Saturday, August 15, 2015

Something totally random

Since I am still not feeling well since yesterday, I decided that today is going to be a light and stress free day. I am not going to push myself on doing things that makes me frustrated and tired.


I was pleasantly surprise to see these photos in my SD card. I love that my kids now develop the love of photography. So much creativity in the house.


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He is making a beautiful mess at the family dining table. I wish I could provide him (secretly me too) a room for making a mess. Where we can be creative and not to worry about the mess around us.

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Note: Photos were taken with Canon 60D and process with Adobe Photoshop CC using Paint the Moon Action

Friday, August 14, 2015

Books I am looking forward to this year

I have always loves books. I am happy that these last few years I have come back to it. I  might not have read as many books as I would have like but I have started reading again and that's a big accomplishment for me. I think slowly over the years internet have managed to kill my desire for reading a book because I suddenly discover that I have other things I am interested in like scrapbooking, blogging, musics, photography and many more.  Now I am in love again with books either a physical book, an ebook or even audiobook. I take what I can get. Life is short and I need to improvise.
I am exited again with books. Looking forward to buying them and looking forward to reading them. Yeah for me!

(image source from pinterest)

Earlier this year I made the list about books that I am looking forward in 2015. Since than I have cross some of them off my lists. Now at the middle of the year or rather almost at the end of the year I discovered a few more books that are coming soon which I would have love to add to my collection.

Here are some of them.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today." excerpt from amazon.com

"When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...
A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down." excerpt from amazon.com

** I am super duper excited with the third book of the series. I loved loved the first two books.

"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.
That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.
Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters." excerpt from amazon.com

"Meet the neighbours from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and readers describe as "fast-paced," "chilling," and "impossible to put down.”
When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.
But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie's best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.
As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . . 
The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone." excerpt from amazon.com


"NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. 

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end." excerpt from amazon.com

"When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery, NYPD Red gets the call. Traversing the city's highs and lows, from celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan's criminal underworld, Zach and Kylie have to find a cold-blooded killer--before he strikes again. 

NYPD Red 4 is the next sensational thriller by James Patterson, the #1 bestselling crime writer of all time." excerpt from amazon.com

"Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Father and son haven't spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie-a local attorney and pillar of the community-has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.
To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty? 
With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father's wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism . . . and violence" excerpt from amazon.com

"Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun.

Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house.  Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior.

Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best." excerpt from amazon.com

"Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet. 

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.  

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them. " excerpt from amazon.com

"After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood." excerpt from amazon.com

I can't wait to add these books into my collection for 2015. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Daughter of deep silence by Carrie Ryan // the review


This is my first book by Carrie Ryan. The thing that made me want to read this book is the book cover. It speaks mysterious, sadness and darkness.


What this book is about?

"I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.
 
In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.
 
Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose." excerpt from amazon.com

What do I think about the book?
-I love the book. To me this book is about revenge and it feels a lot like the TV Series "Revenge"
- I totally care about the characters like Frances, Libby, Shepard and Grey.
- listening to the audiobook is also a pleasure
- I am glad that in the end Frances manage to do the right thing
- Surviving the shipwreck and the seven days afloat at sea is not something people get over with and move on. She struggled with this issue through out the book. I can totally felt her pain.

I recommend this book if you revenge story and mystery. It's an enjoyable read.

Currently reading: The Girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

5 tips // Surviving life at home when you are sick

The weather in Malaysia is going to be raining most of the day especially in the evening. I hate to travel in a bad weather and sometimes I just got sick. Being sick is never a fun thing. It's even not fun when you are home alone and no one is around to attend to your every needs.

Every time this happened, I always do these few things to survive the whole day while waiting for your family to get home.

1. Take your pills early in the morning

So that you don't forget to take them. It's important for speedy recovery

2. Take a nap

 Not too long please. When there's nobody at home I tend to sleep more than usual. The calm and the serenity of a home that I welcome when I am sick

3. Drink more water than usual

When you are sick especially when you have a fever or a cold, your body needs a lot of fluid to recover. So don't forget to drink lots of water.

4. Take the opportunity to be creative

I usually do scrapbooking or journalling in the afternoon after I got a lot of rest in the morning. It feels so good to just do the things that you love. It really helps to boost up your mood and speed up recovery.

5. Exercise

I know, I know when you are sick the last thing you want to do is exercise. I believe that a good sweat can help speed up your recovery. When you are feeling a little bit better, try to squeeze in 30 minutes of low impact workout. Believe me your mood will improve after feeling your heartbeat beat faster than usual.

By the time I done with all of these fun activities, you will feel so much better and so ready to face the next challenge (being a mother again).





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Digital Project Life Layouts [Week 32] and more....

Week thirty two was filled with Eid fest and show case new clothing at work. Even though my schedule was pretty hectic, I am happy that my trusty planner is here to help. I just wanted my life to fill with many good memories and happy moments.

Oh I am happy to report that I've finished reading Daughter of Deep Silence. Love the book but I want the ending to be more.. more of Francis and Grey.

Any way moving on to this week digital project life. As always I am making these layouts using Project Life app. I used mainly the kits from the app. 

THIS IS MY DIGITAL PROJECT LIFE          LAYOUTS FOR WEEK THIRTY TWO

PAGE 01

Week 32a-web

PAGE 02

Week 32b-web
SIDE BY SIDE

Week 32a-web Week 32b-web
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To see what I did in 2014, see them all here in my flickr albums

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Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here.
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AND MORE.....
My layouts with Project Life App using mostly photos taken from last week. Keeping things simple and focus more on the photos and the story.

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If you have not tried mobile scrapbooking maybe you should try doing so. Don't let your photos lost somewhere in your phone. Scrapbook them and use Project Life App to make life a little bit simpler and more fun!

Monday, August 10, 2015

#listersgottalists August 2015 // Part 1

For August I decided to go back to a physical notebook. My plan is to doodle and make the list as simple as possible. This will also give me the opportunity to practice doodling and coloring. Two things which I love to do since as long as I can remember.

To download this month list, head on to http://listersgottalist.com for the full lists.



HERE ARE MY LISTS FOR
DAY 01 - DAY 10

LIST 01 - FAVORITE AUGUST MEMORIES 

List 01-Aug2015

LIST 02 - MY FAVOURITE SEASON AND WHAT I LIKE TO DO

List 02-Aug2015

LIST 03 - MEMORABLE EMAILS OR LETTERS I RECEIVED

List 03-Aug2015

LIST 04 - PROJECTS STARTED BUT NEVER FINISHED

List 04-Aug2015

LIST 05 - WHAT I AM ALWAYS MEANING TO DO

List 05-Aug2015

LIST 06 - FAVORITE EYECANDY

List 06-Aug2015

LIST 07 - WHAT I DID THIS WEEK TO BE PROUD OF

List 07-Aug2015

LIST 08 - MY PERFECT DAY

List 08-Aug2015

LIST 09 - ALL ABOUT MY PLANNER

List 09-Aug2015

LIST 10 - WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MY FRIENDS

List 10-Aug2015

I hope you are feeling inspired and keep continue listing. Don't stop even when you think you are behind.

HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH THE LISTING PROJECT?

HAPPY LISITING! BE HAPPY, BE CREATIVE , BE YOU

FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST TO SEE MY PREVIOUS LISTS

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Project 365 [ Week 32]

Alhamdulillah week thirty two end with everything fit into place. As usual, Malaysian celebrate Eid for a month, so it's normal for us to host open house and still wish "Selamat Hari Raya " to each other. 

HERE IS MY WEEK IN PHOTOS

DAY 215- Monday started a little bit slow for me. I don't spend enough time with my second child. So today I asked him to accompany me for dinner, just the two of us. It was a nice night and he makes my heart smile.

Day 215

DAY 216- Eid "open house" at the office. We prepared about 70% of the food ourselves. These are my team for 2015. One two guys in my team (one of them work outside the office this week) and the rest are girls. Girl power!!!

Day 216

DAY 217- I decided to wear blue to day. I have not tried this outfit with blue hijab. Apparently this look works. I am also listening to Daughter of Deep Silence on the way to work. I am loving it so far. This book remind me a lot of Revenge TV series.

Day 217

DAY 218- Another open house at the office. Alhamdulillah my lunch was taken care of this week. And we made a birthday card for our new boss.

Day 218

DAY 219- Friday is always my favorite day. During our lunch break, as usual we went to IOI City Mall for lunch. I also take the opportunity to change my iPhone screen protector. I decided to go for a simple and clean look.

Day 219

DAY 220- My daughter has her Sports day today. I have to take her to school early in the morning before dawn. 

Day 220

DAY 221- Sunday we went to "open house", luckily all of them are located near my home. So no facing a horrible traffic jam.

Day 221

TAKE A LOOKED AT MY 2014 JOURNEY HERE.
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These are my life in photos for week thirty two for 2015  . So many things happened and if I don't take the time to document them I might miss a lot. I still believe when you took the time to document the every day and the good things that happened in your life, you will be more grateful. Just saying.

Do you join Project 365 this year?
 If you do linked up in the comment, I would love to 
see your work and a glimpse of your life in 2015 
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