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?Coming Together As One – A Rather Cold Tale

Published January 12, 2014

These days society seems to be totally dependent on individualism and the me me me attitude that coincides with our modern technologically advanced way of life in the 21st century. We just dont seem to click as one like we used to back then when neither of us really had anything but the clothes on our back and the warmth in our eyes.



?The pop culture that shapes our perspective

Published December 1, 2013

Growing up halfway around the world in Malaysia I have learned to look at the world from a different perspective.



Thanksgiving: The Last Meal Before The Shopping Wars

Published November 24, 2013

As most people are youre probably very giddy about going home for Thanksgiving. Whether youre from different parts of the state out-of-state or anywhere in between everyone is excited for a big scrumptious dinner with friends and family.



Colleges make the best conceited people

Published November 17, 2013

I recently had a conversation with a friend about college students in general and why social aspects like dating and friendships are so hard to come by. And even if students do obtain those advantages they normally dont last long.



The Joys (And Misery) Of Being Single

Published October 20, 2013

My fellow Lakers I write to you now as a single guy hoping to catch a break. Its been many years since Ive been involved with another human being and during that time there have been too many unmentionable tribulations. Its ironic that the amount of romantic comedies and love ballads Ive experienced in my life have brought me to a standstill. My relationship status as of right now has no specific category because words cannot describe it.



?Gravity: The movie that is out of this world

Published October 13, 2013

There comes a time when one movie changes the whole dimension between the then and the now. The Jazz Singer made the advent of sound like The Wizard of Oz popularized the use of color. And 2001 A Space Odyssey gave us a glimpse of space while Avatar made 3D its own. And now the movie that will set apart the notion between just watching and being close enough to feel it Gravity has made its mark.



Chicken Soup for the Broke Soul

Published October 6, 2013

If you have been feeling like death lately do not panic because you are not alone. Lately the flu has been going around campus and infecting people everywhere. I know this firsthand because I too was infected when one of my roommates spread it unknowingly in the entire apartment. No that was not cool.



It's Time To Say Goodbye, Again

Published September 29, 2013

We recognize what our lives are worth on this Earth. We judge them according to what we have strived for and also what others have determined for us. As harsh as it sounds our lives are not just for us. Everyone in this world is a connection to someone in some shape or form and we are ultimately intertwined with one another. That is why it is always a difficult time when someone passes on from this life.



The real American test

Published September 22, 2013

I usually tend to steer away from politics or anything over-stimulating that will rouse the masses into a frenzy when being discussed but it has come to my attention that there are people in this great nation that still believe in the fear.



Dangers in believing the hype

Published September 15, 2013

Most of you would still remember the big twerking fail video on Youtube where a girl wasfilming herself twerking before falling back first onto a glass table filled with candles and her leg lit up on fire. Yes that was hilarious. But did you also know that the video was actually fake



How To Choose The Right Partner By Not Choosing

Published September 8, 2013

If you are like me then youre probably thinking about your love life a lot more than you should be. Regardless if youre a guy or girl we all suffer from Im-Going-To-Die-Alone phobia which I assure you is not the worst thing that could happen to you.



Who Are You & Why Are You Here?

Published August 25, 2013

As you may already know theres been a behemoth of new and unfamiliar faces around campus lately which means that its the new semester and people from all over Michigan the United States and even the world are right here right now. Oh how I enjoy seeing excited and nervous faces while theyre trying to figure themselves out in this place.



A Marathoner’s Weekend (Final Part)

Published April 14, 2013

As the minutes started to pass by quickly I was determined to finish the race in any way I could and wouldnt allow myself to be transported to the finish line via a vehicle.



A Marathoner’s Weekend (Part 3)

Published April 7, 2013

UNDAY contdAnd Im off Thousands of feet clattering and stomping on the ground in every direction around me.



A Marathoner’s Weekend: From Start To Finish (Part 2)

Published March 31, 2013

SUNDAYThis was it The big day. As per usual I was overly excited and couldnt seem to sleep enough so I decided to wake up right before any of my alarms went off.



A Marathoner’s Weekend: From Start To Finish (Part 1)

Published March 24, 2013

You are not a real runner until you do a marathon. At least thats what Ive heard from runners whove actually done it. I shouldve known better though attempting to run one in only my first year of serious running. But I was young ambitious a little too over zealous. And I had to do it in my favorite place in the States California.



Small Steps, Big Things

Published March 17, 2013

Last weekend I completed my first ever marathon which was something I never thought Id do at all.



It’s Not Easy To Be Me

Published March 10, 2013

Everybody wants a perfect ending to their story. They want something happy and heart fulfilling that they can tell their kids about.



Revertigo: When Everything Used To Be “All That”

Published February 27, 2013

Growing up I had a childhood almost identical to everyone else. I went to school ate a lot of fast food went through puberty awkwardly but the one thing that really defined the idea of being young was watching all the TV shows.



The right time to burn a bridge

Published February 20, 2013

Back in junior high I had a really good nay great friend by the name of Wilson. It was just one of those moments where two people knew that they were going to get along just fine.