New Year, New Me… Really?

Is it just me or is everyone still nursing a Christmas hangover? Because it looks as though the New Year’s Eve celebrations are about to kick off but it seems as though everyone’s still in a Christmas mood. Christmas doesn’t feel like it’s ready to leave yet, with some people still exchanging belated presents and…

Book Review: The Incarnations by Susan Barker.

A taxi driver husband (Wang Jun) who has a stalker hanging on to his coattails. A masseuse for a wife (Yida) whose hands provide pleasure of the flesh for a living. A daughter (Echo) who takes neither pride in her parents’ lives nor pleasure in her education. A father (Wang Hu) whose ego took a…

EPL 2015: Arsenal vs. Bournemouth.

It was one of those days for Arsenal fans worldwide. We know how our the club plays their games. One minute, they play so well and win big. Next minute, they play badly and lose terribly. We know Arsenal’s playing style by now. We know they are consistently inconsistent and unpredictable. You hope they win…

The 10 Types of Christmasses.

Here’s a running joke that often finds itself on the pages of social media: Q: What do you normally get on Christmas? A: Fat. I get fat on Christmas, or pregnant with food babies. Hello, everyone! Sorry about the absence of posting for the last two days but while I don’t celebrate Christmas, my family…

All I Want For Christmas…

I don’t know what I want for Christmas. I don’t know what I don’t have at home to want people to buy it for me. I’m not much of a shopper, and I don’t really give off vibes that I need something and therefore, someone should buy it for me. Actually, I’m not a Christmas…

EPL 2015: Arsenal vs. Manchester City.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud ensured that Arsenal remains in second place with 36 points, two and four points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City (38 points) and third-placed Manchester City (32 points), respectively. Spurs are fourth with 29 points while Manchester United has slipped to fifth place, also with 29 points….

When Green Tea Meets Black Sesame.

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never heard of a joconde cake before. Heck, I didn’t even know if it was an Indonesian specialty or some other European fanfare! Until I did some research on it, of course. Going back to my post on what a ‘joconde cake’ is all about (Sneak Preview: Joconde Cakes…

When Reading Takes Precedence.

There will be but a short post today. A post that outlines my love for books and reading. There are many important areas of my life, from my marriage to my job. But only one thing stands out tall and bright, and they are my books. There’s something about reading that I cannot explain to…

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

If you found a magic telephone in your closet, attic or store room, and it allows you to turn back time. Which means that you have the chance to go back into the past and meet your teenaged self to right the wrongs of your life, would you take it? If yes, which areas of…

Living Out of A Box, Literally.

I’ll be honest with you. I have yet to do what I have put forth to you. I have yet to take the opportunity to stay within the metal four walls of a container hotel. English majors and language nerds (including yours truly) will pounce on you for using this term without a care for…

Genting Highlands for Everyone!

My husband and I were back in Genting Highlands last Thursday, but not for gambling reasons. We don’t gamble. I’ve never been to the casino in Genting Highlands, to be honest. And I don’t plan to either. I have been to the casino in the Central Business District of Brisbane, however, and after seeing how…

Selangor Gives Back.

I rarely ever publish blog posts about my own country, for safety reasons. Also, for political and religious reasons where I know I can get into trouble for mentioning it online. So I normally avoid talking about Malaysia unless it’s about food and holiday destinations. Today, however, I feel indebted to publish a post on…

EPL 2015: Aston Villa vs. Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud’s penalty and Aaron Ramsey’s cool finish gave Arsenal a comfortable 2-0 victory last night over Aston Villa, and propelled them to the top of the Premier League table. Level on points with the Gunners are Manchester City in second place, and Leicester City in third place and one game in hand. Manchester United…

Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice.

Note to readers: I apologise for the absence of blogging. I was away on a vacation with my husband for his birthday from Thursday and we only got home yesterday. Now that I’m back, the blogging will return to normal. It didn’t take me long to finish reading this, probably because it got me hooked…

Hi, My Name is Jack.

WARNING: This post may come across as a rant, a complaint of some sort. If you do not wish to listen to my disgruntled opinion, you are welcome to leave the blog. SIX MONTHS AGO… JUNE 2015 I have been at my current company for six months now, having learnt the ins and outs of…

Exceptional-list.

No one really knows how the idea for lists came around (although there was a slight mention of David Letterman’s name), and if there is a specific number of points per list. Can you imagine trying to think of top 10 reasons why you love ‘Top 10’ lists with top 10 explanations to support your…

EPL 2015: Arsenal vs. Sunderland.

Arsenal’s sketchy performances almost continued after an own goal was scored to Sunderland’s advantage. Many of the Arsenal fans want the club players to stop scoring for the opposition. We want to be scoring for our own team and our own progress, not for the benefit of others and contributing to their progress! Arsene Wenger…

Not Your Average Tour Guide.

Yes, photos taken from a moving vehicle are NEVER clear and are ALWAYS blur. Oh, and bear in mind that the photos taken were with a smartphone and not an expensive, super-spec Canon or Nikon DSLR. At least I tried. I rarely ever drive head-on into KL if I can help it, mostly due to…

Sneak Preview: Joconde Cakes.

When I was introduced to someone who bakes macarons, little did I know that she bakes joconde cakes too! Otherwise known as ‘opera cakes‘. Yep. I only knew this recently and with that little titbit of knowledge, I made an order for a slice of green tea and black sesame flavoured joconde cake, on top…

SEO with Spiderbots.

The only time I ever want to talk about spiders is when I’m referring to the arachnids created by Google and other search engines. According to Kinetic Knowledge: These multi-legged robots are known as ‘spiderbots‘, ‘web crawlers‘ or ‘Googlebots‘), and are deployed by Google and other search engines to crawl your web pages based on…

Sympathies for San Bernardino.

Overheard on the radio this morning while driving to work: Another mass shooting has occurred in San Bernardino, California, where three armed suspects had stormed a centre for people with developmental disabilities, where 14 people were killed and 17 others were wounded. Two suspects were shot dead, while another third was on the run. I…

Table Your Success with SEO.

Do you often lament on how your website isn’t generating enough traffic and revenue? Do you often hear your boss demanding to know why the numbers are deteriorating? Are you worried that your website isn’t providing clients with enough reason to stay on-page and not leave? Well… The answer is right here. The answer is…

Hit Me, Britney, One More Time!

Once upon a time, when the Internet was new on everyone’s box-shaped computer. When songs contained meaningful lyrics, when singers and performers were not as skimpily-dressed and shouting out sex-heavy, bruised and battered lines. Also, once upon a time when Britney Spears was the darling of MTV, and everyone’s fantasy. Every guy wanted to be…

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

I regularly listen to LiteFM, a local radio channel in Malaysia, and Taylor Swift often pops up with her catchy pop tunes, with ‘Wildest Dreams’ and ‘Style’ being two of her latest numbers to be aired on the radio. I am quite taken with both songs, so I decided to watch the official music videos…