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This is not a book review site - it started that way, I conceptualise this blog that way but I found that I can't separate my feelings from my writings. I can't be objective about a book.

Reading has been my main hobby cultivated for almost 4 decades. I read for pleasure and experience. This blog is where I pour my thoughts and feelings in that experience.

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7.10.10


This is my one-and-half men dancing on the way down the slope. Taken in Sydney, The Gap when we watched the Sydney to Hobart Yatch Race.
*****
27.8.10


Iphone Applications that I frequently use, which also means my favourite.
1. Camera – I only have the free version. Still hanging on tight to my $2.99 for the night camera
2. Todo List – I added this a week ago and it’s very handy
3. Notes – used for my shopping list and important reminders
4. Commbank – handy for when I go shopping and thought that I might be spending more than what I have
5. Facebook – well, connecting to my friends
6. Stanza – I love the free ebooks they offer
7. Coloring – this one is for my half-man
8. Footytips – for the footy competition in the office
9. Translink – to check why my train is late or if it will be late
10. Toy Story 3 – my half man loves this
11. Safari – I haven’t added google yet so just using the default explorer
12. Calculator – well, crunching numbers
13. Weather – a quick check if I have to take my umbrella or what to wear
*****
22.8.10


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16.8.10
Faye in quicker8.com is having a contest.

Prizes
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-Make it sure it's at least three word ! LOL And NO SPAMMING, PLEASE!

The Contest Ends on the 8th of Sept 2010 so if you wish to participate you must enter before that date. Winners will be announced on Sept 18,2010! The winners will be picked through Random.org!

Here's crossing my fingers and toes! Good luck to us!

*****
15.8.10



*****
9.8.10

I don't know the name of this flower. I took it from the garden of my husband's Aunt. It was quite lovely. More flowers here.
*****
8.8.10

Scenic Sunday



*****
25.5.10

I know this is an old movie but I'm just starting to see the movie through my iphone.
Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is a 38-year-old father who is in the midst of a divorce. His 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) lives with her mother but is with him twice a week. On one of these occasions she questions him about his life before marriage. After her first sex-ed class, Maya first asks and then insists on hearing the story of how her parents met and decided to get married. Will gives in, but decides to change the names and some facts, thereby creating a love mystery, with Maya guessing which of the women will be her mom. The story he tells Maya is depicted in long flashbacks. From time to time the film switches back to the present, where Maya comments and asks questions.

The story begins in 1992, where Will, a starry-eyed aspiring politician, moves away from Wisconsin and his college sweetheart, Emily (Elizabeth Banks) to New York to work on the Clinton campaign. She gives him a closed packet and asks him to give it to her friend Summer Hartley (Rachel Weisz), an aspiring journalist. In New York, he meets April (Isla Fisher), the copy girl for the campaign. Before bringing the packet to Summer, Will opens it- it is Summer's diary. Encouraged by his roommate Russell (Derek Luke), he reads it, and comes across pages describing a love affair between Emily and Summer. He visits Summer to bring the diary, and meets her roommate and sometimes-lover, her college professor, a famous writer named Hampton Roth (Kevin Kline). When Will leaves Summer kisses him, leaving Will shocked and confused.

*****
14.5.10

Release Date:26 November 2009 (Australia)
1. Florists like to write obscure words on the walls behind paintings in hotels.

2. No matter where you are in Seattle, the sign from Pike’s Market is behind you.

3. Domesticated parrots long to be “released into the wild.”

4. Buying tools at Home Depot makes you get over the loss of a loved one.

5. The Space Needle now has stairs that go all the way to the top.

6. It’s okay to take a city vehicle, drive to a concert arena, park outside and take the “cherry picker” all the way up so you can see a concert for free, as long as your mom’s boyfriend Bob gives you a crash course in operating it.

7. The screenwriter should definitely wait until nearly the end of a movie before revealing the deep, dark secret the audience figured out in the first 10 minutes.

8. Dahlias in Seattle don’t bloom until fall!

9. You can bake cremation remains into chocolate chip cookies and they’ll last forever.

10. Even in a corny, predictable movie, Aaron Eckhart is still hot.
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This reminds me again the reason why I'm a Jennifer Aniston fan - not because of her acting rather, the way she looks. Just another boring movie, I suppose. Not much love going on. Not much scenes that will lead them to find love or for love to actually happen.

Still, it's worth your 1.5 hours and my 2 bucks rent of the DVD.
*****
18.4.10


While waiting for my husband who puts something back in the car, I snapped a photo infront of the flower shop.
*****
15.4.10

Ike Graham, New York columnist, writes his text always at the last minute. This time, a drunken man in his favourite bar tells Ike about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last possible moment. Ike, who does not have the best opinion about females anyway, writes an offensive column without researching the subject thoroughly. The next day, Ike gets fired by his publisher (and former wife), because he went too far and faked the facts, which real journalists don't do. Ike's only way back into the business now is to do a fact-based report on Maggie and her upcoming fourth wedding attempt, which Ike predicts to fail again. So, as he circles her like a vulture his prey-to-be, Maggie's opinion of Ike sinks below zero. Not only is Ike waiting for her to fail again but the whole town is poking fun at Maggie about her mistakes. But that is a point which Ike doesn't like.

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I so like this movie that I have my own copy. :)
*****
25.3.10

The mirror has two faces: Barbra Streisand and ... surprise! ... Barbra Streisand! More explicit: the funny Barbra Streisand and the divine Barbra Streisand. Well, this miraculous metamorphosis is of course kind of disgusting and I wouldn't be the first person to argue that Barbra Streisand has a tendency to fancy herself pretty much (and I myself was already able to tell so from the unnecessarily long ending of "The Prince of Tides" - a very good movie). But as annoying as it may sometimes be, this is an extremely well-done and multi-faceted movie. Let me try to tell you, why I voted "7".

It starts rather mediocre when Streisand and Jeff Bridges get to know each other, talk some silly stuff and behave like little children. From time to time it gives a number of very good lines to Lauren Bacall, who is perfect as Streisand's mother. By the time Streisand and Bridges get married you are tempted to say: "Yes, very nice, but it's crap actually, isn't it?" But you won't think of saying that in the end.

The movie is a romantic comedy - containing a couple of cliches, fine - but with a new, non-cliche structure. This is no kitsch, not at all, oh no! Instead, it's made up of very good lines and very truthful moments. These are connected in a way that makes our emotion rise but leaves us unable to tell which words, which gestures made it rise. How come? The romance doesn't develop in the way we would expect it and have seen it many times before, no, this romantic comedy goes the long way round: First there is only a small deal of attraction, then there is previously unknown disillusionment - a black hole almost - and then love enters the stage. The final romantic scene fits into romantic comedy conventions, but it also fits into the picture and Streisand and Bridges deserve it. What a wonderful movie!

Basically Barbra Streisand is a good actress, but she loves exaggerating. She is able to manage difficult scenes, but she tries to be funny where being funny can't work and sometimes she's just hopping through the scene like a twittering sparrow instead of performing the emotions required for that scene. And after her metamorphosis she's more interested in her make-up than in her character.

Lauren Bacall plays a mean, self-addicted and vain old beast with a heart and a vulnerable soul. The scene where mother and daughter talk openly in the kitchen is wonderful. Even Pierce Brosnan is better than I would have expected.

Finally, the movie shows us the great versatility of Jeff Bridges: you've never seen him so very soft before (rude as he was in "The Fabulous Baker Boys", cool in "Nadine" or smooth and evil in "Jagged Edge"). However, he is exaggerating, too: which man can act this untruthful and affected?! In the scenes from Streisand's and his marriage his character is almost eerie - may this be good or bad for the movie...

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This is one of my favourite movies. Very touching. Love the sound track too.
*****
15.3.10
It's a fairy tale story. And I thought, there should be a part two.


The first daughter of the U.S. President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda.

*****
27.2.10

23.2.10
Tiffany and Co is celebrating 30 years of Paloma Picasso Design and introduced the Marrakesh exclusively in Australia.

PALOMA MARRAKESH DOME PENDANT
Inspired by the intriguing patterns of Morocco. Dome pendant in 18k gold with red jasper. On an 18" black twist cord. Original designs copyrighted by Paloma Picasso.


Paloma's Marrakesh ring in 18k gold with blue enamel finish.
AU$3,650

Anne Paloma Picasso (born April 19, 1949 in Vallauris, France) known professionally as Paloma Picasso, is a French/Spanish fashion designer and businesswoman, best known for her jewelry designs and signature perfumes. She is the youngest daughter of famed 20th-century artist Pablo Picasso and painter and writer Françoise Gilot.

Paloma Picasso's jewelry career began in 1968, when she was a costume designer in Paris. Some rhinestone necklaces she had created from flea market finds brought positive attention from critics, and she enrolled in a jewelry course. Soon, Yves Saint Laurent asked her to design accessories to accompany one of his collections, and by 1971 she was working for the Greek jewelry company Zolotas.[1]

She also designed sets for playwright and director Rafael Lopez-Cambil (also known as Rafael Lopez-Sanchez), whom she later married.

In 1980 Picasso began designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. of New York. Her early creations mixed color and varying gemstones in bold designs. She had long used the dove symbol and the color red as signatures of her work which she exploited throughout her career.

Soon Picasso branched into new areas of design when in 1984 she began experimenting with fragrance, creating the very successful "Paloma" perfume for L'Oréal. Her husband, Lopez-Cambil, developed the visual image for the perfume with red and black packaging and shaped bottle.[2] In the New York Post Picasso described it as intended for "strong women like herself". A cosmetics and bath line including body lotion, powder, shower gel, and soap were produced in the same year.

From Wikipedia and Tiffany and Co.
21.2.10

“Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” - Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

“We all run on two clocks. One is the outside clock, which ticks away our decades and brings us ceaselessly to the dry season. The other is the inside clock, where you are your own timekeeper and determine your own chronology, your own internal weather and your own rate of living. Sometimes the inner clock runs itself out long before the outer one, and you see a dead man going through the motions of living.” - Max Lerner

The in-line thin diamond bracelet that features a symmetrical pattern of diamonds is called a tennis bracelet. According to Diamond Bug, in 1987 Chris Evert, the former World No. 1 woman tennis player and the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, was playing in the U.S. Open. She was wearing an elegant, light in-line diamond bracelet, made by jeweler-to-the-stars George Bedewi which accidentally broke and the match was interrupted to allow Chris to recover her precious diamonds. The "tennis bracelet" incident sparked a new name for the item and sparked a huge jewelry trend. Tennis bracelets continued to be worn by various tennis stars like Serena Williams and Gabriela Sabatini, and Diana Kerrison.

“Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.” - Edwin Habbel Chapin
I love jewellery. I know they're expensive wants but who says jewellery have to be expensive? There are costume jewellery that you can get at a very low price. And wait for a SALE and you will get a bargain.

Better yet, visit the op shops. You can get them for next to nothing and if you know what you're looking for, some of them are quite unique.

I, on the other hand, grow my collections from charity. Charity of my in-laws that is. My sister-in-law handcrafts jewellery. My mother-in-law likes buying them and if she thinks they don't suit her, they'll be dump on to my lap. Lucky me, eh?

And with my like (obsessions is too strong a word), born this blog.