Archive | January 2014

Lone Wolf & The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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With busy work schedules and long working hours of late, my only Me Time is during the journey to and fro work. Imagining traveling to and fro extreme ends of Singapore, that’s a whole lot of Me Time. But of course, I can’t spend my Me Time stretching,lazing and reading a book in a train. Instead, I squeezed with the crowd physically, but mentally am drawn into the wonders of each book I read. Weee.

The two recent books that I’ve read are by Jodi Picoult, yes I know, yet again. Haha. But I am running out of good Novelist and to me, a good read is when you can feel and experience the pain and joy of each character and get to learn something out of it! Jodi Picoult is an expert in that!

I previously wrote a review on her two books, Change of Heart and House rules, and enjoyed them thoroughly. Till date, House rules is the best of all as I had a chance to learn more about Asperger’s Syndrome. It was previously something which I’ve not heard before but through her book, I got to learn and appreciate it better. It also came in useful when I learnt about a colleague who has a son with this syndrome, and she was pleasantly surprised that I’ve heard of it and can appreciate the goodness of a person with this form of autism. So Yirene Tan (my little sister), don’t despise my limited range of reading list, you should learn to appreciate Jodi Picoult’s writing too.

Now, back to these two books which I’ve recently read.

The first book, Lone Wolf is good and through this book, I learnt something about wolves! Previously, my knowledge of wolves were nothing but superficial, to me, there were merely close relatives of dogs and this beautiful and mysterious creature which I knew nothing about.

But after reading Lone Wolf, I learnt about how the pack function, the significant of each action / behavior and importantly how each and every wolf has a role to play. I enjoyed learning about Alpha Wolf (the highest ranking wolf who is well respected and make all decision), Beta wolf (second in command, a discipliner and the gatekeeper to Alpha) and all. It is all very fascinating to me and the amount of research that went into writing this book is just amazing!

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Source: Here

On the main story line of this book, she also pick our brain and challenge our moral values and beliefs. The key topic, will you turn off life support of someone dear if you know there may be no chance of him/her waking up and leading an active life which he strongly believed in. I am not sure, but I thought the characters were a little too hasty in the decision. But I shall not reveal any more about the book, go read it!

The second book, The Storyteller, is a heavy one. I hate the ending, the twist is so cruel that I couldn’t believe it. In this book, she explored the concept of forgiveness through a story about the Holocaust in Auschwitz, will you be able to forgive the Nazi if you are a Jew. Especially if you have a grandmother who survived the Holocaust. Again, Jodi Picoult had thorough research in writing this book, it was back by historians and stories of survivors and it sheds a story of a side of the Holocaust that I never knew and can never imagine. In her book, she didn’t just share the story of the survivor, she also shared the story of the people who created the pain. There were so much pain in the past and in the book, but it also made me appreciate the peace that we are enjoying right now. There is no winner in a war.

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Lego Yoga

Remember a while back I mentioned that I felt like Teletubbies doing yoga? Today, I went for Yoga and it was a painful experience. I stopped going after 4-5 weeks because of work, and tried to kick start my regime today before the festive peak again. Instead of feeling strong and beautiful, I felt like a Lego girl.

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Source: Reddit

I am no longer flexible and it’s depressing. I am as good as I first started, and it’s embarrassing when I’ve been practicing for more than a year! Moral of the story is, do not stop going yoga or at least do some stretching at home. RAWR. On another note, I’ve just renewed my Yoga membership with Real Yoga for another 30 months and broke my bank with that! It is approximately SGD 91 per month, so yes, go do the math.

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With a busy work schedule, I hardly have time to go for yoga classes this month! Instead, I went for a short run at my estate. I hate running but really enjoyed some me time, the clean air and the view. Flabs please go away.

Things to Look Forward to in 2014.

I know 2014 will be a blast because there are so many things to look forward to!

  • Lydia and Keng Moh’s wedding at Chambers, The Arts House. I’m sure the wedding will be a beautiful one! This babe has many DIY ideas and the venue is so unique!
  • Cat and Ivan’s wedding in Langkawi! Attending my first destination wedding! Can’t wait to stay in the luxury resort, The Andaman! Can’t wait for my first Parasailing experience, Island hopping in a Yacht and an actual beach wedding with BBQ at the side.
  • Family nine days Taiwan trip in May! Weee

Going to add more to this list of “Things to Look Forward to in 2014” haha.

Titans of the Past, Science Centre Singapore, Dec 2013

My company had some discounted tickets to the “Titans of the Past” Exhibition at Science Centre Singapore and we thought it would be fun to go take a look. Everyone loves dinosaurs or are at least curious about them!

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Titans of the Past is an exhibition of Dinosaurs and mammals form the Ice Age. It is broken up into three segments. The first segment featuring the work of Dr Jack Horner from The Museum of the Rockies in Montana, USA. This was the best part for us, with real fossils and the largest T-Rex Skull.

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It also showcases animatronics from Kokoro Japan which scare off a few young children. Rawr!

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The second segment wowed us with life-sized dinosaur skeletal casts!

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The last segment features animatronic mammals from the the Ice Age.

Overall, it was an average exhibition and really more suited for young children. I think older children will find them boring. The exhibition has a few real fossils but mostly replicas which is a little disappointing. I didn’t like the idea of viewing exhibits in a dark room. Would love to go back to New York’s Natural History museum for the real deal viewed in natural light. The exhibit in Science centre is also rather small, it took less than an hour and a half to walk through them all. Would I pay the full price tickets to enter? Nah. But if I have young children and have never seen dinosaur fossils, maybe I will.

Christmas with people who matter

I heard you, I know you guys missed me! Haha. Work has been busy and I’ve successfully set up the store and it is currently up and running! The Lord heard my prayers as He has bless me with a smooth sailing set up. To top it off, the store is a beautiful one. Thank you Lord.

For the past weeks, it was all work and commuting from West to East every day. No time for Yoga (boo) but lots of time for a good read! Will share more about that the next time.

But among the busyness, I didn’t forget Christmas! This Christmas, we spent meaningful time with my family! All thanks to my sister, we gathered at home and feast our hearts out with her lovingly prepared home cook food! Grilled salmon, baked vegetables and Shepard’s pie, all prepared by my sister and assisted by us! We also had a supermarket bought turkey (reheated to perfection by yours truly!) and we brought along an Ice cream log cake which my family gladly polish them off! Everyone had room for dessert! Haha.

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The Chef and her Sous Chef! I’m the Pseudo Chef. Haha.

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My dad always has that weird gleeful smile in pictures.

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My Gram gram and bro.

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Here are some presents which I’ve received this year for Christmas! My mum is lame, she bought me Young Hearts panties, size S. OMG. My butt is huge and seriously mum, I’m turning 29 this year. I cannot believe it. My sister got me a gold plated owl bracelet, Chomel ear stubs which will not tarnish, and a pretty belt! My cousins got me an Owl phone case which I can’t wait to change the covers. A random red pouch from my another cousin and the best gift this christmas! An iPad Air from him! I almost cried and want to kill him for spending so much on a Christmas gift! As you can probably see, my family buys random token gifts for each other. We don’t buy luxurious gift! It’s the thought that count! I remember my sister buying me Wind chimes, Mugs, Photo frames from a neighboring gift shop when we were young. Haha. But I love love the iPad Air! Will come in handy during our trips! Weee!