Sunday, February 2, 2014

PurpleMist's Life Update #3

It has been over a year since my last life update. Back then I was just a few months into my degree course and looking forward to 2013. I actually followed through with my plan to do the 2013 memory jar project. However, instead of collecting memories in a jar, I used a box, here's a photo I took after a few months of 2013 (different coloured papers for different months). I switched to writing down memories as notes on my phone instead to save time and because I'm lazy.

Now I'm half way through university and currently having a 2 week holiday after completing the third semester. So happy to get this break so I can waste time and be lazy because the exams were super stressful.  During exam time I was so busy and tired and had so much shit to do, but now I'm so free I just walk around the house feeling out of place because there's literally NOTHING to do and I'm not used to this and I'm SO BORED. I don't have a car right now so I'm stuck at home a lot. So this is probably why I'm back on blogger (finally). I'm even willing to try out twitter just so I have more pointless stuff to do on the internet.

2013 was a pretty good year overall. A lot of things changed and I miss a lot of people (as always). Most importantly, I had an awesome summer back in my hometown when I attended my cousin's wedding. Dressing up is always fun :) On the right is a photo of my favourite  hairdo from one of the main wedding events, a waterfall braid!


I finished watching One Tree Hill and it's the first (drama based) TV show that actually taught me about life, family and love. And the finale was super inspiring, the whole story wrapped up very nicely. I'm glad I actually learned so much just by sitting down and staring at my laptop screen. Highly recommended show!
It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life. -Nathan Scott

I also did some baking:


Hope you guys are having a great 2014 so far and I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the year ♥

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blogging Tips: Writing good blog posts.

Check out the previous post: Blogging Tips: How to get more followers.
This post is more about how to KEEP those followers.
I follow over a hundred blogs and I've been reading and keeping up with blogs for the last 2-3 years. So these tips are from a reader's perspective, there are certain things in blog posts which I like so here's a list of things which make readers want to read blog posts.

Paragraphing --- I often come across posts which are so difficult to read and keep up with because there's no paragraphing at all. This makes me just skim over the post, not really reading anything, or giving up on reading the blog post altogether because I can't focus with so many words. So it's super important to write in paragraphs, so that your readers don't get frustrated while reading your blog posts.

Length of post --- Don't drag the post with meaningless content, but also don't make it too short. I personally find it easier to read posts which include lists or subheadings, it's an effective way to maintain the reader's attention.

Title --- The title of your post should tell the reader exactly what to expect, a plus would be to have some attention grabbing titles. But don't use a title that is irrelevant to the content just to get more people to click on your post.

Proof-read --- Read through the post before you publish it. I cringe everytime I find multiple spelling mistakes in one post and it makes me think... if the blogger doesn't care enough to proof-read, why should I care to read their post?

Pictures --- Include images in your posts along with the text, it keeps the readers from getting bored. This is something I'm struggling with, since I want to stop simply copying images from google images and using them on here in case I violate any copyright laws.

Content --- Last but definitely not least, is the actual content. It's your blog, write whatever you want. But if you want other people to read it too, then make it interesting.


I also did a post on: 3 Things I Don't Like About Your Blog.
Once again, I'm no expert, this tips are just from my observation of blogs. Please comment below with any more ideas, I could use them!

P.S. I really applaud bloggers who still post regularly and don't ditch their blog every few months. I struggle with this a lot, clearly.

Monday, December 16, 2013

External Forces (The Laws of Motion #1) by Deborah Rix

A fast-paced, high-stakes adventure through a future world where evolution is the new religion and genetic deviations are not tolerated. When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the army probably will.
Read the full blurb here.

"TREASON. BETRAYAL. HEARTBREAK. A lot can happen to a girl between her first kiss and her first kill" ---- that sure got my attention! This single sentence was honestly the main reason I decided to read this book :P

On the whole, I really enjoyed this novel. Being someone who doesn't read much science fiction, it was a welcome change for me. The author created an intriguing version of the future where there is all kinds of new technology and evolution is seen as a religion. After completing the book, my first thought was about how great this story would be for a movie. I would love watch all the action that happens in the Special Forces and see the deviant mutations visually. Yes, books are far better than movies but I really think a movie with this plot line would be awesome.

The thing I really liked about this storyline was that even though the world in this book was very different from what we live in today, it still felt realistic. The author did a great job of creating a dystopian world and the problems faced by the characters were very brutal, I felt myself fearing for them and silently urging them on.

I liked how the characters were all so unique with their own little quirks. The character development for the protagonist, Jess, that took place as the story continued was great and really made me empathise with her. What made the characters so real was the dialogue and the way each of them spoke. The dialogues didn't sound scripted at all and this was probably my favourite part. The conversations flowed easily, everything just felt so real and I could imagine it all playing out in my head.

The only downer was that I felt like there was something missing at the end. It ended so abruptly and the last scene (not giving away any spoilers) really broke my heart. But luckily this is a trilogy, so I can be assured that the story will continue in the second book of the series.

I'm looking forward to reading the next two books of The Laws of Motion trilogy!

Friday, November 15, 2013

10 Awesome TV Shows!

File:Sherlock titlecard.jpg 1. Sherlock
Recently started watching and love it! I'm still catching up with the episodes (so please no spoilers :P). I've had this series with me for a long long time, but resisted watching because.. let's face it, I watch way too many shows already. So glad I finally watched it. Definitely the wittiest show on this list! 

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 2. Gossip Girl
Before I started watching this show, I kind of used to look down on it. I assumed it was all just stereotypical highschool/ teen drama, which it was, but I found there was so much more to it. Even the ending was satisfying, since we actually find out who gossip girl is.
3. The Big Bang Theory
Feels like I've been watching this show for years, and it's good to see the characters change and grow. A great comedy to balance out all the drama-centred shows that I watch.

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4. New Girl
I've watched the first two seasons multiple times, I just don't get sick of it! Love the characters and the different stories in every episode, so funny. It's such a great show, though I  still need to catch up on season 3! The OC
I had no idea what to expect when I started watching this show, but I ended up getting hooked from the first episode. Its another high school show but doesn't focus much on the school part, instead its more about growing up and finding yourself. Also, I love Summer and Seth.

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6. The Vampire Diaries
Just when I think this show is getting dull, there's a huge plot twist and I'm back to loving it. Love all the charaters and the back stories and the consistently good plot. Also, the spin off series, The Originals, is great too!

File:One Tree Hill original opening credits.jpg7. One Tree Hill
It has 9 seasons in total, and I'm still on season 5, so far its pretty good. Sometimes I love it and sometimes it drags, but its mostly just a great drama series with realistic storylines. Much better than shows like 90210, which are so stereotypical and repetitive. 

8. Pretty Little Liars
This show has a little bit of everything: romance, suspense, horror, mystery. But it's mainly mystery and keeps us on edge about what terrible thing is going to happen next.
Definitely worth watching!

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9. Friends
My favourite show! I can literally watch Friends everyday and not get bored of it. Haven't come across a show as original and funny and heartwarming as this one. I was so sad it ended on season 10. But then I started watching it all over again :D

10. Suggestions? Let me know what other show(s) you think should be on this list! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Coaster by Lorena Bathey

18086329 Honestly, the reason this book caught my interest was because of the cover. I know I know, we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and whatnot, but sometimes a cover just catches your eye and makes you want to read the book before even knowing what it's about. I absolutely love simple yet eye-catching covers. So that is what sparked my interest and then after reading the blurb, I definitely wanted to read it.

When a bomb explodes at an amusement park eight people are killed. This tragedy and loss will change the lives of those who loved and lost them. What happens when disaster touches someone's life? Will it inspire them? Destroy them? Or change them? A character study of grief, loss, and finding your way through tragedy, follow the survivors as they work to move forward when their life is abruptly shattered.

This book has a little bit of everything: suspense, mystery, crime and a very realistic and charming romance (my favourite part!). It starts off through the villain's point of view and the reader gets a glimpse into how the villain's mind works. By the end of the first chapter there's a lot of anticipation because we know something horrible is going to happen.

The thing I liked about this novel is that it was very direct. There were no dull moments, every single thing led the story forward. Often books are full of back-stories and unnecessary details which drag the story but this book is very fast paced. The characters are all so real and I got attached to them quickly, despite knowing some horrible stuff is going to happen to them soon. I really enjoyed how each character was introduced into the story and they all had something unique about them which made them memorable.

This book kept me on the edge with the suspense and also made me teary with all the emotional trauma that came after the tragedy. The ending was very satisfying and had me smiling. It was a very realistic story and an easy-read because it's pretty short. I would definitely recommend this novel for people who like to read thrillers and crime stories!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blogging Tips: How to get more followers.

I'm no expert blogger, but I thought I would share the little that I do know about blogging. So I'm writing a few posts on blogging tips, this first one is about how to get more followers. Hitting 200+ followers has not been easy. Some bloggers get followers easily and others struggle a lot. It actually took me two years to get to 200!

Google Friend Connect. 
On Blogger, most people follow your blog through GFC. So make sure you have a GFC widget on your blog and that it is easily accessible. Place it somewhere on your sidebar where it will be easy to spot so people don't have to scroll and search too much to find out how to follow your blog. I often don't follow blogs because I can't be bothered to look for the GFC widget. Sometimes, they don't have one in the first place, and I try not to follow through email because it can clutter my inbox. So having a GFC widget is a must.

Keep your blog open to public.
This way, more people will have access to it. It's very tedious when we have to sign in to our Google accounts just to view a blog. So if you don't have any particular reason to keep your blog private or only open to invited readers, just keep it public so you can gain more followers. People might even find your blog while browsing around the internet, and if it has what they're looking for, they might follow you.

I recently claimed my blog on Bloglovin'. It's a very useful site for bloggers and for people who like to read blogs. It's a great platform for exploring new blogs so who knows, someone might stumble upon yours and decide to follow it.

Social networking sites.
You can share your new posts on Facebook or Twitter etc., so your friends will know about your blog and if they're interested, they will follow you. You can even make a page on Facebook for your blog where you can share your posts so people will be up to date with your posts.

This is probably the most important tip. Visit other blogs, follow them if you like the content, comment on their posts and request for them to check out your blog.
Don't just go for the 'follow for follow' thing because there's no point in having a high number of followers if those people are not actually interested in reading your content or commenting on your posts.
Blog-walking is all about finding blogs that interest you and making connections with the bloggers.

Write good content so you can keep those followers.
More on this on my next blogger tips post!


I hope this helped :)
If you have any more tips on gaining followers, please share them in the comments!
Also, let me know if you want me to give blogger tips on anything.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TAG: What's in my bag?

Below is a photo of my bag. It's pretty small but that's why I bought it. Small is cute. Small is convenient. I can only carry a limited amount of things in my bag so besides the general stuff like my phone and wallet, I carry FIVE awesome products. Here they are!

1. Maybelline
Clear Smooth BB cream

This is my favourite 'make up' product. I am very lazy when it comes to putting on makeup and all, so this is perfect. It's very easy to apply and it makes your skin look clearer and smoother. This BB cream also works as a great concealer. I have dark circles around my eyes sometimes from lack of sleep so after applying this cream, my eyes look less zombie-like and my face overall appears more fresh.

2. The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On (Cherry)
I purchased this a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I often use it instead of lip gloss. The roll-on makes application easier and quicker. It's natural and healthy and keeps lips from getting dry. Also the flavour is lovely, I really like the cherry smell/taste.

3. Karaja Coal Black Kajal Eye Liner
I love wearing kajal. I've been wearing it for years. I might even be slightly addicted to it since I wear it almost every time I leave the house. I feel my eyes look dull and boring if I don't wear it. This particular one defines the eyes really well and it's better quality than any other kajal I've tried.

4. Clean & Clear Oil Blotting Wipes
Living in a humid country like Malaysia, my face often gets oily so this is the perfect remedy. I just take it out and swipe it over my face a few times and it easily gets rid of the oiliness. Very convenient and easy to use. A must-have if you live in a humid place or are just prone to having oily skin/sweating easily.

5. RENU Rewetting Drops
This is a very useful product for contact lens wearers. I have extremely sensitive eyes which often dry up right after putting in my lenses. So I started using these rewetting drops, I put the drops in approximately every two hours. It just makes my eyes more comfortable and I don't need to worry about my lenses getting dirty while inserted.

So those are my five products. Don't forget to tell me what's in YOUR bag and if you use any of these products :)
I reached 200+ followers! That is insane. I know many of these followers don't even go use Blogger anymore, but just seeing that number there and knowing that more than 200 people, at some point or another, were interested in reading my blog... that's a great feeling!


“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”
- Gayle Forman, If I Stay
(I just read this book and its sequel 'Where She Went'. SO GOOD.)