Saturday, July 30, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Vampire

Title/Author: Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: Prince of Dorkness/Tim Collins
Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books
Pages: 224
ISBN 13: 978-184-317-524-7

In a nutshell
Nigel Mullet was transfored into a vampire at the awkward age of fifteen, and had remained this age for ever, and spent eternity struggling through a confusing, challenging adolescent phase. So yeah, this book is more suitable for kids aged 12 - 15.

After more than 80 years of being single, he finally got a girlfriend, Chloe. All was fine until Chloe begged him to turn her into a vampire. It frustrated him and he had tried delaying her request as long as possible by coming up with all sorts of excuses. He then regretted it when Chloe started hanging out with his nemesis, Jason, who later became Chloe's boyfriend.

With that, Nigel vowed to get revenge. But the more he discovered about Jason, the more confused he got. He was just as good as Nigel in sports. And once, he saw Jason and his family take out 4 large bags of dog biscuits from a supermarket which seemed odd because Jason didn't own any dogs. Who exactly is this Jason? Is Chloe safe with him?

My thoughts
Yes, Nigel the teen vampire is whiny and melancholic. He has lots to say and lots to complain. I thought I might not survive the first few pages of his diary as he wallowed in self pity. But I soldiered on. I did enjoy some of his dorkness, witty remarks and the humorous sketches.

I've never read Wimpy Kid before so I can't compare. I gave Wimpy Vampire a try because one of my students is reading Whimpy Kid and I thought, maybe it's time I find out what kids are reading these days and what is it in these books that interests them. I guess it's the simplicity and straight forwardness that draw them and that it presents the conflicts that teenagers face these days - crushes, competition, peer pressure, school, parents and siblings.

His diary got kinda draggy and unbearable towards the second half of the book. I skipped a few pages, but it did have its 'amusing' witty moments.

Who should read this?
I'd recommend this to teenagers and those who'd like to have something light, amusing and straight-forward to read.

FYI: This book feels like it's a combination of Diary of Wimpy Kid and Twilight.

My verdict? 3/5

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wise words from the story of "The Pig & The Horse"

My hubby shared this wonderful story with me and I'd like to share it with you too :)

There was a farmer who collected horses; he only needed one more breed to complete his collection. One day, he found out that his neighbor had the particular horse breed he needed. So, he constantly bothered his neighbor until he sold it to him. A month later, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said:
"Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I'll come back on the 3rd day and if he's not better, we're going to have to put him down."

Nearby, the pig listened closely to their conversation.

The next day, they gave him the medicine and left. The pig approached the horse and said:
"Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they're going to put you to sleep!"

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left. The pig came back and said:
"Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die! Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two, three.."

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said:
"Unfortunately, we're going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses."

After they left, the pig approached the horse and said:
"Listen pal, it's now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That's it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, three... Good, good. Now faster, come on.... Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you're a champion!!!"

All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting:
"It's a miracle! My horse is cured. This deserves a party. Let's kill the pig!"

Points for reflection: this often happens in the workplace. Nobody truly knows which employee actually deserves the merit of success, or who's actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen.

If anyone ever tells you that your work is unprofessional, remember: amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic


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