The June Roses or Roses in June

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Today is the last day of June and I have not yet posted any blog entry for this month. This might sound ridiculous if not trivial for many, but I do not want to let this month or any month without posting any entry in my beloved blog.

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On Places and Landmarks: Venlo and its Late 16th Century Townhall

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One day, without any pre-existing plan, I took the train and went to Venlo on my own. With a camera around my neck, I graced this beautiful, quaint, and yet intimate city. I pretended to be a tourist for day and allowed myself to be amazed by the sceneries as if I have seen it for the first time. It was an opportunity to see the city in entirely different perspective and also to develop skills in photography.

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Unlikely: The Spring Flower on Snow

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It is so Unlikely that these two, the snow and the flowers will meet, but notwithstanding its unlikeliness, they nonetheless did meet this year. The former belong to the winter whereas the latter to spring. Did the snow came later or the flowers earlier than usual? The image is an illustration of a beautiful and rare contradictions: The flowers are announcing spring in the midst of winter.

The Protagonist Writes: How To Become A Successful Blogger?

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The main protagonist of the book I am currently reading is a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who lives in the US. Amongst many other things, she blogs about race and racism in the host society from her perspective as a Non-African-American woman.

The title of the novel is ‘Americanah’ and it is authored by a Nigerian writer named Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. I first encounter Adiche online when she spoke on Ted Talk about ‘The Danger of a Single Story’in 2009. Her talk inspired me so much and begun following her works since then and brought me to the novel in question.

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The Momentum of Writing: Establishing versus Maintaining

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It is quite true that momentum is easier to maintain than to establish in the beginning. This is also very applicable with writing. The last time I worked with the article I promised to write was before the Holy Week.

Like what I have already mentioned in my previous posts, this article is based on the research project I have conducted while still in the graduate school. With the workbook of Laura Belcher entitled Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success as my guide, I promised to Bestow one or two hours to writing on a daily basis. Since the Holy Week, I am not able to honour that promise.

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Animals in Captivity: Life and Health in Exchange of Freedom

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Last week, my friend suggested to visit the zoo. Although I have mixed emotions about animals in captivity, I said yes anyway. Aside from spending a quality time with my friend, it will also be a good opportunity to practice photography.

I will not deny that I tremendously enjoyed meeting these animals that I would otherwise see on television when they are in their natural habitat. I was enToxicated the moment I entered the vicinity.

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