Planning a Trip: General Advice


I tried to write a post about planning a trip before but I kept delving too deeply into my own experiences so I’m going to try and keep this as brief as possible. Before I started travelling with my friends I used to wonder how everyone could afford to travel with their friends. However I’ve been on a few budget trips now so I want to help anyone who was in the same position as me a couple of years ago. I’m going to break this down into categories so enjoy and I hope you find it helpful!


Arguably the most important thing when booking a trip is transport. Unfortunately transport can be quite expensive especially if you’re going outside of your continent – most of my travelling experience is through Europe so I’ll talk more about that.

On my first trip abroad with my friends we went by coach. We were going to Paris and because we’d never travelled before we weren’t really sure what websites to go on to find decent flights so everywhere we looked everything was super expensive. However the coach was only about £30 – £40 each for a return so we went for it. My advice is that yes the coach is cheap but for a reason – you will be on there a long time and it’s not the most comfortable thing to travel by. I wrote a more detailed post about this in my travel fails [x] but if you’re going somewhere on a budget then the coach can be a lifesaver.

We went for the coach because we had to go to Paris on a specific day for a concert but if you just want to travel and you don’t care when there is a good way to do this which a friend at work showed me. If you go on skyscanner they have an option where you can look at the cheapest flights for the cheapest months and sometimes there are some right bargains! Obviously these flights aren’t always perfect and can sometimes be at inconvenient times but sometimes you can find great flights for great prices! I wanna make it clear I’m not getting paid or anything to write this (I wish haha) I just genuinely love skyscanner. I booked my trip to Poland and managed to get return flights for £30.


Unfortunately some countries are going to be more expensive than others but they shouldn’t be impossible. Keep looking to get a general idea of price range and save! I’ve wanted to go to Japan for years now so when I got my tax return last year I used that to book flights with my friends. For flights from England to Japan to South Korea to England we spent about £700 each and had to book almost a year in advance. However if we’d chosen to go in January we could’ve got flights for about £300 each, we just wanted to go during a better time of the year. Do your research and you can get some pretty good deals!


Another important factor is accommodation especially when you’re travelling alone. I have had some disasters in accommodation including someone trying to get into my room in the middle of the night, staying in a hotel where everyone’s keys opens everyone’s hotel room and an apartment with the filthiest kitchen I’ve ever seen in my life. I like to think I’ve learnt from these mistakes so I’m going to pass my wisdom onto you.

Read the reviews. I cannot stress that enough. I find that with tripadvisor some people can be extremely picky and will point out every flaw so I read a variety of good and bad reviews. However if a place has mostly negative reviews that’s normally a clear sign something’s up. Just recently I panic booked a hostel in Poland and when I went back to check the reviews I saw that about 85% of them were negative! I couldn’t get money back on my hostel but I decided not to take the chance and booked somewhere else with much better reviews and just lost the money. It’s not worth the risk.

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There are tons of different places to get accommodation, I normally go through because I trust them but you can often get a better rate when booking direct with the hotel. There’s also Airbnb which I’m not a huge fan of after my experience but I’m sure there are tons of decent places on there for a good price.

Remember that you get what you pay for! The hostel I recently booked in Poland cost £18 for three nights and it’s a four bed female dorm. I literally paid for a bed, nothing fancy. When travelling on a budget hostels can be a lifesaver but I will probably write a more detailed post specifically about hostels one day.

I do generally feel safer in hotels especially chain hotels like Premier Inn or ibis because there’s always someone on reception and you sort of know what you’re paying for but unfortunately despite claiming they’re ‘budget hotels’ I’ve found these hotels can actually often be quite expensive unless you get a good deal. Budget hotels work great too, the one we stayed in in Luxembourg was probably the nicest one we’ve been in and that didn’t cost much.

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Accommodation is another case of doing a lot of research and finding the best deal for the best price. Remember to check the location, how far it is from the airport, the city centre, how great public transport is in that country etc. But your ultimate priority should always be how safe you feel.


Generally you have a good idea of which country you want to go to but in some instances you end up going somewhere you’ve never heard of or never considered going before. Make sure you do as much research as possible beforehand. Do you need a visa to go to this country? Is it generally safe for tourists? What currency do they use? Is there a pass you can buy to make sightseeing a little bit cheaper?

In Lithuania there was a pass we bought that got us onto public transport for free for 72 hours and also a book full of discounts for museums, restaurants and many other places – this was super helpful as it also included a map so if you can find something similar I really recommend it.

The more you know the easier it’ll be wherever you go to. My friend likes to study google maps so she has a good idea of where everything is but to be honest that’s always confused me a little bit so I let her get on with it but I won’t be able to do that when I go alone! Luckily my phone tariff has changed so I can use my internet in Europe the same way I can in the UK and let me tell you, Google Maps can be a lifesaver when you’re in a foreign country with no idea where you are. Me and Becca got hopelessly lost trying to find our bus stop after the 24K concert in Amsterdam and if it weren’t for Google Maps I imagine we’d still be walking around Amsterdam with no clue where we were.

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Always check the country is safe but my only advice is that something bad could happen to you anywhere. No one bats an eyelid when I go to London anymore but if I say I’m going abroad it’s always “oh I heard someone got murdered there” or “oh I heard someone got mugged there”. People get mugged and murdered in my home town, there’s a risk of it happening anywhere. Just always make sure you took extra precautions when travelling abroad and you should be fine.


I’m gonna advise you to do something that I’ve never done before in my life – if you’re travelling around Europe look into getting one of those debit cards that you can use abroad at no extra cost. It can be dangerous to carry around a large amount of money and locals must know that tourists have wads of cash on them. If I go away for a weekend I end up taking around £150 – £200 worth of whatever currency is used in that country and if I were to lose it I’d be a bit screwed.

In this instance I would advise that even if you don’t get a card, make sure you keep some emergency money separate to your main cash. Even if you don’t lose your money you never know when you might need the emergency cash so I’d suggest always having a little bit as a back-up.

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Other Advice

I’m gonna bullet point some other general advice that I think would be helpful for your first trip abroad without your parents or any family there to look out for you.

– Keep your passport on you at all times. I would never leave my passport in my accommodation, it would be on me at all times. Just in case make sure there’s a copy of your passport saved onto your phone as well or even take a printed out copy. Luckily I’ve never lost my passport (touch wood) but I always make sure to take a copy just in case anything happened.

– If you get to your accommodation and you don’t feel safe then look for somewhere else. Always trust your instincts because it’s better to be safe than sorry.

– When planning your itinerary of what you want to do cram in as much stuff as possible – you may get there and find something is closed or it’s not as interesting as you thought and you don’t want to be stuck with nothing to do. It’s better to have too much on the list and miss some stuff than it is to not have enough and start to feel bored.

– If you have friends or colleagues who have been to a country you’d love to visit then ask as many questions as possible. People love an opportunity to talk about themselves and you’ll get inside information on the country – for example public transport, the best area to stay in, nice places to eat etc.

– If you’re going on a sight-seeing holiday with your friends then be prepared for the fact that there will be times where you’re all grumpy and tired. There will be times where you have disagreements on where to visit next or where you should all get something to eat. Luckily I’ve never fallen out with my friends really badly on a trip but we’ve definitely all gotten annoyed with each other at some point. And that’s okay! It’s tiring and it’s a long amount of time to spend with each other without a break. Just acknowledge it before you go and learn to not take it personally if your friends do end up snapping at you.

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I hope that helps anyone who’s hoping to book a trip anytime soon – I hope you have a great time!


Top 3 Favourite Memories from Amsterdam

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I mentioned a couple of times that Amsterdam wasn’t the greatest holiday me and my friends have ever been on but recently I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic for Amsterdam. It was our first time going somewhere together on a plane and I remember that there were some good times on that trip. Also the country itself is beautiful, the weather was amazing and everything was so sunny. So I thought that like my Paris post [x] I’d write a list of my three favourite memories from when we visited Amsterdam.


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Becca mentioned Vondelpark in her top three places to visit in Amsterdam [x] – and it is truly lovely. We were lucky enough to go to Amsterdam during some amazing weather so our visit to the park was a good. The sun was shining and sitting in that park with my friends made me feel so happy. It was just such a chill place to sit. I don’t even think we stayed for a long time or explored the park as much as we could’ve but whenever I look at photos from us sitting in the park I feel really happy.

To be honest I can’t even remember a specific memory, like I remember sitting in the park and talking to my friends but I can’t remember what we talked about or anything like that. I’m pretty sure Becca skyped her Mom but that’s about all I remember. I just remember definitely feeling happy and feeling super chill.

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God, she’s gonna kill me for writing about this but it was actually one of my highlights. I love the river in Amsterdam like how you always seem to be near water, it makes me feel so chill. So around lunch time on our first full day in Amsterdam me and my friends sat down by the river to eat some chips we’d bought from a stand. I was laughing already ‘cos Hirst had brought her chips over, stood on my map and then slipped onto her ass making my map go into the river. Hirst nearly went in with it but managed to save herself in time. My poor map was forever gone though.

We finished our chips but it was so nice sitting by the river in the sunshine and Becca said what I was feeling “I’m so content with life right now.” She said. Then literally less than two seconds later she said “I’ve just been shat on by a bird.”

I kind of thought she was joking but when I turned to look at her it was true. A bird had pooed on her head which I thought was absolutely hilarious, as did everyone else. Becca thought it was a bit funny too but obviously she had bird poo on her head so she didn’t find it quite as funny as everyone else. Jess got her a tissue and we wiped it out for her but she could still feel it. I just cannot believe that moments after talking about how content with life she was she got pooed on.

Meeting 24K

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So I’ve definitely talked about this in previous posts but guess what, I’m talking about it again. Me, Becca and Jess had all gone to see 24K in London a couple of months beforehand and we’d agreed after the concert that if we got the opportunity we’d see them again and we’d meet them. After booking our trip to Amsterdam it was agreed that just me and Becca would go and see them live because Jess changed her mind and Hirst has never liked K-Pop anyway.

I don’t think we have ever been so nervous in our entire lives than we were heading to this concert. Becca was stressing ‘cos before we left I decided to grab some food (we were at that concert for hours and I needed some energy!) so she was worried we’d be late. By the time we said goodbye to Jess and Hirst and got on the tram I was starting to get stressed too because I was suddenly so terrified at the thought of meeting 24K. I remember the two of us having some chewing gum and trying to keep calm until we got off the tram.

It felt like a lifetime until we found the venue, it was through like a shopping centre which I knew at the time would close and make it difficult to find our way back but I didn’t care I was too busy worrying about meeting 24K. Before we went Becca had accidentally bought the wrong ticket type but we had emails from Kinetic Vibe saying we could swap the tickets so when we did this we got our wristbands and for some reason some of the other fans were really mad at us for already having our wristbands? It was a long story and we didn’t have time to explain it!

Eventually we got into the venue but even inside there was a long wait until 24K were on stage. Me and Becca were right at the back of the venue so we were some of the last to meet them and we spent that entire time scheming up a plan. Our bias’ Cory and Kisu were stood next to each other so we knew if we managed to get into the right spot in the queue we’d be able to crouch in front of them for the photo.


Basically you go up in groups of ten, touch each member’s hands and say ‘hi’ then go back around and crouch in front of them for the group photo. We were with a group of girls who seemed nice enough but we could hear them whispering to each other about how they wanted to dab in one of the photos. Listen, I didn’t spend all that money to get to Amsterdam to hide my face in my damn arm and I remember saying to Becca “If they ask us to do dab, we’ll say no.” They did ask us to dab, to which our fake asses were like “Yeah, yeah, we’ll dab.” Even though we knew it was a 100% lie.

Eventually after a ton of stressing it was our turn to go up, me and Becca had found the perfect spot in the queue and up we went. The hi-touch lasts like literally a second per member but those seven seconds were amazing. I made eye contact with every member, from what I understand from Becca she made eye contact with everyone up until Hui and then didn’t look them in the eye? We walked back round and they snapped the first photo. We’d been talking about each of us doing a heart with Cory and Kisu and I did look up at them but then completely lost my confidence and was like ‘well never mind’ so I went for a peace sign instead.

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Remember that actually meeting them was probably like 30 seconds long – we have a 8 minute long video of the two of us after the concert talking about meeting them. My favourite had to be Becca going on about how she grabbed Hui’s hands and shook them and apparently he looked at her like she’d just ruined his life.

I hope 24K come back to Europe soon because I wanna meet them with Becca again, it was so funny and it was one of the best nights ever.

So there are my top three favourite memories from Amsterdam, I’m sorry for anyone who read this hoping for some cute, artsy stories of my mine and my friends amazing time in Amsterdam. You got Becca being pooed on and then me fangirling about 24K. Sorry!

Top 10 Favourite BabyMetal Songs


I talk a lot about my love for K-Pop but I never really mention J-Pop. That’s because compared to K-Pop I don’t listen to anywhere near as much J-Pop but I am a massive fan of BabyMetal – I’m not sure if they count as J-Pop but that’s not the point. I wanted to write a list of my top ten favourite BabyMetal songs so here goes nothing!

10. Karate

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This song brought quite a bit of attention to BabyMetal, a bunch of Western artists were talking about this song and they ended up featuring in ‘Kerrang!’ magazine quite a bit. And it’s a good song, I love it but it’s definitely not their best song. I’m going to be honest and say I was a bit disappointed when they first released this song, I felt like after their debut album it was a bit of a let-down but the song did eventually grow on me and now I love it!

9. Tales of the Destinies

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I put the ‘Metal Resistance’ album onto my phone and started listening to the songs pretty much the minute I got home. Funny story, I caught the bus home from town and chilled in my room before realising that day was the day of ‘Metal Resistance’s release so I had to catch the bus back up town to buy the album. Anyway, I wasn’t too impressed the first time I heard the full album. Like, the songs were okay but they weren’t as good compared to their debut album.

The songs did quickly grow on me and this was one of the first ones I started to like. I think it’s because they used the guitar riff from ‘The One’ so I gave it a go and even though it’s a bit strange I ended up really liking this one!

8. Amore (Su-Metal Solo)

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Su’s solos are absolutely amazing, I also love ‘Akatsuki’ but I think I prefer ‘Amore’ just a little bit more. It’s an amazing song and I’ve always said I wanted to see it live someday but apparently she did sing it at the Wembley Arena show? I’m pretty sure I have a video of it? Either way, I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time because they dropped their ‘Metal Resistance’ album just one day before the Wembley show so I didn’t know enough of their new songs to fully appreciate them! BabyMetal need to come back so I can hear Su sing Amore and appreciate it more.

7. Line!

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I actually don’t know if ‘line!’ is the official title for this song but whatever, this song is amazing. A lot of people don’t like the changing genres thing how they switch from metal to rap but that’s what makes me love the song so much. It always puts me in a good mood and I love everything about it.

6. Onedari Daisakusen (Black BabyMetal)

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Black BabyMetal are a sub-unit made up of Moa-Metal and Yui-Metal, the two younger members and I love this song so much. Black BabyMetal have a few fun songs but this one is definitely my favourite of theirs. I’m so sad they didn’t sing it at Wembley and that they went for ‘Song 4’ instead but maybe they’re a little embarrassed to sing it now considering they’re both eighteen and the song is about begging your Dad to buy you things. Or maybe they just happened to not pick it for the Wembley show, I don’t know. Either way it’s a great song and another one I wanna see live one day!

5. From Dusk Till Dawn

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This song is amazing, it used to be my favourite but I think I listened to it one too many times just like ‘Amore’. But it’s definitely still high on my list of favourite BabyMetal songs because I think it’s just honestly so good. I don’t actually know what the songs about but I still think it’s great!

4. Doki Doki Morning

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This is another up-beat song that never fails to put me in a good mood. I think this was the first BabyMetal song but I might be mistaken. You can see the difference in the outfits they wore during this song and the types of outfits they wear now. I love this song, I think it’s amazing and it always helps to put me into a good mood.

3. Gimme Chocolate

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The obvious BabyMetal song, the first one I ever heard and I’m sure most people ever heard. I loved this song from first listen, I thought it was amazing. I remember first listening to it in college with Jess and I started singing it for the rest of the day, to which Becca sighed and said “I quite like this song and now you’re going to ruin it for me.” I’m sure I did ruin it, sorry pal! Either way I love this song and I’m glad it introduced me to BabyMetal!

2. The One (English Version)

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Originally I didn’t like the English version – I’d grown used to the Japanese-English version that was used in the music video and I didn’t like listening to it in English. I can’t remember what made me listen to the English one more but now I’m used to it I actually prefer it. When I first heard the song I didn’t love it because I remembered Su had compared it to ‘Road of Resistance’ and I really didn’t think it compared. But now it’s one of my favourites and I can see what she means. I love this song so much.

1. Road of Resistance

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I don’t think this will ever stop being my favourite song by them. If I ever need some like inspiration, motivation or just cheering up this is the first song I stick on. It was my top track from my running playlist because it always motivated me to keep running. This song is absolutely amazing and no BabyMetal track will ever top it in the future. I imagine this is most fans favourite song but for good reason! This song helps me a lot through rough times and I don’t know what I’d do without it.

So there we go, there are my top ten favourite BabyMetal songs! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites!

Favourite Movies


I was originally going to write a list of my favourite five films but in the end I had to choose six because I just couldn’t eliminate one from the list and I also made the decision not to include any horror movies because I already wrote about my top ten favourite horror films here [x]. So this is a list of six films I love, in no particular order that I am happy to watch again and again and again.

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, 2014)

I think this is on here because Death Cure came out not long ago and I’m not over it to be honest but I did love the first film a lot. I’m pretty sure I went back to see it at the cinema about four times. The sequel ‘Scorch Trials’ came out just before I went to university and I remember seeing it with my three best friends the day before I left. Then if I was having a shit day at uni and needed to get away from my flat mates I’d go and watch ‘Scorch Trials’ until it eventually left the cinema. I love this series.

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The Maze Runner is about a boy called Thomas who wakes up to find himself in a community of boys with his memory erased. He soon discovers they’re trapped in the middle of a maze and joins the ‘runners’ to try and find a way out.

To be honest when the original film was released I remember not being all that interested but because Becca had enjoyed the books she dragged us to see it. Immediately I was pulled into the story and a few weeks later I did try to read the book but I couldn’t get interested. I think I donated my copy of the book which I now regret because I want to give it another go so I might need to buy another copy. They’re great films and I could watch them over and over again without getting sick of them.

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

I don’t know if it’s just me but I didn’t see any advertising for this film like at all? I think when I went to see it I hadn’t even seen a trailer for it. I’m going to be completely honest with you and admit that I only knew about this film because at the time I was completely in love with Chris Pine and it was listed on his iMDB page. So when I noticed it was on at my local cinema I invited Jess and off we went.

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Into the Woods is a musical about a baker and his wife who are desperate to have a child but discover they can’t because a witch has placed a curse on their family. They’re tasked with finding items from classic fairytales to reverse the curse.

It’s a musical that has a lot more songs than speaking which I don’t normally like but Into the Woods is an exception. I love the soundtrack so much that I burned all the songs onto a disc so me and Jess could listen to it in her car. It got to a point where me, Jess, Hirst and Becca knew all of the songs and we all had our own parts to sing on long car journeys. This film is amazing with a brilliant cast and it’s definitely my favourite musical. This one I saw at the cinema about six times. I’d love to see the stage version one day even though I’ve heard it’s extremely different.

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

I could’ve included a ton more Studio Ghibli films but I had to go for my favourite which will probably always be ‘My Neighbour Totoro’. I didn’t actually like it that much when I first watched it because although I thought it was sweet I didn’t really see the point. But after rewatching it I soon began to love it and it became my favourite.

This film is about two young girls Mei and Satsuki who move to the countryside with their father to live closer to their hospitalised mother and the adventures they have with the forest spirits who live nearby.

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This is a film I love to stick on whenever I’m sad or having a bit of a shit day and it cheers me right up. I love everything about it, especially the soundtrack. I’m going to Japan later this year and if I don’t go to the Studio Ghibli museum I might be sad for the rest of my life. If you haven’t seen a Studio Ghibli film then you’re missing out, they’re truly magical.

Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009)

I feel like the majority of my list are children’s films but this is a film I would think twice about before showing to my children. I must’ve been at least 12 or 13 when I first watched this but I was still creeped out. Even now it gives me the creeps. The book is amazing too and just as scary.

Coraline is about a girl who moves to an old house in the middle of no where and feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door and crawls through to find a parallel world where things are more interesting and everyone has buttons for eyes. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay there forever she refuses and soon realises the alternate reality is just a trick to trap her.


I doubt there are many people who haven’t seen this film and I think it’s honestly really good. Every so often I’ll get a craving to re-watch it and each time it’s just as good as I remembered. I was actually lucky enough to meet Neil Gaiman and now I have a signed hardback copy of Coraline – which I can never read because it’s too pretty so I had to go out and buy a paperback copy too so I could actually enjoy it.

My Sister’s Keeper (Nick Cassavetes, 2009)

I first watched this film in Science because we were learning about designer babies or something and I enjoyed it but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me or anything. I’m pretty sure we watched it again in Religious Studies, but again not much impact. Then I went out and bought a copy for my Mom because she’d sounded interested when I’d told her about it. The more I’ve watched it the more I’ve fallen in love with it and now it’s one of my favourites.

My Sister’s Keeper is about Anna Fitzgerald who was born with a particular purpose – to save her sister Kate who has been diagnosed with cancer. But when Anna turns eleven she files for medical emancipation so that her parents can’t force her to donate her kidney to her sister. Soon she is caught up in a legal battle against her own mother.

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My description doesn’t do the film justice but it is amazing and I always cry absolute buckets whenever I watch it. The acting is brilliant, especially from Sofia Vassilieva who played Kate. There’s nothing about this film that I don’t love and it’s a must watch.

Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

I always forget about Room whenever someone asks me what my favourite film is but it’s probably this one. This is another film that makes me cry absolute buckets and I just think it’s so beautifully done. I haven’t seen it that many times because I keep forgetting I own the DVD but I still think it’s my favourite film.

Room is based on the book by Emma Donoghue (which is also amazing) and is about a young boy named Jack who has grown up in the confines of a small shed with his Ma. He has never left Room and knows nothing about the outside world. But as Jack’s curiosity grows and Ma’s resilience reaches breaking point they hatch a risky plan to escape Room.


I’d actually never heard of the book at the time and I learnt about the film from Jess who wanted to go and see it. I liked the look of the trailer so the two of us went to see it and I loved it. I loved it so much that I saw it two more times at the cinema and then bought a copy of the book. The book is also amazing but different to the film – sadder but more realistic. Overall I think I prefer the movie. This is another where the acting is amazing, Brie Larson 100% deserved her Oscar and Jacob Tremblay did an amazing job of playing Jack. If you haven’t seen Room then I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

So there we go, there are six of my favourite films in no particular order! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite films, if you have any recommendations then send them my way.

Review: See How They Lie by Sue Wallman

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I wrote a review of Sue Wallman’s ‘Lying About Last Summer’ a while ago [x] and I thoroughly enjoyed it so when I saw she’d released another book I was really excited to read it. I’m pretty much always broke so I didn’t buy it for ages but did finally receive a copy for Christmas from my Mom which I was super happy about.

For those who don’t know anything about the book ‘See How They Lie’ is told from the point of view of Mae who has grown up at Hummingbird Creek, a wellness retreat for rich teens with psychological problems so they can receive the help they need from Mae’s father, a skilled psychiatric. All aspects of daily life are monitored carefully for the patient’s sake and there are strict rules. When Mae is caught breaking these rules the response is severe. She begins to doubt everything she’s been told and starts asking questions. But asking questions at Hummingbird Creek can be dangerous.

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This book sounded so good so I was really looking forward to reading it and I ended up really enjoying it. I had a feeling I would because I’d already liked ‘Lying about Last Summer’ but this book was much, much better. It kept my interest from start to finish and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out the truth.

I really liked reading about Mae, I don’t know what it was about her but I don’t know I just thought she was a really good character. I didn’t like Mae’s best friend Drew but I don’t really know why. He just seemed really pretentious and annoying. Her other friends were a lot more interesting to read about and I don’t know, I just preferred them. Hated her Dad right from the start before I’d even learnt much about him.

Although I loved the story I can’t help feeling a bit confused about the plot twist. I thought it was good don’t get me wrong but I’m not 100% sure how it would work? Obviously I don’t want to give it away for anyone because it was interesting and I didn’t see it coming but I just don’t know how it would work – it sucks because I want to go into more detail but anything I say could give it away. Don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for you guys!

Overall I really recommend this book because it had me hooked right from the start and it was just a super interesting read. If you haven’t read a Sue Wallman book before then you’re really missing out, her books are so good with interesting plot twists and I really can’t recommend them enough.

Top 10 Favourite BTS Songs

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A while ago I wrote a list of my favourite Girls’ Generation songs so I decided to write a list of my favourite BTS ones as well! Here goes nothing!

10. Save Me

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I didn’t appreciate this song enough when it first came out, I loved ‘Fire’ so much that this song felt like a bit of a let-down. It did grow on me though and now I love it! I just wish I’d appreciated it more when I saw them perform it at ‘K-Con Paris’ because it’s a great song with such cool choreography. It’s not my favourite but I appreciate it a lot more than I used to!

9. Dope

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This was the second song I’d ever heard by them and at the time I hadn’t listened to an awful lot of K-Pop, I was a fan of girl groups but I didn’t really listen to any boy groups. This is ridiculous but I remember listening to this and being like ‘this song is so aggressive’? I don’t know why ‘cos it’s not aggressive at all but that was my first impression of the song. A few more listens and I ended up loving it, that song is honestly iconic let’s be real.

8. No More Dream

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Although it sounds completely different to the songs they release now there’s something I love about BTS’ debut song. I think it’s because me and my friend learnt the chorus’ choreography so the song grew on me the more I learnt it. I’m low-key glad they changed their image because their music’s a lot better now but it’s still a great debut song.

7. Fun Boys

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This used to be my favourite song by them but I listened to it one too many times and it’s slowly slid down the list. I can’t remember who made me listen to this song or anything but at the time of ‘K-Con Paris’ it was my favourite song and I remember complaining to my friends “I really, really want them to do Fun Boys but I know they won’t.” BTS got to the end of their set and Rap Monster announced “Okay we’re gonna do our last song now.” So I was like ‘okay it’ll be War of Hormone’ BUT NOPE IT WAS FUN BOYS. I’m so glad I got to see it live – I did record the whole thing but when I listened to it back all you could hear was me like there was no BTS just me attempting to scream the lyrics in broken Korean. I deleted the video.

6. Lie (Jimin solo)

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This is a bit of a cheat but I love this song so much oh my god. I’m pretty sure I asked my friends if they’d listened to a comeback by a different group and Becca was like “NOPE I’VE HAD PARK JIMIN’S SOLO ON REPEAT SINCE IT WAS DROPPED” so I decided to give it a listen and oh my god. Jimin’s not even my bias but it was definitely my favourite solo song from Wings. I love J-Hope’s ‘Mama’ and Suga’s ‘First Love’ but ‘Lie’ has to take it. Why couldn’t they have come to Europe with their Wings tour, I’d have loved to have seen it live!

5. I Need U

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This is another song they did at ‘K-Con Paris’ (sorry to keep going on about it but like it was one of the best concerts ever) and I love this song so much. Everything about it. There’s nothing I don’t love about it. It’s not usually my kind of thing but for some reason I just really like it. I love ‘Run’ as well but not quite as much as ‘I Need U’.

4. Butterfly

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Usually I hate slow songs so I wouldn’t have bothered listening to this but Jess told me if she ever passed away she’d want it played at her funeral. For a while every time I listened to it I ended up feeling really sad because I remembered what she said and I’d end up thinking about what it would be like if she did die and yeah, it used to depress the hell out of me. Luckily I can listen to it now without thinking about the death of one of my best friends and I love this song. Slow songs need to be interesting otherwise I get bored very quickly but this one keeps my interest and I love it.

3. Not Today

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I think I already posted that I’d been disappointed with ‘Spring Day’ when it was released because even though I love it now I thought it was a bit slow and boring at the time. I was so happy when ‘Not Today’ was released because it’s so much more my style of music. I included this song in my running playlist because it really motivates me. So if you need any motivation, listen to this song and I guarantee you will have some!

2. Fire

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I keep talking about ‘K-Con Paris’ but really that concert is what made me love them. I remember they dropped this comeback and I didn’t particularly care much about BTS at the time so I only listened to this once we’d got the tickets for K-Con. I loved it at first listen, it’s so lit and I had it on repeat for ages. I filmed them singing this at K-Con but I had to delete that as well because again, all you could hear was me yelling “FIIIIIIIIIIIIRE!” Horrendous. But this song is honestly amazing, I don’t care what anyone says.

1. Mic Drop

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I remember mentioning in a previous post that after ‘DNA’ was released I was a bit worried that I was going off BTS. Then I listened to ‘Mic Drop’ after seeing a few people rave about it. It was then that I realised I was still complete and utter BTS trash. This song is amazing. I like the remix too but the original is heaps better. If BTS ever finally announce their Europe tour I really hope they perform this because at the moment it’s my favourite song by them and there’s not a thing about it that I don’t love.

So there you go, there’s my top ten favourite BTS songs! Leave me a comment with your top favourites.

Top Three Favourite Memories from Paris

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I have slightly taken inspiration from Becca again as she has started posting ‘top three must visit’ places for the countries she’s been and I decided to do something similar. You can read Becca’s top three places to visit in Paris here [x]. However, instead of describing three places I think you must see though I decided to write about my favourite memories from each trip because I love reading back on the fun memories I had with my friends.

Paris will always have a special place in my heart as the first trip the four of us went on abroad and although a lot of things went wrong it’s still one of my favourite trips we’ve been on. It’s hard to condense it down into just three favourite memories but here are what I’ve chosen.


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Although I don’t particularly like rollercoasters or theme parks in general I’d wanted to go to Disneyland for years. Because who doesn’t want to go to Disneyland, let’s be real? I wasn’t 100% sure it would work but luckily you could buy park tickets that came with a shuttle bus that took you from central Paris to Disneyland. We booked the tickets and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in my life.

We vlogged the day and I love rewatching it, Becca caught the moment I spotted the castle for the first time on camera and my reaction is brilliant. I was doing some weird dancing and I said “This is what I do in the club-AHHH THE CASTLE!” (You can watch the vlog here [x]) I spent the whole day just being amazed by absolutely everything and I had the best time with my friends. All I regret is that we didn’t see a parade and that we didn’t stay until the park closed and just caught the train back.

My highlights from the day included meeting Mickey Mouse, going in Alice’s maze and the Armageddon special effects attraction. Even though I don’t like rides I found I still had an amazing day and I’d love to go back someday since we missed a whole section of the park and I want to be able to see a parade.

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This year we’re hopefully going to Disneyland Tokyo so that should be just as good and me, Becca and Jess will be able to make just as good memories!

The Catacombs

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I wanted to visit these after watching the film ‘As Above, So Below’ because even though the film was absolutely terrible the catacombs still looked and sounded interesting. We visited them on Thursday morning, the day before our trip ended and the day after we’d looked around all the obvious tourist attractions. We got there pretty early but there was still quite a queue but I don’t remember standing there for absolutely ages. Maybe I was just having fun, I like getting an opportunity to just talk with my friends.

We got to the front and the tickets weren’t that expensive then we went down the spiral staircase and I’m going to be honest that was horrific. It felt never ending and I was taking it slowly so I couldn’t see my friends anymore so I kept calling out to them because I felt like the staircase would never end. I hate old-fashioned spiral staircases but luckily it was a one-way system so there was no one trying to force their way up, you could only go down.

Eventually we made it to the bottom which was a relief because I had begun to believe I’d died and gone to Hell and was stuck on the eternal staircase but there was a bottom! Going through the Catacombs is also a one-way system, you follow the corridor and you can’t go off exploring them by yourself. They’re actually massive and you only see a small portion of them on your visit but even that’s amazing and if you could explore the entire Catacombs you’d probably get lost.

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I think the Catacombs were probably my favourite from the trip, they were really interesting and a little creepy. If I ever went back to Paris I wouldn’t mind going on another visit into the Catacombs, I’d be more interested in revisiting them than I would Notre Dame or the Arc de Triomphe.

If you’re in Paris I definitely recommend giving the Catacombs a visit because they’re not to be missed!

K-Con Paris


This was the whole reason we decided to come to Paris, it was solely for K-Con. The original plan was to come to France on the morning of K-Con, go to the concert then come home the next morning. Luckily we had the chance to extend our trip so we could have a proper look around but my highlight was definitely K-Con Paris, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a better concert in my life.

The morning me and Jess bought the tickets was honestly the most stressed I’ve ever felt in my entire life. You need to understand that usually when I buy concert tickets I’m up against everyone else in the country or the town. In this instance we were up against the whole of Europe – every European K-Pop fan was after these tickets and they were not easy to get. The entire website was in French which I didn’t understand a word of and an hour later me and Jess were still desperately refreshing the website trying to get a ticket. Eventually Jess managed to get some ‘Category 1’ tickets in her cart and she went through the check-out process whilst I desperately tried to use my laptop to translate the page she was on. In the end we had three tickets and our trip to Paris could finally come together!


We had the most expensive ticket type which was seated in the best section so we didn’t show up to the arena until about half-an-hour before the doors were due to open. That was maybe a mistake. The queuing system was extremely confusing but eventually we got to the back of the longest queue I have ever seen in my entire life and it began. We were in that queue for like an hour and a half playing endless games of fuck, marry, kill to pass the time. I’m not gonna lie it did get to a point where I was worried we’d miss the start of the concert.

Also France don’t give a damn about security, we were supposed to have a pat-down before we went in and the lady half-heartedly tapped my side and my arm before waving me in.

Once inside my anxiety about missing the start of the show disappeared so me and Jess bought ourselves a sandwich much to Becca’s absolute horror because now she was worried we’d miss the start but luckily we didn’t!

We found our seats and we genuinely couldn’t have asked for better tickets. The stage was in a sort of Z shape and if an idol was on stage and wanted to get to the middle section they had to walk right past us. Also all the idols entered the stage on our side so before the show started we saw all the groups, including BTS, heading towards the stage and all three of us completely freaked out. We were also sat a few rows behind the President of South Korea and had no idea. We sort of made it onto the Korean news too.

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I’m so sad there wasn’t a K-Con in Europe last year because it was honestly an amazing concert and I’d give anything to go back to another K-Con. We didn’t bother with the convention during the day which we regretted at the time but I’ve read a lot of people saying they were disappointed by the system to get into the convention so maybe I’m glad we didn’t bother.

K-Con, please come back to Europe soon? Please?

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So there we go, those are my three favourite memories from Paris – it was a lovely city and if you ever get the chance I’d definitely recommend going. Everyone needs to visit Paris at some point in their lives!