Handmade Flower Corner Bookmark

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I recently chanced upon @thepenguinco’s beautiful corner bookmarks and I decided that since I couldn’t afford one, I’ll make one for myself! I’m quite satisfied with how it turned out in the end, although I wish I had nicer origami paper 😩

It was really fun to make, so I thought I’ll do a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to make one!

What you need:

  1. A 12.5 by 12.5cm piece of paper (the base)
  2. 8 smaller 5.5 by 5.5cm pieces of paper (the flower)
  3. Glue
  4. Tape
  5. Scissors
  6. Gem stickers (optional)

And you’re ready!

Firstly for the base, use the 12.5 by 12.5 square and fold two corners and tape them together. Fold the bottom so it resembles a triangle and glue that down.

Use the 5.5 by 5.5cm square and fold it into half, another half, open t and fold it into a triangle and into another triangle.

Push the two flaps down so that it resembles an hour glass from the side. Then fold one side down along the line and the other side too. This is one of the eight petals of the flowers.

Fold the other seven squares and glue the petals together so that they stay together. Decorate the middle of the flower with the gem sticker! Glue the flower onto the base and you’re finished!

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featuring: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Book Review

photo (1)rating: 9/10

Finished this book within a day! I wish I could watch this play live! I know many Harry Potter fans did not like this book because of the style of writing and the way it was more character-driven.

However, I feel that’s the beauty of plays! It’s entirely dialogue and actions and scenes; it can be dramatic and more of a “show not tell”. (Many people will probably disagree but I respect all your opinions) I have actually only read the first two books of the Harry Potter series.

I started reading the first book in 2008 when I was six, and I was reluctant to put down my Grimm Brother fairytales for a book my mom forced me to read just because “it was her favourite book”. I picked it up again in 2013, I found the book rather childish and narrative. It was about magic, so I wanted magical and enchanting descriptions that would make me in awe and want to be a wizard too. I longed for action, for oohs and ahhs. I wanted something different from:

“It was a dark, cloudy night and they were a bit late arriving at Hagrid’s hut because they’d had to to wait for Peeves to get out of their way in the Entrance Hall, where he’d been playing tennis against the wall.”

This one sentence is four lines long in the book, and I found my eyes hurting from staring at those extensive and draggy sentences for hours.

I understand that many people grew up following the release of each book, and that’s probably why it was more suited for their age. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the Harry Potter movies. I love the friendship of the Golden Trio, I love the parallels of the Wizarding World, I love the magic and their lessons and their growth throughout those years. I think it’s beautiful and there’s a strong sense of pathos attached to these characters— you just can’t help cry seeing Hermione having to watch Ron “be in love” with Lavender (I hope this doesn’t come as a spoiler to anybody!)

The Cursed Child gave me what the other seven books of Harry Potter didn’t. It was the free will to interpret characters for yourselves without having to be told that person was a “git” or that person was “attractive” and not get influenced by what Harry thinks. It’s a stage through your own eyes, and I love it! It also gave me what I expected from the children of our beloved characters — realism. Albus Potter, son of our beloved hero, does not want to be the great Gryffindor hero his father is! It makes sense, that he does not want to have to carry his father’s name like a burden. He does not want to be held down by the expectations of the entire Wizarding World just for being his father’s son. Scorpius thinks the same way, except that he also carries the weight of the infamous “Malfoy” name, and most people don’t see him for what his really is— kind, caring and beautiful. (It’s quite obvious he’s my favourite character in Cursed Child) I expected him to be Ravenclaw actually. I think his life might have turned out quite differently if he were in Ravenclaw.

Lastly, I love the three generations of the Potter-Malfoy relationship!!! (The Boy who lived vs The Boy who had no choice, The Boys who didn’t want to be held down by expectations of being their fathers’ sons.) I really like how Albus liked Delphini, Scorpius’ cousin, and how Scorp likes Al’s cousin, Rose. PARALLELS! Oh, and I love the nicknames and how good friends Scorp and Al are. It made me think that Harry and Draco could have been equally good friends, if not for their plights they were thrust into, the minute they were born.  was bittersweet

Cursed Child was bittersweet, humorous and hopeful all at once.

A small haul

On the 21st of June, my friend and I made our way to Bugis after school 🙃

She had a baked salmon rice bowl while I had a raw salmon rice bowl for lunch at TwentyGrammes, and we shared a matcha green teaÂ đŸ”Â ice cream waffle!!!

We then made our way to Haji Lane where we bought a lot of stationery from a Taiwanese quaint shop!

These postcards cost $2 each, and all the designs were very pretty. There were two series, The Food Truck series and The Glass Terrarium series. My friend loved The Food Trucks and she bought about 5 postcards 😂

The Alice in Wonderland stamp set was $12Â đŸ˜»đŸ˜»đŸ˜» I had to buy it and the pretty violin/cello pin was $10.90 and I bought it for my sister who plays the violin! Lastly, the rose gold paper clip was $1.50 and too pretty to pass it up!

It was a fun way to treat ourselves considering our exams coming up in two weeks.

What ways do you pamper yourself?

An Afternoon Nap Analysis

Very well written analysis of An afternoon nap by Arthur Yap!

Queis Star Eternal

An afternoon nap

By Arthur Yap

arthur-yap Arthur Yap

the ambitious mother across the road

is at it again. proclaming her goodness

she beats the boy. shouting out his wrongs, with raps

she begins with his mediocre report-book grades.

she strikes chords for the afternoon piano lesson,

her voice stridently imitates 2nd. lang. tuition,

all the while circling the cowering boy

in a manner apt for the most strenuous p.e. ploy.

swift are all her contorted movements,

ape for every need; no soft gradient

of a consonant-vowel figure, she lumbers

& shrieks, a hit for every 2 notes missed.

his tears are dear. each monday,

wednesday, friday, miss low & madam lim

appear & take away $90 from the kitty

leaving him an adagio, clause analysis, little

pocket-money

the embittered boy across the road

is at it again. proclaming his bewilderment

he yells at her. shouting out her wrongs, with tears

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2017 TBR

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

  2. Never Ever by Sara Saedi

  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

  4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

  7. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Series or Individual Novels?

Okay, the first answer that comes to my mind is probably individual novels, because I get instant gratification after finishing that one book! It’s a whole journey, and it finishes simply in those two cover pages. I don’t have to wait a year or more for the sequel to come out, and by then I would probably have already forgotten most of the details of the plot (or even some characters)

Not that I don’t love a series too! My favourite series is the I am number four series, which has six books (already took long for me) and quite a few novellas! It’s just that when the waiting time, more monetary expenditure and the possibility of losing interest in the series are taken into account, I find myself more reluctant to start on a series 😩

What do you think?