July State of Affairs

Work

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

I’ve now worked two full months at my new job. It’s pretty mundane, to be quite honest, but getting the paycheck is rewarding. My forgetfulness is an obstacle, but I’m taking this as an opportunity to address it once and for all. This is my first full-time job, and it’s been easier than I expected.

Having a full time job has honestly lifted a lot of weight off my metaphorical chest. At least I’m doing something and making money, and I’m getting something that I can claim as experience on my CV, even if I end up wanting a completely different job later. I am saving up money, too, so I feel more financially stable and prepared. And I’m getting a clearer picture of who I want to be. So even though I don’t have it all figured out right now, I’m on my way there.

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How to Spend a Day at Lotte World Mall in Jamsil, Seoul

Lotte World Tower is, well, a super tall tower in Jamsil, Seoul. It has office units and residential apartments, hotel, etc. but it also has a shopping mall and department stores. I frequent Lotte World Mall as I live not too far from there. If you are going to visit Lotte World mall, consider visiting these places.

You can look up the exact locations of these establishments here.

Where to eat

Most of the restaurants are on 5th and 6th floor. You can just go up there and choose whichever one intrigues you! But these are the places I like to eat at.

Ganga

Ganga is an Indian restaurant on 6th floor. Every one of their vegetable curry is delicious, and they serve good beverages.

bills

김지현(@jihyun.unni)님의 공유 게시물님,


Bills is on the first floor unlike other restaurants. The best way I can describe Bills is Sex and the City brunch, but they serve all day. I really like the food. It’s popular so the waiting is looong, but it is well worth the wait. I especially recommend it if you want that Instagram aesthetic brunch.

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How to Get AdSense Approved with A New Site

*Note that depending on region there may be a requirement that your site must have been up for certain time to use AdSense. If so you just have to wait to meet that requirement.

How to Get AdSense Approved with A New Site (photo by Freepik)

There are many, many advertisement vendors on the internet, but I prefer Google AdSense. I already have a Google account so it’s easy to manage, and since my website targets visitors all over the world and not just Korea, the ad needs to be localized, and only large global sellers like Google can do that. But getting approved can be a challenge, especially when your site is new. We all want to start monetizing our content as soon as possible, right?

My blog is barely a month old and it’s AdSense approved! I was rejected the first time but accepted the second. And let me tell you what I did differently.

Have a clean, mobile-friendly design.

It doesn’t have to look super amazing. (Just look at my blog… haha) But it does have to be clean and mobile friendly. Majority of web traffic comes from mobile devices these days, so making your site mobile-friendly is a must anyways.

Have information pages like “about” and “privacy policy”, as well as contact information.

Google Adsense requires a certain privacy disclosure in their terms. You can learn more about it here. There are privacy policy generators online that you can use. Most of them will charge extra for custom AdSense form, but if you don’t want to pay, you can get a generic privacy policy form them then add the AdSense part. You can use my page as a reference.

Having an about page helps too. It should contain the introduction for your site and contact information, unless you have a separate contact page.

Have as much quality content as possible.

If your site is new, there most likely isn’t a ton of content, but you can still do your best. I had about 15-16 posts when I re-applied, and got approved. You’re more likely to get approved when you have more text, so put up some text-heavy contents. But don’t forget to add some images and videos so that your content is more well-rounded



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Triple Town: My Favorite Mobile Game

Triple Town

Triple Town by Spry Fox is my favorite game on my phone. The brilliance of it is in its simplicity. Three adjacent grass makes a bush, three bushes make a tree, three trees make a hut, and so on, hence the name Triple Town. It is so damn cute and fun.

The game is freemium. You could play for free but you have limited turns, (turns meaning placing 1 item) and you can in-app purchase unlimited turns. I purchased them both on my phone and my iPad (ah the laments of having Android phone and Apple iPad) and never looked back. It’s most definitely worth it!

It keeps your brain engaged while not making you think too much that your head hurts. It’s great for when you have time to kill. There are different maps and there are challenges with which you can earn golds. You can use the gold to buy items when you get stuck.

I love other Spry Fox games such as Bushido Bear and Alphabear. (They have a bear theme going on despite the name Spry Fox)

So definitely check out the game if you are looking for a new cute simple mobile game!

Get it on Google Play

Get it on App Store

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What am I doing with my life?

Genevieve Dallaire

Both my parents went to Seoul National University, the most prestigious university in South Korea. My mother is a recently retired former educator and my father is a tech executive. Undoubtedly, my parents lead a fairly successful life. And succeeding wasn’t just encouraged of me, it was expected.

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