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One of my best friends said, “Life sucks and then you die.” We are all out here just trying to figure out how to die at a later time and make life suck less.

Child development or trauma? Why not both. Wes Anderson, take notes.

For legal purposes and to avoid a verbal whopping from my family, this is a disclaimer that what I have written may or may not be true. (It’s totally true.) Again, I want to reiterate that everything I’ve written here may be a work of fiction. (It is autobiographical.) Great, now that I have caused a confusion, you may now read the rest.

Downtown Yangon, Myanmar. Check out more photos from this series over here.

With the viral sensation that is COVID-19, tourism, and subsequently the hospitality industry, has taken a massive hit. I know for a fact that my family’s hotel business has. Ever since they shut the doors, I’ve been…


Let’s talk about tacos for a second. Because, why not?

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I am ashamed.

I am ashamed that in spite of the intricacy and diversity Mexican cuisine has to offer, I have fallen in love with the most basic dish — tacos, a dish so mainstream that there exist restaurant chains based on it. Infamous for satisfying late night cravings and its accompanying laxative properties, Taco Bell has tainted the legacy of tacos. Though I am slandering an already tarnished name, Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupas are to die for. Unfortunately, my guilty pleasure is equivalent to having Crab Rangoon* as your favorite Chinese dish or that Wyoming be your favorite…


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Despite being one of the most visited websites, Reddit is not for everyone. I have a lot of issues with that platform, from the users to the company itself. That being said, it does have pockets of gold nuggets, and this, my friends, is one: r/lifeofnorman.

The premise of that subreddit is very simple — it’s about a very ordinary, average guy named Norman. People write about very average things that a very average Norman does. It’s cute, it’s wholesome, and it’s a quaint little community. The subreddit tags itself as “a collective story about a remarkably unimportant individual.”

But…


On a related note: bribery works better than exorcisms

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During my teenage years, I was told I was allergic to various kinds of meat. Be it pork, beef, or shrimp, my family constantly nagged me to avoid them. I was always skeptical of their warnings because of their abstention from certain foods for spiritual and religious purposes, and I for one am not religious. For instance, my entire family avoids eating beef because they believe that cows are sacred creatures; they believe that consumption of beef would bring bad omen to their lives.

My family also believes in astrology, and often consults an astrologist on how to improve various…


Why isn’t there a Big & Short section?

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I wear the same stuff every day.

I have a total of six pairs of trousers, but only four that fits. Out of those four, two of them are joggers, and the other two are chinos.

My chinos are matched with one of four polos I own when I go to work. The joggers, paired with black v-neck tees, come out on non-work outings.

I am a minimalist, voluntarily. I take pleasure in the simplicity of owning very few things. Easy on my wallet and makes moving that much easier. …


I am lost, but I think that’s okay?

My very last day on campus as a student. The building looks great juxtaposed with my car, but boy, do I resent that building.

Let me go back in time, and start off the article with my final semester, the spring semester of my senior year in 2019. This was by far the hardest semester I had to go through, but it wasn’t because my classes were difficult. In fact, it was one of the easiest semesters in terms of class difficulty, comparable to my very first semester back in the Fall of 2015. It was everything else. …


Make use of fear.
Let me explain.

My neighboring dorm room back in Freshmen year of college. Hope that stuff on the left wasn’t mold.

Context

After all the years of being unable to control not going to bed late (or early, depending on how you look at it), I have done it — I have solved one of the most challenging obstacles in my life. No, I did not figure out how to get better at Mario Kart. For my entire life, even through all four years of college, I could never wake up on time. In fact, during my freshman year of college, I had to drop a class because I missed five classes over the course…


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It was the year 2004. My family as a collective decided to change my fate by transferring me to an international school. With how the public-school system functioned in Myanmar, they worried for my future. They didn’t have a lot of money but they were willing to sacrifice the simple pleasures in life to provide the best education for me. Although I was already in one of the best public schools in the nation, the best public-school was not good enough for their precious baby. …

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