Ethan and I are running a Challenge called the Read8, Give8 & Modul8 Challenge
Please send photos of yourselves, your family, friends and pets (he!he!) , reading , giving and modul8ting to email@example.com. We will be creating a collage!!
Read 8 books this year : Reading increases knowledge and with the increase in knowledge comes an increase in tolerance, creating a better community.
With millions of books out there, an easy way to select books is by genre. See below some suggestions in each genre for the month. Do you have any suggestions?
Give 8: Raise funds for your local cancer research. There are 8 months until the end of the year, please give at least 8 units of your local currency to your local cancer research organisation. In Qatar, please give at least 8 riyals to the Qatar Cancer Society, for India 8 rupees, for Greece 8 Euros, for the UK donate at least 8 pounds. The purpose of this is that each person helps their local cancer charity. There is no one collecting funds or no website to send funds to. It is geared towards each community.
Modul8: To modulate means to exert a modifying or controlling influence on , to regulate, to harmonise. Lend your voices and create awareness, speak about it and speak to each other to combat the scourge of cancer.
Every year nationally recognized, non-profit organizations that provide support, education, and awareness for individual cancers assign awareness months and ribbon colours to each month in the year. In Qatar, the Qatar Cancer Society, organises awareness events and fundraising for each month. Please check with your local cancer charity for the awareness events and campaigns.
Book Genre: Thriller ( Da Vinci Code, The Maltese Falcon, The Key to Rebecca, The Firm, Step on a Crack, Blind Veil, Shibumi and Gone)
Lung Cancer Awareness / No Tobacco Day Events and Awareness
التوعية بسرطان الرئة / لا توجد أحداث وتوعية
Book Genre: History & Biographies ( Steve Jobs, 1776, Cleopatra- A Life, The True History of the Elephant Man, A Beautiful Mind, Malcolm X a Life of Reinvention, I am Malala and The Book Thief )
Survivors Awareness Campaigns / National Cancer Survivors Day
حملات التوعية الناجيات / اليوم الوطني للناجين من السرطان
Book Genre: Best Book Covers ( Ash, Memoirs of A Geisha, Windblowne, The Book of Lost Things, Because I am Furniture, The Devil Wears Prada, Hush Hush and The Chronicles of Narnia )
Bladder Cancer Awareness Campaigns
Purple , Blue and Yellow Ribbon
حملات التوعية بسرطان المثانة
الشريط الأرجواني والأزرق والأصفر
Book Genre: Paranormal/ Horror/ Gothic ( Christine, Dracula, Twilight Series, Lord of the Flies, American Psycho, The Phantom of the Opera, Strangers and The Shining )
Blood Cancer Awareness Campaigns
حملات التوعية بسرطان الدم
Book Genre: Children’s Books ( Dog Man, Oh! The Places You Will Go, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Aesop’s Fables, Mary Poppins, The Five Chinese Brothers, The Lorax and Matilda )
Child Cancer Awareness Campaigns
حملات التوعية بسرطان الطفل
Book Genre: Female authors/ Best female Lead characters/ Heroine/ Feminist ( Gone With The Wind, Pride and Prejudice, The Colour Purple, A Wrinkle In Time, Sense and Sensibility, NW, The Women’s Room and We Should All Be Feminists )
Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns
حملات التوعية بسرطان الثدي
Book Genre: Male authors/ Best Male Lead characters/ Heroes ( The Odyssey, The Color of Water, Einstein-His Life and Universe, Holes, Death of A Salesman, Wonder, the Rest of Us Just Live Here and Human.4
Cancer Awareness Campaigns for Men/ Prostate Cancer Awareness
حملات التوعية ضد السرطان للرجال / التوعية
Book Genre: 2018 BestSellers ( Little Fires Everywhere, The Great Alone, Girl Wash Your Face, Accidental Heroes, Burn Bright, Becoming, Fire and Fury and One of Us Is Lying )
Reflect on the Year 2018
( Qatar Cancer Society have no planned campaigns at the moment)
Be Modular, Stay Gold!
Read8, Give8 & Modul8!
Christine and Ethan xx
Book in my Bag Review
Book: Seize Your Life; How To Carpe Diem Everyday
Author: Jasmine Brett Stringer
Number of pages: 160
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing / 2015
Genre: Self help – Practical and Motivational
Qatar National Library call number: BF503 .S777 2015
Find on Amazon: click to purchase Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day
Page 1 of the book, hits you with a wake up call. This little book is filled with anecdotes, like how Jasmine finally met and was recognised by Oprah Winfrey (squeal!!), how Sheryl Sandberg ( former COO of Facebook) coped with loss and lots of Jasmine’s personal stories about seizing the moment when she had a chance to.
Jasmine’s advice is to Be Prepared, Fully Engage, Seek Authentic Connections, Allow for Flexibility and Embrace Change.
She says Forgive, Free and Release Yourself from the Past, Focus on the One You are With, Allow Yourself to Be, Live for Yourself , Allow Yourself to Dream, Make Peace with Uncertainty , Walk in the Spirit of Abundance, Practice Gratitude, Have Courage and Be a Blessing to Someone Else.
Chapter 15 of the book focuses on words and using words carefully. She urges us all to ” Use Your Words Carefully, Your Words Have Power” .
What I thought
The author comes across as inspirational, without being “preachy” and self elevating.
I like that Jasmine included stories of herself and her friends , as well as some “known” names. It gives the book a levelling feel, almost like saying “we are all in this together”.
A good book to pick up for a “boost” when you are feeling low.
Page 1: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for”
Page 23: Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued- when they can give and receive without judgement. – Brene Brown
Page 107: “You can change your world by changing your words. Remember , death and life are in the power of the tongue”- Joel Osteen
Golden Nugget rating (out of 5)
Bag: Moreau macramé and leather bucket bag
My husband calls this my fishing basket bag!! Ha! Ha! Coveted for its understated elegance, Los Angeles-based label Staud expertly combines streamlined silhouettes with an ethical design ethos.
Marrying vintage-inspired macramé netting with smooth leather, the Moreau bucket bag showcases a sleek unadorned profile. Staud Moreau macramé leather bucket bag has been handcrafted with leather, features a macramé netting, two top handles, open top, suede leather lining, and will complete any summer or vacation in a sunny tropical location ( think Maldives or Seychelles). This attention grabbing bag is light and fits quite a lot. Be aware that there is no closure, so all the contents of your bag are somewhat exposed to prying eyes. The Staud comes in so many beautiful, candy colours!! The worst thing about this bag is agonising about the right colour to pick up or you can just cave in and buy them all.
Be Modular, Stay Gold and Carpe Diem
adjective \ ə-ˈlīv \ uh–lahyv \
: life; living;
: full of energy and spirit; lively
: still active in competition with a chance of victory
The wheels are spinning,
The days are passing ,
The fish are swimming,
From it all, I am reeling.
The air, the wind, the leaves, the green,
The sky blue and the blues, the warmth, the seen and unseen.
The log is rotting,
The gulls are swarming,
The salty air is stinging,
The campervans under the sun are gleaming,
Jumping high trying to touch a cloud,
Such joy in Napier, screaming alive aloud.
Be Modular, Stay Gold
A Boy and his Book Review
Book: The Terrible Power of House Rabbit
Author: Susan Gates
Number of pages: 63
Publisher: Oxford Treetops
Qatar National Library call number: Not available in Qatar National Library
Find on Amazon: click to purchase
This is a story about a house rabbit, a boy , a boy’s little brother, the boys friend , Mum and Dad that face the menacing eye of the house rabbit.
What I thought
I thought the story was unbelievable.
New words/Nuggets I learnt:
Bleak : lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements ; cold and misearable
Sinister: evil or criminal
Fanatic : a person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for a particular activity especially religion or a political cause.
Lolloped : move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces
Downright: utter or complete ( usually used to describe something bad or unpleasant)
Golden Nugget rating (out of 5)
I’m Modular !
I’m Golden !
8 Of The Best Things To Do In New Zealand’s North Island
New Zealand is such a beautiful country. With gorgeous and diverse landscapes, amazing hikes and some of the best views in the world, the North Island is one of the most awe inspiring places we have been to. Did I mention how nice New Zealanders are?We explored the North Island driving from Wellington to Rotorua,
Qatar Airways Doha to Wellington/Auckland Flight Duration- from 19 hrs to 34 hours (depending on flight chosen)
Languages spoken: English/ Maori
1. Visit a Living Maori Village
The highlight of the trip was visiting the living Maori village of Whakerewarewa. For years the Tuhourangi/ Ngati tribe have welcomed visitors (including Queen Elizabeth!!), to experience the authentic Maori culture. The Geothermal Wonderland based in Rotorua, has geothermal vents, boiling hot pools and bubbling muds. A guide takes you round the village, showing you how the locals harness the power of the geothermal energy for their daily needs.
2. Climb every mountain or maybe just one!
New Zealand is a country blessed with a lot of plateau mountains, which are high levels of flat land. Perfect for climbing for all ages and fitness levels.
3. Camping and Campervanning
Ditch creature comforts and the cushy hotel for a day or two and set off into the wild. New Zealand is a country made for outdoors. There are lots of campsites and the apps Rankers NZ and Campermate are great for finding campsites or caravan parks.
4. Cycle along the coast of Napier
Beautiful Napier has some of the most visually inspiring and safest cycle routes. Hire Bikes (Napier City Bike Hire and Tours) and set off on the cycle path to discovery.
5. Time Travel at TePapa Museum
Te Papa Museum is another wonderful place to visit and learn the art, culture and history of New Zealand. You can also stroll around the amazing waterfront and read some of the wonderful quotes from New Zealand’s writers captured in large stone sculptures.
6. Walk (or hopscotch!) along the Wellington Harbour
The Wellington Waterfront is such a great place to play( Frank Kitts Park) or catch a play (Circa Playhouse) eat ( CrabShack/ Foxglove Bar & Kitchen) , explore ( Heritage trails/ TePapa/ Wellington Museum ) or take a walk and just breathe!!
7. Feel the Heat! Literally!
The Taupo Volcanic Zone in the North Islands has the highest concentration of geothermal pools. Some of the natural geysers can reach heights of up to 100 m and erupt about 15 to 20 times a day. This amazing natural display will leave you mesmerized.
8. Read a Book
The North Island has a lot of great bookstores and book shops. Really old ones, new ones, alternative ones, kitschy ones, classic ones, bookstores with cafes, bookstores at the Museum. It’s the place to get the best deals on bookstores. Pop into The Ferret bookshop established in 1979, at 175 Cuba St. Wellington for a nosy around the vast collection of books. Piggery Books in Whangarei has a lot of antique and rare books, worth popping in for a browse. The legendary Hard to Find secondhand bookshop in Onehunga Auckland stocks “hard to find books” and is an excellent place to find rare gems. Millwood Gallery on Tinakori Rd is a combined art gallery and bookshop. Unity Books with stores in Wellington and Auckland have enough books to keep any bibliophile happy for weeks. Book Shops at TePapa Museum also offer local literature and childrens books at great prices.
New Zealand is definitely one destination to put on your must visit list.
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Be Modular, Stay Gold!
COS (Collection of Style ) have opened up a new store in Doha Festival city mall. I really like COS because they have great basics with understated yet flattering silhouettes.
The clothes are like a blank canvas, add a few accessories, a pop of colour bag or shoes and you are ready to go. Its the perfect palette to showcase your individuality. I also love COS because their sizing is often true to size. This is really useful if you need a gift or would like to surprise a special someone.
COS designs are modern yet classic and can be worn season after season. Best of all, most styles have the trademark COS pockets. Pockets!!! Pockets which are almost invisible. Stylish yet functional. A truly Modular brand.
Be Modular, Be Cos!
Here are 8 of the best of COS you can find in-store and online.
Be Modular , Stay Gold