With Nothing but Books for Company

How is everyone doing so far in this lockdown period? It’s been 4 days, including today, for me and working from home was shit. It’s difficult to rally everyone when half your team has children, one relies on a mobile data connection for work, and a couple of others are more interested in their own…

How to Recharge Your Batteries without Breaking the Bank.

If you’re anything like me, I relish and welcome the weekend with much fanfare after a long and hectic week. Of course, there will be the occasional invitation to catch up on the latest gossip with your girlfriends or a hike through nature with the boys. It’s up to you to accept. I usually don’t…

Which Do You Read Faster: Ebooks or Print Books?

Image by Crimson Times. Is it just me or do you find yourself reading your ebooks faster than the printed ones? Well, yes, that’s my question of the day. I came across a post on Tumblr that said the person finished reading their ebooks faster than their printed counterparts. And it got me thinking: Yes,…

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…

Tapping Into My Inner Artist.

It has been quite awhile since I last did any painting. Or reading, for that matter. It also could be a reason why I’ve slacked off in the stress prevention department. I’ve put off painting for two weeks now and as a result, I allowed the stress at work to affect me. It caused me…

Art Therapy: My Way of Learning to Cope with Stress.

Sorry for the long absence from blogging. That’s because I’ve been struggling with stress lately (mostly from work) and I’ve been trying to find ways to cope. Stress is something many people face, yet not many know how to cope with it. I know positive stress is good for us as it encourages us to…

Read a Book and Put Your Brain to Bed.

Did you know that six minutes of reading before bed can help you sleep, dream and live better? No? Well, neither did I but that’s not the reason why I read-before-my-bedtime routine anyway. I read because it helps me to relax and eases the day’s stress off my mind. But if you ask me, though,…

Book Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.

No. of pages: 281 pages Date published: February 16, 2012 (first published January 1, 2004) Setting: Britain, Bangalore (India) Original Title: These Foolish Things When I first saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, I thought, “Wow, this must be the most eccentric book title I’ve ever…

Brace Yourselves! The Holiday Season Is Coming!

The school holidays may have already begun, and parents are scrambling to get their act together and plan their annual leave accordingly. Because the young ones are restless and itching to go on yet another vacation. December is only a week and a half away, with the Christmas holidays coming ever so closer to home….

What Does Happiness Mean to You?

What is happiness? How does one define happiness? What is it that brings happiness to us?  Yeah. These questions have been on my mind since starting that new job. It has been a very hectic three months for me since starting my new job. I’m all stressed and stretched out on weekdays, and I fight…

Top 10: What Every Reader is Aware Of.

This is a situation that every reader is probably aware of and will most likely understand too. Aren’t we all born to read? Yes we are! Aren’t we all forced to work? Well, sort of… After all, where would we get the money to buy our books, right? Being forced to work is just one…

Of Work, Hot Chocolate and Reading.

Hey guys, It’s been awhile since I last posted anything here. I’ve been busy with work, that’s why. A marketing executive role for me has taken over three-parts of my life and by the time I get home, I’m too tired to do anything else. Also, after wading through heavy traffic from the office back…

What’s the Most Unusual Bookmark You Have Ever Used?

I’m sure by now you all know how often I read. I read in the morning while having my breakfast. I read at lunch time while sipping my hot sencha and dipping crab maki (small rice-and-crabmeat-wrapped-in-seaweed) in wasabi and soy sauce. I read at night before bedtime. I even read at night way past my…

What’s Your Poison When You Read: Coffee, Tea or Booze?

  Once upon a time, I used to have my daily dose of caffeine in the morning, and probably another mug later on in the day when I want to read. Ever since my bowels went on strike after having a cappuccino, these days, a hot cup of freshly-brewed tea is the drink for me…

Where Would Your Build Your Book Fort?

  There is something you should know about me. I love to read. I love reading. I love every single thing that has to do with books. Story books, mind you, not college textbooks. I love fiction, mostly literary, historical, fantasy or romance. But I guess you already know that about me. After all, you’ve…

Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson: A Resort Like No Other Above the Sea.

Hello readers, I am finally back in reality after being AWOL or MIA on my blog for the past four days. I had been tucked away in a hidden cove in Port Dickson. My husband’s company had organized a weekend trip to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, a resort-styled sanctuary offering unparalleled superior surroundings with private…

What to Pack for a 3-Day Getaway.

Have you ever wondered what to pack for a 3-day vacation, only to realise that you have over-packed your bags despite planning early and ahead of time? Yeah, that happens to me quite frequently. Also, I don’t travel often so each time I make a mistake, it would be the same mistake I’d make when it comes to packing…

The A-Z of a Book Lover’s Glossary.

Who else agrees with me on this? That no matter where we are, it will always feel like we have been transported to a new destination whenever we pick up a book to read. I feel that way all the time when I had my nose buried between the pages of a book. Carlos Ruiz Zafon…

What to Do on a Rainy Day.

“Raindrops keep falling on my head…” Who was the singer behind this song? As yes, B. J. Thomas… But the song wasn’t for a rainy day, and neither did it mean that it was raining. It just felt quite appropriate for my post today. I also remember the nursery rhyme that I used to sing as…

I Love (Big) Books, and I Cannot Lie.

Do you know what piques your interest? Do you know what tickles your fancy? Do you know what catches your eye, and makes you go “Ooh!” and “Aah!”? For me, it’s books. I love books, and I love to read. I love reading so much that when I’m in a bookstore, I can say with…

After Raya Comes the Weekend.

Hello readers, How has your Raya holidays been? I hope you’ve been making all your Raya visits to your family and friends’ homes, sharing tears of laughter and memories. My apologies for my absence on my blog. I may not celebrate Hari Raya but I’ve been doing my own thing during the past 3 days. Catching…

Hello, June.

Wow, it’s June already? Time really flew by quickly. And what have I accomplished lately? To be honest, nothing much. Which makes me feel a little depressed too. Here’s what happened in my 2016 that I am still not happy about: I was jobless in January. I fell behind in my 2016 Reading Challenge on…

First World Reader Problems #1.

A bibliophile is defined as a “lover of books; one who loves to read, admire, and collect books.“ You can find many book lovers and avid readers on Tumblr who constantly share their readership and kinship with their books with you through their pages. I, for one, am like them, and I share the same…

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It.

How many times have we welcomed the weekend only to come back to work on Monday feeling like we still needed more hours to unwind? Do you often feel that way? That you were so hyped up on Friday, and going over your plans with your friends to paint the town red. Only to realise…

What Kind of Reader Are You?

After many years of reading and enjoying the sight and smell of new books, I’ve often wondered what sort of reader have I turned out to be. And whether who I am is common and ordinary or rare and unique. Not sure where you lie? Maybe this will help you: The Classification of Book Lovers…