I wish this book was a movie: Episode 1

Hey, how’s it going Internet? Aliff here. This is the first post for the series “I wish this book was a movie” and I’d like to start it with the Lorien Legacy series. If you ever heard of the movie “I am number Four”, you probably know a little bit about the series. Well, yes technically “I am number Four” is already out there. However, the rest of the books in the series seems like they will never be able to taste the sweet agony of box office fame; i.e. the big screen.

A little bit of background information about the series, it’s about a group of extraterrestrial humanoids from the planet Lorien. Their planet was invaded by the Mogadorian some 10 years ago (plus minus a couple years).They escaped the war that ultimately destroyed their home planet and ended up on Earth. There were nine chosen children who were numbered from one to nine using a Loric Charm (some sort of alien voodoo) in order to protect them. While marked, they will not be harmed or killed if the previous numbered children are still alive. They were protected by their Cépan (a sort of guardian). Long story short, the series is mainly about the chosen Loric fighting together in order to protect Earth from the invading Mogadorian. To date, the series is currently on its sixth main book (with about 3 side story books). The series promised a total of seven main books and is scheduled to publish the last one on June 28, 2016. Indulging in spoilers would not be my main agenda for this post so I am going to skip that part.

I, however,  am going to share my opinion on why there should be more movies from this series and not stop only at book 1. Firstly, the ‘super human’ powers that the Garde (the nine teenagers from Lorien) have are quite interesting. Some of them can turn invisible, healing capabilities, weather control, fireproof as well as shapeshifting. All of them do have the basic powers of Telekinesis and super strength as well as super speed. The way the author included and introduced each of the powers and how the characters developed the powers was quite smooth and do not seem forced. The story direction and plot might be a bit cliche in certain sections. However, there are some interesting plot twists here and there that made readers go ‘aahhh’ or ‘woooahh’. It might not be the best Young Adult book out there but it is definitely a must have for those that fancy characters with special abilities and an interesting Sci-Fi plot. Another interesting fact about the series is that they are written in the perspective of different characters from the series. It is not a mere narrative or first person point of view like most books. The author uses a different story telling technique. He shares the stories from the perspective of different characters so we readers can grasp the world and its events from several different angles. One thing I can be certain is the series’ latent ability in making it a page-turning reading experience. You will get hooked on and wanting to know what happens next. That’s a guarantee (if you are a fan of the genre/style).

With today’s technology on creating amazing CGI and effects for a movie, I don’t doubt that if the series were to continue on the big screen, it would be aesthetically pleasing to everyone. Nevertheless, facts like the production cost and what have you not might be some of the factors against the making of such movie. Let me dream on it being on the big screen one day will ya?

You can get the books from Kindle for digital version or the paperback version on Amazon. I’ll list out each title in the series for ease of access. Cheers

  1. I am Number Four
  2. The Power of Six
  3. The Rise of Nine
  4. The Fall of Five
  5. The Revenge of Seven
  6. The Fate of Ten
  7. United as One (Pre-order now)

If you are interested in the full version for Kindle, check this out. Also, the list for the side stories are available below.

  1. The Lost Files: The Legacies
  2. The Lost Files: Secret Histories
  3. The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy
  4. The Lost Files: Rebel Allies
  5. The Lost Files: Zero Hour


That’s all for the first episode fellas. I’ll share a different book in the next episode. Until then, stay awesome!


Aussie Adventure: Episode 1

Hey, how’s it going Internet? Aliff here. Today I’d like to share a little bit about my first adventure to the land down under (I’ve been there twice, covering three cities). My faculty proposed a 1-week immersion programme to visit a couple universities in Australia. The intended universities were Curtin University and Murdoch University. There was a total of 39 students, including yours truly and 5 lecturers who participated in the programme. In exchange for permitting us to utilise the mobility funds, we had to come up with a creative writing magazine. The magazine was an output for us to share our experiences there using creative writings such as poetry, photo captions as well as short stories.

Our journey started in KLIA2 on June 5, 2014, very early in the morning. I remembered being at the airport for luggage check-in at about 3 a.m. However, we departed at about 8 a.m. We reached Perth International at about 3 p.m. We were greeted by a Mr Trevor, our bus driver cum tour guide. Upon exiting the complex, the first thing I noticed was how fresh was the air. It was the beginning of winter here and the cold breeze further helped with invigorating the fresh air. I think it may have cleared my sinus for a short while. Lol. The first stop was our accommodation, Malaysian Hall Perth, located on Newcastle Street.

Fair warning ahead, if you’re hungry, skip this paragraph and the photos attached. The thing that I remembered the most was how huge the portion of food here was. Back home, getting a large portion of food for each meal is not a norm. If you’re from America or somewhere with similar portions, you may find it hard to believe. Don’t worry, I shall bring le proof for you!

The one on the left is a typical Malaysian Kebab, usually with lesser fillings. (I guess if it’s for promotional purpose, they’d pump up more of the meat inside) The one on the right is my own snapshot of an Australian Kebab. The Malaysian one is about 6 inches long while the Australian one is about 12 inches long. They weren’t stingy with content as well. You’d have to buy 2 or 3, at least, to be satisfied if you’ve a hankering for kebabs in Malaysia.

I hope I didn’t make you guys drool too much. Sorry if I made you wet yourselves. (bad pun intended) We didn’t do much on the first day in terms of scheduled programmes. We were allocated some free time for the rest of the day. We had to accustom ourselves with the time change in Perth as it is winter, the sunset was very early. It was my first time in a four seasons country. The temperature was a very positive change as it is way too warm here in Malaysia. Our norm is around 32~35 degree Celcius. Winter in Perth introduced us to a soothing temperature of 12~18 degree Celcius. At night, sometimes it can go as low as 2~4 degrees. As someone who dislikes hot weather, Perth’s winter temperature was a nice change indeed. I spent a lot of time walking around the surrounding area of Newcastle Street. I stumbled upon a nice park where people can hang out and socialise. The free wifi in public places (such as the park) was a nice bonus. As there was a curfew for residents of Malaysian Hall Perth, I had to go back by 11 p.m. I spent my last hour before bed chatting with the ‘local’ residents in Malaysian Hall Perth. It was definitely exciting to learn about the difference in experiences of those that study abroad. I’ve always hoped to study abroad one day and I’ve yet to come close to accomplishing my dream.

If you’re interested in the gallery and all that stuff, check it out here

That’s all for the first episode fellas. I’ll share more in the next post. Until then, stay awesome!


The Art of Eorzea: Another Dawn

Hey, how’s it going Internet? Aliff here. Today I am going to share about a special piece in my collection. The artwork for the highly rated MMORPG among avid fans; Final Fantasy XIV. The art book; The Art of Eorzea: Another Dawn, is a 304-page art book depicting the various sketches, concept designs, blueprints and amazing artwork by the team responsible for designing and creating the world of Eorzea. If you appreciate video games’ art and design, you’d definitely appreciate all the work that has been poured onto this piece. The book comes with an exclusive Wind-up Enterprise minion digital code for an in-game minion (sort of a pet in most games, just for aesthetic purpose). The art book was launched simultaneously across the globe for the North America, Europe and Japanese version and there was never a localised version for each region. Straight out of Square Enix’s studio in Japan. The fully coloured art book is definitely a must-have for casual or hardcore fans alike. You can get your own copy of the art book from Amazon. Check out some images I took off my copy down below.



Artistic Value: 4/5

Fan-service: 5/5

Bonus item: 4/5

Collectivity value: 4.5/5

Price: 4/5

Overall Nerdgasm Score: 4.5/5

That’s all for today everyone, until next time. Stay awesome!



Hey, how’s it going Internet? Aliff here. I am reiterating my blog life via this new platform. I wasn’t an active blogger before but I thought to myself let’s go YOLO with it and do something useful on my free time. At the moment, I am teaching English at a local school an hour away from my hometown. I am currently looking for a different job/lifestyle to earn a living. Perhaps doing something I love that could help me earn a living. But nonetheless, that idea is currently on the back burner and lets focus on the present.

My plan for this blog is to share my life experiences with anyone willing to read it. I plan to incorporate stories about my travels, books I’ve read, games I’ve played, gadgets I’ve came across or owned as well as anything I find interesting and worth a share. As a less outspoken person, I hope my writing will reach out to at least one more person in this universe.

Till next time and stay awesome everyone.