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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
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...
As someone who’s romantically challenged, I never thought that I could enjoy this anthology of flash fiction. Written by Firnita Taufick, “Strings Attached” brings me back to my teenage years.
Like going out alone at night
without wearing any gloves and masks
during this pandemic era
when infection cases are sky high.
Like feeling indifferent
when the one you love
chooses another man o...
I grew up watching the original “Charmed” TV series. Piper Halliwell (Holly-Marie Combs) is my favorite character there. She’s one of the three witch sisters. She has the ability to freeze time w...