Hello, 2016! Be Good To Me.

Happy New Year! It’s the 16th of January already. It took me THAT long to write my first post for 2016. Reasons:

  1. I handed over my old laptop to my brother. It was still in pretty decent condition, considering I’ve had it for 5 years. That means, nothing to write with for over a month.
  2. Reading. I’ve been reading a LOT. In fact, I think 2015 has seen the most books I’ve read in a year since … ever! 70-ish books in 12 months. Woot! And, yes, I kept track of every book I’ve read.
  3. There’s this thing called….work…. that I’ve come to NOT enjoy in the past few months. So maybe I’m kind of in a weird place about that. I’ve just been renewed to for another 2 years in the company, and I know I should feel lucky because a lot of foreigners have been rejected lately. But I’m working for something that I don’t care about anymore. But that is topic for a separate blog post.
  4. Procrastination.

Anyhoo! I’m looking forward to this year. I’m hoping for a lot of things. Looking back on my 2015 Resolutions, I am surprised at myself. I’m happy that I was able to do a lot of things I wrote down.

  1. Fitness: I joined not one, but TWO marathons last year! And yoga for about 4 consecutive months. And then sporadically after that because of our family trip. But I’m getting back on it this month.
  2. Saving money. Well. I was able to save enough to take to major trips abroad. :D
  3. Invest more. I hope I did well by purchasing another property.
  4. Projects. I got a few sideline jobs relating to what I love to do: interior design, architecture, arts & crafts
  5. Letting go .. is hard to do. But I am learning to deal with things like stress and people you dislike.
  6. Complete the Absolute Sandman Volume. I just bought the 2nd volume. I have a feeling this is gonna take a while! LOL.
  7. Travel! Last year, I went to Maldives and Japan.
  8. Photography. Does Instagram count? I don’t think so. LOL.
  9. Read. Yes. I read a LOT last year.

Conclusion? I did alright, I think. Definitely very good on the ones that I think matter a lot to me, and make me happy. Like reading and travel … and fitness too, I guess.

2016 better be a good one!

Catching Up with Myself

My last post was in August. Three whole months ago! September and October have been especially busy for me, planning our Japan trip. And November rolls around and I’ve brought my brother here with me! He’s been using my laptop to look for jobs online, so I haven’t been able to use it as much. Which is fine. It just means I haven’t kept up with all my TV shows. Haha.

It also means there hasn’t been enough time (and space!) to practice yoga. Which makes me sad. So it’s December now (eep!) and I’m determined to do a regular yoga routine again.

So what’s been going on with me lately? As I mentioned, I went to Japan with my family in October. That was fun. And exhausting. And nice too, spending time with the family. But exhausting all the same. Pictures soon! Japan is awesome. Seriously.

Christmas is just around the corner, yay! I definitely won’t be spending it at home, since I’ve used up all my leave days. BUT, I’m excited all the same.

We’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for our company Christmas party in a couple of weeks. That should be interesting. I’ve never been to KL before, despite it being so close to Singapore. Funny, I’ve never had the least bit of inclination to see it. Not even to see the Petronas Tower.

So ANYWAY. It feels good to be blogging again. :)

Another Quick Weekend Back Home

We’re flying home (again!) this weekend! We’ll be attending a wedding, for a friend of Kyle’s. And, frankly, I’m more excited about the chance of seeing my family and our dogs. Although I guess it would be nice to be at a wedding where I’m not a part of the entourage, for once.

Anyway, I’m super excited to see the silly dogs. And my mom’s face too, I guess, when she sees me. Because I haven’t told her I’ll be home this weekend.

Something to look forward to!

July Wrap-up

I read 4 books in July. Not a lot, I admit. But out of the 4, 3 were pretty good. So I’d say that’s a pretty good reading month. And I’m out of my reading slump! Yay!

1

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
I think this book ought to be read with a little more background on David Mitchell’s other works. There were a lot of things mentioned that might have been understood with someone who was more familiar with the author. I was intrigued with his fantasy world though. But the story felt a bit disjointed for me to follow. I felt like I was in a party and knew only a handful of people through common friends. I wanted to understand the vibe, but somehow felt disconnected with it all. Maybe someday I’ll try to read one of this author’s earlier books.

2

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
I liked the concept. About there being different kinds of magic based on different elements. Paper, glass, metal … My favorite character is probably Magician Emery Thane. He’s one of those mysterious brooding type of people, which doesn’t often work for me. But this was probably the only reason I kept reading till the end. The main character, Ceony Twill, was very irritating. And the insta-love thing. It came out of nowhere and just somehow became the main focus of the story. I thought it could have been about something else, something bigger, something more about magic and good and evil? Oh well.

3

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This is such an intriguing book! I read it in a couple of days. The events were slow, but never boring. And somehow that just kept me turning the pages. There’s this feeling you get of wanting to just know. The ending was probably inevitable, but it still surprised me. And I had to re-read the prologue because … then you’ll understand.

4

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
This the first book I have read from this author. And ohmygod, which rock have I been living under? Why have I only heard about her just now? Apparently, she has other books, which I promptly devoured. And which I will probably write a review later. A Darker Shade of Magic is about 4 worlds, one is magical, one is not, one is hungry for magic and one is just gone. I love the world building. And I love that there is no love story. There is probably a hint of one, but not in this book anyway. I hear there’s a sequel.

Off My Reading Slump and Into the Unknown!

JUNE READS:

Together with my reading slump, I had a writing slump as well! It must be because I’ve read such terrible books in the last couple of months. Most of these are actually random picks from random library visits.

1

Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark
Frankly, I can’t remember what this book was all about. It was a fast read, that’s all I can think of. I’m not likely to picking up anything from this author in the future.

2

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clarke
Another “meh” book. I had initially thought these first two books were by the same author.

3

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Okay. So I didn’t finish this one. It dragged on and on and there was this back and forth between the past and the present which I understood must all be connected. The first few pages, I must admit, piqued my interest. An archeological dig, a mysterious item, blah blah blah… but it all went downhill after a the first chapter. I wish I could say more, but I read this a couple of months ago. And I don’t remember much other than how disinterested I was reading this!

4

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Hmm… Tricky one. I hate hate hate insta-lovey stuff in books! I can’t remember any book off the top of my head right now that I liked that featured an insta-love relationship between the main characters. But….BUT… I don’t know. I think I did like some parts of it. Their world is … interesting. My favorite character was Alina’s sort of lady-in-waiting. She was smart and funny. The next book will probably be borrowed from the library, though.

5

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ah! THIS is most likely the book that got me out of my reading slump! I finished this one on the day Obama declared his gay marriage ruling. Awesome. I had no idea honestly what this book was about when I bought it. I read a few pages on Amazon’s preview, liked the writing, and decided to buy it! I loved the plot, the characters, the writing, the pacing, and how the author dealt with several issues at once. Bullying, discrimination and sexual preference.

The Hazards of Working in Interior Design

imageSo I foolishly cut myself with a piece of stainless steel yesterday. In the palm of my right hand, no less! Tsk. Good thing no stitches were needed when I went to the doctor. He did give me a tetanus shot, which hurts like a bruise. I don’t particularly dislike injections or clinics or doctors, but I’d really rather not be in a situation where I am at their mercy.

I wish I’d taken a leave of absence today. I can’t do anything productive with my right hand currently as it is. And it hurts when I do simple things like writing or using the mouse. Ugh.

This is such a stupid injury. Worthy of a facepalm and shake in the head.

Oh well.