Wednesday, 28 April 2010


As my time nears, I find that each passing second become hours. I stand behind the counter with my head of my hands pondering about whether I should go to graduate school or not. I have spent time preparing for the admissions and have taken those devilish GREs, yet my mind refuses to cooperate with my decision that my heart has made. My mind asks, "are you sure you want to let go this good job that you have now that took you months to get?" My heart says, "well we have to move on. She has a goal to reach." Who is right? My whole body is in turmoil.

This is another voice behind these two that says, "you shouldn't go to graduate school. You and I know that graduate school is not made for you yet. You still need to practice. Besides to become a novelist you don't need graduate school. You need a top-notch manuscript that says publish me."

"That's true." Both say in unison. Now both of them are thinking. Of course, my mind is dancing the salsa because there is another voice that agrees with her.

Now I am in a turmoil because I did say preparing. I didn't say that I applied or anything. I have all the papers with me all I have to do is put the finishing touches on it and sent it out even though my GREs are looking so good. I have never been the one to take standardize tests, so I think thats why my heart says, "concentrate on your writing. You are determined even enough to learn on your own. Besides there are so many ways to become a better writer and published without going to graduate school."

Now my mind and that voice are becoming stronger and is dominating my mind. They do have to right to dominate because I am working at the job of my dreams. In a way, I feel like I have fufilled my quest and have reached it peak.

For years, I have yearned for the smell and multi-colors of the books. Having to be surrounded by books, touching the covers and pages, looking at the words typed across the head, that is my dream. That is what my soul has been yearning for and now it has reached that goal. I was 7 when I started to dream about becoming a librarian. A 7 year old girl who would walk into the library and imagine she was one of them stocking the books and scanning the books. This 7 year old girl has tried and tried to get the job of her dreams and has now achieved that and does not want to let it go. Her works are friendly and the customers are as much as enthusiastic about books as she is. What better way to live then to live the life of your dreams.

Now tell me, who would not be confused if they were living the life of their dreams?

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

You Are What You Eat

You are what you eat is what I have heard and up to some extent that is true. Just by seeing a person, you can tell what kind of foods he or she eats to keep that body in whatever shape it is in. Consider an obese person walking down the street who has to pick up their leg everytime they walk. This causes the person to walk slower than any normal person because one they have all that extra fat and two both their thighs collide. Anyone passing this person by would think he or she has two left feet. Automatically, you would think this person is eating sweets, potato chips and all sorts of junk food all day long to keep all that fat on their body. This is true. This obese person can change by switching to a more healthier lifestyle by adding physical activity to their life and eating healthier foods. What we eat impacts our whole life, so shouldn't we try to change the whole concept of 'You Are What You Eat?'

Think about the time you wake up. Those who think of food the first moment they wake up has food on their mind all day long. This person can change that by thinking about something else like God. Starting your day off with a prayer or something else besides 'whats for breakfast today' can keep your whole day on track. Away from all the junk food to sticking with 3 meals a day and snacks in between if you so desire.

Plan your meals in advance. Know that you will have a healthy pizza, salad, or sandwich for lunch. There are so many healthy recipes online. Take advantage of those websites. You can also do this for dinner too. Soon you won't even notice that you are changing your lifestyle and those pounds will melt off in days and months. Who knows maybe in your next Christmas party people will see the new you.

Be active. I know for a fact that a bored mind is a devils mind. Some people eat because they are bored just to keep them preoccupied. Find a hobby. Bicycle. Paint. Draw. Write. Read. Play an Instrument. Hang out with friends. Doing something keeps your mind off of food. Then when you hear that stomach growling, that is your signal to eat.

These tips help me when I'm trying to become healthy and lose weight. I find these tips useful and I hope you find them. My blog will now be a variety of things ranging from tips on anything that have helped me to book reviews to stories and poems. To those who have been reading my blog, thank you.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Arthur and the Forbidden City

Arthur and the Forbidden City follows Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson who takes us back to Necropolis where Arthur is stuck having to find the treasure that is needed to save his grandmother's house.

Luc Besson takes us on an exciting adventure with Arthur as the protagonist, Princess Selenia his love, and Betameche her brother pinned against Maltazard, our villian who wants to dominate the whole kingdom and have the treasure for himself. The book starts from where Arthur is still with the Princess Selenia in their kingdom trying to get to Maltazard who has the treasure that Arthur needs to rescue his grandmother. Arthur is brave and witty, but at times one would think he is too much for his age. The boy is not but ten years of age and understands flattery where he uses phrases and words that one would think would belong to more of a mature child. Nevertheless this adventure is like a rollercoaster with its ups and downs. Well suited for a child of Arthur's age, it will make one want to sit down and hope that all ends well.

The setting, characters and plot are not boring and it doesn't make the reader want to read ahead to see what happens at the end. I must also add that the ending somehow makes sense even though I would have wanted a happily ever after. The ending truly makes one want to read the book again. Well-crafted story that I think everyone should read.