Movies, Books & TV Shows

Delivering Happiness

I finally got hold of the book Delivering Happiness.

Like a time machine, the book enabled me to travel back 20 years in time. The pre-2008 events had me going, ‘Ah, I have heard of that story…’, or ‘Oh, I was there when that happened.’, or ‘I was one of them!’. Many of these were happy memories which made me smile.

The post-2008 stories were enticing because they let me know how the company did afterwards. How bizarre that I am able to picture what many of the contributors look like! To remember how they were like as coworkers!

I left Zappos and the US more than 10 years ago – in pursue of happiness. Up till now, happiness has been constantly generated, delivered and received with an open-mind.

Hey, why weren’t there any Star Trek references?!

Movies, Books & TV Shows

My Brilliant Friend

I have just finished watching an 8-part series known as My Brilliant Friend.

The story depicts the trials, tribulations and triumphs of two girls growing up in an impoverished town in Naples. As much as I have enjoyed the miniseries, which ended up in a sad and angry note, I was not exactly overjoyed to learn that there might be a subsequent season. Somehow, I do not feel the need nor desire to follow the story any further.

Well, I shall decide when and if it gets broadcasted on Belgian television again…

Jibber Jabber, Movies, Books & TV Shows


The pile of unread magazines have grown quietly and steadily in the past weeks. It is getting on my nerves…

This means that it is time for the remedies. There will be no library visits in the near future, an hour every morning dedicated to reading at least one magazine, and very limited computer time. Maybe I can even throw in an hour of reading time in the evening.

Belgium, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Movie In The Woods

Last evening after dinner, D and I biked to his parents house, parked our bikes, then walked to a small forest nearby. We joined a handful of people and watched a 90-minute Belgian animated film called ZOOks.

The ecologically-themed animation was enjoyable. The forest an enchanting location. It was a cosy gathering despite the fast dropping night temperature. 

After the film, a couple of drinks each, and saying goodnight to the parents, D and I biked back home. On our way back, D’s back light fell off. The old thing just dropped off and went ‘kaput’. Time to buy a new one.

Movie in the woods. Done it and may cross that off…

Movies, Books & TV Shows


Currently, I am reading (listening to) the hard science fiction novel known as Seveneves. This is not my first encounter of the works by Neal Stephenson. A few years back, I have read Snow Crash, a novel containing high speed chases, virtual worlds, avatars, robot dogs, and etc. Admittedly, I can no longer remember most of the storyline nor the ending of the novel.

Seveneves on the other hand will be more memorable. Reason being that there is a specific geeky part in my brain that caters to remembering stories related to the survival of humanity through intelligence and resilience.

Belgium, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Robo Sapiens

I am currently watching episode four of a 6-part documentary called Robo Sapiens. Even though I have always wished for a world filled with robotic helpers, I cannot help but get a bit freaked out by the current development in robotics and artificial intelligence. Maybe the tone will change to be a bit more optimistic at the end of the series? One can hope…

Belgium, Events, Movies, Books & TV Shows

FACTS 2018

During the 90s when I was a student in Kalamazoo Michigan, I got completely hooked on The X-Files. I watched the series faithfully every week until I left the United States for Malaysia at the end of 1994. Fortunately for me, The X-Files was so popular that it was also broadcast back home, with only a one-year lag. My youngest brother and I watched the series together. We often got freaked out, quite confused, but loved every bit of it. M left for college in the late 90s and I went back to college for the second time in 2001. Our college lives simply made watching TV a low priority activity and something that we no longer have time for. Nevertheless, my fascination for the series and its characters never wane.

Today at FACTS, I attended the Q&A sessions of Manu Bennett (Crixus from Spartacus), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington from Stranger Things), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully from The X-Files)! This year’s FACTS was fun, interesting, entertaining and all that. But at this moment, only one thought burns in my head – Holy crap! I just saw Agent Scully!

Health, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Repotting & Reading

For the past two weeks, I have been experiencing mild lower back pain. The culprit is known – my science fiction e-books! To read, I have to sit. And to read long intense stories of space adventures means sitting down way too long.

So this morning, I made the decision to not read even if I have the chance to do so. Instead, I occupied myself with some light household chores. I also took on a task of transplanting and repotting some of my house plants. I planted the sad looking pansies into the flower bed under the bird house, knowing that it will probably die anyway. The potted Chrysanthemums I got for free were planted next to the hibiscus. These stand the chance of surviving spring and summer. I moved my young avocado plant into a bigger pot. Also did the same for the tough little Christmas plant.

Time to reward myself now. Time to finish up the first book of a Chinese science fiction trilogy: The Three-Body Problem.

Movies, Books & TV Shows, Quotes


A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.
~George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

I am currently reading a trilogy by Dennis E. Taylor. By doing so, I am exploring and travelling through the Bobiverse. And wow, this is turning into an incredible journey!