Blue cover found 2016 reading challenge

Title: Challenger deep

Author: Neil Shusterman

Illustrator: Brendan Shusterman

Comments: A story about mental illness, honest and true and taken from real life experiences. This book was recommended to me by my best friend. I thought we had nothing in common after being separated for so long (she lives in Sydney), but it turns out, she understands me more than she or I would ever know or be able to comprehend. But I sure appreciate it. Also, found a book with a blue cover.

This reading challenge was written by Pop sugar.


Wish me luck with finding the other books on the list. If you are taking this challeng eor are considering it, let me know in the comments below and root each other.



2016 reading challenge a borrowed book

A borrowed book from the library. Check.

Name: Afterwards

Author: Rosamund Lupton


Recommended to me by a friend in Sydney. Main character has “out of body” experience which feels both real and scary. It surprised me to know what “afterwards” meant-blurb is a bit deceptive. Good enough to remember the author’s name.

I am doing the 2016 reading challenge, posted on Pop sugar.



Not much of a sports fan

Today marks the first semi-final for the 2016 cricket tournament. It is especially important to kiwis everywhere such as myself, but more so, the cricket fans, because it is a game of New Zealand Vs England.

Yesterday, the game was between Sri Lanka and South Africa and South Africa won by 8 wickets.

That’s all I’m saying on the subject on Cricket. For more information, talk to the person next to you, to a cricket expert/nerd and/or read a book.


Great news about my brain

IQ Test
IQ Test

I was Google-ling a retail service called “IQ service”. But I had only searched up “IQ” because i didn’t know the second part of the name. The results, not surprisingly, came up with links about IQ including one that read “Free IQ test”. I clicked on it, thinking i’d do the test just for fun. I had never done this before and i was curious.

The website said that people’s intelligence compared with their peers, would have an IQ score of 10o or 95 (Give or take 5). for average intelligence. At first, I thought “wouldn’t it be nice if I could score higher than 100? Just like that Korean guy from the Korean drama “The kiss”

It also stated that this wasn’t “one and only” test of a person’s abilities and I would also like to point that out. Onwards with the story:

Then, I clicked the button and it brought me to the test of 20 questions.

The questions were mostly all math-sy and while I was trying to rack my brain at what the best pattern that came next was, I thought “why do boys do this better than girls?”- I learnt that last year in Bio class. It was in the textbook that incidentally, my bio teacher had written.

At some point during the 20 questions, I just picked the first answer that came to me. Sometimes, I just guessed. This reminded me of the tests I did in Primary, particularly a sunny day in Year 4. Those were multi-choice questions too, and what I’d do is half way in the test, I’d stop looking at the questions and just colour in random circles, A, B, C, D.

So when I guessed the answer to the last question and then hit “see results”, I was smiling, laughing a bit as to what I’d imagine I’d find. Maybe, I would be a 50 or 90. So much for dreaming big. The score I should get was 100 give or take 5 and to my surprise, that’s what I did get.

And I have a perfect score of 100 which means I am of “average intelligence” compared to the rest of the people my age. Now, the term “average intelligence” isn’t really anything to get smiling over, but the thing is, with my past history, I’m glad that I’m “alright”, that I may not be smart, but I’m not dumb either.

I had never gotten a certificate in primary for those exams except for “participation” which everyone who did the test got if they didn’t get anything higher. But that’s not that surprisingly considering how I used to take said tests.

I didn’t get any awards in high school either. But the main reason why I thought I could be any less than “average” was because of the year 2014, when my mind turned agaisnt me and I went crazy. My team of psychiatrists and doctors even said that I might have ADHD. Well, autistic people are known for being smart, so I guess my “averageness” means they must be wrong about me. I was also wrong about myself too. I judged too quickly.

 “I thought intelligence meant graduating school, going and graduating uni, getting a job through the proper and traditional channels. But that wasn’t what intelligence was about at all.”

Intelligence is knowing who you are as a person and where you want to go. It is listening to others but above all else, listening to yourself. When I repeated year 13 last year in 2015, I was able to complete school and have the level 3 NCEA certificate. But I don’t feel more intelligent than before.

“I have to stop being so hard on myself and I think that a lot of people face this same challenge. -To not beat yourself up but actually look at the bright side.”

Here are some good things about me:

  1. I don’t give up. I mean, i do sometimes, but not for long anyway. I can’t get away from the allure of the writing desk for too long.
  2. I am beginning to take that advice I once read from the internet, and not care what people thought of me.
  3. When it counts, I am a hard worker and in terms of being a writer, yeah, I’d say I’m a workaholic. But I also know when to stop, when I’m done for the day and most importantly, who to thank.

So that’s my list. Granted, it’s short and not finished, but there it is.

What are some good things about you?

Name at least three and write it in the comments below.




Almost there!

It’s three days left of this month of March, and I’m o thrilled, excited and a little bit nervous to be so close to the end of my novel. I’m almost there and the song “Almost there” from the animated film “The Frog Princess” is on my mind right now.

I can’t wait to see what the next three days bring to my working novel. After this novel, I will start on another novel in April and I’ll be posting my chapters up on Wattpad and my blog. So stay tuned for that!

“I think that First drafts are so over rated.”

It’s like what they say, how hard work and determination pays off. Sometimes it feels like praying to God, asking for his help, is like wishing on stars. Yes, God will help you, but YOU have to do some of the ground work first. It’s no use to just pray to Him but not actually get to writing the story.

“God doesn’t wash the dishes”

It’s up to you to put in the hard work now, so that you can thank God later.

I’m excited. Are you excited?

Happy Easter

I didn’t need to look at the Google page to know that today is a celebration. It is Easter day or Passover day. Happy Easter everyone!

This post is a really good recap of the story of Easter and Jesus’ crucifixion.

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to Sunday Mass.

(Shame shame, I know your name)

But I had a really good excuse. I would’ve had to wake up at 9 something in the morning, and I really like my sleep ins.

Okay, so it’s just an excuse, not a good one.

But today is about forgiving sins, isn’t it, not counting them up.

Happy Easter everyone!

As I live in a place where I’m one day ahead of the rest of the world, I assume the Google page doesn’t have anything about Easter today. I will look for it tomorrow. Enjoy your 4 day weekend, for those of you lucky enough to have that holiday.







I can’t say it


Okay Ching,

Here goes,

Moment of truth.

“Clears throat, turns to reader”


Hello, my name is Ching.

I have a blog that I go on and write and upload posts for others to read.

I have been doing this since last year Dec though my blog was created before then.

Can you? Could we just? Um…

Okay, what am I trying to say here.


Oh gosh,

Oh dear,

Oh no,

This is hard,

it’s TOO hard to even think about,


What I’m about to do,

What I’m about to ask of you,

I don’t normally do this,

I’m not myself today,

Because you see….”Sighs”.


(says to self): Maybe I can’t do this. Maybe I can’t ask this of people I hardly know. But that’s okay because maybe I can do this myself without any help. Yeah, I don’t need help. It’s a piece of cake.


(Smiles and turns back to the reader): Never mind. hahaha. Have a great day 🙂