Tag: books

WHAT I’M LOVING NOW 002

Before you go “WTF Reg!??!”, there’s a reason why my face x 6 made it to this edition of What I’m Loving Now. This redemption set of ID photos was the highlight of my week. A couple of days prior, I went inside a photobooth and ended up with THE WORST set of ID photos I’ve ever took in my whole life. Even my usually loving and supportive boyfriend laughed and said it’s ugly. It’s unflattering and I wasn’t looking!!! Hahaha Admittedly, I need to touch up my roots soon, but the photo above gave it a more ombre finish rather than the below (yes, I’m posting my ugliest ID photo ever here for your viewing pleasure, hahaha!). Taking photos without smiling isn’t my strong suit but when the lady snapped the photo above, my standards were so low already that I didn’t need to retake, I was like “I’LL TAKE IT!!!”. Quite funny coz I just watched Amelie for the first time and Amelie and tearing photobooth pictures.. Y’know. *kroo kroo* Anyway, I won’t keep babbling, below are five things I’m loving now, but before that… As promised…

HAHAHA!

1. *THIS* Playlist

I swear, this Spotify playlist is such good vibes!!! All my jamzzz, yo! πŸ™‚ I dare you not to singalong and move around with this music blasting! I know I can’t! I’ve been playing this on repeat for the past couple of days now.

2. Incredible Truths from Buqo

My Bloggers United boothmate, Krissy, recently held a giveaway for this #StrangeLit compilation called Incredible Truths. What’s so special about this collection is she herself has a story in it. Woohoo! And guess what, I won myself a free copy! Having previously read Krissy’s “Love Upon a Sticky Note” from the Buqo Young Adult compilation, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a page turner! I plan on reading it on the ferry ride to Indonesia tomorrow!

3. Going for French classes

The thing is… I have a Minor in French. The problem though is that my level has nosedived because of my lack of practice. I don’t want it to be a complete waste so I’ve been taking French classes again. I’m halfway through my course and so far, so good! 2 hours just always seem to zoom by! Here’s to hoping making sure that I get a better hang of it and that it finally sticks!

4. Shopping for Winter Wear 

As much as I love the aesthetics of winter wear, I’ve never actually experienced the season, yet alone plan my wardrobe around it. As much as I love layering and throwing on outerwear, I’ve done so without really putting much consideration to warmth – just what looks nice. Preparing outfits for my upcoming trip is something I have been putting off, as much as I’m really excited about it!!!, because the past few weeks have been rather busy. But!! I finally got to get a couple of pieces! This striped top was one of them. πŸ™‚

5. It’s Not About the Coffee by Howard Behar

For my previous Currently posts, I’ve mentioned that I could go through 3 books in a week. A side note has to be made that it’s only possible for novels. I can’t resist a promising self-enrichment book but it’s not something I can devour in a few sittings. I find It’s Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks though still a relatively easy yet meaningful read. I’ve picked it up previously in the library, flipped through it and was engrossed, but it was only recently that I finally got myself a copy. It offers lessons on leadership which can be applied to life in general. 

What about you? What are you loving now? Let me know below! πŸ™‚

WHAT I’M LOVING NOW

I’m not so good with “blog series” because I feel my answers get pretty redundant after a while. However, I really want to share with you guys the things that I’m currently in love with. Just coz, you know, I have “fan” tendencies, meaning I tend to like things easily and intensely. And I just neeeeed to share it and hey, that’s the point of having a blog, right? I’m honestly not sure if this will be a one-time thing or something (semi) regular, but here’s what I’m loving now.

1. One Direction’s Perfect

I’m a 1D fan. I’ve been listening to this song since the day they released it on Spotify and I was hooked by the part “And if you like midnight driving with the windows down, and if you like going places we can’t even pronounce, if you like to do whatever you’ve been dreaming about, baby, you’re perfect“. Coz, yes, Harry! Yes to all of the above!!! Then I found out/realized it’s about Taylor Swift. Which is AWESOME. I’m not really a #HAYLOR fan per se, but I like them both.. and the fact they write songs about each other?! AWW. Let’s all write about each other and fall in love! Or wait, let’s fall in love then write about each other. UGH! I can’t even deal right now, hahaha

2. The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry

First of, the cover photo is so deceptive. I thought it’d be set in Paris, but nope, it’s set in London. After you get over the shock that Paris isn’t even central to the story, you’d carry on and realize that hey, at least the synopsis was accurate. I mean after all, it was the primary reason I got this book, not the cover art. It’s about a girl, Abby, who finds a photograph in the archives of a man saying goodbye to a woman. The image was so heartfelt that she decides to dig around and find out more about them (and take her mind off her crumbling love life). As the story progresses, we are whisked from London to Moscow to the South of France to Peru, as well as two different eras – Cold War and Present Day. The reader witnesses Dominic and Rosamund’s romance blossom and then untimely plucked, and how Abby’s divorce and new spark unfolds. This is not your typical love story, and that’s why I enjoyed it. (Hint: the KGB was even involved!) 

3. Seeing clearly

I was at the clinic a couple of months ago, waiting for my turn to get MC, when I decided to kill time by doing the eye exam. I’ve always prided myself with my perfect vision so imagine my surprise when I was struggling with the letters when I covered my left eye. After several free eye checks and countless debating on whether or not I should get glasses, I finally got myself a pair coz the possibility of getting a lazy eye (one optometrist said I’m relying too much on my left eye) scared the crap out of me. Now everything is just so clear and sharp. I felt like I was in those sci-fi shows when I first wore it. Like Photoshop for my eyes, or something, haha 

4. Tender Juicy hotdog and rice

This simple meal really brings me back to my school days. This was something that the maid would easily whip up for me before I went to class, and guess what, I’ve been having this all throughout the week. I know it’s unhealthy but it’s really so comforting to eat it now. I love that it’s a familiar red and it’s distinctly Pinoy. I love that because it’s sliced, all the pieces get their own tusta (burn). And yes, I do the time consuming (and again, unhealthy) process of frying after boiling. Yummers. 

5. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Would you believe I’ve never watched Bridget Jones’ Diary until last weekend?! I couldn’t believe I missed out on this gem of a romcom!!! It’s equal parts funny and romantic, times 100. “Just as you are” has got to be up there on the list of BEST romcom quotes of all time, as in “you complete me” levels for simplicity, honesty, and raw authenticity, haha. But man, Mark Darcy though. He’s a class of his own.

I’m hoping that happiness is infectious and this list at least made you smile. πŸ˜‰ Check it out if you haven’t yet and let me know your thoughts below! I’d love to know what you think and hear about what you are loving now.

SATURDAY SUP?

I know, I know, I’m getting cornier by the moment. I’m just finding a variation for “what’s up” and combining it with the day of the week as title. I’m even going to “sup?” levels, haha! In my defense, it really is the easiest way to put together a hodgepodge of things that happened. So, let me distract you with a super smiley selfie coz I’m sticking with the title.


I’ve finished three books this week. Not only did I get them discounted (thank you Lord for MPH/Times/Kinokuniya cards!), the real win is how each of these books were really good and moving. In case you’re wondering, it’s FH Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles, Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel , and David Levithan’s Every Day. Shout out to Alissa for being the convincing push to finally check out Every Day. πŸ˜‰
I’ve also started a “splinter” blog. It’s actually more of a journal for private consumption that delves into my daily thoughts and emotions. I decided to keep it separate because I wanted the deep (and sometimes darker) musings to have a space of its own, somewhere free from preconceived notions from myself and others, and LiveJournal doesn’t offer the same amount of customization. So yes. It’s called I’m Okay, hehe I’ll still keep this one coz where else would I post my food trips and whatnot? πŸ™‚

Speaking of food trips, I’ve finally got to try Gordon Ramsay’s first restaurant in Singapore: Bread Street Kitchen. It was good but with the name Gordon Ramsay attached, you just can’t help but to expect fireworks and confetti. I’ll post a proper foodie post here, so watch out for it!

We tried it out before catching Saturday Night Fever whose cast was mostly Filipinos. It’s based on the movie of the same name, featuring John Travolta and the songs of BeeGees. Needless to say, it really gave us the dancing mood. Burn, baby, burn, disco inferno! Then it got me thinking that should there be any musical about our generation, or at least this current period, it should feature Maroon 5 songs. What do you think?? 

For a time, I started to not like Adam Levine because he seemed more “hollywood” than singer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been a Maroon 5 fan and I’ve always loved Adam, but yes, I had an “ugh Adam” phase. But then I saw him sing Tiny Dancer and all is well in the world again.
I mean, obviously, not everything in the world is well. Can we talk about the devastation in Syria and the plight of the Syrian people? The numbers are really heartbreaking as it is, but if you add a face to even just one or two, it makes it 1,000,000 times worse! Check out Humans of New York if you haven’t yet. Start out with this one and find yourself questioning humanity. 
But thankfully, there’s little things, such as attending my manager’s daughter’s first month celebration (baby R is such a precious cutie!), X Factor UK, and Pope FrancisFake (but funny!) video aside, our Pope is just a bundle of joy and light. It’s truly a blessing and an honor to be led by him. β™₯︎ 
So, that was my week. How about you? How you doin’? πŸ˜‰ 

Book It: FH Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles

I was only supposed to mention this book in passing coz I wasn’t really confident with my book review skillz, but fuck it, this book deserves more. I chanced upon Smaller and Smaller Circles
by FH Batacan in National Book Store in UP Town. I really wasn’t supposed to be buying any more books, but it was so hard to resist a novel that, okay, major bias here, featured two Jesuit priests. And it’s not just any novel, it’s a crime novel. I was still a bit hesitant coz aside from the required readings in high school, I haven’t really read Filipino literature but colonial mentality kicked in – it was published in my favoritest city in the world, so it should be good. It wasn’t good, it was great.

“Serial killing is not as impossible a phenomenon in the country as popular perception and opinion seem to suggest, but one that local law enforcement has barely any capability or inclination to detect.” 
– FH Batacan

Set in Quezon City, the year is 1997 and a serial killer is running around killing pre-teen boys. Killing doesn’t even begin to suffice what he does to them – he disfigures their faces, takes off their hearts, cuts of their genitalia, and disposes them into the Payatas dumpsite. The new head of the National Bureau of Investigation, Director Lastimosa, reaches out to Father Saenz, a Jesuit priest trained in Anthropology, to assist in the case.

Aside from the thrilling murder mystery, Smaller and Smaller Circles‘ strength lies in its spot-on observation of the consuming desire to socially climb up the ladder and the increasing apathy towards “undesirables”. It gives a brutally honest commentary on how Manila is ran by authorities who would much rather serve their self-interests than that of the people’s – especially those who have nothing and need them most. That even if there are good people, the bureaucratic, underfunded, toxic system can get the best of them. But even so, one mustn’t just throw in the towel because it’s hard. It sucks, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing the right thing.

Once in a while, there’s a chance to do more. And you take it. 

Right. I get it. My life can’t just be interesting. It has to be meaningful

Something like that, yes. 

I’m no crusader, Gus. 

No, my boy. You’re just an ordinary man. 

-FH Batacan

Be sure to check out Smaller and Smaller Circles! Seriously a literary gem, and I don’t mean it just because she’s Filipino. I mean, sure, check it out because she’s a Filipino author published in New York – I’m ashamed to admit that this was my primary drive – but I guarantee you, her work’s own merit far transcends my affinity to her for sharing the same race. Well-developed murder mystery plot with an even better social commentary, the only thing you’ll want more is well, more. More from the author, and more from and for the Filipino people.

with my Immersion family from Payatas Trese (2009

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU READ A GOOD NOVEL

I have spent most of this long weekend with my nose under a book. As much as I enjoy getting inspired by and getting tips from self-enrichment titles, there’s nothing quite like getting sucked into a good novel. Any honest person will tell you that not all stories are created equal. There are those that tend to be harder to read, in the sense that the style – both technical and plot wise – is not a match to yours, and there are fictional worlds that captivate you to the point that you storm through the pages wanting more and more. And of course, there are those just in between. Like favorite songs and favorite shows, there is no right or wrong when it comes to your choice of books. You might find the book du jour a pain to read, or you may find a relatively unknown your next favorite. It doesn’t matter. What matters is how it affects you. And to celebrate my love affair with fiction, I listed down five things that happen when you find a really good novel.

1. You can’t put it down. You just have to know what happens next. No, this doesn’t just apply to thrillers. A good story compels you to find out what happens, be it romance, fantasy, or mystery. True story, I chose Harry Potter over sleep. I can’t really do that now, but I admit to waking up early on a Sunday just so I can continue reading a book. Hehe!

2. You make sure you understand it. You don’t just mindlessly flip through the pages, you get involved. You google places and other details to have a better grasp of the story. Heck, you even use the dictionary to confirm the meaning of certain words. As much as you speed through it due to your excitement, you make sure you don’t miss a single detail either.

3. You become invested in the characters. You know it’s fiction but you can’t help feeling real emotions for these people. You’re happy for them, you cheer them on, you laugh, you cry, and even your heart breaks for them. Sometimes, you even find yourself asking “What would so and so do?” when you’re faced with a new situation.

4. It makes you think. If not your life plan, then what it would be like to live in that environment. It gives an additional depth to your outlook in life. And this is probably where the cliche comes in, novels allow you to lead a hundred different lives through the million and one perspectives you encounter in its pages.

5. It moves you to action. Whether it’s the need to just talk about it to someone or to move to the other side of the world and be a chef, a good story doesn’t end when you close the book. It’s only just beginning, and in this chapter, you’re the protagonist. You’re the agent of change, and isn’t that such a nice thought?

So, what do you think? Any points you want to add or remove? Have you read a good novel lately? Let me know below!

And oh, those novels above were chosen based on its proximity to me when I decided to snap a photo. In no particular order, one is something I am currently reading. I have not yet formed any solid opinion on it but the premise got me hooked. Guys, this book is awesome! Steven Camden’s It’s About Love  is a definite must-read. Love, friendship, family, growing up, awesome teacher, this has it all! πŸ˜‰ Anyway, there’s one that isn’t your typical novel, story-wise it’s okay but it’s the food that got my mouth drooling. There’s one that’s an example of hyped up books that somehow didn’t completely pique my fancy (although I’m likely to continue reading the series in the future). There’s one that I gobbled up quickly but didn’t really pick up anything from, oops. There’s one that I woke up early to finish coz it was that addicting. Really good story, and very well-written. And there’s one that I am quite intimidated by but I am determined to read. I’ll let you know how that goes!

CURRENTLY No. 03

Currently No. 03 –

READING
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Can I just say how super happy I am to be reading fiction again?! I’ve read mostly non-fiction last year that I almost forgot how it is to be completely engrossed in another world. Ahh, my heart. Hehe! If this is too young adult for you, check out Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills. It’s an easy read with a Vince’s Life vibe to it.

WRITING
Now? Uhh.. Shjnedcredjn… Hmm. Yeah. I should be. Oh wait, I’m replying to a Whatsapp. That counts, right? :p

LISTENING
Where Are Ü Now by Jack Ü with Justin Bieber. I actually quite like Justin Bieber (enough to watch him twice in concert, hahaha!) and this song (and video) just goes to show how far he’s come. Can he please just look like a malinis (clean) good boy all the time??? #Belieber #NoShame #PleaseDontBlacklistMyBlog

THINKING
Oh no, I only have 13 minutes to pop this blog entry out. It would suck not to continue this segment third week pa lang. By the way, yay! Third week doing this!

FEELING
Better than the past 2 days (I caught a bug going around) but my throat’s still sore. I wish there was Jakeman’s
here! Ay wait, that should be for wishing. Haha!

LOVING
That it’s July! Should you need a good reason for starting something, we’re now officially in the second half of the year. If you want to make this year memorable and haven’t done anything about it yet, now is the time to hustle.

WANTING
To understand the Greek crisis. I also want to know how Cyprus is doing. Importantly, I want someone (or a website) who would patiently explain it to me. Know anyone or any site that can do this??

NEEDING
Something like Momentum Dashboard but for the desktop. Is there such a thing???

WISHING
That I had Hermione’s Time-Turner. That way I can finish my books, blog, and sleep all at the same time.

What about you, guys? How’s your week going? Any book or song recommendations? Feel free to share below!

CURRENTLY No. 02

Currently No. 02 –

READING
DKNY PR Girl and social media heavy weight Aliza Licht’s new book: Leave Your Mark. Definitely a must read! It’s very informative and it’s drawn from experience so the tone is very conversational – not boring at all. However, I’m dying to put my nose back under a fiction novel again! Last week’s All the Light We Cannot See and The Girl on the Train got me good!

WRITING
A to do list. I have favors to do for a couple of friends and errands to run for this blog (naks, back to blogger mode, hehe!) and I wanna accomplish them all within the week.

LISTENING
La La La by Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith (Oliver Nelson and Tobtok Remix) – This remix is sooooo good!!! I’ve been listening to this since last Saturday, shout out to Caloy’s iPhone.

THINKING
If I’m living it rightttt ♬ But seriously, I learned something this morning about someone I met previously and it’s tugging at my perspective on life and how I’m living mine. On one hand, I want to seize the now because what if tomorrow never comes? But on the other hand, what if tomorrow does come and I’m totally unprepared?

FEELING
Like I’m myself again. πŸ™‚ Really excited about some prospects and I’m looking forward to going out this week.

LOVING
That the article I wrote for SSI Life Online is now up! Nothing better than seeing your name on a magazine, even if it’s a digital one! Read it here.

WANTING
To find the correct plugs for some grey areas of my life.

NEEDING
To clear my blog backlog.

WISHING
That my excitement, focus, and drive won’t waver as I go through this challenging yet fun and worthwhile road. πŸ˜‰

What about you, guys? How’s your week going? Any book or song recommendations? Feel free to share below!

CURRENTLY No. 01

Yay, new blog segment! I’m sure most of you are familiar with this format, but for those who aren’t, every week I’d be sharing with you what I’m currently *insert verb here*. It’d be a great venue for me to post recommendations and for you to give me suggestions. Win-win, right? So without further ado, I bring you Currently No. 01 –

READING
I finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr yesterday and up to now, I’m still grieving. It really affected me so much that this blog’s thumbnail is taken from the book cover. I don’t have the heart to pick up a new book yet. (But maybe tomorrow, haha!)

WRITING
this post, harhar. Instead of posting this every Sunday like most normal people, I thought I’d do it mid-week. Just to shake things up and get me in the groove of blogging more consistently.

LISTENING
Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. It played several times in All The Light We Cannot See and I just had to listen to it too.

THINKING
About wars. About how our generation is lucky to not have experienced a world war, or any war in general. *touch wood* About how war still exists in other parts of the world. About how we, humans, never learned from history and previous wars.

FEELING
proud of my revamped blog. πŸ™‚ I edited the layout, added codes, fixed bugs within the codes, etc etc. I can’t stop looking at it now, it’s my baby! β™₯

LOVING
the Thai Milk Tea my colleague just brewed. Yum yum yum!

WANTING
to book my next great adventure. It’s more than wanderlust, this desire. It’s wanting to plant myself in an environment that nourishes and allows the kind of person I am to thrive.

NEEDING
to get back to work. Lunch break’s almost over!

WISHING
for that much needed clarity and the courage to push through.

What about you, guys? How’s your week going? Any book or song recommendations? Feel free to share below!

AN AFTERNOON WITH SALVADOR DALI AND JOLLIBEE

One of the things I miss about life pre-Singapore was having chill days wherein my agenda was pretty much empty except for maybe one or two quick errands. Nowadays, it’s impossible for me to have one given my limited number of leaves and my constant desire to travel. I’m glad I was able to have a taste of my old favorite freelance perk one afternoon when I had to come down to the Philippine Embassy. It was a really enjoyable stroll, so let me relive it with you and share a very important Jollibee tip too. πŸ˜‰

When I stepped out off the Orchard MRT station, I was greeted by this sculpture. The melted clock caught my eye and I was like, heyyyy?! Upon closer look I confirmed it was a Salvador Dali. My heart literally fluttered as I couldn’t believe I was *this* close to a Salvador Dali work and nobody even seemed to care.

Horse Saddled With Time by Salvador Dali

Here are some more art works that I saw:

Surrealist Piano by Salvador Dali

Nine by Robert Indiana (yep, the guy who did the famous LOVE sculpture)

Delos by Georges Braque

Wind Lion by Kang Sung Hon
Angel Bear II by Richard Texier

Mundo Rhino by Richard Texier
The Archeology of Desire by Marc Quinn

Garden Butterfly, Monumental by Romero Britto

Turns out Opera Gallery was having an exhibit called “A Retrospective Journey 1994-2014” and some sculptures overspilled into Orchard. Okay, now you guys know how old this backlog entry is, hehe. If you want to check out some art, visit Opera Gallery at Ion.

I was so inspired by the pieces that I thought hey, this is turning out to be a really interesting day so I should probably document it for the blog. I look cute today so, okay, time for outfit shots.

 I found this spot before leaving Orchard to cross to Nassim Road.

After outfit shots and a long walk, I was finally in the Philippine Embassy. A really hot (literally) and expensive place.

After getting some documents stamped, I made my way back to Orchard enduring the heat and entertaining myself by taking photos. :))

I was already pretty beat so I plopped down the Delfi bus stop instead of walking some more.

Where was I going? Lucky Plaza.

I need myself some Jollibee but alas, 2pm on a Thursday and there was a massive queue.

So here’s my valuable Jollibee hack..

Don’t go to the main store at the 6th level. Go to the first floor food court at the back, there’s a Jollibee stall there and I’ve never seen the line there as long as the other one. You’re welcome!

Yeahuh. Hoarding at its finest.

I then took a train to Raffles Place to run another errand. Seriously, Raffles Place during office hours is a ghost town!

I made sure to leave the area before 5 so the MRT wouldn’t be crowded. 

Took the green line back and used the commute to finish reading Paulo Coelho’s latest novel, Adultery.

You’d think the selfies would end there, but no. This mirror, literally a block away from home, was calling me.

So that was my afternoon half day off. Productive but fun.
Cheers!

xx

A QUIET MORNING AT STARBUCKS RESERVE RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA

{wearing: trf jacket, cotton on romper, far east sandals}

I know quiet mornings and Starbucks doesn’t quite go hand in hand but I kid you not when I say that’s what I just had today. I spent a good two hours chilling at the plush chairs of Starbucks Reserve in Resorts World Singapore, savouring my breakfast and reading my book. Before you send me hate mail on being one of those inconsiderate people that hog up Starbucks at peak hour, in my defense, it was early (opening time, to be exact!) and it wasn’t busy (yet).

Since it was all the way in Sentosa, the morning wasn’t buzzing with chatter from neighbourhood locals as it was out of the way and the only folks who dropped by were those staying in the nearby hotels grabbing a quick breakfast before they start their sightseeing. Maybe because it was far and a Sunday on top of that, students working on assignments were also nowhere to be found. For a while there, the commercially renowned chain felt like a quaint cafe. I attribute this to the location and the period I was there, so don’t go hating when you go there and it’s packed. 

Starbucks Reserve has all the elements of a typical Starbucks branch – earthy interiors, cozy furniture, souvenir merchandise, and their typical coffee and pastry menu.

However, it does have a little extra punch: the Starbucks Reserve. What the hell is the Starbucks Reserve? It is basically exotic, rare & exquisite coffee according to the photo above, harhar.

You get to choose a specialized bean as well as how you want your coffee made: Clover, Chemex, Pour Over, or French Press. 
Got to choose between Kona, Sumatra, and Zambia beans. Had the Zambia which, according to the coffee master, has fruity, cinnamon, and vanilla notes.

Starbucks Coffee Master, Syima, preparing my Zambia pour over. She said that although it’s similar to drip coffee, it was a different style altogether. This way of brewing produces a cleaner, more acidic taste according to her.

Ready for my first sip! She suggested I first drink the coffee black so I can taste its full flavor. I ended up not putting milk and sugar for the whole drink, unusual for me coz I like my coffee sweet. It was a real good pick me upper. πŸ™‚

In Manila, Starbucks serves the waffle with whip cream and chocolate syrup; here, they offer butter and fruit jam. Really happy they gave me a more than generous serving of whip cream to make my breakfast complete.

Sunday morning essentials: coffee, book, and my phone.

Guys, I am happy to announce that after almost 10 years, I have finally finished reading Love in the time of Cholera. I bought it because of the movie Serendipity and further research said that it was one of the greatest love stories of all time. Heck, it’s even Ted Mosby’s favorite! The writing style takes some time to get a hang of, but like Shakespeare, once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can breeze through it. To be clear, it took me a long time and around 200 pages to get the hang of it – various attempt at different years included. I have to share Robin Scherbatsky’s sentiments on this one: Love in a time of don’t bother-a. Although the finally getting together in old age is romantic,  I don’t like Florentino Ariza. But, I’d let you read through it and form your own opinion.

If you haven’t already, you should go check out Starbucks Reserve in Resorts World. It’s perfect for early morning quiet time as the staff and the interiors are very accommodating. The Reserve coffee is not bad, but if you’d rather have your usual, they offer it here too. It’s located at: The Forum, 26 Sentosa Gateway #01-202 Singapore 098138.
xx