Book in my Bag Review
Book: Seize Your Life; How To Carpe Diem Everyday
Author: Jasmine Brett Stringer
Number of pages: 160
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing / 2015
Genre: Self help – Practical and Motivational
Qatar National Library call number: BF503 .S777 2015
Find on Amazon: click to purchase Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day
Page 1 of the book, hits you with a wake up call. This little book is filled with anecdotes, like how Jasmine finally met and was recognised by Oprah Winfrey (squeal!!), how Sheryl Sandberg ( former COO of Facebook) coped with loss and lots of Jasmine’s personal stories about seizing the moment when she had a chance to.
Jasmine’s advice is to Be Prepared, Fully Engage, Seek Authentic Connections, Allow for Flexibility and Embrace Change.
She says Forgive, Free and Release Yourself from the Past, Focus on the One You are With, Allow Yourself to Be, Live for Yourself , Allow Yourself to Dream, Make Peace with Uncertainty , Walk in the Spirit of Abundance, Practice Gratitude, Have Courage and Be a Blessing to Someone Else.
Chapter 15 of the book focuses on words and using words carefully. She urges us all to ” Use Your Words Carefully, Your Words Have Power” .
What I thought
The author comes across as inspirational, without being “preachy” and self elevating.
I like that Jasmine included stories of herself and her friends , as well as some “known” names. It gives the book a levelling feel, almost like saying “we are all in this together”.
A good book to pick up for a “boost” when you are feeling low.
Page 1: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for”
Page 23: Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued- when they can give and receive without judgement. – Brene Brown
Page 107: “You can change your world by changing your words. Remember , death and life are in the power of the tongue”- Joel Osteen
Golden Nugget rating (out of 5)
Bag: Moreau macramé and leather bucket bag
My husband calls this my fishing basket bag!! Ha! Ha! Coveted for its understated elegance, Los Angeles-based label Staud expertly combines streamlined silhouettes with an ethical design ethos.
Marrying vintage-inspired macramé netting with smooth leather, the Moreau bucket bag showcases a sleek unadorned profile. Staud Moreau macramé leather bucket bag has been handcrafted with leather, features a macramé netting, two top handles, open top, suede leather lining, and will complete any summer or vacation in a sunny tropical location ( think Maldives or Seychelles). This attention grabbing bag is light and fits quite a lot. Be aware that there is no closure, so all the contents of your bag are somewhat exposed to prying eyes. The Staud comes in so many beautiful, candy colours!! The worst thing about this bag is agonising about the right colour to pick up or you can just cave in and buy them all.
Be Modular, Stay Gold and Carpe Diem
adjective \ ə-ˈlīv \ uh–lahyv \
: life; living;
: full of energy and spirit; lively
: still active in competition with a chance of victory
The wheels are spinning,
The days are passing ,
The fish are swimming,
From it all, I am reeling.
The air, the wind, the leaves, the green,
The sky blue and the blues, the warmth, the seen and unseen.
The log is rotting,
The gulls are swarming,
The salty air is stinging,
The campervans under the sun are gleaming,
Jumping high trying to touch a cloud,
Such joy in Napier, screaming alive aloud.
Be Modular, Stay Gold
A Boy and his Book Review
Book: The Terrible Power of House Rabbit
Author: Susan Gates
Number of pages: 63
Publisher: Oxford Treetops
Qatar National Library call number: Not available in Qatar National Library
Find on Amazon: click to purchase
This is a story about a house rabbit, a boy , a boy’s little brother, the boys friend , Mum and Dad that face the menacing eye of the house rabbit.
What I thought
I thought the story was unbelievable.
New words/Nuggets I learnt:
Bleak : lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements ; cold and misearable
Sinister: evil or criminal
Fanatic : a person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for a particular activity especially religion or a political cause.
Lolloped : move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces
Downright: utter or complete ( usually used to describe something bad or unpleasant)
Golden Nugget rating (out of 5)
I’m Modular !
I’m Golden !
8 Of The Best Things To Do In New Zealand’s North Island
New Zealand is such a beautiful country. With gorgeous and diverse landscapes, amazing hikes and some of the best views in the world, the North Island is one of the most awe inspiring places we have been to. Did I mention how nice New Zealanders are?We explored the North Island driving from Wellington to Rotorua,
Qatar Airways Doha to Wellington/Auckland Flight Duration- from 19 hrs to 34 hours (depending on flight chosen)
Languages spoken: English/ Maori
1. Visit a Living Maori Village
The highlight of the trip was visiting the living Maori village of Whakerewarewa. For years the Tuhourangi/ Ngati tribe have welcomed visitors (including Queen Elizabeth!!), to experience the authentic Maori culture. The Geothermal Wonderland based in Rotorua, has geothermal vents, boiling hot pools and bubbling muds. A guide takes you round the village, showing you how the locals harness the power of the geothermal energy for their daily needs.
2. Climb every mountain or maybe just one!
New Zealand is a country blessed with a lot of plateau mountains, which are high levels of flat land. Perfect for climbing for all ages and fitness levels.
3. Camping and Campervanning
Ditch creature comforts and the cushy hotel for a day or two and set off into the wild. New Zealand is a country made for outdoors. There are lots of campsites and the apps Rankers NZ and Campermate are great for finding campsites or caravan parks.
4. Cycle along the coast of Napier
Beautiful Napier has some of the most visually inspiring and safest cycle routes. Hire Bikes (Napier City Bike Hire and Tours) and set off on the cycle path to discovery.
5. Time Travel at TePapa Museum
Te Papa Museum is another wonderful place to visit and learn the art, culture and history of New Zealand. You can also stroll around the amazing waterfront and read some of the wonderful quotes from New Zealand’s writers captured in large stone sculptures.
6. Walk (or hopscotch!) along the Wellington Harbour
The Wellington Waterfront is such a great place to play( Frank Kitts Park) or catch a play (Circa Playhouse) eat ( CrabShack/ Foxglove Bar & Kitchen) , explore ( Heritage trails/ TePapa/ Wellington Museum ) or take a walk and just breathe!!
7. Feel the Heat! Literally!
The Taupo Volcanic Zone in the North Islands has the highest concentration of geothermal pools. Some of the natural geysers can reach heights of up to 100 m and erupt about 15 to 20 times a day. This amazing natural display will leave you mesmerized.
8. Read a Book
The North Island has a lot of great bookstores and book shops. Really old ones, new ones, alternative ones, kitschy ones, classic ones, bookstores with cafes, bookstores at the Museum. It’s the place to get the best deals on bookstores. Pop into The Ferret bookshop established in 1979, at 175 Cuba St. Wellington for a nosy around the vast collection of books. Piggery Books in Whangarei has a lot of antique and rare books, worth popping in for a browse. The legendary Hard to Find secondhand bookshop in Onehunga Auckland stocks “hard to find books” and is an excellent place to find rare gems. Millwood Gallery on Tinakori Rd is a combined art gallery and bookshop. Unity Books with stores in Wellington and Auckland have enough books to keep any bibliophile happy for weeks. Book Shops at TePapa Museum also offer local literature and childrens books at great prices.
New Zealand is definitely one destination to put on your must visit list.
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Be Modular, Stay Gold!
COS (Collection of Style ) have opened up a new store in Doha Festival city mall. I really like COS because they have great basics with understated yet flattering silhouettes.
The clothes are like a blank canvas, add a few accessories, a pop of colour bag or shoes and you are ready to go. Its the perfect palette to showcase your individuality. I also love COS because their sizing is often true to size. This is really useful if you need a gift or would like to surprise a special someone.
COS designs are modern yet classic and can be worn season after season. Best of all, most styles have the trademark COS pockets. Pockets!!! Pockets which are almost invisible. Stylish yet functional. A truly Modular brand.
Be Modular, Be Cos!
Here are 8 of the best of COS you can find in-store and online.
Be Modular , Stay Gold
Book in my bag review
Book: GOLDEN REFLECTIONS
Author: Fred Saberhagen; edited by Joan Spicci Saberhagen and Robert Saberhagen
New stories by David Weber, Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, Jane Lindskold,
John Maddox Roberts, Daniel Abraham and Dean Wesley Smith
Number of pages: 656
Publisher: Baen (December 27, 2011)
Qatar National Library call number: PS648.S3 G55 2011
Find on Amazon: click to purchase Golden Reflections
The first 190 pages are Fred Saberhagen’s articulately written Mask of the Sun, a story about a mysterious mask which foretells the future.
The novel takes you to ancient Cuzco (modern day Peru) You go on a treacherous journey with Mike Gabrieli, Willak Umu and Cori.
There are 7 new short stories. These stories take you to Ancient Egypt, a 2032 AD German parallel universe, Mexico in 1675 and the Texan Alamo in 1836.
The Fate Line is about an incredibly lucky Pharaoh who is torn between being free and following the instructions of a Mask found in an Egyptian tomb.
Wax, Clay and Gold is about a lowly slave who discovers the power of the googles and uses it treacherously.
The Conquistador’s Hat was my personal favourite. It was set in a parallel universe where Germany had conquered most of the world and become a superpower. It’s a “closer you look, the less you see” tale which ends with a deception so clever I couldn’t help smiling.
Like the Rain, set in 17th century Santa Fe, tells of a priest desperate to rid his land of Castillian rule and return power to the natives.
Eyewear is a concocted story about how Spaniards Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions had help on their journey from Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of California.
Remember is a tale of a man ravaged by cancer, who sacrifices the rest of his short life in the battle of the Alamo.
In Washington’s Rebellion, Dunstan Carmichael rises above self to get his team to safety.
What I thought
First off, there is a character called Tupac, who I kept imagining as Tupac the rapper, which made for some interesting imagery.
The Mask of the Sun started out quite incredulous, but I slowly got into it especially rooting for Mike Gabrieli’s character. The story has quite a few unexpected twists and turns.
The 7 additional stories are cleverly written and leave you truly intrigued, wondering if indeed there are parallel universes out there.
Page 193: Mask of the Sun “It didn’t pay to reach too fast for gold”
Page 279: Afterward to the Conquistador’s Hat“we dwell too much on the doing of great and important people.
The fact is that idiots, morons, fools, clowns and losers have probably had as much influence on history; they are just underappreciated.”
Page 460: Washington’s Rebellion “An advantage is only as good as the use someone makes of it.”
Golden Nugget rating (out of 5)
Bag: GAIA’S ARK – NATURAL
Cult Gaia’s ark is a show stopping piece. The bag is modelled after old Japanese bamboo picnic bags. It is a conversation starter piece as everyone wants to know where you got it, what its made of or if your keys fall out through the holes.
It comes in 3 sizes. The mini measures 9″ x 2.5″ x 9”. The small measures 11″ x 3″ x 8” and the large measures 12.5″ x 4″ x 10.5”.
The Gaia is versatile and can be worn during the day or out for drinks with the girls … and yes, your keys may fall out, so do be careful!
Be Modular, Stay Gold