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This stage should not be skipped, yet many often get past it, in the name of love from another in hopes, the one will stick around longer, if not forever. I’ve made that stupid mistake of loving ...


I think I’m deteriorating, but I find myself not caring. Should I be worried? Should I call for help? Should I just keep quiet and let it pass when it does? I mean, I know it always passes. I jus...


Have I been stuck in my deep-dark slumber? Still, my conscience is frayed by their distant, calls of prayer. Wake me up, let me not sleep without, ‘though I sometimes still find myself awake in a...


It’s a huge thank you to all of you, Dearest Elders In The Family, Peaceful-Loving Cousins too for having finally seen us through. First of all, thank you for not wondering why we’re so fat and s...


There’s nothing to declare about my oh-so-boring life lately. Every day is mostly the same: get up, work, go about my day, write, watch TV or listen to music or podcast at night, sleep, and repea...


All hopes are lost The last bit of oxygen’s out They say you’ll never return This is officially your final mission So, the vast ocean has claimed you There’s nothing left for us to do Some may st...


Okay, I admit that I’ve been triggered by an old episode of “CSI: NY” that I’d recently watched. The rerun was Season 7, Episode 17. Long story short, Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his t...


Oh, how we long for you to be returning home, still healthy after having sailed away leaving us waiting by the bay. The vast ocean hasn’t shown any signs that you’re still around. We refuse to ge...


Wait a minute. What does this mean? Why do I start with this whole ‘taking the baits’ thing? Am I a fish or something? Of course, in this case, taking bait can mean a lot of things. It can mean s...


I am way past that envy or that so-called jealousy. Just a silent observer to the oblivious or ignorant to the fact that we’re all different and the universe always has a way to randomly pick you...


Actually, it’s easy to spot this. It’s nothing new and you’ll know it right away once you have the confidence and keep your eyes open. Let’s start with school bullies. They’re typical examples of...


Let’s just face it: There’s no such thing as unconditional love. Either Billy Joel or Bruno Mars – or perhaps some who do the cover versions, somebody must be lying when they sing: “Just the way...


Okay, so I’ve turned 40 since November 4, 2021. How does it feel? Not so surprisingly, I feel like. I admit that, back in my twenties and thirties, I was a bit anxious imagining this moment. You ...


You don’t know me well enough especially to live my life to make such short-sighted assumptions. That’s okay, though. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, no matter how flawed. You don’t kn...


If they say experience is the best teacher, then I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, it is more than that. To me, experience is also a vivid reminder. I am not nicknamed The Elephant Memory for noth...


I grew up watching bizarre and creepy TV shows like “The Twilight Zone”. I didn’t remember how it started. Although my mother had warned me that such TV series were not good for kids, I didn’t ca...


That is one question you may never have the guts to say out loud here, right to my face. You can’t fool me with your expressions. Your eyes narrow. Your lips purse. I bet you’re holding back thos...


I admit that this #Covid19 pandemic is slowly draining out positive ideas from this writer’s brain. It hasn’t been easy. Well, I hope the angle of this writing is different this time. I remember ...


(For Michele Tambunan – December 18, 1964 – August 10, 2021) Actually, I’d wanted to stop writing any obituaries right after this #Covid19 pandemic hit. I never even wanted to do this at first, b...


I’m beginning to feel icky – no, ickier – with the ugliness of this world lately. Social media is full of crazy people, but thankfully I can still see the good ones too. It’s a daily challenge to...


How to hold oneself, keeping it together, when before you they shiver? You could be the living legend who brings them excitement or you could be the nightmare their past, present, or future trial...


I don’t remember the last time I was most embarrassed. Honestly, I often try not to think about such moments. I have plenty, believe me. As a clumsy tomboy, I’ve had my share of embarrassing mome...


If age is just a number, then why does time feel smaller? Space is no longer as wide as we once experienced. Before the digits, life seemed to give us so plenty, that we could spare a minute simp...


After a couple of years of heavy skepticism with romance, I decided to watch a romantic comedy again. Okay, it was actually an accident. I finished work and the movie “Superintelligence” was on. ...


They say patience is a virtue and fairy tales aren’t true. There’s no such thing as ‘love at a first sight. Such a childish mentality isn’t right. I know we’ve just met but there’s this feeling t...