"I THANK GOD FOR THE RAIN"

I always thank God for the rain. There are always reasons for that. Just like when I was a kid. I loved dancing in the rain. I didn’t care if Ma was angry, or that I’d catch a cold after that. So what? It was just part of enjoying my childhood. Those were the good, old days when you still believed that you were invincible. Like no one could ever hurt you. I always thank God for the rain. As I grew up, I began to have more reasons to. Honestly, I don’t fret too much about the flood. Whose ...

03 March 2015, 01:37 PM
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"BE THAT ELEGANT EX!"

Note: This may not be that suitable for more serious problems that end a relationship, like abuse, harassment, or even fraud! Like it or not, most of us have been exes – either out of past romantic relationships or divorces. Life is no fairy tales; break-up happens. So? Feeling heartbroken, angry, disappointed, and / or sad? That’s for sure, especially since once upon a time...that person meant so much to us. (At least that’s how we felt back then.) That’s to be expec...

03 March 2015, 10:32 AM
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"MR.KNOW-IT-ALL"

You’ll be surprised how fast time flies. You walk into the room, thinking it’ll be the same. It’s just more people, more audience for you and just fine. You (think you) are still on top of your game. I’ve let you think you can ridicule me publicly. Well, you can no longer fool everybody. You’re just an insecure bully, displaying your big, fat ego for the world to see. I can’t believe I could be this mean and happy. You’re disappointed when it’s not what you expected it to be. Your stories s...

03 March 2015, 10:28 AM
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"WHEN WILL YOU CALL IT QUITS?"

When will you call it quits? I know that question irks you. Sounds awful of me, eh? You might hate me for that. I don’t care. All I know is that I am so freaking sick to death of the same old drama, that stupid rerun of the same damn episode of yours. It’s not that I don’t care about you or sympathize with you. You have no idea just how much it hurts me every time I hear stories about how much she hurts you. How much she hurts you over and over again by cheating on you and then apologizing ...

23 February 2015, 05:22 AM
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THINGS TO DO (HAVEN'T YOU GOT THEM TOO?)

I guess I should say I’m lucky. I’m glad I’ve been busy lately. I’ve got more and more important things to do. Haven’t you got them too? I can’t believe that we keep on dealing with the same, damn issues. Do we really have to do this over and over again? Haven’t you learned? I don’t think I believe that you’re so busy. You’re lonely. If you really were that busy, you wouldn’t have time to fret over little matters. You wouldn’t have time to be nosy, because you are (supposed to be) minding y...

23 February 2015, 02:47 AM
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"THE LATEST OF ME: DEAL WITH IT!"

You may not recognize me, ‘though I’m still in this body I’m not the same girl I used to be You’ll be surprised and you’ll see I think I’ve finally learned to let go Some people are just dying to be the world’s prime-time show, consumed by their own ego It doesn’t even take a rocket scientist to know What about love? I’ll always have more than enough I don’t need to be adored by the whole world I’ve already made peace with the girl in the mirror Are you ready to welcome the latest of me? I...

16 February 2015, 04:38 PM
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“WHY BEING A SUPERHERO ONLY WORKS AS A CHILDLIKE, CHILDHOOD DREAM”

I’ve always been rather an unusual girl, ever since I was little. Well, at least according to people who (claim to?) know me. Why superheroes? Well, you could blame it on my undying love for fiction. I grew up reading mythologies, war stories, and watching cartoons about superheroes. (Too many to mention.) Some people might connect this with the fact that I’m a tomboy, but actually there’s more to it than that. First of all, I don’t always like the costumes that most female superheroes are ...

16 February 2015, 06:21 AM
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“THE SHORT, URBAN ADVENTURES OF THE EX-GUARDIAN OF THE ISOLATED CASTLE”

The Ex-Guardian of The Isolated Castle – she is on another set of tasks. Will she win these battles, even if she has to stay awake longer at dusk? The Ex-Guardian of The Isolated Castle – she has been on more urban adventures. May she gain victory without hassles, even when her patience is not so much a virtue... R. (Jakarta, 10/2/2015 – 8:00 pm)

11 February 2015, 09:46 AM
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"REAL-LIFE SUPERHEROES"

There are real superheroes Watch them as they go Pay attention to what they do, even if it has nothing to do with you. They don’t have to wear masks, or costumes to keep them in disguise Sometimes they’re the ones we (tend to) miss Sometimes they don’t even get noticed Who are they? They could be anybody This real life is nothing like movies, so don’t expect them to be flawless and almighty. It could be someone you know, or strangers you’ve never met before; an ugly face with a heart of go...

06 February 2015, 08:27 AM
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"AN ODE TO 'EVA LUNA' "

(Based on “Eva Luna” by.Isabel Allende) (Ruby Astari) I believe that my life is surely much, much better than Eva Luna’s. However, I feel that she is much braver than I am. She is stronger and much more confident too. I understand why you love her life story. She is such an unusual character. If she or a girl like her did exist in real life, I’d be honoured to meet and get to know her. She’d be one of the many living proofs that not all girls are such helpless, weakling damsels-in-distres...

03 February 2015, 08:56 AM
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“DEAR DAD: AFTER A YEAR...”

Dear Dad, It’s been a year. How are you doing there? No, I’m not trying to toughen myself up or pretending I’m emotionless. I have no energy to do so these days. I can only be me, as always – nobody but me. After a while, I’ve decided to not make any promises that I can’t really keep. Like what I’m doing now, for example. I’ve promised myself that I would stop writing to you, because this just doesn’t make sense. You’ve been gone for a year. This feels like I haven’t completely moved on. ...

28 January 2015, 07:26 AM
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“SOME PEOPLE (CHOOSE TO) STAY THE SAME”

It doesn’t matter how you interpret the meaning / connotation of the title above; I’m just stating a very simple fact. People do change, but some (choose to) stay the same. New year = new attitude? Some people believe it is. Some believe it’s the new behaviour, new (better?) habits that count. Whatever it is, it’s their call. Of course, we all want to improve our lives, be better than before. We also want (or need) to keep some things just as they are, for whatever reason. So do they. “Yo...

19 January 2015, 02:16 AM
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"PHOTO-SHOPPED"

Oh, how I long to be what the world demands of me I want them all to see that I’m also valid as a true beauty Still, I don’t meet their requirements Their mockery and insults are my torments Why am I damned? Who are they to condemn? I know this sounds like a lame old song I’ve decided to play along I know this is wrong but it’s hard to carry on So I shed these extra kilos, which in real life just won’t be lost as instantly as I want them to, you know? Still, they refuse to see them in this...

04 January 2015, 11:57 AM
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"SELFIE"

All well-dressed up everyday Never let any flaws get in your way to perfection, your ultimate destination. Your camera’s ready You’re bubbling with excitement and glee, thinking: “This is me. I’ve got to look always so pretty!” Click, click! Don’t forget to use that stick. No need to care if you make them feel sick. Here, there, and everywhere Flash your smile; show them what you wear Let’s hope that they’ll also compliment your hair Don’t they know? You’re the superstar of your only show...

03 January 2015, 03:39 PM
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"RIP #QZ8501" (IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY)

It could happen to you; that's nothing new. One day, it's just another trip - another flight. You may think everything will be alright, but in the end... what if you're not meant to see each other again? It could happen to them, the people you love all the same. They tell you they'll come back soon, after a flight past the moon, but they never really do. You're left with nothing but the blues. It could happen to anyone, any of us. It doesn't choose your wealth, religion, or race. What makes y...

31 December 2014, 02:40 AM
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"TELL HER?"

How do you tell her that love will find a way or another? She’ll just look back at you and smile, saying, “I used to believe that as a child.” How do you tell her that things will look up and get better? She’ll agree: “Of course they do. That’s nothing new.” How do you tell her to stop hiding behind the shadows? Go into the light where love just shines and shows. But her only response is: “I know.” How do you tell her to just cut it out? She’s been clouded by her own doubts. But she worrie...

29 December 2014, 06:46 PM
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"NOT THAT KIND OF GUY"

Girls with dreamy eyes They think you’re such a sight You know they can’t lie To them, you look like a potential Mr.Right Of course, you laugh it off You’re not interested, so hopefully they won’t cry Right now, your mind is still filled with other stuff You’re just not that kind of guy. R. (Jakarta, 18/12/2014 – 5:00 pm)

20 December 2014, 11:35 AM
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GIRLFIGHT: LEAVE ME OUT OF THIS!

Don’t mistake my silence with ignorance. You know it isn’t always so. There are things I’d rather not know. Trivialities shouldn’t always get all our attention. Ahh, here we go again! Why keep dwelling on the same old pain? Aren’t we all way too old for such drama? I won’t even waste my breath for a holler. Once again, make no mistake with my silence. It’s my exhaustion, not ignorance. Why keep feeding your insecurity? Who says everyone should always be responsible in making you feel happy?...

15 December 2014, 05:39 AM
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"CLICKING SECONDS"

Everything takes seconds in digital life, especially in social media. Just a few clicks and all is done. It takes seconds to say hello and wave goodbye. A single line gets different, various interpretations. A picture tells a thousand words, or probably even more. Click, click, click. You see? It only takes seconds to do it all. Read a controversial article about the politicians you hate, pointless celebrities you loathe, and follow your favourite public figures - perhaps to death. Every se...

08 November 2014, 06:53 AM
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"RUDE?"

They think I'm rude. So what? I don't see what the big deal is. Well, just like they refuse to see what my deal is. They think I'm only making it up, that I'm too sensitive. That I'm just being such a girl, as if it's a bad thing. They say it's just how the world goes - and that I have to accept it as it is. Shut up and deal with it. This is real life. Well, it doesn't mean that I have to put up with everything without a fight. I mean, just because this has been going on for centuries doe...

01 November 2014, 06:20 AM
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