Saturday, 23 February 2019

WEEKLY RECAP | An Overdue Catch Up


The Intro Part

You may have noticed that I skipped a couple of weeks in my Weekly Recap series. I got a bit busy travelling around, changing plans, freelancing and organising my life that it got de-prioritised. I’ve changed clients at work, which meant I had to put a bit of extra time into getting to know them. It was also my boyfriend’s 30thbirthday so I had to give him a lot of attention, especially as I’m away for it (feeling quite guilty about that one). Then I met up with some friends from back home who are travelling too, and I didn’t want to spend too much time on my laptop when I could be exploring with them.

But I’m back and I’m ready to dive straight back into it, so let’s do this…

The Travel Part

Since it’s been two weeks since I last told you about my travels I have quite a bit to update you on, but I’ll keep it short and sweet.

After Hoi An we jumped on a flight to Phu Quoc, an idyllic island at the bottom of Vietnam. Here we watched all of the sunsets, went for walks along the beach, watched lots of movies and bad TV in the room and basically just winded down after a busy couple of weeks. Fast forward a few days and we were celebrating the Tet in Ho Chi Minh. A completely different vibe with scooters and cars constantly beeping, people partying and a touch of pollution in the air.

My boyfriend went home after Ho Chi Minh, meanwhile I went across the border to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. After a quick unplanned stop at a cat café, I got my culture on. Going to museums, the palace and the killing fields, which was harrowing. Next, I went to Siem Reap and got my temples on, exploring the vast Angkor Wat complex. I decided to cut my time in Cambodia short for many reasons, one of them being to meet up with some friends in Thailand.

I had a great time with my friends in Thailand, we wanted to explore the southern islands, something I hadn’t done before. We met in Phuket before heading to Ko Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Phuket was much too busy and touristy for my liking, I was eager to leave by the end. Ko Phi Phi was slightly less crowded and had a bit more of a laid-back feel to it, but still quite touristy. Koh Lanta was my favourite. It’s so quiet and peaceful and not as built up as the others, I ended up extending my stay by a few nights.

The Reading Part

I took a rest day in the middle of all that travelling above and made my way through all three Hunger Games books. That’s right, all three of them (insert smug face). I really enjoyed the books, the first one and the first movie are quite similar. Then they start to diverge a little, but not too much. It’s made me want to re-watch the movies again even though I just watched them all the way through last year.

The Media Part

When I was with my boyfriend, we stayed in a few places that had TVs in the bedroom, such a luxury for a backpacker! So, I watched a lotof movies, including Jurassic World, Tomb Raider (the latest one), Sex & The City 2, Bad Neighbours 2, Hangover 2 and a few more I can’t recall right now.

I’ve managed to catch up on a couple of Once Upon A time episodes, I’m on season 3 and the wicked witch has just appeared. She was a great character, I forgot how much I hated her. I’ve also started watching Glee. I’ve not seen it since it came out in…2009, wow, I’m old. I love it so much more than I remember, I don’t think I appreciated just how good it was. I hated Sue Sylvester when I first watched, I now find her hilarious. 

The Pop Culture/News Part

I don’t even know where to start with this one, I guess a lot has gone on since I last wrote about it. I’ll just cover a couple of things from the past week instead. Okay, let’s see…

Beyonce and Jay-Z used their acceptance speech for winning Best International Group at the Brit Awards as a chance to show their support for Meghan Markle. They posed in front of a painting of her in the pre-recorded acceptance video. Many have said that this is a stand against how the British media have been treating Meghan. And good on them. I don’t follow news about the royal family that closely, but even I have seen how much they have been attacking her, from what she wears to how much she touches her baby bump. A mother can touch her baby bump as much as she likes, it’s nobody’s business.

Speaking of the Brit Awards, Ariana Grande posted a controversial tweet after catching up with Piers Morgan. I respect Ariana, the music she’s creating and the message she sends about female empowerment, but he is not going to change. And I don’t think humanising him is helpful. He tried to justify Trump’s Muslim ban, he said white people should be able to sing the ‘n’ word’, he repeatedly critiques women like Little Mix for showing a bit of skin and let’s not forget about the phone hacking situation. He doesn’t deserve any more attention. In fact, time to stop writing about him.

The Conclusion Part

I’ve had a really fun and action packed few weeks. It’s been good to see some familiar faces on the way, as well as meeting some really fun new people. Cambodia ended up being a great place to meet people, I always had someone to go check out the sites and split the cost of a Tuk Tuk with. After reading all of the Hunger Games books I haven’t set any time aside to read any more books. Does anyone have any good recommendations for Kindle Unlimited? I find it really difficult to browse on there. It’s been fun to hit some beaches again, I think I need to live in beautiful seaside town to watch the sunset every night.

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