Monthly Archives: September 2012

early bird


i know i’m a schizophrenic. as much as i’m an owl, i’ve always wanted and enjoyed to be an early bird as well.

just before eslite’s 24-hour-open weekend promotion finished, i grabbed the chance to visit the bookshop in the early hours on a saturday morning. it’s actually not that difficult getting up. i have always need to go to the office at 6.30am about once a week, and now that rafael is going to primary school, we wake up at 6ish all weekdays.

i love the trip. i really love it. i only got to stay in the shop for a little more than an hour (because i know the kids would probably have woke up at 7ish), but it’s really an interesting experience. i literally own the place! i decided to reward myself for being an early bird and bought a basket of books without much looking at the price tag (well, if there’s only one shopping frenzy you can choose to indulge in, buying books would be the best of all, right?). : )

i love having a nice bookshop in town. we can definitely buy books with one click, but bumping into a book is a totally different experience. i love the huge selection at eslite and how it arranges chinese and english books of the same subject in one place. it’s crowded normally, yes it is, but i guess if we want it to sustain in here, we do need a crowd.

at the end of the trip, i felt like i was granted two bonus hours for the day. hmm… i really need to do this more often. guess there can be no more bookshop trips (heard eslite is only going to extend the normal closing hours), but having a stroll in the park or doing some quiet reading/handicraft sound equally nice.


p.s. just remember that i cannot be too excited about my plan yet… as much as i wake up earlier than usual, the kids actually tend to wake up at 6ish on weekends too…

p.p.s. thanks to my beloved husband and friend j for the morning trip idea. i originally planned to do the visit after midnight, but both of them suggested that i might think about going in the morning instead. it actually turned out better this way!


drawing the line


another post to share from one of my favourite bloggers.

though rafael (and of course heather) didn’t really know or talk about our blog, i have been pondering about this once in a while too.

i think our concern is not as immense as we only have a very small pool of readers, but still, everything is in the open domain. hmm… need to think about this.

roald dahl


just realised that it was roald dahl’s birthday yesterday. he’s my favourite author and he’s actually the one who brought me into the world of english fiction. i remember the first book i read in my english literature lesson in form 1 was tales of the unexpected and i said to myself, “wow, this is really very interesting!!!”.

i am quite shameful to admit that, though a fan, i still haven’t finished reading all his works! 😛 but i think my favourite has to be  tales of the unexpected and matilda. for rafael, it should be giraffe and the pelly and me.

some of his inspiring quotes to share here.



people are talking about this speech, and people have talked about this speech.

honestly i only know very little about US, or the US president election. but it’s really nice to see how their leaders can unite people and boost their citizens’ morale. of course a lot of problems that a country is facing are so complicated that require no ordinary wisdom to solve/alleviate, but having that shot of “you can do it” confidence can make a big difference in how you face the problems.

as mandela says, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”

call me superficial, but i think charisma is equally important as wisdom for a leader.

am i ignorant or not? honestly i don’t know any leaders or politicans in our place who has given a great speech, or have that charisma to bring people together. enlighten me if you know.

and it’s ironic that what unites our people is often the incompetence of our government, or our leaders.



friends are chatting about self-reflection and it reminds me of this post that i read a couple of days ago:

Having kids certainly has a way of holding up a mirror firmly in place so you can’t escape some aspects of your personality that you’d rather ignore. But like a lot of things in life, you all jump in it together and learn along the way.

so true.

sometimes it frightens me when i look at the kids and see how much influence i have on them, the way they speak (and talk back), the way they think. but yes, i guess it’s a learning process for all of us, both the kids and ourselves. and parenting might actually help us become a better person.

a quote on parenthood to share:

while we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”