Self-motivation

Hatred is burdensome

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Hatred is burdensome. It’s hard to be happy when you hate (so many things and) so many people. When you hate someone, you just can’t see him having fun or happy. You are angry all the time. You feel like you have to ruin the fun. You feel like you have to look like you’re […]

Self-Reflection

Apologizing: Self-Liberating

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At the end of this May, I am going to present in a conference in Manila, Philippines. It is sponsored by my scholarship, but within a certain budget. Thus, I buy a cheaper ticket to fly there just so it is covered by the budget and so that I don’t have to spend extra money […]

Self-Reflection

Self-blaming and self-forgiving

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The other day I made this poll on Instagram about how often we blame ourselves for things that didn’t turn out as we have expected and how often we make peace with ourselves such as spoiling/entertaining/forgiving oneself even when our efforts and hardwork seem to be unfruitful or unsatisfactory. The reason being is that I […]

Self-Reflection

Happiness vs Gratefulness

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So the other day, a friend posted this thing about happiness on his Instagram story. He resented how people always asked what we had, if we were married, if we had a good job, etc. but we were hardly asked if we were happy. So I made a poll asking whether people were happy or […]

Life in Tucson

An Experience: Nice or Not nice?

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The other day I went to Lee Lee, it’s an international/oriental supermarket in Tucson, AZ. For me it’s basically like a paradise, one of my secrets of survival living away from home. Why? Well, Lee Lee sells stuff that I cannot in the US mainstream grocery stores such as Walmart, Fry’s, or other places. Lee […]

Life in Tucson

An Invitation: A Birthday Celebration

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The other day I went to a friend’s son’s birthday celebration. It was fun. But before that, my friend seemed to hesitate to invite me, not because she didn’t want to invite me, but because she was worried that it would be inconsiderate or inappropriate for me. She asked, “Do you celebrate birthdays?” I was […]

Today I Learn

Knowing someone in person

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Have you ever known someone new in person and you feel comfortable or at least have no problem with him/her? You’re okay with him/her? Then some people tell you “bad things” bout him/her, from their past experience with him/her or what they heard from others. Then you’re worried that you’d face these bad sides of […]