Bali Photo Diary and Travel Vlog

 

 

These last couple months have been a true blessing for me. I am able to travel to several different places with different group of people. This is my first travel destination during my term break period and it’s really really awesome.

I travel to Bali with several friends from uni and this has become one of the best trip I’ve ever experienced. They are truly amazing travel companions.

The first time I travel to Bali was back when I was still in primary school. Truth to be told I don’t really remember much from that trip. This time though, Bali has given me such an unforgettable memory. The chill vibes, the hipster cafes, the beaches, and the amazing culinary experience. We left Bali wanting more and more and it seems that no matter how long you stay in Bali, it will never be enough.

Do view my travel vlog to see the fun we had in Bali and to give you some insight on where to go during your stay if you are planning to head over to the amazing island. Please keep in mind that this is my first time making a vlog and I really hope to get some advice to improve more on making videos.

 

Cheers,

E

The Liebster Award

Hey guys !

I’m finally back after a long hiatus. In case some of you are wondering ( in which, i’m not even sure if there is anyone actually interested to know ), I’ve been traveling a lot lately and haven’t really been able to update my blog plus the internet connection in my home broke down a week ago so I cannot really make any update on my blog. So yeah, no I didn’t die and become a zombie, it’s just I haven’t really got any free time to update my blog and when I do, the internet god just decides to broke my internet connection.

I’m seriously beyond grateful when I was nominated for this award. Thank you Travelling Through Words for nominating me ! I just feel so thankful that somebody actually notice my blog and like it even though I’ve been missing in the blogosphere for God knows how long.

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The Liebster Award is a way to support and bring recognition to each other’s blogs.

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog in your post.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget” (the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post).
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a count that lets the readers know this information)
  • Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer
  • List these rules in your post (copy and paste from here). Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
    Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

Questions from Travelling Through Words

1.What do you love the most about books?

  • I love how books can help me to travel to different places just by sitting down and flipping pages. Books help me to wind down after a long tiring day and in some cases it really does help me to escape the reality and enter into a magical world.

2.Name a book character you would like to be.

  • Probably Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I think she is a mixture of fantasy and realistic character. She has a normal parent but she is a wizard and she gets to experience the best of both wizard and muggle worlds. Overall, she’s just an awesome character plus she also loves books !

3.What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

  • Hands down, annoying and nosy main character. Please stop making them or at least make them become bearable by the third chapter of the book. 

4.What is your favorite stand-alone book ?

  • Wonder. There are a couple of companion book but I guess it’s not considered a series. Just do yourself a favor and read this book guys. You guys can thank me later !

5.What is your favorite movie of all time?

  • This is a bit tough but if I have to choose 1, it’s probably gonna be He’s Just Not 
    That Into You. I know, I know, judge me all you want but this movie is a real mood booster guys. 

6.Name a book you hate the most.

  • As of now, none. I don’t know, nothing pops up in my mind when I read this question. 

7.Name a book that influenced you.

  • Tuesdays with Morrie. This book makes me want to live my life to the fullest. Although, I still occasionally waste it on the internet but seriously it’s a mind changing book. It’s just old habit die hard but trust me I’m a lot better now than before hahaha..

8.Name a genre that you never read from.

  • Historical Romance. It’s just never really interest me and I’m not really into those historical romance movie either except Pride and Prejudice. 

9.What is your dream job?

  • Jobs. I have a lot of dream jobs. Top 2 right now are freelance writer and cafe entrepreneur. Believe it or not, I once dream on becoming an astronaut and fly to mars and I still do .

10.Name a book that you hate to love.

  • Girl Online. Some people call it cheesy and unrealistic which is sort of true but honestly I find it cute even though seriously it can be really cheesy hahahaha…

11.Why did you start a blog?

  • I’m pretty sure it’s 2013 when I just started college but I changed it into a bookblog in 2014. Hence, my first post in 2014. 

 

Random Facts About Me

  1. I’m Indonesian born Chinese
  2. I’m currently studying in Singapore
  3. I love baking cakes and cookies
  4. I have one younger sister
  5. I prefer cheese to chocolate
  6. I’ve never been to countries outside Asia
  7. I wish I can travel more in the future
  8. My favorite book genre is young adult fantasy
  9. I’m doing a Grimm marathon during this break and I love it a lot
  10. I’m going to watch Finding Dory today
  11. My goal is to go to all Disneyland all over the world and hop on a Disney cruise too !

 

My Nominations

 

My Questions

  1. Would you rather read the book or watch the movie adaptation first?
  2. What is your favorite book genre?
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in your life that you can now laugh when you think about it?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. Mention your favorite place in the  whole world that you have visited.
  6. When did you start writing?
  7. Name a book that inspires you.
  8. Pick one place to live for the rest of your life ( It can be a fantasy place ).
  9. Who is your fictional best friend?
  10. Which one do you prefer as a kid, Disney, Nickelodeon, or Cartoon Network?
  11. Why do you love books?

 

That’s all guys ! I hope you all get to know me a little bit better and stay tune for the next post !

Book Review – Unfinished Diary by Ronald Gan

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The author gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a debut novel by Ronald Gan. You guys can read the synopsis of the book in here. I personally think that for a debut novel, this book is pretty entertaining. Obviously, I found some flaws in the book but this book is still nevertheless enjoyable.

Honestly, I started off not liking the main character Lucy Rosalinda. When she was a kid, I felt like she comes off as annoying and so full of herself. However, as the story goes on, she becomes more mature and become a much more loveable individual. I like how the writer developed her character. In short, I think she is an extremely nice individual, sometimes too nice but in times, she can be such a rebel when she really believe in something. A very interesting personality indeed.

What I really like in this book is the writing style. I personally really enjoy the philosophy from the characters in the book and I love how it was written in a diary style ( Is this even a correct term? haha.. ). It somehow reminds me of Perks of being A Wallflower where the writer deliver the story using letters and that is one of my favorite book. I’m not really sure why I love this kind of writing style but I think one of the reason is that I feel like I’m really there, in the character’s world, in whatever reality the character is in.

All in all, I think this is a good debut novel. The story line is not too heavy yet it’s still filled with so much philosophy and entertainment. People who enjoy reading contemporary and romance book will definitely enjoy reading this novel. So, if you are one of those of people who love those genres, this book might be for you.

 

Cheers,

E

 

Myself in 5 Characters

Surprise, surprise ! This is my second post in the same week and 2 days in a row. I guess my goal to become more active in the blogosphere world is finally achieved ( at least for this week ).

Paige tagged me with this and honestly this is a hard tag to answer.. Sorry it took me a while to answer this, Paige ! I need to take some time to finally be able describe myself with book characters ( trust me, it’s not easy guys ! ).

  • The Reader ( Hermione Granger from Harry Potter )

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I’ve been reading almost my whole life. My parents are the one that first introduce me to reading and I’ve been loving it since I’m a kid. I guess that kind of runs down in the family because everyone in my family read books. That’s why I never really understand when people told me they cannot enjoy reading as it makes them feel sleepy. I always thought that maybe just maybe they haven’t find the right book for them.

  • Introvert ( Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower )

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Let me mention this once, being an introvert doesn’t mean that I don’t have friends whatsoever. It’s more that in a room full of strangers, I will most likely be the one who stays quiet. It’s just I don’t really know what to talk about and being in new environment is hard. Plus, my idea of a good weekend is curling up in my bed reading a good book or chill and marathon on some tv series or movies instead of going to parties.

  • Joker ( Leo Valdez from Heroes of Olympus series )

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Not gonna lie, I love myself a good humor and I love throwing jokes every now and then. Did that shows in the way I wrote my blog posts? I hate full on serious and heavy tension situation. I feel like in life people need to have more fun in life.

  • Big Sister ( Margot from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before )

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I have a little sister and yeah we do fun ( and most of the time weird ) things together, period.

  • Living the college life ( Cricket from Lola and The Boy Next Door )

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The picture has done college life justice, so no need for me to explain. *cries internally as exam is close*

That’s me in 5 characters. Hopefully you enjoy reading this post ! I want to tag my new friends/followers. Don’t feel pressured to do it, if you don’t want to you can just ignore the tag. If you do it, tag me on your post so I can read it and know you a little bit better. 😘😘

  1. Book Nook Talk
  2. theliterarysam
  3. Just Lauren
  4. mynotsosecretlibrary
  5. thesassybookgeek
  6. Stevies Bookshelf
  7. Drew Sera
  8. Trust in The Words
  9. Blog about Books
  10. Travelling Through Words
  11. The Written Voice of Is
  12. Ean Larkin
  13. Words&Dreams
  14. Thoughts of A Writer and An Avid Reader
  15. Carries Book Reviews
  16. Twin Reads
  17. Wonder in Words
  18. that bookshelf bitch

To others that I didn’t tag, feel free to do this tag if you want to !

Cheers,

E

Top 5 Wednesday – Least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series

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Hey guys !

As I promised, this is my meme of the week. This is my first time doing the top 5 Wednesday meme and the topic is pretty exciting, so let’s start, shall we?

  1. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling – Harry Potter is my ultimate favorite series ( and I personally think it should be everybody’s favorite as well, just saying haha.. ) but if I have to choose my least favorite book in the series, it would be this one. Perhaps because there are less action in the book but this book is very much needed for the foundation of the rest of the series.
  2. Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – I’ve read and watched some reviews on the internet and I’ve seen a lot of people say that this is their favorite book in the Heroes of Olympus series but I guess that’s just not the case for me. I guess I just find the rest of the books in the series much more interesting.
  3. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han – I love the series and I always adore Jenny Han’s writing style. I think I just feel like this book is a bit more plain than the other two in the Summer series. Nevertheless, it’s still a good read.
  4. P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han – By this time you must have known that I love Jenny Han’s book as I mentioned 2 of her series in this blog meme and it is because I am. This book wasn’t as exciting as the first book but it’s still a heartwarming one. I always thought that I’m going to like this series more than the Summer series because I like the first book a lot but when I finally read this book, it doesn’t really fulfil my expectation.
  5. The Death Cure by James Dashner – I enjoy the first half of the book and really, the idea in this series is quite good. I’m no big fan for dystopian and utopian novels but the idea for this series is interesting and that is why I decided to pick this series up but the ending just kills me. That is basically why this is my least favorite book in the series.

 

Best Regards,

E

Movie Review – Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice

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I’m pretty sure this is a highly anticipated movie in 2016 but honestly I’m not one of those people who is really stoke to hear that this movie is coming out this year. Don’t get me wrong, I love superhero movies a lot but I’m not a fan of Superman and I don’t like the new Batman. Christian Bale is still the best Batman for me !

Although I don’t like Superman story ( I find the latest Superman movie boring ), I like the actor playing as Superman, Henry Cavill. I only started liking him when he acted in The Man from U.N.C.L.E which is by the way so freaking amazing. I can’t describe how much I love that movie. I’m still hoping there is a sequel to that movie. Long story short, I decided to watch this movie because Henry Cavill is in it. The trailer to this movie also make this movie look pretty interesting.

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This is my honest opinion on this movie. I found this movie boring. Nothing really exciting happened during the first hour of the movie and I can only found myself enjoying the movie during the part when the Wonder Woman appear in the movie which is the last 30 minutes of the movie. The rest is just so flat and not that intriguing. It’s not like it’s so boring that you cannot watch it. It’s just I’d rather watch something else than this movie.

I also found the new Batman’s image is so different from other movies. I don’t know whether it was meant to be different because the actor playing it is different or what but I don’t really like it. I feel like it didn’t do Batman’s image any justice. One more thing to add is I feel like the new Bruce Wayne look much older. Is it how it is supposed to be or not? I didn’t read the comic book so I don’t know how it is supposed to be. I just find it a tad weird. Perhaps my opinion on this is a bit biased because I just love the Christian Bale’s version of Batman a lot.

The best thing on this movie for me is Lex Luthor. The actor playing Lex ( Jesse Eisenberg ) is amazing. I think his acting is brilliant and you can just feel how annoying and crazy Lex is.

I’m not saying that this movie is really bad, it’s just there are a lot better superhero movies out there in the market. Obviously, this is all based on personal preference. If you are like me and you don’t really like the latest superman movie and love the Christian Bale’s version of Batman too much, there might be a chance that you don’t like this movie as well.

Cheers,

E

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

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What’s up everyone ? Guess what, I’m alive hahaha…

I know it’s been a while since I post something in the blog and perhaps most of you ( though I’m not sure if there really is a you who read this blog ) thought that I’ve abandoned this blog. I may or may not think about that but rest assured that I’m now back for good.

If any of you wonder why I’m suddenly missing from the blog posting chain ( though again, I’m not sure if there really is a you who read this blog, but let’s just assume there is ok? ), I’ve been adjusting to my new life in uni since I’ve just graduated from my diploma last year and currently living my degree life. But mostly, I just ran out of ideas to write in this blog because I haven’t read that many books and I just don’t feel like writing any movie reviews. Plus, I’ve been extremely busy ( yes, I’m not exaggerating guys! ) with club activities as well and I found a new hobby to practice during my holiday season, baking! I might share some recipes under ‘Daily Life’ section on top menu soon.

So, let’s get back the point of this post. I decided to do this top ten tuesday each week just so my blog won’t be dead and might follow up with an extra post if I have something I read or watch during the week.

Here are my list for this week top ten tuesday topic :

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – This book is an all time favorite for me especially when I’m in doubt and need some good wisdom. Just kidding, I’ll ask my family and friends first if I need some wisdom but nevertheless, this book offer a good and thoughtful life wisdom and definitely leave me in an awe and deeper understanding in life after I read it. This is one of those book that make me think more about what is really important in life and for me this is my favorite book from Mitch Albom. I still remember I rave so much about this book to my friends after I read it. Moreover, this is a non-fiction book and featuring this book in the book I love list says a lot since I’m not much of a non-fiction reader.
  2. Wonder by R J PalacioWhatever words I’m writing here won’t do this book any justice. You need to read it yourself to know how good and valuable this book is. It’s just one of those feel good book with a lot of important value about friendship and struggles about being different. This is one of my top favorite book and I think everyone should read this at least once.
  3. Everyday by David Levithan – It’s funny how I never talk about this book in this blog. Perhaps because it’s been a while since I read this book. Probably around 2 years ago and honestly this book got a really good plot and seriously though, who would have such an interesting idea about a soul with different body every single day. Such a unique story and very well written too. This book was recommended by my friend and this is her favorite book as well.
  4. And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieMy first Agatha Christie book and damn this book really blew my mind. Honestly, I’m really looking forward to read this book after I watched a Korean drama ( The Master’s Sun ). A riddle from this book was mentioned in the drama and it instantly hooked me. It’s just so interesting and mysterious and captivating. If you really love mystery novels, this book is really for you. It has a wonderful plot and a good ‘try to guess’ who the bad guy is feels. I’m not sure if you understand what that means but it is essentially a really good mystery book and one of my favorite from Agatha Christie’s books.
  5. Saga by Brian K. VaughanI mentioned it once in this book but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it enough. I’ve read until volume IV and the storyline is just amazing. I haven’t read the latest one yet which is volume V but wow, I can seriously finish this series in one seating. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. 
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyI watched the movie first before I read the book and I’m not gonna lie, I merely watched the movie because Logan Lerman and Emma Watsons is in it. I thought the movie was okay and later on I decided to grab the book because I don’t quite understand the ending of the movie. I love how different the writing style in this book is and most importantly this book give me a lot of feels. I can’t quite explain how but Charlie’s journey is just so real that it makes me think that his situation can really occurs in real life.
  7. When The Mountains Meet The Moon by Grace LinThis is just a lovely children book that I really really like. The story is simple yet full of morale lessons and the art work is just so cute. Perhaps I’m biased but growing up in a Chinese household make me value books with Chinese folklore like this. 
  8. Humans of New York by Brandon StantonI remember a couple years back that I am so obsessed with HONY instagram. The idea of capturing strangers and writing down their stories even as simple as their everyday life is just so unique. When it was made into a book, I just need to get it and the book is just a lovely collection that I can flip once in a while to find a good inspiration in it. 
  9. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary This book give me a lot of similar feels as when I read Wonder and that is definitely a good thing since Wonder is just hands down, one of my ultimate favorite book of all time. This book is shorter and in a sense, simpler than Wonder but nevertheless, it is a great read.
  10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsThis is the only recent read that I really really enjoy. This book left me with joy and curiosity for more stories. I haven’t yet read the rest of the series but I will as soon as I got the time. I haven’t enjoy reading a fantasy book this much since Harry Potter series and Percy Jackson series ended. I can see myself loving this book as much as the two series I mentioned before but we’ll see..

 

So, these are my current top ten books that I really love but I haven’t talked about enough. I hope you find something you like here and if not, you can share what yours is in the comment box. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Cheers,

E