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I’ve been transported back in time something familiar yet also bizarre the same old Twilight Zone with the same old Culture of Silence Oh, what a pain Here we go again The same old policy ...


“I’m getting married next year!” On December 2017, one of my best friends texted me. He said he was getting married in January 2018. Yes, I was genuinely surprised. Although in the end I couldn’t...


Battle of the sexes: That woman scares you. She has more opinions than you do. You wish she’d just shut up and obey but hey, that has never really worked that way. For centuries, your kind has re...


The generation gap: “They’re just little kids, so young and still stupid. How could they talk to you like that? You deserve more respect! You’ve lived longer so you know better.” “Are they trying...


Okay, I am not whining about this. In fact, I have decided to just compile all the ridiculous things I have heard so far as a single woman up to my 36th birthday on November last year. Let’s see ...


I heard your voice outside the window that night You were talking to her The Ex-Guardian of The Isolated Castle I heard my name mentioned… This isn’t the first time I get awaken That night, she w...


Surely, this is nothing new. We live in a world where people come from different backgrounds, whether cultural, racial…you name it. With them, come people with different opinions and points of vi...


A house, a family Material things Everything’s lovely All the joy they bring Will they always represent ‘home’? Trials come and go Keep them all intact Or all will burn like Rome Thanks to Nero A...


January 19, 2018

"THE NUMBERED DAYS" in "SHORTS"

Sometimes life is a bunch of numbered days. Everyone waits, as if there’s still plenty of time. That includes me, you, and the kids. All of us. I know, I’ve always been impatient. You also know, ...


I need to be brave to show you these feelings I have For too long I’ve been imprisoned by my own creation of silence I’ve been too scared Society’s been unfair They say I should know my place or ...


Dear Nik, I sometimes have no idea how to react when I dream about anyone I know who has passed away. I’ve got plenty of visits from the dead in my sleep. Pumpkin, Dad, Robbie, my younger cousin ...


A strange dream about you We were on an open field, when I heard you say: “Here’s where I buried some older parts of me.” So you started digging the grave with half the strength you gave bits of ...


What’s ‘falling in love’? Quite a tricky question, eh? When we were teens, we’d probably have only thought of it as something ‘skin-deep’. (Come on, just admit it. Believe me, because I’ve been t...


Will I ever get to know the meaning of that look? I’m afraid to find out as I go There might be no turning back, once I’m hooked Your eyes seem to refuse to give it all away I can’t still figure ...


Through almost the entire December 2017, I didn’t get enough chance to write. I was busy adjusting to my new fulltime job and freelance gigs, which have been too many to handle. Thankfully, my mi...


When I was a kid, I thought welcoming New Year’s Eve was something fun. Trumpets, fireworks, music and dances, people gathering…you name it. Staying up until the next morning light had made me fe...


Hey, Nik. I never thought that days like this would also come into my life. I thought we’d still have another chance to see each other again. You’d asked me about my second novel for so many time...


Our parents live close by in the same neighbourhood. We’ve grown up together. Just like me, you knew how it felt to have two siblings. The differences? Your brother is the eldest and almost the s...


November 25, 2017

"WHO IS HE?" in "SHORTS"

His eyes were so cold, looking at me. “You don’t know who I am, do you?” Fearfully I shook my head. My mind went spinning so fast, trying to remember his face … // - “What the hell is this?!” A...


You will know that I love you even when I don’t say it not even out loud or even when I’m still way too proud That fact, I have to admit I still own it How? It’s tricky Sorry, I’m not making this...


November 18, 2017

"AFTER THAT ONE NIGHT" in "SHORTS"

Having met you was a bad luck. Knowing you was a mistake. Having been with you was an equal match to insanity…even for a while. Yes, they all say I’d made that mistake when I was with you. They s...


Half the sound is faintly barricaded as I turn to the left The other half is still safe as I turn to the right I fear of slowly losing the ability to enjoy music and voices slowly consumed by thi...


“Bibi, where’s the cake?” asked my little niece Gira on the fourth of November. “We should sing a ‘Happy Birthday’.” “Aww, honey. I’m afraid there’s no cake like that for tonight,” I gently told ...


There’s nothing wrong with us, my love. Our hearts have been drawn to each other’s, united since Day One. I didn’t know why God had this plan for us. God? You’d always given me that amused expres...


No, sir! Where did you get the idea that it was about comfort? Where’s your empathy? Your statement has caused a lot of hurt No, sir! How could you ask such things? Why second-guess the victims? ...


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