Book Review: Make Your Bed by William McRaven

To start off my series of book reviews, I have chosen one of my top favourite self-help book – Make your Bed by William H. McRaven.

Sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day and provide you the satisfaction to end it right.

I think the best part of the book is how easy it was to read and how compact it was to bring around. The content is very succint and straight to the point – which you can take the lessons point blank but you can also ponder deeper to it if you want to.

The author, William, elaborate on each lesson with some of his experiences as a US Navy SEAL – including one operation that involved capturing the infamous Osama bin Laden. Although I’m not in the military, he was able to make it relevant for a regular person like me. And whenever I faced certain situations or needed a certain pick-me-up, I can easily turn to read a certain lesson/chapter to get me by.

I read a lesson or two on my morning commute to work. It really helped put my head in the right perspective for the day, which is I find it to be essential, considering how cluttered my mind can be in the morning as I mentally plan and prepare myself for the work I have to do that day.

If you are new to reading self-help books or simply want a light, motivating read to re-adjust yourself, I would definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 4.5/5 Coffee Cups

The 10 lessons:

  1. Start your day with a task completed
  2. You can’t go it alone
  3. Only the size of your heart matters
  4. Life’s not fair – drive on!
  5. Failure can make your stronger
  6. You must dare greatly
  7. Stand up to the bullies
  8. Rise to the ocassion
  9. Give people hope
  10. Never, ever quit!

My Top 5 TV Series on Netflix

I love Netflix. However, being in Singapore means shows gets added a little later than the rest of the world. Although I must say recently they are adding on quite a number of content in, so that makes me really happy.

Anyway, here are my top 5 shows that I catch myself re-watching them and I just can’t get enough of it.

  1. Queer Eye

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YASSSSSSSSS~ This is the one show that I can’t tell you how many times I have re-watched it.

Actually when it first came out, I had no idea what it was about and almost everyone was talking about it on my Twitter feed (yes, I still have Twitter). But I didn’t really watch it until I was in Australia visiting K and, I had nothing to do when he was out for work and had ran out of shows to watch.

But gurrrrrrl, let me tell you – I can’t stop watching it after that. I was hooked.

So basically this show is about 5 gays, with each having its own specialisation – food, grooming, culture, fashion and interior, transforming the lives of many individuals who just need a little push in life. So yes, it’s sort of like a makeover show. But at the same time, it’s more than that. Somehow the emotions and the topics they touch on in each episodes is so raw and authentic. It’s a makeover show like no other.

My only annoyance is that for such a wholesome show, it’s rated M18 because they are gays. *roll eyes*

2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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If you hadn’t watch this or don’t even know about this show *gasps* – where have you been living?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (or B99, for short) is a sitcom that showcases the everyday lives of a particular group of NYPD (New York Police Department) detectives. It’s pure, innocent humour is refreshing and it’s storyline is engaging and not hard to follow. I do find most sitcoms boring actually – usually filled with dry humour and hard-to-follow storylines. Sorry, not my type.

This had to be one of my favourite scene of all time:

Although this scene is from season 5 and it’s not out on Netflix Singapore yet. 😦

3. The Good Place

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The Good Place was recommended to me by my younger sister. And I gotta thank her for that because this show makes me really happy.  I just wish they had longer episodes and more episodes in one season.

The Good Place is about a girl named Eleanor Shellstrop, who died and mistakenly got into heaven a.k.a The Good Place. In Season 1, she goes about her afterlife and trying to not to get caught and get sent to The Bad Place. But my favourite has to be Season 2 because, plot twist.

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I mean, having Kirsten Bell and Ted Danson as the main leads, you know how good this show can be. PLUS, the creator of this show is also the one who created B99. Need I say more?

4. Terrace House: Opening News Doors

I have watched all 3 Terrace House on Netflix but this one has to be my favourite.

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If you don’t know yet, Terrace House is a Japanese reality programme where 6 strangers – 3 guys and 3 girls, live together and see how their lives unravel –  commentated by 6 hilarious celebrities. To be honest, I think their comments made the show so much more entertaining.

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The Commentators

I am not quite sure why I like this one especially. Maybe it’s the purity I see in the interactions between one couple – Tsubasa and Shion, which you won’t see in other Terrace House series. I never thought Tsubasa to be Shion’s type in the first place. But having watched the second time, you could definitely see the sparkle in his eyes from the very first episode. *heart eyes*

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Part 3 of the show have yet to be released. I do hope it’ll come soon!

5. Drop Dead Diva

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It’s a six-season TV series and was first aired in 2009. I know, this is a really old show and I only knew about it when my colleague was raving it to me.

It’s about a ditzy model who died and when to heaven but then she hit the Return button. Unfortunately, she did not return to her body but to a body of a super smart 30+ year old plus-size lawyer named Jane. The story mainly revolves around how she navigates the life of her new persona – Jane.

At first the plot sounded a little cheesy to me, but I gave it a try anyway. And I’m so glad I did. It’s just one of those feel-good rom-com kinda show but with a little more elaborate storyline, of course. It’s funny, cute and can be quite a tear-jerker at times.

I finished the entire 6 seasons in 2 weeks.

Bonus:

Yes, I know the title says top 5 but I can’t help adding these two in. I really love these two shows too. The only things is that, I have not re-watch them or as much as the top 5. Because you really have to start from the very start to get the flow.

6. The Crown

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I have always been fascinated by the English Royals and its history. I have watched too many documentaries of them. So of course, I have to watch The Crown. And it’s really different from watching documentaries because you actually watch the story unfold itself, instead of being narrated by some historian. It’s quite refreshing.

Also, would it be weird if I find the best thing of the show to be its opening introduction? Because this is the only show where I have never hit the ‘Skip Intro’ button. I find so much joy in it.

7. Jane the Virgin

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It’s a really quirky show; it parodies Spanish soap operas with a quite a controversial plot. If you watch Spanish soap operas, I think you would enjoy this a little more with the way the story unfolds and it’s narration.  It’s quite a wholesome show actually.

the Beginning

Why I want to start blogging again –

  1. I want to improve on my writing skills
  2. I needed a outlet to let my creative side run free
  3. To internalise and organise my noisy, messy mind – basically to figure myself out
  4. As daring and crazy as it may be, I want to see how far I can take this blog.

This is probably my nth time trying to re-start my blogging days, but I had a commitment of a serial cheater. Not that I was any that great of a blogger back then – about 100 views a month. Probably peanuts but I’m still proud that I was able to write consistently and some people actually cared to read what I have written.

So I do hope I stay consistent here, as I try to work on myself.

I want to do better. I want to be better.