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…

Kuala Lumpur: Rich, Vibrant and Colourful.

About a year ago, I submitted an article on interior home decor for Mongoose Publishing. The article was published in the Tropicana Magazine. My journey into writing leads me to various destinations that don’t seem to be a fixed trend. And then I recently wrote an article for a friend on the sights and smells…

Book Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.

No. of pages: 281 pages Date published: February 16, 2012 (first published January 1, 2004) Setting: Britain, Bangalore (India) Original Title: These Foolish Things When I first saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, I thought, “Wow, this must be the most eccentric book title I’ve ever…

Colmar Tropicale, In All Its Glory.

So I’m going to have yet another long weekend in January this month, my first for 2017 apart from the one we had for New Year’s Eve. It is actually my 30th birthday surprise weekend getaway which was long overdue because my husband was unable to secure the dates in December on my actual birth…

Book Review: French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain.

Type: Paperback, 232 pages Publisher: Gallic Books, October 11, 2016 Setting: Paris, France Original Title: Rhapsodie française French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain was, by far, the last of the short novels that I’ve read for the year. Sad to say, I didn’t feel that it was as great as The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat, also…

Book Review: The Mountain of Light.

I’ve often been a fan of historical fiction, but so far the titles I read under this genre were pretty gnarly and gruesome. Most of the books that I’ve read had all been based on the World War II and mainly involved either the Nazis or the Japanese. Both who were pretty sick when it…

Food Review: Nutty as a Fruitcake.

Are you nuts about fruitcakes or just nutty as a fruitcake? I actually love fruitcakes but I rarely buy them myself. I normally wait for family, friends or relatives to send some over during Christmas or when they happen to bake or buy some. And I so happen to have some with me now, and…

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…

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…

Solidarity in Football

In 1914, a truce was unofficially called out by both the German and British soldiers on Christmas Day. Thus, the Armistice Day football match took place at Dale Barracks between German soldiers and Royal Welsh fusiliers. Click here for more information on this historical day. There was a show of solidarity in sports, especially football…

Homecooked with Love.

There will always come a time when you want to whip up something special but you don’t actually have the resources to do so. Special meals at special places will no doubt leave a hole in your wallet, or worse, if you already had an existing “hole” in your wallet, it will just expand and…

Arsenal wins UEFA Match out of Sheer Luck.

I believe Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may have discovered a pot of leprechaun’s gold beneath a rainbow before the match between his team and Bayern Munich. Or maybe his wife could have pressed a four-leaf clover into his management diary a few days prior to the big game. Because the two goals that were scored…

Ringgit Malaysia: Revenge of the Fallen.

Pardon the line taken from the Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen movie title, but if you accidentally stumbled upon a stash of hundred ringgit bills somewhere along the kerb, would you pick them up? Or will you think that it is a carefully-planned trap laid out by someone who will pounce on you the…

Of Coffee and Macarons.

When I think of relaxing with a cup of coffee and my book, I always ask myself, “Where should I go to have my daily cuppa and maybe something to nibble on while reading my book?” That question never fails to escape my thoughts before planning my day. Sadly, not many cafe joints here can…

It’s a Hazy Situation.

Dear foreign tourists and international holidaymakers, If you can’t see the outline of the buildings in the distance and you thought you smelled fire and smoke, don’t be alarmed. It is just the haze that has returned to blanket the nation in gray. If you have planned your trips anytime in the second half of…