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那一天,我认识了死亡

生老病死。外公的离世,是我人生见证的第一个死亡。同样的感受和感想,我在小二的时候(8岁)在我的功课,“每周新闻”里记述过。小二,所认识的词汇实在不多,但是老师给我那篇作文 的评语是“文笔感人”,她还打了3三颗星星。时过境迁,我对那天所发生的事和物,却还记忆犹新。许久没写中文长篇了,希望别词不达意。:)

那是一个星期六。那个年纪,一个星期有7天,我最喜欢星期六:电视播特多的卡通片!我醒来了,在刷牙。因为中风而半身不遂的外公就坐在饭桌前;外婆在厨房,忙着准备早餐。我背向着外公,通过镜子,我一边刷牙,一边与他抬扛。

印象中的外公,重男轻女,而且非常的嘴贫,总是爱说些有的没的来气怒我,让我举例:“哎哟!莹今天这么惨啊?吃饭而已?没有KFC哦?”我总是爱反驳他,有时实在是词穷的时候,我就会用怒目瞪他。

我刷我的牙,外公继续他对我的调侃。比我年幼6年的阿妹不久后也醒了,外公很兴奋地逗她玩。我又纳罕了:对我那么坏,对阿妹就这么慈爱!我还在刷牙,刷着刷着,我灵魂出了窍,思绪去了老远。

妈妈的喊叫声把我的思绪拉回现实:“怎么爸爸昏了过去?!!阿婶,快来!”外婆吓着了,从厨房冲出来,大声喊道:“老的!你别吓我!别吓我!你不要丢下我啊!”我还在刷牙,这些情景,都是从镜子的倒影看到的。失去知觉的外公,头歪在一边,脸色慈祥。我还留意到地上有一滩尿迹,罕有的清澈。看着这一切,我的眼泪像断了线的珍珠,不断地在流。我还是小二,对死亡真的完全没有概念,但是我有种预感:这,应该就是它了。。。人们常说的,血浓于水,指的就是这样吧:我对外公虽然不算亲厚,但是生死离别的痛,还是扎到我了。

家里的大人忙成了一团。我静静地在一旁,观察,细心地记下每一个场景。眼泪,依然在流。妈妈一面哭,一面打电话通知其他的阿姨们,已经泣不成声。医生来了,宣告外公的死亡。妈妈和外婆开始号啕,我的眼泪也流得更凶。大人们不让我靠近外公,我只能在门外瞻望:哦,外公的脚板开始发黑了。

早上9点,外婆哭累了,坐在客厅的沙发上抽泣和整顿思绪。我走到电视跟前,想要看卡通。外婆说,“莹,乖,今天别开电视了。”我乖巧地点了点头。

人们说,人之将死,他们会有预感的。巧的是,外公嘱咐我的两个舅舅在那天去探望外公。这两个舅舅很没心肝的,好久没来嘘寒问暖了。 可惜,舅舅们来迟了,外公已经在另一个国度。他们到达的时候,依照习俗,跪爬着进门,都在使劲地哭。我也哭。

我所记得的情景,跳到了外公入棺。虽然被禁止靠近棺木,我还是偷偷地去瞻望了外公的遗容:他穿着寿衣,面目开始浮肿和泛着紫黑,躺在干冰之上。晚上,我带着淡淡的不安入睡:外公生前那么爱作弄我,他的魂不会来找我吧?

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The ________ in me – Part 2

Psychic

SNK used to so like to call me around my bed time and chat for a long duration and wouldn’t let me hang up the call and sleep.

One night, I told him I was so sleep-deprived that i always sleep-talking and mama asked when I did that, “What 4D number to buy?” He laughed, and being inspired, asked, “So what 4D number should I buy?”

“If I tell you, are you going to let me sleep?” I was already yawning non-stop.

“Yes!” I think he was smirking at another end.

“5354 then!!!” The number was actually allusion of不三不四. I couldn’t curb my sleepiness any longer so I just simply blurted out the number.

The next day, SNK made someone delivered a red packet to my hostel room with RM200 in it and he followed up with a call, “We won RM400 from lottery! I am sending you your share of winning!”

Sentimentalist

These are just the tip of the iceberg about how sentimental I could be at times.

More occasions:-

When SY was admitted to ICU and doctor asked us to be prepared for the worst (luckily the outcome=what we hoped for the best), many relatives and her friends flocked to the hospital to visit her even though she’s still unconscious. Seeing this scene at the hospital, tears kept rolling down my cheeks and I couldn’t stop them. I remember asking YK that night on MSN, “One day, if I’m dying in the hospital, will you visit me?”

I brought the question up again during our 2012 year end trip.

Me: One day, if I know my days are numbered and organize a farewell session, will you attend?

Sue: Well, if I am not in any major life predicament, I will!

Part 1Part 3

 

Indonesia in retrospect – Part 1: Life at Universitas Indonesia (b)

Even though the main objective of the student exchange program was more academically-focus, I reckoned cultural exchange should be a part of it. For this, I attended the activities/programs organized in UI diligently.

Playing hard in UI!

Playing hard in UI!

olimpiade opening-backdrop

One fine day, I came across recruitment notice to represent Faculty of Engineering for track events during Olimpiade, the sports carnival of UI. I sent text messages to the captain, Valent, stating my personal best times for 100m, 200m and 400m running and asked if I’m eligible to run for the faculty. Friends from Malaysia were NOT being supportive, because they said Indonesian are always ace runners for track events in SEA games. I was delighted when Valent finally replied: you are more than qualified!

There was a few proud moments that I was glad that with coach’s guidance, I toiled away to be a better runner:-

On days leading to the event, I jogged to the stadium of UI and did my training there. A guy came approached me one day, asked, “Are you an athlete?” “Oh, I do run for my university in Malaysia! But how can you tell?” “The way you warm up is very professional.” He then introduced himself as the athletic coach for a secondary school nearby and offered some running tips to me.

On the morning of the event, I forced Cos, Zaino and Shahrul to come to stadium and support me and they reluctantly complied (Haha!). Once I reached the stadium, I sat quietly at one corner, waiting for instruction from Valent. Without noticing my presence, the guard of the stadium, who observed my training all the while, asked his peers in Indonesian, “Where is the girl from Malaysia? I watch her run every day. I think she won’t get tired at all!”

While I went for warming up at the field, Cos recorded a video and the narration went like this:-

Selamat pagi semua. Di sana, Sam tengah warming up. Rasa-rasanya lah, maybe tak dapat lari… sebab dah letih warming up. Setengah jam ar, dia warming up…

Fellow supporters!

Fellow supporters!

Around 9.30am, it was the heat run for 200m. I ran all out and the runner-up was at least 15m behind. Valent came to me at finish line, worried, “Sam, please conserve your energy, it’s just heat. You still have to run for many rounds today!” I was wont to running all out during Malaysian Universities Games, else with the fierce competition I couldn’t qualify to finals.

running all out for 100m heat

running all out for 100m heat

Then it came the 100m heat. I kept reminding myself to conserve energy and just have to make sure I finish first or second to qualify to final. But, I clocked 13.8s! That was my best run ever and I almost broke the record of UI.

I kept running and running on the day. After 100m heat, it was followed by 100m semi-final, 100m final and 200m final and 400m relay.

For the last run, I was already dog-tired: at 1.37pm, I was running in the blistering heat and my energy level already reached rock bottom because breakfast taken before 7am couldn’t fuel my run further!

The last run of the day: 4 x 400m. I was running real slow...

The last run of the day: 4 x 400m. I was the first baton and running real slow…

olimpiade-4 x 400m

My supporters (Cos & Shahrul) got worried: Is this 800m run? How come Sam’s running so slow? This is her jogging speed only.

Shahrul's and Cos's view was blocked by the trees and did not know what happened to my run from  250m onwards

Shahrul’s and Cos’s view was blocked by the trees and did not know what happened to my run from 250 m onwards. Cos had great faith in me though, “Sam will sure overtake…. She just doesn’t want to sprint too early…”

I did not fail his expectation!

I did not fail his expectation!

After passing the baton to my team mate, I felt really sick: dehydrated, exhausted and famished!

After passing the baton to my team mate, I felt really sick: dehydrated, exhausted and famished!

I went back with 2 gold (100m and 200m) and 1 silver (4 x 400m) medals that day. Faculty of Engineering bagged 3 gold medals during Olimpiade (from all sport events), 2 were from me!

A proud day! 🙂 But I 乐极生悲, I was sick for a week after the event! Fever and food poisoning!

Athletes representing Faculty of Engineering!

Athletes representing Faculty of Engineering!

Part 1: campus life – (a) | Part 2: host family | Part 3: adventure – (a), (b)

突然感触之友达以上 恋人未满

不同的人

不同的场景

一样的暧昧

庆幸

至少不是普通朋友

遗憾

不能多于朋友

或许

只是一厢情愿?

想太多了!

一切从心!

Indonesia in retrospect – Part 1: Life at Universitas Indonesia (a)

at pasca sarjana building universitas indonesia

I was sent to Universitas Indonesia (UI) as exchange student from April 2005 to June 2005. That was my first experience of living abroad. I stayed in dormitory during my whole 5 years studying in KUiTTHO so I was very used to socializing with Muslim friends. But this time, it’s a little bit different: I actually lived with them and even joined their religious occasions and studies.

The exchange program changed me somewhat. This is an example: when I was back to Malaysia, one day I was talking on phone with my Indonesian host mother, Ellen, “Hi, Ibu Ellen! I’m so glad that I’m going to see you in KL! …. Ibu…. Ibu…” My mama was very puzzled, asked, “Why are you calling another woman mom?!”  :p Ibu also means madam and Mrs. in Indonesian 🙂 I was speaking with heavy Indonesian accent when I first came back and some Indonesian vocab integrated into my dictionary forever. 🙂

Starstruck!!!

Nicolas Saputra!!! I was starstruck!!! ♥♥♥

Before visiting Indonesia, I remember watching the Indonesian movie “Ada apa dengan cinta” in the TV room with my Malay friends who stayed in the dormitory. Then I got really smitten with the male lead, Nicolas Saputra in the movie. When I was in UI, one day, I told Gunadi about this and he responded, “Really? You like Nicolas? He’s my housemate! I could arrange for a meet-up” I actually screamed, out of excitement!

at faculty teknik universitas indonesia

Fakultas Teknik=Faculty of Engineering, the faculty which hosted the 5 of us.

study group

study group

Hostel life

Hostel life

We were each assigned a room in the hostel. This was a thoughtful arrangement: we got to mix around with other undergraduates and experience genuine Indonesian campus life. The greatest cultural shock I had when I first checked in to the room: there’s no fan!

group pic 1

The main objective of the exchange program was for us to gather inputs and refine our final year project and also to foster ongoing collaboration between KUiTTHO and UI. Vice Rector (Academic) (front row, 4th from left) paid us a visit, to audit that we were not playing too hard I supposed! :p

in bus kuning universitas indonesia

Shuttle bus within the campus: To increase capacity, the bus has almost no seats!

hunger strike in universitas indonesia

Hunger strike in the campus, something which we were forbidden to carry out at all back home. I think I would be expelled if I were to do this in university.

with dwi 2

Dwi, the technician from the Geography department=my angel! I learned how to use GIS software from him. Mastery in the software gave me a head start on my final year project.

Part 1: campus life – (b) | Part 2: host family | Part 3: adventure – (a), (b)

Sawatdee Ka! – Chiang Rai

26 Dec 2012, Wednesday 

Overview:

We booked day tour (THB1000/pax) to visit the White Temple, Black House, hill tribe village, Golden Triangle, Opium Museum, Jade factory and market at Mae Sai.

To our surprise, our tour guide, Guang Hui is a Malaysian! For this, we received special treatment 🙂 We were BAS (below-average-speed) again! We reached Baan Bua around 7pm, instead of 5pm. We missed the Fish and Monkey cave for being BAS.

baan bua homestay

Open air would be nice if it wasn’t winter in Chiang Rai… it was freezing cold taking shower early in the morning and after the night fell because the heat couldn’t be contained.

baan bua homestay breakfast menu

Breakfast menu at Ban Bua: I missed this traditional northern breakfast, did not know I have to place order the night before.

Baan Bua Homestay, recommending this place!

baan bua homestay breakfast

Breakfast at Baan Bua: Yummy!

teapot and teacup

Me: Why didn’t they give me a cup as well? How am I supposed to drink my tea?

Sue: The cup is beneath the teapot… Aduh… -________-

Me: Oppss…

chiang rai roundabout

Chiang Rai town: Elaborate roundabout!

chiang rai sperm bar

Sperm bar! This website stated that the popular clubs/pubs in Chiang Rai are with kinky names :p

chiang rai par club

Par Club, the largest club in Chiang Rai! Guang Hui said the entrance charge is RM110/pax and he comes every night.

Us: you must be very rich!

chiang rai white temple

White Temple: White dragon, black tongue! :p white=not good for maintenance!

chiang rai white temple

:p

chiang rai white temple

White Temple: Elaborate toilet

chiang rai white temple

Wholeness of design: even the cone is very well integrated with the surrounding!

chiang rai white temple

It reads Chakermchai Kositpipat, but I thought it’s a hospital… Something is wrong with me… Bought some prints here 🙂

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Happy Hippo!

day 1-taking tour3

Black House: Why is it said that penis can ward off evil forces?

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: A mathematical brainteaser:-

Sue donated THB100 in total, on behalf of both of us.

I then donated THB40 in total.

Q: How much do I still owe Sue?

Sue: (100+40)/2=70. 70-40=30

Me: Why is it not 10? I owe you 50, 50-40=10!

Conclusion: Maybe it’s not a good idea that I remain working as an engineer???

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: The very amiable headman treated us tamarind. This city girl first time tasting and seeing raw tamarind!

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: Aw…. A sight of cuteness!

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: Cat! I like!

chiang rai hill tribe village

I had mix feelings visiting the village…

I kept seeking assurance from Guang Hui: by visiting this village, I am actually helping the hill tribes, right?

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Golden Iyara Resort=where we had late lunch.

Me: 我很饿了!我要吃3碗饭!

Guang Hui: 你能吗???

Sue: 请不要怀疑她的能力!她真的可以的!

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I requested for more vegetables and the staff granted my wish! 🙂 In the background = normal portion.

chiang sean golden triangle

Golden Triangle: I kept telling Sue, I was posing the starting movement of Po-Eun (one of the patterns for black belt 1st dan of TaekwonDo, ITF), she’s clearly not interested in knowing. Boo…

chiang sean golden triangle

At Wat Phra That Phukao, Golden Triangle:

Me: What is this creature?

Sue: Naga.

Me: So, it’s dragon!

Sue: No, it’s naga.

Me: But in classic Malay, Naga is dragon…

Sue: No, it’s naga.

opium museum golden triangle

Topped up a lot of knowledge here!

chiang sean golden triangle

Tea-tasting session at Golden Triangle.

Us: 老板娘,有哪一种茶喝了会美的吗?

Lady boss: Err…

heading to mae sai

We were heading to Mae Sai, so go straight or turn right?

mae sai market

At Mae Sai market: A dog with identity crisis: I’m a tiger!

Sue got terrified, by both identities… -___-

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I like friendly doggie!

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Malaysian, taking care of Malaysian!

heading back to chiang rai

Let’s call it a day!

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

“I wear your granddad’s clothes”

Friends told me they normally do not pay attention to the lyrics. I think I switch on my active listening to songs while driving to and coming back from work…

Whenever “Thrift Shop” is aired on radio, the following picture pops up in my mind:-

Except that they were wearing grandmas’ clothes… My creative friends, C & N, in their Halloween costumes, bought from Salvation Army!

Except that they were wearing grandmas’ clothes… My creative friends, C & N, in their Halloween costumes, bought from Salvation Army!

I wear your granddad’s clothes
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road

😉

Songs that make me dumb

I know the study is somewhat confounding but I personally agree that some songs do make me dumb, by osmosis! :p Let me substantiate!

As long as you love me, Justin Bieber

As long as you love me
We could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke

You must be kidding me!!!

I Got It from My Mama, Will.I.Am

Baby, where’d you get yo body from?
Tell me where’d you get yo body from

I got it from my mama

*roll eyes*

Airplanes, B.O.B

Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky like shooting stars?
I could really use a wish right now

Err… I suppose we can…

You know you are loved when… – part 2

… These people treat you like a princess for the past 12 years.

I told Sue and LH’s mom, “他们从我18岁,开始疼我,到我现在都快30岁了!”

Sue said it sounded very 恶心! :p

I got to know them via Taekwondo. They were elite athletes (still are!) in Johor and I used to admire them a lot. After meeting them for the first time, Fe and I exchanged thoughts: KE and WQ are the most handsome to Fe and me respectively! :p

2001: common medalists in Johor

2001: common medalists in Johor

During KUiTTHO days, they were always there for me. Let me exemplify:-

In June 2002, their Taekwondo learning centre organized a trip to Mersing. I wished so hard I could join but PTPTN had not banked in allowance for that semester so I passed on it. What they did? They called me early in the morning, asked me to pack my bag in 30 minutes. They left no room for me to consider because the bus stopped at the entrance of KUiTTHO to wait to pick me up! They also foot the cost of the trip for me.

2002: Mersing trip

2002: Mersing trip

2002: came support me when I became the master of ceremony for Welcoming Night

2002: came support me when I became the master of ceremony for Welcoming Night

In January 2004, a day before my scheduled day of going back to KL to celebrate CNY, I received a call from H past midnight, “Sam, you have to stay calm. I’m calling to inform about bad news: our course mate, Az, met with an accident and just passed away…” I couldn’t stop crying after hanging up the call. I met Az before the accident near library around 8pm, I was sprinting back to hostel, Az greeted me, “Hey, Sam! Running so fast, where to?” “I can’t talk right now! I need to p-e-e!!!” It was too abrupt and I couldn’t accept the fact that was the last conversation I had with him! Instead of going back to KL as scheduled, I chose to attend the funeral of Az in Melaka the coming morning, it’s the last chance for me to be with him on earth after all. I ended up spending CNY in KUiTTHO that year, alone. When LH called on first day of CNY, I started to cry hysterically. Feeling worried, he drove to PR and brought me to BP.

2003: Visited me in university

2003: Visited me in university

In June 2004, when I was first being broken-hearted, LH offered refuge at his place so that I did not have to be alone in the hostel. They had to work but they took turn to keep me in company and cheer me up: when LH went to work, WQ took time off to be with me.

2006: my graduation

2006: my graduation

Upon graduation, I made sure I met them up whenever I dropped by BP. The trips were always very brief, so were the get-together.

2010: En route to SE's wedding, met them for a few hours at BP

2010: En route to SE’s wedding, met them for a few hours at BP

2013 is the first time in my life to have a total of 10 days off for CNY since I graduated in 2006! Family members all went back to work on the 4th day of CNY. So I visited BP, to catch up and also to feel the warmth of friends 🙂 Again, I was greeted with warm welcome! At times, I wonder what good deeds I have done to deserve all the care from these nice people 🙂

2013: M: *With beatitude written upon every feature of his face* 好开心!可以吃咸蛋虾沽!"

2013: M: *With beatitude written upon every feature of his face* 好开心!可以吃咸蛋虾沽!”

2013: Once I reached, LH said, "情人节来找我们玩? 你不要以为我们没有市场hor!" them: 跟三个帅哥来Minyak Beku 是不是比跟三个女生来幸福得多?

2013: Once I reached, LH said, “情人节来找我们玩? 你不要以为我们没有市场hor!”
them: 跟三个帅哥来Minyak Beku 是不是比跟三个女生来幸福得多?

2013: He actually slipped his back a little, still he insisted to carry my backpack for me...

2013: He actually slipped his back a little, still he insisted to carry my backpack for me…

2013: My bus back to KL was at 5.30pm. I had 1 duck noodle and nasi briyani around 2.30pm so was still very full. He bought cream puff and forced me to take it.

2013: My bus back to KL was at 5.30pm. I had 1 duck noodle and nasi briyani around 2.30pm so was still very full. He bought cream puff and forced me to take it.

Emergency response plan: when bird pooped on your head for the first time

1)      Seek confirmation.

It was drizzling and we were walking to HT’s car. I was walking at the very back then I felt something semi-solid dropped on my head and some of it splashed onto my right arm. Oh no! The semi-solid thingy on my right arm was yellow-greenish in color and it’s warm!

Me: 你们快点看我是不是中头奖??!!

Sue: *scrutinized my hair a bit* 是叻!!

Me: SHIT!!!

Sue: 真的是shit!

2)      Record the disaster.

Sue was busy trying to wash the mess off my hair using water from my water bottle. It suddenly hit me I forgot to do something of paramount importance.

Me: Faster snap a picture of me with the shit on my head!

Yikes!!!

Yikes!!!

3)      Report to you superior.

The first person I called=LH.

Me: LH! 我中头奖叻!小鸟大便在我的头上! 是凶还是吉?是凶的话, 我要做什么来化掉它?快点帮我问你的妈妈!还有,要买什么号码的4D?

LH: 你想太多了,你还是先去洗头比较实际。。。

Boo…

4)      Mitigating measures.

Sue: faster eat candy! They said after kena, have to eat candy!

I heeded her advice. After doing step 5 below, Hunter responded that I should treat other people candy! So what now?

HT was kind enough to offer me to wash my hair at her house. She lent me a towel, sponsored me shampoo and even helped me to rinse the shampoo off. Her mom and brother comforted me, saying that it’s definitely good omen.

5)      Inform authorities, do the paperwork.

Whatsapp fellow cousins on group chat and friends who would see this as a joke care.

Called parents and informed them about my misfortune luck, reminded them to buy my birthday as 4D.

*My official birthday is actually not my real birthday: 0528 became 0508, my dad registered wrongly and chose not to amend it even after finding out*

Me: Papa! Bird pooped on my head on 7th day of Chinese New Year (said to be the day God created human and hence it’s everyone’s birthday)! It’s a sign! Go buy my birthday as 4D.

Papa: When is your birthday?

So my papa still cannot remember my birthday even until now… 😦

Updated FB status.

6)      Corrective measures.

Telling every friend whom I met after that about the incident, asking: is this a good omen or bad omen?

Healing took place whenever friends laughed out loud with me, or affirmed that it’s good omen, or let me manja (by responding “there there”, “oh, you poor thing!”, etc.)

Decided on what numbers to buy as 4D, placed the bet!

7)      Sharing of lesson learnt.

The outcome: we almost struck lottery!

We aimed for 0528!!!

We aimed for 0528!!!

Hypothesis: bird poop dropped sideways on my head, that’s why!!! If only it’s centrally dropped!


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Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
"机遇总是偏爱有准备的人"
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous