Ending the March

March already coming to end. OH NO!!!
This means first quarter of 2014 has ended and tomorrow is the start of new month and new quarter.

Bits and bits of what going on during this month.. Yosh!!

Happening:
1. Nephew wedding – Wedding is always a most welcome event in my family. Except for Eid, wedding is one of the event that gathered almost all family. Sadly the other event is funeral.
21/3 – Solemnization – no color theme. I wore black-red.
22/3 – Bride’s side wedding reception. The theme color for our family was green. So you can see different shades of green. Green, green everywhere.
23/3 – Groom’s side wedding reception (my side). The theme was golden-orange. I am not sure what the color’s official name. Luckily I managed to find a tailor for my dress. The reception was held at Dewan Merak Kayangan Felda. The food rumoured to be awesome (rumoured becaused I only had some).
Lots of relatives and my ex-colleagues coming to celebrate. Some which we haven’t met for ages.
Like I said this was family gathering. Most of us stayed at my sister’s house for those 3 days. So imagined the food, kids, laughters and don’t forget the gossip. 🙂

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2. Steam-bot dinner with my friends. Somehow this sort of our monthly dinners. 3 of us with different personalities, backgrounds and ages.

Bought:
1. Benefits Pore-fessional and their new BB Cream
2. A Skirt + a pair of shoes (brown-greyish)
3. Mini table for my computer. Initial plan was to buy the laptop mini-table but I found this mini-table which I think can be more useful than only as a laptop table plus with $5 less.
4. New perfume because I emptied the last one. Too many new perfume I like and under consideration. In the end I bought the old Fifth Avenue by Elizabeth Ardent. Haha.

Read:
1. Mercy – Julie Garwood (re-read)
2. Up Close and Dangerous – Linda Howard
3. A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks (Currently reading)

Hope to do but didn’t:
1. Taking few hours photo-taking in town. Reason – haze was very bad, health issues and nephew’s wedding-related preparation
2. Weekly-themed artwork.

Health issues:
1. Mild chest pain due to bad haze throughout the month
2. High fever plus bacteria infection that caused me to take 3 days medical leave. Tons of medications and a blood test.

Work-related:
1. BUSY!!

Tragedy:
#MH370 dissappearing and not yet found until today. Even though lots of countries comes to help, we only have rumours and unconfirmed info. This is a sad happening that affected the whole country regardless of race, religion and age. It is sad to say that it took a tragedy such as this to see ‘united’  in Malaysia.

Our Prime Minister already declared and concluded the plane was crashed with no survivals (though I don’t understand why because the plane still missing), I am still hoping for good news. #MH370.

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All in all there was nothing I regretted tooo much this month. Maybe smaller things but not worth losing sleep for.

My hopes and expectation for April:
1. Finishing A Walk to Remember.
2. Do the thing in the list of ‘Hope to do but didn’t’.

Review(Book) : 2014-4 Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard

Image from Goodreads

Another book by Linda Howard.
Why this book? I was ready to read another of her book after a bit of dissapointment of her previous books that I’ve read.

Synopsis and review from Goodreads

Character : Cam Justice, Bailey Wingate, Brett, Sean , Karen, Tamzin, Lucas + Peach
Synopsis : A young widow of a late milloinnaire was set for a vacation with her brother and his family. Chartered a private plane that flied by Cam Justice for a supposedly safe and simple flight, something amissed and the engines died and the plane crashed at a mountain area.

The main story was about how they survived the crash and the effort on how to stay alive
with very limited supplies of food under a very cold and snowy weather plus multiple injuries with lacking medical attention and medical supplies. During this survival, they learned that their impressions of one another was not justified. They changed 180 degrees and found the personalities underneath the surface appearance layers.

Also, found out that the plane was sabotaged and started to think of who might be the culprit. The real culprit was unpredictable and interesting.

Like always, don’t judge the book by its cover. Mrs. appeared to be a snob turned out to be different. Well, actually both have almost same expression of another. Snob, arrogant, thinking too high of her/himself and such.

The tragedy opened their eyes to see beyond the physical appearances and seek the pleasant personalities underneath. Though this is not a different and unusual method of introducing the characters, but it has some meaning to the real life.

How many times have we judged a person without getting to know the person? Some people just have a glance at another and already form the impression and opinion. I know I did that sometimes. And I know others did that to me too. Though in my case even though I am not fond of that person from the first impression, it wont stop me from getting to know or being good to him/her. I dont know whether it is a good thing or bad one, usually my first impression of a person is a correct one.

Result: 4.2/5. Likeable. Readable. Repeat? Maybe. Recommend? Yes with caution.

Review(Book) : 2014-3 The Mercy by Julie Garwood

I love reading a new book without knowing how the ending might be. Or the plot conflicts. Or the hidden bad guys. But sometimes I also love to re-read my favourite books. Especially when I were in reading with no thinking needed.

During this state, usually I would pick up a romance book and my favourite usually Linda Howard and Julie Garwood. Mercy is one of my favourite Julie Garwood’s book and most preferred for re-reading. I’ve lost count of how many time I read this book and every time, after the last sentence, I still have the satisfaction feeling.

Synopsis from Goodreads

The characters: Theo Buchanan (yes, another Buchanan) was a judge Dept attorney. Met Michelle renard, a young gifted doctor that hold no big ambition except to serve her community in a small town Bowen instead of taking big and high-profile practice in New Orlean. Michelle saved Theo’s life when she met him, accidentally in a hotel which they went for 2 seperate reasons.

Anyway, Theo couldn’t seem to forget Michelle and went to her hometown. And this was where the setting of the story.

Also came to picture, Noah Clairborne (which appeared in 2-3 other JG books plus one with him as main character) and John Paul, Michelle brother which later has a book dedicated to him.

Antigonists: The Sowing Club members especially John as main. Others were Cameron, Preston and Dallas plus the assassine Monk.
The plot: well, of course on how the antagonists trying to get and kill the hero and heroine of course. (vain synopsis, haha).

What I like about this book: The humor-one of my favourite was where Theo was misunderstood as the town’s school new football coach.
Another one when Jake Renard (Michelle’s father) trying to ‘help’ Michelle to hook Theo by asking neighbours and friends sending various dishes with note the Michelle’s cooked it.
And another on how Jake manipulated and taking advantage of Theo. Every time ‘Big Daddy said you..’ to Theo made me chuckled.

Not really like: Michelle was too perfect