Friday, March 21, 2008

Highly recommended

Hey! Hey! I'm back! Actually I had been back for more than a week now but had been really busy filling in what I had missed when I was away in Japan. However, I saw that my blog hits have been steadily decreasing when I was away and figured I had to set it right asap. I am still trying to sort out my Japan pics so please bear with me. So till then, try to keep yourself busy with the 3 recommendations coming right up ^-^ (and of course come back regularly for post updates!)

Recommendation 1 - Rule #1

Release Date: 13th March 2008
Language: Mandarin
Running Time: 95 mins

Rating: NC16
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Starring: Ekin Cheng, Shawn Yue, Stephanie Che, Fiona Xie
Directed by: Kelvin To
Movie Plot
Rookie Sergeant Lee (Shawn Yue) is injured in a shoot-out and is assigned to the dubious-sounding Miscellaneous Affairs Department (MAD). There, he is paired up with Inspector Wong (Ekin Cheng), a jaded and alcoholic veteran who explains that MAD’s role is to answer supernatural calls. Wong explains MAD’s rule number one - there are no ghosts. For every seemingly inexplicable phenomenon, there is a corresponding scientific and rational explanation. MAD begins investigating a string of bizarre teenage suicides - impossible suicides, unless the victims were possessed. As Lee and Wong follow the clues, they realise something sinister is heading their way.
My rating (4 out of 5 popcorns)
While I wouldn't call this movie excellent, it's still 1 of the more watchable ones in the cinema nowadays. It's not exactly our regular stereo-typed horror flicks but it still manages to creep me out nonetheless. The best part about the movie for me (other than eye candy Shawn Yue), has to be the story-line. It comes with a clever twist at the end. Well, you gotta watch it to know .................

Recommendation 2 - Change of Heart: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Book Description
The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation. Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth? One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish? Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

My rating (4 out of 5 stars)
This is my 1st Jodi Picoult book and she definitely doesn't disappoint. I had read the reviews on Amazon and apparently this is not her finest but it's good enough for me. In here, she tackles the death penalty and the lost books of the New Testament. Having been brought up in Singapore, where the death penalty is still strongly enforced, I had come to accept its' presence and never once questioned it. This book has definitely opened up another can of worms for me and makes me ponder over the moral dilemma involved in death penalties. A thought provoking read.

Recommendation 3 - Eyelash extensions
I had mine done prior to Japan and it has lasted even till now. It's been coming 3 weeks already. I must commend that this is the best and longest lasting extensions I had ever done. Most of mine don't even make it past 1 week! I am highly satisfied with the job done and it gets even better as she comes to my house to do it for me. It helps save the trouble of me shuttling to and fro. So now all I need is my concealer and I am set to take on the world! No more make-up and smudging woes :D

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Japan here I come!!!

Did I tell you guys that I am going to Japan? As a matter of fact, I am actually already in our new airport terminal 3 waiting to board my plane.

A company incentive trip to Osaka and Nagoya. My very 1st time to Japan and I am so excited! (Haha ........ suaku, right?)

Although I am excited, there's a part of me that actually didn't feel like going. That is because I will miss Megan and Ken terribly. I know. I am such a baby.

Meg and I were hugging and crying at home just before I left. Mama drama! But I can't help it. We haven't been apart a lot, you know. I told her that I wouldn't worry about her because she's such a big girl now. And sensing that she worries for me too. I told her not to worry about me, I will try my very best not to lose my things :p Haha ...... that seems to soothe her a bit.

In fact, she's the 1st one to remind me to bring my passport. She reminded me last night while I was packing my luggage. I was really impressed that she knows the importance of a passport and that of course her mum is a scatterbrain :p She reminded me a couple more times today. It seems like she's more my mum than I am hers!

Likewise, I know the other person who's worried about me going alone is Ken. It's so rare for me to go on a trip without him. I was always so dependent on him for everything and thus he reminded me time and again to take care of my stuffs.

At least I know that Meg is in good hands. Ken has promised me to take good care of her. It means so much to me to know that Meg will be fine. Thanks so much sweetheart for doing everything so that I can go on the trip with a peace of mind. I love you! *muacks*

I am really guilty that Meg will be having her ballet exams during this time. I feel awful for abandoning her. Thank god for mum, aunty Mary and Chermaine, who will also be helping me care for her. I am very lucky to have such loving supportive family who are here for me when I need them.

Alright gotta run or else I will miss the flight! SAYONARA!

P.S. Meg was made class monitress & I'm soooo proud of her!

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