Thursday, 15 October 2020

CMCO again!

CMCO is back again for 3 states in Malaysia from yesterday for 2 weeks! So another lockdown but with a little ease like 2 person can go out for grocery, max 2 person per table if eating out (this is definitely for those who still have to go to work) and more but I can't recall it all lah. This round, inter-district is also not allowed so those who have to go to work would have to produce documents like a letter from employer and a letter from MITI. Thankfully, my company allows us to work from home so I am glad to be staying at home and spending more quality time with the family. 

It is sad as all this could have been prevented. There is always a choice but they chose to proceed with the votes. And with this came lots of travelling all over Malaysia to the East. At that point of time, the cases have started to peak at the East and we can visibly see the rise of cases then. Also with less people practising the SOP (wear a face mask, wash hands and social distancing), this was definitely a disaster waiting to erupt. Lo and behold, it did blew over and now we have cases rising daily with more than 500 for the past few days.

What has happened, has happened, so we can't turn back the time. Thankfully we have a good team of superhero's manning and curbing this crisis. If they can do it the first round, I'm sure they can do better this time around. I do hope and pray that this CMCO would be for this 2 weeks and no extension required. *fingers and toes crossed* 

So peeps, please PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEAR A FACE MASK and WASH or SANITISE YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY!!! STAY AT HOME and NO LEPAKING!!!

Monday, 12 October 2020

[MPOV] Insignia: Asian Fantasy Stories (The Insignia Series #4)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.67/5
Published: March 26, 2017
Author: Allison Thai, Joyce Chng, Anna Tan, Kelly Matsuura, Russell Hemmell, EK Gonzales, Nidhi Singh, Sheenah Freitas and Tina Isaacs
Genre: short stories, fantasy

Thanks to Anna Tan for this lovely e-book in return for my honest review.

A total of 9 short stories from 9 awesome authors about Asian fantasy, folktales and literary tales. Split into 2 parts, the first one is about adventure and folktales from claws to ashes to tear to ribbons which had me at awe with the depth of each adventure. Although each has a different background, it did standalone distinctly without much confusion. The second one is about adult and literary tales from fireflies to birds to train being untouchable with lady that was as distinctive as the first part and as good, if not better. Well written with well plotted stories that were uniquely their own. 

I am glad to have been given the chance to read this albeit 3 years later (I had misplaced it then and found it recently). I have enjoyed it immensely for some and surprised that I have finished it that fast! Such an easy read with great imaginations that made this a memorable read. 9 different style of writing that made it more entertaining with different plots and twists with the right pace. I have truly enjoyed it. 

For more details of The Insignia Series, please click on the link below:
https://insigniastories.com/insignia-vol-4/

Sunday, 11 October 2020

[MPOV] The Sacrifice of Darkness

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.69/5
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Published: October 27th, 2020
Author: Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver
Artist: Rebecca Kirby, James Fenner
Genre: comic, graphic novel

#tbntbookchallenge:
10) Read a Graphic Novel OR an Illustrated Book

Thanks to Boom! Studios and Netgalley for this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

“When I was a young girl, my husband’s father flew an air machine into the sun. Since then, the days have been dark, the nights bright.”

Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver ,and Rebecca Kirby adapt Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” as a full-length graphic novel, expanding an unforgettable world where a tragic event forever bathes the world in darkness.

Follow one woman’s powerful journey through this new landscape as she discovers love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As she challenges notions of identity, guilt, and survival she’ll find that no matter the darkness, there remains sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

A tragic event forever bathes the world in darkness. Follow a woman and a man's powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world's notions of identity, guilt and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

I'm hardly a comic person so requesting this comic was mainly to complete my TBNT Book Challenge and also it was written by Roxane Gay, an author I truly liked. I am glad that I did as I've enjoyed it a lot plus it's a meaningful read. Straightforward and simple yet impactful illustrations that can be easily understood with sentiments shared across the globe.

It is so relatable in our current world with so many issues we are facing that leads to mental illness in some. I may not have experienced it fully but I get the gist of it. I liked both Highwater father and son's love for both women which were exceptionally romantic filled with a strong bond that is considered very rare in current world. 

I truly applaud the authors for writing and illustrating this cool comic that I've finished in one sitting. Hiram and Mara aside, Joshua and Claire, no matter their background and issues, together they were able to overcome it and conquer the world at the end.
How could one man, a miner no less, be so full of darkness that he needed to swallow all of the light of the sun?
Mining is the desire to uncover, to search, to dig for precious things, to be content in the finding as well as the not finding. To mine is to have faith in the unseen.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

[MPOV] Ink (Some Like It Haunted Collection #1)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.47/5
Published: 20/10/2020
Author: Ellen Mint
Genre: Paranormal romance

Layla's getting one bad boy demon for her birthday…

All Layla wanted was to spend her Halloween birthday alone. She never expected a nearly naked man in a red thong to appear out of nowhere in her living room. He calls himself Ink and insists he’s an incubus bound to her. Not about to fall for that, she plans to toss him out on his shiny butt when she remembers her friends kept hinting at a late birthday present. Layla fears they got her one hot session with a man built for sex. And it’s not nice to return a gift without trying it out…
In this steamy prequel to a paranormal reverse harem series, Layla learns that her entire life has been a lie and that sometimes a man who wants to answer her every desire is exactly what he appears to be.

Thanks to BookSirens for this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

A witch who doesn't knows her capability with an incubus chained to her truly made this Halloween read so steamy and hot! This is a fast and furious read which I've finished in one seating! There was so much going on in this novella that I kept flipping and reading and flipping and ... the end! It was exciting with non-stop action of various kinds that finished nicely and didn't leave me hanging even though this is a series. 

Well written with a good pace and climax. The characters especially the incubus is unique in my books. Definitely a fantasy most women would love to have LOL! As it's a novella, I did feel that it is just too short when it has ended. I guess that's why we should look forward to the next series in line... a darn good technic to keep us wanting for more :-)

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

[MPOV] Rebecca


My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.23/5
Published: August 1938
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Gothic fiction, mystery, crime, romance suspense, historical, classic

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

A book narrated by the nameless madam throughout the novel, depicting her chance encounter and eventual marriage with Maxim de Winter. Her life at Manderley was hugely over shadowed by the late Rebecca de Winter, Maxim's first wife. Rebecca had apparently drowned while sailing during a thunderstorm and her sudden demise has left a big void in Manderley. With each turn, the new Mrs. de Winter has been reminded time and again of various items or routines belonging to Rebecca. In fact, Manderley is Rebecca. 

The narrator's insecurity and naïve self was not helping much to gain credibility and confidence with the staffs. She's feebly voiced with not much opinion, leaving her gaps to be indirectly bullied especially by Mrs. Danver, the person in charge of the staffs at Manderley who also happened to be Rebecca's personal maid. The story progresses to slowly reveal the daily grinding the narrator endured and wishing that her husband would save her from the staff's wrath. When a body was found, the tables turned with so much drama that will test Maxim's love for the narrator.

Again, I am awed by this author. I thought My Cousin Rachel was good enough but Rebecca is so much better! I just loved how Daphne has written this book with the slow progression of the plot, slowly building the climax of the story and then that ending! Jealousy and revenge seemed to be the anthem of this book leading to a woman's wrath over the other. Antagonizing yet sympathetic, no wonder Rebecca has garnered many rave reviews over the years.
"I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden too, whatever the poets may say."
If you are looking for a literature classic with some mystery crime and a side of romance, Rebecca is definitely the right choice. With it's various characters that brought out the many mysteries and plots it carry, I am looking forward to Netflix's adaptation of this novel coming in a few weeks, hoping that they will do justice for Daphne.

Friday, 2 October 2020

[MPOV] Allertoin Cream for Kids - 1 month later

I have been blessed to be given this opportunity to try out this awesome cream which has worked wonders for my eczema-flared skin. As the affected area is around my waist, I am overcome with shyness to share my skin diary. As such, the outcome of the photos provided may look indifferent and the result not as positively clear (as seen on my Instagram). However, I am able to share my experience and positive feedback in writing.

It's been a month since I've started using Allertoin Cream for Kids to treat my eczema and the result has been promising so far. The affected area around my waist did flare up occasionally and more so recently due to a freak accident (hence more stress LOL) but overall, it was controllable and not as itchy. So far, my skin has not been broken and the eczema did not spread further with less temptation or inclination to scratch. I do apply the cream each time on the affected area in circular motion to ensure it has been evenly absorbed after I have taken my shower i.e. twice a day at least. If it does flare up suddenly, I'll just apply it and the itchy burning sensation will slowly ease off. The light textured, non-oily cream is truly a wonder plus it's fragrance free so making it a blessing to use.

I did noticed that some of the scars seemed less visible, as though it's fading out slowly. I do so hoped that it is true and eventually I would have a scar-free waist! Bikini, here I come LOL!!! With ingredients like olive oil, Ectoin, and vegetable oil to name a few, it sure is safe to use always since it does not contain steroid. Yes, it is steroid-free!!! All mild yet effective ingredients to combat eczema and the likes especially for sensitive skin.

I have provided an initial feedback earlier, a week after use, in this link below:

http://www.sholee.net/2020/09/mpov-allertoin-creams-week-1.html

If you are interested, this product is available at all leading pharmacies selling at RRP RM80.

You can check out their Facebook page for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/3533845820020868/

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Books read in 3rd quarter of 2020

Time sure flies and we've reached the end of 3rd quarter of 2020! So here's a recap of books I have read during this quarter:

Definitely a productive quarter with lots of reading and sewing completed! I sure hope I'll have more opportunities to read more ARC's aside from clearing my TBR's LOL! Also hoping to realize my dream and living it eventually *fingers crossed*!

Anyway, it has also been 2 years since Nyc Nat Nook has been born! We did not go all out due to our own commitments plus with COVID-19 still abuzz but we do promote it occasionally online. We do have plans on growing our brand and products coming soon so lets hope 2021 will be a more productive year *fingers crossed*!

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

[Crochet] Cat Bookmark

I was recently asked to explore cat bookmarks and found this super cute pattern from Supergurumi! I managed to recreate the pattern based on the picture and the rat bookmark pattern I had. All the guessing and frogging has paid off as it did turned out fine albeit not as near perfect as the original LOL! Oh well, it was fun and at the same time challenging trying to get it right!

What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • styrofoam pellets
Frontal view

Back view
A wishful thought: crochet more cute animal related bookmarks! However, due to my frozen shoulder, crochet has to take a back seat for a very long time :-(

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