Summer holiday project: Book challenge!

So, as my previous post have mentioned, my goal for myself during this break will be 2 books per week, which made up a total of 28 books before 13th February 2013! And I have always been wanting to join a book challenge (am now looking for a suitable one next year, SO excited!!) so i think this will serve as a very good warm up!

Anyway, these are the books that I plan to ‘tackle’ for my challenge *drumroll please!!*:

1. One Last Goodbye (Kay Gilderdale): Biography/Memoir
2. Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L.James): Erotic Fiction
3. The Match King -Ivar Kreuger (Frank Partnoy): Biography/History/Business
4. Little Victim (Harry Keeble with Kris Hollingtin): Non-Fiction/Crime
* Review here! =)

5. The Gift of the Magi & other short stories (O.Henry): Literary Fiction/ Short Stories Collection
6. 1492 -The Year Our World Begin (Felipe Fernandez-Armesto): History
7. A Far Country (Daniel Mason): Contemporary
8. As I was Passing (Adibah Amin):Journalism
9. As I was Passing 2 (Adibah Amin): Journalism
10. Winston Churchill -a life (John Keegan): Biography/Memoir
11. For One More Day (Mitch Albom): Philisophy/ Self-Help
12. The Vision of Dhamma (Nyanaponika Thera): Religious & Inspirational
13. Pretty Little Things (Jilliane Hoffman): Thriller/Suspense
14. A Brief History of Science -As seen through the development of Scientific Instruments (Thomas Crump): History/Science & Technology
15. Small Vices (Robert B. Parker): Thriller/Suspense
16. The Strategist -the life and times of Thomas Schelling (Robert Dodge): Biography/Memoir
17. Checkmate (Malorie Blackman): Thriller/Suspense
18. Desire (John Eldredge): Religious & Inspirational
19. Walking the Dead (John Eldredge): Religious & Inpsirational
*with book no.18, the two books are combined into one volume: The Heart in my version of it
20. Shutter Island : Thriller/Suspense
21. Stress and Mental Health Society (Dato Dr Tan Chee Khuan): Medical, Health & Fitness
22. World Mythology (): History/Cultural
23. Great Battles -Decisive conflicts that have shaped history (): History/Military
24. Wangari Maathai -Unbowed: One Woman’s story (): Biography/Memoir
25. Nelson Mandela -Long walk to freedom (Nelson Rolihahla Mandela): Biography/Memoir
26. Island of Light -Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A concise History and Guide to its Sacred Sites (T.Y.Lee): Religious & Inspirational
27. Create Yourself (Liu Yong) : Self-Help
28. Poetry, Language and Thought (Martin Heidegger): Philosophy

Yeap, these are the books that I’m planning to read during the break! =) And it will be lovely if you could leave some suggestions or comments to help me out in reaching my goal! ❤ Wish me luck!

=) time to install some new software into my brain! =)

=) time to install some new software into my brain! =)

Summer Holiday Project: 2012

Hola guys!! So yea, I am having my summer holidays even though my university is located in Malaysia (which doesn’t have four seasons by the way). The reason is that I’m currently studying in a Australian university that has a campus in Malaysia, thus following all their curriculum and breaks (we even have the same exam paper and are graded using the same graph). 😉

Anyways, since I’m going to have a freaking 3 months break (from early November till early February 2013!), so its time to lift up my butt and get some goals done! (*confetti please, thank you thank you!!*)


So here goes my Summer Holiday Project to get myself busy during these 14 weeks!!

1.Start a blog & blog at least once a week
Yay I have started the engine on this finally (after 4 weeks of procrastination, we are currently in week 5). So now what’s left is to keep up in blogging for once a week at the very minimum. Somehow I have a good feeling about this as people have often say the beginning is always the hardest, just like starting your car engine (LOL). So since now I have started the engine, I will just have to make sure that it keeps moving! =)

2. Reading challange: Complete 2 books a week
This is the first ever book challenge that I’ve taken and has had a very good head start too for the past one month! I have completed 4 books atm and am marching halfway through my fifth book (I actually thought that I have set myself a target of one book per week until now that I re-read my holiday to do list and realised that its actually 2 books per week!!! I am so blur >.<) Anyway I'm quite positive that I am able to reach my aim at the end of the break! (Yes, we gotta stay positive!) And oh by the way, I just had a book haul from the Big Bad Wolf Sale 2012 and it was super awesome!!

3. DIY one thing per week
This challenge has been pretty stagnant unfortnately thanks to my procrastinator trait! =( So far I am still halfway through my first project, a diwali greeting card to an old friend(oh my, the celebration has passed like, one month plus ago? *hides face*). Plus, I have a bunch of unfinish projects crying out to see the light again. Time to get started!

4. Learn how to cook
Yes, I don’t know how to cook. Erm, its more like I'm afraid of the sizzling oil or anything to do with heat (childhood trauma, I have had some minor burns caused by the splashing of oil droplets when I was young. Quite silly really, pouring oil into a still wet and heating up pan) Since then, I will stand like a freaking 10 meters away from the kitchen and see from afar especially if someone is frying chicken or fish. And I even learnt how to fry vegetable without using oil (thanks to youtube!!) so that I won't be starved to death. So this will be my greatest challenge this time and hopefully I will enjoy it! Any tips or suggestions?

5. Plan & go to a roadtrip!
DONE! Finally after a few months planning (though most of the time we were talking nonsense stuff, hehe), me and a few friends went to a roadtrip spanning from Johor to Penang for one week, and it was one of the best experience ever! Lots of first time experience, ridiculously funny moments and of course, tonnes of photos snapped as memories. Thanks to Mr. Liew, Tandan and Rui, without u all the trip would have been impossible!

6. Drive like a pro!
I have gotten my license like ages ago but don’t really get to drive that much. That reason being growing up from a small town and currently studying in a bigger place where the traffic is crazy and all my dad isn’t quite convinced that I can drive properly there. And as right after I have gotten my license I went to KL to study so I don’t really have a chance to polish up my driving skills and impress my dad. So, this will be my mission, to not let my dad gripping on the side bar for dear life when I’m driving! 😉

shut up and drive.... =p

shut up and drive…. =p

7. Spend quality time with family
As I’m currently studying in JB (the hospital our university is attached to is located there) so im far away from my family. Though we constantly keep in touch via phone or skype, it still feels different than spending time with them, face to face. Plus, my sister is leaving to Aus for her studies in early Feb so it would be even harder to spend time together. =) I’m currently still not home yet, accommpanying my mum for her final exams (yeap, mum’s studying, pursuing a degree in Counselling). Just a few more days, then everyone will be together! Miss u all so much, grandma, sis and dad!

8. Learn Sewing
A new goal for me! And I’m super excited about this! Can’t wait to go back home and bug grandma to teach me!

9. Reconnect/ connect with friends
Friendship is an invaluable treasure that I have collected when sailing through the journey of life. There’s a quote that goes: ‘friends are the family we choose for ourselves’. And as a big fan of snail mail, I have made a resolution to write a letter per week to my friends who have left their footprints in my life, especially those who are now far away. =)


10. Catch up with my studies
Since entering med school, things has been a bit out of control and to be honest I have not been putting effort into studying (which is of most regret). Seriously, its time to gain back the momentum and start putting my heart into my studies. For the sake of my future patients, and myself I NEED to study, really. I would never want to risk the lives of my future patients due to my incompetency. time to get serious about this.

. won’t want to be like this!

Yeap, so this is the round up of my Summer Holiday Projects! =) Do let me know if u have any suggestions or thoughts about this!! Wish me luck! 😉

wish upon a star