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The Read List
2011
1) Horus Rising - Dan Abnett
2) False Gods - Graham McNeill
3) Galaxy in Flames - Ben Counter
4) Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus
5) Flight of the Eisenstein - James Swallow
6) The Magician's Guild - Trudi Caravan
7) The Novice - Trudi Caravan
8) The High Lord - Trudi Caravan
9) The World According to Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson
10) Fulgrim - Graham McNeill
11) Legion - Dan Abnett
12) Battle for the Abyss - Ben Counter
13) Mechanicum - Graham McNeill
14) Nemesis - James Swallow
15) Daughters of Arabia - Jean Sasson
16) Descent of Angels - Mitchel Scanlon
17) Desert Royal - Jean Sasson
18) The First Heretic - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
19) The Gift - Cecelia Ahern
20) Paths of Glory - Jeffery Archer
21) A Thousand Sons - Graham McNeill
22) The Art Thief - Noah Charney
23) Bringing Nothing to the Party - Paul Carr
24) Prospero Burns - Dan Abnett
25) Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell

2012
1) Next - Michael Crichton
2) Battle of The Fang - Christ Wraight
3) Helsreach - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
4) Shopaholic and Sister - Sophie Kinsella
5) The Ultramarine Omnibus - Graham McNeill
6) The Summons - John Grisham
7) After Dark - Haruki Murakami
8) Nagash the Sorcerer - Mike Lee
9) The Emperor's Tomb - Steve Berry
10) Nagash the Unbroken - Mike Lee
11) Realms of Shadow - R.A. Salvatore
12) Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
13) Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
14) Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James
15) Fifty Shades Free - E.L. James
16) The Last Mythal Anthology - Realms of the Elves
17) Nagash Immortal - Mike Lee
18) The Paris Vendetta - Steve Berry
19) The Elven Nations Trilogy - Paul Thomas, Tanya Cook & Douglas Niles
20) The House of Silk - Anthony Horowitz
21) Architect of Fate - Christian Dunn
22) The Killing Ground - Graham McNeill
23) Courage and Honour - Graham McNeill

2013
1) Ravensoul - James Barclay
2) Chapter's Due - Graham McNeill
3) Making Money - Terry Prachett
4) Soul Hunter - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
5) Blood Reaver - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
6) Mortal Instruments : The CIty of Bones
7) Mortal Instruments : The City of Ashes

2014
1) Mockingjay - Suzanne Colins
2) The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
3) Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
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The Art Thief
Wednesday. 11.9.11 9:01 am
I just finished book #22 this year, The Art Thief by Noah Charney.

I think it's a good book for leisure reading. Nothing too exciting to keep you up at night or away from your necessary duties but it isn't too boring to put you to bed either. It's a good mystery novel, because being me, I would totally jump straight to the end to see how to ends before going back to where I left off if it is really exciting. Didn't do that with this book, but doesn't mean it is bad. Though I did figure out who the mastermind is a few chapters before the author ties up all lose ends.

If I were to compare this to Steve Berry's books, it would not be such a great read because we all know how I cannot put them down. Then again, whenever we read something, it's either it is better than the best or it pales to a degree in comparison. Like Katy Perry's song that goes "Comparisons are easily done, once you've had a taste of perfection".

One thing that annoyed me with this book is that I would need to engage the help of Google Translator quite often because there are quite a number of conversations which are left in French and Italian. I didn't ask Google Translator for help, however, I just did a rough guess of what they might be talking about and move on.

Now the dilemma is... which book to read next. Prospero Falls or Bringing Nothing to the Party? Ironically, the latter was found in the Fiction section of a book fair and I just realised, a couple of weeks ago, that it is actually an Autobiography....

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Normal distribution
Sunday. 11.6.11 10:04 am
So... it's about to be my 3rd month working and as people say, honeymoon period is always the first 3 months of any relationship... I wonder if things will fall apart after this? And if it does, how?

It's funny how things that are supposed to bring comfort to one doesn't but things that usually would stress one out isn't. It's like I'm living in a parallel world where everything is the exact opposite of what "normal" is. Even when we agree that nothing is "normal", there would still be similar characteristics of what "normal" is right? After all 65% of every sample would fall into a normal distribution?

I sometimes wonder if normal distribution is just a joke... because things would be similar but different... and sometimes VERY different.

I've been replaying Lady Antebellum's Own The Night almost everyday for the past week or so. Unfortunately, while I want to return it soon, I don't really want to return it. Such contradictions! Some of the songs are stuck in my head already but like the previous albums, there is a couple of songs that just don't sit right with me. Oh well, I guess it's time to hit the record store and see if it is here in Malaysia yet..

I'm starting to think that nothing about me will ever be normal. Even if it is, it will be only for a short while. Guess I'd always be the outlier.

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Jet Lag
Friday. 10.21.11 10:19 pm


I didn't quite like this song at first but today, I woke up with it playing in my head..

I think jet lag is making me have weird conversations with my best friend.. She told me that she'll be heading to A and B before the month ends so naturally when she told me that she'll be 'missing' starting from tomorrow, I assumed that she is going to A or B.. A because she said it first then she said "no, I'm going to C" and I didn't see that message till like today... which by now, she would be back and hibernating.. then leaving for A then B.

Continuing the phone conversation.... I'm buying a new one this weekend and this one is definitely a temp. A temp until I decide whether or not I would subject myself to the pain of getting used to a touch screen to make it more convenient to talk to the bulk of my friends who are using iPhones and have the iMessage... because using Whatsapp is just a pain in the ass..

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Gluttony
Tuesday. 10.18.11 1:20 pm
I realise that I eat a lot when I don't get enough sleep or rather my body is still tired. I had about 10 hours last night and I am still darn tired this morning but I went to work instead of taking MC. That resulted in me being hungry every 2 hours. I went for a late dinner today with my friends and we had Japanese buffet. I ate and ate and ate some more but I didn't eat till the point that I cannot walk or talk but I definitely stretched my stomach muscles quite a bit. Anyway, it is nearly 1.30AM now and I am still up on a weekday night typing this post because I'm waiting for the next episode of How I Met Your Mother to finish downloading! Thank god for training tomorrow.

I realise that I don't have much friends using BlackBerries. I am 100% sure that my boyfriend #2 of nearly 3 months is not going to be able to serve me much longer as it kept on freezing every time I multi-task and I need to plug it in to a power source to get it to reboot properly. I'm now considering whether or not I should buy a new or a second hand Bold 9780. I love Bold mainly because it is the same size as my current one and a better battery life. Why am I not considering buy the Bold 9900 that I've been eyeing for a while? The phone's awesome but the battery life suck. For the past 2 weeks or so, I've been scrambling to find a USB port/plug point, usually the former, whenever my phone freezes and sometimes I have to go hours without my phone. Not that I mind, it is how others are able to reach me is the problem because I'm wondering alone most of the time and usually people don't really know where I am.. I cannot ask that person whom I've been "depending too much on" (the words of my best friend) because he... is considering to buy an Iphone 4S. He isn't a fan of iPhones and he "doesn't want to make Steve Jobs any richer".. so I guess now that Steve Jobs is dead, he can go ahead and join the Apple lovers. Yes, BlackBerry is not perfect (very not perfect, actually) but I love my keypad and I don't really play much with my phone so BlackBerry is still my first choice. It kinda suck that I have the money but I am still quite indecisive of what I should or should not buy. I guess I inherited a little of the Scrooge in my dad.

What else? I'm concurrently reading two books.. I often choose the thinner book because well, obviously it is thinner and I need a break from Warhammer 40K.

I guess that's all. Toodles people!

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Ring tone
Friday. 9.16.11 3:46 am
I heard the Power Rangers watch bleeps in the Ladies' the other day and I didn't expect that. I mean, would any of you girls put, I don't know, something of Care Bears, Gummy Bears, My Little Ponnies, or... Barney the purple dinosaur's tag lines as your text message ring tones? Sorry but I don't watch much girly cartoons as I was growing up because I have a brother that is one year younger than me. Oh and I wasn't in a mall so there aren't any kids or teenagers here (but Power Rangers' like OLD... Only overly sentimental people like my brother would rewatch it!)

Since we're on this topic...
This is my current general ring tone when people call.


I sit at the inside corner of my office and if people were crowded around my Leader's table, I will definitely not be able to go anywhere but out the window. So, imagine if I get a call from someone who doesn't have a specific ring tone when a lot of people were crowding my Leader's table or in a crowded lift/train/bus. I think it'd be hilarious.

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Desert Royal
Tuesday. 8.30.11 2:11 am
I finished this book by Jean Sasson in a day. I started yesterday afternoon at the hospital and actually finished about 2/3 of the book. Hospitals are always boring. It is a sequel to the previous books Daughters of Arabia and Princess and like the other two books, there are quite boring parts of it which I, of course, skimmed. It tells us about how they've succeeded in changing how things work in Saudi Arabia and how women now have more freedom albeit still restricted.

Reading this book made me realise that my own dysfunctional family is something like this too. It's like a freaking soap opera. I have to ask permission to do things that are very much supposed to be my decision, like not attending my graduation ceremony and I even have to explain why I decide not to pick up the call of some people who is so insignificant in my life, their nicknames are "ghosts".

So yes... I may not be in Saudi Arabia, an Arab or even a Muslim and yet I think the clash of culture and mentality will persist as long as the clash still exists.

I may be on holiday for Eid ul-fir but this is no holiday. Not when I cannot express myself without having to be reprimanded later right before going to bed and having to listen to things that I don't want to. Oh.. they're here. Bye bye peaceful holiday. Tata people.

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