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Game of Thrones Chapter 3

A Game of Thrones: Chapter 3 – Daenerys I

Somewhere beyond the sunset, across the narrow sea, lay a land of green hills and flowered plains and great rushing rivers, where towers of dark stone rose amidst magnificent blue-grey mountains, and armored knights rode to battle beneath the banners of their lords. The Dothraki called that land Rhaesh Andahli, the land of the Andals. In the Free Cities, they talked of Westeros and the Sunset Kingdoms. Her brother had a simpler name. “Our land,” he called it. The words were like a prayer with him. If he said them enough, the gods were sure to hear. “Ours by blood right, taken from us by treachery, but ours still, ours for ever. You do not steal from the dragon, oh, no. The dragon remembers.” In chapter three, we travel across the Narrow Seas to the Free City of Pentos; where we are introduced to the Targaryens, in particular, two siblings, Daenerys and Viserys, the last remaining descendants of the royal family. Their father, Aerys II Targaryen, once the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros …

A Case of Identity

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity

SYNOPSIS: Miss Mary Sutherland, angry and beside herself with feelings of loss, asks Sherlock Holmes to solve the sudden, mysterious disappearance of a shy and attentive man she has grown to love upon the very day they were to be married. A Case of Identity is another short story within The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The narrative depicts a rather weird plot regarding a woman, Miss. Mary Sutherland, her missing fiancé, Mr Hosmer Angel and their connection with her stepfather, Mr James Windibank. “life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions …

The Sunday Post - Heroes

The Sunday Post | “Not All Heroes Wear Capes”

I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want most. Even our dreams.Rosemary Harris Wishing you all a happy Sunday. Sundays should be the best day of the week, if not already. A day to relax, reflect and review the week with a large cup of coffee/tea. Unfortunately, these days we just moan and worry that another working week is approaching; but why the hesitation? If you spend the day clearing out and planning your thoughts, come Monday, you will know exactly what you need to do. Subsequently, I thought I’ll clear out my brain and discuss with you what I’ve enjoyed reading and watching this past week. The main discussion this week was superheroes. Just as the craziness of The Avengers was dying down, I promised myself I would take a break from watching movies that involved superheroes. “Shockingly”, that promise …

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones: Chapter 2 – Catelyn I

Chapter two, a short chapter that introduces Catelyn, Eddard Stark’s wife. A woman of faith, we see a brief insight into the relationship between herself and Eddard (Ned). To summarise this chapter, Catelyn receives news from King Robert Baratheon that Lord Jon Arryn, her brother-in-law, has died. Ned is clearly saddened by the loss. We discover that John Arryn was a second father to him and his friend, Robert Baratheon. Upon receiving the news from Robert Baratheon, we learn that Robert and the queen’s family, The Lannisters, are making their way to Winterfell; displeasing Ned greatly.

Weekly Agenda

The Traveler’s Guide: #3 Filofax | Weekly Agenda Inserts

“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”Thomas Edison I don’t recall when my love of analog planners began. All I remember was that I have always loved handwritten projects. Perhaps it has something to do with being a 90’s kid, where computer technology was only at its initial stages. These days there are thousands of planner/calendar apps to choose from, but it just isn’t the same as planning by hand. Additionally, I have always believed that if you write down your thoughts and to-do lists, you won’t easily forget them. Consequently, my passion for Filofax began. Who knew that a simple leather-bound binder would give me so much joy. Filled with different kinds of inserts and customisations to choose from, I was in stationery heaven. Established in 1921, Filofax are well-known for their personal organisers, which has thankfully kept up with the rise of digital calendars. Nowadays, with a loyal fan base, organiser/planner inserts can easily be purchased throughout the world. Aside from Filofax, Etsy is a great place to find personalised …

2018 Book Haul

New Year: Book Haul

Since it’s 2018, I thought I’ll share with you all a few books I purchased, specifically self-help books. Why this genre? My word for 2018 is ‘change’. I want 2018 to be all about change. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in this situation, but I’m bored of being stuck in this repetitive cycle I’ve somehow created. So I thought a bit of reading may help me solve my current situation and make me more motivated to try something different. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Discover the six habits that are transforming the lives of thousands of people around the world, showing them how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation and focus I love working in the mornings. The problem is, I have trouble waking up and getting out of bed. I’m fine during the weekends, but when it comes to weekdays, I struggle getting out of bed. One day whilst I was browsing through social media, I spotted ‘The Miracle Morning’ with rave reviews. I decided to purchase the …

Traveler's Notebook

The Traveler’s Guide: #2 Traveler’s Company Notebook

“There was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery.”Charles Dickens One of my recent purchases that I fell in love with was my traveler’s notebook, olive edition. I first noticed the traveler’s notebook back in 2012, when it was previously known as Midori. Back then, I was looking for a planner/diary setup, so I purchased the brown edition with a few inserts. I remember travelling with it for a year and then setting aside for my new-found passion with Filofax (another future blog post). Towards the beginning of 2018, I came to realise (again) my love for writing. Due to having a full-time job, I truly missed writing. Thus, I was on the lookout for a new notebook for my daily journal writing. After spending a lot of time on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, I wanted to revisit the traveler’s notebook again, especially the olive edition; and thus started a whole new adventure in researching different refills and setting up the traveler’s notebook to my liking.

Journal

The Traveler’s Guide: #1 An Introduction

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi It’s been a while since I’ve last shared my thoughts and opinions with you. When you’re busy working with a full-time job, it’s hard to find time to sit and review books. As a temporary alternative, I thought I’ll share the things that brings me joy and happiness. Thus, let me introduce to you ‘The Traveler’s Guide’, the blog section of Literary Boutique, where I go about obtaining memories from around the world in forms of ephemera, stationery, books and photographs. Why call it ‘The Traveler’s Guide’? After a pretty stressful 2017, happiness and creativity is all that I wanted this year (and maybe a small pinch of change). Incidentally, the blog was originally named ‘The Happiness Diary’. Why the change? After trying to pursue happiness for several months, I’ve come to realise that I’ve been searching in the wrong direction. Here I thought happiness can be found through searching, but no, happiness is earned; and it …