October Books of the month

Courtesy of Waterstone, below are books recommended for the month: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=3787&awinaffid=264885&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fgolden-hill%2Ffrancis-spufford%2Ff-spufford%2F9780571225200 No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=3787&awinaffid=264885&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fno-picnic-on-mount-kenya%2Ffelice-benuzzi%2F9780857053770 The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=3787&awinaffid=264885&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-secret-of-nightingale-wood%2Flucy-strange%2F9781910655030 Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=3787&awinaffid=264885&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdecline-and-fall%2Fevelyn-waugh%2Fdavid-bradshaw%2F9780141180908 Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=3787&awinaffid=264885&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fgorky-park%2Fmartin-cruz-smith%2F9781471131080    

Scotland Holiday 2016 Review

The Journey

Driving to Lochgoilhead in Scotland isn’t the kind of normal driving experience – but it’s Scotland highland we are talking about, so have to save the complaint just go with the narrow lane and on-and-off drizzle rain all the way.

It all seemed worth the journey when we reach our destination Lochgoilhead Argyll Holiday park, the pointing roof lodge looks fantastic for the next 3 nights!

The accommodation

This holiday lodge is a 2-bedroom accommodation with 2 showers and 2 toilets. It’s a type of family accommodation most suitable for a 4+ party size.

Master bedroom’s en suite has a much spacious walk-in shower comparing to the downstairs one. I found the closet and dressing table are all handy to use.

Kitchen is small but functional – with oven, microwave, dining sets, cutlery and a dining area which can look out of the window for a nice mountain view scenery.

Living room is equipped with two good sized sofas, coffee table, a CD player, standard TV (not a smart TV) and a DVD player.

We didn’t take any DVDs with us this time as our previous holidays I could use onsite wifi to watch Netflix online, so no need for any DVDs. But this part of Scotland is not great with WIFI, especially if the accommodation is not closer to reception- which is our case, no WIFI connection at all!

Going out-about

Most of our holiday trips we’ve been to, rather than stay onsite within the holiday park booking an all-inclusive package, we’d always go for self-catering and go out-about explore the area. This time is the same, the first day we went to Inveraray, a town which is 1 hour away from Lochgoilhead. The day after Lochgoilhead beach itself and made full use of the park’s facility. Then the last day Luss, another beautiful Scottish town.


The spectacular view of Inveraray Castle was such a surprise to me, the interior display has demonstrated such wealth in this Scottish family – Clan Campbell, who has century-old heritage culture and art pieces attractive to people from around the world! The famous Downton Abby TV series have casted here for the Scotland holiday scenes! Wow!

Finishing sight-seeing inside of the Castle, we started wandering around the gardens and had a comfortable lunch at the corner of Castle soaking in the sun!

Walking towards Lochgoilhead beach only takes 10 minutes from our lodge. Daddy and kids were trying the adventure route of walking along the stream and stepping on river stones all the way. What a sunny day as well!

The rest of afternoon was spent in the swimming pool. There are also Jaccozzi, sauna and steam room for adults to use. The onsite restaurant has evening entertainment every night, Bingo, disco and quiz night etc. Staff are friendly and pretty engaging with all kids. My girl got a Bingo prize to take home that night, yippee!


On the way home, we dropped by Luss, a beautiful Scottish village with a stunning beach. Ducks and swans are so lovely to see us – cos we got food for them! Grandma even got pecked on the leg!

Quote from Jane Eyre

“Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton?—a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!—I have as much soul as you,—and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh;—it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal,—as we are!”

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Quote from Midnight Sun – Edward’s Twilight 

She was dreaming of me, and it wasn’t even a nightmare. She wanted me to stay
with her, there in her dream.

I struggled to find words to name the feelings that flooded through me, but I had
no words strong enough to hold them. For a long moment, I drowned in them.
When I surfaced, I was not the same man I had been.

My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be
midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?

At the time that I had become a vampire, trading my soul and my mortality for immortality in the searing pain of transformation, I had truly been frozen. My body had turned into something more like rock than flesh, enduring and unchanging. My self, also, had frozen as it was—my personality, my likes and my dislikes, my moods and my desires; all were fixed in place.

It was the same for the rest of them. We were all frozen. Living stone.
When change came for one of us, it was a rare and permanent thing. I had seen it happen with Carlisle, and then a decade later with Rosalie. Love had changed them in an eternal way, a way that never faded. More than eighty years had passed since Carlisle had found Esme, and yet he still looked at her with the incredulous eyes of first love. It would always be that way for them.
It would always be that way for me, too.

I would always love this fragile human girl, for the rest of my limitless existence.
I gazed at her unconscious face, feeling this love for her settle into every portion of my stone body. 

                        – by Stephenie Meyer

Quote from ‘Jane Eyre’

“Every good, true, vigorous feeling I have gathers impulsively round him. I know I must conceal my sentiments: I must smother hope; I must remember that he cannot care much for me. For when I say that I am of his kind, I do not mean that I have his force to influence, and his spell to attract; I mean only that I have certain tastes and feelings in common with him. I must, then, repeat continually that we are for ever sundered:—and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.”” from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, F. H. (Frederick Henry) Townsend



Spain Holiday – MacDonald Dona Lola Resort 2016 Review

The hotel apartment we booked for our Spanish holiday is called MacDonald Dona Lona Resort. It is located at Calahonda area of Mijas county, which is between tourist city Fuengirola and Marbella, south coast of Spain. Some would call it Costa del sol or Andalucia area. Malaga airport is about 35 minutes away from this resort. …