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Elections and the Big Business of Politics

[Read directly on Magdalene.co] by Jennie M. Xue The 2017 Regional Elections next week, which is known by its Indonesian abbreviation as Pilkada, is the battleground for the so-called three-pronged “businesses of politics,” which comprise the candidates, the sponsors,...

Writing and Traveling to Heal

  [Read directly at Magdalene.co] by Jennie M. Xue Writing and traveling have been tremendously helpful in my healing process from a recent divorce. Meditating and praying too, of course. But writing, especially, has been my “weapon of choice,” as it gives me...

Girl Power, Feminine Mystique

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue The world has progressed to becoming more creative and women-friendly. Today, more women than men graduated from college and are working in the workplace. More than ever, single women are buying properties under their...

A Room of My Own

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Virginia Woolf once said that a woman needs money and a room of her own to write. But sometimes, a woman needs neither room nor money. Sometimes, she only needs to be alone. Throughout history, male hermits have been...

Learning from Viola Davis’ Empowering Moment

[Read directly on Magdalene.co] by Jennie M. Xue I’m one of ten million viewers who watch How to Get Away with Murder TV series on a US television network. Viola Davis plays Professor Annalise Keating, who is a lecturer of Criminal Law at the fictional Middleton...

The Problems with “Kawaii” Girls

  [Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue K-Pop and J-Pop are full with female stars who are girly girls in pink and pastel bubble gum outfits, ultra-long fake eyelashes, colorful eye contact lens, pouty well-defined lips, high cheekbones in gazillion...

Combining Grace and Observing

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Two things that truly mean a lot to me are grace and being observant. As a person, I keep reminding myself that we all must have “grace” as it gives us the courage and confidence to exist without worrying too much. As...

Teaching Fun Global Citizenship

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue The world is already globalized and the regional economic integration in the form of ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 is magnifying what we are already experiencing. Is Indonesia ready with its “global citizens” whose...

Looking for Prince Sincere by Being Sincere

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue I’m now at an age that I can see beyond a facade, what people say about themselves and others, and who people think they are. Call it “intuition,” “polished analytical skill,” or “profiling skill.” Whatever you wanna...

Jesus was a Feminist

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Every Christmas I remind myself that it’s the day of the birth of one of the most important persons in my life, if not the most important. He saved all human beings and set an important example that whoever we are,...

How to Call Happiness on Demand

  [Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Divorce changed me. It made me rethink about life purposes and what I truly want in life and a relationship. One of them is how happy I want to be and how I can get to that point. Happiness isn’t a destination....

Why I Don’t Wear Hermes: Living in Abundance

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Life is a series of choices between two extremities ­– birth and death. Every single thing, from thoughts, ideas, actions, to what you wear are based on choices you make. Reality is what you make of it. Whatever you...

Enough of Your Bro Culture, Bros!

[Read this article directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue The world belongs to both men and women with no reservation. Yet women often feel that men are the stars on the stage, and they mere sidekicks whose whole existence is to support the “stronger of the sex”....

Luxury of Wings and Power of Stories

[Image by Uri Bareket] [Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Today’s women are fortunate. If only we know how to make the most of our lives. We live in an age where gender matters, but it’s not as restricting as a couple of centuries —or decades— ago....

Why Love Fades

by Jennie M. Xue I first met my ex-husband in an initiation event of a college student’s organization. We dated and grew up together during college years at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. We were college sweethearts. I was in love and I...

One Year Later: Life After Separation

  [Read directly on Magdalene.co or Rappler.com.] This article was originally published by Magdalene.co and republished by Manila-based Rappler.com. Thank you, Rappler! by Jennie M. Xue On Nov. 3, 2013, my ex husband dropped a nuclear bomb. He said that he had a...

How to Be A Woman

[Read directly on Magdalene.co.] by Jennie M. Xue Simone de Beauvoir said, “One is not born a woman —one becomes one.” Small things determine whether one is “woman” enough by society. Oftentimes, she isn’t. And those are small things, not big principle things like...

How to Spot Prince Narcissus

[Read directly on Magdalene.co] by Jennie M. Xue I look at the world with awe and wonder. I admire people, both men and women, who make changes in society and I don’t mind praising them for their excellence. This childlike trait of mine is both a strength and a...

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