Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Latest Book

You're a typical teenager and sometimes you crave for romance novel. Well look forward to the latest Rainbow Rowell's novel, Eleanor & Park. 


Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

This book is highly recommended to those who are interested in romance novel. 
I wanted to read this novel because it received several glowing reviews and it was being compared to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, which I really liked but sadly it wasn't as wonderful as I thought. Don't get me wrong, the plot is amazing but (spoilers) the ending is a cliffhanger (which is a disappointment, I dislike cliffhanging endings). Some say that they liked the ending, but not me. Maybe because I'm not really into romance-ish book eg: Twillight. But don't you fret, child because I'm just giving opinions. If you're interested in romance novels, this book is perfect for you. I did feel all the emotions washed over me when I read the novel so yes, read this novel.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Fit In not Fit Out !!



Your teen years are all about fitting in, not standing out — right? We disagree! It’s important for you to find a unique way to express yourself so you can let your true colors shine! You can start by creating a style that is perfect for you! Here are ideas for how to have your own personal style through little details and finishing touches.


Determine Your Thing

The first step to developing your own style is to know what you like best about yourself. Do you have great hair? A charming smile? Beautiful skin? Crystal-blue eyes? Long legs? It is easiest to work around those characteristics that make you feel good about yourself and choose a style that compliments your best features. 

Start with a Fearless Attitude


Experimenting with your personal style is just the start of what makes you…you! It’s a great idea to start your day off on the right foot with the right attitude. Look for a fresh start. Start your look with a clean face by using a skin care regimen that cleans, hydrates and refreshes your skin! Then, you’ll have the confidence to start your day feeling fearless and unstoppable! 

Accessorize

Accessories are quick style fixes. You can't go wrong if you throw on a terrific belt, a great beaded bracelet or the perfect statement necklace. Hair accessories are also a nice addition. Beware, however, of over-accessorizing. Less is more. 

Add a Vintage Touch

What's old is new again. Research the vintage shops near you and pick up an inexpensive jacket, a whimsical purse or a pair of earrings from the 1970s. Combine a vintage item with your new, trendy school clothes and your style now has a cool vintage look. 


Put On a Hat

Not everyone can wear hats and feel comfortable, but if you can, you have a winning style. There are so many varieties of head accessories from bandanas to head bands to baseball caps. Give it a shot and if it works, rock it! Not many can!
 

Slip On a Pair of Shoes


 
Your look isn’t complete unless you’re covered from head to toe. Slip on a pair of colorful flats, strappy sandals, warm boots or bright running shoes. It’s an easy way to change your look and add the perfect final touch. 


Play with Your Hair


Your hair may be the center of your style. Try new things! Straighten it. Tease it. Wear it up, down or to the side. Usually go for a low pony tail? Try a top knot bun! Look online for how to pull these off. You'll be surprised to see how many different looks you can come up with. 

Make it Up

Wear makeup that complements your skin tone and your skin type. Once you have a basis for your face, you can be daring — experiment with colors and styles that highlight your favorite features. Consider a purple eye shadow to make your eyes pop or pick a signature pink lip gloss color. 

Your own personal style is the signature you become known for. Make it a color or a scent. Maybe it's your love of hats or your talent for mixing styles. Who knows — maybe you have a knack for awesome socks! As long as it makes you happy, confident and, most importantly, comfortable, you’ll find what style works for you. Your style will make you feel good about yourself and get you noticed. You may even start some trends of your own!

Friday, April 18, 2014

THE DA VINCI CODE BY DAN BROWN


The Greatest Conspiracy of the Past 2000
Years is About to Unravel


While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of da Vinci…clues visible for all to see…and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and da Vinci, among others. The Louvre curator has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory’s most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic, hidden for centuries.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei—a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory’s secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory’s secret—and a stunning historical truth—will be lost forever.

In an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit, symbologist Robert Langdon (first introduced in Dan Brown’s bestselling Angels & Demons) is the most original character to appear in years. The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable…right up to its astonishing conclusion.

ATIQAH ZULHISAM :D

Friday, April 11, 2014

HIMPUNAN 366 CERITA RAKYAT MALAYSIA



Judul : Himpunan 366 Cerita Rakyat Malaysia
Pengarang : Othman Puteh & Aripin Said
Penerbit : Utusan Publications & Distributions
Genre : Kanak-kanak
Mukasurat : 290  halaman
Cetakan Pertama : 1995 
Cetakan Terkini : 2006
ISBN : 9676105058


Berseronoklah menikmati cerita binatang, jenaka, pari-pari, legenda mitos, hantu dan asal usul, sambil belajar mengenali budaya dan tradisi masyarakat bumiputera Malaysia.

Antologi terbesar cerita rakyat Malaysia: Bacaan harian selama setahun: 1 cerita 1 hari dengan tambahan 1 cerita bulanan.
Bacaan warisan yang bermanfaat untuk setiap kanak-kanak: Dibaca sendiri atau dengan bantuan ibu bapa.
Cerita dibahagikan kepada 2 kategori: Kategori negeri -cerita rakyat setiap negeri, termasuk Sabah dan Sarawak. Kategori nasional - cerita rakyat yang telah diakui sebagai milik rakyat Malaysia seluruhnya.
Menggunakan bahasa yang terkawal: Pemilihan kata berdasarkan senarai perkataan Buku Panduan Bahasa Melayu KBSR. beberapa perkataan di Iuar senarai sengaja ditambah dengan maksud meningkatkan perbendaharaan kata kanak-kanak. Menggunakan bahasa Melayu moden dengan mengekalkan gaya klasik.
Cerita disusun sempena hari tertentu, antaranya Hari Guru Hari Ibu dan Hari Kebangsaan.
Setiap cerita mempunyai nilai murni yang disarankan oleh Falsafah Pendidikan Negara dan disertai ilustrasi berwarna-warni.

Antara cerita menarik:
Pelanduk Berani Negeri Terbilang 
Raja Bongsu Pinang Beribut 
Udang Galah Bongkok
Puteri Naga Menjadi Pulau 
Kerana Tebu Sebatang
Buntat Teloh 
Labah-Iabah Buncit 
Pengorbanan Kansiduon 
Gergasi Pindah Negeri 
Kuda Hijau 
Bujang Terboyoi 
Perang Kayangan 
Subang 
Budak Membina Negeri ...Dan Banyak Lagi

ATIQAH ZULHISAM :D

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Laughter is the best medicine.

Laughter Therapy: What Happens When We Laugh?


We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.



People who believe in the benefits of laughter say it can be like a mild workout -- and may offer some of the same advantages as a workout.



"The effects of laughter and exercise are very similar," says Wilson. "Combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate."



One pioneer in laughter research, William Fry, claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.



And laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories.



While the results are intriguing, don't be too hasty in ditching that treadmill. One piece of chocolate has about 50 calories; at the rate of 50 calories per hour, losing one pound would require about 12 hours of concentrated laughter!



Laughter's Effects on the Body

In the last few decades, researchers have studied laughter's effects on the body and turned up some potentially interesting information on how it affects us:



Blood flow. Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. After the screening, the blood vessels of the group who watched the comedy behaved normally -- expanding and contracting easily. But the blood vessels in people who watched the drama tended to tense up, restricting blood flow.





Immune response. Increased stress is associated with decreased immune system response, says Provine. Some studies have shown that the ability to use humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells, as well.





Blood sugar levels. One study of 19 people with diabetes looked at the effects of laughter on blood sugar levels. After eating, the group attended a tedious lecture. On the next day, the group ate the same meal and then watched a comedy. After the comedy, the group had lower blood sugar levels than they did after the lecture.





Relaxation and sleep. The focus on the benefits of laughter really began with Norman Cousin's memoir, Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins, who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful spine condition, found that a diet of comedies, like Marx Brothers films and episodes of Candid Camera, helped him feel better. He said that ten minutes of laughter allowed him two hours of pain-free sleep.
Laughter is the best medicine so when your in a rut or sad or just need a laugh...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Niagara Falls, one of the wonder of the world



Interesting facts about Niagara Falls

The flow over the American Falls was stopped completely for several months in 1969. The idea was to determine the feasibility of removing the large amount of loose rock from the base of the falls to enhance it's appearance. In the end the final decision was that the expense would be too great.

The word "Niagara" is derived from the Iroquois Indian word "Onguiaahra" meaning "the strait" 
There is an international boundary between the United States and Canada.
Before the invention of film, tourists would sketch pictures of the Falls.
The flow was also halted over both falls on March 30th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river.
The movies Niagara and Superman were filmed in part at the Falls.
In the past ten years, two daredevils lost their lives trying to conquer Niagara. 
In the evenings, intense spotlights bathe the falls with different shades of color.
The first  person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a  63 year old female schoolteacher.  
High wire tightrope acts used to be performed across the river. Most notably was "Blondin" who once actually carried his manager across on his back, stopping midway to rest !
The Falls make a tremendous sound as the water goes over and lands at the bottom.
Twenty percent of the worlds freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls. 
Is there more mist at the Falls? Is it man made or natural coincidence?
Collectively they are called "Niagara Falls"
Categorized by these three names:
American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls
Length of brink:  1060 feet /323.08 meters
Height:  176 feet / 53.6 meters (due to rocks at the base actual fall is 70 feet/ 21.3 meters)
Volume of water: 150,000 U.S. Gallons / 567,811 Liters per second
Actual amount varies, there are two hydroelectric plants which draw water into their reservoirs prior to the Falls.
 Their intake greatly affects the volume of water flowing over the falls.
The amount of water being siphoned away depends on  two variables. The time of year, and the time of the day. 
 Flow is greatest over the Falls in the daytime during peak tourist season (June, July, and August). 
In the event of an emergency  the flow can be somewhat reduced  by the hydroelectric companies increasing their intake.
The Bridal Veil Falls is named for its appearance. It is located next to the American falls, 
separated by a small piece of land called Luna Island.
Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls
Length of brink: 2600 feet / 792.4 meters
Height: 167 feet / 50.9 meters
Volume of water: 600,000 U.S. gallons / 2,271,247 liters per second Interesting fact: According to the U.S.G.S.
 (United States Geological Survey) of Niagara Falls, it appears that almost 1/3 of the Canadian Falls lies within US Territory and Terrapin Point is in Canada.
American Falls  (between Prospect Point and Luna Island) far leftBridal Veil Falls (between Luna Island and Goat Island) mid leftCanadian Falls (between Goat Island and Table Rock) right 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee



To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.
The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."[1]
As a Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman, the primary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird involve racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. Scholars have noted that Lee also addresses issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. The book is widely taught in schools in the United States with lessons that emphasize tolerance and decry prejudice. Despite its themes, To Kill a Mockingbird has been subject to campaigns for removal from public classrooms, oftenchallenged for its use of racial epithets.














Reaction to the novel varied widely upon publication. Literary analysis of it is sparse, considering the number of copies sold and its widespread use in education. Author Mary McDonough Murphy, who collected individual impressions of the book by several authors and public figures, calls To Kill a Mockingbird "an astonishing phenomenon".[2] In 2006, British librarians ranked the book ahead of the Bible as one "every adult should read before they die".[3] It was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1962 by director Robert Mulligan, with a screenplay by Horton Foote. Since 1990, a play based on the novel has been performed annually in Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. To date, it is Lee's only published novel, and although she continues to respond to the book's impact, she has refused any personal publicity for herself or the novel since 1964.

ATIQAH ZULHISAM :D