book shopping list: august 2018


Another month, another list of books!

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day)
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

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sharing is caring #25


Another long week, and taking a half day off on Friday made a huge difference! It’s so nice to decompress, read and surf the net.

Super excited for the long weekend, but I have this lingering feeling that I have to log back in to work at some point. But it is nice to work at home, with the TV on at full blast and fridge stocked with some of my favorite treats.

Below are interesting readings of the week.

1. The ease of online shopping is making us hoarders.

2. The catch 22 of being an early adopter of a new social app in hopes of becoming the next big influencer. Read More »

pen shopping list


I’m very particular about my writing tools, especially pens. Although I’m particular, I’m not very loyal. I go through phases a couple of years at a time. Before the current phase, I used to go through multi-colored pens.

Now, I’m all about smooth Japanese pens that you can only get on Amazon with about two week wait period. My current favorites are Uni-ball Signo RT1 and Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3.

Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash

sharing is caring #24


Although it was a busy week, I felt lonely without my husband by my side. I got so used doing everything together, that without him I don’t want to do anything other than watch trashy TV to distract myself.

That’s the only thing I end up doing when my husband is away — catching up on classic trashy TV, like Scandal and Gossip Girl, to be part of the mainstream, like five years later.  With that said, below are interesting reads of the week.

1. Are we all becoming hoarders that need bigger houses because of on-line shopping?

2. Been enjoying Ann Patchett’s book and happy to discover her op-ed piece about shopping, or not shopping.Read More »

sharing is caring #23


Another long week that flew by because I worked late every single day! It was exhausting but two good things happened: I started Python for Data Science class and started reading Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of Happy Marriage.

Also enjoyed Netflix’s Wild Wild Country and made me re-think about religious cults. But felt empty after watching Avenger’s Infinity Wars. Can’t wait for the next movie!

Note to self: start watching Tunnel again, Insure and Silicone Valley.  Write a recap about Prison Playbook, Sketch and other Korean shows, such as Ugly Duckling that I enjoyed this year.

I’m not sure why I feel like I have to write about all the things that I read, watched and heard, but ever since I started blogging, it feels obligatory.

Below are some articles that I binge-read during the weekend.

1. Is another recession in our stars? And maybe I need to work longer for retirement.

2. Dated yet thoughtful piece about “personal branding.”

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