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5 Books that Changed My Life

During the COVID-19 pandemic Movement Control Order (MCO) where everyone has to be quarantined and is forbidden from getting out from home, I’ve find myself starting to immerse in the world of books. Spending more time at home has left me with more free time than I’m used to, so I’ve turned to reading. I began by picking up some books that was recommended by friends awhile ago, I was hooked. It’s been a welcome distraction from the world’s chaos, and I’ve learned so much along the way. It appears that I am not alone in my newfound love of reading; book sales are up, and virtual book clubs are springing up all over the place. Here are some books that has ultimately changed the way I view the world now.

“The Things You Can See When You Slow Down” by Haemin Sunim
This book is about mindfulness and finding inner peace. With insights drawn from Zen Buddhist philosophy, it offers simple yet profound teachings on how to slow down and live in the present moment. The author encourages readers to embrace the beauty of simplicity, cultivate gratitude, and let go of negative thoughts and emotions in a series of short and accessible chapters. He also emphazises the value of self-care and compassion, both for oneself and for others. This book serves as a gentle reminder to slow down and appreciate the present moment, as well as to find joy and meaning in the little things in life.

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
This book serves as a spiritual guide to living in the moment. Tolle provides readers with practical tools for overcoming negative thought patterns and finding inner peace by focusing on the present rather than the past or the future. He explains how the mind creates a false sense of identity, which can lead to suffering, and he offers techniques for breaking free from these limiting beliefs. Tolle also emphasises the importance of accepting the present moment without judgement in order to reach a higher level of consciousness and experience true joy and fulfilment. This book takes the reader on a transformative journey to enlightenment and self-realization.

“Conversations with God” series by Neale Donald Walsch
A book series that documents Walsch’s conversations with God. The book is set up as a conversation between Walsch and a divine presence who answers his questions about life, the universe, and spirituality. Walsch explores a variety of topics in these conversations, including love, forgiveness, relationships, and the nature of reality. The book takes a non-dogmatic approach to spirituality, encouraging readers to tap into their inner wisdom and intuition. It presents God as a loving and compassionate presence that exists within each of us, presenting religion in a new light. This book is a stimulating look at the nature of existence and the human experience.

“Think Like a Monk” by Jay Shetty
This self-help book provides practical tools for cultivating a monk mindset in daily life. The author’s experiences as a former monk are drawn upon in the book, which combines ancient wisdom with modern science to help readers reduce stress, improve focus, and increase happiness. Shetty shares his thoughts on gratitude, purpose, and relationships, as well as exercises and techniques to help readers implement these practises in their own lives. He emphasises the value of mindfulness, meditation, and self-reflection as personal growth and transformational tools. This book is a how-to manual for living a more peaceful, purposeful, and fulfilling life.

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson
It is a self-help book that encourages readers to reconsider their priorities and values. The book contends that the key to a happy life is not to avoid problems, but to learn how to choose which problems to care about. Manson encourages readers to accept their limitations, take responsibility for their lives, and focus on what truly matters to them. He offers practical strategies for overcoming negative thought patterns, letting go of expectations, and establishing healthy boundaries. This book is a no-nonsense guide to living a more fulfilling life by letting go of what doesn’t matter and focusing on what truly matters.

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Hobbies

The latest First Day Cover – Premier Schools

Here’s is it! Victoria Institution (my alma mater) is officially featured in the First Day Cover of Premier Schools along side with Convent Bukit Nanas (my sister’s alma mater), SMK St Thomas and SM All Saints. OMG, where’s St John’s and MBS???!!!  Next time perhaps!

Victorians! VI Clap 3,4!

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*The only thing lacking was that POS Malaysia has printed the establishment years wrongly on the folders and the brochure. Intelligent! Below picture says all…

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Hobbies

Nocturnal Animals Stamps

Just went to the post office to buy the first glow-in-the-dark stamp in Malaysia – the nocturnal animals. This set was out last 23 MARCH 08. I love the stamps and the miniature set the first time I looked at it in the newspaper.
 
This time they are introducing different kind of nocturnal animals. The most remembered one is the Kongkang. Another cute animal which is the Kera Hantu is featured on the miniature set. This piece costs RM5.00 only.
 
The others which I have bought are the normal stamps; featuring Tikus Ambang Bulan (30 sen), Teledu (30 sen), Kucing Tulap (50sen) and Keluang (RM1.00).
 
For those stamp lovers (old and new), quickly go and grab these items from the Philatelic Bureau in Dayabumi Complex – located right behind the main post office in KL (in the same building).
 
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