[DIARY] WRITER’S BLOCK

Life caught me by the lapels and refused to let go. For a while now I’m almost afraid of looking at watches & clocks, seeing each day draw to an irrevocable close. 2015 is turning out very different from what I imagined, it’s little wonder that I’ve stopped churning out annual resolutions to ‘be better’, ‘work harder’, […]

[DIARY] LOVE YOUR IMPERFECTIONS

31 days into 2015 and it has been surreal. I’ve been thankful each day for the people I’ve met, especially to those I’ve learnt to count on for simply being there. The obstacles in my current career are finally levelling out. I’m beginning to understand why some of my colleagues would fall in love with this jet-setting lifestyle. Don’t be fooled […]

Book Review: The State We’re In

Publisher: Headline Review Date Published: 4th July 2013 My Ratings: 7 / 10 Average Goodreads Ratings: 3.9 / 5 SYNOPSIS: What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She’s a life-long optimist, […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Do not read this book on an empty stomach, for it will leave you foraging for every last morsel of chocolate in the refridgerator. With the promise of being introduced to the world of The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Jenny Colgan has left me more than hooked: I literally devoured her novel in 2 […]

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 Manning […]

Book Review: The Food of Love

I’ve truly learnt a lot of Italian phrases from Anthony Capella and here are some of my favourites: “…what your first Italian date told you to say to anyone who got fresh with you..” 1.“Cacati in mano e prenditi a schiaffi” lit: Take a shit on your hands and then smack your own face 2.“Lei e’un […]

The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time (Crime Writers’ Association)

Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951) Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939) John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963) Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935) Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938) Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940) Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868) […]

causal chaos and sheer blind luck

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods What’s life to you?  

talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter

“This is the key to life: To expect everything to be given to you from above, yet to be genuinely surprised and forever grateful, when they are. Expecting all good things to be yours, while not knowing how to take anything for granted. If there may be a key in life, this is the key.” […]

in itty-bitty pleasures we revel

Couple of days ago I revived the much-missed feel of carrying dead-weight heavy books in my arms… by hitting the public library! Which, sadly I have avoided since, 4 years ago, I found actual shit between pages of Nora Roberts. By then I’ve forced myself to accept the fact that people do bring public books […]

if you can be faithless

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. ― Oriah Mountain Dreamer