Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Walk to Remember - Movie Review


A Walk to Remember - Movie Review

Firstly, I have watched this movie for three times now.
Secondly, I did read the book first before I saw the movie
Thirdly, I still cannot even handle my feels.

Okay, so I have never stumble upon a movie that is so similar to the book. Like if you watched at Divergent, Paper Towns, or Twilight, the movies and the books have significant differences but this movie does not. It's literally like the pages are coming to life.

Jamie may not be hottest girl and London may not be cutest guy but together, they are unbelievable. The more you get into the movie the more you can see how their character's personality really shine and how they just fuse together so well. (My vocabulary is messed up after the movie, apologies.)

The most heartbreaking and touching movie that I have ever seen in my 19 years of living on planet Earth. I cried EVERY SINGLE TIME I watch this movie and that says something.

When Jamie tells Landon that she has cancer and when London races to his dad for help. When London gave Jamie flowers and told her dad that he will always be there. When Landon asks Jamie to marry him and when she walked down the aisle to be married. When Jamie died but Landon is still madly in love with her. My favorite part would have to be when London visits Jamie's father and the father said: "you were her miracle". That just screwed up all my feels I have left.




If you have not seen it, you probably should make it as your priority now and if you have already watched it, watch it again. I applause Nicholas Sparks for such an amazing story but at the same time I wish he doesn't have to break my heart like this.

Just a heads up, it is an old movie so the cars, the computer, and the fashion are all old school. Also, remember to grab a tissue box before starting the movie.


hugs and kisses


Saturday, 30 January 2016

TMI Question

TMI Question

1: What are you wearing?
A GAP shirt with a maroon GAP sweater. #GAPfan
2: Ever been in love?
Does loving Niall Horan counts? If not, not really, maybe, yeah.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Not a breakup because we weren't really a thing yet. 
4: How tall are you?
5'3"
5: How much do you weigh?
118 LB, I think.
6: Any tattoos?
Nope, but I want to have one in the near future.
7: Any piercings?
Yes, only earnings. :D
8: OTP?




9: Favorite show?
The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon A Time

10: Favorite bands?
One Direction, duhhh.
11: Something you miss? .
Right now? Mango.
12: Favorite song?
This is hard but maybe uhmm, I have so many, okay. Little Things. 





13: How old are you?
18. No I am just joking. I'm 19.5. :D
14: Zodiac sign?
Taurus. 
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Smart, funny, kind, loyal, and mysterious. Also have pretty eyes.


16: Favorite Quote?
You are only as beautiful as you think you are.
17: Favorite actor?
Ian Somerhalder
18: Favorite color?
Red
19: Loud music or soft?
Soft
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
My bed.
21: How long does it take you to shower?
uhm, it depends what song is stuck in my head but minimum is 10 minutes?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It depends on what time I get up. hahah. but around 45 minutes?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Nope.
24: Turn on?
Smartness and humor.
25: Turn off?
Rude and disrespectful.
26: What's my bad habit?
I like to peel the skin of the edge of my nails. It's disgusting but I just cannot. 
27: Fears?
Darkness. Yes I am the little girl who is scared of the dark.I turn my lights off at night when I go to bed but I always leave the door slightly open.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
Yesterday when I watched A Walk to Remember.

29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Yesterday.
30: Meaning behind your Blog Name?
It's just my name. :D
31: Last book you read?
The last book post I made would be the last time I read a STORY book but I read a textbook yesterday.
32: The book you’re currently reading?
Not really reading anything now because college just started but will be starting again soon with The Fifth Wave.
33: Last show you watched?
Pretty Little Liars and The Shadowhunters last night! 
34: Last person you talked to?
Vonz. 
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
BFF.
36: Favorite food?
POTATOOOO
37: Place you want to visit?
Greece, London, Germany, Bali, Korea, Hawaii, and Sydney 
38: Favorite place to hang out?
Whole Foods. 
39: Do you have a crush?
Nope.
40: Last time you kissed someone?
Still have my first kiss. #noshame
41: Last time you were insulted?
Yesterday by my sister. hahah. it was more of a joke tho.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
I dont eat sweets alot but I love frozen grapes. 
43: What instruments do you play??
If I play an instrument, it would be like a dog trying to meow.
44: Favorite piece of jewelry?
I dont wear alot of jewelry but maybe earrings or a necklace. 
45: Guilty Pleasure?
Peanut butter !
46: Last song you sang?
History by 1D.
47: Favorite chat up line?
Are you a magician? Because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears!
48: Have you ever used it?
Nope. 
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Yesterday with a friend before class.
50: Who should answer these questions next?
Vonz and everyone who is still reading this. ;D

hugs and kisses

Monday, 25 January 2016

Eat Nakd Pecan Pie

Eat Nakd Pecan Pie

It's just the first week of college and I am already excited for the holidays. Wake me up when it's summer. Jokes. My courses for this semester is quite interesting and I definitely feel like I am in my elements because I am taking Mass Communication and News Reporting.

It's Monday and for some reason I really miss Thanksgiving and Autumn. I think it's the weather here in Austin that feels like Autumn more than Winter. I craved for some pumpkin, some spices and some PIES!


This eat nakd bar was sensational. It not only brought me back to October and November but it also punch you in the face with holiday memories of you stuffing your face in good food.

I find this bar very interesting because the ingredients are only dates, almond and pecan. There's no natural flavor that sometimes are added in other Eat Nakd bars. It definitely tasted like a pie with soft crust, rich pecan flavor, and a surprise crunch from crushed almonds. It doesn't have a strong date taste, or overpowering spice, or too much nuts. Everything is just balanced out perfectly.



Love at first bite? Yeah, it was such a simple bar but packed with so much flavor and deliciousness. Simple, easy, and healthy; what more can you ask for? It's holiday in a bite guys. If you have not tried it yet, what have you been doing all your life?

It is also:
  • Suitable for dairy free diets
  • Low in saturated fats
  • Free from trans fats
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Wheat and gluten free
  • Kosher
  • GMO free
  • Deliciously simple! Made with Dates (52%), Pecans (28%), Almonds (20%)


Typical values                per 35g bar
Energy                              156kcal
Protein                                 3g
Carbohydrate                      13g
(of which sugars)                12g
Fat                                       11g
(of which saturates)              1g
Fibre                                     3g
Sodium                               0.1g
 
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression


Today, my self-esteem has dropped to the bottom of the ocean. I felt disgusted, ashamed, and judgmental over myself, my body, my life. I don't know what it was that made me felt this way and I am not here to spread any form of negativity or to seek any pity. Here is a platform where I share my thoughts. My blog has been my distress machine, it has become a place I felt true to myself, and a place where I learn more of myself and who I am. Today is not a sunny rainbow day where unicorns come out to play. Today, I let sadness and anxiety swallow me up like a black hole creeping in my mind, making me feel depressed and think I am worthless.

I didn't fight that feeling. I let it drown me like quicksand because the truth is you can't deny sadness. It's a feeling, a chemical, a hormone in you that demands to be felt. Just like quicksand, the more you try to escape it, the worst it will get. I let depression spread like a disease over my body. I let my mind point out what was wrong with me. I let it point out my flaws, my insecurities, my worth.

Everyone gets sad, but depression is different.
It is the feeling of never being good enough, the feeling of emptiness and darkness.
You heart feels like an empty can,
your body feels heavy and weak,
your brain is like fire where every burning nerve is screaming at your flaws.
You want to end it,
you try to do something else,
get distracted,
but you cannot concentrate because all you can think of is your flaws,
because all you can think of is what is wrong with your life,
because all you can think of is your imperfection.
You want to be better, you want to be good enough, or even just enough, but how can you do that when hope is robbed away from you by depression?

Everyone gets nervous, but anxiety is different.
It's the feeling of always worrying for no reason.
Your mind is like a gear that keeps turning and turning till your brain catches fire.
Your mind keeps thinking of the what if's,
and your heart feels like it has just run a marathon.
Your hand shakes, your body feels cold but you are burning red.
You feel frustrated but calm at the same time,
you feel happy but sad,
you feel comfort but pain.
It's the a constant uncertainty.
It's like diving into an ocean without knowing a single thing about swimming.
It's like riding a lion without knowing a single thing about control.

Anxiety and depression are like a phantom. You can't always see it on other people's faces but deep down, there's a war in their mind and their bodies are the battleground.

Anxiety and depression are not like fever where you start feeling sick, then you really are sick, and have some pills, ta-da you are fine again. Anxiety and depression come without notifications, without warning, and without restrictions. It can come to you when you are cooking, watching TV, singing in the shower, reading a book, or in the middle of your English class. It can come with a loud scream or a silent voice in your head.

Anxiety and depression are real and serious. The only way to get over it, is to not. Instead, live without and accept it, learn to cope with it. Learn how to overcome the thoughts of being worthless, learn to accept your flaws, learn not dwell your thoughts around perfection. Perfect, by any means, does not equal to happiness. Your worth, your flaws, and your  imperfection is your identity. Getting rid of them, or even trying to change them is like ripping off your individuality, your uniqueness.

Sending much love to all of you.

hugs and kisses

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Remedy


The Remedy

This book is supposed to be the introduction to the book The Program. In this book, some teenagers under the age of 18 are trained to be closers. They are trained to help people get over their griefs and move on in life. Quinlan McKee is a closer since she was seven years old. Her mother died and her father works in the same field. Every week or two, she will be assigned to a family's house and help them grief over their loss. How does it works? Quinlan will study how they die, what they used to be like, how they talk, things they like to do, mimic their behavior, dress up like them, and becomes them. This job is not like therapy or counseling. Quinlan has to become the daughter of the family, she has to forget who she is to become another person. On one assignment, Quinlan has to pretend to be Catalina, whose death is undefined. The family is nice to her, Catalina has a boyfriend, and for once, Quinlan feels like she is living a normal life. She got depressed when she realize that in another two weeks she might be in another family's house, being someone totally different. She may be helping people grief but she still hurts. She may be taking other people's pain away but she is lost. She has to find herself again and anchor that in her before she is lost forever in another girl's life. While on this assignment, Quinlan becomes suspicious over Catalina's death and on the same time, her partner, Aaron, is also on an assignment and his patient's death is also undefined. There is a pattern to all the deaths and there is something going wrong with the system, and the cooperation and Arthur Pritchard (Creator of the Program) are at the center of it.

I never got so confused whiles having so much information and answers. This book is brilliant! The feelings were there and real. I never felt as lost as I am reading this book, so depressed and sad for Quinlan. She has to help others grief while she has no time to feel hurt and recover herself. However, how the book ended left me with more question than what I 've started with. I am really looking forward to another book to give me all the answers. This book has the elements of suspense, mystery, romance, betrayal, and psychological drama, that readers will fall head over heels for. It's like PB&J sandwich, all mushed up together, don't look so great, but brilliantly combined.

hugs and kisses

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Eat Nakd Cocoa Delight


Eat Nakd Cocoa Delight

This brought me so much joy. After the not so great Eat Nakd bar that I tried  a few days ago, this certainly brought back some hope. It is chewy, the texture is on point, and the flavor is very bold and balanced.



This bar is like eating a chewy chocolate bar. It does have a strong taste of raisins and I love raisins so this is a bonus point for me. I think the raisin is what made it chewy but don't worry there's still pieces of nuts in between each bite. I think this bar has fewer nuts than any other bars that I've tried. So if you don't like nuts, this bar is perfect.


I can't get over the texture of this bar. it's so different from the other ones that I've tried and it's so unique. It definitely surprised me when I first bite into it.

Overall, I am giving this bar an A++. It has the texture, it has the taste, it's healthy, and it is a treat!

Eat Nakd’s Cocoa Delight bar is also:
  • Dairy free
  • Wheat and gluten free
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • Low in saturated fats
  • No added sugar
  • GMO Free
  • Kosher
  • One of your 5 a day!
  • Deliciously simple! Made with Dates (48%), Cashews (29%), Raisins (17%), Cocoa (6%), natural flavor

Typical values          per 35g bar
Energy                        135kcal
Protein                             3g
Carbohydrate                  17g
(of which sugars)            15g
Fat                                    5g
(of which saturates)          1g
Fibre                                2g
Sodium                          0.1g


hugs and kisses

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Banana Crunch Eat Nakd

Banana Crunch Eat Nakd 

Well, I think it's just me but I don't really like this bar. It might be my least favorite Eat Nakd bar from what I've tried. It tasted funny and had this weird banana taste to it. I checked the package too and it's not expired.


The bar is quite firm and dry. It also smells like an overly ripe banana. When you bite into it, it does have a strong banana flavor and also a spice kick. Maybe it was the spice that drove me off. If you are not a fan of bananas, then this might not be the one for you but if you love bananas and feel adventurous, then give this a try. Maybe it was just me.


As for the crunch part, there wasn't a lot of crunch in this bar, compare to the other ones that I've tried before. It does not have a strong date taste too so, don't worry. It does have a lot of nut pieces and a hint of spices as an after taste, so watch out!

This bar is:

  • Dairy free
  • Wheat and gluten free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Low in saturated fats
  • Free from added sugar and syrups
  • GMO Free
  • Kosher
  • Deliciously simple! Made with Dates, soy protein crunchies (18%), cashew nuts, raisins, dried banana (6%), apple juice concentrate, banana flavoring.

Typical values           per 30g bar
Energy                          104 kcal
Protein                              5.5g
Carbohydrate                  14.4g
(of which sugars)            12.9g
Fat                                     2.4g
Fibre                                  1.4g
Sodium                              0.1g

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Monday, 18 January 2016

The Treatment


The Treatment 

You matter - Realm

I am helplessly destroyed by this book. It was amazing! It's actually rare for all the books in a series to all be amazing but Young did a wonderful job in keeping her readers hooked. In the book, the Program would give patients pills to erase their memories, I think that is what Young is trying to do. Giving her readers excitement, suspense, betrayal, and romance, then leaving her reader to dwell in her world and forgetting reality; the world where friendship, hope, and love is the Treatment to depression.

So the first book of the series, the Program, left off with Sloan and James running away. In this book, both of them join the rebellions but there was something fishy about them. James and Sloan cannot trust anyone. Things didn't go as well as planned and the Program are now hunting them. With no one they can trust, Sloan and James have to stick together but something came between them. Sloan is captured and brought back to the Program. This time, they will not just erase her memory but they will make that she is erased from the world. 

Reading this book, being in Sloan's mind, and experiencing what she is going through, feeling what she is feeling, and just living in her thoughts can be both dangerous and exciting. When I take a step back from the book, I actually have to gather my thoughts together and get back to myself and to reality. Young definitely has her way of making her readers feel involved in the story. It was a brilliantly, well written, amazingly told story and I wish the tale would not end. 


“It's taken me all this time, all this loss, to realize what really matters is now.” 
― Suzanne Young, The Treatment
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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Winter - The Lunar Chronicle Series


Winter - The Lunar Chronicle Series 

The last book of the Lunar Chronicle series. If you don't know what this book is or what the series is about, it's basically a twist to fairytale where princesses are from the moon, people have robot hands, and space ships traveling through space. This series has 4 books, Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White). 

In this book, you get to be in different character's mindset for each chapter so it can be a little confusing and it's also hard to feel for them and to connect with them. However, it is an 800+ page book and everyone is doing their own thing, battling their battles, so it's nice to get the whole dynamic of things. 

It's hard for me to really summarize the whole book because :-
a. there's a lot of detail in 800+ 
b. you have to read the whole series to really understand the situation
c. I cannot Not spoil the whole book for people who have not read it yet because if I were to tell you the summary of the book, then I would be telling you or hinting you the ending. 

Overall, I really like the series. It was a smart twist to the classic fairytale. If you liked the TV show Once Upon a Time, then this series is the perfect guilty pleasure. 

Through out this book series, I really liked the connection and the chemistry between all the princesses. They might be just girls/cyborg, but they are tough and girl stick together. I also liked Wolf and Scarlet's relationship. I feel that they have this really sexy, cheeky thing going on. I absolutely adore Thorne and Cress. They are so cute and adorable together. It's a classic love story of a naughty boy falling in love with a naive girl. Their relationship will make you fall in love again, no doubt. Kai and Cinder's relationship is very mature and strong. I think it's really hard for a girl to see her boyfriend get marry with her aunt, so to do that, Cinder is very strong and she knows what best for everyone. 

Not forgetting, Winter and Jacin. Winter is this kind, naive, and innocent girl that has the softest heart with the strongest personality. Jacin on the other hand is like Edward Cullen, protective, loving, and annoyingly hot. Since they grew up together, Winter was uncertain over their relationship but in the end, ughhh, it was worth it guys! 

It's always sad to end a series because it's like the ending of Harry Potter, after having so much feelings and connection with all the characters, saying goodbye to them is hard. When you hit the last page and suddenly realize that it's the end, your heart will shatter to pieces because it's like saying goodbye to all your friends during high school graduation. You will never know what will happen to them next, you will never know what they are thinking, nor will you be able to live in their mindset and feel what they are feeling. But every good thing has to come to an end. It was a marvelous book/series and you will surely love the adventure, the action, the mystery, the secrets, and the romance. All the elements may seem overwhelming and too much to handle, but trust me, in the book, you will be craving more. 

It's a nice unexpected fairytale of how a brave princess becomes the queen with the help of other loyal princesses. 


hugs and kisses

Friday, 15 January 2016

Studying Tips

Studying Tips

I know the stress is rising after the holidays. We all have tests, exam, quiz, homework, and finals to prepare for. You might feel overwhelmed by what is going on and things may feel like they are out of hand. I know. I feel that too. College semester is starting next week for me and I am pretty nervous but one question everyone asked me is how do I study and prepare for exams?

Here are some tips I can give you:

1. Sticky notes.


I use sticky notes all the time, to remember stuff, to write down what I have to do after school, and to quickly write down what I need to research on if I do not understand what the teacher is teaching in class. I make a list of things I have to do after school so I don't forget and won't panic tomorrow morning when I remember I hadn't done my homework. Also, you know those times with the teacher is telling you something but you don't understand and you can't pull your phone out to check? I write it down on a sticky note and search for them online when I am back at home. Sticky notes are babe.


2. Study right after the lesson.


What I always do and recommend, is to study the notes and what the teacher/lecture had taught in class today right after the lesson/school. This way, the memory and the knowledge are still fresh. It's always smart to gather the knowledge one day at a time rather than cramping all in before the test. So study whatever the teacher has taught in class after school. When you do this everyday, you don't have to spend a lot for time revising for the exam because you already understand and mastered it. This may still sound a little confusing so let me give an example: If your teacher teaches you Lesson A today, read and study Lesson A at night after you done homework and stuff. Next week, when the teacher teaches Lesson B. Study Lesson B that night. Then, the next few days, study both Lesson A and B together. Same thing goes one. Next week when teacher teaches Lesson C, study that at night and a day later study Lesson A, B, and C together. This way, you are gathering information slowly, one by one. By the time you are revising lesson C, Lesson A would be as easy as a pie and you don't have to spend a lot of time on it. It's like reading something for 3 times, when you do that, it's stuck in your mind.

3. Write everything down!


Whatever the teacher said, it must be important. Write it down. Even if you don't feel like paying attention that day because we all have those days, just write whatever the teacher said. When your mind can gather itself up and you are more in the study mode, just read what you wrote. It's like recording the lecture but did you know the more you write, the more you'll remember. SO WRITE!

That's my three tips. I find myself not able to concentrate when I have friends around for group studies because it's easy to talk about other things that are more interesting. I also am not a fan of colorful notes because they look a little messy. I would recommend finding your comfort zone to study and really shut down wifi, all your connection, and study. Even spending an hour or two on what the teacher has taught  each day can help.

Now you may ask, why should you take my advice and my tips? I always love trying new ways to study and experiment with a lot of them. I find that these three things give me the best result. I have a GPA of 4.00 so maybe that gives me the credit?

All in all, what I recommended is only the basic. To really study and achieve A's in class, you need a motivation, you need the will and determination in YOU. You need to want it so badly that you will work your ass off of it.

I hope you all have a lovely semester and a kind reminder, there are only 20 more weeks till summer. #winks.

hugs and kisses


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Chocolate Oatmeal


Chocolate Oatmeal 

 I N G R E D I E N T S

1 cup oats
2 cups water
5 dates
1 kiwi
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cane sugar

I N S T R U C T I O N S

1. Boil 2 cups of water on a pot.

2. When it's simmering, lower the heat and add in the oats. Wait till it bubbles.

3. Add in the 5 chopped dates, cacao powder, and cane sugar.

4. Stir till it's combine and wait for more bubbles! I like my oats to be thicker so I cooked them for a bit longer.

5. Serve it in a bowl and top it with anything you like. I personally love more fruits ! Kiwi is the best for this because it's acidic and sour which is a good combination. The kiwi can break though the bitterness of the cacao powder and the sweetness of both the dates and the sugar. Perfection.

hugs and kisses

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

My Thoughts on The Shadowhunter TV Show on FreeForm


My Thoughts on The Shadowhunter TV Show on FreeForm


Yesterday, I had to chain up my inner fangirl. Not only PLL is back with 5 years forward but the new Shadowhunter series was up live ! I watched it twice. In my offense, the first time I watched it, I was too distracted by Simon's cuteness and Alex's hotness. It's hard for me to break down and to gather my thoughts together on what I thought of the series but after a night of calming down my fangirl self, I will try my best.

Overall, it was amazing. I love the whole shadowhunter thing. I think Dominic as Jace is absolutely amazing. He is very protective, hot (obviously), strong, and has his own personality, a nice twist to the "original" Jace. Alec is drop dead hot ! And the chemistry between him and Jace is there, so transparent yet so layered, ya'know. It's like this thing going on where he always has Jace back and gets jealous when Jace finds Clare. Argh I ship this ! I also like Isabelle; she is fierce, sexy, dangerous, and actually really smart. Don't get me started on Simon. I love Simon. He is funny, he is always there for his friends, he is cute and hot, and he can SING (!), did I mention that he is funny? Luke is really hot too, compare to the original movie, The City of Bones, Luke looks wayyyy hotter and very mysterious. Same goes to Jocelyn, she is much like the modern type of mom, very pretty, sexy, and strong. 

You may have notice that I miss out one important person, Clare, oh I don't know, I just felt that she is not really what I expected. Lily Collins set up a high standard to be Clare Fray but I don't know, I felt that Kat (who plays Clare in the series) has not yet understand Clare as a character and has not really let this whole thing sink in? I mean her mood changes too fast that I don't know if I can believe her or not. One second she is screaming at Jace, saying that he is insane, while he explains to her about demons, the next, she is up for a mission to fight the most powerful Shadowhunter. She also runs away in a middle of a conversation a lot . However, I do admire her courage and her determination to find her mother. Not to mention, she has beautiful eyes. (I like looking at people's eyeballs, okay, don't judge)

The pace of the series was also really fast. I think that was the main problem for me. I would much prefer them to shoot an episode of how Clare comes to understand shadowhunter, let it sink in, digest it for a while, and wrap her mind around the new world and her true identity. Instead, in the first episode she was already going into the shadowhunter mood, which, for me, happened too fast, so maybe that was what made it hard to believe.

I would love to watch the whole episode, nonetheless. I love the world that Cassandra Clare has built. It's a world of demons, magical creatures, and shadowhunters that you wish to escape to when the reality seems to be the demon himself.

hugs and kisses


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Program


The Program 

I think prince charming is too old school, every girl deserves a James in their life. Every girl needs a boy that can remind them how lovely they are even then they look like a laughing giraffe. Every girl needs a boy that can pick up her broken pieces and cherish them like his own. Every girl needs a boy to tell them "everything will be okay," when she lost hope, even though he does not believe that tomorrow will be okay, he needs her to believe so. James is that guy.You know when nothing's going right, James will make everything better. But what happens when James cannot make it better?

Sloan is broken but she has to fake it to live. She has to fake it or she will be sent to The Program. The Program is where people go when they are depressed. The people in the Program "fix" them. When the "patient" comes out of the six-week program, they are empty souls. They can no longer remember their past, they can no longer remember who they were or who they are. When Sloan's brother dies, Sloan was broken but James was there to fix her. Now, a good friend of theirs commits  suicide, Sloan has to keep James together or he will be sent to the Program. 

When James' situation gets worse, he is sent to the Program. A week later, so does Sloan. The six-week in the Program is horrible. She wants to hold on to her memories because they are all she has but the Program slowly strips them away from her, one by one. After six weeks, she no longer remembers anything from the past, she no longer remembers who she was like before. It's as if she is a walking robot, alive, but empty inside. Although she could not remember anything from the past, whenever she sees James, she feels something different. Slowly, day by day, memories from her past hits her. She could remember bits and pieces and she remembers James. 

When nothing seems important and everything matters, go with your gut. I love this book. The love that James and Sloan has is like Bella and Edwards'. It's unbearably sweet and the story line is utterly moving. Not gonna lie, I finished this in less than 5 hours. The last time I read a book this fast was Twilight? I don't know. It was amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! 

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Monday, 11 January 2016

The Sword of Summer Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard


The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)


Rick Riordan has done it again! I always find myself either laughing till my stomach feels flat or sitting at the edge of my chair, reading the words off the pages like my life depends on it. It's exciting, funny, and adventurous. The myth that Riordan plays in his story is so complete and well thought out. You will not disappoint, in fact, you will be mind blown. It's not the old Percy Jackson myth but more like Thor and Loki kind of myth. However, it is nothing like the Marvel movie, that I guarantee. 

This story is about Magus who dies but is still alive. (stay with me. It will only get more confusing) When a demigod dies, they go to this underworld hotel where they get to train and prepare for a battle between the Nine Worlds. Still wrapping around the fact that Magnus is dead, he has to find the sword that his father, who is a god that he just found out, gave away. He has to find it before evil does and he has to stop them from freeing the Wolf, strongest and terrifying wolf in the Nine Worlds.

From being a homeless kid to fighting three giants and saving Thor; Magnus not only made new loyal friends but also found himself. Even though everyone doubted on him and even a prophecy said he was not meant to be the one to save everyone or the hero of Nine Worlds, Magnus is determined to do what he feels right.

It's an amazing book and despite being on a quest that most likely will kill Magnus, he always finds a way to lighten things up. Riordan has a great sense of humor.

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense Shampoo and Conditioner


Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense Shampoo and Conditioner

I've tried this product for over 2 months now and I have definitely realize some differences in my overall hair health. My hair is stronger and does not have as many split ends as before. I also find that they grow a lot faster and thicker. The color of my hair is naturally black and after trying this shampoo, my hair has gone darker in color for some reason, even the ends. The look stronger, healthier, and smooth.


Here is a picture of my hair before:


As you can see, it's like a bush. there're split ends and cracks at the bottom of my hair and it looks so disgustingly unhealthy. The ends of my hair are also lighter in color. (Hazel-brown) My hair was also falling off like rain at that point. It scared the hell out of me so I decided to look into it. I've done multiple researches and bought all the foods that are good for the hair. Even by doing do, my hair still does not seem as healthy as I wanted them to. I remember going to Whole Foods and saw this girl with beautiful hair. I saw her reaching over to this product and thought, maybe this will be it. Maybe this product can save my hair. I am so lucky and grateful that it did. 

Here is the after picture:


Of course, I only saw results in a few months, nothing works like magic but it was still a very fast and amazing progress. And of course, products alone cannot do magic. I was and still am eating healthy everyday. I am vegan now and never felt better! The products you use can surely contribute a lot but your diet is what makes your body stronger and healthier. 

Nature’s Gate is a vegan friendly company, therefore we do not use any animal or animal byproducts in their formulations and never test on animals. I highly  recommend their hair products because they are good for you and for the environment, plus they smell amazing!

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