Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Good Wife: The Next Day Promo

The Next Day after the .....Hit the Fan  is going to be a tough one for everybody.

The show needed this "new everything"  before turning into a bore. However it won't be easy to keep the level so high after the last chapter.

I love it when Diane says "I am through being polite" , I am eager  to see the real Diane .

Easy Halloween Pumkin for Kids

What is Prankvertising?

In this economy it's getting harder and harder to sell so now that Halloween is around the corner some business companies are resorting to PRANKVERTISING , that is to pull a prank to attract online customers. I don't know if it is working for them and the sales of their products have increased but these ads are really fun to watch.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Good Wife Recap : Alicia is kicked out before leaving

Hitting the Fan  the last episode of The Good Wife was really the best of the season. We knew that Alicia and Cary were leaving , but when Diane found out in the last episode and told Will things got out of control. I must say I deeply disliked the way Will acted, I think that if Alicia and him hadn't been involved in a relationship he wouldn't have acted that way and I also think that if Alicia had been a man that violent outburst would have ended in a fist fight, I found it a bit chauvinist to say the least.

Then there is the scene when Alicia was crying in the elevator and I felt sorry for her although she had it coming in a way because it was true that after her husband's affair Lockhart Gardner had given her the possibility of starting again ,not that she didn't deserve one.

And Kalinda, OMG, I didn't see that coming . The way she fooled Cary was incredible. She probably doesn't consider Alicia a close friend although there was a time when they shared everything even if one of them didn't know.

Diane was impeccable when she convinced Cary and Alicia to drop the restraining order so that they could talk to Chum Hum. Little did she knew that her plan was going to backfire in an unexpected way thanks to Peter's help. I guess Peter is now The Good Husband ,but I am afraid it may not last long.

It was an unforgettable episode from the beginning to the end.If you are not hooked on the show yet ,you still have time  to witness the best lawyer show on air at the moment.

The Blacklist : James Spader

The Blacklist is one of the most interesting new releases of this season. James Spader is perfect in the role of  criminal who helps  the FBI and is not as bad as he seems.

Beauty and the Beast :Reunion Preview

Veronica Roth : Allegiant Tour

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Herbal Garden in Asia: Barleria Lupulina


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Lux Series: Obsidian,Onyx,Opal and Origin Review

This is the first time I do this: read four books of the same series one after the other.It took me the whole month of September and part of October. I really enjoyed the books and the way the characters developed as the story moved forward. Jennifer L.Armentrout has done a fine job mixing sci-fi and romance.

Why Obsidian? :It's the stone that kills the Arum

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian is the first book of the series .It has what you are usually looking for in this kind of books. A gorgeous boy and an average looking girl. At first they hate each other although they feel obviously attracted and he behaves in the most annoying way but we know he is going to change for the better. In this case the annoying-but-irresistible  Daemon Black turns out to be from a distant galaxy and as lame as it may sound the author makes it quite believable.Kate , however comes from Florida, has no friends and a blog .  Daemon's family, Dawson(who is missing) and Dee and their friends the triplets Ash , Andrew and Adam are equally impressive and alien.Kate and Daemon don't hit it off immediately but when they do ,they do for good  (Kate becomes Kitten and Daemon is still Jerk)and are united in such a way that their lives depend on each other and not just metaphorically.

However , as always, love comes with a price they are both willing to pay .The Arum, aliens who are just the opposite of the Luxen, chase them .

I must say that I really liked this first book and couldn't wait to read the second one.

Why Onyx?: it's the stone that weakens the Luxen.

Onyx (Lux, #2)

The side effects of this love-hate (a little) relationship between Daemon and Kate are beginning to show and this poses a greater danger to them, since the  DOD wants them as guinea pigs.

Some new characters appear (Blake, the new boy in town and Will , Kate's mum boyfriend)  with good and not so good intentions and Kate makes quite a few errors of judgement.And someone who was thought to be missing comes back .
My favourite part of the whole book is when Kate finally admits her feelings and thinks:

"...He was still a total smartass. And yeah, that smug grin still irked me. 

But I loved him.

And the jerk loved me too." 

Romance  is important in this book but there is much more to it.There is a complex alien plot and the characters have to deal with very difficult situations which make them grow and change.Lives are lost and life-changing decisions are made.

The story had definitely trapped me so I had to read the third book.

Why Opal: it's the stone that strengthens the Luxen.

Opal (Lux, #3)The relationship between Kate and Daemon is stronger and Daemon proves that he can be really romantic and vulnerable at the same time .

Kate , on the other hand, shows  determination and  strength , she is becoming somebody quite different from the clumsy girl in the previous books.

Now that Dawson , Daemon's brother is back from hell (the DOD headquarters) they have a new goal in mind : rescuing Beth, Dawson's girlfriend.

Luc , a boy too young to have his own night club and who has some qualities that make him special , helps them and Blake shows his true nature.

The Luxen and the hybrids join forces against the DOD but unfortunately someone's betrayal (I saw that coming ) comes in their way and one couple is back together but another one is separated.

I immediately started reading the fourth book.

Why Origin: it's the name of a new race.

Origin (Lux, #4)  In the hands of the DOD Kate faces fear , pain ,solitude and anger, as a result Kate does what would have been unthinkable for her just a few months before.But Daemon is not going to leave her alone for long even if he has to go against his own people and family.

The true goal of the government is finally revealed ,but the Luxen also turn out to have secrets of their own.

This novel is action packed and perhaps that's why I liked it a little bit less than the rest of the series and it ends with more deaths and more betrayals than any of the previous ones, but it is still worth reading.

On August 5th 2014 we will know where Daemon's true loyalties lie.What is thicker blood (or light in this case) or love?

I will definitely read it.

The story of Dawson and Beth. Two star-crossed lovers whose romance endangers their lives.

After reading the four books of the Lux series in a row I couldn't make myself read this one,but I am just putting it off for a while.

I would like to thank the author Jennifer L. Armentrout for making  September and part of October enjoyable for me and for giving me the chance of getting away from daily worries and making me dream about aliens and love, which for a sci-fi fan is great!.

Friday, 18 October 2013

The Vampire Diaries: For Whom The Bells Toll Preview

Grazzano Visconti in Piacenza Italy

Off the beaten track in Italy in the province of Piacenza there is a beautiful Neo-Gothic  and Renaissance style village with nice shops ,restaurants an ancient castle built in 1395 and a church from the XVII century . If you are in the area enjoying the delicious and inexpensive local food it is worth spending an afternoon walking around , you may even see Aloisa, the ghost.

By MO. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Malaysia:Floor Tiles

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang's Heritage Trail is a place that you just can't miss. It is beautiful from the top to the bottom including the floor tiles.

by TA

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Kapitan Keling Mosque in Penang's Heritage Trail,Malaysia

Masjid Kaapitan Keling was built at the start of the 19th century. It came to represent the Indian Muslim community of Georgetown . Its present structure was renovated twice, with the fa├žade of the building and its interior decorated in Islamic geometric design.I saw it just from the outside while visiting Penang .


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Where to eat in Bali :Kafe in Ubud

Behind the simple name of Kafe  you can find a lively bistro with an atmosphere that may remind you of South America , delicious food and incredible desserts.There is a shop inside which sells environmentally friendly products because the owners believe in making this place the leading eco-friendly restaurant in Ubud.They purchase fair trade products and use locally grown and organic produce. Customers are also encouraged not to use plastic bottles or straws.

We had a craving for Mexican food and went several times there to have almost the same dishes because they were so goood!.Besides the atmosphere in the Kafe was really welcoming and the chocolate cake was amazing. So if you visit Ubud and want to have something other than Balinese or Asian cuisine do not hesitate , this place is really worth more than one visit.

By Foodie

Friday, 4 October 2013

Sushi King vs Sakae Sushi : The Fish or The Frog

 Sushi King or Sakae Sushi? When you are in Malaysia and like Japanese food the choice between these two restaurant chains is difficult sometimes.  Both are very popular and usually packed mainly with locals. I have been to several Sakae Sushi and Sushi King restaurants all over Malaysia and the quality of the food and the service is good in general.

 What is really attractive about Sakae Sushi, at least the first times, s that you can order using an iPad, which makes it really entertaining once you get the hang of it.

Sakae Sushi
Sakae Sushi

Sakae Sushi

Both restaurants offer you a view of the Kitchen and the cooks making the dishes.

Sakae Sushi
Sakae Sushi
Sushi King
Both restaurants have promotions and special prices. In Sakae Sushi,  if you exceed a certain amount of money they give you a dish of their choice for a very reduced price. 

  Sushi King was the first Kaiten belt restaurant that I visited and it earned a place in my heart.

Sushi King
I loved this salad in Sakae Sushi.

I love this one in Sushi King
Sushi King
They have nice Bentos as well in Sakae Sushi.

Sakae Sushi

 They serve nice Ramen at Sushi King.

Sushi King
I ordered Takoyaki and salmon in Sakae Sushi.

Sakae Sushi

Sakae Sushi

However, the Takoyaki in Sushi King is unbeatable.

Sushi King

And I also love the way they prepare the Yaki Gyoza and the Hamaguri soup.

I usually order all this at Sushi King
 And the Golden Balls are a must.
Sushi King

The best way to decide is to go to both of them and compare for yourself. The prices in Sakae Sushi are slightly higher and some Sushi King restaurants are better than others especially during peak hours.
I love Japanese food and will keep going to both of them whenever I can.
by Foodie

Arrow : Season Premiere Preview

Beauty and The Beast: Season Premiere Preview

I just can't wait for the season premiere although there are already many things that have been disclosed:

*Gabe  is not dead, so there will be two beasts out there.
*Catherine will obviously try to find Vincent.
*Cat's biological  father won't make things easy for the couple.
*Heather is having a hard time processing the "now I am an only child"  piece of news.

The Vampire Diaries:True Lies Preview

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Vampire Academy Cast Interviews

If you just can't get enough vampire stories you may like the film based on the books by Richelle Mead.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Bake a Wish: Japanese Homemade Cake in Thailand

This chain  is all over Thailand offering delicious and original Japanese style cakes that look really appetizing.But believe or not , these pictures do not show real cakes but fake ones. And they do look incredibly good.

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