28 February 2019

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (February 2019)

Happy Chinese New Year

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!! I always feel Lunar New Year is when the year really begins, and although February is the shortest month it has felt really long to me. As you really enjoyed my post about JB's Birthday event last month, I decided to share another one my favourite kawaii cafe and shops with you as it also hosts Kpop events, and also shared my experience at B'Chill which is BamBam from GOT7's first family owned cafe in Bangkok. Speaking of BamBam.... I'm going to his first fanmeet in Thailand tomorrow and I'm so excited as I have hi-touch which means I will finally meet him up close! March is going to be a very exciting month for me as not only do I have a fanmeet tomorrow but a whole bunch of different exciting events which will keep me occupied all throughout until the end of the month, so please do look forward to hearing about them soon.

♥ Why I Focus on What I Need Right Now Instead of Obsessing Over the Future

♥ 20 Random Acts Of Kindness To Perform Today

♥ 7 Ways to Make This Year More Mindful

♥ Gluten-free Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes

♥ 5 Ways To Train Your Brain For Success



♥ Feel Instantly Calm With This Easy 30-Second Trick

♥ 7 Types of People You Should Have in Your Life by 30

♥ Life’s Too Short to Be Too Busy

♥ 5 Ways The Outdoors Can Change Your Life

♥ 10 Ways To Unwind After a Bad Day


What are you most looking forward to in March?
Love & Hugs
Cate
xoxo

22 February 2019

Asian Dramas I'm Watching & Loving

Pencil Vs Camera - 64

I've recently started getting back into Asian dramas after a long break so I'm finally sharing the dramas I've been watching and have a bit of a diverse list for you. I'm they type of person who sticks with a drama until the end even if I'm not enjoying it as much, normally it takes me a bit longer to watch these dramas as ones I really like I tend to finish within a week so I thought I'd share the ones I haven't been enjoying as much to because everyone has different tastes so maybe you'll find something you'll really like, even though I might not have been the biggest fan.

รักล้นใจนายแกล้งจุ๊บ
Taliw, a cute but dim girl, develops a crush on the smart and handsome Tenten who has just joined her class, in secret he's warm and kindly but in front of others he acts cold and uncaring towards her, the story follows their home and school lives as they become intertwined and they come to terms with their true feelings for one another. I was recommended this drama after watching Full House as it has the same lead actors although admittedly I didn't enjoy this one as much as Full House but I really liked the character of Taliw and their families, I found them all to be very sweet and supportive of her. The storyline is very typical and to be honest I'm done with any storyline that involves a boy being mean to a girl because he likes her... can we end these plots already? I know this drama is an old one but I really disliked Tenten especially after seeing him play a nicer character in Full House, but aside from Tenten all the other characters were really nice, her friends, the teacher, the parents and the love rivals I really liked them and I enjoyed the humour quite a bit, my mum also enjoyed to and said it was fun so if you're looking for something a little light-hearted and fun to watch maybe check it out.

힘쎈여자 도봉순
Bong-Soon comes from a line of women in her family who were blessed with super strength, however if they use their powers for their own selfish gains and to hurt innocent people their powers will be lost. Min-Hyuk is a CEO of video gaming that Bong-Soon dreams of working at to create her own video game with her as the main characters, he witnesses her defending a bus driver from a group of gangsters and hires her as his personal bodyguard and they work together to find out the identity of the person who has been threatening him. This is only a short description of the series as I think most people have already watched this because for the past year it's all people have been telling me to watch and THANK YOU!!! I think this is one of my favourite series ever I absolutely adored all the characters in this show especially Bong-Soon and although it was kinda a strange mixture of serious and humour at times I really enjoyed it and the ending just made me so happy. I devoured this one in less than a week and even my family decided to join me on watching it and they really enjoyed it to so it really is a great watch for everyone, I can definitely see myself re-watching this one again and again whenever I need a pick me up.

结爱·千岁大人的初恋
Pi Pi is a sweet kind but naive, amateur reporter who often finds herself alone in the world, what Pi Pi doesn't realise is that she has an ancient curse which is the cause of all of the misfortune in her life. He Lan Jing Ting, is a being from another world who has been searching for his lost love who he believes to be Pi Pi and is convinced he can save her and help her believe in love again. I was drawn to this drama because of the cast and the interesting storyline of other beings and ancient curses and while I did enjoy seeing the past lives of these characters and how their relationship in the present day developed it just didn't grip me as hard as other dramas and there were some inconsistencies that were hard to ignore. Overall I felt like if this was a period drama about the first time these characters met or if the story had started where it ended it would have been a bit more interesting for me as those scenes really stood out compared to the present day setting where the action just seemed to stagnate after a while. It's not as long as other Chinese dramas being only 25 episodes but it did start to feel like it dragged on although the ending almost seemed too rushed with all the action happening towards the end. That being said Pi Pi's character did grow on me after a while and her interactions with "The Fox" were really cute and I liked seeing how his aura affected her the closer they became. I do wish the series had focused on the two main characters a bit more as the side stories seemed to take over towards the end of the series and the main couple seemed to get the least air time compared to others even though the main story was about them. I did find the folklore of this drama really interesting though and I'd like to know more about these legendary fox gods.


YG전략자료본부
Bigbang's youngest member Seungri is sent to YG's new department AKA Future Strategy Office where he leads a team of bumbling misfits in various projects to help YG's struggling reputation. This show is part sitcom, part mockumentary and very similar in style to The Office or Parks and Rec. It's honestly one of the funniest things I've watched in a while and seriously if you're a KPop fan or even if you're not you need to watch this right now! I still can't quite believe this show exists knowing how strict these companies are with their idols and keeping a clean reputation but this show is a complete play on that, even acknowledging and joking about the scandals that the company has been involved in in the past. Seungri is amazing and said recently he didn't read the any of the shows scripts before filming so he could give more genuine reactions towards the situations he was put it. I think if you know a little about YG and the Kpop world you'll probably understand and get more out of this than someone who doesn't know anything but it's still a really funny show and I hope Netflix gives it a second season.

두부의 의인화
Baek Min Kyung's adorable dog Tofu unfortunately dies while she is at a work meeting with the handsome yet arrogant celebrity Kim Joo Heon who mistakes her for a superfan, upon hearing the news of he dogs passing she rushes to the vet but it's too late and she returns home wishing she had just one last chance to see him, her wish is granted but Tofu doesn't return in his original form but that of a human boy but he only has 49 days with her until he returns to the afterlife. I enjoy watching web-dramas and was drawn to this not just because VIXX's Ken stars as Kim Joo Heon but the plot sounded absolutely adorable and it's something I think would work well as a full drama. Unfortunately as with most web-dramas it's just too short so it's hard to develop any sort of meaningful relationships with the characters and the plot is often rushed, this web drama was just 8, 10 minute episodes. I did enjoy all the actors in this though and found them quite genuine with a great touch of humour although the ending was quite predictable but very sweet, it's just a shame such a great concept had such a short run as it would have been great to go more in depth with Tofu and how these dogs came to be humans and how they recognise each other and live in this world.


What series have you been watching lately?
Love & Ice Coffee
Cate
xoxo

14 February 2019

B'Chill Cafe & Restaurant - GOT7's BamBam's First Family Owned Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand!


As I'm writing this B'Chill have just announced that they are closing the Bang Na location and I'm so sad that I didn't get the chance to share this post earlier so you could have had the chance to visit there to. This was Thai Kpop star GOT7's BamBam's first family owned and run cafe in Thailand and although this location is closing you will still be able to support BamBam and his family at the new branch B'Chill Day and Night.


I was lucky enough to visit B'Chill a few times over the past year with different Ahgase friends I've met from all over the world, it actually wasn't too far from where I lived although the location was still quite difficult to find as it was pretty much in the middle of nowhere and far from any main roads or hotspots but it was always full of dedicated GOT7 fans and our Gotoon dolls and figures.


'We Are Family' is the slogan of B'Chill and you really get that feeling when you're there, from the delicious home cooked meals to the photos of BamBam and his family decorating the walls and the the sweet little touches of Ahgase cookies and cakes they sold (green birds being the symbol of GOT7 fans) it really made you feel at home. BamBam's family actually have an active roll at the cafe, cooking, serving and managing how things are run so you might be lucky enough to meet them there. On one of my last visits I was lucky enough to meet Beer, BamBam's older brother, who was busy training staff on how to make drinks for the new location, he even made our coffee that day to and took a little break from training the staff to chat and take photos with us, they're such a kind family and always warm to fans who visit so don't be afraid to say hi if you see them working there.


When I say the food is good I'm not lying! They have a big menu full of Thai, Western and Korean influenced dishes and everything I've tried there has always been fresh, fragrant and full of flavour. BamBam's mother is a big fan of Korean food and cooking so had a part in designing the menu and teaching the chefs how to make certain dishes, so you can be sure you're getting a home cooked meal just like what BamBam likes to eat. There aren't many vegetarian dishes on the menu but you can always ask them if it's possible to leave out the meat etc. as most dishes are cooked fresh they should be able to make something to your liking.


I'm so happy I got the chance to visit B'Chill before it closed and take a flock of my Ahgase friends there to. It's so sad that they closed down the first location as I'm sure lots of people would loved to have gone there and seen where the story started but the new riverside location looks absolutely beautiful so I hope I can visit there soon and let you all know what's it's like.

What's your favourite Thai food?
Love & Watermelon Shakes
Cate
xoxo

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04 February 2019

Cute Cafe Shops in Bangkok - Cintage School & Canteen


Cintage School is one of my favourite stores in Siam Square, Bangkok, it has the cutest fashion at really affordable prices and every time I visit I always end up buying some really cute stuff. They change their collections every few months and it's really popular so if you see something you like there it's best not to hesitate to buy as it may not be there on your next visit.

Cintage School - Siam Square - Bangkok - Thailand

There are a few of these stores around Bangkok but this one is my fave as I love the pastel pink school theme the store is decorated it, it's perfect for Instagram opportunists and there's always lot's of school kids taking photos there so you often have to wait a while before you can take those cute photos.

Cintage School - Siam Square - Bangkok - Thailand

As well as the clothing store they also have a nail bar where you can get your nails done with super cute designs, nail art never lasts on me so I very rarely get my nails done but I'm always in awe of their cute designs and it's advisable to book ahead if you plan of getting it done as spots fill up fast.

Cintage School - Siam Square - Bangkok - Thailand

My absolutely favourite thing about Cintage School is the 'canteen' on the top floor which serves all sorts of cute drinks and cakes, every time I go I always order the matcha frappe as it's probably one of the best you can get in Bangkok, not too sweet and full of matcha flavour and they also host KPop events like Pixie Dust Cafe, where you can get cute cupsleeves with your favourite idols on which is very popular with Kpop fans in Thailand right now.

Cintage School - Siam Square - Bangkok - Thailand

If that wasn't enough to get you to visit then the icing on the cake is the ball pit that they have which you can play and take cute photos in, admittedly I've not yet had the chance to play in it because it's always full of people taking cute photos but I love the cute kitschy inflatables they have, it's such an adorable addition to an already cute store.

Cintage School - Siam Square - Bangkok - Thailand

Siam is such a fun place to go shopping in, it's almost like my second home so if you're ever in Bangkok you'll know where to find me, and if your a fan of all things kawaii I suggest you go check out the area as there's just so many cute stores and cafes waiting for you to visit.

Whats the cutest store you've ever visited?
Love & Matcha
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



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