I Capture The Castle

We read I Capture The Castle for Book Club this month and I completely fell in love with it.  It was a coming-of-age story written in the eyes and voice of the main heroine, Cassandra. This book was published in the late 1940s and set between the wars.  It had a Pride & Prejudice feel at the beginning yet would steer its own path as the story unfolded.

What I love about this book was the consistency of the tone and progression of the characters. Cassandra and her family developed and matured right before my eyes.  Their eccentricities and unique traits were also in line with their reactions and decisions towards the middle and end of the story.  There was also no shortage of interesting characters in this book – from the witty yet consciously naive, Cassandra, her very strange father, her stepmother with an intermittent sense of humor, her secretive and almost vile sister, her smart and funny younger brother down to the handsome and loyal servant, etc. 

The author’s writing was also very fascinating.  It was not just seeing but also feeling Cassandra’s life – the castle, her struggles, her poverty, her dreams. In the three days I spent reading it, I felt like I walked her life and also had some nostalgic feeling about my own life when I was seventeen. Though it was of a totally different culture, the emotional struggles (relationship-wise) of a teenager was universal. 

The ending was how I thought it should be.  Each conclusion was a product of each person’s growth – again very consistent. I’d prolly re-read this in the future and see if like any great books, I’d discover new things. 


I can’t wait for the next book club meeting. 🙂


5 Feel Good Movies Guaranteed To Lift Your Spirits

Sometimes life is just not going the way you want it to be. Then, a little pick-me-up film is all you need to cry it out, laugh out loud, smile and start feeling much better. It isn’t going to solve any problems but it’s a good way to start. These amazing feel good movies are guaranteed to do just that.

1. About Time (2013)

From the same creators of Love, Actually, this film presents the same wit and sincere warmth the famous rom-com is known for. Tim, an awkward 21-year-old, finds out that the men in their family can travel time. He uses this ability to get himself a girlfriend and in the process, he meets beautiful yet insecure, Mary in a very unconventional dinner. However, this film is not just about Tim and Mary’s relationship but of the many relationships within the movie like the relationships between father and son, brother and sister, mother and child. It shows us in a fantastical yet very relatable way, to savor each moment we have with the people in our lives and that spending time with them is the best way to show them our love and appreciation.

About Time

2. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

This film is about second, third and even more chances, and about recognizing the new opportunities that we get. Will Hayes is a 38 year old father in the midst of getting a divorce. The film shows his relationship with his 10 year old daughter Maya and it goes back and forth from present and past as the film engages the audience to guess who among the three women will eventually end up with Will Hayes.

Definitely, Maybe

3. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

One of the many great Robin Williams’ classics, this film is guaranteed to make you laugh. This family movie tackles divorce and the opportunity to still grow up even when you are already a grown-up. Daniel is an undisciplined parent who has recently been divorced by his wife. Since the custody for his kids is with his wife, he decides to put on make-up and prosthetics so he can be a nanny for his children. He is able to pull this ruse and in the process, truly learns how to be a better parent.


Mrs. Doubtfire

4. Chef (2014)

The food, the cast, the story – all of this makes one want to watch this film especially when you’re feeling low. It’s about getting back on your feet when you’re on the ground and when it seems like other people just won’t stop kicking you down. This film is like good comfort food which sometimes is all you need to feel much better. Jon Favreau and Sophia Vergara are the last the two people I ever expect to have good chemistry on screen but surprisingly, they will tug at your little hearts in a non-cliché romantic way.  Chef will definitely warm you hearts as it tackles balance between career and family and knowing what is important at the end of the day.


5. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Now this one is an unconventional romantic comedy from Korea. There is an American adaptation of this movie of the same title but watching the original is always the way to go. The characters have very good chemistry although the female character is the kind of girl you wouldn’t see in traditional American rom-coms. You might find her annoying and mean at first but as the movie progresses, she can make you feel fuzzy and warm inside. My Sassy Girl is a good way to see Korean culture and also a good movie to laugh and cry with.

My Sassy Girl

***** This article was originally written for Lifehack.org


Moon River

I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It’s like Tiffany’s.

The song plays softly in the background of this Audrey Hepburn film that I’ve been wanting to see on the big screen for a long time. I haven’t seen it before and I refuse to see it on Netflix.  

There’s nothing particular about this night.  It’s cold and almost starless. We huddle up in our blankets and sip on our coffees as we watch this classic on the outside movie screen.  Holly Golightly is funny and witty and “really phony.”  I love her. 

It’s a cold and almost gloomy night but there’s a reason why my heart feels warm as I watch. The song reminds me of my paternal grandma. She used to hum this song… and I miss her. 

And then later that night, I found out that this film is one of my maternal grandma’s favorites.  Now, it is mine and I’m thankful that even when they have been gone for sometime, I have been given a new gift to remember both of them by…

Breakfast at Tiffany’s