Title: Loveability
Author: Robert Holden
Publisher: Hay House
Genres: Self Help, Nonfiction, Psychology, Love, Spirituality
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: March 1st, 2013
Pages: 219

Synopsis (Goodreads): “Love is your destiny. It is the purpose of your life. It is the key to your happiness and to the evolution of the world.”

Loveability is a meditation on love. It addresses the most important thing you will ever learn. All the happiness, health, and abundance you experience in life comes from your ability to love and be loved. This ability is innate, not acquired.

Robert Holden is the creator of a unique program on love called Loveability, which he teaches worldwide. He has helped thousands of people to transform their experience of love. “Love is the real work of your life,” says Robert. “As you release the blocks to love you flourish even more in your relationships, work, and life.”

In Loveability, Robert weaves a beautiful mix of timeless principles and helpful practices about the nature of true love. With great intimacy and warmth, he shares stories, conversations, meditations, and poetry that have inspired him in his personal inquiry on love. Key themes include: Your destiny is not just to find love; it is to be the most loving person you can be.


My rating: 4.5 / 5 ★

I rarely ever read non-fiction books. In fact, I can barely even recall any specific non-fiction books that I enjoyed reading. There are cases where I love to open recipe books or my mother's book on cat biographies, but mostly I found joy in the pictures rather than the actual words written in it. So, let's start on how I actually picked up Loveability.

I am currently doing a research on dark love in Lang Leav's poetry for my thesis, and I am in need of books related to anything about love. While I was browsing through books in the public library this particular one day, my fingers grazed upon the spine of this book and I pulled it out. My first thought was "oh, what a colourful title, that's interesting". But it was the "Knowing how to love and be loved" that intrigued me the most, so I decided to check the book out and borrow it to be read.

Honestly, even from the first chapter, I found the book to be very wonderfully written. Robert Holden has conducted a class/sessions called "Loveability" to discover how people see about love. He relates the things that he studied with true stories that he faced with his students, clients, friends and family. I think that is the part where it makes what he wants to present to be very genuine.

Robert Holden introduces about "unconditioned self", where humans have eternal loveliness and they love themselves without judging their own selves. For a person who finds it difficult to properly love herself at all times, I find his words to be very comforting. It feels like he talks to the readers to "let go of your insecurities and embrace yourself wholly because you are lovely enough as you are". There is no point in creating another version of yourself for the sake of appearing "good" to others, if you will not be able to love and embrace that version of you. Because it's not the real you.

Talking about loving yourself is definitely harder than actually doing it, and I have immense respect towards Robert Holden because he is able to bring himself to love himself wholly, and also helps others to do the same. I can remember one of the activities he mentions that he did in "Loveability", it is called Mirror Exercise. You sit facing another person, and the person holds out a mirror in front of you. Tell yourself that you love yourself and talk about the good things about you while looking into the mirror for around fifteen minutes (this is what I understand from the exercise, pardon me if I misunderstood). Once you are done, hold out a mirror for your partner for his/her turn.

Feeling curious, I actually tried doing it in the mirror in my room. The words "I love myself" rolled off my tongue easily, and I find it to be quite interesting. I didn't try practicing it for fifteen minute nor did I do it in front of another person, so I'm unsure of how I would react like if I did the actual activity. Despite only looking into the mirror and seeing only yourself, you are aware that you are still exposed to the world, so the result will differ from what you might expect.

Loveability also talks about us being made out of love. Love is inside us, and not something that we should seek outside from another person. Yet, at the same time, we should also be open to love everyone. I find this a very heartwarming idea; you embrace yourself and loves everyone around you. Robert Holden started his book with questions such as how would the world be if it revolves around love—now imagine. How will the world become if everyone can love themselves and love those around them? How will the world be if we can just love?

I didn't manage to finish reading the book because I got caught up with university's assignments, but even so, I learned a lot through the chapters I've read. Whenever I am consumed in anger, I often channeled hate towards myself. I want to learn to stop doing so and simply love myself and those around me more from now onward. 


Loving everyone is true love. It's also the key to being able to love someone.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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It may look like I still spent a lot during October, after announcing that I'm on shopping-ban during September. But I speak truth, because honestly, I didn't spend too much in October. Most of the books are free review copies that I received, some other things are paid by someone else or given to me, and as for the albums, they were ordered way back so it literally means I didn't spend my money on them this month. That's just my kind of logic ɿ(。・ɜ・)ɾ

1. Nano White Fresh Mattifying Moisturiser

Even though I mostly prefer to use Aloe Vera gels as my moisturiser, I occasionally change to different kind of moisturisers just for fun. This time, I wanted to try Nano White Fresh's Mattifying Moisturiser. 

After using it for several weeks, I finally noticed that this moisturiser is actually catered for oily skin, which is not meant for me because my skin is dry. Thankfully, it works pretty well on my face. It's quite creamy, but not heavy at all. Not quite sure if it is "mattifying", but I have no complaints for this product. 

— Purchased from Guardians

2. Maybelline's Baby Lips Color

Bought this one to use during the times when I'm extra lazy to even put on lipstick (it is necessary because I'd look deathly pale without anything on my lips). I've always liked Maybelline's Baby Lips products, but after losing one of the lipsticks a couple of years back, I haven't bought one any longer. 

I like the colour of this one, but I'm not really fond of the scent. Can't quite explain how it smells like but it's not too bad so I'm okay with it.

— Purchased from Guardians

3. GOT7's 7 For 7 Albums - Golden Ver. & Magic Ver.

After so long, my inner Ahgase is finally resurrected (thanks to a certain someone)! I found these albums for a cheap price and decided to buy one for my fellow Ahgase best friend too ♡ The golden version (left) is hers, while the magic version (right) is mine. 

Honestly I have no regrets at all. This album is definitely the prettiest out of all other existing GOT7 albums (excluding Present: You because I haven't seen that one yet) and I am so in love with each and every picture in them! Love the fact that I got to pick our biases (my friend's bias is Jackson, and Yugyeom is my bias) for the lyrics book inside and gosh, everything is absolutely stunning ◟(•̀д•́◟ )

— Purchased from @jiaxinkoay_1011 on Carousell

4. BTS' Love Yourself: Answer Album - E Ver.

To be honest, after LY: Her, I've sworn not to buy any more albums, but I could no longer contain my urge when I saw the teaser photos of LY: Answer. I was like, screw it, I NEED THIS ALBUM. And so I got myself one (because my bank account only allows me to pay enough for one). I chose the E version because the concept is utterly ethereal looking, the boys all look like magical fae creatures trapped in beautiful terrariums. 

I also love the part where the boys' hands are tied up with laces, they look like puppets or dolls, but very beautiful ones. The CDs are absolutely lovely too, the holographic effect they give are just wonderful. I love every single detail of this album, but it did feel like there were too little pictures included. I need more ヾ(*д*)ノ゛

And for the forth time, I pulled out another Taehyung (V) photocard! I do love this man wholeheartedly, but it's about time I pull out Jimin's photocard please, he's the only missing member in my collection. After much deliberation, I decided to sell off the photocard to someone else because I failed to trade it with a Jimin photocard. 

— Purchased from @moshi.kimochi.kshop on Carousell

5. BTS' O!RUL8,2? Album

And because I've broken my swear not to buy albums anymore, I've decided to start collecting Bangtan's older albums too. I opt for preloved ones without photocards and posters, because it's cheaper that way. 

I was not yet an ARMY when O!RUL8,2? and N.O were released, but it still makes me feel nostalgic when I received this album. Seeing how different they were back then compared to now warms up my heart a lot. Their concepts back then were mostly rough on the edges, but really, they were still too innocent back then. Bangtan is a lot mature now, and it's amazing to see their growth.

I used to dislike hip hop or rough songs, but I guess when you love someone (or a certain seven amazingly beautiful men), even that can change. I treasure this album a lot, mainly because it's the early sides of Bangtan, and also because the pictures inside are so worth it! Compared to current albums where I'm literally begging for more pictures to be added let's-stop-giving-blank-pages-please, O!RUL8,2? makes me feel much satisfaction. 

— Purchased from @rachel_zhiqian on Carousell

6. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, American Panda by Gloria Chao, The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, Cloud Boy by Marcia Williams & The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

So happy to receive these review copies from Pansing! I can't wait to dive into them, I feel like it's been quite a while since I enjoyed my time reading books. Looking forward to love each and every bit of them ❣

The Restless Girls and American Panda are now available in all good bookstores, while A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Cloud Boy and The Twisted Tree will be released in 2019.

— Received from Pansing (@definitelybooks)

7. Wanginya, Bunga Rampai... by Haswida Abu Bakar

The author of this book is actually one of the lecturers from my faculty in university. With her permission, my teammates and I are going to adapt it into a drama script! I'm not that confident in writing scripts, but I'm working the best I can, so hopefully all things will go well.

— Ordered from Jemari Seni's website

8. Patches

I think patches are very cute! Especially on denim jackets or bag packs. Since I have yet to own a denim jacket, I bought these patches for my bag pack. They're very pretty, aren't they? I also got them for a cheap price so I'm very happy.

"FIGHT like a GIRL" because yes, girls are definitely stronger than you think. "Go away" on a pink heart because I may be a softhearted person, but at some point I need my time alone so please go away. Pusheen on a burger!, because why not? I'm almost sure that "Trust no one" is making reference to X-Files, but I don't watch the series so I'm just going to take the quote literally. Literally, most people can no longer be trusted these days. A random sunset/sunrise by the ocean because I miss going to the beaches a lot. And lastly, Moon Child because that's just who I am. Not long after I bought these patches, Namjoon (RM) released his newest mixtape Mono. and one of his songs is titled Moon Child. Just a mere coincidence, but it means a lot to me ♡

— Purchased at The Curve Weekend Bazaar 

9. Horoscope Perfume by Miniso - Sagittarius

I rarely wear perfumes, so most of the times where I buy perfumes, they're mostly because of the packaging. I bought this one while hanging out with a friend. She got herself her own horoscope one, while I chose Sagittarius. I don't necessarily read any horoscope readings, I just bought this one for fun. It has a sweet smell, and I love that the design happened to be a cute bunny too!

— Purchased from Miniso

10. Bracelet 

This was given to me by a very dear friend. She actually contacted me to ask for opinions on which bracelet is cuter, so I pointed one out and it turned out to be mine after all. I think it's very cute. Thank you so much for this!

— A present from a friend


Basically, the only things that I spent my money on during October are the patches, the horoscope perfume from Miniso and the novel (Wanginya, Bunga Rampai...). I think I did a good job in keeping myself in check. Not so sure if I'll be able to keep on with this good attitude, but I'm hoping I'll learn to save more now.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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This is long over due, we're already in November, but I had prepared this post halfway earlier, so I'll just post anyway.

So, here we go! The glory to the reason why I'm currently chaining myself in a "shopping-ban" (ノ゚ο゚)ノミ★ I simply bought just too much to the point I almost burned a hole in my pockets. I realised that I should curb myself from spending more, or I might end up being penniless (oh the horror). But what's done is done, there's no point regretting (♭´●ω●`)

1. Hedgehog Sticky-Note

This adorable Hedgy sticky note is the very first time that I bought this month! Found it in this pretty story named Kaleidoscope in Publika. I swear I almost cried the moment I stepped into the store because everything they sell is too precious! From plushies, dolls, clothings, bags to stationery, each and every of them are beautiful; I WANT THEM ALL. But thankfully, I didn't bring much cash with me that day so I just purchased this sticky note. I'm happy enough and can't wait to use it soon.

— Purchased from Kaleidoscope, Publika Shopping Gallery

2. Special Mementos by Duality Box @ Juliet's Library's Soft Launch

If you've read my previous haul posts, you'll know just how fond I am with Duality Box. And during Juliet's Library's soft launch early September, the founders of Duality Box graced us with some wonderful freebies!

The mermaid themed freebies, inspired by the book of the month: To Kill a Kingdom, includes a mini bookmark, button badge, mini macaroons and a love note. The first thing that I noticed upon receiving these freebies was the mini macaroons! They looked so pretty and almost unreal, I had to question whether they're edible or not (´◔౪◔) it was a good surprise to know that they're edible because I love macaroons so much! The rest of the freebies are much loved too ♡

— Received during Juliet's Library's Soft Launch

3. 'Always Believe You Can' Notebook 

I'm not usually lucky when it comes to lucky draws/giveaways, but surprisingly, I won this book during the lucky draw on Juliet's Library's Soft Launch. I was the first to win something, and boy, I was so excited! The notebook is gorgeous, the gold colour of it making it look very sophisticated. And I love the lettering on the front cover. Still not sure how to make use of this book (since I have tons more book to use), but I'll make sure to put it to good use.

— Won from a lucky draw during Juliet's Library's Soft Launch

4. Washi Tapes & Foil Tapes

Decided to buy some supplies for my journalling time! Found these pretty tapes in a nearby Mr. DIY for a cheap price, and I wasted no time in getting them. The washi tapes are of cute plants, and the foil tapes are very shiny! I have never had foil tapes before, so I can't wait to try using them.

Oh, and if you're interested in winning one of these pretty washi/foil tapes, head to my Instagram @mermaird and join my giveaway!

— Purchased from Mr. DIY

5. Bookmark

For someone who normally uses a single bookmark, it's surprising that I still spend more money on collecting more bookmarks (well, I can't help it, seeing as I'm a bookworm and also a hoarder). But this pretty one costs only RM1 and I've always wanted to own a "wooden-ish" bookmark, so here we go! I'm not sure what the design is about though; a girl with a... standing deer?

— Purchased from Mr. DIY

6. Unicorn, Llama & Mermaid Sticky-Notes

More supplies for my journal! They're all of creatures that I'm very fond of: mermaids, llamas and unicorns!

— Purchased from Mr. DIY

7. Doughnut Sticky-Note

Of course, more sticky notes ╮(◕ˇ▽ˇ◕;)╭ Well, there is no such thing as too many sticky notes (or any other journal supplies), I believe! I also comes with a small pen, which means extra points there. I'm thinking of using this to make notes for the plot line & idea of a story that I want to work on. Looking forward to fill up the walls of my room with this adorable doughnut stickies! 

— Purchased from Mr. DIY

8. Die-cut Stickers

I guess the stationery supplies for my journal will never end, here comes the stickers! (⁎ ᵛ ᵕ ᵛ) This is also the reason why I shouldn't visit any Mr. DIY stores (or Daiso!) too much, or I'll just end up splurging a lot on stationery there. How can I resist when they're too pretty and costs very cheap too?

I initially wanted to take only one sticker set, but my indecisive-self could not make a decision so I decided to take both. Let's face it, I will never be able to choose between anything floral or mermaid related. 

— Purchased from Mr. DIY

9. Pink & Mint Stripes Mini Bag

This is a small bag that I bought mostly to put my makeup things and book (and sometimes food) when I go to class.

— Purchased from a local vendor

10. BTS Play Badges by @Lunaticworld613

I SWEAR THESE ARE SOME OF THE PRETTIEST PINS I HAVE EVER OWNED ✨✨✨ @Lunaticworld613 produced BTS Play Badges with all BTS's album designs, and though I wished I could purchase all, I could only afford two. I decided to choose HYYH Pt. 1 and YNWA designs because these two era are the most meaningful to me.

HYYH Pt. 1 was when I formally joined the fandom of ARMY, despite following their updates and comebacks since the Boy in Luv era. I fell in love with the concept and story they tried to project, so here I am now 💜 YNWA is my favourite era of BTS because it was the softest moment and Spring Day will always have a special day in my heart 💜✨

The details of these pins are truly stunning, they're just the sweetest! Heard the news that @Lunaticworld613 will be releasing Play Badges for LY: Her, LY: Tear and LY: Answer soon, so a girl must start collecting money to own all three ─=≡Σ((( V๑◉∀◉)つ

— Ordered from a G.O. by @chimchimairways, enamel pins by @Lunaticworld613

11. Best Friends Jacket Enamel Pins

More enamel pins, because why not? I've been eyeing this pair of enamel pins for quite some time, and I finally decided to get them. I'm planning to give one half to my soul sister, Hyeo, when I send her a letter. Haven't gotten to that yet, but if you're reading this Hyeo (probably no because you're too busy), one of these pins will be sent to you anytime soon 💖

— Ordered from @verypinny

12. Freebies by Good Virtues Co.

I'm really fond of Good Virtues Co.'s product packaging, but somehow I rarely purchase them. I used to buy their shower cream back when I stayed in my previous college, but not anymore. It was really interesting that my university just organised an event in September and Good Virtues Co. sponsored some of their products for the students. Look at the pretty packaging!

— Sponsored by Good Virtues Co. for an event in UiTM

13. Gaun Bulan by Jed Stellarose & Malam Persembunyian by Faisal Mat Zawi

When I first visited Kata-Pilar's booth (in the same event my university held where I got the previous products for free), these two books immediately caught my attention. I love the design of the cover so much. Even the title, Gaun Bulan (Moon Gown) and Malam Persembunyian (Hidden Night), sounded intriguing! 

These books are poetry books, and I normally take a much longer time to finish reading poetry books compared to novels as I like to digest every single poems properly. But I'll be sure to write a review on them once I finish reading them! 

— Purchased from Kata-Pilar's booth

14. Aku Anjing by Saifullizan Yahaya (Signed Copy)

I probably bought this book for two reasons: 1) my friends were buying it too and I didn't want to miss it, 2) the author is around so we managed to get his signature inside! I did flip through the book a little, and the short stories inside seemed interesting enough, so there's nothing to regret even though I simply followed my friends. Plus, it's a signed copy! I always treasure signed book copies, and although this is only the third signed copy of a book that I own, it's the first one that gets signed in front of me. 

— Purchased at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur

15. Silver Heart Necklace 

I have always envied girls in movies, tv shows or books that wore necklaces that means something special to them (in some cases, hold their greatest powers). I do have a collection of pretty necklaces, but I can never wear them in a long duration of time because they will make my skin itchy. But a girl never gives up, so I decided to try my luck by buying a silver necklace. The shop owner where I bought it also suggested several heart-shaped lockets, and I chose this one. 

It makes me very happy that this necklace does not make my skin itchy at all, and I'm able to wear it 24/7! It's a dainty little one, and I love it with all my heart. 

— Purchased from a jewellery store in Giant Seksyen 13, Shah Alam

16. Oversized Pink & White Striped Tee 

I'm a huge fan of stripes, and I used to avoid wearing clothes with horizontal lines since they give me the illusion of being fat (fatter than I already am ・へ・). But I've decided that I should not bother about that because hey, I'm good as I am and I should embrace myself! So, I got myself this oversized pink tee when I found it in Padini, and it's one of the cutest clothes I've ever had.

— Purchased from Padini

17. Floral Blouse

Another blouse that I purchased during the month, featuring flowers design and ruffles (it's not really visible in the picture). It's not something that I've bought before, but I felt cute when I tried the blouse on, so I had to get it. 

— Purchased from Brands Outlet

18. Duality Box September '18 Edition: Dangerously Alive

Of course, last but not least, September Duality Box! More deets can be read here, I've written a special review unboxing post on it during September. This box is my favourite, as it features so many fabulous things. It's upsetting to say that this is the last box I'm getting for the year, since I didn't order November box due to several circumstances (it's already sold out too!). 

But Duality Box has indeed been a wonderful thing to me this year, and I look forward to their future boxes 💕

— Ordered from Duality Box (Instagram / Website)


Honestly, I think I missed out several things. I'm positive I spent a lot more in September (because wHERE DID ALL MY MONEY GO?), but I can no longer recall them. I did exclude a pair of pink shoes that I bought because I've already worn them, and I'm too lazy to take a picture outside. The rest of them will remain a mystery, I guess ಡ_ಡ

Anyway, I'm late for this September haul post, but October haul post will come right up real soon! Stay tuned 💛

P.S: I used a lot of emojis in this post because that's just how I am when I try to communicate with someone (my texts are always filled with emojis), do you find it alright, or it's annoying?

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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Drama: 100 Days My Prince (English title) / Hundred Days' Husband (literal title)
Revised romanization: Baekilui Nanggoonnim
Hangul: 백일의 낭군님
Director: Lee Jong-Jae
Writer: No Ji-Sul
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: September 10 - October 30, 2018
Country: South Korea
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Lee Yool (Do Kyungsoo) is the Crown Prince, but he suddenly disappears. He comes back to the palace one hundred days later. What happened to the Crown Prince for the past one hundred days? Meanwhile, Hong-Sim (Nam Jihyun) is smart and runs the first private detective agency in Joseon.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars (★) 

When I first heard that Kyungsoo and Jihyun are going to be paired up in a historical drama, I was absolutely ecstatic! I love both of their acting, and I really looked forward to the chemistry that they're going to bring. And much to my expectation, they don't disappoint at all.

Just like any usual Korean drama, 100 Days My Prince did not run astray from the "main-characters-know-each-other-during-childhood-then-got-into-a-relationship-in-their-adulthood" concept, and though I normally dislike it, it was not that bad in this drama. It seems necessary, because without that essence, this drama might be slightly harder to be concluded. Not impossible, but I guess they need it in order to not lengthen it too much.

The character of the prince, Lee Yool (Do Kyungsoo), was very fun to watch. I believe that Kyungsoo did a wonderful job in bringing the character alive; his expressions are definitely gold! From a serious and solemn prince, Lee Yool learned that there are happiness when he gets tangled up with Hong-Sim. As for Hong-Sim (Nam Jihyun), there's nothing not to adore about her. She's definitely not your typical damsel; pretty much all over the place but she's strong and smart enough to fight for what she thinks is right. When Lee-Yool and Hong-Sim get tangled, it's hard not to love their interaction. 

I think I enjoyed this drama mostly due to the interactions between Lee Yool and Hong-Sim (the bickers are the most fun to watch, and oh, they had a very beautiful first kiss too), but at the same time, the villagers are all very amusing too. The plot is still about ministers running for the king's throne, yet it is unique in its own way. The drama does have serious issues in it, but they managed to insert a lot of comedic moments without making it ridiculous. I especially loved how the story ended, because in a way, you can make up your own conclusion of how Lee Yool and Hong-Sim found their own happiness. It's safe to say that 100 Days My Prince is one of the best dramas of 2018!

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Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

Title: The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree
Author: Paola Peretti (translated by Denise Muir)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genres: Childrens, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: August 9th, 2018
Pages: 256

Synopsis (Goodreads): A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author's own life story. For fans of Wonder, The Little Prince and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely. Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old.


My rating: 5 / 5 ★

There are good reasons as to why it took me almost a month to finish reading The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree: The first one would be my book slump. Even from the start, I had loved this book, but I was slightly stressed due to uni so I could not read much. Secondly, almost each chapter of this book made me tear up. It was hard for me to flip through the pages quickly as all I felt was to cry my heart out. This book breaks me, in the softest and warmest way possible.

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree is about little Mafalda who has been diagnosed with the Stargardt disease and how she struggles to get used to her progressively vision loss. It is a story of how a girl has to learn to be independent and how she copes with it emotionally and physically. It's hard to swallow that people as young as Mafalda had to go through such a rough journey, and the fact that this story is inspired by the author's own experience made it more genuine and sincere. It had never occurred to me how people with visual impairment had to live their lives, and I believe these people are very strong.

Nine years old Mafalda is a sweet girl, but due to her condition, she had no best friend. It breaks my heart to see how lonely she feels, and how she longed to have someone next to her now that the darkness is taking over her. Her "talks" with a fiction character, Cosimo, is enough to make me tear up. So, when Filippo comes along with his own merry spirit and curiousity, it delights me that both children connects with each other. The same goes for Estella, one of the school caretaker that befriends Mafalda. Her character plays a rather large role in shaping Mafalda to be stronger and I am truly thankful towards her. Mafalda's friendship with Estella and Filippo made me feel warm, and there you go, I'm crying again.

The story progresses as Mafalda loses more of her vision, and even though this is a children's literature, the language and words spun to describe the experience of the girl feels mature, yet we can still be aware that she is still only nine years old. Mafalda may be scared of the darkness threatening to take her in, but she still faces it head on with much courage, though she only realised it later that she is actually not giving up at all. "Fear will always be there, but live your life. Never ever give up." These messages are possibly highlighted throughout the story.

All in all, I really feel deeply emotional towards this book. The characters, the plot and the issues contained in the story is warm, heartbreaking and bittersweet. Almost every chapter did make me tear up, but the ending is very touching to the point that I actually cried in public. It's more than I hoped, and I just love the ending as much as I love everything about The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree. To Paola Peretti, you might never read this, but I am utterly grateful for this story and the message it carried within. They say experience matures you, and I believe your own experience made this story so beautifully woven and it thought me a lot of good things. I hope you'll live your life with more happy moments, because you deserve it 

This book is definitely one of the prettiest books that I own. I love every single part of it, from the front cover till the back, everything is too beautiful. The illustrations are truly remarkable!

Thank you Pansing for providing me with this review copy. The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree is available in all good bookstores. I believe that I can recommend this book to all ages, especially to younger readers because it contains great morals and you'll find yourself warming up with the characters in no time.


"To live in fear, Mafalda, is not to live at all."
I have a massive smile on my face and prickling in my eyes. To live in fear is not to live at all, to live in fear is not to live at all... I'm not sure I understand the story about the scribe's cat but it's nice and it makes me tingle, like Filippo's music.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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  • Drama: Come and Hug Me
  • Revised romanization: Yiriwa Anajwoe
  • Hangul: 이리와 안아줘
  • Director: Choi Joon-Bae
  • Writer: Lee A-Ram
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 32
  • Release Date: May 16 - July 19, 2018
  • Country: South Korea
  • Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: A man and a woman suffers from wounded hearts due to a murder case that took place in their past. The man is a detective and the woman is a popular actress. 

    When Do-Jin (Chang Ki-Yong) and Jae-Yi (Jin Ki-Joo) were high school students, they were each other's first love. Do-Jin's father Hee-Jae (Heo Jun-Ho) was a psychopath and killed Jae-Yi's parents. Do-Jin and Jae-Yi were separated afterwards. 

    Now, Do-Jin works as a detective. He treats the victim's family with care. This is his way of atoning for his father's horrific act. Meanwhile, Jae-Yi works as an actress. She followed in the footsteps of her late mother who was a famous actress. Since her parents' deaths, Jae-Yi has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

    Do-Jin and Jae-Yi meet again.
My rating: 2/5 stars (★) 

I started watching Come and Hug Me when I noticed the multiple good reviews and feedback on it. I had a high expectation on it and this drama did live up to it, though only during the first half of it. I grew obsessed with it, loving every thrilling part of it at first, but halfway through it's full showtime, my interest on it simply stopped.

Do-Jin (Chang Ki-Yong) and Jae-Yi (Jin Ki-Joo) met each other for the first time in high school, when she moved to his town. It was not hard to become fond of Jae-Yi's character, she's always bubbly and mischievous. The same goes for Do-Jin, he's quiet most of the time, but very kind-hearted. I rooted for their relationship as I feel that they compliment each other very well. 

And then all hell breaks lose when Do-Jin's father murdered Jae-Yi's parents, hence destroying both teenager's lives. It broke me apart, and I felt immensely sad about it as both of them didn't deserve any of what they had to go through. 

I love the whole idea of a murderous father and the tragic love between the two main character, but I feel that they were executed rather poorly in the drama. It felt like the scriptwriter and director did not do enough research on how to make the events unfold realistically. A policeman that is involved personally to a case should not be handling the case, but Do-Jin ends up leading the case of his father's murders. It was truly absurd! Jae-Yi's brother, a prosecuter, also handled the same case when in reality, it was his own parents that were murdered. Realistically, wouldn't both of their sense of judgement be clouded with vengeance and hatred?

Though I admit that I am fond of Jae-Yi's character when she is young, I started to dislike her character as an adult. She claims that she is terrified and traumatised with what happened to her, but she never did hire at least a bodyguard to protect her. As a famous actress with lots of money, shouldn't it be a given to hire someone for your safety? But all she did was expect Do-Jin to constantly come and save her. They tried to make her character seem brave and strong, but all I get is a weak and stubborn woman instead. 

Moreover, it did not make any sense that young Jae-Yi is not angry at all at young Do-Jin. I mean, your parents were killed because your befriended the murderer's son, shouldn't you feel angry even the tiniest bit towards the boy? It would be okay if she learned to forgive him as she grew up, because it is true that he is not at fault, but to accept it immediately after watching your parents being murdered, I don't think even an adult is capable of forgiving in that situation. Jae-Yi's character is definitely the most absurd, and at one point I just grew tired of her. 

From the reviews and feedback that I read, it seemed that most audience enjoyed the romance developed between Do-Jin and Jae-Yi. I beg to differ because not only that it is very slow (when I say slow, it is really slow. It drags the story in a very horrible way), I also think that most "romantic" scenes are unnecessary. A criminal is on the lose yet you still have time to profess your love for each other, to the point that you both are ignoring the people in danger around you?

What makes me actually scream in agony is the murderer himself, Do-Jin's father. As a criminal waiting for his execution, he seems to live his life rather lavishly in the prison. I don't even know if Koreans are very kind even to their criminals, but it just did not make any sense. He is bound to be executed, but even after 12 years, nothing happened to him. He even managed to escape, because apparently the policemen in this drama are all useless. It portrayed that these policemen are unprofessional and possibly cowards, making me more irritated. For goodness sake, the man murders people only using a hammer, yet he managed to kill so much. Is it that hard for a policeman to actually do his job by shooting the man down? Haven't you people actually watch a criminal show/movie before?

I have lost count on how many times I screamed and groaned through all the episodes. I don't even know how I managed to go through the torment until the last episode, but I did, and the ending was as horrible as I imagined it would be. In all honesty, this drama had a great potential, but the facts are executed poorly that it failed to be a strong criminal drama. This is possibly the worst crime drama that I have watched, and it is a real shame because I did enjoy the first several episodes.

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Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

Title: Snowglobe
Author: Amy Wilson
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: October 18th, 2018
Pages: 271

Synopsis (Goodreads): When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.

So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds. Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger.


My rating: 4 / 5 ★

Throughout my whole life, I have always find snowglobes to be a very magical thing. If I ever step inside any shops that sell snowglobes, you can definitely find me shaking all the snowglobes and staring in awe at the snow storms swirling inside the delicate glass orbs. That is the reason why I was so excited when I was offered the chance to review Snowglobe by Amy Wilson before it's published date! The synopsis was enough to let me know that I will definitely fall in love with the book.

Snowglobe tells a story about young Clementine who struggles with her magical powers, simply because she has no one to teach her about it. The only person that could have done it would be her mother, but she was no longer around since she was a toddler. The only remaining family she has left is her father, but he possesses no magic. She then happens to find a large house that seemed to pop out of nowhere and inside it she finds it to be full of snowglobes—which also contain trapped magicians. Somehow, she finds a boy that she recognises and upon trying to save him, the magical world threatens to destroy them instead.

To be honest, I might have misunderstood the book at first. I initially thought the story would be in the young adult section and that when the main female character saves the male character, love would bloom. Alas, I realised after I already dived into the story that Snowglobe is actually under children's literature and the love that is highlighted in it is mainly family love. There is nothing wrong with it though, the misunderstanding did not affect any of my feelings for this book.

It was slightly difficult for me to get into the story in the beginning because it has been so long since the last time I read any children's literature. But it took me no time to warm up with Clementine. Her headstrong character that is also brave and kindhearted is easily loved, and I found myself constantly anticipating her next actions. Despite her father's pleads for her to stop giving in to her true powers, she fought for what she think is rightfully hers. I am sure that if I have read this book when I was younger, I would have idolised Clementine.

There are so many good elements being part of this wonderful story. Family love and friendship would be the biggest part of it. The friendship that blooms between Clementine and Dylan warms me up, and I'm actually glad the story focuses only on them being friends. The bond and trust for each other that they created during the times they are trapped in the snowglobes are just delightful. Aside from that, there is also the element of forgiving others and accepting oneself as who they are. I believe that Snowglobe will be able to teach so many goodness to young readers.

And not to forget the magical snowglobes present in the story. Each snowglobe has its own kind of uniqueness and character, making the whole idea of snowglobes more enthralling. It makes me keep on getting curious as to what kind of world that Clementine and Dylan will find as they jump to the next snowglobe.

Overall, the whole world building and plotline of Snowglobe are so full of magical elements and wonder. I cannot help but be moved by its warmth as it is filled with so much emotions.

Thank you Pansing for providing me with this review copy. Snowglobe by Amy Wilson will soon be available in all good bookstores, starting from the 18th of October, 2018. If you're a person that is very fond of magical stories, this is just the right book for you. It is a children's literature, but I believe that anyone can read it and love it as much as I do.


“Never in a thousand years could I have imagined a place like this. It isn't just the way it looks; it's the way it breathes. The air moves, it sings with the song of a thousand worlds: with snowglobes, each one churned up as if it's just been shaken.”

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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Title: Snow White
Author: Matt Phelan
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 216

Synopsis (Goodreads): Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL." In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page--and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.


My rating: 4 / 5 ★

Snow White by Matt Phelan is a retelling of the classic Snow White, in graphic version! This is my first time reading a graphic novel and I managed to read it three times in one seating, which took me barely ten minutes. Graphic novels are so easy to read through, especially for Snow White because there were little to none dialogues involved at all. The story is told solely through the graphics, which makes it more interesting.

I'm enthralled by the way the graphics managed to present the story smoothly. I believe that even if someone have never heard of Snow White before, they will still be able to grasp the classic story through Matt Phelan's work. Every little detail is present, and even without dialogues, the story still leaves a large impact on me.

Snow White is no longer a princess and her stepmother is no longer an evil queen in Matt Phelan's version of Snow White. The magic mirror is replaced with a stock ticker that somehow mysteriously churns out evil thoughts to Snow White's stepmother. Even the modernised version of the seven dwarfs becomes more interesting and emotional. There may be less dialogues, but the actions portrayed are more than enough to make the story as powerful as the classic tale. Maybe even better than that.

My only problem would be how the "prince" found Snow White and woke her up. Based on the events unfold, it is a given that he found her, but as to the exact reason why she suddenly woke up, it was rather vague. I still think a backstory should have been involved for this matter instead of following the classic tale where the prince woke her up with a kiss. But nonetheless, the ending is definitely better than the classic because Snow White took in her seven friends with her, making it a very warm closure.

Overall, I absolutely loved Snow White by Matt Phelan. I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again any time because it barely take much time to complete the read, and the graphics are just too lovely. There were not many colours used, but the story still feels much alive to me. I enjoyed it to bits!

Many thanks to Pansing for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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It's finally the time to unbox another Duality Box ♡ I received this box early last week, but uni had me all over the place, I couldn't find a proper time to take pictures. The moment I had some free time, I immediately took the chance to prepare a special post for this amazing box that is full of magic and happiness! ✨

"September box is all about being wanted and constantly living on the edge. Imagine making one small mistake and costing your life." — Duality Box, 2018.

Dangerously Alive is the theme for September box, and I got to say, this is one hell of a fabulous theme! I love anything dangerous and badass (as long as I am not the one in danger), and Duality Box proved that their version of dangerous-ness totally lived up to my expectation. In fact, I think they made it 200 times better than I expected. It seems that a theme colour was included too among the merchandise: purple! This colour has never looked this gorgeous 😍

From the previous boxes, the details of the merchandises are always on the back of the main artwork for the theme, so when this time, the back of it was blank, I got confused. I had to dig in to find this "Stolen" piece of paper and it just made the experience a lot more fun because it's as if we Dualities did actually steal these stuff! 

— Theme art designed by @parvaillust

So, let's move on to the "stolen" things:

1. Booksleeve of Everless

This is definitely the most anticipated item! All my life, I've always wanted something, a pouch maybe, to keep my books especially if I bring one during travelling times. It never occurred to me a book sleeve can actually exist, but it is a thing now. In fact, it surely is a must for any bookworms! I was ecstatic the moment Duality Box team announced about the book sleeve, they're really good in knowing what we book lovers need.

To be honest, I was not fond with the design of this book sleeve at first. I wanted something more vibrant and colourful. But then I found the matching cloth bookmark, and suddenly I feel like it's quite lovely? The design is supposed to be timeless and everlasting, the greatest way to describe the content of books, of course! 

I swear, the quality of it is too good! I'm not sure yet when I'll actually start using the book sleeve, but hopefully I'll get to use it soon. I will no longer worry if my books might end up getting ruined, thanks to this lovely book sleeve!

(the precious book sent down from Goddess Thina in the Cave of Death is at risk of being destroyed overtime without it being protected by the booksleeve)
— Exclusive by @bookshields

2. Sacred Notebook of Children of Blood and Bone

A notebook inspired by the Children of Blood and Bone! I've wanted to have Children of Blood and Bone since I knew about its existence because the plot intrigues me a lot, but I hadn't bought any book series lately and I'm not sure if I'll be dedicated enough to wait for the release of the sequel. Maybe next time.

But I'm so loving this version of Zélie (I'm guessing this is Zélie Adebola, right?); she looks like a fierce warrior! The details of her are amazing. And also the "Now we rise". Well, what else can I ask for a notebook?  

What makes me love it more is that the insides are blank and unlined. I don't like notebooks that are lined, grids are still alright and cute but I definitely always prefer blank pages. This notebook is definitely for me.

(it is told that no one is able to read the content unless it is from the children of blood and bone themselves)
— Exclusive by @tieqa_rika

3. Character Cards of Red Queen

Hello, if you still have not known my huge love and (almost)obsession for the Red Queen series, then you really should know by now!!! I almost screamed when I found these character cards in the box. Of course, they do look different from how I imagined Mare, Cal and Maven would be, but I love this version nonetheless!

I have yet to finish the series though (no, you are not allowed to question my love for this series anyway), so I'm hoping to dive into it back as soon as possible. I already miss Mare's fierceness and Maven just being Maven (he's a villain for sure, but he owns my heart). Cal, well, I'm not so much on his side but I guess I do miss his fiery character too. I WILL TREASURE THIS CHARACTER CARDS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

(three ancient souls of legends were trapped inside of magic cards. The nation is no longer protected by the legends and is exposed to dangers from the angry spirits)
— Exclusive by @aishiitrash

4. Sticker of A Darker Shade of Magic

I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do with this? I've never read A Darker Shade of Magic before so I don't really understand what the words means. Maybe a name? A spell? Readers of the book, help me out!

(forbidden item shall remain hidden for its cursed element, never it will harm the humanity lest the human themselves harm it)
— Exclusive by @sufina_

5. Power Stone Bracelet of Infinity War

Not a fan of Marvel's Infinity War (superheroes are just not my thing, sorry), but I absolutely love this bracelet! I have a gist of what happened in Infinity War, so I understand what it meant by the "warning". I love love love bead bracelets; matte black beads are so gorgeous! The one purple bead makes it simple and pretty, and I'm happy that I can basically wear it during any occasions. 

(power stone should not be held by the hands of the irresponsible for the ability it contains, might end half of all life in the universe with a single snap of fingers)
— Exclusive by @dualitybox

6. Ring of Murder

This time, Duality Box's exclusive collectible is a ring! My favourite kind of jewellery! There's nothing more left to say, I truly love it to bits! Though, I really wish it can actually emit deadly light to those who messes around with me. Life would be easier that way.

(emits deadly light to the targets. Wearer might face repercussions due to chemical effect)
— Collectible by @dualitybox

7. Divine Items of Mirage

"Survive and endure". I definitely will pin this on me 24/7 if possible. The simple words are powerful enough to become a motivation. These lovely pins are in fact produced by the same publishing company of this month's book, Mirage. Love them!

(as for the power they hold, these godly items must be hunted down again before the world is demolished)
— Exclusive by @flatiron_books

8. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Book of the month: Mirage by Somaiya Daud! Here's a synopsis from Goodreads:

"In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. 

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. 

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

The combination of a poetry-loving character with royalty and the dangers circulating it sounds too wonderful to be true! AND I AM IN LOVE WITH THE BOOK COVER!!! I've heard many good things about this book, so I'm hoping that I too will end up loving everything of it ♡

Even the details on the signed bookplate looks beautiful too /heart eyes/


Oh well, basically, those are the things that I managed to steal from Duality Box. Dangerously Alive is indeed full of dangerous items, I'm so so so so so so  so so so so so so (I can do this forever) IN LOVE with the content!  Again, congratulations and thank you to my Queens of Duality Box for curating these boxes full of wonders, I owe you my gratitude 🌹

Sadly, this will be the last box I'm getting this year as I will not be purchasing their November box. The theme for November box is Train to Hogwarts, and I'm truly saddened that I will not get to own the glorious contents of Harry Potter merchs. I'm currently on a shopping-ban (especially book-ban), so I had vowed not to spend my money on anything unless I need it. (Of course I need the November box, but oh well, let's be mature about this)

If you're a Potterhead like I am, head to Duality Box's official website now to grab the November box! I assure you that there will be no regrets.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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