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Quote of the Day

My apologies for not posting much. I have a lot to share that didn't end up here since I can't keep up with the days. Life is such a sprint but it is my fault too. I have too many projects in hand this summer and too many tradeshows in so little time. I'll promise to share them once I catch my breath within the next few weeks.

As a busy bee, I still have time to check FB and got a little bit nostalgic when I read this quote from one of my favorite authors:

“You are still young.
free.. do yourself a favor.
before it's too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can.
you will not regret it.
one day it will be too late.”
― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake







The Top Apple

You know I don't usually read biographies but this is one of those that you shouldn't miss reading. He did inspire me.

My favorite quote didn't came from Steve but from Bill Gates when Steve confronted him about stealing his ideas:

"I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

Priceless, no?


"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

My favorite place

Nothing can make my day than to curl up on our living room couch and read through the day. Often times Madison needs attention that it was impossible for me to have that solitude I was craving for. Not to be deterred, I often turn on the tv and let her watch cartoons. This seem to solve my problem, at least temporarily. If I can finished up a chapter or two then I am happy.

Book Review No 7: Angelology

Title:         Angelology
Author:    Danielle Trussoni
Genre:      Fiction




Synopsis

It uncovers the world when angels and mortal exists. Both intermarried and produced an offspring that has the human form with angel wings called Nephilims. They have super human abilities and can live for centuries. The Nephilims were sought after by an underground society as they try to uncover the secrets surrounding an important artifact.

The Lucky Peach

I always hear rave reviews on Momofuku in NYC. It is known as a great after hours place for ramen and beers. I haven't been there but one day I will trek my way in the village.

Ramen is one of my comfort foods. Once in a while I have these noodle cravings that I drive about an hour and a half to have an authentic bowl of Japanese Ramen noodles in Fort Lee. I have this idea that maybe I can make my own broth and buy  a fresh pre-made noodles in Mitsuwa. So, when I heard that Momofuku owner and chef David Chang is publishing his own recipe book based on his popular dishes, I need to check this out.

Book Review No 6: Noble House

Title:         Noble House
Author:     James Clavell
Genre:      Action, Adventure


Synopsis:

It was more than a century later after the foundations were originally set by the first Tai-pan of what has become the present day HongKong. The Noble House is the biggest business establishment in the British colony in Asia which is led by Ian Dunross. Now that the century old establishment is in distress, his arch-rival has been trying to bid for to takeover the Noble House with the help of an American conglomerate that set their eyes on establishing a foothold on Asia through Hong Kong.

Love means...Erich Segal

A farewell to one of my beloved writer Erich Segal who passed away with a heart attack and has long been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He was 72.



One of this popular work is the sappy movie Love Story where the line: "Love means not ever to say you're sorry" has been the byline of sentimentalists. It has been 30 or so years and this line still comes up in current pop culture.

Winter Cleaning

It's the New Year, I had the urge to do some cleaning around the house. One of my resolutions was to organize my work station which is filled with junk, loose papers, stale dated magazines and books (both read and unread). We had a small basement downstairs which I have a wall unit for my books and other stuff. I noticed that I am running out of space. My precious bookshelf needs a little weeding. Now I am faced with the question of what books should I discard to make room for new ones. It has been years since I am in denial, it feels like a Sophie's choice (sort of) but reality hits and it needs to be done.

This is what I decided to do:

(1)  Get rid of dated books


Books on hold


Books are the only extravagance that I can't live without. It has been part of my life on the first time I read a Nancy Drew mystery novel and life will never be the same again.

I have been buying books faster than I can read it. Now, I found an unused Barnes and Nobles giftcard and I hurried off to buy more books. It doesn't help that my occassional visit to the library makes me take out more books to read. It left my stack of unread books untouched. When can I get through them? I am not sure but I will try my best not to waste them.

Book Review No 5: Hitman


Title:        Hitman: Forty Years Making Music, Topping the Charts, and Winning Grammys
Author:    David Foster
Genre:     Autobiography



This guy has worked with most of the biggest names of the music industry, some he discovered and some he collaborated for that one big chart topping hit. He is the producer of one of the best selling movie tie-in album The Bodyguard and has produced hits through the decades.

Book Review No 4: Don't mind if I do


Title:       Don't mind if I do
Author:    George Hamilton
Genre:     Autobiography


I wouldn't be caught dead buying this book. The only reason I checked this book out of the library was to check out the entry titled "Thrilla in Manila". It is a chapter about the nature of his relationship with Imelda Marcos. Other than that, I only know George Hamilton as a tanned blood sucking impresario. The only movie of his that I have seen was the Godfather 3, he had a major role but did not have any significant dialogue. He is always sitting quiet in the background.

Book Review No 3: Shogun


Book:           Shogun
Published:    1975
Author:        James Clavell


The story begins when an English Captain, John Blackthorne got caught in a storm and landed on the shores of Japan. It is also a crucial time for feudal Japan which is ruled and governed by landed gentry called samurais. The head of these landed gentries, the Taiko died recently and passed on the hereditary rule to his 7 year old son and would not be allowed to govern till he reached 15 years old. The balance of power is in turmoil that had the 2 of the most powerful daimyos, Ishido and Toranaga are fighting to become the ultimate ruler would be called Shogun.

Book Review #2: American Wife

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld



StorySet in Wisconsin, you would follow the life journey of a shy librarian who had simple ambitions till she married a man from a well off family whose father was a former governor of the state. It was a roller coaster ride from trying to cope up with her husband's political ambition and his alcoholism.

Book Review #1: The Yiddish Policemen's Union

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

Story

An alcoholic detective and his cousin slash partner on a trail to find the killer of a junkie chess prodigy. He made it a personal vindication to find the murderer since it happened on the same building he resides in. Nobody noticed it happened since the weapon used had a silencer. The trail took them to the most important and powerful family in the community which led to more questions.

Set in the middle of the Yiddish settlement in the Alaskan panhandle, Meyer Landsman was able to uncover secrets that would test his faith.

A thing for Michael

I took interest in Michael Crichton's work since I read his autobiographical essays in his book "Travels". I like his writing style, usually short and direct. He can describe the most complex information in about one to two sentences. No pretensions at all. By the time I finished the book, the papers were running his obituary. He died on pancreatic cancer. It sounded so sudden, a high profile literary suddenly passes away. It was said that it was his request to keep his "ordeal" private. But after reading his autobiography, you get a sense on what kind of a person he is. He sounded like a very reserved person but once he opens up, he can be a very talkative one. Also, he is always on a quest for knowledge, for experience and for answers. Besides being cerebral, he is also creative. He wrote, produced and directed movies.

Somehow, after reading his obituary on the newspaper, I have a hunch his estate will publish a posthumous book. Not one but two and still hinting that there will be more. New York Times ran an article that his assistant found a finished manuscript and another unfinished one from his computer files. His publisher will release the unpublished book in 2010. It is about an adventure story set in Jamaica.

Besides the autobiography, I just finished his first book written under Jeffrey Hudson. The book was written while in medical school. He used a pen name as a cover since he based most of his characters from people he worked with at the Boston hospital. It is so thinly veiled that students were sure that the author can be one of them. The ironic part of it was that the book became so popular that it won an award. He can't even pick it up, it would have blown his cover and worse, he can get expelled. I read the book and it is very good, it still sounded relevant since it was a medical thriller written in the 1960's. I'll bet his style has changed since then. So, 2 books down and more to go.

Book Review: A Year in the World



You probably know her story from the popular "Under the Tuscan Sun" movie. She is the author whom decided to travel to Tuscany and happen to do an impulse buy on a centuries old manor. It was a great story that I remembered her name when I went to a local bookstore.

Review: Eat, Pray, Love



The book is an easy read. It is mostly travelogues of an unhappy American who is searching for happiness and contentment. The author went to 3 countries, Italy, India and Indonesia. Although she had been in these countries before, she still saw her adventure in fresh eyes as a local not just a tourist staying temporarily.

Rereading Possession

Book by A.S. Byatt

First, let me gush a little bit. Nothing can be more romantic than a Victorian setting paralleled with a present day counterpart. Add it with a tie in movie and voila, perfect cream cake.

On reading this book, I love the part that it shows you the back and forth correspondence of Randolph Ash and Chistable LaMotte. Those letters started with a detached tone which somehow over a period of time became intimate. You would be able to notice that the salutations starts with Dear Miss LaMotte/Mr Ash to Dear Friend through My Dear. Each letter seem to be longer and longer. More elaborate. Then it started that they exchange in opinions of each other's work by sending a draft copy. He even confided to her that she was his muse. She was elated. More discussion ensues till it is not enough to express their feelings through writing. Eventually, they have to meet. From there, the trouble began and ended.

This is the third time I read it. Although, I usually skim through the poetry portion, it is still a good read. The ending seem to be sad but the fact that there would be a future revelation seem to me as satisfying. It doesn't hurt that the book has a good movie version. I'll forever put this as one of my favorite list.