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The Crime of Omission

What does the word, “Omission” mean? o·mis·sion əˈmiSH(ə)n,ōˈmiSH(ə)n/ 1. Someone or something that has been left out or excluded. “there are glaring omissions in the report” 2. The action of excluding or leaving out someone or something. “the omission of recent … Continue reading

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The economy is tanking…

If you haven’t heard the news, would just like to update you that the general global economy is tanking. Greece can’t seem to pay off its debts because nobody there pays off their taxes (hence, the big deficit) and the … Continue reading

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Why I believe violence in media is okay for kids

Today, we were asked to defend the position, “The company should produce a very violent ad in a children’s toy (specifically an army helicopter) if ordered by a very important client even though the owner of the business believes that such move … Continue reading

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The Man on the Street is to be Admired

Right below my building is a wet market. Everyday going to work, I always pass through it without thought. I was already used to the people and the smell so nothing really fazed me. Today however, when I was on … Continue reading

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Is it really all about the money?

Last night, I read something interesting off the Net. Is it really all about the money? He wonders that men do not really choose women based on how much they make. Whereas for women, a man’s earning power is a … Continue reading

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Dating unavailable men?

Have you ever been with an unvailable man? Maybe you have but just don’t know it. I’ve come back from a brief weekend stint in Taipei finding out that my friends have a knack of picking men that are somehow unavailable. … Continue reading

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Which bird are you?

As part of his workshop, Trader took a psychology test. He shared that people’s personalities are like birds, or at least, according to the person conducting the workshop. They were: The dove The eagle The owl, and The peacock You … Continue reading

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My wedding march

Yes, it may seem as if I’m getting a teeny bit lazier, but then again, I just can’t help but rave about this really nice video I saw online. The video clip was entitled “Let yourself feel” from Esteban Diácono … Continue reading

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Born to Submit?

My boyfriend is asking me to listen to him first, do as he says and ask questions later. “Sometimes, it’s inappropriate to answer you at that time,” he explained. My gosh, he’s not my husband or my dad and now … Continue reading

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In a relationship with…

I’ve just updated my Facebook Profile to say “In a relationship with Trader” last week. Inevitably, congratulations poured in from those who knew us back in college, to good friends in Hong Kong who were happy to see that the … Continue reading

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To give or not to give?

Despite talking and overanalyzing relationships, I’m still a newbie when it comes to these things. For example, when it comes to gift-giving, where do we draw the line? It all started when Trader tells me that he accidentally punched a … Continue reading

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When you have that gnawing feeling…

It’s a gnawing feeling. It burns deep inside. You look at his/her eyes, and wonder to yourself, “Is he/she really the One for me? How come I am not sure?” You ask your friend on how he’s so happy with … Continue reading

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Shame to be strong?

My friend tells me that I have a strong personality. From his voice, it seemed to me that having a stronger character is like a disease. I asked him if my condition was hopeless. “It’s not my fault la,” I … Continue reading

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Dating: A process and not a marriage end-all/be-all

Did you know that I was completely single for three years before starting to date this man? Hence, contrary to my colorful dating exploits, am still such a baby when it comes to relationships and it shows. However, I’m gradually … Continue reading

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What I Need in a Man

I WANT MORE Attention: I need to know you are present, hopefully in body, but especially in spirit. That means getting rid of the evil blackberry once in a while… Courage and tenacity to last: Nothing about the future is … Continue reading

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Being Carrie Bradshaw

 My friend thinks I’m like Carrie Bradshaw. “I’ve missed you so much,” he exclaimed when I had dinner with him last night. “You just say absolutely anything that comes to your mind and you’re so refreshingly open about it.” My … Continue reading

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Cursed?

Beauty and sex appeal can be a curse. Back in the Philippines, there was a popular rap song when I was younger. The chorus rang, “Humanap ka ng panget at ibigin mo ng tunay (Find somebody ugly to love and … Continue reading

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Staying Sane in an LDR

Wow, haven’t I been posting multiple entries about my relationship instead of my usual feel-good, you-go-girl type of posts weeks ago. How fast things have changed, and how this bothers me. “You really like him a lot,” my girlfriend accused. … Continue reading

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Trepidation

I don’t feel like posting these days. My heart is heavy and my mouth slightly downturned these days. Trepidation. A word that brings dread to one’s heart. It’s like walking out from your building, looking at the dark hazy clouds … Continue reading

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Dear Hon (Part II),

I love you. I do. My love is the type most people dream about. It’s a love that gives me courage to persist even when situations are bleak, when times are tough and when things are uncertain. Mine is the love that lasts for a lifetime. There are days when I’m in love with you but loving you is a constant. It’s always there. Don’t ask me when I started loving you. I do now and choose you to be its receipient. Continue reading

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Settle? Hell no!

“I’d settle for anyone,” my girlfriend the Actress wistfully moaned. “You’re very lucky Bonita but at least you have choices. It’s just that you don’t want your choices but at least you have SOME.” “Yes, but then again, if you … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned…

Do what you love with people that you like. That way, there’s no way you can lose.   The best way to get over an ex? Go cold turkey. Cut him off. Just let it go. Stop contacting him until … Continue reading

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How do you know if a guy likes you?

Do you know what women usually talk about when we have our “girl talks?” Sure, we talk about the latest gossip and career plans, but basically, we also like to talk about relationships-who we’re dating, who is interested in us … Continue reading

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So is this love?

A man whispers sweet nothings to your ear. His voice sounds sure. “I really really like you,” he murmurs. “From the moment I first talked to you, I immediately liked you. I’ve never been so sure in my life.” “I … Continue reading

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Can-Do / Can’t-Do Attitude

One of the things that makes makes a person different are whiffs of their can-do/can’t do attitude. People call it having a optimistic or pessimistic personality, but I think these definitions are quite limiting so am going to stick to … Continue reading

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Bored of the other?

“Go to rest now,”  I said as we said our goodbyes today. “We’ll just talk tomorrow.” He had the beginnings of a bad flu and after staying up till the wee hours of the morning talking yesterday, I felt that … Continue reading

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Choose Well — Live Better

People who know what they want are happier and make better choices. If you are aware of who you are and what you want, then can say no to those you don’t like, and say yes to what you want. … Continue reading

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Stop Complaining!

People usually complain because they’re dissatisfied with something. We’ve all been a victim of this — we complain about our mates, our work, our salaries, our bosses, our family… the list just goes on and on. This morning, I overheard … Continue reading

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Some potential?

Met someone nice this evening at a friend’s house warming party. He’s a doctor who’s in Taiwan on a holiday. Rocker boy in high school, signed a record deal afterwards, but ended up taking up medicine and is currently practicing … Continue reading

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The Life Crisis: where are you going?

There was a story of a traveler who sees an old man outside a random town. “What type of town is this?” he asks. The old man asked him what he thinks the townsfolk is like. “Places like these are … Continue reading

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Stop Trying to Change the World

My friend tells me that “FilChis are extremely rare here in LA. Most Filipinos (he) meet are pure Filipinos and there are very few of them that (he met) in the workforce. There seems to be a bias that almost … Continue reading

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Energy — Positive, Negative, or Just Blah?

Energy — what’s yours like? Everybody’s energy varies. Some radiate positive energy, others negative, while most just give off almost nothing. It’s as if they’re not there. My goal is to radiate as much positive light as I can. You … Continue reading

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Passion

According to Merriam-Webster, passion can be described as enthusiasm applied to eager interest in or adminration for a proposal, cause or activity. It’s also similar to zeal, which is an energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to … Continue reading

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Big Pond, Small Pond Theory

What motivates me to go on daily is the constant fear of failure — I’m afraid to be and remain ordinary. Some people care about succeeding and excelling. Me? I fear being at the end of the foodchain, settling for … Continue reading

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A Gender Issue?

I think a lot about crossroads these days. When I look at my life, I wonder, “Am I pushing myself too hard?” I had brunch with a girlfriend last Saturday at the Diner. She told me that she was content … Continue reading

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Employee From Hell

Forgive me for the long post, but please, for my sanity, allow me to rant… What happens when you lose respect for the person you work with? Let me tell you… it’s an awful feeling. Day in and day out, … Continue reading

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Addressing the Critics

The problem with being too straightforward is that you often shoot yourself in the foot. Reveal too much and you get in trouble. Candor it seems is often what people ask of you, until you tell them what you really … Continue reading

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Hairy Issues

Ever since I was young, I’ve always had straight, ultra-fine long hair. Yup, that’s right — this girlie has never shorn off her locks above her shoulders. They grew long and straight, and at one point as a young girl, … Continue reading

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Butterflied and Jazzed

“Couples who eat out… are they usually this quiet?” I asked myself as I chowed on my deliciously fattening Greek Omelette (extra sausages please) care of the new Diner branch. Around me, it’s rare to find a couple talking animatedly. … Continue reading

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Ugly Duckling

Allow me to let you in a little secret — I was butt ugly as a child. Some kids were cute because they looked fat and adorable. Meanwhile, with my round face, small eyes and pug nose, I looked more … Continue reading

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Ramblings

I am 20. I’ve never been out later than midnight. When I do so, my father sermons me till 3:00 am. 20 and with a curfew. Life sucks. Graduating very soon though. Looking forward to a career in brand management … Continue reading

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With great freedom…

…comes great responsibility. …or a bigger brain. A friend I haven’t seen for over 10 years visited Taiwan for the long Labor Day weekend and we met up for coffee and a chat yesterday. He asked me this question which … Continue reading

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Saddened…

It makes me sad when people have some misconception about me. I was having a great time at a party when a guy who knows I have this blog told me, “I know that you have a blog. Please don’t … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Sex

I’ve noticed that my blog delves in the topics of men, friendships, relationships, work and other stuff that pop into mind now and then. However, I’ve never really talked about the taboo topic of sex. *feels some readers cringing* Yes, … Continue reading

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Just for Fun?

The weirdest place I’ve ever met a guy in was at the Alexander Gym. Back when it was still in operation, Alexander Gym was a place I frequented three times a week. Sometimes, I’d go to their pilates classes, while … Continue reading

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If Finding a Boyfriend is like Buying a PC…

…then I’m royally screwed. 😦 As you already know, I need to upgrade to a new laptop because 1) mine is 4 years old and it’s time for a change, and 2) unfortunately, I have to make the change fast … Continue reading

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The Weirdest Advice

“You know what’s your problem?” CW tells me, “you inadvertently send out indicators of interest wherever you go…” “You are ultra-friendly to almost every person you met, are affectionate, and wear low-cut clothes that make guys place more emphasis on … Continue reading

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Taking the Leap!

After 40 minutes of conversation… Raven: Thank you, you helped me feel a lot better. Friend: Not making you feel better. Because you are a good woman/girl, you deserve someone good, someone special… somehow, something tells me this guy is … Continue reading

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The Long Weekend

I’m slightly melancholic after the long weekend. Not because I had no company — I had tons. However, sometimes I wish I can just keep the company of a single person all throughout. Anyway, it was a pretty eventful few … Continue reading

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To Care or Not to Care

Honestly, I am slightly disillusioned by how some of my relationships have been faring these days. Relationships which are not limited in the romantic sense, but also spans through friendships and otherwise. I’ve always considered myself as a good friend, … Continue reading

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This and That

Okay, I succuumbed. I’m a sucker for deals and after getting the second letter from Chunghwa Telecom that I’m one of their platinum subscribers (guess all those NT$1,000++ bills paid off) and deserve a fresh mobile phone at a NT$1,500 … Continue reading

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White Flag

Today was weird. Every friend that I met today had warned me against SimpleGuy. Not because he ain’t cool, ’cause Top Climber who knows SimpleGuy personally thinks the world of him. “He’s a cool kid, Raven,” Top Climber commented. “But … Continue reading

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Easygoing is boring

I’d like to believe I’m a pretty easy going person. Most of my friends have no qualms hanging out with me for a longer period of time. I would like to think I can listen well, am open to feedback, … Continue reading

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Dear Looney,

Let me tell you what I can’t tell you in person — you are one of the most incredible man I’ve ever met. Incredible not that I want to hump you. Truth be told, the thought had fleetingly crossed my … Continue reading

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Mien Bao or Ai?

I just had a fun time with Simple Guy today as we first got lost trying to find the Martyr Shrine, then afterwards strolling around the park joking and talking. Check out a few cool photos — beautiful aren’t they?Hey, … Continue reading

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Wet Season

Is it just me or is March just an auspicious month for attracting men?! After months and months of dating dry season, all of a sudden, I’ve been showered with attention from a handful of guys. The weird thing is, … Continue reading

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A Big Difference

I realize now the big difference of going out with somebody just because they asked, and spending the day with someone because you are really interested. Last week, I went out for delicious Indian fare with MidBoss (not his real … Continue reading

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You know you made a mistake…

…by sharing any news with somebody who don’t like you too much. T’is a hard lesson that I need to learn time and time again. Once a person has his/her mind set about you, it’s really hard to change it. … Continue reading

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Guy Critical

Last week has been a weird one for me. I spent S.A.D. (Singleness Awareness Day) among a handful of fellow hot singles sipping a nice-looking mocktail and chowing on delicious Japanese fusion food in Dozo. My friend had this bright … Continue reading

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Goals

As I was studying in my childhood bedroom, my eyes fell on several pieces of paper taped atop my old study table. I felt nostalgic. Goodness knows how old I was when I first wrote those little notes. Specifically, they … Continue reading

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Falling in "love"

M. Scott Peck’s words gave me much-needed solace after a relationship ended late 2005. It reminded me what love is, and what love is not. For one, I’ve never held the belief that love is a feeling. At the beginnings … Continue reading

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Raven’s Dating Tips

Dear Successful Date, Congrats on passing the first rigorous days/weeks/months! Reaching this point is truly an achievement and if you think dating is tough, you’re not the only one. Trust me, there are so many guys who manage to screw … Continue reading

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Men…

Why is it that if you sleep with her easily, she’s a slut. If she doesn’t give it up too easily, she’s a tease. We women just can’t win, can we? 😦 On the flipside, I now know why last … Continue reading

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Question: "How do you know if a guy isn’t serious?"

Hint: “If he invites you up to his hotel room on the first date.“Rationale: If he really cares about you, he wouldn’t want to f*ck things up by inviting you up. What if the invitation upsets you and he’ll never … Continue reading

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Reflections of 2007…

2007: An Amazing Work-Centric Year As I look back and recollect the highlights of my year, it surprises me that most of the ups and downs were almost related to work! For example, here were some of 2007’s most notable … Continue reading

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When it rains, it pours…

I haven’t been having a good two days. First, there’s a lot of screw-ups the past few days, with one big screwed up event snowballing into one big catastrophe. That’s the problem with new initiatives — when you help build … Continue reading

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Are you chicken?

There once was a chicken farmer who was a keen rock climber. One day, climbing a particularly challenging rock face, he came upon a wide ledge. On the ledge was a big nest and in the nest there were three … Continue reading

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I don’t get it…

After an “okay” performance review, I ended up working over 25 hours this weekend — 9 hours on Saturday and geez, 17 hours on Sunday! I got home 6:30 am just this morning and dropped off to bed…! Aren’t you … Continue reading

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Girl Talk

“I think in life,” my girlfriend thinks aloud as she sips on warm buttermilk Indian tea, “there are lessons we need to learn.” “And they will continue to haunt us,” she continues. “We’ll be making the same mistakes over and … Continue reading

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Top 10 Brownie Points

People say, if you want something, make a list and it’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I think just writing things down makes concepts a lot more real, and suddenly the possibility of it happening shoots way up. Hence, I’m going … Continue reading

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Bricks and Mortar

I find Scheherazade’s metaphor of bricks and mortar beautiful. Bricks and mortar — these are words to describe what and how you choose to share yourself with those surrounding you. A brick is when you share about a big-ass project … Continue reading

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Moment of Clarity

I think one of the reasons I like placing my thoughts down on paper (or via a blog) is somehow, ideas that were formed in my head suddenly become a lot more real. From their formlessness springs reality, and everything … Continue reading

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The Balance of Me

I am an extrovert. I love to be around people, and there was a time when my friend asked me, “How can you stand never to be alone?”I can be quiet at times. Sometimes through the full volumed blasts of … Continue reading

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Boys vs. Girls — Who Makes That First Move?

It feels that I hear several voices in my head: “It’s the 21st century. If you’re interested, call and ask him out! You’d never know till you try.” “No—don’t call him. A guy who doesn’t have the balls to ask … Continue reading

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Another Crazy Marathon Weekend!

Since last Tuesday, I’m 27 years old! *Shudders* NOT a good thing when a day before your birthday, you bump into an acquaintance, who after finding out you’ll be turning 2-7 the next day nonchalantly comments: “Oh, so you have … Continue reading

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Hard Vs. Soft

“There’s something different about you,” my friend Mikey observed. “Huh?” “You GOT LAID, DIDN’T YOU?!” he accused. “WHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAT?” I exclaimed. “How can you accuse me of such a thing?!” “Well, you seem strangely mellow all of a sudden. There’s something … Continue reading

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Stupid x 100 Times

A cute Frenchman showers you with attention from the moment he sees you. He remembers the time he first met you which was over a year ago, even to the point of remembering what you wore. A pink slip dress… … Continue reading

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I will not think too much…

I will not think too much… I will not think too much… Every time I come across a guy I’m slightly interested in, my mind starts turning. Nope, it’s not going fast forward to the wedding and the children. But … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Wonder…

…why do I sometimes care too damn much? I’m not talking about what other people think of me — most of the time, I couldn’t care less. People who like you will always find a way to defend you, and … Continue reading

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No Wonder Guys Think Girls are Weird…

My thoughts drifted to a woman who once pulled me aside and said, “Raven, I know you meant no harm but I’m a firm believer that if you feel uncomfortable about a certain situation, you’d have to speak up even … Continue reading

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Fun & Games — And Everything Else!

My life should be changing once again. Instead of studying, I’ve spent yesterday in a coffeeshop chatting on what may seem to be one of the most important conversations I may have in my life. “Decide,” my friend said. “And … Continue reading

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The Fisherman and the Beggar

There was once two good friends who lived in a town. One earned his living as a fisherman, and though money was tight, made enough money to support himself and his family. The other was a beggar who stood outside … Continue reading

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Cost vs. Benefit

I’m all for cost-cutting, but sometimes, you wonder if you’re so stringent in cutting off all the fat that you cut off the substance instead… And because you can’t feel the pain yourself, you go on shaving away, without knowing … Continue reading

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Love Complicated

A thought just hit me — the older you get, the more complicated love gets. I remember when I was just a few months shy of 22. I recently just arrived in Taiwan, part of the SSB (single since birth) … Continue reading

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The price of being an Asian kid

Written last January 25, 2006 from the Raven Archives: I just love talking to my good friend, YHS. Since she has taught kids in both in the States and here in Taipei, she’s able to see the best and worst … Continue reading

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So True!

This manga talks about Japanese women, but seem to relate to Taiwanese women as well. Heck, it relates to women around the world. Period! Haha, this is funny — Career Woman sounds so much like me right now, minus the … Continue reading

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Love and Loneliness in Taiwan

One of my best friends sent me the article below, almost erupting an argument between both of us. “Personally, I hate this writer’s guts,” she shared. “Everything he writes about Taiwan is negative; nothing positive.” I read it and for … Continue reading

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Oh man.

Dear Diary, Honestly speaking, if I wanted to get married, I am sure that I’d be engaged within 3 months. Call me full of myself (I sometimes am), but sometimes, you meet someone and you just know — this guy … Continue reading

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I Now Know Why…

… Doctors have a tendency to marry fellow doctors; or lawyers their fellow lawyers. It’s not merely the vicinity that makes a match more feasible, but rather, the subtle understanding two people have when they share the same profession. Case … Continue reading

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Doubts.

Mike’s coming is met with suspicion and a sense of uncertainty. Basically, according to readers Peter and Jane, he’s here for a booty call. And from my side, it seems so coincidental that he’s visiting Taiwan just to see his … Continue reading

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OMG.

Mike is coming back. Next week. Spring break’s here and he’s coming back to visit his friend. Anybody believes this reason? Anyone?! Wow, admittedly, I was very surprised — pleasantly surprised or scared-shit-out-of-my-wits surprised, I don’t really know. But that … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

It embarrasses me sometimes to be a woman. “This may be my first and last year in Taiwan,” my new guy friend FrenchNewbie shared with me while we were taking a scooter ride home last night. “I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Mike.

Raven, “Born Slippy” is a good song isn’t it. It’s been a long time for sure since I heard from you, and I geuss now since I replied to your e-mail. I remember how busy you were when I met … Continue reading

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Marathon

Do you know how it feels when you’re starting a marathon? You’re all pumped up and ready to go, and yet you unconsciously wince at the challenges that lie ahead. You see, a full length marathon — 42.2 km is … Continue reading

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Grace

Have read about a Miss-America scandal happening on the United States lately, and can’t help but comment because it’s really turning into a circus. It’s turning into a heated issue. Simply said, Miss USA Tara Conner, was caught drinking while … Continue reading

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Now and Then

I sometimes wonder what’s it like if I didn’t come to Taiwan. Would life would’ve been any different? My guess is, thanks to my Atenean degree and my rich leadership background, it would’ve been possible for me to be employed … Continue reading

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Superstitions

Do you believe in superstitions? People who read this blog know that I pretty much believe in horoscopes. After being asked what my zodiac sign is for the millionth time in a row, I looked in it and decided that … Continue reading

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What Worries Me Nowadays

My half-siblings are pretty sad — they live miserable lives and blame my dad, but force a smile and kiss my father’s ass in the hopes of getting a piece of the financial pie. What’s even sadder is there’s a … Continue reading

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Judged!

After finally having the time to think, it dawned to me that there were things that I felt bad about lately. The feeling stemmed from last Thursday where I attended the last Oriented event at Cosmo Grill. There I bumped … Continue reading

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In a Boyfriend Hunt

Today, I’ve been accused of being one of the many girls in Taiwan on a boyfriend hunt. I can’t help but smile, but inside I was dying laughing. Okay, sure I am at current, still single. For some reason as … Continue reading

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