Life’s Little Instruction

So before I came here to Australia, I got gifted a book from my aunt. It’s called ‘Life’s Little Instruction Book’ by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. My aunt said this book was gifted to her by someone else and she thought it was really interesting and she gave it to me hoping I could learn a thing or two.


Inside the book, there is 511 suggestions, observations and reminders in how to live a happy and rewarding life. This book was intended for the author’s son, and he said his son appreciated it so much he was going to add a few more things and keep for his future own son.

I do love the advices inside the book, but some I don’t really understand why. So here are some of my favourites and some of my ‘Huh?/ Why?’ ones.


43. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.

119. Put a lot of little marshmallows in your hot chocolate.

173. Be kinder than necessary.

188. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

201. Don’t carry a grudge.

245. Never cut what can be untied.

444. Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.

445. Don’t undertip the waiter just because the food is bad; he didn’t cook it.

509. Marry only for love.

‘Huh?/ Why?’:

19. Buy great books even if you never read them.

I read all the books I buy. Why would I buy them then if I would not read them?

74. Eat prunes.

So that you have better digestive system?

84. Forget the Joneses.

Who are the Joneses?

281. When paying cash, ask for a discount.

Even at a departmental store?

361. Never eat the last cookie.

Then who’s gonna eat the last cookie. Btw, according to Thai superstition, eat the last piece of food on the plate gets you a good looking life partner!

So that is all!
Sorry, I don’t know where you can get it, and this book is published in 1991, that is 20 years ago! You could possibly still find it on the Internet, maybe. Or maybe there’s another version already or something. But if you are really interested in seeing all 511 advices in this book, I’d happily type it all out and email to you! Shoot me an email if you want!


*Edit: I found a link of the book and the author. Hope it helps! By the way, there’s a volume 2, first published in 1993.


Something Borrowed

This is a schedule post. By now I should be somewhere in Vietnam.

I recently read a book titled ‘Something Borrowed’ by Emily Griffin.

*Disclaimer: If you are that kind of people who do want to check out the book, but doesn’t want to know the story and ending yet, please just skip this post. It is a very good book.

Ok the plot summary.

The novel centers around the protagonist and narrator, Rachel White, a thirty-year-old single woman who is a consummate good-girl. She and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since childhood, and hard-working Rachel is often in the shadow of flashy, sometimes selfish Darcy. Then, after a night of drinking on Rachel’s thirtieth birthday, she sleeps with Darcy’s fiance, Dex. After this turns into an affair, Rachel explores the meaning of friendship, true love, and ethics.

Source from Wikipedia.

So after you got the idea of the story, let me further elaborate, as I feel that the summary given was a little too simple. So Rachel slept with Dex, and continued the affair for quite a few months and Dex finally found out that he actually loves Rachel not Darcy. Though at the end, Darcy was found to be sleeping and pregnant with Marcus, Dex’s good friend and a guy who Rachel is kinda dating.

So my question is, let’s assume Darcy wasn’t cheating on Dex, should Dex call off the wedding(he did at the end, by the way), and be together with Rachel, or should Darcy continue marrying Darcy and ditch Rachel, as that may be the ‘right’ thing to do.

There’s obviously many things to consider of and many angle to think from. But if I were Darcy, and my fiancĂ© who I love dearly was cheating on me with my best friend(!), I’d be deeply hurt and obviously very angry. But I still do love that man. Very complicated question, my mind is blur of what I’d actually do now.

Just wanna know what you think and what you will do.

And please do check out the book. And the movie too. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel, Kate Hudson as Darcy, Colin Egglesfield(*swoons*) as Dex and John Krasinski as Ethan. I admit I did fell asleep watching the movie, but in my defense, I was really tired that day but I fully intend to watch it again.

Next scheduled post should be up on Saturday.

Bought the sequel to this book named ‘Something Blue’ and brought it to Vietnam with me to read!

Signing off