20 August 2017

Coffee & Cake Date #5: Ryan Cafe - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Ryan Cafe - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Kakao Friends is the most popular messaging service in Korea and although I've never used it I've seen the cute characters everywhere so I had to check out their flagship store in Gangnam and visit the cafe because I love anything cute so why not?

Ryan Cafe - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

When at the Ryan Cafe you have to get yourself a Ryan cupcake, although they did have cakes themed around the other characters I have a soft spot for Ryan so I just had to. I'm always a little dubious of theme cafe food as you find more effort goes into presentation than taste but I was pleasantly surprised by this cupcake as it was super soft and fluffy and not too sweet, I pretty much devoured the whole thing in a minute but if I ever go back I'll definitely have to try the other character cupcakes, it was such a cute place definitely worth a visit!

Ryan Cafe - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

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What is your favourite cute café?
Love & Lions
Cate
xoxo


Psssst if you want to see more awesome cafes from around the world you can click the button below, buy me a coffee & get treats & a shoutout on my next post





09 August 2017

Bongeunsa Temple (Seoul) - 봉은사 (서울)

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Being in a big fast paced city with all people, traffic, noise and general busyness can be a bit overwhelming at times but thankfully Seoul has many places where you can just get away from it all and enjoy some quiet alone time, Bongeunsa Temple is definitely one of those places.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa Temple is not secluded by any means it's in Gangnam directly across the road from COEX which is one of the biggest and most popular shopping malls in South Korea but it's still surprisingly quiet and a lot of people visit there just to relax and enjoy the calming atmosphere. I visited there twice during my stay and although it's a popular tourist destination they're were no crowds and I was able to explore the temple grounds completely on my own.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

One of the main attractions of Bongeunsa is the colourful rainbow lanterns that decorate the grounds of the temple, they're so pretty, one of the things I love most about temples in Asia is just how bright and colourful they can be. It was extremely calming to watch these lanterns gently blowing in the wind, the smell of incense in the air while the monks were chanting their daily prayers.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa also offers a temple stay program where you can stay overnight in the temple and enjoy a traditional monastic meal, tea ceremony, meditate, make prayer beads and learn all about the traditional Korean Buddhist monk way of life from the actual monks living there. I've stayed in temples in Thailand but I'm really interested to see how it differs in Korea so if I ever go back a temple stay is something I will definitely look into doing.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

เวลาไปเที่ยวเกาหลีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา บองอุนซาอยู่ในกังนัมCOEXช้อปปิ้งมอลล์เพื่อง่ายต่อการเยี่ยมชม วัดเงียบดีเพราะว่าไม่มีคนเยอะและสวยมากมีสีสดใส นักท่องเที่ยวนอนอยู่ในวัดได้และไปทำสมาธิกินอาหารเจและคุยเกี่ยวกับศาสนา ถ้าอยากนั่งเฉยๆมีอารมณ์ดีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา


What are some places you like to visit for a break from city life?
Love & Incense
Cate
xoxo

05 August 2017

Mini Birthday Wishlist


August is my birthday month and I was thinking it's about time I treat myself to something special although there are many things I would love to have (HotToysHotToysHotToysLEGO!) I'm trying to only spend my money on things I can actually make use out of and save some money for more nerdy adventures but sometimes you just need to #TreatYoSelf so here are a few things I've seen recently which would make an awesome birthday treat.


 Nuyu Wonder Woman Warrior Crop & Leggings - I've been a bit lazy when it comes to exercise recently but I really want to get back into it as I've found daily exercise really helps me both mentally and psychically feel good so what better way to motivate me than some awesome work-out gear themed around the even more awesome strong, warrior babe Wonder Woman.


 Klairs Skincare - If you've been watching my YouTube videos you'll know I'm really into Korean skincare and I've heard so many great things about this brand and would love to try a few of their products, my skin has changed so much since I moved to Thailand so I've had to completely change my routine so I'm always on the lookout for new products to test out.


 Agent Carter Crossbody Satchel Bag -  Agent Carter is such a big inspiration to me and I'm still so sad about the cancelling of her show and also Civil War... one of the things I loved about Peggy was her style and I think this bag not only is a great representation of that but her to as it's so classy, cute and super functional to.


 Unicorn Make-up Brushes - How adorable are these make-up brushes? Even the case they come in is super pretty to! I really need to get myself some new make-up brushes and these would just be perfect.


♥ Sorry I'm Busy Sailor Moon Pouch - Usagi is like my spirit animal and I adore this design so much, life is all about food and fun and this just embodies that completely, I love it!


How do you like to treat yourself on your birthday ?
Love & Strawberry Soda
Cate
xoxo


If you're feeling generous I do have an Amazon Wishlist or you can treat me to a "Cup of Coffee" but don't feel like you have to, birthdays are more than the gifts you receive they're about spending time with the people you love, reflecting on life and enjoying the ride.

31 July 2017

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (July 2017)

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How is July over already? It's crazy to think the year is already half way done but at least I've been somewhat productive this month. I'm currently in Bangkok with the family and I'll be staying here for my birthday, a Day6 concert AND I'm going to be visiting Beijing in a few days which I'm very excited about as I haven't been to China since 2010 when I did volunteer work with pandas. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their summer, enjoy this months links...

♥ Easy Ways To Eliminate Negativity From Your Daily Life

♥ 4 Ways Teas Can Make You Feel Better When Sick

♥ The Truth About Full Time Blogging Answered

♥ The Most Destructive Thing I've Ever Done

♥ 5 Ways To Spoil Yourself Today

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♥ How To Stress Less And Live More

♥ You Can Be Happy And Lonely At The Same Time

♥ 8 Reasons Cher Horowitz Is A Great Role Model

♥ Why You Should Be Meditating 

♥ My 10 Best Blogging Tips

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♥ 11 Ways To Embrace Who You Are

♥ Ten Years Ago On Melrose

♥ 9 Food Travel Destination For Ultimate Foodies!

♥ Fashion Poses For Lifestyle Bloggers

♥ 10 Signs You Might Be A Confused Introvert

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♥ How To Be More Positive 

♥ 20 Genius Space-Saving Hacks for Packing Your Suitcase

♥ 5 Things I'm Giving Up For A Happier Life

♥ 25 Simple Tips On Growing Your Blog

♥ Do You Have Just One Day In New York City? Here Are 15 Things To Do!






Love & Lychees
Cate
xoxo

27 July 2017

Anime Series I'm Watching & Loving!

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It's that time again for my bi-monthly wrap up of all the anime I've been watching and loving lately. The past couple months I've been watching a lot of very different genres but I've really enjoyed them although I do kind of feel I'm ready to go back to watching some supernatural, sci-fi stuff haha! In fact I think I'm going to have to binge Attack on Titan season 2 right after publishing this because I STILL haven't watched it yet so I'll keep this short, I hope you enjoy these recommendations!


くまみこ
Young shrine maiden Miko has spent her whole life in the mountains but now wants to attend high school in the big city and it's up to Natsu her talking guardian bear to prepare her for her transition to the city. This anime sounded so strange I just had to watch it and I actually really enjoyed it, the animation is beautiful and I really liked the characters of Miko and Natsu and the strange tasks Natsu gave her to prepare for the big city like buying heattech at Uniqlo or visiting Village Vanguard. I also really liked the opening and ending songs in fact I found myself randomly humming the ending song weeks after I finished watching in.


食戟のソーマ
I'm really late to the party on this one as I feel like the hype has been and gone on this anime but you know what I'm bringing it back! So if you don't know what Food Porn Food Wars! is it's about a boy called Soma who has dreams of taking over his father's restaurant and surpassing his father's excellent culinary skills, Soma's father gets a job abroad, closes the restaurant and enrols Soma into an elite culinary school where only 10% of students graduate. Ok so it's not the story that has everyone talking about this anime it's the "foodgasm" scenes which are weird, hilarious and perfect. You just need to watch it to know what I'm talking about. Even stranger is how I can totally relate to them being a big food enthusiast myself, I know that feeling when you take a bite of something REALLY good and several times throughout this anime I found myself drooling... I really wanted to eat all that food! Seriously, why does anime food always look so delicious?


にゃんぼー!
Nyanbo are the cat version of the popular cardboard character known in Japan as Danbo, I'm strangely attracted to these toys (it's that weird kawaii thing I love) so when I heard an anime was coming out I had to see what it was all about! Nyanbo are beings from outerspace and the anime follows their adventures on Earth, enjoying life and trying to find pieces of their UFO. Each episode is only 5 minutes long and animated in 3D mixed with real life scenery (and cats!) which I kinda liked and found suited the style well. While I'll admit it's not the best anime (it's waaay to short for starters) it is very, very cute and I enjoyed it so if you're a fan of the toys definitely check it out.


夏雪ランデブー
Harazuki decides to take a job at the flower shop of the woman he's fallen for but he can see the spirit of her dead husband Atsushi who tries everything he can to interfere with the relationship. This is such a melancholy anime but it has moments of humour between Atsushi and Harazuki who is the only person that sees him, I really enjoyed their interactions and it was clear they both really care for Rokka. The anime gave me a strange sense of nostalgia even though I've never experienced what Rokka has but I found myself relating to her so much.


カオスヘッド
Takumi Nishijou is an otaku  who lives in a storage container on top of a building in Shibuya, he prefers living in his "2D World" and regular loses himself in his delusions, one night he receives a link from and online acquaintance regarding the strange "New Gen" murders in the area and once he sees the photo he un-willingly find himself involved in the case... and then it gets complicated so you'll just have to watch it to understand! I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this anime as it's almost a decade old but I really enjoyed it and I related to Takumi so much it was sad. It's a little complicated I will admit as there's lots of strange scientific ideas and jargon thrown around but it was really interesting and did make you think a lot about life and the choices you make and that's one of the things I really enjoy about anime.


What anime series have you been watching lately?
Love & Swords
Cate
xoxo

20 July 2017

When Anxiety Attacks & How I'm Dealing...

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Honestly, I've not been in a good place mentally and it's been really difficult. To look at this another way this is the first time in a very long time I've felt this low but it's not the worst I've felt. Living with anxiety is something I know I'll have to deal with for the rest of my life and for the longest time I was never able to put a word to those feelings but now it has a name I'm better able to deal with the attacks when it happens.

Sometimes it doesn't have a trigger it just attacks and sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and stressed that "anxiety brain" takes over and recently I let it grab a hold of me which lead to some self-destructive behaviour. I'm not the type of person to ever discuss my problems with anyone even my closest family and friends, I tend to just deal on my own because the last thing I want is for those I care about to see me as a burden, worry them or be the cause of their stress and unhappiness but I'm learning to open up and it's one of the reasons I'm writing this.

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Anxiety can be a bitch! Sometimes it's a struggle to get out of bed and walk out that door and on those days I deal with those feeling by meditating, drinking some tea and trying to quiet those nagging thoughts in my brain. Sometimes just the process of putting on my make-up and bringing some life to my face can be the healing factor, sometimes I put my headphones on, shut-out the world and those inner voices of doubt and just take myself for a walk amongst nature where I can appreciate the true beauty of the world and sometimes just taking a long shower can heal me. Even the smallest action I can do for myself can make the biggest difference and can stop an attack before it gets worse.

One of the things I've learnt recently is that it's not my fault. My anxiety was brought on by various factors of my past and those things were not my fault or a fault in myself. I am not to blame for these feelings. While these feeling are a part of me they do not define me. I am my own biggest critic but I am also unique and deserving of life. Sometimes I need to take care of myself before I can take care of others because I deserve as much happiness as everyone else.

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It's an uphill struggle to get my life back on track but I'm getting there. Exercise helps, I've been doing it everyday or almost everyday, and it helps me sleep, gives me a sense of peace and accomplishment and it makes me strong both physically and mentally. I'm eating better because good food puts me in a good mood but I always make time for a coffee and cake date because treats are important to. I'm making an effort to talk more to friends online and off because they make me happy and as much as "anxiety brain" wants me to cut everyone out of my life so I won't fear getting hurt, I need them and I love them and I know I can't deal with this alone.

So what's the point of this post? It's to let everyone know I'm ok and I'm dealing and to let everyone else know you're not alone in your struggles, I understand, I've got your back and I'm here for you if you need me to be.


Love & Hugs
Cate
xoxo


14 July 2017

Zaful Summer Dress Long Dress Wishlist & Discount Coupon


Zaful contacted me recently to check out their new summer dress long dress and cotton dress collection and I was so impressed with the amazing choice of clothing (some of which cost less than $10) that I had to share. Thailand is the land of summer and I am in dire need of some new summer dresses so here are a few from their huge collection (which includes plus sizes to) that I would love to wear.


Floral dresses are a classic summer look and I really love the fresh look of this blue and white dress. The floral print is quite simple compared to other floral looks but the flared sleeves and the off-shoulder cut really make it something special. I can see myself wearing this to an afternoon picnic with friends paired with a simple pair of cat-eye sunglasses.

Palm tree prints are great to wear to the beach and this is exactly where I would wear this high-low palm leaf print maxi dress. Summer is all about being fun and colourful so when I saw that pineapple bag I thought it would be the cutest thing for this beach look. Sunsets at the beach sipping pineapple smoothies and fresh coconuts are just the best way to spend the summer! 


Ice Cream is one of my favourite things in this world and this pinstripe bowknot smocked cut out slip dress just gave me that feel of visiting one of those retro ice cream parlours and digging into a giant sundae which is exactly what I would do in this dress. A cute dress needs cute shoes and they don't get much cuter than these rose lace-up chunky heel sandals.


Which summer dress is your favourite?
Love & Ice Cream
Cate
xoxo


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11 July 2017

Coffee & Cake Date #4: Innisfree Café - Myeongdong - Seoul - South Korea


Innisfree is one of my favourite beauty brands so on my recent trip to Seoul, South Korea I made sure to stop by the Innisfree Café in Myeongdong's main shopping street. I love that brands in Korea have monopolised on Korea's popular café culture and are offering their own unique take and Innisfree has gone all out on their nature theme decorating their cafe in fresh plants and flowers, even offering food and drinks based on this healthy and fresh theme.

Innisfree Café - Myeong-dong - Seoul - South Korea

I spent a good few hours just relaxing and enjoying the ambience and of course the food and drinks. Some concept stores are more concerned with the aesthetic of their food and drinks rather than the taste but Innisfree did not disappoint as everything I had there was fresh and amazing. I enjoyed a honey latte which came with some dried fruit to snack on, some very delicious egg and ricotta toast which came with one of the best side salads I'd ever eaten and their most popular dish the souffle hotcakes which were very light and fluffy and came with some beautiful decorated fresh fruit on the side.

Innisfree Café - Myeong-dong - Seoul - South Korea

Even if you're not a fan of shopping or skincare the Innisfree cafe is definitely somewhere you should visit as the food there is just so good! I actually visited the cafe twice whilst I was there and if I ever go back to Seoul it will definitely be high on my places to visit again.

Innisfree Café - Myeong-dong - Seoul - South Korea

อินนิสฟรีคือแบรนด์บิวตี้ฉันชอบที่สุด ตอนไปเที่ยวเกาหลีฉันอยากไปหาคาเฟ่ของอินนิสฟรี คาเฟ่อยู่เมียงดงสวยที่สุด มีดอกไม้มากๆแต่งร้าน อาหารอร่อยมาก หลังจากช้อปปิ้งมีอารมณ์ดีนั่งชิลล์ๆ อยากไปอีก

What brands would you love to have a café?
Love & Lattes
Cate
xoxo


Psssst if you want to see more awesome cafes from around the world you can click the button below, buy me a coffee & get treats & a shoutout on my next post





05 July 2017

Shopping in Seoul, South Korea


Seoul is one of my favourite cities to shop in because it's so diverse you can pretty much find anything, from traditional wet markets to luxurious spas to super kawaii toy shops to arty concept stores there's something for everyone. I tend to think of shopping Seoul like visiting an art gallery as you don't necessarily visit the stores with the intention to buy but more to enjoy the mood and atmosphere created by each brands.


Style Nanda is one of Korea's most popular clothing stores and their stores are always full of ladies checking out the 3CE make-up range and taking selfies. Each store seems to have a unique very Instagramable concept and I visited the 3rd flagship store called Pink Hotel in the the heart of Myeondong. The store was just so beautiful, pink and pretty and such a unique experience, I loved how each floor had a unique theme relating to the overall hotel concept and if you were tired from all the shopping there was also a beautiful rooftop area where you could sit, relax and enjoy some drinks from the Pink Pool Cafe downstairs.


Samcheong-dong and the Bukchon Hanok Village is such a unique area of Seoul and definitely one of my fave places to explore. The whole area has kept its traditional old-style Korean look with many of the buildings there built in the traditional style and even newer brands that have opened up stores there have made sure to maintain this traditional look, it's almost like travelling through times long gone. There's also so many unique boutiques, cafes and galleries here it's definitely worth spending at least a day exploring.


There are many other amazing places to shop in Seoul a few more I've visited are Ewha, Hongdae, Garosu-gil and Gangnam which are all full of amazing boutique stores and unique cafes that you can easily spend a day exploring each and even if shopping isn't your thing it's worth checking out the stores just to see the unique concepts as they really go all out with the aesthetics that it almost becomes less about shopping and more about an experience which I think is one of the best things about shopping in Seoul.


What are some of your favourite shopping destinations?
Love & Lipstick
Cate
xoxo

30 June 2017

Surprise Kawaii Bag Unboxing & GIVEAWAY!!!



Kawaii Box recently got in touch with me about their new "Surprise Kawaii Bag" and asked if I would like to review one so of course as a lover of cute surprises I said yes! The "Surprise Kawaii Bag" is a little different to the Kawaii Box in that it's just a one time thing rather than a monthly subscription, it costs just $16.90 and that includes free worldwide shipping and the contents are worth around $50 so that's an absolute steal!


I absolutely adored everything that came in the bag especially the Pikachu purse and I'm sure I'll make good use out of all the things I got, everything is really great quality and total value for money so I highly recommend getting yourself one. Be sure to check out Blippo for all the cuteness and if you would be in with the chance to win one for yourself be sure to check out the widget below for details on how to enter.




What are your favourite kawaii items?
Good Luck
Cate
xoxo

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (June 2017)

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I won't lie this month has been a bit of a struggle mentally for me although there were some absolutely amazing and fun moments that dark cloud seemed to take over but thankfully I got through it and I'm feeling much better and more myself again. July is going to be another busy month for me but I'm going to make it a priority to take better care of myself and not get too overwhelmed, I hope everyone is doing good, is happy, safe and healthy. Enjoy this months links and be sure to share your fave links to!

♥ The Top Travel Trends of 2017

♥ What Is Casual Cosplay, Everyday Cosplay & DisneyBound Anyway?

♥ Going Green: An Introduction

♥ You Don't Have To Be A Girlboss To Kick Ass

♥ Studying Earth’s harshest landscapes could help us discover life on Mars

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♥ 5 Ways To Battle Self Doubt

♥ The Perfectly Quintessential European Bucket List

♥ 8 Ways To Chill Our When You Need A Break

♥ Embracing My Inner Girly Geek!

♥ Are You Checking Work Email in Bed? At the Dinner Table? On Vacation?

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 ♥ How To Stay Positive When The News Is Incessantly Negative

♥ 8 Ways To Worry Less

♥ How To Get Yourself Unstuck (And Massively Increase Your Personal Power)

♥ Finding Confidence Among Uncertainty

♥ 6 Mistakes We Make When Depressed or Having a Panic Attack

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♥ How I Map Out a Successful Week

♥ Blogging More Efficiently And Productively

♥ Chic Pixel’s Top 10 Anime Opening Themes

♥ 22 Of My Best Ever Blogging Tips

♥ 25 Things To Stop Freaking Out About Right Now




Love & Orange Soda
Cate
xoxo

19 June 2017

Coffee & Cake Date #3: Yellow Crafts Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

Yellow Crafts Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

One of the reasons I mostly drink my coffee black is because I don't do too well with dairy and most cafes don't offer a milk alternative but Yellow Crafts Cafe uses organic soy beans to make their own fresh soy milk daily. This is a great spot to come to for a morning pick-me-up as the decor is fresh, vibrant and clean, they make each cup of coffee fresh (even grinding the the beans) and there's a small selection of baked goods to or you can enjoy a hearty bowl of grains served with fresh soy milk.

Yellow Crafts Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

I'm not usually a breakfast person, I tend to just grab something quick on my way out or skip the meal entirely but Yellow Crafts Cafe is the prefect breakfast spot and one I would definitely make the effort to visit, there's just something about the mood there that puts you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day.

Yellow Crafts Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

ฉันไม่ชอบกินนมสดเพราะว่าเวลากินท้องเสียแต่ฉันดีใจเพราะว่าร้านYellow Crafts Cafeใกล้ที่บ้านทำนมซอยสดทุกวัน ฉันชอบมาร้านนี่ตอนช้าวเพราะว่าร้านเเต่งสดใสและน้่งอยู่สบาย ถ้าไม่มีเวลาน้่งเขาขายขวดมนขวดกาแฟให้กลับบ้าน

Love & Lattes
Cate
xoxo

Psssst if you want to see more awesome cafes from around the world you can click the button below, buy me a coffee & get a shoutout on my next post


13 June 2017

Asian Dramas I'm Watching and Loving!

Heavy Rain #1

As much as I try to watch as many different Asian dramas as I can Korean Dramas are definitely taking over my watch lists as they're just so aesthetically pleasing and well made compared to some other dramas being made in Asia and it's no wonder that a lot of countries are remaking them into their own language. Korean Dramas are definitely popular here in Thailand and it seems like a lot of the K-Drama stars are taking over as I can't seem to walk 5 minutes without seeing Lee Min Ho or Song Joong-ki advertising the latest phone or beauty product.

마담 앙트완
Ko Hye-Rim is a fortune teller who claims she can hear the voice of Marie Antoinette but in reality she's just an ordinary woman searching for true love with a keen sense of intuition that knows how to read people, when Choi Soo-Hyun, a world renowned psychologist who's goal is to prove that true love doesn't exist, moves into the office above Ko Hye-Rim's coffee shop they find themselves working together (although begrudgingly at first) to help solve people's problems. I really enjoyed this drama, I loved the characters and seeing all their relationships develop and I also really enjoyed the side plots of them trying to source people's problems and solving them as both the leads had very different methods and goals, it's a really funny drama to so definitely check it out.


별에서 온 그대
Doo Min-Joon is an alien who has been stranded on Earth for 400 years meets popular actress Cheon Song-Yi who he believes saved him in a past life, as he tries to find out the truth about who she is the two become close and fall in love. After watching Goblin and Legend of the Blue Sea this drama came highly recommended to me as it follows a similar storyline of finding past love with mystical beings, the drama also shares some of the same cast and after Legend of the Blue Sea I am such a fan of Jun Ji-Hyun! I have to admit I didn't really like the male lead in this I found him quite flat and boring and I know this is probably how the character is supposed to be as he's a 400 year old alien with little sense of humour who's avoided connection with people for fear of revealing his true identity but compared to the amazing Jun Ji-Hyun he just kinda fades into the background but towards the end of the drama I did warm up to him and I really enjoyed watching it maybe not as much as Goblin or Legend of the Blue Sea but it's still worth a watch if only for Jun Ji-Hyun, have I mentioned enough already how much I love her?


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CLAMP's xxxHolic is one of my favourite ever anime/manga series and I had absolutely no idea they had made a live action version of it and stumbled upon this completely by accident. If you're familiar with CLAMP you'll how how beautiful and enchanting their artwork is and this drama brings life to that aesthetic, even the soundtrack works perfectly to add to that dreamy supernatural vibe. Ghost stories have always been my favourite and with most of the dramas I've been watching lately being romance or crime based this made a refreshing change even though I've watched the anime countless times! This drama felt a lot darker in tone than the anime, it lacked a lot of the humour of the original as well as my two favourite kawaii characters Mokona and The Pipe Fox but I still felt it was a very good adaptation and it's one I'd happily watch again and again.


태양의 후예
I have heard so much about this drama that I thought it was finally time to give it a watch, without going to much into the plot it's basically a romance story between a doctors and soldiers but it's so much more than that to and deals with themes of patriotism, duty, forgiveness and sacrifice. This was such a beautiful drama and a beautiful story I really loved all the characters and how selfless they were and I also loved the humour in the series as it worked well to lighten the mood between those heartbreaking and serious moments. I can definitely see why it was so popular, Korea knows how to make dramas!

そして、誰もいなくなった
Todo Shinichi finds his idyllic life in turmoil after a man bearing the same name as him is arrested and he's accused of identity fraud, as the story unfolds Shinichi realises that there may be something more sinister behind what he thought was a simple system error as he seeks to regain his stolen identity. Although this drama was only released last year it feels like it was made a while ago, maybe it's because Tatsuya Fujiwara is the main star and he's barely aged since staring in the Battle Royale and Death Note movies, seriously what's your secret dude? But aesthetics aside this drama was actually quite interesting and it was almost scary to see how not being a part of "the system" can affect your whole life through even the smallest ways.

Love & Sakura
Cate
xoxo

07 June 2017

A Quick Visit to Hong Kong Disneyland


I only had a couple days stopover in Hong Kong before my visit to Seoul, South Korea and although I had visited Hong Kong once before many, many years ago one of the things I wanted to do the most but didn't get to do was see Disneyland so I made it a priority to finally visit there this time. It's one of my life goals to visit every Disney theme park in the world and I'm not doing too badly so far with Paris, California, Tokyo and now Hong Kong crossed off the list.


Hong Kong is probably the smallest Disney Park I've visited but it didn't make it any less awesome and I loved seeing what exclusive items and rides they had there, although it was a rainy day I still managed to have lots of fun and I loved seeing Toy Story Land and the Mystic Manor which is their own special "Chinese" take on the Haunted Mansion. Unfortunately though as I was there on a quiet day in the off-season I couldn't find much in the way of food, I really wanted some of the Disney themed dim-sum I'd seen pictures of online but I couldn't find them anywhere but I still managed to get myself some Chinese egg tarts and an Iron Man waffle so my cute food cravings were somewhat satisfied.


Of course I couldn't help but buy a bunch of souvenirs while I was at Disneyland so here's a video of me showing some of the things I bought including an exclusive Hong Kong Disneyland Lucky bag which I had no idea what was inside but *spoiler alert* I LOVED EVERYTHING!!!


Hong Kong is just a few hours flight away from Thailand so I'm pretty sure I'll be back one day soon to explore more of the city and eat all the delicious dim sum so look out for more adventures soon!

What is your favourite Disney Park & which one would you love to visit?
Love & Lightsabers
Cate
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