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Mother’s Day: Nene


Back in high school, notes were checked for clearance purposes. I was never the type who wrote everything written on the board. But my mother did it for me, copying my best friend’s notes. When my classmates inspected my notes, they were surprised with the neat cursive­­­.  She is one of the few whose handwriting is admirable and elegant.

But I was not close to my mother—I was not the type who shared secrets, crushes and asked for advice—I’m too independent and arrogant for that. But she thinks that education is necessary.  She bribed us countless times when that lunatic period arrived, that time we felt like quitting school. She could be relentlessly stubborn. Admittedly, I inherited this trait.

With this character, I vowed to not blindly follow rules. To always question dubious figures of authority. To pursue one’s passion.  To stay stubborn.

A part of Amazing Women I Met on the Road | | May 12, 2013

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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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