After Thoughts: The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan

Another Little Black Dress book

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The back of the book goes,

What if a total stranger offered you everything you ever wanted – almost?

Ever since Samantha’s husband ran out on her and their kids she’s been working to clear the humungous debt he left behind, so it’s time she had a lucky break. What she’s not expecting is for that break to be Jack Tolliver, former governor of Indiana and the biggest womaniser in the state. He’s running for the senate and needs a nice, respectable woman by his handsome side to help clean up his image.

So Sam accepts a bizarre business proposal – a fake engagement. All she has to do is play happy families until Jack’s elected and then she’ll get a big fat cheque and a lifestyle to die for. It’s simple. Until, that is, the kiss occurs. That knee-trembling, electric kiss that Sam and Jack share. But that’s just for show… right?

After thoughts:

The story reminds me of Korean drama plot with fake engagement all. Surprisingly I enjoyed it. Who says you can’t find sexy love when you almost reaching the middle-aged zone?

A perfect book in an afternoon by the beach.

I See You at the Summit

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

John Muir

Perhaps I am one of those tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people that I think mountains sometimes felt like home.

This year I made few trips to Kubah National Park. It is about 40 minutes drive from Kuching.

I took the waterfall trail earlier this year then I climbed till I reach the submit on Labour’s Day.

The last time I went there was a couple months ago with my The Borneo Post SEEDS colleague Sendou.

For those who are physically unfit, the trails could be difficult.

But those who who extremely fit, Kubah’s summit Mount Serapi is a piece of cake.

I enjoy my every trip there and I highly recommend everyone, not just tourists but especially Sarawakians to pay this park a visit.

Here is a brief introduction about Kubah National Park according to Sarawak Forestry Department’s official website:

“Almost every visitor to Kuching has seen Kubah National Park, whether they realise it or not. This massive sandstone ridge with its three mountain peaks – the 911m high Gunung Serapi and the slightly smaller Gunung Selang and Gunung Sendok – is clearly visible from the Kuching Waterfront. Situated only 22 kilometres from Kuching, Kubah is not only the most visible but also one of the most accessible of Sarawak’s National Parks.

Kubah was established in 1989 because of its exceptionally rich plant life, and only opened to the public in 1995. The Park covers an area of 2,230 hectares, and comprises the heavily forested slopes and ridges of the Serapi range. At heights of between 150-450 metres, Kubah’s soft sandstone is punctuated with bands of hardened limestone which have created a number of beautiful waterfalls.

Kubah’s most famous feature is its palms. Almost a hundred different palm species can be found in an area of just over 22 sq km, making Kubah probably the richest palm habitat for its size anywhere in the world. But Kubah’s palms are not only abundant – they are also historically and ecologically important. Many of Kubah’s palms were first described by the great Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari (1843-1920), who spent 3 years in Sarawak from 1865 to 1868, and recorded his findings and experiences in a remarkable book, Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo.

As well as its palms, Kubah has many other striking attractions; its spectacular primary rainforest, its rich selection of orchids and ferns, and its crystal clear jungle streams, waterfalls and bathing areas, to name just a few. The rainforest scenery has even caught the attention of Hollywood; in 1987 Gunung Serapi was the principal film location for Farewell to the King starring Nick Nolte – as you approach the entrance to the park HQ you will see the film set to the right. The Sleeping Dictionary, starring Jessica Alba, was shot in the nearby forest foothills adjacent to the park, which provided a stunning backdrop for the film.

The forest at Kubah is mixed dipterocarp, with small areas of scrub forest and isolated patches of kerangas. This rich forest, the park’s proximity to the coastline and its general terrain all ensure that Kubah is home to a variety of wildlife, including bearded pigs, 50-plus bird species (including argus pheasants and black hornbills), sambar deer, mouse deer, civets, porcupines, squirrels and numerous species of amphibians and reptiles.”

Check my photos out, peeps!

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I see you at the summit, love

I see you at the summit, love

I see you when we both tired

I see you when our shirts stuck to our sweaty backs

I see you when we raise our arms we could touch the sky

I see you when our legs almost give on up us

I see you when we feel ashamed of ourselves because

Like our legs, we too almost give up

I see you when we are both in awe

In awe with what God gave us in view

In awe with what God gave us in each other

So

I see you at the summit, love

~p.h , 14/07/2015

Describing Food

Occasionally, I was given assignments to write about food and beverages promotion. And sometimes, I went for food reviews.

Few weeks ago, I went for a food review all the way in Bau (40 to 45 minutes drive from Kuching).

The victim of my review was a pork burger.

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When comes to writing about food, I always try my best to let the readers taste the food through my writing.

It was not an easy job for me, I admit. More than once I found myself struggling to find the right word to describe the taste.

Nevertheless, writing food review could be exciting.

You taste the food, describe the food in honesty, politeness and accuracy. In the end you just hope that you give a fair description for both readers and food provider.

Here are some ways I used to describe this Pork Burger.

The time the patties spent on the grills was favourable because it concealed the taste of the pork and allowed the meat to marinate in its own juices without losing its tenderness.

In the end, the mildly tangy but not over-powering black pepper sauce was what sealed the deal making these pork burgers really worth driving out to Bau for.

Read the article here A blast of flavour.

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In a different angle

Every time I sit down to write something especially in my current line of work, the first question I ask myself “What is my angle?”

In fact, I asked that question on my way to every event I was assigned to.

Being an online journalist at a youth-based website gives me the freedom to be creative in determining my angle. In the same time, it is terrifying.

Terrifying in the sense that the angle would not be the right angle to draw readers’ attentions.

A week ago, I accompanied Danielle to her interview, her assignment was to write a personality piece on Scottish photographer Gerry Fox who is currently based in Kuching.

His photos were in completely a different angle from any photographers in Kuching I have seen so far.

They were all blunt, unadorned. But they stop you at your track, pull a trigger on your forehead and shoot you a question; do you know all of these are in your backyard?

I want my articles to be like that. Something that stop your brain from churning and squeeze a question or two to make you rethink your view.

Read more about Gerry Fox’s interview with The Borneo Post SEEDS here.

Book and Coffee or Tea

 

Few years ago, when I was still in my undergraduate years, whenever I read in my hostel room I imagine myself reading in a café with a cup of tea in an arm reached.

My bunk bed was my retreat. I usually did not have any drinks with me

With a budget of a student, although I did not have a study loan I was fully relying on my parents. It broke my heart every time I had to ask for extra money from them before pay day.

So I couldn’t ask for extra money just for me to indulge my fantasy of reading in a café with latte, couldn’t I?

There is something about reading and sipping coffee or tea to be considered as a pleasure.

If it is in the morning, coffee would be good to me.

If it is in the evening, tea would be perfect.

So here I am here in a café called The Coffs, located just at the corner of Lane Building. When I walked past this shop few days ago I knew I must try this place out.

I knew I had to come back here again with a book and order a cup of coffee or tea.

Since it is five in the evening, I ordered tea.

Earl Grey, that is.

My book? Kitty and Virgil by Paul Bailey. A random book I bought from Smart. Yes, there is a bookstore in Malaysia called Smart.

Perhaps only smart people go there.

Perhaps smart people came up with the store.

As much as I enjoy my me time with a book and coffee or tea. My elder sister is with me. She is having caramel latte.

No coffee art. The caramel was drizzled messily on the coffee form. “It’s cold,” she said. Commenting on the latte she’s having.

There is nothing in my mind actually, except my boyfriend; my government servant boyfriend who is now in the middle of nowhere on a Penan longhouse.

“I am serving the rakyat,” he said.

Did he safely arrive? I pray he did.

 

Here I am, in this café I randomly chose; I like it except the people in the next table. I hope they will be little bit quieter.

Suddenly I miss that bunk bed of mine. At least that bunk bed is silent.

I hope the next time I choose a café; it would be just me, a book and coffee or tea.

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