Diabolical Mazes

Allow me to make this short and simple.

A story of a girl named Holly Sykes who grew up to be a mother of two.

During her younger days she met a guy who, in a mysterious way, will save her kids in the future.

And there are many more characters involved who have strong connections with Holly’s life in between.

Full of conflict. A vivid imagination.

Unstoppable battles of power between good and evil.

It is a pure fantasy novel. The plots extensively twisted my mind but in a good way. David Mitchell is a genius. I read his book for the first time and it mesmerized me.

A beautiful piece of literature.

From one voyage to begin, another voyage must come to an end, sort of. – David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks.






Moonbathing in Haven

What are you, a good neighbour? A bad one? I-don’t-care-too-busy type? Or a nosy type of neighbour? Me? Neither. Or maybe I can be all that depends on situation.


When I was reading this, I was really into the main character Jasmine who really “enjoys” her one year gardening leave. It’s really funny because I too am pretty jobless nowadays. Except that I am not currently in the neighbourhood.

Cecelia Ahern’s The Year I Met You has been a great read although it was quite slow at the beginning. Overall, this chick-lit is quirky and insightful. More importantly it portrays self-exploration, and to finding the balance between family and career. What touches my heart most is it also involves about a person with Down Syndrome, understanding the impact of stigma on people with the chromosomal condition which gives an indirect awareness to the readers.

Witty, exciting, unpredictable, mesmerizing, yet educational.

In brief, it’s not always about you.

Despite time being infinite, my time was limited, my time was running out. I realized that my hour and someone else’s hour are not equal. We cannot spend it the same way; we cannot think of it in the same way. – Cecelia Ahern, The Year I Met You


Majestic Escapade

Food, family and forgiveness.

Whether we are rich or poor, food brings our hearts and minds together. The recipe which creates a permanent bond between two people. That foams layers of memory that never crumbles.

Big arguments between us and our parents may end up badly. It’s true that not all parents are perfect that may lead to a rough upbringing. To bring about a reconciliation is a better option, I believe – like it or not. Besides, our parents are irreplaceable.

Not every happy ending starts with a happy beginning. It’s like not everyone is a good cook, but anyone can cook. When we cook for the first time, the food does not often tastes so good like what we see in live cooking shows. It has to be readjusted so it will be better. Thus, we have to change, change and change; and take chances to succeed in life. That’s the secret recipe!

Sometimes when things are falling apart they may be actually be falling into place.

Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness is a magnificent book written by Sasha Martin.

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Inspirational Quote from Pinterest.

Trapped in the outside

The world can be a scary place.

I’m still finding “Room” by Emma Donoghue to be incredibly written and strongly captivating. There will never be a story of a 5-year old boy who moved to “outside” if an innocent teenaged girl hadn’t been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a psychopath.

Everybody’s damaged by something.

The story is obviously not unpredictable but it leaves a deep impression on me. Every girl and woman “in the outside” are not a hundred percent safe. They don’t feel hundred percent safe both mentally and physically. They feel disrespected and mentally tortured if they are looked up and down by some random men. This happens anywhere and it’s psychologically and emotionally disturbing. It is not right to intentionally harass just any woman which can be due to hormonal causes among these men for some reasons. God knows. Rape is not a new headline but it happens almost everyday or every hour in every corner of the globe.

Lots of the world seems to be a repeat.

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Women have a right to have freedom against all spectrum of violence and discrimination. Women deserved to gain respect from men. Women are not to be trapped “in the outside”. This is not one-sided, just my own personal opinion related with the book to real life.

It’s called mind over matter. If we don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Quotes by Emma Donoghue, Room.

Dear Karma

There’s a saying:

Keep your nose out of another’s mess.

Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon is made for a real page turner. Believe it or not I finished reading it in a day. I find it to be both witty and ironic with the ridiculously funny evil plot twist which reminds me of Mean Girls. Except that this one involves grown-up characters who were not originally mean and secretly live a life of lies and deception and ends up with a divorce. Yup, life’s pretty messy, right.


I know it is hard for someone who is being overprotective. They don’t want their best friends to get hurt by their loved ones. But putting yourself into their personal life is a no-no. Absolutely a NO! It is okay to lend an advice or two on relationships. However, please let them talk it over and decide. It’s their marriage, not yours.

Dear Karma, I really hate you right now, you made your point. – Ottilie Weber, Family Ties

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (Wink)

Summer vacation 2017 reading list

My few collection of books and e-book to read on my long vacation next week.

  • The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) – halfway through
  • Life From Scratch: A memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness (by Sasha Martin)
  • The Bone Clocks (by David Mitchell)
  • The Memory Box (by Eva Lesko Natiello)

I will definitely start with Life From Scratch.

Prepare for culinary life and adventure!