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Twice Blessed

  So that I stopped there astonished by the great everywhere Calling to me like an invisible unspoken invitation radiating from where I stood Everything given and everything taken from me Everything wanting and everything already given The way I have

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Taking a Chance in China

Excitement wasn’t the dominant feeling I had days before my scheduled trip to China last summer. Anxiety was! It was a mixture of fear, worry and regret. If you have been to China, you probably have a good idea why.

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Felicitous Choice

Declining a job offer that promises life back in the big city turns out to be a more difficult ordeal than getting fired. What’s even more torturous is breaking it out to the person you never want to disappoint. I

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Life’s Fragility

Two years ago, I feared for my life as I never had before. I have come to accept earthquake as a naturally recurring phenomenon in Japan. Every so often, we experience tremors we consider as “within normal limits” given the

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Five in Japan

Traveling to Japan on tour was never in my bucketlist of dreams; let alone living and working in a foreign country known for its countless earthquakes. But fate has its way of navigating through our lives, circumstances have prompted me

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outburst

Sometimes, no single word is apt to describe something, and there are not enough verses to elaborate one’s feelings. You are insanely trapped in a conundrum of words and emotions. You sit still, calm your senses and try to put

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moonrise

Living in the west side of the city gives me countless opportunities to witness breathtaking sunset views. Thus, my walks home are almost always pleasurable, with my eyes feasting on the sky casting colorful hues. Once on a clear cloudless

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sultry sunset

  The past days have had my gaze perpetually turned upwards. Everyday, the sky paints a panoramic scene  that’s hard to ignore. I watch mesmerized at the colors: brilliant blue, glittering gold, vibrant orange, blazing red, pearly pink and purple.

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blue skies

A leisurely walk to school in the early morning breeze enlivens without a doubt a dampened spirit, especially so on a Friday. That, with alluring blue skies and soft white clouds like cotton candies rising up to meet me on

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Obaasan and her garden

Obaasan is the polite way of saying “grandmother” in Japanese, and it is used when referring to someone else’s grandmother. I am not referring to any of my grandmothers (both have gone to their ultimate destination, peacefully at rest) but

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