Well, I will be attending a seminar from 28 - 30 March, so won't be doing any blogging within this period. Meanwhile, have fun! :)
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Ten on Tuesday

This week topic is a tough choice. So many movies, so many characters I like...but of course I have to list only ten. ;P (Please note they are not in order.)
1. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman - X-Men)
2. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter)
3. Legolas (Orlando Bloom - The Lord of the Rings)
4. Yan (Tony Leung - Infernal Affairs)
5. Laura Chapman (Emmy Rossum - The Day After Tomorrow)
6. Chihiro (A girl in this animation - Spirited Away)
7. Haku (A boy who’s helping Chihiro in Spirited Away)
8. Christian (Ewan McGregor – Moulin Rouge)
9. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump)
10. Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanic)
You Are Jean Grey

Although your fate is often unknown, you always seem to survive (even after death).
Your mind is your greatest weapon, literally!

Powers: telepathy and telekinesis, the ability to project thoughts into the mind of others, communication with animals

Wow, this is cool!


Week of March 25: A Few of My Favorite Things
What's your favorite.....
1. food I can't decide...I have too many to list ;P
2. movie Spirited Away (an animation - great work, great imaginations!!!)
3. song Tough choice! I have too many favorites...
4. color blue
5. outdoor activity does traveling counts? hehe...
6. season Autumn (although it's always summer here!)
7. book Too many to list!
8. store Bookstores!!! LOL.
9. car Hmm...I'm not really a car person
10. animal Penguin
till next time....
Oh wow, I can say this is one of the best crime thrillers I have read so far (well, besides Mo Hayder that is IMHO)! It has all the right elements in this book; thrill, action, suspense, emotional name it, this book got it. Now I just have to look out his two other releases - Flint and Flint's Law, which is part of this series.

The heroine, Grace Flint is the best undercover cop in the business. She changes her identity/personality like a chameleon whenever the job requires her to do so, and she knows she is good at it. But she is tortured by her past betrayals; for she would never forget what her ex-husband did to her and also she is beginning to like and attach to their son, Jack who now facing great danger from her tormentors.

Karl Grober is an ambitious and a vicious East European money-launderer, not to mention one of the Ten Most Wanted criminals by the FBI. Grober's ally, Alexander Carcani, is an Albanian who runs a prostitution business and also selling childrens' body parts around the globe. Flint's assignment is to infiltrate Grober's organization and bring him down. She is also feeding doubts into Carcani's mind by pulling off another stunt, hoping the two men will fight between themselves, but she doesn't expect her cover is blown and now she will try every means to bring the two criminals to justice and to protect her son before all hell break loose.
These doggies pics make me smile. So cute...

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Booking Through Thursday
  1. Short Stories? Or full-length novels? Well, I love reading anything - be they short or full length stories as long as I am hooked to the storyline.
  2. And, what's your favorite source for short stories? (You know, if you read them.) Clevermag and shortstories.

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I was in a book-shopping mood yesterday. Just look at these titles I bought!!! I am so excited to see Laurell K Hamilton, Karen Robard, Nicci French and Paul Eddy's books on the shelves. (Note: Paul Eddy's Flint's Law isn't a new release, and since I am currently reading his book and am loving it, so I am interested to read his older releases). And as for the rest, they are new authors to me.

Warrior Angel by Margaret and Lizz Weis

Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac by Vicki Pettersson

Danse Macabre by Laurell K Hamilton

Vanished by Karen Robards

The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens

Flint's Law by Paul Eddy

Losing You by Nicci French
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I am in a lousy mood today, and am beginning to get sick of my job. Well, don't get me wrong, the job isn't that bad, it is always the human relationship that sometimes makes the work difficult or even tedious. You can always resolve a work problem no matter how, but you can NEVER resolve the interpersonal relationships. I find that is quite true in my opinion, don't you think so?

Well, I can get along well with most of my co-workers. I believe in trust and sincereity. And personally I feel that a superior and his subordinate should work together with an open mind and sharing their thoughts. And I don't think it is fair if the superior throws his tantrums to his subordinate just because he feels he has the right to, and especially when it is not even the subordinate's fault. Or even worse still, when he is not even your immediate superior and you just happens to be assisting him, and that was exactly what happened to me. Urgh! I just need to get this off... well, have to get back to work now. Hmph!
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Some of them are job-related, so not much I can do about it. Hmph!
  1. Doing stuff at the last minute (Urgh!)
  2. Proofreading
  3. Ironing clothes
  4. Vacuuming/Spring cleaning
  5. Sorting old stuff
  6. Filing of documents
  7. Queuing at the bank
  8. Scrubbing toilet bowls (Yucks!)
  9. Answering nuisance phone calls
  10. Rushing things
You Are 40% Left Brained, 60% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

It's no wonder my Mathematics sucks. Hehe.
Well, I am curious to find out if anyone is addicting to any drinks. Do you have a favourite drink? And what do you drink every day?

I love teas. I have several types of teas in my kitchen (e.g. green tea, oolong tea, white tea and black tea etc). For anyone who knows me well, I am a BIG green tea drinker. I drink it every morning, way before I start my breakfast. (For your info, I have my breakfast in the office. I will come in the office before the official hours and check my emails, read blogs while munching on bread and sipping my cup of green tea.) In the afternoon, I will have jasmine green tea (green tea with jasmine aroma which is equally good to the tastebuds in my opinion), right after my lunch. It has becomes a habit to me, and now I am thinking if consuming too much green tea is bad for health. I have read lots of articles that said drinking green tea is beneficial to one's health, but is drinking too much harmful? I don't know... Or how does too much caffeine do to our health? I need to do a google on this.

1. Speaking of writing in books, what about writing the entire thing? Do you write? Aspire to write? Dream about writing?

Yes, I love writing. It has always been my passion. I have written a few short stories, and even tried a novella during Nanowrimo last year (you need to write at least 50k words). It was fun, and till now I cannot believe myself completing it. Now a little pressure here and there isn't really a bad thing huh? ;)

2. If you do write, do you do it for yourself, or because you hope to be published? (Or because you ARE published?)

I'm doing it because I love writing. They are my babies, and are like part of me. Some of my stories are based on the things I heard or seen, while some are my thoughts, and the rest...are purely my imaginations. :) Of course I hope to be published, who wouldn't? Two of my short stories were published by Clevermag some time ago, and I haven't been submitting any stories to them lately, but I will try to do so again.

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Lately I have been receiving a lot of spam emails - both office and my personal Yahoo accounts. It is really irritating and annoying, imagine every morning you have to spend some time 'sweeping' them away before you can start your work. And it is even worse when you are away for a day or two and go back to find there are a chunk of them waiting for you.

I have tried every ways of blocking them; I called up our IT Support staff to report the spams, and in my own Yahoo email I will click on 'Spam' whenever I see one and the system will automatically file it under Bulk so I don't even bother to check any mails which are listed under this folder. But still, I receive spams every now and then. It is like a vicious cycle, and I am beginning to get tired of all this stuff. So, I am wondering if you have the same problem like this. Usually how many do you receive a day? Does it bother you? And what will you do about it? I would love to hear from you.
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Dear readers, if you have been following my blog, you should already know that I am also doing reviews for chinese novels, drama serials etc. I am pleased to say I have added a new blog for this purpose over here. There is no change with this blog though, i.e. I will continue to do my book/movie reviews, memes as well as other stuff. I hope you like the new look over there. Thanks! :)
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Ten on Tuesday
Ha! I have too many favourite albums to list, thus I had a hard time listing this. And you can tell I am most into the 80s songs, hehe. (Please note the list is not in order.)

Bananarama: The Greatest Hits Collection

Debbie Gibson: Greatest Hits

Tiffany: Hold An Old Friend's Hand

The Prodigy: The Fat of the Land

Eminem: Encore

JJ Lin Jun Jie: Cao Cao

JJ Lin Jun Jie: No. 89757

JJ Lin Jun Jie: Music Voyager

Edison Chen: Ed is On

Hanazakarino Kimitachihe Soundtrack
You Are A Good Friend

You're always willing to listen
Or lend a shoulder to cry on
You're there through thick and thin
Many people consider you their "best friend"!
OMG, you should read this book with gloves! It is HOT with a capital H! (Not to mention an eye candy alpha male gracing the cover. Note: This is an erotic romance suspense.)

Clint McIntyre, otherwise known as "Iceman" amongst his Navy SEAL mates is a tough warrior. He has destroyed a drug cartel in Columbia and now he is back for a break, but he never expects to run into Morganna Chavez, whom he has lusted for years and also happens to be his best friend's younger sister.

Morganna has been in love with Clint ever since she was sixteen, at that time he was only twenty-five and although Clint discourages her from getting too close to him, she never gives up and wishes one day he will come to accept her. On the other hand, Clint knows he can't give a life she wants for he had experienced a difficult childhood with an abusive father and a selfish mother whom doesn't care about him. He doesn't want to shatter her hopes so he keeps his distance, although it hurts him to do so.

Now Morganna is working with the DEA to uncover a thriving date-rape drug and no one knows her job except her best friend Raven. When Clint sees her mixing around at a BDSM club, he demands her to leave but Morganna refuses to succumb to his "threats". He gets furious when he later finds out Morganna is working in a dangerous mission, but she refuses to back out, saying this is what she has been wanting to do. Then there is a shot of gunfire outside the club and Clint isn't sure if it is aimed at Morganna. He has lost his two SEAL mates before and he wouldn't allow it to happen to Morganna, thus he will do anything to protect her at all costs.

Lora Leigh succeeds in creating an emotional intense and action paced romance suspense story, and other than that I like the characters too. Although Clint gives me the impression he is stubborn and dominant, he does has his soft side when Morganna is concerned. And I think Morganna is a strong heroine who isn't afraid to speak up and follows her mind. I could actually feel their love for each other and have enjoyed the emotional intense while reading it. You may also wish to read the story of Morganna's brother - Reno's Chance in Honk If You Love Real Men anthology, which begins this wonderful series.
Hello, everyone! I hope you have a great time at the Ultimate Blog Party last week which was hosted by 5 minutes for mom. It has been fun and it is a pleasure to know bloggers around the world.

Susan (one of the hostesses) asked if I was interested to have an interview to be featured on their Readers' blog (Readers' Book Reviews and Clubs), so how could I turn down this offer?! Of course I said yes! (Not to mention I have a fun time reading other interviews too.) :)


Week of March 11: Bookworms
For this week, lets talk about our fav books.
1. Do you like to read? What is your fav book? author?
Absolutely! I have been reading since I was in Primary School, and I am glad the passion never dies despite all these years. Well, I can't really list out one favourite book or author because I have too many on mind.
2. Do you hate it when they turn a book into a film?
Maybe, especially some parts that are not mentioned in the movie, which I think this isn't entirely unreasonable since we know a movie can't be made into details like a book. Another reason I love reading a book than watching that movie is because it leaves you to your imaginations.
3. Has a book ever changed your life? How?
Usually an inspiring and/or thought provoking story will do that to me. I can't say it will change my life though, but it will definitely set me thinking about it. Some time ago, I read this book: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, where the story revolves around a 13-year-old girl and what/how she feels about giving parts of her to save her older sister who has leukemia. There are family conflict, difficult moral choices and lots of emotions in this story which had set me thinking about the reality of life and the difficult choices we sometimes have to make, and whether or not are they right or wrong.
4. Do you tend to borrow books from the library or do you prefer to buy them?
I have never been to the library for a long, long time (because I don't want to rush a book so I am able to return it on time); I prefer to buy it so I can always re-read it if it is good.
5. Which book are you planning on reading next?
I have no idea. My reading depends a lot on my mood. Sometimes I am into paranormal, at other times I am into romance suspense or fantasy etc.
'Never judge a book by its movie.' J. W. Eagan
Till next time....
I have read the reviews from B&N before picking up this book, and I admit I was skeptical at first when I noticed most of them seem to give low ratings. But I told myself I am not going to miss reading it just because of that, so I went on and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and it wasn't as bad as some of the reviewers indicated. Judith McNaught's writings still shine in my opinion, and I like her characters. Anyway, back to the review...

Mitchell Wyatt never knew his family when he was young and assumed he was an orphan, while actually he belongs to the prominent Wyatt family, but Cecil Wyatt wouldn't acknowledge him as his grandson for he was the 'result' after his father had an affair with the secretary. Mitchell's mother demanded the child to be a legitimate Wyatt member, and Cecil sent Mitchell to exclusive board schools throughout the world, until he was a grown man and now a self-made millionaire.

Then William Wyatt disappeared; he was the only grandson whom Cecil acknowledged and everyone turned their attention to Mitchell since they were half-brothers. Mitchell cared for William and his family, but to the outsiders they thought he had an agenda of his own.

Mitchell met Kate Donovan in a restaurant on the Caribbean Island of Anguillia, when she accidentally splashed wine onto his shirt. He was attracted to her and asked her out. Kate had a lawyer boyfriend Evan who knew the Wyatt family, but he was too busy in his work and neglected their relationship. Kate thought she would enjoy the vacation with Evan, but he disappointed her. On the other hand, she was intrigued with Mitchell and after a few dates with him, she was attracted to him. Both of them were unaware that the detectives were following them, until they found a lead and had Mitchell return to Chicago for some queries about the murder of William. Evan told Kate that Mitchell might use her to get revenge on him as his father played a part in sending Mitchell away when he was younger. Then things go awry and misunderstandings and complications got in between Mitchell and Kate... And I was glad the suspense (plus the tension between Mitchell and Kate) led me to flip through the pages quickly. Finally, I hope Judith will go back to writing historicals again (maybe she does), because I find them a joy to read, and I can't forget her phenomenal bestseller Whitney, My Love.
Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you lend your books to other people? If so, any restrictions?

I don't mind lending books to other people, but they must be someone whom I know and can trust with handling and taking care of the books. I love my books, and I don't really want to see them returned with dog-earred pages or wrinkled. (Now do I sound like a strict librarian with her fussy rules? LOL.)

2. Do you borrow books from other people? (Friends or family--I'm not talking about the public library)

Yes, but rarely. I prefer to rent it from the bookstore or if I love the authors/genre very much, I will buy them.

3. And, most importantly--do the books you lend/borrow get returned to their rightful owners??

Yes. I always return the books to their rightful owners. Sometimes, a co-worker will borrow the books from me and she will return them to me on time.

Again, I got these from a forwarded email. I can't imagine what went wrong with them ... just look at the last picture! *shudders*

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Ten on Tuesday
  1. Swimming
  2. Knitting
  3. Web designing
  4. Skating
  5. Fashion designing
  6. Still life drawing (intermediate)
  7. Baking Mooncakes
  8. Drawing Manga
  9. Speaking foreign languages (i.e. French, Japanese)

I received this from a forwarded email and have no idea who shot it (perhaps with a little help from Photoshop or airbrushing) but I am simply enchanted by this picture. Reminds me of a fairy tale with a handsome prince and a beautiful princess that live happily ever after in this castle.
I found this just this morning - a blog party! Who will resist?! ;P And you are cordially invited to join in this party which is hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom. If you have a blog and would like to get to know everybody, this is it!

Come on in and make yourself comfy, and don't forget to leave your link or comments so we can visit! Thanks and have fun!

Week of March4: Random words I say, you think:
1. bug: Yucks!!
2. red: Loud!
3. traffic: Jam
4. apple: Crunchy
5. sexy: Mini skirts
6. book: Which title?
7. roller coaster: Scary
8. hippie: 80's
9. weekend: Can't wait!
10. chocolate: Oooh...
You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

Sheesh, I wish I have a knack for screenwriting! This result is just overrated...but yeah, I do enjoy creating stories. You feel great when the readers tell you they enjoyed reading your stories (especially those that are inspiring), and that's what matters the most.

I was so excited that I got the final volume of Hanazakarino Kimitachihe on Saturday! I was glad I made a reservation with a video shop so that they would give me a call when it was released. I wasn't surprised when I stepped into the shop and saw the shop assistant holding a long list of names and was busily calling up their customers to collect the DVDs. From this you can tell how popular this drama serial is. You may read my previous review here.

*** WARNING: SPOILERS!*** (well...except the ending)

Anyway, in this final episode, Rui Xi was thrilled to learn they were going for a vacation, especially when she learnt there will be a spa pool, but she was also vexed she couldn't enjoy it with the others since it was an open pool and that meant her identity would be exposed unless she had to do it in the middle of the night when everyone was sleeping.

So there she was, thinking she had the pool by herself when she stumbled upon Quan, who also thought there wouldn't be anyone around at that time. Both of them were equally stunned to find each other in the pool, but Quan was the first to "recover" from the surprise and not trying to embarrass her further (as well as himself), he left the pool first. Rui Xi was worried if Quan had found her behaviour unusual, but banished the thought as she was most worried about her identity being exposed, which to her relief Quan didn't appear to have known anything about it.

On the other hand, Quan was vexed and worried that Rui Xi's identity would be exposed under the scrutiny by the the famous photographer Yuan who felt they (Quan, Xiu Yi, Nan and Rui Xi) have the potential of being great models, and also commented Rui Xi have a unique feminity looks for a guy. Yuan hinted to Quan and Rui Xi that photos wouldn't lie, since any small actions/gestures would be captured on the films and his remarks further made Quan and Rui Xi uneasy. Quan didn't want to be Yuan's model initially, but Yuan promised he won't tell Rui Xi about him (Quan) knowing her true identity if he agreed to model for him. Trying to be protective of Rui Xi, Quan agreed.

When the films were developed, Yuan was positive that Quan and Rui Xi behaved like a couple more than roommates. To further prove his theory was right, he asked Rui Xi out and shared with her his 'sad' family history (which he made it all up). Being a girl, Rui Xi was sensitive to his feelings and blurted her thoughts. Yuan was very satisfied (not to mention proud) that his guess was correct; while Rui Xi was horrified to learn Yuan was testing her but what worried her most was Quan had known her identity all along and kept mum about it!

Meanwhile, Quan was comfy about his current relationship with Rui Xi although he knew his thoughts was a little selfish and unfair to Rui Xi (he wasn't sure what would happen if he confessed to Rui Xi that he knew she was a girl and worried their relationship would change). He just wanted to be with Rui Xi and protect her quietly in his own way, but he feared that has to be changed.

After that encounter with Yuan, Rui Xi decided to confess her feelings with Quan. So they met up a place to talk, but was disrupted by their classmates until they accidentally stumbled into the school's broadcasting room. At that time, the DJ was out for his toilet break and had left the door unlocked. Not knowing that they had accidentally hit the 'broadcast' button in a haste, they confessed to each other that they had things to tell to the other party. But before they had a chance to do so, the DJ walked in, followed by a bunch of school mates who were all dying to find out what they had to say to each other. Mortified that the rest of the school had overheard her conversation with Quan (although she hadn't confessed yet), Rui Xi scurried off.

Rui Xi decided to return to the States, but the mates stopped her from doing so, including Quan and Xiu Yi. So what would happen in the end? This is the only part which I won't tell...

I LOVE this drama serial! And I was sorry that it ended...Especially eye candy like Wu Zun and Jiro Wang. *sigh*

1. How many books would you say you read in an average month? Well, I'd say it's around 4 to five books.
2. In a year? Well, I don't keep track of the number of books I read, but if it is based on the figure from Q1, it'd be 60.
3. Over the last five years? I can't answer this as I don't keep track of the numbers over the years. However, I do try to read as fast as possible so that I will keep up with my TBR pile! LOL. And it's hard when there are so many new releases out every month.
4. The last 10? Ditto.
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