Friday, February 27, 2015

Life Lately : Crazy Days and The Fangirl Moment

Hey guys! Great to see you again. It has been awhile since I updated my blog. Days were hectic and quite stressful for me. Just two weeks ago, my youngest daughter, Vanya was ill. I spent the whole week caring for her. This is not the first time for me caring for a sick child, but it sure was the most stressful one. Her fever didn't break until the third day despite of having medicine and since some of my co-workers' children were hospitalized because of dengue fever, I was scared to death that my daughter would share the same sickness.

So, we want to the lab, had her blood checked and ta da, no dengue fever. Relieved? Nope, we found out that she's diagnosed with paratyphoid fever! I was so worried and sad. I wish I could just move the darn disease out of her. I wish I was the one being sick. She was irritable, cranky, weak and sleepy all the time. She just wanted to be held, even when she was sleeping. It broke my heart to see her like that. It hurts to see your loved one in agony while there's nothing you can do to help except waiting for the medicine to work.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

DNF Review : Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title : Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author : Robin LaFevers
Publication date : April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The first time I see the crossbow on the cover, I was very sure that this was the book I need to read soon, although soon is more likely (almost) three years later. I love a story about a real heroine, not the coward and indecisive one that is trapped between love triangle. At the first glace, I am convinced enough that this particular heroine, Ismae, is the right one.

Escaped from her forced marriage arranged by her violent father, 17 year old Ismae was rescued by the convent of St. Mortain, the God of Death. She was trained to be a skillful assassin was set free to the royal court to assassinate the enemies of St. Mortain. With the help of a court insider., Duval, she had a mission to rescue the Duchess from the French and her political enemies.

Monday, February 9, 2015

How to Suck at Your Job

Hey there folks! Today I'd like to blab about something different. Not books, not blogs, but corporate job! Yeah, how serious can it sound? Right. Some of you may have known that I have a Monday - Friday day job that helps me feed myself and my family. So, before your proceed, I'd like to give you a warranty that these info, ladies and gentlemen, are accurate. Don't believe me? Oh, you better do! I act like a know it all on the previous How to Suck posts, but this time, I do know about it all *evil grins*

First and foremost, this post is inspired by reality. I may dramatize things a bit just for the heck of it, but it's solely just to deliver you the points. It has been 10 years since I started working, so I can say that I've witnessed enough. If you believe it's time for you to show what a bad-ass you are at work, you better trust me in this. I know what I am talking about, so let's start!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review : Lost Covenant by Ari Marmell

Title : Lost Covenant (Widdershins Adventure #3)
Author : Ari Marmell
Publication date : Published December 3rd 2013 by Pyr

Gosh, it has been a while since I updated my blog. I think I finally hit by a blogging slump. Being exhausted didn't help either. At least I manage to finish a book, even though it took a long while. Widdershins Adventure is one of very few young adult books I enjoy. She's different, she's not perfect and there's no sucky triangle love. It's just perfect!

It has been six months since Adrianne Satti (a.k.a Widdershins) left the city of Davillon. During her not-so-fun journey she discovered that the rival house of Delacroix family was plotting against them. Being adopted by Delacroix, she was determined to help the remaining family members only to find out that there were criminal group and an insider traitor working together.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Giving Maintenance for Your Blog

You know, everything needs maintenance to run smoothly, so does your blog. A blog that is taken care of will have a good performance and readers find it comfortable to browse around. I cannot tell you how many times I encountered a blog that has good contents but is infested with spam. Such a shame! Of course you don't want to be that kind of blogger who doesn't care about his/her blog. If you haven't done any maintenance yet, this is a good time to start. Trust me, it is so worth it in the long run. Here are some things I do in regular basis, just to give you some ideas.

Check for broken links

It is important to make sure that all links on your blog are live. Dead links are annoying, well no one likes to be in a dead end, right? The good news is, there is a handy tool which can help you with that. My favorite is It does a thorough checking and it doesn't require lame captchas, for those of you who are new here, I hate captchas.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Why I Rarely Put Books on DNF List

First of of all, let me clarify that I am not against DNF (a.k.a Did Not Finish) list. On the contrary, I support it. None should torture his/her self for books they dislike. In my case it's an irony, though. I am a believer of it, but so far in my in my book blogging journey, I only have put one book on my DNF list. Granted, I only have read around a hundred books, a much lower number compared to avid readers out there, so maybe it explains my low DNF ratio. Or maybe I am just lucky the darn book hasn't approach me yet?