Answer for question 4222.

Name a specific physical or personality trait that draws you to other people. Why do you think you find that trait so compelling?
Mastery of sarcasm/black humour, someone said that it's the lowest form of wit but it showcases his wit very well. Intriguing and attractive.

My Namesake

I suddenly realize that my namesake - Petunia the flower - is such a gorgeous flower with various colours!
Someday I'm gonna plant these magnificent flowers in my garden!


article-2301007-184804DD000005DC-144_634x516Petunia Flash Duo Red

Petunia Hells BellsPetunia Hyb Cascadia bic caberntet (22)






Lena Graduating from ViVi Magazine

Dear LJ,

The subject mentioned above obviously worthy of an entry in Livejournal which I haven't done in like 2 years.
So Lena Fujii, the beautiful Lena is finally graduating from ViVi Magazine. That magazine will not be the same to me.
But then again everything must come to an end.
After 11 years career with the popular fashion magazine, she is famous not only in Japan but also outside.
So happy for her.
She had also dab in the music industry but frankly speaking, her vocal ability is just so but then again, it's not impossible that if she got a good catchy song, she can nail it.
Anyway, whatever she's gonna do in the future, hopefully success will always follow.
But your beauty and style will always be a wonder to us fellow young women.
So here I am, posting Lena's spread in various magz from the past 2 years.





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Book #15 & #16

Title : Dearest Mary Jane
Author : Betty Neels
Genre : Romance
My rating : 4/5
Teaser :

"Would you like me for a brother-in-law, Mary Jane?"

She wouldn't like him for a brother-in-law -- she would like him for a husband! But why should she suddenly discover this now of all times, sitting opposite him, being cross-examined as though she were in a witness-box . . .and fighting an urge to fling her arms around his neck and tell him that she loved him? "Yes, oh yes, that would be delightful."

I always love Betty Neels. She always writes gentle and sweet romance. But I don't recommend you to read her works too many in a row because there's a chance that you might get bored eventually. Because Neels always wrote about a relationship between Dutch men (usually in medical profession) and  gentle, quiet and plain looking young women (often working as nurses). I guess it's because she herself was married to a Dutch and used to work as a nurse. So you see the connection. Therefore, her works are great to serve as stress-relief, maybe after reading a heavy and serious book or just to calm yourself and feel relax. But don't read it in a marathon.

Title : Bath Tangle
Author : Georgette Heyer
Genre : Regency Romance
My rating : 4/5

A Delightful Tangle of Affairs...
The Earl of Spenborough had always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena was one thing, but leaving his fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham – the one man the same daughter had jilted – was quite another.

When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love. Before long, they're all entangled in a clutter of marriage and manners the likes of which even Regency Bath has rarely seen.

I discovered Heyer last year and so in love with her works that I'm in a frenzy and succeeded in a Heyer reading marathon. But it's a sad thing that I have less and less of her works for future reading since I've read most of her popular titles. But no one can say I can't read them again this year. Hehe... I love Bath Tangle but it's not one of my favourites. It's definitely in my second favourites list though. I adore Serena and her strong and independent character. I also love Ivo Barrasford's character but disappointed that Heyer wrote so little through his POV in the book. I would love to glimpse more on the workings of Ivo's mind and heart. But I guess it's essential to keep his side of the story in a mystery since it played a significant role in the ending. Heyer is indeed gifted in writing witty words and engaging characters.

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Book #14 Her Fearful Symmetry

Title : Her Fearful Symmetry
Author : Audrey Niffenegger
Genre : Mystery, Psychological
My rating : 4.5/5

Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls’ aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt. 

I think this book is one of those unique books that may or may not be able to catch a vast amount of readers considering its theme and story. For me though, I was immediately drawn by the story and characters. But I need to warn you also that it succeeded in making me feel depressed quite significantly. It's very emotional for me. I totally feel for the characters, I feel with them, I got depressed, distressed, in suspense, panic, angered oh wrathfully angered... So you can see, if you in need of a cheerful and pleasing story, my advise : don't choose Her Fearful Symmetry (HFS). But, if you want to broaden your emotional understanding, your knowledge about relationship between twins, a unique story, a literary experience, then by all means.. choose HFS. I didn't give it 5 stars coz this is one book I most probably won't ever read again. It's just too overwhelming for me, once is enough. So I gave it 4.5 stars.
I really want to visit Highgate Cemetery because of it. I confessed that I haven't read The Time Traveller's Wife (I know, you'd probably say Whaaaat!?) but hey, I watched the movie and the book is definitely in my reading list. So I know that HFS will be good, though my sister was the one who bought it. I like Niffenegger's writing style and her character portrayal, vivid and real, but I think the snippets of Highgate Cemetery's history are also very interesting. The plot itself is unique and deep and filled with twists and turns that surprised me. The only drawback or perhaps advantage is its emotional aka depressing. Hahahaha... but my advise: take a chance with HFS, you won't regret it! 

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My posts in 50bookchallenge

Hi LJ! 
It's been a while (a long while) since I post in my LJ though I frequently open its communities but I never bothered to actually post something in my journal. But 2012 opened with a good will to change. I joined 50bookchallenge in January 2012 to start sharing my thoughts with others. It's easier I believe if I shared my thoughts on one of the things I love the most in this life: books. So naturally I have posted my reading progress in the community as mentioned above, but suddenly I realized something. my journal will never be updated if I continue to post in the community. So from now on, I shall post my reading progress in my LJ and xpost in the community. You can find below the links to my previous entries in the community.