Monday, August 27, 2012

Annoying Facebookers #2

File:Facebook.svgSeems like the 'Annoying Facebookers' post I did last year was not enough to cover all the shit that happens on Facebook, so I decided to do another one!

- People who delete statuses and comments.
Basically, they post something stupid and someone comments on it and that makes them realise how retarded it was so they delete it to save themselves the embarrassment.

- Excessive PDA. Couples who communicate via Facebook.
I honestly don't get this one. I mean, it's great that you two are happy and blah blah, but seriously, aren't relationships supposed to be more personal?
I don't get why couples these days are always writing on each others walls or dedicating personal statuses to each other. I mean, if you have something to say, I'm sure you have each others phone numbers. You can have these conversations in private instead of with the rest of the world.

- People who are fake/ attention seekers.
There are so many examples of this but the one that bugs me the most is when people write something like:
"Happy birthday mom, I love you so much, you're the best!", when they don't even have their mom added as a friend on facebook -.-
Please show your love in real life and not on a social media site just to get attention.

- People who are obsessed with their children.
There's nothing wrong with loving your kids but uploading photos of them all day and writing a status about EVERY cute or adorable thing they did that day can get kind of annoying.

- People who fish for compliments.
They upload a photo of themselves and caption it 'no comments, I know its ugly'. Well then you shouldn't have uploaded it in the first place. I usually ignore such people but if baffles me when their friends comment things like 'no way, if ur ugly then what am i?' or 'you're gorg hunny! xx'. (These are actual comments I saw on such a picture last week).

Do you guys find these things anoying too or am I just being overdramatic? :P Anything else that bugs you on Facebook?


I finished reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. It was amazing, definitely the most quotable book I have read. Have you guys read it? Let me know in the comments what you thought of it! :)

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them" - Stephen Chbosky

Friday, August 3, 2012

Every book does not need to be made into a movie.

Is it just me, or does it seem like every well-known book is being adapted into a movie? A lot of times when I talk about about a book I have read or want to read, the response I get is:
"Have you watched the movie version?" or "Did you know they're making it into a movie?"
To this, I have two reactions. Either I'm a) happy because I think it will be interesting to see how the plot will be adapted onto the screen OR b) confused and frustrated because people don't get that some books should be left alone.

Popular books have an already existing fan base which means higher potential profits and viewings etc, I get that. And yes, a lot of the time, the movie actually encourages people to read the book. But a bad movie adaptation can easily ruin the book. 

Movies and books are two separate things and we shouldn't be merging them together all the time. I'm not saying we should stop turning books into movies; some books are great as movies but others are better left untouched. There are certain stories which can't be captured on film as well as they're written on paper. Books are mysterious and obscure, which makes them more personal. Because how you understand or imagine the story is all up to you, so everyone who reads that book has a different experience with it.
What do you think about books being made into movies? I admit that movies like A Walk To Remember (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks) are great, so I'm not completely biased in my opinion :P


If you were wondering where I disappeared to, I was on a family holiday. I haven't been doing much since I came back home over a week ago. Even though there is so much stuff I need to/want to do. And one of them is catch up on your blogs, I'm always falling behind :/

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

PurpleMist's Life Update #1

Cupcakes make me happy.

So, as some of you may know, I'm on a pretty long holiday at the moment. 10 months, to be exact. I know it sounds like a lot but this year has passed by SO fast! I only have 3 more months until my university course starts.

The thing about having so much free time is that you're always going to worry that you're wasting it. I had a pretty long holiday two years ago and at the end of it, I regretted not doing more things during the free time that I had. The only things I did during those school-free 6 months were that I started this blog and participated in NaNoWriMo.

During this holiday, I've been trying to do as much as I can, but I still get lazy and end up wasting hours on the internet almost everyday every now and then. I want to do things worth mentioning and so far I have:
- got my driving license
- joined a volunteer program
- watched way too many movies and tv shows
- became an editor for a young writer on wattpad
- met a LOT of new people
- read some amazing books
- became part of an online writing team

I think I'm quite happy with the things I've been doing but there was a lot more stuff I wish I had done. Like, I wanted to learn photoshop and work on my novel regularly (sort out the plot, write a second draft and clear things up so when people ask me what it is about, I actually have an answer!).

Most of you don't know this but it was my birthday a few weeks ago, on the 7th of June. I was supposed to publish this post somewhere around that time but it took longer than I expected. Yes, I procrastinate THAT much.
Anyways, my brother (it happens to be HIS birthday today!) gave me an awesome birthday gift, these two books:
I had been dying to read Mitch Albom's books because a friend of mine had told me so much about them. I completed 'tuesdays with Morrie' a few days ago and gosh, I honestly think every one should read this book. And if reading isn't your thing, then watch the movie!
I can't wait to read 'the five people you meet in heaven' next.

Speaking on books and reading, I'm going to be part of a book blog tour next month. Not sure how these things work because it's my first time but I've been given a copy of the ebook which I haven't started reading yet. It's a collection of short stories by multiple authors. I will be reviewing it on this blog soon and the awesome part is that I get to interview one of the authors!


To the person who sent an email asking me to do a life update post: thank you! I was getting lazy running out of ideas so your suggestion got me writing.
I'm not really sure what to write about in a life update post so I just ranted on about all the stuff I've been doing.

I love getting emails from followers, it still amazes me that people actually go out of their way to talk to me via email, you guys totally make my day :D

I have SO many blogs to catch up on, sorry I haven't been reading/commenting, I'll get to it asap!


I have so much to tell you, the problem isn’t that I’m running out of time, I’m running out of room, this book is filling up, there couldn’t be enough pages, I looked around the apartment this morning for one last time and there was writing everywhere, filling the walls and mirrors, I rolled up the rugs so I could write on the floors, I’d written on the windows and around the bottles of wine we were given but never drank, I only wore short sleeves, even when it’s cold, because my arms are books too. But there’s too much to express. I’m sorry. -Jonathan Safran Foer
I need this.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Mini Reviews: Books & Movies :)

I liked this book better than I thought I would. At first, some of the characters pissed me off with the silly things they did and the stupid decisions they made. But as I read further into the story, I got more intrigued by how complex the plot really was and I loved how the author dealt with the issue of self-esteem amongst teenage girls.
“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.” 

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Despite the fact that I was pretty much hooked after reading the first few pages and finished it in a couple of hours, I wouldn't recommend this book. Zoey's character made me want to pull my hair out and I didn't like most of the other characters because they were too one-dimensional, specially her father. This novel is character-driven so I wish it had better characters and personalities.
"I understand I can’t have you. But I want to know you’re in the world with me.”

Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan 

I almost never read fantasy novels because I prefer to read about real life and not some made up fantasy world. So I didn't think I would like this book, but I found myself actually enjoying it and completed in a few days time. There were some plot problems but overall it was a good read and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. (I'll be writing a proper review of this book later.)

“When it comes to matters of the heart, rules don't matter.” 


I wanted to watch this movie for two reasons:
1) I heard it's hilarious and 2) Channing Tatum is in it. 
And guess what? I loved it! I was actually laughing out loud, which doesn't happen very often during movies. I wouldn't even mind watching it again.

Honestly, the only reason I wanted to watch this movie was because the male lead was Ed Westwick (he plays Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl). It was a fun movie, not exactly as chick flick-y as I expected it to be. The actors played their roles perfectly and the story line was great. And of course, all the English accents were very attractive.

This movie was amazing. Very unique storyline and the directing  was wonderful. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet played their roles perfectly and I fell in love with their characters just a few minutes into the movie. I still don't really know how to describe it, it was just different from anything I've ever watched, but in a good way. It showed how fragile relationships can be and how difficult it really is to run away from memories, specially the good ones. 
Makes me think of this quote by Maya Angelou:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

I didn't want to make this post too long by adding summaries, so just click on the titles to read more about the books and movies!
If you have watched/read any of these, share your opinions please :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

3 Things I Don't Like About Your Blog.

I follow a quite a lot of blogs and it gets hard to keep up so when I get the time, I try to read a week's worth of posts on my dashboard all in one go. If you haven't figured out already, that's a LOT of reading. So it takes a couple of hours and usually I don't mind because I like reading blogs just as much as I like writing them. But there are some things which kind of bother me when I'm trying to read or respond to a blog post.

1. Annoying background music.
Or any music actually. I hate when a song automatically starts playing when I open your blog. And I really hate when I can't even find where on the blog the music player is! I don't get why bloggers want to force us to listen to music that they like. I mean, what if I already have my own music playing, don't you see how annoying this could be?
Also, most of the time, I open a couple of blogs at the same time in different tabs. So when music starts playing from ONE of them, I have to check which one it is then find the player then pause it. Very inconvenient.

2. Confusing design and layout.
I don't like it when it's difficult for me to find my way around a blog. Like when I can't find old posts or the 'post a comment' link. I also don't get the point of having loads of unnecessary stuff on your blog. Sometimes it's difficult to actually read the content of the blog due to colours or small font. Also, I know people who have lots of widgets and other stuff at the sides of the page. This makes the page load super slow, which sucks for the person who actually wants to read and comment on your blog.

3. Captcha (word verification) on comments.
I know you're trying to prevent getting spam comments and whatnot but I removed the captcha on my blog a long time ago and haven't had any problems at all. I think people are more likely to comment if they don't have to bother with typing in the code. And for readers like me it's very tedious to type in code after code as I go about trying to read and comment on as many blogs as I can.

I could add more to this list but I don't think it would be fair for me to critisize the content of people's blogs because it their blog, they can write whatever they want on it and I have no right to judge them. I mean, if I don't like it or find it interesting, I just don't have to read it. That's why I don't get people who bother writing hate comments on blogs.

Anyways, what are some of your pet peeves when it comes to reading blogs?
Anything you don't like about mine?
I'd love to know!

I recently joined the writing team at an online magazine called High School Pieces. Check out my first article on 5 Ways To Overcome Insomnia.
I think I'm going to write a post with mini reviews of some books and movies. Because I've been reading a lot of books and watching a lot of movies recently. 
I wrote a guest post for Albert, he's doing this really cool A-Z guest post series. I got the letter "E", so I wrote about Ed Sheeran, click here to read it :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I remember the most random things from my childhood. Most of them are not anything significant so I don't know why these moments have stuck with me. And when I try to recall them, all these little snippets of my life pass through my head like a fast forwarded video.
For instance, I remember a lot of things from the day my grandfather passed away. It was 10 years ago so I was around 7 or 8 years old back then.

My cousins and I were fooling around in the car on our way back from school. We didn't know what had happened until we actually got home.
The shirt I wore that day: it was a dull lime green colour with a little pattern shaped like a sun in the middle. I think I remember it because I felt like I should be wearing white like everyone else, since it was a funeral.
Sitting in my parents' room with some of my siblings and cousins. I was flipping through a KFC calendar, trying to distract myself.
I also remember seeing him for the last time.

Then there are those moments which I'm not sure whether they actually happened or if I was just dreaming. Like once I was travelling by bus overnight. We were on the highway and I woke up to look out the window and see where we were. 

I looked up and gosh... I was mesmerised. It was dark, obviously, but the sky was lit up by a cluster of little dotted stars. And there were SO MANY of them. I had never seen something like that and I even remember taking out my glasses from my bag to look at it more clearly. 

It was just so beautiful. And maybe that's why I think I might have dreamt it. I'm pretty certain it actually happened but I can't be sure since I was half asleep and I don't have any proof. I wish I had taken a photo of it or at least woken my sister up (who was sleeping in the seat beside me) to share it with her so I would have some sort of evidence that it was real. But I didn't and all I have is the memory of that scenery. I don't think I'll ever forget it. Honestly I'm not even exaggerating, it was the most magnificent thing I have ever seen. 

P.S. I love pandas.


A long time ago, I wrote a post called The Book That Changed My Life. I talked about the book Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. And guess what? The author read it! 
Receiving this message on Tumblr totally made my day:

Friday, April 20, 2012

earthquakes, hospitals, music and photography.

These days, if I lie still, I feel like the ground is shaking slightly. I know it's not actually happening, but for some reason, I feel like it is. This is probably because of the earthquake last week. It wasn't even THAT strong here in Malaysia. Definitely the worst I've experienced but still not as bad as it was in Indonesia, as in there were no things falling off shelves etc..

The first one was pretty crazy. I was on on the computer and I felt like someone was shaking my chair. I froze, my first thought was that it was a ghost :P Yes, I'm so paranoid about these things. But then my mom ran out of her room and said she can feel it too so we rushed downstairs.
The second time I was lying on my bed, when suddenly I felt like my bed is swaying. I thought I was just imagining it. But then I sat up and I could still feel it, turned out it was happening again.

So now whenever I'm lying on my bed, I feel the tremors, it's super weird. 


Yesterday, I was at the hospital, sitting in one of those big rooms with loads of beds and curtains for a whole group of patients. I saw an old lady there sliding a portable oxygen tank type thing along with her whenever she walked from her bed to the toilet on the other side of the room. Each time she did this, I watched her and you know what it reminded me of? 
Hazel Grace!
I smiled, thinking about Philip :)
[If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about then you should go read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.]


I love how I get introduced to some of the most amazing music through TV shows. Like this one.
I'm always typing out lyrics to songs I hear in the background and searching them in google so I can listen to them properly.The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl have the best music!
Speaking of TV shows I started watching New Girl, love it.
And another one called Community. At first I thought it was kind of boring, but now I like it. 

Also, the evil people of Tumblr are making me want to watch Supernatural and Doctor Who. But I won't. At least not until I've caught up with the shows I'm already watching. I waste so much time.


The awesome photo editing website Picnik is shutting down today (19th April). I wanted to use one last time before that happened so I spent a few minutes editing some of my doodles. Just to add some colours to them and make them more attractive because these ones are so random.


Monday, April 9, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars and The Hunger Games.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. 

As you may already know, there was a lot of hype surrounding this book before it even got published. The main reason I decided to read it was because once it DID get published, the internet wouldn't shut up about it (by that I mean people on Tumblr who kept reblogging these amazing quotes from this novel which I hadn't read and it was driving me crazy).

What I loved most about The Fault In Our Stars were the characters. They were so intriguing and different. And the dialogue was pretty epic too, just like John Green's other novels, pretty much the entire book was quote-able.

When I really love a book, I can't put it down. These days I have a lot of free time so I could have easily finished this book in a few days but it took me almost 2 weeks to complete it. I don't want to say it was boring because there were a lot of things I loved in it, but it just didn't make me feel like oh-my-god-I-can't-stop-reading-this. Also, it didn't make me cry. At all. And I don't say that with pride, when a book makes you cry it's a good thing because that shows that it really had some sort of affect on you. But for some reason I didn't cry while reading The Fault In Our Stars. Even though it was immensely sad and beautiful.

So overall, I think it's a great read, but I prefer John's other novel, Looking For Alaska.
I think I'm going to read Paper Towns next.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are book which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


The Hunger Games Movie (Spoilers!)

I watched the movie about 2 weeks ago. Since then I've had some time to think about it. I'm not disappointed at all, like a lot of other fans. I think the movie was actually very satisfying. Sure, there were some things which weren't exactly like the book but then again, I never expected it to be perfect. It met my expectations and I think the cast did a great job portraying the characters. 

I also liked how they showed the world outside of Katniss' view, like the control room for the Hunger Games and the interaction between President Snow and the head game-maker, Seneca Crane. The nightlock scene was one of my favourites since we weren't told how Seneca is killed and I think how they showed the death was pretty genius.

There were a number of things I would have changed or done differently, like give more importance to the mockingjay pin (in the movie Katniss got it from a shop instead of it being a gift from Madge). But I really think that despite all these flaws, the movie was great and the acting was as good as it could be, most of the actors played their roles perfectly.
I will surely watch it again whenever I get the chance!
What did you guys think of the movie?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: My Memories Suite- Digital Scrapbooking Kit

A few days ago, I received an email from someone who works for My Memories, a digital scrapbooking software company. She said she wants to give me a free copy of the My Memories Suite software so I can try it out and review it on my blog. So here it is!

As stated in the email I received, My Memories Suite is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews. Using this software, anyone can create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts without having to buy expensive and complicated software programs. 

Honestly, when I first opened up the software I was kind of shocked because I didn't expect it to be so advanced. I thought it was just for arranging photos and playing around with some effects but this software has so much more to offer. These are some of features which stand out:
  • You can add page embellishments, backgrounds, imprints and shapes (to decorate your scrapbook)
  • You can pick your canvas size for your scrapbook or craft project, and add different shaped album pages into current album
  • Word Art Designer feature provides 1-click options to bevel, emboss, add gradients, drop shadows, warp or shape, or paste images into text
  • You can print your pages at home or use built in wizard to make your album into a professionally printed book
To read about all the features, you can take a look at the: Full Feature List

One thing I really love is that you can 'view' your album in a proper scrapbook type layout, with double-page spreads. What's even better is that you have the option to share your complete album/scrapbook through either Print Sharing or Multimedia Sharing.

I think scrapbooking is awesome but I could never get myself to take it up as a hobby because it was too costly (a nice scrapbooking kit can be expensive, and on top of that we need to buy extra decorations), time-consuming and it seemed like too much hard work.

But this digital scrapbooking is much better for someone like me since I'm too lazy to have a real scrapbook :P And plus, it's more affordable and the software is really easy to use, and all the decorations etc are included in the kit!
I would definitely recommend this software :D

[The pictures in this post are just a few scrapbook pages I put together quickly as examples for you guys]

If you are interested in ordering the
My Memories Suite kit or downloading a free trial version, click here. 
Other software you can take a look at:
MyMemories Wedding Studio
MyMemories Photobook Studio
Other My Memories links: BlogFacebookTwitter

Friday, January 20, 2012

Diary and Doodles.

After coming back home the first thing I was forced to do did was clean up my cupboard and drawers because my whole room was a mess and I really needed to organise my clothes and books etc..
Cleaning up is not my favourite thing to do but I just love finding stuff that I had either
a) forgotten about, or b) never realised I had.

So guess what I found?
My diary.
It's like 5 years old. I'm not stupid enough to keep one now. Not that I think keeping a diary is stupid, I've just learned that it's better to not write some things down. Because years later, you'll want to destroy the evidence of your most embarrassing moments so that no one finds out.

Anyway, reading the things I wrote five years ago was pretty amusing because it made me realise how much I have grown up. It's pathetic how all those little things used to be such a big deal to me back then. Life was so much less complicated and my problems were so silly. But mostly, reading all the stupid stuff I wrote made me laugh. I was a weird child.

So I have two options. I can either burn all the pages of the diary/throw it away, or keep it so ten years from now, I can remind myself of how stupid I was.
I think I'll keep it for now.

I received an email from someone who works for My Memories, it's a digital scrap booking software company. And she said she wants to give me a free copy of the software so I can review it on my blog.
So I'll download it soon, play around with it, then give you guys a review!


Random doodles to make this post more interesting :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Guest Post by Twefrence: Kids these days

This post is going to be based on my personal experience with children and what I’ve observed from my surroundings.

“Back in the days” when I was still a “kid” (I label this as < 13)I played with Barbie dolls, make believe, tag, Uno, the Sims, board games etc I only got my first handphone (which I’m still currently using) when I was in Year 9 (although I did skip 2 years ahead of my peers)

What do I see now? Kids in STROLLERS are playing with iPads or their parents’ smartphones. Children who are still in primary school have handphones. To this, I am slightly baffled. Some might say “Oh, it’s so I can contact them for ‘emergency purposes’” Sure, that’s a great use but aren’t children of that age either:

a) In school or

b) Beside you?

Children of that age should never be walking out alone to begin with. So why are they not beside you? And I do believe they don’t have anything “so important” that they have the need of contacting their friends immediately about. That’s what house phones are for, right?

Maybe, you think I’m just being a sour grape. Because I slightly am But is it REALLY a good idea to have children exposed in the world of technology and media at such a young age? They don’t even really know how to appreciate and handle the gadgets yet. From all the children I’ve seen using a touch screen gadget, all of them prod and stab the screen with their fingers. (My heart bleeds at the image, because I don’t have one and they do)

When I was in Primary school, I was SUPER innocent. Saying “shit” or “crap” was like the BIGGEST thing ever, no one even dared to utter the “f” word. We used to giggle uncontrollably just from the word “sex” during our puberty “talk” with our teacher. However, children curse and swear all the time now. They either picked it up from the media, peers or siblings…

My friend was talking about how this 12/13 year old girl with a bunch of her classmates from my high school went up to a 17/18 year old senior and professed her “love” to him and the sexual acts she was going to offer him.

I don’t want to sound like a prude, but that’s wrong in so many ways. Shouldn’t a girl respect themselves so much more? It’s not like the guy has ever talked to her. He now avoids her like the plague, while the bunch of girls bitches and glares at any girl remotely near the guy.
Click here to enlarge.

I do believe there is still hope though. I’m glad little boys still play with toy cars and little girls still play with Barbie dolls. (Yes, I know I’m being stereotypical right now, this was an example) Some parents are still very observant in what their children is exposed to, teaches them manners, discipline and try not to spoil them too much.

I guess what I really wanted to say is. Children are acting too much like adults now. They get exposed to the “dark side” of the real world too early. Because, my childhood years were the best years I’ve ever lived and it’s sad to see children losing their innocence so early on…

About the blogger:
Hi I’m Twefrence. I’m a very big youtube nerd; I practically have no life outside of the internet. I rant, writes stories, and sometimes emo poems on my blog heylookitsmeanonymous. This is also my first guest post =). Thanks for taking the time to read this!


And this was the last guest post for my december guest post series :)
I was literally nodding all through out this post when I first read it, everything she said was so true!
Please do check out Twefrence's blog: HEY LOOK! It's me: Anonymous
Just letting you guys know that I'm back!
Slightly jetlagged right now but hopefully I can start blogging again soon.