Saturday, April 2, 2016

Books I've read growing up

I am in my forties and I have read books since I was in preschool. The fondest memories I had while I was growing up was when my mom read me a story from a fairy tale book while I was doing her hair. I think that was the moment I fall in love with books and stories. I let my mind wondering that I was a beautiful princess living in a beautiful castle.

Here are a few books that I growing up reading
[at least the one that I still remember]

#1. Fairy tales story like Cinderella, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs and many more. I probably read the one in Malay

#2. Sweet Valley High Series - my first english book that I read in my teen

#3. Hardy Boys series
I think I still have them in my parent house. Probably the translated version.

#4. Nancy Drew series- this was when my love for mystery and thriller started to develop.

#5. Malory tower series - the book I got me started to fantasised about living somewhere in Europe

#6. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens - I had to read this book for school but I think I enjoyed it

#7. Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Another mystery book with lots of action and clues that kept you guessing

#8. Salina by A. Samad Said
I don't really remember much about this book but I think I read it too early. This is definitely an adult book

#9. Bercakap dengan Jin by Tamar Jalis
This one I do remember because my mom loved it. I can't sleep well after reading a book. So many scary stuff in there.

#10. The secret of terror castle - Alfred Hitchcock and three investigat
Don't remember much but I think it's about mystery, clues and some bad guy.

It definitely would be nice if I could reread some of them now.
Does any of you remember or read these books? Let me know what you think?

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Friday, April 1, 2016

April is for

Alhamdulillah April is here. The more we go into the months and into 2016, the more money we don't have to spend at work. It's pretty bad. Personally I am glad that this happened because I can have more time to spend with my family and focus on the most important things like my heath and learning new things.

April is for

April is for ..
- travelling to a far far away country
- Read more books
- Birthdays of my younger son and my husband
- New season of Empire
- Color more pages in my coloring book
- Watch the rest of Agents of Shield season 2
- Review my 2016 goals and make actionable plan to achieve them
- Doing 21 day fix for round 2. I intend to do this program one more time before moving on to 21 day fix extreme
- I still did not get a chance to make photo book for 2015 and 2014 photos. I have to schedule this in my planner otherwise I am not going to do it

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Favorites 2016

  • I am obsessed with Agents of SHIELD this month. I just can't stop watching them. I have finished with season 1 and now I am watching season 2. I hate that they make Ward a bad guy. I really like him. And in between I rewatched Avengers 1 and Captain America Winter Soldier.
  • I am doing 21 day fix this month and totally loving it.
  • I am rereading Time Management from Inside Out and totally loving it. I made a lists of the books I want to reread this year. Hopefully I can reread more books.
  • Apps I am obsessing this month is workout app and activity app on apple watch 
  • I am trying Microsoft Office 365 this month and I like that they gave 1TB space on OneDrive. I have always love Microsoft product and I still think Microsoft Office app / software is still the best one in the market.
  • My favorite book of the month is definitely Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. I am still thinking about the book even though right now I am reading another book - After Anna and Marine One.
  • I am so looking forward to iPad Pro 9.7". Can't wait to upgrade. Too bad I can't pre order the tablet. 
  • Spending time with my family during school holiday is definitely one of my favorite thing this month.
I hope you had an amazing March.  No matter how hard life gets, try to stay positive and look for things to be grateful for.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Apple watch after six months

It has been about six month since the first time I invited Apple watch into my life. The little device that got lots of mix review ever since it's first debut in early 2015. Do I think the price is a bit expensive, yes especially when you live outside US. Do I think you need this watch, of course not. If talking about what you need, technology was not one of them. Not the way that you need oxygen, water, food and shelter.

Do I think this little device help improve my lifestyle? Definitely. It's functional and stylish at the same time.

Here are my thoughts on Apple watch after using it for six month 

1. I still love my apple watch. I do wish I had bought a bigger one, 42mm in Rose Gold will definitely look cool.
2. I can't bring myself to wear any other watch that I own even though some times I miss my Michel Kors Gold Watch. I don't know why
3. I don't have any problem charging my watch every night because I don't wear a watch while I am sleeping. I secretly wish that my body heat can charge the watch
4. I used mostly the activity app and fantastical app. I do wish the translator app works like a universal translator from Star Trek. That would be cool
5. I can't wait for Apple pay to be available in Malaysia. Taking out my purse or even my phone out of my bag feel like a hassle now. The Apple watch spoil me πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’‹ big time.
6. I wanted to run outside and track my running using the Apple watch but at 37 degree Celsius  outside is just way too hot for purposely sweating. Can't wait to try using the running app when the weather is a little bit cooler
7. I am constantly looking for apps to be used with the Apple watch. Waiting patiently for whatsapp, gsc and facebook to be available on Apple watch
8. I really love how easy it is to change the band on Apple Watch. I used to have Elle watch with changeable band and it was not easy.
9. I secretly wish that I have a fairy godmother to grant me Apple Watch Edition in roes gold. That would be so cool. The price in Malaysia is about RM 57,000 and above.
10. I have been wearing a wrist watch for as long as I can remember. I love wearing a wrist watch even though now you don't really need one since you can look at the time from your phone. So Apple watch is a warm welcome and it feels like home.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

11 books related questions

Part of cultivating a good life is to record your life in lists. What better way to document your life other than doing tag questions.

Ever since I rediscover my passion for reading, I have been enjoying watching booktuber and read books review. So many new genre, so many new authors. One of the things that I want to focus on this year is to to cultivate a good life and record it. One of them for me is to enjoy reading, read intentionally and record them. And to record the things in between is by answering a few tags questions.

Here are 11 Books related Questions

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

My favourite place is definitely my bed. The only time I sit while reading is when I read textbooks or productivity books.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper

Neither. I usually flip the corner of a page. I just can't keep bookmark stay in a book for long. I always lost them.

3. Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter , part etc

Yes I can. Being a mom didn't give me the luxury to stop reading at a certain page or chapter. I just have to stop even in the middle of a sentence and I just reread them the next time I pick up the book.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Not while reading a fiction. But for  more serious book that requires analysis and thinking, I need a cup of hot MiLO.

5. Can you read while listening to music / watching TV

I can read while listening to music but not while watching TV.

6. One book at a time or several at once

I can read several books at a time, it's like watching several TV shows at a time.

7. Reading at home or everywhere

Doesn't matter to me. I can read everywhere.

8. Reading out loud or silent in your head?

Definitely reading silent in my head

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Yes when I just can't stand the suspense and I just want to know who did it. 😁

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Breaking the spine, I love a worn and used book.

11. Do you write in books?

No. I usual write my thoughts in a notebook. I highlight some of interesting part in a book.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter // book review

It's long over due. I wanted to read this book late last year but somehow I just did not get around to it. This is definitely the best book I have ever read in 2016.

What the book is about?
"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 novel from one of the finest writers working today." 
excerpt from

What do I think?
1. Definitely one of my favorite books of 2016. This book definitely made me love Karin Slaugher writing more and more
2. The story was told in the perspective of the victim's family. How the tragedy affected all of them even after twenty years.  It feels so sad and scary at the same time
3. I like that she include the father's perspective after loosing a child and not knowing what happened
4. I totally did not expect the twist and turn of the story. I really love when a writer surprised me like that. I did not see that coming.
5. The scene when the two sisters found her lost sister's remains was one of the saddest part for me. It's so heart ranching and sad at the same time.

I highly recommend this book for anybody who loves crime/thriller genre. I also recommend the audiobook.. Well narrated and I can feel the father's pain every time I read his letter to Julia.

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