Posts Tagged ‘books’
Morning Errands
Posted on: 11th of May 2006 | Under: Life & Love

Waking up early in the morning has become somewhat of a chore for me lately. Why burden myself with less sleep if I have the luxury to lounge in bed the whole day, right? Right. My new motto is “sleep all day while I still can.” I believe it’s the wisest thing at the moment because we all know I’m going to miss it and will probably end up eating the words in my previous post about being tired of doing nothing. Just wait ’til I start work for my mom on Monday.

But anyway, today was different. I mustered enough effort and energy to actually drag myself out of bed to run some errands.

Having the car for the day was probably why I didn’t have to think twice about going out so early. I love driving around alone. Whether its at the mall I’m heading or just running short errands for my mom. Being alone in the car helps get my mind running. Every step on the gas and every turn I took was actually a moment spent daydreaming about random things.

I dropped by my orthodontist, sat in the chair and had my braces adjusted. The whole procedure didn’t take long and I was already back on the road after 15 minutes.

My next stop was the BIR. Waking up early does pay off, because unlike my previous visit, I wasn’t greeted by a long line of tax payers at the counter. It was such a hassle-free time and I was overjoyed that I got my TIN confirmed in only 10 minutes! The whole drive even took longer. Hah! Luck must’ve been with me when I woke up today. :)

Right after, it was off to the supermarket for me. I went down the aisles, grabbed what I needed to buy and ticked them off my list. Grocery shopping is definitely love!

starbucks.gifBefore heading home, I ran off to Starbucks to treat myself. I did wake up early and I did finish running a couple of errands, it was time to reward myself. It was perfect, because I really enjoy sitting on my own in a corner of a coffee shop. Nothing beats spending a whole hour with yourself, armed with only a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

The whole morning was definitely a great “me time.” I’m a very outgoing person. I enjoy going out and spending time with friends (and making new ones too). But, as much as I like socializing, I also love spending quality time with myself. And today I’m glad I did one of the things I love doing.

I’m A Bookworm
Posted on: 7th of June 2005 | Under: Geek Talk

People usually associate a personal trait to a certain event or experience in their past. We claim that what we are at present is the outcome of something that happened to us before. For instance, some people may claim that their enthusiasm for traveling may have been brought about by watching different shows on TV, introducing beautiful places all over the world. Some may claim that their love for writing may have been triggered after reading numerous inspirational books. Some may claim that their strong and independent personality may have been due to the number of times they’ve stood up after failing in the past.

This afternoon, I thought about my being a bookworm.I recalled the times that I would snuggle under my covers with a book in hand. I remembered spending Saturdays in the garden, reading the time away. I reminisced those afternoons in gradeschool when I would opt to burry my head between books, instead of going out to play. I was a bookworm then and I just realized that up to the present, I’m still just that.

Deep in thought, I pondered over the reason as to why I have a somewhat bizarre hype when it comes to reading books. I found myself looking back to my elementary days in ISB. Then, it dawned on me – it all started during our obligatory visits to the school library. Visiting the library for us was compulsory. In fact, it was an entire subject altogether. We were made to go there for an hour and a half every week, and I believe it was there where I grasped my love for books.

ISB had an amazing library which had a wide variety of books. I vaguely remember anticipating my library visits. I adored seeing the thousands of books on the shelves and I always had trouble picking out which book to take home. I wanted to read every single book. No, actually I wanted to own every single book! haha! I was just awestruck with the abundance of books. My previous schools before ISB lacked in the library department. They weren’t rich enough in books. In one of the schools, we weren’t even allowed to go in the library! 8-} So yes, I have to thank ISB for opening my eyes to the world of books. I have to thank ISB for making me into the bookworm that I am now.

(I’ll end this now. I’m begining to sound like I’m advertising ISB already! hehehe!)

The Da Vinci Code
Posted on: 10th of May 2004 | Under: Entertainment

I’m currently reading The Da Vinci Code. Something that I found very hard to put down since I turned to its first page. I’m only half way through the book, but I’ve already been amazed numerous times. Well written, I must say. In every page, I could not help but anticipate what would happen next.

Reading the book is like sitting in my History of Art and Architecture class all over again. All the details in each art form and architecture is overwhelming. My prof would seriously be overjoyed seeing my enthusiasm in capturing and understanding the detailed descriptions which Dan Brown (the author) has successfully pointed out in the book.

The first few chapters even left me sour-graping over the missed opportunity I had in viewing the 65,300 pieces of art in the Mus�e du Louvre when we were in Paris several years ago. We were already there, standing right infront of its glass pyramid entrance. My brother and I were very much excited to go in. One of the reasons why we had insisted in persuading our parents in stopping by Paris during our Europe trip, was to be able to view those precious art. But no, we weren’t able to go in. Why, you may ask? Only one person. The little sister. 8-} She was too young to go in and refused to be left with my mom while my dad accompanied my brother and I into the museum. Such a bummer, really. x_X;; But yeh, there’s still the future. I will go back. Before I die, I will go back and visit. ^^;;

Anyway, I won’t talk about the controversial issues about the book. So far, I haven’t found any that’s really worth mulling over. Like I said, I’m only half way through it. Besides, I’ve just been enjoying it’s fictional plot. Maybe when I’m done reading it. XP

Today, for the first time, I exercised my right to vote. I found it somewhat hard filling in the lines of my ballot. Not only did I find a lack of good-enough candidates, I also failed to learn more about quite a lot of them. But nevertheless, I still voted.

My vote is just one over several millions, but it still counts. I’m just hoping that the turn out of the election will finally lift the country from the hardship it’s been facing.

I Enjoy Reading
Posted on: 24th of June 2003 | Under: Geek Talk

Curled up under my covers, or simply just sitting in a coffe shop, is something that perks me up. It’s not just the relaxation that I enjoy. It’s also because of the fact that the environment is just perfect for me to bend my head down and glue my eyes between the covers of a great book.

I think I’m becoming a bookworm again.

I was in the first grade when I started taking interest in books. Fascinated by the colorful illustrations of fairy tale books, I always spent my break time browsing through the shelves in the school library. I remember repetedly getting in trouble for arriving late to class after break. I was always too comfortable lying on the library couch that I’d loose track of time.

My love for books died down in the second grade. I think it was because of our move to another city. The library in the school we moved to was lousy. Actually, I don’t even think the school had a library at all. When we moved again to another school and city, the school had the same problem. Schools without decent libraries. It’s a shame, really.

It was only in the fifth grade when I regained my interest in books. We had moved to Brunei and ISB‘s library was rich with books of all sorts. Roald Dahl, R.L Stine, the Babysitters Club, SVH and more, I indulged myself to a weekly dose of reading. Thrillers, teenage love stories, adventure and other types of books. I enjoyed all these until the middle of high school. By that time, I already had too much going on for me. Going out, heading off to the mall, parties, and of course, studying.

The later years of high school were too hectic that spending a considerable amount of time between the covers of books were impossible. The only books I knew in those years were those for my IGCSE’s. o_O;;

Years passed and here I am in the middle of my college degree, enjoying the thrill of reading books once again. I’m glad that I had the 3-month vacation. I’ve read 5 books and in the middle of my 6th.

Yesterday, I actually headed off to the Starbucks in Galleria to start on the book I’m currently reading. I sat in a comfy couch and read my book while I sipped my cup of caramel macchiatto. I didn’t even realize the time fly. Over 2 hours after I came in, I walked out of Starbucks. I guess that’s what I love about caf�’s. You can hang there for hours without having to put up with people giving you weird stares for hogging up the space. ;) hehe.

I just hope I can still satisfy myself to a couple of good books when school starts. I have about 5 days left to enjoy before I’m bombarded with design plates again. Yes, I’m looking forward to going back, but I just wish to have some time to relax too.

Anyway, just a couple of pictures before I head off. ^_,~;;

This is the book I’m currently reading. Anne Frank’s Diary.

I actually remember borrowing this from the library sometime in my highschool years. I never got to finish it, so I’m reading it again. ^^;;

I left the bookmark that I usually use at home, so I picked this out from my wallet. Bestest gave this little card to me about 4 years ago. It’s a good-luck note, actually. She stuck it under my table before my final English exam for my IGCSE’s. I’ve kept it in my wallet ever since. *_,~;;

A shot of myself… I’m not sick anymore. ^_^ I look kinda different in this shot tho… #_#;;

Anyway, I’ll return guestbook entries tomorrow. I wanna crawl into bed already. *_*