Friday, October 31, 2014

Family Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Robin Sharma

Maybe it is because I skipped the first book that I wasn't familiar with the writing style and had no understanding, knowledge about who Julian was. I started out thinking that Catherine was the central character. For those of you who are in the same position as I was, Julian IS the monk who sold his Ferrari. The dude who was this magnificent magnet for money, handsome lawyer who wins hearts and clients like he was a Brad Pitt. Or George Clooney. Or Chow Yuen Fatt if you are into Chinese. Pick your own handsome, rich celeb.

Basically, Catherine is Julian's little sister, someone he left behind when he sold his mansion and Ferrari.

Like him, Catherine was undergoing a major life-changing event in her life and Julian thought he could come back to shed some light on some things for family life.

No surprise at all, before this 'incident', like Julian, Catherine is a high flying executive and business owner. Nothing in life is that easy. So, Julian came back to bring back some good ole balance.

Yup, that is the basis of the entire book.

Maybe I read a whole lot of Buddhist books every other day (because the books are free and I live near a temple which supplies me with them?) so, many of the things mentioned, situations explained and principles shared are no strangers to me. It got boring by the time I made it to the middle.

I hardly ever not finish reading a book that I start reading. There are very few exceptions maybe because books are expensive and I feel terrible for abandoning the story or author (because he/she spent much time writing that stuff up) and trees have been uprooted and cut up to make the paper that I am holding in my hands right now.

Did I stop? Nope. I didn't. Because there are so many quotes and principles that I know I can use as reminders in the book. I didn't like the 'story' because there really isn't a story in the book. It is just Julian being a super awesome human being and Catherine being a little thick.

Example: 'Real joy in life is like peeling back layers of an onion' - Julian. 'What?' - Catherine
Or: '*principle and making a whole lot of common sense' - Julian. 'So you're saying that the true purpose of life is to discover our true talents and special strengths?'

I had mental 'duhhhh????!!!' throughout the book. LOL

I love Robin Sharma and I follow him on Twitter and he is like this never-ending supplier of positive thoughts and thoughtful reminders. Sometimes, I get the tweets and I go 'That's right! Thanks for the reminder, Robin! Marsha, let's GOGOGO!'

So, yes, I have some trouble getting through it because of Catherine. She doesn't have to be this dumb, does she? Or maybe there are people out there who are really like that, maybe, perhaps, I don't know? The book doesn't sell you religion, one thing's for sure but I think many of those logic, quotes and phrases are stuff that I expose myself to already, anyway that I think it didn't kick it for me.

I could be saying this right now but this book is a keeper because of one fact alone, there is a plethora of reminders in this one. All those quotes and sayings and teachings that I could use every now and again.

So, yeah, on to the next book, a lighter read this time.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Went to school

Popped by school to collect Kid's report card and drop off one of their bags, two things happened.

1. As I tried to sign in as a guest, the guard told me to walk straight in. I am not late yet. It is before 9am so I dont need to sign in. For school. Puahahahahaha

2. As I dropped off the bag, a supervisor asked me 'so, you are his sister?'


My advice for you if you are looking for such nice uplifting morning indirect compliments is....
Tie your hair up in a ponytail, wear cargo pants and loose-fitting t-shirt, accessorize yourself with childish bracelettes, go bareface and not a smidgen of lipstick and you will probably pass off as a 20-30-something sister of your kid in a dim-lit school as well.

Man, I feel awesome. I am enjoying the school's plain nasi lemak as if it has some rendang in it (even when there isnt any).

Have a fab day,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Matyr

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Saturday, October 25, 2014

They ain't us

Well...there is something about James Franco that is just that little bit of awesome.

Friday, October 24, 2014


I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome. I think I am awesome.

Come on, everybody! Think with me!


Monday, October 20, 2014

App : Routinely

I have been using Routinely to help keep me on track with my goals. The app is simple, to the point and is devoid of any unnecessary fuss. Just create the small simple tasks that you want to complete, set a reminder and you're off.

It works for me, so far, and I have been using Routinely for more than a year now. Admittedly, I can do better at achieving ALL the routines I want to do every single day but the thing is that you don't have to if it is not what you want.

There are important things, there are unimportant things. Whenever a routine is left not done, the bar turns yellow. You are, hereby, given a yellow card. Buck up. If you continue to ignore it, it turns red. Red card. To make you feel even guiltier, it shows you the last time you paid attention to the task.

Something will gnaw and chew at your conscience when you see something like 'Clean your desk' which is followed by 'Last done 239 days ago'. LOL

Anyway, if you know of a better app or something I might want to check out, let me know. I am all ears.

Staying focused,

Friday, October 17, 2014

If I Were Bieber, Bieber, Bieber...oh

I am not a Bieber fan although I think this spunky kid has grown up pretty fast and furious. Justin is an incredibly good-looking guy but I feel a little sad that he has to grow up under Hollywood's spotlight this way. He is a young man deserving of a normal lifestyle, devoid of all those negative attention.

Yes, I am beginning to feel sorry for him...and his parents who are doing their best to give Bieber the correct direction in order for him to grow up and at the same time, keep to his dreams of being a singer and star.

He is a Hollywood star so, naturally, there would be papps everywhere. Like friggin' flies. They look and behave like it too, I guess. Sorry, flies.

After the most recent ATV episode with the law, it seems like people are being really mean and nosy and being creeps. A couple of years back, I saw on an Entertainment website, a video of a celeb walking out of a pub with papps following closely behind. Initially, the celeb just walked ahead and maintained a cold smile.

Not good enough for the paparazzi. No violence, no swearing, no punches, just a pretty face....simply not good enough. The 'reporter' said some really mean things and provocative things to the celeb and (after having some drinks) true enough, the celeb lost his smile for a while.

Thankfully, only for a little while. He took some really quick steps towards the photographer, in a slightly menacing way, before someone pulled him back from behind. Then the stoned smile was back on.

If I were Bieber, I would take a similar stance. We can only hope that all those under intense spotlight would have this kind of Super Human resistance to general stupidity and desperation. Or keep good, sober friends around at all times. Maybe hire a few more bodyguards, or some special agents armed with rifles and wrapped up to their necks with bombs. Or maybe go live in a transparent bullet-proof bubble. JK. >.<


Well, that's what you get for being famous, I guess. I don't even want to remember what happened to some TVB artistes some time back. Or maybe YOU do, but I don't.

It's a rainy Friday over here and I plan to finish up some stuff before hitting a restaurant for dinner. Have a pleasant weekend ahead!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

All Rolled Into One

This is too true. Think about it, 10 years ago, we had to carry around a whole load more. Now, we only have 1 device. This is how far we have come, tech wise, that is.

By the same token, this device is also partially responsible for the aging and death of common humanity.

Just saying, no hating, i love my phone.

One day away from weekend,



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Excuse Me

A short one from the phone because i have to complete this task. Yes, to write something. Anything.

So, i am short on time because i am hungry as hell and rushing out of the house.

Anyway, if u r a foreigner anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore and u hear someone say this to u, if u r a stranger, be offended. If u hear it from someone u know, be pleased because it can be an affectionate phrase.

It basically means 'f to one side please'. Without the 'please', actually.

Have a great Sunday,