So Fishy but Still So Good!

There’s always that one friend who knows just where to get good food. Sometimes, you need to drive far; other times, it can just be right behind your house. In this case, it’s not a friend and yes, it was behind my house. My sister’s husband has a nose for delectable menus and he found…

Esoteric Healing Gave Me a Renewed Sense of Confidence

Stress has always been a part of me. I mean, who isn’t stressed, right, especially in this new-fangled era of continuous working even after office hours and on weekends. Not mention, the kind of pressure your managers pile onto you, calling you names or contacting you at ungodly hours of the night. I’ve experienced those…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

A Hot Bowl of Hale and Hearty Goodness.

There are the days when it rains and rains and rains. Nonstop. A torrential downpour of tears from the heavens above. It can go on for hours and hours. Sometimes, it stops as soon as it started. But most of the time, it carries on for hours on end. When it rains, it gets cold…

Jean-Benoit Aubery, My Favourite French Pirate!

I don’t often fall in love with villains, but when I do, I make sure they have class. And the French pirate in Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Frenchman’s Creek, Captain Jean-Benoit Aubery is one of them. Captain Jean-Benoit Aubery is the master of the ship La Mouette and leader of the crew onboard the ship. A daredevil at…

Admiring My Little Empire Aristocrat.

I fell in love with typewriters when I first saw them on Pinterest and Tumblr. I often caught myself envying the people who owned them. But I didn’t know where to get them in Malaysia. Until my husband bought one for my 30th birthday. It was a vintage model called the Antares 280. I’m not…

Mrs Danvers in ‘Goosebumps on Manderley’.

Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again… If there was a book to be written by R. L Stine in his famous Goosebumps series, it should include Mrs Danvers as one of its key characters. Heck, maybe she should be the key character and main ghost host in the story. Because she was,…

Movie Review: The Silver Linings Playbook (A Film Adaptation).

I finally caught the movie adaptation of the book The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick yesterday. It took me awhile to catch up but once I did, I realised how different the book and the movie were. They were stark differences between the two and I’m just going to give you guys a quick update…

Book Review: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

No. of pages: 332 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books Published Date: 30 April 1990 Author: Amy Tan Setting: China and California, United States Synopsis Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to…