Going off for 2 weeks

So I’m most probably not going to post anything, since I’m going to secluded islands and all. If you sometimes see my site loses its colors and pictures, that means it’s been hacked. The hacker comes every week or so. The content is all there, but the css display is tempered with. Too bad, but I haven’t got the solution for it, having cleaned everything. Anyway, I plan to read too during the trip, so happy reading!

The Craziest Thing

Nuffnang’s Meme Contest

The craziest thing I have done for love is to agree to her plea for us to bury our secret wishes, written in blue ink on separate small scrap of paper, under a tall, thin tree in a park. It was drizzling, and I was incessantly reminded to be truthful with my wish for it to come true. And I actually began to believe that “We will be together forever.”
Catch Wall-E in cinemas from 28 August 2008
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The craziest thing I have done for love is to go alone from KL to Singapore by bus and then wait in front of his dorm room for 8 hours. (Ahh… to be 18…)
Catch Wall-E in cinemas from 28 August 2008
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Sunday Salon Week #10

I went to the first Borders book fair here. A lot of books were all $4 SGD each, so I couldn’t resist. It’s just humanly impossible to. Went home with the following books:

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
The Cave of the Yellow Dog by Byambasuren Davaa and Lisa Reisch (This book is about Mongolian nomads. It comes with pretty colored pictures. Can’t believe I found this! It’s been on my wish list for a while.)

Thanks for all the vouches for Rebecca. It was a slow week for me though, so I haven’t gone further much. On the other hand, I’m 1 chapter to finishing Wuthering Heights. I want to watch one of the movies first (probably the 1992 one with Ralph Fiennes) before writing my review. Wuthering Heights was one heck of a journey :)

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

I got this book from a friend names Cliff. Cliff likes to give me books to read that he himself doesn’t feel like reading. This, for example, and another one,
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson. (The latter I haven’t read, maybe because it’s thick. Thick fiction doesn’t scare me, but thick non-fiction a little bit.) He asked me to summarize the book for him.

So here goes. The book’s main story is about 2 mice and 2 little people. The mice don’t dwell on the loss of the cheese. The little people do. They make everything more complicated that they actually are. So they stay and they analyze why the cheese was gone, and they are angry about the situation. Meanwhile the mice have long run away to find a new cheese. Until one day one of the little people feels stupid for dwelling on thing that is not going to come back. So on he goes to also find a new cheese, writing lessons he learns on cheese walls, hoping that his friend will one day go on the same path as the rest.

The story is not bad. I like cheese and I like allegory. I just wish it doesn’t have the group conversation/discussion before and after the cheese story. Like a joke, it’s not funny anymore if you explain it. The bunch of people that discuss the story sounds like dorks. And the conversation is just badly written. I would prefer to come up with my own interpretation of the cheese story, and I don’t need to be convinced that it would change my life before the story is even told!

Anyway, my interpretation is, things always change, life always changes, nothing lasts forever. So knowing this, you don’t have to be surprised or hurt when they happen. Be dynamic, adjust yourself to the changes, and don’t look back (not for long anyway).

There. Pretty simple. The book is short, with super big letters and some cheese pictures. I read it in the toilet in the morning, during short commutes, and at night, in one day. Probably took me less than 2 hours in total. I soon read this book after watching Randy Pausch’s Time Management lecture. In that lecture he recommended 2 books: One Minute Manager by Spencer Johnson (the same author with Who Moved My Cheese) and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I’d like to read both books.

Pages: 94
Rating: 4 out of 5
I feel like giving it 3 stars because everything is too in-your-face. But the book is short and the message is clear. I imagine non-readers can even read it pretty quickly. So 4 it is.

Sunday Salon Week #9

I’m starting Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier. It’s a slow beginning.

On another note, I received the book I won from Bybee’s Korean challenge. Thanks Bybee! I actually did a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to tell anyone that I did *blush*. Well in my defense, life really got in the way. Work has especially been super busy and was really depressing for a looong while. It still is, in many ways. Anyway, it’s a short post today. Hopefully I’ll write more in the next few weeks. I do have things I wanna write about. Just have very little time and energy to.

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