Friday, December 30, 2011

Everyday I'm SHUFFLIN!!!


Book Reviews - Introducing Reading like Rabbits

I love reading.

I find nothing more enjoyable than sitting in a comfortable chair with a cup of coffee/tea in my hand and a good book.

This year alone I'm on my 44th book. For a year that has a total of 52 weeks that's almost a novel each week and considering the time that I took to study for my GMAT, read technology magazines, newspapers and so on, that would be almost 2-3 novels on some weeks. :D

One thing I can say about myself is that I'm not a picky reader. When I've decided to start on a book, I normally trudge on right till the end. Its almost like an obsessive compulsive disorder and it is extremely rare for me to put down a book when it is half-read (unless of course, I have misplaced the book or heaven forbid *gasps* it was really that bad!)

A reader like me would therefore need to do careful research before I even get started on any book. Sometimes it would be good enough that the book comes highly recommended by a trusted friend but most of the time I would have to rely on renown book lists or charts and even then these recommendations are then carefully scrutinized before I commit myself to plunge into the deep end (in a manner of speaking).

Despite all the books that I've read, I'm glad to say that I have not actually zeroed in on any particular genre of books and my interests remain broad and varied. However, with that said, I do find myself gravitating towards history (mainly tudor history), religion (or discussions about religion) and then for some light reading - thriller, supernatural or fantasy books.

Well, that basically sums up my general reading habits. For today, I would end this post with a rather good book review site which I've recently chanced upon.

It is cutely named:" Reading Like Rabbits". Enjoy!

*Updated:  FREE delivery worldwide ??!?! This really rocks!! At Book Depository*

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours!

Learning this song on my ukulele! Positively catchy...:D

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
now I'm trying to get back
Before the cool done run out
I'll be giving it my bestest
Nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it's again my turn, to win some or learn some

But I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We're just one big family
And it's our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love love

So I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I'm sure
There's no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I'm yours

And do ya want to scooch on over closer dear,
And I will nibble your ear

I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see ya clearer
But my breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and I laughed
I guess what I'm saying is there ain't no better reason
To rid yourself of vanities and just go with the seasons
It's what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find that the sky is yours
So please don't, please don't, please don't, there's
No need to complicate cause our time is short this
Oh this oh this oh this is our fate, I'm yours

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011!

These 2 clips were made more than 3 years ago but I watch them every now and then to remind myself that sometimes we can get too cynical and pass judgement on people far too easily.

Truly inspirational videos and if you haven't watched them before. Get those tissues ready! 

Britain's Got Talent, Susan Boyle (2009)

And another one by Paul Potts (2007)
Merry Christmas!!
(My apologies as embedding is not allowed for these 2 videos)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some things are not meant to be.....

Do you know about the typhoon that recently hit Philippines? Yup! Typhoon Nesat is continuing on its Asia tour and is now visiting Hong Kong! Hooray!!!

Anticipating crazy winds and heavy rain, Hong Kong government has raised a Signal 8 level warning which means that all offices and schools are CLOSED!!!

I should be happy but I'm NOT because I've been in the HK office since 6.30am AND even with a signal 8 typhoon, I expect that I will still get my butt into the office so....that's DEDICATION FOR YOU!! *clap clap clap*

Hell! I know I'm ranting but I'm so jealous of all those fortunate people who get to snuggle back into their comforters and listen to the howling winds from the comfort of their bed. I wish I can go back to bed now......but I guess some things are not meant to be. :(

Since there is always a bright side to everything in life, let me end the post on a positive note: I should get a pretty "spectacular" view of the typhoon from the office on the 32nd floor (AND I will try to forget that I'm temporarily trapped here)

I'm SO deprived!

Okay, back to work....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Travel Posts have found a new home!

Hello! I apologize for the fact that I have been missing in action recently. Anyway, this is a short post to let you know that all my future travel posts will now be located at:
(The link can also be accessed from the blog links section at the right under Jamie´s Travel Journal)

This blog site will still be updated from time to time with my other random ramblings not related to travel.

Have a nice day!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Pulau Ubin Trip 2010

One of the things I would like to do more in 2011 is to explore Singapore and her surrounding islands in greater detail. Yup, that would be one of my new year resolutions.

Its rather ironic that for someone who spends so much time travelling and touring foreign lands, I'm not one who can profess to know my own country well. A recent trip down to some heartland malls really blew my mind. What have I been missing?!? To put the icing on the cake or salt to my wounds, I recently went on a cycling trip to Pulau Ubin and totally enjoyed myself IMMENSELY. Yes,  you heard it....I loved it!!

Words cannot justify the great time I had. Neither can the photos taken from my Iphone 3GS. But here they are anyway:

 Changi Point Ferry Terminal - where you can take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin

Our ride - Cost 2.50SGD per person (and another 2 SGD for your bicycle). 12 to go!

Kampung house on stilts - You just don't see houses like that anymore
 Monkeys, on a shed, basking in the sunlight
Wild Pig!! It came right up to us (cuz there was someone feeding it!) I was totally thrilled!

Charming Tudo-style cottage built in 1930s by Chief Surveyor, Langdon Williams

We climbed the 22 meter high Jejawi Tower and took a nice stroll along the broadwalk around Chek Jawa where we saw mangroves, nipah palm (aka attah-chee), the seagrass lagoon and so on.  As many things as I saw, I'm pretty certain there were just as many things I missed! (Just one more reason to brave the sun and visit Pulau Ubin again!)

Fact: Did you know?

Pulau Ubin aka Granite Island is shaped like a boomerang and situated just off the northeastern corner of mainland Singapore. The 1020 hectare island was once a cluster of 5 smaller ones separated by tidal rivers, but the building of the bunds for prawn farming has since united these into a single island. To other islets, Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) and Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island), lie to its south.

Betcha didn't know that....I know I didn't!!!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Fireworks Display at 101

Notes: 6 minutes video and took over an hour to upload. Its a little shaky but I hope you like it. :D

Happy New Year 2011!!!

2011 really kicked off with a bang!! Superb dinner, fantastic company and a first-class fireworks display at a very special location..... What more could one ask for?!?  I'm indeed very blessed! I give thanks to the universe and the creator ... :D (Yes, I've read the SECRET!)

This year is a very special year for Taiwan as they celebrate their 100th year of independence. A crowd of 750,000 people gathered at Taipei city hall to watch a fantastic show of music and lights. Though I was a little tired and generally not a fan of crowded places, it was a really good experience for me.

Fireworks of dragon snaking up 101, 3D views of 100 shooting up in the air and alot more can only be understood when seen with your own eyes. As such, I intend to dutifully upload the 6 minute amateur video onto youtube to share it with you kind people. 

Well, as with all years, I won't bore you with my new year resolutions. But as a close friend says....may this be a year where we all manage to stick with our resolutions. Cheers!