"FORGET HIM NOT"

Not only my best friends, a lot of people I know have said this same old thing - over and over again: "God works in mysterious ways." Indeed. I've always believed that and experienced it many times. I'm thankful for them. Still, I tend to forget, just like anyone who believes in God. Isn't this world a beautiful place? It's so beautiful that we often forget that it's temporary. This life is so short. Nothing lasts forever here. In fact, forever only belongs to God... There are always so...

03 July 2015, 09:39 AM
l
love
comment

"THE MYSTERY ME?"

I am the mystery, 'though you think you can tell something about me Well, what do you know? How far can your knowledge go? I am the oddity Why can't I be like everybody? You wonder with such a question, while forming an opinion Who am I? Oh, do you really want to know about me that much? I can tell by that look in your eyes, although you don't say or do a lot You look at me as if I am the creature of hell You think you know me that well Perhaps you're right, but I'm not wasting my energy o...

30 June 2015, 04:25 PM
l
love
comment

"THE RELOCATION"

I'll make it short and simple, since I've been too exhausted lately. Hazel Eyes has left that house and been living close to me again...for now. R.

30 June 2015, 01:17 PM
l
love
comment

"TO DIGITAL NARCISSISTS"

Be blunt with yourself for once You still believe you're the centre of this universe, displaying your negative emotions, expecting them to feel bad about you or even worse Be cool; no need to be cruel You're going nowhere with your overplayed melodrama None of us need to be such wasted fools even when we can post anything on social media Stay down to earth Perhaps you've just thought too highly of yourself Truth can sometimes hurt, but perhaps you do need a slap in the face The world doesn...

26 June 2015, 11:22 AM
l
love
comment

"A SHORT ENCOUNTER WITH THAT VERY FAMILIAR FACE..."

Sometimes the past can come back to you in so many ways. It only takes one day in your present life, a short encounter with that very familiar face. It was completely out of the blue. I was walking down Setiabudi One alone one afternoon when there he was, right in front of me with a young woman walking next to him. When our eyes met, the three of us stopped and I couldn't believe my eyes: My God, you look so much like him! "Hi," he said to me, smiling as we shook hands. I smiled back, notin...

26 June 2015, 08:36 AM
l
love
comment

"LABELS = PRICE TAGS?"

People treat labels like price tags They don't just put them on designer's shoes and bags They slap them on other things too, like animals and even each other They decide on what or who is better People put so much trust and faith on those labels, judging on what's worthy and who's more credible Sometimes they're not even aware of labels on what they (choose to) wear People treating labels as price tags? They often make this world get seriously whacked It feels a lot worse than a personal, ...

22 June 2015, 07:41 AM
l
love
1 comment: veronicamhowe

"GETTING OUT OF CHAOS..."

God has been so kind to me despite my foolishness! So, the owner has agreed to return some of the rent money. I still feel bad, but I know I don't have a choice. Hazel Eyes can't stay there anymore, not after what happened. He won't. The looks those people in that neighbourhood give him...the unvocalised prejudice. I've got to get him out of there. Fast. By the end of this month the latest. I also need to get myself a stable job with more money first. That way, I can help myself, my family...

21 June 2015, 04:57 PM
l
love
comment

"THE 3 AM MEAL"

She wakes up at three enjoying silence so eerie preparing her unusually early breakfast noting things down about what to do first It’s Ramadan Fasting time on The Holy Month What will she do? Will she remain true? Just let her do her best May God help her to pass all the tests so she can put all her worries, fears, and doubts to rest... R. (Jakarta, 18/6/2015 – 5:00 am)

20 June 2015, 03:22 PM
l
love
comment

“SIGNS YOU SHOULD STOP ACTING CHILDISH AND CAVING INTO YOUR ALREADY ‘BLOATED’ EGO”

Let’s just face it; we all have our weaknesses. None of us are ever perfect here (although some may think of themselves differently.) We may be physically grown-ups on the outside, but deep down? Well, let this be our own retorical question, okay? We don’t even need to debate on this. It all depends on how willing we are to accept that yes, this life isn’t just all about us. We don’t always get what we want and we just have to deal with that. So, what are the signs that you should stop acti...

20 June 2015, 01:21 AM
l
love
comment

"TO THE OWNER OF RAMADAN"

I've been thinking quite a lot lately about what it means to live as 'me' I know You've always been watching even when I'm not good at pretending that I can get away with everything I hope I am still welcomed to be in This Holy Month Please forgive me although I'm never sure how good I can always be... R. (Jakarta, 15/6/2015 - 1:05 pm)

16 June 2015, 10:08 AM
l
love
comment

"CAN'T SAY MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING RELATED TO MY LIFE LATELY..."

Hey, there. It's been a while since I last wrote about my life here. I have been...well, not just hecticly busy - but also mentally exhausted and overwhelmed. It's gotten so bad that I still don't socially function well. I try, but this feels like I'm on the edge every time. I feel like I'm about to break...and this is not healthy. I've been troubled in my sleep by nightmares. I can't focus. I've been crying pretty much a lot lately. I don't eat well. So, what's been going on with me lately...

16 June 2015, 04:45 AM
l
love
comment

"#RIP ANGELINE"

little girl in this mortal world just another soul with innocence taken for granted lost by ignorance little girl, gone missing and out of sight where were you, dear child? a major search with all their might you’d disappeared for days and nights you should’ve been home safe; this wasn’t right little girl found buried under the ground the beasts had lurked about killing her without making a sound this ain’t no happy-ending fairy-tale once again, society has failed providing safety and com...

14 June 2015, 03:22 AM
l
love
comment

"YOU"

Where have you been all my life? I thought I’d lost you I still remember those nights, back when everything felt true How have you been? You don’t look so different, I’ve seen It’s been ages since we last talked Have you no idea that I’ve missed you a lot? I’m glad that we’ve met This time, please don’t forget I’d like to catch up with you, dear old friend I hope this time, I won’t have to lose you again R. (Jakarta, 29/5/2015 – 3:00 am)

14 June 2015, 02:20 AM
l
love
comment

"BOTH SIDES OF EVERY STORY"

Sometimes it takes two to tango. There are things that you just can’t do alone, no matter how good – and that we all know. That’s why we have a pair of arms, hands, and legs. Hold things firmly with both hands so they don’t easily break or fall. Stand straight and tall. There are both sides of every story and that’s nothing new. What’s mine? What’s yours? Bet each would be different. How many of us who don’t get easily trapped in a “who’s right and wrong” argument, without providing a soluti...

13 June 2015, 11:38 AM
l
love
comment

"A FAG HAG'S CONFESSION"

Alright, I’ve been spending so much time with Hazel Eyes lately that almost everyone knows that. I fell sick on Monday. That was completely out of the blue. How annoying! My throat was parched and it really hurt. My body was burning up. Hazel Eyes had kindly accompanied me to the clinic. The result? A major sore throat. Aside from the prescribed antibiotics, the doctor had also given me another list: - No cold drinks. (What? Nooo!!) - No fries. - No sweets (except from fruits.) - More veggi...

29 May 2015, 01:07 PM
l
love
comment

"ALL MY LOVE EVER DID TO ME..."

All my love ever did to me Not all they could see They thought I was lucky and our relationship was lovely All my love did to me The bruises and scars I wouldn’t let them see They still looked at me with envy as I tried staying strong as I could be All my love did to me including saying sorry telling me: “I love you, baby. Please forgive me, but don’t make me angry!” All my love did to me was making me feel less worthy It was getting harder to avoid his fury, but I forgot how to set myself...

28 May 2015, 12:11 PM
l
love
comment

"BIG PLANS..."

Let’s start with my weekend so far. I taught Saturday classes all day as usual. I overheard Ken, one of the expat teachers, yell at the staff for having forgotten to hand the books to the students who’d already paid. Then I returned to my rented room nearby. I had a chat with my best friend Hazel Eyes (who also lives in the same building as mine but in a different room) for a while. My phone buzzed and I answered it. It was my brother. He said he wanted to have dinner with us. He and his ...

28 May 2015, 03:49 AM
l
love
comment

"COLIN'S 'MAGIC POTIONS' "

“My favourite wizard boy!” cried the old man happily, as Colin rushed into his bedroom and his open, weakly arms. They both hugged each other tightly and the old man kissed his forehead. “How are you?” “I feel good, Your Highness,” Colin replied, also happily. “Are we ready for another magic potion testing today?” “As always, my boy.” The old man ruffled his dark hair. “But don’t forget to put your schoolbag in your room.” “Okay.” Then off the boy ran into his room and dumped his bag th...

25 May 2015, 06:02 PM
l
love
comment

"WHAT'S ON THE TIMELINE TODAY?"

Check out her timeline. Everything looks fine. She’s on the spotlight. Her life seems picture-perfectly bright. Should you give in to your personal envy, when she’s all you wish to be? You look at your own life, your standard of living stuck on ‘survive’. So what’s classified as ‘fair’? You don’t even know what’s really ‘there’. Perhaps she’s just putting on a show. It’s ‘behind the scene’ that no one really knows. Welcome to this online circus, where pictures are digitally-beautified to h...

24 May 2015, 05:07 PM
l
love
comment

"WRITER@WORK"

Basically, I’ve always been a writer at work. Why? I started writing at the age of 13 and haven’t stopped ever since. I see life with everything in it – people and all – as interesting stories to tell. In fact, I often wake up in the morning with the same anticipation to write something, anything. What do I do? I’m a freelance writer and a freelance translator. I’m also a freelance interpreter and a part-time English teacher. I’ve got my first novel published locally in my own native tongue...

24 May 2015, 03:51 PM
l
love
comment