuff, like writing stories or articles, creating a work of art, or even studying. I don’t need to hear some bullshit from an inconsiderate angry person, so do me a favor and just shut up.

A  Case Of Procrastination And Some Unexpected Problems

I want everything to go smoothly, so I expect everything to go smoothly. But there are times when problems get in the way of accomplishing a certain task, so what now?

As a blogger, I schedule the posts in advance to force my mind to prioritize only the ones that I need to finish on time. Yeah, I tend to reschedule the posts mainly due to a severe case of procrastination or time constraints, but I really hate it so much that I tend to resort to publishing filler posts (150-word posts) so I don’t have to worry about the rest of the posts being rescheduled as well. Well, filler posts are against my standards, but I do this for the sake of keeping up with my schedule. As of this writing, I’m aiming to finish seven stories (two of them nearing completion) and about six to seven blog posts for this month.

If writing filler posts aren’t bad enough, then what about having to write blog posts from another PC or a smartphone just so you can finish the scheduled posts on time? Case in point: it was November 2017 when the desktop PC’s motherboard gave up after eight years of service so I have to use my sister-in-law’s laptop so I can continue blogging. While I was able to continue work on my upcoming blog posts, I wasn’t able to retrieve the list of possible post titles I can work on later. Good thing, the drafts are saved online via WordPress, but the list of post titles are very important since this is where I’ll select a possible topic for my next blog post. I eventually rescued the list and we finally bought a new desktop PC after more than a week. The downside is that I need to reschedule some of the posts.

Another case in point: It was mid-April this year when another PC-related incident happened. This time, it’s the failing hard drive that’s giving me a problem and I had to take some time off from blogging just so I can back up the files to a portable hard drive. I resumed blogging almost a month later, but I still need to reschedule some of the affected blog posts scheduled for the problematic month of April. I have to write and publish about 10 posts for the month of May, which is twice the intended amount of the scheduled blog posts for that month. I managed to catch up on my schedule, thankfully. I just hope that I wouldn’t encounter something like this again.

Dealing With Unnecessary Disruption And Loss Of Concentration

I don’t actually earn from blogging, but this should serve as my training ground in writing and editing stuff. And since blogging and writing stuff requires a great deal of concentration, then I am not expected to be disturbed while at work.

Of course, there are instances of unnecessary disruptions that often lead to loss of concentration. Like the ones mentioned above, they’re really such a pain for writers and bloggers who are trying their best to shift their attention to their works, only to be affected by distractions and some kind of upsetting bullshit from annoying people.

Okay, so in case something disrupted your hard-earned focus or concentration, the first course of action is to vent out your frustration and anger at someone. Take a deep breath, drink lots of water, and try to move around. If you want, you can even hit someone who’s causing you a great deal of anxiety or curse your enemy through messaging apps online. Try to look at your best friend’s pictures or read your favorite book and try to imagine everything you’ve seen and read, then start writing or doing work. Maybe try to get super pissed off if you’re writing an explicit post like this one. There are lots of ways to deal with this, but it always depends on a person’s attitude or behavior. Some of these may or may not work for everyone. And if all else fails, then cancel the project altogether like you’ve got no other choice.

Postscript

What’s worse than getting stuck in traffic, getting in conflict with the law, getting yourself involved in some nonsense group chat, running into an enemy, or even arguing with your dad? Of course, unnecessary disruptions and loss of concentration.

As annoying as it gets, disruptions are here to ruin your day and your plans for that day. So make sure you know what to do when something like this happens. And yeah, it’s a diabolical advice coming from a somewhat diabolical blogger, Keihancarl. Whatever.

Confessions Of A Weirdo (The 250th Post)

Finally, we’ve reached another milestone for The World According To KCOX. And for that, I’ve prepared a special post that tells more about my weird, eccentric self.


I’m Keihancarl Oikou Xiaucham, and I think you already knew how unusual my name is. Truth is, it’s just my pseudonym, though at times I consider it as my actual name for my alter ego, a really weird one.

Well, if you think that the name/pseudonym is weird enough, then there are some things I need to tell you about. Of course, this is (obviously) all about me and my weird habits.

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I’m unusual. I’m different from the rest. I’m unique. And most of all, I’m pretty much unconventional that others thought I’m too incredibly far-out.

There’s nothing wrong with being weird. While it’s basically just a matter of preference, it sure does reflect my personality in a quirky way. It’s not like I’m trying to creep them out with my quirkiness, it’s just that I wanted to stand out from the rest of the crowd and be myself.

Yes, you’ve already seen me wearing unusual outfits, experimenting with such weird hairstyles, and taking lots of selfies featuring my awkward and weird poses. But these are not the only things I want to share about.

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Being a shy person, I tend to feel awkward most of the time, especially if I happen to run into a friend whom I haven’t seen since high school or some acquaintance from school or work. I don’t know, but it seems like I’m not good at communicating with anyone, even with my family.

I love partying, but I’m pretty much a restless party-goer who tends to frequent the buffet table for some food and heading back to my table or constantly check my smartphone for some notifications or time. Perhaps, I’m also a quiet party-goer, since I’m not actually that kind of loud and I don’t generally engage myself in my friends’ conversations.

Well, I really find it difficult to engage in conversations, but I managed to get through small talks. Still, my friends keep asking me why I’m quiet most of the time. It really sounds awkward when someone asked me that, and I tend to give random responses just to get out of this uncomfortable situation.

My shyness is also evident on social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. I don’t post that much, and if I do (at least on Twitter), it’s mostly random thoughts and plans and all that nonsense. I wish I can do something other than sharing Instagram posts or retweeting anime fan arts and writers’ quotes. Oh well, I really suck at this.

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I may not be the kind of person who’s interested in socializing with people, but I always tend to feel warm and fuzzy whenever I run into some of the amazing people in my life, and one of them is My Awesome Classmate. Obviously, these amazing people are the ones I had crushes on, but there’s nothing romantic about it. Besides, they’re mostly dudes so it’s not something you can call a romantic feeling.

Anyways, I tend to check their Facebook profiles and their pictures, something that I enjoyed doing since the Friendster days, about ten years ago. It’s not necessarily stalking, but I thought I need to look into their pictures just to cheer me up, and maybe inspire me to write something. I was kind of obsessed with their cute (and sleeping) faces and this actually spurred me to do a little bit of vanity by trying to look and feel good in any way possible.

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And speaking of looking good, I always put on some nice and cool-looking outfits whenever I go out. It’s mostly layered outfits since I’m more accustomed to it than just wearing a shirt without anything over it. I prefer pants to shorts and I prefer sneakers to sandals. If I didn’t wear layered outfits, then it’s just not me at all. Oh, and I don’t really care about the climate after all, as long as I get to wear something like that while I still can.

In my wardrobe, I had lots of colored T-shirts, buttoned and collared shirts, jackets and coats, a couple of cardigans, a knitted vest, slacks, and pairs of black and red socks. I also have a few pairs of gloves, mostly fingerless ones, as well as caps and sun visors. However, I usually ended up wearing all-black since I’m more comfortable wearing it, though I add a splash of color to it at times. Of course, I don’t forget to add some accessories to complement my cool-looking outfits.

I may be quite obsessed with fashion, but I generally don’t follow the latest fashion trends. I mean, they’re almost everywhere, and I really don’t need to blend in with the crowd. Besides, I want to stand out so I just follow my own style.

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I do have some daily rituals, like checking various sites before surfing the internet first thing in the afternoon and making sure that all the doors are locked before going out or going to bed (I’m pretty much obsessed with security). Also, there are times when I have to make sure I use the bathroom before brunch and wash my hands and feet before dinner.

I’m comfortable with writing light-themed stories and articles at any time of the day, but I only write dark-themed stories and articles at night and when I’m at the cafe on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I always make sure that someone wouldn’t just walk in and look behind your shoulder what you’re working at, and if they do then I’ll lose my focus and concentration on my work. Actually, I’m more comfortable writing such dark stuff with the lights off, though I’ll end up straining my eyes.

I used to be afraid of the dark, but nowadays it provides a lot of comfort to my lonely soul. When I go to bed, my pillows (a mix of new and old ones) give me company. Of course, in the dark, I always have strange and dark thoughts, whether it’s about my own life or my imaginary characters I created in my head. I sometimes dream about it.

And regarding my strange and dark thoughts, I always have it inside my head, especially if I’m listening to some music. Of course, I wouldn’t want to let others know what I’m having, that’ll be embarrassing.

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I wouldn’t mind being weird at all. Besides, that’s who I really am. Anyway, weird people tend to be more creative than normal people, though their imagination can really creep you out at times.

Well, I may be both eccentric and weird (yeah, they’re both the same, so what), but at least I’m not a creep. I tend to be a little awkward with my actions but this should not be a concern for you and for others. I’m fine that way.


250 posts and still counting… it’s an achievement for me, Keihancarl. All right, it’s time to look forward to TWATKcox’s 6th-anniversary post, the six stories that I’m still working on. I hope I can make it in time. Well, be sure to look forward to it!

Appreciating Coffee

Coffee has been a part of our lives ever since. A cup or two is enough to get through a sleepy morning. At times, we share stories and discuss plans over a cup of coffee, brewed or instant. And when you decided to relax and enjoy the cozy comfort and ambiance of a coffee shop, you’d probably be sipping a hot cup of cappuccino or a tall cup of caramel macchiato frappe.

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The bitterness of the coffee is something I really didn’t like as a kid, especially if it’s all black and without sugar and cream. Of course, it is only meant to be consumed by grown-ups, just like wine and liquor. I somehow managed to have a few cups of it when I was in fifth-grade, but I still kind of hate its bitter taste. Even adding too much sugar on it won’t help either, as it can totally mess up my taste buds. Then again, I do enjoy eating coffee candies back when I was a kid, but that’s just beside the point.

Of course, the coffee drink I had during that time is instant coffee, which is kind of milder than the strong-flavored brewed coffee. As for the latter, I only had it back during my short tenure as a call center agent (in training) five years ago and it was incredibly strong and bitter that I tend to feel jittery at times. I guess it really helped me stay awake during my training. But to be honest, the scent of brewed coffee really makes me feel nauseous at times and it leaves a strong scent on my tumbler, that’s why I opted for tea (I just packed a few tea bags, though) just for a daily dose of caffeine.

I eventually come to love coffee drinks, though it’s mostly limited to bottled iced coffee and frappe as I don’t drink instant coffee that much. While I rarely drink bottled iced coffee due to its sugar content, I always order a tall cup of frappe (mocha, caramel, or cappuccino) whenever I visited the coffee/milk tea shop that I frequented since two or three years ago. Since then, it’s becoming a (weekly) habit.

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Yeah, so I’m into frappe and instant coffee. But how is coffee processed? How is it enjoyed? And what are the benefits and risks of drinking coffee?

Well, coffee is made from coffee beans, which come from coffee plants grown in farms. After the beans were separated from the coffee berries, they were either washed or dried (depending on the place of harvest), roasted, and packaged, and at times ground into powder. The common varieties produced worldwide are Arabica, which has a sweeter and softer taste, and Robusta, which has a stronger, harsher taste.

It can be enjoyed hot or cold, depending on your preference. In coffee shops, you can either have a tall cup of frappe (with whipped cream on top, obviously) or a cup of brewed coffee with an artsy, frothy latte. You enjoy your drink while sitting in a comfy chair, reading a book, listening to some good music, or maybe doing a little story writing. Not only you can get a much-needed dose of caffeine for mental alertness, but it can also melt away your stresses and worries too.

Coffee has antioxidants, which helps in fighting diseases and reducing health risks. However, too much of it can be harmful to your health, as it may lead to insomnia or caffeine addiction. It’s best to limit your coffee intake to just 2 to 3 cups a day in order to avoid the harmful effects of too much caffeine in our body. And you should never drink coffee on an empty stomach, or else you’ll suffer an acidic consequence.

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Sure, coffee really helps in combating sleepiness and getting through the day. And it’s a perfect companion to a casual talk or a relaxation at a café.

Oh well, I’m no coffee drinker despite all of this, but I still do enjoy drinking instant coffee and a variety of frappe drinks just the same.