Alice Dubious

Kate Quinn is absolutely amazing, I never thought I’d love this book so much.

Just in case you’re clueless like me, The Alice Network does exist during World War I and II. Such a beautiful book written about how women are just as patriotic and willing to give their all and contribute to their country. And not just by attending to the wounds of soldiers as nurses.

The book is about two women – Charlotte who is a pregnant teen and she was on her way to Switzerland to get rid of her Little Problem as back in the day, being pregnant and unwed brings shame to the family. Eve is a drunken, middle age woman just getting by each day. Not to mention cranky and she’s got a temper. She was a spy who was part of The Alice Network about 30 years ago. The story brings these two women together as they set out on a journey which leads to Eve discovering more than just her past but also witnessing how Charlotte grew into a fine young lady. Both brave, courageous and smart.

Trust me when I saw I was hooked onto the book! I loved taking the train so I could take out my Kindle to read it, I’ve been skipping my job applications night to read a little of it before bed. It was such an amazing story! And I was a little sad when I was finishing the book. I wasn’t too happy with the ending, though it was written well and both women found peace with themselves. It was merely because I was sad it was over. That’s how good the book is!

It wasn’t til the end of the book where I found out The Alice Network existed back then! And some of the characters are actually real! Eve and Charlotte, however are fictional characters. In the book Eve stutters a lot and Kate Quinn was inspired by her husband who stutters too. So she decided to create a character that could use her weakness as a strength and not just a strong woman she was but one that is willing to put herself in danger and carried out her job perfectly well for her country.

Prior to reading this book, I never thought I’d like historical fiction, especially one that revolves around powerful, courageous women and mainly about a love story. Definitely gonna be looking for more books like this. Of course I can’t give up romance easily, they are after all not needed to use that much of brain cells rofl.

Moving on, I’ll be reading Platform Revolution. Gonna be some heavy information but I’m sure if I put in enough attention, I’d get something out of it.

Happy midweek! (:

Busy bee

It’s been such a busy week I couldn’t even work on my job applications. So forgive me for not posting earlier ūüė¶

The worse has yet to come though, next week is going to be crazy, I have something to do literally every day! Not that it’s a bad thing because not having to sit in my kitchen being depressed over being unemployed is a good thing but I don’t even have time to work on more important things. Whatever, I’ll work it out. So I’ll have to work on this post quick.

Update: The busy week has passed!! I was dead tired by the end of the week I couldn’t even get up at 7am on Friday.. No idea what happened because I was up by 5am on Saturday. My body clock can be crazy sometimes. It’s been exactly 2 weeks since my last post and you know what the saddest part is?? I was looking through my photos and I have got barely any new ones to share with you..

Oh yes, I’ve got one! Remember my last post where I showed you my new (now not so new) sneakers? The day I got it, I actually¬†accidentally¬†bought another pair. I say accidentally because.. well I didn’t intend to get it okayyy..

I never thought I’d get a pair like that but they’re so comfy!

And then my cousin, Yvonne bought lunch for us all for a combination of my mum’s bday + her mum’s bday and mother’s day. I reached a level of satisfaction when we order “lai yao pau”. Of course it ain’t as good as the one back home, barely had any “lai yao” spilling out.. But I guess that’s good enough sigh..

Funny how the entire family was wearing the same shade of red especially mine. When we walked out to the bus station, I immediately thought “Are we celebrating CNY? Oh gosh..” But it was a good lunch, I’ll always love dimsum ‚̧

Moving on to the weather, it finally feels like summer now!

And the temperature has now reached to at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It feels amazing no needing to think so hard what jacket to match before leaving the house.. I can walk out like how I do back home! The best part is that it’s not as humid as back home! At least walking around Manhattan don’t make me feel like jumping into a pool of water every minute.

Speaking of walking, I was near Central Park two days back and if you’re not aware, Central Park is big af. It stretches to about 40 blocks (oh my god). I was up north and I decided to just walk around it and take a look around the other part of the park. The first thing that came to my mind was “It’s so nice being able to cycle around the park!” Then I remember, I cannot, for the love of god, ride a bicycle -.-


Yes, I know what’s in your mind. And I’m too lazy to explain why. Long story short, I just can’t cycle. Judge all you want, laugh all you want, now get over it! So after being envious of those cyclists, I continued walking down south and I came across the reservoir. Oh goodness me, it’s huge and it’s breathtaking. One thing I love about this park and this city is that this city is obviously very dense, there’re so many people living here and yet they’re continuing to maintain a huge park which is right in the middle of Manhattan and not abolishing the land to build more buildings. It’s wise because Central Park is one of Manhattan’s main attraction, without it it’ll just feel empty. To me, at least. And there are so many people who love to hang out there! I was there last weekend and girls were in their bikini sun tanning! Them guai lous love their sun.

Panaromic view

Oh yes, I was there last Saturday and I forgot to take a picture of it. I spent literally the whole day there! Reached at about 3pm and left at 10pm. Just sitting on a blanket, people watching, fell asleep at one point (how surprising eh) and it was just amazing seeing families having a good time on a weekend (great for budget weekend lol) and friends hanging out together enjoying wine under the sun.

I’m gonna remember to capture some really nice photos when I’m at Central Park today, no worries.

 

I’ll be trying this out and I’m so excited! The last time I did this was with Alison and Leon at Lake District after our exams and before I started my crazy 1 month tour around Europe with my parents. I guess I loved it because if you’re doing something with the people you love, it’s always more exciting and you’ll always have a good time. So cross my heart, I wanna have a good time today.

Another update is that I have been getting Stumptown coffee beans! For free! Unfortunately I do not have a coffee machine sigh.. And I don’t have friends I can give them to. I’ll figure something out because I really wanna make this coffee for myself and I will definitely update it here if my plan fails. Or if I manage to find something and I screw it up haha. Because that’s what Shuana does.



And on to my readings. The¬†Hearts Series by LH Cosway.¬†There are 6 books in the series so far and I’m at the 3rd books now. The books a are typical romance book. Girl meets hot guy – hot guy is attracted to girl – they have some steamy sexual encounter because they’re falling for each other – plot twist – that got solved – happy ending

Yea, that’s basically it. And tbh, I get bored of books like this fast. I enjoy reading them from time to time because it’s relaxing and it’s nice to hear (or read) about happy endings and people finally finding their one true love. Although this is fiction lol. No, I’m not deprived of love, being single is actually my choice right now. Or not, since I barely have friends in the city haha. But I’ve haven’t got time for being in a relationship so all is good.

What I love about this series is that every book is of different characters.¬†I’ll try not to spoil it for you, just in case you’re thinking of reading it.

Six of Hearts (1st book) obviously starts out with new characters Рmain character lost his family in a fire and he wanted to take revenge.

Hearts of Fire¬†(2nd book) will be about another character mentioned in the first book and it’s a separate story from the first book.

King of Hearts¬†(3rd book) is about a character mentioned in the 2nd book who is wasting his life away and the story is set to 6 years before the 1st and 2nd book. It’s basically telling the story of why the character is where he is today.

So I’m only up to the 3rd book and I rarely read books in a series continuously but I just kept going on for this series. I like the concept of how each book isn’t a continuous story right from the start because it keeps going on and on about the same characters. It’s like you telling me your story since the day you were born instead of telling me how you met your current boyfriend and how you fell in love -.-

I’m sure you know what my point is. I love how the author is showing us a big picture of her imagination and not just a small part of it and focusing too much on that one story.

So yes, check it out if you want to. The books are fairly new, the last book was published in 2016 I think and I’m not sure whether the author is writing another book for the series. They keep me busy when I’m on the subway, time passes so fast when I’m reading them because before I know it, I’m one stop away from my stop. And I love how I utilize my time like that. That’s why I have decided not to renew my Spotify Premium membership for now or else I’ll be spending my time in the subway listening to music and not doing anything else. And if you’re wondering why, it’s because I can’t read and listen to music (in my ears, at least) at the same time. It’s just the ads that bother me and not being able to choose which songs I wanna listen to but that’s bearable.

That’s about it. I have no pictures and no adventures to share but I manage to write so much. Wow. Gonna work on more job applications now, ttyl!

 

Sunsets

And it’s June! Half a year has gone by¬†just like that.¬†The first thing that comes to my mind whenever I say that is “Gosh, I’ve been unemployed for 5 months!”¬†

My first pair of sneakers! Woohoo ūüėÄ

I’ve given up on my Converse, it’s thin and it hurts the sides of my feet after walking a whole day (and also because it’s 5 years old) so I decided that I need a proper pair of sneakers to walk in, especially with all the walking in NYC. I know this design is so mainstream but I can’t help it, it looks great with almost every outfit so I got the one that is water proof, I’ve got enough of suede shoes already (not sure whether this design has it in suede but whatever).

So I’ve been in Brooklyn for about 3 times in¬†the past 2 weeks, and at the same place! For different reasons, of course *wink

The first time was to meet Dayana and her sister, it feels like I haven’t seen her in years, guess that’s how one year feels like when you’re apart from friends #imissmyfriendsbackhome


And thanks to Dayana, I got to try out new food too!

I really love this yam flavored ice cream ‚̧

We sat at the Brooklyn Bridge park to chat while enjoying the sunset view, which was magnificent! The view of the bridge along with the Manhattan skyline in the background and watching the color of the sky change while the lights on the bridge and the buildings came on. It’s beautiful, really. It’s so sad how the Brooklyn Bridge is so much more popular than the Manhattan bridge but I can totally understand why when I took a while on both bridges just two days ago.

The Manhattan bridge just doesn’t have that tourist-y feel. And it’s also because the trains do pass the bridge so it’s really noisy when you’re walking side by side the trains. The good part is that both the bicycle path and pedestrian path is separated with the train tracks in the middle. The only people I gotta avoid bumping into are the joggers lol.

Manhattan Bridge from the Brooklyn Bridge Park

On the other hand, the Brooklyn bridge seems more bright and cheerful (it’s like the Manhattan bridge is the introverted one whereas the Brooklyn Bridge is the extroverted one, having lots of friends and really sociable lol). The pedestrian path and bicycle path on this bridge ain’t exactly separated so you’ll hear bicycle bells ringing throughout your walk. Ain’t nobody got time for a bicycle accident!

 

I love this shot but I wish I could take a nicer shot – I miss my camera

And finally for the picture below, one more last time at the Brooklyn Bridge Park to enjoy sunset again (on a different day). Managed to snap a pic of when the sun has already set this time.

Other things I did at Brooklyn was to visit the New York Transit Museum.

Before it became a museum, this was a active subway station hence the entrance and it also explains why there is no phone service down there -.-

It was nice being in the museum learning about how the subway transformed to what it is today since the 1800s. From horse carriages to cable cars to trolleys to elevated train tracks and now the subway, it’s even more interesting to see models of these old public transport. I also love how they gave so much credit to the MTA employees and engineers behind the entire subway system which in my opinion, they greatly deserved it. The museum explains how the employees contributed to saving the people of NYC and putting the people of NYC above everything else when the 9/11 incident happened and when there were any blizzards or natural disasters that occurred. Well done!

And to be honest, I love how the museum had actual models of the buses and trains which was¬†perfect¬†for picture-taking-sampat moments¬†but¬†obviously I couldn’t, for two reasons:

  1. I visited the museum alone
  2. Kids were running around everywhere and there was a lot of yelling to get the kids back together

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And I visited the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology a couple of days ago! It wasn’t the most impressive as it was an exhibit, the theme being¬†“Force of Nature”¬†

I’ve always loved clothes from the Victorian era, I find the square neckline super sexy haha. Also cuz actresses in shows of that era have got nice cleavages, hence the sexy impression

It’s nice to see how designers and clothing back in the day relate mother nature to fashion. I didn’t realize that clothes in trend have flower prints, animal prints, galaxies and stars on it. There’re also leopard skin designs, fur coats. It’s all nature! Fashion isn’t my biggest passion (not an artsy person just in case you haven’t realized it) but I enjoyed looking at the different clothing designs.

And the highlight of everything..

Manhattanhenge May 2017 aka the biggest disappointment ever

So Manhattanhenge 2017 was on Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30. I missed out the sunset view on Monday as the Tuesday one was supposed to be the nicer, clearer sunset view. However, the disappointment is when Tuesday was cloudy! Look at that picture! I can barely see the top of the buildings! Guess I’ll have to wait for July sigh. I was having such high hopes the clouds will disperse by the end of the day, it was a real let down.

The night got a lil better after I got my ramen-noodle-Asian food craving fixed.¬†Thank you.¬†PS. I know it’s not a very good shot but I just had to

Another post will be on exploring different parts of the city! I know I still owe you a post on the food I’ve had.. Ugh. I’ll try..

Last update:

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This book got me hooked!

I haven’t read all Sidney Sheldon’s books yet but so far every book that I read, I can’t put it down once I’ve started.

This about a woman, Jennifer Parker and how her life changed as she works her ass off to be a lawyer, a top lawyer. What is a story without some romance eh? Of course, two men were involved in her life and they’re two¬†very different¬†men which makes the story even more interesting! The ending of the story just got me all “what??” but at the same time, it was satisfying knowing how it ended. Amazing read!

Moving on to the next book, Six of Hearts by LH Cosway. It’s got a rating of 4.1 on Goodreads so I’ve got high expectations. So far, I’ve probably read like 10% of it and it’s not as exciting as how Rage of Angels was at the beginning so I’m having hopes it’ll just get better. The sequels to the book have got high ratings too so I’m excited to finish it! That is if I’ve got extra time on top of having to apply for jobs, catch up on world news and learn something new to find my passion.

Sighs.