Monday, August 30, 2010


Scene One
I walk towards the station. Correction, I run towards the station. I am late. I check my watch. Yes, I am late. I am going to miss the train probably. Oh no, it is my only chance to get out of here. I don't like the place here. I need to change my location, find another life; a better life. I have been asleep for far too long, or maybe I have been just fooling myself. This train was my only chance to leave here. I asked the other day and I learnt it is the last train. The station is going to be “under construction” for a long time and other methods of transportation in this town is bad.
I reach the station. I look around. The train catches my eye. I recognize it for I saw it before, the day I bought the ticket; the one way ticket. People are getting on the train. I check my watch. Only 30 seconds till the train leaves. 30 seconds to cross 100 meters. 28 seconds now. It is now or never.
I grab my bag tight and I run as fast as I can, brain frozen, heart beating twice as normal. It is as if I am trying to fly to reach the train in no time.
I jump inside it and fall hard on the floor. My shoulders are almost dislocated from the improper movement, but they aren’t.
I made it. I am inside the train.

Scene Two
I am seated now in the train. Calming down after my rush. I can feel my heart still pounding twice as normal.
I close my eyes, trying to get to my happy place, I learnt to do so in some “anger management” book. I am not angry, at all. I am just stressed or nervous or worried, whatever, but not angry.
I watch the travelers closely. I have a hobby of watching people, like my favorite show.
The train seems to keep going and going forever. It stops every now and then, though. I see people getting on the train and others leaving.
Where am I going? What is the name of my station? If only I had a clue.
Should I pick some station randomly? Should I stay on this train? I am not sure what to do.
Oh, train of life, where are you taking me?
Is there a map, so I can guess my destiny?
Then, I make up my mind. I hear the noise of the train. I focus on the noise. I take a deep breath and get up. This is my station, I decide.

Scene Three
I get off the train. I leave the station and look around. 
This is my destination. This is my new home. This is where I begin my new life.
I start to walk.

Photo credits go to Flickr

Friday, August 13, 2010

How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Dental braces (simply known as braces) are instruments put on one's teeth to align them and their position according to one's bite. They're the most proper way to fix crooked teeth. However, their presence may discourage good brushing habits due to the difficulty, resulting in decaying and discoloring of the teeth after the removal of the braces. To maintain healthy teeth, proper brushing is necessary to do so.

  1. Brush your teeth, at least, twice a day. Allow yourself to brush your teeth more time when you have braces than before you wore them. Braces are a struggle in the way of brushing the teeth and cleaning the mouth, so extra time is important when doing so.
  2. Small circles are a good form of brushing. Brush ten times in each area before moving on to the next.
  3. Don’t forget to brush the braces, as well; the upper and lower surfaces of the brackets and around the wire
  4. Brush your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth.

  • Don’t use whitening toothpaste. It causes discoloration when the braces come off.
  • Use a soft or a medium toothbrush.
  • It’s important to brush after eating foods high in sugar.
  • Brush lightly, but effectively.

  • Make sure to floss once a day preferably before you go to bed. Floss between teeth and between the wire and braces.
  • To apply dental wax to your braces, roll the wax into a small ball then apply it to the end of the wire or the bracket that causes pain. Don’t forget to remove it before brushing your teeth. 

Photo credits to whoever uploaded it.