‘Treat yo self.’

Retail therapy: is it a bad habit to divert yourself from, or simply a chance to give yourself some gifts? I think as long as shopping for the non-necessities doesn’t become a frequent obsession, going on a little shopping spree once in a while is not unhealthy. It’s a mood lifter during patches of recurring…

2018 through photos πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰

Throughout the penultimate days leading up to today: New year’s eve, I debated whether or not to bother to write a final blog post in homage of this year’s events. For me this year hasn’t been the best nor has it been the worst to date; however I haven’t felt compelled to set myself any…

Autumn Favourites – 2018 πŸπŸ‚πŸ’›

Autumn: potentially the most admired season thanking to it’s aesthetically pleasing shades of Amber, Burgundy and earthy tones in addition to the revived comfort of hot chocolate drinks, tasseled scarfs and genuinely Pumpkin Spiced everything (- I’m more partial to a Maple Latte or Caramel Macchiato, if I dare say it). This season may have…

Think before you speak.

As we exit adolescence some may feel empowered to improve one’s attitude towards life and in general alter the way we behave in order to be the portrayed as a classy, sophisticated individual: this is deemed to be of up most importance, a requirement some may state. During early adulthood, what a large quantity of…

Food Diary: 18th-20th May πŸ“πŸžβ˜•

Weekends: for a large portion of us are days of indulgence. For some it’s a day to cast away healthy eating habits and put a temporary halt on calorie counting. Saturday nights are reserved for cracking open a bottle of Vino and maybe two helpings of mushroom chow mein alongside kung po chicken from the…

A Foodie Recommends πŸ›πŸ•

I’m well aware that travelling to South Korea isn’t on everyone’s Bucket lists nor is it considered a country to be incurious of. When we (Europeans and Westerners in general) think of venturing to land of oriental descent, China and Japan often spring to mind. If my Seoul Food (- did you see what I…

Life Update. Again?

I highly doubt that any of my regular readers noticed my absence for simplyemsblog; with this in mind a so called “life update” post isn’t essential but I shall proceed regardless. So… where have I been? Well thankfully this time round I haven’t spiraled into a seemingly never ceasing faze of depression or come to…

CafΓ©s.

For the longest time I refrained from entering a coffee shop: I had this prejudgement that cafΓ©s were only for stylist, classy individuals who were perhaps wealthy due to having some form of a link with business – even to this day some cafΓ©s project this vibe. With such expectations is mind I believed I…

Daiso Mini Haul.

Daiso is a Japanese budget store providing basic homeware items including kitchen utensils, storage methods and cutlery as well as beauty and skincare items plus everyday essentials. It’s most comparable to pound shops in the UK and dollar stores in the US; only exception being that items generally range from 1,000β‚©-8,000β‚© (0.65p-Β£5.25/$0.92-$7.40). In 9/10 cases…

Food Diary – Thursday 23rd March.

After managing to begin to give English tutoring sessions to Koreans a few hours per week, I thought I deserved to treat myself by indulging a little as the weekend approached. Simply to state caution was certainly thrown to the wind: barely a vegetable in sight! As much as I would like to promote healthy…

Is this ‘real’ news?

I admit I’m partial to a bit of celebrity gossip, but try to refrain from it unless I have absolutely nothing better to do with my time. Since growing up to realise that a huge percentage of showbiz news isn’t legitimate, I have noticed that with the heightened use of social media it’s becoming ever…

What To Take On A Picnic.

Before this weekend my online friend and I was discussing the pleasant change in season – the arrival of Spring. In South Korea Springtime seemingly has sprung into force rather rapidly considering it was only a few weeks ago that we were battling the icy wind and temperatures revolving around minus degrees. As soon as…

A Day In My Life – Friday 16th March 🌸🌱🌻

2pm Come what may, I will always admire the blissful bitter breezy later seasons of a year with its crinkled fallen auburn leaves and frosty windowpanes. I will miss wearing clothing made of fluffy layed fabrics combined with an aubergine checkered tassel scarf and a khaki knee length tailored coat. In spite of all I…

Body Image – from the perspective of someone living in the East.

Without me stating it, it’s evident that each country from either side of the world has expectations of what they would consider as the ideal body image for men and women; these being upheld within societies. The reason why I’m writing this post is due to the fact that I have become more self-conscious of…

All that is wrong with KhloΓ© Kardashian’s latest campaign.

Upon keeping informed of news topics via the BBC news app, KhloΓ© Kardashian’s campaign regarding her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) appeared to be a topic of concern among the ‘top stories’ section of the news application. First of all it has frustrated me that a matter like this has made so much of an impact…

TMI Tag.

The TMI Tag is all fun and games until you have read numerous answers to the same typical questions usually centred around relationships and recounts of getting into mischief with friends particularly during your school days. To avoid overly repeating myself or the common perspectives I have gathered a random allsortment of questions sourced from…

Read with Coffee: Random chit-chat #2

Sunday has come around again causing my mind to reflect on this fading week. My quality of sleep has declined further with a new frustrating pattern of repeatedly not being able to fall asleep until 3 or 4am almost on consecutive nights. I know why, I currently have a lot of personal worries right now…

The British Tag.

It has come to my attention that ‘The British Tag’ question and answer style blog post has come into light again, around four years after the initial hype. As this tag makes an easy light hearted read I thought I’d jump on the same bandwagon by participating; I’m not entirely sure whether I have to…

10 Little Things That Can Brighten My Day (#3).

‘HICHEW’ ice-cream | If you are familiar with Japanese sweets Hichew chewy sweets/taffy were quite possibly the first Japanese sugary treats you came across. Luckily in Korea, a selected convenience store franchise sell grape flavoured Hichew ice-creams or ice-bars as the name implies. The outside layer of the ice-cream is a vibrant purple grape ice…

‘Inspirational’ Words on Social Media.

For as long as I can remember people have been sharing heartfelt quotes and motivating messages on social media. Most of these words take on a note formation: upholding a promoting positivity to anyone who maybe feeling a sense of depletion and negativity in general. The majority of these messages revolve around the themes of…

Looking Back at my Instagram Posts.

Instagram: for the longest time it was my favourite social media platform and still is to date. I believe I joined the photo sharing app in the Summer of 2013 when I was taking a well deserved break upon finishing Sixth Form College and preparing to delve into the world of work. It wasn’t until…

Life with a Kitten – Update.

Back in November of last year Aki came into our lives after deciding that having a pet would be beneficial for our mental health. If you would like to read how Aki came into our life you can refer back to Life with a Kitten. Closeness Since her introduction we have intensely bonded with her,…

March Wishlist.

Whether you are in touch with travel bloggers, creative writers or read beauty and lifestyle posts on a regular basis, most of us will have stumbled across some form of a Wishlist in one way or another. Generally I predominantly read other people’s wishlists with the singular purpose of being nosey: occasionally doing so will…

Buffets.

Who doesn’t love a buffet? Whether it be a wedding buffet or as a weekend treat, I’m certain that we can all recall stuffing ourselves to the brink of regrettably exceeding our limits. If I remember correctly the first buffet I attended as buffet, minus all the party spreads or ‘feasts’ was a local Chinese…

[Book Review]: The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking.

More or less everyone active on social media, particularly sites which encourage us to live aesthetically pleasing lives, are familiar with ‘The Little Book of Hygge’. Aside from is compelling cover it discusses at topic which most of us outside of Denmark are uneducated in; so much so that ‘The Happiness Research Institute’, based in…

Another Tea Haul.

Asda – Rhubarb & Custard flavoured tea. Supermarket own brands of tea are usually limited to the basic varieties unless they have self-titled ‘finest’ or ‘luxury’ ranges. Evidently ‘Asda’ (- The name given to ‘Walmart’ stores in the UK) have produced a line of tea themed around sweet treats; one of which being inspired by…

London – Part 2.

Thursday 8th February I couldn’t go back home to South-east London without taking an afternoon trip to Central London. Within recent years exploring Central London has become mine and my brother’s preferred bonding time together and usually takes place during academic term holidays as opposed to weekends. Although my brother is three years my junior,…

Let’s be honest.

Trying to make a living from Blogging and self publication is a struggle. Across social media and skimming past various sponsored posts belonging to others is envious; some of us may have found ourselves in a rut questioning ‘why can’t I be successful too?’ For the most part, in my thought processes as least, earning…

London – Part 1.

You may have, or most likely may not have noticed that I have been absent from my blog for a little over two weeks: reason being I was visiting family in London. I intended to upkeep my usual daily writing schedule but honestly I was too busy trying to overcome a few personal issues, bad…

10 Little Things That Can Brighten My Day (#2).

Yoghurt Parfait|Currently, without me stating this, it’s evident that Acai bowls are the ‘new’ trend of social media particularly heightened in popularity over the course of Veganuary. As much as I love Acai bowls I prefer to keep things simplistic with a good old yoghurt parfait; usually I will just use some mixed frozen berries,…

Sunday.

As the anxiety sets in for travelling back to London alone on Thursday night, it was nice to escape the realism over the weekend. Entertainment Despite being unemployed it’s been quite some time since I kicked back, relaxed and watched an episode of a TV series. I’m very keen to start watching ‘Stranger Things’, however…

10 Little Things That Can Brighten My Day (#1).

Life changing experiences, special occasions and travelling between countries and continents are life’s highlights: that goes without saying. What about the days in between those moments? Simple things can make us happy too, however underrated. I think it’s important to express what brings a smile to our faces this way people can get to know…

An Inner Monologue.

Every negative and positive thought I had today, spilled out onto a page… I’m greedy, my physical form is unattractive; I shouldn’t have a proper meal today. I don’t deserve him. I’m useless. I’m happy here, with you. I’m not that bad of a cook after all, I keep making tasty pasta and chicken dishes….

[Short Story Review]: The Apple Orchard – Veronica Henry.

Whilst searching for some free ebooks on the Kindle ebooks store via my tablet, I stumbled upon the works of Veronica Henry. Seemingly she has composed various average length novels as well as some short stories: all of which are themed around or based in natural settings (-coastlines and the countryside are just a few…

Last Week Favourites.

Last week I wrote some fairly lengthy posts as well as highlighting some sensitive topics and serious issues. To begin this week on a fresh, light note I want to give you an easy read by sharing details of simplistic items which I enjoyed over the duration of the week just past. I hope everyone’s…

You Failed To Teach Us.Β 

The Education System of the United Kingdom ranks as 6th best in the world. The statistics for reading, writing, Maths, Science and English are upheld to a reasonable standard; with less children and young adults finishing their education as illiterate than in previous decades. Not only do pupils continue to thrive in academic subjects, we…

12 Must Try Dishes From Around the World.

From the ‘foodtography’ featured in the majority of my blog posts, you have possibly determined that I eat more ‘cultural’ foods rather than British Dishes and it’s been this way even before I moved abroad. There are still countless dishes and types of cuisine I haven’t delved into as of yet, so with a little…

Body Shaming.Β 

Social media platforms are simultaneously the blessing and the curse of this decade: bringing people from all corners of the world together over common aspects, whilst being a factor contributing to issues which young and vulnerable people suffer from today. I want to make this absolutely clear: I am not saying that social media and…

A Little ‘Under the Weather’.Β 

Having a cold by no means is the end of the world, there’s plenty of people worse off who we should consider when inflicted with such illnesses. When not feeling my usual self, I tend to get on with whichever my daily tasks are even if I have to take a few shattered breaks. The…

My Healthy Eating Choices Plan.

Evidently the title of this post doesn’t feature the word ‘diet’; I prefer not to use this term due to the fact that there’s a major stigma that diets are about starving or depriving our bodies of certain food groups. I haven’t adopted the ‘veganuary’ trend of this new year nor a vegetarian lifestyle. Simply…

[Food]: 20 British Dishes – Part 2.

As indicated in the title of this post, this is a continuation from 10 British Dishes – Part 1 More puddings: Eton mess – Assumably this Summertime dessert came about from the annual cricket matches played on the grounds of Harrow School (- a prestigious independent boarding school for boys, founded in 1572). Eton mess…

[Food]: 20 British Dishes – Part 1.

I’m returning with another food related post (-someone help me). In homage of the series I seem to have unintentionally begun on my blog, starting with 25 Korean Dishes, I thought it would only be appropriate to form a list of 20 British Dishes in two parts. British cuisine may be less flavourful or unique…

My Bucket List – Part 2.Β 

This post is a continuation from My Bucket List – Part 1 Experiment more with cooking. Despite my longlasting love of cooking and food, it wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I rekindled my regular practice of cooking since ending my catering course in my final years of secondary school/high school. I particularly…

My Bucket List – Part 1.Β 

Shamefully I haven’t written a bucket list post before, nor have I fully composed one in my head. All in the consideration of the new year, which has rapidly approached, and resolutions that usually come along with this time of year, I thought it would be perfect timing for finally creating a bucket list for…

[2017]: The Last Few Days.

So the inevitable new year’s eve of 2017 has finally come. Typically the last few days of a year brings an overwhelming urge to spend the remaining days wisely after reflecting on whether on not we have had a progressive year. On the other hand some (including myself) procrastinate whilst simultaneously justifying their choice to…

[Vegetarian]: 5 Tasty Snacks

Welcome fellow bloggers (- of course people who don’t write their own blogs are equally as welcome). It’s been a while since I published a post themed around food, which doesn’t make sense as I frequently (- perhaps a little too frequently) post photos of food on my Instagram account. Today, I thought I’d recommend…

Book Wishlist.

When I return to the UK for my next visit I intend to bring back some of the unread books I have in my collection, until then I have several books in my mentally noted wishlist that I would much like to purchase if possible. I have attempted to get into the whole ebook way…

How I Feel About The Year I was Born In.

Being born in 1995 categorises people born within that year in the same age group as people who were born in the late 80’s and early 90’s as well as with the millenials. Born into the very middle of the 90’s decade has it’s pros and cons. Sometimes I feel like people who were born…

More Food!?

Well…it seems as if I’m not going to totally slow down on the ‘exploring new foods’ train. I’m eating enough well balanced meals thesedays, just twice a week my lunch or dinner will be some fast food or at a restaurant in the streets of Incheon and Seoul. Besides, I’m doing well with my cardiovascular…