Saturday, December 29, 2018

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing (Book)

It has been a while since my last post (almost a month, to be exact). As we are drawing closer to the end of 2018 and saying HELLO to 2019, thought it would be apt for me to write something as a closure for 2018. 

December is a festive season and lull period (read holiday season) for most employees (unless you are in sales with year end target to meet), I've taken a short break to Melaka, Malaysia to meet some friends, enjoy the local food as well as catching a performance called "Encore Melaka" (visually stunning with marvellous stage performances, worth the ticket)

Also, recently I've been reading a number of ebooks, there is one book in particular, If I Could Tell You Just On Thing (by Richard Reed) which I would like to share more about here. Basically, it's a collection of interviews with famous and heavy weights personnel/celebrities like Tony Blair, Simon Cowell, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Richard Branson etc... (you got the point). The objective is for them to share one and only one quote/motto/principle that they think might improve/change the life of the readers for the better. 

Some of my personal favourites are :

"Look for the pluses in life. Being negative completely erodes everything. If something bad happens, I always say cancel and continue and get back on track" ~ Dame Judi Dench 
“Make always the best from what you have, no matter how little it is.” ~ Lily Ebert, Auschwitz survivor
"Just do one thing. And aim to become best in the world at it" ~ Jony Ive 
On the same note, if I were to be asked to give a response to "If I Could Tell You Just One Thing", my response will be:

"Always keep going and keep smiling!"

What's yours? 

As regards to my investment portfolio, I didn't have much action recently and probably I will write another post on this. On high level, it (2018) should be at a double-digit loss year for me. 

Other than the performance of my investment portfolio, I think my 2018 is doing pretty well and looking forward to 2019 for new challenges and experiences. 


Saturday, December 1, 2018

3 Movies To Check Out In This Christmas Season

Ho~Ho~Ho~ Christmas is just around the corner! 

Today, we are officially stepped into the month of December and heading towards the festive season, a season of giving. I believed it will be an action-packed month for most of us in the form of year end travelling, shopping (for the gifts), gatherings and feasting. Life is meant to live at the present moment as we can't relive yesterday and pre-live tomorrow, so, enjoy your live NOW!

For a movie buff like me, one of the thing that I am looking forward to is catching the blockbuster movies to be released in December. I've done a bit of research and have since shortlisted 3 movies releasing in December which I thought are worth watching. Seriously!

So, here we go...

1. Mortal Engines (6th Dec 2018)
Director : Christian Rivers 
Casts: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Jihae
Sypnosis: A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw joins forces with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy, an outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels (from IMDB).

My take: Adapted from Phillip Reeve's novels with the same name (first of the four novels), I like its focus on the futuristic and steampunk version of London. Definitely worth a watch especially for sci-fi fans. 

2. Aquaman (13th Dec 2018)
Director : James Wan 
Casts: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman
Sypnosis: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world. (from IMDB).

My take: This year's only DC superhero movie. As it is directed by James Wan (whom brought us Furious 7, Conjuring and Insidious franchise etc.), I have confident that this spin-off will be cool! 

3. Bumblebee (20th Dec 2018)
Director : Travis Knight 
Casts: Hailee Steinfield, Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett
Sypnosis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.  (from IMDB).

My take: This spin-off from Transformers franchise looks refreshingly good. Definitely worth paying for the movie tics.  

Which movie(s) will you be watching this month? Why?


P/S: Talking about Christmas season/movies, if you can understand Mandarin, do check out the compilation of our TOP 5 Christmas movies of all time in the following video clip (I am the one on the left :-)):

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