Saturday, July 31, 2010

Home and Happy

I'm home for the weekend! I took a flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur and since the flight was delayed (you can always expect domestic flight delays with Air Asia—if it's not late, it's not Air Asia—and they "manage" your expectation really well in that aspect). I arrived home at about 3 a.m.

I had so much fun with my friends and family today. On a bright Saturday afternoon, I joined the Unsnob Wine gang for a Bubbling Dim Sum outing at Hong Kee Tim Sum restaurant in Damansara Jaya. I'll tell you more about this in the coming post!

Oh, did I tell you I came home to a FULL mailbox? I've got books delivered from Book Depository, my Moleskine Kindle Cover from, and some magazines I subscribed to. I am a happy, happy girl and as my friend aptly described, it's orgasmic. Haha! Here's a brief report of what I've got in the mailbox in Kuala Lumpur while I toiled away in Penang.

Arrival from Moleskine Kindle Cover (Limited Edition) that comes with 2 Volant Notebooks.

Arrival from Book Depository:
  1. Paco's Story
  2. Close Quarters, both by Larry Heinemann
  3. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Bought at BORDERS, The Curve:
  1. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
  2. The Search by Nora Roberts

I know I couldn't delay getting The Gift of Rain anymore because Wisteria dropped me a really sweet comment in my post Welcome to My New Apartment!:
Alice...Thanks for bringing us to visit your new apartment. I love it!! I am reading a book that takes place in Penang. I think of you so much as I read it. Have you heard of it, The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng? I love his writing...absolutely beautiful. Here is what he says about the sea...

"Even when I was a child the sea whispered to me, whispered and spoke to me in a language I assumed only I understood. It embraced me in its warm currents; it dissolved my rage when I was angry at the world; it chased me as I ran along the shore, curled itself around my shins, tempting me to walk farther and farther out until I became a part of its unending vastness." page 26, The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng

What do you think? Awesome right?
Awesome indeed, Wisteria! Thank you so much. I went to the Borders in Queensbay Mall, Penang, but unfortunately they couldn't find a copy in the store despite the system saying it's available. The staff was so good in calling me after they did find the copy, sent the book to The Curve so that I could pick it up there because I told them I'd be returning to KL for the weekend. Gotta love Borders!

And last but not least, here's the latest acquisition today at a book sale (Buy 5 Books, Get 1 Free) @ The Curve:
  1. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  2. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
  3. A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke & John Rendall
  4. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. Obama From Promise to Power by David Mendell
  6. What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis
  7. The Starbucks Experience by Joseph A. Michelli
  8. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  9. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
  10. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  11. Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
  12. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  13. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  14. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
  15. Hitler's Private Library by Timothy W. Ryback
  16. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
  17. The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
  18. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  19. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  20. Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson
  21. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  22. Einstein by Walter Isaacson
  23. Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
  24. 3 issues of i-D magazines (I bought these at another book sale, also at The Curve)
Before the book shopping at The Curve, I had a wonderful time catching up with Anne, Mainey, and Irene at Starbucks. It was loads of fun buying books with the ladies. Thinking that I have to return to Penang tomorrow makes me sad. I'm going to miss them all so much!