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Winter Favourites Video – Menswear, Home wares and Media

I have been away for from my Youtube channel for quite a while, and I thought that I would get myself back into the habit of making content for Youtube with a Monthly Favourites video!

However, seeing as I haven’t made a video in the three-months of Australian winter, I figured I would make this one a Winter Favourites Video!

I have been a big fan of Monthly Favourites videos for a while now, and I follow a lot of great Youtubers who produce this video every month. I think that they are a really great way to learn more about your favourite Youtubers; but also to discover new products/gadgets/brands to try, or to confirm your thoughts about something you have been thinking of trying for a while.

So for Winter 2016 I have seven products that I wanted to share with you that I have purchased and been loving. There’s a couple of housewears, fashion, footwear and tech/media items

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February Favourites – Mens Fashion, Grooming

February has drawn to a close and as I look back over the month that was, of course certain items and products stand out as favourites that I feel have really improved my life in some way.

I have been a big fan of Monthly Favourites videos for a while now, as I follow a lot of great YouTubers who produce this video every month. I think that they are a really great way to learn more about your favourite YouTubers; but also to discover new products or brands to try, or to confirm your thoughts about something you have been thinking of trying for a while.

It seems only logical then to share with you my February Favourites in Video format.

For this February I wanted to share seven items with you that I have been loving. There’s some fashion, some accessories, a couple of grooming products and a novel as well.

 

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Nagasaki and Kyoto – Japan Week Day Four

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Stunning view of Nagasaki from our room in the Richmond Hotel – I thoroughly recommend the Richmond and Nagasaki.

 

Nagasaki and Kyoto are our third and fourth stops for #JapanWeek, and they were as different as two places could possibly be.

 

I didn’t really know much about Nagasaki before we decided to go there besides what I had read on Trip Advisor, and this might exxplain why I loved it so much and why we had such an amazing time. We stayed at the Goregous Richmond Hotel which was insanely cheap, and we were thrilled with the location as well. While in Nagasaki we visited the impact site of the Nuclear bomb, the Peace Park and the Museum. However, we also visited completely off beat attractions, and just enjoyed the salty rip-tide undercurrent of the city itself. I fell in love with Nagasaki, and I cannot wait to visit again.

Kyoto, on the other hand, I knew lots about. I had a full itinerary planned out when we arrived at our goregous AirBNB property, driven by our friendly and helpful host Koji. However, for the next three days it rained CONSTANTLY! I won’t lie, my spirits were pretty damp as well. Local attractions that I was dying to visit like the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Nishki Markets became choked with pushy, wet tourists; and I was over having damp feet in about three-seconds. Three days of wet feet? Not something I relished. It was lucky then that we chanced upon a gem of a craft beer pub, Bungalow, in the centre of Kyoto. We enjoyed delicious beers, fries and a cheese plate while we watched the soggy foot traffic and dancing lights of the wet afternoon.

I will return to Kyoto in May, and I am hopeful for a dryer visit this time around. I have no doubt that I will come to love the amazing city of Kyoto as much as I do Nagasaki  when I return in May, and I am looking forward to sharing my adventures with you.

You can view the Osaka Vlogs here: https://youtu.be/CoGMKoMmp8Q (more…)

Osaka – Japan Week Day Two

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Exploring the Namba Yasaka Shrine

Osaka is our second stop for #JapanWeek, and it was our first time visiting a major city outside of Tokyo. It proved to be an unforgettable experience.

Chief on my list of things that I wanted to do in Osaka was to visit the Kaiyukan Aquarium, in order to see the Whale sharks. The Aquarium was unlike anything I have ever seen in my life, and we were completely blown away by the sheer size and scale of the place. Highlights included finally seeing a capybara in real life, seeing whale sharks and hammerhead sharks, and getting to pat sharks and sting rays in the Aquarium’s rock pool.

Osaka isn’t just about the Aquarium though!

Completely by chance I booked us into an AIRBNB property in the lively Dotonbori red-light district, and so our night was a neon adventure of street food and window shopping. There were stunning boutiques everywhere in Osaka, and I am so looking forward to heading back in May with friends who are as fond of shopping as I am. We visited the gorgeous Osaka Castle and got to see some stunning architecture, and I was also able (thanks to the boyfriend’s superior Google-fu) to visit the amazing Namba Yasaka shrine and to see the stunning lion stage in this quite little temple that’s off the beaten track.

Food and booze again played a huge role in our adventure. We discovered an amazing Craft Beer pub named Kamikaze which served delicious food and beers amongst a punky sort of vibe, and I tried Mellon Bread for the first time. Osaka is also known for takoyaki, and after a few poor quality examples we found some truly delicious octopus dumplings.

I have no doubt that I will discover much more about this amazing city when I return in May, and I am looking forward to sharing my adventures with you.

You can view the Osaka Vlogs here: https://youtu.be/q7o7dvkB6kI (more…)

Monthly Favourites Vlog – August

I have been a big fan of Monthly Favourites videos on Youtube for a while now, and I follow a lot of great Youtubers who produce this video every month. I think that they’re a really great way to learn more about your favourite Youtubers; but also to discover new products/gadgets/brands to try, or to confirm your thoughts about something you have been thinking of trying for a while. It seems only natural then that I would want to start sharing my own monthly favourites with you in Video format. (more…)

30 Before 30 13: Language

As I’m sure that you’re aware now, I’m turning 30 in under 30 weeks. As such, I have compiled a list of 30 things that I am supposed to have done or to have stopped doing BEFORE I turn 30.
Each week until I actually turn 30 I will be discussing/ranting about one of the items on the list, and deciding whether I agree with it or not.
Today is the thirteenth entry in my 30 Before 30 series, and the topic is Number 13: You should have learned another language…

At 29 years of age, I have never really placed a great deal of importance on being able to speak a language other than my native Australian-English.

However, when I travelled to Japan for the first time in 2013, I realised that I desperately wanted to live there, and that being able to speak at least basic Japanese would in fact be very necessary. Today’s 30 Before 30 video features some of the tips and tricks I am following to try and speed along my VERY slow progress of learning another language; as well as me awkwardly introducing the video in Japanese!

ENJOY! And thanks for watching 🙂

Monthly Vlogs – August

This is little compilation of bits and pieces that I filmed throughout the month of August.

These are all 5-10 second clips of random life happenings throughout the month of August. I decided that rather than try to cobble it into some sort of story or narrative, I’d keep things abstract and just show you snippets against a gorgeous soundtrack.

The song used for this clip is called ‘Lost’ by an artist named Pogo.

Let me know what you think of this format in the comments section down below, and what you got up to in August.

I’m starting to get into a groove with posting videos and have some more content planned for this month already.

ENJOY! And, and as always, thanks for watching 🙂