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Lifetimes Away

I just learned that two old friends, X and Y—one I haven’t spoken to in almost a year, the other I haven’t spoken to in many years—got married to each other. I was surprised by the news because, one, I didn’t know they were dating, and, two, I didn’t expect either of them to get married any time … Continue reading

The Last of My Twenties

UPDATE: I added a few more life lessons, so I had to rearrange some bits to still make twenty-nine. Enjoy! – – – Today, I turn—drum roll, please—twenty-nine. That’s just one year away from thirty! Or, on a glass-half-full note, that’s only nine years after twenty! (Wehehe.) In any case, I am now twenty-nine years old. And, … Continue reading

The Hollow Sprint Method

(WARNING: This is a very dorky blog post on productivity and time management.) A few months ago, I found myself struggling to get work done. I had procrastinated, so I started working on my tasks late, pretty close to their deadlines. I knew I had enough time to get all of them done, though, so … Continue reading

Notes on Happiness 2012

Last September, I decided to start tweeting my personal notes on happiness. Some of the notes were inspired by what I was going through, some were inspired by what the people around me were going through, others were inspired by what I had read or heard. Point is, I was happy, and I wanted to … Continue reading

Hazey Jackie (I and II)

(Apologies to Nick Drake.) Finally! After weeks of intense work, I now have time to rest. (Insert big smile here.) Instead of days defined by attending consultations and meetings, listening to group presentations and oral exams, checking papers and journal articles, and finishing household chores and responsibilities, my days are now defined by, well, “nothing”: … Continue reading

Late New Year’s Resolutions

There are two obstacles in my pursuit of happiness: alcohol and cigarettes. Let’s begin with my relationship with alcohol first. I started drinking young. See, my dad believed, and still believes, that one needs to know how to hold one’s drink, so he taught me how to drink when I was eighteen. Okay, fine, my … Continue reading

Happiness is a Choice

My life has been incredible lately. Not so much because incredible things have been happening to me, but because I’ve changed my attitude towards life. My change in attitude can be summed up in a sentence: Happiness is a choice. It’s difficult to look back and locate where and when the change began. All I … Continue reading