Book 12 – 2014 – The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe

end of your life book club

Just in case you’re a little bit ‘ignorant’ like me, The End of Your Life Book Club, IS just it, a book club. I mean I hear the word, I understand the word, but somehow it did not really register in my brain.
At the start of reading this book, I recall thinking about Hellen Keller’s Memoir, which I have not finished reading. I was more bored than anything. The book talked about all these books and all these authors and all these literature which I have not heard of, ever. At least most of it anyway. But then as I was reading more and more of it (I refuse to ‘give up’ reading another book halfway), I found it more and more interesting how Will Schwalbe was able to convey his feelings and thoughts and his story with his mom, and at the same time aligned it with all these many many books that they are reading. I find myself writing down several books from their book club that I want to read eventually.

Another thing that did not register was that there are an abundance of books out there. I mean I kinda know it but I do not KNOW KNOW it, you know what I mean? But there are easily, I don’t know upward of 50 books mentioned in this book. And it’s also another insight to a different kind of family, different kind of people, who are outside my cultural background, who are doing totally different think from what I do, who are so closely-knit, who impacted people in such a way that they’ll be remembered.
The book was beautifully written. That’s all I’ll say.

 

What I suddenly understood was that a thank-you note isn’t the price you pay for receiving a gift, as so many children think it is, a kind of minimum tribute or toll, but an opportunity to count your blessings. And gratitude isn’t what you give in exchange for something; it’s what you feel when you are blessed – blessed to have family and friends who care about you, and who want to see you happy. Hence the joy from thanking.

99 Days of Freedom – CAN YOU QUIT FACEBOOK FOR 3 MONTHS?

99 Days of Freedom

I signed up for this social experiment approximately 1 week ago. Right about the time when Argentina beat Netherlands in World Cup 2014 semifinals. Yes, so I can’t post about Germany winning the World Cup. *boohoo*

I mean who hasn’t thought of quitting Facebook at least once since you started a Facebook account. The ‘movement’ started as a some-kind of protest against Facebook’s own social experiment that monitored user’s mood. It was a short-period experiment, but a lot of people have a strong feelings against it.

Me, I just thought that it’s a good ‘reason’ to finally try ‘quitting’ Facebook. I mean if you really want to quit FB you’ll deactivate your account. I just want to see if I can avoid loging in to FB.

I would not go so far as to say yea I ‘unplug’ and quit going online altogether. No, I still use Instagram to post my pictures and Twitter to read my news. But Facebook was my main go-to social networking hub. And we’ll see whether or not I can last the 3 months, and whether or not cutting Facebook improve my life; happiness or anything at all…

To join the movement click here.

 

Luxury Bag – Can I Justify It?

For the past week, I’ve been checking out LV website for their Neverfull GM. It is probably the cheapest out of the whole LV line, at the moment. But I feel that it’s quite versatile. It is leaning towards the more casual side, but I am more on casual-dresser-type-of-gal. And I thought if you ‘zipped’ up the side, the bag looks more ‘formal’. I am leaning towards GM, because I like big bags….

What blew my mind though, I ran across an article that says this particular bag can withstand 220lb of weights… I thought, WOW… I mean I definitely won’t fill the bag with 220lb of stuff, but just good to know that it could…
She also mentioned that she actually checked with the spokesperson of LV who confirms the testing done to these bags..

Now that the quality check is done, just the matter of the price… In CAD it cost $1,110 + 12% tax = $1,243.20. I was checking for price in, let’s say Paris, the bag cost EUR 740. At current rate, it is equivalent to CAD 1,074.87. And whatever tax that they have, I will definitely get some refund since I will be travelling as a tourist… so approximately $200 difference…. and on the big scheme of thing, it is kinda ONLY $200….

What to do, what to do?LV

 

 

Germany Wins World Cup 2014

I invited a couple of friends over on Sunday to watch the match together (In Indonesian term, it’s called ‘nobar’ – nonton bareng). It’s World Cup final. It’s celebrated by pretty much everyone. It’s difficult to say no to, obviously. So I managed to gather 6 people in total. My apartment is in a quiet area, 6 people is already a lot.

So there we were, watching, 4 to 2 are rooting for Germany. It was already the extra time, and score was still 0-0, when we heard screaming and shouting from across the street. We were not the only people watching the match. It happened that we watched a streaming channel, and it was lagging… We all were like… ‘what?!? who scored?!? if this one is not a goal, the next one will be the other team’s goal’ No, it’s not, . Our phones were buzzing. Messages and notifications from friends fortunate enough to watch the match live, and was able to follow the scores on a more timely manner. We put our phone out of reach. Not wanting to ruin the ‘surprise’. And finally we witness Goetze scored a goal. One of the few last substitute in the match (good job Joachim Löw). ‘Super Mario’ scored the single goal that secure Germany the World Cup 2014 in 113th minute strike.

It was the company, it was the match, it was the Germany win, it was the junk food, it was the beaten up Schweinsteiger,it was the funny commentator. It was a great Sunday afternoon in Summer 2014.
Germany

Spending Updates – 27 June – 10 July

Here goes… I revert back to the lazy ways… but yes, I still track my spending. I’m going to HK in about 1 week time to meet my family and so there are several expenses that are gifts for my family and relatives.

Clothing Entertainment Dine out Miscl Transport Personal Care
Fri 27-Jun snacks 2.91
La Senza 33.58
Sat 28-Jun No Spend Day
Sun 29-Jun Paparoti 7.82
Translink – +2 8.25
Mon 30-Jun London drugs – lipbalm 4.5
Tangoo’s 10.41
Starbucks
Tue 1-Jul coffee 4.36
coffee 5.5
ipad cover 16.79
Photobook 19
Photobook – shipping 12.59
books – drawing 24.95
Wed 2-Jul No Spend Day
Thu 3-Jul snacks 4.47
Friday 4-Jul No Spend Day
Sat 5-Jul Pappa Roti – coffee 4.5
B-day cakes 21
Booze 9.59
Lunch – Marutama 10.68
Sun 6-Jul No Spend Day
Mon 7-Jul No Spend Day
Tue 8-Jul Translink 2.75
Wed 9-Jul Breakfast – McD 3.15
Faresaver
Honey Shoppe 12
Thu 10-Jul Translink 2.75
TOTAL 90.83 53.59 25.44 4.36 13.75 33.58
Budget 100 40 40 20 25 20
Balance 9.17 -13.59 14.56 15.6 11.25 -13.58

So several items for gifts are Salmon and Honeys. In total they came up to approx $100. There will be several more items to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book 11 – 2014 – Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Book 11 - 2014 - Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Yes, it’s a loooong title, but often shorten to ‘Freakonomics’, until another ‘Freakonomics’ series, published. Anyway, this book was published back in 2005. A lot of my friends mentioned that it’s a good book, interesting, etc, etc… But I was not interested in non-fiction, back then. Nowadays, either I have grown up, and taste & preference have changed, or just an attempt to improve my reading selection, I decided to pick ‘Freakonomics’ up.

Like indicated in the beginning of the book, there’s not quite a theme of the book. It’s about seemingly random things that somehow correlates and just make sense. AND supported by data! But the book was quite intriguing, and surprise surprise, I was not bored while reading it. Yay me! This give me more courage to try out more non-fiction and/or self-help/improvement books….

There is not quite a way for me to explain the book in a way that will interest you, and not divulging about the content too much… I’ll just give you a quote from the book, that I think will make me want to read the book…

“when a woman does not want to have a child, she usually has good reason. She may be unmarried or in a bad marriage. She may consider herself too poor to raise a child. She may think her life is too unstable or unhappy, or she may think that her drinking or drug use will damage the baby’s health. She may believe that she is too young or hasn’t yet received enough education. She may want a child badly but in a few years, not now. For any of a hundred reasons, she may feel that she cannot provide a home environment that is conducive to raising a healthy and productive child.”
― Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

ps: might be spoiler!! the book was also the reason why I am reading Ted Kaczynski from Crime Library

Spending Updates 6 – 26 June 2014

Date Item Clothing Entertainment Dine out Miscl Transport Personal Care
Fri 6-Jun Coffee 1.05
Dinner – Momo 15
Candy 5.38
Fuel Belt 28
Sat 7-Jun Lunch – Safeway 4.5
Coffee 3
Dinner – Thai Express 8.69
Sun 8-Jun Coffee 4
Translink 2.75
Ice Cream 6
Mon 9-Jun Office Cutlery & Snacks 5.5
Translink 2.75
Tue 10-Jun No Spend Day
Wed 11-Jun Snacks – pea flour, pepperoni 17.44
Wine 14.09
Thu 12-Jun Face mist 30.24
Lunch – Thai Express 8.69
Fri 13-Jun Coffee 1
Dinner – Marutama Ramen 22.81
Chiro 60
Sat 14-Jun Dinner – Sushitown 16.06
Translink 2.75
Walmart – shampoo, cond, pads 34.99
Sun 15-Jun Shop 96.33
Coffee 3
Mon 16-Jun No Spend Day
Tue 17-Jun Translink 2.75
Social Shoppper 14
Wed 18-Jun No Spend Day
Thu 19-Jun No Spend Day
Fri 20-Jun Sephora 128.16
Groupon – Photobook
Sat 21-Jun Lunch 10
Faresaver
Translink 2.75
Drinks – Milestones 16.09
Hair Cut 54.34
Sun 22-Jun Coffee 3
Lunch – Madang Coul 12
Monday 23-Jun No Spend Day
Tue 24-Jun No Spend Day
Wed 25-Jun Whitecaps 40
Lunch 4.5
Snacks – Papa Beard 3.5
Thu 26-Jun Translink 2.75

So, I haven’t been posting my expenses… And I have spent quite a fair bit amount….. between airlines ticket (right, I am going to HongKong, and a couple other cities in Southern China), facial care from Sephora, and few other Summer-related expenses)…. *arrrggghhhh*
So I’m like wayyyyy negative in certain categories, so I decided to use my built -up clothing budget to balance out the expenses. Did not quite balanced mind you, but I don’t want to discourage and stressed myself out by keeping the balances for all categories in the negative. So I’m gona sort of start fresh again from the next paycheck. In the mean time, I’m still gona limit my expenses, reasonably.