31 May 2016

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (May 2016)

Wat Pho

This has been a super busy month for me between catching up with family and organising my move to Chiang Mai (which is happening in a week!) I've had almost no time to blog or catch up with my fave bloggers but hopefully things will be more settled soon so I'll be back to regular programming. This is a super exciting time for me with my new life in Thailand about to begin and I  can't wait to see what the future holds for me, I hope all is well with you and you enjoy this months links.

♥ How to Finally Beat Procrastination

♥ Simple and Sweet Donut Pillow DIY

♥ 5 Habits of High Self-Esteem: Be Happier with Yourself and Your Life

♥ Life of an Entrepreneur: The Good, The Bad, & The Nasty

♥ 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Outer Space

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♥ 20 Questions (and answers) on Life, Love, Blogging and Business

♥ I Don't Know Where I’m Going But I’m Heading In That Direction

♥ 16 Best Foods For Beautiful Skin

♥ Instagram Top Tips! – How To Create A Visually Stunning IG!

♥ Little Ways To Feel Less Stressed

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♥ Why Fangirling is Better in Your 30's

♥ This Totoro Cosplay Will Make You Say 'Awwww'

♥ Spending Time In Nature Can Make You Feel Younger And Happier, Study Finds

♥ 19 Bizarre Blog Post Prompts

♥ How To Look Like a Geek

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How to Reclaim Your Energy So You Can Follow Your Dreams

5 Steps for Tackling Anxiety

♥ 7 Alternative Ways To Evaluate Your Life Every Day

♥ Online Safety for 20-somethings

♥ The Strange, Hidden Story of Harley Quinn




Love & Pineapples
Cate
xoxo

24 May 2016

FYeahJapan: Out and About in Tokyo



There are so many great places to visit in Tokyo so I thought today I would share a handful of the different places we visited also this will probably be one of my final posts about Tokyo BUT not the last of my travel posts as I still have Kyoto, Osaka and South Korea to talk about as well as my current adventures in Thailand so keep checking back every week...

Tokyo Government Building
Tokyo Government Building
If you want a free and awesome view of Tokyo then be sure to head on over to Shinjuku and visit this place, there's also a great gift shop for souvenirs and a tourist information section to help you with your travels.

Odaiba
Odaiba
I'd describe Odaiba as the mini Las Vegas of Tokyo as it has lot's of shopping and entertainment places there all with some sort of random theme but most people, like myself, visit for the giant Gundam which I won't lie it is pretty damn huge and impressive....

Odaiba Odaiba
Odaiba

It's also a great place to visit at night when it's all lit up so you can get a great view of the rainbow bridge and the Statue of Liberty....

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine
We visited the Meiji Shrine of New Years Eve and it was surprisingly quiet although saying that we were a few hours early so I'm sure it got busier by midnight.

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine is one of Tokyo's most popular attractions and it's in Yoyogi Park and just across the road from Harajuku's main shopping street so definitely a great area to visit.

Tokyo Imperial Palace Garden
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace is probably not something at the top of my list to visit again as there's not much to see there seeing as the main palace grounds are off limits to the public but it is a very pretty area.

Tokyo Imperial Palace Garden

Tokyo Imperial Palace Garden

The gardens outside are nice and quiet to walk around despite being surrounded by high rise buildings and there's lot's of adorable ducks and swans to say hello to, so if you just want somewhere to relax for a couple of hours it's possibly worth a visit.

What places would you love to visit in Tokyo?
Love & Robots
Cate
xoxo

17 May 2016

FYeahJapan: TOKYO DISNEYSEA!!!

Tokyo Disneysea

After out cold and snowy day in Disneyland I packed on the layers for DisneySea although it actually ended up being a pretty nice day which meant pretty lighting for pretty photos and if DisneySea is anything it's super pretty I loved seeing all the beautiful architecture there and even better there were lots of characters out to take photos with, I mean look at that cute dress Minnie is wearing I love it so much.

Tokyo Disneysea

We actually started lining up for a photo with Mickey  but were told he might be being swapped soon with Minnie which I was totally cool with and even more so when she came skipping out in that cute dress, urgh I really want her dress it's so pretty. Then after getting a bunch of photos with characters we headed over to Toy Story Mania to get some fastpasses but they were already gone... we did keep checking back throughout the day but there was always a 2 hour wait so we missed out on that one but I still really enjoyed the other rides, although maybe not The Tower of Terror which had me screaming for my life...

Tokyo Disneysea

My fave ride is probably Indiana Jones with Journey to the Center of the Earth coming in a close second, I loved those two rides and they kinda have the same theme to and well if there's anything I want to be in life it's an explorer because I love going on new adventures! I loved that DisneySea was like you were taking a journey around the world with all its different themed lands, apparently it's aimed towards the more adult crowd and great for dates... Japan is all about that romance thing!

Tokyo Disneysea

I mean even Stitch has a date.... me! Ok but seriously l love how we match them in this photo and I adore Stitch as I've probably mentioned several times in my previous blog posts, we found him (and Angel) in the Arabian Coast section hence the cool headgear, Daisy Duck was also taking photos there in a cute Arabian themed outfit but by the time we got our photo with Stitch, Daisy and the Aladdin characters had all disappeared.

Tokyo Disneysea

The Arabian Coast was absolutely beautiful I loved how authentic it looked and the smell of the curry popcorn was amazing and I can definitely vouch for its deliciousness to and I was so hungry by that point it didn't last very long, I'd pretty much devoured the whole box by the time I walked across the bridge to the Mermaid's Lagoon...

Tokyo Disneysea

How gosh darn beautiful is this place? I loved DisneySea and the Fantasmic show was probably the best show I've ever seen and a great way to end our day there but of course I couldn't leave without getting myself some Duffy souvenirs even though I'd never heard of him prior to my visit to Japan but he's a pretty big deal there I mean he's even got a whole section of the park dedicated to him and upon our arrival we spotted a Japanese couple not only carrying two really big Duffy toys but also bags, headbands and to top it all off they were pushing a baby carriage full of Duffy plushies, their love for the Disney bear is real!

What Disney Park is your favourite or would you love to visit?
Love & Popcorn
Cate
xoxo

15 May 2016

Inspirational Quotes #74

 
"This is a world where women, girls, are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self-determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain."
- Jada Pinkett Smith

10 May 2016

FYeahJapan: The 3 Best Shopping Spots in Tokyo

Harajuku

Let's be real one of the main reasons for my trip to Tokyo was for the shopping, I've been a fan of Japanese street fashion for many years and it has definitely had a major influence on my personal style. There is something to suit all styles in Tokyo and it's an absolute haven for people like me who love to dress a bit quirky and enjoy finding different and unusual items so today I thought I would share three of my ultimate fave places to shop in Tokyo.

Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro
I'd say Ikebukuro has something for everyone there's gaming arcades, anime and manga shops, department stores, maid cafés, cat cafés, The Pokemon Center, Studio Alta and so many Bic Camera's I lost count! We stayed not too far from Sunshine City which is an awesome place to shop and it even has an entertainment center with a planetariumobservatory and more, it's a great area which definitely needs more attention and if I ever go back to Tokyo I would definitely stay in that area again!

Shibuya
Shibuya
I have dreamed about visiting Shibuya 109 for many, many years and it did not disappoint as I got so many beautiful things from there although it was complete mayhem on New Years Day there were so many shop girls screaming about the sales my head was ringing but hey totally worth it and it's all part of the Tokyo experience. Shibuya was also home to my favourite sushi restaurant Uobei which we visited quite a few times. You can even find some great Otaku stuff in Shibuya to at Parco, Mandarake and Animate, and of course no trip to Shibuya is complete without saying hello to Hachiko who was occasionally joined by a cat...

Harajuku
Harajuku
Harajuku fashion is so well know it's its own culture so of course a trip to Takeshita Dori is a must do for any fashionista. I love how all the stores are themed and decorated they make visiting the shops a real experience but the best places to shop in my opinion are the 2nd hand stores shops like Closet Child, Usagi Youhinten and Jumble Store because you can find some really awesome bargains I mean I got a Moi Meme Moitie top for on sale for 300 yen and I don't think I paid over 1000 yen for a single item in those shops! And then there's the food, the crepes and the theme cafés and possibly the best vegan burgers in Tokyo. I loved Harajuku so much and although we visited there multiple times there was always some new amazing find down some random backstreet, it's a really great area to just get lost in. A visit to the Moshi Moshi Box Tourist Information is a must to as not only is it super cute, the staff are really sweet and they even took our photo and posted it on their instagram then gave us a coin for some free miso soup and there's even free karaoke you can do there to in the cutest fluffiest room ever, just one tip though if you hate crowds it's probably best avoided at weekends and holidays but otherwise I totally encourage you to join the madness as there's always some colourful characters to be seen there.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
Love & Sushi
Cate
xoxo
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