Saturday, May 31, 2008

Feast 191

Hope it's not too late to do this one.


What is the nearest big city to your home?

Kuala Lumpur.


On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how well do you keep secrets?

Erm, 8?


Describe your hair (color, texture, length).

Black. Long. Not straight.

Main Course

What kind of driver are you? Courteous? Aggressive? Slow?



When was the last time you had a really bad week?

2 weeks ago.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

BTT: Books vs Movies

Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?

This was last Thursday's question but I'll just do it now! Better late than never!

Now, this is an interesting query. I like reading books and watching movies but it does not mean that I'll like the movies which were made based on books. Take Harry Potter, for example. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first 3 books. When the first movie came out, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, naturally, like every other Harry Potter fan at that time, was terribly excited.

I wondered how the movie will turn out. Will it be everything exactly like the book? Will all the dialogues/conversations in the book be in the movie? Okay, so that sounds totally impossible. Even if they wanted to put in ALL the conversations from the book, then I guess it wouldn't be a movie anymore. It might just be a mini-series! Even better!

However, I was disappointed with the first HP movie. Boring scenes, stiff acting, and Dumbledore was so old and fragile. At least the second HP movie was a little bit better. The third one was probably the best one.

Bottomline is I preferred the Harry Potter books. I enjoyed reading the books but not the movies, sadly. And to answer the question, yes, books can be absolutely different from movies. Some books are better than its movies, some movies are better than its books, and some are just as good!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Feast One Hundred And Ninety

This sounds like something fun to do now.


When someone smiles at you, do you smile back?
- Yes!


Describe the flooring in your home. Do you have carpet, hardwood, vinyl, a mix?
- Uh, cement?


Write a sentence with only 5 words, but all of the words have to start with the first letter of your first name.
- Just Join Jo's Jogging Junkies

Main Course

Do you know anyone whose life has been touched by adoption?
- I have a friend who was given away to his aunt to be adopted.


Name 2 blue things.
- My bag and shoes.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

BTT: Manual Labour

The question: Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library?

My answer: I only read about grammar when I was still in school during English lessons! Even if there were such books at home, I've never read them. They're too dull for me. But I do like reading the dictionary though. It's fun learning new, interesting words. The dictionary makes me feel smarter too, in a way.

I have around 4 dictionaries. My trusty Oxford Advanced Learners is one. I also have a Malay-English dictionary as well as a Spanish-English one too. Oh, and I bought a Collins Dictionary & Thesaurus last year. One can never have too many dictionaries!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Discovering Bluetooth

I'm not really a techy person. Computer stuff, gadgets, etc are beyond my level of comprehension. Luckily, I do know some HTML stuff, a few easy codes, where to put them and how to place and so on.

Anyways, this morning, I learnt how to use Bluetooth. Yeah, yeah, laugh at me! But this morning, I fiddled a little bit with the Bluetooth in my computer and tried to activate it. I was a bit worried that something might go wrong somewhere because whenever I try to meddle in this kind of things, I usually end up with a not-so-good result.

When I think I've activated the Bluetooth in my computer, I quickly grabbed a mobile phone nearby, turned on the Bluetooth connection in it and put it beside my computer. Then, I tried to detect the phone. Hah! Success!

I just wanted to transfer the photos from the phone to my computer and I did it without any problems. Today, I learnt something new.


Currently reading: In The Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Little Bit More Adventurous

By joining another challenge!

Presenting the Book Binge 'challenge'!

book binge

Interesting logo, huh? Also, there's no time limit for this book binge. All I need to do is list out the books I read in May, from May 5, 2008 till May 31, 2008. Then, on June 1, 2008, I'll have to post up my list of books! Sounds kind of easy, right? Mary P is hosting the Book Binge.

I think it's still not too late if you want to, see you there!


Latest book review: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Found A New Challenge: The Complete Booker

It’s exactly 5.13 pm now (Malaysian time) and here I am writing this post. It’s a Sunday today. My mom woke me up at 7 a.m. this morning to get ready to go to church. Came back, had breakfast, read Chapter 2 of Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, read The Star newspaper (Starmag), then went to sleep until around 2 p.m. Hehe…not a really productive Sunday morning.

By the way, I found The Complete Booker challenge only just. So far, this should be the easiest reading challenge ever as there is no time limit! Ugh, time limits are the worst things for me to keep up with.

Well, for this Complete Booker, participants need to read all 40 books that made it to the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. No time limit, remember that. Unfortunately, I’ve not read any of the books on the list.

Want to have a peek at the list of books? Here they are:

2007 - The Gathering (Enright)
2006 - The Inheritance of Loss (Desai)
2005 - The Sea (Banville)
2004 - The Line of Beauty (Hollinghurst)
2003 - Vernon God Little (Pierre)
2002 - Life of Pi (Martel)
2001 - True History of the Kelly Gang (Carey)
2000 - The Blind Assassin (Atwood)
1999 - Disgrace (Coetzee)
1998 - Amsterdam: A Novel (McEwan)
1997 - The God of Small Things (Roy)
1996 - Last Orders (Swift)
1995 - The Ghost Road (Barker)
1994 - How Late It Was, How Late (Kelman)
1993 - Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Doyle)
1992 - The English Patient (Ondaatje)
1992 - Sacred Hunger (Unsworth)
1991 - The Famished Road (Okri)
1990 - Possession: A Romance (Byatt)
1989 - The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro)
1988 - Oscar and Lucinda (Carey)
1987 - Moon Tiger (Lively)
1986 - The Old Devils (Amis)
1985 - The Bone People (Hulme)
1984 - Hotel Du Lac (Brookner)
1983 - Life & Times of Michael K (Coetzee)
1982 - Schindler's Ark (Keneally)
1981 - Midnight's Children (Rushdie)
1980 - Rites of Passage (Golding)
1979 - Offshore (Fitzgerald)
1978 - The Sea, the Sea (Murdoch)
1977 - Staying on (Scott)
1976 - Saville (Storey)
1975 - Heat and Dust (Jhabvala)
1974 - The Conservationist (Gordimer)
1974 - Holiday (Middleton)
1973 - The Siege of Krishnapur (Farrell)
1972 - G. (Berger)
1971 - In a Free State (Naipaul)
1970 - The Elected Member (Rubens)
1969 - Something to Answer For (Newby)

Friday, May 2, 2008


Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….

There's lots of things to see at the airport. Well, at the airports that I've been to so far. I love the Hong Kong airport though the things there are just too pricey for me! Well, that didn't stop me from browsing through the books and magazines on the shelves.

Erm, what else is there to do at the airport? People-watching, of course! There, you'll see all sorts of people from different places and if you're lucky, you can even hear them speaking in various, interesting languages.

If I really want to read something, then I'll just go buy the day's newspapers! =)
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