I Thought You Meant

Oh,

I thought you meant:

That I should leave you alone,

Give you time to to think,

To just be.

I thought you meant:

That you would come back when you were ready;

Ready to communicate,

To express your concerns and your desires.

I thought you meant:

We would be okay;

That this was just a misstep that could be easily rectified,

Within a moment,

Or a series of moments.

I thought you meant

Something else.

Oh.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday challenge)

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Pumpkin Task

Today is the Fall Fair at our school – one of the major fundraisers that are organised by the parents. This week, teachers were tasked with helping students decorate a pumpkin for the silent auction. After a discussion with my students, I decided to work on my idea that would encourage all students to participate in the decoration.

I divided the pumpkin into 20 segments and asked each student to paint a segment with acrylic paint. As we are currently working on patterns, I asked them to use the colour that was next in the pattern. We used red, green, and blue as these colours show up nicely on the orange of the pumpkin (yellow definitely does not work).

Once the paint was dry, I asked each child to spell out a word that we would use during Halloween with foam letters. After I had checked the spelling, the child pasted their word onto the pumpkin.

The students were proud of their work; and I was happy that I had incorporated both literacy and math into the task.

Our pumpkin is currently sitting on a table in front of the office for the silent auction. I am interested to know who will finally take it home.

Do you decorate pumpkins for Halloween?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

Favourite Read of the Month: September 2019

I know, September seems to have passed such a long time ago! My intention had been to post my favourite read of the month before going on vacation. However, all the preparations to go away took away the time I usually spend on blogging.

Below is the list of books that I read. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title and you will be able to visit my post:

  1. Nina Varela Crier’s War – Young Adult science fiction/fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  2. Laura E. Weymouth Treason of Thorns – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  3. Brian Francis Break in case of Emergency – Young Adult contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  4. Margaret Rogerson Sorcery of Thorns – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  5. Rena Barron Kingdom of Souls – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  6. Jessie Kwak Pressure Point – Science Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

With the start of the new academic year, time was taken away from reading. I did manage, however, to read 6 books. During September I focused on reading my favourite genre – fantasy fiction. The fantasy books I read were excellent though my absolute favourite was Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. Not only did I enjoy the story but the writing and imagery were absolutely beautiful. I have no hesitation in making this novel my favourite read of the month.

I hope you enjoyed a number of novels in September. What was your favourite read? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Book of the Month: January 2019

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Book of the Month: August 2019

Not yet a week!

It has not been a week yet and I am already missing our vacation spot in the Dominican Republic. As I step out into the bracing wind each morning this week, I feel chilled and think longingly of the heat that I experienced outdoors while on holiday. My thoughts also turn to the barefoot walks we took along the beach in the late afternoons.

The roar of the sea as the waves crash upon the shore are certainly a more pleasant sound than the constant hum of cars and people in the city. And the salt air is definitely a more pleasant smell than that of carbon monoxide!

My memory of the week-long beach walks will sustain me until I am able to visit an island once again. The pristine sand and the clear blue skies are a sweet memory that I can turn to as the city I live in turns towards winter.

Do you enjoy walking on the beach?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

Room for a Week

For our vacation in the Dominican Republic, my husband booked a room at the Bahai Principe Aquamarine hotel. This all inclusive hotel offers adult only accommodation s well as access to many activities within the resort. My husband and I had never stayed over at a 5 star hotel and we were curious to see the accommodations.

As soon as we stepped into the room, we liked what we saw. The bed was huge and I liked the canopy that had been created over it. On the opposite side of the room was a place to sit (where I would spend some time reading) as well as a table (which my husband would use to place his laptop).

On the dresser, a tray for coffee and tea had been placed. We did not use this tray at all as we preferred to go to the lobby to have our tea while enjoying the atmosphere.

The bathroom was also stunning and included a jacuzzi – which we did not have time to use. We did enjoy the spaciousness of the space – and I liked that there were two separate basins. 😀

We enjoyed our stay in the room. And the best part? I did not have to clean it or make up the bed!

Would you enjoy living in this room for a week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

Book Review: Pressure Point by Jessie Kwak

I was excited to read the third novel in the Bulari Saga by Jessie Kwak. As I admired the cover of Pressure Point, I itched to crack open the pages and begin reading.

Genre: Science Fiction

Blurb:

Peace demands its price in blood.

Jaantzen may have brought stability to the city of Bulari, but not everyone’s grateful. Allegiances are shifting sand, and he’s made a miscalculation that earned him a deadly new enemy — one who plays a viciously different game than the one Jaantzen is used to winning.

Jaantzen and his crew fight to gain the upper hand, but secrets buried in shallow graves are coming back to haunt them. And as Starla and Toshiyo edge closer to understanding the growing mystery that’s been dropped in their laps, their search is awakening darker things than any of them can imagine.

Peace comes at a price, and this Pax Bulari could cost Jaantzen everyone he loves.

My thoughts:

The pressure in Kwak’s story is definitely building in the third installment in Bulari Saga. The consequences of the action taken in the second novel are realised and the reader sees how the characters are figuring out how to deal with these consequences. What I enjoy is that the people in the story stay true to their character – each behaves as I would expect them too. I still have my favourites and I continue cheering them on as I read.

A little romance is developing in the story and it adds another dimension to the storyline. The romance shows that the characters are human and, as such, have feelings for one another. I am certainly curious to see where the romantic relationship leads; and whether it will change the decisions that will be made.

As with the previous two episodes in the story, Kwak’s pace is pitched perfectly. I could not help but turn the pages and found it difficult to put the novel down. And the end of the novel left me wanting more – I definitely cannot wait to read the next installment in the series!

In order to enjoy Pressure Point, it is important to have read the previous two novels in the series. But it is never to late to start reading from book 1! If enjoy reading science fiction and gangster-type stories, Kwak’s saga is one you need to pick up. You would enjoy the fast-paced tale with smatterings of humour and a touch of romance.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 93rd in my book pledge for 2019)

Tempting Desserts

The temptation at an all inclusive resort is definitely the food – and certainly the desserts! I found it hard to resist the tempting displays.

And once I had tried the chocolatey goodness, I could not resist picking up a few at my next meal.

I enjoyed the small bites of chocolate and cream. They were definitely my weakness!

My lack of resistance led to me gaining one and half kilograms on my vacation. Now I will be hard at work trying to lose it!

Are you able to resist the dessert at an all inclusive resort?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

Teaser Tuesday: After Kilimanjaro by Gayle Woodson

I was accepted to read and review the following novel by BookSparks: After Kilimanjaro by Gayle Woodson. I was happy that my application had been accepted for two reasons: the book was set in Africa; and it dealt with basic women issues.

The novel is interesting so far and centres on a young woman doctor, Sarah Whitaker, who has travelled to work in Tanzania for a year. What she sees and experiences opens her eyes to the reality of the country she is in. The extract I am sharing describes one of the patients that she encounters:

” An awful stench floated in the next patient as she shuffled in with her head bowed. The chart said she was twenty years old, but she looked ancient. Her name was Charmaine. She was a victim of genital mutilation and a pregnancy gone wrong. The baby was tepees by scarring and after four days of labor, a dead infant was delivered in pieces. Charmaine was left with holes in her bowel and bladder and continually leaked urine and faces.” (p 107)

The content of the novel certainly makes me grateful to be living as a woman in a more modern society.

What do you know about female mutilation? 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Ambrosia’s Teaser Tuesdays at The Purple Booker)

Departure

The day of departure from the Dominican Republic arrived too soon. Before we knew it, my husband and I sat in the lobby of the hotel waiting for the bus to take us to the airport.

It was midday and the hot sun was causing a sheen of sweat to cover our bodies. Drinking an ice-cold glass of water, I savoured the heat with the knowledge that by the end of the day I would be experiencing the cool temperatures of a Canadian Fall.

A few hours later, we were airborne and bade our farewells to a country that had welcomed us with open arms. We had enjoyed our stay and looked forward to returning to the island with our children sometime in the future.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)

A First Evening

Once we had arrived at our hotel room, we spent some time unpacking and freshening up. A quick shower did wonders for our travel fatigue. We then set out to find a place to eat dinner as we were hungry. Our diet for the day of a sandwich, banana, mandarin and salted pretzels on the planet and not been a satisfying one.

We liked the ambience of the buffet restaurant we had found. We tried a little taste of many of the foods on offer and really enjoyed the pasta with its accompanying sauce. The dessert was a little blah and I am hoping that the place we try tonight will have a better offering.

We found the buffet restaurant we want to visit for tomorrow ‘s dinner. The place looks bigger and very appealing inside. While walking around the complex, we happened upon a show titled Broadway. It contained hits by Liza Minelli and from Broadway shows such as Chicago. The show ended with a bang with the songs from Grease. The show was fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they will offer tomorrow night.

Before heading off to bed, we wandered around a little more and had a drink while listening to some music. We enjoyed our first evening at the hotel and will set off to do some more exploring today.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)