Make Your Own Natto: Lazy Edition

I’ve been making my own natto, which is a type of Japanese fermented soybean. I’ve heard about its health benefits and have been making it since last year. Singapore sells it, yes, but they’re in tiny styrofoam packs that are bad for the environment. I learnt it from NattoKing, which was a website dedicated to this food. Unfortunately, the NattoKing website is no longer up.

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“Wow” moments from Stuff Matters

I recently read Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters. It’s been pretty mindblowing, actually! Miodownik explains the beauty of the materials around us, like steel and paper and concrete. He brings us through the history of the material and also how it’s made, cracking some (pretty funny) jokes along the way. I can’t look at things the same again after he showed me the secret lives of the materials around all of us. Below are the quotes which made me stop and think; I never thought of things that way until I read it in this book.
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(Non-boring) Job Ideas for Students

Don’t settle for the normal part time job where you just sit and do the same thing over and over. Try something better!

  1. Research assistant
  2. Kickstarters (Indiegogo, too)
  3. Patreon
  4. Freelancing, using sites like fiverr.
  5. Serial scholarship applier: apply for many many scholarships. Probably quite lucrative.
  6. Serial competition participator: they usually have prize money. Plus, it’ll help with your academics (if you do related stuff) and CV. I used to do fiction writing competitions to make myself commit to writing.
  7. Side hustle. Tutoring, coaching, reselling stuff. Blogging, photography, you know. Maybe even cooking meals for other students. You can get better at the skill while making money too.

Get creative and see how you can use your skills differently. It’ll be more fun and more rewarding, too.