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Mental Health Awareness: Laughters of Grief

Mental Health Awareness: Laughters of Grief

In line with the Mental Health Awareness month, I want to share another poem I wrote eight years ago (January 31, 2010) entitled Laughters of Grief. A light of sunshine in my heart Was given by the one I love Suddenly the storm clouds took part And rain came from above. The empty soil was filled With water ‘til it drowned My laughter as I grieved It is as is I frowned. But what life could bring As a prowler,…

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Best Version of Yourself: Expectation vs. Reality

Best Version of Yourself: Expectation vs. Reality

Latest trends now reflect this generation’s attitude of wanting the newest, latest, and supposedly, the best. One of the mostly used motivational phrases to set goals and improve ourselves is be the best version of yourself. But what’s the true basis of best must we believe in? A common definition of best is the progress between who we are before and after. We don’t compete against others, but against our present selves. However, I’m not convinced that improving ourselves has…

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How to Help Your Family Survive Financially (Even if You’re Young)

How to Help Your Family Survive Financially (Even if You’re Young)

To survive financially in the midst of crisis is one of the toughest times a family can face. As someone who has been through financial hardships, we have to hold back buying what we want, and sometimes, what we also need. We  had to tighten our belts, make sacrifices, work double or even triple jobs. And you know what’s even more difficult? Feeling so helpless, just because you’re too young to help. Or… can you? As a young person, I…

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Trapped Noise

Trapped Noise

I’ve thought why life’s like this, Full of tremor, full of bliss, But mine’s always like a crisis, Obstacles show up, opportunities I miss. I can’t stand this anymore! Why I need to stop and can’t have more? I know there’s something I’m living for, But I can’t see that open door. This pain in my heart I want to show, Like a trapped noise, like a foe, Anger bursts out, starts to grow, O this life, forever stuck in…

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3 Ways to Hurt Others Using Social Media

3 Ways to Hurt Others Using Social Media

Recently, I started being resentful towards using social media. Even if I do my best to set boundaries and tell myself to be rational, I just can’t disregard my emotions. Going through a series of deep heart-wrenching reflections, I finally realized the reason for my resentment: I have a deep feeling of hurt after using social media. This could be new to you or actually very common already, but here are three ways we tend to hurt others (and get…

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What You Really Need to Learn in School

What You Really Need to Learn in School

One of my younger friends asked me to write a relevant advice for students today, maybe something they need to learn in school. Wow, why me? After four years of graduating from college, I honestly don’t know what to say. Initially, I started thinking the best habits I practiced, but just ended up regretting that one thing I didn’t do: It’s learning how to fail… even when you did your best and gave your all. No. Don’t get me wrong….

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