Book review: The hearts we sold by Emily Llyod-Jones

“You see my dear, only a human that wants to make a deal can see a demon for what they are.”

26309792.jpg

Title: The hearts we sold

Author: Emily Llyod-Jones

Recommended to fans of: –

Series: –

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give? 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Although I read a review by Nosestuckinabook, and had second thoughts, she definitely recommended to give it a go!
  • The story’s setting really sounded like a manga
  • A tragic event happens and Dee’s scholarship was cut
  • I was queuing to get a freebie (The queue was 1 hour by the way) and happened to have this book on hand, but it was difficult to get into
  • So her last resort is to seek help from the demon and in exchange, he want’s her heart
  • (I would think that if she fell in love with the demon, or the demon her, it would be more interesting, but the synopsis has mentioned that her love interest is James, so…)
  • I stopped reading at page 73, I really couldn’t get into the story, world and characters

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Advertisements

Book review: Batwoman Vol 1: The Many Arms Of Death (Rebirth)

I received a free eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“War took my family. I lost one way to fight back.”

34657854.jpg

Title: Batwoman Vol 1: The many arms of death (Rebirth)

Author: Marguerite BennettJames Tynion IVSteve Epting

Recommended to fans of: –

Series: Batwoman series

Publisher: DC Comics

Format: PDF (eARC)

Genre: Action

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Batwoman returns with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 1, as a part of DC Rebirth!

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! 

With writing from Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), as well as spectacular art from Steve Epting (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) and Ben Oliver (THE MULTIVERSITY), this new series spins directly out of the smash hit DETECTIVE COMICS series! 

BATWOMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-6 and the one-shot special BATWOMAN: REBIRTH #1.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The illustrations are really nice and realistic
  • Kate’s parents were killed and she is a soldier
  • I’ve never read a DC comic in my life (so this is a first)
  • It felt like the comic was talking about the things AROUND her rather than her as Batwoman
  • I couldn’t relate to her or even classify her as a heroine
  • There was no strong coherent in the story

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

A bunch of fragile flowers (Rant)

I knew of many people who only grew up with a mother, for me, I was fortunate to have both my parents while growing up, but the things my father does never really made me think of him as a father.

He never knows that correct things to say to me, he is too logical and Narrow minded.

It’s not that I’ve never put in the effort to find a job, I have.

As an INFJ, when I say I don’t like the atmosphere of a company and the people there, I mean it.

I mentioned it to him and he said “In life, you don’t get to choose who you work with.”

But since I’m given a choice, I would want to avoid those types of people at all possible costs, and I don’t think that’s wrong.

I hated that he has never been an emotional support for me, all he does in my life is literally pay the bills and supply money. In terms of emotional support, he has a negative impact.

He never supports anything I want to do, he brushes off my dreams and forces his own ideals and dreams onto me (He wanted to study a degree in business, well, technically anything that is business).

What he doesn’t understand is that my mind is of an artist, I absolutely HATE anything related to business. I love the arts and everything about the arts. I love music and reading, writing and blogging, creating and inventing things.

He doesn’t understand that a mind like this cannot be contained in a 9-5 workroom.

Ever since I discovered a love for writing at the age of 11/12, I never stopped dreaming to be an author. Just because you had to give up your dreams of not being able to study something, it doesn’t mean that you should force it on someone else.

My mother wanted me to take a science related course when I went for my diploma, but when I entered a Diploma in Digital Film and Television and she saw how much I really liked books, she understood, not really supported, but at least she understood that I had an artistic mind.

I only reason why I wanted to study a degree in English Literature was because I had the misconception that as an author you need to have a degree in something. Just because you want to be an author, you don’t need a degree in anything. You don’t even need an education (not saying that education is not important), I wanted to further my knowledge on literature in hopes of it helping my writing become better.

And now that I’ve actually written a first draft of my novel, I realise that you don’t need a degree to your name to make it in life. You don’t need a piece of paper like a degree or diploma to dictate whether you make it in life or not.

Always chase your dreams, no matter how scary it seems to be. No matter how loud the voices in your head tell you that you cannot do it. The more scared you are, the more you will learn.

Growing up in a family that has never supported what I did, I’ve learnt to depend on myself and God instead. You have to be your biggest supporter, because if you don’t support yourself, no one else will.

(And the weird thing is that both he and my mother are the same MBTI type; ESTJ- the executive)

I just wished that being an INFJ came with a manual.

Thanks for reading my rant! ❤

Book review: Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo

“They bring death to anything I touch.”

11882171.jpg

Title: Touch (Book #1)

Author: Jus Accardo

Recommended to fans of: Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi, The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

Series: Denazen Series

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Rating: 4/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect. 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Dez meets a random guy near the river, and the first thing he does is to demand for her shoes
  • So Kale comes out from nowhere and tells Dez that her father is evil and a murderer
  • Kale’s touch is deadly, but Dez isn’t dead. Oh God, this is a reverse version of Shatter me!
  • Kale tells Dez her mother is still alive. Meeting Kale has literally made Dez’s life fall apart
  • So Dez’s mum is also a six, who can change her appearance
  • Dez decides to help Kale and they are on the run from her father and his Denazen men
  • They meet Alex, on their quest to find the The Reaper, and Alex so happens to be Des’s ex, awkward
  • Dez’s daad happily gave her a tour of Denazen? And is telling her everything? That seems suspicious
  • Holy shit! I had a feeling that Dez had powers (I didn’t re-read the synopsis before I started reading the book) but I didn’t expect it to be mimicking, similar to her mother. But it really felt that it was just thrown in. If it was introduced at the start (and still kept a secret to the other characters, but the readers know), I felt that that would be better. When suddenly thrown in like this, it just feels convenient and just for the sake of it, you know?
  • Dez’s dad now knows she has powers (and I think it was actually too early for the reveal for that, since she’s been keeping it a secret from him for 17 years?!) I think it would have been cooler if she showed her powers to him during the final battle, that would have made it a lot more kick-ass
  • God, Alex used her for information, but he now claims he loves her
  • Oh God, not another love triangle (#TeamKale all the way LOL)
  • Dez’s mentality felt really weak, she so willingly went back to Alex after he said he still had feelings for her (and yet treated her like urgh?) and she just gave up all hope without EVEN trying to give a go at saving Kale first? Urgh
  • Brandt, Dez’s cousin is dead and he was a six
  • Oh, I totally didn’t expect Mercy to be on the good side
  • Wow, the plot twist was actually pretty good
  • I really liked the world building, but Dez’s weak character really turned me off
  • Oh God, Alex is such a dick (Forgive my language)
  • Oh God, I had a heart attack near the end, man
  • The ending was definitely open-ended and showed that it was aseries, but I really wanted to love this series, but I couldn’t
  • I really liked that Kale’s POV was included
  • I gave it a 4 star rating as I was really absorbed into the world, but what irked me was Dez’s weak character as a heroine and that was probably why I couldn’t form an emotional and personal connection with this book
  • But I really liked Kale’s character
  • I’m sorry that it’s quite ironic that I gave it such a good rating despite naming out a lot of flaws of the book! I think Dez’s character really annoyed me and I’ve decided not to continue reading the series, but I do hope that by book 3 she has a great character arc

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award 2

Hey guys, this is the 2nd time I’ve been nominated for the Mystery blogger award! (Yay!) I’ve been tagged by the lovely Bookchanted , thank you for nominating me!

The ‘Mystery Blogger’ award, originally created by Okoto Enigma, is named after the meaning of this award’s creator’s name. In his words, ‘there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; when we get to know them, it’s divine and we find friends where we least expect’.

Rules:

  • Feature the award logo/image on your post
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Tell the readers 3 things about yourself
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers  as many bloggers as you want
  • Ask the nominees 5 questions of my choice with one weird/funny question (specify)
  • Share and link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me!

  1. I absolutely love vegetables and hate meat! I can eat vegetables everyday, raw or cooked! I hate that meat has that metallic taste (and I’m only pescatarian, now trying to become vegetarian)

2. I LOVE Miraculous Ladybug! It’s currently airing season 2 and I’m so excited to see what happens!

3. I really like the colour pink, although even though when I was a child I hated pink since it was too girly 😂

 

Rhea’s Questions:

1.If you were stuck on an island alone, which 3 books would you want to have to pass your time?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks and The Cage by Megan Shepherd!

2.Would you rather read one book for an entire year and remember everything about it, or read as many books as you want through the year but remember nothing from them?

I would rather read as many books as I want through the year but remember nothing from them! I cannot stand re-reading books!

3.Which fictional character best shows you as a person?

Although Cress isn’t my favourite The Lunar Chronicles character, I feel that me and her are really really similar

4.One main character in a series who you really dislike.

Alina from the Grisha Trilogy. I felt that her entire character arc throughout the three books was built up great but fell flat too fast.

5.What is currently your favourite song?

I’m currently addicted to Havana by Camila Cabello!

 

I NOMINATE:

SincerelyKarenJo 

Nosestuckinabook

 

My Questions:

1.Which author’s books would you buy even without reading the synopsis?

2.Have you bought a book based on the cover? Which one was it?

3.Best book you’ve read in 2017?

4.The most anticipated book for 2018?

5.Candles or flowers?

 

Thanks for reading!

NaNoWriMo 2017 (Final update)

Although it was my first time actually taking part in NaNoWriMo, I’m so proud to finally say that I’m done with the first draft of my novel!

Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 4.42.08 PM.png

My novel has 60k words (I wrote an extra 10k since I started with an extra 10k words) and am so proud of myself that I managed to do it!

The first three weeks were a struggle because I had problems with coming up with chapter ideas and getting the writing ball rolling.

But week 4 was the toughest week of all.

 

I was mainly sick throughout week 4, it started with a small throat infection and then it blew up into a stomach flu. I was vomiting for 3 days straight and couldn’t get anything into my system, even the medicine wasn’t being absorbed into my body. Also, it was the last few days and nearing the date of my Malaysia trip (Check out the post here). So I got an injection and the vomiting stopped.

But I was drowsy for days and trying to get my body back up and running and the throat infection returned again.

Although I had already hit the 50k word mark, I still really wanted to hit the 60k mark before validating my win. But since all the sickness arose at a very horrible timing, I decided to validate my win first and would get to work again once I’m better.

So I focused on my recovery and went for my trip. The next day when I got back, I definitely felt much better and got to work. But the day after that I was still having a sore throat and blocked nose (I still am having it now)

But I’m glad to say that I’m done! Like really really done, before November finishes!

Although it was a tiring journey, it was really full of experience and today when I was writing, I teared two times knowing that the story had come to an end.

NaNo-2017-Winner-Certificate.jpg

Thank you for all the support I’ve received from you guys over here, it was definitely really encouraging and kept me going!

Book review: Wires and Nerve Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer (Author) and Doug Holgate (Illustrator)

“I know I’m not really human. But aces and stars, I wish that I was.”

29772863.jpg

Title: Wires and Nerve Volume 1

Author: Marissa Meyer (Author), Doug Holgate (Illustrator)

Recommended to fans of: The Lunar Chronicles

Series: Wires and Nerve Series

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series. 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I was so excited when I saw this graphic novel sitting on the library shelf, because I’ve been checking regularly and my library had no record of this book. I was pacing around the library as though I opened my christmas present from Marissa Meyer herself😂
  • After reading the graphic novel, of course I gave 5 stars to this novel! All our favorite characters reappear once more and yet we have more insight about Iko and the events that happen after Winter
  • I wanted to keep the book so badly but as they say “If you love it, let it go” and I hope more people will have the chance to read this graphic novel once I return it!
  • So anyway, the graphic novel is set right after the book Winter, where Levana’s mutants are still roaming the streets
  • Although I wasn’t a fan of the drawing when I first saw it, I ending up liking it as through the panels , you could see how much effort and thought goes into each picture
  • Ikon takes matters into her own hands as she apprehends the mutants
  • The humour in this graphic novel is so cute
  • And this graphic novel really allows for Iko and Cinder’s friendship to shine through (even more than the novels!)
  • God, the Cresswell ship is flying and on cloud 9, but they are so cute together OMG
  • This book made me like Thorne more, not that I don’t like him at the start, but it gave more insight as to his different expressions and reactions
  • I smell a new ship coming (Iko and Liam) although this was hinted at in the book Winter, Marissa Meyer has made our dreams come true (for now)
  • I think all the fans want to see the wedding between Cinder and Kai, but that would be a really bittersweet ending, because once that happens, we know the story truly ends there.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book blitz: Nectar of the gods by Mary Bernsen

Hello my bookish friends, today it’s my stop on the book blitz for Nectar of the Gods by Mary Bernsen! This book sounds intense and passionate, I’m definitely adding it to my never ending TBR pile!

Nectar of the Gods
Mary Bernsen
(Beyond the Gods #1)
Published by: CTP Pulse
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

Ambrosia has spent her life preparing for the day she would avenge her mother’s death. Working undercover as a prostitute, she draws in the man who took her mother’s life. Not realizing who Ambrosia is, the man admits to her that her mother is actually still alive—and he’s on a quest to finish what he started twenty-three years ago. Desperate to find the mother she’s never met, Ambrosia convinces him to let her help. It’s a partnership of necessity and founded in deception, but Ambrosia is faced with an uncomfortable truth: this man is not the monster she has always envisioned him to be. Worse yet, she finds herself drawn to him…craving his touch. How can she reconcile these intense feelings for the man who shattered her life?

The first novel in the exciting new Beyond the Gods series, Nectar of the Gods is a fantasy romance steeped in Greek Mythology and full of passion that will leave you breathless.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

EXCERPT:

For the first time in ages, I woke up alone. One might think a woman who had spent months sharing her bed with countless strangers would be relieved at the change. I was troubled to find that I was suffocated by the empty space next to me. I only let myself linger in the sheets for a moment before I needed to get away from the feeling of emptiness.

But the disheartening dark cloud chased me as I wrapped myself up in the sheets and paced the room. Catching a glimpse of myself in the full-length mirror hiding in the corner was sobering. My eyes were glassy and hazed. My spirit was missing from them and had been replaced by throbbing red lines left behind by my night of tearful realization.

My newfound weakness was disgusting and terrifying at once. I tried to think back, to find the point where I had first become so desperately lonely. There was a time when I’d been completely indifferent to any company. The love of a man was the last thing I’d wanted, and I had guarded myself fiercely against it. I had always preferred to be alone.

Well, I supposed that was not completely true. When I was a child, I’d longed for the company of others to play with. I dreamed of escaping the prison of lessons and studies. Instead of learning to sharpen swords, I wished with all of my heart for another person my age to play pirates with using pretend ones.

I mourned for the confident, complete woman I had lost so suddenly. When had I become this lost, dejected little girl all over again?

I pointed a critical stare at my reflection. From the day I’d met Perseus, I had seen the savage destruction love had left him with. It was the kind of pain a shield couldn’t protect against. Almost all the men who frequented the tavern wore the same shattered mask, and now, without a choice at all, I wore it, too.

 

Author Bio:

Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of Healing The Bayou, The Ganga Shift, and Beyond the Gods series.

She also writes young adult romances under her pseudonym, M.E. Rhines.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

 

GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Special thanks to:

Xpresso Book Tours

XBTBanner1

 

‘You’re not good enough’ Book tag

I was tagged by Bookdutchess and also saw this tag over at nosestuckinabook‘s blog!

This was a tag created by ReadLikeWildfire and Beccathebookreviewer, and what you have to do is write down 30 character names on pieces of paper, put them in a bowl/cup/jar, and then choose two at random for every question. After you’ve picked your two victims, you decide which one of them fits the question/situation, and which one isn’t “good enough”.

 

1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling B team, who would you pick to complete your team?

I had to pick between Star (Star Vs the Forces of Evil) (Sorry, I suck at remembering characters) and Tristan (The Clann series).

I would definitely pick Tristan since he’s a straight A student and would definitely help me to win! Star might use her wand and totally get us into trouble😂

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

I had to choose between Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles) and Eliza (Eliza and her monsters).

I’m sorry Thorne, but I would have to kill you first.

3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose too?

Choice between Emma (Of Poseidon) and Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

I would give my rose to Cress, since I feel that we would click better.

4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

I had to choose between Marinette (Miraculous Ladybug) and Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

I literally jumped out from my chair! Both of them would volunteer for me! But I would choose Cinder since I know she would win. I don’t want Marinette’s death!

5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

I had to pick between Marco (Star vs the forces of evil) and Mare (Red Queen)

Oh good Lord, I can’t pick! Erm… Marco?

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

I had to choose between Cal (Red Queen) and Bruce Wayne (Gotham: Dawn of Darkness)

I totally wanted to walk away from this😂 I would choose Bruce since I know he would be an awesome hero as well as sidekick!

7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

I had to pick between Adrien (Miraculous Ladybug) and Death (The Arcana Chronicles)

Oh, I’m sorry, I would fire Death. He doesn’t talk much anyway, but he could threaten those who farm too much avocado. Adrien would definitely have great communication skills.

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

I had to choose between Wolf (The Lunar Chronicles) and Cassian (The Cage series)

I would pick wolf! Wolf would be there for you when you needed him!

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

I had to pick between Kai and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)

Popular clique? Definitely Kai since he’s been raised as a Prince, he would definitely be really good at popularity.

10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

I had to choose between Celestine (Flawed) and The Darkling (Grisha Trilogy)

I think out of the two, it would be The Darkling! Who would have time to remember someone’s birthday if they’re too busy trying to own the world?

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would it most likely be?

I had to choose between Evie (The Arcana Chronicles) and Fiona (Stung)

Hm… Oh gosh, I would choose Fiona! Because Evie would definitely read a ton of books about post-apocalyptic stuff with a ton of survival and zombies and I get freaked out easily if someone keeps talking about it.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

I have to choose between Bowen (Stung) and Noah (Mara Dyer series)

I would choose Bowen because I think I would be able to get along with him better.

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?

I had to choose between Galen (Of Poseidon) and Maven (Red Queen)

OMG, I would definitely say Galen, I cannot imagine Maven bringing up a child (I’m sorry to the Maven fans)

14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

I had to choose between Cora (The Cage) and Savannah (The Clann series)

I think Cora wouldn’t reply. I think she would reply it to my face instead of the message.

15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mom’s been replaced by..who?!

I have to pick between Mara (Mara Dyer trilogy) and Levana (The Lunar Chronicles)

MARA! Without hesitation! I cannot imagine being brought up by Levana, see what happened to Winter?

 

Oh God, this tag was so fun and it made me gasp every time I had to pick two names. But it was so fun! I think everyone should give it a go! Feel free to tag yourself!

Malaysia 2D1N trip experience

Hey guys, as I’ve mentioned, I would document the trip (I don’t have many photos) but will still love to tell you about my experience for this trip since I actually don’t get to travel too much. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this post! (BTW, I managed to re-organise and my will be able to finish my NaNoWriMo story before November ends! Yay!)

So my family went along with our local RC centre for a 2 day 1 night trip to Malaysia (Bekok, Yong Peng, Malacca)

 

Day 1

img_21531-e1511775881763.jpg
– This photo was taken when we were on the way, from Singapore to Malaysia

Our first stop was the breakfast area where we grabbed a quick bite before continuing the journey into Malaysia

IMG_2159.jpg

– Photo of Gelang Patah

  • Photo of a nearby alleyway that looked really pretty

 

  • Photos of when we were travelling along toward Bekok (So dystopian looking right?!)

 

We arrived at our next destination, Bekok. We were given a small tour of Bekok, visiting the old street, Homemade kuih and Mini Hakak Cultural Museum. (We were also supposed to visit a small farm, but because of the delay, we had to give it a miss)

  • Photos of artwork along the Old street of Bekok

After that, we did more travelling as we headed down to Malacca and we checked into our hotel in the evening.

IMG_2183.jpg

  • View of Malacca from our hotel

We wanted to head down to Jonker street, but heard that it would be packed at night and my family and I were extremely tired, so we decided to give it a miss.

 

Day 2

The next day, we headed for the Malacca historical tour (This was why I brought a book to Malaysia, yes, bubble wrapped and all! Because I wanted to get a good shot for my bookstagram! And the shot actually turned out really really nicely!)

IMG_2187.jpg

– Photo of Christ Church Melaka (I used this beautiful church as a background for my bookstagram)

  • Some photos while we were hiking up St. Paul’s hill

When we finally reached the top, the place was absolutely worth the climb!

  • Photos of the ruins of St. Paul’s hill

The slabs are like the ‘guardians’ of the fort since they were actually at the back of the fort before they were moved in front while it was renovating. The ruins used to be a fort for them to keep an eye on people or enemies, but also became a church. But many of the worshipers complained that it was too difficult to climb the hill all the way, thus they built the Christ Church nearer at the bottom which is now known as Dutch Square.

There was also a wishing well (The first picture with the metal cage) and the other photos are the interior of St. Paul hill’s ruins.

After that, we mainly stopped for lunch at a Nyonya restaurant and headed back to Singapore.

 

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do much sight-seeing as we were travelling a lot instead. But this was one of the best Malaysia trips I’ve had since the tour guide; JJ was so awesome and the table-mates we had this time round were really nice too.

Our tour guide;JJ, was so informative (although he was speaking in Chinese, and I had to translate a lot of stuff), he was really captivating and he always kept eye contact while talking to us. He also kept us entertained during long bus rides with stories and even fables and myths surrounding the places we passed and the places we visited. He even treated us to Putu Piring and it was delicious! He was definitely the MVP throughout the trip!

Also, our table mates and this nice couple in front of us were really nice. During our hotel stay, they stayed opposite us and they even greeted me when they were leaving. On the bus ride home, we were the only ones who didn’t get to buy food since we all went to the toilet, and they had a lot of food and they shared with us so that we could help them finish their granola bar, pizza bread and Otah. And me and my brother were starving, so we were extremely thankful for the food.

Overall, the experience was pretty great, but I did wish that we had more time to sight-see!

I hope you enjoy my post!