The First 10 Thoughts I Had: USA

1. So many people from everywhere!

2. It’s winter. Why is there ice in my water.

 

3. The air is SO clean.

 

4. Please wait, I have to count my coins.

 

5. Why are you asking if need a bag, how else should I carry all these groceries.

It’ll be $0.99 per bag:

 

6. When strangers greet me in elevators.

 

7.  Wait, where is the bidet?

 

8. Oh yh, I have to give tips.

 

9.  Day-time Saving.

 

10. So many discount cards and coupons to care about.

 

BONUS:

What’s the big deal with Avocados, anyways?

 


🙂 FTK

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Wotakoi – Vol 1: Review

31826480I was initially interested in this manga, since I am watching the anime, which is currently ongoing.
The anime is a delight to watch, the manga turned out to be even better.

The mange is hilarious. It efficiently delivers comedy to it’s audience. And the scenarios the character find themselves into are quite relatable.
It uses ‘otaku’ jargon a lot, but it includes a glossary, so even if you aren’t ‘getting it’ you can come around understanding the undertones of the topic.

The art is good and the typography makes the verbal cues evident. I love the anime, and would like to continue the manga.

Overall rating 4 out of 5.

**I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

7 Tips to Deal with Office Politics

Every workplace strives to create their own culture, most end up having two. One, what they are working to achieve. Two, what they actually end up having.

Office culture is often developed by the organizational hierarchical structure and the people in it. Office politics on the other hand, is the intangible ‘asset’ of that organization.

Sometimes, however, when office politics starts to get in your way of work, you often feel demotivated.

Here are 7 tips to deal with office politics.

  1. There is neutral ground. Find it, and avoid taking sides.
  2. Know your own goals. Work for it, not for someone else’s agenda.
  3. Know your network and build trusted connections. You’ll never know who might become a helping hand.
  4. Don’t make it personal. It’s work – let it remain work.
  5. Don’t jump into conclusions. Gather factual information.
  6. Stay humble. Aim to get ‘win-win’ in all matters.
  7. People talk. Let your work be louder than the rumors.

In the end it’s all about ‘people skills’ and ‘communication’. Always try to actively change the culture within your circle of influence, regardless if you are at the top of the organizational hierarchy or at the bottom of it, to a more positive and ethical environment. And if worse comes, at least you be satisfied that you tried your very best.

And as Cal Newport aptly said “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

 

FTK 🙂

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Throne of Glass: Review

13519397Okay so, this series has been so hyped up everywhere, I just had to read it myself. Although this is SJM’s first book, I read it after reading the three books of ACOTAR. – so, read this review with a grain of salt.

Even if I didn’t know this was SJM’s first book ever, I would have guessed it. The writing is, uhm, satisfactory at best. It just goes to show how much she has improved as an author in ACOTAR.

The world building isn’t too elaborate. As readers we are given scrapes of information on how the current tyrant King has been invading surrounding lands to increase his own rule. During more than half the book, the king simply vanishes and is only mentioned whenever convenient.

Celaena, the main character, the most feared assassin. I found her bearable than most of the other YA heroines. But the tone-shifts of her character felt unreal, and made her somehow lacking overall. Sure, she can be an assassin who likes to eat desserts and dress up, but as the ‘most feared assassin’ she didn’t look the part. It was also emphasized that she ‘just a 17-y.o girl’ repeatedly, which in turn made the super-dangerous-assassin part a bit over the top.

Chaol, the captain of the guard, was kept as ‘Mr. Mysterious’ for so long, that I honestly lost interest. (who am I kidding, I still want to know more about him).
Dorian, the prince, felt like the only one who stayed true to himself, and so was one of the character I enjoyed reading.

The pacing of the story was okay, if not slow. The bigger plot at play is slowly uncovered, through the connection is lost between that and the current storyline. The ending is also, you guessed it, okay-ish; with majority plot points closed, and new one opened at the very end on which the story is bound to continue. The climax is mild. All in all, it felt as if this book is the prologue of the whole series. As a standalone, it doesn’t entice me too much to continue reading the series.

Overall 3 out of 5 stars.

A Torch Against the Night: Review

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)I ran, literally, to get my hands on this sequel as soon as I finished book 1. I thought Book 1 had broken me enough, well, I was wrong.

The book jumps right in where we left Elias and Laia off from Book 1. They are running from Martials and are branding as fugitives. Helene faces her own monsters as she is sent on a mission to retrieve Elias alive.

Laia, the ever-determined strong female lead felt somehow overshadowed by everything else happening in this book. Towards the end of it all, I truly started missing the head-strong girl we met in Book 1.

Elias, on the other hand, did show a lot of character development, and I enjoyed reading his POVs.

Helene seemed confused out of her wits, and her POV seemed to drag and loop. Regardless, I still cared for her character and was emotionally invested in her.

If you thought Book 1 was dark, you are so DAMN wrong. I literally had to pause mid-chapter to take a breath and steel myself for what else was around the corner. We had The Commandment in Book 1. Now, we still have her, ruthless even more (if that was possible), there is the Warden of the Kauf Prison, the Nightbringer, and of course Marcus Farrar. After the first 100 Pages or so, I found myself saying ‘please no more’. Alas, the (multiple) plot twists that happened in the last 100 pages, were unexpected to say the least. Upon finishing this book, all I could was take a long sigh.

The book is written and paced well. It alternates between POVs of Elias, Laia and Helene. The world building has expanded, and we meet some old and new characters, along with new details about the supernatural being.

Overall this book was an emotional ride and while I’m not ready for book 3, I’m counting the days until I finally have it.

I give this 4.5 starts out of 5.