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Postby taxico » Fri, 25 Sep 2009 2:04 pm

vbelle wrote:which reminds me that everytime i visit a doctor..i always feel like im robbing their precious time..and that they want me to get out as soon as possible


some doctors have that effect, but i think if a patient was to re-set the consultation by either offering to pay for an extended consult and/OR paraphrasing what Dr Groopman recommended, it does work to calm the doctor down.

i wish it wasn't so, but doctors try to squeeze in as many patients as they can into a working day... the practical realities of paying off our humongous student loan (2 degrees, and possibly a third for post-graduate studies) and other financial responsibilities result in us working mostly for our debts.

what's more, along the way, the altruistic mentality that most modern-day med students have gets sucked into a spiral of haves and have-nots... disappearing almost forever.

until they become old and get aware of their morality and try to do more pro bono stuff. too late, i say. too late... !

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Re: mushy stuff

Postby morenangpinay » Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:03 pm

rb74 wrote:if someone is into mushy stuff, the kind of tear jerker novels, i can recommend "sam's letters to jennifer"... its about letters written to a granddaughter from her grandmom and how it intertwines with what each of them is going through at present.....
its written by james patterson, but very unlike his other books...



I love this book :) tearjerker

Also read his other book Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

I've been reading all kinds of suspense books right now especially by james patterson, Lescroat, michael connelly

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Postby morenangpinay » Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:09 pm

zhoumulian wrote:
lefthanded wrote:Have you guys tried those 2nd hand bookstores? :


no where are they located?


There's one in International Plaza in Anson Road its a small lending bookstore. They lend the books for a fee.

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Postby carolynW » Thu, 01 Oct 2009 2:15 pm

Am reading "six pixels of separation" by Mitch Joel.

Very interesting!

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Postby Cold December Rain » Fri, 09 Oct 2009 1:49 am

Anyone interested in adopting some life changing positive thinking? Try reading Robin Sharma's the monk who sold his ferrari.

You can find happiness but first you need loads of self-discipline! :D

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Read any good books lately?

Postby JaanJ » Fri, 09 Oct 2009 4:01 pm

Pran Nevile's Lahore - A Sentimental Journey. Great read :)

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Postby AtelierGal » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 5:38 pm

The Time Traveler's Wife is a good read.
I just bought John Ajvide Lindqvist's "Handling The Undead."
Last year I had read his other novel "Let The Right One In." Novel was good, movie left out alot of details.

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Postby xnoybis » Sun, 21 Feb 2010 7:38 pm

zhoumulian wrote:
lefthanded wrote:Have you guys tried those 2nd hand bookstores? :


no where are they located?


There's one in the west too - GOHD Books. They sell all sorts of stuff - www.gohd.com.sg. But not the Archer/Crichton/Dan Brown stuff, mostly philosophy, religion, occult, fantasy, science, beatnik, art, etc.

If you're into obscure stuff, it's a good bet.

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 21 Feb 2010 8:03 pm

Martial Law Babies
by Arnold Arre

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Postby utopia » Mon, 22 Feb 2010 7:16 am

some recent light, interesting reads.

Mao's Last Dancer by Cunxin Li / IMO : bio of the authors' life as dancer in 60's China
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. / IMO : Essentially a story of a person recovering in a burns ward and a love story woven through time

The Last Light Of The Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay / IMO : Slick easy fantasy based tale set in the Viking raids

PS : And thanks to the previous posters for the book review/exchange/sharing links.

Edit: with / IMO:s
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Postby utopia » Thu, 04 Mar 2010 6:28 pm

Highly recommended read:
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak / IMO : a unique POV narration by death of the life of a girl in Nazi Germany

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Postby mayaray » Fri, 05 Mar 2010 8:43 am

Naples '44 by Norman Lewis
An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth

Wonderful book based on the author's diary post WWII

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Postby ozchick » Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:18 pm

Has anyone read 'Sinuhe The Egyptian'? It's a very old book and it's been highly reccomended to me by a friend in London but I can't find it here so if anyone can reccommend it, I might try to order it. Mm...then again the library might have it....anyway currently reading 'Lost In Translation' which is a few years old now but the quotes in it from travellers around the world are hilarious!
'Are you trying to tempt me because I come from the land of plenty?'

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Postby aster » Sun, 14 Mar 2010 1:50 am

So many replies and yet nobody has mentioned Nick Leeson's "Rogue Trader." :)

And then you go to one of the Harry's Bar joints and have no idea what the hell that "Bank Buster" drink on the menu is all about...


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