17 December 2012

book: gone girl

i have read rave reviews about this book this past few months and so decided to check it out. thanks to my officemate, grace, who directed me to a site for free book downloads, i was able to put this in my ipad. i finished the book in two days. it was that much of a page-turner for me. 

here's the blurb (source)

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? 
i could not put the book down. there were some reviewers who said that the ending was too twisted and too dark, even sexist. but i think the author wanted you to feel trapped. at least i did. i kept thinking how i would resolve the issue. i thought of  a couple of ways, each one with pros and cons. until now, i'm still wondering how the protagonist(s) could get out of their situation.

try to read the book and let me know what you think. although, i don't really recommend to do it during this holiday season, it may spoil your mood. 

16 December 2012

our fairy tale party

how's your december so far? hectic for sure, right? mine certainly is. i am writing this entry from manila, since i'm on vacation here for more than a month. it's strange, really. i haven't stayed this long in the philippines ever since i started working overseas. i have a lot of things on my to-do list, that i'm sure i'm going to be busy as a bee for the next few weeks.

before i left singapore, i was in a mad rush to complete our shopping list for gifts. thankfully, i was able to do that with just enough time to prepare for our yearly christmas party with friends. we follow a certain theme, and this year it was all about fairy tales. two days before the event, i went to the rental place in north bridge road to look for our costume. it's worth a mention here that costume rental shops are quite busy in december, because a lot of companies also do themed-parties. luckily, one of the attendants at the shop was a filipina, so it was easy for me to describe and look for what i wanted to wear.

02 December 2012

afternoon hiking at macritchie

today is the day of the standard chartered marathon here in singapore. i actually signed up for it earlier in the year, thinking to join the full marathon (42.195 kms.). unfortunately, i didn't really get to train for it, so i decided to forego this year's run. but i do feel as if i just ran one yesterday, because we went hiking at the macritchie trails.

i've gone hiking here a couple of years ago with friends, but this is the first time i went with jp. i dragged him to the park in the afternoon. the first thing we saw were the monkeys loitering around the entrance of the park.


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