Hello guys!

I've been MIA (from personal posts) for quite a long time again, so I apologise for that. Not that anyone cared, right? Meh. I'm currently in my second week of semester break, I got exactly a week left before I'm going back to UniSZA. If you're following my Instagram account, you probably read the post where I claimed that I'll be spending my holiday reading books, writing stories, updating this blog and cuddling with Hanee & Rusty (my new ludeer doll and alpacasso's names respectively). But all I did was lazying around, sleeping A LOT, snuggling on the bed with Hanee (Rusty is too small to be hugged). So, I guess I only performed one thing from my to-do-list.

I had a serious reading slump and writer's block throughout this two weeks. It felt horrible; I can neither read any of the books in my TBR pile, nor write the next chapter for Three Days. I had been planning to read A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for quite some time already, but to no avail. I have no choice but to put it down first. 

My next attempt read would be Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. One of my next assignments (for the upcoming semester) probably have something related to this book, so I have no choice but to finish this one first. Reading slump or not, I gotta go through it. I rarely read classics, though I know most of the stories (kudos to my amazing mom). I think I may start collecting classic books from now on. And maybe try some Jane Austen's writings? Hopefully, I'll be able to do so, someday.

Does anyone know how to get rid of writer's block? I always have ideas to write, but when I sit in front of my laptop or hold a pencil, I often find it hard to express them into words. It's like, the ideas were hanging on the clouds and I'm too short to even grasp them. Someone help me before I start going crazy here *screams*

A few days ago, I was finally able to escape from my lazy-ing in the house attitude by going out with two of my friends. Nope, we didn't end up doing anything healthy though. But it was fun. It was absolutely fun, going out with only your girls around, window-shopping for things that you know you won't afford, watch movies and just enjoy sweet (bitter, in my case) drinks.

We started the day with a plate of Nasi Lemak and Chicken Roll, then strolled in a few shops inside Sunway Pyramid. Don't get me started on how much we whined because we weren't able to buy any of the cute sweaters and blouses and t-shirts and skirts. It was agonising when you're a student and jobless and moneyless. *insert a crying emoji here*

Then, we went for a movie. I made us watch The Man From U.N.C.L.E, because the trailer seemed good enough. And I was right. IT WAS HELLA GOOD. AMAZING. I can't even properly describe how good it is (the review for this movie is still in my draft). The chasing scenes were absolutely great, and Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ While Solo is all about hotness and sarcasm and cockiness, Kuryakin is just so smooth, especially when it comes to handling "his woman". Man, I just need to watch that movie again.

Of course, we'd never leave without a cup of coffee. Or at least, only me. I might look like I enjoyed my time there at the cafe, but nope, it was the other way round. I ordered a vanilla latte, and they took a real long time to make it (my friends almost finished their drinks already). When my order finally arrived, it turned out that they made a caffe latte for me, so I told the barista that I ordered vanilla latte. The barista took it back to the counter, and apparently, he only poured a tiny amount of vanilla into the same cup! I couldn't even taste the vanilla in it. Ugh, I'm definitely not going there anymore.

I did buy a few things while I was there.

New books! Of course, books are a must buy for me, no matter how broke I am. I've already explained the reason I bought Black Beauty. I had to buy a lot because I'm helping a few of my classmates who couldn't find the book in the bookstores around them. 

I wanted to buy another book at first, but Shadows Cast by Stars captivated me with it's cover. I'm a sucker for books with beautiful covers, and I am always in love with anything hanging on the sky; in this case, the stars. It was very beautiful, and I'm hoping the story line will be as good. Any of you have read this book?

FYI, Sticky is my favourite brand of candy. They make the cutest candies! This is the first time seeing this design (they're named Rocky.. something?), so I just had to buy them. The only taste that I'm aware of is watermelon. It's hard to decipher the other tastes, but I still love them all nonetheless. Haven't eaten the lollipop yet though.

I actually wanted to buy products from Etude House, but the prices were out of my budget. Nature Republic's pricing were pretty much affordable, so I wanted to have a try. I've used lipbalms and handcreams from Nature Republic, and they were great. I'm sure these two will be great too. Plus, aloe vera products really suit my skin ♡

That's basically all what I did this week. The other hours were spent with my lazying around on couches or beds, so don't bother asking. Spend your week more efficiently, alright? Don't become like me. Oh and I'll try my best to update weekly. Extra posts if I finish reading a book or watch any movies. No promises, because I'm bad in keeping promises. Have a nice day, guys!

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

Synopsis: Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.

Genre: Animation, comedy, family

Plot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minions_(film)

Release date: July 10, 2015 (USA)

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Running time: 1h 31m

Language: English

Cast: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, Jon Hamm, Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Katy Mixon, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush and more.

This may sound childish, but animation movie(s) is and always will be my favourite movies.

Despicable Me had been one of my favourite animation movies, and it was such an excitement when they announced the release of (I think it is the prequel for Despicable Me, right?) Minions. Those small yellow one-eyed and two-eyes creatures are so adorable, and hilarious too. Things often go wrong when being under their hands (especially in Despicable Me 2, yup), but what can you say to them? They're too huggable, I'd never say no to them if they're mine.

Just like the synopsis has stated, the minions supposedly existed since million years ago, and these yellow creatures lived in a huge colony that needs something huge and powerful as their master. In other words, they basically enslave themselves to bigger powers. But things always go wrong for them, either they messed up and enraged their masters or they caused the masters to be eaten by something else. So, they were often on the run.

The last master they had were the Napoleon, and after causing damage accidentally in a war, the minions ran for shelter in huge cave somewhere in a snowy place. They had fun there for a long time, building houses and things and played a lot of things, but in the end they got bored.

That's when Kevin pops out. He's one of the minions (probably the only one) that have lots of good ideas. So when he presented his idea—which is him leaving their colony and going out to find a new master, with two more companions—the other minions supported him fully. Kevin personally picked Stuart (because Stuart is so good in looking cool) while Bob... He somehow forced his way through Kevin, but Bob is just so sweet and adorable, Kevin probably couldn't say no either. So, that's how their journey to find a new master started.

I'll just leave it there, because I don't want to spoil too much.

Honestly, I think I liked watching Despicable Me more. Even though I love the Minions so much, I kinda miss their interaction with Gru. But nonetheless, I still enjoyed watching Minions. I laughed seriously a lot of times (because, yeah, well, minions can be quite dumb at most times) and I definitely adored Bob the most. Their journey to find a new master were amazing, and they even said "terima kasih" (means 'thank you' in Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia) in one scene. 

All in all, I think Minions is one of the best animation movie ever made.

Overall rate: ★★☆ (4.7 out of 5)

P.S: I heard that Despicable Me 3 will be released in 2017. Can't wait!

Till next time ♡ Love, Humaira

Synopsis: Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Produced by: Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn

Screenplay by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn

Based on: The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons

Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine

Music by: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson

Cinematography: George Richmond

Edited by: Eddie Hamilton, Jon Harris

Production company: Marv Films, Cloudy Productions, Shangri-La Entertainment, TSG Entertainment

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Release dates: 13 December 2014 (Butt-Numb-A-Thon), 29 January 2015 (United Kingdom), 13 February 2015 (United States)

Running time: 129 minutes

Language: English

I used to dislike stories consisting of spy/spies, but lately, they intrigued me a lot. I've started watching Mission Impossible and I gotta say that I like it. So I've decided to watch Kingsman from the moment I first watched its trailer. It sucks that I just got to watch it only now for some reason. I wish I had watched it earlier, because I'm totally in love with it!

First of all, let me say how much I like/love/fond/adore Eggsy. He's just a real cutie ♡ Even his name is cute. And don't get me start on how he speaks (if you don't know, I've always had a thing for cute British guys), minus the curses and cusses though. Warning: from now on, I'll be mooning over Taron Egerton ♡♡♡♡

The storyline is a total killer, it's so good I think I might repeat watching it tomorrow and the day after that and the next and the next—well, you get the hint. The action and fight scenes are really amazing too, and even the weapons used are brilliant! Especially the umbrella. Yup, that's my favourite of all. I'm so happy I got to see Eggsy use the umbrella.

And it's a good thing there weren't so much blood involved  in the movie, even though things did get pretty violent. Especially the part where Lancelot was sliced in half, or when Harry got into a murder spree, or when Eggsy was killing and fighting to save the world (oh goodness, Eggsy in a fight scene is just so fascinating). So it means that pretty much everyone can watch this movie though I am aware that this is a +19 rated movie *coughs*

Can Kingsman 2 be scheduled for filming already? I seriously need more Eggsy.

Overall rate: ★★ (5 out of 5)

Till next time ♡ Love, Humaira

Title: KL Noir: Red
Series: KL Noir #1
Author: Amir Muhammad, Adib Zaini, Preeta Samarasan, Marc de Faoite, Shaz Johar, Shih-Li Kow, Fadzlishah Johanabas, Dina Zaman, Eeleen Lee, Kris Williamson, Shivani Sivagurunathan, Khairulnizam Bakeri, Megat Ishak, Dayang Noor, Amir Hafizi & Brian Gomez
Genre: Young Adult (Science Fiction & Time Travel)
Publisher: Fixi Novo
Publish Date: February 2013
Pages: 270

Book blurb: KL NOIR: Red is the first of 4 volumes about the Malaysian capital city's dark side. There are 14 short stories and one essay about the seedy, the sinister and sometimes the spooky. You will find murder, drug-dealing, kidnapping, sexual depravity, prostitution, celebrity secrets, suicides, academic rivalry, gangsters, police brutality, cannibalism, black magic, creepy rituals, political corruption and even busking. It's all totally fictional. Well, maybe the cannibalism is.

Overall rate: ★★☆☆☆ (2.2 out of 5)

Book cover: 2/5

Story plot: 1.5/5

Characters: 2/5

Language: 3.5/5

Book's world: 2/5

Favourite excerpt from the book:

Now she had no idea what he'd told Velma. From her room, the faint sounds of their cheerful talk reached Suhana's ears. Between tears she tried smiling.

When they met in the living room, Suhana was sure she glimpsed love shining from Velma's face. Let them laugh tonight. So that in times of turmoil, Azreel would have someone to turn to.

So that the void within him would vanish.


I was never a fan of short stories (cerpen). Still not.

I didn't really have any expectation when I first picked up KL Noir. Mostly because it consists of short stories, and the fact that Fixi books never really catch my attention. But last year, a friend of mine had been recommending this book to me. Just recently, my little sister borrowed this book for I-don't-know-what-reason-because-she's-not-interested-with-fixi-books-either. Since it's an English book written by some Malaysians and the background is also Malaysia, I thought, "Why not? Maybe I'll end up liking it, who knows? No harm will be done anyway."

So I picked it up.

Read it.

And finished it within a day with disappointment.

Let me quote what Amir Muhammad wrote first:

The idea for this book came about when the charming man-of-letters Jerome Bouchaud suggested a KL version of the anthology Bangkok Noir. Of course KL isn't as old, big or notorious as Bangkok but (and I say this with pride) we can do crime and sleaze, too!

Seriously, what's there to be proud of with crimes and sleazes happening in your country? 

The theme for KL Noir's stories were rather dark and twisted, and I'm very much aware that most of these things were really happening in KL. But it pained me that these kind of lifestyles and habits were exposed as if it was a normal thing that everyone can do. For instance, not trusting in God (the issue is not really the religion, but more about disrespecting the religion and saying religious/pious people are crazy), lesbian, gay, open sex and stuff like that. 

I couldn't even catch any moral values in any of the stories by the way, but I'm pretty sure that's what was intended when this book was published. So, all in all, to me, this book basically gives nothing but nonsensical things to me. I don't regret reading it, because it did open my mind to some new things, but sorry to say, I can't recommend this book to anyone. You're welcomed to read it anyway if you love Fixi books.

Despite my dislikeness over this book, I do think A Gift of Flowers, Vanished and Cannibal VS. Ah Long were worth the read. I did enjoy reading them.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'