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 doubt I’d get much work done. The pristine clear waters would be calling my name.

Remote working is an evolution of how people accomplish things nowadays. Once where our parents had no choice but to finish their paperwork and presentations in the stifling cubicles of their offices, the generations today have the option to discuss, brainstorm and churn out results at the round corner table in a cosy coffee shop, fuelled on caffeine and cheesecakes. Working has certainly come a long way since the Baby Boomer Generation.

So I’m okay with getting things done from my favourite coffee shop. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) would be great if it wasn’t for the number of families with children popping by. Starbucks used to be my favourite go-to joint once upon a time but their hot and iced blended flavoured beverages were no match for those on the CBTL menu. They were too sweet and/or too diluted. It was then that I switched allegiance and loyalty to CBTL.

But I digress.

My current (but soon to be former) company practises this concept of remote working. I just never got the opportunity to apply the concept to my working schedule because my current (and soo to be former) manager doesn’t seem to believe in the notion. He doesn’t want us anywhere but the office for fear of being uncontactable. Well, it’s either that or he doesn’t trust us to get things done anywhere but the office. Poor excuse, really, seeing as we hardly get things done in the office because he is there. He bugs us. He irks us. Too much. How do you get things done when you’re constantly being watched? He claims he doesn’t practise micro-management but again, that’s yet another poor excuse, really. I’m not sure what his agenda is but when every other department in the company is allowed to work remotely from wherever they are, you start to wonder if he is being fair or is he just a mean and petty dictator.

But is all the fuss about working remotely worth it? Can you really get work done in a noisy environment? Here are some pros and cons of working from a cafe that I have compiled in an infographic based my research online:

Should You Work in a Cafe_The pros and cons were found here, here and here. Also… here. Yes, many people are talking about it as it is one of the highly sought after options these days. And with many independent and hipster cafes popping up like mushrooms on the forest floor, how can you say no to working remotely?


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. I think the only series I remember watching was The Mentalist. Other than that, it was just a quick glance or two at what my husband’s watching. Like Person of Interest.

Until Shooter USA came along.

Shooter is USA Network’s new conspiracy thriller based on the best-selling novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, and the 2007 Paramount film with Mark Wahlberg at the helm. The TV series stars Ryan Phillippe and follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who was living in exile until he was coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. However, when Swagger’s former commanding officer Isaac Johnson solicits his expertise in a clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name. –

I recognised some of the A-listers in the series, apart from Phillippe himself, like Omar Epps (Isaac Johnson), Tom Sizemore (Hugh Meachum), Jesse Bradford (Harris Downey), and Josh Stewart (Solotov).

You can catch Shooter USA on demand on Netflix. Although critics were not so kind with their reviews, saying that the story was flat. I think the story is flat because it is overloaded with politics and the skewed views that the United States of America has on how political wars are carried out. It seemed as though that more often than not, the wars often start with two nations hurling abuse at one another before throwing soldiers into the fray.

Also, many of the episodes have what you call ‘fluff’, which is added to make the series look longer than it should be. For all you know, the scripts in some of the episodes were not even necessary, especially when Swagger had to meet with so many different people just to find out who framed him. So that could be why the critics didn’t have a good word to put in for it.

I didn’t get to watch the entire series from Episode 1 in Season 1 but it’s probably just a few that I missed. Even then, it was more than enough to get me hooked. Despite the negative reviews, it only took me the whole of Saturday from morning to night to finish both Season 1 and Season 2 of the series. Despite the overwhelming truckload of politics and scheming villains, I still found the series rather exhilarating. It kept me at the edge of my seat, constantly wondering if he would finally get to have his cake and eat it. That’s all I did on that particular weekend. I stayed rooted to my seat, eyes glued to the TV and I stopped only to use the toilet and have my meals.

To me, Ryan Phillippe was a poker-faced marksman, moving about with a deadpanned look and hardly a crease on his forehead when things went crazy. Of course, there will be some viewers who preferred Mark Wahlberg in the movie as he was good at showing different emotions for different scenes, compared to the expressionless Ryan Phillippe. I quite liked Phillippe, with his brooding good looks that were just as sultry as it had been when he was in the movie, Cruel IntentionsShooter USA left me yearning for more after each episode ended. Until I reached Episode 8, the last one for Season 2.

Turned out that the series was halted halfway into Season 2 due to a leg injury that Ryan Phillippe encountered, but viewers are promised a renewed Season 3; bigger, better and longer (with three extra episodes) Season 3. It was their way of replacing the two missing episodes from Season 2. Well, I’m certainly and definitely looking forward to it when it comes back to Netflix!