"I COULD BE (IF YOU LET ME)"

I could be the one you’ve always wanted me to be. If you think I’m pretty, I’ll make you feel happy. It’s all so easy. It depends on how you treat me. I could be your best friend or worst enemy. Never think of yourself ugly, because I despise your self-pity. Why feel sorry? Why won’t you realise that you are worthy? I’ve had it with your negative energy. That’s not attractive for the world to see. Why give in to your insecurity? Just set your spirit free, so for you – I could be the one wit...

23 March 2015, 07:53 AM
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"GIRLFIGHT 2: REALLY?"

Do I have time for this fight? No. I’m not taking any sides. We’re already way too old for this childish show. Do I have the energy for this fight? Why try to suck me into your negativity? I don’t care who’s wrong or right. For once, is it difficult for you to be happy? Do I have them all for this? Really? I think I’ll give this one a miss. I don’t feel like wasting my time and energy. I don’t think I’m good enough to be heard. You’re always right in your perfect little world. That’s why I...

19 March 2015, 08:39 AM
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"CINDERELLA DREAMS VS. MY REALITY"

Out of randomness, I agreed to watch the latest version of “Cinderella” (directed by.Kenneth Brannagh) last Sunday night with my best friend. Aside from the fact that it wasn’t the type of movie that I normally choose to watch, we’d cracked up laughing through it. It was unexpectedly comical. I found the characters were mostly more...humanized, even The Evil Stepmother (brilliantly played by Cate Blanchett). They tried to make Cinderella (Lily James) look not as helpless when – in the end – ...

19 March 2015, 03:01 AM
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"JUST BACK OFF!"

Time flies faster. Some things get better; others worse. Should we curse the unfairness of this world? Well, it’s just life. Why fret and cry? Stick to your decisions. Make up your mind. Don’t give in to confusion. All will be fine. If not, so what? Don’t take it all too hard. You have enough guts. Let them say whatever they like. They have no rights to lecture you on how to live your life. You’re old enough to decide. They may say they care, but scolding you once and it’s all enough. They ...

16 March 2015, 04:40 PM
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"JUST BACK OFF!"

Time flies faster. Some things get better; others worse. Should we curse the unfairness of this world? Well, it’s just life. Why fret and cry? Stick to your decisions. Make up your mind. Don’t give in to confusion. All will be fine. If not, so what? Don’t take it all too hard. You have enough guts. Let them say whatever they like. They have no rights to lecture you on how to live your life. You’re old enough to decide. They may say they care, but scolding you once and it’s all enough. They ...

16 March 2015, 04:40 PM
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"JUST BACK OFF!"

Time flies faster. Some things get better; others worse. Should we curse the unfairness of this world? Well, it’s just life. Why fret and cry? Stick to your decisions. Make up your mind. Don’t give in to confusion. All will be fine. If not, so what? Don’t take it all too hard. You have enough guts. Let them say whatever they like. They have no rights to lecture you on how to live your life. You’re old enough to decide. They may say they care, but scolding you once and it’s all enough. They ...

16 March 2015, 04:40 PM
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"THESE HARD TIMES: KEEP THE FAITH!"

I think we both have been ambushed. Reality has once again challenged us with many, like it often does. Can we beat the odds? Can we overcome these obstacles? I’d like to be your superhero once again, even when I’m not always strong. I’ll try not to give in to the worry and pain. We’ve always been the best of friends. “Keep the faith,” you always say. You know I’ll fight to keep you here any other day. Hope there’ll be away. May He always keep that smile upon your face. Stay here. I know I...

13 March 2015, 06:36 PM
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"A LOVE LETTER FROM THE EX-GUARDIAN OF THE ISOLATED CASTLE"

To my two Little Princes and Little Prince: How are you, my little darlings? I hope the three of you are doing fine and always happy. I am glad that I finally met you again last Sunday. You are growing so fast that it is hard for me to keep up. Honestly, I feel so old now but that is just unavoidable. That’s just life. I am so happy that I could also hold the three of you in my arms and kiss your cheeks and foreheads. Your beautiful smiles have always warmed my heart. I love you all. I am ...

13 March 2015, 04:45 PM
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"MUSIC OF MY HEART"

“I’m not putting them on.” I looked at the hearing aids in his hand, a birthday gift from me. Then I gazed up at him in wonder...and disappointment. “Why, Adrian?” “I just don’t want to.” Still, he put the hearing aids back into the box and gazed back at me. He looked so serious, still holding the box in his hand. “Are you...offended?” I asked him carefully. I even spoke very slowly, just so that he could read my lips. Adrian smiled as he shook his head. His dark eyes softened. “No,” he...

13 March 2015, 04:44 AM
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"AT THE CROSSROAD...AGAIN..."

After a year of working on a different, weekday job, I find myself at the same crossroad...once again. A lot of other things have happened too that I hope I can keep track of all. Right, I know. As usual, this is going to be long. Time flies so fast. A year ago, I attended and sang at my two friends Mark and Tiara’s wedding on March 1. Now they’re going to be parents soon! They’re going to have a baby boy this year. And I am happy for them. Really. They have already invited me to stay with...

10 March 2015, 10:25 AM
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"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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