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Zeal

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Zeal |ziːl| great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.

The year of zeal.  But why? Well, this year marks the last year of  University and retail work-life, and I simply cannot wait. I will definitely do further studies in the near future, maybe psychology, anthropology, literature?  I know a lot of people who dreads the idea of studying again post-uni, but I zealously anticipate mine.

 Knowledge is something that I will constantly crave and explore, it is a fire that I found last year and something I would like to kindle eternally.

I am thrilled to see what the future holds, will I be stale and ordinary, or lead and change the things around me. Only actions and time will tell.

How are you all feeling this year?

-Briane R

Cope

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Cope |kəʊp| deal effectively with something difficult.

Pain. I have flat feet which make me prone to ankle injuries, and it is something I constantly experience throughout my lifetime. Partially my fault because I am one of those people that never goes to a doctor unless I am dying. Although, it doesn’t happen as much anymore (healthy eating and daily exercise), today when I woke up there was a pain. And I was like ” here we go again.”

It annoys me as it hinders my productivity and when you are in pain work is the last thing you want to do. I actually had my own custom insoles once which helped, but I have to get a remold as it is out of date. But the cost, though, $500 T_T.

Morning pain, morning rant.

Moral of the story, get it check before it gets worst. Prevention is better than cure. I am a hypocrite when it comes to this. I need to start loving the clinics more.

Stay safe and healthy!

-Briane R

Goosebumps

Goosebumps |ˈɡuːsbʌmps| small raised areas that appear on the skin because of cold, fear, or excitement.

Excitement. In less than two weeks I will be heading to Japan, and the thought of it gives me goosebumps!!! I’ve been to Tokyo once, but that was only for 5 days which was barely enough, no let me say NOT ENOUGH AT ALL. This time I am going for 16 days, going from Tokyo- Osaka- Kyoto – Tokyo. I am so thrilled, I am a big fan of the Japanese culture; anime, manga, rich history, nature, shopping night and the fact that each suburb has their own theme. And the food oh my the food, yes food food food!!! On top of that, Japanese people are so polite and disciplined (based on personal experience).

I can barely hold myself, I cannot wait!!!!! On the downside, I will miss the first two weeks of my university. Oops, but the future can worry later! See you in two weeks Japan!!!!

-Briane R

Noble

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Noble |ˈnəʊb(ə)l| belonging by rank, title, or birth to the aristocracy.

I have always been fascinated by the concept of royalty. Being born with a royal blood from a royal family, to have a title next to your name, it is an enchanting thought. I am also an avid reader of fiction books where kingdoms exist, where there are kings and queens, prince and princesses, magical magical! I recently started watching a “The Crown” which further piqued my interest of nobility & royalty.

Maybe someday I’ll own my own kingdom? Be knighted by the queen/king? That would be so coooooolllll. (oh, moments of reverie.)

How Does One Become a Knight

-Briane R

Tender

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Tender 1 |ˈtɛndə| showing gentleness, kindness, and affection.

It is that day of the year again, when roses and chocolates are expensive, where restaurants are filled to the brim, where love plagues the city.

Have a great day everyone! Make sure to spoil one another but not just today but every day. Be tender, be patient.

Here is a quote from one my favourite book about love.

The child teaches the adult something else about love: the genuine love should involve a constant attempt to interpret with maximal generosity what might be going on, at any time, beneath the surface of difficult and unappealing behavior

The parent has to second-guess what the cry, the grief, the kick or the anger is really about. And what marks out this project of interpretation – and makes it so different from occurs in the average adult relationship- is its charity. Parents are apt to proceed from the assumption that their children, though they may be troubled or in pain, are fundamentally good. As soon as the particular pin that is jabbing them is correctly identified, they will be restored to native innocence. When children cry, we don’t accuse them of being mean or self-pitying; we wonder what has upset them. When they bite, we know they must be frightened or momentarily vexed. We are alive to the insidious effects that hunger, a tricky digestive tract or a lack of sleep may have on mood.

How kind we would be if we managed to import even a little of this instinct into adult relationships – if here, too, we could look past the grumpiness and viciousness and recognize the fear, confusions, and exhaustion which invariably underlie them. This is what it would mean to gaze upon the human race with love

– The Course of Love, Allain de Botton

Happy valentines day everyone!

-Briane R

Worship

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Worship |ˈwəːʃɪp|  the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.

I believe this word is appropriate to do as it is Sunday. Growing up in a Catholic household, I live a tradition of going to church every Sunday. I remember when I was young, I used to look forward to going with my grandpa not because of experiencing the presence of God but the fact that I get a to go to fast food joint and get a toy. Being young I never questioned the tradition and just went by week after week, accepted it as a part of a routine.

Then I came to Australia where I met a group of humble people who displayed strong faith in God(Christianity). It was an inspiring sight, the way they worship, the way they hold their beliefs.I’ve always been shy and timid not belonging to a particular group. Therefore, when the church opened their arms to me, I jumped right in. There I met my first love, my first mentor, made friends,  fell into a lot of dramas, discovered emotions that I never knew existed in me (like oh my for a guy I can access my emotions to a great extent, which can be a blessing or a curse, more of a blessing of course.). I walked a blind and semi-conscious faith absorbing everything like a sponge. I was never the type of person to question things, I accept and move on. I accepted everyone views, never willing to question, afraid that I might sound stupid and lose my family or friendships. Because let’s be honest if you are in a tribe being an odd egg means you will slowly create distance and loose your sense of belonging. To be in a tribe, you must remain synonymous with their beliefs if you want to remain unless the whole tribe moves towards change. Unfortunately, that is life.

Moving forward, after four years I made one of the biggest decision of my life. I left the church. It was a collection of emotions and questions. And I myself played a huge part of it, I would love to blame people, but we all know that bears no fruit. I know that my small decision was the beginning of a snowball that pushed me all the way to the end. I always tend to defend myself in this part because I know that a lot of people assumed that I simply left, I remember when I caught up with some of my former church mates, I get questions why did you run away? Or they look at you with loathing eyes. I never come forth and shout that I stayed for a year trying to persevere and lived through the emotional feelings and subtle judgment without complaining or expressing pain. I always painted a facade of happiness and joy every time. A persona I have that I am trying to tweak a bit ( I love it, though). It does sound a massive excuse and self-pity, but a man has to rant or lay down his side sometimes right? Despite everything I still love every single person in my old family, I never bear grudge or hate. I advocate always to love because what good will you gain from bearing hate, nothing but consumption of your emotion and time. I still see some of them from time to time and I know some of them I will remain friends with my whole life. And my mentor Ko Josh I love the guy to bits. They are my first family in Australia, and I will alway be thankful for that eternally

Haha! Oh wow, this drew out more emotion than I thought. But it has been a good two years since that happened. In all honesty, I would say it was one of the best decision I made in my life. I have never felt so happy, free from drama, free from unnecessary emotions. There was a lot of pros and cons leaving a placed you genuinely adored. There were my only friends that time, and for someone that was socially awkward, it was a struggle at first. But it ushered me into a bigger world where I was to force learn how to navigate independently. AND IT IS AMAZING. It is a continuous exploration and a never ending journey.

haha! I hope this wasn’t too deep, I wanted to more naked to you all ( not literally of course, not until  I get my six pack).

I hope you all have a great Sunday! Keep exploring and learning. God bless

-Briane R

Pity

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Pity |ˈpɪti| the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others.

I do not like to pity others. I believe when you pity someone it gives off that vibes that you are more superior than them.  I personally hate when others pity me like it does not help at all, doesn’t it?  But then we are sometimes presented with moments where the right answer is unknown to us. Should we savor the silence? Utter nonsensical sentences? Should we try and provide comfort? But I have never experienced anything similar. Therefore, I cannot empathize? I guess that is being human, we make mistakes. We do not know everything.

But I still hate pity.

How about self-pity?

Self-Pity |ˌsɛlfˈpɪti| excessive, self-absorbed unhappiness over one’s own troubles.

Feeling sorry for oneself. I think it is an unhealthy state of mind. A way of escape, an excuse, a cry of the weak, a way to bargain for life. Oh me, who I am to judge? I do it myself during down times. It is a form of solace. But like everyone says, too much of anything is bad. Balance, balance, balance. Don’t indulge too long, always. break. free.

Have a great weekend everyone. If you are from Sydney make sure to put a lot of sunscreens and drink heaps of water

-Briane R