Month: January 2013

Book Review: Curtain by Agatha Cristie

Curtain by Agatha Christie

Curtain is the last novel in Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novel series which is also Hercule Poirot’s last case. I liked how the title matched the novel. It depicts the curtains closing on the Hercule Poirot novel and Hercule Poirot. Very dramatic I believe.

After a year apart Hercule Poirot, now crippled with arthritis, is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings, who has since become a widower. When they receive a letter from Styles Court, the place where they solved their first murder together, it seems like fate and they readily accept. However, after the great detective brands one of the seemingly harmless guests, whom he will only identify as ‘X’, a ruthless serial killer, people begin having doubts about the capability of his once renowned ‘little grey cells’. But Poirot is aware that he alone must work quickly before the murderer strikes again, even if it means putting his life on the line… (Wikipedia)

For me this case was easy yet complicated. There are times you know who did it but not know how. You know how it was done but not why. It’s like you see the cover box of the puzzle but you don’t know how to put them together. There are parts wherein you have put together the pieces but there are still a number of missing links.

A beautiful novel, nonetheless. Though I deeply regret I wasn’t able to read through the entire series. I was only able to read one case so far, ABC Murders, then the next case I read is sadly the last case. I would love to read through the series if I get the chance. Apparently I have 31 novels and 54 more short stories to go.

Have you read any Hercule  Poirot novels? Which case was your favorite?

Jacques

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My Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Experience

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

The beginning of the year, I was informed that my friend and I won a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. I was informed some few weeks later that we could already claim our prize. My friend and I decided to claim our prize a week after our Senior’s Retreat, which was the week of our prelim exams.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

It’s the first time we won something this expensive. At first, my friend and I were really afraid that we might have fallen into some trap, or scam. We tried to remain optimistic about it though. After reaching the office the representative asked  us for our IDs for basic identity verification and handed us our prize. My friend and I were dumbfounded and just sat there. The days from the time we were informed that we won to the day we were about to claim our prize seemed like a dream to both of us. The dream finally had become a reality when we had the prize in our hands. We were all smiles from that time on.

Claiming our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

I was very impressed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is very light. I am no techie so I won’t go in depth. The sounds were amazing. The touchscreen was also good. I had a bit of  adjusting in using the tab because it was my first time using a Samsung Android. A little adjusting was not bad. It was not that difficult figuring out how to use the tab.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

My only disappointment is that the rear camera is only 3MP and the front camera is only VGA. Both the front and rear camera doesn’t have any flash features nor do they have any auto focus function. I love taking photos and the camera is a huge aspect of my deciding factor. I always say that if a gadget has poor camera functions it’s a gadget not worth it. But who am I to complain, I got it for free. It’s not that its unbearably awful anyway.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Well, that’s me trying out the front camera of the Tab 2 at 12 in the morning. I didn’t edit the photo in any way. The camera is very MEH but the rest of the functions are alright. I had been enjoying tinkering around my Tab 2.

Have you tried any Android gadget or Samsung gadget? What is your favorite tablet so far?

Jacques

Join! Beautywidbrainz Six Months Anniversary Giveaway! -ended-

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Hina of Beautywidbrainz to join her Six Months Anniversary Giveaway.

Six Months Anniversary Giveaway ! (Open Internationally )

Hello World !

Happy New Year to all you guys. I am so happy to inform you guys that Beautywidbrainz will be completing 6 months on 13th January. This 6 months have been a FAB journey of learning and sharing. I am so glad I met you guys during this journey. On this occasion, I am announcing an Amazing Giveaway with Wishtrend.

Eddie from www.wishtrend.com has been really generous to sponsor the entire Giveaway. There will be 5 lucky winner and will receive 1 Full Size KLAIR’S RESTORING TIME CREAM Each ($25.99).

To know more about the giveaway, click here.

God bless to all of us!

Jacques

A Package from WishTrend


Introduce WishTrend Winners

Back in December, I won at WishTrend‘s event called “Introduce WishTrend“. I was very delighted to find out the I won a Klair’s Restoring Time Cream. I have been eyeing Klair’s for some time now because of its brand concept.

I had been really excited about my first international win and I am really apologetic to WishTrend because of my “constant” inquiry of the package. I don’t know how the postal system works in their country and in my country. I had been anxious when I did not receive it after three weeks. I have also been constantly looking at WishTrend’s wall to see if anyone from my country, Philippines, have received their package. When I saw that some Philippine bloggers have already received their package, my worry grew greater. I was afraid it got lost and was delivered somewhere else.

WisTrend Package

My wait was over when I received a notice to get it at the Quezon City Central Post Office, two weeks ago. When I got my package and saw the stamps on my package, I realized that the notice was not delivered on time. They also told me to ignore the second notice they have sent which I only received a few days ago. It’s my first time receiving a package, and now I know how poor their system is.

WishTrend Package

I am terribly sorry WishTrend whom I have constantly inquired about my package. I am also thankful to them for being so patient and understanding with me. Their customer service is really good. They would reply to you as soon as possible. I hope to work with you more in the future.

IMAG0014I just love how well they package their products. You are assured that the items will arrive to you safely and without damage. Just look at how well they packaged my Klair’s cream! The thickness of the bubble wrap!  To be honest, I carefully removed the bubble wrap, making sure I don’t pop any on the process so that I can pop it myself later.

Klair's Illuminating Supple Cream

When I opened it, I found out I was one of those who got a Klair’s Illuminating Supple Cream instead of a Klair’s Restoring Time Cream because of “inventory affairs” according to WishTrend. I think I like the idea of “Illuminatin Supple” than “Restoring Time”.

catsI absolutely adore Klair’s packaging. From the sticker seal of the box, to the bottle. The packaging reminds of those vintage jars and bottles. I just love every inch of the packaging! I can’t wait to try it after I use up my other moisturizers.

Oh lookie! It comes with a cute sticker!WishTrend Sticker

Have you bought anything from WishTrend? How was your experience?

To a Healthier 2013

I know this is already a long-delayed post, but I felt obliged to still push through it. This way, I would be reminded of my goals for this year.

  1. Wake up early!  Because I am such a slacker. I love my bed so much that no matter how early I sleep, I wake up at noon. I feel my days have become unproductive.
  2. Sleep by 12 midnight. In order to wake up early, I must also sleep early. As much as possible I hope to be bed by 12 midnight so that I would be fully recharged by the morning.
  3. Read the Bible every morning. I believe reading the Bible is such a necessity to daily Christian life. But because I wake up late and end up hurrying to school every single day, I tend to neglect my Bible reading.
  4. Jog at least THRICE a week. Like I said, I am such a slacker. My heart needs serious pumping and my body needs some sweating.
  5. No carb diet for dinner.  (Except on special occasions) I have gotten real fat these past few months. My largest pair of jeans hardly fits me anymore. Terrible, terrible.
  6. Drink more water! I am obviously dehydrated because I always forget to drink water.
  7. Avoid fast food, soft drinks, milk tea. Avoid things that are fattening and unhealthy.
  8. Shopping ban. To all my wants. I need serious saving up. The only things I allow myself to buy are those which I actually need.
  9. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! 
  10. Wear sunscreen.
  11. Remove makeup before bedtime. I am a constant offender on this case. There’s be days when I just forget that I have makeup on. Sometimes, I am just too tired or lazy to remove it.
  12. Wash my face before bedtime. With or without makeup, our face needs to declog from all the dirt it has accumulated throughout the day.
  13. Blog at least TWICE a week. I won’t neglect my blog any more.
  14. Read at least ONE book every week. Any genre, any kind. I have neglected reading books for almost a year now. It’s either I kept buying or I kept borrowing and never reading any of it. Now all my books are just piled up somewhere gaining dusts.
  15. Connect with old friends, and make new friends.