11/11/2018

Review | Sketch, London




Hey everyone, I'm sorry that I haven't posted in a while I have been really busy at work these past few weeks. I'm also heading out to New Zealand next week for work but I have a few free days which I will definitely fill you in on. I also have a new laptop which makes blogging a lot easier now as my old one is useless and quite slow. Today's blog post is a long overdue one as I actually went to Sketch at the beginning of October. 

If you haven't heard of Sketch then you probably aren't into Instagram at all. I probably see it on my homepage at least once a day as everyone I follow tends to go there. It seems to be the go-to place at the moment apart from Élan of course which is also pretty big at the moment. 

Sketch is a French restaurant in the heart of London very close to Oxford Circus & Piccadilly. It was my first time going so I was very excited but also a little nervous as sometimes when I go to fancier restaurants my anxiety can kick in. However, as soon as I got there I felt at ease as the staff were all so lovely and welcoming. 



I had been wanting to go to Sketch for quite a long time as it has always looked so picturesque and a lot of fun. I actually decided that for my Mums birthday I would treat her to dinner here as it was on my bucket list of restaurants to visit but it also was a place you would most likely go to on a special occasion. 

I knew even before I had booked it that I wanted to dine in the all pink room as it looked spectacular in photos. The Gallery is where the main dining room is however, there are a few others so make sure to check which one you are booking before you actually book it. 

Like most high-end restaurants you get a 2-hour slot for your table before it needs to be handed back for the next customers. Also, something to be aware of is that certainly with Sketch & Hutong which I went to last year take your card details in case you cancel. For Sketch it was a £30 cancellation fee per person I can't quite remember how much it was for Hutong but I'm pretty sure it's a similar amount. 



We both decided to go for a steak for our main course and got some sides to share as it was a cheaper way of doing things. For our sides, we got chips and macaroni cheese which was absolutely delicious. The steak was top quality as it melted in your mouth when you ate it. The steaks were £32 each and the sides were £6 each. I also got a mocktail which was around £10 and it was worth the price for the photos for the gram as well haha. 


You could tell that the steak was high-quality as it melted in your mouth. The macaroni cheese was delicious as it had a really rich taste and a bit of truffle in it as well I think. I managed to eat it all because it was delicious but also because I knew that it was a lot of money so I didn't want to waste any of it. 

My mum really enjoyed her meal as well as she is a big meat eater so the steak went down well. We didn't order a dessert as we were both full. However, as it was my Mum's birthday our waiter very kindly organised for a small dessert to be brought over to our table. The amount of effort that went into it was obvious as it was presented so beautifully. 



The decor of the place was my favourite as it was just so magnificent and wonderful. You really felt like you could be anywhere in the world. I knew that it was beautiful from the photos but seeing it in real life is so much better. I'm not really a girlie girl so pink isn't one of my go to colours however, the way they have decorated the main room with different shades of pink made me love it a bit more! 

Overall, the experience was amazing and we both really enjoyed it. I cannot wait to go back as it was a lot of fun and something I will remember for a long time. All of the staff were very attentive and really worked hard to add to the experience. I would definitely say try and go at least once as it is a lot of fun and somewhere I would now tell all my friends and family to go to. 

It isn't a cheap place but it's also not a rip off either so I would say that if you don't have a lot of money then it's a place to go on a special occasion which makes the whole experience better in my opinion. I know that my mum will remember this birthday for a while as she really enjoyed it and is going to take her friends here one day too. 
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Video | McDonalds Breakfast MUKBANG! (New Job, Crazy Rich Asians & more...)



Hey everyone, today's video is one that I posted a few weeks ago but one that I haven't shared on my blog yet. I decided to do a Mukbang as everyone was doing them and it seemed like a lot of fun to do but also something different. It was slightly weird eating in front of people. I really enjoyed sharing my life updates with you all as I love to watch these sorts of videos myself. If you're not subscribed to my channel then please do as I'm going to start uploading more now that the busy part of my new job has finally started to settle. 
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03/10/2018

Wishlist | Missy Empire Autumn Pieces


Hey everyone, today's blog post is another wishlist but this time it's from Missy Empire. I've never bought anything from there before but I believe it's just like Pretty Little Thing or Miss Guided. They all have very similar styles so I would like to try a few pieces from them to see what the quality is like. I'm really getting into Autumn which you can probably see from what I have picked for this wishlist. 

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01/10/2018

My Experience With: Freelance Work


Over the past few months, I have been doing some freelance work for a family friend which some of you may remember me talking about. I was mainly doing a mixture of marketing and graphic design for this family friend. The lady that I was working for actually lives in Brighton which meant that over the past few months I have been travelling back and forth quite a lot. Luckily the freelance job I did was with a family friend which meant that it was a lot more relaxed than a real freelance job would be. I thought that I would share my experiences with you all as some of you may be thinking about doing some freelance stuff yourself.

Travel 
When I first started the job I went down to Brighton a lot as a lot of the stuff I was doing I needed to be with the lady to do. This was quite tiring as I was travelling down nearly every day and doing a full days work before I travelled home. I would leave my house at 7am to catch a train at 8am to make sure that I arrived in Brighton for around 9am. I would then work until around 5/6pm before I travelled home meaning I didn't get home until 7/8pm most nights before doing it all the next day.

I quickly learnt that this was both tiring and expensive as the travel each day was around £25 for a return. Even though the lady I was working with did pay for my travel it was more cost effective for both of us if I stayed with her. As the person, I was working with was a good family friend this was absolutely fine. If I hadn't known the person that well I may have opted to stay in a cheap hotel or B&B as it would have been better overall. 

Payments 
I was quite flexible in terms of payments as I knew the lady I was working with. I would send an invoice over every two weeks for example. I would say that set a payment term that you feel comfortable with some freelancers require payment straight away whereas others are more flexible and give 24 hours, 48 hours, 7 days, 14 days, or 30 days for the person to pay. I would suggest writing down your finances and working out how quickly you would need the money to pay for bills etc.... 

Finding the right balance
Freelance work can be really tough at times especially if you do it all of the time as your free time and working time can all blur into one. I often forget to stop doing my freelance work and to go and do something else that wasn't related to it. Make sure that you set yourself a time to finish work every day so that you can have a life outside of the freelance work as well. Once you get into a routine you feel a lot more relaxed as it feels like a normal job with working hours but also hours where you aren't working. 

Setting out guidelines
In any job that you do it's important for both parties to understand what each person wants from the other. I have a few friends who do freelance work full time and have often spent hours on a piece of work for their client to turn around and say that they don't like it. As I knew that this could happen I made sure to double check everything before I started it so that I didn't waste both of our times. 

I also made sure to get most things in writing as the lady I was working for would send me things to do via email. I would then go back and forth via emails until we both knew what needed to be done. I found that this reduced the number of things that I had to change as overall I only had to edit them two or three times. 

My overall opinion
Overall, I loved doing freelance work as it gave me an insight into how hard it actually is. You tend to work harder because at the end of the day how much work means how much you make. For me, it was important that I kept doing the work as it was paying for the recurring bills that I have every month. Luckily what I made also left me with a little extra to spend on myself. 

I would recommend doing freelance work if you are thinking of it but I would also suggest researching it before diving right in as it's a lot more work than people think it is. There are also various rules when it comes to invoicing as if you are doing it full-time you will need to pay tax etc...so don't forget to check that out. 
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22/09/2018

A Weekend In St Ives, Cornwall



Hey everyone, it's been a little while since I have uploaded a blog post. If you have been reading my blog for a while then you will know that I started a new job about two months ago. Ever since I started my new job I have been less active on my blog and YouTube channel. I really wanted to spend the first two months of my new job getting the hang of it and learning about the business as much as I can. I finally feel like I am in a good place where I can start to post regularly now on both my blog and YouTube channel. 

Last weekend, Mum and I went down to St Ives in Cornwall for a wedding. I took Friday and Monday off work as the wedding was on Saturday. We took the train down as I wasn't too keen on driving all the way down there. The train journey was around five and a half hours long which was quite boring at parts. I took my laptop so that I could watch something and luckily there were plugs by every seat. 

We left about midday on Friday and arrived in St Ives around 6pm. We were supposed to stay at a hotel in the centre of St Ives however, unfortunately, that hotel shut down so instead, we stayed in a B&B about 10 minutes outside of town. The B&B was fine for what we needed it for which was a place to sleep and wash. 

On Friday night we went for dinner at The Gannet Inn which was a five-minute walk from our B&B. I got a pork casserole dish which was absolutely delicious and really got me in the mood for Autumn. After dinner, we sat and had a few drinks as it was still quite early. We then walked back to our B&B and got an early night as we had to be up at 7.30am the next morning to get ready for the wedding. 



At 7.30am I got up to do my hair and makeup as we had to meet everyone at 10.00am. I made a rookie move as I had brought all of my makeup with me but I had left my brushes at home. This meant that I had to do my make up with my hands which thankfully turned out okay. We took a taxi to the hotel where we were meeting everyone at 10am to catch shuttle buses to the church. 

The bus to and from the church was around an hour long as the buses were really old and could only go at a certain pace. The transportation was really cool as it felt like we went back in time. The ceremony started at around 11.30am and lasted for about 45 minutes. It was a lovely experience to be invited to watch two people marry each other. I hadn't been to a wedding in about 7 years which meant that I had almost forgotten how they went. 

After the main ceremony, we headed back to St Ives where the reception was being held. The driver took us back along a more scenic route which meant that we got to see a lot of the amazing countryside and beaches that Cornwall is known for. Before the reception, we had some canapes and drinks. We also had lots of group photos taken by the photographer who was amazing. 

The reception was really beautiful and I really loved the speeches as they were so sincere and full of love. We sat down for a three-course meal which consisted of a crab starter, lamb main and an Eaton mess pudding. The food was okay although I preferred the Cornish pasties that were served later on in the evening. 

After the reception, we had a bit of a rest before the evening event started which was nice. Mum and I both danced the night away until around 11pm when we headed back to the B&B as we were super tired from the day's events. We both went straight to sleep as we had been up for several hours and were exhausted. 




The next morning, we had breakfast at the B&B and then we ventured into St Ives itself as we were meeting up with the wedding party again to have lunch. There was about 22 of us having a roast dinner in this tiny pub which was absolutely packed. It was nice to see everyone again after the night before as we all got to recap on what happened. 

After lunch, Mum & I wandered around St Ives as they have a few little lanes filled with shops. It's very similar to the lanes in Brighton as they are tiny and filled with independent shops. I bought a few things as I just couldn't resist the place was so cute. I then picked up a custard tart from a cute little bakery and went to eat it by the harbor which was very peaceful. The view was amazing as the sun was shining but it was also grey and cloudy as well. 

We then headed back to the hotel where we started to pack as we were leaving in the morning. We both needed a quiet night in as we were worn out from the long day the day before and the travel as well. I spent a bit of time on my laptop playing the Sims 4 and browsing the web while Mum watched TV. We slept early as our train was at 10am the next day which meant that we were up early again. 

The train journey was again around five and a half hours but luckily we arrived home at around 4pm which meant that I had lots of time to sort myself out before I needed to sleep before work the next day. I really enjoyed my time in Cornwall as it was so beautiful experiencing the wedding as I have known the bride for a very long time but also because the location was breathtaking. I would love to visit St Ives again soon and possibly do a road trip around Cornwall. 
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28/08/2018

Wishlist | NA-KD Autumnal Pieces


Autumn is definitely on the way as it is freezing! I love this time of the year and I always get super excited for it every year. I love being all cosy and warm and often stay in during the colder months. My favourite thing to do is binge watch Greys Anatomy, drink hot chocolate and having lots of candles lit. I'm also really getting into layering up clothes at the moment as my office has a lot of fans because we have a lot of computers. This means that I always have a cardigan with me as it gets quite cold sometimes. 

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Video | British Girl Tries Retro British Candy



Hey, so this week's video is me trying retro sweets which I thought would be a good idea as I always watch British people try American candy or vice versa. I thought it would be a little different to upload a video where a British girl tries British candy. I used to eat these sweets when I was a young girl so it was nice to reminisce. If you're not subscribed to my channel then please do as I'm uploading regularly at the moment. 
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27/08/2018

Fashion | Pretty In Blue




Hey lovelies, I want to start incorporating more fashion onto my blog. I also want to do it in my own style I'm not sure how I am going to do this just yet but I thought that I would start by sharing some of my favourite outfits on a weekly basis. As we are fast approaching Autumn I wanted to get a few Summer outfits up on my blog that can also be transitioned into Autumnal ones as well. 

My first outfit is this pretty blue dress, wedges, and a fedora hat. The dress is from Primark and was only around £10 which is amazing as it's such a pretty dress. I bought it around a month ago while I was in the first few weeks of my job. I knew that I could afford to buy it as I would get the money back when I was paid but also because it was only £10! 

I also got it as I knew that it would be a great weekend and work dress. Where I work the dress code for women is pretty flexible as long as it looks smart. I could easily pair this with a black blazer, black pumps, and an appropriate bag. However, as I was going out with friends that day I decided to pair it with my wedges from H&M which were around £15 and my fedora hat which is again from H&M and was around £12 I believe. 

If you wanted to wear this outfit during Autumn you could put a thick cardigan on along with tights and some ankle boots. I can't wait to style this differently during Autumn as most of the time you can wear Summer clothes during the colder months. All you have to do is to add a few layers and accessories and then you are good to go. 
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25/08/2018

Video | August Haul (Primark & Boots)



Hey, so I completely forgot to upload last weeks video onto my blog. I went to Westfield last Sunday to pick up a few bits as I got paid on the Friday. I only picked up a few bits but I thought that I would do a video on my mini-haul as I know you guys love watching these. If you're not subscribed to my channel then please do as I'm uploading regularly at the moment. 
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19/08/2018

Review | Panzo, Exmouth Market


Hey everyone, happy Sunday I hope your morning is going well. Today I am going to be sharing with you a restaurant in Exmouth market that I went to last week. I actually went there to meet Ameesha who runs the blog Bold In Origin. We have been following each other for a while and finally got a chance to meet up. I find that I often talk to lots of bloggers and YouTubers through social media but I hardly meet up with any. I would love to make this a regular thing and meet up with more creators. 

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We decided to meet near my work as I was working that day and Ameesha wasn't. Ameesha found this cute restaurant in Exmouth Market which is about 5-10 minutes from my work. I had never heard of the restaurant before but I was open to eating anything. The restaurant itself was really cute and quite rustic like which I liked. We ended up going at 5.20 as I finish work at 5. However, when I got there it was empty and I was the only one. But as the evening went on it got busier and busier which was a good sign. 


Ameesha and I chatted for ages about everything as we had spoken a lot on social media and we had a lot in common. We blog about similar topics so you should definitely check out her blog if you like the topics I write about. Panzo is very similar to pizza but it is also quite different. Panzo pizzas are lower in saturated fat, easier to digest and are topped with the finest toppings. They are made with rice, soy, and wheat flour which makes the pizza dough lighter and more fluffy. 

I decided to go with the Triple P which had roasted pumpkin cream, mozzarella, Tuscan pancetta, salt-cured Sicilian ricotta cheese & parsley. I mainly got it because it looked really good in the photo. It looked exactly like the photo which I was happy about as sometimes photos in restaurants can be misleading. 


It's a good job I was super hungry because this photo doesn't do it justice as it was so big. Luckily it wasn't that heavy at all however, I did leave a bit of the ham as it was quite rich and I couldn't eat it all. It was £8.45 each which I think is really reasonable considering the size of it. I'm not sure if it was a one-off but our price also included our drinks but this may be an offer that they had on.  

Both of us really enjoyed it and it's somewhere I would definitely recommend for a mid-week catch up with a friend as it's got a really good vibe to it. It's also really reasonable and a great place to order a few dishes and share them together. I really enjoyed meeting Ameesha and I hope that we meet up again as we still have so much more to talk about. I can even see a possible collab happening as we both write about the same sort of topics. 

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15/08/2018

Wishlist | New Look


Hey guys, happy Wednesday as you are reading this I am down in Brighton finishing off the freelance work I have been working on. Today I thought that I would bring the good old wishlist blog posts back as I love creating these and I know you all love to see what is new in the shops. 

I'm going to try and mix them up weekly by doing some about fashion, lifestyle, and beauty. I'm also going to try and do a mixture of high-end and high-street places so that it suits everyone. I personally usually shop at high-street shops, however, every once in a while I love to treat myself to a high-end bag for example. This weeks wishlist is from New Look one of my favourite high-street places to shop. 

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12/08/2018

Video | £81.33 Tesco Weekly Food Shop




Hey, everyone, for this weeks video I have decided to film my weekly shop as I know people love watching these and I love watching them as well. One thing I love about life, in general, is being inspired by something else whether it's a person or a thing. I really like watching food shops as I feel like sometimes I can buy the same thing over and over again. 

I often find new things to buy through these so that I can make a new dish or take a new snack to work. If you are lacking food inspiration then I recommend watching these! If you're not subscribed to my channel then please do as I'm uploading regularly at the moment. 
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Review | Inamo Soho, Pan Asian Restaurant




About a month ago I went to Inamo with two of my friends. I had actually bought a gift voucher for them for Christmas from Virgin Experience Days. The gift voucher included a glass of champagne along with 8 tasting dishes. It was around £50 for two people which I think is really good. 

It took us ages to find a date where we could all go because we were all so busy with work and university. We decided to go to the one in Soho as it was easiest for all of us to get to however, they also have restaurants in Covent Garden & Camden. As the gift voucher was for the two of them we had to spend a minimum of £40 for myself because I didn't have a voucher. This wasn't an issue as the dishes were between £6-£12 each. 

What is unique about Inamo is that it is an interactive dining experience. It takes away the need for a waitress as you can order your food, drinks, and receipts from the interactive menus on the tables. Above tables, there are projectors that project the interactive screen onto the tables. On the tables, there is a mouse that you can use to navigate the menu. 

The whole concept is pretty cool and certainly futuristic. I can definitely see more restaurants going towards this as the need for human interaction is getting less and less. Using the menu through the interactive tool was really fun and you could also choose to play games as well. For example, I can play a game similar to ping-pong with the person sitting across from me using the interactive tool. 



As we had already got 8 dishes, to begin with, we ordered about three or four more to meet the £40 minimum spend for me. We had a mixture of dishes such as sushi, vegetable gyozas, fried cauliflower and some rare meat. Each dish was delicious and I tried everything as there were three of us we decided to share it all instead of each person having a number of dishes to themselves. 

One of my favourite things was the sushi as I absolutely love sushi and I hadn't had it for a long time so it was nice to feed my craving for it. The other dish I really liked and wasn't quite expecting to like it was the fried cauliflower as it was really light which meant I ate so much of it. By the time we had finished the first six courses we were already full up, however, unbeknown to us we still had five more dishes to go. 



Our last course was made up of five different dishes. A few of them I didn't really like such as the fried tofu as I have never been a fan of tofu. The prawns with chili and a creamy dressing I didn't really like either as they tasted really heavy and I felt that if I ate them it wouldn't agree with my stomach. 

I really liked the BBQ chicken as it tasted so yummy and the chicken was really tender. The prawns in the nest shaped design were also really tasty as the prawn inside was fried and went really well with the nest. One of the main things we all liked was the presentation of the food. The only downside was that the lighting was a bit rubbish in the restaurant and it was hard to take any nice photos. 

If you are looking for somewhere fun to go and eat I would highly recommend this place as it is a great place to have a fun evening out with your friends or family as well as eat yummy Asian food. It is sort of a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean cuisine as it is a pan-Asian restaurant. 

We all really enjoyed it and it was something we had never experienced before. None of my friends had been there before which I quite liked as I went in there with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought that maybe because most of it was done electronically that there may be faults with the system or it might be slower. The service was excellent and the food came out really quickly which was good because we were all really hungry. 

I would probably give this restaurant an 8/10 as it was really good and we all enjoyed it but there is still room for improvements. One thing I would say would be a good ideas is to brighten the room a bit more because it is very dim and dark. I know that it is futeristic and different but I found it quite harsh on my eyes as it was dark but there was also a lot of patterns around. 
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08/08/2018

I Got A New Job


So you may or may not have been wondering where I have been these past few weeks. If you have been following me on any social media or you have been reading my blog for the past few months then you will know that I have been looking for a new job. I was actually made redundant from my last job in February which is something I didn't talk about a lot as I felt that there was still quite a stigma around it. From about February up until June I constantly applied for jobs, attended face to face interviews and had telephone interviews. I was a bit ignorant as I thought that I would get a new job straight away. 

What I didn't take into account was the financial year in April, many people applying for one job and the lack of jobs for the department I wanted to work in. I also wanted to make sure that the job I went for was 100% right for me and that the company felt I was also 100% right for them. I did go on many interviews which were all beneficial as you can never have enough interview experience. I learned something about interview techniques everytime that I attended one. There were times where I was close to getting a job however, there was always something that made me feel like it wasn't the right job. 

In May I actually started doing freelance work for a family friend which was really handy in terms of money and also experience. I always feel with marketing you need to always be in the loop as it is a very fast pace job. Marketing is always developing especially with the impact that the internet has these days there is always a new way to market your company. I was doing marketing for an osteopathic and naturopathic clinic which was completely different from my previous job. 

This actually came in really handy as it helped me to tailor my marketing to this particular sector. Originally I had worked in the technology sector which is completely different to the health sector. This is one thing I enjoy about marketing you can transfer your skills to any sector you just have to adjust your writing style to that sector. I did freelancing from May until now as I'm still wrapping things up now which I am hopefully aiming to have finished by the end of August. 

After my holiday at the beginning of June things really started to heat up in terms of my job search. I was getting a lot closer to finding a job and it was only a matter of time before I was offered one. At the beginning of July, I went for a job interview which went really well. I was then invited back for a second interview where I was, later on, offered the job. I am now a marketing & sales assistant for a New Zealand meat distribution company. 

It quite a lot different from my previous job in terms of the sector. However, it is also very similar as I am doing a bit of everything which I like because it keeps me on my toes and I feel like I always have something to do. I started my new job on the 16th July which was almost a month ago. I can't quite believe I have been there for almost a month as it has gone so quickly. 

These past four weeks have been super busy as I have been getting used to my new job role as well as finishing up the freelance work I have been doing. Every day since I started has been nonstop as I have had so much to do at work during the day and then I have just been too exhausted in the evening to write a blog post or film a video. However, that is all about to change as I feel like I am almost finished with this freelance stuff as well as being fully settled into my new job.

This means that I will have more time to really focus on my blog and channel again which I have been meaning to do for such a long time. I seriously cannot wait to create more content as I feel like since last year I haven't been producing as much as I could. I'm not sure why I think it's just down to being busy more than anything. I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my life and I hope you stick around to see what happens next....
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20/07/2018

Life Update: July 2018


Hey everyone, so you may or may not be wondering where I have been. These past few weeks have been super hectic and you will find out why in just a moment. Now the busiest weeks have passed it also means that I will be able to blog and film videos a lot more which I am super excited about because I have missed having the time to sitting down and writing a blog post or filming a video. 

I am going to be planning lots of things to write up about as well as things to film so expect to see new content on both my blog and channel soon. I never usually plug my other social media profiles but if you want a more real-time update then follow me on either Twitter at asiajade4 or on Instagram at asiajade04 where I update more regularly on new content I am producing.  

New Job
I finally got a job! After all of the hard work, I have put in with applying for jobs, attending interviews and having phone interviews it finally paid off. I will definitely be writing a separate blog post on my job search strategy as I think it could really help people. I definitely think that everything happens for a reason as I am really enjoying this job so far. I have high hopes for this job as everyone is really nice and I feel like I have settled in well already even after a week. 

Saving instead of spending
Now that I have a full-time job again I really want to focus on saving this time around instead of spending. Of course, I'm still going to enjoy the things I love to do but also put more into my savings account as well. I'm very good in the sense that I always work out my outgoings before I get paid and then as soon as I get paid I pay all of the bills I have and then work out what goes into savings and what I can have to spend. 

Reading
I would really like to read more books now that I have a bit more of a structured week. I tend to read the newspaper in the morning to catch up on the news. However, I would really like to get reading the books that I have yet to read. I have a pile of books that are on my list of books to read but I just don't seem to get around to it. I could possibly read a book on the way home as it makes the journey go quicker as well. 

Work-related content
I'm thinking about posting more work-related things such as outfits to wear to work, what to have on your desk and what work life is generally like. My main demographic of followers are aged between 18-34 meaning that some of you will have an office job like me, some are still at university or some are working in other jobs such as retail. I really want to produce content that is useful and can help others who have never had a fulltime office job before. 
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17/07/2018

Hong Kong 2018 Round Up - Prices, Tips and My Overall Thoughts


Hey guys, I thought that today I would round up my Hong Kong series and talk about how much everything cost, my tips for visiting Hong Kong and also my overall thoughts about the trip. Please bare in mind that I am doing this based upon just one person going to Hong Kong. 

Prices
I should probably start off by saying that for every 1,000 HK Dollars it is equivalent to £100. I actually paid for my hotel and flights with a Virgin holidays package which cost me £890 in total. I started off by paying a £175 deposit and then I paid the rest in installments as that was the best payment method for me. I stayed at the City Garden Hotel and flew with Virgin Atlantic. 

My transfers to and from my hotel were 150 HKD each way so around £15 which is a really good price. If you are staying in a hotel in HK then expect to pay a 1,000 HKD deposit when you arrive so make sure you have enough money to last. I then got an Octopus card which is similar to an oyster card. You have to pay a 50 HKD deposit before you can put any money onto the card. Depending on where you travel you can expect to pay around 11.50 HKD for a one way trip on their train system. 

Food and drink were really cheap with meals costing around 58 HKD on average which is around £5.80. However, you can expect to pay more depending on where you eat. For example, one day we went for afternoon tea which was around 220 HKD for the whole thing. Souvineers can cost around 30 HKD upwards depending on what you wanted to buy. I mainly bought mine from the markets which meant that they were reasonably priced and there was always room for negotiation. 

An average day's spending for one person in HK:
Food and Drink 300 HKD (£30.00)
Travel 50 HKD (£5.00)
Souvineers 200 HKD - 400 HKD (£20-£40)
Hotel roughly 140HKD per night (£14 per night) For my hotel roughly 

= 690 HKD per day (£69.00) I had planned my spending to have around 1,000 HKD per day as I had already paid for the hotel in advance. 

(This is not 100% accurate just an estimate based upon what I spent)

Tips that I learned on holiday
- Depending on where you live take travel into consideration. For example, I went for a week but I only really had 5 days in Hong Kong as two of them were taken up by travel because the plane journey was 12 hours long. 
- Hong Kong isn't actually that big so you can do all of the main things in one week.
- Definitely get an octopus card to travel around with 
- Don't forget they will take a 1,000 deposit off of you when you get there 
- Hong Kong is a safe city but still be aware of your surroundings 
- Always have a bottle of water with you especially during the Summer as it is really hot and you need to keep hydrated

My Overall Thoughts 
I really really enjoyed my time in Hong Kong and I know I will be going back. I would love to visit the beach as well as having a more relaxed time next time I go instead of rushing around trying to see all of the main bits. I would probably go to the next hotel up so that I could spend a bit more time there around the pool when I wasn't exploring. 

Traveling alone can seem daunting, however, I think that this was the perfect experience for me. The city is really safe, to begin with, so my mind was already at ease because of that. In addition to this, the transport was amazing and really easy to use so I never felt lost or stressed. It really helped that my friend lived there as well as she was able to show me around. However, I believe that if she wasn't there next time I visited I would feel just as comfortable because it is a really lovely city. 

The food was insane and every meal I had was absolutely delicious. I bought so many cute souvenirs for friends and family from markets and shops so finding things that everyone will like is really easy. I do wish that I had explored more of the nightlife however, I was always so tired at the end of the day that I just went back to the hotel early and crashed out. 

I'm so glad that I documented my holiday so that I can look back on it in the future and also people who are traveling to Hong Kong can get a feel for what it is like as well. I'm hoping to go back soon maybe in 2020 with a few more friends as we are all part of the same friendship group. 

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13/07/2018

Hong Kong 2018 Day 6 + VLOG



Hey guys, I'm so sorry that I haven't posted a blog post or a video in a while. I have been pretty busy but I will leave that to another blog post. Today's blog post is my last day in Hong Kong. I have to admit that this day, in particular, isn't that jam-packed. I think it's because we did so much over the other days that we were exhausted by the last day. 

The day started off with me finishing off my packing. Luckily I didn't have to rush as checkout was at midday. I then headed down to the lobby where I checked out. This also meant that I received my deposit of 1,000 HKD back which I used on the last day as my cash flow. I really enjoyed the hotel that I stayed at as it was very well located and just what I needed for that holiday. I chose the lowest budget hotel I could find as I knew I wouldn't be spending that much time there. 

I then headed to Causeway Bay where I met my friend for a final breakfast. We decided to go for some souffle pancakes which are pancakes that are light and fluffy. They were so delicious but they didn't fill you up that much as they were very light and I felt like I was almost eating air. 

We decided to get one to share in case we couldn't eat a whole one each which would be a waste of money and food. They were 119 HKD which is around £11.90. We then had a look around the shopping centre that the restaurant was in too see if I wanted to buy anything else before I left Hong Kong. I had bought everything that I had wanted to get so we just walked around instead. 

Both of us were pretty tired that day so we sat down a lot in different cafes. One cafe we went to as Connie wanted to get some cake. We then said our goodbyes as I headed back to the hotel where I waited for my shuttle to the airport. 



I headed back to the hotel at around 4pm which was very early considering the shuttle wasn't even due to pick me up until 6.30pm. The shuttle was 150 HKD (£15) each way which I thought was really reasonable considering you can pay up to £80 here in the UK. Even though I could have gone by the MTR as I was familiar with it by then my suitcase was very heavy. 

The drive to the airport took around an hour as there were other stops along the way at different hotels. When we got to the airport I headed towards check-in however, I didn't realise that my flight was at  11.55pm and not 9.55pm. Therefore, check-in wasn't open until 8.30pm. I had a few hours to kill before check-in opened so I headed to get a McDonalds as I was hungry and it was a familiar thing. 

The McDonalds at the airport had a table service which was cool to experience as they give you a number card when you order which you place on your table. This means that your food is brought to you once it's ready meaning you don't have to wait for it to be prepared. They also had charging ports at the tables which were really useful as my phone was on low battery. 

After McDonald's, I looked around all of the shops on that side of the terminal before I went to the check-in desk and waited for it to be opened.  After checking in I went through security which went smoothly as I often get a bit anxious about airport securities. There were loads of shops to look at on the other side of the terminal including Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc... 



I stopped to get some snacks and a drink for the plane as I always like something to chew on when the plane takes off and lands. I also changed up the money that I had left so that it was exchanged back to English pounds. I then went to sit at my gate and did a bit of editing, reading and surfing the internet while I waited. 

Because I got the timings wrong I had about 4 hours to kill before take off. I also waited at the wrong gate as there were two flights going to London Heathrow. When I realised my plane was boarding so I had to run to the other side of the airport so that I didn't miss it. I have never run so fast in my life. 

Luckily I made it on time and managed to get on the plane at a good time. I then got comfy as I knew it would be a long flight. I decided to go for the Chinese chicken curry on the way home which was different but yummy as well. I can't remember what films I watched as I only watched parts because I slept quite a lot on the plane. The flight itself was great as there wasn't too much turbulence which meant I could sleep better than on the way out. 

I landed at Heathrow at around 4.30am which meant that the airport wasn't that busy meaning passport control wasn't busy at all. Our bags came out in good time so I was through to pick up at around 5am. My taxi wasn't due to pick me up until 5.30am so I had a bit of time to hang around. I picked up some food from M&S as I wanted something healthy for breakfast. I didn't actually vlog any of this as I was so tired from the whole thing. 

I got home about 7am and then got into bed straight away. Luckily I only slept until about 11am I then stayed up until the evening and slept at around 10pm. Because I did this I didn't get very bad jetlag at all. I had such an amazing time in Hong Kong and I will definitely be going back. I am going to do a follow up blog post after this one with all of my costs, thoughts and feelings on the once in a lifetime trip. 


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28/06/2018

Hong Kong 2018 Day 5 + VLOG






Hey guys, today's blog post is all about day 5 of my Hong Kong trip. We started the day a lot later than usual as we wanted to stay out during the evening. During this holiday, in particular, I found it hard to stay out past 6pm as I was exhausted from the heat and all of the walking around we did. We had decided to meet at Mong Kok train station which is on the Kowloon island of Hong Kong. 

Mong Kok is a tourist shopping district which means that it is very crowded and there is always something going on. We decided to go there for a traditional Hong Kong breakfast which I had yet to have. Connie my friend got a hot Hong Kong milk tea as well as a tomato-based dish with beef, tomatoes, and pasta. I, on the other hand, got a sandwich which was similar to a club sandwich. My sandwich had egg, meat, ham, tomatoes and a sauce which tasted similar to thousand island sauce. 

We then got two traditional Hong Kong breakfast pastries to share. The first one was a pineapple bun which is a light and airy bread roll that has sugar on the top and is usually served with a slab of butter in the middle. The other pastry we got was the traditional egg custard tart. You can get the egg custard tart with either a cookie crust or one with a pastry crust. We got one with a pastry crust which meant that it was light and fluffy and the egg custard was still hot when we got it. 







After breakfast, we headed towards Ladies Market which is a well-known market, especially during the nighttime. Ladies Market has over 100 stalls which each have a wide variety of souvenirs, gifts, and accessories that you can buy. The name Ladies Market came about as the market has many clothes, accessories, and gifts for ladies. You can find the market on Tung Choi Street close to Mong Kok station. 

I'm glad that we went here as I still had few people to buy gifts for and I was running out of ideas. There was so much to look at as each stall had about 100 different things that you could buy. What is good about this particular market is that it is known for its bargaining. If you aren't happy with the price then definitely try to lower the price. The stall workers are hard bargainers though so be prepared to bargain back and forth until you meet an agreed price. 

We then headed to the other side of the river which is the Hong Kong island to take a trip up to Victoria Peak. Victoria Peak is one of the highest points in Hong Kong where you can see the rest of the city from high above. To get up to the peak you can either take a tram up to the top or you can walk. Obviously, we took the tram up as neither of us are fit enough to walk all the way up. 

Luckily we were able to use our octopus card's to pay for our tram rides. We paid around 37 HKD which is around £3.70 for a single trip. Of course, we took the tram down as well as even though it is a lot easier going down than it is going up it is quite a long way to walk down. I was a bit unsure of the tram as it is quite small and I thought that it would be quite claustrophobic, however, it was very pleasant as there were seats and they made sure that the carriage wasn't too full and that everyone managed to get a seat. 

When we got to the top we then headed up several more floors of the sky observation deck to reach the top where we could take these amazing photos of the Hong Kong skyline. We went during the afternoon as we had plans for the evening, however, it is also magnificent during the evening I have heard as the whole of Hong Kong lights up and you get a different perspective of the skyline during the night. 





We didn't stay too long at the peak as we needed to head back to the otherside of the water to get there in time to watch the Symphony of Lights. This time we headed to Tsim Sha Tsui which is by the waterfront. A Symphony of Lights is when the buildings on Hong Kong island get together to create a light show using lights that are on the side of their buildings. 

The light show is free to watch and happens every evening at 8pm. I would suggest that you get there early if you want a good seat as it is very popular with tourists. It was very enjoyable as I have never really seen anything like it before. After the light show, there are lots of things you can do close by as there are several malls you can go to and shop or eat food. Another option is catching a Star ferry across the water to the Hong Kong island. I wasn't too keen on this idea as the water looked quite choppy so we didn't do that. 

Instead, we headed back to one of the malls where we ate some Taiwanese food which was really yummy. I had never eaten any Taiwanese food before so I didn't know what to expect really. We got a few dishes to share as it meant that we could try different dishes. Connie got rice with mince meat on top whereas I just got plain rice. We then got fried vegetables, shrimp and asparagus and fried oysters to share. 

My favourite was the shrimp as the flavour was so rich and they were cooked to perfection. I never usually get shrimp here in the UK as it's often quite expensive. I wasn't too keen on the fried oysters as they didn't really taste of anything. The fried vegetables were yummy too as they had a really nice stock cooked with them.

After dinner, we both headed our separate ways as it was quite late and we were both tired from the day's activities. It was my last evening that night so I spent the rest of the evening packing and making sure that I had everything that I brought with me. I then went straight to bed as the busy day had caught up with me and I could no longer keep my eyes open. I did sleep later than usual around 12am so that slept longer as I didn't need to check out until 12pm the next day. 



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