Blood On My Hands By Todd Strasser

29 Jul

Book Review

I have read this book super duper long ago (like a few months ago; surprised that I could actually remember the bulk of it- this shows how good this book is, ya? haha..), but I just could not find time to sit and do the review. So here it is (like finally):

For those who are into the mystery and crime genres, this book is definitely for you. I couldn’t get my hands off this book. Once I started reading, I have been reading chapter after chapter, until my eyes grew tired, focusing me to take a break. The story line really keeps the readers in suspends, and this is what makes me want to continue on with the next chapter!

So what is the suspends? From the title, you would have guessed it has something to do with bloody murder. So the suspends…The murderer, of course. Who…? But why…? And how…? She…? He…?

Just not to be a spoiler to the book (no one likes a spoiler, especially when one wants to read the book himself), here is just a short synopsis:

Imagine yourself next to a dead body…(Hmmm.. why would anyone want to imagine that :S)

The body whom you know- your ‘friend’. You have blood on your hands- blood that belongs to the dead body. You have school mates who snapped pictures of you next to the body with bloody hands exposed.

All evidences are on you. YOU ARE THE KILLER. Are you that innocent? Or you are indeed a cold blooded murderer? And why in the world would you be next to a dead body for goodness sake?!?!

This whole book allows you to journey with the accused. How she tries to prove her innocence; when everyone and every evidence are against her. From the book, I could feel her struggle and the agony she went through- hiding from the cops in shabby areas and not being able to shower or have clean clothes.

Oh boy, if you know me well enough, you would know what pain and torment it would have been for me not being able to have a decent shower, or clean clothes. Hence, I was able to feel the distress she was going through.

If it was me, I would probably just turn myself in to get a decent shelter and shower. That’s how weak I am. Haha…

So why doesn’t the accused just turn herself in if she was innocent? Well, you have to read to find out. 🙂

I love books like this, where every chapter is a chapter closer to finding who is the murderer. And just a wee bit spoiler information (I know, I know, I am contradicting myself- but this small information does not harm, right? :S ), the ending is just _________. Well you fill in the blank for me when you have read it, or had already read it. Haha.. I am not going to tell you the ending- DUH.

I rate this book 5/5, because it has an intriguing story line, and it is also easy to read. If you haven’t read this go borrow it from the national library! You won’t regret reading this. The story is just so real, and not blown out of proportion- not dramatically distant at all! As I read, I could literally imagine myself as the main character- struggling to find the truth!

Leave a readers’ comment below after reading the book. I would love to know what you think of it! 😀

Untill next time,

xoxo

Book Review: Th1rteen R3asons Why?

13 Jun

This book was introduced to me by two YouTube girls. They were doing a video on some of their favourite books, and as they described each of them, I only find this very one deeply hitched in my mind.

This is a library book in hardcover.

The story plot is really intriguing! And may I say, this is my very first book that caused me to shift over to a different genre other than romance- CRIME/MYSTERY!

Th1rteen R3asons Why? is about a SUICIDE.

A girl in a new place. A new beginning? WRONG. She faced mental torture. Why? You have to read this book to find out! 😀

In this book, the reader is the main character in the story. The reader/he is one of the 13 reasons why the girl killed herself. So if the reader/he is one of the 13 reasons, then who are the other 12 reasons why she killed herself?

This book brings you on a journey to find out who else caused the indirect death of the girl. The reader/he has to listen cassette tape recordings of the death girl telling her story of WHY SHE DECIDED TO TAKE AWAY HER LIFE!

Just imagine: A classmate in your school just committed suicide, and you are listening to tape recordings of her!? Scary? Sad? Angry? You decide.

Personally, I was very interested in knowing who are the 13 horrible people that forced a girl into suicide. Then after the entire book, I realized that it was partly the dead girl’s fault as well.

I mean, why take away your own young life just because of some obstacles in your teens? There are so many people who cares about you. There’s no need to be so pessimistic about it. Whatever it is, I am sure there is someone out that you can talk to. SOMEONE.

For those you have read the book, you will probably know who I am referring to when I say SOMEONE. (Hint: One of the 13 people that caused her death)

This book is different from other books because I have never read any books that is written in such a refreshing way. About 70-80% of the book is based on tape recordings the main character has to listen to. So basically, me, as a reader can understand, 1st hand, why the girl killed herself.

Pretty interesting, huh?

I spend my last school semester reading this when I was bored, in the train, or just don’t feel like studying.

If you have read this book, do share your thoughts with me! I would love to read them and exchange thoughts!

Until next time,

see you guys again! ❤

A Bookwormsy Affair: Lost and Found

31 May

My encounter with storybooks happened at a really young age, probably when I was in pre-school- I think, or at least that’s how I had remembered.

 

FOUND

My mother would always read to us on most nights before bed. Kiddie stories like the:

  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Little Red Riding Hood
  • Peter and Jane (Ladybird Book Series)
  • The Enormous Turnip

 

My all time favourites are Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Enormous Turnip! I would get my mum to read the same book many nights in a row. I remember as she read, I would fixate my eyes on the illustrations on the left side of the book, while she read the words on the right side.

 

My mother would read this exact same book! Memories Memories!

Halfway through, she would paused and asked, ‘Are you looking at the words?” Quickly, I would pretend to be looking at the right side of the book, and nodding my head! Haha! 😀

 

Parents

Kids

Just wanting their kids to recognise those words in the books

Just wanting to see the nice illustrations, and interpret the story based on the pictures!

 

In primary school, I was so into the romance genre. How typically girly right? I loved the series of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s and Sweet Valley High. I would read them during second language classes. Haha! Come on, who doesn’t? And even if you are not guilty for reading during language lessons, I bet you are guilty for day-dreaming! 😀

 

I would exchange storybooks with friends who had other Mary-Kate and Ashley’s or Sweet Valley High’s series. I have never own a Sweet Valley High storybook before.

Mary-Kate and Ashley’s books from my humble book collection!

Mary- Kate and Ashley’s books!

 

One of my classmates introduced the Just George series- The famous character from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. In my 4th year of primary school, I was pretty hooked onto them for awhile. Of all the 6 books, I have like 4 of them at home (they are still sitting on my dusty shelves right now).

 

My super duper old books!

My super duper old books!

 

I would pester my mother to get me those books, and she would refuse. After much whining, she gave in; with a condition: I had to pay for them. Oh well, I don’t mind, as long as I get my hands on the untouched, new- smelling books.

 

LOST

I lost touch of storybooks when I entered junior college. With the lecture notes to ‘entertain’ me, who needs more entertainment from storybooks? Okay, maybe I was just not putting the effort to make time. GUILTY!

FOUND

I managed to keep in touch with storybooks during my summer vacation in my 1st ? Or 2nd year of college (I can’t really remember). I could actually complete 1 book after the many years of losing touch with storybooks. Then, I was still into the romance genre.

 

LOST, then finally… FOUND!

After that 1 pitiful book that I managed to complete (which I was pretty proud of), I lost contact with storybooks AGAIN. It was until recently this year that I have a sudden interest in crime, murder, mystery related books! How creepy and sadistic is that?!? But yeah, I have FOUND storybooks in my life again! So that’s a plus point!

 

I have done some readings over the pass few months. I would probably do book reviews soon! So watch of for that if you are into crime, murder, and sadistic stuff like me! Wahaha..

 

Okay, I not that creepy as I sound.

 

So see you guys real soon! Tell me what’s your favourite storybook genres! I would love to be introduced to some cool storybooks! SO RECOMMENDATIONS ANYONE?

 

Sundown 2012- A blind mouse

29 May

Part of the race pack- Participant’s guide

Many people think that the 2012 Sundown Marathon has 2 categories- 21km (half), and 42km (full). Not surprising, as the name of the event is called Sundown Marathon 2012.

Of course BFF and I joined can’t never possibly join a half or a full marathon! Come on, let’s be real here people, we aren’t exactly the fit type. We joined the third, LESS muscle exerting category: the 10km! And thus, the title for this post is Sundown 2012, and not Sundown Marathon 2012. Then why ‘ a blind mouse’? Well, you have to read on. 😀

My last so-called 10km ‘race’ was about 7 months ago, where BFF and I took part in our very 1st run- The Nike Run. Check out my thoughts on that at  https://alldayeverydayness.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/striking-off-an-item-on-my-to-do-list-before-i-grow-old/

Being the 1st time taking part in a Sundown event, I thought the run would commence in the evening, and the participants wouldl run until the SUN goes DOWN- thus a SUNDOWN event right? Well, call me ignorant, but that’s how I interpreted it! How creative was I right? 😀

Most admin stuffs like registration, and checking out for updates when the event was nearing was entirely done by BFF. I’m the lazy kind who doesn’t like checking stuffs like that. Well, luckily I have her to do the ‘job’ for me! Hurray for that!<3

While many people trained hard or at least TRY to train for the ‘race’, BFF and I were, I like to believe, the slackest participants! We never really train for the event. For me, I would just jog once a week. And for BFF? Well, I think she will kill me if I would to tell you how she ‘trained’, so let’s just say we were pretty bad when it comes to training. ;D

The flag-off time for the 10km category was at 10.30pm on 26 May 2012. I’m not really comfortable jogging at night, especially if it’s an unfamiliar place. I don’t wear glasses when I jog, and I’m not comfortable having contact lenses on. So I pretty much a blind mouse when the sun goes down, and I’m not wearing my glasses.

From the time of flag-off, I was a semi-blind jogger, jogging in the city- on the roads of Singapore! Oh boy, how dangerous!

I could barely see what was ahead of me, when there were’t street lights. And even with street lights, I totally missed 7 of the signboards telling me how many kilometers me had run!

Not knowing the distance I had covered, whenever I felt like giving up and slowing down, I would always assumed that I was completing soon. And of course, my hopes collapsed after jogging an extra 5-10 more torturous minutes!

The only 2 signboards which I saw indicting the distance one has covered was the ‘8km’ and ‘9km’. I felt like I nearly died when I first saw the ‘8km’ signboard. My legs were killing me, especially the muscle on my left foot, and I still had 2km more!

Seriously, I had no idea how I even managed to complete this event. But I’m glad I did! I mean, those who completed get a medal! My very first outside-school-medal! Nice! 😀

And sharing the experience with BFF is one thing that will always be cherished!

My 1st finisher Medal!

My Run Score! Was slower as compared to my previous Nike Run.

Getting ready to board the shuttle service back home. It’s probably 40 minutes pass midnight!

Group Shot!

Easter Bunny Spring Nails

5 Apr

Easter Sunday is in a few days! So I decided to get some inspirations for nails on YouTube! And… I have found some really cute and simple ones. If you don’t celebrate Easter, you still can recreate this nail art, as it’s really cute, bubbly and just so pretty for the Spring season! You can practically wear this nail design all year round! I mean, who doesn’t like a cute bunny or two in their lives right? In my case, I have 10 bunnies to keep me accompany! 😀

So let’s jump into everything shall we?

Basically we start of with a base colour. You can use any cute pastel colours (it’s Spring time!), or you can go for the shimmer. I chose the shimmer as I don’t own many pastel nail polishes, and I really wanted a more bright and shinny overall. So the shimmer is my calling!

I have also decide to go with more than 1 base colour- I wanted a more fun style this Easter and Spring. So I many chosen a metallic/shimmer blue, green and orange:

Left to Right: Eleanor's Blue, Eleanor's Green, OPI's Totally Tangerine

Here is the look after applying the 3 base colours:

These colours make me super happy! 😀

Next up is painting out the bunny face and I used just a simple Eleanor’s white polish. And the outcome?

The outlook for this actually seems really nice! This gives me an idea of doing french tips using bright coloured bases!

Now for the bunny ears!

The bunny ears need not be perfect, some pairs of ears may be closer than others, and that’s fine. You want to have all your bunnies with different personalities right? 😀

Let’s add in the details on the bunny ears first! This gives it depth, and highlights the ears more. I use The Face Shop’s Nude nail polish.

Now let’s add details on the bunny’s face- adding in the eyes! Since I do not have black polish, I chose my super dark purple that I have- Arezia’s purple. It has a little shimmer in it- not that I want it to have any glitter, but this is my only darkest nail polish. So, if you don’t have black like I do, you can improvise by choosing the darkest polish in your personal polish collection.

And we have cute bunny eyes!

Next we need noses for the bunnies to breathe, so I’m using the same tangerine nail polish by OPI, you have seen earlier to create the little dot as the noses. Doesn’t this picture look absolutely adorable! The lighting in my room really does justice and enhance the beauty of this photo!

I totally love this picture!

Last detail on the face of the bunny is to enhance the cute fluffy cheeks of the bunnies! You were thinking the last detail should be the mouth of the bunnies weren’t you? Haha! If you girls prefer adding the mouth instead of the cheeks, and it’s really fine as well! 😀 For the cheeks, I used The Face Shop’s Nude nail polish.

After applying a top coat to give each nail extra shine and allow the design that you have worked hard on last much longer, we are DONE! 🙂

For all the details I have done, for instance the bunny’s extra depth ears, the eyes. the nose and the cheeks, it was all done with the dotting tool I just purchased recently! Absolutely love them. They are so easy and convenient to use. Good at creating dots of small and large sizes! Not that toothpicks and bobby pins aren’t good, but the dotting tools does give you the different options of dot sizes. If you do not have or want to invest in a set of dotting equipment, then using toothpicks or bobby pins will get to a similar effect.

Here’s my tools:

Summary of how to get to bunny fingers! 😛

Easy steps to get bunny nails!

Here are some finished photos!

Which side of the hand has better bunnies? I kinda prefer my right! But the left side has cute big eyes on them (unintentionally done)! Can't decide!

My favourite bunny on my left thumb

I got my inspiration from:

Disclaimer: All the items mentioned above are entirely purchased by me.

Items can be purchased at Sasa for the Eleanor’s blue and green Nail Polish, at Sephora for the OPI’s Totally Tangerine Nail Polish, and at The Face Shop for the nude Nail colour. The dotting tool was purchased online.

I’m On Cloud 9 Nailsy Time

13 Feb

Judging from my few previous posts, you can obviously see I have recent ‘cravings’ for nail art, and all that cute. Yes; I’m a nail design fanatic now! 😀

As you all know Vday is soon! And it so happen that I have stumbled across this super amazing YouTube video on nail art- Vday themed!

If you follow my on Twitter, you would have already seen my Vday themed nails! If not; here is one photo of the finished product:

'I'm On Cloud 9' finished nails- Right hand ❤

Watching the video made the whole process of doing the nail art seem really simple- ain’t it always the case. -.- It ALWAYS seem super easy; but sadly when we are doing doing the hands on ourselves it’s always otherwise. In the video, she used a dotting tool, so if you don’t have 1; fret not- using a toothpick or a bobby pin is just good enough.

So basically you start off with the base coat. Since the name of the nail design is ‘I’m On Cloud 9’, so it’s self-explanatory that we should start off with blue base coat for the sky right? If you have cute sky blue polish; then it’s just perfect! As I do not have 1; I replaced it with my metallic blue Eleanor polish.

Metallic Blue as base coat

After the base coat; it’s time for the cloud design with white Eleanor polish!

Clouds using Eleanor nail polsih

The number of clouds on each nail is to your preference. For me; I like to have 2 clouds- not too little not too many. But make sure you gauge the nail space left for your cute red hearts later on. If you nail is a little tiny; then draw tinier clouds so that  you have enough space to add on hearts.

In the video, she used her dotting tool and created 4 dots leading to the shape of the cloud. So you might want to try that too. My clouds:

I'm On Cloud 9

Now come to the designing of the hearts! In the video, she just used the dotting tool to doodle out the hearts. But I can never get pretty hearts like hers. So here’s a trick: THE-3-DOT-RULE.

A better picture of the heart so you can better understand and visualize.

You know the 2 humps of the heart? Well, using your dotting tool, dot 2 dots side by side, and you have created 2 humps for the heart. So how do you get the sharp edge at the bottom of the heart? Slightly lower but in the middle of  the 2 dots you have earlier created; dot a smaller dot. Then using the sharp edge of the toothpick, if you are using 1, dip some red nail polish on the sharp edge of the toothpick and use it to outline the heart shape out. And there you have it! YOUR HEART!

(If you are not using a toothpick, find an object with a pencil-like sharp edge to help to outline the heart)

It may seem really tough to do the heart, but once you get the trick, it’s actually pretty easy! I mean, if I can do it, then it has to be quite simple, I guess. 😀

Here is the polish I used for the hearts:

Luminous Orange polish as hearts

As I do not have a red polish; I replaced it with neon orange. At first, I thought the end product will not be as good, since it’s not blood red hearts but neon orange. But, I guess when the luminous orange came in contact with the metallic blue base coat, it sort of turn to a darker shade of red. So yeah- I’m happy with that!

More pictures!

'I'm On Cloud 9' final product

 

'I'm On Cloud 9' final product

Yay, Happy with my outcome! Happy Vday!

So hope you guys have a great and fun time doing this ‘I’m On Cloud 9’ nail art! If you have any other cool designs, or  if you did this nail design, snap a picture and  leave me a comment, I would sure love to see it! Have fun with nails, and I will see you pretty girls soon!

Leaving off with the video I have stumble across on YouTube. Go watch it!

Cupcake nails to Topical Fruity

23 Jan

My second attempt to Cupcake Nails! And yes, it was ANOTHER failed attempt- from Cupcakes to Fruits! 😦

If you haven’t seen my previous blog post on my first attempt to get Cupcake Nails, here it is: https://alldayeverydayness.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/from-cupcakes-to-penguinies/

But it turned out nice in the end. So yeah, it’s just love!

Basically I started out with my base coat: Green Metallic polish. Then I did my white snowy frosting for my supposedly ‘Cupcakes’. Here is a picture of my nails in the process:

Base coat and white frosting!

So after applying the most tedious part- the frosting, next is my most favorite part: adding the cherries and sprinkles! Not only it’s super easy, it’s really fun to add the dots on the nails!

I used luminous orange polish for my cherries, as I do not have red polish. Orange polish does the job too! 🙂

Orange cherries on my 'Cupcakes'

 After the cherries, it’s sprinkles time! I used blue metallic nail polish as sprinkles. I wanted to used a few colours, but was a little lazy. 😛 So if you like colours (I’m sure everyone does),you may want to improvise by add more colours to your Cupcakes. However, using just a single colour for the sprinkles is still AMAZING!

Blue sprinkles!

After the sprinkles, don’t forget the top coat to make your freshly ‘baked’ ‘Cupcakes’ or Fruits (in my case), look super glossy! Here are some pictures of my final product! With love:

Cupcakes turned Fruits

After having done my left finger nails, my first though was, ” Cupcakes? Hmmmm, I don’t think so, more like poisonous fruits from a faraway land!” 😦

I took a snap and picture texted my BFF, and here is what she replied.

Screenshot conversation between me and BFF

BFF thinks it’s like a kiwi! It’s probably because of the blue sprinkles! Haha! What do you pretty girls think of it? Do you think it’s some kind of fruit too? Leave me a comment, and start working on your Cupcake Nails too! It’s really fun.

Post me pictures after you attempt, I would really love to see them! ❤

If you are wondering what I used to make the sprinkles and the cherries. Well, I used toothpicks, if you have a dotting tool, then that’s great! But if not, toothpicks work just as well.

Just a little tip from me to you: When using toothpicks, be sure to snip off a small bit of the sharp edge- this will give you nice circular dots.

Here are the polishes I used for this fruity nail creation!

Left: Metallic Green (base coat) Right: Snowy White (frosting)

Left: Luminous Orange (Cherries) Right: Metallic Blue (Sprinkles)

Top coat to get the perfect shine!

So that’s it for now! Hope you had fun with you nail creation!

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