Harsh Truth and Harsh Words

Sometimes, you need someone to say harsh words to you to be able to fully appreciate and comprehend the power and beauty of kind words. Sometimes, truths are harsh, and completely necessary. But understand first the difference between harsh words and harsh truths. Harsh words are not necessary harsh truths and harsh truths don’t necessarily … Read more

New Year (Not) New Me

I went on my Facebook and my feed was littered with the New Year Resolution. Naturally. People want to reinvent themselves, setting goals, making wishes and dreams, and a friend said to me, “Happy New Year! New year new me?” and at that moment, of course I answered, “YES! HELL YES!” But after I pondered … Read more

Let Them

“Can we go through the top floor entrance?” My brother asked. “Why?” I retorted. Why the hell couldn’t we go from this entrance which was like a few steps away from our car? My brother shifted a little uncomfortably in his seat. “Because everyone will stare at us.” And then realization dawned on me. He … Read more

Letters and Sounds

I have seen people arguing, fighting, not talking for years over something that had been said. Over words. Syllables in sounds. I used to take offense. Thinking I’ve been slighted when I should have known better and not take things personally. After all, they are just… words. Yes, words are powerful. They are not merely … Read more

Not Yet

I like to think highly of people. Not holding them to high expectation or any expectation at all. Those are two very different things. What I meant is, I like to think that everyone is capable of anything. As a teacher, I often get asked by my students, “do you think I can do that?” … Read more

The Other Way Around

I used to think I have to be beautiful for people to love me. I have to have a certain look. Like those girls in the magazine. Size zero, long legs, sensual lips, body worthy of a sexy lingerie. The influence of the media. It basically says, if you don’t look like this, you’re not … Read more

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