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…

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: 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…

Book Review: The Last Innocent Hour by Margot Abbott.

No. of Pages: 599 pages (although in iBooks, it was shown as 1,251 pages) Publisher, Date: Sand Hill Review Press, June 2017 Author: Margot Abbott Setting: Berlin, Germany Synopsis: It is 1946 and Berlin is a ruined city, the Nazis vanquished, but memories of the city in 1934 haunt Sally as she returns to investigate war…

“What’s In a Name?” to Quote Shakespeare.

Shakespeare wasn’t the only one with the question when he added it to his play, Romeo and Juliet. The quotes from the play pertaining to the question, “The name of a thing does not matter as much as the quality of the thing,” and “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” were not…

Tune In To Your Audiobooks This June!

Some of you may already know this but I most certainly didn’t! Did you guys know that June 2017 is Audiobook Month? I didn’t even if I happen to have the complete works of Dale Carnegie in audio format. I just haven’t found the motivation to listen to him tell his story because audiobooks aren’t…

Honouring the Women in Our Lives.

This isn’t my first time celebrating Mother’s Day yet, I got the dates mixed up. I thought it was the first weekend of May and we went out for dinner to commemorate the day. It turned out to be the second weekend of May! Oh well. At least we celebrated it early and didn’t have…

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

No. of pages: 500 pages Publisher: Fourth Estate, December 4, 2014 (first published in November 16, 2010) Setting: America, the Pacific Ocean, and Japan Original Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was not the first historical non-fiction book I’ve read (The Secret Ministry of Ag. &…

Book Review: The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish by Noreen Riols.

My Life in Churchill’s School for Spies Type: Paperback, 320 pages Publisher: Pan, May 8, 2014 (first published in August 29, 2013) The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish was the first ever non-fiction memoir that I have ever read. Throughout my entire lifetime of reading, the books I’ve always read were fiction; science fiction, romance…

Oh, For the Love of Coffee!

It was International Coffee Day on October 1 over the weekend, how did you celebrate that special occasion? How does one even celebrate such an occasion, since it isn’t a day where you pay visits to your relatives, or collect red packets of money from your elders, or attend open houses with big scrumptious feasts……

Saved by the Book!

I’ve got a random question for you, readers: Can a book really save your life by stopping a bullet for you? Or is it just a myth? Because if that’s the case, then women don’t really need men anymore, since books have taken over the places of our boys. I know this sounds like a strange blog…

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…

EPL Review: Leicester City Makes History after 132-Year Wait

A short blog post and update on the current English Premier League that is about to end very soon. Only one match left,and then it’ll be a long break before the entire transfer window saga starts again. The curtains for the 2015-2016 English Premier League is slowly being drawn now, with most clubs playing their…

Food Review: The Man Behind the Sushi Counter.

Are you a fan of Japanese cuisine? Perhaps I should be more specific: Are you a fan of sushi and sashimi? I know I am, and I’m not ashamed of it. My parents introduced me to sushi one day but back then, I was only interested in eating the raw salmon. There was a certain…

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…

75 Years of Virginia Woolf.

As a reader, I’ve never been much for Virginia Woolf nor have I read her books. As a writer, however, I must commend on her genius ways on writing, especially her famous nonlinear prose style notably in her novels, Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse. March 2016 began as the National Nutrition Month and now,…

Book Review: Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson.

You know, I always try not to buy books that come in a series or a trilogy because I almost always never find the subsequent books that follow up with the first one. I consider myself lucky only if the bookstore or warehouse sale happens to sell all the books required in a series which,…

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…

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…

Walking Down “Memory” Lane.

Drag and Drop Dragging and dropping files into a tiny piece of technology is often a pain in the ass to me because of the amount of storage that will eventually run out when too many things have been put into it. I have various storage devices ranging from 16MB to 128GB, with each and…

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…

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Two sisters. One must be brave. The other should be afraid. Be very, very afraid. After all, it is World War II and in wars, nothing good ever comes out of it. Unless we’re talking about the benefits that the enemies are getting at the expense of the victims. Synopsis: “FRANCE, 1939: In the quiet…

Mid-Autumn Lights.

It’s that time of the year again… No, not the haze. That’s actually a rather depressing topic to talk about. I’m referring to that time of the year where people eat mooncakes and make paper lanterns to light up and float them around. For the children, it really is for the fun of it. But…

The Bridge on the Perak River.

The long National Day weekend has prompted yet another road trip back to Ipoh, Perak for us, despite having vacationed here some time back in May this year. There is something about Ipoh that resonates with us. And that the lifestyle and the cost of living are both laidback and affordable. Even more so than…