It means different things. People distinguish or draw a line between a right and a privilege, but to me, the lines get blurry. I live in a relatively spacious home built by concrete, with multiple safety measures and was built according to building codes/laws. That's a privilege. I have a roof over my head, but... Continue Reading →
To some, I am known as a student. To another, I am known as a friend. To others, I am known as Nazira. But to (sometimes) two people, I am known as their teacher. To be honest, this journey was not what I expected it to be. At least once a week, I come by... Continue Reading →
I've been to Japan twice in 2017. During the first trip, I was offered to be driven to the local onsen in rural Gifu by my host family, but I politely declined because I did not know what to do as I had not researched much about the onsen culture. However, I was again in... Continue Reading →
One of my cousins from across the miles posed a couple of great questions, giving me food for thought. He asked:
Why do you write? And why do you write about the family?
My answer to him:
First of all, I write because I know I have a story to tell. As a kid, eventually I discovered we were dirt poor. In my teens looking back, I realized that I was neglected and forced to grow up too fast. I was ashamed of my childhood and bitter for being my mama’s mother. As I “matured,” settled down, married and had children of my own, along the way I found I was a stronger person because of some of the things that I endured as a child.
Once I embraced the God of my grandparents, I became a much better person, too. NOT that I had it all together; I still…
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It breaks my heart to write this post. Never in a million years would I have to start the morning of 2018 on a bittersweet note. I am/was not close to this particular senior of mine. However, he was one of the first seniors I encountered in university. Being one of the leaders for my... Continue Reading →
Thinking about this year truly made me feel how blessed I was to have multiple jobs that helped me support the activities I did this year. I suppose the highlight of this year were my travels. I was extremely ambitious following last year's activities, that I managed to visit several countries in East Asia twice,... Continue Reading →
Are you looking for a country to study in for a year/semester exchange? Wondering how Singapore would be like but the information's everywhere? Look no further! I'll try to condense everything that you need to know if you are planning to come here for exchange! (Also, if you're just travelling, these tips can be applied to... Continue Reading →
Here is me, trying to convey my rather... weird ideas. I simply have a hard time trying to write things into words. Not very good with them, actually. But I want to try. And I hope you'll listen. Right now, I am 21. Come 2018, I will be awaiting my 22nd year of being on... Continue Reading →
If you were in Singapore and you associate yourself with a degree, the most common and obvious thing that Singaporeans would ask is: You have a university degree? From where? It gets very frustrating at times because not everyone wants to be associated to a piece of paper that you get at the end of... Continue Reading →