Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Try by Pink


"Try"

Ever wonder about what he's doing
How it all turned to lies
Sometimes I think that it's better to never ask why
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Eh, eh, eh
Funny how the heart can be deceived
More than just a couple times
Why do we fall in love so easy?
Even when it's not right
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Ever worry that it might be ruined
And does it make you wanna cry?
When you're out there doing what you're doing
Are you just getting by?
Tell me are you just getting by, by, by
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try

And this one is my Malay translation of it c: (I found out that it’s difficult to find the translation of my favorite English song in Malay when I was little, so I hope this help others who are facing the same problem to understand this song, skip the translation for my opinion on this song c:)

"Try" (Cuba)

Ever wonder about what he's doing (Pernahkah kau terfikir apakah yang sedang si dia lakukan)
How it all turned to lies (Bagaimana semuanya menjadi penipuan)
Sometimes I think that it's better to never ask why (Kadang-kadang kurasakan adalah lebih baik untuk tidak bertanya kenapa)

Chorus:
Where there is desire (Bila ada keinginan)
There is gonna be a flame (Akan ada perasaan yang membara)
Where there is a flame (Bila api perasaan membara)
Someone's bound to get burned (Seseorang kan terluka)
But just because it burns (Tapi walaupun ia melukakan)
Doesn't mean you're gonna die (Tidak bermakna kau akan musnah/mati)
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Kau harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Kau harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)

Eh, eh, eh

Funny how the heart can be deceived (Lucu bagaimana hati boleh memperdaya)
More than just a couple times (Lebih dari sekali)
Why do we fall in love so easy? (Kenapa kita jatuh cinta begitu mudah?)
Even when it's not right (Walaupun ia salah)

Ulang Chorus

Ever worry that it might be ruined (Pernahkah kau risau bahawa ia akan musnah)
And does it make you wanna cry? (Dan adakah ia membuatkanmu ingin menangis?
When you're out there doing what you're doing (Bila kau melakukan aktiviti seharian)
Are you just getting by? (Adakah kau hanya sekadar meneruskan hidupmu?)
Tell me are you just getting by, by, by (Nyatakan kau hanya sekadar meneruskan hidupmu)

Where there is desire (Bila ada keinginan)
There is gonna be a flame (Akan ada perasaan yang membara)
Where there is a flame (Bila perasaan membara)
Someone's bound to get burned (Seseorang pasti kan terluka)
But just because it burns (Walaupun is melukakan)
Doesn't mean you're gonna die (Tidak bermakna kau akan hancur/musnah)
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Kau kena bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try ( Kena bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Kau harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try(Kau harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)

You gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Kau harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try (Harus bangkit dan cuba, dan cuba, dan cuba)



Okay, this is a pretty new song by Pink which I find as quite captivating. I am not such a big fan of Pink because I am more into Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne but lately I realized that she has got great songs too. (I also love her old song, Fucking Perfect ;)) It was a shame that I did not notice her earlier. Anyway, back to her latest hit song, Try. I think this song is pretty catchy for teens. I found myself falling in love with the song when I heard the chorus where she sang
“Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try”

I have never been in love but I get what she is trying to deliver. Always our heart falls in love with someone when we have no intention to do so and everything ends with a heartbreak. It may feel perfect at one moment and all shattered the other moment. It’s normal, it happens all the times. But, like Pink said, we gotta get up and try and try and try because the end of the wrong love does not indicate the end of our life. It may take a while but we gotta stay strong because if we give in to our grief, we’ll get burned worse into dust.

Whoops, lol I suck at words (and my English is beyond horrible) but I love voicing my opinion on what I love, so that’s my honest opinion on this song. c:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

House MD Review



Also known as House, M.D.
Genre Medical drama
Mystery
Dramedy
Format Medical drama
Created by David Shore
Starring Hugh Laurie
Lisa Edelstein
Omar Epps
Robert Sean Leonard
Jennifer Morrison
Jesse Spencer
Peter Jacobson
Kal Penn
Olivia Wilde
Amber Tamblyn
Odette Annable
Charlyne Yi
Opening theme "Teardrop" by Massive Attack
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 177 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Paul Attanasio
Katie Jacobs
David Shore
Bryan Singer
Thomas L. Moran
Russel Friend
Garrett Lerner
Greg Yaitanes
Hugh Laurie
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Heel & Toe Films
Shore Z Productions
Bad Hat Harry Productions
NBC Universal Television Studio (2004–2007)
Universal Media Studios (2007–2011)
Universal Television (2004, 2011–2012)
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i
720p (HDTV)
Original run November 16, 2004 – May 21, 2012




Casting:
At first, the producers were looking for a "quintessentially American person" to play the role of House. Bryan Singer in particular felt there was no way he was going to hire a non-American actor for the role. At the time of the casting session, actor Hugh Laurie was in Namibia filming the movie Flight of the Phoenix. He assembled an audition tape in a hotel bathroom, the only place with enough light, and apologized for its appearance (which Singer compared to a "bin Laden video"). Laurie improvised, using an umbrella for a cane. Singer was very impressed by his performance and commented on how well the "American actor" was able to grasp the character. Singer was not aware that Laurie was English, due to his convincing American accent. Laurie credits the accent to "a misspent youth [watching] too much TV and too many movies". Although locally better-known actors such as Denis Leary, David Cross, Rob Morrow, and Patrick Dempsey were considered for the part, Shore, Jacobs, and Attanasio were as impressed as Singer and cast Laurie as House.
Laurie later revealed that he initially thought the show's central character was Dr. James Wilson. He assumed that House was a supporting part, due to the nature of the character, until he received the full script of the pilot episode. Laurie, the son of a doctor, Ran Laurie, said he felt guilty for "being paid more to become a fake version of [his] own father". From the start of season three, he was being paid $275,000 to $300,000 per episode, as much as three times what he had previously been making on the series. By the show's fifth season, Laurie was earning around $400,000 per episode, making him one of the highest paid actors on network television.


Hugh Laurie made his own audition tape while shooting a film in Namibia
Robert Sean Leonard had received the script for the CBS show Numb3rs, as well as that for House. Leonard thought the Numb3rs script was "kind of cool" and planned to audition for the show.However, he decided that the character he was up for, Charlie Eppes, was in too many scenes; he later observed, "The less I work, the happier I am". He believed that his House audition was not particularly good, but that his lengthy friendship with Singer helped win him the part of Dr. Wilson. Singer had enjoyed Lisa Edelstein's portrayal of a prostitute on The West Wing, and sent her a copy of the pilot script. Edelstein was attracted to the quality of the writing and her character's "snappy dialogue" with House, and was cast as Dr. Lisa Cuddy.
Australian actor Jesse Spencer's agent suggested that he audition for the role of Dr. Robert Chase. Spencer believed the program would be similar in style to General Hospital, but changed his mind after reading the scripts. After he was cast, he persuaded the producers to turn the character into an Australian. Patrick Dempsey also auditioned for the part of Chase; he later became known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy. Omar Epps, who plays Dr. Eric Foreman, was inspired by his earlier portrayal of a troubled intern on the NBC medical drama ER. Jennifer Morrison felt that her audition for the part of Dr. Allison Cameron was a complete disaster. However, before her audition, Singer had watched some of her performances, including on Dawson's Creek, and already wanted to cast her in the role. Morrison left the show when her character was written out in the middle of season six.
At the end of season three, House dismisses Chase, while Foreman and Cameron resign. House must then recruit a new diagnostic team, for which he identifies seven finalists. The producers originally planned to recruit two new full-time actors, with Foreman, who returns in season four's fifth episode, bringing the team back up to three members; ultimately, the decision was made to add three new regular cast members. (Along with Epps, actors Morrison and Spencer remained in the cast, as their characters moved on to new assignments.) During production, the show's writers dismissed a single candidate per episode; as a result, said Jacobs, neither the producers nor the cast knew who was going to be hired until the last minute. In the season's ninth episode, House's new team is revealed: Foreman is joined by doctors Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn), Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), and Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde). The candidates rejected by House have not returned to the show, with the exception of the last one cut: Amber Volakis (Anne Dudek), who appeared for the rest of season four as Wilson's girlfriend,and in season five as a hallucination of House's.While Penn and Wilde had higher profiles than the actors who played the other finalists, Jacobs said they went through an identical audition process and stayed with the show based on the writers' interest in their characters. Kutner was written out of the series near the end of season five after Penn took a position in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
The contracts of Edelstein, Epps, and Leonard expired at the end of season seven. As a cost-cutting measure, the three actors were asked to accept reduced salaries. Epps and Leonard came to terms with the producers, but Edelstein did not, and in May 2011 it was announced that she would not be returning for the show's eighth season.






Series overview (Stolen from Wikipedia!)

Anytime you try to summarize a show in one word, you sound like an ass. It's about truth.
David Shore[80]
Gregory House, M.D., often construed as a misanthropic medical genius, heads a team of diagnosticians at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.[71] Most episodes revolve around the diagnosis of a primary patient and start with a pre-credits scene set outside the hospital, showing events ending with the onset of the patient's symptoms.[17] The typical episode follows the team in their attempts to diagnose and treat the patient's illness,[77][81] which often fail until the patient's condition is critical.[77] They usually treat only patients whom other doctors have not accurately diagnosed,[68] and House routinely rejects cases that he does not find interesting.[17] The story lines tend to focus on his unconventional medical theories and practices,[dubious – discuss] and on the other characters' reactions to them, rather than on the details of the treatments.[3]
The team employs the differential diagnosis method,[81] listing possible etiologies on a whiteboard, then eliminating most of them, usually because one of the team (most often House) provides logical reasons for ruling them out.[82] Typically the patient is misdiagnosed at least once and accordingly receives some treatments that are at best useless;[81] this usually causes further complications, but—as the nature of the complications often provides valuable new evidence—eventually these help them diagnose the patient correctly.[17] House often tends to arrive at the correct diagnosis seemingly out of the blue, often inspired by a passing remark made by another character.[81] Diagnoses range from relatively common to very rare diseases.[83]
The team face many diagnostic difficulties from patients' concealment of symptoms, circumstances, or personal histories, so House frequently proclaims during the team's deliberations, "The patient is lying", or mutters "Everybody lies"; such an assumption guides House's decisions and diagnoses,[9] and makes the countermeasure of housebreaking a routine procedure. Because many of his hypotheses are based on epiphanies or controversial insights, he often has trouble obtaining permission for medical procedures he considers necessary from his superior, who in all but the final season is hospital administrator Dr. Lisa Cuddy.[84] This is especially the case when the proposed procedures involve a high degree of risk or are ethically questionable. There are frequent disagreements between House and his team,[85] especially Dr. Allison Cameron, whose standards of medical ethics are more conservative than those of the other characters.[77]
Like all of the hospital's doctors, House is required to treat patients in the facility's walk-in clinic.[71][86] His grudging fulfillment of this duty, or his creative methods of avoiding it, constitute a recurring subplot, which often serves as the series' comic relief.[77][87] During clinic duty, House confounds patients with unwelcome observations into their personal lives, eccentric prescriptions, and unorthodox treatments.[71] However, after seeming to be inattentive to their complaints, he regularly impresses them with rapid and accurate diagnoses.[15] Analogies with some of the simple cases in the clinic often[dubious – discuss] inspire insights that help solve the team's case.[17][88]
It's not a show about addiction, but you can't throw something like this into the mix and not expect it to be noticed and commented on. There have been references to the amount of his consumption increasing over time. It's becoming less and less useful a tool for dealing with his pain, and it's something we're going to continue to deal with, continue to explore.
Shore on House's Vicodin addiction[89]
A significant plot element is House's use of Vicodin to manage pain, caused by an infarction in his quadriceps muscle five years before the show's first season, which also forces him to use a cane.[90] In the first season; eleventh episode "Detox", House admits he is addicted to Vicodin, but says he does not have a problem because the pills "let me do my job, and they take away my pain".[b] His addiction has led his colleagues, Cuddy and Dr. James Wilson, to encourage him to go to drug rehabilitation several times.[91] When he has no access to Vicodin or experiences unusually intense pain, he occasionally self-medicates with other narcotic analgesics such as morphine,[92] oxycodone,[93] and methadone.[94] House also frequently drinks liquor when he is not on medical duty, and classifies himself as a "big drinker".[95] Toward the end of season five, House begins to hallucinate; after eliminating other possible diagnoses, he and Wilson determine that his Vicodin addiction is the most likely cause.[96] House goes into denial about this for a brief time, but at the close of the season finale, he commits himself to Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital.[97] In the following season's debut episode, House leaves Mayfield with his addiction under control.[98] However, about a year and a half later, in season seven's 15th episode, "Bombshells", House reacts to the news that Cuddy possibly has kidney cancer by taking Vicodin,[99] and his addiction recurs.[100]




Actually, there are tons of things that I should be doing right now, but somehow I feel like talking about my favorite TV show ever, House MD. I started watching this show when I was thirteen. My sister just installed Astro to our TV so we got to watch AXN which aired House Season 1. The show aired in Malaysia a little bit later than in US and some countries, but I watched it like it was a premiere. But who cares right? And of course, the main thing that attracts me to the show is Dr. Gregory House. I watched ER and Grey Anatomy too but still House MD was and still my favorite medical show ever! Many people find that House’s attitude is kind of annoying and irritating but I like him a lot. He was a genius doctor who spoke his mind. He could not care less about what others think of him. He was real (although I am well aware that he’s a fictional character!), while others go around being hypocrites. And although he was rude almost all the time, he did tell people what they have to say and not tell them what they want to hear only. It may sound like I am a little bit ignorant of his bad attitudes, but I am well aware that the attitude is forbidden in real life. But honestly, I like his honesty in voicing his opinion because in my life, I am sick and tired of people coating the truth with a bunch of lies. I prefer a naked truth than a disguised one because in the end, the truth is going to float to the surface and due to the lies, it is going to hurt even worse than it is supposed to. No, I can’t live in denial like some people because I don’t have any resistance towards the pain that comes with it.

Now, enough with my stupid rant, lets move to WHY I LOVE HOUSE MD.

Honestly, it is because I like Dr. Gregory House and how Hugh Laurie delivers his character. I am a teenage girl and I am infatuated with him! The reasons? One, and only one, because he is like my father. I love my father, more than I love my mom although she is maybe more caring than him. House is like my father, funny and smart and honest. When I say my father was smart, it means he’s really smart. However, that is where the similarities end because my father was not as rude as him, and he was not a doctor too. And whether you notice it or not, House has a soft heart too, just like my father. Trust me, half of the time I was scared of my father. He was hot tempered and could breathe fire just over a cup of wrong coffee. Okay, now moving back to the similarity we were discussing (House=Nice=My Father). Many of you may think that House is a heartless guy who knows nothing but how to treat others horribly. But one of the episodes that I have watched shows the opposite of that. I don’t remember which season is the episode but it really touches my heart. The episode was when one of Wilson’s patients. Both Wilson and House went to a conference where Wilson had a speech to deliver over his research on his dying and dead patients. Wilson was kind of sad (and depressed) over it because he was really affected by his patients. House however was not needed at the conference, he just tagged along. And he was blissfully ignorant of Wilson’s sadness. However, on the day of the conference, House drugged Wilson and stole his speech text. He sneaked in using a doctor’s ID and delivered the speech, literally pouring his heart out and getting a round of loud applause for it. He delivered the truth, in his own way which was both enchanting and heart wrenching. Many people may think that he was just messing with Wilson’s work, but the truth is he was trying to spare Wilson from tearing his own heart again over reminiscing his patients’ lives. (This episode brought tears to my eyes!) Okay, so what does this has to do with my dad? Oh right, I have forgotten bout that part, thanks to House! So the situation sort of reminds me about what my dad did for me when I was a kid. We were not rich, so our lives were pretty much horrible. My sister and I had to do the laundry because we couldn’t afford to pay our housekeeper’s salary anymore. And because of that I had to do my own laundry. I had to wash my own uniform. And at that time, I had only two pairs of uniform so I had to wash it every two days. So one night I washed my uniform (well, I did not brush the dirt away clearly because I was like only 11 and spoiled). I hung it while my father watch me amusedly. I went to sleep and the next day I picked the uniform and wore it to school. All day long at school, I felt sick of my seatmate’s deodorant. However, at the end of the day I realized that it wasn’t the seatmate’s deodorant that smell weird, but my uniform! It hit me right away that the night before my father rewashed and bleached my uniform for me without informing him. I never discussed bout it with him, but I know he did it. And I also know that he did not want me to know. That’s how I think he’s just like House, he did a kindness but did not flash it to your face. (This example is just one of the many, so don’t call me naïve okay!)





Okay, now that the main point is out, let me list down the other things that I enjoyed about this show:

-Wilson is such a good friend, I’d love to have a friend like him (supportive and stuff)
-Cuddy is just the perfect match for the insane House
-Foreman is so soft behind his hard façade
-Thirteen just knows how to be the ‘cool’est one ever
-Chase is just funny lol
-HOUSE? The best doctor ever! (HE's ENGLISH!!!)

And guess what? I cried because the show ended when I have never ever cried over an ended show ever!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Vain by Fisher Amelie


Summary:
If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world

My Thoughts:
I chose to read this book because I love its reviews on goodreads. But still it took me a week to finally decide to start reading this book. The genre is sort of not my favorite one right now. And I REGRET taking too long to read this book because it was AWESOME! Oh, let me rephrase that, it’s FREAKING AWESOME! Okay, lets dive into the story. It’s about Sophie, a rich spoiled BUT not loved brat who got sentenced to do community service tending to Ugandan kids in Africa due to her illegal activities (cocaine!). There she met the gorgeous WHITE African, Ian Aberdeen. And I guess you can guess what happened next ;) Although some may find the love story is quite cliché but the story of the Ugandan kids are NOT! And the love story kind of develops uniquely around them. 

Sophie’s vain.

Someone’s house was always open some random weekend because all our parents traveled frequently, mine especially. In fact, almost every other weekend, the party was at my home. This isn’t why I ruled the roost, so to speak. It wasn’t even because I was the wealthiest. My dad was only number four on that list. No, I ruled because I was the hottest.” – Sophie.I did find myself building tears in my eyes while reading bout Sophie’s life. “A single tear ran down my cheek and I grimaced. Not now, I thought. I was my own worst enemy. That was my secret weakness. Rejection. Rejection of any kind, in fact. I hated it more than anything.“You’re too beautiful to be rejected,” I told the reflection in front of me, but the tears wouldn’t stop.

She was rich and spoiled but she was broken too. She hurt others but she was hurt too. One thing for sure, she craves attention.

My mother and father were so absorbed in themselves I don’t think they remembered me some days. I was born for one reason and one reason only. It was expected of my parents to give the impression of a family.
Timidity was the farce. If I looked sweet and acquiescent, my father gave the impression he knew how to run a home as well as a multinational, multibillion-dollar business. If I did this, I would get a nice little thousand-dollar bonus. I was an employee, not a child. 
Freedom is just that. Absolutely no restrictions. I abandoned myself to every whim I felt. Every want I fulfilled and every desire was quenched. I wanted for nothing. Except attention.

And then she met Dingane or as I prefer to call him, Ian.

Struck. Speechless.  A deep, punching sensation washed over my entire body and I almost fell to my knees at the powerful impression. My breaths became labored and I fought for a clear head. A balmy, scorching but unbelievably ecstasy-ridden awareness swam through my body. An exhilarating, pleasant haze settled over me and it...Burned. So. Good. This was a feeling of realization. I stood there, relishing the effects.

But he was a bit rude at first

Dingane rushed me in that moment and the movement stole my breath away. He loomed over me and I fought to keep my mouth closed. “Girl, you are the epitome of spoiled. I can smell it in your expensive perfume, in the quality of your ridiculous clothing, in the bracelet wrapped ’round that delicate wrist.” He closed the gap between us and all the air sucked from the room. “You won’t last out here. You’ll stay blind to the environment that surrounds you. You’ll live in your clean, perfect bubble and return to your posh life come six months. You are....you. I know your kind. I’ve seen it all before. You will never wake up. Not really,” he explained away before backing up and leaving me to my room once again.

And although at first he was a bit of a jerk, Ian Aberdeen aka Dingane is just as flawless as a guy could get lol dreamy!

And he’s cute too lol

“I was merely explaining that Henry was exaggerating. I did not stare at you.”“Okay,” I stated, implying in my tone that he had done just that.“I didn’t. I-I wasn’t.”“I believe you,” I told him.“I may have looked at you a few times to make sure you were doing your job.”“Oh, I see then.”“But I certainly wasn’t staring.”“We’ve established that you were not staring.”He breathed deeply a few times, his eyes burning into mine. “Good.”He’d definitely been staring. The butterflies in my stomach fluttered and flew.

And he’s adorable :D

I yawned loudly at the mere mention of sleep. I leaned my head against the window. “Classes are cancelled for two days after the kids recover. I’m making an executive decision and I’m going to sleep for both of them.”“As long as I get to sleep with you.”My eyes bugged from my head. “Pardon?” I asked in disbelief.Ian stared at me, eyes wide. “I-I just meant...I meant that, uh, that I also wanted to sleep with you.”I laughed out loud.“I mean, not with you but sleep in my own bed during the time in which you also sleep...in your bed. We’d be asleep in two separate beds. You in yours and me in mine.” One of his hands left the steering wheel and ran the length of his face. “God, I’m deprived.” A quick glance my way. “Of sleep! Deprived of sleep!” His hand slapped the wheel. “God, shut up, Din.”I smiled at him softly. “I got you, Ian.” Boy, do I ever.

And he’s my hero :D
“It’ll be all right,” Ian assured me.“How do you know?” I asked when he revved the engine.“I don’t,” he said, “but I’ll protect you.”My heart began to slow and my breathing steadied...because I believed him.

Okay, lets stop at that since I guess you’ll have to go and read this book like freaking now!!!



My Rating:

5 Cupcakes :)

Beneath This Man (This Man #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas





Beneath This Man (This Man #2)
by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Goodreads Author)

Summary:

She knew she was heading towards disaster. Every instinct told her to run, but Jesse Ward was a hard man to escape.

It has been five days’ since Ava O’Shea left Jesse drunk and raging at Lusso – left behind a man who drowned her in his intensity and blindsided her with his touch. Getting over this man was never going to be easy. And now he’s back in her life.

She has questions she needs answering, but her determination to get these answers will give the pleasure-seeking playboy the power to destroy her again. She needs to keep her eyes wide open and caution at the forefront of her mind, an ambitious intention when Jesse Ward is within touching distance. And he plans to be.

He’s dark, he’s broken – Ava knows this, but the only way to find out how dark and how broken is to get beneath the steely exterior of this man.(less)

"With Jesse, when times are good, they are incredible, but when they are bad, they are unbearable." -Ava.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quotes

I love quotes. I love sweet pictures. So the combination of both results in these quotes. Enjoy. :)


"Learning is a gift. Even when the teacher is pain."

This quote is sort of reminds me to be strong although I'm hurting so badly inside. Because everything happens for a reason, and I believe that the reason is a great one.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Girl in the Converse Shoes by Yaritza Garcia


The Girl In the Converse Shoes


Summary:

A geek is in search of the mysterious girl that kissed him on Halloween, but his only clues are her blonde hair...and her pink Converse shoes



This is a short flash story that I read 10 minutes earlier. Yeah, it is that short. In addition, to be honest, I think it was a very sweet short sweet. And the cover is so cute :)

My Rating:
3 cupcakes 

Today Was A Fairytale by Taylor Swift


Today Was A Fairytale Lyrics (Valentine's Day Soundtrack)

Written by Taylor Swift

Today was a fairytale
You were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
I wore a dress
You wore a dark grey t-shirt
You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale
Time slows down whenever you're around

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
Today was a fairytale
You've got a smile that takes me to another planet
Every move you make everything you say is right
Today was a fairytale
Today was a fairytale
All that I can say is now it's getting so much clearer
Nothing made sense until the time I saw your face
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down whenever you're around
Yeah yeah

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

Time slows down whenever you're around
I can feel my heart
It's beating in my chest
Did you feel it?
I can't put this down

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

Oh oh oh
Yeah ohooh...
Today was a fairytale



I think Today Was A Fairytale is a pretty sweet story for all princesses who love fairytales, which mean it's sweet for me. It is sort a reminder of happy moments for me. So, without further delay, here's some quotes from this song;


You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale



Nothing made sense until the time I saw your face

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4) by Kristen Ashley



Summary:

Stuck in a colorless world, Tyra Masters decides to chuck her old life and starts searching for something. She doesn’t know what it is until she meets her dream man. The goateed, tattooed, muscled, gravelly voiced motorcycle man who plies her with tequila and gives her the best sex of her life. But she knows it isn’t the tequila and sex talking. He’s it. He’s who she’s been daydreaming about since she could remember.

Mine by Taylor Swift


Mine Lyrics (Speak Now Album)
Written by Taylor Swift

You were in college working part time waiting tables
Left a small town, never looked back
I was a flight risk with a fear of falling
Wondering why we bother with love if it never lasts

I say can you believe it?
As we're lying on the couch
The moment I could see it
Yes, yes, I can see it now

Do you remember we were sitting there by the water?
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

Flash forward and we're taking on the world together
And there's a drawer of my things at your place
You learn my secrets and you figure out why I'm guarded
You say we'll never make my parents' mistakes

But we got bills to pay
We got nothing figured out
When it was hard to take
Yes, yes, this is what I thought about

Do you remember we were sitting there by the water?
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

Do you remember all the city lights on the water?
You saw me start to believe for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

And I remember that fight, 2:30 a.m.
As everything was slipping right out of our hands
I ran out crying and you followed me out into the street

Braced myself for the goodbye
'Cause that's all I've ever known
Then you took me by surprise
You said I'll never leave you alone

You said I remember how we felt sitting by the water
And every time I look at you, it's like the first time
I fell in love with a careless man's careful daughter
She is the best thing that's ever been mine

Hold on, make it last
Hold on, never turn back
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

Do you believe it?
We're gonna make it now
I can see it
I can see it now


Mine is a song that pretty much tells a story. Although I have never fallen in love and haven't met 'the one' yet, I love this song. I don't relate to it but I enjoy it as much as I enjoy Taylor Swift's other songs. However, somehow I find the man mentioned in this song is way too perfect, even for a fairytale. Anyway, it doesn't matter what I think of it, so here's the quotes that I quoted from this sweet song (click image for real size):





Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift


Sparks Fly Lyrics (Speak Now Album)
Written by Taylor Swift

The way you move is like a full on rainstorm
And I'm a house of cards
You're the kind of reckless
That should send me runnin'
But I kinda know that I won't get far
And you stood there in front of me
Just close enough to touch
Close enough to hope you couldn't see
What I was thinking of

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

My mind forgets to remind me
You're a bad idea
You touch me once and it's really something,
You find I'm even better than you imagined I would be.
I'm on my guard for the rest of the world
But with you I know it's no good
And I could wait patiently but I really wish you would...

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

I run my fingers through your hair and watch the lights go wild.
Just keep on keeping your eyes on me, it's just wrong enough to make it feel right.
Lead me up the staircase
Won't you whisper soft and slow?
I'm captivated by you, baby, like a firework show.

Drop everything now,
Meet me in the pouring rain,
Kiss me on the sidewalk,
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile.
Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

The sparks fly...
Oh, baby, smile...
The sparks fly...

Okay, this time I’ll be quoting Sparks Fly. I like this song a lot, but I don’t love it much. However, the lyrics are still worth quoting, so here are the quotes (click image to view the full size):




Taylor Swift's Quotes


I love Taylor Swift because of three major reasons:

  • She writes dazzling songs
  • She can sing
  • She is amazingly pretty


So, since I love quoting too, I have decided to quote some of her songs and make banners out of them.
I used a few sources to enhance the look of my quotes, therefore I can’t say that the banners are completely mine, but I do combine everything to make the banners so I’ll claim them as mine. :)

Well, about my sources, they are scattered around the web, but if they are yours, please let me know so I can link them back to you.

You can click any of the songs below for the lyrics and quote banners:




Back to December - Taylor Swift


Back To December Lyrics (Speak Now Album)

Written by Taylor Swift

I'm so glad you made time to see me.
How's life? Tell me how's your family.
I haven't seen them in a while.
You've been good, busier than ever,
We small talk, work and the weather,
Your guard is up and I know why.
Because the last time you saw me
Is still burned in the back of your mind.
You gave me roses and I left them there to die.

So this is me swallowing my pride,
Standing in front of you saying, "I'm sorry for that night,"
And I go back to December all the time.
It turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you.
Wishing I'd realized what I had when you were mine.
I'd go back to December, turn around and make it all right.
I go back to December all the time.

These days I haven't been sleeping,
Staying up, playing back myself leavin'.
When your birthday passed and I didn't call.
And I think about summer, all the beautiful times,
I watched you laughing from the passenger side.
Realized that I loved you in the fall.

And then the cold came, the dark days when fear crept into my mind
You gave me all your love and all I gave you was "Goodbye".

So this is me swallowing my pride
Standing in front of you saying, "I'm sorry for that night."
And I go back to December all the time.
It turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you,
Wishing I'd realized what I had when you were mine.
I'd go back to December, turn around and change my own mind
I go back to December all the time.

I miss your tanned skin, your sweet smile,
So good to me, so right
And how you held me in your arms that September night --
The first time you ever saw me cry.

Maybe this is wishful thinking,
Probably mindless dreaming,
But if we loved again, I swear I'd love you right.

I'd go back in time and change it but I can't.
So if the chain is on your door I understand.

But this is me swallowing my pride
Standing in front of you saying, "I'm sorry for that night."
And I go back to December...
It turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you,
Wishing I'd realize what I had when you were mine.
I'd go back to December, turn around and make it all right.
I'd go back to December, turn around and change my own mind
I go back to December all the time.
All the time.

This song is my favorite song. I have never been in the same circumstance as Taylor Swift but I do understand her regret of letting Taylor Lautner go. I have a knack for loving songs about heartbreak and stuff, so this climbed up my song chart quite fast. I did not like Taylor Swift much at first, what with her ‘country singer’ label. I did notice that she is such a entertaining singer, but I did not pay much attention to her songs, not even this one. Thanks to a friend of mine, Husna, who wrote about this song once because she introduced me to Taylor Swift’s songs. I love all Taylor Swift’s song, but this one still is my most favorite of all because it reminds me of how I regret not being a better daughter for my late dad. It’s a good reminder of how I should make my decisions wisely.

Okay, here are some banners of some quotes from this song that I love (click to view the full size):

"Wishing I'd realized what I had when you were mine"

"Maybe this is wishful thinking, probably mindless dreaming, but If we loved again I'd love you right"

Makna lagu:

Sebuah lagu pasal penyesalan,
pasal berharapa agar boleh kembali ke satu waktu dahulu,
sebuah lagu mengenai si pematah hati yang menyesali tindakannya mematahkan hati seseorang yang sangat baik,
mengisahkan seorang pematah hati yang kini sedih setelah menyedari tiada lagi ruang di hati orang itu untuknya..

Monday, January 14, 2013

Nothing but Headers

my obsession doesn't die in a day so here's my latest headers, enjoy :)



p/s: these headers are perfect for white background :)


Freebies List

Banners/Headers
Backgrounds
Blogger Templates 
Gifs/Icons/Dividers

Cute Menubar Tutorial

HELLO WORLD!

From my experience, it is VERY tough to create a proper menubar for your blog ( at least for me it is lol ). Therefore, as lame as I am, I feel like making a tutorial on creating a menubar for bloggers ( which is aimed for those who suck at HTML/CSS like me).

If you’re looking for a drop down menubar, stay a mile away from this post because I DO NOT offer a tutorial for that type of menubar since my KIND of menubar is SIMPLE.




Okay here we go:

Look, this is how the menubar looks like, right under the header. ( don’t worry, the color is optional so you can use your favorite color just edit the HTML code here and there and you're good; mine is PINK :D )

First step:

Log in to Blogger and go straight to Dashboard. Go to Design and then click Backup/Restore to save your current theme. This is important to keep your original setting just in case you messed with anything (I often forget to do so lol)

Second step:

Click Edit Template.

Third step:

Use ctrl+F to find ]]></b:skin>

Fourth step:

Copy the code below



/* menu bar */
#menubar{
margin: 0;
padding: 6;
float:center;
border:0px solid #ffffff;
width:90%;
background:#ffffff;
}
#menubar li{
margin-left: 0;
padding: 0;
list-style: none;
float: left;
font: bold 14px arial;
}
#menubar li a{
display: block;
margin: 0;
padding: 13px 10px;
background: #ffc4c5;
color: #fff;
text-align: center;
text-decoration: none;
border:2px solid #ffffff;
-moz-border-radius: 25px 10px / 10px 25px;
border-radius: 25px 10px / 10px 25px;
}
#menubar li a:hover{
background: #000000;-moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 20px;
-moz-border-radius-bottomright: 20px;
}
#menubar div{
position: absolute;
visibility: hidden;
}

Paste the code right above the ]]></b:skin>

(the theme is set as pink-ish. So just in case you hate pink, simply do a few things to the HTML code. Change #fff to whatever color you want as the color of the text.
P/s: for the color HTML code, click here.

Fifth step:

Use ctrl+F to find <div id=’content-wrapper’>


Sixth step:

Copy the code below:

<br/><ul id='menubar'><center>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
<li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li>
</center></ul>


Paste the code right below <div id=’content-wrapper’>

Seventh step:


Replace all the URLs with the links for your blog entries and replace all the TITLEs with the titles.
If you wanna add another box, copy and paste <li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li> right above </center></ul> The same goes for deleting a box, just delete the extra <li><a href='URL'>TITLE</a></li> right above the </center></ul>

An example of the edited code should be like this:


<br/><ul id='menubar'><center>
<li><a href='http://sweetmissfifi.blogspot.com/'>Home</a></li>
<li><a href='http://sweetmissfifi.blogspot.com/2013/01/knowing-me_3.html'>Me</a></li>
<li><a href='http://www.facebook.com/ellezze'>Facebook</a></li>
<li><a href='http://sweetmissfifi.blogspot.com/search/label/kdrama'>Kdrama Obsession</a></li>
<li><a href='http://sweetmissfifi.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-simple-book-reviews.html'>Books</a></li>
<li><a href='http://sweetmissfifi.blogspot.com/2013/01/150-reading-challenge-for-2013.html'>Reading Challenge</a></li>
<li><a href='http://sweetmissfifi.blogspot.com/2013/01/free-headers-banners.html'>Freebies</a></li>
</center></ul>


Eighth step:

Now, click Preview. And see whether the magic works lol Just in case it didn't, just go back and re-edit the edited html. If it went as you wish, simply click Save Template.

Okay, the tutorial ends here. See you soon. :)

(feel free to ask anything that you don't get below :))