I’ve been in such a mood to travel lately, I feel like I’m spending way too much time looking at beautiful places on pinterest haha. One thing that caught my eye was the variation of skylines you can come by across the world. There are so many amazing locations it is interesting to see how they can be represented through a skyline compared to how you might normally imagine that place to be. As for a change I thought I’d leave out some of the usual skylines we know well of and show you some new ones maybe you haven’t come across!
Istanbul – I love the contrasting views of this one, from that of the city and the Bosphorus bridge which connects Asia to Europe to that of the Mosques.
Shanghai – This is supposed to be one of the most impressive skylines in the world and considering the size of the city I’d believe it. It just looks insane!
Rio De Janeiro – Probably has to be one of my favourite because I just love the way the city is intertwined through the hills and greenery, it makes a pretty serious skyline.
台北101, 台灣台北 (Taipei 101 and skyline, Taipei, Taiwan)
Taipei – In Taiwan it stands out with a single skyscraper (until recently the tallest in the world) that towers over the city leaving an impressive view especially for those who hike up Elephant mountain!
London – Okay so I know I said I would try and do different skylines to the usual ones you see but being British I simply couldn’t leave off the lovely London now could I? With its contrast of old and new buildings it makes a great example of showing how times have delevoped!
Lately me and some friends have been planning our summer where we shall be visiting Spain to go to Benicassim and it got me looking at a bunch of other places I might choose to travel too after third year at uni! One of my top choices though has to Myanmar (Burma) – it just looks so stunning I think I’m going to have to go backpacking there no matter what! Being in Asia it would probably be a good stop off if I wanted to take a trip to Australia too – seeing as I’ve cousins there I could make it a round trip. Hence I put together a few of my fav hotspots in Burma so far…
Check out the leg rowers, floating gardens, water bound temples and markets of Inle Lake.
Kyaik-Tiyo – A.K.A. the Golden Rock covered in gold leave that is perched on the edge of a boulder. Its balance looks precarious but it is said that it is held by a single hair of the Buddah.
The Ancient City/Temples of Bagan because I mean just look at them I don’t need to explain why.
Yangon City – to see lots including the gilded Shwedagon Paya!
Kengtung – a town in the eastern Shan state with plenty treks, pagodas and people.
And bascially everywhere else! I kinda could keep going and mention every single place but I should probably stop haha
Where is the one place you would love to go travelling?
I’m half way through my second year at uni, that means I am half way through my degree and I only started what feels like yesterday. Next year I will have to start looking for jobs so I can move onto the next stepping stone in life. But seriously… what do I do? All I know is that I don’t what to go into some dead end job, I want to do something that I am really passionate about but I just can’t quite put my finger on what that it. I have vague ideas of a couple areas that interest me but they are polar opposites, how does one choose? So it got me thinking, on this idea of conciousness and living in the now, that there is no point in wasting time waiting to be enlightened about what I want to do. Instead it is better that we do ever thing we can right this very moment that may lead us down our best path.
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive”. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Nobody is going to live our lives for us (not unless you’ve some evil twin clone!). You have to do it for yourself and its the same for everyone no matter how good a start in life ou may have been given. Accepting reality and the change that befalls us means we are one step closer to doing what we need or want to do with life because you can’t figure out the future.
So ask your self right now, am I doing my very best? Could you be postponing doing something to be following your dream? And it doesn’t even have to be big! Maybe you should be turning off the tv and going for a run, or drawing a picture, writing – anything! It is a good idea to build something small in your life. So many of us waste so much of our life doing things such as watching tv, social media, playing video games – living in a screen. Do this all your life and what do you have to show for it? But instead if you replaced some of that time wasted by doing something like drawing a picture, writing, starting a blog or even a business then you would have really accomplished something, gained skills and it could even lead to bigger and better things.
We live in an age where our lives are cluttered with new information, technology and material things everyday. Minimalism is defined as a style of technique that is characterised by extreme sparingness or simplicity and it is something that you probably have heard of. Until recently minimalism was something that I only every associated with style, interior, art, but I had never considered it as a lifestyle. I know myself that I like a bit of clutter and I don’t like my surroundings to be too neat, too perfect, sometimes I just like to embrace the mess and let my creativity flow hahah. However living in such an ever changing time where things have become very materialistic for us I’m beginning to feel maybe some sort of a ‘lifestyle detox’ could be in need! To live a minimalist life is to be able to look at what I own and pick out the essentials and clear out the rest of the junk so that I am not burdened by ‘stuff’. Now don’t get me wrong we all have our little unimportant nick-nacks that we will keep, but are all of them really that important? In the grand scheme of things what do you actually need? Objects do not define us or our memories and we will still be there with or without them but they act more as memory triggers which is why we probably find it so hard to get rid of sentimental things.
“WE HAVE TRADED OUR FREEDOM FOR OVERFILLED CLOSETS AND OUR PASSIONS FOR UNNECESSARY MAINTENENCE”
Minimalism is not about living with as little as possible but about removing the excess from your life so that you have a clear space the breath in. This idea has inspired me to give it a try this new year, to remove unnecessary items and focus on using the essentials.
Here are some steps that I going to take to make my life more minimalist in the New Year and you should give a go to! :
I am going to have a massive closet clear out because that is loooong overdue as I don’t wear half the stuff I own anymore, I will probably put most of it on depop – waste not want not!
It is also a good idea to clear out duplicates, do you really need 2 of the same scissors?
Get rid of physical clutter and don’t just hid it! Just because it is out of sight doesn’t mean it is out of mind- it can have a big negative impact on our stress levels
Buy less – only buy it if it is absolutely NEEDED – “minimalism is asking why before you buy” Francine Jay
Spend less time on social media and try to limit it to only a couple times a day. This can be hard but it’s important to start living in the now and stop living on our phones – a good step towards this would be to turn on notifications
There are so many more things that can be done but I think that this is a good start. I am looking forward to sharing with you how it all turns out in a month or so! Hopefully I will have succeeded and I hope that this inspires you too to try incorporate a bit of minimalism into your life because sometimes the only way to find out what is really important is to get rid of everything that isn’t. Let me know what you think I’d love to hear!
“CONCERN YOURSELF LESS WITH POSSESSIONS. CONCERN YOURSELF MORE WITH LIVING“
Spending hours on end on pinterest I start to discover more and more incredible places (not to mention things to do) that I just keep adding to my bucket list – I’m beginning to think I don’t know how I’ll achieve them all! Inspired by my finds I have put together 10 amazing places that I want to travel to my lifetime. I hope you’ll find them just as awesome as I do!
Petra translates to ‘rock’ and it’s the ruins of an ancient city that was carved into red mountain rock in Southern Jordanian. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is full of history and of archaeological importance. It is so fascinating to have an entire city built into rock and I think a visit would make you feel like you’ve been pulled back in time.
Puerto Rico Bioluminescent Bay
Do I even need to explain how cool this is?! Just look at it!!
Temples of Angkor Wat
Located in Cambodia this looks like something straight out of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and thats because it is! I love how the trees look like they are just clambering over. Camouflaged by its surroundings this place just looks so beautifully mysterious.
Tyantszi Mountains of China
Number one you’ll get to see the Great Wall of China, a sight in itself. Number two you’ll get to see some incredible views! This kinda reminds me of the floating mountains in Avatar, can you imagine if you climbed – ha I don’t think so!
Would this list even be complete without this? It would have been awesome to see them in their heyday when they were all smooth kinda like the top part of them. Egyptian history is one of my favourites, I have always been fascinated by it and as much as I want to go see the pyramids I’m slightly put off by the fact that the amount of tourism can be seriously damaging them like eroding them – you even get the occasional vandals which is awful. If you do go be careful because there are a lot of scammers and it gets pretty crowded. If I go to Egypt I think to go visit somewhere more off the beaten track would be good. Such as Dashur Pyramids, Siwa Oasis, Farafra (This amazing white desert) or Alexandria and its fabulous underwater ruins.
Pyramids of Giza-
Siwa Oasis (A green city in the middle of the Sahara!)
Palawan Island – Philippines
This is just so green and luscious and pretty and.. and.. and word just can’t describe how gorgeous this place looks!
Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha China
Just look at this guy, he is so cute. I find buddhism fascinating and this too!
Glow Worm Caves New Zealand
Haiku Stairs – Hawaii
Also known as the stairway to heaven, these are found on the Island of Oahu. As beautiful as they look if you want to go you best be prepared for a steep hike – but I’m pretty sure it would be well worth it! Sadly its closed however apparently people still routinely hike up when the guards not there – I think there’s even videos on youtube! I’m going to ask my cousin who lives in Hawaii about them to find out more so I can update on here whether it is actually possible to hike up!
This is only a tiny fraction of places I think would be amazing to visit so I hope you like some of the ones I picked. Which one would you choose? Tell me, I’d love to hear!
So recently I have been feeling really creative and I can’t stop watching various DIY videos on youtube! One channel I recently discovered is Microscope Beauty and she does these amazingly addictive ‘Plan with me’ videos where she plans and decorates her diary for the week. She uses all the awesome stickers and really transforms the pages. It’s hard to describe but they are just so interesting to watch – you should definitely check them out!
Anyway a combination of that and DIY videos and pinterest has just got my creative juices flowing haha. I just want to decorate my room and organise everything really prettily haha. But… since I’m not at uni I can’t decorate my new room just yet, so I thought I would put together a collection of some of my favourite DIY room decor that are super affordable and easy to do! Lets pimp my imaginary room!!!
Washi tape is absolutely amazing, I’ve seen it used to decorate so many things from laptops to lamps. One of my fav ways to use it is as a replacement for picture frames. If you don’t want to splurge on a big frame and your picture is fairly flat then washi tape is a great cheap alternative. You can get numerous colours and tapes on ebay or easy for only a few pounds!
I love the idea of surrounding ugly plug sockets with a colourful pattern. Simply print off your chosen pattern (or draw one) and cut it to fit the plug socket (making sure it doesn’t cover the actual socket). You can then stick it down with some double sided sticky tape!
Water Colour Cushions
These DIY watercolour cushions are the perfect way to add some subtle colour to any room. They look so air and elegant! You can find out how to make these here with ellaclaireinspired
This is another one of my favourite DIY ideas where you basically just paint a pretty pattern on a pebble! I think you go even further with this and for instance paint slates for drinks/place mats – the possibilities are endless. It’s also totally easy to find great pattern inspiration on the likes of pinterest and if you aren’t good at art you could simply print off a stencil!
Chose a shape, get some colourful paper (or even go minimal and use one colour like black) and chop it into lots of your chosen shapes. Then you can blue tack up on your wall or canvas in an arranged pattern or mosaic style or even totally random. This can be amazingly effective and its such a simple idea too!
The Coolest Tea Light Ever!!
This is the coolest upcycling idea that I have seen in a long time and it is so so easy to do. Just cut off the bottom of a can (carefully aha) and poke holes around the letters using a needle – like in this Coke you can see below. Then you can use it as an awesome tea light! Don’t forget you can experiment with this by poking holes in different patterns such as circles!
Which of these would you want to try? Comment and tell me – I would love to hear!
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