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…

My Journey Through Hell and Back.

Almost a week ago, I blogged about coming down with Saturday night fever. That much was true. What I didn’t know that followed five days after that was the most severe case of food poisoning and diarrhoea I have ever encountered! It still began on that fateful Saturday night. But it didn’t start until after…

Saturday Night Fever.

It’s not what you think. Definitely not the movie starring John Travolta. And it definitely has nothing to do with the Bee Gees’ song either. It was the first thought that came to mind when I came down with high fever last night. I still have no idea what the cause of the fever was…

Terrible! That’s What It Was.

There are many things that can frustrate me and drive me up the wall. One of it is an online game that my husband introduced me to. Often, I’d find my character being killed off over and over again, despite the endless streams of health and mana potions. I end up telling myself that if…

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…

Cats: The Purr-fect Cure for What Ails You.

Did you know… … that many studies have shown how pets can help to reduce stress and even lower blood pressure? I didn’t, at least, not until recently. I sat in the corner of the room my cats live in, cross-legged, and quietly observed them as they routinely padded around their living space. A sniff…

“Guest” Who’s Here!

In case you’re wondering, I’m not talking about some paranormal being that is sharing my home with me. I was referring to an actual human visitor or guest whom you’ve picked up from the arrival hall of your local airport. It could be a friend whom you have not seen in many years or it…

Killing Me Softly with Soft Serve Ice Cream.

When I think of soft serve, immediately McDonald’s comes to mind. Chocolate and plain vanilla. Were they the first to serve this? There are many independent start-ups and hipster cafes these days selling soft serve ice cream and touting them to be the best. But these delectable dairy treats cost a limb (at least RM10.00…

Do Not Disturb. Reading in Progress.

How often does this happen to you? You decide to do some reading. So you pick up your book and turn to the chapter where you last stopped, only to have someone sidle up to you and start talking or asking questions? Annoying, isn’t it? I’ve had a few instances myself, a few times during…

A Disclaimer For Life.

I bet you’ve encountered a situation where you’ve done or said something, but you don’t want other people to find out about it. But you weren’t alone. You were there with a friend. The next thing you say is, “Shh, don’t tell anyone about it.” Your friend nods and says: Don’t worry, you know me….

A Timely Escape to the Cove.

My beach vacation was a timely getaway from the hustle and bustle, the unwanted stress and the corporate poison from having left my company. Any later and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Also, any later will mean that I’d have to tussle with the Hari Raya and school holiday crowd! I booked…

Halt! Stop the Meeting Invitations!

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Has anyone ever asked to schedule a meeting for a meeting of the meeting for that meeting… Sorry, I had to do that. But think about it. How many meetings have you attended lately? How many meetings have you attended lately within a day? How many of these meetings were…

The Sweet Power of Suggestion

Last night, my husband and I were watching a video on YouTube on jelly beans and how they’re made. It brought me back to our dating days when we used to visit Candylicious, the sweet shop in One Utama and KLCC. We browsed the rows and shelves of candies, chocolates, chewy dinosaurs, gummy bears, and…

Book Review: Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe.

No. of Pages: 192 pages Publisher, Date: Thomas Nelson, October 2015 Author: Max Lucado Synopsis: What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would He answer? Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the sunlight and…

“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…

Book Review: Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope.

No. of pages: 432 pages Publisher, Date: Black Swan, November 2014 Synopsis: Four strong women. All working in a family business. But what happens when they begin to want different things? And what about the men – and the children – in their lives? Susie Moran has always been the breadwinner in her family. Her husband…

How Often Do You Get Your Caffeine-Induced Creativity?

The notion of working remotely (be it from home, at your nearest Starbucks or from the white sandy beaches of Bora Bora) can be very stimulating and inviting. Of course, this depends on how you feed your curiosity and creativity. For me, the idea of working from and on a beach sounds heavenly but I…

Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

No. of pages: 303 pages Publisher, Date: Penguin, April 2015 Setting: Atlanta, Georgia (United States) Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being…

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

No. of pages: 294 pages Publisher, Date: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., March 2015 Setting: Sweden Author: Fredrik Backman Synopsis: A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes…

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,…

Celebrate World Book Day with Some Book Facts!

It’s almost 5:00pm at the office but I haven’t forgotten that today is World Book Day! And to honour the day, I’m uploading an infographic on the top 10 fun facts about books that I’ve compiled from Hello Giggles. Let’s put our hands (and mouse cursor) together for the hobby and favourite pastime that has…