Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Sale...

I went to a book sale yesterday... I had all my shopping strategy planned out on how to get the best deals out of this sale. When I got there, I sort of lost myself upon looking at all the fiction books laid right in front of me. Hence, forgetting all of the strategies. This sale works this way (for most fiction books) : buy 2, get 1 at 50 %.

   After making the purchase, I felt good, thinking that I got the best deal... As I was heading towards the elevator, I got a text from Puan ( My NS friend from Selangor) that read : Guess how much I paid for 'The Elite'? Upon receiving this text, I already knew that she got the better deal than me. I actually bought The Elite (by Kiera Cass) a few weeks ago for RM30 +.

    I bought it for RM 10 at a sale, she replied.

AARGHH! I think I would have screamed in frustration if I was not in that elevator with my family and some strangers.

   I told her about the sale I went to and how it works. She replied that it did not sound like a sale to her..
But still, at least I got all the books at a cheaper price,eh?

   Anyway, I'm still glad that I bought a collection of Jane Austen's classics and some other books. So, I guess it doesn't matter any more.

 



Saturday, May 25, 2013

Starters by Lissa Price


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Title: Starters (Starters #1)
Author: Lissa Price
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Dystopia


Blurb:

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


After two disappointing reads by Alexandra Potter, I find Starters by Lissa Price a delightful surprise. Though the beginning of the story was slow, so to speak, I find myself engrossed in knowing what happened to Callie. The author refers those below the age of 20 as 'starters' and those above the age of 60 as 'enders'. Callie is a starter who had decided to rent her body out to an ender. In return, she would receive a large sum of money, just enough for her to rent a house so that Tyler (her little brother), Michael (a friend) and her would not live on the streets anymore.

   She was asked to sign a contract, stating that her body was to be rent out thrice. During her final rent, something went wrong. The renter was supposed to be 'asleep' throughout the rental. However, Callie found herself regaining consciousness after awhile. Book 1 ended in such a way that I find myself yearning to know more about the story. In Book 1, Callie fell for a privileged kid-Blake, who isn't the boy Callie thought he is. An ender was actually renting Blake's body when Callie met him. I am intrigued if Callie would fall for the real Blake or choose Michael over him.

  Starters is well-written and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi/ romance/ thriller.

School Break!

After two weeks of school, I am ready to shift to my holiday mode again. For those of you who have read through my other posts, you should know how indecisive a person I am. Currently, I have decided to cross my fingers that my appeal to transfer to art stream will be approved ( sorry to bother you guys with the whole decision-making thing)

   Lately, I've been trying to catch up with the episodes I'd missed in season 3 of Downton Abbey. I have to say, I am SHOCKED by Lady Sybil's death. I did not see that coming. To tell the truth, I am very upset by this twist in the plot as she is actually one of my favourite characters in Downton Abbey. Too upset that I decided to just read the synopsis of season 3 online.

   Who's excited about the newest season of The Voice? I know I am =)  I used to prefer American Idol to The Voice. However, since the drama going on with the AI judges seem to be the highlight of the show rather than the talent of the contestants, The Voice has taken the top spot on my list of watchable reality shows. Just my opinion, no offense to anyone in particular.

   Oops! Sorta went out of topic there..

   My ideal vacation: hanging out by the beach with a good book, trips to historical locations, visits to museums, castles.... No clothes-shopping involved in my ideal vacation.

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Confused...

Just when I thought that I have finally made up my mind on my pre-u studies, I started doubting my decision. Form 6 is an excellent choice but the thought of completing it as a science stream student just doesn't appeal to me.

   Last week, I went to the education department with a couple of my mates to hand in some documents for school and stream transfer. The lady in charge that day told us that any process for stream transfer is impossible till next month. Hearing that piece of information has brought my hopes and eagerness to study form 6 plummeting downhill.

  I started considering other options: a-level, MUFY and foundation. The thing about these 3 options is that if I decided to go for any one of them, I will no doubt be thrown in an unfamiliar place and will be expected to do some assignments that are alien to me with little guidance ( My Opinion). However, IF my transfer is a success, I'll get to go through form 6 in a familiar surrounding with teachers who only have my best interests in mind.

  Sometimes, I think I'm a coward. I'm not daring enough to take up new challenges, not bold enough to face a change.
 
   I didn't expect things to be so complicated. I just hope that JPA better be getting on with the stream transfer work...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Disappointments

 It is a truth universally acknowledged that one will definitely have disappointments in life, it's only the matter of how one handles it...


The disappointments I face lately:

1.) Form 6


     I went to register as a Form 6 student on the 8th of May. The school is wonderful, the environment is just beautiful and the teachers seem helpful.... Everything is nice. So, you're probably wondering why I'm disappointed about form 6, even when classes only start next week. Well, to be more exact , I'm disappointed in the process of switching from science stream to art stream.I didn't know that the process could be so complicated...and time-consuming. It sucks that I'll miss out on classes that I'm interested to take up on. After consulting the teachers, it seems that I MUST WAIT till June to know if my appeal has been approved. I guess I have no choice but to suck it up and just get through with it...



2.) Me and Mr.Darcy- written by Alexandra Potter

   
     Just when I thought I could escape from reality (even just for a little while) and the stress of constantly worrying about form 6 by reading a good book, I felt that I've been let down. After reading few books written by Alexandra Potter, 'Me and Mr. Darcy' is the least interesting. The story progresses very, very slowly in the beginning. In fact, after about 30+ pages, I feel like giving up on the book. However, I did finish the book by speed reading it... I don't really enjoy reading encounters between Emily Albright and Mr. Darcy. (For those of you who don't know who Mr. Darcy is, I suggest you to read 'Pride & Prejudice' by Jane Austen. It's a classic! The thought of Mr. Darcy falling for Emily is just ..... just so unlike the Mr. Darcy I've imagined him to be. I  mean Mr. Darcy is only for Elizabeth Bennet and Elizabeth Bennet is for him. Don't get me wrong, I love Mr. Darcy but I won't want to have him for me. Thankfully, at the end of the story, Emily found her own Mr. Darcy, that is Nelson Bryan Hargreaves (a.k.a Spike). 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Decision making time

After I got my SPM results slip, the first question everyone asks me is how's my result, followed by what i want to do next. Form 6? A-level? Foundation studies?

   At that time, I thought that time was on my side, that I have plenty of time for me to decide... These few weeks have been nerve-wrecking though. Some of my friends decided to go for a diploma and have started their studies already while some went for foundation studies. Anyway, the form 6 list just got out and my name's on it, which means I'm not accepted for Matrikulasi. Secretly, I'm pleased as I'm not looking forward to leaving my hometown to study elsewhere (even though it'll still be in Malaysia). It's kinda stressful to watch as everyone seems to know what they want and has taken a step towards achieving their goals and dreams whereas I still don't know what I want. I need to know what my dream career is for me to choose which pre-u studies to go for. Hence, I bought 3 self-help books about how to choose a suitable career, how to survive college, learning more about oneself to choose the perfect career...

    If someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up, my answers will be as follows ( based on years):

In 2008: a novelist
In 2009: an astronomer
In 2010: a wedding planner
In 2011: a nutritionist
In 2012: a lawyer
In 2013 (Jan-March): a lawyer
In 2013 (April-???) : I don't know but it's definitely something related to sociology..

    When I told my friends that I don't dream of becoming a lawyer anymore, they practically disagree about my decision and think that I'm out of my mind... They reasoned that I'm suited for this kind of career based on my personality... However, I know that my personality is not the main reason why they think i should become a lawyer. It's because they know I love debating. I have to admit, the main reason I used to dream of becoming a lawyer is because I love to have a good debate ( though I'm never the best speaker in debate competitions). I thought that becoming a lawyer would allow me to do what I like full-time and make a living out of it.... By the way, I also met a girl in National Service who also wants to be a lawyer. In fact, she's currently doing her A-levels at a local university which offers a law degree.... okay, back to the topic- ... though my friends think that I should still work my way into becoming a lawyer, my family, relatives and even family friends who've known me ever since I was a baby think that law is not suitable for me... I;m just glad that at least there are people who support this decision of mine.....

     I took online personality tests and found out a little more about myself... even some personality traits that I would deny I have.. Maybe law isn't for me.. Coincidentally, I've read two novels- 'Something Borrowed' and ' The Undomestic Goddess' in which the main character works as a lawyer. Maybe the authors exaggerated life as a working lawyer a little... They have no personal time, rarely spent any time with their family, crazy workload, etc.... and I realised that this is not the life I want to have...

   Then, I came across the term 'sociology'... After googling it, I found sociology to be quite an interesting subject... So, I went to Youtube to watch a sociology lecture. Surprisingly, I didn't fall asleep halfway through it. :)  I'm taking that as a good sign as I remember that I once watched a law lecture on Youtube and found myself slowly drifting away after 3 minutes or so.. At first, I thought that maybe it's the lecturer's fault that I couldn't pay attention to it... but then scrolling down the page, I found comments like ' Oh my gosh! I wish my lecturer is as good as you' , ' awesome lecture, dude!' and more comments of this sort...

   I can't say for sure that I will, 100% be taking up a sociology degree in the future.. However, since I have decided on at least 1 thing, which is to go for form 6, I think I can still explore more about my likes and interests before I finally have to decide about which course to take in university