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ASIA REVIEWER MANIAC TURNS 4!!!

Again from the same provider last year~

Again from the same provider last year~

Huh, where has all of our time flown to? How could it already have been another year already? I swear, I’m gradually losing track of time so quickly; I’m worried that I have the memory of a goldfish at times haha. Anyway, today marks the 4th year since the blog had begun, and I am really proud yet baffled about it.

Looking back at what I had wrote exactly one year ago, I feel that I have failed so much in terms of what I have done for the blog. I have been taking unannounced hiatus, and not been posting the best quality works that I can produce. There was a point in time where I was simply just not wanting to post what I was watching, and just wanted to focus on the watching portion. About that limbo I mentioned last year? I’m still there, and to be honest, the future of this blog is still unclear. Despite how much I want to commit to this blog wholeheartedly and expand it more, I’m still up to this point unsure as to whether I would like to go with it.

However, for the sack of you all, these committed, wonderful and supportive readers who have continuously supported this blog, and left comments or even just gave a glance into what I do, I am still driven to maintain this blog, and try to provide the best possible posts that I can provide. I’m considering of venturing into other areas, such as books or music again as I did in the past. If this sounds good, let me know 😉

Hmm, what have I even been doing over the past year? Since our last birthday, statistically we have been on the rise despite my lack of activity in both views and readers, which is just mind-blowing for me. As I’ve mentioned in the past, no matter how busy or tied down by life in general, this blog still continues to be present in the back of my mind, which I guess indicates how difficult it will ever be for me to even consider letting this go because in the end, I really do enjoy just spewing out my thoughts and feelings on a platform that is mine to own and under my own jurisdiction. I am free, which is something that I truly appreciate when my life is always so structured, must follow certain procedures and cannot just simply be complete in my own way or nature. And so, Asia Reviewer Maniac will certainly continue to stay here for (hopefully) many years to come, with definite improvements in quality in both writing and creativity.

Thank you all so much again for being here with me and this blog. I love you all, thank you all again for just being there and I wish you all a lovely day/night, wherever you are in the world! Asia Reviewer Maniac fighting! Hyunnie fighting!

❤ Hyunnie ^^~

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[Important Message] Content Theft in the Blogverse

Through joining together and by knowing very clearly our rights as content creators, we can stop these thieves and selfish people like ZKPOP. Please go ahead and reblog this and help us prevent something like this from happening again.

The Drama Noona

Together we can stop ZKPOP!!

It is a sad day when a blog in our beloved blogverse doesn’t treat their peers with respect. Many of my friends and fellow bloggers have raised their voices in protest, gathering together to show support and offer what help we can. You may have seen this very article already, and to that I say good! Help us to pass along the news about ZKPOP and make even more readers aware of the atrocious acts happening in our precious space.

The original article can be found at Dramajjang, I urge your to please take the time to go and read the post in full. There is a follow up article that further explains how ZKPOP is fooling the internet into showing their posts as original work. Please, please take a look Kwon at Dramajjang has dedicated much heart and time to showing the acts…

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ASIA REVIEWER MANIAC TURNS 3!!!

Happy Birthday Candle and Animals Isolated on white

Not my picture, but omg it is so adorable~~

Once again, another year has passed without much notice. Today marks the 3rd year since the blog first started, and I really am truly proud of it.

As I’ve mentioned in my 2nd birthday post, this blog wasn’t really a big commitment that I had anticipated to follow right from the get-go. The birth of this blog was so abrupt that I myself wasn’t too sure what to do with it. Even now, I still hover in a weird limbo about what I am trying to achieve with this blog, but I feel that I’m slightly more comfortable with the idea of blogging in comparison to how I was last year.

Over the last year, a great amount of things have changed in regards to the blog and in my own personal life. The blog has since doubled in the number of followers and page views ever since last year, which is absolutely mind-boggling to me since I feel that I have been so out-of-touch with this blog. I am absolutely grateful to each and everyone of you who have been following the blog, whether that was a year ago, or even if it was just a couple of days ago; I thank each and every one of you who has visited the blog, and decided to stick around. This blog, regardless of how busy I am with my personal life, is always in my thoughts. Likewise, all of you are always there, reminding me that I still have a place here, doing something that I love and want to do, regardless of what’s happening in my life so far.

Asia Reviewer Maniac will continue to exist, hopefully with better and high quality posts that everyone will be interested in following and reading. Thank you all so much for always being there for me, even when I couldn’t.

I love you all, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I wish you all another great day, and another great year. Asia Reviewer Maniac, fighting!

❤ Yami Hyunnie ^^~


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Reasons why I’m not writing my wrap-up of 2014

The gif say it all >_<

The gif says it all >_<

Hey guys! Today’s post is going to be a little different from usual. As I was going over my blog site this morning, I scrolled through the posts that I made over the past year of 2014 and realised that… I hardly posted anything. In comparison to 2013, 2014 was just atrocious. And honestly, it was a true reflection on how I was in terms of watching dramas or listening to music; I rarely did any of that last year.

Off the top of my head, I can barely rarely remember the number of dramas that I had watched last year (it wasn’t that many, trust me), or my most favourite MVs of 2014. As a result of that, I am planning on not writing any Year-In-Review posts for 2014, as it would just be so embarrassing to show you guys what I have failed to accomplish.

2014 was certainly not a great year for me personally. University work was quite demanding in comparison to the previous year, my practical work for education was a new experience that forced me to be fully immersed in it, and numerous personal issues started popping up left and right that really hindered my time and ability to really enjoy doing the things I love. I had written so many reviews (for K-pop in particular) but due to the immense amount of stress I was under, none of them ever finished since I felt that the quality was just not the same standard as I had previously done.

And so,  I would like to make a pledge right here, right now. For 2015, I would like things to change a little bit. I want to contribute more to the community than I did last year. I’m determined to turn this major slump of mine into motivation to do better than I have ever done before. I promise to have more time for myself to watch the things I love,  and to listen to the things I want to listen to for enjoyment. I won’t give a number of what I will achieve (since I feel that in terms of watching dramas or animes, that isn’t a very realistic thing to do) but a guarantee would be that I will definitely do more than I did last year. I vow to never repeat what I have done for 2014 ever again. And I solemnly swear that to the hundreds and thousands of viewers who visit this blog every year. This is my promise to you all.

Thank you all so much for all the support, and I hope to see you guys quite soon with another post  😉

❤ Yami Hyunnie ^^~


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2014 Running Man Fan Survey: The Results

Love this post and that the voting was from fans! Everyone who is a Running Man fan should really check this out! Kekeke I agree with all of the results (I guess great minds think alike :D)

Lore In Stone Cities

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So who came out on top? Who was the most underrated of cast members and which games are fan favorites? Look no further – this be the 2014 Running Man Fan Survey Results post! Queue the dance party.

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The Running Man Fan Survey was a collaboration between Stone Cities and Joel from Running Mondays. We held the survey open for three weeks (September 12th thru October 3rd), asking participants to answer ten questions related to their love of Running Man. The questions:

  1. Favorite Cast Member
  2. Favorite Couple
  3. Favorite Trio
  4. Best Game Concept
  5. Best frequent Male Guest
  6. Best frequent Female Guest
  7. Favorite Running Man Character
  8. Most Underrated Cast Member
  9. Favorite Out of this World Concept
  10. If I could have a Running Man Superpower it would be…

I am happy to report we had a total of 893 survey participants. Thank you to everyone who took a few…

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AS IF STILL BURNING

A very moving post about possibly one of the most tragic events that has ever happened in our history during the 20th century. Still to this day, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb over Hiroshima still affects thousands of people each year, and will continue to affect them for generations to come. Do check it out, and I pay my respects to the victims who have been affected by this incident. You will always remain in our thoughts.

Pandaemonium

hiroshima before    hiroshima after

This week marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Today marks  the anniversary of an even more grotesque event – the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Three days later the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. These remain the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare.

Some 12 km² of Hiroshima were destroyed, as were around 69% of the city’s buildings. The images above, which were taken by the US military on the day, show Hiroshima before and after the bombing. Some 66,000 people are thought to have died in Hiroshima on the day; probably a similar number again died over the next four months as a result of their injuries or from radiation sickness. So fierce was the heat that people were vaporised but their shadows left upon the walls.

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The Sunshine Award!!! Hehe, another award??

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Hello everyone!!! Today is such a great and “sunny” day (eyyy get it??), because one of my most closest blogger friends, Kelly from kellykdramafantasy has nominated me for “The Sunshine Award”. This is the first time I have ever heard of this award, but I am truly flattered that Kelly chose me as one of many to receive it. Thank you so much Kelly!!!

Okay, so the rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you (of course you should! That would be so rude hehe~)
  2. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate a few other bloggers of your choice.
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  5. Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  6. Put the award button on your blog.

So, without further ado, let us start!

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