Book Review: Short Dates

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Summary

This book was a collection of short stories about lost love, rejection, coincidental meetings and above all, surprises in life. These surprises could be bad, but it could be good too! Some of the stories might move you to tears, but some might shock you.

Conclusion

There were quite a few stories that made me smile. A couple left me surprised and wanting more! So many questions arose in my mind as each shirt story ended.

If you were looking for a quick read to inspire your imagination, this would be a good choice!

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Vendor Feature: Lethal Lites Candles

Thank you, Leah of Lethal Lites Candles for making me this amazing hand-made soy candle! She is a breast cancer survivor and 20 surgeries in 20 years! She is an inspiration at us! So glad to hear that she is healthy now.

Who Is Lethal Lites Candles?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


I had always made gifts for my friends and family. Candle making was one of my favourites. In 2016, I filled my moms beautiful teacups with soy wax so they had a use. Instead of collecting dust. I made a few more for friends. Then I started making candles as a part time gig in 2018.

2) What was your background?

I was off work for 20 years. When I returned to work, I got a job as a junior researcher in UX, as I didn’t want to go back to being a Pharmaceutical rep. When Covid hit, I was out of work- because I didn’t have enough experience to go out on my own. So, I was making candles for friends and family at Christmas 2020- and I posted some on Facebook Marketplace. It went crazy. I had like 4000 views. It was crazy. I couldn’t keep up. So, I decided that I would try to make this into a business.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

The best part of my job is sourcing cool containers. I go to estate sales, vintage shopping, thrift stores. You name it, I fill it.
I also do refills and I often fill people’s own containers that are meaningful to them.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share:)

I called my business Lethal Lites because, back when I was like 18 years old- I was a DJ for like 8 months!! LOL! It was so fun.

Check out her links for more information:

https://lethallitescandles.com/

https://www.instagram.com/lethallitescandles/

https://m.facebook.com/lethallites/

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The Aesthete Blogger Award Double Nomination

I have been nominated by two amazing bloggers for the Aesthete Blogger Award, Hundreds & Thousands Of Books and Anna’s Book Nook .

Creator:

The Aesthete Blogger Award was created by Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal.

In Ashimita’s words,
“Before being a blogger, I never knew about such talented people who make such thoughtful content out there. I realized that it’s near impossible to try to fathom the sheer number of such people out there, and I accept it. But this makes me sad because that would mean giving up on beauty of this world, the beauty which lies in her creative people. So, I thought of coming up with this award – “The Aesthete Blogger Award.”

Now, why aesthete? “Aesthete” means a person who is appreciative of, or sensitive to, art and beauty. You might be one if you’ve ever been moved by a work of art or beauty. I think that every creative person out there is an “aesthete” because if you create things, then I believe you must have been moved by someone else’s creations at least once, if not more.

This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire!

Here are the rules:-

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Asmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Questions From Hundreds & Thousands Of Books

  • If your life was a movie, what song play in the montage you’re in at the moment? I WILL SURVIVE
  • Where’s one place you really want to visit? MALDIVES
  • Three books you want to read before you die? BOOKS FROM THE NARNIA AND LORD OF THR RINGS SERIES,
  • What’s one thing you really want to try? Traveling to Russia

Questions From Anna’s Book Nook

  1. Are there any upcoming book releases that you are really looking forward to? Not yet
  2. Would you rather be able to fly on a dragon, a griffin, a Pegasus, or a Phoenix? (Or choose your own!) Griffin for Gryffindor?
  3. What language(s) are you fluent in, and do you wish you could speak any other languages? Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. I have basic French that I am still studying and picking up Japanese, Korean and Spanish now.
  4. What would you say is your most consistent bedtime? Listening to historical documentaries to go to sleep!

My Questions For Nominees

1) Your favourite author

2) skydiving or scuba diving

3) truth or dare and why?

4) Name of the book you are reading now.

My Nominees

http://humoringthegoddess.com

https://thelittlebookwitch.wordpress.com

https://www.anovelglimpse.com

http://abrashattitude.com

https://kristinkravesbooks.com

https://susanlovesbooks.wordpress.com

http://maeclair.net

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Virtual Tour Of Yongin Folk Village

Unfortunately, COVID-19 continued to prevent us from travelling as freely as before. Therefore, I am very pleased to be able to “travel” live through the Korea Tourism Organization’s live broadcast online. This time we were visiting South Korea’s Yongin Folk Village.

The Yongin Folk Village or Minsook Village was a museum that was a replica of a village from the late Joseon period. There were over 260 houses there with three styles of the three classes, peasant, landowner and aristocrat.—- Wikipedia

Making paper fans
Traditional swing
Complimentary hairdo when you rent a traditional outfit
Yes, you can be a queen for the day!
Ever tried this fermented drink
This rice noodle was normally served at celebrations
One of my favourite dishes—Seafood pancake!

I actually felt like I was there along with the hosts! As it was a live broadcast, the host was able be interactive and answered questions too! Looking forward to the next broadtcast!

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Netflix Series: The Girl From Nowhere

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Summary

Nanno was always the new kid at each high school. Imagine being the target of bullies each time from students and the staff alike. Curiously, she was never afraid and was attracted to secrets and danger, especially death. Revenge was all she could think of…

Conclusion

Some spoilers:

Season One was all about her standing up against all the bullies in each episode, including the ones that led to her death. From the beginning, the fact that she kept coming back to life in a new episode, viewers knew there was something supernatural about her. Making all those who had caused misery to others to repent and to beg for forgiveness was her goal. Forgiveness was not the goal….

Season Two delved into different aspects of abuse from parental neglect to rape. Sometimes it became quite dark. Then everything got complicated when there was competition….

For those who enjoy revenge and the supernatural should check it out. Even though most of issues might be exaggerated, but if one watched enough true crime shows understand that these issues were plausible.

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Art Inspiration: Wonder Woman

As a demigoddess

Daughter of an Amazonian

Princess and

The almighty Zeus

Fighting to protect

Our world from

The devastation

And chaos of

Ares

Making sure humanity

Continues to thrive

No matter what.

——-Chocoviv

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Book Review: A Girl Called Ari

Summary

In a dystopian future world, there was a walled city called Alice. Everyone inside this city was very privileged, while the people outside in the Wastelands were struggling to survive each day. The mayor’s daughter, Starla, was one of the most privileged in the land. She was turning 18, but she was not satisfied about being locked behind the wall. She felt like a bird locked inside a cage, looking outwards. Starla wanted to be free.

Suddenly, she was kidnapped and landed into the Wastelands. She met Ari, a mysterious girl who used to live in Alice, but somehow ended up exiled in the Wastelands with her parents. Then, she was alone, toiling in the salt fields to survive. Seeing this as an opportunity to change her fate, Ari agreed to help Starla get back to the Walled City, if she could move back into it.

However, was Alice really the dream city that they want to go back to?

Conclusion

This story line was the background story that introduced the existence of Ari. Reading about Starla reminded me of how many of the privileged young people who didn’t understand the suffering of the poor in the world. They despised and looked down on others who had less than them, while craving for more.

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Mother’s Day With Take Out

Another year and COVID-19 hadn’t leave us yet. Another lockdown meant no more dining inside the restaurants, but at least we could order take out and eat at home.

The plating and setting might not be the most elegant and the cake ended up melting a little bit, but it was still a beautiful and sunny Mother’s Day! We were able to eat outside on our backyard.

Despite all the stress and uncertainty in the world, I do feel grateful for what I have ….

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Photo Of The Day: Purple Plumes

Hanging off

The dangling branches

Small, and delicate

Gently waving

In the breeze

Quietly awaiting

For the wandering eye

To catch a glimpse

And the attention

Of this wanderer

Stopping to admire

These purple blooms.

—-Chocoviv

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Series Review: WandaVision

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Summary

After the Endgames, where Vision actually ended up being decommissioned, Wanda (aka the Scarlet Witch) and Vision somehow ended up in a 1950s style sitcom show! Every so often, the sitcom would advance into the next decade, the 60s, the 70s and so forth. Life was perfect in every way. Wanda had the perfect home and life with Vision was a wonderful!

However, occasionally, there would be odd situations like someone calling out her name from the radio…. Or that her pregnancy lasted so short (which the couple thought was because they were superheroes)….

Back in reality, in the real world at agency, Captain Monica Rambeau, got sucked in the world of WandaVision during her assignment to search for weapons…. Vision also became suspicious about the odd behaviours of their neighbours….

Conclusion

I grew up watching 1950s, 1960s etc sitcoms so I found it very interesting just seeing all those classic scenes and styles enacted by these characters. I loved that they even got the filming style and filters looking authentic too!

To be honest, I didn’t know the back story of the Scarlet Witch, but this series helped to educate me more about her and her past.

I also enjoyed some of the surprising twists about the villains that appear in the series.

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