The Widowmaker

The road is wet from the rain last night. I avoided getting playful with the patches of puddle. So I walked like a guy who drank a lot of alcohol but still trying to get home. The petrichor, however, made me happy. I don’t know why I like it. But there is something with the…

I’m Gonna Wear My Heartbreak Proud

Without you, there is no life in me. Yes, I must admit, it has been a year but you are still in my system. I have tried to cleanse my sanity and remove all the residue of our story. But I can still hear your voice in my mind. Memories are still as crisp as…

I’m Sorry

Your friends told you to never let me go. That, perhaps, I was the one you have always been waiting for. At first, I thought what we had was just an ordinary thing, like how the sun rises in the east every morning. I did not believe in myself, that I was capable of loving…

The Orange Lab Gown

I was at my second semester when I took a course on the fundamentals of Chemistry. Aside from the lecture classes on the theories related to chemistry, we also had 3-hour laboratory sessions. In the lab sessions, we were required to wear laboratory gowns to protect us from chemicals and toxic substances. For whatever reason…

My Grandmother

It’s my grandmother’s 77th birthday. I went home unannounced to surprise her. Knowing that she wakes up early in any given day, I tied to sneak in the house without fireworks and drum beats. It’s good that my favourite bus line to our place has commenced a one-stop tourist bus scheme. I can get home…

My Heart Is A Blackhole

The rooster took the centre stage. It stood, raised his head and commenced yelling amidst the silence of the dawn. Its sound ripped the ears of the village because the other roosters soon started doing their own screaming. The event was well-received. People got up and offered standing ovation. Each villager picked up the pace…

His Empty Heart

He does not mind taking his flight out via that ‘worst’ airport. It has the basic amenities. The AC units are perfectly working. It’s not crowded. Lines are short, and when it gets longer than usual, everything flows smoothly. No need to walk long distances just to get to the boarding gate from the premise…

Calamianes Playlist

Let me share my playlist when I went on a solo backpacking journey in the Calamianes Group of Islands in northern Palawan, the Philippines.

A Guide to Getting through Break-Ups and Heartbreaks

Break-ups and heartbreaks are depressing and life-defining emotions, at least to people who live according to love. Whatever the reason may be, you have the option to get up and move on, away from a break-up or heartbreak. It is difficult to forget everything but you have to do it. The key ingredient of moving…

I Am Nothing Without Your Love

Five months and I am still anchored on that part of the avenue where I could see the sun setting in the west. I am too lonely to celebrate while the sun is rising from the east. My heart’s gone numb. And I have become frozen to feel the warmth of my friend’s joyful conversations….

60 Milliseconds to the Finals

Two years ago, I joined a dragon boat team just for the sake of bragging to my friends that I have tried paddling. Four months later, you might have seen me commuting with wet shorts, sweaty arms, and legs with dried saltwater. Yes, I continued and developed the passion for paddling, as reflected on my…

You Are Worth Dying For

One more day. Another sunrise. Another sunset. A different set of walks and runs. A variegated turn-up of emotions. But for Ben, this is a day similar to yesterday… of agonising pain, of inescapably thinking of the one he used to love. He wakes up. He goes to the kitchen, plugs the electric kettle to…