Dare to Dream at Panda Express

Panda Express, Minami Machida Grandberry Park, Tokyo

The Fall semester started last week. We are both occupied with our own research. Sometimes, we break the home eating routine and dine out instead. A different environment helped us to see a different perspective.

While we’re walking to Minami-Machida Grandberry Park, Jomar talked about the good points of the movie he recently watched (The Secrets: Dare to Dream). This movie is available on Netflix. He happened to browse the movie list and got interested with the title. He shared the valuable lessons and encouraged me to also watch it.

Jomar highlighted the part where someone explains how our mind attracts the things we think about, which is correlated to how magnets work. Even if we don’t see the magnetic field around the magnet, this invisible force helps the magnet attract things to it. In the same way, our life works that way. When we see the world as chaotic, we will see more of the messy part of the world. When we see the good things in the world, we will see more of the great things. This also applies to little aspects of our life, which I also believe. When we think more about something we want, we focus on seeing things related to what we want. Then, we directly or indirectly find ways to get those things.

Two days after that night, I was able to watch the movie. The part that got me interested was when someone was constantly stressed out, they could no longer feel the state of being happy. Due to constant stress exposure, the mind starts to adapt to the expectation that something terrible will happen anytime. As a result, when something extraordinary occurs, they cannot fully enjoy the moment because they expect something wrong to happen at some point. Well, I can relate to this feeling. This movie indirectly helped me become more aware that negative thinking habits can be developed as we get old due to life’s challenges. Similarly, we can intentionally create positive thinking habits by focusing on the good side of every situation. Like magnets, we may also develop the capacity to attract the things we want.

Think on Paper

Writing is an essential skill for any work. From expressing thoughts to organizing ideas, writing has a multitude of applications. Essentially, the process of writing down your thoughts can be beneficial in many situations. Developing a clear thought process is one of the most important things you can do if you have difficulty with anxiety, depression, or stress. Taking time to effectively organize your thoughts via writing will help you deal with any mental health issues you may have.


When you’re confused or troubled by some thought, writing your thoughts down can be quite helpful. By doing so, you’re able to clearly express your thoughts and ideas without risking slip-ups or misunderstandings. This makes it much easier to understand what another person is trying to say when they write down their thoughts. Additionally, writing down your thoughts can help you process them and make sense of what’s bothering you. Doing so may even help you overcome whatever’s bothering you by calming you down at the same time.

It’s easy to use writing as a means of venting your emotions. When faced with emotional turmoil, it’s easy to become confounded by your feelings. Writing can help you organize your thoughts as you work through an emotional crisis; this makes it possible for you to express yourself and release your emotions via writing. This allows you to work through whatever is troubling you while releasing your fears and frustrations at the same time. Even if something that happens isn’t particularly meaningful, the act of releasing your emotions will still help you cope with whatever concerns you have.


Another application of using writing as a mental health tool is organizing your thoughts. Many people find it difficult to locate information they’re looking for when writing down their thoughts. Memorizing information is much easier when all of your notes are in chronological order, regardless of where that information is stored in your head. Using a notebook allows you to organize your thoughts by topic- this makes it easy to find information when you’re unsure where it is stored in your head. Utilizing a notebook also allows you to efficiently store any information you wish to memorize or reference frequently.

Building strong mental health habits requires that people take time to effectively manage their thoughts and emotions. Writing helps with both these tasks; it keeps track of thoughts and allows you to vent feelings effectively when necessary. The act of organizing thought processes is made much easier when using a notebook for this purpose!

To have extra income or to continue developing for the business?

During the day, I had a bit of a worry. Is it still okay to spend my time developing the business I will build in the future, or is it better to work towards earning money during this impending recession? I am afraid that making money as much as I can right now also secure a bit more of what can happen in the future. I would want to clarify something. I will have a job for at least another year as a research assistant at the university. What I’m considering is finding a part-time job where I can work to save some money and secure at least a couple of months into the future.

There are two points that I would like to understand. First, is it okay to start a business during a recession? Some arguments for starting a business during a recession can be good or bad. It is good because companies can hire people and help the economy grow in the future. The bad thing is that people may not have jobs hence any money to pay for your products or services. Another thing is that employees might steal from their employers since they do not have enough money.

The second point is how is it working during a recession. Most things I’ve read lead to a lack of job openings during a downturn. The difficulty of working during a recession is finding work. Employers might not have enough to pay their employees or even take advantage of them to undercut their salary or report less time to pay them lower.

So based on these arguments, I was thinking about where I go from here. So in starting a business, honestly, I would not have many employees to begin since I am first starting to build the company’s services by myself and only start earning money after a couple of years. Hence paying up employees will not be a massive problem for me. I need to consider the cost of living the most. With the recession, commodity prices are rising at an unprecedented rate, and the cost of living everywhere in the world is getting higher and higher. So will it be better to spend my time working and earning now instead of developing my “future” company’s services? I guess since I am starting a company that will not require a ton of workforce and my company’s services does not rely on individual people’s income directly. I also believe that the services I am currently developing will somewhat aid economic development in the future in terms of efficient infrastructure management, so I feel like it is only logical to continue developing my services.

So, I am leaning towards continuing to develop my company’s services and maybe reducing our cost of living a little so we can still save some money from our current income. Be smarter with each purchase and avoid extra costs unless necessary. In this case, we will be able to continue the company’s development and even save a little to give us more security in this lousy economy.

Author: Jomar

How to start programming in python? (Installation guide for non-programmers)

Installation procedure

%%comment notation

  1. Download and install latest Anaconda from website. Go to https://www.anaconda.com/
    %%installed Python 3.10.6
  2. Open Anaconda prompt, then type the following command:
    conda update –all
  3. Create conda environment. Reference: https://docs.conda.io/projects/conda/en/latest/user-guide/tasks/manage-environments.html
    conda create –name myenv %%myenv is the name of environment
    conda activate myenv %%to activate the specified environment
    conda deactivate %%to deactivate an active environment
  4. Install Jupyter Lab
    pip install jupyterlab

Once installed, to access and work on the environment, follow the instruction below:

  1. Open Anaconda prompt.
  2. Activate the environment. Type the following command:
    conda activate myenv
  3. Open Jupyter Lab. Type the following command:
    jupyterlab
  4. The default browser will open where you can access the created environment in Jupyter Lab.

To install Python packages in the environment, you can use the anaconda command prompt or use the jupyterlab/jupyternotebook to install the packages.
%%put exclamation mark (!) at the beginning (ex. !pip) if you are installing the package in jupyterlab.

These are some of the packages I’m using video analysis:
pip install numpy %%numpy-1.23.3
pip install opencv-python %%opencv-python-4.6.0.66
pip install matplotlib %%matplotlib-3.6.1
pip install scipy %%scipy-1.9.2
pip install seaborn %%pandas-1.5.0 seaborn-0.12.0

Final Note: If you have any questions, develop the mastery of searching the answer online… Good luck!