Book Review – Cracked; Not Broken by Kevin Hines

I decided to pick up a book to read from the National Library and this book was so amazingly written that I decided to write a book review for this book that I have read – please pardon my first attempt on a book review. 😉 Special Thanks to http://www.book-review-circle.com/book-review-guidelines.html on its guidelines on writing a book review! 🙂

Name of the Book: Cracked; Not Broken – Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt

Name of the Author: Kevin Hines http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

Rating: 5/5

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If I could turn back the clock

Probably I am too tired and starting to get reflective in this time of the night. At times like this I really wish I were back in school. I did not have to report to anyone (other than my parents); I will not have this much commitments (other than going to work, saving up and looking forward for the trip to Las Vegas); I will not need to bother about so many things; I would have proper life and be able to have a lot of free time to do whatever I want to.

On one of my recent off days, I felt that it was a luxury being able to do what ever I wanted to do. Like getting a cup of coffee at McDonald’s, enjoying the music and revising my Japanese test at the same time.

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Of course, being at work has its perks – you have a stable income, you will be able to buy whatever you want, to travel, what nots. But you will have to face the shxt that is happening everywhere.

I really regret of having the thinking that “how I wish I can be out of school asap. Omg school is a bitxh, giving me sleepless nights because of assignments and projects etc. I want to go out and work because I want to earn my dollars and do whatever I want”.

A piece of advice to aspiring graduating students out there – Please enjoy school as much as you can and cherish the time that you have in school cos you will only have it once and live it.

Just my two cents worth.

If I could turn back the clock

Noting down

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Positive and negative experiences to learn from everyday from work, family and friends.

Something I learned from my Japanese notes today – 私は毎日一生懸命働いています。いいサービスをあげって、いいもものを作って、直ぐに会社の役に立ちたいです。“to work as much as i can everyday, giving good service, make good things and want be of good use to my company soon.”

Noting down

Seeking the Light

I attended the Lightseeker RWS Kids Date last Monday (17 Mar). It was something meaningful and I am glad that I was being able to volunteer for the event.

RWS Kids Date is an initiative by the RWS Communications department as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. 

This is my second time volunteering for the kids date and last year I participated in the Gift giving for the Christmas event for granting a wish to the children with financial difficulties that were from the CDCs. I granted a wish for the girl that wanted a Hunger Games story book.

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Gift giving

The event on Monday invited children from various Volunteering Welfare Organisations (VWOs). I was attached to guide RBC with two other fellow TM – Kevin from LCA and Abby from Casino Surveillance.  In my group we had some children in wheelchair and a few who had walking difficulties. I got a slight chance to interact with the children and found out that despite their disabilities, I felt they were all very strong and positive. The teachers and parents were all very patient with them and I feel that it takes a lot of courage and patience to take care of them.  There were also other volunteers from schools and individuals as well.

In my opinion, the Lightseeker musical show was a very good show with a good storyline. The lead singers were great and everyone in the audience (especially the children) enjoyed it very much as they cheered loudly after the intermission. The acrobats were really good and I still enjoyed it (this was my second time for Lightseeker). Lightseeker is ending on 23rd so go catch it before it ends!👍

Yeah so after the show, we had a backstage tour for the show that we had the entertainment team to bring us around their backstage by introducing us to various things in the backstage. It was a really interesting tour as I got to find out more about how things are done in a theatre – such as how the stage lift looks like or being done for major concers and theatrical shows. Also, after working in RWS for 4 years never did I know that there was a B4 in the resort!😨😨😨

Yeah so I had two good companions and fellow volunteer buddies that we got a photo together before we parted!

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Seeking the Light

Please do not laminate your JLPT cert!

I laminated my JLPT N5 cert and it became a “copied” instead of the real original one. I got to know it today when I went to JCSS to sign up for a re-test.

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Now even if I go to the JCSS to request for a new one it won’t be an official certificate anymore. Worst thing was that I even lost my N5 score card that was sent to me a year ago which I think probably I threw it away. FML

Despite that, I was pretty inspired by a Chinese lady that I met at the traffic light who held a N1 cert and I asked how did she achieved it. It was all self study during free time during work and study time. I am going (& need/have) to pass my N4 this July.

今年中にJLPT N4合格しなければなりません!

Please do not laminate your JLPT cert!

The Single Most Annoying Trick People use To Get Your Attention

Thats why I believe in writing to make a difference to the world and start small.

Good read!

Just Alyssa

woman-butt-fit What’s the single most annoying trick that people do to get your attention? Headlines like this one. Especially if they’re coupled with photos like this one, which, by the way, has nothing whatsoever to do with what I intend to write about. It’s just a woman’s butt, which is the most surefire way to get people to click on a link. Especially connected with declarations and promises.

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The Single Most Annoying Trick People use To Get Your Attention