I cant wait for the day that i move out from my mother’s house and rent my own apartment, pay for my own food and bills and just be totally independent.

I envy some of my white friends who are living their lives without even thinking of what their parents are gonna have to say. But then again, i was born and raised in the Philippines with Filipino culture and customs so i highly doubt that i get to be independent till i prolly reach the age of 40. Im not even exaggerating.

Focus on yourself. Please. Don’t let your world revolve around someone else, because people are temporary. Do your own things; have your own likes. Don’t do things for them. Do things for you. Don’t stick around waiting for them, don’t give up your all for them because I guarantee you they will leave. Please. Live for yourself.
—  Velicious09.tumblr
I believe that we are who we choose to be. Nobody is going to come and save you. You’ve got to save yourself. Nobody is going to give you anything you’ve got to go out and fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t

Because human rights organizations and journalists are not allowed to enter West Papua. and because of the Indonesian suppression of free speech and the press the West Papuan struggle for independence is one of the lesser known such struggles. Few people know or care about the human rights abuses and suppression of the indigenous Papuan population by Indonesia, and in the case of the Netherlands I would say this is especially shameful. 

After Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands it also claimed West Papua with the promise to allow them a referendum later on about independence. This referendum was held in 1969 and was a complete sham, but was still recognized by the UN. The KNPB or the West Papuan National Committee is the peaceful branch of the West Papuan liberation movement. Many of the leading KNPB members have been murdered by Indonesia. The West Papuan National Liberation Army is the organization engaged in armed struggle against the Indonesian occupiers.

In this documentary undercover Al-Jazeera journalists visit with the leader of the KNPB to pay some much needed attention to their struggle.  Watch the documentary here: [video]

I can’t save you anymore my angel. I’m sorry, but it’s time you do it yourself… That doesn’t mean I won’t be there any less, it just means you have to save yourself when you’re drowning. I’ll support you…but I can’t catch you every time. Not anymore.
—  T.G. // Excerpt from a book I’ll never write #164

Today is the 25th March,  Greek Independence Day, which marks the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. So I thought it an appropriate time to post this map of Greece I made in around 2011, which contains a quote of Lord Byron’s. Byron was a significant character in the Greek struggle for independence and died from a fever contracted whilst in Missolonghi fighting against the Ottoman Empire. He has been revered in Greece as a national hero since his death.

Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.
—  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

“When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

Jomo Kenyatta (leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978).