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.

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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

 

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.

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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)