23 April 2021

🧼 Bangkok Soap Opera 🛀 Natural, Handmade, Eco-Friendly Soap & Skincare ♻️

I have walked past the beautifully smelling Bangkok Soap Opera so many times but sadly never been inside however I happened to notice one day while scrolling through Instagram that they were having a sale so I decided as I was down to my last sliver of soap it was the perfect opportunity to order some of their delicious looking soaps to try out and as it arrived to me so fast and so beautifully wrapped with sustainable packaging and smelt so wonderful I just had to share this amazing find with all of you because who doesn't love pretty soaps that smell amazing?


The most appealing thing to me about Bangkok Soap Opera is not just their amazing soaps but the fact that they do some amazing work in the community. Not only do they teach soap making skills and host workshops on natural skincare and candle making, which I definitely want to take part in one day, they also have a project where they take the used oil from local street stalls and restaurants and which would otherwise go to waste and use that oil to make into soap and then donate that soap to communities and charities in need, so by buying their soaps and supporting them you are also supporting a great cause and a more eco-friendly, sustainable future. 


As someone with quite sensitive skin I'm always cautious about what I put onto my skin and try to source as natural, organic and vegan as possible. Bangkok Soap Opera prides themselves on their natural ingredients and state they don't use any ingredients in their soap you can't eat as only if it's safe for you to consume it's safe for it to be used on your skin. Using only these natural ingredients they have produced a wonderful and wide selection of soaps in many "flavours" to suit all skincare types, I purchased 5 of their many soaps on offer, strawberry and rose, mangosteen and lemongrass, coffee and orange, chocolate pumpkin and cinnamon, lemon and tamarind, and they all smell amazing! So far I have only used the strawberry rose and it's wonderful, not only does my bathroom smell like an amazing rose garden every time I walk in but I've had complements about my "new perfume" and my skin feels so soft, beautiful and cleansed I really can't wait to get back into the shower to use it again.


I think as consumers we should all be making more of an effort to support businesses and brands that make a difference, personally I want the little money I have to go to the right places and businesses that align with my own ideals and beliefs and Bangkok Soap Opera is definitely a business I'm proud to support, not only are their products handmade with completely natural ingredients of the highest quality, they smell amazing, leave my skin feeling beautiful and are very reasonably priced to so worth every single penny and more, they ship worldwide to so please do go check them out and maybe treat yourself to some natural handmade skincare made with love.

Which one of their soaps would you love to try out?
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Cate
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10 April 2021

🎨 The Impressionists 🖌️

After visiting River City's previous multimedia exhibition on Van Gogh I just had to go see their latest multimedia extravaganza, The Impressionists an exhibition which showcases the work of 10 different artists significant to the impressionist movement. As this era is home to some of my favourite artists, Van Gogh, Monet, Rousseau and Renoir I was really excited to experience their art in a new way and to be fully immersed into their world.


Like the previous Van Gogh exhibition this one had a set up where you could become part of the art, last time it was Van Gogh's bedroom this time is was Café Guerbois, a real café in Paris in the 19th century where many artists of the time would meet. I'd really have loved to be a fly on the wall at that time and hear what these amazing artists would discuss together and it was said that some of the discussions they would have would get quite heated to.


The multimedia section of the exhibit was much larger than last time with different sections and set ups for you to watch the screens and take photos, the first was a bridge with a lily pond, an homage to Monet's famous piece Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies and the second a boat which was a common appearance in many of The Impressionists works.


I visited the exhibition on a quiet day and was lucky to have the whole exhibition to myself for a couple hours so was able to enjoy each of these set-ups without disturbing anyone's view or experience although on a busy day there is still lots of space and seating for everyone to enjoy the exhibition in peace.


It was really touching to see each of the artists pieces brought to life in such a new way, being surrounded by Monet's beautiful flowers and landscapes really made me feel like I had escaped to the countryside, Rousseau the jungle, Toulouse-Lautrec to Paris, it really was a beautiful experience and I walked through the exhibit several times making sure I could experience every artists work from every angle to the absolute fullest before it was time for me to leave.


For anyone in Bangkok the exhibition is here until April 18th and there's currently a 1+1 offer so you can bring a friend along with you to see it for free, so I highly recommend you do visit whilst you still can as it is really worth experiencing for yourself.

Who is your favourite impressionist?
Love & Lilies
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01 April 2021

📮 Postcard From A Stranger 💌


Postcard From A Stranger was an interactive exhibition/project hosted in Bangkok at BACC where you could write a postcard to a stranger with some words of positivity in the hopes that that postcard will be picked up by someone and make their day a little bit more brighter, and in exchange for you leaving a postcard you can also take one and hopefully that person's words will bring some comfort and positivity to you. The hope of this project was during these turbulent times to spread a bit more love and positivity into the world and let everyone know we are not alone and we can get through these times together. You never know the personal struggles that someone's is going through and even the smallest of kind of words from a complete stranger can make a big difference to someone's life.


Sadly by the time I heard about this project it was after the end date but due to popularity the gallery decided to extend it for another few weeks so I visited during its last days to leave my own postcard of positivity there. It was so amazing to see so many people getting involved, the walls were covered floor to roof with so many comforting words of positivity and love and not all postcards were written in Thai I saw a few in other languages to, absolutely everyone and anyone could take part in the project all you needed was a pen and paper which were also kindly provided by the gallery for you to take part in the project.


So much has happened over the past year and so many people have been struggling to cope so this was a really great way to bring people together and spread some love. I was overwhelmed with the amount of messages left by people and it wasn't just postcards and notes some people left original their artworks, photos, fortunes and even K-pop photocards for people to take and it eventually evolved into a place where people could not only spread some love to each other but a place for people to share their art, themselves, their love and passion with the world.


This past year has been one of the toughest for me, I've been distanced from the people I care about, I've lost friends and family and I have felt so alone and hopeless at times but people even complete strangers have shown me so much warmth and kindness it has really changed my perspective on a lot of things. This exhibition really touched me and really made me proud to be here, especially when I saw just how many people had been visiting, usually BACC is reasonably quiet but since word got out about this project hundreds of people took time out of their lives to visit and leave these postcards, it really was a beautiful thing to be part of and I hope we can see similar projects happen all around the world because right now we need a bit more kindness in the world.

What message of positivity would you like to say to someone?
Love & Life
Cate
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30 March 2021

🎧 Jackson Wang Birthday Events in Bangkok, Thailand 🎤


This past weekend was my best boy Jackson Wang's birthday, you may remember last year Thailand went into somewhat of a lockdown so a lot of birthday events for Jackson had to be cancelled but this year we got to celebrate him together with events happening not just all over Bangkok but all over Thailand! Fans everywhere really came together to celebrate his birthday and have lots of fun together after a really stressful year for a lot of us.


I had such an amazing weekend, I was exhausted from trying to go to all the events but it was a happy exhaustion and it was really nice to see so many people come out to celebrate Jackson and have such kind words to say about him. I was really touched especially as this year the fan clubs have been making more of an effort to help small local businesses by funding ads on Tuk Tuk's and fruit stalls instead subways and trains and I love this so much because the money goes directly to the people who really need it and have lost so much business due to the pandemic.


There were so many cute souvenirs and giveaways happening at these events, everyone was so kind and generous and I got so many amazing cute stickers, cup sleeves and photocards that I thought I would have a little giveaway and share some of the love with a little Jackson birthday goodie bag for one of you so be sure the check the widget below for details on how to enter...


Giveaway will be open until midnight Thailand time on April 18th so be sure to enter and come back daily to get get bonus entries and once again HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jackson Wang, it really brings me so much joy that I am able to celebrate your birthday surrounded by so many others that love you to, I hope you had a great day and I look forward to doing it all over again next year!

Who is your favourite K-Pop boy?
Love & Strawberries
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16 March 2021

🌱 Bangkok's BEST Vegan Plant-based Restaurants 🌱


I've been eating really well these days with all the amazing plant-based vegan choices available in Thailand, the vegan movement is getting so popular here that this month Bangkok's first vegan supermarket opened in Iconsiam one of the biggest malls not just Thailand but the whole of Asia so I will definitely be visiting it soon but in the meantime here are a few more of my favourite vegan restaurants in Bangkok I've been eating at recently.



Broccoli Revolution is one of the vegan restaurants I visit quite often as they have a few different branches around Bangkok, their food is always fresh and colourful and I love that they put an emphasis on using more local fresh fruits and vegetable. My absolute favourite is their veggie burger which comes in a charcoal bun and is made of lots of veggies and served with salsa and guacamole, it's so delicious and light yet filling to and it comes with their homemade fries which are just as delicious, I'm not the biggest fan of mock meats and prefer my plant-based food to be more fruits and vegetable based and Broccoli Revolution does just that with a menu full of fresh fruits and vegetables from pizzas and burgers to sushi and salad bowls , I definitely recommend you check them out!




Speaking of restaurants who use more vegetables instead of mock meats there's Nature's Charm. Their restaurant is one of the cutest in Bangkok with a pink and floral aesthetic and they make the best desserts, you wouldn't even be able to tell that their macarons are completely vegan as they taste even better than the ones from Ladurée and their "meat" is made completely from fruits and veggies, the chicken bites and fish is made from jackfruit but strangely looks just like actual meat and I was so confused when I first cut into their fish and chips I was so confused as it looked like actual fish but thankfully it wasn't and they did a phenomenal job as it tastes so good everyone needs to try their fish and chips!



This is a recently opened vegan café in one of my favourite spots in Emquartier. I've been buying The Banana Warrior's delicious healthy vegan banana bread for a while from farmers markets and cafes so was extremely excited to try her savoury food and it did not disappoint. The café is full of good vibes and I loved the little handwritten notes and I love that the menu constantly changes depending on what's available to as they source their ingredients from local organic farmers so I would recommend you go often and try whatever you can, as for the banana bread I've tried so many but the orange-gasm is my absolute favourite along with the lemon cookies that my grandma really loved, they are a must along with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.


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