The Ugly Truth of Job-Hunting.

Disclaimer: The post may sound a little harsh and possibly unfair to hiring companies. But it perfectly describes the difficulties that we face when it comes to job-hunting. This is based on the blogger’s personal opinions and not as a means for libel, slander or defamation. I’m sure that each and every one of you…

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: 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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

In Loving Memory… Of My Job.

Let me ask you something. If you learn that you were going to lose your job, how would you feel? Would you: (a) Jump for joy? (b) Shed a tear? (c) Smile and calmly accept your fate? (d) Flip your manager the bird and strut like a boss out of the office? Or all of…

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,…

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…

Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

No. of pages: 289 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Publication Date: 16 October 2012 Setting: Collingswood, New Jersey (United States) Author: Matthew Quick Goodreads Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy…

There’s No Such Thing As Having Too Many Books!

You know what they say, Not enough shelf space? No problem. Just shove a thing or two here, rearrange that vase, move some of the figurines aside… and voila! I think there should be enough room for at least two or three books. It’s not a lot but it’ll have to do. Sounds familiar? When…

Book Review: The Far Side of The Sun by Kate Furnivall.

When I think of beaches, I think of the sun, sea, sand and surf. The soft white powdered sands sifting through my fingers. The blistering heat of the sun bearing down on my back. The warm sea water on my skin. The surf that has the children screaming with joy and happiness. Not quite the…

The Never-Ending Debate of Books vs Movies.

It was a peaceful Saturday sit-in yesterday for my husband and I. We kicked off the day with some music from the 80s on YouTube and ended with The Bodyguard starring Kevin Costner as the titular character and Whitney Houston as singer-actress Rachel Marron, the client whom Costner’s character was paid to protect. After the movie…

Book Review: Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly.

No. of pages: 615 pages Publisher: HarperTorch Year: September 13, 2012 Setting: Ireland Official Website: Cathy Kelly Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly was quite a pleasant book to read but it just added more nights of sex, secrets, lies and betrayal to my misery. Which is a shame as I still have many more Cathy…

A Costly Convenience for the Digital Savvy.

Sometimes I wonder if modern technology today is good for us. Technology has helped to save lives, complete tasks, build machines, design skyscrapers and manufacture various modes of transportation. Yet at the same time, technology can also destroy what we have worked so hard to create. It can turn round any time and stab us…

Book Review: The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson.

Blurb on Goodreads: Ceri D’Altroy watches too much Oprah Winfrey – and it’s having serious repercussions. Bored with London life and writing yet another ‘have the perfect orgasm’ feature, she’s decided to take Oprah’s advice and follow her heart’s desire. Going back to college might not be everyone’s dream but all Ceri’s has ever wanted…

Book Review: Odysseus: The Oath by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

Type: Paperback, 372 pages Publisher: Pan Macmillan, October 1, 2013 (first published in November 6, 2012) Original Title: Il mio nome è Nessuno: Il giuramento Odysseus: The Oath was written by Valerio Massimo Manfredi and translated into English by his wife, Christine Feddersen-Manfredi. The Oath is the first book in a three-part series which also include the second book, Odysseus:…