The Stone Key

Just found out today that the 5th book of The Obernewtyn Chronicles - The Stone Key is due to be released Feburary next year. For those of you who don't know, it's written by one of my favourite but slightly frustration-inducing author, Isobelle Carmody. I first became acquainted with The Oberynewten Chronicles back when I was in year seven or eight, and in my hazy memory I recall at the time that the first three books were already out. I remembered loving the series to bits, and eagerly anticipated the release of the fourth book. By the time high school finished, I had given up hope of ever reading the fourth book. When The Keeping Place was finally released, rather than throwing a jubilee party, I felt more a moment of surprise. And because it had been so many years since I read the series, the only thing I remember from the series is the main character's name, Elspeth. I had even forgotten her love interest's name, that's how hazy the memory became. Which is a real shame. When I was reading the fourth book, I was just completely confused as to the who, what and where of the story, which completely ruined the enjoyment I would have had, had I remembered more than the heroine's name. The same thing happened with her Legendsong Saga. Luckily the second book came out not too long after I read the first book, hence I remembered a little more than just the heroine's name.

With that said, I AM actually looking forward to the release of this book. AND I have ample time before the release to re-read the other four books! On a more disappointing note, The Stone Key is still not the last book of the series. I had the impression that it was.

What I'm most looking forward to is actually the final book of The Legendsong Saga. And yes, it IS a confirmed last book of the series, which makes its appeal just a little more stronger.


One Year Blogging Anniversary

It's been 1 year and 3 days since I started this blog (well, back at MSN spaces anyway). I went back the other day just to read what was happening at the time. It was the last day of my final year exams. I was in a very elated and excited mood. It seemed at the time that a new life is about to begin, everything seemed to be filled with hope, and the horrors of the exams were behind me.

A year later I sit here and reflect on the year past, and it seems life has done nothing but gone downhill......exponentially. I've become more jaded, pessimistic, and depressed. Life seems like nothing but a monotony of eat, work, sleep.

Today I actually went through my camera to sort out the photos to file away. The earliest photos on the camera dates back to just before exams last year. Going through the photos really brought back good memories of the past, where we did stupid things and had good laughs together. It seemed so long ago, although it's only been a year. Going through those photos makes me feel somewhat melancholy. I don't think I'll ever be as happy as I was back in those days. Despite the stress of exams and uni work, having people go through it all with you just seems to make it much more bearable. Now, despite being in touch with my friends still (to a degree), it's no longer the same. More times than not, it feels like there's this gigantic void around me and I can't feel nor see a living presence within this world I live in.

Sorting through the photos also made me feel acutely how far we've come. One of my close friends got married on the weekend. A year ago she was not even engaged, and now she's donned the cloak of matrimony and moved to the world where husband, children and family will become her focus in life. It was a beautiful wedding, filled with people who blessed their new life with well wishes. The bride was beautiful (I don't think there can ever be an ugly bride) and the groom handsome. The ceremony went smoothly, and dinner was absolutely exquisite. Yet at the end of a happy day, it felt like I was saying farewell permanently to my dear friend, as if I'll never see her again. That's just me being melodramatic but in some obscure way it probably was true.

What scares me the most is that there will be no end to all of this. It's not like school or uni, where once you graduate, you can put that life behind you and start afresh. There will never be another event that'll "graduate" me from the current life. Given the current trend, I don't know if I would like to keep on going......



It's been a while since the last post. Went through another one of those depressed-semi-suicidal phases, and life just seemed dreary.

Soon it'll be almost a year since I graduated, and that concept scares me. In another month or two, I will no longer be considered a new grad, and loosing that cloak of protection makes me feel vulnerable. Also it makes me feel like I haven't achieved anything. Actually I feel like I've un-achieved the things I've had in the past years. What's worse, I have less idea of where I want to go than I did at the start of the year! Hence the state of depression. Well, that and in addition to a couple of other things which happened at work.

Nehoos, enough with the depression talk. Let's move on to something more positive. Well, one of my close friends is getting married in the coming week. It seemed so far away, yet all of a sudden it's here! I've known this friend since primary school. We went through the same Chinese school, and then through the same uni course. It seems unreal that she's going to become married and settled down. Strange how one's mind sees the state of being married and the state of being in a stable relationship as two entirely different things. It feels like after this she's gone into an entirely different world from us non-married people. Despite the happiness I feel for her at having found the love of her life, and about to enter what promises to be a happy marriage, I can't help but feel a little sad. Feels like she's moving on to another phase of life which I will not have a part in. Still, I am really looking forward to the wedding. I haven't had to sit through enough weddings yet to dread participating in the event.

Also I got to try out Indian food for the first time the other day. My friend had her b'day celebration at an Indian restaurant. I have decided my favourite Indian dish (currently) is Lamb Mikhani. But I'm still yet to understand the difference between roti and nan. Wouldn't say Indian food's my favourite. It's great for flavour and spices, but there's not enough good old plain vegetables in their dish. It's strange considering I'm quite a carnivorous person, and don't usually like my vegies. I can see the now and again craving for Indian food, but it's definitely something I'd have only once in a while.

Also at this aforementioned dinner, I was again crowned the queen of baking failure. There have been a previous instance where I attempted to make a brownie for another friend's birthday (seems like my failures at baking occur largely at friends' birthdays), which turned out hard as a rock. Literally. This time, similar thing happened, although (thank goodness) not as hard as before. I swear it was soft when I was icing it, but somehow between icing and eating, the cake became a lot more hard. Lesson for the day? Stop using 10-year-old baking powder. Or perhaps just give up baking for friends' birthdays.

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