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Uglies By Scott Westerfeld

15 Aug

Book Cover of Uglies

So I have just completed yet another book! Like finally! Hearts to that! ❤

Had brought this 1/4 read book on my Summer Vacation to Australia (Melbourne and Sydney) but wasn’t able to complete it, and then had to immediately returned it as it was way passed the due date-Oops! (If you haven guess already- it’s a borrowed national library book :D)

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And just a few weeks ago, I managed to get my hands on it when I visited the library! Hooray to that! I’m telling you, this book keeps getting ‘snatched’ off the bookshelves! So popular I must say.

Alrighty, enough about all the boring stuffs- let’s jump right into the book about UGLIES!

What if you believe that you have a way too high forehead, way too big a nose, and not to mention, your nose ain’t even positioned in the center of your face!?! What if you eyes are way too big, like they are going to pop out of their sockets any moment?! What if you are way too skinny that you look frail and sickly? Or the opposite- big and round; and nothing you do or not do (eat) will help you lose the extra pounds?

And so basically, you are just NOT Magazine- Supermodel- Like. To put it bluntly, you are just UGLY; your friend is UGLY; everyone is born UGLY! What then? Let’s all sit around all day and weep? Or sing the Lady Gaga’ Song: Born This Way (And embrace it)! 😀

Well, the key way to break this ‘curse’? Going under the knife of course! Many people around the world have done it. And all these Liposuction, Botox Injection, Breast Augmentation, etc cost money! Ka- Ching! It’s all about the Price Tag.

What if I tell you that you, your friend and everyone in your estate can get the perfect body, the perfect face FOR FREE! Just turn 16, and you will be put under the knife and after that, you will love the person staring at you in the mirror. How awesome is that!

In this sequel, Scott Westerfeld starts off with the UGLIES (Book 1), where we journey with the main character in deciding if she wants to be pretty or stay UGLY for all eternity. But can one have the choice of staying UGLY? Or is it a MUST to be a PRETTY?

You may be confused- what is wrong with being a PRETTY? Only an idiot wants to stay UGLY. I mean, nice hair, nice skin, nice everything right? So what is the problem? Hmmmmmm……

Did I mentioned that the plastic surgery is FREE. So then, there must be a hidden cost involved.

YOU JUST HAVE TO READ TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS!  😀

I rate this first book of the sequel a 3.5/5 because this book can be a little too draggy. And it is slightly more difficult to read than the other books I have recommended- but still manageable. I love the intriguing story plot, and the adventures with the main character. It makes it wonder if I were in a world where everyone is given a chance to undergo nip tuck. Good or Bad?

Do you want to be an UGLY, or a PRETTY?

At this moment, after reading the book, I still believe I wana’ be a PRETTY. Being an UGLY is way too much work. Haha!

But maybe I may change my mind again after reading the next book of the sequel!

Drop me a comment if you have read this book, and tell me how to find it! I love to hear from you guys! 😀

Posing with Uglies!

Until next time,

Dee

Christmas Then and Now

26 Dec

Then…

Christmas was magical. The Christmas mood started roughly about 3 weeks- 4 weeks before Christmas. With all the excitement to get the tree out and well decorated. I still remember the joy of taking all the ornaments out of the storage and placing them on the tree one by one. I still remember the cute little reindeers, angels, Santa, baby Jesus statue, the three wise men statues, the manger (where Jesus was born in) of course, not forgetting the bright yellow star that always goes on top of the tree.

Then…

I was young, and much shorter (not that I’m any taller now), I always had a hard time get the bright star up on the tree. Being taller, my brother would always place the last piece of yellow up. The joy of seeing the well decorated tree lit up in the dark by the Christmas lights that were wrapped round it, was just so amazing. I was always so excited to show the lovely tree to my father when he got home from work.

Then…

I still remember my brother and I would quickly switch off all the lights in our home and hid behind the Christmas tree when we heard our father’s keys jingled along the corridor. As he entered, we would immediately switch on the Christmas lights to give our Dad a surprise. How happy and joyous Christmas was.

Then…

On Christmas Eve, we would go to my Aunt’s apartment for a Christmas gathering. There will be lots of food and cakes, and ice cream. The choir from church would also gather at her apartment and sing wonderful Christmas carols. Food and music during the festive season is just love.

Then…

The anticipation of the presents was killing me. My brother(s) and I would never, I mean NEVER, wait till Boxing Day to have our gifts all ripped apart. We would always do the gifts unwrapping on Christmas Day night. We would be all so excited to what our Aunts, Uncles, and parents had given us. We would envy each other when the gifts of the other were better. Christmas Day night was our self-declared Boxing Day. That night, the living room was filled with excitement and screams.

Now…

Christmas is not so magical. Christmas mood did not start a month before Christmas. The Christmas tree was left in storage for the past… many years. I have not seen the ornaments in ages. In addition, on Christmas Day night, the living room was not filled with screams and excitement. So how do I prepare for Christmas now that I am not all excited about the commercialised Christmas?

 

As I grow older, Christmas is not about the presents or the tree or the decorations. Frankly, I did not do much to prepare for Christmas. But I know it’s about preparing oneself for the coming of Christ. But was I ready/prepared for the coming of Christ this Christmas? I was busy with work, and holiday trips, and going out with friends. So no, I was not ready.

 

Comparing then and now, Christmas to me (then), was how the world sees it to be. Commercialised- all the presents, beautiful lights and the well-decorated trees. All these don’t represent the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Even though I was not prepared this Christmas, at least I know what I have to do to get myself ready for Christmas. Pray, and be in expectation for the coming of our Saviour. I will try again next year to be well ready for Christmas.

Happy Boxing Day everyone! 😀

 

I have the Post- Taiwan Syndrome

12 May

Like anyone who had such a great time overseas, coming back to reality, seems well- WHY???

I have this syndrome every time I get back home from a nice reality-free vacation. AND this time, the journey is to amazing Taiwan.

Taiwan is such a joy to be at. The people there are a joy to be with-kind,helpful, and definitely not LOUD! Taiwan is really a food paradise. The food there is just marvelous, and it doesn’t cost more than what you pay for in SG dollars YO!

Take a plate of beef steak served in a nice restaurant like ambiance for example, it costs TWD 180 (approx. SGD 7.90). It tastes even better than Jack’s Place too! Bearing in mind, TWD 180, includes salad, soup, garlic bread and a drink!

Restaurant Sign outside the restaurant

Menu Cover- Isn't it classy!?

Just a 2 page menu

We ordered from this side of the menu- Beefsteak is what we want.

Started off with a light salad

Beef Soup to get our appetite working

And garlic bread too!

Long awaited main course- Beefsteak!

For those who can't have beef try pork! Its as delicious too!

Arabic-like sauce holder containing black pepper sauce- on the house for those who order the Pork Set. A tiny tip, try pouring the black pepper sauce on your beef too, it just taste awesome.

The shopping in Taiwan is also amazing. Not too much of the bargain, like other shopping paradise Bangkok, but the price is quite reasonable. I bought shoes, tops (lots of them), bags, and some small accessories. All my items are less than SGD 11. None exceeded SGD 11, as the amount of dollars I brought with me did not allow me to spree like there’s no tomorrow. And I’m proud of myself that I am able to get such good steal. I mean bags and tops that cost SGD11, shoes going at SGD 8.70, one will be proud to find such wonderful loots!

There are some of the items I got from Taiwan.

Navy Blue Evening Bag

The interior of the bag

Checkered bucket bag

Flower-printed bag

The interior of the flower- printed bag

Bought the flower-printed bag and the checkered bucket bag from tian lan xiao bu

Day dress from WuFenBu Night Market

Dress on Me. Self- taken picture is definitely tough. All the pictures taken were distorted. I admire those who can do it.

Kneaded cardigan with light pink and white horizontal strips, blend right in with my wall

The many pairs of shoes I bought

Taiwan’s Theme Park is beyond your wildest imagination. We went to LeoFoo Village Theme Park. The rides are thrilling (up to my standard, I must say). There was a particular ride that was pretty much the scariest I have since so far in my life, and I would think twice before getting on it. My girlfriends and I didn’t get on that ride though. Maybe next time we would? I mean, if I could find someone brave enough to ride it, maybe I would *winks*.

Took a cab to the Theme Park, which is about the same price as taking a public bus from the train station to the theme park

Welcome to LeoFoo Village Theme Park YO

The entrance for the brave hearted ones

This is the ride (SCREAMING CONDOR) that I would consider twice before sitting unless I have someone brave enough to sit it with me. AND I have no idea what is the American flag doing there.

Screaming Condor Q-ing area for the brave souls

Watch how the brave people scream their lungs out. How awesome!

There is so much about Taiwan like the nice gorgeous mountains and clear blue waters that I haven’t yet to see- maybe someday. Not forgetting the Taiwanese delights I have yet to try.

Oh man, I miss YOU already.

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