When you’re gone…

Sometimes before sleeping,

I just lie in bed and clear my mind,

free of worries and troubles.

I stare blankly into the sky, 
imagining what the future would be like.

I imagine us cuddling on a cold, rainy night, 

I imagine us walking hand-in-hand down the neon-lit streets of the City, 

and I imagine us embracing each other’s pain and flaws.

I look up at the grand tapestry of black before me,

the vast expanse of darkness illuminated by the sea of a million stars

and I wish you were right beside me

and set me free

from my insecurity

when you’re not with me.

 -Hyun Jae 
All artwork taken from Google Images


Poem of the day – One day in Switzerland, Europe

Majestic castles

with ashlar walls,

arched arrow loops

with broad domes,

adorned with crosses

around the rim.

The broad wooden drawbridge

with a drawn up Portcullis.

Sunshine falls

on majestic stone walls,

castles are just one,

but not all,

of the things you’ll come across

all over picturesque Switzerland.


*Author’s note : This is an actual picture I took while I was in Switzerland last December, this castle is Chateau de Chillon, otherwise known as Chillon Castle, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland. *


Short stories 003 : Light, love and Friendship


“Love is like a lamp, while friendship is like a shadow.

When the lamp is off, you will find the shadow everywhere.

But not all the time can you find a lamp,

so bright enough to cast a dark shadow.”

Everywhere we go, we meet people; new faces, different personalities, and people from vastly different backgrounds with a wide range of hobbies that sometimes may be out of the ordinary.

Friends can be made just about anywhere and everywhere.

But a true friend and a true love is not as easy to come by.

Love is like a lamp, while friendship is pretty much like a shadow. When the lamp is off, you will find the shadow everywhere. But not all the time do you find a lamp, so bright enough to cast a dark shadow.

What do I mean by that?

Even when one friend is not by our side, there is always many others which are like the ubiquitous shadows around us that are easily found. But finding someone that stands out and leaves a deep impression on you is not easy because not every lamp is strong enough to withstand the strength of the wind and keep their flame alive. Likewise, not all friends and people who love you will persevere through hardship with you because some of them just succumb to pressure and find the easy way out; just as to be extinguished by the gust of strong wind.

In life, finding true friends is never easy—it takes time, effort, and commitment to find them. But once you do, don’t just let them be the lamp in your life—be the lamp in theirs too.

Because love and friendship goes two ways—it is mutual.

Treasure the friends around you who are genuinely true. And treasure them just as much, too.

Poem of the day – True Friends VS Fake Friends

All through life, we have friends.

But do we ever wonder

Which ones are actually

Our “true” friends?


When we’re having this specific clique all along

That study with us,

And play with us.

We all do well on tests together,

Get the same good grades together.


But when this happens,

Other people draw close to you

When they never actually spent quality time with you

And start to ignore their once close friends

And talk to you instead

Don’t you fear that these people

will leave you one day,

Just as how they did

To their very own friends?


These people AREN’T true.

Only those who stand by you

In bad times, and in good times,

Are the ones you should treasure

And value close to you.


And remember this,

fake friends are around

when they think you’re cool.

But true friends are around

even when they think you’re a fool.


Poem of the day : Resonance of Nature

The wind blows gently,

ruffling my hair.

As I clasp onto a flower,

one whiff just gives me to power

to envision peace and happiness.

My mind wanders

as the aroma tingles my senses,

the smell of pollen grains,

and the fragrance from the flower-

when taken together,

makes me feel much more sober.

My soul takes off

and flies to another world


imaginary, yet divine

unlike this world.

I can hear the melodies of singing birds,

the sound of the gales of wind,

the rustling of the lush green grass

beneath my feet ;

my senses are overwhelmed

by the song of nature.

In this place,

worries, burdens and stress

ceases to exist.

So cast aside your troubles,

step into the meadow,

embrace nature

and cast aside your sorrows…

For happiness and joy

will come naturally

as you stand within nature

with smiles, all jolly.




Poem of the day : The Candle and the Girl

A matchstick lit me up

and I glow faintly

in the eerieness of night.

The cold wind blows,

and I flicker through the night.

I try to keep my flame alive

through the whole night.

I need to keep someone alive.

A little girl is relying on my warmth

to survive the cold night.

Her ragged clothes all covered in snow,

she shivers and catches a cold.

She holds me tightly in her hand,

breathing heavier with each breath.

I can’t die out on her ; or we will both vanish forever.

The freezing winds try to put me out,

but I do not waver—

I remain alive, stronger than ever,

for this child, I am her lifesaver.

The child’s fingers shudder

and they get colder by the hour.

She doesn’t know when someone else will come,

and save her from her predicament forever.

All her days she has been selling matches and candles, and I am the last of her stock.

Her legs are frozen and her fingers are trembling.

The snow storm gets stronger and snow covers my wax.

I try hard to keep her alive, but the snow, like an antagonist, wants to end my life.

More snow covers her hands.

She trembles and tries to hold me tightly, till the very end.

As my flame gets smaller, before dying off, she breathes her last and whispers , “Thank you, for saving me, friend.”

My wax is all gone and I cannot be rekindled.

Her body is frozen and she can no longer move.

Midnight comes and we both disappear

away from the world forever.

Poem of the day : Smiles beyond miles

A smile is a painting of happiness on your face,

sheer joy, passion and eagerness 

to start a new phase.

A smile sets frowns

upside down;

it cheers up the saddened of heart,

and brings joy out of your heart.

A smile makes someone’s day,

whether they like it or nay,

because just seeing that look on your face, 

their mood will change

and perhaps brighten someone else’s day.

So spread happiness, joy and love.

It doesn’t hurt once to put on a smile,

don’t try to fake one—just be yourself.

Remember to smile, 

and all things will go well.

Poem of the day : The breakup 

Once upon a time,

you lit up my life.

My days were zestier than lime,

with long evening drives.

Yet those happy days

ceased to exist,

just as you crushed

my heart to bits.

I fell into the shadows,

my heart, hollow—

for in the darkness

I can never wallow.

The light in my life,

shut off by a strife,

that seperated us forever.

Torn apart and broken,

I hobble on this path of life,

half dead, half alive—

gasping for breath,

but there’s no one in sight.

The shadows cascade in front of me,

my path is unknown.

My vulnerable, trembling hands,

clinging on to that final glimmer of hope

wishing that you’d return…

Even though I know

…that would never happen…

Poem of the day : Lonely, sad memories

In pain, anger, sorrow…or woe,

there’s always someone, you know?

Your shoulder to cry on,

your pillar of support…

where you get your courage, confidence,

eradication of fears and what not.

But what if loneliness

really does exist…?

Once you’ve fallen into the pit,

you can’t get out

no matter how hard you dig.

Even if someone pretends

to stretch a hand

to save you—

or lead you to your end,

you can’t get out,

and you’re trapped inside.

Your emotions caged up,

your heart turned to stone,

your soul asleep,

your presence unknown,

your existence, ceased,

in this world……gone.