23-26/52: Blog Fail June

June was kind of a rushed month, my closest friend got married and the temperature soared up. The wedding was gorgeous but I would like to keep that memories to myself. I was also practising for the surprise wedding dance and was going back and forth with work. I have been tired lately due to my hour long commute back & forth &  to be honest, I have been lazy and unmotivated by lot of things. I’ll be getting back into the blog this month but am struggling with content. I’ll think of something creative, until then, catch up with you later.

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22/52: Copenhagen In Pictures

Date: 24 – 27th May

Travelling again? Yes, I was supposed to head to Krakow but due to budget issues, I got a last minute deal trip to Copenhagen. A deal in Copenhagen?? You must be kidding me? Well, the flight was cheaper compared to everything else there plus I stayed in a hostel and with a host. I also bought the Copenhagen card (which is expensive)  before hand but it was quite a life saver as it gives you free access to public transport and most places. The only expenses I had to get there was food and gifts. Food was expensive, I stuck to street food and convenience food, am not a huge foodie anyways. I had to use my saved up euros for gift at the airport though.

As a solo traveler, its a great place to explore. All the attractions are in a walking distance in the center, the people are friendly and transport is ace. It’s a safe place as well, I didn’t feel uncomfortable in walking alone at night or getting lost in different parts of the city. The things I learned in this trip is:

  • Buy the Copenhagen card – it literally was the best and it saves you a lot of money, I am gonna be looking up different card deals for different cities now.
  • Airbnb further away from the city is way cheaper than the central and the public transport is great. I would recommend Kastrup because I stayed there is about 20 minutes from the central.
  • If you want to stay in the central, book way in advance, the hotels are so expensive, the hostel I stayed (Steel house Copenhagen) at was great, they had all the facilities – but they do get booked quickly. If you are not one for dorms then you can even get a private room there.
  • Explore the other neighborhoods, Norrebro, Vesterbro , Christiana. I could only explore Norrebro fully but I would love to go back and visit the others.
  • Be confident in riding a bike – I am really bad at it so I gave up but you can see and do a lot more.

21/52: Catch up..

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Late on a post again due to weekend travels. We are hitting that half way mark on the year and I felt like doing a text post on what my year has been so far. The weather change throughout the year has been different with snows on February and March which was unexpected. I started off the year in low spirits because of some issues at work but I persevere and managed to change my path, am quite content at the moment but it still feels like there are lot more I want do.

Goal this year was to travel and to be present in the moment. I have managed to travel to to few places and have a list which is looking pretty good but being present, am still working on it. I think a lot, my mind wanders to the past and the future but never to the present situation. I have been trying to rectify that and be in the here & now. In the rare moments, I enjoy the present moment, I find it quite fascinating seeing things in a new light like the sunshine or the flowers but its quite difficult to do it, with your mobile and the thought of being online all the time. At the end of the year, I would like to be in a place where I am comfortable not to think about what was & will be and just enjoy the presence of everything that is happening now.

Next few weeks of summer, I actually don’t have major plans; I am going to enjoy whatever the good weather there is and be with my family and friends. Sending out good vibes and love to you all..

15/52: Picasso Jonas

Date: 4th April

Went to the Picasso and Joan Jonas exhibition at the Tate Modern, the first exhibitions of the year.

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The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 (8 Mar – 98 Sep 2018) 

This exhibition explores his career in 1932 through a series of paintings, it was a year full of highs and lows. At the beginning of the year, he was working towards his retrospective, from what I saw, this was his heyday, the colours, the use of subject, the fluidity in it but by the end of the year, the paintings grew solemn as the colours became faded and haphazard. It was great to see a timeline throughout the exhibition from the 1st room to the last and there are 10 rooms in total. I am not big on art but I admire the creativity of the artist and to be able to be present in such masterpieces was eye opening. Here are some of my favourite pieces, I tend to love realistic portraits to surrealism but every paintings told a tale and I think that’s for one, he is still revered. Even if you aren’t a big fan of art exhibition, this is something I think most people should see on why he is one of the greatest artist to date.

Joan Jonas (14 Mar – 5 Aug 2018) 

I went to the exhibition without any prior knowledge as it was in the 2 in 1 ticket offer. Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance, video and installation who has pushed boundaries of art for the last 5 decades. Honestly, I haven’t got a clue on moving art but I love the installation especially of the Juniper Tree. Some of the pieces makes you think about the wider culture and politics. I am not sure how to describe some of the things coz you need to be there to decide on its influence on yourself. One thing I did take away from this was you can portray your thoughts creatively by constantly educating yourself of the different topics you are interested in whether its far flung places or people you’ve never met. Go to see the exhibition if you are a fan of installation art.

 

13/52: Throwback – Vietnam Trip

May 2013:

“I am a forgetful person, I don’t remember much of the trip but I remember the feeling of being weightless, without a worry, the sun and breeze on my skin and simply existing. I felt loved by friends and her family, and a familiarity with strangers. This was my first solo backpacking trip abroad and instead of feeling lonely and scared, I felt empowered to be able to just go on my own and make it. I do remember getting scammed and people being rude but overall, it was a learning experience, to be able to understand yourself all alone in foreign land. Ever since, I have taken a few backpacking trips and its different experience each time but this first trip is the one that I’ll treasure forever.. “

9/52: Ralph me!

9_024th Feb: Catch up with the brunch club 

As you get older, you realised that its harder to make new friends especially when you are working. You do have your colleagues but its kind of hard to develop that relationship at a personal level, however I feel lucky that I could find such kindred spirits at my last job. It has been harder to keep in touch after you move jobs but I think its necessary to have friends within the industry you work in so that you can learn from them as well as network.

Our little brunch club  went to the Ralph Lauren Bar & Cafe and bar at the Regent street store. Its a cosy little place but do place a reservation for the tables (you can reserve on their website) if you are going as the place literally is cosy as it can get. Even if you haven’t reserved, you can still get a seat at the bar if its not busy.  I ordered the Homestyle pancakes and hot ginger tea, the pancakes were fluffy and filling but quite good so I managed to eat it all. My friends ordered the Avocado Toast and Bagel and Smoked Salmon and they enjoyed both of them. We didn’t have any drinks but there are many options to choose.

 

After our  brunch, we went around the Mayfair area and had a little photoshoot, I had too much fun posing about, so have quite a few OOTD photos to post. As always, I went with an all black outfit incorporating all the AW trends – the beret is from yesstyle, the coat is from H&M, I had a turtleneck knit under from zara, jeans from topshop, boots from asos and the bumbag is from skinnydip, oh, and the sunglasses is from primark.