Back then, I thought you needed to have a grandiose purpose in life before experiencing the urge to sabotage yourself due to the immensity of your dreams. Admittedly, this makes it seem equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot while participating in a marathon. Instead, just as I had discovered for myself, we often do … Continue reading Why we sabotage ourselves in the worst ways
Today, I saw the wall. One would think that a homebody like me would be surrounded by walls most of the time. But, I must insist on proclaiming that today, I finally saw it again. Was it a magical wall, like an entrance to Platform 9 3/4? No. It's the same as every other wall. … Continue reading Disconnecting: Finding Faces on the Walls
Hiking for the first time, the only thing that kept going through my head the entire time was whether I'd still be alive in the next five minutes–every five minutes! It was five years ago on a cold mossy forest mountain in Cameron Highlands (kind of like the Baguio city of Malaysia). The ground was … Continue reading Life lessons I learned while hiking on misty mountain
You have everything you need. You love your life and the people surrounding you. You thank God, the universe or your lucky stars that you're still alive and healthy. Deep down you know that there were times that you wished you were dead. It's just a quick passing thought then you're back to living the … Continue reading You are not alone: Please don’t take your own life.
Ramadan begins in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) the same way Ramadan elsewhere began for me--waiting for Fajr, and resting my head on the dining table with a belly full of water. It used to make me sick chugging 3 to 4 glasses of water during sahoor. I usually fixated on the minute hand of the wall … Continue reading Chronicles of my Ramadan in Saudi Arabia: How I remembered Taraweeh prayers at 10 years old