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Vanishing Acts

Firstly, things that Jodi mention in this book just kind of hit home. Andrew Hopkins does magic tricks for the residents at the senior citizen centre. Words like ‘sleight-of-hand’ and ‘illusion’ bring back so much memories for me. I used to know someone who did magic. He influenced me to do magic too, so I was surrounded by words like these for one period of time.

Secondly, her book gave me a glimpse into the lives of the Hopi Indians and the curel truth of what really goes on behind the closed doors of jail in

Thirdly, she actaully managed to make courtrooms, judeges and lawyers look human for once, and not the blood-suckers I always thought they were. She shows through her book that lawyers sometimes have to do things that are against their conscience. This is not even the first time she has managed to do this. In “Plain Truth” show shows that you have to help your client win the case even if you know that your client is guilty as charged, because that’s what you were hired to do: win the case, whether you yourselve agree with it.

Right, let’s go back to this book that I have just finished reading. apart from the things that I have mentioned earlier, the reason why this book stands out form the rest of her books is the way it makes me think:

Maybe people do things althought they know it is against the law because they have someone that they love very much and they just want to protect that someone, no matter what the cost.

Maybe the person that you always thought you would end up with isn’t The One.

If there is one thing I’ve learnt for this book, it’s that truth is so fragile. It is only as strong as your belief in it.

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Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and a job she loves, finding missing persons.
But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall. And then a policeman knocks at her door, and her world fractures into something unrecognisable…

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IMM

IMM is the place to go if you want to get basics. For those of you who don’t know what ‘basics’ are, they are design-less pieces which are my, and should be your, fashion foundation.

Guess what? I just got two racerback tops (I just found out that they are called racerback tops and not tank tops. What’s the difference, anyway?) for $12.80 and a sexy black spaghetti top from C.O.A.X for $12.60 (10% dicount for THIS FASHION members). Three tops under $30. This is good.

Plus, I just found a really nice mini denim jacket and other equally good mini-cardigans at C.O.A.X. I think I will be going back there really soon, once I have a bit more spare cash. 

I have a date with my Mum to go shopping with her at Orchard on Sunday. Hope I will manage to find lots of really nice clothes.

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Air-stewardess

When I saw the notification for recruitment of air-stewardess in the SIA website, I was delighted. I have always dreamt of being one of those pretty girls I see on the airplane and going to all sorts of places.

The interview is on the 27th of January. I really wanted to go. Even if I can’t get in, at least I kmow that I have tried.

I asked Mum about it and she asked me to talk to Dad about it. I kind of expected her to encourage me to go, so I was a bit disappointed by her answer.

Then I thought about it. I spend three years in polytechnic to become a nurse, and I become an air-stewardess without even working as a nurse at all? Isn’t that dumb?

Then my Mom gave me even more reasons why I should not go for the interview. She says, what if I actually got in, what will I do then? I have not finished my diploma. I will have a lot of headache deciding whether to accept the offer or not.

I thought about it and came to a conclusion.

I will work as an actual staff nurse for one to two years in probably TTSH. Then I will go for the SIA interview if I am still interested in becoming an air-stewardess by then. If I get in, I can happily become an air-stewardess or remain as a nurse. If not, I can continue to be a nurse until I know what my calling really is.

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Barefooted

 I seriously don’t know what kind of luck I am having today. Everything was fine when I started out. I went to Jurong East Popular but they don’t have the book I am looking for. The kind staff said that the Popular in IMM might have that book, so I went to IMM. It turns out that the IMM Popular don’t have that book too. I got a few things that I need, a Mcflurry and boraded the shuttle bus that took me to the opposite side of the back of Jurong East Popular.

As I was crossing the road half-way, the straps on my right shoe snapped. It snapped at the side such that there is nothing that can anchor my feet in the shoe.

The nearest place where I can get a decent pair of shoes is in Jurong East Centre, where I have to walk quite a long way.

I attepted to walk with one shoe on and one shoe without, but I got so fed up in the end I took off both shoes and walked barefooted through Popular and through the linkway to Jurong East Entertainment Centre. 

Now I fully appreciate the cleaniness of Singapore pavements. I walked barefooted for at least 2 kilometers and nothing happened. If this were to happen in China, I don’t know how my holes I will have in my feet by the time I reach home.

When I reached the pedestrain crossing, a cab just happened to pull up in front of me. I jumped in and got home. I paid the cab fare by NETS.

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Plain Truth

I am not sure if there is really this group of Amish people who lives in a place in America called East Paradise, but this book definitely provides one interesting read. Presuming that this group of German people actually exist, this book provides a fascinating insight into the Amish community.

The intruding ways of the Amish people, coupled with a muder happening in this conservative community, makes this book a must-read among Jodi Picoult’s books.

A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania’s Amish country – and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the centre of the storm…

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster Country to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn’s mother, took the child’s life.

When Ellie Hathway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennyslyvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide – and, for te first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside of those who live ‘plain’, Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within – to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past comes back into her life.  

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Songs of the Humpback Whale

I have to say, I am a bit disappointed. I was really expecting a good read, seeing that this is one of Jodi Picoult’s books, but I am sadly disappointed.

The book goes back and forth in time, till I am quite confused about the whole story. The ending is quite interesting, but the content of the book is somewhat unhappening.

Right, so much for my input. Here is the summary that is at the end of the book.

For years, Jane has lived in the shadows of her husband, renowned oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating arguement, Jane leaves woth their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country road trip guided by her brother Joley to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await.

Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent – and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself – through her eyes.

 

 

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Wild Swans

I have seen this book in national libraries many times before, but I never picked it up because I thought it would be dull and boring. The coverpage is not attractive with just pictures of three women, against a light green background and the title and author’s name.

About a week ago, I was bored stiff at home and I was looking through the bookshelve in the study room when I saw this book. Seeing that this is a rather thick book, so I will have something to read for the next few days, I decided to give this book a try.

When I was still attending school in China, we were taught to love and respect Mao Zedong, otherwise known as Chairman Mao. We were taught many songs that sang praises of Chairman Mao, such as this one:

我爱北京天安门,天安门上太阳升。

伟大领袖毛主席,带着我们向前进。

我爱北京天安门,天安门上太阳升。

伟大领袖毛主席,带着我们向前进。

Only when I came to Singapore did I first learn that this is propaganda. It was in history class in secondary school did I learn about what actually happened during the Cultural revolution and I was horrified.

This book gave me a clearer view of what actually happened during those times. It follwed the footsteps of Jung Chang’s family dating back to the era of her great grandmother, when feet bounding was still practiced in China.

Together with Jung Chang, I travelled back in time and experienced the sufferings the people had to go through when China was under the control of the Kuomintang and the joy when the Kuomintang were defeated the Communist came into power. I thought, as did everyone else in China, that this meant the end of poverty for China and the emergence as one of the strongest countries ever known to the world. I felt the pain when, as many others in China, I realised that that was not to be. I felt the same anger and injustice the millions of Chinese must have felt during the Cutural Revolution for being condemned when they have done nothing wrong at all. I shared their grief when they lost someone they love.

This book changed my perceptions altogether. I have always thought that Chairman Mao is a great leader who cares about his people very much, but I am not too sure anymore. I am starting to feel certain resentment towards him.

There is one sentence in the last chapter of the book which left me a really strong impression:

“The core of his thinking seemed to be that human struggles were the motivating force of history and that in order to make histry ‘class enermies’ had to be continoulsly created en masse.”

Go ahead and read this book. It is an really inspiring read.

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