7th Heaven

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My first time to read James Patterson’s book. I wasn’t disappointed (yey!)

It’s an easy read, chapters are short. I like his style. This book belongs to his “Women’s Murder Club Series”

The ending was a surprise…so I guess, I’ll be reading more J.Patterson’s book, it’s like watching criminal minds.

From the book: Money is the root of all evil. Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas.

do you agree?

X.
Kat

Sycamore Row+Robin Williams+Black,Black and White

√ You roll the dice, sometimes you lose.

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Title: Sycamore Row

Author: John Grisham, Copyright 2013, 447 pages.

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the unforgettable characters  of A Time to Kill (my favorite among his novels)

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the unforgettable characters of A Time to Kill (my favorite among his novels)

Six days ago I picked this Sycamore Row from the small library of the Lolo and Lolas, I knew this is a new one because it’s been coming on my inbox from Barnes and Noble (oh and that reminds me, to renew or not to renew my membership, hehe) from my last post about depression I mentioned how coincidence it was with the sad news about Robin Williams, since this book started with how an old man ended his life; suicide. A very sad reality that’s happening, let me say it again- depression is real, I wish for all of us not to ignore it and ask for help :) and offer help to those we know who are suffering from depression.

Today, I heard the President talked about Michael Brown, a black young man killed by an officer. It’s kind of related with this book because once again Grisham tackled the story (not a history, I wish it’s just a history now, a thing of the past) BUT up until now issues among black and white still somehow stain our society.

“While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving in to that anger by looting or carrying guns and even attacking the police only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos. It undermines rather than advancing justice,” Obama said.

Just like the ending of this book which I think was good on both sides of people involved I wish for them to have peace in Ferguson, Missouri.

Looking back on the book’s story- it’s an engaging although I kind of got bored on some fillers whatever that means to you :) fillers like the husband of Leticia Lang maybe there’s a lesson in there; do not drive under the influence of alcohol/drugs. I obviously hate his character but from his share of story in the novel emerged my most favorite part of the story that is when the parents of two young boys forgave him from driving drunk that eventually took the lives of two promising boys. Oh if only we FORGIVE and FORGET.

From page 277.

Are you a Christian, Jake?

“I am. Sometimes more of one than others, but i’m trying.”

“I thought so. In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus teaches the importance of forgiveness.He knows we’re human and our natural tendency is to seek revenge, to strike back, to condemn those who hurt us, but this is wrong. We’re supposed to forgive, always.

-o0o-

From this book you will learn how a case is being managed by lawyers, judge, and juries. You will learn terms like holographic will and testamentary capacity of which I googled to understand it more :) say hello to wikipedia.

HOLOGRAPHIC WILL is a will and testament that has been entirely handwritten and signed by the testator. Traditionally, a will must be signed by witnesses attesting to the validity of the testator’s signature and intent, but in many jurisdictions, holographic wills that have not been witnessed are treated equally to witnessed wills and need only to meet minimal requirements in order to be probated.

*The Guinness Book of World Records lists The shortest will in the world as “Vše ženě,” (Czech, “everything to wife“), written on the bedroom wall of a man who realized his imminent demise and made a swift attempt to distribute his chattels before expiring.[1] It clearly meets the minimum requirements, being his own work and no one else’s. On 8 June 1948 in Saskatchewan, Canada, a farmer named Cecil George Harris who had become trapped under his own tractor carved a will into the tractor’s fender. It read, “In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo. Harris.” The fender was probated and stood as his will. The fender is currently on display at the law library of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

-o0o-

Is it worth it? YES! read this book and be inspired by the characters “story of my life”

I think highly of Portia, the daughter of a black woman who works as a housekeeper/caregiver and an alcoholic, irresponsible, immature man. She did her best to get out of a complicated family situation, traveled the world, studied different languages, entered military. When she went home to help her family, she maintained her respect to her father and most of all she didn’t stop pursuing her dreams- she has ambitions in life one of which is to become a lawyer. 

Jake Brigance, the remarkable lawyer of “A Time to kill” I like his dedication to his profession and not forgetting the importance of his family. 

Be polite, Be concise, Don’t volunteer. If you don’t know, then you don’t know. Remember the camera catches everything and I’ll be right beside you for protection.
-Jake Brigance

 

Happy reading people. 

x.

kat.

08182014 Monday, Southern Cali.

 

p.s

a time to kill is still my favorite JG book.

 

 

 

Adele, where are you?

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For Adele, “rolling in the deep” was her fu*k you to her ex.
Who doesn’t like her song “someone like you” and or her songs? I think everybody can relate to her songs.

This biography book answered of course the basic questions like her childhood, family, inspirations etc.

■Childhood- raised by a single mom, big salute to all the single mothers who raised/are raising their kid/s on their own.

■Halfway through the book I thought of how miseries in life could turn out as a blessing like having your heart broken, you are able to write a song, you learn, you break, you bleed, you sulk and then through the help of your family and friends and most importantly through you, through your decision to finally open the curtains, drain the alcohol on the sink, throw the cigarettes, take a shower, go out for a walk, talk, laugh, and even simply eat- you’ll feel fine. Everything will just be fine atleast when you accept it, when you swallow the realities that it happened and thats it, time to face a new day and write a better version of you.

■Another part that caught me was when Adele was diagnosed with vocal cord hemorrhage, she wasn’t allowed to speak for six weeks, I imagined myself unable or not allowed to talk for six weeks. Omg. Thing is, we’re humans, our bodies give up. We need to take care of ourselves, our health ( alleluia, preach!) Oh words. Now, I’m thinking of drinking lots of water (tomorrow) haha.

■ Adele knew what she wanted, she knew her passion and I once read that we should know what our passion is in order to know our purpose in life. From there, we’ve a direction, we’ve a plan, we’ve a reason to get up in the morning, with clear goals to accomplish because seriously, nobody wants to be a bummer forever. So, what’s my passion?
Think.

X.
Kat
P.S
I’m waiting for Adele’s next album, it’s already August.

If I Stay

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“You can have your wishes, your plans, but at the end of the day, it’s out of your control -Mia”
― Gayle Forman, If I Stay


√ My question after reading this book, why did I picked this? of all the books inside Barnes and Noble, I chose “If I Stay” the book cover is a check, the title is a check and by check I mean “nice, eye-catching, intriguing” and why did I read it when it’s gloomy and it just rained in Southern California, a rare event somehow for someone who spent more than 20 years of her life in Belance, wherein RAIN is expected everyday and yes I miss rain ugh.

Oh don’t think that I was disappointed because I admire Foreman’s way of writing- she expresses herself like narrating a movie. The story of this book will undeniably make you cry and most importantly, THINK.

There’s something fragile in us when “Life, Death, Family, and Love” are the topic. It breaks something in us. As Mia, stated, “It’s out of your control..” you may have wishes about your life, death, family and love life but at the end of the day it’s out of your control- so sleep! sleep on it haha okay, seriously, it reminded  me of this powerful phrase “God’s will”  

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Go read this one or watch the movie :)

x.

Kat.

cam and I

I want to share these photos I took one sunny day here in L.A when my camera and I went out for a date, every picture I take somehow help me express myself (NAKS) including my selfies? hehe.

Look at the two person below, aren’t they “cool” for their age? :) 

Yes, I chose to use Deepak Chopra’s quotes as captions just because, why NOT? haha ang lalim noh? Well, simply because I love his work of art, insights and I will soon read his books (promise) 

“The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity. ”  ― Deepak Chopra, The Return of Merlin

“The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity. ”
― Deepak Chopra, The Return of Merlin

oh the need to conform :( I have more thoughts about the photo above and I choose to keep them to myself haha or if you want we can talk about it with a cup of coffee in our hands and do more people watching. 

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”  ― Deepak Chopra

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”
― Deepak Chopra

Sometimes, the meanings aren’t even hidden, they are obvious we just have to be aware. This lady here, the moment she became a mother was the moment she found her purpose in life (just, maybe) 

There’s a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.

“Walk with those seeking truth... RUN FROM THOSE WHO THINK THEY'VE FOUND IT. ”  ― Deepak Chopra

“Walk with those seeking truth… RUN FROM THOSE WHO THINK THEY’VE FOUND IT. ”
― Deepak Chopra

Run, run away from those toxic people who assume that they’ve found it because everyday is another  adventure, run, run away from those things that are routine. 

“When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.”  ― Deepak Chopra

“When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.”
― Deepak Chopra

I so agree! Every flaws we see in other people reflects us. One thing I learned from college or term I learned from my Psychology class is “self awareness” Oh so important. So before you say something or feel irritated to someone, ask yourself first- are you insecure? are you affected? BUT DID YOU DIE if s/he didn’t reply to your message? Lol.  (I’m talking to myself here) hehe. 

“Ask for nothing less than inspiration.”  ― Deepak Chopra

“Ask for nothing less than inspiration.”
― Deepak Chopra

Inspiration? Inspirations? 

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.”  ― Deepak Chopra

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.”
― Deepak Chopra

Lately, I’ve been thinking of the choices I have in life. I realized that lack of belief in possibilities means lack of Faith. The truth of us wanting to manage our life “in our way” hurts. Let God. Haven’t you figure it out yet? Let God do the writing of your life story. 

“The present moment dies every moment to become the past , is reborn every moment into the future. All experience is now. Now never ends.”  ― Deepak Chopra

“The present moment dies every moment to become the past , is reborn every moment into the future. All experience is now. Now never ends.”
― Deepak Chopra


Now, never ends.

I hope you liked my photos and my favorite quotes by Deepak Chopra. 

Love.

x.

Kat.

August 1, 2014

P.S 

It’s okay to be alone, the truth is you are not alone. 

Make it to me :)

My camera and I dated last weekend and I so love what he and I captured, look at these young kids, the love, care, innocence, happiness they portray on that one sunny day at the fountain of The Grove.

They also reminded  me of Sam Smith‘s song “Make it to me” 

My mind runs away to you With the thought I hope you'll see Can't see where it's wandered too But I know where it wants to be.

My mind runs away to you
With the thought I hope you’ll see
Can’t see where it’s wandered too
But I know where it wants to be.

I'm waiting patiently though time is moving slow I have one vacancy and I wanted you to know that You're the one designed for me A distant stranger that I will complete I know you're out there we're meant to be So keep your hair down and make it to me And make it to me

I’m waiting patiently though time is moving slow
I have one vacancy and I wanted you to know that
You’re the one designed for me
A distant stranger that I will complete
I know you’re out there we’re meant to be
So keep your hair down and make it to me
And make it to me

So sick of this lonely air It seems such a waste of breath So much that I need to say So much to get off my chest I'm waiting patiently though time is moving slow I have one vacancy and I wanted you to know that

So sick of this lonely air
It seems such a waste of breath
So much that I need to say
So much to get off my chest
I’m waiting patiently though time is moving slow
I have one vacancy and I wanted you to know that

You're the one designed for me A distant stranger that I will complete I know you're out there we're meant to be So keep your hair down and make it to me Make it to me Make it to me Make it to me

You’re the one designed for me
A distant stranger that I will complete
I know you’re out there we’re meant to be
So keep your hair down and make it to me
Make it to me
Make it to me
Make it to me

Listen to this song :) 

x.

kat

p.s 

my camera and I have more pictures to share. Love.

Memoirs of Geisha

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Title: Memoirs of Geisha

Author: Arthur Golden, published October 6, 1997

pp. 428

 

Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery pink on paper.”

-Sayuri

I first heard Memoirs of Geisha from my sister, she watched the movie a long time ago and that’s why when I got the chance to pick some free books from the collection of the elderly (hehe) I chose Memoirs of Geisha (out of curiosity) and i didn’t regret reading it :) It’s full of life lessons and will make you realize how lucky you are to have choices especially among women, you’ll get to know the lives of people during the war, you’ll imagine Japan (one of the country I wish to visit) and most of all you’ll get to know the life of a Geisha.

it’s a heavy topic or issue, something delicate to argue about, the life of a Geisha. To be honest I don’t know why even before I watched and read the movie I already associated the word geisha to prostitution.

After reading the life of the main character though one quote by Paulo Coelho made an impact on me and I would like to associate it with this book.

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

-Paulo Coelho.

I will not argue about whether the life of a Geisha is right or wrong. It brings tear to my eyes how sometimes I complain and whether Sayuri’s life story is for real or not I’m sure “Life of a Geisha” existed and I pity every Sayuri who had no choice but to go with the flow of the water because they couldn’t swim against the strong waves of the sea with their frail arms and no support at all (no family and friends)

From the book:

“Yes it’s cruel,” she said. “But no one of us can escape DESTINY.” 

“Really, Sayuri, what did you think life as a geisha would be like? We don’t become geisha so our lives will be satisfying. We become geisha because we have no other choice.”

-Mameha-san.

x.

kat

p.s

do you believe in destiny?

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The Witch of Portobello

Athena, such a strong name. My book this summer or month of July. So sad, for the past four months I don’t remember finishing one book. What happened? I devoted my free time reading blogs atleast that’s still a form of reading haha or to make it sound better form of learning?

So, back to Coelho’s book. I’m glad I picked this one, a story about a mysterious woman hmmnn mysterious huh :)
I like how she was portrayed by the author, a woman not afraid to be different.

Love is not a habit, a commitment,  or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is- love simply is…
-Athena/Sherina.

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Did you ever feel like an outcast?

Oh yeah, it’s about lifeloveand yes love haha so aside from the quote above the following are some of my favorite texts from the book.

Now she knew where to find me. If it was written we would meet again, we would. The important thing is to allow fate to intervene in our lives and to decide what is best for everyone.

Why do you love me?

I don’t know & I don’t care.

Love simply is.

I’ve noticed that loneliness gets stronger when we try to face it down but gets weaker when we simply ignore it.

God hid the most important things from the wise because they can’t understandsimple.

x.
Katrina.

Enjoy reading :)