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September 14, 2020

"WHEN I WAS SEVEN..." in "SHORTS"

When I was seven, I felt really out of place. I should’ve enrolled in grade school a year earlier, just like most kids back then. Unfortunately, that was not the case with me. According to Mom, t...


What did that elephant ever do to you? You’re no human, such a horrible monster, feeding her with a pineapple, filled with active firecrackers. Her fetus exploded within and so she died, found wo...


The year 2020 isn’t over yet. Neither is the Covid-19 pandemic. It depends on where you live and how effective the government’s policy is. No matter what so many people out there would like to be...


I’ve been blinded by biased simplicity, seeing things in black and white, so literally. The shame’s still within me, ‘though I know I’m not the one and only. Have your minds also been corrupted, ...


I’m grateful that I love writing. That has been one of my coping mechanisms when things are tough. That includes dealing with boredom. Thanks to this #Covid19pandemic and #socialdistancing policy...


Hear nothing but your own heartbeat. Feel nothing but the cold that creeps in. See a mouth that’s clamped, eyes that tell you nothing, a mystery that lies within. You think you can enter her worl...


Don’t mistake my silence. A lot of people do. They assume wrong about me until it’s too late. After that, they usually have regrets. For starters, don’t mistake my silence as consent and obedienc...


You’ll never know but he misses the old days when you seemed to love him so, in your arms, he’d felt safe and protected. You only see how he doesn’t meet your expectations. He only remembers you’...


It’s amazing how one can actually show so much by saying so little. Even when they try their hardest to be all-mysterious, there are still some dead giveaways. Some of us choose to conceal how we...


“Patience is a virtue.” Yeah, right. At least according to you. “There’s no point in this fight.” Nothing wrong with patience. It’s your ignorance with certain privileges. Not everyone owns the s...


I’ve seen many people feel proud of this achievement. Two months plus of #self-quarantine / #socialdistancing / #lockdown (depending on where you live) and many people have declared this online: ...


I’ve learned a lot just from your betrayal. No wonder trust is expensive. No point in calling me paranoid. I’ve added more bricks to my wall, learning to be more selective. Maybe I’ve found comfo...


Bored to tears already? Yeah, me too. I’m also fed up with these overly-mentioned terms: • Social (and physical) distancing. • The New Normal. • Self-quarantine. However, the term ‘distanci...


The crowd has never looked so treacherous. Nobody’s being serious when it comes to dealing with the virus. They simply group, like hopeful fans for some photoshoots, ignorant that it’s no good. H...


Well, I know that I’ve already promised myself not to respond to stupid arguments. No, wait. Scratch that. Arguments are sometimes still important. (Remember, only sometimes.) However, some peopl...


I wish I had my rose-coloured glasses, so I could see the colours of your optimism. You say we can be stronger than our painful wounds. Maybe it’s true. Maybe I could play the same role again too...


As we get older, we start learning to recognise the type in the crowd. They’re the popular ones, surrounded by friends and admirers – or even both. People in general seem to hang on to their ever...


I’m just a number, not a person, at least according to them. If I die as the only one, then it doesn’t matter. I’m just a dot in their statistics. If it’s me and another, it still doesn’t matter....


Alright, let’s talk about some light stuff now. People have been stressing out about this Covid-19 pandemic quite a lot lately. It’s very understandable, but let’s catch a short break with this c...


We can still see each other, thanks to the webcam on our computers or hear each other on our phones. Still, some things are irreplacable. I miss having you close, those long hugs like we miss eac...


I’ve never really been a good chess player. My father had been frustrated with trying to teach me how to play the game properly. There are so many rules to follow for each piece. I still can’t re...


Have I put myself on exile for too long, that solitude no longer feels wrong? Just hollow, a vacant space without a vibrant soul. I’m afraid to forget how it feels to open up, letting anyone in, ...


What makes a soulmate? Is it the one you’ve always known, the one you’ve seen in your dreams – your ideas of a partner? Is it a dream come true – or a nightmare you’ve somehow chosen to deal with...


He bares his straight, white teeth for a smile as he greets me with his shy “Hello”, while I politely nod as I go. His dark complexion slightly glistens under the Jakarta morning sun. I nervously...


These are the days when you just have endless streams of thoughts inside your head. So much to say, not sure where to start, eh? So, how does self-quarantine feel to ambiverts? For this one, lots...