Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Host

My favorite movie before was the Twilight Series, but now, life changes. It's "The Host"!!!

Ok, so this movie is about aliens that take over the minds of human bodies. This movie is about the "soul" (alien) Wanderer. Wanderer was put inside Melanie Stryder's body in order to find the last humans surviving, so they can invade the bodies of those bodies too.

When a soul is inserted into a body, the human that was on earth before should fade away and let the soul control his/her body forever. However, Melanie is very strong and protective of her family, so she refuses to go away and instead, becomes stronger and stronger rather than the other way around.

Melanie leads Wanderer to a desert for a few days, just to make sure that if she really brought Wanderer to her family, it wouldn't cause her family any danger.

Uncle Jeb, Melanie's favorite uncle, finds them in the desert. He still treats Wanderer like she's still Melanie because he still thinks that it's his niece's body, though she's not human anymore.

Uncle Jeb lives in a cave in the desert with all the other human survivors that he knows. He brings Wanderer to the cave. 

Once all the other people know that one of their enemies are living with them, they are very angry and many of them even hate Wanderer. Not for her personality though, but because she's a soul.

Once Jamie (Melanie's brother) and Uncle Jeb know that Melanie is still alive and well inside of Wanderer, they begin to like and protect her. 

This movie was originally an 800 page novel by Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight Series. I'm reading the book now, so I was thinking maybe you should try it out as well! For those of you out there who have watched the movie, read the book, or even both, please comment what you think about it! I would be delighted to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Adventures in Baking

I've already started my summer holiday, so I decided to do some baking! Baking can be lots of fun, so let me take you on my baking journey!

Baking is not really popular in Asia, so I don't have ALL the tools I need including a stand/hand mixer, vanilla extract, loaf pans, measuring spoons/cups, electric scale, etc.

Scones were my first "bake-it-myself" recipe that I did. Scones are an English afternoon snack that most British people serve with tea. It should have a crispy surface and soft bread-like inside. 

I bet you would laugh at this, but I accidentally added an egg into the dough, so the dough became very sticky and wet. Eventually, I had to grab the sticky dough with my hands and plop them onto the baking sheet instead of cutting them out with a cookie cutter...

The second recipe, which is the one I've baked with my best friend and was baked most recently, is the chewy chocolate chip cookie! Everyone likes easy recipes that produce great food, so if you are that kind of person, this is the perfect recipe for you! 

This is the link to the recipe that I used This recipe shows you how to make M&M cookies, but my friend and I thought that this recipe might make a good chewy cookie, so we used chocolate chips instead of M&M's.

Joy of Baking is a great YouTube channel that demonstrates a lot of different recipes for those of you out there that love to bake too! I've been watching this channel's videos for forever and they never bore me down!