ROB’S LIFE UPDATES 02 – I’VE FINISHED UNIVERSITY!

So after four long years at Hertfordshire University, I’ve finally finished. Whilst I’ve submitted my last assignment, my graduation isn’t until September!

Now finished,  I can relax. I mean really relax, considering that I’m currently in Spain. It already feels very strange not having any assignments to think about or deadlines to worry about, but I’m going to make the most of it.img_2639

Now I have a few weeks until I start a new job, one that I can use to save up as much money as possible, so that in a year or two I can travel. I think we are tempted to look at inter-railing, and fully explore Europe first, but to be honest I’d love to go everywhere, especially Asia.

Anyway, for now, I can focus on working and relaxing, any maybe even try to pick up some new hobbies. The main thing I want to do is read more, and with that, try and cut down on the amount of video games that I play.

Finally, I hope to be able to write more blog posts, on literally anything that comes to mind. I’m tempted to write more reviews, on anything new that I try, or any new places that I visit. So if any of you readers have any recommendations of cool places that you have recently visited, let me know!

As for now, that’s it for this little update of my life.

 

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – 2019

2018 has ended, and now is the time to start the traditional resolutions for a better me and a better life. Much like a lot of other people I’m sure, I’ve had New Year’s resolutions before, with not much luck in seeing them out.

 

The first thing that is on mine and I’m sure many others’ list, is to become a vegetarian. Whilst the main reason for my resolution is my love for animals, and my dislike towards the death of animals just for food, I am also aware of the unsustainable animal farming industry and the consequences it has for our planet.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”             Robert Swan, polar explorer.

For a while now I’ve been saying to myself and others that I want to become vegetarian. The hardest thing for me is that I love food, and I have certainly loved trying different cuisines containing beef, pork and most of all chicken (as you would see from my numerous food blog posts). However, I’ve felt like a hypocrite when announcing my love for all animals, yet continue to eat a variety of them because of society’s norms. Now, as of January 1st, I am meat free, and as much as I want to do this for ethical reasons, it has also become a personal challenge for me – especially to prove to my family who do not believe I can do it.

 

Another resolution of mine is charity. Recently I have started donating to WWF, as I feel like more needs to be done to help to save many of the animals on our planet. At the moment it is only £5 a month, but anyone can donate anything, which contributes to the planting of forests, ranger salaries and animal preservation.

On the topic of charity, I really want to – and I feel like everybody should try – to give blood. The only reason I haven’t in the past is laziness to find somewhere to donate, so this year I’ll make a change to that!

 

A final resolution of mine is to become more organised, proactive and productive. I’ve become so used to sitting around, mainly playing Playstation and being productive on the odd occasion, but then I’ll often feel like I’m wasting time and losing out on achieving things.

I am now half way through my last year of university, and the last few months that made up the first semester went extremely quickly, so I’m preparing myself for some fast paced months ahead. I really want to try and cut down on my procrastination, and especially focus on my university work, and trust me, that’s a lot harder than it looks when you’re an avid gamer like me.

What do you think of my resolutions? What New Year’s resolutions do you have?

 

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TRYING SOMETHING NEW | INDOOR SKYDIVING

As one of her birthday presents, my sister and I bought our Mum (and us) tickets to Basingstoke’s iFLY Indoor Skydiving. My sister, Rach, had previously done this, so she convinced us that it was an experience we just had to try.

Now I have never been keen on the idea of actually skydiving, I just wouldn’t trust parachutes, especially when I’ve seen in the news that accidents involving them really do occur. I know a lot of people do it and are fine, but I just don’t think I could bring myself to do it, and don’t even get me started on my fear of heights… However, this indoor skydiving seemed like the closest thing to skydiving, without actually having to worry about any parachutes, so I was more than keen to have a go.

After being briefed by our instructor, we suited up and equipped our not so stylish goggles and helmet. I think it was at this stage that my anxiety kicked it and I really started to stress. I had so many things going round in my head, all of the hand signals we were briefed on, the positions I needed to keep my body in, the fact that I’m stupidly long   and stiff- much like an awkward Bambi on ice.

So yeah, I really started to panic, I watched the couple in front, and then I watched my Mum do it. They all seemed to get to grips with it pretty quickly, which just made me worry even more that I would be the one that goes wrong. The time quickly counted down and then it was my turn. I kind of just zoned out. I stood at the entrance, leant forward a little and all of a sudden the 100mph wind took me. I quickly tried to get some positioning to my body, but it wasn’t great. To be expected, I was flying (literally) all over the place, hitting against the walls, whilst the instructor was signalling to relax and keep my head up. Then it started to work, I actually managed to hover without him helping me for a second or two, and then it was over. The pictures below are not the best, in terms of the quality and how I look, so try not to laugh to much!

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Its hard to say how I felt about it, particularly at the time. It was literally like nothing that I have done before. I wouldn’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I’m definitely glad that I did it. I think it really is one of those things that, the more you do it, the more you really start to like it. The only issue with that is the price. iFLY Basingstoke offer different packages, starting from two flights (one flight is one minute) for £28.99. The prices then become slightly cheaper if you are a returning customer.

I would definitely recommend trying indoor skydiving. Once you do it once, it definitely would become easier. If you’re willing to spend the money, which for this unique experience, you should, then you’ll definitely have a good time.

 

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LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that as a birthday present, I bought Eesh and I tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival.

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Attending the event was certainly a new experience for us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought us the gold tier tickets, which provided us with a designer tote bag, entry to two catwalk shows and access to the festival until 8pm. I also upgraded the trend and designer catwalk shows to front row seats, to really give us the best experience.

The atmosphere in the London Fashion Week Festival was really cool and chilled. A huge mixture of people shopped around the trend and designer pop up stands, bought food and watched demonstrations. It was really interesting to see other people’s trendy and quirky outfits, with many people getting photos with other random people due to their flamboyant attire.

The designer catwalk show we attended was by Katharine Hamnett. I have to admit, I thought by attending a designer catwalk, I would see the crazy outfits as seen in the actual Fashion Week, that some might debate as fashion. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Katherine Hamnett’s casual fashion designs. I actually saw myself taking an interest in and inspiration from most of her male designs. However, as much I liked them, I couldn’t see myself splashing out the high prices that she charges. I almost question the need for such high prices, when although they were rather nice, the outfits could easily be replicated from normal high street shops.

I would be more than happy to go to the London Fashion Week Festival again next year. It would almost tempt me to pay for the next tier up for tickets, just to provide us with those extra perks. The only thing that held us back from completely enjoying ourselves were the prices of the pop up fashion stands. Eesh and I have grown accustom to finding a good bargain and deal from online and high street shops, even finding cheap clothes extremely similar in appearance to the bigger labels. There were some cheaper clothing for females, but very few cheap clothes, or clothing stands in general, for males.

I would definitely recommend going to the Fashion Week Festival if you’re into fashion, if you like dressing up, or just looking for a present idea for the girlfriend – as this certainly went down well for me!

OUTFIT

Attending the London Fashion Week Festival would be the first time in a long time that I could actually wear some stylish clothes. It was quite a major step for me, as for the first time, I branched out and tried cropped trousers. As you can see, I went for some simple grey pinstripe smart trousers from Topman. To match the soft colour, I wore a white knit sweater from Zara. This knit sweater is perhaps one of my best purchases. I don’t know if it’s just because of the weight I’ve put on, but it seemed to fit well, almost like a muscle fit, whilst also being really stretchy and comfortable. Finally, to work with the cropped trousers and sweater, I wore some simple white and red plimsoles from River Island.

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White Lace-up Trainers – New Look Mens | Grey Pinstripe Smart Joggers  – Topman | Purl/White Knit Sweater – Zara

 

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ROB’S LIFE UPDATES 01

As so much is going on right now I thought I would let it all out on here. So first things first, I was fortunate to get a job at the beginning of July. It took me literally months of finding and applying to so many different vacancies, but finally I have been successful, and not only that, but I got the job at the local next store as a sales consultant, which in my eyes is a decent job to have. Fortunately I’m not working too much, only three or four days a week, just to give me some relaxation before September comes and I start third and final year of university!

Mid July we celebrated Eesh’s birthday… the big 21 milestone! I was particularly excited as I went a bit OTT with the presents, not really realising when to stop. I bought her some Nike trainers (as you can never go wrong with some new trainers), lots of sweets and food, and finally two tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival. I came across this and I was too thrilled to get it for us; two catwalk shows, designer gift bags, front row seats to those catwalks and exclusive sales at the festival. That takes place late September, so hopefully by then we would have saved up some money to have a really good time, and we can vlog our experience too.

As any of you who follow my social media would have seen, Eesh and I also celebrated our 2 year anniversary a couple of days ago. We didn’t do much, apart from and a day out in London shopping and drinking. We decided to not buy any presents to save money for our next holiday which is in two weeks, where we will be jetting of to Barcelona!

Coming to the end of August, I had major stress about where I would be living for my final year of university. Eesh and I decided to take the leap of faith and try to live together, so now finally after weeks of searching, we have finally found an apartment and we are moving in within the next week! How exciting! I’ll most likely do a blog post on it as well!

 

Andddd I think that is everything! A little insight into the life of me!

 

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SPENDING MY BIRTHDAY IN BATH

For my 21st Birthday at the beginning of March I was sooo spoilt with presents by my family and my girlfriend Ayeisha. On the day before my birthday, Eesh told me she had booked a night at the BailBrook House Hotel in Bath.

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This was my first time visiting Bath, and I was so excited, considering everyone who’s been before have given it great reviews. Unfortunately, that was the weekend that England had loads of snow, and if you’re from England then you will know how chaotic everything is when it snows! So, because of the snow, the Roman Baths were closed, which is one of the main attractions at the city…

Although it was pretty wet and cold, we could still enjoy what Bath had to offer. The city seemed to have everything, from all the high street shops you could think of, to dozens of trendy bars and cafés.

If you’re eating out in Bath, I highly recommend the Charm Thai Restaurant. If you’re into Thai cuisine, then this is a definite must, as it isn’t only affordable, but the food was amazing.  Pictured below is the Pad Kee Mao dish with chicken. This was incredibly spicy but amazing.

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Another restaurant that we tried was Slug and Lettuce. This restaurant gives a similar feel to Wetherspoons, however we were impressed with the quirky and trendy decor. The prices were very reasonable, with a huge selection on the menu.

Outfit

This featured outfit can suit any occasion being somewhat smart-casual! The thin but tight layers provide warmth even on the coldest of days!

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The outfit includes the camel smart overcoat from New Look Mens, covering a beige muscle fit jumper from Topman. The beige jumper is a personal favourite of mine, mainly because of the excellent fit, and it provides the perfect smart-casual attire.  To go with this outfit I wore the black ripped jeans from ASOS.

Camel Smart Overcoat – New Look Mens |Black Ripped Jeans  – ASOS |Beige Muscle Fit Jumper – Topman

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A PRE-CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

The time of the year that mostly everyone seems to love is here. Snow, Christmas markets and cold but cosy days inside are what everybody expects, unless you’re my family…

Most people will probably find it strange, but we as a family tend to go on holiday the week before Christmas, just to get away from all of the stress and chaos, but to also get a bit of warmth and sun!

Last week we travelled to Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, aiming to travel back late Christmas Eve in time for the big day. Fortunately, my sister is great at finding online super deals, and we were able to get all-inclusive at the five-star Hotel Hesperia Lanzarote.

 

 

 

Catamaran Exertion

Around the area there are lots of exertion options, ranging from travelling to the volcano sites, to go-karting and boat trips. During the week we decided to experience sailing out on the ‘luxury’ catamaran. It was a great experience, with nets at the front to relax, lunch included and having a go on the jet ski, there was plenty to give you a good time. Even snorkelling with the fishes was great, despite the sea being a bit cold.

 

 

 

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I would definitely recommend a winter holiday to the Canary Islands, it may not be as hot as the summer, but there is still a guarantee of sun, warmth and cheaper prices!

 

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CAMBRIDGE IN THE COLD

Whilst we usually explore things to do around London, recently me and my girlfriend thought we would try to venture out of our normal travels. As it isn’t too far from my university, we decided to give the city of Cambridge a go…

 

It is a hard challenge to try and dress well and try out new styles when it is just so cold, and all that you want to do is pile on multiple layers to keep you warm throughout the day.

We also tried to take as many pictures as we could, but unfortunately the cold and the early sunsets halted our mini photo shoots quite quickly.

Outfit

This featured outfit is one of my most common outfits, mainly due to the ease and warmth of it.

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The outfit includes a grey, knitted jumper with a curved hem from Topman, covered by a black pea coat from Topman. The grey jumper is one of my favourites, as it fits really well, the only thing I don’t like is the overly-long sleeves. To go with this outfit I wore the black ripped jeans from ASOS. Recently purchased and shown in a recent blog post, these jeans go really well with most outfits.

 

Black Pea Coat – Topman |Black Ripped Jeans  – ASOS |Grey Jumper – Topman

 

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AN EVENTFUL WEEKEND

 

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So this is a more serious post, but I think it will be good to talk about it, as its an experience we’ll never forget, that has certainly shaken us up…

This weekend me and Eesh had a lot planned. On Friday we planned to do a bit of Christmas shopping, mainly going around central London, whilst doing some exploring and finding food.

Unfortunately, not long into our plans, our shopping was stopped when crowds of people started screaming and running into the shop we were in; Urban Outfitters (almost opposite the Oxford Circus Tube Station).

I’m sure some of you reading this will have heard about the scare at Oxford Street and Oxford Circus, and whilst it fortunately turned out to be just a scare, with no real danger to anyone, the experience was surreal and frightening.

The hour or so that we were locked in the shop was  like nothing I have ever experienced. Like I said before, crowds of people ran up the stairs screaming and shouting, and then we were all escorted into the fire exits were we stood waiting for any sounds or signs of problems or reassurance.

It was horrible seeing so many people crying and having anxiety or panic attacks, which wasn’t helped by the repeated scream of people that thought something was happening. Eventually we were escorted out of the back fire exit of the shop, in which we started walking in any direction away from Oxford Circus, and then went straight home.

The event has certainly made us more on edge this weekend; going into London to meet family, we just felt anxious in case anything was to happen again. As I said, its great nothing actually happened, and it was just a scare, and hopefully we will never experience anything like it again!

 

The View from the Shard

On a positive note, me and Eesh were able to join my family the following day for my Mum’s birthday present; the View from the Shard. Despite the cold, this was a nice, positive moment for the weekend.

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To add to the positive end to the weekend, we were able to enjoy a trip to Five Guys. I did not realise how amazing the burgers are…

 

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FINDING KOREAN CUISINE IN LONDON

The diversity of cuisines in London is amazing, allowing anyone to walk along most streets with multiple options for choice. Those who know me may think that I am very repetitive and attached to the food I eat, but I am never one to shy away from trying new food, and that was the plan for the weekend that just passed.

 

Kimchee

Our choice in cuisine for lunch was Korean, in which we travelled to Holborn in London to try the Kimchee restaurant for the first time.

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Pictured above, I ordered the Dolsot Bibimbap with chicken. This £9.40 dish involves a hot pot of a selected meat, rice, vegetables, egg and red chilli paste. With so many flavours this dish was really good, although perhaps some might find this a bit dry if the chilli pasta isn’t appealing! As seen in the picture above, crispy battered king prawns in a sweet and spicy sauce were ordered as a £6.90 side order. Now these were really really good. The food was definitely filling, so the price definitely reflects the quality and size of the food. As this was my first time, I am definitely excited to try more options on the menu, most likely the pot dishes, however I would still recommend what I ordered. Have a look at the full menu here.

Unfortunately I wasn’t the happiest with the service, wether it was due to it being busy, we (and we noticed others) had to wait a while for any kind of attention from the staff, as well as the service tip being automatically added to the bill, when I was having an inner debate wether to even pay it. That aside I would definitely still recommend a visit to Kimchee.

 

Outfit

This featured outfit is my most common outfit, mainly due to the ease of it, whilst being somewhat smart-casual!

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The outfit includes the beige MA1 crew neck sweatshirt from BoohooMan, covered by a black pea coat from Topman. The beige sweatshirt is a personal favourite of mine, mainly because of the excellent fit, and it provides the perfect smart-casual attire. If you love the look of it like me it will only set you back £8 as a sale item on BoohooMan, or even cheaper with there constant additional sales! To go with this outfit I wore the black ripped jeans from ASOS. Recently purchased and shown in a recent blog post, these jeans go really well with most outfits.

 

Black Pea Coat – Topman |Black Ripped Jeans  – ASOS |Crew Neck Sweatshirt – BoohooMan

 

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