/Book Discussion Summary/ Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Book title: Wild
Genre: Memoir
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Date of discussion: 26 April 2015
Venue: Zest Cafe & Restaurant, Bangsar South
Average rating: 7/10

I originally wrote this summary of a book discussion on the book ‘Wild’ for members of KL Book Appreciation Club, published in the group on April 28, 2015.

Since the majority of us have finished the book, we all took turns to rate the memoir and everyone talked about what they liked and could / could not relate to in Cheryl Strayed’s writing. We also tackled some discussion questions from Oprah’s Reading Guide.

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[Book Review] The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Disclaimer: An unexpected side effect of being in KLBAC book discussions and hanging out with the likes of literary critiques is my own change in rating books. I have become more critical (harder to please?) and though I must admit the book has great entertainment value, I expected more from Graeme Simsion’s sequel. Read the following with a pinch of salt and do make your own judgments… To each their own!

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100 Happy Days, beginning 4 March

Inspired by a friend who started her 100 Happy Days photo journal on Facebook, I decided to begin mine on 4 March via Instagram.

Just a few days in, I noticed how my mind had a tendency to whine and complain. What’s worse, those things I’m complaining about were the stuff that I wanted to post into social media channels.

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A quiet 2014 CNY celebration

It’s been a relatively quiet Chinese New Year (CNY).

My hubby, Desmond’s family, is pretty much out of the CNY scene because we are still observing 100 days of mourning for beloved Grandpa. So there’s no angpows (red packets with money) to give out, no visiting of friends and relatives, no open house and no travelling back to my hometown.

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Gratitude (4 Jan 2014)

Today, I am grateful for…


  • … a beautiful home that was just redecorated with a new sofa, curtains and washing machine.
  • … my husband’s strong financial situation – he recently forked out a large sum of money for furniture, appliances and decor, even though I couldn’t afford to pay him back.

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She (ELLE) Defines Herself

I read in the news recently that Malaysia will finally have its very own ELLE magazine, to be launched in March 2014. ELLE Malaysia will be published by Mongoose Publishing, which also publishes some  Malaysian and Singapore favourites such as Time Out KL / Singapore, Esquire KL / Singapore and Expatriate Lifestyle.

Elle Singapore, May 2011

I was surprised but elated to hear the news 🙂 I couldn’t remember a time back in my teenage years when I didn’t entertain myself with the glossy fashion, beauty and feature pages of a magazine, the likes of CLEO or Her World. I even dreamt of being a features writer for a beauty magazine some day (this dream is not yet realised, but someday, I would!)

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February recap

It’s March already! Here’s wishing you a Happy March!!!

Sorry reader, I’ve been meaning to update some posts in February, but it was a truly hectic month!

First there was my birthday on 8 February, which I took a day off work to savour and enjoy; I indulged in retail therapy at 1-Utama! Besides shopping for winter wear at Uniqlo with my aunts and sis-in-law, we also spent a long time at the bead shop looking for suitable beads and crystals for our dream necklaces and bracelets.

Had my birthday lunch with family here
Had my birthday lunch with in-laws here
Dinner and birthday love from family
Dinner and birthday love from family

Then, in preparation for Chinese New Year on 10 February, a short trip to Kampar to visit my Mum’s relatives and a vacation to Hanoi from 15 to 19 February, I had to rush all the urgent tasks at work before I disappeared for my 12-day vacation. The vacation was really fun, but ‘working the mill’ like a madwoman, was not!

CNY greetings from Desmond and I
Desmond's friends who came visiting
Desmond’s friends who came visiting
So, February flew past in no time. Though it was the joyous occasion of celebrating the Lunar New Year, I had my fair share of increased stress from  hectic preparations, tiredness from travelling and unhealthy eating and drinking, which is out of the norm for me.
A healthier Yee Sang from Sakae Sushi
A healthier Yee sang from Sakae Sushi
After celebrating the first few days of Chinese New Year, I unpacked and packed once again for my first visit to Hanoi, Vietnam and Haiphong, a port city in Vietnam. It was a special trip to celebrate one of the biggest days in my younger brother’s life: his engagement to a Vietnamese young woman. Fate has brought them together and I’m very happy for them.
Our family photo with the 9 trays of gifts
Our family photo with the 9 trays of gifts
My brother, W (left), with his best man, J and the father-of-the-bride
My brother, W (left), with his best man, J and the father-of-the-bride
The happy couple
The happy couple

For the full set of the photos from the engagement ceremony, click here to view the album on Facebook.