Author Archives : Charlie Pelaez

Almost Falling For the Forbidden


#TCFNoteToSelf He was dorky and smart, awkward but well-meaning, and he made me laugh even at the most severely inopportune moments. He was seven years older, mature and ruggedly appealing. Later, he confessed that he’s also very much married. I never expected I’d find myself attracted to someone I just met, much less to a married man. However, if there…

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A Message to the Next Person I Will Love


  #TCFNoteToSelf Hi. I have absolutely no idea if I have yet to meet you, or if I’ve already met you but have been blind all these time. No worries, I don’t intend to dwell on the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens. I hope you think this way, too. I want you to know that I’m looking forward to our love story,…

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If You Want To Know Her, Read What She Writes


#TCFNoteToSelf Small talks and idle chats were never her thing. She would usually be polite but reserved, and never really initiated what she considers as a pointless social etiquette. When backed in an inescapable social setting, she’ll say all the appropriate responses and all the superficial comments, but these will never amount to anything more than a tiny scratch on…

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To Her Silly Crush with the Silly Jokes


#TCFNoteToSelf She may appear carefree, outgoing and perfectly happy. I’ll have you know that she just got over a devastating heartbreak, and beneath the surface, she’s still nursing her heart. She may appear as if smiles and laughs come easy to her. I’ll have you know that these are all for show, because smiling is way easier than dredging up…

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Missing You Doesn’t Mean Wanting You Back


#TCFNoteToSelf The sorrow of a regretful parting is just one of the many experiences that a person goes through in life. Like love, it is inevitable. Like love, it is overwhelming. And like love, it concerns the heart. A break-up between two people once bound by love, and strengthened by years of being together, is as poetic as it is…

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This Is Why I Let Go


#TCFNoteToSelf When I love, I love deeply. I make no time for games, casual hook-ups, and flings. When I love, I love but only one, with singular tenacity, unequivocal loyalty and with no fear of showing my vulnerability. I never really have the patience for sham human connections, which serve only as poor substitutes for intimacy and meaningful relationships. Flirting…

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A Risk Worth Taking: A Filipina’s Immigration Story to New Zealand


It takes great courage to move out of the safety of your comfort zone, especially if you’ve already established a stable career after moving up the corporate ladder, and you have your family to think about. However, some risks are worth taking, and this Filipina’s story is a great example. Frida Diaz had humble beginnings. She started her career as…

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Cheers to Inter-Country Friendship!


#TCFNoteToSelf Going on your separate ways is an unavoidable incident in the lives of a group of friends. It’s bittersweet, yes, but more often than not, it’s necessary. Maybe it’s for a job, maybe it’s because of moving into another house, or maybe it’s because of migrating into another country altogether. Whatever the reason may be, the good-bye between friends,…

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3 Strict Teachers Who Became My Role Models


#HappyTeachersDay Teachers have a huge part in the education of children – this is a fact. Teachers are the adults, next to parents, whom children constantly interact with throughout their formative years. More than the classroom lectures and lessons on various subjects, the very presence of teachers grants an influence on the kind of adults that children grow up to…

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