09 August 2017

Bongeunsa Temple (Seoul) - 봉은사 (서울)

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Being in a big fast paced city with all people, traffic, noise and general busyness can be a bit overwhelming at times but thankfully Seoul has many places where you can just get away from it all and enjoy some quiet alone time, Bongeunsa Temple is definitely one of those places.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa Temple is not secluded by any means it's in Gangnam directly across the road from COEX which is one of the biggest and most popular shopping malls in South Korea but it's still surprisingly quiet and a lot of people visit there just to relax and enjoy the calming atmosphere. I visited there twice during my stay and although it's a popular tourist destination they're were no crowds and I was able to explore the temple grounds completely on my own.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

One of the main attractions of Bongeunsa is the colourful rainbow lanterns that decorate the grounds of the temple, they're so pretty, one of the things I love most about temples in Asia is just how bright and colourful they can be. It was extremely calming to watch these lanterns gently blowing in the wind, the smell of incense in the air while the monks were chanting their daily prayers.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa also offers a temple stay program where you can stay overnight in the temple and enjoy a traditional monastic meal, tea ceremony, meditate, make prayer beads and learn all about the traditional Korean Buddhist monk way of life from the actual monks living there. I've stayed in temples in Thailand but I'm really interested to see how it differs in Korea so if I ever go back a temple stay is something I will definitely look into doing.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

เวลาไปเที่ยวเกาหลีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา บองอุนซาอยู่ในกังนัมCOEXช้อปปิ้งมอลล์เพื่อง่ายต่อการเยี่ยมชม วัดเงียบดีเพราะว่าไม่มีคนเยอะและสวยมากมีสีสดใส นักท่องเที่ยวนอนอยู่ในวัดได้และไปทำสมาธิกินอาหารเจและคุยเกี่ยวกับศาสนา ถ้าอยากนั่งเฉยๆมีอารมณ์ดีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา


What are some places you like to visit for a break from city life?
Love & Incense
Cate
xoxo

05 August 2017

Mini Birthday Wishlist


August is my birthday month and I was thinking it's about time I treat myself to something special although there are many things I would love to have (HotToysHotToysHotToysLEGO!) I'm trying to only spend my money on things I can actually make use out of and save some money for more nerdy adventures but sometimes you just need to #TreatYoSelf so here are a few things I've seen recently which would make an awesome birthday treat.


 Nuyu Wonder Woman Warrior Crop & Leggings - I've been a bit lazy when it comes to exercise recently but I really want to get back into it as I've found daily exercise really helps me both mentally and psychically feel good so what better way to motivate me than some awesome work-out gear themed around the even more awesome strong, warrior babe Wonder Woman.


 Klairs Skincare - If you've been watching my YouTube videos you'll know I'm really into Korean skincare and I've heard so many great things about this brand and would love to try a few of their products, my skin has changed so much since I moved to Thailand so I've had to completely change my routine so I'm always on the lookout for new products to test out.


 Agent Carter Crossbody Satchel Bag -  Agent Carter is such a big inspiration to me and I'm still so sad about the cancelling of her show and also Civil War... one of the things I loved about Peggy was her style and I think this bag not only is a great representation of that but her to as it's so classy, cute and super functional to.


 Unicorn Make-up Brushes - How adorable are these make-up brushes? Even the case they come in is super pretty to! I really need to get myself some new make-up brushes and these would just be perfect.


♥ Sorry I'm Busy Sailor Moon Pouch - Usagi is like my spirit animal and I adore this design so much, life is all about food and fun and this just embodies that completely, I love it!


How do you like to treat yourself on your birthday ?
Love & Strawberry Soda
Cate
xoxo


If you're feeling generous I do have an Amazon Wishlist or you can treat me to a "Cup of Coffee" but don't feel like you have to, birthdays are more than the gifts you receive they're about spending time with the people you love, reflecting on life and enjoying the ride.

31 July 2017

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (July 2017)

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How is July over already? It's crazy to think the year is already half way done but at least I've been somewhat productive this month. I'm currently in Bangkok with the family and I'll be staying here for my birthday, a Day6 concert AND I'm going to be visiting Beijing in a few days which I'm very excited about as I haven't been to China since 2010 when I did volunteer work with pandas. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their summer, enjoy this months links...

♥ Easy Ways To Eliminate Negativity From Your Daily Life

♥ 4 Ways Teas Can Make You Feel Better When Sick

♥ The Truth About Full Time Blogging Answered

♥ The Most Destructive Thing I've Ever Done

♥ 5 Ways To Spoil Yourself Today

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♥ How To Stress Less And Live More

♥ You Can Be Happy And Lonely At The Same Time

♥ 8 Reasons Cher Horowitz Is A Great Role Model

♥ Why You Should Be Meditating 

♥ My 10 Best Blogging Tips

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♥ 11 Ways To Embrace Who You Are

♥ Ten Years Ago On Melrose

♥ 9 Food Travel Destination For Ultimate Foodies!

♥ Fashion Poses For Lifestyle Bloggers

♥ 10 Signs You Might Be A Confused Introvert

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♥ How To Be More Positive 

♥ 20 Genius Space-Saving Hacks for Packing Your Suitcase

♥ 5 Things I'm Giving Up For A Happier Life

♥ 25 Simple Tips On Growing Your Blog

♥ Do You Have Just One Day In New York City? Here Are 15 Things To Do!






Love & Lychees
Cate
xoxo

27 July 2017

Anime Series I'm Watching & Loving!

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It's that time again for my bi-monthly wrap up of all the anime I've been watching and loving lately. The past couple months I've been watching a lot of very different genres but I've really enjoyed them although I do kind of feel I'm ready to go back to watching some supernatural, sci-fi stuff haha! In fact I think I'm going to have to binge Attack on Titan season 2 right after publishing this because I STILL haven't watched it yet so I'll keep this short, I hope you enjoy these recommendations!


くまみこ
Young shrine maiden Miko has spent her whole life in the mountains but now wants to attend high school in the big city and it's up to Natsu her talking guardian bear to prepare her for her transition to the city. This anime sounded so strange I just had to watch it and I actually really enjoyed it, the animation is beautiful and I really liked the characters of Miko and Natsu and the strange tasks Natsu gave her to prepare for the big city like buying heattech at Uniqlo or visiting Village Vanguard. I also really liked the opening and ending songs in fact I found myself randomly humming the ending song weeks after I finished watching in.


食戟のソーマ
I'm really late to the party on this one as I feel like the hype has been and gone on this anime but you know what I'm bringing it back! So if you don't know what Food Porn Food Wars! is it's about a boy called Soma who has dreams of taking over his father's restaurant and surpassing his father's excellent culinary skills, Soma's father gets a job abroad, closes the restaurant and enrols Soma into an elite culinary school where only 10% of students graduate. Ok so it's not the story that has everyone talking about this anime it's the "foodgasm" scenes which are weird, hilarious and perfect. You just need to watch it to know what I'm talking about. Even stranger is how I can totally relate to them being a big food enthusiast myself, I know that feeling when you take a bite of something REALLY good and several times throughout this anime I found myself drooling... I really wanted to eat all that food! Seriously, why does anime food always look so delicious?


にゃんぼー!
Nyanbo are the cat version of the popular cardboard character known in Japan as Danbo, I'm strangely attracted to these toys (it's that weird kawaii thing I love) so when I heard an anime was coming out I had to see what it was all about! Nyanbo are beings from outerspace and the anime follows their adventures on Earth, enjoying life and trying to find pieces of their UFO. Each episode is only 5 minutes long and animated in 3D mixed with real life scenery (and cats!) which I kinda liked and found suited the style well. While I'll admit it's not the best anime (it's waaay to short for starters) it is very, very cute and I enjoyed it so if you're a fan of the toys definitely check it out.


夏雪ランデブー
Harazuki decides to take a job at the flower shop of the woman he's fallen for but he can see the spirit of her dead husband Atsushi who tries everything he can to interfere with the relationship. This is such a melancholy anime but it has moments of humour between Atsushi and Harazuki who is the only person that sees him, I really enjoyed their interactions and it was clear they both really care for Rokka. The anime gave me a strange sense of nostalgia even though I've never experienced what Rokka has but I found myself relating to her so much.


カオスヘッド
Takumi Nishijou is an otaku  who lives in a storage container on top of a building in Shibuya, he prefers living in his "2D World" and regular loses himself in his delusions, one night he receives a link from and online acquaintance regarding the strange "New Gen" murders in the area and once he sees the photo he un-willingly find himself involved in the case... and then it gets complicated so you'll just have to watch it to understand! I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this anime as it's almost a decade old but I really enjoyed it and I related to Takumi so much it was sad. It's a little complicated I will admit as there's lots of strange scientific ideas and jargon thrown around but it was really interesting and did make you think a lot about life and the choices you make and that's one of the things I really enjoy about anime.


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

20 July 2017

When Anxiety Attacks & How I'm Dealing...

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Honestly, I've not been in a good place mentally and it's been really difficult. To look at this another way this is the first time in a very long time I've felt this low but it's not the worst I've felt. Living with anxiety is something I know I'll have to deal with for the rest of my life and for the longest time I was never able to put a word to those feelings but now it has a name I'm better able to deal with the attacks when it happens.

Sometimes it doesn't have a trigger it just attacks and sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and stressed that "anxiety brain" takes over and recently I let it grab a hold of me which lead to some self-destructive behaviour. I'm not the type of person to ever discuss my problems with anyone even my closest family and friends, I tend to just deal on my own because the last thing I want is for those I care about to see me as a burden, worry them or be the cause of their stress and unhappiness but I'm learning to open up and it's one of the reasons I'm writing this.

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Anxiety can be a bitch! Sometimes it's a struggle to get out of bed and walk out that door and on those days I deal with those feeling by meditating, drinking some tea and trying to quiet those nagging thoughts in my brain. Sometimes just the process of putting on my make-up and bringing some life to my face can be the healing factor, sometimes I put my headphones on, shut-out the world and those inner voices of doubt and just take myself for a walk amongst nature where I can appreciate the true beauty of the world and sometimes just taking a long shower can heal me. Even the smallest action I can do for myself can make the biggest difference and can stop an attack before it gets worse.

One of the things I've learnt recently is that it's not my fault. My anxiety was brought on by various factors of my past and those things were not my fault or a fault in myself. I am not to blame for these feelings. While these feeling are a part of me they do not define me. I am my own biggest critic but I am also unique and deserving of life. Sometimes I need to take care of myself before I can take care of others because I deserve as much happiness as everyone else.

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It's an uphill struggle to get my life back on track but I'm getting there. Exercise helps, I've been doing it everyday or almost everyday, and it helps me sleep, gives me a sense of peace and accomplishment and it makes me strong both physically and mentally. I'm eating better because good food puts me in a good mood but I always make time for a coffee and cake date because treats are important to. I'm making an effort to talk more to friends online and off because they make me happy and as much as "anxiety brain" wants me to cut everyone out of my life so I won't fear getting hurt, I need them and I love them and I know I can't deal with this alone.

So what's the point of this post? It's to let everyone know I'm ok and I'm dealing and to let everyone else know you're not alone in your struggles, I understand, I've got your back and I'm here for you if you need me to be.


Love & Hugs
Cate
xoxo


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