Sleeping with the Skeleton in My Closet

Have you ever felt how you’re not who you think you are? That you’re not who society or your family wants you to be? That you might be harbouring a deep, dark secret or two? No, you’re not a cold-hearted serial killer. Neither are you a psychotic child molester or serial rapist. You’re you. You…

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…

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: 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…

My Clouds of Darkness Had a Silver Lining in the End.

Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get to the mint. – Don Marquis There is so much truth in the quote above. So much truth which I hadn’t been able to see as my eyes had been blanketed by darkness, despair and depression. Not too long ago,…

When Wrongful Termination Turns Into A Messy Divorce.

It’s been awhile since I last published a post. Heck, it’s been awhile since I last turned on my personal laptop at home to do my blogging. Yes, it’s been awhile. There is a back story to this. There is a reason why I haven’t been blogging consistently. Four months ago, on January 14, 2018,…

Of Political Shootouts and Countless Betrayals.

I don’t often Netflix and chill, but when I do, I do it for five hours straight. Nah, not really. I kind of did it for the entire day. The whole of a Saturday of one particular weekend. To be honest, I rarely watch anything on Netflix unless it well and truly catches my eye….

False Accusations and Suicides are Causes for Concern.

A few days ago, I read the news online of a 14-year old student in Penang who committed suicide after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone. According to the report, the student firmly denied doing the dirty deed but her denials fell on deaf ears. She was also struck for failing to own up…

In Loving Memory… Of My Job.

Let me ask you something. If you learn that you were going to lose your job, how would you feel? Would you: (a) Jump for joy? (b) Shed a tear? (c) Smile and calmly accept your fate? (d) Flip your manager the bird and strut like a boss out of the office? Or all of…

Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

No. of pages: 289 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Publication Date: 16 October 2012 Setting: Collingswood, New Jersey (United States) Author: Matthew Quick Goodreads Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy…

How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

I’ve been on a downward spiral in recent weeks. I blame it on the job. Granted, it’s quite a tough job, demanding even on the performance of my mental and physical health. But as everyone says, there is no such thing as an easy job. Everywhere you go, every job you do, there will always…

Can We Be Reprogrammed Not To Feel?

I don’t know about you guys but sometimes I feel as if I could do with a reboot. You know how hard you slog at your job to the point of exhaustion and collapse. Your brain is tired from all that thinking and squeezing. And you just want to jumpstart your brain with the very…

Book Review: Sinners by Jackie Collins.

There was just too much sex, lust and perversity in this book. Too much. So much so that once I was done with it, I had to detox my brain with another one that came with none of what I’ve read in Jackie Collins’ novel. Gosh. The History Behind Sinners The novel was originally titled Sunday Simmons &…

Book Review: The Far Side of The Sun by Kate Furnivall.

When I think of beaches, I think of the sun, sea, sand and surf. The soft white powdered sands sifting through my fingers. The blistering heat of the sun bearing down on my back. The warm sea water on my skin. The surf that has the children screaming with joy and happiness. Not quite the…

A Timeless Tale of Beauty and Nostalgia.

Recently in Malaysia, the movie Beauty and the Beast had garnered negative attention when the Censorship Board spotted what they interpreted as a gay moment during the song and dance between the pompous Gaston, his sidekick LeFou and the townspeople. Apparently said “gay moment” occurred when LeFou lifted up his shirt to show the love bite…

A Costly Convenience for the Digital Savvy.

Sometimes I wonder if modern technology today is good for us. Technology has helped to save lives, complete tasks, build machines, design skyscrapers and manufacture various modes of transportation. Yet at the same time, technology can also destroy what we have worked so hard to create. It can turn round any time and stab us…

A Bubbling Cauldron of Emotions.

Emo Nemo. Drama Queen. Cry Baby. Yeah, I’m almost certain that some of us have been called one of the names above before. At least once, and it isn’t a label that I’d welcome and be thankful for. Because emotions are part of us and it is normal for us to be emotional. Although, being…

Book Review: The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

Type: Paperback, 293 pages Publisher: Picador, June 5, 2014 (first published in 2014) Setting: Mallorca, Spain The Vacationers by Emma Straub is probably one of the few books that I’d buy on a whim online or at the bookstore. Simply because the book’s title may have appeared online as an ad in relation to something I’ve…

As a Matter of Conflict: Fight or Flight?

  There has been a bad vibe going around in my workplace for some time now, and truth be told, I had wanted nothing to do with it. It was conflict. I wanted to sink in further down my chair, hide behind my laptop and pretend nothing happened. The thing is, the conflict revolved around me….

What Happens When Your Job’s Not Cut Out For You.

Have your family and friends ever told you how lucky you are to have a job (your job, to be precise), but all you feel is a sense of utter confusion? Perhaps you simply can’t put your finger on what exactly it is that you don’t like about your current role, and you’re still there…

My Heart Goes Out to the Orlando Victims.

A short post today, after reading all the reports and post-mortem articles on the Orlando shooting: My condolences to the victims of the shooting, and their families. I pray that they will find some calm and peace amidst the rocky waves of terror and fear. No human being should ever have to go through this….

Should Parents Bring Their Children to the Cinema?

This is something that’s been on my mind every time I watch a movie at the cinema. Caution is necessary —> it might get a little controversial. Depends on how you look at it, and whose side you’re on, I guess. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now, here’s my topic for today: Should children…

Preparation is Key.

Two days ago, I attended an interview with an agency for an executive role. The interview would have gone well if it wasn’t for the interviewer’s persistent intrusion into my private life. The interviewer did not just ask about my experience, previous, and current work employment; the person even claimed it was to the “best…

Feng Shui in the Eyes of the West.

I’ve never been much of a Feng Shui follower, but because of an interview for the position of Research Writer in a Feng Shui-based company yesterday, I was given an assignment of composing my understanding of the introduction of Feng Shui. Also, I have an aunt who is a big fan of the practice, so…

Deadpool; No Holds Barred.

There are many reasons why Malaysians don’t trust nor like our own Censorship Board because they have a habit of censoring and removing the best parts from movies that are deemed to be too offensive for movie-goers, especially those who are not of age. More often than not, these could be the same reasons why…

Book Review: The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers.

Alright, I’m finally done with this. Took me awhile to finish reading, it did, and now I’m two books behind my 2016 Reading Challenge! I’m supposed to finish reading 50 books before the end of the year too. Well, without further ado, here is what I think about the book. My usual routine will begin…

Southpaws, Unite!

I used to think that fairytales were real. I thought that if I looked at other boys hard enough, they would have some sort of royal gentlemanliness in them and I’d try to get their attention. I also used to think that left-handed people were weird. Not weird to the point of being associated with…