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About yoongz

A Singaporean family living in Switzerland; sometimes loving, sometimes hating, always living the differences we see each day.

Book Review: The Book Thief… Markus Zusak…

This is a book i was a bit apprehensive about when i bought it. The premise is a great one, but i wasn’t sure how i would like it, hearing a story from Death himself.

thebookthief20171018i finished it. Actually, i looked forward to reading more about Death each time i opened the book. Death is such an interesting character in this story. Zusak has created a Death who is more human than many humans throughout history has shown themselves to be. And because of who Death is in this story, you believe it and are drawn into it that much more.

Of course, Liesel is the main character and i was wholly immersed into her world and her reality, which was a really harsh one, from beginning to end. i love how much books played a part in making her life more bearable; how they gave her strength and was a tool for her to reach the people around her.

Zusak has given a perspective of the Second World War which i think not many have stopped to consider before; certainly, i haven’t. He makes you so aware that no matter which side you are on in a war, there are innocent casualties on both sides; that life became hard for people on both sides, that children on both sides do suffer the most in conflict.

i’m not going to say anything about the storyline because i think it is a story worth discovering for yourself. i think it suffices to say that i was sad, i was horrified, i smiled a little, my heart stopped a couple of beats, my faith in humanity was at the same time destroyed and restored.

i hope and pray that we will never see war on such a scale ever again and i pray really hard that all the conflict currently afflicting our world will end somehow, as soon as possible. i pray for those who are currently affected by the horrors of war and i ask God to bring them peace in the midst of terrible circumstances.

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A New New Car…

Yes, i say a New, New car, it is not a typo. We usually buy second-hand cars because really there is little point in buying a brand-new car when a good condition second-hand one will do. That is what we believe and still do.

So why did we get a brand-new car this time? Because we looked and looked for a second-hand one and found that for just a bit more, we could get a brand-new one. Plus, we are old-school and wanted a fully manual-drive, which apparently is a rare thing these days for a petrol engine car.

We had hoped to be driving our beloved Skoda for a few more years. But it was not meant to be, unfortunately. Earlier this year, there was a software update for the car to better manage the diesel-particle filter and since that update, our poor car had to go to the workshop/garage three times in 6 months! And this last time, the problem was going to cost us quite a bit, if it turned out to be a small thing. However, if it turned out to be a big thing, it would cost us a ton. We won’t have known till the mechanics opened the whole thing up. So we decided to just trade it in and get another car.

So this is our new, new car! Which had to be driven in from Liechtenstein because this car dealership (quite a big one) could only find a manual-drive petrol engine, in the model we wanted over there!

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The husband said it was under a cloth cover and he was invited to reveal the car. The dealership also gave us champagne and nuts. Nice, right?

It’s a VW Golf Variant Combi (or Stationwagon to my US friends) in tungsten silver metallic colour. It is even more gadgety than our last car, which i had found a little overwhelming at first. You can set different driving profiles, sync your phone and control the gadgets from your phone, and it can even self-park (just parallel parking, i think).

i have not yet driven it yet. It was only picked up yesterday. But the husband says it is a good drive and quiet too. He likes it.

We hope to be driving this car for many years to come because if and when it comes time to change again, it looks like it will have to be an automatic/Tiptronic because that’s the way car manufacturers are going.

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Saying Farewell… Angel Crafts Shop…

farewellAC20170922This is a blue post.

i have thought about this heartbreaking decision for months now. It was not easy to come to this decision but it is one which has to be made.

The facts are; i have had no sales at all for many months now and i am finding less motivation as well as less time to craft the items needed to stock the shop. Also there is the time and know-how to do the online marketing, which i have realised i am seriously lacking in.

All that means is i have not been able to contribute to any orphans’ adoption grant at all, which makes me very sad.

So as of Saturday, 21st October 2017, at 12.01am, Swiss time, Angel Crafts Shop will be closed.

The current online shop will remain open until then. Everything is at 50%. Please do shop and help to give one last amount to the orphans on Reece’s Rainbow through this last sale at Angel Crafts Shop.

Any stock which remains unsold will be used for future fundraising projects for orphans.

i want to thank all my very loyal and encouraging supporters. You guys and gals have made it a lovely experience and have made it worthwhile. Thank you so very very much. Thank you for being so kind and supportive!

i do hope that you will all support my future fundraising efforts, which will mostly likely be on my Facebook account.

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