Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

I never would have pickup this type of book if not for Kindle Unlimited recommendation. A story about a serial killer’s wife and kids seems a bit crazy and twisted for my taste. This month I decided to download the book and the audiobook and simply read it. To my surprised I really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.

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What this book is about?
Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom. With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.”

What do I think?
I can totally related to what Gwen must be feeling, not the part where she married a serial killer but on the part that she married a husband who is pretending to be somebody else. The sense of betrayal and insecurity is totally familiar to me. I really like Rachel Caine writing style. I can follow the character’s storyline and she made me feel scared for Gwen and her kids. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed thriller and mystery. Totally worth my time.

Monday, October 30, 2017

A thousand pieces of you by Claudia Gray

I am suddenly obsessed with a book about Multi Universe. The thought that there’s an alternate Universe with me in it and lead a different life is very intriguing. I would very much love to jump into another universe where I am a successful entrepreneur with a loving husband and well adjusted kids. That would definitely the world I would love to live in.

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 What the book is about? 
“A thousand lives. A thousand possibilities. One fate. Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention - a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions. When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person - Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out. With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal? As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives - a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean - she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.” excerpt from amazon.com

What do I think? 
I never thought I would enjoyed a book with multi universe theme. This book caught my attention because it has the element of mystery and finding the love a long the way. It’s fun overall and I can follow Marguerite journey from one universe to the next without any problem. The ending was as a little bit unexpected and I really enjoyed it. I am not sure if I wanted to read the second and third book just because I think the first book wrap things up pretty nicely and I don’t want to ruin the perfect ending. 

I highly recommend this book to everybody who loves adventure and multi universe theme.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Are we running today?

Happy weekend lovelies. How was your morning today? Mine was pretty amazing. I started running again. I have no idea why I stop. Sometimes when you are depressed the last thing you want to do is run. Today I decided to  force myself to get out of bed, wear my workout clothes and put on my favorite running shoes. No planning and no thinking it through. I decided to clear my mind and just run. Run baby run and now worry too much about calories burn or distance. Run just for fun while listening to my favorite music.

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I am so glad I did it. It's the best thing I did today.

What running did to me ?

1. I am happy when I run. There’s something about running that helps me feel alive and happy

2. I like the sound of my heart beat after a run. It makes me feel like I can do anything

3. Running brings back the best memories of my life. I used to be a sprinter at my school and won lots of meddle back then. I love being the center of attention 

4. Running with an apple watch is a whole new experience. I like the quite tap I get when I achieve 1 km milestone and I can listen to my favorite music while I run

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5. I am not obsessed with how many kilometers I ran but I am obsessed with how many steps count I can get on one running session. Apple watch can help me see how many steps I have achieved in one sessions 

6. Running is also the best exercise to work your whole body. I am totally amazed that my whole body including my buttocks hurts the next day after 

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Now it’s time for me to relax at home and watch the Big Bang Theory latest episode on CBS and try to get 1000 steps more before 12:00pm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

10 things right now ... because life happened

Life has not been good to me. I have been hurt and broken so many times that I lost count. Picking myself up is not an easy thing to do. Nothing in this world is permanent. I have so many worries and concerns at the moment that kept me awake at night. I am trying so hard not to fall apart. Sometimes it feels good to write all the things that you worry about in your journal. And sometimes I just feel like documenting my right now. My life was definitely different back then


10 things right now

1.Learning to love myself again is not easy to do especially when you hate yourself for not being smart

2. I have to learn to be ok with myself. Be my own best friend. I need to watch Wild. I need to find myself again.

3. I am excited for iPhone 8 plus even though many people are waiting for iPhone X. I think it’s so cool to have the same size and design of phone 📱 because I am used to bigger size phone

4. I worry about my kids all the time. I pray that they will be okay with our new normal. We are enough.

5. I have lost the passion to scrapbook since the unfortunate incident. I feel a little bit lost. I really need to get back into scrapbooking because it’s the only hobby that makes me happy

6.I have no idea where this Big Data Project is heading. The idea of Big Data is amazing but the implementation of the analytics and collecting data is the biggest challenge right now

7. I am worry that starting over my life at my age is going to be hard. I have to be strong for my kids. 

8. Two of my hard disks corrupted and I lost lots of data. That makes me sad. I am in the middle of backup all of my data to a new hard disks and organize everything.

9. I wish I could move to a new place where I can be myself, enjoy retirement, read and be in the moment.

10. I am loving iOS 11 

No matter how hard life gets, I need to find the one thing that I am grateful for and just be happy. No one can make you happy except you. Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

iPlanner for Digital Life

I have been using iPlanner for more than two years now. I love the idea of using my iPad as my note taking app. Back in the days when there was so many stylus to choose from to use with your iPad. I have tried most of them and I did not find one close to writing as pen and paper. During that time I went from digital to paper constantly. As the result I have way too many paper planners and too many system to get use too.

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Last year I decided to buy an iPad Pro 9.7" with the Apple Pencil. I really want to give digital planning one more try to see if I can finally ditch my paper planner. Everybody was talking about how amazing Apple Pencil is and they are definitely correct. Apple Pencil just works beautifully with my iPad Pro. 

I am happy to say that these two devices definitely changes things. Earlier this year I bought iPlanner Daily for 2017 and I have been using it daily. This iPlanner works perfectly with Goodnotes App. Then in the middle of the year I discovered that the digital planning community has grown tremendously and there are many sellers on Etsy sell digital planner for Goodnotes App.

Here are five thing why I think you should try iPlanner
  1. iPlanner had been around for the longest time. It has evolve from a normal pdf files to clickable tabs which makes this planner feels like the real thing. 
  2. iPlanner works so well with GoodNotes app. 
  3. The simple designs that allow your creativity to flow. You can design this planner anyway that you like 
  4. Adding your own template and digital paper is so much easier. You can reused any pdf template that you have in this planner 
  5. iPlanner has a few format you can choose - Daily, Vertical Weekly and Horizontal Weekly. You can choose one or you can choose all three.
I am looking forward to 2018 iPlanner which should be out soon ( I hope). I will definitely buy the new iPlanner from digitallyspeaking.net . I am not an affiliate with digitallyspeaking, I am just a fan who enjoy using the product.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

TravelLog: Guilin China 2017

My September ends beautifully. I had a chance to travel to Guilin China with my family. This was my first ever trip to China. I've always wanted to visit China especially the Great Wall of China but I still don't have the opportunity to do so yet. 

6 days 5 nights
Travel Agent: Andalusia Holidays
Flight: Air Asia
Date: 21 September - 26 September 2017
Guilin - Yongshau - Ghaungzhou
29 people in our group

Day 01 - KLIA 2 Airport at 3:30 am. We did not get any sleep that night.

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The oldest mosque in Guilin. Islam has been here for more then 800 years and yet there are not many Muslim here. IMG_8624

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Day 02 - Silver Cave
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Day 03 - We are already in Guilin. We stayed at Hotel Universal
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Some random things about day 3
  • Day three of our fun holiday in Guilin
  • I just finished having breakfast nasi goreng cina again. I have ate a lot of rice these last few days
  • On our way to Silk Factory
  • I have a soar throat since yesterday
  • I think the water here is not so clean
  • I am missing Hanif so much
  • I am having the time of my life. I am finally feel free
  • Guilin is a small city compare to Beijing and Shanghai. Less than 3 million people here. In Beijing and Shanghai is about 25 million people and the cost of living there is way too high
  • Our tourist guide is Alex and right now he is telling us a story of Guilin and China too 🇨🇳
Day 04 - At Train station in Guilin. 
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Arriving at Ghaungzhou town from Guilin. Two and a half hours speed train ride.

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Day 05 - More sight seeing and shopping. I need to come back just to Ghaungzhou to do some serious shopping.
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Day 06 - At Ghaungzhou airport

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Overall I am so happy here. Six days taking a break from my normal life really makes me happy. Life is so much bigger than my problem. If given a chance I wanted to travel the world and spend like a year just to experience the culture and the scenery.

I don't have any problem follow the itinerary set by the company. It's a stress free travel all I have to do is show up. I highly recommend this trip for the whole family to enjoy. You don't have any problem to meet 10,000 step a day requirement because you have to walk a lot. The food was also great and I don't have any issue. The point of travelling is to experience the local food and culture.

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