Secondhand bookstore updated

bookshelfDear fellow readers,

As I work to update my secondhand bookstore more regularly, do help me to pass the word round, eh? For those itching for a book to read, check it out. I recently bought a stack of books, to stock up for 2009. Yah, I have issues with spending on books. I need help. Heh. Yes, my dear, I have exceeded my budget. And I shall stop now. I promise. =)

So as a way to make up for it, I am trying to pass on some books to make space for the new.

I have heard many times that people find it hard to trust Ebay sellers. I know, I’ve been conned a few times too myself before I got “smarter”.  So, I assure you that I try to portray the book quality as accurately as possible.

Friends who need help to sell their books are also welcome to email me for help. We’ll work something out.

November 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

One of my favourite places

borders2 There’s nothing like this place. Two years ago when I was tutoring a student in KL, I had the pleasure of walking into the Berjaya Times Square outlet on a weekly basis.

During my final semester in my undergrad, I’d find solace in the Starbucks, inside the Curve outlet.

And now, my favourite outlet of all times, the one at The Gardens.

There’s nothing like it. I have frequented it so many times that I even have my favourite spot, where the temperature is just right – not too cold. Just right, like how I love it.

I love their concept of a bookstore and it really feels like home. Nothing like spending an hour or so there, after a stressful day. I literally curl up, and get lost in the book I’m reading. Occasionally, the selection of background music annoys CY so much so that he actually dislikes being there at times. But as for me, the many times that I’ve been there on my own, the music selection has been tasteful and enjoyable – to my fortune! =)

Sundays, to me, are best spent, reading here, with great company.

November 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Quite a walk it was

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After a year of hiatus,  I was glad for this. It was only 3.8km and we were kindly reminded that it was a WALK, not a run. Of course, some people didn’t bother. They took off like wild creatures. Eesh.

Well, like Sister, I too had a smug look on my face as I crossed the finish line, except that, it was not really a competition. I guess I’m relieved to see that I’m still fit enough to brisk walk for 3.8km up and down the Pantai hill, but I guess it wasn’t that challenging after all. But let’s not be too ambitious. I was super glad that the rest of the day went quite painlessly. My muscles complaineth not. That’s a good sign.

It was quite an interesting event, to be walking for a cause. It’s my first one like this. I don’t have anyone in my family with breast cancer but so far, I’ve seen this disease inflict many other friends’ families. It felt good to be part of an awareness campaign and see the public responding so actively. There were coupla cancer survivors who participated as well. I truly salute them. There was an array of activities lined up after the walk but too bad, I couldn’t stay on as I had to rush off for a meeting.

I will sign up for the next 10km run there is. I will also make sure CY comes along. I shall also drag along two other unwilling souls. Hehe…

November 16, 2008 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

Talks on Finance

I wouldn’t have gotten out of bed on a lovely rainy Saturday morning, if it weren’t for the fear of CY. I was afraid that he might be upset at me  for missing out on a seminar that would be for my good. After all, I am a recovering shopaholic.

Sigh, so I dragged me out of bed. Of course, the morning laziness got the better of me. I ended up being 30 minutes late. But hey, I was one of the participants who didn’t live in the area. I had to travel a good 20km to get to my destination. So I deserve a pat on my back for actually going the distance.

Nothing to lose. Although the speaker turned out to be someone familliar to me, it was quite a fruitful morning. Funnily, I had picked out her book in Borders just 2 weeks ago and had already read through most of the vital parts. So this session was sort of like a revision. However, what I gained from seeing her in person was that I started to think about what kind of impact she was making in society. I liked how she was so passionate about her topic and speaking to people of all ages. I was easily the youngest person in the room (something quite rare these days what with being a quarter of a century old just being around the corner…).

It is pretty cool to be a single woman, in her thirties, being an only child in her family having to support her elderly parents, to go around, working with various organizations and authorities, wanting to help people manage their finances better. She is also one of a kind – undertaking a Masters in Counseling, just so she could be more effective in her counseling clients in the area of finances. I take my hat off to her.  

Not to mention, as part of attendance, I was given the gift of four financial magazines – literature that I would most likely never have laid my hands upon in the past.

Best of all, was witnessing a community of residents who were a great support and family to each other. I have never been in a room, surrounded by total strangers, but being spoken to as if I was part of them. What a difference it is to live among neighbours like that!

Now, if only something like that could be existent in my neighbourhood…

I guess it starts with me.

By the way, the next event is on the 20th December and it’s absolutely F.O.C. Thanks to the collaboration of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia and the office of Hannah Yeoh. Anyone interested, please let me know. It would be great to attend this with a fellow buddy.

November 15, 2008 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

The Pain of Self-Control

I realize now why I’ve been feeling so semangated to start exercising regularly now. I’ve always likened the pain of physical disciplines to all other disciplines in life, thinking that if I can ensure physical pain, hence the other “pains” would be much more bearable.

I think I’ve blogged about this a long time ago, but really, delayed gratification is something I’ve had to exercise over and over again, at different stages of my life, and it doesn’t matter how small or how big the issue is at hand, it tends to get more difficult at times, even though you’ve kinda conquered this problem before. Oh well.

But guess what? I realize now that because I’ve started working out the physical muscles, somehow, it gets easier to exercise discipline on learning how to say,”NO”, when I so need to do. Previously, I reigned as Queen of Justification for the past decade. I was able to justify every single thing under the sun and I even managed to psych myself into feeling all good about it. Now, in hindsight, self-justification merely serves to please temporarily; leaving me only to pick up the mess afterwards.

Now, I can look at temptation in the face and sneer at it, in fact, I am now able to say, “Get out of my face, YOU!”

What a victorious feeling it is to be empowered to say no. Thanks to a friend and mentor, D, who has been encouraging and beckoning me in that direction. It is indeed wonderful!

In the middle of reading Joyce Meyer’s book, The Battlefield of the Mind. Really good book. You’d be surprised how we really need to read the basics of the basics. Over and over again, until we finally get it.

Get THEE behind me!

November 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

One of the best things in life

I LOVE a good chat, especially when it’s with a girlfriend. While boyfriends have their function, nothing can ever replace the chumminess of having a girlfriend to banter with. For two nights in a row, I’ve had that fortune and boy, can I say that this is one thing that’s so great in life…and it’s free!

To Sister, you have been an absolute pal all these years. Thank you for always being there.

To Miss Crazy-about-book-collections, I had such fun! I think if you put two of us together, we’ll talk till our throats get sore! Hehe…Jamie, you are missing out! You had better come back soon!

November 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

It comes and it goes

Where oh where does money go? Into my bank account and out from my bank account.

For me, it is that time of the year where everything needs to be renewed for the year, and there’re tons of bills to pay, more than any other month of the year. Paid for bills, for this and that, for the car, for application fees, etc. Goodness, you name it, I’ve paid it! My credit card and ATM card are both exhausted to the max. Thank God, I’ve just about completed my Christmas shopping so that next month, I don’t quite feel so poor anymore.

Thank God, seriously, that the boyfriend is really good in this area, and that was how I crowned him my personal financial controller. He has taught me many good lessons. Change is really difficult. Especially when all your life, you are used to a certain way of managing money. But change is also really good for me.

I’m finally learning how to manage my accounts better, and always finding a way to choose the option where I get to save a little here and there; that way, every ringgit earned, is spent in a worthy manner. At the same time, it’s also nice to not feel quite so poor…all because of a new perspective and method of managing my finances. Thank God for wise people too, who have helped me much.

So while money comes and money goes…I hope that this time next year, a little bit more would’ve stayed, while a little bit more of life would have been savoured meaningfully too.

November 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

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