Al Harkan











  • Farewell, SEAtizens

      “In the event I don’t make it back, I want you to know that you’ve been a real friend, R2.” “My best one, in fact.”  

  • On Career Decision

    Being confident with our career of choice also means ignoring the noise of others. In a time when everybody is showing off what they’re doing, it is easy to lose ourselves. This is a reminder to rethink why we’re doing what we’re doing. Just so we can stay true to ourselves.  

  • YouTube Shorts Problems

    YouTube is the last major social media to let go of community-led content recommendation (Trending page) and joining TikTok’s short video format party. Like others, its contents now go fully personalized for the users —us. Clicking the Shorts tab, we don’t get a list of videos to watch. Instead, we get a video fulfilling the…

  • Covid Positive

    I’m a Covid survivor. These are some tweets from the days when I was in quarantine.  

  • Ramadan 2021

    “Unexpected, I did tarawih last night and suhoor on board a warship —my final day after 7-days sailing. That will be a story of its own, but I pray for this Ramadan to be a blessed one —where families are happy, and friends are healthy.” “Really hope this is the last time I read Ramadan…

  • Contact (1997)

    “If we are alone in the universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.” But, how do we know if we are not alone in this universe?   

  • Ramadan 2020

    Feeling uncertain of many things. The outbreak shows no sign of slowing down. Economic catastrophe. People are losing trust in government. Activists are being silenced. It’s the month of prayers, and I’m desperately praying for all of these bad things to end.

  • Hozhoni

    When I was 9 years old, I stumbled upon a book of my father’s. The title read Samudra Al-Fatihah. The cover was worn out, and I don’t quite remember what made me spent hours reading a chapter from that book. But I remember what I read, because that was my oldest memory, the first time…

  • When Breath Becomes Air (2016)

    “I don’t believe in the wisdom of children, nor in the wisdom of the old. There is a moment – a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living.”

  • A Writer’s Block

    A writer’s block is “the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.” -Oxford Dictionary