Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America - Les Standiford, Joe Matthews

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I just wrapped up Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America written by Les Standiford with Joe Matthews.

This book focusses on the kidnap and murder of Adam Walsh, the son of America's Most Wanted's TV Host, John Walsh.

If you are vaguely familiar with the case (don't worry, I've only heard of Adam Walsh years ago), it's the famous case of the kidnap and murder of 6 years old, Adam Walsh that took place in Hollywood, Florida back in 1981. It was famous because Adam was abducted from a Sears store in broad daylight and it took the Hollywood Police Department more than thirty years to solve (thanks to the help of Detective Sergeant Joe Matthews). Because of Adam's abduction, the show America's Most Wanted was born, the Adam Code and many missing/abduction laws were updated. America's protocols for abducted children the way it is now was shaped from Adam's case.

This book was recommended to me via Goodreads after I finish reading A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard so if you enjoy reading non-fiction crime novels, Adam's story might be for you.

When I opened the book, it started fairly well. Straight off the bat, Standiford told the readers why the Walshes went to Sears and what ensued after that between the parents and the police department. It was a page turner, but as soon as Adam's body was found, I felt the book lost its pace. It started to wind down and before I knew it, I was putting the book down more than I am picking it up. 

I felt as though the author was just putting in filler chapters to make the book longer (and thicker). The chapters of Hollywood PD were completely useless if you ask me. It was extremely repetitive, in terms of how the HPD went about the case and how Adam's murdered confessed his crime. I know the Adam case was a cold case for decades but how the author went about saying the Hollywood PD reach another dead was getting boring to read.

As an author, I would have interviewed John and Reve Walsh, the parents of Adam. I can only imagine how they feel for decades but I feel as though a book based on Adam should have words from his parents. I want to learn more about the Walshes and how they feel from the bottom on their heart.

Halfway through the book, the author throws in a few picture files that led to the closure of the case. I think I enjoyed that part the most. It was amazing to see the Sears photograph dated back in 1981. I was intrigued by one photo that forever haunts me and the officers involved in the case.

Overall, I thought this book would be more fast paced with details and heart breaking words. In the end, it was just a novel filled with filler chapters to prolong the novel. Yes, there were sections I've turned page and page but it still didn't live up to my expectation. I rarely fall asleep reading but this book managed to do so (in no disrespect towards Adam and the Walshes). 

If you want to learn more about Adam, I think a Google search will do fine. I wouldn't recommend this book, I'm sorry.

Score: 2/5 

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My adventures with liquid eyeliners (with mini product reviews)

L-R: Ever Bilena (Filipino brand) / Revlon / Landbis (Japanese brand) / e.l.f.
Look, can you believe I'm actually doing a blog post about make-up and beauty?! In case you haven't picked it up from my previous beauty posts or introductions, I was a late bloomer with make-up and since I didn't have anyone to officially teach me how to wear make-up... I'm not a big fan of make-up and my 'daily look' literally consists of eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick/lipgloss. Some days, I'll throw on blush or just one shade of eyeshadow... yes, one shade because I don't know about brow bones and don't know how to blend.

I don't even think I'm using my products properly, haha. But that's alright, in the end, I look decent enough to go outside and my boyfriend doesn't even know I don't know anything about make up.

Anyways, last night I bought the Revlon Colour Stay liquid eyeliner pen and I'm super excited to use it tomorrow to start off the week. It's my first Revlon product I've purchase and the first time I spent more than a $3 on an eyeliner (and Revlon was on sale too!). Because of the purchase, I've decided to come up with this entry.

My history with eyeliners were horrible. Back in highschool, I used pencil eyeliners and because I didn't know how to put it on... I covered my eyelid with the entire thing and by the end of school hours, it was smudged. I eventually learned to just line my eyes but the pencil will still smudge whenever I blink. Eventually, I purchased a liquid eyeliner from a local Daiso (a Japanese $2 store) store. From then on, my eyelining skills have improved a lot and I cannot complete a look without it.

Ever Bilena liquid eyeliner: This was the first liquid eyeliner I've ever purchased and it was only $2 from my local Daiso store. I didn't want to spend $7-10 on a product I wasn't sure I could use. I don't tell people I purchased it from Daiso (and don't worry, it's a reliable place to make up products) because I don't want to get lectured about purchasing bad make up products. In honesty, from the moment I opened it til the moment I finished the bottle, it has done me no harm. I love this product because the brush was thick so it wouldn't bend when I started to apply the eyeliner, but at the same time it didn't give me extremely thick lines. The liquid was extremely dark, dried quickly and never smudged no matter how long I wore it for and how much I rubbed my eyes. It was water resistant too! Score: 5/5 - as a beginner, the product was extremely easy to use/apply and it was cheap too!

Revlon Colour Stay Liquid Eyeliner Pen: LOVE LOVE LOVE! Super dark and slides on smoothly. The point is a bit sharp when I want to do finer detailing but otherwise, a switch to a pen liquid liner is definitely the best choice I've made.

Landis Eyeliner Pen: I purchased it under the impression it was a liquid eyeliner as the description said. When I finally came around to using it, it turned out to be an extremely dull pencil liner that looks like liquid. I was satisfied that it didn't smudge compared to all the other pencils I've used BUT then again, it wasn't as dark as my previous pencils. Score: 0/5 - liquid or pencil, it's extremely dull.

e.l.f. liquid eyeliner: We don't have e.l.f. here in Canada so I purchased this in America for $1 (?!?!?!) after hearing so many positive reviews about e.l.f.. I was extremely excited to finally getting around to using it but ended up extremely disappointed. The brush was so thin, it had no strength. As soon as I started applying the liner, the brush bends instantly in whatever direction it wants and doesn't glide smoothly. The brush was so thin and flimsy, it made it extremely messy and uncomfortable to use. However, the liquid was smooth, dark and dried quickly. For a dollar, I'm not complaining it as a waste of money, but I guess I expected more. Score: 1/5 - cheap and the liquid was nice but the brush was too thin and flimsy. 

And that concludes my small history of liquid eyeliners. Do you guys have a favourite liquid eyeliner to recommend me? What was your adventures with eyeliners like? Let me know!

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Do you even Instagram?

September is almost over. Let's have a monthly review via Instagram photos (and videos!).

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (username jessicaawuu) to keep updated! I love following my fellow bloggers back too :)

Image heavy, beware!

I kicked off the month with visiting my local summer fair with my boyfriend. We caught the rehearsal of Canada's RCMP musical ride at PNE. I also caught Super Dogs for the first time!

Can you believe I gotta wear a jacket in the first few days of September?!
At one point, I was tempted to get this shirt. It's still on my wishlist.
One of my bestie's 20th birthday was in September!
My mommy bought me a $400 leather jacket from Danier! Wooo!
With the birthday girl, Regine at Library Square!
After a night of partying... my poor feet is covered with blisters.

Oh yeah, my boyfriend and I caught The Weeknd! He kicked off his Kissland 2013 tour in Vancouver!

Oh yeah...

I was too into the music instead of taking pictures.

I also surprised my boyfriend with tickets to a Canucks game!
Remember my job at Target? I had to give it up because they can't work with my school schedule :(
I'm going to throw in a selfie... because I can.
Saw the cutest mug ever during break from class!
Ugh, how can anyone study accounting?!

This is Summer. She's grumpy because we didn't give her a lunch. She's fat.

Timmy's at YVR. My auntie is visiting Canada for the first time from Venezuela!

I got rid of my dead ends... finally!
Today, I finished my accounting final exam. I think I did well.

This was from this morning. Summer is modelling her rain coat. She will be famous.

And that wraps up my September (plus a few hectic things I missed on camera!). Teehee, shameless self promo buuuut... follow me on Instagram! :D

Monday, September 2, 2013

Umm... Am I Missing Out on my "Young Adult" Phrase?

We've all heard it before, that your early 20s are some of our best years in our lives to party, drink, and "discover ourselves".

The legal age in BC to hit the club is 19 years old, and I've turned 19 years old last year October. The thought of me "missing out" on my young adult years came to me when I was talking to my boyfriend and keeping in touch with my friends. My boyfriend told me in his early 20s (well, to be fair, he's only 24 but quit the clubbing scene last year), he would pretty much hit the clubs every weekend or so and get wasted/hammered. My friends my age (19-20 years old) do the same every weekend and since summer just ended, almost everyday. 

And I thought... wow, the amount of times I go clubbing can't even match their month's quota. I enjoy clubbing from time to time, and have developed my favourite club(s) to visit, but I wouldn't classify myself as a frequent clubber. I find it too exhausting, expensive, and sometimes even uncomfortable. Plus, I hate being cold because coat check isn't worth $20.

But just listening to my boyfriend's stories and seeing all these clubbing photos makes me feel like I'm not living up my young adult years. 

I'm so focussed on school, like I just want to finish my education and start my career. I'm too focused on my non-existent HR career path (planning, digging more information, etc.). On Friday nights, after a long day of school, I just want to relax or hanging out with my friends. I don't want to get ready to dance in a crowded place with sweaty (and stinky) people. I'd rather sit in a bar and casually hang with my friends.

My boyfriend tells me, it's good that I'm not a clubber. He's attracted to my work ethics and determination. He tells me I'm more mature for my age. In general, he's glad that I'm not a party girl because his lifestyle isn't about clubs anymore.

My friends tell me that I'm smart not to waste my money on clubbing and that focusing on work and school will be worth it in the long run.

But despite what they tell me, a part of me feelings upset that I'm losing out on the experience. I don't have crazy party stories to tell friends and to be honest, I'm sometimes afraid that people will think I'm too "boring/plain". Drinking in bars is so much different that clubbing. A lot of my older friends that left the clubbing scene enjoys the bar scenes and so do I, but friends my age hasn't realized the greatness of bars yet.