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Atheera Dayana

    BOOKS AND MOVIES

    Reader Problems Book Tag

    Reader Problems Book Tag

    Every reader loves book. We reached for a book whenever we want to read. If there’s no book to read, this might be a problem to some of us. In my case, I have lots of books to read and my problem is I don’t have enough time read, that my number 1 problem. While there are 101 reader problems, here is a book tag created by Tiffany from Abouttoread, the Reader Problems Book Tag.

    Reader Problems Book Tag

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    BLOGGING

    The Reasons I Moved from Blogger to WordPress

    The Reasons I Moved from Blogger to WordPress

    Most of us, blogger uses the Blogger to start a blog because it is easy and cheap. We can always start running a blog without using any penny and back then we have lots of template tutorial or blogskin to choose from.

    Previously I don’t ever remember myself trying to learn anything in Blogger, everything is so easy as you just need to write and publish as we already have a domain when we first setup as Blogger. I was comfortable there, not going to lie. I was in Blogger since 2009, hell if I am not I won’t be staying there for straight seven years.

    That is why, back then I never thought of changing my blogging platform.

    So why I actually moved from Blogger to WordPress?

    The Reasons I Moved from Blogger to WordPress

    Blogger Login Mail is Not Mine

    Firstly, the main reason I hated my blog in blogger because of the mailing address they used was not mine. And I was not happy at all. I didn’t know what happen actually. We will normally used google account to login to blogger.com, I used my yahoo account to login to google. Back then I don’t have a gmail account which was my mistake because did you know gmail and google account actually linked?

    When my mom uses my laptop and she created a new gmail account which was for her office e-mailing address, and straight after that, her email address was already link with my google and blogger account. I still can login to my google account using my yahoo email, but soon I detected my primary email address in blogger was my mom email address and I could not change that.

    You know I can still write but when I commented on someone post, it linked to the google account and automatically they used the primary email address for any follow up reply. And seriously I hate to see that.

    Terrible Blogger Commenting System

    Did any of you like the blogger commenting system? It sucks to me. When I am replying and publish my reply to the commenter, the page will refresh and I am taking extra time to wait for the page to load again just to reply comment.

    When I saw lots of blogger started using Disqus, and I love how Disqus works so without further ado I created a Disqus commenting system for my blog. But it didn’t work. To be precise, Disqus didn’t properly sync my old comment to my Disqus. So again I was stuck in Blogger comment system.

    Ugly Blogger Dashboard

    When did Blogger changes it dashboard to a new one? God I don’t want to remember that. Seriously it looks horrible.

    Missing Draft Post

    Blogger new dashboard was literally already making me sick, then you know I was so angry when Blogger did not save my draft post. After all that hardwork of writing, the hour I spent to actually focus on my post, I remembered hitting that save button before closing the tab, the next day, the draft post was gone. Fuck that.


    All of the reasons above may be due to my personal reasons, but after a deeper and more serious read I had, I have made the decision to moved to WordPress. So these are the real reasons I moved from Blogger to WordPress and why you should switch to WordPress.

    Full Control Over Your Blog

    After being tremendously frustrated over all the reasons above, then Erin posted about WordPress. I never actually learn and read what and how WordPress work. So I spend my time on reading and understanding about WordPress. Upon that I knew I wanted to change to WordPress so badly.

    Primary because I know that I actually own my website. All content in Blogger is actually run by google. google has the right to take down your blog at any time. That scare me like shit. God knows if something happen, I won’t be able to save my precious blog.

    In WordPress you will control and build everything which I think it gives personal satisfactory to myself. Seriously now I feel like I am working on my own workspace.

    Beautiful Themes

    WordPress theme are so beautiful. They have lots of design option you can choose from. But of course the paid themes are more eye-catching to me. When I stumble upon a WordPress blog, I really love how it looked so professional and pretty!

    Easy and More Functions

    Since we have to handle everything on our own, WordPress provides more option in term of handling your blog. We can choose our own self-hosted platform depend on our own needs. There are also tons of plugins to choose from.

    Plugins make it easier for us to handle our blog. When I was in Blogger, there a lots of thing I want to add in my blog, though there are tutorials, but it wasn’t as easy if you don’t have a good knowledge in the coding. Everything I need is there in WordPress. Easy and fast. Each of my problems was easily solved (read my previous post) thanks to the tutorial and plugins!

    Search Ranking

    By having a SEO plugins, trust me it is a good way you can have a better search ranking. When your post have a higher grade in the SEO, the chances your post come up first in the search ranking (you know when people search for something on the net like ‘Favourite Movie to Watch’, it will be in the top of the search engine), so this is a great way to build up your traffic.

    That is the reasons why I moved from Blogger to WordPress. Of course you can choose which platform to blog, that is your choice. But, personally I think you can grow your blog faster in WordPress (of course with lots of effort) and you won’t be regreting at all. I regretted not moving to WordPress earlier.

    If you are serious about blogging (I mean if you don’t  mind spending lots of money to be self-hosted and paid theme), I think WordPress is a best option over Blogger.

    Share with me which platform have you used? And the reasons why you switched?

     

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    TRAVEL

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    Since I shared my trip to South Korea few months ago, I got few mails about people asking everything I know about my stay in Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse because I can feel you guys. Deciding where to stay when travelling is the most important part on top of all, especially if you are in a tight budget.

    This time around I just feel I need to conclude my trip to Seoul first before starting to the next destination, Busan. At least I can feel proud I have completed my travelogue in Seoul.

    If you don’t know how to decide your staying place if you have a plan to travel, here are some tips you can used.

    • Set your budget – when you have a certain budget for your accommodation, from there you can decide on what type of accommodation you can choose from, whether to stay in Hotel, Hostel, Apartment or Guesthouse.
    • Location – when your stay is nearer to the city area or tourist attraction, the cost are mostly higher than the one located a bit further. Do also check where is the nearest public transportation station so it will be easier for you to move around.
    • Needs – decide what you need in a stay like sharing bathroom or private bathroom, cooking area, breakfast service, laundry service, room service, etc.
    • Reviews – you can check the reviews on the booking page like agoda, booking.com, trivago, expedia and also blogs before deciding which one suits you the best.

    The one I choose for my stay in Seoul was Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse, Dongdaemun.


    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse, Dongdaemun

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    During my 6 days and 5 nights in Seoul, I stayed at Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse, located at Dongdaemun. I actually had a hard time remembering where I stayed, it only been few months please where you at memories? I feel so blank and lost and I don’t really remember where I save all my trips file. Thank God I found everything back hihi.

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    Overview

    This stay is hosted by 4 mens, they are friendly, can speak English well and can help you if you have any inquiry. If you are in a budget, this can be the Guesthouse for you. Our stay at Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse cost about RM1,152.00 for four people for five nights, makes it RM228.00 per person.

    Location

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse located at the city center of Seoul, Dongdaemun, not far from Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Doota Mall and other tourist attraction places. It takes only five minutes walk from Dongdaemun Station (Line 1 or Line 4, Exit #4).

    Guesthouse in Seoul - Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    Click this link for the direction to this guesthouse.

    Though the street from the subway station can get dark if its already late, there are convenient shop like 7 eleven, Watsons and Medical Shop along the way from the subway station.

    Room

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse located in a three storey building, but only uses the first and second floor for the accommodation. The main counter, kitchen, laundry place and gathering place area located at the first floor. Our room was at the first floor which was so convenient to us because everything is near.

    What you get in a room for four people : 2 double storey beds, a private bathroom with hot and cold shower complete with shampoo and body wash, a long size mirror, place to hang clothes, a small cabinet to store your stuff, room air conditioner, room heater, a stool, two good morning towels, one hair dryer, television, and wifi internet.

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    What you get in this room for 4 people (photos from Seoul Dalbit Website)

    You can check out other rooms here.

    Services

    Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse

    What the gathering/common area look like

    • They provide room service, so you don’t need to clean your room and bathroom every day.
    • All the room are complete with cozy bedding and pillows.
    • Rooms are locked using the card system.
    • Laundry service.
    • You can use the computer provided at the gathering area.

    What I Like

    • Good location. It is near to the subway station, 7 eleven is also around the corner.
    • Good hospitality service. The host will help you to carry your luggage from the ground floor. They are so helpful and good looking too haha.
    • Of course a clean room. Who like dirty and smelly room, urgh disgusting.
    • Provided with laundry service. They have a washing machine there, all you need is to inform them and pay around 3,000 won per times and you can used the laundry. Once the clothes are washed, you need to hang and dry yourself at the second floor with the drying rack they provide.
    • Free breakfast. They will serve breakfast at 8.00am till 10.00 am with cereals I think.
    • Kitchen is complete with microwave, free flow cold and hot water, cooking area, rice cooker and rice too. It is convenient to those who are planning to cook during your stay, like we did.

    What I Dislike

    • Limited room space. With the price, you only got a small limited space. This can be quite inconvenient if you have lots of luggage.
    • You don’t have a cupboard or wardrobe where you can keep your clothes.
    • No iron in the room. Please bring your own if you plan to iron your clothes.
    • No dryer for wet clothes. As I mentioned, you need to hang your clothes yourself.
    • They don’t provide towels.
    • If you plan to eat outside halal food, I am sorry there is not one near the guesthouse.

    Overall, I enjoyed my stay here at Seoul Dalbit. I wouldn’t mind staying here again as I really like the location of this place and the services they provide. Just perfect for my short trip in Seoul, keeping all the memories in the Guesthouse deep in my heart. Oh how I miss the smell of Seoul right now. Read my full journey in Seoul if you miss that out.

    If you are interested or want a full view of Seoul Dalbit Guesthouse, click their official website for more.

    Have you been to Seoul? Where do you stay?

     

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    K-ADDICT

    Best Things About the Old K-Pop Era

    Best Things About Old K-Pop Era

    During the year of 2005-2011 was the best years in the K-Pop scene. It was also called as the Golden Era, where all the big group such as DBSK, Big Bang, Super Junior, Rain, Lee Hyori, Girls Generation and Wonder Girls was in the scene. Do you remember how big and hit they are? Let me tell you guys the Best Things About the Old K-Pop Era and how much I really missed that time.

    Why this period was the peak season of K-Pop waves?

    This was the time where DBSK debuted with the song called Hug (2004), Super Junior debuted with Twins (Knock Out) (2005), Girls Generation with Into the New World (2007) and Wonder Girls with Irony (2007). And there was so many more groups. Do you remember how that was the glories’ time as a K-Pop fans?

    They wasn’t just debuting, but they were coming out with a killer songs, so many things on and off set happening that time, only their true fans will feel it. Though I may not be their fans when they were debuting, but I manage to catch up with all of their activities 4 years later. That is when K-Pop becoming the big thing in the entertainment world.

    Maybe at the time you wasn’t there yet, you was not introduce with K-Pop (or maybe I am old), but you are not late my dear. Here, let me tell you what is the best things happen during the Golden Era.

    The Best Things That I Missed About the Old K-Pop Industry

    and Why You Should Start Rolling In Together With Me

    Their Hit Song

    Each of the groups coming out with such a good and catchy songs everytime. Remember all the songs like U Go Girl, Haru Haru, Lies, Purple Line, Mirotic, Gee, Rainism, Tell Me, Nobody, Sorry Sorry, I am the Best. There were a lot more. Tell me if you are still listening to this songs. All of this songs have a strong rhythm and catchy lyrics, thus easily grabbing attention from fans.

    The Friendship Between Idols

    The idols are not competing each other. Music shows combining all of these legend was the boom. We can see it from collaboration stage between each of them, the backstage footages, and the variety shows they had together.

    Awesome Cover Songs

    One other thing that I love during this time was the cover songs sung by them. Listen to it and you won’t be disappointed.

    Collaboration Between Groups

    Back then we created Wonder Bang, Super Generation, f(SHINee), SHINee Generation, and also SoshiBang. When they are performing together, the world explode. Or we called it my ‘vagina’ explode.

    Damn I am an avid shipper of Jonghyun and Jessica. Look at him staring at Jessica’s ass.

    Another collaboration stage that was still the boom are like the controversial performance from Big Bang and Lee Hyori. Watch it first then say what you thought about it.

    Wonder Boys and Boy Generation

    This was the special group they created consist of member from Super Junior, Big Bang, SHINee, 2PM and 2AM. They are the legend, yet they manage to entertain us in a different way. Gosh I was so looking forward to both of this performance.

    Aren’t this is just the cutest?

    Variety Shows

    Back then most of the idols have their own variety shows that showcases their individual true self. I know we now also have variety shows for idols, but the shows wasn’t so fun like Super Junior Exploration of Human Body, SNSD Girl Go to School. SHINee Hello Baby, Star King, Star Golden Bell, and others. Nowadays I don’t seem to really enjoy variety shows and often forgotten.

    Having all of this old shows is a blessed and I am still keeping each episode on my hard disk, ah my life!

    Dance Cover

    Previously Star Dance Battle was the show I always waited for. Groups like Super Junior, Girls Generation and SHINee was the group who will bring us such excitement when they are dancing.

    Why don’t this show exist anymore?

    Shipping Between Idols and Dating Series

    Who still ship their idols? Now I don’t. But back then I have so many idols that I shipped together. Including boyxboy pairing. Oh boy my teenagers life. Gosh that time I spend reading fanfic, does asianfanfic still exist now?

    The Downturn of Each Groups

    There was lots of controversial between groups during this time. I remembered how hard it was to accept that DBSK was not DB5K anymore. Then there was always a fight between Girls Generation and Wonder Girls fans, comparing each other, urgh those time is not forgotten at all.

    I mentioned lots of Super Junior and Girls Generation in this post because I am their fans back then, their times come in a little bit later than Big Bang, DBSK, Rain and Wonder Girl. But all groups have their time, it was like everything was set and lining up to be the best.

    I did not want to say that the K-Pop scene now is not good as before, but think about it, how long did they survive now, though lots of groups disbanded, but the remaining one still have power, their individual member still slay. Can we bring back all of the kings and queens of K-Pop back together?

    All of this memories. All of this will not come back again. Some of the group may not be performing together again. Thus just a reminder to all the K-Pop fans especially the newbies, please don’t stop supporting your favourite group now because we never know what may happen 10 years later.

    Did Any of You Missed the Time When Your Idol was Ruling The Kpop Scene?

     

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    My Thoughts on My MBTI Test and How I Feel as An INFJ

    MBTI Test, How INFJ Feels

    Ever wondered how is your personality in a more broad way? Why sometimes we have certain character that are hard to understand? Why there are some people keep messing, bushing, acting in a different way like you do? That is because we are born with different traits. Some of the traits can be change, but somehow we have to learn to accept.

    There are few ways you can find or learn about who you are, one of it is by doing personality test. The one test that I found almost accurate about myself (over many tests I have done in my life) is the 16personalities test. The 16 personalities was developed using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) by Isabel Briggs Myers.

    Take this 16personality test if you haven’t.

    So I got this :-

    ADVOCATE PERSONALITY (INFJ, -A/-T)

    MIND – This trait determines how we interact with our environment
    75% INTROVERTED

    ENERGY – This trait shows where we direct our mental energy
    56% INTUITIVE

    NATURE – This trait determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions
    64% FEELING


    TACTICS – This trait reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making.
    75% JUDGING


    IDENTITY – This trait underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions.
    69% TURBULENT

    INFJs put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives

    There are times when I got so frustrated when I couldn’t get things done the way I wanted. I tend to blame myself for every mistakes I made, and be very cautious when deciding things.

    INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand.

    This explained why I don’t like people to remind and explain me to do something which I already knew, by intuition. So don’t keep repeating the same thing. If I didn’t answer. That simply means I understood.

    INFJs get “feelings” about things and intuitively understand them. INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.

    There are 100 thoughts on my mind every time I am writing, wanted to share all of it but didn’t. Because naturally I would want to keep something private to me. You can’t know me that well if we are friend for 2 or 3 days.

    INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people’s feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well.

    Those who are close to me, you are in my top 10 person on my list. Trust me, I cared to those who I can share everything with. And I will try not to hurt them, because I keep a few friend as the closest to me, losing them is the last thing I want.


    Being an INFJ, how do I feel?

    I am different, no one understands me

    The fact that I can almost understand what people feel or thought, being so close like a psycho but I am not, thus I feel no one can understand my feelings. I always want things to go by my intuition and the thoughts of seeing things in a bigger view are actually making me worry so much. I can neither say yes or no to any new ideas because it is so hard to make decisions when I am thinking too much.

    Being Creepily Observant

    I can detect any details if you are talking to me. I can observe someone in a far way and have many thoughts of the person. Seriously I am not a creeper like that. I like to analyze every detail, every pause you take when you talk to me because I am looking through your mind. I trust my intuition, so do not lie in front of my eyes.

    Saying No is Hard

    It is hard to say no when you always want to keep your relationship. I always want to please people and when I don’t, I will felt completely wrong for a long time.

    Extremely Private

    I have lots of things on my mind, and I may want to keep it with myself. When the right time comes, I will come to you and spilled out everything.

    Getting things Orderly and Perfectly

    I go by planning than improvising. When I already planned every detail, I hate it when something occurs out of plan. I have my own standard for my own accomplishment like having all books arrange in order or having all my clothes folded and stored perfectly colour coded.

    Quiet Can Have Different Meaning

    I can be seen quite when talking on small talks, because that bores me easily. I love to have more deeper conversation because like my inner thoughts, my outer part plays the same, thinking and evaluating. Sometimes when I am quiet is just because your presence is too loud and I am judging you inside my head.

    Whatever I feel I should be thankful for some of the trait which I am blessed to have with. Understanding myself is a lot harder than understanding others. There are things I wanted to change about myself like not over thinking, be more open to others, having more friends, stop think about others and start thinking of my own needs as well as accepting myself.

    Have you taken the test? What is your result? Is there any other personality test you want to share?

     

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    What’s In My January 2017

    What's in January 2017? What I did on my blog, how did I spend my whole month?

    Hello January! Eh, February coming soon? One chapter of 2017 has passed and looking at myself right now I am still in the new year mood. I am admitting that I take a week off on blogging world because it’s the new year and I want to have a well spent weekend and holidays with family and friends. Every day is a wonderful journey for me regardless of what it is, so let’s highlight the main things happen in my January 2017.

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