Monday, 27 November 2017

A Weekend in Aberdeen | Scotland

     I meant to write this post so much sooner than now, but Ive been super busy over the last week or so, and blogging has slipped a little bit. More on what's keeping me busy will be coming soon, but for now let's all rewind to last weekend. Some of you may have already seen my post about Deaf Havana's concert date in Aberdeen last week; some of you may even have wondered why I was at the Aberdeen date instead of the Edinburgh one the following night, considering I live in the south of Scotland. I was actually in Aberdeen for the whole weekend, from Saturday until Tuesday, as my sister now lives there for university, and we were going to the concert together. Having never been to Aberdeen before, nor having seen her since I moved back to the UK, it made sense to spend a couple of nights there. This also completed my goal to this year visit both the Aberdeen in Scotland, and in Hong Kong. So without further ado, here's what we got up to!

King's College, Aberdeen, Scotland

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Deaf Havana | The Garage, Aberdeen

      It's been so long since I've been to a concert! Anyone who might have read this blog for a few years may recall there used to a lot of concert reviews published - take a look through the Music tag for more of them - but I haven't gone to any while living abroad, mainly because no bands I listen to tour in Hong Kong! I'm back in the UK now though, and wasted no time getting myself to a live show. I've been listening to Deaf Havana for years now, and they're definitely ranked among my very favourite bands. I've seen them live before, as a support band for You Me At Six, and I absolutely loved their latest album, 'All These Countless Nights' - read my review of that here. They've been touring the UK over the last couple of weeks, and my sister and I got tickets for the Aberdeen show in The Garage, as my sister is living there for university right now. I plan to write another post about what else we got up to in Aberdeen, so keep an eye out for that!

Deaf Havana live in concert in The Garage, Aberdeen

Monday, 20 November 2017

Outfit - Bundled Up

     It's damn cold in Scotland. I keep saying I'm still acclimatising after living abroad, but it was below freezing point the other morning, so I'm not just imagining it! It can be quite easy for me to revert to jeans and hoodies, and anything big and warm, but I also like playing around with layers again, after living somewhere warm for so long. This dress is pretty short and lightweight, but the dark colours and floral print feel appropriate for these dark winter months (seriously, it's black outside by 5pm). And I've bundled up for the cold in this big, chunky cardigan, and these thick woollen tights. I managed to rip them the first time I wore them though, on boot zippers, but it's covered by these tall, practical boots. I also pulled out some jewellery I haven't worn in forever - the earrings are some bright fun in an otherwise dark outfit, and the pendant is a reminder of travels in warmer climes.

Bundled Up - outfit of short, purple and black floral print dress, chunky grey cardigan, woollen tights, and tall black riding boots

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Get to Know Me Tag

      Life has suddenly gotten really busy this week and next - more on that soon! I'm also off to Aberdeen (Scotland this time, not Hong Kong), for the weekend so I'm scheduling a few posts for while I'm away. These had to be brief, and I hate posting for quantity rather than quality, but I've been slipping in my schedule lately, and I didn't want another week where I only posted like once. So, I've done a quick tag for now. These questions didn't have any particular title, but they're sort of introductory questions about oneself. Read on!

Get to Know Me Tag text on ocean background


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Travel Inspiration - Hong Kong

     After two years living in Hong Kong (wait, have I mentioned that before?), I've accumulated quite a lot of photos from my time there, as you can probably imagine. Narrowing them down for this post was no easy task - I found myself 'narrowed down' with still 90 options! So these are a very, very small selection of those I've taken. Most people know Hong Kong for it's dense living conditions and towering skyscrapers, but there's a surprising amount of other sights to see too, so I've included quite a wide selection here, covering all the different areas of Hong Kong, and a few special events that you may be lucky enough to see, depending on what time of year you visit. The goal of these posts is to inspire you to want to see this country for yourself, and I think Hong Kong has something on offer for everyone. If you want anymore specific suggestions, take a look at my Top 10 Sights in Hong Kong and 5 Day Hong Kong Highlights!

View from The Peak, Hong Kong

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Loch Ness Day Trip

     One thing I've realised while I've been travelling over the last few years, is how little of my own country I've seen! Scotland may not be huge in size, but there are a lot of amazing sights to see - so many in fact, that it was recently voted most beautiful country in the world in this Rough Guides reader poll. Most of the areas I have been to have been in the Lowlands, where I live, and the central belt of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling. The Highlands and Islands largely remain a mystery to me though, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to visit more of these over time (as I've previously mentioned, being unemployed gives me a lot of free time, but limited funds!). However, I was lucky enough to be able to go on a day trip to Loch Ness last week, on a coach tour company. Loch Ness is one of the most famous places in Scotland, yet I've never been before, so I was eager to go monster spotting! I did take limited photos from the coach though, as there's always reflections ruining the views, so I couldn't capture everything I saw.

Loch Ness, Highlands, Scotland


Monday, 6 November 2017

Outfit - Back to Black

     Wearing all black is such an easy go-to for an effortlessly cool outfit. Each of these items is individually pretty simple, but combined with some statement jewellery items, and a classic red lip (pay no attention if my lipstick isn't perfect, I kind of did this in a hurry), it becomes a more dressed up outfit overall. This isn't quite a crop top, but it is a shorter cut than I normally wear, so I like it best with high or mid rise jeans like these. It's a little hard to tell, but it's actually a t-shirt and I'm wearing a little jacket over the top, since it's getting chilly back here in Scotland! The jeans are un-hemmed at he ankles too, so I like them paired with ankle boots like these, that show off that detail rather than hiding it, and I love the grey colour of these jeans, which makes them look a little smarter than blue jeans would. Also, thoughts on this hair? I was playing around with this side braid, just for a change (the other side still looks a mess though, oops!), and am undecided if I'd wear it out like this?

Back to Black | outfit of black shrug jacket & short top, grey skinny jeans & black heeled ankle boots

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Day in the Life | Unemployment

     My previous 'day in the life' posts all centred around my various jobs at the time - find them here - and I wrote them thinking to give an insight for other prospective ESL teachers. However, my life these days largely consists of job hunting - filling in applications, sending emails and making calls, and going to interviews and trials. None of it has led to an actual job yet though, obviously, so it's getting very boring and repetitive (yes, I've been to Berlin, but otherwise I can't be spending too much money on fun stuff until I have an income again!). So this day in the life is my average day at home (not applicable for day trips to Edinburgh for interviews) while living with my parents. Disclaimer: this is meant to be a somewhat humorous post, so times are only for indication, and details should not be taken too seriously! I've also only been job hunting for a month or so, and living with my parents, so I know I'm still in a fairy fortunate situation - I'm more fed up and bored than stressed or panicked! And I'm sure there's plenty of other people in this same situation (with degrees and transferable skills, but not enough relevant experience) who can relate!

"Looking for a job" cardboard sign, from unemployed job hunter.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Musically Inspired - Adulting

     I'll be perfectly honest with you all; I have no idea how to be an adult. Does anyone? Sometimes I wonder if we're all pretending we know what we're doing, but inside we're all just screaming "Why am I allowed to be in charge of my own life? What the hell do I do?". At least I hope that's the case, so I'm not alone. Being an adult is tough. I've got the basics down, like food shopping and doing my own laundry, but I only learned how a mortgage works and why credit scores matter like a week ago. I have neither by the way - am I supposed to by this age?!

Walt Disney quote - growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional - on sunset mountain background
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