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It has been ages since my last post. Well, it was 4 days ago, but I do hope you miss my presence here. It has been a hectic week. My workloads have been multiplied every single minute as it approaches my half semester break, which is due on 15th August. Other than watching Never Back Down (5 stars – the actions were very impressive!), Wall-E (4 stars – filled with moral values), The Dark Knight (5 stars - the best summer movie to date) and the latest installment of Mummy (3.5 stars – Just okay and reminds me a lot to National Treasures), I also managed to squeeze my time to read a best selling book called The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

It was the first book by him, but one of the best books I ever read. I am only half way through the book but already looking forward to buy his second book. (A Thousand Splendid Suns). What amazed me the most is that the author is a doctor. Who would have thought that a doctor could wrote such a beautiful novel to which Washington Post Book World quoted as “a powerful book… No frills, no nonsense, just hard, spare prose”. The book best describe as a remainder for some facts in life that we may be neglected after a hard day at work. The need for a good relationship with subordinates fellow workers, bosses, friends and family.

As I told before, I love to read books. But reading and writing is a totally different story. Nevertheless, I tried (read = forced) to write a technical essay on Energy: A Challenge for Sustainable Development. This essay was for the National Chemical Engineering Symposium 2008 (NACES). It is an annual gathering for chemical engineering undergraduates from both local and private universities all over Malaysia. I have submitted mine just a day before I went to Paris. Rushing and without any guidance from my deputy dean (the person who was supposed to supervise my essay), I thought nothing about winning. And then, last weekend, at the main NACES event in University Putra Malaysia (UPM), I was announced a second runner up. Crap!

I never enter any essay competition in my whole life before. Let alone wrote a serious article based on journals and other creditable resources for educational purposes. An engineer, who writes, draws and has a big mouth. I am sure hope it would not be a lethal combination. Great, this ends up just another post about myself (I had a different post in mind). Before you all getting bored about Hot Shit Form Here, I would like to give a little heads up. My next post would be about marriage! I am not married yet. At least it sure would not be about me, right.


P/S: Sorry for miss out few posts in my regular visited blogs. I will repay the visit as soon as I have the free time. Thanks for the faithful visits and commenting!

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Faisal Admar said...

First of all I want to congratulate you for winning second runner up in your writing competition. I bet you have done a good job and I could see your writing quality in your blog which glued me since my first time here.

My best friend promised me to lend me Kite Runner as he claimed that he got that book. So I guess I won’t waste my money buying the same book. It has been a year since he told me that and I guess the best way is to get a copy of it by myself at Borders. I have read the review at many places and all are good. It’s about a war in the Middle East and the kid moved to The States right? It’s something like that.

Right now I’m taking ages to finish my Buffettology and I will write about stock once I’m finish with this book. Not really into it but I guess there is nothing wrong to share your knowledge with others.

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” -Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)-

Waiting for your next post about marriage.

Faisal Admar

Anonymous said...

heyya bluecrystaldude...

Congratulations on the NACES event... :)

Wow!! Hectic week but you still can spare time for watching movie and reading...

I love to read... and I love Khaled Hosseini's novels... The Kite Runner was superb and the 2nd book also as good as no 1... :)

Next post will be about marriage?? huhuhu... can't wait!!! :)

Have a nice day Haaziq... :) winkwink

Farah Deen said...

congratulations on winning for the essay, hey, you should be proud of it surely. moreover, when it comes to essay writing competition, not many could write in English (not a lot of Malays surely) so, to win among the rest is indeed a sweet victory for you!

I am sure you will be a great engineer one day. :)

mangosteenskin said...

congratulations on being the 2nd runner up. victory is sweet!! i agree!!

rizal said...


I have yet to get my hand on that book. Wonder how the movie turns out.. I guess that doktor has found his Otaku. :)

15th August your half semester break? wahh, cepatnya.. dah masuk setengah semester. Masa itu emas. :)

Akmal said...

Hello Dude,
Second runner up? Guys! Someone deserves a dinner treat here! Or maybe the other way around :P Congratulation :)
I was looking for A Thousand Splendid Suns in Kuantan's Berjaya Megamall, but turned out it was a disappointment. Takde rezeki, buku tu dah habis T_T Anyway, I got me another book by Jodi Picoult entitled 'Vanishing Acts'. The caption of the book; "Your father is arrested for kidnapping. You were the child he stole". You think I can resist that?

Space of Reality said...

Hello, dropping by here... see yah ;0


bluedreamer27 said...

hey dude wow your so great for winning that essay competition you are really great for excelling both school and blog hehe
nothing to worry about the visit the most important is you focus to your studiws which really need to be prioritze
hmmm your next post seems to be interesting gonna watch out for it

bluecrystaldude said...

Hi Faisal Admar,

At first, I thought I was reading a letter from you. haha. All the sentences were nicely construct and deliberately explained. It has been a long time when I actually read a comment like this. I am glad I read it here. For that, I thank you..

More or less, the book touch that aspect, about the wars in Afghanistan and how he made it to America, but it was well written until it makes you realize that the big picture from it just about a life. A young kid life and how he betrayed his friend, tried to repaid his sins and also about family and friends.

One of the interesting things in this book was the writer perspective which was from an eye of a rich kid (another main character was a poor kid). I believe if Khaled Hosseini is just an ordinary writer, he will be writing a story from that poor kid's view. Thank God he didn't. Well, I hope that you will manage to get a hand of this book.

Could not wait for your Buffettology book :D

bluecrystaldude said...

Correction: The word 'construct' from my replied comment (second line) to Faisal Admar, should be 'constructed'. Typing error.


Hi Love-n-hate,

wow.. How do you know my name? hehehe.. Thanks :D


Hi Farah Deen,

Oh, you just make my day. hehehe


Hi Mangosteenskin,

Thanks my friend. I really appreciate it :D

bluecrystaldude said...

Hi Rizal,

The holiday break is not really half semester. It is forwarded a week or two earlier because we will have another holiday during Hari Raya. No complain here! Hehehe


Hi Akmal,

Hey! I saw Jodi Picoult's Vanishing Acts book too! But I did not buy it. I tend to judge a book by its cover, but Vanishing Acts made less impression on me. I remember it because I saw it on the Best Seller shelf. Will give it a second look next time. Hehe


Hi Hye,

LOL. Sorry for left your page without commenting anything. My internet connection disconnected at one point. But I already back to your site and leave up a couple of comments :)


Hi Bluedreamer,

Well, the post should be out after Less Word Wednesday #2. I try my best to make it interesting than ever. Hope you will back to check it out! :D

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