Are Laptops Better than Cat Beds? Your Cat Thinks So

This one’s mine. Said every cat ever. Are you inspired to complete your thesis? Planning to finish writing that long-awaited novel? Or it’s that infernal presentation that your boss has been harping about? Whatever the reason, you brew yourself a hot cup of coffee and fire up the laptop. You’re about to do some serious…

The Tragic Passing of My Favourite Fitness Tracker

I’m not much of a fitness freak but I do try to be on my feet more often and squeeze in some exercise while I’m at it. So far, I’ve done mostly swimming in the pool at my condo and the occasional jog around our neighbourhood football stadium. With the amount of time spent working…

Achieve Financial Joy by Decluttering Your Wallet.

It is in my pocket, in my bag, in my wallet, and on my mind, every hour of the day! Want to achieve financial joy? Manage your wallet with these three steps, the KonMari way! If you’re a devotee of Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo, you must be a big believer in her method of…

My Fuss-Free Vacation to Malacca.

They say travelling broadens the mind, nourishes the soul and heightens the senses. They also said that travelling can reduce stress because it is something we enjoy doing and an activity that doesn’t kill us like our jobs do. Except that it does drain your bank account if you don’t plan carefully. The whole of…

Dial ‘A’ For Anxiety.

The letter ‘A’ symbolises a good many things in my life; the good being a grade that I’ve always looked forward to receiving in my examinations to the bad which I’m going to talk about today. I’ve never been a grade A student, though, my grades have always been enough to get me through my…

7 Fitness Wearables That Won’t Dent Your Bank Account.

So the new year has begun and how many of us actually have added fitness goals to our list of New Year resolutions? How many of us have actually stuck to our guns and started doing various physical activities to keep ourselves fit? Let’s not mock those who have begun or who are already in…

Best 5 Kitchen Holiday Gift Ideas For Christmas

They were not wrong when they said, “The way to someone’s heart is through his or her stomach.” So, whether you’re shopping the perfect gift for a budding chef, holiday hostess or your home baker sibling, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We did most of the hard work for you and whipped up a…

Hana Tei: Giving Your Tastebuds a Reason to Celebrate.

Finding a great-quality Japanese restaurant to dine at, and one that your wallet agrees with you, is quite difficult these days, what with the fluctuating petrol prices in Malaysia. Before you sigh and walk away, there is a cozy little place in Bangsar that might change your mind. Of course, do remember that anything can…

Weekend Reads: 5 Great Gadgets For Your Next Road Trip

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Have you ever thought how lucky we are to be Malaysians? I have, and it’s not just because of the wide variety of cuisines. Malaysia is home to many different races who celebrate many different festivals and thus, serve a smorgasbord of gastronomical fanfare, as far as your stomach can…

How to Recharge Your Batteries without Breaking the Bank.

If you’re anything like me, I relish and welcome the weekend with much fanfare after a long and hectic week. Of course, there will be the occasional invitation to catch up on the latest gossip with your girlfriends or a hike through nature with the boys. It’s up to you to accept. I usually don’t…

Wading into the Unknown.

It has been four months since I was kicked out of a job because the company wanted to rehire a former employee. A role that I had been hired to fill, but was then told my services were no longer required because said former employee would be returning to take it back from me. It…

How to Handle Rejection on Your Own.

Rejection is a topic that many people don’t want to hear, don’t want to talk about, nor do they want to receive in the first place. As it is very common to get rejected, here are a few ways of mine on how to deal with it. Photo by Gerd Altman from Pixabay Rejection is…

Conversations with Your Grab Driver.

To you, he may be just a regular Grab driver you hailed on the Grab mobile app. But to him, you’re more than just a passenger. You’re his friend, confidante, therapist and more. Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels Let’s face it. Being a passenger in a car with anyone who doesn’t talk to you…

The Perks of Staying with Your Parents.

Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels. Whenever my parents go for one of their round-the-world vacations, they usually get me or my sister to stay over and watch the house for them. House-sitting, you know. And unlike baby-sitting, at least I don’t have to mop up after a terrible meal session, change diapers or watch…

Spongebob Squarepants and the Viking Sailor.

When I first saw Bubble Buddy in Episode 6 in Spongebob Squarepants Season Two, I wouldn’t have given much thought to who this Leif Eriksson person could be. I was under the impression that it was a figment of Stephen Hillenburg’s and Tom Kenny’s imagination. Image from http://www.bleedingcool.com. It’s also pretty hard to take things seriously…

The Little Digits We Take For Granted.

No matter how careful you are around the house, no matter how heightened your senses are when you’re navigating the space around your office, no matter how observant you are… There will always be that very moment when you stub your toe against the bed frame, reverse your heel into the couch or smash your…

Which Do You Read Faster: Ebooks or Print Books?

Image by Crimson Times. Is it just me or do you find yourself reading your ebooks faster than the printed ones? Well, yes, that’s my question of the day. I came across a post on Tumblr that said the person finished reading their ebooks faster than their printed counterparts. And it got me thinking: Yes,…

The Ugly Truth of Job-Hunting.

Disclaimer: The post may sound a little harsh and possibly unfair to hiring companies. But it perfectly describes the difficulties that we face when it comes to job-hunting. This is based on the blogger’s personal opinions and not as a means for libel, slander or defamation. I’m sure that each and every one of you…

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

Title: The Immortalists Author: Chloe Benjamin Format: eBook Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary Setting: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas No. of Pages: 352 Publication: Tinder Press Publication Date: January 4th, 2018           If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York…

Book Review: The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy.

Title: The Book Runner Author: Devin Murphy Edition: Kindle Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Delfzijl, the Netherlands No. of Pages: 380 Publication, Date: Harper Perennial, September 2017           In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during…

Book Review: Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.

No. of Pages: 364 pages Edition: Kindle Author: Becky Albertalli Publisher, Date: Balzer and Bray, April 2018 Setting: Atlanta, Georgia (United States) Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes…

Me and My Non-Dress-Sense of Style.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably find dress shopping a difficult task to uphold. Here’s what you can do to ad-dress your sense of style. Go online and find out what is your body shape and how to dress it. Trust me, it’ll help you out a great deal. As a child, I used…

All It Takes is a Little Sushi to Get Through the Day.

There are days when things aren’t so bad. There are days when things do get rough. And then there are the days when shit hits the fan. When those days hit me, I read to take my mind off troubled times. Or I sleep it off. But sometimes those things don’t work. When they don’t,…

Book Review: As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner.

Edition: Kindle No. of Pages: 395 pages Author: Susan Meissner Publisher, Date: Berkley, February 2018 Setting: Philadelphia, United States of America Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn…

Book Review: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard.

Edition: Kindle edition No. of Pages: 384 pages Author: Janet Beard Publisher, Date: William Morrow Paperbacks, February 2018 Setting: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America Synopsis: In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II “What…

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain.

Version: Kindle edition No. of Pages: 389 pages Publisher, Date: Ballantine Books, May 2018 Setting: Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and Cuba Synopsis: The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one…

A Special Visit from the Afterlife.

The months after my grandfather passed away in 1994 were difficult times. The people we met, the things we did, and the places we went, everything reminded us of him. The house was enveloped in sorrow and sadness. My grandmother looked fine as she went about doing her usual chores but I was sure her…