Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me.” Rodney Dangerfield

Katherine’s Wish, Part III

October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Her prayer was seemingly answered. In the days after, the condition of her feet dramatically improved. Within a month, she was able to execute all the difficult moves she was renowned for. It was not long before people started noticing her again. She was offered a chance to return to the stage she had long yearned for. In fact, she was tapped to be the show’s headliner.

On the day of the premiere, the theater was packed with loyal fans who had waited for so long for another opportunity to witness their idol in action. She did not disappoint them. Her performance was truly majestic. She was the same Katherine, queen of the ballet, but with a much humble attitude and a stronger passion. The night ended with an indefatigable standing ovation. People recognize greatness when they see one; they saw it that night.

After the performance, Katherine’s family threw a huge party to celebrate her magnificent return to the stage. It was then when the most shocking thing happened. Katherine could no longer feel her feet; she would never be able to walk again. The smile never left Katherine’s face, however. She got what she wished for; she had no regrets.

It is hard to comprehend what it’s like to be artist until you become one yourself. Behind every artist’s smile, there are sweats and tears.

Check out the complete story here – Ballet

Katherine’s Wish, Part II

October 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Over the next two years, Katherine would struggle to find opportunities to perform. The same people who used to vigorously court her to work for them were now turning a deaf ear on her. Without her signature moves, Katherine was nothing more than a ballet dancer whose best years had passed.

From dawn to dusk, Katherine was seen practicing in her private studio. Despite indescribable pain and her bruised feet enveloped by blood, she continued to persist. She practiced, practiced and practiced some more. Her husband, a wealthy businessman, urged Katherine to give up on her ballet dancing – she wouldn’t listen. Her daughters begged her to stop inflicting on herself further pain – she still insisted in pursuing her passion. They just didn’t understand her, she thought. A true artist does not care about money or fame; it’s the opportunity to perform the art one so dearly loves that is empowering the artist to shoulder on.

Despite countless hours of practice, her efforts yielded no fruits. She just could not regain the form that had made her famous. Exhausted, Katherine collapsed. As she lay sheepishly on the wooden floor, her eyes were overflowing with tears. Although she was not a person of faith, Katherine could not help but to offer a prayer to the Higher Being. All she hoped for was another chance, even if it was only temporary.

Click the tag “Ballet” to read more of this story.

Katherine’s Wish, Part I

October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

There are two types of people in the world – artists and the rest of us. An artist lives and breathes at the mercy of the audience. Behind every artist’s smile, there are sweats and tears.

For ten years, Katherine was the queen of the ballet. She was able to execute the most difficult of moves with incredible ease and grace. Every time she was slated to perform, the theater would be inundated with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Katherine’s greatness. Every time she performed her signature move, the crowd would go absolutely wild. Nothing seemed to be able to slow her down. Katherine was a bonafide superstar.

Things would take a startling turn, however. Katherine was on her way home one night when her car was hit by an out-of-control truck. Even though she survived the crash, injuries sustained from the accident severely limited her agility. She could no longer execute the types of moves she was known for. Pretty soon, her contract with the ballet company was terminated.

Click the tag “Ballet” to read more of this story.

Bizarre Korea – Plastic Surgery

October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

South Korea is the world’s plastic surgery capital. Various statistics put the number of South Koreans who went under the knife to be roughly one in five women and one in ten men. These rates are several times higher than those of the next highest county. Plastic surgeries are so popular in this East Asian country that there are commercial districts with nothing but plastic surgery clinics. People in South Korea are not afraid to talk about plastic surgeries. Cosmetic procedures have become part of the mainstream.

The popularity of K-drama brings the Korean obsession for plastic surgeries to other Asian countries as well. There are clinics in countries like Vietnam that offer their clients an opportunity to have K-pop stars’ exact look.

Next – It Runs in the Family

Poetry: Melancholy of Dreams

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

I dream of a purple horizon,
Where nostalgia torments the aching heart
and sad memories enkindle heartfelt tears.

How unfortunate to be alone in the world
To lament the solitary curse.

I dream of a trip down memory lane
To recall a place of feelings
And rediscover a splendid love.

Sometimes I wish they were just dreams,
So the pain and happiness of lost love
could be buried in the hollow soul.

My love,
Will I meet you again in the next life
Or will this be our eternal parting?

~Check out another poem – Broken Sail

Sword of Fury: Chapter II, Part 6

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cha Ri was the first and only one to approach him. He was overwhelmed by his sincerity. The two quickly became close friends. In fact, they were more like brothers than friends. But happy times were short-lived. He soon faced the sad reality that his family was running out of money and he would have to drop out from the school soon.

He was under pressure from his parents to maximize his learning at Tosan. In his desperation, he made the most regrettable mistake in his entire life, which was to attempt to steal the most powerful manuscript of Tosan’s fencing. He was unsuccessful and got caught in the act by Master Winter, the guardian of the manuscript.

Stealing the manuscript was the most severe violation of Tosan’s code of conduct. According to the rules, those who attempted to steal the manuscript will be sentenced to death. He was about to be executed when Cha came to his rescue. Using his sincerest tone, Cha tried his best to persuade the Tosan’s headmasters to reduce his punishment.

At the end, Cha successfully convinced the headmasters to spare his friend’s life. Instead, the masters crippled the offender’s left knee and banished him from the school. The biggest victim in this whole ordeal was Cha, who was also banished from the school.

Click the tag “Sword of Fury” to read previous chapters/installments.

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