Weltschmerz

You were a stranger, but not really—we knew each other’s names, but we were never introduced, never talked. I was that silent persona walking past you while our eyes locked, and I smiled as I saw you caught me staring. Our secret, stolen glimpses with one another made that strange connection deeper. You knew I... Continue Reading →

Do Not Fall In Love With Me

Do not fall in love with me because I never stay. I always move around. I travel every now and then; I get sent to almost  anywhere, often with no prior notice. You’ll only get to see me for a few days once a month—and it’ll be worth it. I’ll take you to places: movies,... Continue Reading →

occhiolism

I have been moving around lately. Last year, I was only home for three months, and the rest of the year, I was away—I was in three different cities, all for work assignments, even until now. I get to visit home once a month, over a weekend, or I’d have an extended stay of four... Continue Reading →

What’s In a Name?

Names are very powerful. Aside from identifying something, in every belief and folklore, names carry magical and sorcerous properties, which gives the person whose knowledge of someone’s or something’s true name power over the entity. My blog has had three names since I started blogging in 2009. Each name represents something significant in my life,... Continue Reading →

Call Me Maybe

Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between? Today, almost everyone has a phone, even kids below ten years old. We seldom meet people who does not own a phone, whether or not it is a smartphone. Everyone carries one around for certain purposes—personal, business, work,... Continue Reading →

The Writing Room

A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like? My ideal room for reading and writing would be a forty-one square meter attic converted to a small library. Facing north is a small round window, where enough amount of sun- and moonlight seeps through and allows... Continue Reading →

Think Global, Act Local

Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one. According to the United Nations, a global issue is “any social, economic, political or environmental problem that affects the global community, possibly in a catastrophic way.” And as of 2015, the UN has listed the issues that it deems pressing (you can check it... Continue Reading →

Burnt

Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind? I overpack, and I hoard. There are a lot of things inside our room that I... Continue Reading →

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