Free Books – RABCK

In Inkheart, there’s this one character that I could really relate to. No, it’s not the brave and resourceful daughter or the father. It’s the spinster aunt who owned a house full of books! I imagine that I would turn out to be just like her in five years time – a spinster with a house full of books. But instead of the old and Gothic Victorian mansion, I would only have a small two bedroom apartment. Gee I wonder where’s the fun in that? Hmmmmm, but anyway…

I am crazy about books and I buy them like crazy. When I was young and perpetually broke, I usually restrict my book buying to the most rare and brilliant books out there. Back then, I would never buy books that get less than 4 stars rating at Amazon.com. I was a book snob. I would never read anything but highly recommended literature and I would never ever buy a book without reading the reviews given by other readers at Amazon. I don’t know what happened, because somewhere along the way I’ve completely forgotten about my book buying rules and I suddenly I find myself buying books without much thinking. Maybe it’s because I am old now and I am no longer perpetually broke so I could definitely buy any books I want. Through this new habit I’ve discovered some books that I really really enjoy like the Twilight Sagas and the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, so it’s not really all that bad. But there’s a downside to this book buying mania – I’ve recently moved into a much smaller apartment and I actually have to leave half of my books in my old apartment because there’s no room for more books in my room! You have no idea how painful it is to leave half of my precious books behind – It feels like I have left a part my life behind! But I really had no choice.

I’ve refrained myself from buying any new books since the beginning of this year because I really hate to sacrifice more space for books when I still have about eighty books stuck in my old apartment. But a few days ago, in the spirit of FREEEEEDOM from final exams I’ve decided to let go and buy Wally Lamb’s latest book – the book that I’ve been wanting to buy since early this year, the book that I would longingly stare at everytime I make that almost weekly trip to Harris, 1Borneo – it is THE book. Written by one of those authors whose books I would buy without even thinking twice. For me, there are only few writers that fell into this category and they are Paolo Coelho, Mitch Albom, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Wally Lamb, Haruki Murakami, Douglas Coupland, Donna Tartt, John Knowles, Ayn Rand, Khaled Hosseini and Jon McGregor. With that said, I could definitely understand why I felt like I need to break my own rules – I mean, waiting for over four months to buy the book is like an insult to my favourite author and to the avid reader in me.

So here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking hard about this and I’ve decided to stop denying myself the pleasure of reading a good book just because I want more space in my room! It’s insane! I am taking a drastic measure to make more space for new books. I think it’s pointless to hold on to things. So I’ve decided to perform one massive RABCK next month and I wish to get rid of all the books that I could easily buy in any bookstores in Sabah should I feel the need to read any of them again. People say that if you love something, give it away. I am doing just that.

RABCK stands for Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness. If you have never heard of Bookcrossing.Com you should head there and read up their intro. It’s the best book sharing community on the planet because everything is free and everyone is phenomenally generous. A long time ago in KK when the only good bookstores around were Maggie’s Bookshop and Eaton’s, Bookcrossing.com was like a shining beacon of hope for people like me. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in RABCK. I am very exited about this. I’ve been thinking about this since early May and I think this is the best way to part with my books.

So if you’re still wondering what I am babbling about here, let me emphasize the word FREEBIES, because God knows how we Malaysian loves that word and the meaning word. I am giving away free books. Yes, they’re absolutely free! As long as you’re willing to come and collect them yourself. But if you’re in Sarawak or Peninsular Malaysia – I might feel generous enough to ship the books to you, if you ask nicely. But please bear in mind that I won’t ship ASAP so if you want to them to be shipped immediately, you have to be willing to foot the postage fee yourself.

If you’re in Kota Kinabalu area you can pick the books up in School of Science Technology, University Malaysia Sabah or I could arrange to leave the book somewhere in 1Borneo where you could pick them up i.e under table near counter, Starbucks, 1Borneo – because God knows how socially inept I am and how much I hate meeting people I’ve never met before. You cannot, I repeat, CANNOT come to my apartment to pick up the books, even if you know where I live because I have no social skills and my home is always in the state of phenomenal mess.

This is only the first batch. I will offer more RABCKs after I got rid of these. This offer stands for three weeks from the date of this blog post. Afterward, all unwanted books will be released the Bookcrossing way all over Kota Kinabalu… by that I mean,all over 1Borneo shopping mall. Do you have a space for a little piece of my life?

1. Broadcasting, Cable, the Internet and Beyond: An Introduction to Modern Electronic Media, Joseph R Dominick BCID: 316-7235744 | Amazon Review

2. Computing Today w/ Student CD, Timothy O’Leary, Linda O’Leary BCID: 114-7235769 | Amazon Review

3. Using Information Technology: A Practical Introdution to Computers & Communications, Fifth Edition, Brian K. Williams, Stacey Sawyer, Brian Williams BC-ID 994-7235784 | Amazon Review

4. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Conceptual Approach, Albert B. Bennett, Ted Nelson, BC-ID 524-7235791 | Amazon Review

5. Little Women (Wordsworth Collection), Louisa May Alcott BC-ID 206-1001045

6. Cold Mountain : A Novel, Charles Frazier BC-ID 956-1296100 | Amazon Review

7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams BC-ID 587-1848103 | Amazon Review

8. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg BC-ID 349-2087123 | Amazon Review

9. Crooked Little Heart, Anne Lamott BC-ID 649-1914782 | Amazon Review

10. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby BC-ID 461-1895709 | Amazon Review

11. Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow), William Gibson BC-ID 726-1777689 | Amazon Review

12. The Crazed, Ha Jin BC-ID 172-1714005 | Amazon Review

13. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger BC-ID 491-7237418 | Amazon Review

14. Speak Softly She Can Hear, Pam Lewis BC-ID 195-7237431 | Amazon Review

15. Wilderness Tips, Margaret Atwood BC-ID 888-1533901 | Amazon Review

16. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins BC-ID 542-1697698 | Amazon Review

17. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, Mitch Albom BC-ID 326-996092 | Amazon Review

18. You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers BC-ID 872-998475 | Amazon Review

19. Wishful Thinking, Melissa Hill BC-ID 654-7237452 | Amazon Review

All of these books are registered at Bookcrossing. If you feel like participating in the best book sharing community in the world, register at Bookcrossing to keep the spirit of kindness alive!

Season Finale

You never know the biggest day of your life is the biggest day. Not until it’s happening. You don’t recognize the biggest day of your life, not until you’re right in the middle of it. The day you commit to something or someone. The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soul mate. The day you realize there’s not enough time, because you wanna live forever. Those are the biggest days. The perfect days

– Isobel Stevens, Grey’s Anatomy.

Even if you don’t have a thing about speed, take a train ride to somewhere. Just sit and watch the motion blur outside the window. That’s how fast time is moving- racing into some distant unknown future and moving further and further away from the past. It will not stop for your heartbreaks and your tears. It will not rest even for a second when you pause for breath. It will not sleep when you sleep. It will not stop for anything or anyone.

So if you can do it today. Live. Live. Live. Before you shut your eyes for sleep. Live. Live. Live. Before you take that time to catch your breath. Live. Live. Live. Before you commit yourself to another dateline. Live. Live. Live. While you still can. Live. Live. Live and do all the things you want to do. Live. Live. Live. Before cancer comes knocking. Live. Live. Live. Before your liver starts to fail. Live. Live. Live. Before your number is up.

…. because time will not wait for you. It will not stop for anyone. Don’t let the last day of your life be the first day of your life.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Have you seen the latest season finale of Grey’s Anatomy? Did you cry? I did.

Emo is so 2007

Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come is supposed to be one of the saddest songs in the world. Adam Lambert totally butchered that song. His version was neither deep or sad… it’s whiny. Yes, emo kind of whiny. He should’ve left the song alone.

I am so glad he didn’t become the next American Idol. He should form an emo band instead.

After reading about how Adam likes to make out with guys, every time my iPod plays the Emo song I would be reminded of Adam and like some kind of cosmic joke, one of the singers of this song is also called Adam!

The Emo Song by Adam and Andrew

You guys should check the lyrics, it’s so funny.

The Emo Song, Adam & Andrew

Dear Diary:

Mood: Apathetic.

My life is spiraling downward.
I couldn’t get enough money to go to the
Blood Red Romance and Suffocate me dry concert.
It sucks ’cause they play some of my favorite songs
like “Stab My Heart Because I Love You” and
“Rip Apart My Soul” and of course,
“Stabby Rip Stab Stab”.
And it doesn’t help that I couldn’t
get my hair to do that flippy thing either.
Like that guy from that band can do.
Some days ugh…

I’m an emo kid, non-conforming as can be
You’d be non-conforming too if
you looked just like me
I have paint on my nails and make-up on my face
I’m almost emo enough to start shaving my legs
‘Cause I feel real deep when I’m dressing in drag
I call it freedom of expression,
most just call me a fag
‘Cause our dudes look like chicks,
and our chicks look like dykes
‘Cause emo is one step below transvestite!

Stop my breathing and slit my throat
I must be emo
I don’t jump around when I go to shows
I must be emo

I’m dark, and sensitive with low self-esteem
The way I dress makes every day feel like Halloween
I have no real problems but I like to make believe
I stole my sister’s mascara now
I’m grounded for a week.
Sulking and writing poetry are my hobbies
I can’t get through a Hawthorne
Heights album without sobbing
Girls keep breaking up with me,
it’s never any fun.
They say they already have a pussy,
they don’t need another one

Stop my breathing and slit my throat
I must be emo
I don’t jump around when I go to shows
I must be emo
Dye in my hair and polish on my toes
I must be emo
I play guitar and write suicide notes
I must be emo

My life is just a black abyss,
you know, it’s so dark.
And it’s suffocating me.
Grabbing hold of me and tightening it’s grip,
tighter than a pair of
my little sister’s jeans…
which look great on me by the way.

When I get depressed I cut my
wrists in every direction
Hearing songs about getting
dumped give me an erection
I write in a live journal and
wear thick rimmed glasses
I tell my friends I bleed black
and cry during classes
I’m just a bad, cheap, imitation of goth,
You can read me “Catcher in the
Rye”, and watch me jack off.
I wear skin tight clothes while hating my life
If I said I like girls, I’d only be half right!

I look like I’m dead and dress like a homo
I must be emo
Screw XBox, I play old school Nintendo
I must be emo
I like to whine and hate my parentals
I must be emo
Me and my friends all look like clones
I must be emo

My parents just don’t get me, you know.
They think I’m gay just because
they saw me kiss a guy.
Well, a couple guys. But I mean, it’s the 2000’s.
Can’t 2 … or 4 dudes make-out with
each other without being gay?
I mean, chicks dig that kind of thing anyways.
I don’t know diary,
sometimes I think you’re the only one that gets me,
you’re my best friend…
I feel like tacos..

I know, Adam is not that lame. But still, I can’t stop myself from thinking about him every time I hear the song.

Lullaby

Priscilla Ahn should be one of the most talked about new artist in 2008. This talented LA based singer-songwriter first caught my attention with Dream. It’s one song that I could listen to over and over again without getting tired of it. There’s something about her enchanting voice that fascinates me to no end but her voice is not the only thing that’s amazing about this singer, her songwriting ability is nothing short of phenomenal – there’s a soul touching story behind every one of her songs.

I’ve been listening to this very soothing track lately…

Lullaby by Priscilla Ahn
Here’s a lullaby, for anyone who wants to fly,
from their hometown where people drown,
and where the townies die.

This old library, has thirty books and one dictionary.
But thats ok, no one reads anyway,
we all watch tv.

So here’s your lullaby.
No boy, don’t cry.
Just rest your head and go to bed,
your time will come to fly…

away.

Never today, just dream your life away.
Sleep

All the dogs will die.
They just can’t seem to stay alive.
Cause in this town, our cop shoots them down.
And we just let him go and sigh.

Please god, please.
Whats happened to our dreams?
We’re losing hope, so we invest in dope
to feel our vacant feelings

So here’s your lullaby.
no girl, don’t cry.
Just rest your head and go to bed,
your time will come to fly…

away.

Never today, just dream your life away.
Sleep

It’s so beautiful, I could listen to it over and over and over again. It’s so ethereal, it could lull me to a peaceful sleep. It’s definitely my favourite lullaby.

Priscilla Ahn (born Priscilla Natalie Hartranft, 1984) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, although she has lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania, with her family Harry, Kay, and her brother Jacob Hartranft. Priscilla Ahn was born in Fort Stewart, Georgia to Harry and Kay Hartranft. However, she adopted her mother’s maiden name, who is South Korean (Heck, after over a year of listening to her music I just figured this one out). She spent her early childhood years there and in South Korea, after which she lived in Reading, Pennsylvania for 10 years. From there, she lived in Bernville, Pennsylvania and attended Tulpehocken Area High School until she left home for Los Angeles after graduation.

Priscilla Ahn had her start during her time at Tulpehocken Area High School, playing coffee houses and open mikes in the Bernville, Reading, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. She was advised by a college music professor, who recognized her skills, to pursue a songwriting career instead of going to college, so she moved to Los Angeles about a year after graduating from high school.

After moving to Los Angeles, Priscilla Ahn toured with Joshua Radin, Meiko and Cary Brothers, sang on Amos Lee’s album Supply and Demand, appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly with Joshua Radin and performed her song “Dream” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.Two of her songs were also featured on two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.”Dream” was also featured on the soundtrack to the movie Disturbia, and more recently on an episode from Ghost Whisperer. She was also a part of the 2008 Hotel Cafe tour. In June 2008, she was the Artist of the Week for Paste magazine. Her song “I Don’t Think So” was featured at the end of NBC’s Knight Rider premiere episode.

In 2009, her single “Dream” was featured in the film Bride Wars and a brief clip of “Morning Song” can be heard at the end of the Psych episode, “Tuesday the Seventeenth.” [source WIKIPEDIA]

Well, normally for a singer this good, I’d highly recommend buying her CD. But honestly, where in Sabah can we find a good music store that sells exceptionally good music? The last time I checked, they don’t even know who Adrienne Pierce is. Bleh. KK music scene is so mainstream.

Here’s a full album download, courtesy of my rapidshare premium account. Teehee.


Priscilla Ahn.

The Owl and The Pussycat

I finally got the time to sandpaper a piece of pre-cut wood and mount my handmade rubber stamps. This is the my first mounted stamp. Even though I bought the wrong type of wood, I am kinda satisfied with the result.

The stamp is inspired by a quilt I saw at a Japanese Restaurant and the famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear, The Owl and The Pussycat. Nonsense verse, technically termed amphigouri, is the poetic form of literary nonsense, normally composed for humorous effect, which is intentionally and overtly paradoxical, silly, witty, whimsical or otherwise strange. It is particularly common in English, due to the typically absurdist streak in British humour.

You could say that The Owl and The Pussycat is one of my favourite poems. I even made an ATC with the same title. I know the poem doesn’t make much sense but I think it’s very cute! You can give it to those with overactive imaginations and you’ll be amazed to hear all the weird interpretations!

Going GAGA over Daniel!

I used to be a hopeless fan girl. I thought I got over that phase but today I figured out that I am still a hopeless fan girl! I went to see Wolverine with Amy earlier today and guess who’s in it? I just couldn’t believe my eyes! I haven’t been keeping myself up to date with the latest movies info lately. So you could imagine my surprise when I saw who was playing Agent Zero! Yes, who cares about how hot Hugh Jackman looked in X-Men when there’s Daniel Henney playing the super cool Agent Zero! Yes, Daniel Henney, THE gorgeous Daniel Henney!

I don’t expect you guys to know anything about him. But he’s like my Asian Edward Cullen. Sigh.

More pictures of Agent Zero, a.k.a David North.

OMG, OMG!

OMG, OMG!

I couldn’t concentrate watching the movie, I kept looking for Daniel Henney. Gosh. Well, I am not married so I guess, I am allowed to go into my ‘asian fangirl mode’ once in a while. Hehe

Talking about Daniel, CT‘s son is also named Daniel and he just turned two yesterday! Happy Birthday Daniel!

And yes, before I go…. more eye-candy for the girls.

*Swoons or as we say it in Sabahan tongue PINGSANNNN*