your HQ for making friends
Have you ever lost yourself in a conversation that not only inspires you, but also makes you feel heard?
A conversation so interesting, so raw, and so real that you felt like this is the true meaning of being alive.
Statistics show that (1) social isolation is on the rise and (2) the number of close friends someone would say that they have is decreasing.
Considering that having a strong social network is one of the key factor in general happiness, overall health, and prolonged longevity, my hope is that this podcast + community will serve to bring awareness to the issue as well as provide a platform to start solving the problem, together!
I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 🇲🇾 and moved with my family to Dallas, Texas 🤠 at the age of 7. My first couple of years in school were a huge struggle. English was not my first language and entering 2nd grade after skipping almost a year of school due to the move made making friends quite difficult. But even after learning English,
I never felt quite at home... anywhere.
Culturally, I wasn’t fully American, but when my family and I visited Malaysia, I was painfully aware that I didn’t quite belong there either. 😩
When it came to my passions, I could never make up my mind on a specific creative outlet or medium to hone — not because of indecisiveness (ok, maybe a little bit), but because I find joy in the process of learning, remixing, and over-complicating mixed-media projects. But before I found pride in calling myself a creative chimera, I was hopelessly lost in how to identify my art and therefore myself. 🙈
Being aromantic meant that I couldn’t relate to 99% of the stories represented in pop culture. ❤️🩹
In short, I thought I was an alien. 👽 (After all, surely you’re not human if can’t understand such a basic human experience such as romantic love, right?) And I think, partially because I didn’t care for romantic love, I dearly longed for platonic love — AKA friends.
With every friend that I’ve found (who listened to me wholeheartedly and confided in me sincerely), I began to feel less and less alien and more and more at home on Earth. 🌎
I began to feel like I belonged.
This is why I’m so passionate about connecting people.
I know what it feels like to feel alone.
And that’s why you matter. Because your existence validates someone else’s.