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Your September Love Horoscopes Are Here!

Consider this month your romantic pre-game as we head towards a super early holiday season.
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Aries

(March 21 to April 19)

Your heart needs a righteous break from the past. When you're grieving a breakup or getting over someone, you just want to skip the process and jump from point A to point B. Sadly, you can't skip the long walk between heartbreak and the making of a new you (and the possibility of a new relationship). Think of this month as your time to pick up the pieces of your heart and put them back together. Reinforce your love life with some hypothetical superglue by making September all about self-love.

Taurus

(April 20 to May 20)

Are you ducking out of an important conversation you need to have with your guy? It takes major guts to confront certain issues and it's way too easy to retreat back into solitary confinement to avoid having The Talk. Whether you need to finally DTR or are running out of time between now and just asking him out already, face up to the music. If you're ever going to progress with this love connection, you're going to have to learn how to talk to each other.

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Gemini

(May 21 to June 20)

You're headed towards a brand new chapter, as far as your relationship is concerned—and you're a lot more prepared for love this time around. Your head is in a really clear place—you're no longer clouded by a ton of misaligned expectations. You know what you want and you know you deserve it. You're starting things fresh again. Enjoy the honeymoon period with yourself or your guy. Things don’t stay this bright and sunny for too long!

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Cancer

(June 21 to July 22)

It's time to get a little more cutthroat in terms of your relationships. No more faffing around, trying to play the nice card to give way to your partner's (sometimes annoying) wants and needs. You deserve to set the rules straight—if you're tired of constantly hanging out with his friends, maybe it's time to demand for some quality time. You're already inherently sensitive and emotional. Putting on a little rigidity by playing hardball may serve you well.

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Leo

(July 23 to August 22)

You're usually so impulsive and excitable when it comes to love. It's time to turn the volume down several notches and approach your relationship a little more steadily. Enjoy the high that having a stable and supportive connection can bring. It may not be as thrilling as a rollercoaster Romeo and Juliet love affair, but it does one a lot of good to get a little more serious. Maybe it's time to consider really committing.

Virgo

(August 23 to September 22)

Is the dating life getting you bogged down? Take a breath, Virgo… there's no rush to find The One right away. Not every guy you're interested in has to be the be-all end-all guy for you—The One For Now could do you some good. Here's an opportunity to lighten up and have a bit of fun. Enjoy the group hangs, the coffee dates, the getting to know you's you're sure to run into as you expand your social circle. Beware of romantic burnout!

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Libra

(September 23 to October 22)

The thing about endings is that they'e also beginnings. It's finally clicking—why a past relationship or past love had to work out that way. You're seeing the sense in moving on. And sure, letting something go comes with way more sadness than we ever hope to encounter in our life, but this experience has made you all the more better at handling your own emotions. The next one's going to be so much better.

Scorpio

(October 23 to November 21) 

Is love making you feel a little weary? If the mere idea of boyfriends, dating, long-term relationships, and commitments is stressing you out, do yourself a favor and let go of the pressure to keep up with all your coupled-up friends. Think of working with the seasons—it's totally okay to just keep things quiet romantically for a while. Take as long as you need to surrender to the single life. We promise, it's not bad at all. 

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Sagittarius

(November 22 to December 21)

It can't be helped—falling in love with someone brings both happiness and heartache. The trick to making love last is to accept the ups and downs, and forgive yourself for the inevitable mistakes and missteps that are sure to come when you're in it deep with (or for) someone. Try not to get all caught up in the little things and stick to the big picture instead—it'll make life so much easier (and more pleasant) to deal with.

Capricorn

(December 22 to January 19)

It's important to spend a lot of time with your guy, no matter what stage of the relationship you're in. Sometimes though, we get so caught up in new love that we forget our lives outside of boyfriend-girlfriend life. Carve out some time in your schedule for your girl friends. Don't get stuck in a couple rut and remember that you can be yourself, truly, when you're with your friends too.

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Aquarius

(January 20 to February 18)

Sometimes, it just feels good to crawl into our own little holes and just be away from all the chaos that can come with relationship drama. Give yourself a chance to be on your own to catch your breath, Aquarius. If you dive in and get messy before you can gather your thoughts, you might get lost in all the madness. You can't be in an effective relationship if you don't know how to put yourself first. It's time for self-love.

Pisces

(February 19 to March 20) 

You've got a ton of options when it comes to love. But there's no way you're going to figure out just how many dateable people are out there if you stick yourself in a little comfort zone box. Daring to daydream about the possibilities can be incredibly healing, especially if you've been burned by relationships before. Everyone deserves to at least imagine that ideal guy. It'll get you excited to finally get real life romance going again.

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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________

Coffee

It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie A day ago

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY

One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

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