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Return to the Merlion

I had never felt that loved in my entire life before, welcomed by two people into their home with the intent of making my birthday a memorable one. I had nothing to offer them but my company and an unwanted emotional baggage I carried all the way from my home country. Never had I felt that low before. Kindness and caring just arrived when I needed it most.

There I was, on the final day of my birthday celebration, letting the bittersweet feeling sink in. I just had the best birthday of my life at that point but it was about to end. When we left the Merlion's sight, I knew the journey had come to a close.

Then I went back home.

Life resumed.

Life happened.

It had to happen.

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Lay Siege to Shit

He said I couldn't do it even when I expressed I wanted to do it. But I did. Now I got shit on my two hands, shit from sweat, fire, tears, persistence, and lots of late night work. Shit that, if only for myself, I'm proud of.

My stance on overhyping on the Internet remains the same. It must be avoided. It opens a floodgate to overpromising and underdelivering, leading to damage on one's credibility and one goes kerflop in front of the public. It's switch-and-bait. I tell you about this five-star resort only for you to find out it's barely two-stars.

But let me just say this quick. The first draft of my novel is complete. Shit.

It's shit because that's what I always say about my first drafts, whether they be a short story, a poem, or an essay, they're all shit. For almost a year, having writing as my “unofficial” profession (I don't get paid, by the way), I learned how to write shit, to not be afraid of imperfection and jumbled pieces of ideas, because the goal of the first blank page siege is not the reorganization of the fortress but rather the capture of it. Get those related and unrelated thoughts on paper, then reorganize it into an orderly kingdom.

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