07 November 2018

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs - Chiang Mai - Thailand

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs - Chiang Mai - Thailand

On a recent weekend trip to Chiang Mai I decided to make a quick stop to see the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs as it wasn't too far away from where we were staying and it was one of the places I had always wanted to see, but didn't have the chance to when I was living in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately it was the beginning of rainy season so we weren't there too long before the heavens opened up and it started pouring with rain but we were there long enough to cook ourselves some hot spring eggs which is the highlight of any visit there.

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs - Chiang Mai - Thailand

Admittedly I'm not the biggest fan of eggs but this was something I had to try out as I'd seen so many people do it on vacations in Japan, I'm still kinda in shock that Thailand has onsen to because I've always wanted to visit one and although I didn't get the chance to dip my toes into the water, there's a very high chance that'll I'll be back there again one day...


Have you ever visited a hot spring?
Love & Eggs
Cate
xoxo

01 November 2018

HANDMADE FOX SCARF GIVEAWAY (EXTENDED!!!)


October turned out to be another crazy month for me so I wasn't able to organise a brand new giveaway for November so instead of not having one at all this month I decided to extend my Fox Scarf giveaway until the end of this month instead so that way you'll get it in just in time for the winter holidays. There's only a few scarves left for sale in my Etsy Shop so be sure to check it out, especially if you want anything for the holidays as once everything is gone, it's gone and my shop will close indefinitely....


If you want to be in with the chance of winning this scarf, handmade by myself, my final scarf in this design then follow the instructions given in the widget above.

Good Luck
Cate
xoxo


31 October 2018

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (October 2018)

Cromhouthuis old stairs

October is over and there's just 2 months left of 2018 and my crazy year is not over yet because there's even more adventures coming which I can't wait for, I just want to make the most of life as I can as I'm not getting any younger haha! It's Halloween today and I haven't had a moment to think how I'm going to celebrate tonight, so I think ice cream and a scary movie it is, enjoy this month's links.....

♥ How to Save Money While Living in the City

♥ Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind: 5 Practices That Help Ease Anxiety

♥ The One Trick You Need To Try For A Stress-Free Morning

♥ How To Be a Better Listener in 6 Steps

♥ Love in Translation

Downtown Vegas

♥ How I Do My Nails

♥ 31 Things to Do When You're Having a Bad Day

♥ 25 Ways To Eliminate Toxins From Your System

♥ Getting Out Of Your Bad Mood

♥ I Tested 6 Bedtime Hacks Successful People Swear By

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♥ How To Deal With Feeling Stuck

♥ Six Ways To Wake Up In A Better Mood

♥ An Open Letter to All the People Pleasers

♥ How To Bounce Back from Adrenal Burnout

♥ Is Your Anxiety Triggered By Hormonal Imbalance? Here's Exactly What To Do About It

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♥ 5 Lies I've Stopped Telling Myself

♥ Step into Your Power and Manifest Your Dreams

♥ How I Learned to Make Friends With My Anxiety

♥ Plot Twist: Sleeping In on the Weekends Makes You Live Longer

♥ 3 Quick Tips For Staying Positive Even On A Terrible Day




Love & Matcha
Cate
xoxo

24 October 2018

The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

The Big Buddha is probably one of Hong Kong's most famous sights, on my first trip to Hong Kong we unfortunately couldn't visit due to bad weather so I was hoping on this trip I could finally take my mum there to see it and kept a close watch on the weather, the night before there was a storm so we were worried it be another trip we'd miss out seeing it but luckily the weather cleared up in the morning and we were able to take a cable car up there.

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

The cable care to the summit was a longer ride than I thought but a really enjoyable ride which gives you a great view of Hong Kong from above, some cable cars also have a glass bottom so you can see the view below but we just took a regular car, but when you reach the summit the journey doesn't end there it's still a walk to reach the Buddha through shops and restaurants and a tiring climb up 268 steps to reach the base, I was sweating by the time I reached the top but it was great exercise and totally worth seeing this massive creation up close.

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

Next door to the Big Buddha is Po Lin Monastery, a temple where the monks live. The atmosphere was very calm and peaceful there in complete contrast to the craziness of Hong Kong city, mostly tourists come visit pay their respects there and buy good luck charms.

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

I always enjoy visiting temples and shrines as they have a whole different atmosphere and beauty. In the past I've only had the chance to see the city areas of Hong Kong and not much of it's natural beauty so this was a whole new experience for me and it was nice to have a few quiet moments before returning to the hustle and bustle.

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery also has a vegetarian cafeteria where you can buy all sorts or Chinese foods and desserts, I had already eaten a large breakfast so didn't try the food on offer but I just couldn't say no to trying some desserts, Chinese desserts are one of my absolute favourite things so I picked up a few dumplings to try and I had the best mango mochi of my life, seriously mangoes in Hong Kong always taste really good and this dumpling has fresh ones inside, I was almost tempted to buy a box to bring back to Thailand with me for everyone to try.

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

After exploring the religious area, we walked back to the cable car station and visited some of the shops to buy souvenirs to bring home for the family. Our first visit to Hong Kong we really wanted to take my grandmother to see the Buddha but unfortunately due to bad weather we couldn't go and now due to ill health she can no longer travel so didn't make this trip with us but we still made sure to pay our respects for her and buy her a good luck charm so she was there with us in spirit.

Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Lantau Island - Hong Kong

There's just so much of Hong Kong to see and my time there never seems to be long enough so I'm so happy after all these years we finally got the chance to visit and see The Big Buddha, it was definitely worth the wait and I would love to explore more of the area if I ever get the chance to go back to Hong Kong.

What places would you like to see in Hong Kong?
Love & Dumplings
Cate
xoxo

19 October 2018

Rosegal Halloween Sale - Spooky Hoodie Wishlist


Halloween is my favourite time of year and to celebrate I checked out the Rosegal Halloween Sale for some spooky hoodies and picked out a few of my favourites to share with you which I'm sure would not only be perfect to wear for Halloween but all year round whenever you're feeling in a spooky mood.


Be sure to take a look at the Rosegal Halloween Sale & let me know your fave items!
Love & Pumpkins
Cate
xoxo


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