Sunday, August 31, 2008

Making a Friendship Collage

by Ruth Willms


Having a true friend is a wonderful thing. We can help our child make good friends by teaching them to be a good friend. We can also teach them to be a friend to the needy or friendless child. One such child is a shut- in whom because of illness or a severe handicap is confined to his home or even the hospital for a time. Fostering a caring attitude in your child helps to make him a caring person.

There are many ways your child can show friendship to such a child but I believe the most important way is to spend time with him. Help your child think of an activity he enjoys that would be appropriate with a shut- in. It could be playing a board game, sharing a fun book, or watching one of his favorite DVDs.

Call the shut-in child’s parents or caregiver a day or so ahead to arrange for a suitable time. You might want to join your child in the first visit so he is more comfortable and you can help him be aware of safety issues. You might want to bring a snack. Again, be sure to inquire if the snack is acceptable in case the shut- in child has allergies. Check on the shut-in child’s limitations so the activity you bring is appropriate.

Your could bring photographs of his activities and friends. Help him take pictures of these before hand and have them printed. When you call the other child’s parents ask them to have some pictures available that their child has chosen. The children can then make each others pictures into a collage and keep them to remind them of their new friend. Whatever activity you child chooses, make it fun and remember to leave before the shut-in child overtires.

Make a friendship collage

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Photographs.
  • Glue
  • Poster board

Steps:
  1. Choose the photographs you want to use for the collage.
  2. Cut the poster board to the size you want it to be for the base.
  3. Cut your photographs into different shapes .You may want to crop it so there is no background.
  4. Cut out letters or words from magazines, fitting them together to make phrases to describe the picture.
  5. Apply glue to the back of the picture and phrases and firmly press them down on the base. Continue to do this with each item. Try overlapping some pieces. You can glue small objects [like foam craft items you can buy] over or between the pictures.
  6. When you are finished, let the collage dry

Hang your child’s collage in the playroom so he is reminded of his new friend. Discuss friendship with your child. Help him think of ways friends help each other. Together with your child plan another activity and time to continue this new friendship.



Ruth Willms is author of the Christian children's novel The Lion Tree and is co-owner of WAHM-Articles.com. Submit your best WAHM articles at www.WAHM-Articles.com and find high quality reprint WAHM articles for your publications.

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xoxo

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wanna Make Love Song

I cleaned out the TV cabinet storage space this morning and found a couple of Japanese Dorama CDs that I collected in the past. Goodness, those were the days! My favourites were Long Vacation (basically anything with Takuya Kimura in it), Shotgun Marriage and Perfect Love.

I watched Long Vacation and suddenly was reminded of it's soundtrack. I remembered looking high and low for a copy back then. I found it in that music store in Sg Wang Plaza that has mostly anything you can imagine -- Victoria Station (are they still there?).

However, I've since lost Toshi's album. I think someone borrowed it from me, but I can't remember who.

I tried to look for it online just now. There're a few music video on YouTube. I found what I wanted on Imeem (yeay!). So here it is, La La La La Love Song by Toshinobu Kubota featuring Naomi Campbell.

La La La Love Song - Toshinobu Kubota ft. Naomi Campbell


Maware maware merry go round
Mou keshite tomaranai youni
Ugoki dashita melody
LA LA LA LA LA LOVE SONG

Wanna Make Love
Wanna Make Love Song, Hey Baby ......

Dosha buri no gogo wo matte machi ni tobi dasou
Kokoro ni furu ame ni kasa wo kureta kimi to

[Mappira!] to yoko muite honne wa urahara
Demo sonomama de ii otagai sama dakara

Meguri aeta kiseki ga
(You Make Me Feel Brand New)
Namida no iro wo kaeta
(And I Wanna Love That's Brand New)

Chorus
Iki ga tomaru kurai no amai kuchizuke wo shiyou yo
Hitogoto mo iranai sa tobikiri no ima wo
Yuuki wo kureta kimi ni tereteru baai janai kara
Kotoba yori mo hon'ki na LA LA LA LA... LOVE SONG

Wanna Make Love
Wanna Make Love Song, Hey Baby ......

Shiranu ma ni otoshiteta chiisa na kakera wo
Sukima naku dakiyose hada deta shikame au

Uchuu no mienai yoru
(You Are My Shinin' Star)
Kamawanai kimi ga mieru
(And I Wanna Be Your Shinin' Star)

Maware maware merry go round
Mou keshite tomaranai youni
Ugoki dashita melodi
LA LA ... LOVE SONG

Tomedonaku tanoshikute yarusenai hodo setsunakute
Son'na asa ni umareru boku nari no LOVE SONG

Tameiki no mae ni koko ni oideyo

Repeat Chorus

LA LA LA .....
Wanna Make Love
Wanna Make Love Song, Hey Baby......

Enjoy!

xoxo

Thursday, August 28, 2008

From Zero To Bitch

Most of us in the office were late to work yesterday. At first, I thought it was because of 'you-know-who' but turns out, it was for Merdeka parade's dress rehearsal :p

While I was in the middle of the traffic jam in front of Plaza Phoenix, where the road was like one massive car park, one small white car irked the hell out of me. I mean, you're in this very tight spot when you can't even open your car door if there's an emergency, and she was behind me at that time. I couldn't move elsewhere except to just follow the flow.

She on the other hand, just bull doze her way right beside me just so she could be ahead of me. It's either I stop or we'll both be squeezed in. At the same time, the car on my right was also inching his way forward. Lucky though, his side stop for a fraction of a time that I can stay stagnant while the small car make her way through. Bitch.

I cussed and cussed (because our car nearly scraped each other lah), and then I saw her car bumper sticker-thingy which was stuck on the right side of her rear screen...

Caution: I go from zero to Bitch in less than 3 seconds.

-_- Oh, reaaaaaally...

This morning, there was another heavy traffic snafu on the way to Mid Valley. Another white car driven by this insane woman was trying to just bull doze her way through. If she wants to go to the left, goddammit, she WANTS to go to the left!

No matter if there was a car right next to her. And we're talking about bumper-to-bumper, door-to-door kinda traffic jam here.

She nearly collided with the other car. The woman in the other car wasn't impressed at all; she honked and gave the other an evil stare. Brand new car at that. I'm sure she won't be amused if her car got scratched, right.

Sigh. Why can't I have traffic-free days any more? Sometimes I do wonder if it's worth going through all this hassle just to go to work.

xoxo

Monday, August 25, 2008

I Don't Like Mondays

Do you know, the name of the day's origins revolve mostly around the moon, which in turn gets its name from Mani (Old English Mona), the Germanic moon god? Check out the Wiki page here.

Why do you think we live in stuff that were based or evolved around these Pagan gods in the first place? This person's enquiring mind wants to know.

I don't hate Mondays. Well... I hate it with a vengeance on Sunday, but not on the day itself. I find it is the shortest day of the work week -- time really just fly by on Mondays. Before you know it, it's already time to go home. Yeay.


Today I had lunch alone. Something I hardly do, but I've been salivating over La Manila's Fried Kuey Teow since Friday. I'm blaming Chun for this.

He took me there (can you believe I haven't been there since we moved here?) last Tuesday because both my lunch buddies were not around. Cyn's away for an extended medical leave, whilst Daisy was on a 2-day holidays.

He ordered the yummy-looking FKT. I had curry mee, which was not bad, really.

So there I was, sitting by myself with a plate of FKT and a glass of Chinese tea. It was rather peaceful because there was no one you have to strike a conversation with. You also get to enjoy your meal more, I might add.

There are so many things you can think about. There were many things that ran through my head, like how I'd write this entry for one :p Another thought put a smile on my face -- at how Mira can steal my heart when you least expect it.

I took her to the supermarket last Friday so we can buy some snacks for the weekend. I let her push her own mini cart and she went from isle after isle filling it with what she wanted most (biscuits, Vitagen, yogurt, etc.).

At the cashier, she took charge in laying all the things at the counter without wanting my help. When it's time to pay, she took the cash from me and paid it herself. She even wanted to carry the bags herself if it weren't too heavy. Lol.

Once home, I just put the bags at the entrance thinking I'd put the things away after I've freshen up. I also bought a box of detergent and a few packets of wet cat food. As soon as I came out from the bathroom, I saw the detergent box on my vanity cupboard. That intrigued me a little.

I went to check the grocery bags, they weren't there anymore. Mira had taken the liberty to store everything away. In its rightful places, I might add. I was amazed. I have never shown her or even asked her to do that before.

Isn't that sweet? Le sigh.

xoxo

Sunday, August 24, 2008

N82


I've been using the N82 since May and how I love it! I am glad I chose this phone rather than the N95 8G. I think the major feature for this phone is its 5 mp camera that comes with Xenon flash. That's the same type of flash that comes with your camera, folks.

I solely use N82 as my camera now. And with the included 2 GB Micro SD-card, the storage is somewhat limitless. I want to try to use it to capture video next. So far, there's nothing much to record :p

I directly upload the photos to Flickr via wifi, either at home or where ever I can find hotspots when I'm outdoors. I will also use the phone to check my emails, read my feeds as well as visit blogs or websites of interest. I don't have to boot up my PC at all nowadays, really.

Even though the phone's internet browser is sufficient, I recently downloaded Opera Mini to test it out. The web experience appears to be much better. But I can't view YouTube videos with it for some reason. Unless, there's something that I need to tweak first?

Other than that, I also use the phone as an mp3 player (note to self: reason why you don't need an iPod!). You can rip using Nokia's Music Manager or Windows Media Player. You can also download podcasts and listen to it while you're on the go. The built-in speaker sound quality isn't bad either.

Last night I've decided to try out two other applications that were recommended by Mike of The Nokia N82 Blog -- Slick and Screenshot. Slick is an IM chat application; whereas Screenshot is... self explanatory, no?

I've been looking for a chat application for a while now, one that works in real time just like if you are using a Blackberry. Not those sms-chat thingy like Yahoo! Messenger for SMS. Of course, there's always Windows Live Messenger that's already included in the phone. I'm just trying to stay away from Windows for the time being. Lol.

Slick has what I wanted. It supports most of the major protocols e.g. Yahoo!, ICQ, GTalk, MSN, etc. You can also view your groups, use emoticons as well as save your chat's history. You can also download and transfer files within the application.

Once you've logged in, you can run it in the background. It'll tell you who goes online and offline, as well as alert you of incoming chat messages. Cool, eh?

All in all, it's one solid application. I've been playing around with and it works quite well. I even use my ICQ account of which I haven't login in years. Lol. Ahh... now I remembered why I stopped using it.

Screenshot is fun because you can snap your current screen to show it to the world. I install it just because. Check out my current theme called Abstraction which I downloaded from PiZero (superb theme maker!).




Pretty, isn't it?

I'm happy with what I have installed in my phone right now. If I happen to be stranded some where, the things I can do to kill time with this phone is limitless (as long as there's Wifi, 3G or GPRS, that is). Provided I have sufficient battery power :p

That's my only gripe with N82. Its battery life sucks. Fair enough that I play with it a lot, but still... It's a pain to scramble around looking for a plug point to recharge your battery. I noticed that if I use it in combination with a few phone calls, the battery dries up even faster.

For example, last Monday, I use the phone to listened to a few podcasts on my way to work as usual. That's worth perhaps 30 minutes in total. While I was walking towards the office, the Hotness called at about 10 minutes to 9. I also had to make a few phone calls using my phone that morning, as well as text-ing vigorously (I text -- A. LOT.).

By noon, the phone died on me. Can you believe it? The battery was charged to full that morning.

I have the USB cable charger with me but it doesn't seem to be working on the PCs that I plugged it to (I was outside, not in the office). So I had to resort to using the pay phone. I think I used up RM4 worth for all my phone calls that day which wasn't a lot comparable. You can especially feel how fast it drained your credit when you make a call to a mobile number via the public phones. Phew!

Now I'm contemplating on two things.

One, should I buy a car charger or another battery altogether? Two, should I take up the unlimited data package from Maxis? When I first got the phone, I played around with it mainly using GPRS and 3G for the whole month. I ended up having to pay close to RM200 in data charges. Giler!

But I've been prudent since then by putting a limit to it and use only my home WLAN or free ones outdoors. It would be nice to have another choice, no? Hmmm...

xoxo

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My Notebook: Paradise

My tired looking copy of Paradise. I can't remember when I bought it, but the book is yellowed and its spine is about to unbound. I have lost count as to how many times I've read it.

Well yes, I know I've said I'm giving myself a week break from reading. I got bored doing nothing. Paradise was the next book on my recycle-read pile before I got distracted by Twilight.

In this round, I read it twice (and I'm thinking of reading it again, actually). Just to show how much I love the story. If you're a fan of romance genre and you haven't read this book... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? You don't know what you're missing!

Meredith Bancroft, a sheltered daughter of a legendary department store chain owner, first met Matthew Farrell, a genius steel mill worker from Indiana, when she was 16 at a party. In defiance towards her father's unfair accusation, she had sex with Matt and found out she's pregnant 6 weeks later.

Matt was about to leave for South America for work. They got married and he left her with a promise to bring her to Venezuela once he has found a good place to live and sort out hospital amenities (she is pregnant y'all).

Her father, unfortunately, has other plans.

Meredith miscarried at 6 months and asked her father to sent a telegram to Matt asking him to come home. Unbeknown to the two of them her father did send the telegram, but instead telling Matt that she had an abortion and wants a divorce.

Matt flew home to convince Meredith not to leave him, only to be thwarted by a restraining order. Meredith on the other hand, thought Matt didn't care about her and their baby. And so, her father filed for divorce on her behalf and they both lead their own separate life.

Fast forward 11 years to the future, Meredith is now engaged to be married to her childhood crush only to discover her divorce to Matt was illegal. At the same time Matt, a now very successful corporate figure, came back to Chicago to work on his current acquisition.

She is now being forced to confront Matt about their non-divorce (heck, they're still married!). And then, they discovered the truth; what happened 11 years ago -- the deception, the hurt, the pain. This scene, when Meredith went to see Matt to tell him what actually happened to their baby, is so heartbreaking.

There were many a times when you wish you could give Philip Bancroft a bitch-slap on the head. As well as Meredith for that matter, because she tried to pass off everything that Philip did as love. Come on! In this present day, Meredith would have sued his pants off and severe all ties with him.

Anyway, the events that occurred from that point onwards, are just so sweet as well as poignant. Can you imagine being courted with sayings such as '... if you move in with me, I'll give you paradise on a gold platter. Anything you want -- everything you want. I come with it, of course. It's a package deal.'

Where can I find my own Matthew Farrell???

Go read it! This is one of the best work from Judith McNaught.

You may be interested to check out the review written by the girls at RipMyBodice.com on the same book :) They wrote it much better (and more entertaining) than me.

xoxo

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gloomy Thursday

It's pouring outside, and inside the office we're in total darkness. Not because there's no electricity. It's just how our office was designed. It is nearly as dark as a cave right now.

Maybe I should have just stayed home today.

I was sent back yesterday, by our GP. I went to see her in the morning for some cough meds, but she saw my eye (the right side) and said it's infected. I thought as much but seeing it's not sore neither itchy, I thought it was just a normal eye irritation.

The eye is a bit better today, not much discharge as yesterday. I do however, look as if I'm constantly on a verge of tearing up. Lol.

Mr G just walked in. The Hotness is sick and is staying home for the day.

Such a gloomy day...

xoxo

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Tombs Are Alive!

I'm rather excited about Tomb Raider: Underworld. Lara looked much more refined in this installment. She even looks better than she was in Anniversary.

I've changed all my profile photos with Underworld's Lara. I is happy.

Sometime in June via his blog, creative director Eric Linstrom expanded on Lara's role and what gamers can expect from her latest adventure.

"For generations, stories have been told of the fearsome weapon of Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Legend holds that Thor’s hammer had the power to smash mountains into valleys and to destroy even the gods. For more than a thousand years it has existed only as a myth... until now.

"In an ancient ruin on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, Lara Croft uncovers proof of the Norse underworld and the mythical hammer. As she attempts to unravel the secrets behind these myths, Lara’s perilous journey leads her toward a forgotten power that, if unleashed, could lay waste to all civilization."

The best thing about this is it's a continuation from Legend, the game which I love most. It's the best TR game amongst the many for the longest time.

Check out the latest game trailer:



Trailer from Gamespot.com

Is that Amanda or Natla's voice at the end? Some speculate it was Natla's, the immortal queen of Atlantis. Why is Lara and Zip pointing their guns at each other? Is Lara turning bad??

Ohhhh... exciting-ness! I can't wait for November :-p

xoxo

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tittle-tattle

tittle-tattle \TIT-uhl TAT-uhl\, noun:
1. Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle.
2. An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.

It has been a strange week -- total highs and lows.

For one, I went to work for the past two weeks in a very jovial mood. I feel no stress and there's even a spring in my steps walking towards office in the morning. Normally the 'spring' comes when I'm leaving for home. But not this time. I'm actually looking forward to go to work.

I can thank the smooth traffic for this. There was no jam y'all! My drive was a breeze and I reached MV with ample time for me to actually walk leisurely to enjoy the morning and even stopped by Starbucks for my coffee fix. And still clock in a mere 2-3 minutes before nine.

Total bliss!

Usually, I'll be rushing like mad walking from the carpark to my office building to make it at least before 9:10 AM. I hope this traffic situation will not change in the near future.

However, in the home front, it wasn't all so cheerful.

Mira was sick since last Friday with high fever, bad cough, flu -- the whole works. Luckily though, there's no sign of asthma. This was the longest duration she's been ill and she lost quite a bit of weight. As it is, she is skinny. Can you imagine how light she is now?

I had to carry her on night as she fell asleep in front of the TV. I was shocked and worried at how lightweight she was. Skin and bones! Well, I may be exaggerating a bit, but you get my meaning.

She's recovered since Thursday and I'm glad to see her gain appetite's back. Now I have to find ways to make her eat more.

DH was unwell, too. What with an ear infection and then mild conjunctivitis as well as fever. Even Manja the cat didn't appear to be in the pink of health. All these happened this week and here I am wondering how come I'm not affected by any of it. Normally, I'm the second person to get infected by whatever that was going around the household.

But I spoke to soon. On Friday when I was supposed to be on leave, I woke up with a sore throat. Then the fever came as well as headache. So, my whole weekend was lost in a way. I'm glad it's all over now because really, I hate falling sick.

Let's hope next week will be all nice and peachy :)

xoxo

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Movie Nights: Aliens Vs Mummies

After a string of good and fantastic movies over the summer, these two paled in comparison. X-Files was so-so, but I shouldn't have bothered with The Mummy 3. Should have listened to Mr DJ now, shouldn't I. He said I'm better off watching SATC instead.

But nooooo. I wanted to see Brendan Fraser.

Mrasa lah!


The X-Files: I Want To Believe

There's Mulder and Scully and there's Captain Skinner. However, there's no aliens in this movie. Thus, my title for this blog entry is off. HA!

The plot was interesting enough, but not so much of a shocker. It's mild. It's like I'm watching one of the episode from the TV series, albeit a longer version.

Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. Mulder, having been disgraced and hiding out from the FBI, is now a recluse wearing a beard and all.

When an FBI agent disappeared as well as several other women in cold, white, wintry West Virginia, Mulder and Scully are called upon to help with the case. It ventured into the weird (but not alien!) when body parts are found by a former priest who seems to have psychic abilities in finding these things.

The former priest is also a convicted pedophile, much to Scully's disgust.

And so, that's it. It's a murder mystery, nothing to do with the paranormal that was the X-Files that I'm familiar with.

The way I see it, this movie was made for the fans, eventhough we were told that it is a stand-alone movie, judging by the way the camera panned it's introduction for Scully, Mulder as well as Skinner. It was a moment worthy of a fangirl squee; if you're a big fan, that is.

As well as sealing the deal that Mulder and Scully are a couple. First, we see them sleeping together on the same bed. And then the big moment kiss at the end of the movie. Even our strict censorship board let that whole scene through. Without any cut y'all. I'm amazed. Lol.

I'm giving this movie a 3 out of 5.


The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor

Oh, where do I begin!

I've enjoyed the first and second movie. I wanted this third installment to be as good. But I guess, they should have just stop at two or work on this a bit more.

For starters, it's like watching two movies -- one with Jet Li depicting what happened in the past and another with Brendan in the current. The bridge between the two didn't mend the gap for some reason. Not like the first two movies.

The casting was totally off, too.

They've replaced Rachel Weisz, who played Evy in the previous movies, with Maria Bello. I'm sorry, but she didn't manage to pull it off. Evy is another Lara Croft-wannabe. She has class, wit, spunk and girl-power goodness.

Maria's Evy is weak, flimsy and too girly. There was this scene with her prancing with a sword and it was so unconvincing. There was no chemistry between her and Brendan. And that somehow makes his acting too forced as well.

And then there's this guy who played 18-year-old Alex, Luke Ford. You do remember in the second movie, Rick and Evy has a son who was 10 years old then? Well, he's grown up and basically, this movie started with him finding the Terracotta Armies and the Dragon Emperor remains.

They should have cast someone much, much younger than Luke. He looks like Rick's brother more than his son! And why must Alex be 18 in this movie? Why not 15 or 16? Maybe then they can look for a tall, lanky younger actor instead :p

The only character that stay true to form is Jonathan, Evy's brother. Sigh.

The show down between the Emperor (Jet Li) and his witch (Michelle Yeoh) was too simplified, IMO. A bit of a waste there.

And there are Yetis, too. This, I must tell you because it was rather silly. I've always thought a Yeti look more like a bear and I told Su as much. Her response to that was a whispered, 'No, no. They look more like Bigfoot'. 'I see. So a Yeti is the snow version of Bigfoot', said I without much thought.

And we looked at each other and snigger quietly.

For this awful three-quel, I give it a 2 over 5. Please, don't bother watching it on the big screen. It's really not worth it.


xoxo

Monday, August 11, 2008

Movie Nights: August Watchlist

Hmmm... after the summer blockbusters, the movies for this month seem pale in comparison.

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, release 7 August - This one came highly recommended by Mr DJ.
  2. Wall-E, release 14 August - I have to watch this with the family. Su is skipping this and has given her big 'NO'. Lol.
  3. You Don't Mess With The Zohan, release 21 August - Adam Sandler's movies are normally fun, no?
  4. Babylon AD, release 28 August - The trailer looked promising.

You know, if Sex and The City is still showing in Signature, I may opt to go for it for this Friday. Eventhough I have already watched it on DVD.

xoxo

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Harry Potter Husband Test

HAHA! Obviously, I couldn't resist :p

Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Harry Potter

Your perfect HP man is Harry Potter.


You like a guy who's not afraid to fight evil when evil picks a fight. There's a lot to say for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, even if it does come with a prejudice against people who don't fit into his conception of "good guy" and a penchant for hurling objects across rooms when he gets angry. But in fairness, for an orphan who's spent the better part of his life being hunted by the most evil wizard in existence, he's turned out pretty well. Just be prepared to name your kids after everyone he's ever lost, because he's got a bit of an obsession about the past.

Take The Harry Potter Husband Test at HelloQuizzy



xoxo

Friday, August 8, 2008

Auspicious Friday?

Happy Friday Glitter Graphics080808.

Like, I'm going to miss posting an entry on this auspicious day. I am even wearing a red blouse today, although that happened unconsciously on my part.

But would it still be auspicious if it falls on an inauspicious time of the year? The Hungry Ghosts Festival.

Growing up, I remembered going to see the Chinese Opera nearby my aunt's home in Port Dickson, lighting and playing with the colourful lanterns. Is it any wonder that I appear to be more Chinese than my Chinese friends? Heh.

Still, today is a happy day because it is the end of the work week. Time to put my feet up and let my hair down, so to speak. To hang out with my BFF -- shopping, dinner & drinks and a movie. Our Friday rituals are so cathartic for me. Something I look forward to every week nowadays ;-)

Today, we'll be watching The Mummy 3. Could this movie be as bad or worse compared to The X-Files: I Want To Believe? I'll let you know tomorrow. Lol.

Now, I wanna talk about Breaking Dawn. It may contain spoilers, so if you do not want to know more than you need to know, you've been warned :p

I finished reading Breaking Dawn on Wednesday, by the way. It took me more or less 48 hours from start to finish. The book wasn't as bad as how some make it out to be. It's not the best, but it is still a good read.

Maybe it is because I don't have any preconceived theory or notions as to how the story should end. I've learnt my lesson with the Harry Potter saga, thank you very much.

Hence, before this last book came out, I avoid reading any fanfiction based on the Twilight series. I jumped into the book with a clear head and no expectation. Therefore, I enjoyed my experience. I don't think Stephenie Meyer sucks. Lol. She's no Jane Austen, but she does write a compelling story.

I am still in love with Edward Cullen (seriously, he's not that much different than any of my favourite Alpha males from other books). I think Jacob Black is cool and I think he redeemed himself well in this book. Alice Cullen is still awesome. Emmet Cullen still lovable.

But I don't quite like Rosalie in this book. She's more selfish than ever! And for Bella to consort with her just so the others will not stop her from having the baby? (Note: Yes, in this series, vampire can spawn, people! Lolz) I think that was a rather selfish move on Bella's part, too.

And what's with naming the baby Renesmee? As in a combination of her mother's and Edward's so-called mother's name, Renée and Esme respectively. That was soooooooo immature of Bella to make up such a name. Geez Bella, you don't even like your simple name Isabella but you named your child with what? *roll eyes*

Couldn't SM come out with something more original? If it was a boy, she wants to name him Edward Jacob. Bella? Fo' realz? Sigh.

I see why some say Bella irked them so much. In this book, she started to irk me, too. Haha. Her character became better once she turned into a vampire though. More snarky, less whiny.

My only wish is that Stephenie could have include an epilogue at the end. It would tie up the series with more finesse, I bet. Something about 'a hundred years later', maybe.

I'm done with reading at the moment. My brain felt like as if it has expanded. I've not stopped reading since... I can't remember, actually. Oops!

It started with my quest to reread and start collecting the In Death books. That happened after I've completed reading these. And from one In Death book to another, I've been reading them non-stop. That's 24 books in a span of 2-3 days per book for you.

I'm giving myself a week off before I start reading again. Hehe. Brain needs to relax sometime, no?

xoxo

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Movie Nights: Batman In 3D?

I wish :p

Two weeks ago I saw two movies, one of which I saw twice. No prize in guessing correctly which one. I saw The Dark Knight first with Su on Saturday midnight and again with DH & Mira on Sunday midnight. It wasn't planned, hence we couldn't get the ticket for the earlier show at 9PM-ish.



Journey To The Center of The Earth 3D

Su saw this movie before me, but not in 3D. I suppose the movie wasn't something you'd want to watch repeatedly so soon. So I thought I'd go with DH & Mira instead.

It has to be in 3D for me just because, you know. Even though it was shown in the 'normal' cinema. Lol.

And I'm glad we did. The experience was worth the cramped seat and uncomfy 3D glasses sitting on your face.

The movie is an adaptation of the novel written by Jules Verne.

Trevor Anderson discovers in the box Max's (his late brother) old baseball glove, a yo-yo, and the novel. Inside the book Trevor finds notes written by his brother that indicates the centre of the earth exists.

Upon further investigation, he realizes that he must go to Iceland to see it for himself. He intends to send Sean (his nephew, Max's son) back to his mother, but relents at Sean's protest and brings Sean along for the adventure. They start by looking for another volcanologist.

When they get there, they meet a woman named Hannah, who offers to help them. While hiking the mountain a lightning storm forces the three into a cave that collapses. Trevor, Sean, and Hannah investigate farther into the cave until they fall into a deep pit, taking them to the "Center of the Earth". They all continue until they discover a cave dwelling that Max lived in.

They found Max's old journal and later discovered Max's dead body and bury him. Trevor continues to read Max's journal until he realizes from his notes that they must quickly leave, as the temperature is steadily rising. He figured, from the novel, that they must find a geyser that can send them to the surface. They must do this in 48 hours or all of the water to create the geyser will be gone.

And so, more adventure ensues.



The Dark Knight

Most anticipated movie of this year, no? I remembered writing about it here, in this entry. And it didn't disappoint.

You can read the synopsis elsewhere. I'm going to write my experience watching this movie. This may contain spoilers so if you don't want to get spoilt, better skip the whole thing.

Gawd! Don't you just love the Joker? I think he's awesome. Maybe I'm 'sick' to actually think that. Lol.

The bank robbery scene was just brilliant. I'm just blown away by it. Eventhough it's a little gory and brutal. Well, when you rob a mafia bank, what do you expect, eh?

The script was cool -- witty and pretty snarky at all the right places. The movie was fast paced. Although I must say, the second time I watched it with DH, it feels rather draggy. Maybe because I already know what happened. Maybe because DH was being annoying by fussing over Mira (leave the kid alone, FFS!). But it really dragged the second time around.

Now, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes? Sorry, I couldn't buy it. She's too... mature (?) to play Rachel. I prefer Katie Holmes. She plays it just right in a 'I'm pure and serious but flimsy' kinda way.

I think we'll be seeing Harvey 'Two-Face' Dent come back in future movies. I don't think he's dead. Well, Harvey Dent died, but not Two-Face. Villain in Batman series hardly dies, no? ;-)

Christian Bale is my Batman. 'Nuff said.

You should go watch this if its still in the theater. It'll be great. It'll be fantastic. I wouldn't mind watching this again, actually.

I'm giving this movie 9 over 10 with two thumbs up!


xoxo

Monday, August 4, 2008

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

It's hereeeeeeeeeee... Breaking Dawn is here!


Borders kept their promise! I'm in love with them. I received a SMS from them yesterday evening at about 8pm, I think. And wished for Monday to come sooner.

I joyously woke up this morning, feeling light and happy. I took my boss's maid to the dentist and after that I stopped by Borders to pick my order up. The sale for this book was rung at approximately 11:10 AM.

Le sigh.

I'm so freakin' excited, can? I cannot wait to continue reading. I managed to read until chapter two. Had to cut my lunch break short to do work (eyerrrrr). Should have gone to the courtyard so I could have read it in peace and quiet.

I've already know what will happen as well as the ending, because I was kiasu enough to Google for it over the weekend. Hehe. But whatever... it's the 'journey' towards the end that counts :p

So I shall hold my judgment of the book after all the reviews and spoilers I've read so far.

xoxo

Friday, August 1, 2008

Ah, Edward. I've missed you.

Said Tanya, of the Denali clan.

The Denali clan is another 'vegetarian' vampires who lives in the northern part of North America. They're acquaintances of the Cullens, and Tanya specifically has an interest in Edward. Tanya is said to be stunningly gorgeous and has strawberry blonde hair.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you see it, Edward prefers brunette. Muahaha.

Since 12 July, fans were given glimpses of what's to come in Breaking Dawn by checking out the Quotes of the Day page over at Stephenie Meyer's official website. It's rather exciting to say the least.

The folks in US will be able to get their hands on the book tomorrow. I'm just hoping Borders will deliver their promise. Last I checked, it's still 4 Aug. And I have placed a booking for the said book (at last!).

So, what have I been up to?

I lost a tooth on Wednesday. Boohoo. I thought we can save it, but it was badly chipped. Hence, there was not enough structure to build on if I were to do root canal.

Because the tooth was not really a bad tooth either, it took a while for the dentist to extract it out. Of course at that time, there was no pain. But afterwards? After the numbness has gone away? The term 'ouch' wouldn't suffice.

The painkillers the dentist gave me helps but only mildly. I dunno, man. I think the tooth was still 'alive' and it's not really the time for it to go yet. And thus, I suffered. I'm having a hard time eating any solid food still. Sigh.

No mood to do anything much, too. I opened up Blogger a couple of times but couldn't get anything done.

Anyway, the whole ordeal costs me RM180. I think about a year ago I spent RM800 for a root canal, to the tooth right next to it. And if I want to get a denture to replace the said missing tooth? It'll costs me about RM400, more or less.

o_O

xoxo