|You Are: 60% Dog, 40% Cat|
You are a nice blend of cat and dog.
You're playful but not too needy. And you're friendly but careful.
And while you have your moody moments, you're too happy to stay upset for long.
Jackson Rule (the book title as well as the hero's name) is a convicted killer. To anyone, he has committed a hideous crime by killing his own father, thus spending his fifteen years behind the bars. The years has passed, and finally he is released from prison and he tells himself he wants to start a new life again.
Rebecca Hill is a preacher's daughter. She first meets Jackson when he helps her with a car problem. She later meets him again when he applies for a job at her own landscaping business, even though he tells her he was an ex-convict because she believes anyone should be given a second chance. Slowly, their attraction for each other grows but Jackson is scarred by his childhood's memories, while Rebecca struggles to come to terms not only with her father who disapproves of everything but also to Jackson who believes they have no future together.
I like the main characters in this story. I really sympathize with Jackson but I also admire his strength. I like Rebecca because she is kind, and she believes in herself regardless what the others think, and in my opinion this needs a lot of courage (especially the scene where she hires Jackson even though he is an ex-con).
Here’s an idea from Julie:
I had an idea for a BTT question when I was taking a peek at one of my bookcases yesterday and spotted my old copy of the Aeneid in Latin sitting there. Maybe this question has already been done—but if not… Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them?
Well, besides English novels, I do have chinese novels and mangas which I read from time to time. I also have three Japanese mangas in my TBR pile. No, don't get me wrong, I don't understand anything in Japanese! It's just that I love that artist's mangas so much that I have to get her new releases (and it's so hard to get the translated Chinese version nowadays). The advantage of reading manga is, you just have to look at the pictures and you can more or less guess the plot, hehe. (Although I wish I'm able to read all to get the whole picture!!)
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
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Take a look at an apple tree.
There might be five hundred apples on the tree, but each apple has just ten seeds.
That's a lot of seeds!
We might ask, "Why would you need so many seeds to grow just a few more apple trees?"
Nature has something to teach us here.
It's telling us: "Not all seeds grow. In life, most seeds never grow.
So if you really want to make something happen, you had better try more than once."
This might mean:
You'll attend twenty interviews to get one job.
You'll interview forty people to find one good employee.
You'll talk to fifty people to sell one house, one car, one vacuum cleaner, one insurance policy, or a business idea.
And you might meet a hundred acquaintances just to find one special friend.
When we understand the "Law of the Seed", we don't get so disappointed.
We stop feeling like victims.
We learn how to deal with things that happen to us.
Laws of nature are not things to take personally. We just need to understand them - and work with them.
IN A NUTSHELL
Successful people fail more often. But they plant more seeds.
When Things Are Beyond your control, here's something that you must NOT DO so as to avoid misery in your life:
You must not decide how you think the world SHOULD be .
You must not make rules for how everyone SHOULD behave.
Then, when the world doesn't obey your rules, you get angry!
That's what miserable people do!
On the other hand, let's say you expect that:
Friends SHOULD return favours.
People SHOULD appreciate you.
Planes SHOULD arrive on time.
Everyone SHOULD be honest.
Your husband or best friend SHOULD remember your birthday.
These expectations may sound reasonable. But often, these
things won't happen!
So you end up frustrated and disappointed.
There's a better strategy. Demand less, and instead, have preferences!
For things that are beyond your control, tell yourself:
"I WOULD PREFER "A", BUT IF "B" HAPPENS, IT'S OK TOO!"
This is really a change in mindset. It is a shift in attitude, and it gives you more peace of mind ...
You prefer that people are polite ... but when they are rude, it doesn't ruin your day.
You prefer sunshine ... but if it rains, it is ok too!
To become happier, we either need to
a) Change the world, or
b) Change our thinking
It is easier to change our Thinking!
It is not the problem that is the issue, but rather it is your attitude attending to the problem that is the problem.
It's not what happens to you that determine your happiness.
It's how you think about what happens to you!
OK, I'm a little late this week. But it's always better to be late than never eh? Anyway, here they are - my favourite vacation pictures. (Believe me, I have difficulty choosing amongst them!) They were all taken by the hubs. The pictures taken in Germany was from his business trip some years back.
GermanyGuangzhou - China Note: That's me & my mother-in-law in the background
The heroine, Summer Hawthorne is a museum curator; she also owns a priceless blue ceramic bowl which was passed down from her beloved nanny, whom had told her to take good care of it before she died. But what Summer doesn't know is this bowl - which is actually an ancient urn is also sought after by Shirosama. He is the leader of the True Realization Fellowship, a Japanese religious cult which they believe they can "cleanse" the world (i.e. to kill the people so that they can reach the other stage of life) once he gets the urn and the location of the shrine to perform the deeds. Shirosama ordered his followers (so called 'brothers') to capture Summer and have her to hand over the urn, but before he could get hold of her, she manages to escape with the help of an exotic, attractive man by the name of Takashi O'Brien ("Taka").
Taka thinks this is one of his other assignments, that is to get rid of the woman who holds a dangerous secret before this is acquired by the cult. There are a few times he had saved her from Shirosama's followers and that he keeps telling himself he will make it a quick and painless death for her, but yet he doesn't understand why he couldn't bring himself to killing her. Then that's when Summer tells him the bowl displays at the museum is actually a fake, Taka further convinces himself he will protect her and gets the actual urn and learn about the location of a shrine before he kills her, which is his original plan anyway.
From there onwards, the story picks up quickly and I am drawn to the suspense as I am dying to find out what happens next, as well as the intense relationship between Taka and Summer as their adventure begins whey they flew off to Japan to find the shrine. I absolutely like the half Asian hero and the heroine in this book. Summer is one brave lady, who doesn't succumb to the hands of fate even though she is held as a hostage for several occasions. Taka, on the other hand does has a soft spot although he appears to be a cold-hearted killer, which I find it rather sexy.
I really enjoyed reading this book, even more so while reading this with my good friend, Julia. We have made a pact that we will read all the Ice series books together, and that makes me think I can't wait to get a copy of Ice Storm, which will be released in November. This will be a story of Madame Isobel Lambert, the woman behind the Committee. While reading Ice Blue, I can also sense a spark between Jilly (Summer's younger sister) and Reno (Taka's younger cousin) towards the end of the story. I'm hoping Anne Stuart will write about them next.
|Your Element Is Water|
A bit of a contradiction, you can seem both lighthearted and serious.
That's because you're good at going with the flow - but you also are deep.
Highly intuitive, you tune in to people's emotions and moods easily.
You are able to tap into deep emotional connections and connect with others.
You prefer a smooth, harmonious life - but you can navigate your way around waves.
You have a knack for getting people to get along and making life a little more peaceful.
Name a car you’d love to have.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?
It happens even to the best readers from time to time… you close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Oh yeah, I do have this feeling from time to time (because my mood plays a part when it comes to reading), but it doesn't really affect too much of my reading because I have various genres in my TBR pile (i.e. paranormal, romance suspense, fantasy, thriller, horror...you name it, and not to mention mangas too!). Usually I will carry on reading the same genre until I decide I want a change, and then I will pick up a different genre, it's that simple. The only problem is: I need more time to finish the books!!!
Most of you know that rice dumplings are traditionally eaten during the Duanwu (Dragon Boat) festival, but you can still find them easily at some eating outlets; and anyway they are much cheaper as compared when you buy nearer to the festival. (You may wish to learn its origins by clicking here.)
Anyway, I like rice dumplings, but they can be filling to the stomach even if you eat just one. Thus, it is always recommendable to drink with a cup of tea for easy digestion. There are also many types of fillings in rice dumplings: red bean paste, plain ones dipped in granulated sugar, or my favourite that is filled with chinese sausage, dried mushrooms and chestnuts. Hmm...
Then her superior Bigley asks her to go for an auction with her partner Walter to bid for a Vassalo painting, but Walter was kidnapped and she has to steal the painting if she wants him to be alive.
Ex-cop David "Dax" Maddox cannot let go of his past after his rookie partner, Nick was murdered some time ago. He blames himself for Nick's death and vows to catch the killer, hoping to seek revenge for Nick which leads him to the Matador's Auction House in Miami, where he recognizes the woman thief. Initially, Raven is reluctant to team up with Dax but after seeing the threat note which is left by the maniac kidnapper, she has no choice but to work with Dax even though they have different perspectives.
Samantha Graves succeeded in writing this fast paced story packed with action and romance. This book will definitely keep your heart racing.
|What Your Hands Say About You|
You are logical, analytical, and rational. You have good verbal skills.
Flexible and broad minded, you can fit in to any situation. There's no telling where your life will take you.
Consistent and reliable, you like to count on structure and routine in your life.
Your emotions tend to be nervous and potent. Your energy - both positive and negative - deeply impacts your life.
Week of May 13: Happy Mother's Day!
For Mother's Day, if you could give your mom anything in the world, what would it be?
I haven't been celebrating Mother's Day since last year. At that time, my mom was lying in the hospital bed; the reason of admittance was due to stroke. It was a double blow to us because a few months earlier, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. I can remember that moment very well because she kept telling me she wasn't sure if she wanted to go for the chemotherapy. I can understand her worries because her friend had breast cancer and she passed away shortly even though she went for the treatment. Thus, my mom was hesitant about it but we supported her because we believe there is always a chance and hope if she goes for the treatment. And she did, but a week later, stroke hit her and it shattered all our dreams.
I used to give her a treat every Mother's Day. My mom was very easy to please and she doesn't expect a lot from us, even a simple treat at any eating outlet will make her very happy. But during this time last year, I could only made one wish for her: and that if it was possible, I wouldn't mind shortening my few years' life span in exchange for a few more years for her. Unfortunately it didn't happen...
And now that she wasn't around, I could only wish she would be happy wherever she is in the other world.
till next time...
Where DON’T you read??
The story takes place on a peach farm in South Carolina in 1964. Lily Owens is a fourteen-year-old girl, living with her father and a black housekeeper named Rosaleen. She isn't happy staying with her dad because he is quick tempered and he always find chances at yelling and punishing her. She misses her mom, who died when she was four. Thus, Rosaleen becomes her only confidant. Rosaleen is a woman full of spunk and Lily finds she can be embarrassingly unself-conscious at times.
And that leads to a racial brawl when Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town one day. Rosaleen ends up bruised and beaten in jail. Lily thinks it is up to her to save her, and miraculously, she did. They then head off to a town called Tiburon in S.C., after finding its name on the back of a picture left by her mom.
It is there that they meet the trio of black beekeeping sisters by the names of May, June and August. They take Lily and Rosaleen in, and they work for the sisters in return.
It is during the stay with the trio, Lily begins her journey of finding the missing piece of her life, and daring herself to dream.
Inspiring and heartwarming, this story will captivate readers both mature and the young.
- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.
- As most of you know, I love to read. And the amount of books I buy can be alarming. (Just look at my TBR pile!)
- Besides books, I love to read magazines too. My regular reads include Cleo, Cosmopolitan and occasionally Glamour.
- I love food; I don't mind trying something new except insects and beef. I'm also a green tea lover. Lately, I'm hooked to drinking Choya (best served with ice!)
- I am myopic. Without my lenses (or glasses), I'm lost.
- Don't laugh. Another fact is, I don't know how to swim! Just don't ask me along if you intend to participate in any water activities (although I will be a good 'watcher' though).
- I love watching horror/thriller movies, although I will close my eyes when any gross or bloody scene appears on screen. And then I will ask hubby, "What happened?"
- I am particular about punctuality. When I'm late, I get flustered.
- Finally, I can't live without internet!! Without it, I'm not able to check emails, blog (or read blogs) and to communicate with friends around the world.
In honour of Mother's Day Everyday Mommy is giving away a free Typepad or Blogger design! Please visit her blog for more details. Good luck everyone (and that's including myself)!!! :-P
So for the past few days, we have started to clear all the furniture and other stuff into our study room and guest room, as well as having the curtains removed. We have moved the TV console to the kitchen, as the rooms are occupied with the sofa, a coffee table, a foldable dining table, a CD rack, and even a detachable bar counter. Phew! So now our common meeting place is at the guest room! LOL. I think the overall 'renovation' works will take about a week, so the hubs and I are taking turns to stay home for the 'supervision'.
We are quite satisfied with the sample tile which the authority had shown us some time ago, as it is much bigger. Hopefully there won't be any faulty tiles once the old ones have been removed! And right after next, I have to worry about the mess we have to clean up after the workers are done with the works!!!
Week of May 6: At the Movies
Last night I went to see the new Spiderman. It was pretty good, but I like parts 1 & 2 better. So this brings me to this weeks meme...'At the Movies'. Answer each of my nosy questions as truthfully as possible please :P
1. Do you like going to the movie threater? How often do you go? What treats do you buy when you go? Yes, I do. The sound systems at home is nothing comparable to the theater of course! Well, although I love watching movies at the theater, I don't go as often as compared to before. I go for chips or popcorns!!!
2. Cell phones in the theater, do you keep yours on or off? I always have the cellphones set to mute whenever I step into the theater.
3. What's the last movie you went to see in the theater? I can't remember. I think it's Eragon.
4. Have you ever waited on line for an obscene amount of time (several hours) just to get tickets to a movie? Also, have you ever dressed up as a film character.....i.e. a hobbit, a witch or wizard...while watching a movie? Yes, can't remember about the show though (is it Star Wars??) ...it'd been years ago. Nope, never.
5. What do you like most and least about going to the movies? I love the huge screen, the sound systems and also enjoy the atmosphere of watching any blockbuster with a huge crowd of people. I hate it when there are inconsiderate people talking loudly or not muting their cellphones when the show is on.
6. What's the worst movie you've ever seen? Why? I can't name one at the moment. It's Monday so my mind goes blank if asked to recall stuff, hehe.
till next time...
Name something you would not want to own.
I have no idea at the moment.
Describe your hair (texture, color, length, etc.).
I used to have long hair, but I have it trimmed last weekend so now the length is slightly below my shoulders. My hair is black and thick.
Finish this sentence: I’ll never forget ___________.
...the day my mom passed away.
Which famous person would you like to be for one day? Why?
I have no idea who I want to be...anyway it'd only be for a day, so what's the point? LOL!
Write one sentence about yourself that includes one thing that is true and another thing that is not.
I read and travel a lot!
Reading. In. Public.
The year is 1964. Dr. David Henry is an orthopedic surgeon and he has a perfect life. He married Norah - a wonderful and beautiful woman, and they are about to start a family soon. They even have the names chosen - Paul should a boy be born and Phoebe should be a girl. On the night when Norah is in labor, a snowstorm hit and David is forced to deliver his own child with only help of his nurse, Caroline Gill. Although he is thrilled to learn they have twins, he isn't prepared to welcome the baby girl who is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Hoping to spare everyone in the family from the pain, and that this incident reminds him too much of his young sister who died from a heart condition during his childhood, he decides to send her to an institution and so instructs Caroline to have the baby sent to an institution. Caroline went with a heavy heart, but upon reaching the institution, she changes her mind and decides to raise the baby as and on her own from Lexington, Kentucky to Pittsburgh.
When Norah comes around, she asks David about the twins and he lied to her that Phoebe died at birth. Some years pass by, Norah still couldn't accept the loss of their girl while David continues to harbour the guilt. From there, the story quickly unfolds and readers will soon find out how that one decision will leave an impact to both families - David's and Caroline's.
I liked all the characters in this book. Their emotions are strongly felt and I really sympathize with each of them: David for coming up with the decision (no matter what the circumstances is); Norah for coping with her loss; Paul for his dream and yet his dad has other expectations from him, and also not to mention he wonders about his "dead" sister and how life will be like if she is around; Caroline for her dilemma (as in whether to tell or not to tell) and finally Phoebe being the innocent victim amongst all.
All in all, this is a wonderful novel in my humble opinion. I will definitely check out Kim Edwards' books in future.
Other Bloggers' reviews:
Lost in a Good Story
Maw Books Blog
Musings of a Bookish Kitty
The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, and Randomness
|You Are a Classic Gucci Bag|
You've got style mastered - because you stick with what works
Like this Gucci Bag, you prefer classic items that stand the test of time
You're also a bit of a practical girl, who prefers function over fluff
You prefer a big bag, so that you can have your stuff with you at all times
Ooh, I LOVE handbags!!! I think I have about ten (or is it eleven?!) handbags in my closets. And I do have different bags for different occasions. Hubby thinks I'm mad! LOL. However, I won't indulge too much in luxury brands, although I do look for a bag that suits to my needs and is of a resonable price (and of course the style has to be trendy too). So what handbag are you?And finally, here's a pic of my Bonia work bag:
Anyway, this morning it rains again. I woke up at around 4am to close the windows, and couldn't sleep then. Our daughter's temperature hasn't gone down the last time I checked, so she couldn't go to the playgroup today.
I have read some more of The Memory Keeper's Daughter on my way to work earlier and it is very, very good! I hope I am able to come up with a fine review after reading it. Mentioning of books, we went to Borders after visited my dad last Saturday. I was looking for this book - Ice Blue by Anne Stuart and I was very, very disappointed to note it wasn't on the shelves yet. I want this book badly! (I had enjoyed reading Black Ice and Cold As Ice; and they were great!) In fact, Julia and I have agreed earlier on reading Ice Blue together; so I feel a little bad that she has waited for me some time to get this book... ended up I have to buy it online and it will take about 2 to 3 weeks to arrive! *sigh* Yeah, I know I should have done this earlier!!! Oh well... at least it saves me the trouble of going back to the bookstore to check.
Happy Wednesday to all!