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This was a random book I pulled out from the library and a fun read. A short existential love story with a literature professor as the protagonist, referencing and alluding situations to all of my favourite authors and literary pieces during my angsty late teenage years and through university from Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther […]

on the noodle road book
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When I last caught up with Jen in Beijing a couple of years ago, she mentioned she was researching a book on noodles and was planning a trip across the silk road to investigate the history and story of noodles. I’m so glad I picked this up at the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. There […]

rosie-garland-palace-of-curiosities
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This novel is truly a “jewel box of a novel”. The chapters are intersperse between the two main characters Abel who remembers nothing of his past and is invincible with no knife or cuts that can hurt him as the skin instantly heels itself. And then there is Eve, the furry lion faced woman – […]

maria semple
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I’m reading alot more these days and trying to manage a book a week, back into the old bedtime habit of reading before sleep – which is another way to keep me off illuminated screens at bed time. I judged this book by its cover and thought it’d be a fun read – it’s exactly that, […]

book the shoemaker's wife
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I forgot how much I missed fiction and how much fiction I was reading a decade ago before work took priorities, but it’s been really good picking up fiction books at the library again. You never really know what you’re going to end up with. I thought The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani would fall into […]

donna tartt
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Another one of Donna Tartt’s brilliant reads. I’ve now read all of her three novels – all with very different plots and equally thrilling. I can’t wait for her 4th novel. Over a decade ago I read The Little Friend, then The GoldFinch two years ago and picked this up at the library last month […]

spousonomics book

I have been buried under work and behind blogging, reading, cooking and everything I love about life. That is set to change soon with some adjustments I’ve made to work and play as I choose life. :) Well, I picked this up at the Taipa Macau library the other day and enjoyed it so much. […]

how will you measure your life book
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I have fallen behind reading as well as I have been knee deep wading through emails and alot of work. Looking forward to sharing a piece I did on Shanghai Art Deco for Lonely Planet really soon, and say tuned for March 2016’s Travel + Leisure, I contributed a piece on Macau design. This book […]

search inside yourself chade meng tan
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I kick started 2016 in a bit of a blur as I was working all through festive and racing against deadlines, and then we left for Singapore on January first, groggy and tired as chef got home late from the NYE dinner service. We drank a delicious 1990 Dom Pérignon that was our wedding gift from […]

the little coffee shop in kabul
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I read the review of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (originally published as A Cup of Friendship): A Novel a while back and picked this up recently, finishing it in two sittings. I couldn’t put the book down because it’s one of those novels where you’re chasing the plot. It begins with a brilliant quote […]

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