15 June 2018

Asian Dramas I'm Watching & Loving!

The red one..

Honestly, I haven't had a lot of time for TV lately and it's one of the reasons I skipped posting last month as I tend to want to finish watching a bunch of dramas instead of just posting one or two that I've seen or that I'm in the middle of unless it's really good and I just can't contain my excitement! Also I'm kinda cheating this month as I'm including a couple movies but honestly they needed to be included because they're the best things I've seen in a long time and I just can't stop thinking about them and life and how touched they made me feel! But... hopefully sometime soon I'll be able to give myself enough downtime so I can chill out and catch up on dramas because I'm really missing having them in my life...

더 패키지
Yoon So-So, a travel guide, leads a group of Korean tourists on a package tour in France. Each of them have their own back stories but after a time find themselves developing close relationships with each other. I became aware of this drama because JB and Jackson of GOT7 were part of the OST and it was such a beautiful song I had to see what the drama was all about. This was honestly such a beautiful drama, the backdrop of France worked to well to tell the stories of these people on this package holiday and I actually learned quite a bit about France in the process, even though I've been there many times after watching this I really want to go back! This series is essentially about love and all the different aspects of relationships, falling in and out love, marriage, death, career, family and it's both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It wasn't cheesy or overly dramatic it was very real and relatable. I really enjoyed all the characters, their diverse stories and how their lives all connected in some way, and of course all the humour that was thrown in on the way as they find themselves in some quite amusing situations during their trip. I'd definitely recommend this drama if you're looking for something to relax to in the evenings as it was a nice easy watch, all the stories are very easy to follow without being too overwhelming and the romance was very sweet, you'll definitely be wanting to visit France after watching this series.


아이언맨
Joo Hong-bin a rich CEO, with a heightened sense of smell and an angry attitude develops a supernatural ability where by his anger and mental anguish manifest itself as knives sprouting from his body. He meets Son Se-dong, a kindhearted girl who smells just like his lost love and as she becomes more involved in his life he learns how to deal with his anguish and new found power. It's been over a year since Lee Dong Wook has been in a drama and after m Goblin adventures I just really missed seeing him so I thought I would give this drama a try as the story sounded interesting. I really wanted to love this drama but I just felt like something was lacking, I did love Lee Dong Wook and his assistant but the female lead and the kid I found slightly annoying because they spent half the series doing nothing by cry and it was that really annoying, fake loud cry which just reminded me of all those times when I was a kid my brother would do it to get what he wanted, but I digress and by the end of the series they did kinda grow on me. I probably wouldn't watch this again though but I'm happy I got to see Lee Dong Wook in another drama because he always does such a great job.

青丘狐传说
The story revolves around the good foxes of Qing Qiu and follows several main characters and their individual stories which link together to form the plot which was adapted from six tales from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio: "Feng San Niang", "A Xiu", "Ying Ning", "Hu Si Xiang Gong", "Chang Ting" and "Heng Niang". This drama is just visually stunning and whilst I did enjoy it I didn't really get into it as much as the last Chinese drama I watched, Ice Fantasy which was excellent! I found each of the stories quite similar and predictable, the whole forbidden love thing is a genre I find quite tiresome and cliched now as it just appears in so many dramas, but it wasn't completely cliched the fact that they were fox spirits and had their own unique history and customs did make it a little bit more interesting to watch and the characters were really cute however none of them really shone out to me but visually this series was just amazing and a real treat for the eyes, the sets, the costumes, the movement was just beautiful! So if you're into Asian fantasy and period dramas then maybe check this one out.

신과함께-죄와 벌
A firefighter dies saving the life of a young girl and is guided into the afterlife to take on 7 different trails which judge how he has lived his life, with 3 guardians to defend him he has 49 days to prove he lead an honest lawful life and is worthy to be to reincarnated. Have you ever watched a movie that really changed you? Really made you question the way you live your life? Really made you want to become a better person? To live your life to the fullest? THIS is that movie!! Firstly I just want to say the visuals in this movie are beautiful and I loved how they presented the different realms of the afterlife and the guardians of those realms. I've seen a lot of these types of movies and they can either be overtly cheesy or overtly preachy and this was neither of those things and although the protagonist is presented as some sort of saint you see in reality he isn't, he's just like the rest of us, he has his reason for living his life and making the choices he did. The guardians were amazing to and so passionate and emotional, I loved the head reaper the most his journey was so interesting which I won't say too much about so just go watch it! This movie really made me think and really made me question the consequences of some of my actions and if they really were justified and on the other hand if I should really blame myself for things that I couldn't really change or control but wow I can't wait to see the second part of this movie which is going to be released very soon!!

7번방의 선물
Yong-Goo a mentally disabled man lives a simple but happy life with his young daughter Ye-Seung but one day he's falsely accused of murder and sent to jail where he shares a cell with five other inmates who work together with his daughter to prove his innocence. I'm throwing in another movie this month because this one really needs to be mentioned to and while I'm sure many people have seen or at least heard about this movie, I only found it recently when it popped up in my recommends list as a comedy.... While yes it is really funny and has some really heartwarming moments it's also possibly one of the saddest movies I've ever seen! The ending had me in tears, I cried hard and I cried ugly and I couldn't stop thinking about it for days. Normally it's only dog movies that affect me like that (Marley, Hachi etc.) but wow this movie really touched me deep. I loved all the characters, the little girl was so cute and the father I had so much love for. Seriously, I kinda feel bad mentioning this movie to you all because you are guaranteed to cry but wow it's such a beautiful movie and it moved me so much I couldn't not mention it, so please do go check it out if you haven't already!


What series have you been enjoying recently?
Love & Dandelions
Cate
xoxo

10 June 2018

Exploring Incheon - South Korea

Incheon - South Korea

Previous visits to Korea have never seen me leave Seoul even though there's just so much of the country I want to explore I always end up staying in Seoul as I just feel so comfortable there but as I had a longer stay on my last trip to Korea I thought I should probably get out of the city for a day or two so Nami was on first the list and after deciding against spending a cold day in Everland we thought we would check out Incheon instead, mostly because of KDrama related reasons but we made sure to explore some of the city's most famous sites while we were there to starting with a stop in Chinatown.

Incheon - South Korea

Incheon - South Korea

Incheon - South Korea

Incheon's Chinatown is the biggest in Korea and rates high as one of the places you have to visit. Through the big Chinese arches it was a steep uphill walk to explore Chinatown, and unfortunately during my visit a lot of the shops were closed for the holidays but I wasn't there to shop I was there for the food so I made sure to pick up some of my fave street food snacks whilst I was there and of course try their most famous dish Jajangmyeon which is noodles in a black bean sauce which is actually one of my fave Chinese dishes but the Korean version tastes quite different and not as good in my opinion but strangely enough I found the addition of onions really delicious which is really unusual for me as I normally detest onions in my food but for some reason they taste really good in Korea. So after filling my stomach in Chinatown it was time to do more exploring and right next door to Chinatown is just the cutest place, Fairy Tale Village.

Incheon - South Korea

Incheon - South Korea

Incheon - South Korea

Fairy Tale Village is just the cutest place and the most surprising find, I actually never heard of it before and just happened to see a sign for it whilst in Chinatown and decided to check it out, out of curiosity. The whole area is full of super cute pastel and magical themed restaurants and shops, with paintings of your favourite storybook characters adorning all the walls and buildings, sadly as with Chinatown a lot of the shops and cafes were closed for the holidays but there was still so many cute things to see, each alley was like a having a mini adventure and had I not already filled my tummy up in Chinatown I would have totally tried out some of the cute desserts they had in the cafes there.

Incheon - South Korea

Incheon seemed to have a more relaxed, traditional, laid back vibe than Seoul and there's lot's of really interesting places to visit so I'd definitely like to go back and see more of the city one day, it's the perfect place to go to if you're looking for a little break from Seoul life and it's only an hour away on the train. So if you want to see more of what I got up to in Icheon then be sure to check out my Goblin filming locations post for more cute places to see, my favourite bookshop and one of the best views of the city!

What places would you like to visit in Korea?
Love & Pandas
Cate
xoxo


05 June 2018

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

Dogs are a guaranteed mood booster and nothing makes me happier than puppy kisses and cuddles. I love dogs so much and the one thing I miss the most when I travel is my Nan's dog Russ, and as much as I'd love to have my own pupper in my life, with all the travelling and craziness there's just sadly no way I could commit to having one, so dog cafes are a real life saver for me and my go to place whenever I'm feeling a bit sad or lonely

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

Clouds in the Sky is a dog cafe in Hongdae just down the street from the Style Nanda flagship store. The first time I tried to visit it was closed but luckily on my second trip to the area I noticed doggies in the window which meant it was open so I just had to go in for some much needed puppy love.

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

Pretty much as soon as I walked in I was mobbed by dogs of all sizes giving me the barks, sniffs and kisses, it was so overwhelming but in the best possible way. Dogs seriously make me so happy and the whole time I was there I couldn't stop smiling, the dogs were all so affectionate and playful towards me wanting cuddles, pats, kisses and some even decided to fall asleep in my lap, I was in DOG HEAVEN!

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

I'll admit I have a soft spot for huskies and corgis (Russ is part corgi so I'm bias) so I spent most of the time trying to get their attention even though the tiny poodles kept wanting to play with me the most, and of course I made sure to gave them all the cuddles to, I can't say no to a dog in need of love no matter what as all dogs are beautiful in my eyes.

Clouds in the Sky - Dog Cafe - Hongdae - Seoul - South Korea

To play with the dogs all you have to do is buy a drink there, my Americano was about $8 which honestly isn't that bad considering a lot of cafes in Seoul charge around the same price and they don't have cute dogs to play with so it's definitely worth it as the dogs were all so cute and playful and gave me so much love, I'll definitely be back there the next time I'm in Korea!

Where do you go to de-stress? Don't forget to enter my KBeauty giveaway!
Love & Puppies
Cate
xoxo

01 June 2018

Korean Make-up & Beauty Sample Giveaway!!


Korean beauty products have saved my skin! I've been a huge fan of Korean beauty products for the longest time but it's only in the past few years I've become really obsessed with it and started learning more about different brands and what ingredients actually make a difference to my skin. Now I'm living in Thailand I have easier access to all my favourite brands and can actually test them in store before I buy so for this months giveaway I wanted to share the love and give all of you an opportunity to test out some of my fave Korean beauty products and brands.


 ♥ The Prizes ♥ 


Most of the these are sample sized so perfect for testing out and I've also included a full sized cushion from The Face Shop because no Korean beauty routine is complete without one, I for one am pretty obsessed with using cushions and have multiple ones! So if you want to be in with the chance of winning this beauty loot be sure to check out the widget below for details on how to enter.



What's your make-up or skincare must have?
Good Luck
Cate
xoxo


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31 May 2018

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (May 2018)

Ipad with flickr colors^^

Hello from the other side! Yep I am back in the UK until July and since I arrived here 2 weeks ago my life has been non-stop, I thought I would get a relaxing break here but my adventures haven't stopped yet and I can't wait to share with you what's been happening! June is going to be an amazing month meeting new people, meeting old friends and closing a chapter on my life here while I start preparations for my new future in Thailand, things might be quiet here over the next couple of months but I'll still try to update as often as I can, I hope everyone is well and please enjoy this months links...

♥ An Open Letter to Those Who Always Put Themselves Last

♥ 5 Anxiety-Busting Self-Care Techniques You Haven't Heard Of Yet

♥ How to Visit Pig Island in The Bahamas

♥ I Cut 5 Unnecessary Spending Habits for 30 Days and This is What Happened

♥ The Ultimate Guide To Combating Stress & Living A More Balanced Life

dots or stripes

♥ Is It Bad To Stay Inside For An Entire Day?

♥ How, When and Why I Love Brain-Dumping

♥ 5 To-Do's To Kick Start Your Week

♥ My LA Address Book

♥ Letting Go of the Worry That Weighs Us Down

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♥ Heads-Up: Add Cinnamon to Your Coffee to Boost Your Memory

♥ How To Turn Your Blog into a Business

♥ Got One Day In NYC? Here’s A To Do List!

♥ Yes, Fear IS Standing In The Way Of Your Dreams. Here's How To Outsmart It

♥ 5 Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself

falling sheets, falling on kittens

♥ One Monster Lake Kawaguchiko Full Day Itinerary

♥ Everything We Love To Eat Is A Scam

♥ How I’m Trying To Cut Down On Sugar (and failing horrendously)

♥ Why Being Single in Your 30's is Incredible

♥ 29 Ways To Increase Your Feeling of Self Worth






Love & Cookies
Cate
xoxo


27 May 2018

Dore Dore - Garosugil - Seoul

Dore Dore -  Garosugil - Sinsa-dong - Seoul

Dore Dore is a really popular cafe in Korea known for their rainbow cakes, they have quite a few locations around Seoul but I believe their cafe in Garosugil was their first. I have actually been wanting to visit this cafe for a while as I've seen it featured in so many articles and videos and their cakes always look amazing, so on my last trip to Seoul I had to stop by.

Dore Dore -  Garosugil - Sinsa-dong - Seoul

It was Christmas Eve when I visited (a few hours from being Christmas Day) so instead of getting the rainbow cake I decided on the special Christmas strawberry shortcake they had, which was huge! Violet and I decided to share a slice but it was still a struggle for both of us to finish it but it was still quite good and not too sweet, had I not been so full I probably would've tried all the cakes there because they all looked so delicious!

Dore Dore -  Garosugil - Sinsa-dong - Seoul

Dore Dore -  Garosugil - Sinsa-dong - Seoul

Whilst I was sitting in Dore Dore I had this strange feeling that I'd seen this place before and not just in articles and vlogs and then it suddenly hit me GOT7 FILMED HARD CARRY TV HERE!! So that lead to me frantically googling all the images I could find and trying to find the episode (they're actually regionally blocked on MNET's YouTube channel in Korea... WTF?), so after finally finding some images and re-watching the first episode (the same one where they visited Shake Shack) it was confirmed THEY WERE HERE! Which lead to me taking all the random selfies I could and trying to recreate some shots they did, little did I know at that point that I'd be having more random "GOT7 were here" encounters but it was a pretty cool considering this was my first day in Seoul and I hadn't really planned it.

Dore Dore -  Garosugil - Sinsa-dong - Seoul

I loved the aesthetic in Dore Dore, it's no wonder it's so popular and really wanted to take home the holographic tables for my house. Each floor actually has a different look so if you're not into the pink there's a floor that's all chic and wooden, believe me Korea really knows how to decorate! I really liked the laid back, relaxed vibe there to and even though we were there near to closing time nobody was rushing us and telling us to leave. There's no doubt I will be back there one day I mean I still need to try their iconic rainbow cake.

Let me know what your favourite type of cake is and don't forget to enter my GOT7 giveaway!
Love & Rainbows
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



23 May 2018

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Cereal is one of my favourite foods, I think every time I buy a box I end up eating the whole thing in one go so when I found out that there was a cereal cafe in Seoul I just had to check it out. Midnight is Seoul has been on my radar for a while, I actually wanted to visit it on my last trip to Seoul but it was closed so this time I made sure to stop by and check out that awesome pink aesthetic.

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Midnight in Seoul now sell their own branded cereal which you can find in some Olive Young stores and their packaging is so on point, I love the cartoon movie theme and the bright colours they use, they've definitely created their own unique brand, the place was just so beautifully decked out and so on point. They also have a merch store next door where you can buy not only the cereal but clothes, phone cases, pins and much more featuring their kawaii movie characters.

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

So let's get onto the food, you can either tailor make your cereal bowl exactly how you want it or order one of their sets which is what I did because although the ice cream was tempting I really needed some fruit! They also have a selection of different milks you can choose from so if you're vegan don't worry there are plenty of options for you to try and they will make stuff exactly to your liking. If cereal isn't your thing then they also have a few other breakfast items on the menu you can chose from and of course all the coffee because Korea is all about the coffee.

Midnight in Seoul - Gangnam - Seoul - South Korea

If you're curious Midnight is Seoul also has a KPop connection to as Jo Kwon from 2am actually owns this place and if you check out his instagram you'll see he's there quite often so if you're lucky you might be able to see him and his cute doggies there. I honestly loved this place so much and I'm kinda kicking myself I only decided to visit on my last day as it was only a short walk from our apartment, also I feel like you can't go wrong with cereal but then again I am a cereal addict! I adored the aesthetics and the cartoon, movie theme so much, I think it's very me and I kinda just wanted to move in there but one thing for sure I will definitely go back there on my next trip to Seoul!


What's your favourite cereal?
Love & Blueberries
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



19 May 2018

THE BIGGEST GOT7 KPOP HAUL YOU'LL EVER SEE!!

GOT7

For the past two years my obsession with GOT7 has grown so much that they've become a pretty big part of my life, they've given me so much strength and inspiration to continue to pursue my dreams and through all the struggles of the past 2 years of me leaving my UK life and starting over again in Thailand with no idea how it would work out they've been there with me forever making me smile and giving me hope through their music and their actions. So to show my support to these boys I did some shopping and I'll admit I went a little bit crazy with the GOT7 merchandise whilst I was travelling but no regrets! Kpop merch is pretty hard to get, especially official stuff so I thought I would share all the amazing things I bought whilst I was away.



I split the haul into 2 parts because there was that much stuff and I also wanted to share a couple thoughts about the concerts and events I've been lucky enough to go to as I realised apart from a few Instagram Stories of me fangirling I've never actually talked about them before. This probably won't be the last of my GOT7 hauls and concerts though as they're currently on a World Tour and I'm planning to support them in as many countries as I can so stay tuned for more of my GOT7 adventures as it's not over yet!


Let me know your favourite KPop artists & don't forget to enter my GOT7 giveaway
Love & Birbs
Cate
xoxo

14 May 2018

#OOTD: My SWAGGER!

Seongsu-dong Graffiti Alley

So I'll admit over the past year I've gone through a style evolution and after over a decade I'm wearing jeans again and not just any jeans but skinny jeans! Now this is a big deal for me as I have a huge complex about my legs, they're just so short and wide compared to the rest of my body I never felt comfortable wearing trousers and while yes I still complain about them the fact that I'm here now wearing skinny jeans shows you how much more confident I am in my own skin. Since moving to Thailand my style has become what I like to refer to as "comfortable" so gone are my old kawaii poofy floral dresses as now I'm favouring a more easy sporty style whilst still keeping it kawaii! So when we found this amazing graffiti covered alley, thanks to our Korean drama adventures, I thought it would be the perfect backdrop to document my new street style.

Seongsu-dong Graffiti Alley

One of the things I've noticed through this style evolution is that I have a thing for jackets (and hoodies) and the majority of the time they're what my outfits are centred around because they're such an easy way to dress up and otherwise plain outfit and it also keeps the sun off my skin. This jacket I bought purely because I had seen the forever handsome, always my boi, Jackson Wang wearing it which is probably a stupid reason to buy something but once I tried it on and saw how good it looked on me I was sold, although teenage goth Cate would probably be turning in her grave seeing me wearing Kappa chav fashion but girl don't deny I look good in this jacket!

Seongsu-dong Graffiti Alley

The Kpop fashion influence has well and truly taken a hold of me but I'm loving it and just how comfy and chic it is. My SWAG hat is probably one of my favourite purchases from my travels to as I'd been looking for a new cap to keep the sun out of my eyes and I have a thing for cheesy slogans and I won't deny every time I wear it I do feel kinda SWAG!

What's one item from your closet that always makes you feel good?
Love & SWAG
Cate
xoxo


Outfit Details
♥ SWAG hat - Candy Stripper
♥ Jacket - Charms x Kappa
♥ Jeans - Chuu
♥ Shoes - Taywin


09 May 2018

Laundry Pizza - Gangnam - Seoul

Laundry Pizza & Double Trouble - Gangnam - Seoul

I'm declaring this month Kpop month on Cateaclysmic so I'm going to be sharing a bunch of awesome places I visited in Seoul which relate in some random way to Kpop starting with Laundry Pizza in Gangnam which you may recognise as a lot of groups including GOT7, BTS and many more have done photoshoots here.

Laundry Pizza & Double Trouble - Gangnam - Seoul

One of the things I love about Korea is just how extra they go with the themes of their restaurants and cafes, they're just so aesthetic and it doesn't surprise me at all that so many idols get their photos taken here, it even featured in my boy Henry's I'm Good music video. I just love the bright colours and the laundry theme is just such a unique concept for a restaurant, and of course a great place for taking selfies!


Sadly though I wasn't a fan of the pizza there, I tried both the mac and cheese and margarita and they were pretty mediocre HOWEVER upstairs you can find Double Trouble where they sell all sorts of different types of grilled cheese sandwiches and those are so GOOD, so much better than the pizza and it was only $10 for a grilled cheese sandwich, fries and a drink which was about the same price as one slice of pizza, so I would say skip the pizza and go for the grilled cheese!

Laundry Pizza & Double Trouble - Gangnam - Seoul

Of course whilst I was there I couldn't resist taking a bunch of selfies and trying to recreate some of those iconic shots although I restrained myself from to climbing up on the tables... even though I was kinda tempted. The lighting was kinda awful there though which you can probably see from my super dark grainy photos *sigh* I mean it's kinda amusing the place has such bad lighting considering it's one of those places where people go purely to take photos but at least I got to stand in the same place as my beloved once was and eat off a table which pretty idols had sat on to.

Laundry Pizza & Double Trouble - Gangnam - Seoul

Despite the mediocre pizza I would definitely go back there though because that grilled cheese was amazing and definitely satisfied my cheese cravings, also it's just a really cool place to grab some lunch with friends, chill for an hour or two, live out your Kpop dreams and live out your idol dreams.

Don't forget to enter my GOT7 Giveaway!
Love & Pizza
Cate
xoxo


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