A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese

I finished reading Being Chinese - A New Zealander's Story by Helene Wong in two days, and it really made me think about my own background, experiences and thoughts on being a New Zealander. Wong was born in Taihape, with a mixture of second and third generation in her family, and in her book, she explores her … Continue reading A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese

Cats In Fashion And Some Wandering Thoughts

I've been reading a book called Man Repeller, by Leandra Medine, and I simply love her quirky humour, honest voice and relatable tone of writing. Reading her words makes you feel like she's sitting beside you with a cup of coffee in one hand, and talking to you like you've been friends for as long … Continue reading Cats In Fashion And Some Wandering Thoughts

The Life Portrait Of Coco Chanel

Life Portraits: Coco Chanel by Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford is such a lovely, yet informative book. I read it in one sitting and absolutely fell in love with the drawings, the words and the simplicity of it.  I don't consider myself as someone who will go out of my way to buy luxury fashion … Continue reading The Life Portrait Of Coco Chanel

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

When you think Parisian, does the image of a woman effortlessly wearing a white shirt with black sunglasses and eating a baguette come to mind? How accurate is that image? After reading How to be Parisian wherever you are: Love, Style and Bad habits by the four lovely ladies Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De … Continue reading How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

The Beauty Of Walking Long Distances

I recently finished reading a book called A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros. It was such a beautiful read. It was a peaceful feeling walking to the rose gardens the other day, knowing I'd read a book about walking! If you have ever read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice or watched Keira Knightley in the … Continue reading The Beauty Of Walking Long Distances

The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking was the first book I read in 2017. It was such a wonderful and incredibly relatable book that had me nodding throughout. After watching Susan Cain's Ted talk on the power of introverts, it gave me a sense of reassurance and a wider perspective … Continue reading The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking

Learn From The Past, Plan For The Future & Stay In The Present

There has been a lot of changes that I've been planning for in my life. I recently read a book called The Present by Spencer Johnson. I recommend the book to anyone in any stage of their life. It's the kind of book that you can read in less than a day, but it contains … Continue reading Learn From The Past, Plan For The Future & Stay In The Present

The Importance Of Not Judging A Book By Its Cover

We live in a society where many people judge and treat others based on their looks. Have you ever had an experience talking to someone, and then felt that they spoke differently with another person beside you. Perhaps the tone in their voice changes, the eyes look more engaged and various other signs that are … Continue reading The Importance Of Not Judging A Book By Its Cover

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See

I recall the moment when I had bought the book and was walking out the book store with the pages in my hand. A women stopped me and said "I absolutely love that book, the ending made me cry." I smiled at her and went on with my day. After finishing the book, I feel … Continue reading Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See

Book Review: L’art de la Simplicité

If I could wrap up this book as simply as possible, I would say that it was truly inspiring, enlightening and gives us a pinch of a reminder for what we already know deep inside. Living life each day is an experience that all 7 billion of us have. If you have ever questioned "What is the meaning … Continue reading Book Review: L’art de la Simplicité

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

The other day I was talking to my boyfriend about how I feel like I cannot go a day without writing. He simply said "The pen is mightier than the sword, Katie!" and I asked him what that meant. He said that it means writing has more power to influence people than violence and war … Continue reading The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

I just finished the book today, and as soon as I finished it, I felt keen to see the film adaptation coming out this year. I thought the book was so wonderfully creepy and mysterious. It wasn't scary, but more gruesome in some parts. The main character is called Jacob, who is close to his … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye

“People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..." "They don't find it," I answered. "And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..." "Of course," I answered. And the little prince added, … Continue reading What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye

The Healing Power Of Writing

Have you ever felt as if you can't quite articulate something vocally, the way you may think of it in your mind? Writing everything translates much more fluidly from your mind to your fingertips. Till this day I am not the best at expressing myself fully, the way I may want other's to understand. However, when … Continue reading The Healing Power Of Writing

Book Review: The Girl On The Train

This was the first thriller that I have ever read, and also the first thriller the Author, Paula Hawkins has written. *spoilers ahead*. The characters are told from 3 women (Rachel, Megan and Anna) in first person. The plot of the story starts with the main character, Rachel. Every day and night she takes the … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl On The Train

What C.S. Lewis Taught Me About Life

If you've ever read the Chronicles of Narnia series, you will know the enjoyment of these books. The nostalgic childhood feeling, similar to picking up a Harry Potter book and letting the magical world surround you. I admire C.S. Lewis for his ability to use words and create a world that feels so real, that … Continue reading What C.S. Lewis Taught Me About Life

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting

When I was younger, I was taught the principles of the law of attraction. As a highly sensitive person, I am incredibly emotional. This can be an advantage, and disadvantage. Our thoughts and feelings are incredibly powerful. What we think and how we feel results in what actions we take. In a world that is filled with billions … Continue reading Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting

What The Little Prince Taught Me

Growing up, you may of read The Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. As I was sitting in a cafe called Woolloomooloo in Taipei last year with my dear friend, she told me how she was reading the book. It brought back a lot of memories of the book, and as one of those classics that … Continue reading What The Little Prince Taught Me

Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is changing the world

There are certain books that you begin reading and realise you cannot stop. Jack Andraka's book was definitely one of them. There were many parts of the book I could relate to and other parts were very touching and made me proud of a person that I don't even know! When Jack was 15, he … Continue reading Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is changing the world