Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winner of Who's This Book's Heroine Giveaway

Winner for this beautiful bracelet is Theresa. If you are the winner, please email us your shipping address so we can ship the bracelet to you.

We're currently reading Nora Robert's Hidden Riches. We're enjoying the story and we would like to give away the above brand new bracelet to this book blog's followers. To win the bracelet, please scroll down to answer a simple question. You can easily find the answer by clicking here. You have to be a follower of our blog to participate. You also need to have a U.S. mailing address. You can get an additional entry to win the bracelet if you scroll down the page to click on the "like" button on the right side bar of this blog. Winner of this giveaway will be announced on Dec 15, 2011.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Winner of Holiday Cookbook Giveaway


Winner of this cook book is Donna. If you are the winner, please email us your mailing address so we can mail the book to you.

To continue my clutter clearing campaign to get rid of my thousands plus books that are literally taking over my home, I'm giving away this book to my blog's followers. On October 31, 2011, a winner will be randomly picked and will be announced here on this blog. To have a chance to win this book, please do the following:
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Hopefully, I will get rid of all my books pretty soon. I do have separation anxiety with all my books (this is only the 22nd book I'm giving away.... at least I'm making a tiny progress....), but I've got to start parting with them, or I won't even have room to sleep in... So follow my blog to be informed of my latest book giveaway.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Winner of Romantic Comedy Fiction Giveaway Is

Winner of this giveaway is : Linda. If you are Linda, please email us your shipping address so we can mail you the book.

To continue my clutter clearing campaign to get rid of my thousands plus books that are literally taking over my home, I'm giving away this book to my blog's followers. On September 30, 2011, a winner will be randomly picked and will be announced here on this blog. To have a chance to win this book, please do the following:
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Hopefully, I will get rid of all my books pretty soon. I do have separation anxiety with all my books (this is only the 21st book I'm giving away.... at least I'm making a tiny progress....), but I've got to start parting with them, or I won't even have room to sleep in... So follow my blog to be informed of my latest book giveaway.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

"Be mindful of your thought, for they become your words.
Be choiceful of your words, for they become your actions.
Be purposeful in your actions, for they become your reputation.
Be protective of your reputation, for it becomes your legacy."

I don't know the source of this quote, if any one of you know, please email us and we will send you a thank-you gift.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Book Review: Young Professional's Guide to Success

This book is full of valuable advice from the CEOs and accomplished leaders who had learnt their lessons and who had made it to the top in their career. What took these successful men and women decades to learn, young people can now learn them all in this book. With the increasing competitiveness in the global economy, young professionals nowadays need the hard skills that enable them to solve the complex technical problems at work, and also the soft skills that help them navigate the ever more globally diverse and challenging workplace. I think the young professionals who read this book are already one notch ahead of their peers who don't. What this book presents are knowledge and wisdom from the real world that are very critical to one's career and yet aren't taught in college. This is a must read for college students and also young professionals who want to excel in their career.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

" Your strengths alone may not get you where you want to go, but unaddressed weaknesses will almost certainly keep you from getting there" - John F. Lundgren - Chairman & CEO, The Stanley Works.

Friday, September 9, 2011

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I Prefer Economic Freedom to Freedom to Vote

I was in Hong Kong on 12/31/2011 celebrating New Year's Eve, and it was much more breath taking in live than watching this on video. This annual countdown makes the drop of the ball in New York kind of lame.


I am recently reading the book "Crash Proof" which really answers a lot of my questions. I'm here in America for college and staying with my cousins, while working part-time for them on this blog and their other websites. I haven't been in the U.S. for too long but I do realize that things here aren't what I imagined them to be before I came. The first thing I noticed is the big chunk of money that was taken out of my first paycheck by the U.S. and California governments. The second thing I noticed was that everything I bought, I paid about 9.75% sales tax. Then when I got my i-phone bill and utilities bills, I saw a lot of taxes added to each one of them also. Even without counting the taxes on everything I buy or consume, everything is just more expensive than Hong Kong. In here, I've learnt that I have less take home cash (after the governments took away their shares), but I have to pay sales tax with the little cash I have, and then everything is more expensive in the U.S. than Hong Kong even before the taxes. My hair cut and coloring today costs me $132. I get the same hair cut and treatment in Hong Kong for more than 50% less money. Also, I found out that holidays and New Year in the USA are pretty boring. This is why I went back to Hong Kong last Christmas to visit my folks and did the New Year count down there instead. After college, I will definitely return to Hong Kong, for Hong Kong is consistently ranked #1 in the world in terms of economic freedom, which means less government control on my income and property and more money in my purse that can support a higher quality of life. In America, every citizen has the privilege to vote for their president and governors, whereas we can't vote directly for our Chief Executive of Hong Kong. But what good does the freedom to vote do to the citizens when the majority of people consistently vote for government officials who keep digging into my wallets? On the other hand, the Chief Executive in Hong Kong was voted by elite citizens of the city, (yes, only the very accomplished citizens can vote for the chief there) who are usually more educated and more sensible. Singapore works in similar way. To me, I will go for freedom to keep my money instead of the freedom to cast a vote in a voting booth. I highly recommend this book "Crash Proof", because it's very educational and informative about what goes wrong with the economy in America. For every $10K one withdraws from the bank in the USA, there are reports to be filed and the bank has to do extra paper work.... We don't have to do that in Hong Kong, anyone can withdraw as much money as they have in their bank accounts and the government won't ask a question. Now, this is the freedom I want. Property taxes are also way much lower there. With so little taxes, one might think that, "well, there must be a lot of "have-nots" in Hong Kong who have no government help...." Well, unemployment rate is 3.4% there and homeless people are very very rare. Crime rate is very low and there is no ghetto in Hong Kong. The strange thing is, without the government obsessing about uplifting the poor through taxing others, the dynamics of a free economy ends up creating more wealth, saving and employment opportunities for everybody who are productive, which in turn reduces poverty and the "poor class" altogether.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Book Review: A Wedding in December


This is a story about an intimate wedding in a quaint bed and breakfast inn where the reunion of seven former schoolmates got a little too intimate. What happened in this story may very well be the reason why many people avoid attending their school reunion altogether. This is a wedding story that bridged the distance that friends mistakenly maintained from each other due to misunderstanding. The author masterfully explored the very relatable human weaknesses and desires through her characters. This story brilliantly crafted the confrontation of unresolved issues and the reexamination of one's paths in life. Through intimate and shocking revelations in the serene Berkshire Mountains, the seven friends ultimately found closures of their past that would drastically change their future. This book is a good read for book club gatherings because the story provides lots of discussions that make us think.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Winner of Family Drama Book Giveaway

Winner of this book is : Esme. If you are the winner, please email us your address so we can mail the book to you.

To continue my clutter clearing campaign to get rid of my thousands plus books that are literally taking over my home, I'm giving away a hard cover copy of this book to my blog's followers. On August 31, 2011, a winner will be randomly picked and will be announced here on this blog. To have a chance to win this book, please do the following:
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Hopefully, I will get rid of all my books pretty soon. I do have separation anxiety with all my books (this is only the 20th book I'm giving away.... at least I'm making a tiny progress....), but I've got to start parting with them, or I won't even have room to sleep in... So follow my blog to be informed of my latest book giveaway.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

" A wise man will make more opportunity than he finds." - Francis Bacon


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Songs in the Books Giveaway

The following is a song I never heard but I learnt about while reading page 8 of this book.... Enter our giveaway to win a cute purse by emailing us the title of this book that mentioned this song. You have to be a follower of our blog to participate in this giveaway. We will randomly select a winner from all the entries on September 15, 2011 and announce on this blog.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

"Better to be proficient in one art than a smatterer in a hundred." - Japanese Proverb

So what is the one art that you are proficient in? Win a cute purse by emailing us to us know. You have to be a follower of our blog to participate in this giveaway. Deadline for entry to win is September 31, 2011.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lesson on Public Speaking

I am currently reading the book,"Confessions of a Public Speaker". The author talks about how mistakes happen all the time even with the most experienced public speakers. The good news is the audience in general never cared or noticed any of such mistakes that the public speakers themselves obsessed about. What is considered to be a disastrous mistake during a speech is often the drama in the speakers' own mind. The following is a video of the author showing himself delivering a talk that he considered to have a bad start, a disaster where some slides were missing, where he was making mistakes and he was performing poorly. But just like the author said in the first chapter of his book; I, as an audience, don't care or notice that the talk was disastrous at all.



Monday, August 15, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

" You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." - Upanishad


Monday, August 8, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

"When you are inspired by some great purpose.... you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world." - Patanjali

Monday, July 25, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read


"What makes this world so great is that we are free to express ourselves." - Frank Cooper


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Books Without Borders


I spent my entire day yesterday in Borders looking for closing deals. I will go back again because I just found a couple $5 coupons in my closet drawers that are going to expire on 11/31/2011. I don't think there will be anymore Borders store by then so I better use them now. As Borders' premium club member, I can't express in words how sad I feel about the closing of this bookstore chain. Every time I visited Borders, I ended up spending more than 2 hours there. I was never just browsing. Most of the books in my bookshelf are bought from this store. Yesterday when I was walking past the vacated cafe in Borders, I was flooded with memories of my first dates, my bookclub discussions, my knitting workshops with my friends, etc, that took place in various Borders locations. Because of Borders, I had discovered and fallen in love with books and magazines I never knew existed, that I would never have sought them out if I never went to Borders.

I remember when I first came to America, the only place I knew how to get there independently was Borders. It's not just a bookstore to me, it's a place which introduced me to the American way of life and a place in a foreign country where I felt comfortable, where I felt I belonged. It's a place where I met some of my American friends. Borders helped me relieve my homesickness because the books and the environment there just distracted me. It offered me a place to hang out when I had nobody and knew nowhere to go to. Whenever I felt bored, I unconsciously drove to Borders. I tried the public libraries but it just never felt the same, the library shelves are always musky and eerie compared to Borders's book aisles. The vibe in the library made me feel even more depressed and lonely when I was alone. Borders made me feel upbeat and cheerful even when I was alone.

It's just sad beyond words that this bookstore chain is going to disappear completely. This is another example where bad management can destroy a good company and flush shareholder value down into the toilet. I don't think the business model of a brick and mortar bookstore is the problem, I think it's the fault of their management's inability to control cost and capitalize on Borders' inherent value to consumers. I still believe no website or e-reader (and I have 3, my ipad, iphone, netbook pc) can really replace the physical presence of a bookstore. I think brick and mortar bookstore can still be run as a profitable business. It just takes a capable management to do so. May be I am just a delusional bookstore fanatic who is in denial with the ever expanding world wide web that is going to bind my life closer and closer to an LED screen.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Bookclub Karaoke: Love Will Never Do Without You

When I was a kid, whenever my mom needed to work in the kitchen for our dinners, she put on Karaoke to keep me busy. The following sing-along is the Chinese people's rendition of Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do Without You". It was one of my favorite Karaoke songs from my childhood. Today, to end our bookclub meeting this month, I put this on our TV and we sang this together to conclude our meeting... This is a good way to learn to speak Cantonese, just watch the screen and mimmic the sound, it's fun:) Translation of the lyric is underneath the video.

I believe the world will become more beautiful,I believe all wars will end one day.
I believe there is justice from sea to sea, I believe all these timeless philosophies of love.

It's like me strongly believing that love is the best, it's like you truly believing in me.
Do you know that I believe in you also? Yeah, I'll always believe in you, yeah.

I believe one day I will see, everybody in the world holding hands and dancing together.
I believe there will be love from sea to sea, I believe tomorrow will be better.
It's like me strongly believing that there is nothing comparable to love, it's like believing that no one can isolate freedom. Woo Woo.

Do Do Do Do Do Do Do,
It's like me believing in myself,strongly believing in you.
It's like me believing in myself, strongly believing in the truth of love.
The truth of love,is just like you, dancing excitingly around me.
The truth of love.

I believe the world will become more beautiful,I believe all wars will end one day.
I believe there is justice from sea to sea, I believe all these timeless philosophies of love.

It's like me strongly believing that love is the best, it's like you truly believing in me.
Do you know that I believe in you also? Yeah, I'll always believe in you, yeah.

I believe in Peace,
I believe in Kindness,
I believe in Peace,
I believe in Kindness,

It's like me believing in myself,strongly believing in the one I like.
It's like me believing in myself, completely believing in the truth of love.
Say Go Sally Go Sally Go
Say Al
Say Al

It's like me believing in myself,strongly believing in the one I like.
It's like me believing in myself, completely believing in the truth of love.
It's like me believing in myself,strongly believing in you.
It's like me believing in myself, strongly believing in the truth of love

I believe in Peace,
I believe in Kindness,
I believe in Peace,
I believe in Kindness,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Book Review: The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

Don't let the cover of this book fool you. This is one lousy book that piggy-backed on our beloved "Pride and Prejudice". The characters in this book are totally unlikable. They all spoke in a strange way, as if they were some lower class people in England pretending to be wealthy upper class. Mary Bennet didn't have a big role in "Pride and Prejudice" but she didn't have a major part in this book either. This book talked mostly about everything else but Mary's independence because she was locked up during most of the book. This book is very hard for me to read because it has a very bad plot that seems to be too wacky for that period of England. This book is literally an insult to Jane Austen. Have you recently been scammed by a book's appealing cover and ended up getting a bad book with a bad story? If so, please email to tell us what book it is, and get a chance to win a free spicy chicken sandwich from Jack in the Box. You have to be our blog's follower to participate in this giveaway. We will announce the winner on July 31, 2011 on this blog.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Winner of the Inspirational Memoir Giveaway Is....


Winner of this book is : Jeanine. If you are the winner, please email us your mailing address and we will mail the book to you.

To continue my clutter clearing campaign to get rid of my thousands plus books that are literally taking over my home, I'm giving away this book to my blog's followers. On June 15, 2011, a winner will be randomly picked and will be announced here on this blog. To have a chance to win this book, please do the following:
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Hopefully, I will get rid of all my books pretty soon. I do have separation anxiety with all my books (this is only the 19th book I'm giving away.... at least I'm making a tiny progress....), but I've got to start parting with them, or I won't even have room to sleep in... So follow my blog to be informed of my latest book giveaway.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read


"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are" - E.E. Cummings

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Our Favorite Book of All Time: Queen Millennia



When I was a very young kid in elementary school in Hong Kong, I was hooked up with reading Japanese comic Books. I got interested in the Japanese comic books because I was a big fan of watching Japanese cartoons. I learnt about this book after I watched its TV series and became a fan. Besides cartoons from America, kids in Asia (now even in China) watched a lot of cartoons from Japan. The Japanese cartoons surpass the American ones to be the favorites among kids in Asia because they're just so much more creative and compelling in terms of plots and stories. The premise of the story is about a princess from another planet who was sent here to earth by her Queen Mother 1000 years ago to rule an underground empire her predecessors had built deep under the earth. The empire served as a base where her people from her planet conducted studies on the earth and prepared for the earth's ultimate demise (it's like the preparation involved in Noah's Ark, collecting sample of everthing ).

The princess assumed two identities. The Queen of the super high-tech colony underneath the earth that existed in parallell to the human civilizations on the surface of the earth, and a daugther of the owner of a sushi restaurant who worked as a research assistant in a space center in 1997. Her parents at the little sushi restaurant were actually not her parents and their experience of giving birth to her and raising her was all planted on their brains by technology. They called it memory transplant. Those memories were actually created using memories of another Japanese couple who actually had a daugther.... ( I only found this out in later episodes when a series of events that led to the revelation of the true indentity of a beautiful sushi girl who got parents that I always thought were too different from their daughther. At the beginning, I just couldn't understand why the queen's parents on earth didn't seem to know that their daughter was an alien from out of space.)

Anyway, this girl had actually been living on this planet earth for 1000 years. Every 1000 years, her Queen Mother from her home planet would send a different princess to the earth (her other sisters). Throughout the 1000 years term, the princesses took up different cover-up identities, from Egyptian queen to Chinese princess to a modern day sushi girl in Japan. This is because the host families only had a life span of decades, meanwhile each queen had to live on earth for a thousand years until a new queen was sent to take over. All the pains in bidding goodbye to her host families due to death impacted this "1000 years" Queen and gave her a lot of compassion with the humans and ultimately a strong emotional attachment to the earth.... The story and plots are really twisty. Eventually, she had to decide whether she would choose her home planet or the earth, and it's not just a personal preference, her decision would force her to choose either the survival of her home planet or that of the planet earth where she had spent 1000 years living in. Her planet was predicted to be on its course to crash into the earth from thousands and thousands of years ago. It was due to the magnetic force change of the universe that altered the track of her planet. With that knowledge, her queen mother sent her daugthers to the earth, to study it and to document everything there only because she knew that by the time when their planet crashed into the earth, the earth and everything on it would be totally destroyed and burnt to dust. Her mother's goal was to collect as much memorabilia from the earth as possible for their own research interest (from the aspect of culture, language, history, and the earth's smartest scientists, etc etc) and built documenation about their observation of the earth, its civilizations, and the human beings from their very beginning to the very end, before they were completely destoryed by the ultimate collision. Meanwhile, this queen's planet was so much more advanced in techology and science that their planet had this invincible shield that would close around the planet and completely protected it from the impact of collison. This protective shield actually would intensify the collision and therefore magnify the damage to the earth. The naked earth on the other hand would crash and burn and eplode into space dust. There were a few options that were explored during the TV series to minimze destruction of the earth and to save the human beings. But all of them involved her home planet to share certain casualties with the earth...which her Queen Mother would not allow. Her queen mother was headstrong that, "hell with the earth, we will crash with them, but we won't have a dent....and since the primitive humans can't figure out a way to save themselves, it's none of our business."

As the paths of the two planets came closer together, the earth was experiencing lots of natural diasters and climate change. There were a lot of chaos among governments who couldn't come to a consensus of what to do and which people should they let to board the space ships they were building with the help of this alien queen (this is the part where the movie 2012 probably copied from this Japanese cartoon). There are lots of great stories in every episode and it just kept building audience's curosity and also answering their questions from watching the previous episodes. (I think cartoons like this just made us smarter...cause it kept us thinking) The series was so good. It was not predictable at all. The now popular "Twilight" series is totally lame compared to this one. Below is the English version MTV of this all time favorite cartoon TV series in Japan and a lot of countries, (except the U.S.). I first watched it in 1983. I was very young then but I was able to recite all the scripts the next day when I played with my Barbie and dressed her up as the "1000 years queen".

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Prediction of The Future....

I'm going to subscribe to Forbes Magazine because I just went to clean up my dead uncle's home and I was flipping through his piles of Forbes magazines and found out that the magazine may be able to predict the future. I read an article published in May 2002, which reported the troubles with AT&T Wireless Services Inc. (It was a spin off of the original AT&T, and was trading on the New York Stock Exchange as AWE at the time.) The article predicted that the company was not going to survive for long and would soon end up being acquired because it was overloaded with debt and was lacking behind in service capacity and wireless infrastructure. Sure enough, the company was acquired by Cingular Wireless in October 2004, more than 2 years after the article was published. Cingular Wireless' parent Company Bell South then acquired the original AT&T and formed the current new AT&T in 2005..... I found the article quite interesting and as a retrospect, quite accurate in its prediction and analysis (even though the Executive Vice President Adele Ambrose wrote the magazine in the June 2002 issue to try to discredit the article...)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

"I dream my painting and paint my dream." - Vincent Van Gogh

The above is Van Goh's Almond Blossom.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Middle Place (Brand New) $3.99

I go to Borders at Torrance today and see that this book (brand new condition) is being sold at $3.99 at the bookstore's bargain shelf. Do you see this book being sold (brand new) at $3.99 or cheaper in other bookstores? If so, please email us the store name, location and price to qualify to win a free 8 X 10 Portrait from JC Penny Portraits. Winner of this giveaway will be posted on this blog on May 31, 2011.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Just Bought This Book For My Upcoming San Diego Vacation

I just bought this book from Borders.com for a total price of $9.25 (that includes sales tax and shipping). Compared to $10.45 at Amazon.com, I save $1.2 for this book. As a Borders club member, shipping is free for me even I only bought one single book. However, in Amazon.com, shipping is only free for purchase of $25 or more. I used the 33% off discount coupon for this book I posted here yesterday also to get this $9.25 bargain total price (they sent out these coupons regular to both paid and no-paid club members). In additional, this $9.25 purchase also earned me borders bucks that I can use on future book purchase.

I really don't want Borders to completely go out of business, cause if they do, where will I be getting bargain books like this anymore?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Inspirational Quote I Last Read

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Everybody!!


I eat a lot of Oreo cookies and this is the first time I see Oreo Cookies this pretty:) Wish you all a beautiful and happy Mother's Day!!!