21 September 2016

5 Anime Series I'm Watching & Loving!

Mako Mankanshoku

My anime obsession is still going strong and probably even more so now I'm living in Asia and surrounded by it, I mean there's at least 4 stations on my TV that are dedicated to anime so it's pretty hard to avoid but I'm completely fine with that. Rainy season is here and the cold weather will soon be upon the northern hemisphere so it's the perfect time to watch some TV so here are 5 anime series I've been watching and loving lately.

Retusko one of the newest characters from Sanrio, she's a red panda who works in an office and relives her frustrations by singing death metal... I have never loved and related to Sanrio character so much! Each episode is only a minute long but so funny and so amazing. Retsuko is definitely my new fave Sanrio character, sorry Kitty-chan.

I absolutely love anything about androids and artificial intelligence so this anime captivated me from the start and it gets bonus points for throwing in a couple references to my favourite ever movie Blade Runner. There are only 6 short episodes of this anime so I pretty much binge watched them in an hour and then I just had to watch it again! I absolutely love the animation and how it makes you think about the nature of humanity and what makes us human.

Yes I know I'm pretty much late to the hype on this one but I finally got round to watching it and I really enjoyed it. I feel like Tokyo Ghoul has a similar theme to Eve no Jikan about humanity and who deserves life and what being alive means but in place of androids you have ghouls. I also found this one particularly relatable as a "halfie" being thrown into this new culture and learning to survive although admittedly I don't have to worry about people trying to kill and eat me... that I know of anyway!

I watched a few episodes of this anime many, many years ago so this is probably old news to many of you but I have very recently got into it again and I love it so much! I mean who doesn't want a butler like Sebastian he's handsome, funny, charming and will come to your rescue whether you need a excellent cup of tea or are being held captive by some angry demons. You see, Sebastian is simply one hell of a butler!

Flying Witch follows Makoto a young witch that comes of age and moves to the country with her cat as part of her witch training... plot sound familiar? I won't lie there are definitely some similarities to Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service but that's one of the things that drew me to this anime. This is a typical slice of life anime and an easy and relaxing watch with very little plot but each story progresses very naturally and the characters are genuinely sweet, funny and charming. I absolutely adore the animation to, it's so beautiful and the images of nature and focus on it remind me very much of a Ghbli movie. If you're having a particularly stressful day this is the perfect anime to just relax and forget all your worries to.

What have you been watching and loving lately?
Love & Matcha Lattes
Cate
xoxo

15 September 2016

Inspirational Quotes #78


"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams."
Oprah

06 September 2016

The Unicorn Café - Bangkok - Thailand

Unicorn Cafe - Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok has so many amazing theme cafés now that I try to visit as many as I can when I'm in the city, one of the ones high on my list was the Unicorn Café which from their instagram looks like cotton candy, kawaii heaven.

Unicorn Cafe - Bangkok, Thailand

The photos did not lie it was in fact cotton candy, kawaii heaven from floor to celling! I don't think I've ever seen so much pink in my life but I loved it and my niece who is a big My Little Pony fan absolutely adored it to.

Unicorn Cafe - Bangkok, Thailand

I was really excited to try all the food at the Unicorn Café after seeing all their adorable photos on Instagram and they had a huge choice of food and some vegetarian options to including an amazing strawberry salad which was huge but quickly devoured. One of the most interesting things was the  strawberry ketchup they served with my fries which I'll admit we were quite dubious of at first but I actually really liked BUT the best thing ever was the honey toast which looked just as beautiful as it tastes, it's definitely something you have to get when you go there!

Unicorn Cafe - Bangkok, Thailand

After our bellies were full of cute, delicious food we explored the café which had lots of cute unicorn themed items you could take photos with and even buy, I adored the cute clothing items they had for sale there and they also had a selection of unicorn costumes that you could dress up in, so I dressed up my niece although I'll admit if I was small enough I would have bought that hoodie for myself in a heartbeat!

Unicorn Cafe - Bangkok, Thailand

If you're a unicorn or kawaii lover then this will be heaven for you, I'm so happy I got to visit and even happier I got to take my niece who absolutely adored the place, the food is great there and it's within a walkable distance from BTS Chong Nonsi so definitely go check it out if you're in Bangkok!


What themed cafés would you love to visit?
Love & Unicorns
Cate
xoxo

31 August 2016

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (August 2016)

girls' talk

Another month has past and another year for me on this planet, this year has probably been the most eventful one for me in a while especially when it comes to travel, I started my year with an awesome trip to Palermo then finally achieved my dream of visiting Japan, I also visited Seoul and instantly fell in love with the place and now I'm living in Thailand something which I've been wanting to do for a very long time! I have no idea what the next year holds for me but I'm excited to see what it brings and what my next adventure will be...

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Love & Sushi
Cate
xoxo

23 August 2016

Seoul Searching @ Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first place we visited in Seoul and it was amazing! The day was so perfect the sun was shining and we arrived there just in time to see the changing of the guard which is a heck of a lot different from London and a lot more vibrant I loved seeing all the colourful flags and uniforms.

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

After seeing the changing of the guard we bought our tickets and went inside, we noticed that they were offering free English guided tours around the palace so decided to join the tour as the palace was quite big and it's always nice to actually learn things about the places you visit.

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace reminded me a lot of the Forbidden City in China which I had visited back in 2010, it was very beautiful and vibrant and I loved seeing all the different houses the royal family resided in. The tour around the palace lasted about an hour and afterwards we were free to wander the palace on our own so we decided to go check out the museum next door (also free of charge) and have a quick refreshment break before exploring, also you should know the sweet potato latte I got as weird as it sounds was actually really good and perfect to warm you up on a cold day!

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea

We ended up spending over 4 hours at the palace in total and the sun was starting to set as we left which made it look even more pretty, it was definitely the perfect introduction to Seoul then afterwards we went over to Insadong ate some awesome bibimbap and bought ALL the beauty products, the perfect day!


What places have you fallen in love with at first sight?
Love & Lattes
Cate
xoxo
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