Dreaming of Japan

If all goes well with making enough money to save for a trip, I plan on visiting Japan next year. But whether I make it or end up going some time further in the future, it’s definitely somewhere I will get to eventually. The plan is to go to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I know there’s so much more but it will only be a two week holiday. Plus, I don’t see myself only going to Japan once in my lifetime.

Anyway, for now, I’ll just dream and tell you all about the things I’m looking forward to the most.

Things I’m most looking forward to

 

Harajuku

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I got a book called Fresh Fruits* when I was 16 or 17 all about unusual Japanese street fashion and since then it’s been my quest to go see them in person. I still have that book today and it’s so fun to flip through. I may not be into shopping as much as I was back then but it’s still something that’s very high on my list.

 

Vending Machines

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I hear that the vending machines over there are insane. You won’t find any that have food in (at least not on the street) as it’s considered rude to eat on the go in Japan but you will find a whole lot of drinks! I hear there’s things like peach fanta and coffee flavoured Coca Cola. I think Topher will probably end up drinking the majority of things we get but I love just being able to try things. It’s a running joke that alcoholic or non-alcoholic, I am the slowest drinker ever!

I also look forward to trying the restaurants where they have a vending machine outside where you choose your meal before you go in. Though it looks like I’d definitely need Google Translate on hand!

 

Food

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It wouldn’t be a Nomad post if I didn’t mention the food. Oh my lord the food. It all looks so interesting. I love trying new things as well as being a big fan of ramen and sushi. I want to try the street foods like okonomiyaki, odango and takoyaki as well as go to a Japanese BBQ place where you cook your own meat, and I really want to try tempura and yakatori. There’s just so many things I don’t know how we’ll fit them all in.

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And don’t get me started on the snacks. Japanese convenience stores are highly recommended for all of the amazing snacks you can find. There are a ridiculous amount of different flavoured Kit Kats, sweets and so many types of savoury snack. Heaven.

 

Architecture

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I love the fact that Japan embraces both the old and the new and it’s reflected in their architecture among other things. I want to see the temples and castles as well as getting myself lost between the city skyscrapers. And also they have a load of mad stuff like below that I am just dying to see in person.

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Disney

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Well duh! How could I go to Japan and not pay Tokyo Disney a visit? It’s me.

As well as seeing the park from a whole new different culture angle, there are different rides and Disney Tokyo Sea is a different enchilada (or salmon and avocado hand roll in this case?) entirely.

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Plus their food also looks amazing. There’s mochi shaped like the three eyed alien, unusual flavoured popcorn and steamed buns galore. I cannot wait.

Also, I’m not usually that into merchandise shopping but Japan is known to have by far the best collection out of all the parks. And I’ve definitely confirmed it by watching so many haul videos on Youtube! Those things are addictive.

Of course there are so many more things I’m looking forward to (like all of it) but these were just a few general things that popped to mind.

I plan on visiting Hiroshima to see the peace museum as I think it’s super important – especially right now, we’ll also be paying Universal Studios a visit (for Harry Potter) and I also hope to see a real life geisha.

Have you ever been to Japan? Give me suggestions! And if not, what would you want to see?

 

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My Week – Getting Back On Track 8.1.18 – 19.1.18

*Me and Paul Jagger *My finished Asian garlic bread

*Pickles being clingy *Getting some colouring in

This week’s My Week is more like my fortnight. 

I decided not to do a my week post last week because let’s face it – nothing happened! I was still recovering from my flu. But I’m up and about now and feeling much better for it, despite the odd coughing fit or snuffly nose.

So what did I get up to? The coolest thing I did was go to a baking class with Bake With A Legend to learn how to bake bread with GBBO 2015’s Paul Jagger. I’ll be doing a full post on that tomorrow. Despite not being a good baker, I managed to come away with some delicious goodies that I made myself. So proud!

On the work front, I’ve thankfully been given a fair bit of work to do with clients so I’ve been busy during the day. I’ve also updated Begin.Create to include my Virtual Assisting services so if you know someone in need, get in touch!

When I haven’t been working, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts – one in particular. Gilmore Guys. It’s been finished for awhile but I only discovered it a couple of months ago so I’ve been catching up. It’s about two guys going through every episode of Gilmore Girls and it’s really funny. One of them is a big fan and the other is watching for the first time. I’m currently on season 5 and can’t wait to see what they think of the Netflix revival. It’s so weird to think that at the beginning of the show, there was no revival on the horizon. If you like Gilmore Girls then I definitely recommend it but give it a bit to get good as the first season or so is a bit clunky.

In other news our wedding was featured on Rock n Roll Bride! I had such a fangirl moment as I’ve been a fan of the site for years.

And finally, I put up the cacti fairy lights I got for Christmas in the bedroom and they make the room look super magical. I think Pickles is just confused by them!

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20 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Down

I’ve been feeling down a lot lately and being down is getting me down. Bleh.

I figured it would be a good idea to compile a list of things to cheer myself up so I have something to refer back to whenever I’m feeling down. So this is kind of a note to myself but I thought you might find it helpful too.

  1. Have a Shower or a bath – these always make me feel more human again
  2. Make a happy playlist and turn it up loud
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Call a friend or family member
  5. Listen to a funny podcast
  6. Make a gratitude list – I made one here
  7. Make a list of things that trigger your down moods
  8. Organise an imaginary holiday (I do these all the time!) – look up places to see, stay and eat in your dream destination
  9. Make your to do list short and sweet – being able to tick everything off gives me a feeling of achievement
  10. If you have a pet – give it a big cuddle
  11. Watch some stand up comedy – if you have Netflix then this is super easy
  12. Start a new creative project
  13. Clean something in your house – especially if the place is a tip. It doesn’t matter how small the area is or even if you’re just scrubbing down the worktops in your kitchen, every little bit helps and it makes me feel accomplished
  14. Make a fort in your living room and watch a film – because why the fuck not
  15. Bake something
  16. Have a social media detox
  17. Read a book
  18. Change your bedding and put on fresh pjs – Bliss!
  19. Do something nice for someone else – their smile is always a great mood lifter
  20. Try not to make yourself feel guilty for being down – sometimes you just are and you need to just be for a bit

Obviously not all a quick fix but still it’s something and that’s all that matters.

What do you do when you’re feeling down?

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Top Picks #52

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. Not counting Christmas at least. Since I’ve been saving money for my Disneyland Paris trip next month (so excited!) I haven’t been shopping at all so here’s just a fantasy wishlist of a few things I’ve had my eye on for a little while. Is anyone else’s phone tabs completely full of stuff you can’t afford? Just me?

  1. Jumper, £35 – Joanie

I’m not usually one for slogan jumpers but this one is so cute! I’ve definitely got Japan on the brain. Hopefully next week I’ll be posting a Japan travel wish list of places I want to go.

  1. Harry Potter Necklace, £32 – Yay Rae Flay @Etsy*

I saw this on Instagram and instantly fell in love!

  1. Pen, £4.50 – Paperchase*

Another novelty pen for my imaginary collection.

  1. Striped Top, £25 – Joanie

Dinosaurs always get a big thumbs up from me. And stripes? Double thumbs up!

  1. Skirt, £38 – Joanie

This skirt looks super long but because it’s high waisted it actually hits just below the knees. I think this would make a great staple piece in my wardrobe that would go with everything! Notice how it nicely goes with the jumper and top in this wish list?

  1. Shoes, £16 – Topshop*

Since my black ballet flats died last summer, I’ve been on the hunt for another pair ever since. These look perfect.

  1. Pyjamas, £18 – Sainsburys

I haven’t had any new long pjs in a long time so these would be great. Is it just me who finds it super hard to find these type of pjs?

  1. Up Necklace, £6.99 – EMP

I love the up house so this necklace is the sweetest.

  1. Pygmy Puff Slippers, $26.95 – Universal Orlando Resort Merchandise Store

So these would be pretty difficult to get but I fell in love with these the moment I saw them in WWOHP back in 2015. So cute!

  1. Dress, £75 – Cath Kidston

What kind of cat lady would I be if I  didn’t have something featuring cats on my wish list? I love both the print and the shape of this dress.

What’s on your wish list?

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What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix Recently

Since I’ve been ill a lot this winter, Netflix has been a good friend of mine. So I thought I’d tell you about some of the things I’ve been watching.

 

The Good Place

Seasons: 2

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I first discovered this on a plane on our honeymoon and was immediately hooked. When we got home, the whole thing was on Netflix so I binged the rest. They’ve actually been on a winter break and are back now posting one episode a week.

Kirsten Bell plays Eleanor, a women who dies and ends up in heaven. The only problem is, she’s been mistaken for someone else and should actually be in hell because she was a terrible person.

It’s been a while since I found a comedy that just clicked with me. The Good Place literally makes me laugh out loud and the cast is awesome. I would definitely recommend watching.

 

Glow

Seasons: 1

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So I may have binged the whole thing in a day #sorrynotsorry. Glow is about Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling. In the 80s in LA a casting call was made for women that turned out to be for a women’s wrestling show.

The series follows the ladies journey from women off the street to wrestlers and stars Alison Brie (I know her best from Mad Men). I loved getting to know all the different characters and found the whole show uplifting. It certainly deserves the hype.

If you’re interested, there’s also a documentary on Netflix called Glow which is actually about the real Glow ladies. It was released back in 2012 and it’s so cool to see the parallels between real life and TV.

 

Jack Whitehall – Travels With My Father

Seasons: 1

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Always having been a fan of Jack Whitehall and travel shows, this programme ticked both boxes. Jack decides to go on a gap year style holiday and bring along his seventy something, super conservative dad along for the ride. Hilarity ensues.

I haven’t finished the whole season yet as it’s something I prefer to dip in and out of but so far I’ve loved it. If you’re a fan of this comedian then I definitely recommend giving it a go.

 

The Sinner

Seasons: 1

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Starring Jessica Biel, The Sinner is a story about a seemingly normal housewife who stabs a random man to death on a crowded beach one day. The series explores why she did it. I saw people raving about this on Twitter so I added it to my list.

When I did come to watch it I finished the whole series in about 2 days. There’s more to it then you would think and I enjoyed going along for the ride. There were plenty of twists and the ending was satisfying.

Recommend if you like dramas, crimes and mysteries.

 

Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Seasons: 1

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I was a bit behind the rest of the UK and I only started watching GBBO in 2016. Then it all changed and I refused to watch the new one – disappointing as I really loved the series.

I wasn’t intentionally looking for something to fill the GBBO shaped hole in my life but I found it with Zumbo’s Just Desserts. It’s a similar style to GBBO but it’s Australian and focused on desserts. Adriano Zumbo is a dessert king in Australia (seriously google some of his work, it’s astounding!) and is the main judge.

These are extraordinary desserts! Each episode, the dessert makers create a dessert based on a theme and then the two weakest battle it out in the Zumbo test. They have to make one of Zumbo’s masterpieces and they are damn hard! The lowest scorer leaves the game.

If you love GBBO (new or old) then this is a must watch. Though don’t watch when hungry!

 

Glitch

Seasons: 2 

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I’m a big fan of the zombie genre and Glitch is an interesting take on it. It is wildly similar to Netflix show, The Returned (and the original French version) but the difference here is that the returnees literally climb out of their graves.

Set in Australia, 7 people return from the dead in perfect health and it’s up to a local policeman and doctor to figure out why and also protect them.

I loved the concept of this show but at times it was frustrating to watch. 2 seasons in and I have more questions than answers. They are apparently working on getting renewed for a third season but as it stands, I’m in a bit of a limbo.

I did enjoy the back stories of the returnees as some of them died over 100 years ago. But in terms of learning the how and why of the situation, I’m just a bit confused.

Watch at your own peril – maybe wait until a third season is announced?

 

The Mist

Seasons: 1

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Based on a Stephen king book, a town get’s suddenly overcome by mist which is full of terrifying things. I’ll start with a disclaimer: don’t get too invested in this as it’s already cancelled and ends on a cliffhanger.

This show had similar problems to Glitch in that I have more questions than answers at the end of it. The series was pretty much about the reactions to the mist and people trying to stay alive. You didn’t get much explanation as to how and why and it looks like you never will. Maybe I’ll have to pick up the book to find out…

Once again, watch at your own peril. But even more so!

 

What have you watched on Netflix recently?

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