My five year old Auckland-based nephew, Tatan, recently celebrated his birthday in Manila. Every little kid wore his/her favorite cartoon character: there was a Wolverine, a Batman, a Tinkerbell and a Spiderman.

Tatan was in a Captain America suit; I initially wondered why.

Tatan appears to be timid, passive and less playful than most kids his age. Why is he a Captain America then?

I was watching him run around and play during the party, and every kid who wishes to play with him, he gets shy around them and raises his shield instead to cover himself as if saying, I just want to be alone.

If I was a cartoon character, I’ll easily pick Captain America too!

Being my INFJ-self, I can easily come across as confident and strong in front of people. But whenever I feel like shying away from the world, having a shield will definitely come pretty handy.

I want my personal space. I need some time for myself too – to recharge, to recover and to find my inner soul.

After 10 days of nonstop partying and socializing during the Christmas break, I felt totally drained. Coming back to my home in Singapore meant I’ll find my inner chi back.

Today, I just feel like blogging, writing down my thoughts, reading a book, eating an apple, and jogging in the park with my headset on. I guess my personal shield is currently up.

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Living abroad for more than half a decade now, Paolo works in Singapore as a sales and marketing manager for a luxury travel publication. His creative urges can’t always be contained, hence photography, video documentaries, and blogging are his go-to forms of artistic release. Since he didn’t get to pursue TV production after getting a degree in Communication, Paolo now turns to Random Republika as an outlet to keep himself updated and to share his thoughts on what’s happening in showbiz and beyond. Follow his other stories via Instagram (@bigbluefish).

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