Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A cute YA and ambitious but somewhat fallshort biographical

The Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess, #1)The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the book
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.


Read this months back... and not much to say about it. Bought this for my niece who is 9, and she loves it. Before giving it to her, I read it first.. just to make sure no inappropriate stuffs is ongoing in there. Ok I lied. Of course I read it because I wanted to. I love Y.A. Especially reimagining of fairy tales.

It was a cute story. A good book to give to young girls and my niece who is into princesses is currently reading it the second time. So that is saying something aight.

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Paths of GloryPaths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a story of George Mallory. I was long intrigued about Mallory. I think he was an extraordinary man and is now a living legend.

To those who don't know who he was, he was the man that supposedly reached Everest first, but either died before he reached it and after.. only God knows ( or at least until they found Sandy Irvine Kodak camera). ( and google Sandy Irvine... he was so handsome!) Tetiba fangirl di situ.

Anyway what about this book?

I like Jeffrey Archer. I think he wrote decent action-thriller books. And this book, this man that the writer obviously idolized, maybe is his Everest?

To me Archer failed to capture the soul of Mallory. He got the gist of it , I like how he painted Mallory during his childhood as a cheeky confident boy.. but along the way.. maybe after he meet Ruth, there is some essence missing. I don't know what Archer could have done honestly, but to me, I didn't get Mallory here. His determination is somewhat lost, his love for the 2 ladies while is portrayed beautifully... but his personality is diminished or maybe reduced here. I do believe there is a side to him that with a masterful writer could come out beautifully.. He must be a force to be reckoned with that all 3 expeditions , the men are willing to follow him to unchartered territories. And Cottie Saunders to be so in love with him.

Apart from that. The book is entertaining, engrossing and hard to put down. It is an easy read and at the end of the book together with the writer , we hope that he indeed conquered the summit.

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So am now currently reading The Constant Princess. Engrossing. Semalam je I read almost 100 pages. Wowowow. Hari ni tertinggal buku so tak boleh progress sangat. Booo.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alkisah malang


Tu MyVi busuk aku. Kena aniaya dek orang. 

It goes like this, last week on Thursday ( malam jumaat nii), on the way back from office to home cermin kena pecah dek peragut. 

Jalan nak masuk Ukay Perdana at MRR2 tu kan selalu jem amat, so at 8 pm, memang still banyak kereta lagi lining up at the traffic light tunggu for the light to go green. Aku pon antara kereta2 tu la, dan with radio on and tengah kunyah2 Mochi mahal sedap gilos sebagai buka pose, and air Gong Cha. Ye tu semua korang kena tahu walaupon tak penting. Sebab peragut tu jugak telah kill my appetite untuk buka pose. 

So while tengah minum air tu, tetiba dengar bunyi 'kraaaakkk'. Sumpah bunyi camtuh. Aku pandang passenger side, tengok cermin aku cracked. Tepi kereta aku ade motor. Orang atas motor tu tengah pandang aku. Pastu 'kraaaakkkk' lagi. Rupanye orang belakang motor tu tengah cuba pecahkan cermin ai T_T . Bila kali kedua die try tu baru aku sedar... "shitttt die orang nak amik beg aku." The thing is ade 2 beg kat tepi. Satu beg susu, which is on the floor of the passenger dan satu beg kosong yg tiada isi sebab semua isi i dah masukkan dalam beg pam susu . So die orang ingatkan beg kosong tu la kut ade rete untuk diambil. 

And my action next kinda surprised me. I jerit2 dalam kereta sambil tampar2 cermin kereta sendiri dan alih beg kosong tu kat riba aku. Orang atas motor kat depan tu dah gelabah. Agaknye pikir. Perempuan ni kenapa. Dah la cermin tu nak pecah ko nak tepuk lagi cermin tu. I agak hysterical time tu campo marah. Hahha. Then aku pikir balik tadek point aku tampar cermin. So aku tekan hon 2 3 kali. During that time, die orang try lagi pecah kan cermin 2 kali lagi. Ade lobang sikit tapi still susah die orang nak ambik beg. Bile aku dah tekan hon tu orang atas motor tu lagi gabra dan terus pecut. Gahh! Hanginnye ingat balik. Bile die dah pecut baru aku maca sedikit lega, dan try tengok boleh ke tak nampak nombor plat. Haram tadek. Kosong gelap je nampak. 

After that baru aku sedar I telah melanggar kereta Viva depan I. Probably masa gabra tu aku tertekan minyak and kena kereta depan. Lagi i pon i bukan jenis angkat handbrake masa traffic light. Orang dalam Viva tu keluar angin je. Tanye kenapa langgar die. I terangkan what had just happened and kereta belakang I pon datang nearer to explain what had just happened to the Viva. Orang at Viva tu baru la paham and sympathize. Aku pon tak boleh nak cakap ape. Sebab ape pon ko langgar die, still ko salah sebab ko langgar dari belakang. Muehehe. Naseb malang ni. 

Next step was to report to the police. Orang Viva ni tolong I buat report sama. Ingatkan die nak report pasal accident, but it turned out, he does not mind it and just teman I je buat report sebab he knows how it goes sebab rumah die pon baru kena pecah. Banyak nawww jenayah Malaysia ni. 

So memula I report to the police on duty, bla bla bla.. explain explained... then redo the whole thing again at the Forensic, ke bahagian Jenayah pula. Walau pon berpuasa tapi tak ingat lapar dah time tu. Stress and terkejut. Naseb baik dah makan mochi 3 biji. So explain to him and described the motorist looks like and all. Rupanye tempat tu memang prime spot la nak kena peragut. And of course mende camni kena bile kite tak aware sekeliling and I pon tak aware sibuk naw nak makan and tengok phone. You know next time this happened I will try to remember to snap the peragut gambar sebab I can see his face as clear as day. Also, police yang amik statement I tu handsome la. Hahahaha. Sempat. Mesti sempat sebab kite kena cari silver lining bile malang datang bergolek. Bile polis dah amik statement and amik gambar then I can go home. 

The next day I just tuka cermin and now nak cari kedai to tint again the window for security tint. And ladies, if you havent put security tint in, I suggest you do. I think it will take more than 4 or 5 try for the peragut to successfully pecahkan the cermin and in that time you can do what I did which is make some noise, or bantai peragut tu guna crowbar ( ini adalah angan-angan). In my case they didn't manage to take anything, but still with terlanggar kereta depan and pecah cermin kereta and nak beli tint baru, it is still a hefty loss. 


  • I guess my advice is, don't leave any kind of bag at the seat, plastic/paper bag included. 
  • If you are like me where a bag is necessary to have in the car and on the floor of the passenger, try to obstruct the view of the bag by putting something else on it. Macam yang sunscreen tu ke. 
  • Go for security tint. 
  • Be aware ( which I was not) when you are stopping. 
  • I am putting my camera mode on next time. 



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Finished 1 book!

Rejoiced!

I used to read at breakneck speed. When the last Harry Potter book came out, which is just a nice during the weekend, I holed up in my room and finished it in 12 hours. Intense.

During my semester break uni days, because no money so beggars can't be choosers, we went to the library.  By we I mean me , my mom and my 2 little brothers. So usually by the end of 2 weeks I had read all of my 5 books, and my mom 5. Brothers punye tak because children book meh.



Sekaranggg.... 2 bulan la nak habiskan Sophie's Choice. And it was an interesting read, it was a good book. Not great, but suspenseful, nicely writte, well drawn out characters and interesting issues. Issues of growing up, acceptance, sex, illnesses, wars. It is not a light read but it is not heavy either. 

I had always wanted to read Sophie's Choice, because pop culture references. Doesn't it drives you mad when people keep on quoting things you have no idea of. So this is why. I am surprised to find that I enjoyed it. And the book has a twist. It has a mystery on it. If pop culture have not ruined it, I would have enjoyed it more, but I guess this is why it was refer/quoted again and again. 

About the book? Oh it is about a young man living in a boardinghouse just after WW2 and met a couple, an Auschwitz survivor (Sophie) and her charismatic American boyfriend. The novel delves into their lives during that year, their relationship and Sophie story in Poland. 

Like I said, it was a good book. The characters are rich, flawed, beautifully thought out. Sophie is what we can be when we are faced with life toughest test, I think that is why she resonate so with so many readers. She is not heroic, not brave, not wise. She just try to live with what life had given her. 

So next book? Oh I am reading my Anne series. My comfort book. This time Anne House of Dreams. It is an apt book to read again after I had a baby. Don't you find after sometimes, movies or books that you had watched/read before 5 or 10 or 20 years ago felt differently when you read it again? 

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Selfie

The top above yang I made in Vietnam that the tailor did not make as I wanted it to be made  it was suppose to be longer tapi I brought it to be altered to shorten a bit.

Tapi not to my specifications pon I still like wearing it. Ok. Nak gi shopping kat Global Indian Festival lak.

Monday, June 03, 2013

My 10 mo old boy

Who is sooooo making her mommy nerves on edge semalam sebab tanak tidur and if he nak tidur pon, atas mommy and ME being ME who is all alone with no help ( maid? what maid... she went out with her friends from morning till maghrib all weekend) aku rase nak cekik semua orang.

Anyway, aside from that... he is growing up.. to be what.. I dont know yet. Somewhat clingy, demanding, knows what he wants, like Game of Thrones song. ( sorry, I can't help it, I love that soundtrack, but I let him watch the series, when.. hmm.. maybe he is starting college? )

Last weekend swim. Comel sangat kan. (jawabbb yeee)


So what is up with him.

He is 10 month today! 2 more months and he will be my tiny tots. No longer my tiny baby. Sedih!

He already have 2 teeth at his bottom, it is the cutest thing and he likes using my hand as teether. Sekarang rase geli2 la kan, tunggu la nanti bile dah fully grown. 

He can stand! And he stands up so proudly looking at his mommy and sengih besar sambil kepak2 tangan expecting applause and smiles and hugs afterwards. Again. The cutest thing ever!

Gambar ni blurry. Saya tahu. Just wanna shows how excited he is standing up.


I am still feeding him bubur, but with new teeth, maybe nasi and lauk next. As long as his hopeless mother can masak rice just right. Tah hape2 la mak die ni. 

He still likes Taylor Swift. The duration I can mandi is as long as Taylor Swift videoclip played. I am thinking to introduce him to Barney next because I notice he likes the songs, but not so much cartoons. My nephew and niece grew up on Barney and they seems to have awesome vocab, so why not la. He also likes the Game of Thrones theme song. I used that to stop him crying. 

Die loves cat. If I sepahkan his mainan on the floor, he played with it for a few minutes or just whack some once or twice then proceed to crawl to the corner when I simpan the mainan kucing and proceed to main with the cats. Sometimes I think it is more beneficial for all of us (bulus included) to just buy cat toys instead of kid toys. 


The cats love it. If he started to go there, those 3 will come near sebab tahu dah .. playtime!

He can be very demanding. Before sleeping nak orang urut2 dengan vicks and minyak yuyi. I know this because I try to get him to sleep, but he refused and then nangis2 sambil tarik2 rambut. Stress taw bile die buat camni. 

He is already in FM starting from last month, so I BF him till he was around 9 mo. Ok la tu. He is still BF ing by the way, but the FM is only supplementary at the moment. Memula try to introduce him to Isomil kut. I pon tak ingat. He hates it. He nangis-nangis tepis. So we bought Karihome ( the susu kambing for babies ni) and tested him on it and he likes it. Fininshed 8 oz at one go. Banyak. I tested Karihome tu sikit and it tasted like EBM a bit. No wonder la. 

Well.. theres a lot of other things la he can do but mommy kena continue buat defects fix. So later la. A step close to tots. So sad, but at the same time, grow up faster because he is soooo clingyyyy. 

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