Just do it

Today is my birthday.

Yep … I reached the glory age, alhamdullilah syukur sangat.

Tbh minus these achy muscles and the sleepy all-the-time mood, hey! I still feel young. The “forever young” feeling is essential, right? The reality is another story.

I posted an entry on my birthday in 2019 and shared 5 things that I was glad I did back then when I was young that helps a lot today. You can read it here >> “A year wiser by Sallymatsuda”.

And, I would like to add another 5 more things that all of us should do to have a smooth cruising old age aka getting old gracefully lol. I kept reminding my friends that “Jangan jadi tua sebelum waktunya” or don’t be that old before your time.

Another 5 more things that we should do NOW since we still have the time:

  1. Take care of your skin. Moisturizer is your best friend. Keep your face, hand, feet and body well hydrated, moisturize them every single day. Clean your skin and moisturize them religiously, the best time to start is when you are still young.
  2. Drink lots and lots of water. Keep your body well hydrated by drinking lots of water. Plain and natural water, not coffee or juice water only. Reduce your sugar intake.
  3. Eat well. Eat real food. Chicken, meat, vegetable, fruits, seafood and so on are cooked in their real forms. Eat less fast food, sugar-overloaded food, sausages, nuggets etc. Omit the MSG and sugar, and reduce the salt.
  4. Exercise. Never skip your exercise routine. If you hate hard exercise like me, try walking or hiking or yoga instead.
  5. Be persistently curious the whole time. What keeps me going? I am persistently curious. That is my “energizer battery”. When I am down or tired or sleepy or super moody … my curiosity will lead the way. The why-how-when-where-who questions kept popping in my head pushing me up further.

That is it. I am definitely wiser … lol …wiser Sallymatsuda.

Say it 44 times … hulla kebaboom it turns into reality. The wise Sallymatsuda.

Do it alone. Do it broke. Do it tired. Do it scared. Just do it!


Life goes on.

Life will only stop when Allah Al-Mighty says so “your time is up, Sallymatsuda”. In the meantime, live your life to the fullest for both “dunia dan akhirat” or dunya and hereafter.


Sallymatsuda, 21 September 2022

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6 thoughts on “Just do it

  1. Would you be open to a photographic collaboration ? My intent is to create a small book ; 2 halves with 2 bodies fo work. Perhaps 15 images each ? I work with Tri X 400 , Pan F 50 and Ilford Delta 400. Too often photography is divise on Malaysia with people disagreeing over camera brands and trivial things. If you are interested perhaps we could discuss further through email. And I could display some samples of my work. My photography is genreless and my work has been exhibited. This isn’t spam by the way. I’m based in northern malaysia.


      1. my email : mishaps_09cape@icloud.com

        I can send you samples of my work and we can discuss further. I have in mind a small book , equally divided into 2 halves. But 1 half will be upside down and the other half the right side up. Perhaps since you make images in colour, your half can be with black borders and my half with white borders. Of course this is just a plan for now. Let’s discuss and see what we can come up with. I will send some samples of my work to you


      2. I don’t use Facebook. It’s possibly the worst platform at the moment. Instagram isn’t any better. Grainery is something I found recently and i use my profile there as an informal portfolio though I do not post all my images. By the way the person appearing in the redscale image is Yusuf Ghani who also was a guest on that podcast. My initial entry into film photography was greatly aided by him. Link : https://grainery.app/u/35mmdreams


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