31 May 2017

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (May 2017)

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May has been such a crazy month, I finished my first year studying Thai then took a trip to Hong Kong and Seoul and now I'm back in Thailand looking forward to my first Kpop concert and a visit from my UK friend so many fun times ahead. I'll hopefully have a few blog posts about my trip up soon so stay tuned for that but in the meantime be sure to enjoy this months links.

♥ 5 Mantras To Help You Find Joy With Less

♥ How To Stress Less And Live More

♥ 8 Things To Do Alone... For A Change

♥ A Guide to Dealing with Frustration & Disappointment in Yourself

♥ 5 Little Reminders To Keep You Worry Free


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♥ How To Get Inspired To Create Content Again

♥ 7 Small Differences That Will Make A Big Difference In Your Life

♥ Overcoming The Worst Part Of Finding Your Passion

♥ Tips And Tricks: Growing Your Readership 

♥ 9 Reasons Why You Feel Tired All The Time

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♥ Vegan Guide To Helsinki 

♥ An Amsterdam Address Book

♥ The Insiders Guide To Barcelona... And Life!

♥ Where To Go In Nashville

♥ The 3 Travel Experiences That Changed My Perspective On Life


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♥ 5 Ways To Spark Joy In Your Life

♥ Ever Thought Of Becoming A Morning Person? Here's Why You Should Consider

♥ Why You Could Be Better Off Alone

♥ The Big Lie Killing Your Confidence

♥ 5 Decisions You Will Regret 10 Years From Now








Love & Strawberry Sundaes
Cate
xoxo

26 May 2017

5 Fandom Friday: 5 TV Shows I Would Un-Cancel



Welcome to another Fandom FriYAY! Sorry it's been a while since my last one (almost 2 months) but life has been crazy, anyway this week we're talking about TV shows we loved that were unfortunately cancelled which is a subject very close to my heart as a fangirl as I feel this is constantly happening to shows that I love and it breaks my nerdy heart. If you want to find out more about Fandom Friday then check out the Geek Girl Bloggers community and founder The Nerdy Girlie's blog and join in!


Angel
I think Angel was the first TV Show I really got upset about them cancelling. Like many others I absolutely adored Buffy but I think I loved watching Angel more and I felt there were just so many more stories for them to tell and I loved the dynamic of the team with some of my favourite characters from Buffy like Cordelia, Wesley and Spike and the new characters of Lorne, Gun and Fred. I would have loved to see at least one more season of the show to wrap things up, Buffy I think got an ending that everyone was satisfied that felt like an ending but the finale of Angel felt way too random and rushed.


Hannibal
Hannibal was such a beautiful show with a perfect cast that just conveyed mood and atmosphere so perfectly, I almost felt like I fell into a trace while watching it it immersed me so much. There is just no other show on TV like this and I would have absolutely loved to see it grow and develop and new characters like Clarice be introduced but unfortunately it's lifespan was cut short. I'm still super salty about this as it had such a dedicated fanbase and following to but I guess it's the curse of Bryan Fuller... please don't let American Gods get cut short to!


Almost Human
I mentioned Almost Human in my last post but it deserves another mention in this post because it's another show that got cut after just one season which I loved. This was essentially a sci-fi buddy cop show and I normally don't enjoy cop shows but this one had an amazing cast, Karl Urban was just so perfectly cast and had so much humour and rapport with his droid companion, there was enough sci-fi and mystery to keep me entertained and wanting more and I really wish it would have had another season.


Constantine
WHY was this show cancelled after just one season? I have been a fan of the Hellblazer comics for the longest time and Justice League Dark is one of my newer favourite comic book series to so I had so much anticipation for this series. I did like the Keanu Reeves movie but he just didn't give me those Constantine feels but Matt Ryan definitely did and played the role so perfectly so much so he had a small guest role on Arrow and even Guillermo Del Toro was considering casting him for the Justice League Dark movie which he's unfortunately not working on anymore (WTF DC!?) I think given the chance he would have really grown so much into the role and I'm still hoping the CW will pick up the show but I guess they already have that genre covered with Supernatural...


Agent Carter
I'm honestly so heartbroken that I'll never get to see Peggy Carter ever again in the MCU, not only was Peggy such an amazing character strong, funny, feminine, witty, smart, etc. but Hayley Atwell was in real life to. I enjoyed this series so much and I felt like it was something that was definitely needed in this male dominated superhero world and I was really looking forward to seeing the development of S.H.I.E.L.D. between Peggy and Howard Stark (also shoutout to Jarvis who I loved to!) but unfortunately it looks like this will never happen... Marvel please bring back Agent Carter I miss her so much!


What shows do you miss watching on TV?
Love & Strawberry Tea
Cate
xoxo


25 May 2017

Coffee & Cake Date #2: No. 39 Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

No.39 Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

Just a short distance away from Wat Umong is this beautiful hidden gem of a cafe called No. 39 Cafe, I enjoy many a weekend here just enjoying the surrounding nature and the calm atmosphere. The cafe is popular amongst students here as it's near to university and it can get quite busy at the weekends with everyone determined to take those perfect Instagram shots and they occasionally have live bands playing but on a weekday you can often find yourself being the only person there.

No.39 Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

The cakes here are really good, believe me I've tried them all, but if you're not a fan of cakes they have a burger bar you can order from to. I like coming here for coffee because they have more than one type depending on if you like it strong, bitter or sour, they also have a wide selection of teas and sodas to if you don't fancy coffee.

No.39 Cafe - Chiang Mai - Thailand

ร้านนีชื่อ No.39 Cafe อย่ใกลวัดอุโมงค์ ฉันชอบไปร้านนี่ทุกเสาร์อาทิตย์เพราะว่าธรรมาชาติสวยและอารมณ์สงบ นักเรียนชอบมาเพราะว่าอยู่ใกลมหาวิทยาลัย เสาร์อาทิตย์มีนักเรียนเยอะชอบถ่ายรูปให้IG บางครั้งมีคนมาร้องเพลงด้วย แต่วันธรรมดาเงียบดี เค้กที่ร้านมี้อร่อยที่สุด ฉันชิมทั้งหมด แต่ไม่เอาเค้กร้านมีเบอร์เกอร์สั่งด้วย ฉันชอบไปร้านนี่เพราะว่านักชงกาแฟถามว่าเอากาแฟแบบขมหรือเปรี้ยว ถ้าไม่ชอบกาแฟมีหลายเครื่องดื่มสั่งด้วย

What are your favourite coffee shops to relax in?
Love & Iced Coffee
Cate
xoxo


Psssst if you want to see more awesome cafes from around the world you can click the button below & buy me a coffee


16 May 2017

How To Open An Etsy Shop For FREE!

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Etsy is one of my absolute favourite websites for buying and selling one of a kind handmade goods from artists and creatives, if I ever want to buy something special for myself or a loved one it's the first place I head to. I've been using Etsy to sell my handmade crafts and jewellery for many years and although I'm currently taking a break one of the most popular questions I get asked is how to sell on Etsy so for those of you who want to create an additional income, share your talents or grow it into a business this is how you can test it out for free.




The link above will allow you to open a shop and earn yourself 40 free listings as it normally costs $0.20 to list each item on Etsy and each listings only lasts for 4 months this way you'll only be charged a 3.5% fee if the item sells so this is a great way to test out the website and see if it works for you without investing too much money and if you do use the link above it will give me 40 free listings to and although my shop is currently closed because I'm busy studying in Thailand should I decided to re-open in the distant future this will be a great help to me, so it's helpful all round!


Do you have an Etsy Shop? Link it in the comments and let me know if you open one!
Love & Lemonade
Cate
xoxo

10 May 2017

Anime Series I'm Watching & Loving!

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A new anime season has started but I'm still trying to catch up on previous seasons in fact I've been such a bad nerd lately I don't even know what the new releases even are apart from the long awaited Attack on Titan season 2 and before you ask nope I've not seen any of it yet! I feel like my watch list has been quite varied lately which is good because I get a bit tired of watching the same things all the time so I hopefully this post will have an anime to suit all tastes.

オレンジ
High school student Naho receives a mysterious letter written by herself 10 years into the future and although she's sceptical at first once she sees events unfolding as detailed in the letter she starts to believe it's genuine, now the younger Naho has a chance to undo all her past regrets and hopefully create a happier future for herself and her friends. I really love the concept of this anime and prior to watching it I had heard so many good things about it and I even bought the manga series which I've yet to read but definitely will soon. I liked this anime so much I ended up watching the whole series in one go so it's definitely worth the hype! The story is simple to follow and executed very well and the animation is really beautiful I mean the scenery is so beautifully drawn you can almost smell the fresh flowers. Orange is such a sweet yet heartbreaking anime which makes you reflect on your own past and what you would do if you had the chance to undo your past regrets, a question I often ponder myself.


逆転裁判 その『真実』、異議あり!
I'm a big fan of the Ace Attorney games so I was super excited when I heard about the anime. The anime pretty much follows the same cases you play in the game but without the gameplay element so you're basically just watching the case unfold without the interactive element. Those familiar with the game (or movie) may find this anime a bit boring because you know exactly what is going to happen but despite this I really enjoyed the anime and one of my favourite episodes was seeing the relationship between Phoenix, Edgeworth and Larry when they were kids, I thought it was really sweet. If you're a fan of the detective genre or the game then definitely check this out.


Set during the prohibition era in America this anime follows the story of Angelo Lagusa and his quest to seek vengeance against the Mafia boss that killed his family. I've always been a big fan of the Mafia genre so this anime interested me from the start, it's set over 91 days (hence the name) although the anime is only 12 episodes long. I really enjoyed the aesthetics the anime has a kinda sepia tone to it representing the time period and the music matched the mood to, the storyline itself is pretty stereotypical to that of most mafia movies but it was still interesting to see the story unfold and I felt it was quite different to a lot of the other anime I had watched recently and a lot more adult and darker in tone without being excessively violent or gory.

デス・パレード
Quindecim is a bar that patrons visit upon their death to be judged whether their souls will be reincarnated or sent to the void, here they will play a game which will eventually reveal their memories and true nature in order to find out their fate. This anime was so interesting each episode follows a different set of people and the eventual reveal of their fate but things aren't so black and white and sometimes even the arbiters of the afterlife question their final decisions. Death Parade is a show about morality and human nature at its core, it's not simply about being bad or good person as we find most the people here are a mixture of both and by questioning the lives of the patrons and their actions in that moment of desperation we also question ourselves and how we would act in a given situation and what fate it would bring us.

Kaizaki Arata is a 27 year old NEET who one drunken night meets a guy who offers him a pill which will give him the appearance of a 17 year old and invites him to join in on an experiment where he will have to attend high-school again for one year, Kaizaki takes the pill and the next day starts high school again where he finds things are not as easy as he originally thought. This anime is a lot more light-hearted than Orange and had many humorous moments, I found myself relating to Kaizaki quite a bit especially as I'm studying again and living in an area of predominately young students which can be both invigorating and exhausting.

What anime series have you been watching lately?
Love & Lemons
Cate
xoxo

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