The Great Tom n Toms Escape

Life is endless escapism. Despite feeling very sick, I escaped to Tom n Toms to avoid the accumulating mess in my room which is the result of 3 travel luggages meshed by my bedside. I will have to start packing for my trip tomorrow, I swear. Meddling with my baby Lumix GF6 on a rainy […]

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. “ I love this book even as I’m sucked into the throes of its deepest tragedies. Even as I’d watched the movie midway through the book, I was unprepared for its ending. Nazism, constant bombings, war-torn countries […]

Confessions of a Hostie: True Stories of an International Flight Attendant

I received this book from Monsoon Books in exchange for a review, and here it is! Published July 1st 2012/October 28th 2013 by Monsoon Books MY REVIEW: “Caffeine is not a drug – it’s a vitamin. Comedian Steven Wright makes a joke about how he first makes an instant coffee just so he has the […]

Book Review: Waking Up Married

I received this book from Harlequin KISS in exchange for a review, and here it is! By Mira Lyn Kelly Date Published: January 22, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin KISS My Ratings: 7.2 / 10 “Life isn’t about getting everything you want the instant you want it. Some things are worth waiting for.” Additional Info: From USA […]

Book Review: I Heart New York

Whenever I’m done with a grueling day at work, a piece of light, fun chick-lit (or the likes of it) brings back the cheer in me. Lindsey Kelk’s humour is not at Sophie Kinsella’s, but rather, in a homelier manner her characters are likeable, relatable and slapstick funny. I couldn’t help liking Angela Clark. She […]

Book Review: You Don’t Have to say You Love Me

Neve Slater’s self-esteem is buried somewhere underneath her size 32 waist-line. She battles to fit herself into a size 10 in order to finally attract the attention of her love interest William, and decides to enter a ‘pancake relationship’ with the sex-god celebrity journalist Max. Max’s social reputation as a full-time jerk with the ability […]

we lived through a lifetime and the aftermath

For someone who’s a firm believer in New Year Resolutions, I’m not entirely convinced of its life-changing capabilities. Once in a while I look back upon my annual mandate, written with fervent excitement over the promise of a brand new year… “2011….I will make more friends, smile too often, take too many bad polaroids, go […]

Book Review: Happily Ever After

“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be.” ― Harriet Evans, Happily Ever After Much like hot chocolate on a rainy Sunday afternoon — which is what the coverpage conjures as an afterthought — was exactly how the book felt in my hands. This […]

another world, another lifetime

“Thomas Edison’s last words were  ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska What you regard as beautiful is bizarre to some, perhaps your world doesn’t belong in their lifetime. xoxo

keeping passion at bay (or surrendering blindly to it)

“Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path. No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow […]

vividly awake in every sense

“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.” ― Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl

a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue

“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re […]

the front porch

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or […]

much more good in it than bad

“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough, and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.” ― Lemony Snicket

magic squiggles

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It is a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts, on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew […]

marzipan flowers and clove cigarettes

“My eyes were closed and his mouth tasted like marzipan flowers and clove cigarettes, and in ten seconds the whole of my life was wrapped up in that one kiss, that one wish, that one secret that would forever divide my life into two parts. ” ― Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boy Summer

’em little things

“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re […]