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Synopsis:

He’s one human caught in a tangled maze of theft, politics, magic, and blood.
 In other words, it’s just another night.


Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world’s most feared vampire assassins. He’s traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.

But everyone has to go home sometime.

New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.

Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid eyes on it, but she can’t deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush of taking what isn’t hers.

But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth.

MIDNIGHT LABYRINTH is the first book in an all new contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries and the Irin Chronicles.

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Midnight Labyrinth is my most anticipated book of this year. I have always been an Elizabeth Hunter fan and I read everything she writes. The elemental series is my favorite and I can’t even remember how many times I’ve re read it. Anyway, yesterday Ms. Hunter released the first chapter of the book on her website and I am stoked. You guys, I’ve been waiting for BENZIN for years! I am grateful for the novellas Ms. Hunter fed us fans these past few years, but a full length novel… *cue tears* Wait, this is a full length novel right? Right?!? Well, It does say “An Elemental Legacy Novel” so… yeah. *happy dance*

Read Midnight Labyrinth Chapter One here.

For those who are new to the Elemental series, Ms. Hunter assures everyone that you need not to read the previous Elemental Legacy books (I highly recommend to read the entire series though). Midnight Labyrinth is a stand-alone novel.

Midnight Labyrinth is now available for pre-order, here are the links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vTuXtN

iBooks: http://apple.co/2gyESmr

B&N: http://bit.ly/2vAHyGM

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2vALPtX

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2esTdN7

The book will be available on the 7th of November. (Just two days before my birthday! It would be awesome to receive this book on my birthday, haha!)

Add Midnight Labyrinth on your goodreads TBR here.

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Marvel’s The Defenders Review

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Netflix Marvel’s the Defenders

I took advantage of the Netflix free trial so that I can finally watch Marvel’s The Defenders. I watched it the other day and I had fun watching it. Honestly, I didn’t finish watching Marvel’s Luke Cage and the Iron Fist. It did not interest me unlike the Daredevil and Jessica Jones’ Netflix series. Anyway, The Defenders delivered more than I expected. The series only have 8 episodes which is unusual for a Marvel/Netflix series. We always get a 13-episode series from them, but for this series, I think its just enough.

The story line was well written. It was pretty clear why these heroes came together. They were all trying to fight the Hand and its more logical for them to work together than individually. They were reluctant to work as a team, with the exception of Danny Rand, but it worked out in the end. I still think that Danny Rand is that kid who is unsure of his purpose. He comes off as an immature and impulsive character in this show. My favorite in this series is Jessica Jones, she always have a way to make fun of the other heroes especially Matt/Daredevil.

Matt’s story line is definitely the most intriguing one. Its no secret that Elektra came back to life and became the Hand’s ultimate weapon. In most episodes, I always look forward the Elektra-Daredevil face-off. It’s both fun and quite painful to watch. It’s apparent that both of them are confused about the situation they were in.

I don’t want to spoil it for others who haven’t seen the show yet, but, the ending of The Defenders gives us a quick peek of Daredevil’s season three. I am so looking forward to watch the DD3 because I am curious how Matt survived and got out from the rubble. Marvel’s Daredevil season three and Jessica Jones are expected to be released next year. For Marvel’s Luke Cage fans, I think they are currently filming for the second season too, and the Iron Fist got the “go ahead” for season two. For all Marvel fans, you probably already know that The Punisher will be aired this year, so, that’s something we can all look forward to.

Overall, I will give this show a 4/5 star rating.

Vacation!

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Good day!!! How was your weekend? It’s a long weekend here in the Philippines so, many people are still sleeping in or on their vacation. I just got back from a three-week holiday myself. I am excited to tell you the places I visited with my family. Before I do that though, I would just like to send a shout out to my wonderful sister. Hello Ate Melissa! Thank you so much for my new Kindle Paperwhite. I’m in love with my new reader!

My Aunt and my cousin arrived in the Philippines on August 3 from the UK, we traveled to La Union that night. La Union is our second home here in the Philippines. It is a province in Region I in which both my parents came from. They were born and raised there. My father did not join us on this trip because we have pets at home and there’s no one else who can look after them. Anyway, it was a 6-7 hour trip from Manila to La Union. We arrived in San Juan, La Union on the 4th of August. Our first week in La Union was kind of a blur. We often go to the beach and eat local food that we all missed. However, the highlight of the week was Andrea’s (my cousin) first communion at St. Joseph Church in Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union. My cousin is supposed to attend a week long seminar, but, my cousin was an over achiever, she already memorized all the prayers and learned the lectures earlier (she goes to a Catholic school), so, she didn’t have to do the seminar. She had her first Communion the following day after her Confession. This is big deal for every Catholics, so, we had a small party for Andrea after her first communion.

Me and Andrea at the beach!

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St. Joseph Church at Quirino, Bacnotan

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Andrea’s First Communion

On our second week, my Aunt Teresa decided to travel back to Manila so that we can visit some sites they’ve been planning to check out. They opted to stay in our house in Rizal, which is good because we have unlimited internet access in our house, unlike in our place in La Union when you can barely get a signal. Anyway, we had lunch at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall ( One of my favorite restaurants in Cubao) then we visited The Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig. We used Grab taxi, which made the travel more convenient and comfortable. After that, we went to the Art in Island in Cubao, we hired a Grab Taxi again. The driver was quite funny, he made our travel interesting despite the traffic.

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Our last week in La Union was all about food and swimming. My goodness, we went to the beach almost everyday. However, the only day I got sunburned was when we went swimming at the Puerto de San Juan Theme Park. We also went Grape picking at Bauang, La Union, and on the same day, we visited the Poro Point Baywalk. My cousin, Rose Ann brought us at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa where we had dinner. The view was magnificent. On the 19th of August, my uncle celebrated his 60th birthday. It was an advance party because his actual birthday was on the 22nd. We had so much fun, and we went home with full bellies. The food was amazing.

That sums up my three-week vacation. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Novel

#CriminalMindsKr

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It’s six in the morning here in the Philippines and I am wide awake since 4AM. My circadian rhythm is already screwed up to begin with, and this weather isn’t helping. I woke up because our pets were whining, they were scared of the lightning and thunder I suppose? Anyway, they woke my parents up, then my parents woke me up with their offer of coffee. Anyway, it wasn’t so bad. I enjoyed the coffee.

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While drinking my coffee, I checked my Twitter feed and someone replied regarding my question on where I can watch tVN’s new Korean TV series: Criminal Minds. It’s a Korean version of the American show of the same title. So, I ended watching the first episode and I am sold. It’s pretty good. I heard the ratings are good too in South Korea. Most of the Korean shows that are known internationally are romance, drama, and the historical ones. I think this show gives a different flavor to the Korean audience that’s why the ratings are pretty solid. I just hope that it will continue.

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I don’t know much about the actors in this show. I know that Lee Joon Gi did a lot of historical dramas, I have watched Moon Chae Won in The Good Doctor, and that’s it. I don’t know the other actors at all, but they were all good. I’ll definitely continue watching this show.

You can watch the Criminal Minds Korean trailer here.

I hope you all have a good day ahead!

Novel

Trying and failing to be “zen”

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I am currently waiting for my decision letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in UK. My application is added on the queue on the 6th of July. According to the NMC website, the assessment process will take 40-70 working days. It’s going to be a long wait.

I left my job in April and I decided not to be in the workforce for a while because I needed the break after a six- year long career overseas. I try to be productive by studying as often as I could to prepare for the OSCE. Anyway, this morning, I was looking for some planning and documentation samples online and I stumbled upon a forum that discusses their experience with regard to the assessment process with the NMC. Most of the time, I avoid looking at such forums because I don’t want to worry about things that aren’t happening yet or probably wont happen to me at all, but today, I was weak. I got sucked into this vortex of fears and worries about delays and resubmission of documents. I read the forum for an hour. It’s pretty scary. I’m trying to get my “zen” back, but the “horror” stories are still fresh in my mind. So, here I am trying to distract myself by blogging.

If you are a UKRN or an aspiring UKRN, I’d love to hear some positive experience working in the UK or with the whole registration process. Please leave a message on the comment box! Thank you.

Have a great day ahead!

Thor: Ragnarok Official Trailer

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I wanted to post something relevant today, but, I just have nothing to say. I haven’t done anything these past few weeks but study. I’m still waaaay behind my reading challenge in Goodreads and I still haven’t seen Spiderman: Homecoming. I haven’t even seen Wonderwoman yet. I’ll probably just wait for the DVD.

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So many exciting stuff came out during the San Diego Comic Con this year. I don’t have a bucket list (yet), if I do, going to the SDCC will be one of them. I’m a huge Marvel fan, and I think meeting other fans and the stars on comic con will be really cool. Anyway, I watched the Thor: Ragnarok official trailer and it looks so good. I am excited to see the film on November.

Watch the trailer here.

 

Attention: Nurses who wants to work in Saudi Arabia

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This is posted today at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties Facebook Page.

For all Nurses:

Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in partnership with Pearson Vue announcing for the increased question-examination items from 100 to 150 items in 3 -hour period.
Result of the examination will be released after 3 days which will be determined using the range percentile scores.

These photos are also posted on the said page which shows the new format of the Prometric Test Result for SCFHS.

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Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

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Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

What’s the difference from the old SCFHS Prometric test? Well, I took my Prometric test in September 2011 and since then I haven’t noticed the changes that occurred while I was working in Saudi. Anyway, in 2011 the number of items in the exam was 70 and you can get the result as soon as you finished the test (You can finish the test in an hour or so). The print out will say if you passed or failed. The exam fee in 2011 was $90. Today, I checked the Pearson Vue site for the SCFHS certification Testing and it says that starting from July 1, 2017, all SCFHS exam fees will be adjusted. I don’t know for sure how much it is but if you are interested in taking the exam, you can contact Pearson Vue here.

Another thing I noticed from the Pearson Vue site is this:

Kindly note that healthcare professionals will first have to apply to Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. You will be able to sit for the exam once credentialing has been done and approved.

Before, you can easily book and pay the exam yourself online without needing any permission from any regulating body or organization. As of this month, prior to booking the exam, a permission to take the test must be acquired from the SCFHS. I think, this “approval” will be automatically sent to Pearson Vue and the applicant will be notified via email that he is given the permission to take the test. Once notified, the applicant can create an account on Pearson Vue to book and pay for the Prometric exam. I could be wrong though. So, if you have questions about the process, it’s best to contact the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

There you go. If you are reading this because you are going to take the Prometric exam soon, good luck and thank you for dropping by!

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