Many a time I wonder if You are there or not but some particular things remind me, on a daily basis, that indeed, You have always been watching me despite my uncertainty regarding your existence. Thank You for guiding me as always.
Yup, it is that time of the year: stating one’s resolutions.
Here is my list in no particular order:
- Pray more and read more scriptures on a daily basis
- Learn at least two or three programming languages
- Make time to draw
- Stay on top of my studies
- Read and write more
- Stay healthy
- Be less credulous
- Start a research project of my own
- Participate in a career related club at school
- Be happy and enjoy life
- Don’t get too emotional/sentimental
- Be independent
- Do not be afraid to say NO
- Do not dwell in the past. Past is in the past. Enjoy the present and prepare for the future.
- BE CONSISTENT IN EVERYTHING THAT I DO, WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN LIFE.
I would love to hear yours!
A very happy new year to you all!!!
I have recently finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy it at all. I stuck with it till the very end just so I will have the satisfaction of finishing a novel, something that I have not been doing as often as I would like due to time constraint. The only reason that I picked this particular book to read was after seeing that it won the fiction category in Goodreads Choice Awards (2016). Very disappointed. The story and the characters were so dull!!
The book was too long, weak storyline, and very dull characters. I guess I was expecting more, may be a faster pace and a more interesting story.
I still cannot believe that this book was picked as a winner of all the fiction books released in 2016!!
Truly Madly Unbelievable!
However, there was one thing that I really liked, the title, of course! 😉
Hello my loyal followers,
Here is an attempt at a poem that I did as an extra credit assignment for one of my classes this semester. I hope you enjoy it!
The Modern Day Hermit
How blissful were the days
When no modern technology existed
To disrupt the little peace of mind we once had
When relationships were as strong as ever
When people were living in the moment
And enjoying that moment to the fullest
Surrounded by families and friends
And not by lifeless electronics.
When stories, art, and music were enough
To inspire and motivate us to soar up to the sky
On the wings created from our imaginations
And our ambitions did not include
Gaining thousands of friends,
Or, if you will, strangers
On our social media accounts.
When our dreams and ambitions were
so simple and pure in that they did not consist of
Jealousy, spite, and bitterness
When Love was more than enough
To overcome the tragedies of life
All the while reminiscing the
Songs of love that our mothers
Sang to us as lullabies.
When the big, bright screens had not stolen
The spare time we had on our hands
When leisure hours were spent
With beloved family members and friends
Not with glowing screens in our hands:
Screens that lack life, mirth, and passion
Screens that have made us mute, deaf, and blind
To the emotions, feelings, and opinions
of others and ourselves
Screens that somehow make us feel inferior to others,
And even worse, to ourselves.
How disappointing these days are
When modern technology has snatched away
The purity of our minds
The innocence of our youth
The sheer joy of relishing the company
of fellow human minds and hearts
that ooze love and affection
Instead, we keep spiritless gadgets
Close to our minds and hearts as company.
The new generations would never know
What life is like without modern technology
As they have already been made mute, deaf, and blind
And are now incapable of understanding
The beauty of the tranquil life that the world
Without technology once had.
Alas, little do they know that
These electronics have nothing to offer but
Regret and constant loneliness
If used extensively and inappropriately.
I have just finished reading the above book. It is truly a very sad story!
To be honest, I did not actually read every single word in the book as I skipped some chapters that I couldn’t get myself to read, such as the background info of the Hmong people. (This tells me that I will have to start reading history books, to get used to reading histories!)
Has anyone of you read this book? It is terrifying! Regardless of what you might think of me later, let me say the following: After having read about Lia Lee (the child on the front cover), I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. I mean, think about it. We do not appreciate the blessing and fortunes that we have till we come across someone or someone’s story whose life was (or is) much harder than the ones we have lead or currently leading.
Let us forget about the the one who is actually going through difficult times, but think of the ones who have to watch their beloved ones suffer! Specifically, a mother who has to watch her child fighting to survive, how awful it must be for her to see her child that she gave birth to suffering from severe medical problems?! Just try to put yourself in her shoes (not literally) and think/feel from her perspective! It is agonizing!
I am not sure whether I would like to read the book again mainly due to the bad memories that this book brings back.
I would love to know about the feelings of those who have read this particular book! I am itching to discuss about it with the ones that have read it.
Oh, on a brighter note, I finally went to the library and got that Dicken’s novel (Great Expectations). I seriously need to read something that is light after having read the above book.
Well, happy reading and writing, y’all!
Hello, my darling readers,
Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to go to the library as planned to check out Dicken’s novel!
I planned to get to the library before my 1:30p class but I got stuck at home writing a paper for my research project. After the 1:30p class, I had to attend a meeting with my team for a project we are working on for one of my classes. The meeting lasted longer than I expected! After the meeting ended, I got home only to eat something and to resume my research paper that is due tonight. I have still got a long way to go!!
Hopefully, I will be able to get that novel tomorrow after my classes end at 11a. I am super excited to read from an actual book! Ebooks are great but not as satisfying as holding a real book, don’t you agree?! Such a pleasure just turning the pages in a book!!
Well, guys, I have to continue working on my paper.
Happy reading and writing, y’all!
Long time, no see! Don’t blame me, blame my studies!!! Seriously!
Anyway, hope you are all doing good!
I am not sure why but especially when finals are near, I pick up a book and start reading! Since my finals are 2-3 weeks away, I have indeed picked up a book (not literally, ebook) and started reading it. The book: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. I am enjoying it but I will have to admit that I sometimes get lost with keeping tracking of names and places mentioned. Its pretty sad! Have you guys heard of Lia Lee? Google it!
Also, I am on book hunt, well, hunting for another book. The one that I am reading now gets a little boring at times and so am looking for another to keep me interested. I am not even sure what I am looking for! Maybe, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. However, I would like to read it from an actual book, not an ebook. The libraries are closed due to holidays and so I will have to wait till Monday to get it. I just hope that I will have enough time to actually go to the library, search for it, and get it checked out. I know, it IS a SHAME that I still have not read this particular book!!!!! I hope to change that soon! I will definitely start and finish reading it before the end of 2016.
I have to get back to studying now!
I wil bug you all later!
Happy reading and writing, y’all!