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Sometimes, it is difficult to understand life, as these following short stories show.

In May 2018, a guy I had known for three years proposed marriage to me. I said yes half-heartedly. I was not that into him at that time. In June, we broke the engagement off. After a day, I realized I liked him and I wanted to spend forever with him. For one month, I did my best to win him back but all my efforts were futile. Oh…how I cried.

My Japanese friend stayed in the Philippines, albeit in a city 5 hours away from where I live. She really wanted to visit me down here but at that time, I was working from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. I also worked on weekends. Now, I work only part time. I have much time in my hands. My Japanese friend can’t visit me, however. She went back to Japan a week ago.

I started this blog in 2012. At that time, I was not so serious about blogging as I had many other things to do. I started it as a hobby. Now, I am older and I have more stories to share. But… rumors are all over the web that Blogger will be closed soon, just like what Google did to Google+. I like Blogger because it is so user-friendly and it is one of the pioneer blogging platforms. If Blogger indeed gets “killed” soon, I’ll be very sad. 

Well… I guess life would be less exciting if there weren’t any ironies at all.


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