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I do not think I will ever understand how seasons work. The part where autumn shifts into winter by an almost instant drop in temperature over one blanket of a night, or how the flowers magically come back to life signaling the coming of spring. I live on the equator for almost my whole life. The days are almost as long as the nights. …


There is a growing hesitation to liberalism in Asian countries. That makes the philosophy have a harder time rooting its ground in the region. One of the main reasons why this political ideology is being disseminated widely with so much difficulty in instilling longer-lasting impressions is because liberalism is English in nature.

Not to say that liberalism belongs to Westerners, but when liberal ideas are being spoken or written, they are more likely than not to be done in the English language. Modern progressive media is almost always American. It is in the form of a “The Daily Show with…


Writing letters to future me and past me.

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Recently, I wrote a little something-something for SAYS.com, the online Malaysian platform that shares nice brunch places to go to and some other random stuff. It got published a few days ago along with a couple of other people’s letters too. You can catch and read the other letters and mine here.


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There was this guy.

He sits at the back of the lecture hall but he always made sure he was never situated at the last row. He was late enough to be coming in when class starts but early enough to be there when class ‘starts’.

He wore big framed glasses, making his already small eyes seemed like they fit one-tenth of the actual lens. His outlook was nerdy like one of those dorks from movies. I could picture him with a bunch of his pals trading cards or superhero comics. He was a bit plum looking and he clearly finds joy in the…


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I like to think everyone has their own world, their ecosystem. Their ideas, thoughts, and inner dialogue portrayed as vibrant flora and the livelihood which grazes upon it. These conceptual spheres of mental life can vary so much from person to person and hinge on the climate, altitude, and culture they nurture theirs’ in. That means someone’s world can be the most animated rainforest while another’s can resemble the driest of desert storms.

I also like to think that most people like to keep their planet pretty, well-maintained and overall happy to reside in. To do that, it’s nothing more…


This year was very eventful for music lovers. I also think it is a great time for casual listeners to be a little more adventurous with their music taste. There has never been a greater time for a laidback pop genre fan to get hooked to the futuristic genre of hyperpop and just banging your head to 100 gecs or asking for your favorite vocalist to scream in your ear or breathe down your neck… What?

There’s a part of me that feels that this year was a little staler than past years. That is obviously not true when I…


Reflecting on the ‘dumpster fire’ year and what it means to me.

This year was a lot.

This year was the most eventful for me (and I’m sure it was for a lot of people as well). What is more peculiar about the year is that more than half of the time, nothing eventful happened ever since lockdown was in place.

To review the year 2020 is to review a human phase, to review the unwanted exponential growth, to look back at the cruel moments you force yourself to be grateful for and the power to look forward with some ambitious optimism for the better. In this case, I’ve never used the…


The recent news reporting has not allowed us to voice our dissatisfaction fully towards our elected representatives and their actions.

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Every government has the positive duty to ensure that peaceful protests are the country’s prominent form of the citizens’ dissenting voice. Yet, ironically no government wishes to deal with demonstrations against its policies and rule. This begs the question, which is the government’s actual priority: to give the public strong enough avenues to voice their upsets or to hold their ground in administration?

The answer to the above question varies, from country to country. To allow protests to happen is to give permission to citizens to rebuke existing policies and schemes of which a supermajority of Parliament approved that these…


Drop a Pin on the Mood that You’re in

In my room, on the wall next to my bed, there’s a decorative corkboard. On the board, there are labels identified in different colors of mini sticky notes with different emotions written onto it. Each piece has a cluster of pins underneath it. Before the day comes to an end, I have to shrink everything that has happened on that day into a pin to a single emotion.

I started doing this after the _ th session with my therapist. She said coming to terms with your feelings would help me better understand myself than she or anyone could hope…


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I overthink.

When I admit this personal habit to others, they always say the same thing: “Careful, overthinking kills.”

I overthink everything, especially on the people who have no connection to me. Strangers. Sometimes, I witness an interaction between two people and I find one of the two really attracted me in the way they act, behave, and speak. Maybe it is their friendliness; maybe it is the way they choose their words. …

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