The Nine Cloud Dream

The Nine Cloud Dream is a 17th century Korean novel attributed to Kim Man Jung about a young Buddhist monk from a sacred mountain who falls from grace by obsessing over earthly pleasures. One day, upon returning drunk from the kingdom of the Dragon King, the young monk Hsing-chen meets eight beautiful fairies barring his…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m going to celebrate my blog’s 7th anniversary by writing my 329th post!  Ok, I realize that number is nothing special but what the heck, right? Anyway, I didn’t realize that the last book I talked about on here was The House of the Spirits.  It seems like forever since I finished that book, but…

The House of the Spirits

So, the latest book review I’ve been procrastinating on is Isabel Allende‘s (probably) most well-known novel, The House of the Spirits.  I finished this book about a week ago, so I figured it’s time to finally write some kind of passable review about it. The House of the Spirits isn’t hard to read; it’s engaging,…

My Top 10 Anime Movies

Originally posted on Musings from Three Time Zones:
I’m a big fan of anime, or Japanese animation. Anime series are usually 24 or 26 episodes per season, and a series gets renewed depending on its popularity. Anime stories are usually adapted from manga, or Japanese comic books, and range from science-fiction/fantasy, to historical, and even present/slice…

The Garden of Evening Mists

The Garden of Evening Mists (2012) by Tan Twan Eng is a beautifully written story about a woman’s lifelong struggle against anger, guilt, and the memories of her tragic past. Growing up in Malaysia in the 1930’s, Yun Ling Teoh and her family lived a privileged life that was nearly destroyed during the onset of the…

Dan’s Inferno

Brown, that is, not Alighieri. In the 4th book of his famous Robert Langdon series, Dan Brown has his unlikely hero running around a famous, historical European city with a beautiful and intelligent young woman, being chased by some world famous organization, looking at architecture, art and literature to look for clues to solve a…

Bring Up The Bodies

I guess I was lucky to have read Wolf Hall only last May, finishing it just in time for its sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, to be published. When I started Wolf Hall, I had no idea it was part of a trilogy.  I haven’t done any research on this, but I think it is…

Destination: Macau

We’re going to Macau this July! I don’t know much about Macau except that it’s one of China’s Special Administrative Regions, which means that it has its own immigration laws, among other things.  That means that unlike Mainland China, citizens of most countries don’t need to apply for a special tourist visa to visit Macau.…

The Enchantress of Florence

“In the day’s last light the glowing lake below the palace-city looked like a sea of molten gold.” I didn’t think I would actually finish this wonderful book by Salman Rushdie.  To be honest, I find it quite difficult and intimidating to write a “review” about it.  Though I found the book quite enjoyable, I…