Book Review: SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I really loved the book Sapiens and recommended it to everyone! I’ve talked about it even more at home with my husband. He’s not really interested in books like this, but I made sure I talked to him about it all! 😀 Now he pretty much knows the whole book through me and didn’t even have to read it! I honestly think he’s so lucky but he would beg to differ haha! I couldn’t help it. Sapiens had me totally hooked from the start! I have never read such a thrilling account of humans that covers all the nerdy topics that I love: history, religions, philosophy, psychology, humanities, science and technology! (more…)

Back to the Blogosphere

Hello! Is anybody there?

So I finally thought it was time to come back to this blog after years and years of being quiet. I can say I didn’t update this blog all these years because I was busy and blah blah blah. But the truth is simple – my priorities changed. And boy did they change quickly and drastically!
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Bandung: A Volcano, Hot Springs, and lots of Free Time

“Rent a Car” and foreign exchange counters were the first things welcoming us as we walked out of the Jakarta airport in Indonesia. Ignoring the desperate calls of the car company representatives, we decided to first exchange our money. At the time (May 2011), CAD$1 would buy you around Indonesian Rs. 8,500. I exchanged about $100 and left the forex shop with a fat wallet full of rupiahs. It was hard to imagine where I’d spend 85,000 during the next two weeks in Indonesia. But I would soon learn that with water bottles priced at Rs.2,000 each, and a good meal easily costing Rs.20,000, I would spend it all plus much more. But hey it was still super cheap, so say the least.

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Stopover in Singapore

I started writing my Singapore journal thinking that it would be one my shortest blogposts. We barely spent three days there, I thought. As was the case in Hong Kong, the rising mercury had had no mercy on us. It was hot as hell, I recalled, which had prevented me from truly enjoying myself. But as I began to write, I realized how so very wrong I was! Everything I had seen in that short span of time came back to me: there was a museum shaped like a huge lotus flower… a theatre molded into a giant durian… a long bridge curving like the DNA Helix… a luxurious ship chilling on the heads of three tall buildings… and a jumbo-sized wheel looking over everything like a boss! This, my friends, is just a simplified description of the magnificence of downtown Singapore only. Wait till you hear what else makes this city-state a true modern Asian attraction.

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