Book worm – ulat buku

I hit my target of reading more books this year. I wanted to read more than eight. Much of it is bought from Google Playbooks and of course Shopee. Indonesia apparently has several toko buku that sells reprinted books at a lower price. I’d usually go to them for titles that are difficult to find at a proper bookstore unless I go to Kinokuniya or something. Indonesia is like Litte China. Semuanya ada if you look hard enough. Some of the books I read this year and have completed are;

  • Atomic Habits – it is very clear why it is a best seller. You find it and buy it.
  • Why we eat (too much) – it makes you understand why you get fat and remain fat and why it is so hard to slim down. But having read this, it empowers you to manipulate your body’s metabolism with the knowledge of it
  • Almond by Won Pyun Sohn – this is translated from the Korean language. A book recommended by Kim Namjoon.
  • HOw the paper fish learned to swim – tak payah baca. bosan. pelik.
  • Unfollow the flow by Aiman Azlan
  • Penat by Dr Alizi Alias

Books I am currently reading

  • Range – I initially bought an audio version because I thought I might listen to it during my work commute. But the voice is so boring. I might as well read it out loud and hear my own voice. So I restarted my read and is halfway through
  • The cat who saved books – started this on a bus, ongoing read
  • Perempuan perempuan berbudi dalam Al-Quran – let’s see if this is as what I expect the book will be
  • Creativity.Inc – cause it’s got to do with Pixar
  • Elon Musk – trying to understand how he can become a man s0 powerful yet socially awkward

Books I plan to read

  • Liar yang murung – birsilah bakar
  • Ma OOn – Hasrizal abdul jamil
  • How I learned to understand the world – Hans Rosling

Merdeka shopping spree

Mini head towels & face mask

I thought I should make the trip worthy by ordering both face mask sheets and hair caps. . I have tried the Bioaqua Ice Mask but have yet to try the Vitamin C type. The caps were cute and I got them in 3 colours which are purple, deep pink and pink. My daughter loved her pink one.

Price: RM2.89/ea for caps and RM0.50/ea for masks

Psychology books

I bought two Islamic psychology books from IIUMPRESS. I thought that I’d like to bring them to the conference and get Dr Alizi’s autograph. It did not happen. I did enjoy his topic though. It was very enlightening. The total purchase was RM71.40

GUMASH

For Gumash, I got a different colour this time. This is one of the henna-based hair dyes for women. Going for a dark brown instead of a copper head. This one was priced at RM54.80.

Whizzfizz

This local product exceeded my expectation. It is a bubble bath essence. It produced a lot of bubbles in the tub. The type where it will stay above your boobs for a long time when you’re soaking. I bought it with me during my trip to Kuching the other day. Each bottle costs RM29.35 and I bought all 3 variants.

My bathroom is like a spa.. yeay

Foot bucket spa

I also bought a foot bucket spa for RM209.90 and it was so worth it. I even received a lot of free herbal powder. Basically, you fill up the collapsible bucket with normal temp water, the machine will heat it up to the desired temperature and just put whatever herbal powder of your choice inside. At the bottom of the bucket, there are rollers to massage your tired feet. You can put on the timer as well. I usually do one for about 20 minutes.

This concludes my Shopee haul for Merdeka day !

Why do we eat (so much) – A refreshing perspective

As health practitioners, the common advice we give to patients who want to lose weight is to eat a balanced meal, sleep well and exercise. The endpoint of this book is still the same, that is to eat well to keep the pounds off.

Bought this digital copy from Google Playbook

However, what makes this book refreshing is that it puts forth the understanding behind the advice above so that we could manage our weight better to ensure a healthier lifestyle. This book talks about weight set-point and how it helps us to understand why you regain weight after you lose those kilos. It made me understand why some obese people ‘have it in their genes’. Most importantly, it gives you that glimmer of hope that we can reset the set-point by manipulating the variables in our environment.

The science is easy to grasp. Everything just makes sense from fat, cholesterol, insulin and leptin.

This book will give anybody that sense of empowerment to turn their life around and get back to their normal BMI. This is not a miracle diet book but once you understand the concept of why obesity happens, it will make you more consistent to shed off those extra kilos.

BangtanS , the review book

Previously when people mention the word ‘rap songs’, I would imagine young people spitting out many many syllables in one minute in their song. And that they are always angry at something. In a way, always loud and swearing. This is until I listened to Lessang. Specifically Kang Gary’s rap. I took an interest in him because he was my favourite in Running Man. Turns out rap can be soft-spoken? If you know what I mean… it’s like you can rap fast but you don’t have to sound very angry. You can be calm, like Kang Gary and Min Yoongi. *grin*

Many years later, BTS came into my life and I became intrigued by the rap line. I thought it was interesting that each rapper has their own style. It never crossed my mind that they could have different lenggok on how they rap their verse. That there is a technique to rap! At least that is what I heard through the BTS rap subunit – their Cyphers. I couldn’t help loving the non cypher rap-ish song Tear right now. We must also mention Agust D’s Daechwita. There was a comment on Instagram saying that the beats are the same throughout the song and that it was AgustD’s rap and change of tone is what makes the verse seems different. I really need to check it out again although to be honest, I wouldn’t really know the difference.

I bought a book a few months ago entitled BTS : The Review by Youngdae Kim. I am still halfway through the book and for someone who reads mostly science, self help and management books, this is a good change of genre. I highly appreciate the translation work as it allows international fans to understand better Hallyu wave, the rap scene and how BTS is integral to this. I am taking my time to read this book because I am also listening to the tracks awhile appreciating the highlights (mentioned in the book) at the same time. In fact, I have a list on Spotify that I am building up from time to time called Minci’s BTS.

I bought the book from Shopee Malaysia for RM85 and now I am hoping that someone would also sell Suga’s The Merchandise there soon.

The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma

“Weird, reminds me of Austin Powers” – Minci Moss

There is this general public perception that very successful people are almost always early risers. They would workout in the morning and plan their day out. Indeed, that is an idea that has been resonating in almost every parent who wants to instill the success attitude in their kids. We read about these energetic mornings in various business articles, motivational write ups and biographies. Even Islam encourages the practice of waking up before fajar for worship activities and spiritual contentment.

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The bottomline of this book is just that,

It is good to start your day at 5AM

.. and this book will offer suggestions on what to do during those early hours by enticing readers with fancy formula names. I rated the book as 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads because I get a headache reading it. The theories are laid out in the form of a fictional story and it was so bizarre that I imagined The Spellbinder to have the face of Mike Myers as he starred in Austin Powers.

The billionaire business man, Mr Riley was ridiculously wealthy that he was able to shuttle 2 complete strangers to various locations in the world to understand some of his success ideas. It is a refreshing way I guess, to put across an idea in that form of story telling. Maybe this has always been Robin Sharma’s way of writing, I can’t tell because this is my first time reading a book by him.

As a reader, you will be in the same boat as the lady entrepreneur and male artists in trying to make a meaning out of the whole experience. Like them, you will learn about the various formulas on how to make your 5AM productive and such. It is an interesting layout of your time but for me, it is quite complicated.

This book also made me realize that not all Self Help theories are applicable to you. This book is surely not written to cater parents with young children for instance especially when it talks about restful sleep. I cannot help letting out a ‘duuhhhh’ when I read that part. Ha ha ha. It is undoubtedly more alluring to those running a company or business. Or those who looks to manage their time better (once the kids know how to sort themselves out in the morning). Maybe I will be more connected to the book in a few years time. Maybe.