Body-shaming: the practice of making critical comments about one’s body shape, size, or weight in a humiliating manner. Recently, I started noticing a common pattern among the headlines appearing on my social media news feed: Only [Celebrity A] can rock such an outfit so flawlessly! This is the model-approved way to wear overalls. [Celebrity B] shows us how to make dresses incredibly stylish. A brief glance at … Continue reading Body-Shaming in Microvoices
Kids are having reduced playtimes in fear of sudden heat strokes. Adults have their cars trashed in sudden flash floods. Polar bears are being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Zika is being transmitted at alarming rates. Roads are melting in India! Why? Simple. Global warming. No, it’s not a conspiracy theory. Yes, it’s happening as we speak. So far in 2016, our planet’s average temperature … Continue reading The Real Deal: Global Warming
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. -Emma Goldman Liberty. That’s the essence of democracy itself. The freedom for the people to choose their own rulers to govern according to their wishes. Supposedly, even one vote from the average Joe has the power to affect the country’s future. The government of the people, for the people, by the people. It looks and sounds like … Continue reading Is Voting Essential?
I remember when I was 9, I could not wait to turn 12. When I was 12, I could not wait to turn 15. When I was 15, I could not wait to turn 20. Now that I’m 20 going on 21, I wish I could go back to being 9. Every year, I would always look forward to turning a year older because “yay … Continue reading 21 Things I Learned Before Turning 21
Here’s a fact: matters regarding theology and philosophy are simply indisputable. People believe what they choose to believe, and at times, stick to their beliefs until their very last breath, regardless of how close or how far they are from the ‘truth’. But what is the ‘truth’? Who gets to determine which religion is the right one? Who gets the final say in determining who … Continue reading The Ongoing Battle of Faiths
Last week, I graduated. As a wave of congratulatory wishes continues, I feel nothing, despite being all smiles. My sense of relief was 11 months ago, after sitting for my last paper. Even then, it was just because I had no more ridiculous assignments to tend for and group discussions to deal with. It was never because I felt like I’m ready to go out … Continue reading Regrets: University Edition
My life as a Jakarta-born, KL-bred gal took a hard u-turn at the start of the year when I got kicked out of my home. It was due to circumstance, not by my parents, mind you. I was lost, once again. It was very weird to be sent back to your birthplace after experiencing everything elsewhere for 12 years. Jakarta is one heck of a city … Continue reading Kuala Lumpur vs Jakarta