Poems

Love is a Choice

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I had a recent conversation with someone, and there I realized something about love… that it is a choice, more than a feeling. 

 

Love is not a feeling, but a choice

It is mostly about commitments, more than the joys

Love is about making decisions,

To love her for and against whatever reasons.

 

Love is a choice because the euphoric feelings may fade away,

But it’s up to you if you choose to continue and stay.

Love is a choice because the butterflies may have fluttered away,

But it’s up to you to bloom flowers for them and make a way.

 

Love is a choice, and not just an emotion

Feelings are fleeting, and we don’t have love potions

Which could bring back the excitement and sparks between you

It is your choice to decide if your love is really true.

 

Truth be told, it’s not your choice who you’re attracted to

Your differences aren’t your fault, even the everyday- “argue”,

But it’s your choice to endure and let your heart bleed,

Because it’s your choice to whom you want to stay in love with.

 

Again, Love is a choice, and not a feeling

Because these are fleeting and you”ll never know how much time is stealing

It is up to you to make choices that knowingly hurts

It is your choice to be brave enough to try, and never fret.

 

Love is a choice, this is what I believe

I won’t let these feelings try and let myself get deceived

Love is a choice, this is what my heart roars

And I choose to love someone, forevermore.

 

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Poems

Sun and Moon

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You are the Moon,

On an early morning

Same with the moon,

You’ll be there showing.

But just like the moon,

You’ll fade away

And I hope just like the moon,

You’ll come back again.

I am the Sun,

On a bright new day

Just like the sun,

I’m seen all day

But just like the sun,

I’ll leave my place

Because I know,

Someone’s there to replace.

How can life keep us apart

When we love each other very much

How could they think sun and moon have no hearts,

When all these time they craved each other’s touch.

Hoping that time would come for us

In between day and night

When the moon and sun would meet at last,

And together they’ll bring out their shining lights.”

-jam.c

Creative Writing, Uncategorized

Choose Passion over Money

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Some times in our lives, we would have to face some challenging questions to answer and decide, for ourselves. Just like,

Passion or Money?

We all know that choosing our career is a very serious and important matter to decide. It’s like planning of how your future would become. Inevitably, we may encounter two different paths we can choose from, one’s about money, and the other one’s about passion. But between these two, what is the best path we should take?

“How do you see yourself 10 years from now?” 

While others are imagining themselves wearing a white gown, being a doctor; carrying a suitcase, being a lawyer; writing on a blackboard, being a teacher; or loading a gun, being a policeman; I am here, visualizing myself holding a pen, being a writer. While others have chosen a career where they can make a good living, I have chosen my passion, maybe i’m not as rich as how I am expected to be, but I am full of learning because I have chosen to do what I love to.

Choosing between passion and money, is like choosing between your heart and mind. And they would always say, “Follow your heart, and so Follow your passion.” 

Following your passion is a brave thing to do. It is a sacrifice and a risk you would take about your future. You may regret it, and fail, but also, you may succeed and be happy. But for me, this is the best thing to do.

We love to do something because we are good at this thing, and have skills to do it. Yes, skills. Skills are given to us by God, as a clue about our purpose in life. Surely, we are not made to earn money because we can’t take them with us in heaven. We are made to live our purpose and achieve our dreams. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose,” Bishop TD. Jakes said. We are created for one purpose to fulfill, so follow your passion, and live your that purpose.

The good thing about working your passion is that you wouldn’t feel like working at all. You would enjoy every tasks, and you wouldn’t feel stressed and tired like how other people usually feel about their jobs. Choosing what you love to do and working for it will bring you happiness and courage in your job, which success would surely requires to come for you. Like what Arthur Buddhold once said, “Follow your passion, and success will follow you.”

People should start to realize that life isn’t just about making money, building a mansion, and everyday shopping. It is mostly about achieving your dreams and being happy. It is best to follow our passion because it is a barely controllable emotion we cannot ignore. Everyone, stay true to yourself and figure out what you love to do. Always remember that money shouldn’t be our main goal, instead, we should pursue our dreams and do the best that we can to prove other people that passion never fails. Don’t let money limit your dreams. Be brave and take the courage. I believe that the only courage that one person truly needs is the courage to follow her/his dreams.

Creative Writing, Uncategorized

People’s Harmony

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har·mo·ny

noun
– the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords having a pleasing effect.

          Harmony. This is not just about music, or anything. At some point, this word could define us, our voice, and people’s joint voices to produce a better world.

        We all know that slavery has been part of our world’s history, where some people are treated as if they weren’t, and they cannot speak and do whatever they wanted to do. All their lives, they suffered from their deafening silence as they are told to shut up and not to speak.
         Today, the proclamation of democracy to most countries has been evident and step by step, we’re escaping the idea of “slavery” and “deafening silence”. The system has given people the opportunity to speak and voice out their opinions. Somehow, people can now expect for a better change as compared to our history, because they are allowed to open their mouth and speak, making an impact to this society… or maybe not. 
          The truth is, yes, we are allowed to speak and state our opinions and beliefs. We have the right to oppose or support our government, or anything. But the main question is, Do they hear us? 
          To suggest, is to expect an improvement.
          To oppose, is to expect an explanation.
          To support, is to expect gratitude.
          To speak, is to expect an action.
         But how can we expect all of these if in the first place, we aren’t heard at all? 
         They have given us the privilege to speak, but not the privilege to be heard.
          Wait. Let me ask you… Why do you think they can’t hear us?
          Because our opinion is worthless? No.
          Because they are trying to ignore us? No.
          It is because we are not loud enough.
           We are not loud enough because only few are brave enough to speak. Only few are wise enough to use their privilege and make an argument. Truth be told, most of us are afraid to voice out our opinions. But think of this, how is the world supposed to know you exist if you’re not going to speak up?
            Everyone, don’t be afraid. Be grateful for our privilege to speak, which the people of our history has hoped for years, and voice out your opinion. In order for us to be heard, we should do this altogether. Every voice counts. Make yours help, and LET THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE BE HEARD! 
 Response to daily prompt: Harmony
Poems

Evanesce

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“Yesterday was your confession of love

Til’ that day, I never knew what I had

But then you made me feel how it feels to be treasured

How valuable I am to you, nothing could ever measure.

But today my mind and heart argued

I suddenly asked what is bad, and what is good?

Could this love truly last a lifetime?

Or this would disappear and fade through time?

Now I foresee this love won’t follow

Wherever our hearts go, this love would only bring us sorrow

Cause’ baby you know I need an assurance

And I have to know til’ when is this love’s endurance

And if ever it’s gone, where could I borrow?

Just for me not to ask you-

‘Baby would you still love me tomorrow?'”

-jam.c

Book Reviews

Zillow Stone and the Unholy One (BOOK REVIEW)

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Title: Zillow Stone and the Unholy One

Author: Brindi Quinn

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

*The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect anything less than that. I will always give an honest review, be it a positive one or a negative one.*

Synopsis:

In Eastern City, metropolis of wind and rain, a deadly game is about to begin . . .

Beneath the boy’s thumb, my blood bubbled in reaction to the implant. Hot stinging moved through my flesh for a helping of seconds before subsiding. The boy felt it too, for when it was done, he removed his thumb and inspected my hand. Beneath my skin was a green glow, roughly the size of a coin.
It was done.
Their people were born with extreme lust for ours, and just as my grandfather had warned all those years ago, one of them had come for me.
I, Zillow Stone, had been marked by an unholy one.
While I digested the truth of it, the boy leaned over, placing his lips nearly to my ear, and whispered, “Run.”

REVIEW:

I gave the book a perfect 5 stars because:

  1. Concept- the concept is very unique and exciting to read. All the actions and everything are worth reading. The concept where there are prags and markers who are to kill each other.
  2. Characters- Zillow Stone is my favorite, she is a tough and intelligent girl. At first, i thought there would be something cheesy between Zillow and her marker (well, let’s see) but as I turn pages, I want her to be with Theo. They are the exact opposite of each other which would really make a good love team.
  3. Settings- Every place was dreamy for me. I could imagine if not all, at least most of them. They really fit the dystopian novel.
  4. Cliffhanger- Oh gosh, this is the best of all! The cliffhanger made me feel so curious and made me want to read the next. Brindi Quinn did such a great job to make readers read every part of her book. Amazing and Good Job!

Overall, i really liked this book. I recommend it to almost all readers especially those who love high action books.

To the author, thank you for making this book and sending it out to me. Again, good job and hands up for you.

Thank you for reading.

Creative Writing

The Light Within Me

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“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ―Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I walk.

Still walking.

I stopped.

The view of something scary stopped me from walking, a dark place with so much cross around it. I don’t know what are they, i don’t know where I am, I don’t know who I am.

I just don’t know.

The darkness entered my soul within me until i feel afraid.

I keep on walking.

Finally, I saw a mirror.

I stepped in front of it, I looked at myself and suddenly… the place around me brighten, sparkled, and was lighten up.

Still, i don’t know what happened. But i come to realize that the light which erased my fear is nothing, i mean, no one else but me…

THE LIGHT WITHIN ME.

Everyone has darkness within themselves.

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
Mark Twain

Most of the time, there are hundreds of possibilities that we would feel lonely. We would feel worthless and darkness would enter our hearts and would filled it with their horror.

But what are the chances that during that darkness time, we would find ourselves lighten up within?

Thousands.

Nothing else could stop darkness but light. No one else could stop them but us.

During the darkness times of our lives, we should be strong. For this is the time when we could prove ourselves. This is the moment when you could reveal yourself. Everyone has light within them, this is their true personality. This is the light that could outshine the darkness when it filled their hearts.

During this time, you could never lean to anyone but yourself. You won’t see the people who used to stand beside you during the happiest times of your lives, some would be gone. The only way out is following yourself and letting your light guide you to the best place you could ever go to. Just trust them.

Finally, i’ll tell you this. Don’t let this darkness be your shield, or a place to where you could hide. Instead, treasure it because we are what we are because of it, or spite of it. Darkness is just simply piece of a whole. Don’t let this time down you. Never surrender, you got light within you!

Response to daily prompt: Darkness

 

 

Book Reviews

Somewhere in Between (Book Review)

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Title: Somewhere in Between

Author: Katie Li

Rating: ★★★★ 4/5 stars

*The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect anything less than that. I will always give an honest review, be it a positive one or a negative one.*

Synopsis:

Two friends find a portal to another dimension and use this “in-between place” to avoid the stress of their everyday lives. What they don’t realize is that every time they enter, they alter reality.

Pseudo-punk Magnolia and underachieving gamer-geek Rom are two unlikely friends who only hang out during their walks home together after school. When they find the a portal that leads to different worlds, they use the “in-between place” as an escape from their lives in high school, then later, after college.

Their visits through the portal bring them teetering along a tight-rope of fantasy and reality, where they don’t always believe what is in front of them, not even their feelings for each other.

The book is about changes—the ones that you can control, and the ones that you can’t. It’s about commitment and friendship. It’s about the stages in between where you have nothing but the unknown ahead of you.

Inspired by the work of Haruki Murakami and films like Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Somewhere In Between is metaphysical coming-of-age story about defining love and finding yourself.

REVIEW:

This is the hardest book to review I’ve encountered, so far.

This is a story about two friends wanting to somehow, escape each of their reality because of stress. Until they found somewhere they could find themselves, and their true feelings toward each other.

At the beginning, I don’t really know what’s coming next. I thought it’s about a typical high school love story, but as i kept on reading… I’ve found out that it’s so much more than what i thought.

I love the story, it’s very magical and it fits my imagination. I could imagine everything, from the door, and inside of it. I hope this book comes with a movie, i think it would really make a good one!

I find each chapters exciting, that’s why i keep on turning pages. I am always excited to know what the in-between place could show us, readers.

Why didn’t I give the book 5 stars?

First of all, I din’t like how the time jumps in the story without informing the reader. It is very weird and confusing. It made it hard to follow the story.

The characters do have chemistry, but i want more of them. I think the book focuses on the in-between place, instead of the characters. I need more explanation about how and why the characters turned out to this and that.

I’m concerned to other readers who would ask questions like “NO, WHAT? WHY? WHAT HAPPENED? I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT PART! HEY, WHEN DID THAT HAPPENED? WAIT, WHAT?!” as they read the book. I don’t recommend this book to readers who are certain they would ask something like that.

I understand the story (perks of being a writer, too) but some parts are just too hard to follow. Example, the ending part doesn’t get to me well. It doesn’t strike me the way I want it to. I feel like there are some parts missing. Maybe because of the past to present to future part of time.

Overall, I rate this book 4 stars. Despite of the negative things, I think there are still a lot of positive things about this book that could outshine the negative ones.

Thank you for reading!

Book Reviews

Boy Band (REVIEW)

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Title: Boy Band

Author: Jacqueline  E. Smith

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

*The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect anything less than that. I will always give an honest review, be it a positive one or a negative one.*

Synopsis:

Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.

After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.

Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.

It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.

REVIEW:

I had so much fun reading this book. This is the kind of book i usually enjoy. A book with such a cute and adorable characters. All i could say about this book is that it’s truly cute. I’m so glad i read it during vacation, it erases my boredom.

Honestly, i don’t have a thing when it comes to boy bands. But “The Kind of September” changed the way i think about boy bands. They are very cute and adorable. I love all of them, from the stars to the inner circles of the band, they are all so much fun to read.

This book surprised me, i never thought of liking this book so much as I liked it now. The typical love story of bestfriends made this book seems shining. The situations, the conversations, all are very understandable. I mean, there are books i just can’t get over with, not because they are so good but because there are parts i couldn’t understand.

“It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.”- Jacqueline Smith

Okay, been there, done that. I used to have a crush on my bestfriend and i feel sorry for Melissa. I understand what she’s feeling, the anxiety, the brokenness, i could feel right through her. At the same time, i felt very happy when she and Sam just kissed. I felt so happy it made me want to celebrate!

Reading this book would make you wish having a Sam Morneau  in your life, or a Melissa Parker. They are both such an amazing characters! Not just that, this would make you wish no person like Tara Meeks will enter your life. Only readers would understand.

Just a fun trivia, i finished the book without even having a bookmark. Does it make sense? Yes, because it just proves that this book would make you get hooked up reading, you won’t be needing any bookmark at all!

Again, this book is perfect and amazing. You would want to read some more of the author’s works. Ms. Jacqueline Smith is truly amazing, she must be thankful of having such talent to capture the hearts of every readers through her words. Because really, she captured mine. And i’m sure your hearts would feel the same way, too.

Thank you for reading!

Creative Writing

Perfection is an Illusion.

CREATIVE WRITING: Perfection

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‘perfection’
noun per·fec·tion \pər-ˈfek-shən\

-the state of condition of being perfect

“In this world, perfection is an illusion.”― Tite Kubo

Flaws.
Wound.
Imperfection.

They are something I would never exchange with anything in this world. For they are one of the reasons why I keep on striving. We keep on working so hard, just to omit these things, and meet the so-called PERFECTION.

But my fellows, don’t get fooled. Perfection is an illusion. You’re not working hard for this, but you’re doing whatever you do to make yourself better. In fact, seeking perfection will lead you to nothing. The more you seek for it, the less you achieve your goals.

Wanting perfection will make you build endless boundaries without you knowing it. Many opportunities will come for you, but you will keep on declining them because you always think they would never be enough. You are never contented. The truth is, there wouldn’t be enough because in this world, nothing is perfect and nothing would fit to your desires. Because you, yourself will never meet your goals when you keep on searching for a non-existing thing… Perfection.

The search for perfection is distracting, and will lead you to despair. Just like how you try to make your future better, and think of what will it offer, you’re forgetting to live the life you’re currently living now.

Remember, don’t let your flaws down you, instead, let them make you someone extraordinary and unique. You will never taste the happiness in perfection, because if you think the other way around, then you might want to consider your happiness as a non-existing thing. There’s no such thing as perfection. Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection. Don’t be perfect, be better!