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Writing my way to a better life, one article at a time

It’s all about the little details

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In just a blink of an eye, 2020 has come and gone. What a year it was for not just me, but for the entire world. Living through a pandemic was definitely not something I thought I’d live to see. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change in 2021.

The COVID-19 virus is still very much among us and we are still seeing an increase in new confirmed cases and deaths in many countries across the world — mine included.

Whether or not we like it, we have to learn how to live with this virus because it doesn’t look like it’s going to go away anytime soon, with or without a vaccine. …


Whether we like it or not, we have to raise our children differently from how our parents raised us

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Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s, I always looked forward to my evenings, especially during the weekends. It’s because that’s the time where I’m allowed to just enjoy myself outdoors — be it cycling with my siblings and friends or just playing at the playground.

Fast forward almost 30 years later and it’s a very different landscape now. Parents (especially in urban areas) just don’t feel safe letting their children play outside as much as before.

This is probably down to the rise in cases of kidnapping, theft, assault, etc. …


It’s all about getting out of your comfort zone

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I made no secret of my ambition to eventually have an article published in a Medium-owned publication someday. It was an unachieved goal of mine for last year and this year, I’m hoping to achieve it. But even if I don’t, I won’t mind so much, as long as I keep trying.

You may ask why I’m aiming for this? Well, for me, it’s a personal thing.

Seeing as to how Medium has high standards for their writers, being able to be featured in one of their own publications would mean that I would have reached a certain level in my writing. …


But it doesn’t mean I will stop writing

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with writing. I hated it back in school, especially when I always get complains by my teachers (and my mom from time to time) about my handwriting — how it’s too small and messy and they find it really hard to read.

Plus, I think from the way I hold a pencil/pen, my fingers hurt after writing for certain periods of time. I guess that’s also one reason why I really hated writing essays.

But at the same time, I’ve always enjoyed the storytelling side of writing. Ask any of my teachers and they’ll tell you that I rarely had any problems with reaching the minimum number of words needed (which usually around 500–750 words mark) within the 60 minutes time allocated. …


Big hint: It has something to do with the price

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Apple has always been associated with being the best in whatever they put out. Yes, I may be biased because I am a big fan of their products but at the same time, I’ve also just found myself enjoying their products more than others.

I enjoy their ecosystem more, I enjoy their OS more, I just enjoy their products more.

It’s probably why despite their products being pretty pricey in my country, I own an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 12 Mini, an iPad Mini 4, an Apple Watch Series 5, an Apple TV 3rd-gen, an Apple TV 4K, a MacBook Air 11", and a pair of AirPods 2nd-gen. …


Whether we want to admit it or not, this disease looks like it’s here to stay for a very long time

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While the fireworks went off at the stroke of midnight, 1st January 2021, I was already in bed, just waiting for the noise to quiet down so that I can go to sleep, get my rest and enjoy the last day of my short break before resuming life as how it’s been over the last 8 months.

It’s not that I wasn’t in a festive mood. Actually, I really wasn’t in a festive mood. I mean, what was there to be festive about?

Yes, a new year is upon us. Everywhere on social media, I’m seeing people (normal folks and celebrities alike) posting things like “Goodbye 2020, you’ve sucked and we won’t miss you. Hello 2021, let’s rock!” …


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Dear friends of Writers’ Blokke, I was hoping to send this out at the start of the year but for some reason, I had a feeling that I should put it off for a bit as I wasn’t fully sure on what to say, especially with the year we had just left behind us.

But what’s a new year’s message when it’s not at the start of the year right?

So, first of all, I would just like to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year! May 2021 be a much better year than 2020 was but we should always still be vigilant. …


Finding your reason for writing on this platform should be your main priority before anything else

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I’ve been a writer on Medium since July 2019. Before I was a writer, I was just a normal paying member on the platform who only read articles. This was since December 2018. For a good 4 months, I had no desire to write on the platform despite the thrill I got during my blogging days.

The only thing I was interested in (as well as just captivated by) was reading all these amazing articles on the platform. …


The ultimate decision breaker could really be on which country you’re living in

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I’ve loved the Apple Watch ever since Apple released its very first generation back in 2015. When I first had it, it became my main watch, replacing my very trustworthy Casio G-Shock, Thomas Sabo, and Tissot watches which I used to alternate between them.

But when I got the Apple Watch, it became the only watch I would wear, consigning all the other watches I own into my watch box.

The 3 watches that I mentioned above have been in that watch box ever since, only taken out for the occasional cleaning and checks to see if the batteries are still OK. …


Sometimes it’s just about making the most of your situation

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Sometimes there is just not enough time in a day to do everything we want to do, am I right? We juggle work, family time, personal chores, etc. and by the end of the day, we’re just tired and nothing seems better than just crashing into bed and logging off for the day.

But then, you think about your fitness goals. You promised yourself that you would try to put in a workout at least 4–5 times a week and this week, you’ve only done it once and it’s almost the end of the week already.

Well, as much as we would love to push ourselves past the limitations of our physical body, we just can’t at times. But that doesn’t mean that we have to always sacrifice our time for working out. …

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