20 September 2013

Book Review: Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

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From Goodreads: "Why? is the burning question on everyone’s lips. Why would a guy like Mathéo Walsh want to die? At seventeen, he is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great mates and is the envy of everyone around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy.

Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.  

Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever."

Book Review: Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Tabitha Suzuma tends to gravitate toward taboo and sensitive subject matter. Often heart-breaking and hauntingly sad, her stories aren't always the easiest to take in. When I finished reading Forbidden, I remember crying myself to sleep and then feeling down and empty for the next several days. I felt that way with Hurt too, however I have to agree with the growing consensus that Forbidden is the better novel. That said, I think Hurt is beautifully written. Lots of pretty words it's like reading a painting. It's intense and poignant. It felt realistic - the characters, relatable and likable enough; the plot and setting, very detailed, so detailed in fact that I caught myself tuning out a few times. While I appreciate the imagery, it's too wordy for my liking. It's probably just me though, I get bored rather quickly. Thus the author holding back information up till the last possible second also drove me nuts. So when the truth finally came tumbling out, I was just mostly relieved and a bit annoyed that it took this long to confirm what we all probably have already guessed. It was unspeakable but it wasn't really Mattie's secret but rather what happened after the big reveal I found truly shocking and painful. Hurt, notwithstanding its over descriptiveness, I think is tragic, depressing and beautiful at the same time.

12 September 2013

Resto love (?): Kitchen Greenbelt 3

My mother-in-law just lurves the place. I however, can't say I feel the same. I honestly think their food is generally bland and tasteless but I don't have the heart to tell her so whenever Ron and I go to Greenbelt with her, we don't dare eat anywhere else. In light of my recent unfortunate diagnoses though, Kitchen's season-your-own-dish-according-to-your-taste style of cookery is sounding more and more right up my alley. So while you won't hear me gush over their food anytime soon, I at least have made my peace with it.
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Sword In, Php285
Pandan rice topped with pan-fried prawns and crab fat sauce
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Sirloin Swirloin, Php300
Grilled sirloin swirled with salty-sweet demi glaze
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Wild Child, Php255
Sauteed beef, wild mushroom and asparagus in garlic sauce served with pandan rice
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Sand Bar, Php225
Tuna salpicao served with pandan rice
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Cure All, Php260
Marinated Korean beef served with pandan rice and vegetables
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Caps and Rolls, Php130
Lettuce wraps with bits of pork mixed with vegetables and nuts

06 September 2013

Swatches and Review: Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss

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Php575 (about $15)
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Lips that shine with killer color. This weightless gloss makes lips pop with 5X more shine than patent leather.
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The color payoff is excellent for a lip gloss. I love that they are very pigmented, that I can wear them on their own. They stay on for a decent amount of time too. They have this vanilla scent to them, but it's very subtle so I don't mind. I don't like the wand applicator though. It's flat and flexible and just so hard to use. Then again, maybe I'm just used to doe foot applicators. Other than that, I'm happy. The shades are gorgeous and universally flattering. I'm not much into lip glosses but these I definitely love.
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I have this in Rose Gold 206, Rose Pearl 014 and Strawberry Fraise 006.
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Rosegold 206 is a pink beige shade with gold and pink shimmers.
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Rosepearl 014 is a shimmery rose nude shade.
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Strawberry Fraise 006 is a pink red color with silver and purple sparkles.
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There you go. Sorry, I've been lazy! But I will (hopefully) do more reviews and swatches soon. Toodles!

04 September 2013

Search for 50 Shades Of Grey leads is over

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The interwebs have been buzzing about the Fifty Shades casting news and although I don't care for the book, I thought I'd join the brouhaha. So Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Christian Grey. I was a little disappointed because I was so rooting for Alex Pettyfer, but oh well, I'm sure Charlie will clean up nicely. People didn't like it either when they cast Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen but look at him now.
And yes, I agree Alexis Bledel would have been the more fitting choice but it was Melanie Griffith's daughter, Dakota Johnson who has landed the role of Anastasia Steele.
Speaking of film adaptations, I hope they make one of Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster. Yep, Alex Pettyfer would make a fantastic Travis Maddox.