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Weekly Meme 3/30: Your Favorite Series.

17 Dec

KYung:  My favourite series has gotta be the Goosebumps by R L Stine, bar none. One of the few series books that I remember reading and owning, digged the cover art and the writing style, I even picked up a few phrases that Stine used, for my primary school compositions, which I can’t recall any right now. Just went to my previous room to check on these old books, looks like someone must have tossed them out the house.

Book Meme 2/30: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times.

17 Dec

KYung: A book that I can recall reading 2.5 or close to 3 times is a little book that I picked up at PageOne a few months back, during an early day off from internship. The smaller than A5 size book with a simple BOLD title that reads “Whatever you think think the opposite” was sticked out like a sore thumb in the huge pile of books that laid on the table. Paul Arden’s anecdotes on the benefits of making bad decisions, taking risk, seemingly irrational choise, career advice is about having a point of view, haing the balls to roll the dice and play the game. Lots of fun when I read the stuff, injects some new perspectives in my thinking. Another coffee table book, introduced by yours truly. Cheers!

Haruki Murakami’s stage adaptation of “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” is coming to Singapore

5 Dec

News from the ST. He was persuaded into agreeing to adaptation by a film executive with a bottle of Whisky?

Book Meme: 1/30 – Best Book Read Last Year.

4 Dec

KYung: I picked up Lin Yutang’s The Importance of Living (first published in 1937), when I was browsing the philosophy section of Kino Orchard. Cant recall if it’s in 2010 or early 2011, but let’s assume it is “last year”. I was intrigued by Lin’s background, born in 1895 to a mission family, raised a Christian in New York city, whom later became a pagan. I was interested to find out how his perspective towards living has any significance to me, as a 21st century city dweller. Lin’s lighthearted short writings on many topics; mankind, who can best enjoy life?, enjoyment of living, etc., provided much entertainment for me. True enough, as it was written as an antidote to the crazy pace of the modern world, it lifted my mood after reading notes such as “On tea and friendship”.

To me, this book is great because of the numerous occasions of joy from leisurely reading on the wisdom of ancient thinkers of east and west, through Lin Yutang’s perspective of a living being (without academic training in philosophy). I feel that we can also learn the art of leaving things undone, enjoying life at a reasonable pace if we work on not working!