Monday, July 30, 2012

Books and Happiness

Good books are lengthening and brightening the lives of multitude of people. Perhaps nothing else has such power to lift the poor out of his poverty, the wretch out of his misery, to make the burden-bearer forget his burden, the sick his suffering, the sorrowing his grief, the down-trodden, his degradation, as books. They are friends to the lonely, companions to the deserted, joy to the joyless, good cheer to the disheartened, a helper to the helpless. They bring light into darkness and sunshine into shadow. 
Dr. Orison Swett Marden


See how amazing books can be? Who in their lifetime has never touch a single book, opened a single book, attempt to read any books? If so, then, my friend, you shouldn't even be alive. 

I attended a Speed Reading course by Achievers Platform this past weekend, and what they have taught me, has deeply moved what I thought was simple, everyday enjoyment. Books are incredible to this world. 

I have tremendous love for books 

         I have tremendous love for books and have a lifelong association with them. Every single penny invested in a book is very fine and enduring investment. Humanity would be definitely poorer from every point of view had it not been for the great books that have nourished and nurtured human civilization down through the ages. 

        I personally think that we have got to start a movement whereby every child is encouraged to own a book. Every child must be encouraged to realize that among his precious possessions books have a special place. 

You'll be surprised at how much the amount of children today have not seen an actual book.

         There is a view expressed by some people that the book is going to be obsolete by the 21st century because you will simply have the computers and you can tune into whatever you want. Personally, I do not think that this fear is well grounded, because as I researched when the radio and television were invented they said the same thing, but the growth of book publishing industry has continued.

 Have your own books 

        But it is not enough to borrow books. In these days, no one need be without books of his own, even if it be only a solitary bookshelf of old and much-used favorites in humble bindings. This should be a labour of love and individual taste, and books are still fortunately within everybody's reach though not so cheap as in the days of sixpenny and shilling classics. But you will get far more lasting pleasure from your own books, however, few, if well chosen, than you can from any number you may borrow.

Build a home library

         Show anyone a man's home library, the type of books that he reads, and we all will better know the character of the man. With considerable accuracy, we may be able to look far into his future, as well.

       Self-help books, which serve as stepping stones to higher ideals and nobler purposes in life, are, by far, the most precious ads in all human endeavor. Every home should have a bookshelf or shelves well stocked with these guides for spiritual, mental and physical achievement.

      The principle object of reading should be for self-discovery and the acquirement of useful knowledge which can be appropriated and applied in one's daily life. Such books should serve to strengthen, refine, and ennoble the character of the reader.

      A home without spiritual books, a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and self-help books is like a house without windows for the light to enter. Home, not the university, is where young minds are formed and fashioned for life.

     "The first time that I read an excellent book," said Goldsmith, "it is to me just as I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one."

    "When I consider what some books have done for the world," said James Freeman Clarke, "and what they are doing, how they keep up our hope, awaken new courage and faith, soothe pain, give an ideal of life to those who homes are hard and cold, bind together distant ages and foreign hands, create new worlds of beauty, bring down truths from heaven, I give eternal blessings for this gift."

You cannot live without books

Aristotle was asked, "What is the difference between an educated and an uneducated man?" He replied, "The same difference as between being alive and being dead."

I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading. 
Thomas Babington Macaulay

I cannot live without books. 








Just few months ago was the date a year ago my grandmother passed. It was over a year ago now. But till this very day, I still could not believe she was gone from my life. There would be no more of her cooking, her voice. No more watching her prance around the kitchen cooking the most delicious plates of goodness 12 hours a day. I cannot bring myself to fully believe she wasn't there for us anymore. 
And that's because she was such a big part in our lives before this that it is so hard, so difficult to imagine her not being here, ever again. 

I still miss her very much.

Happiness 

The secret of happiness is this: to let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. 
Betrant Russell

The time for happiness is today

        Some wise person has written: "Success is a journey, not a destination. Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road ----- for then the journey is over and it is too late. The time for happiness is today, not tomorrow."

        If we wait to arrive at happiness, we shall be sadly disappointed in life. Happiness must be experienced as we journey, a minute here, an hour there, occasionally a day, once in a long while several days or a week.
     
      But the weeks and days and hours are all made up of minutes, and if we live for happy minutes the hours and days and weeks will take care of themselves. We shall find our road through life a pleasant one, and spend less time worrying about the distant goal.

     A stream of happiness-opportunities is flowing past us continuously: during the hours we spend at home; in the office or store or shop where we work; as we walk along the street; as we travel by train or plane or bus --- in short, wherever we are and whatever we are doing.

    We would do well to adopt this creed, written a century ago by Stephen Grellet: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

    Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means but as itself and ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way. Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. The only chance is to treat, not happiness, but some end external to it, as the purpose of life. 



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Countdown to another month!

Its mid-July peeps! Time has flew by us all, haven't it?

Counting down to the date I fly this is another half month gone by. Which makes August the official last month I will be in Malaysia this year! So nervous so excited. 

I remember I used to whine about the super duper long break from studying that I'm gonna get. I remember saying it would be impossible I wouldn't die of boredom and my brain cells would shrink because I don't have classes to go to. Coz I love going to classes. With the exception of high school classes. College was awesome!


Now I feel like it was great to have a break from the strain of everything once in a while. Now I can finally know why some people take a year off. Going through all these past moments at home, I found that I grew, matured and learned a whole bunch of new things everyday.

Gaining invaluable knowledge and experience was by far the best thing you can do while on a break. Or anytime, even. As far as it goes, I signed up for dance classes, continued my guitar lessons, went for vocal classes, found my passion and finally, finally learnt how to swim. Yea, laugh. But most importantly, I learnt to have a different, even mature take on life.


I remember thinking I'm never going to be able to keep up with everyone because I'm going to start university later than anybody else. But then as of right now, I figured this break couldn't have come at a better time.

Its been an amazing past half a dozen of months (huh?) and it gave me a chance to learn something that I know I would never, ever learn from a textbook. So many events has happened, people disappearing from my life and people who has always been there. It feels like I'm hopping on a train and stopping at different platforms waiting for my next ride and meeting all the great people along the way.

So, I'm going to be advancing into the next path, the next station of life very, very soon. And I'm hoping all is well.


Here's to another great big step in my life!



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Collective Haul & Review: NYX, MAC, Revlon & More!

OK, I guess after watching too many beauty videos I'm getting so obsessed! And also I needed some products! Really happy I got all these, so satisfied! These products are stuff I picked up from different places. And decided to do a Haul & Review!

Let's begin with the review, I'll start off with NYX!
In case you don't know what NYX is:


NYX cosmetics are an official U.S brand, very popular amongst makeup artists worldwide. All of their products are gluten-free and also cruelty free! Check out their official website from the U.S. here!





1.                                         NYX Slim Eye Pencil


This is such a good product. I love this. Their texture are so creamy, so pigmented and so rich. They can line your eyes wonderfully. And because of their creaminess, you can also use them as an eyeshadow and blend it out! They have tons of colors to choose from. I got 6 of them. (from top to bottom) Black, White, Sapphire, Black Glitter, Black Brown, Baby Pink.


Here are some close ups:


Black Glitter
I love the glitter in this! Tried lining my eyes with this and it looked AMAZING!!
Slight warning: don't get this into your waterline though, the glitter in it could go into your eyes. Yes I tried it. I was curious, OK?


White
This white is so pigmented and it slides ever so effortlessly. Great for tightlining!


Baby Pink
This was not as sharp as the rest of the pencils because when the package arrived, it broke! heartbroken. I had to sharpen it and wasted a whole lot of product! sad face.
But other than that, it is a really nice pink! It has a shimmer in it. So I prefer to use it as a highlight for the inner corners of my eyes. Or even a light eyeshadow.


Sapphire
When I hear the name Sapphire I pictured a slightly lighter blue than this? This color is more darker than I would have expected. It has a sparkle so its not only just a plain dark blue color. Very nice!


Two more of the Slim Eye Pencils are Black and Black Brown which I think is the most common of all eye pencils anyone would get. So I don't have pictures of those two! I love the Black though, very dark and again, so effortless for lining my eyes. 




2.  NYX Eyeshadow Base 


This is in shade Pearl. And it was the last one out of all three shades they have. I would have gotten the normal one, which is White. But Pearl is great on its own! As the name suggest, it gives my eyeshadows a really brightening look and it makes them stay on longer. Aye, thats what eyeshadow bases are for. 

I was actually on the lookout to get Urban Decay's Primer Potion but hmm this seem a better option for a first eye primer to own. I don't usually use primers coz they cause makeup to be a tad bit more difficult to remove. I mean they do help keep your make up staying on your face all day. But sometimes I literally have to scrub my face to make sure my makeup's all off. Or else you break out in acne & blemishes. Ugh. 



3.                                                     NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil


More eye products! This I believe is quite famous everywhere, lots of makeup videos I see on youtube have people using these.
Anyways. I wanted to get a thicker Black liner so its easier for when there is thicker eye lining in need. I got the ones in Black Bean and Purple. The purple's a really nice shade, its more of a blue-y kind of purple. I was looking for more of a Justin Bieber kinda purple. O well. It would suffice. 





4.                                                         NYX Round Lipstick


Round lipsticks are NYX's all time favorites. This is in Jupiter. Its a light, shimmery baby pink! So pretty! 


5. NYX Eyeshadow Pigment


This is in Purple, it says Ultra Pearl Mania on the bottle. And it matches Justin Bieber purple! Because y'all know I'm such a bieber fan. winks.
I rarely ever use pigment, because they never adhere properly to the skin and causes a lot of fall outs. 



OK, so that was the last of my NYX Haul! If you buy NYX products off this website HERE you'll also get to choose a Free Eyeshadow Pigments for every purchase of NYX products! They come with a QR code that you can scan and win vouchers! They ship really fast and your parcel will arrive you before you know it! (For malaysian customers) f.y.i they are also an authorized reseller of Sigma brushes! So you're interested!
I do have an eye on the Mrs. Bunny Essential Brush Kit that has everything! 

Make sure to check them out! Highly recommend buying from them! 

(From left to right) Eyeshadow pigment in Gold and Hot Pink!

Moving on with my Haul & Review

I need to say this: I am finally, finally, finally being able to get this that I've been wanting for so god knows how long! I am now at peace. Exhale.




MAC FIX + !!!!!!!


This. Is. Amazing. I cannot describe how amazing this is. OK I will not bother explaining how awesome this is, please google and then goggle at its humongous numbers of uses possible. And I finally got it!! Screams and runs around.


Next, I have 

Revlon Colourstay Foundation 


This is such good foundation for me I have to say. Should've used up more often first, though. It supposedly for combo & oily skin, I have combo. It also stands for its name. Colour stay. I have to tell you, this really lasts all day!! At the end of the day I'm still having trouble fully removing it. sour face. But I love this! Good for my combo skin. And so much less hassle with its staying power.

OH ONE MORE THING! This foundation has THE WORST EVER PACKAGING!! 



This is a screw on cap and the bottle is just open like that! OMG groans horribly.
How on earth are people gonna get foundation out without messing up? You gotta pick up the bottle and pour it. Ugh. How I wish they come in a pump!! Well, maybe they do. Why can't they include it in the original packaging? Stupid.

Calming down

Let's move on to the last and final Haul & Review of the day!

The Typo store at Pavillion KL was on sale that day, there were A lot of people. Everyone was either stocking up on their unique school supplies and stationeries or ridiculously awed at their cute designs! They have lots of fun office, work & school supplies there. Which I love, btw. These are what I got from there: 


I finally got a laptop sleeve! I like to call it a sleeve, a laptop bag to me should be able to fit also the power chords. So this is a sleeve.
Its the black one I'm holding on to. It only fits the laptop so its good and compact for me.

Another thing


Saw this really cute A4 sized organizer! That's how it looked on the inside, there are so many compartments for your stuff! You can bring to class, put your notes and important papers inside. And basically just use it as a class thing. Thats what I'm planning to do anyway. Its so pretty I loved it from the moment I saw it! The only problem was, the organizer was white outside. And I'm a monster for getting white stuff stained. sad face. I will try my best to keep this in tiptop shape! Really glad I got this!


I almost forgot! This was something I got quite some time ago. A friend recommended this webpage to me: Check out http://bookcasemac.blogspot.com/ for awesome deals on these & other related items! 

Macbook Keyboard covers!!
sorry about the yellow lighting. I have a yellow lamp.


Purple Polkadots! 




Plain purple! shakey!
(I have a yellow lamp. That's why the lighting's yellow.)

Love these! Strongly recommend anyone who owns a macbook to get one of these. It covers your keyboard and keeps the vents between the keys clear of dusts and, in my case, teeny tiny ants from getting inside your computer.







OK so that concludes the end of my Haul & Review post today. Make sure you leave comments in the comment box below or in the talk box in the right sidebar. Tell me all about your experience on any of these if you own any one of them! Would love to hear from all of you! big smile.


Oh look! There's a picture of Alyna in Nandos the other day. Say hi! I swear I looooooove Nandos. Gonna miss it when I fly. 











Disclaimer: I was not sponsored, asked, or paid in anyway for this. All items are purchased on my own. All opinions are my own. 


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