You’re a star that shines the brightest.

The sound of your light strikes the deepest.

The thorns of your skin makes the softest caress.

My longing for death was suddenly suppressed.

You’re the armor that I always wore.

My shield who do not let my wounds sore.

You’re someone and something I want you to be.

“One who can conquer mountains” is who you’ll always be.


The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The book is about retrieval of faith. To God that is. It is about believing in something when our hearts told us to and our brains told us not to.

Amy Penn is my favorite character on the book. A wannabe renowned reporter, a broken woman inside. I particularly followed her transition in becoming reasonable, calm and how she became “human” later on. I love how intense it is when I came to the part where the discovery of origin of the phone calls from heaven happened. I started guessing it from the middle of the book but in the end I found out that it is quite unpredictable.

The ending could have been different though. I would love the ending if it is more mysterious or something that will leave a question in my mind.

Mitch Albom inserted the history of the telephone invention diligently and its timing always hits the target.

I’m recommending the book to older readers or to someone who likes drama.

Started: March 14, 2015 | Finished: May 5, 2015 | 323 pages | My rating: 3 out 5

Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas & Micah Sparks

Three Weeks with My Brother is a non-fiction book about the life of the great romance novelist, Nicholas Sparks. You can actually say this book tells the story of how he ended up where and what he is right now. It’s truly amazing how this book of 356 pages covers Nicholas’ and Micah’s (his brother) almost lifetime worth of joy, learning and struggles.

Nick and Micah are both inspiring in their own ways. Since they are not really the same, there will always be something with Nick that you won’t be able to find with Micah and vice versa. Both gives strong and high importance with regards to their family. You will fall inlove with the friendship that the two and Dana (their sister) has.

When I think about what is my favorite part of the book, several scenes came to my mind. I really really love everything inside this book! But let me try to mention one of my favorites. Other than the several beautiful quotes inside it, one of my favorites is when Nick met his wife, Cathy. The part where after dancing for an hour with Cathy, Nick told her “You know, you and I are going to get married one day.” Believe it or not, I’m at this part when the news flashed that they got divorced. It makes me sad at first, how a wonderful love could have gone wrong? It made me think how can Nick write another awesome romance novel after that? Then a thought came to me, several stories and songs were written while the writer is heart broken. There’s Chasing Pavements by Adele and I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith! =)

You will really learn a lot from this book, it's a promise!

The book was written same way as how two people are inside a conversation while the other person is telling stories, with this case, very good ones. It’s really intelligent the technique Nick and Micah chose, telling two stories in one book – their three-week trip and their family stories. Both of them are very good storytellers. I wonder how good it is to listen to them in flesh.

I shed so many tears on this book, felt so many heartaches, joy and had loads of laughter, too. But yes, so many tears. I cry so easily but believe when I say that their stories are really touching. It will stab you right thru the heart. Though it took me time before I finish it, it’s because I really chose to devour on all the emotions its bringing me. But the very best thing is that you will learn a lot from it. Love. Life. Family. This is now my second most favorite non-fiction book. I cannot find anything bad or wrongfully written on it. It’s kinda amazing to know how Nicholas Sparks started writing his books.

Thanks to my brother who gave me this book on Christmas 2012. I know, I know..you gave it to me 2 yrs ago. 😀 and I really really love it.

Started: December 12, 2014 | Finished: January 19, 2015 | 356 pages | My rating: 5 out 5

#RelateMuch much? Everybody, Robert M. Drake

Just when the time you’re feeling down, weird and hurt and you don’t know how to explain your emotions in words, then stumbled upon Robert M. Drake’s posts, you’ll say to yourself – “Hey! This is it!”

#RelateMuch you comment or repost or compliment the author telling him “You’re a genius!” (like how I do).

R. M. Drake’s wall is like my diary. That’s why the very first time that I laid my eyes on it, I felt like talking to myself. Telling me how I feel and why I felt it or why it should be felt. I can’t get enough of his works.

I love them all and here’s few of my favorites:

RMD3 RMD4 RMD18 RMD24 RMD27 RMD29 RMD33 RMD37 RMD46RMD50Good news for Mr. and Ms. bookworms, he got his beautiful works in print! ^_^

Beautiful Chaos by R. M. Drake
Beautiful Chaos by R. M. Drake
Science: The Stars in Me Are the Stars in You by R. M. Drake
Science: The Stars in Me Are the Stars in You by R. M. Drake
Spaceship: A Collection for Quotes for the Misunderstood by R. M. Drake
Spaceship: A Collection for Quotes for the Misunderstood by R. M. Drake

Follow the genius here:

by @rmdrk

Happy following! ^_^

A Brave Attempt: DIY Maternity Photoshoot

One time during one crazy Viber conversation with my cousin Lynn and niece, Aiko a.k.a. my favorite subject, we came up with an idea of doing a maternity photoshoot (for Aiko who’s currently pregnant). Preserving your memories while you were still pregnant is an idea worth trying. Since we don’t have a budget to hire a professional photographer, a DIY one is what we thought we could do. So we did. =) Aiko, as the subject, of course, Lynn as the moral supporter (because she’s miles away from us) and I will take the photos. We’ve made an ample research on how to do it properly so please give us some slack when you guys find whatever is wrong with the result. Though we feel so proud of our hard work, critics are still welcome! This actually is my Christmas gift #1 to Aiko and her husband Jj, besides of that tuna pasta I cooked for them (as my Christmas gift #2) 😀

Date: 19-Dec-2014

Location: Aspire Park, Doha, Qatar

Camera used: Sony NEX-5 and Sony Xperia Z2

Credits: Classic by MKTO for keeping me awake =)

These are some of the names the couple has thought of naming their baby when they still don’t have an idea of the gender.


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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman bookmarked.

If I Stay is the phrase which will help the lead character, Mia, to come up with a big decision. The book is about how Mia struggles between life and afterlife, her own world and her boyfriend’s world. And of course, it’s about music.

Mia is definitely my favorite character not just because she’s the lead, I’ve seen all the characters move and speak in the movie which helps me to know them better. It’s because I love how unique her attitude, prettyness and interests is. I love how she dresses herself and how shallow and deep she gets sometimes. Indeed, I felt the realness of them all except Adam. Maybe because I expected too much in terms of his physical attributes then got disappointed when I saw him in the movie. The story is actually very predictable but still the emotions didn’t escape me. 

After the accident happened, I can’t put down the book anymore. The accident even leaves me shocked. Pages 38-39 is one of my favorites. This is the part how Mia and Adam’s love story started. The book even got personal with me on page 44 as it made me missed my grandma. I love Kim’s quote on page 69 –

Kim's quote on page 69

As what every book gives us, there’s always a first time, new knowledge, new information. With If I Stay, I got to stumbled upon the cellist Yo-yo Ma and Juilliard School. This book made me cry, too, let’s not leave that part. *spoiler alert* Especially, when Mia finds out what happened to her little brother, Teddy. I tried to put myself in Mia’s shoes, it breaks my heart thinking that the life you had and the people around you will not be there anymore even if you had another chance to live. That the life you have lived will never be the same again. There’s also one thing that stands out on this book, or the copy that I got atleast, (1) the bonus discussion guide, (2) behind the music and (3) author’s Q & A. I got to know spoonful of stuff behind the story.

There’s one thing that I disliked on this book, the part where Adam brought a famous singer in the hospital. Surreal. But then there are several parts of this book that is very well written, beside of the fact that it is really easy to understand, I can say that the words Gayle Forman chose are very reader-friendly. Big scenes were perfectly written in detail and the way she present the characters, what kind of music they’re into and how they are with Mia, is just genius. 

If you’re not into flashbacks, then warning, there are loads of it in here. But to be fair, Gayle Forman did her flashbacks beautifully. It’s like I’m reading two books at the same time. For me, not to be able to read it is not too much of a heartache but if you do, you will have no regrets. If you’re a certified music lover, I highly recommend it. And you will also get to feel this excitement that’s possessing me right now for it’s sequel, Where She Went.

Started: December 2, 2014 | Finished: December 6, 2014 | 234 pages | My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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