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    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
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July 21, 2008



i am lost with words on how to comment on this piece..... am going home mid Sept to sign the last part of my divorce. Some friends have asked me if I will be celebrating once the divorce will be released.

I said NO... I took all the good things in that marriage.. I have learned so much about myself through the ups and downs of those years.

Last year on my birthday my ex rang up I was joking to him what was my present.. he replied... I DID YOU A FAVOUR... YOUR FREEDOM....

you have inspired me to be strong G


i always admire women who has the courage to end a relation. i have met women who stays in a relationship despite the abuses and the unhappiness. and the sorry excuse is always the children. which i would retort with 'but what kind of a father is your husband?'

glad that you and your ex separated in peace.


know what... i still, naively maybe, believe that a lot of people 'unconsciously' bank on divorce, annulment and separation when they get married... that it's an option for them and so they don't invest so much in the "should I get married, should I marry THIS person" bit

then again... i've only been married for almost 3 years...

and I can't imagine ending a marriage... so it's really nice to 'meet' people who are leading happier lives after a 'bad' one... the human spirit does triumph after all :)


What made you decide on a divorce? That is such a hard, painful I just don't have the will or the strength to take.


Sha - Good luck with the final step. I remember when I got the letter from my atty saying it was a done deal -- that was the only time I knew that I had finally moved on.

Bingskee - The one thing I know for sure is that my ex and I are much happier where we are now, and that it took our experience together to make that possible as well.

Delish - Maybe not naive, but cynical? Hehe...
I do know people from both ends of the spectrum, though. Like this one guy who decided to marry this girl he got pregnant because of the family pressure; he said he could always get out of it later. Then there's also my husband, who once told me during a fight that I was the one he wanted to spend his entire life with. :)

Miguk - Hard to briefly explain, but in a nutshell: if I stayed I would have lost myself completely. And I really believed he and I would be happier apart...not just me. It took a while to make the decision, but when I did I knew I wouldn't be looking back.

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