#1 Pragma: Stand in Love

When I was a child, I got it into my head that I was the reason for my parents’ love. That before me they existed rather plainly, without the most profound level of love between parent and child.

But now that I’m older, I can see just how backwards I had it. ‘Cause it’s not me who made their love, their love created me.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch this mature kind of love:

It’s the type of love that’s always there without having to announce itself;
The kind that doesn’t want to leave without a kiss goodbye;
The kind that chooses to sit next to each other even after all these years;
The kind that will still take the time to entertain each other.

This love did everything in its power to shield us from the misery of the world. It wasn’t about having plenty, it was about having enough. Enough warmth, protection, opportunities; enough comfort laughs, support and most of all enough love.

I love you, mum and dad. I pray for a love like yours.

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PS: Pragma – Ancient Greek for a mature type of love. This was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples. (Source)

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How to Idly Kill Time…

I have a few hours to kill, so what is a girl to do? Easy, eat cake! I go up to the coffee shop and asked for a quiet table for one. I forgot my earphones so I can’t zone up, I don’t really feel like reading. That’s when I notice them, the people with something to do, somewhere to be… Continue reading “How to Idly Kill Time…”

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – A Review

Genre: A glimpse into the mind of this wonderful woman.

Synopsis: A collection of essays documenting the life of Mindy up to 2011.

My thoughts:

The Mindy Project is one of my favourite shows so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to know a little more about the show’s creator.

[Aside: I’m one of those people who get a bit obsessive when I like someone (fictional or otherwise).] Continue reading “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – A Review”

After You by Jojo Moyes – Review

*Spoiler Warning: This post contains possible spoilers for Me Before You, the first book in this series.

Genre: What happened to Louisa Clark after Me before You.

Synopsis: After Will Traynor’s Death, Louisa must find a way to carry on with her life and live it to the fullest as he would have wanted. But 18 months later, Lou is struggling; working a dead-end job, simply drifting along. Then a nearly fatal accident thrusts new people into her life. A kind paramedic and strong spirited teenager. Hopefully, they are exactly what she needs to start over.

My thoughts:  Sequels are hard and this is no expectation. Good luck to the third book, according to USA Today, Jojo Moyes intends to make this a trilogy. Continue reading “After You by Jojo Moyes – Review”

1, 2, 3

One. Two. Three…
These numbers can set you free.

Four. Five. Six…
From all the hate and politics.

Seven. Eight. Nine…
I promise everything will be just fine.

And Ten…
You’ve reached the end.

When anxious and stressed,
Breathe and count as far as you need.

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Tolerance

This isn’t love, you know.
You simply tolerate me, as I do you.
But your tolerance runs deep and steady for all my imperfections.
It is enduring and personal,
As though you only have tolerance for me.

To a hopeful heart, this would look like love.
But mine isn’t an optimistic one.
And you tolerate that too.
Your tolerance is unending,
But I suppose I  can tolerate that.

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Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus has been on my to-read list for a while, I’m here to tell you that I’ve finally read it.

Before I carry on, I should warn you that this is more of a spoiler-filled post of my favourite things about the book, rather than a review. So, if you haven’t read the book (and/or intend to read it), best to stop here.

That said, let me begin… Continue reading “Purple Hibiscus”

An Ode to the Bands that Shaped Me

Maybe this is completely cliché and stereotypical that in my early teen years I went through a serious pop punk phase with bands like Fall Out Boy and Simple Plan at the helm. I genuinely loved them because I felt their music, whatever they put into their songs, it was real to me. Part of me want to blame the intense emo lyrics for all my breakdowns during this period, butmy life and I had something to do with it too. The music simply helped me address it.

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“We’re the new face of failure. Prettier and younger but not any better off. Bulletproof loneliness at best, at best” Continue reading “An Ode to the Bands that Shaped Me”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young adult fiction with a touch of rare illness and romance

Synopsis: Madeline Whittier has a rare disease that keeps her locked away in the safety of her sterilised home, with only her mum and nurse, Carla, for company. Madeline was content with her life, living vicariously through her books until a family moves in next door. Olly is the new boy next door, in his all black attire and unpredictable schedule, all of which add to Madeline’s intrigue.  they become friends and vow to be nothing more but the attraction grows. Is she willing to risk it all for love and a chance to feel alive? Continue reading “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”

Spaceman: A Misadventure

A myth tends to be a narrative from so long ago in the past that no one cares if it’s true. This is like a myth but this story is set way in the future that the same indifference is given to its factuality. That may sound confusing but just go with it.

Brent Miller was a man full of unfulfilled potential, which is pretty much the worst sort of potential to have. A father of none, friend to few, and working a loathsome job. Even he wondered the point to his existence, with no convincing answer to date.

Maybe this internal struggle was the reason Brent was ready to take such a big risk, or maybe he was just naïve. We’ll never know. Continue reading “Spaceman: A Misadventure”