At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life

I received this book in exchange for a review, and here it is! By Jennifer Criswell Published September 28th 2012 by Gemelli Press LLC MY REVIEW: “It was this trip, during which I learned to say “yes” to every adventure, during which I’d felt romance and trusted my instincts, that convinced me that if IContinue reading “At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life”

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 abilityContinue reading “Book Review: You Don’t Have to say You Love Me”

Travel-diary: Salzach River, Salzburg Austria

Along Makartsteg, a bridge over the Salzach River: It is the ‘Pont Neuf’ of Salzburg’s city centre, where lovers lock down physical embodiments that signify the fidelity of their love. Makartsteg Bridge was named after the 19th century Historicist painter Hans Makart, born and raised in Salzburg, who became famous as a painter of the VienneseContinue reading “Travel-diary: Salzach River, Salzburg Austria”

Travel-diary: Mirabellgarten of Salzburg, Austria

Gorgeous flowers in a heart of a beautiful city. Couldn’t help falling in love with the immaculate garden, the Papagena fountain and greenhouse Orangerie The very garden where Sound of Music was filmed Gates to the horticultural masterpiece Mirabell Palace, which houses the offices of Salzburg’s mayor and the municipal council The palace where flowersContinue reading “Travel-diary: Mirabellgarten of Salzburg, Austria”

September Reads

These couple of chick-lit came in the mail from Book Depository! A cosy, much-desired break from heavy literature. Can’t wait to lose some sleep over them. Easy – Tammara Webber Hubble Bubble – Jane Lovering I Heart New York – Lindsey Kelk The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris – Jenny Colgan Unsticky – Sarra ManningContinue reading “September Reads”

Travel-diary: Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Built circa 1080 Milan, Northern Italy The walls of the Basilica The confession chamber. Speak the truth, even if your voice quivers. There’s something about churches that illuminate the unspeakable calm One does not need to be of a certain religion to appreciate the beautiful monotony of rites The Basilica also houses the tomb ofContinue reading “Travel-diary: Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio”

a man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

From Milan to Venice

Fresh off a 12-hour flight to Milan, we hopped onto a three-hour railway tram into Venice. Grabbed lunch at the train station And off we go Our stop: Santa Lucia Buon Giornata, Venezia One of their prime, very beautifully hand-crafted, tourist rip-offs which are too elegant and gorgeous to look at to be of muchContinue reading “From Milan to Venice”

Coeur qui soupire n’a pas ce qu’il desire

Strong girls may protect themselves by being quiet and guarded so that their rebellion is known by only a few trusted others. They may be cranky and irascible and keep critics at a distance so that only people who love them know what they are up to. They may have the knack of shrugging offContinue reading “Coeur qui soupire n’a pas ce qu’il desire”

the best memories

The best memories remain when the worst are forgotten. None is as great a peacemaker as time, that simmers sharp pangs to a dull ache of the heart and wipes all slates clean when the pain comes to pass. The best memories upholds the smile when the tears are gone. A gunshot with its reverberations inadvertentlyContinue reading “the best memories”

my beautiful reality

Ought to be asleep to be in good shape for flight but I’m still running on caffeine! Overdosed as usual. What’s new. Day out with my one of my favourite batchgirl Dia and I’ve found my favourite coffee fix! Affogato – espresso with vanilla icecream at 1-Caramel Dessert Boutique! Talking it out, making new plansContinue reading “my beautiful reality”

I love you as certain dark things are loved

“And I, infinitesima­l being, drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, I felt myself a pure part of the abyss, I wheeled with the stars, my heart broke loose on the wind.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

it doesn’t interest me…

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, forContinue reading “it doesn’t interest me…”

’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’reContinue reading “’em little things”

178. sylvia plath

  “It’s getting so I live every moment with terrible intensity. It all flowed over me with a screaming ache of pain…remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted. When you feel that this mayContinue reading “178. sylvia plath”