26 May 2021

Stay Hydrated This Summer*

Into the middle - Boracay, Philippines

As the days are getting warmer, and summer is on its way, it's very important to keep hydrated. Did you know that 80% of working Americans say they don't drink enough water during the day? So I think it's about time we change that and make keeping hydrated a priority and what better way to get your daily hydration that with these adorable ombre water bottles at your side.


What better way to remember to stay hydrated than with these cute water bottles. I don't know about you but I personally always find things more appealing when they look cute so this is definitely one way to catch my eye and help me stay hydrated and I love how the design of the bottle tells you just how much water you should be drinking during the day. The bottle is also large enough without being too bulky that you won't have to interrupt your work or studies by making multiple trips to the kitchen or water cooler to fill up, you just need to fill up once in the morning and you'll know exactly how much water you are consuming throughout the day.


It is recommended that you consume at least 2 litres or 64oz of water a day so this bottles is the perfect size to see just how much water you need to be drinking daily. But if you exercise or live in a hotter climate I would recommend you drink a little more to compensate for the amount of water your body loses through sweating. Whenever I go out I always take my own reusable water bottle with me to be eco-friendly, reduce on plastic waste and save money and this bottle is the perfect size to take for a day at the beach or riding a bike around the park, there's no need to waste money and cause unnecessary waste when you have your own adorable water bottle by your side, and it also comes with its own reusable straw and straw brush cleaner as I personally find I drink more using a straw as I don't have to use my hands especially if I'm reading or gaming.


For those of you who don't like the taste of water or like your water ice cold the bottle has a wide mouth so you can drop your favourite fruits and ice cubes inside to give your water a bit of flavour. I personally love adding a bit of fresh lemon or lime into my water to give myself a bit of extra flavour and an added vitamin c boost. This adorable bottle makes staying hydrated so easy so everyone don't struggle to stay hydrated get yourself the right tools and make life easier for yourself and stay hydrated and healthy!

What are your tips for staying hydrated?
Love & Lemon Water
Cate
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*This post is sponsored

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?
Love & Bubbles
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!

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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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03 March 2021

❤️ Venus in the Shell by Phannapast Taychamaythakool 🎨


Phannapast Taychamaythakool is a Thai artist who expresses her feelings through her animal creations illustrated in a traditional Chinese style in honour of her Thai/Chinese heritage, I first became aware of her through a collaboration with Hello Kitty but slowly began to realise that I have actually been a big fan of her art for a while seeing it in many locations in Bangkok, most recently the beautifully decorated Wat Mangkon MRT station where she collaborated with Nescafe, I also own a mug from this collaboration to. 


Venus in the Shell is her newest exhibition of her work which took place in my favourite artist escape River City and takes you on a journey into the secretive corners of humanity's fragility, anger, disappointment, love, joy, jealousy, brightness, and darkness with Phannapast's ending hope that we can embrace the reality of life not just those depicted by the gods.


The exhibition is really stunning, I adore her vibrant work so much and the stories she tells through her art, I really did feel like I transported into another world and by the end of the exhibition I felt so at peace and inspired. My favourite were the lenticular prints that shifted and morphed as you moved, I spent a good amount of time just walking back and forth enjoying these transformations from human to animal which is symbolises that we all have multiple sides depending on the circumstances we are in and it's nothing to be ashamed of.


There were so many fun characters at the exhibition, robotic storks , bulbous goldfish and my personal favourite the cat and the lotus. I loved them so much I picked up a few postcards and memopads in the gallery shop. Phannapast's artwork is so fun and I adore the deeper meanings behind them to, it's always a joy seeing her artwork randomly around the city.


Food nourishes the body but art feeds the soul and after this day I was happily full. Inspired by the world of Phannapast I decided to share with you a little bit of my world so made a video of my day which you can watch below where you can follow me exploring Chinatown, art exhibitions, eating lots of vegan foods and of course my adorable cat Nora Neko has a feature to. This is a new vlog series I'm testing out so let me know what you think and hopefully I will have more beautiful art and artists to share with you in the future.


What nourishes your soul?
Love & Lotus
Cate
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10 February 2021

🌱 Bangkok's BEST Vegan Plant-based Restaurants 🌱

Thailand is an amazing place for vegan plant-based food with so many options available ranging anywhere from Michelin star gourmet tasting menus to $1 street food. Over the past few years since moving back to Bangkok I have seen the vegan plant-based community grow so much with new innovative vegan restaurants opening every few weeks so I thought it was time I shared some of the amazing places I've visited with you and show you that plant based live is not as bland as you think!

Nourish Cafe is my personal favourite vegan restaurant in Bangkok! They have a large menu full of Thai and international dishes at very reasonable prices and every weekend they have chef specials and delicious sandwiches to. Their desserts are also AMAZING their vegan Snykerz is one of the best things I've ever tasted and it's only $1!! But my personal favourite dish is the smothered burrito which is a MUST try if you visit, not only is it HUGE but I kid you not it's not just the best vegan burrito I've had, but best burrito I've tasted EVER! Aside from the awesome food the hospitality there is amazing to, they are the sweetest, kindest people and my heart always feels as full as my stomach after visiting. Nourish Cafe is just a short walk from On Nut BTS station and definitely worth the visit whether your craving Thai food, Mexican or anything really, I highly recommend them!!

Golden State Vegan Cafe is a new vegan restaurant in Bangkok which differs from the rest in that it specialises in vegan seafood. I'm actually very allergic to shellfish and even eating the vegan versions makes me sweat a bit even though I know there's no danger in eating them so trying this restaurant was an experience for me but I can honestly say they do the best seafood I have ever tried, it's not rubbery or spongy like some I've tried but very soft, delicious and melts in your mouth, you really need to try it to believe it! The cafe is also very aesthetically pleasing with some amazing original art pieces on the walls and beautiful tableware, it's exactly how I want my future house to look. As for what to try, I recommend everything, the poke bowls are extremely fresh, the lobster rolls just melt in you mouth, the fish burgers are HUGE and the crab cakes divine and you can also buy their self made frozen seafood and freshly made sauces to bring home and cook for yourself so be sure to check them out. 

Vistro was voted as Thailand's best plant-based restaurant in the Root The Future plant-based awards last year and they really do deserve it! I would describe Vistro and Vizza (their vegan pizzeria) as vegan food for non-vegans as their dishes are so creative and fake meats and cheeses so good they are virtually indistinguishable from their animal derived counterparts. Vistro has such a diverse creative menu that there's something for all tastes, they also recently did a special Diwali and Christmas menu which looked absolutely to die for and I can honestly say everything I've tried there has been so amazing that I can not pick a favourite. I would also suggest you follow them on Instagram as they regularly have special events and offers, the last time I visited they had buy one get one free on pizza and the only thing better than pizza is FREE PIZZA!!


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31 January 2021

🎧 January K-pop Events in Bangkok, Thailand 🎤

 

2021 started in Thailand with the first reported cases of Covid after months of being free which caused a lot of events planned for January to be postponed or cancelled because of restrictions and strict social distancing being put in place, however as cases started to drop, restrictions were eased and some events did go ahead but on a much smaller scale and now in February we're somewhat back to business as usual but still with some caution. I was lucky enough to attend quite a variety of different events in January and able to celebrate almost all the Kpop birthdays on my list but for February I will probably take things a bit easier but don't worry there are still some exciting things planned so let's hope they can happen!

GOT7 JB BIRTHDAY CAFE
Unfortunately due to the covid restrictions several of the events I had planned to attend for JB's birthday were postponed and so I decided for safety I would just visit one event that took place over a week so it wouldn't be too crowded, I was sad I couldn't attend more but the one I got to go to was really beautiful and it was nice to relax for a couple hours and celebrate my "bros" birthday. Not to worry though the events I was supposed to go to this month have been rescheduled so I will be celebrating his birthday again soon.


DAY6 SUNGJIN BIRTHDAY CAFE
January 16th was a busy day for me!! I started the day off at Sungjin's birthday which was a last minute addition to my list but I was really sad to have missed his birthday event last year so I just had to go this year no matter what and show my support for my favourite bear and I ended up having so much fun there I had to skip my next event (sorry Jennie) and rush to another event I was already booked in for ...


GOT7 7TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
After Sungjin's birthday I rushed off to a GOT7 anniversary event and after the news of them leaving JYP and walking their own path but to staying as GOT7 I really wanted to celebrate this with my fellow Ahgase and the café they chose was just so beautiful I had such a chill time there. The second event was crazy with Covid cases dropping and restrictions being eased that weekend there was a full house and everyone was screaming and doing the fanchants to the concert videos they were showing, it was so much fun but so strange to see as I had been there for JB's birthday just a couple weeks earlier and was only one of five people there but this time the place was so full people were waiting outside! The atmosphere was crazy and really made me miss concerts, I guess it's going to be a while before we see GOT7 again but I'm sure we'll all see them again one day and not just through a screen


NCT / WAY V / SUPER M LUCAS BIRTHDAY CAFE
Last year I said how I wanted to go to more different Kpop artists events and I finally got the chance in January with my not so secret crush Lucas. I've been a fan of Lucas ever since NCT's Boss dropped, I don't know what it was but the boy just caught my eye and the more I got to know him the more I liked and now WayV has become one of my fave groups so it was time I finally celebrated his birthday and it was so much fun, I really loved how they wrote Lucas in Thai on the cake because in case you didn't know Lucas mother is Thai which makes him a halfie just like me, maybe that's why I connect so well with him? NCT are quite popular in Thailand to so there's always a bunch of events happening to celebrate their birthdays so I'm happy I got the chance to finally go to one and I know February is a busy month for NCTzens so ... hopefully I get to attend some more soon ...

What did you do in January?
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