Monday, February 28, 2011

Inkworld

Hurrying writing a new post sementara keje on hold dan performance review belom set tarikh lagi.

So because I'd been wanting to review Inkworld trilogy. Here it goes.


Summary:

  • Inkheart - I think most you know the story from the movie. A voice of certain people when read out loud can make the stories from the book came true.
  • Inkspell - For this book, the family read themselves into the story of Inkheart and shenanigan  adventures happened.
  • Inkdeath -The adventures from Inkspell continued. Basically fixing the stories and beating the bad guys. 

Wow. That is a pretty short summary. And I guess a short review is in order too. In point form la because I have stuffy nose, and that resulted in foggy brain.

Point form reviews: 

  • I much rather watch the movie. It is much more nicer. Well, for Inkheart anyway. 
  • The character Meggie is so annoying and selfish and whiny that once in a while I felt like slapping her. 
  • I have no vested interest in any of the characters. Which maybe why I am uninterested to turn the page. 
  • I also could not see why the story is so popular. Then I realized that it is originally in German and maybe some of the beauty are lost in translation.
  • That being said, I am actually impressed with all the dark stuffs going on in the books. While Book 1 it seems like the good guys beat the bad guys. Book 2 and almost to the end of Book 3, is depressing. You don't feel that light and good are winning in the story. 
  • While I did say I have no vested interest in the characters, the most interesting, complex and attractive characters I found in the book is Violante. I would love to get to know her more. She is a complex character that is full of flaws yet everything about her seems to stand out. Write a book about her!


Verdict : 

That being said. I enjoyed Inkheart (somewhat), enjoyed the early part of the Inkspell and the ending of the Inkdeath. However I felt it a bit lacking, maybe due to the characters. I find it a bit draggy. Maybe the book is too thick (mine is 3 books in one, not gonna buy like that anymore. Hard to bring everywhere and read while lying down), however if I found myself putting the book down, I am not incline to pick it up again. Maybe it appeals to a younger demographic, who knows? But I myself unabashedly love YA books. So the Inkworld trilogy felt like finding yourself eating a hot piping ramen in a rainy day and you feel like there is something missing in it to make you want to slurp the whole thing down in 1 gulp.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brief Scare

Heh. Want to update it to Twitter, tapi macam panjang je nak tulis. So malassss and twitlonger or deckly is unkewl.

Anyway, reading Blog Serius just now reminded me of an incident in BTN. 

Warning: Kesah mistik ahead

When I was in UTP, some of us are required to go to the BTN. Our BTN camp was somewhere in Perak near a Chinese cemetery. I remembered that we have to go past the Chinese cemetery and past some ladang getah I think to get to the camp. Nothing untoward really happened there. It was fun actually and not as racist or propaganda-ish as I thought it would be. The food sucks balls but we lived.

Kate kesah mistik ahead kan. Well, no one said anything weird happened. Some people said its a bit creepy (you should see the bathroom, it looks like the set of a Thai ghost movie), however most of us get through the 3 or 4 days without incident. Again, mana kesah mistik nye?

Maybe I should say slight incident. My bed on the camp was a double decker bed and I am unlucky enough to get the top bunk. On the first night I slept there, I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night because I was cold. It was. And I also realized that I am not on my bed anymore. Instead I was beneath the bed. Somehow I manage to fall of my bed and rolled underneath the bed without waking up, which is like... how you manage to fall of a double decker bed and not wake up? I briefly panicked. Brief is the word because I was also really tired and sleepy. So I rolled myself out and drag myself up to the bed and continue to sleep in seconds.

If anything there wanted to scare me, they/it must have been disappointed because I quickly forgot about it after waking up and continue my day happily. Nothing untoward happened the subsequent nights. And I sometimes wondered how I manage to get there.

Gile tak best ending cite ni. Sorry to waste your few mins. LOL.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Usual random

Impending Wedding
I've been busy going here and there for my brother's wedding. Since sometimes I went alone or with my sister most of the bridal boutiques automatically assume this wedding is for me. Haha. Even the new maid at my sister's house thought that the impending marriage preparation is for my wedding because she had never seen my husband. This only shows that my husband had been away far too long. Bah! But it is still fun to prepare for the wedding. . My brother is like "whatever.. ", so the sisters are having all the fun. The downside to this is I'm broke.

Love & Other Drugs
I'd watched Love & Other Drugs. It was so sweet. Granted you need to watch it uncensored because there's a lot of nudity going on there especially involving Anne Hathaway boobs. And by typing that out, I'd guaranteed there will be some stray that will stumbled into my blog looking for that. Back to the movie, I thought it is gonna be more dark and serious, but most of the time it is funny and sweet. I did wish it'd been a bit more serious, but hey, it was still good. And I recommend it to you, watch with your friends ( to comment on Jake Gylenhall and Anne Hathaway bits) . Or your married spouse (for the same reason while laughing at the sex). I am not promoting for unmarried couples nor I tegah also.

I think I look fat. No. I know I look fat.
I think I mentioned so many times I need to diet. Cakap banyak, satu haprak action tiada. And now I have to. My pants are now becoming leggings and I am severely unhappy about it. It is either wearing baju kurung all the time now or buying more pants which is not an option because, moi, broke, si? And wearing baju kurung all the time, is also like. NO. So come on Dila, don't be a fattie. Sigh. Exercise is such a chore. I am always incredulous when I heard of people saying things like " I love working out". Why can't I be one of those people?

X: Men & McAvoy
X: Men First Class trailer is now out. Despite James McAvoy in it, I am not impressed. The trailer underwhelmed me. So. Gah! Emma Frost looks hot though, but James McAvoy does not move me there. Please let it be good. The only James McAvoy coming out soon is Gnomeo and Juliet and he is not onscreen!



Well, sampai sini sahaja. I think it should be some time for some proper post. But I am not in the mood to be serious in blog nowadays!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Me

It is hard to give explanations to people that ain't thinking too fondly of you on why you act a certain way. However I think with age, many of us just stop giving the explanations altogether. 

I used to feel annoyed or angry when people started judging based on a 5 mins intro or worst of all story yang dijaja-jaja oleh orang lain. Nowadays, I couldn't give a crap and if they say they are surprised that I am like this, like this, like this or they think I am (proud, not nice, stupid, bla bla bla ) , I will be very dismissively accepting that this people and this don't like me and I know about it but I won't do anything about it. Why you want to win over the people that don't like you? Why spend all those energy to people who don't give a chance and make a quick judgment about you? 

And people is entitled to their opinion. I will not stand to lose anything by not being friends with you and nor do you lose anything by not being friends with me. I am not so high and mighty to think that I have so many things to offer people in term of friendship. I am brusque. I don't know how to express sympathy. I lose patience easily. So I am appreciative instead of the people who still wants to get to know me.

I don't know where this post started from, but maybe from all these unpleasantness floating around. Basically stop giving out craps to people and don't stand for other people craps either. 

Gosh I really need to potong my kuku. And tomorrow is a holiday. Yeay!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Random Drool

Random celebrities pop-up

I woke up feeling great. All because I dreamt Brendan Fehr kissed me. Repeatedly. Some people think I am lucky to have celebrities popped up in dreams making dreams come true. I'm a lucky girl indeed! Except for the time when I dreamt Ryan Seacrest trying to be my pimp. That is nightmarish.

I took this from his IMDB.
That is what Brendan Fehr looks like ( I can't find a better pic of him, but I swear he looks amazing in TV ). The most recent I saw him was in Nikita. I haven't reviewed that here. Been meaning to since it is one my current favorite series. Now Nikita casting people, please find him further role there. It was painful to watch him in Samurai Girl, I persevere though because I just need to see him in tv. Of course my crush on him started during Roswell. He was hot then as bad boy type and hot now as the in charge type (the role he played in Nikita even if he is a villain). I am now smiling stupidly at the memory of my dream. Perhaps husband needs to be here sooner. 


Random hot guy

As I mentioned in my Twitter : "Otw to work, i saw a handsome tall guy jogging. Topless. With sweat glistening attractively. And yes he was gorgeous. He made my morning.". 

Really, I think he is Malay. Somewhat attractive face (from the brief moment I look but his face is also hidden with big sunglasses). Tall. Attractive body. He was smiling when jogging because I think he knows he looks good even topless  and he knows women in cars are turning their head to look at him because he looks good. Well then random hot guy jogging, please jog some more around the time I am going to work.


Random things

I am not suppose to buy anything since my brother wedding is nearing and there's a lot of expenses with the trip to KB, Redang and the wedding held in KL. I had also just heard a 'ceramah' agama that makes sense in trying to say consumerism is basically selfishness and greed. Buying things that is not necessary. So if that's the case, why does the heart seems to want more bags! Though to be fair to my simple taste, it cost only RM50. I have to chew on this and guilt and ruminate some more. 

Also, for the first time in my life I step in LV boutique and was not move at all by any of the bags. Pretty, yes, but it is just not my thing. So even if I commit to consumerism, maybe it would be the lesser of 2 evils, buying things I can afford instead of things that I can't afford. Yups, yups. * telling myself that *

Later dudes and dudettes, it is Friday which usually entails long lunch hour, so am gonna commit some more of consumerism eye balling.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Animal trouble

Many of you know that I am a huge huge fans of cats. All shapes and sizes. No matter how mangy they look. Tho I do not cuddle the mangy ones, but if I saw a truly decrepit looking stray cats, I felt horribly guilty that I am unable or do not help them.

Those old to this blog knows that Fasha is rescued from beneath a rock in a drain though she doesn't like to be rescued. Kurap come to the house looking for foods and stay there and remains one of the most affectionate cats I ever had. Most people like Fasha because she is a beautiful cat and some express their opinion in adopting her. She is more popular compares to Kurap. But Kurap is the most abiding cat ever. Except for the time when she pooed on our bed and carpets. Fasha is not so much. I don't think she much cares about human opinions. 

So while sometimes Fasha enrages me, I couldn't give her away because I am afraid most people wouldn't stand for her annoying habits in peeing everywhere. She also like to eat rubbish that is bad for her so if I let her be, she will then start to have more problem in peeing (peeing blood, more frequent pee everywhere) so I have to be vigilant in keeping Fasha as an inside cat so she wouldn't terrorize the neighbors with her pawing at rubbish like some common stray and peeing at neighbors house (yes, it happened many times). After quite some times, our house is now cat-escape proof. This unfortunately resulted in Kurap being treated as a full inside cat too. 

What this means for us, is that I can't open the windows at the house unless I am sure that the cats are safely locked away at the back. I can't let myself forget to close the windows because Fasha can quickly smells her way out of the house. I also have to keep all food rubbish (tulang ayam, tulang ikan, kulit udang) sealed in some tight container if it is not yet garbage day because Fasha would sepahkan these rubbish everywhere. Fasha antics nowadays is tearing at the tissue everywhere. T_T . 

Having cat is a fuss. Especially if the cat needs extra attention. Medically, behavior. However having these 2 creatures in my life when I am lonely far surpassed the troubles they caused (broken glasses, broken electrical equipments, various cleaning after bodily liquids ). When they deign to let you pat them, don't that make you softer and gentler inside?

So this post maybe to remind you that pets are awesome. However it comes with responsibility. If you do not want to have loads of kittens later to take care of , neutered your cats. If you have male cats, have a bit of responsibility to not let it go impregnate every pathetic stray it can get. Those kittens that you found annoyingly mewing at the back of your house, can be a part of the problems you created if you let your male cats unspayed and roaming around. It annoyed me to find a lot of people giving away female cats and just keeping the male because they do not want to have the added responsibility of future kittens. I wouldn't trade Kurap for 5 male Persians okeh. 

I think I took a bit of the animal loving streak from my late dad. My mom was always telling us that he used to bring various animals from the jungle. He found a pack of puppies where the mother was dead / abandoned it and took it home. My mother kicked up a fuss for him not to keep the dogs. I think he managed to find some people who is willing to look after it. There is even some story about he found a tiger cub separated from its mom and wanting to take care of it but my mom told him to go back and put the tiger cub back to the jungle and let the mother tiger found the cub before the mother tiger found us. LOL ( and I really could not remembered if this story is true or not).Still, my dad was a bad ass with a heart of gold okeh. Did I mention that he wanted to buy me a horse that I'd pestering him about but my mom (again? mom!) told him no because wherever he wants to put the horse at ? ( my mom told this story and I didn't remembered it. My husband is tickled whenever he is reminded of the story) While I don't think I can muster to take away a tiger cub lost in a jungle, maybe there's a tiny bit of my dad in me. 

I have no idea what's the point of this post. It started with feeling guilty about unable to save these poor cats, then it got to the topic of Fasha and Kurap, and neutering and spaying responsibility and my dad loves for animals!  At the start of the post I just wanted to say I added some widget that shows the animals in need of adoption and just take a look there! Hoh!

So laters! And don't be too hard on the mangy strays the next time you are eating at a place full of cats. They are abandoned by people who couldn't care less and teach your kids not to be cruel to the poor creatures, even if you don't like animals.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Went to Penang



My friends and I went to Penang to eat and be merry. Pictured above are some of the things that we manage to eat. That laksa there, is to die for. Maybe because of all the tiny cili padi scattered in it. Gohan is afraid of it. Went there on Saturday and got back to KL on Sunday. Did not manage to eat a lot of things as I had hope to, but there's always next time. 

Had a great time buying clothes though, especially the Punjab style clothes which I like. Those are awesome. Didn't buy a lot of DVDs as I want to because some series are not out yet. But there's always next time. However we'd a great time and a full stomach.

Not gonna blabber for long. I'm enjoying the CNY holiday and the JB foods while watching series. Happy holiday to all of you

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