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About vickychong

Just an ordinary woman.

Yoga Class


Namaste! Inner-hale, exhale. I close my eyes to the instruction of the guru’s voice and try to get in touch with my breath.   The Caucasian man next to me Sounds as if he’s hyperventilating as air wheezes nosily out … Continue reading

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South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami


Unbelievable, but I’m being influenced by my eldest son into reading Haruki Murakami. Unbelievable because when he was younger, I had the most problem getting him to read. His two younger brothers devoured books and scored in English, but he … Continue reading

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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro


Don’t you just love the title of this book? The title is taken from the last short story in this collection, where Munro writes a biography of Sophia Kovalevsky, a Russian mathematician novelist from nineteen century. The story is limited … Continue reading

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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami


My son Andreas has an interest in Haruki Murakami’s book and borrowed this when he was searching for another of his book. I suspect this is written for children although it’s placed in the adults section. The book is short … Continue reading

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Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


The long title of the book throws me off at first but after reading the book, I realise that the title actually gives a good summary of the story. Tsukuru Tazaki is the protagonist of the book. As a teenager … Continue reading

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2017 has been a great year


Tomorrow is the last day of the year and last days are usually melancholy for me – regardless if it’s the last day of work, of school, or of year. Last day signifies a time for change, and that’s always … Continue reading

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If You’re so Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy/ by Raj Raghunathan


I had taken a MOOC by Prof Raj in 2015 before he published this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course is one of the most popular courses in Coursera and I highly recommend it to you. I also helped … Continue reading

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