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"THE WAKE-UP CALL FOR THE WORKAHOLICS"

What makes one workaholic? The reasons may vary. Some just love the work itself. It’s what makes them feel alive. To some others, they love the money more. They may not always like the job and other types of work they do, though. What keeps them on the job is the thought (and perhaps the possibility) of earning more. Some others become workaholics to escape their current agony. Whether it’s a heartbreak, the death of someone they love, or even the loss of money. (No, I’m not kidding on the la...

24 December 2018, 08:32 AM
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"BUSY"

The grip of reality slowly taking over me away from my real hobbies all in the name of making more money I know I’m busy There’s got to be a way to do what I love to be who I am write what I know Still struggling for the space for my own creativity before it’s slowly erased by this busy reality... R.

22 December 2018, 03:14 PM
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"THE BRUTAL HONESTY VERSUS STEREOTYPING"

Let’s just admit it; stereotyping is hard to tackle. Generalising is always there, whether we’d like to admit it or not. Trying to fight it off is as difficult as forcing a lion to go vegan. We experience this everywhere – every day of our lives. It doesn’t matter which gender, race, creed, religion, nation, or else. Some are simply mean-spirited, literally trying to bring you (and your kind?) down. Some are just upset with what some certain people do and simplify the matter, categorising t...

21 December 2018, 12:11 PM
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"COME BACK TO US, PLEASE"

Come... Come back... Come back to us... Come back to use, please... Every line’s a trigger for the memories when you’ve suffered angry voices loss of choices violence in the air smell of blood everywhere Monsters looking human yet they loved causing torment (and damn, they still do!) You were forced to flee leaving your home country... Come... Come back... Come back to us... Come back to use, please... You think your life’s a dead end but you’re deadly wrong, my friend There’s a reason yo...

15 December 2018, 06:38 AM
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"COME BACK TO US, PLEASE"

Come... Come back... Come back to us... Come back to use, please... Every line’s a trigger for the memories when you’ve suffered angry voices loss of choices violence in the air smell of blood everywhere Monsters looking human yet they loved causing torment (and damn, they still do!) You were forced to flee leaving your home country... Come... Come back... Come back to us... Come back to use, please... You think your life’s a dead end but you’re deadly wrong, my friend There’s a reason yo...

15 December 2018, 06:37 AM
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"THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE"

HER: We speak the same language. We talk everyday. Yet we still don’t get each other. Most of the time, it’s you who talk, talk, talk and want me to listen and understand. No arguments. When it’s my turn to say something, you always have reasons not to listen. You say I’m too demanding. You say I’m not like I used to be. The truth is, you’ve been so comfortable with how things are. You’ve grown selfish. You think I’ll always obey you. You think I’ll always be there. Watch me walk away. You’ll...

13 December 2018, 11:50 AM
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"THE CAFFEINE-FUELLED WORKAHOLIC"

Stay awake Tons of work that always wait No time to waste Not many choices anyway Ask me not to relax I need to catch up with all I’ve lost Thanks to you-know-who ‘though they refuse to accept it’s true One more cup of that black coffee, please? Pray this old heart won’t pop after so many punches and stabs Convince friends: “It’s all good” ‘though you can’t always pretend You’re tired You’re bloody exhausted Oh-so-fed-up Wait, what romance? It’s probably been dead for ages My two left-fee...

11 December 2018, 09:57 AM
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"THE CAFFEINE-FUELLED WORKAHOLIC"

Stay awake Tons of work that always wait No time to waste Not many choices anyway Ask me not to relax I need to catch up with all I’ve lost Thanks to you-know-who ‘though they refuse to accept it’s true One more cup of that black coffee, please? Pray this old heart won’t pop after so many punches and stabs Convince friends: “It’s all good” ‘though you can’t always pretend You’re tired You’re bloody exhausted Oh-so-fed-up Wait, what romance? It’s probably been dead for ages My two left-fee...

11 December 2018, 09:56 AM
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"THE 37-YEAR-OLD ME"

I didn’t want to write this at first. I thought it would be a waste of time. Well, here it is: So I finally turned 37 last month. Big deal. Three years before 40. So what? It’s just a reminder of the day you were born, year after year. “It’s three years before your retirement,” said a friend one day. However, writers never really retire. It’s more than a job for some of us. It’s a calling. If you live in Indonesia as a single, 37-year-old woman, always be ready for more scrutiny. It’s always ...

10 December 2018, 09:36 AM
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"THE 37-YEAR-OLD ME"

I didn’t want to write this at first. I thought it would be a waste of time. Well, here it is: So I finally turned 37 last month. Big deal. Three years before 40. So what? It’s just a reminder of the day you were born, year after year. “It’s three years before your retirement,” said a friend one day. However, writers never really retire. It’s more than a job for some of us. It’s a calling. If you live in Indonesia as a single, 37-year-old woman, always be ready for more scrutiny. It’s always ...

10 December 2018, 09:36 AM
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"THAT QUIET GIRL YOU ONCE LOOKED DOWN ON..."

Don’ get me wrong I let you do as you blab on exposing more of you You don’t know me, but that’s okay You only want to see certain things that go your way You think you’re all that so damn proud to be bad I think you’re raving mad I’d rather hear a meowing cat You don’t know my friends You think I have none when it’s the other way around You’ve stepped on my turf You really had the nerve even when I kept quiet you still caused a riot You don’t know my real friends, but I do because they ...

07 December 2018, 11:03 AM
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"YOUR EVERYDAY HEROES"

If I had to write a love letter to a hero, one would not be enough. How come? This should be simple. Others might do this effortlessly. When people are asked to talk about their heroes, their answers vary. That’s for sure. Many would probably mention their parents. Others would say it’s their teachers. Once in a while, you could say it’s one of your friends or more. A kid would mention their favourite superheroes, eventhough they’re clearly fiction. No, I’m not going to start with anti-heroes...

06 December 2018, 11:23 AM
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"TRANSFORM"

Are you ready to be what you’ve always wanted like dreams inside your head instead of nightmares causing dread? Are you ready to get up and walk instead of inching a crawl to run faster to fly higher to go after what’s better? Are you ready to come out of your darkness to stop feeling restless to take risks as bravely as all warriors? Are you ready to be whom you’ve always wanted to be? Really? You should. Alter your negative moods. Enough with your self-pity. Reject your worry. Leave it a...

02 December 2018, 08:57 AM
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"THE BEST FRIENDS"

What makes one a best friend? The answers may vary. What I believe with what you do can be (and are) different. Some people believe that best friends always stick together, through thick and thin. You know, just like in movies. Of course, that arrangement only sounds awesome if you’re the main character. People will always be there for you, leaving whatever it is they’re doing at the moment. Imagine a pack of loyal, obedient dogs on a regular basis – hanging on your every word. In reality? Co...

30 November 2018, 11:33 AM
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"HUNGER"

You travel wherever you like, leaving your trails of mess behind I bet you have more than a bite enough to clear your mind Someone’s rights you still hold You know how much you still owe However, you pretend you’re already somewhere better while your abuse of power has left many struggling with hunger... R.

24 September 2018, 08:10 AM
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"HUNGER"

You travel wherever you like, leaving your trails of mess behind I bet you have more than a bite enough to clear your mind Someone’s rights you still hold You know how much you still owe However, you pretend you’re already somewhere better while your abuse of power has left many struggling with hunger... R.

24 September 2018, 08:09 AM
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"THE SOCIAL STATISTICS SLAVES: About Perception, Generalisation, and Stigmatisation"

Statistics exist because of researches. They’re conducted by humans. They’re done to identify problems, find solutions, and discover scientific and social-based facts or findings. For example: in Indonesia, more male students are in the engineering faculty while the female students are mostly in the linguistics faculty. Most women spend more time in shopping while their male counterparts only purchase what they need. Directly or else, social statistics like these shape our perceptions. One of...

24 September 2018, 05:51 AM
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"STUPID OR PARANOID?"

Dear Society, I hate how you make girls like me feel stupid for believing so easily everytime some guy shows an interest in me Get a grip It doesn’t matter anyway I can still lose with what I choose If I accept him and he hurts me, you’ll call me stupid You’re being a pain when you tell me to use my brain (Well, I do!) Then you’re being condescending with an advice so degrading: “Learn your lesson. Next time, don’t get too confident.” Dear Society, What’s with your change of view? This do...

19 September 2018, 03:38 AM
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"FIRST THINGS FIRST"

Let’s prioritise. Create your own to-do-list. First things first. See how it works. Hold on a sec. First things first? Which one(s)? How do we know the one(s) we prioritise deserve to be the first? Things can get really tricky when you (feel you) have so much to do, but with so little time. What happens if there are other people demanding to be our ‘first things first’? There are some factors or elements that may help you to determine which is which. This isn’t always a rigid right or wrong. ...

17 September 2018, 01:58 PM
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"FIRST THINGS FIRST"

Let’s prioritise. Create your own to-do-list. First things first. See how it works. Hold on a sec. First things first? Which one(s)? How do we know the one(s) we prioritise deserve to be the first? Things can get really tricky when you (feel you) have so much to do, but with so little time. What happens if there are other people demanding to be our ‘first things first’? There are some factors or elements that may help you to determine which is which. This isn’t always a rigid right or wrong. ...

17 September 2018, 01:58 PM
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