30 Favourite K-Pop Songs of 2018

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I’ve only made this for fun, similar to when I made last year’s post. This is just my opinion, feel free to disagree or leave comments with any songs you think I missed this year! I’m only featuring groups once on the list and the songs could be comebacks, debuts, solo releases and it’s not just K-Pop some Japanese songs may be included. Here goes nothing!

30. KHAN – I’m Your Girl?

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I don’t know much about KHAN but I came across a tweet on Twitter hyping up this song so I decided to check it out. It’s a good song – not my favourite from 2018 but still a good song nonetheless. I wish KHAN every success for the future!

29. Moonbyul ft. Seulgi – Selfish

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Considering Moonbyul is my Mamamoo bias and Seulgi is my Red Velvet bias it’s safe to say that when I heard about this song I was super excited. The girls suited each other so well and it was an amazing collab. We need more collabs between companies, this song was amazing!

28. Oh My Girl – Secret Garden

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Last year Oh My Girl were at number 16 on my list with ‘Colouring Book’ but unfortunately this year they’ve dropped a few places because I wasn’t really a fan of their comebacks this year. I’m not sure what it is because I know I’m not a fan of like the chill vibe in songs but ‘Closer’ was relatively chill and I love that song so much. I’m not sure; I just wasn’t a big fan of Oh My Girl’s releases this year. But ‘Secret Garden’ still made it to the list because it is a sweet song!

27. Pristin V – Get It

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My friend Jess probably would’ve placed this song a lot higher up the list because she loved this song. I remember at one point she’d give me a lift places and this song would be on repeat the entire time. We went to a K-Pop Night in Birmingham and she requested that the DJ play this song (I don’t think he did which she was disappointed about). It is a good song but not really 100% my taste. Still a good song though!

26. Nature – Some (You’ll be Mine)

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Nature only debuted this year and I think this was another song I found through people raving on Twitter. At first I’m not sure this is the song for me because it’s quite sweet but then the chorus hits and it goes hard. The girls’ dancing is amazing and the song is really good! I hope they’re another group that continue to do well.

25. EXID – Lady

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Everyone’s been raving about EXID’s ‘I Love You’ but truthfully, I wasn’t a massive fan. Obviously I’m over the moon that Solji’s back so I wanted to love it but unfortunately I didn’t. To be truthful I’m not the biggest fan of EXID’s new stuff because it doesn’t feel as iconic as their old stuff but ‘Lady’ was still a good song and I’m still looking forward to future EXID releases.

24. NCT U – Baby Don’t Stop

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I feel like the only reason I listen to NCT songs is because Becca sings them on repeat so I end up checking them out because they’re stuck in my head. I first heard this song when on holiday in Greece. We were driving through Crete and Becca was in charge of the playlist and she played this song. I actually enjoyed it so the next day I asked if she could put it on again. I’m not the biggest NCT fan but they do have some bops, this one included!

23. Cosmic Girls – Dreams Come True

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Cosmic Girls came in at 26th on last year’s list with ‘I Wish’ – with hindsight I probably would’ve ranked that song higher because I love it more as time has gone on. No doubt something similar will happen with ‘Dreams Come True’ because although I think it’s a good song, it’s not my favourite song ever. But it’s still a great song; I can’t wait to see what Cosmic Girls release in 2019!

22. Laysha – Pink Label

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I only discovered Laysha this year with their song ‘Chocolate Cream’ which I instantly loved. So when they dropped their ‘Pink Label’ comeback I was quick to watch it and loved it pretty much straightaway. It’s a cool song!

21. J-Hope – daydream

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J-Hope is my BTS bias so when I found out he was releasing a solo song I was over the moon and he definitely didn’t disappoint. I loved pretty much everything about it, the song, the music video… It was all amazing and you could tell how hard he’d worked on it. I’m so proud of my boy and I love this song so much!

20. Hyolyn – Dally

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Okay but to have a body and able to dance like Hyolyn… Would actually be a dream come true. This song is absolutely perfect for Hyolyn and she absolutely slayed it. I think it took me a couple of listens to get into but once I did I was gone, it’s such a good song.

19. Jennie – Solo

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I’m a bit sick of people moaning that this sounded like ‘Gashina’. I love this song and I think Jennie did amazing. As the first member of Black Pink to do a solo I think she did incredibly well. It’s a good song and I loved it from first listen. I hope more Black Pink members get solos in the future because this one was awesome.

18. 24K – Bonnie n Clyde

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So 24K made the announcement this year that Kisu was joining the military and that they’d added a new member called Kiyong. It was their first comeback without Kisu and I was a little disappointed as Kisu’s always been quite high on my bias list. But this song was still amazing and I love Kiyong, he’s so sweet. I went to see them in Paris and had the best time ever; hearing this song live was amazing. I can’t wait to see what 24K comeback with in 2019!

17. Oh My Girl Banhana – Banana Allergy Monkey

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Okay, there’s been some divide about this song… But I don’t care; I think it’s a cute and fun song! I don’t care if it’s a bit childish; sometimes music can just be fun! I preferred this song to Oh My Girl’s main releases this year and loved that they didn’t take themselves too seriously and just went for it. I wasn’t 100% sure at first but as time went on I loved it a lot. Definitely one of my favourite songs of 2018!

16. Hyo – Sober

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I wasn’t 100% certain on this song at first but after a few listens I suddenly couldn’t stop listening to it. I don’t normally like English versions of K-Pop songs but I ended up preferring the English version to this song for some reason. Hyoyeon just absolutely killed it. I also loved ‘Punk Right Now’ as well but ‘Sober’ was definitely higher up on my list of favourite 2018 songs. I can’t wait to see what she releases in 2019!

15. LOONA yyxy – love4eva

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Pretty much every K-Pop fan has heard of LOONA due to the loyal fan base who constantly spam pretty much everything with comments saying ‘anyway stan LOONA’. Ever since I’d heard about LOONA’s concept I’d wanted to become a fan but didn’t really enjoy their debut. However I loved the yyxy subunit song of ‘love4eva’ right from the first listen. I also love the music video and just pretty much everything about it. It’s such a good song!

14. Oh!GG – ‘Lil Touch

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Girls’ Generation were at 24 on my list last year with ‘Holiday’ – it’s safe to say I was way more impressed with this year’s comeback. Although I’m sad that there are only five members left it’s also good in a way because members who previously didn’t get many lines are now getting a chance to shine. I’m so glad Sunny got a chance to showcase her talent, although was annoyed at comments like ‘wow where has Sunny’s talent been all these years?’ Um right there in front of you, she’s just now getting a chance to actually show it. ‘’Lil Touch’ was an amazing song and if you haven’t heard it then you’re honestly missing out.

13. Mamamoo – Egotistic

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I didn’t really feel like giving Mamamoo much of a chance after listening to ‘Starry Night’ because I wasn’t really a fan and figured I was going off them. Then Jess gave me a lift home and this was her current song that she had on repeat. I gave it a listen on Spotify and actually ended up loving it. It really suits Mamamoo and I feel like they’ve found a sound that suits them. It doesn’t make me like ‘Starry Night’ though.

12. (G)I-DLE – $$$

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Although I liked LATATA I wasn’t over the moon impressed with it. I still liked (G)I-DLE so when this song came up in my recommended I decided to give it a listen and instantly fell in love with it. (G)I-DLE are so talented and I’m so glad I discovered this song because it’s amazing.

11. TWICE – Yes or Yes?

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TWICE can sometimes be a bit hit and miss with their songs but I feel like they’ve done nothing but impress me this year. Each new comeback has been my favourite – I put ‘Yes or Yes’ on the list as that was their latest release and I loved it at first listen. But ‘What is Love’ and ‘Dance the Night Away’ were amazing as well. I can’t wait to see what TWICE release next year but I really hope they take a well-deserved break soon!

10. Black Pink – Forever Young

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I loved DU-DUU DU-DUU at first listen but wasn’t so sure about ‘Forever Young’ initially because once the beat dropped it was almost like listening to a completely different song. But it grew on me and overtime became my favourite Black Pink song. I just love pretty much everything about it – even the beat drop I initially disliked.

9. SoRi – Touch

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I love CocoSori so much but I hadn’t been a big fan of Coco’s solo song. That didn’t put me off trying SoRi’s solo and I’m so glad it didn’t because I LOVED ‘Touch’ so much. I had it on repeat for ages when I first listened to it because I loved it. SoRi is amazing and I love her, she’s so talented. I also loved ‘I’m Ready’ from this year but ‘Touch’ is still definitely my favourite.

8. G-Friend – Memoria

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G-Friend have had some good comebacks this year but there was something about ‘Memoria’ that I automatically loved. This was another song that I had on repeat for ages and is probably my favourite G-Friend song at the moment. It’s just so sweet and so very G-Friend. I love it!

7. gugudan – Not That Type

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To be honest I’ve never really listened to gugudan – well I did listen to a couple of songs but wasn’t particularly impressed so didn’t bother again for a while. Then I decided to give ‘Not That Type’ a listen and oh my god, I was blown away. This song was amazing and I will definitely be checking out more gugudan in the New Year!

6. AOA – Bingle Bangle

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A few people were worried that without Choa that AOA would flop, but let’s be real… ‘Bingle Bangle’ was one of the best songs that AOA have ever released. Jimin’s rap part is definitely the best bit but it was a good song all around. I love AOA so much and this is definitely my current favourite song by them.

5. MOMOLAND – BAAM

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It’s crazy that on last year’s list MOMOLAND were at the bottom of the list with ‘Freeze!’ This year has been a good year for MOMOLAND’s careers since they blew up with their song ‘Bboom Bboom’. Unfortunately MOMOLAND have also low-key become the ‘in group’ to dislike but I love them and I loved ‘BAAM’.  While most people preferred ‘Bboom Bboom’ I much preferred ‘BAAM’. I hate that everyone’s moaning that ‘BAAM’ sounds quite similar – after the success of ‘Bboom Bboom’ of course they were going to play it safe, they need to establish a solid fan base before experimenting with different sounds. I’m proud of all MOMOLAND have achieved and I hope they continue their success in 2019.

4. BTS – Idol

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I’d been worried I was going off BTS last year but this year they’ve definitely reclaimed their place as my favourite boy group. It might help that I finally got to see them live at their own concert (after previously seeing them at K-Con Paris). I loved so many BTS songs this year but my favourite title track was almost definitely ‘Idol’. It’s just so much fun and was an amazing song to see live (from what I could see considering I was at the back of the venue).

3. Red Velvet – Really Bad Boy

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Red Velvet are another group that released bop after bop this year but I especially loved ‘Really Bad Boy’. I know a few people will disagree but I actually preferred it to ‘Bad Boy’, I don’t even care. I loved it from first listen and the music video is amazing. I can’t wait to see what Red Velvet release in 2019 because I have no doubt that it’ll be amazing.

2. Dreamcatcher – What

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I love Dreamcatcher but ‘What’ absolutely blew me away. I’d seen it was released but take a few days to actually get around to listening it – when I did though I loved it instantly, it reminded me of when I’d first heard them with ‘Chase Me’. I couldn’t stop listening to it until eventually I’d listened to it one too many times. But it’s still an amazing song and one of the best of 2019. Here’s hoping Dreamcatcher come back to Europe one day so I can see them live all over again!

1. CLC – Black Dress

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I did like ‘Hobgoblin’ but nothing could’ve prepared me for how much I loved ‘Black Dress’. It was definitely my favourite comeback of 2019, I knew from the moment it was released that it would be. CLC are amazing and can slay pretty much every concept and they did amazing at this one. I love everything about it and if you haven’t listened to it then what the hell are you doing? I wish CLC all the success in the world for 2019.

Feel free to let me know if you think I missed any amazing comebacks, debuts or whatever in 2019!

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My New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m not normally a big fan of making New Year’s Resolutions because mine are normally quite clichéd. Lose weight, be a tidier/more organised person, stuff like that. But for the last few years I’ve managed to achieve some New Year’s Resolutions by making them a bit simpler. The first one was when I vowed to meet a celebrity – and later that same month managed to meet the band We Are the in Crowd. Then last year I started a new one where I vow to ‘do something fun every month’ and I’ve since stuck to that. Doing something fun for me usually means going on a trip, going to watch a show, going to a concert, but can be pretty much anything as long as I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about next year’s resolutions and I think I’ve thought of some that I may manage to achieve that will either make me a bit happier, healthier or just generally make a life a bit easier. So here we go, here’s what I hope to achieve in 2019.

Do Something Fun Every Month

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As I make this vow at the start of every year I will definitely be making it again in 2019. So far I have Romania in January, Cursed Child and a potential trip to Belgium in March, and mine and my Mom’s trip to San Francisco in May. I’ll quickly slot something in for February and April and the first five months will be taken care of. I don’t doubt the other months will soon fill up with fun things as well.

When I first made this resolution I was worried it would cost a lot but it doesn’t. The occasional trip abroad or to London can be a bit expensive but if I have say one theatre trip in April then that’s cost me about £40 at the most and that’ll be my fun thing ticked off for the month in a single evening. I usually end up doing something fun every month by accident anyway, I don’t necessarily pre-plan ‘oh I need to fill in this month otherwise I won’t have done anything’. I nearly always have something to look forward to and I will continue with that in 2019!

Make More of an Effort to Eat Homemade

My friends make fun of me for being a bad cook but when I put my mind to it I’m not actually as bad as they think. Honestly my current issue is that I don’t like standing by the oven to cook my food because I hate being around my step-dad and his snide comments. So at least if I shove something in the oven I can run upstairs and avoid him until my food is cooked.

But I don’t want to keep living like this. Homemade food is usually a lot better for you and way tastier, and I usually find I enjoy cooking when I actually put the effort in. I make more of an effort when my parents go away on holiday – I used to love ordering a takeout while they were away whereas now I look forward to making myself some stir fry!

In the New Year I’m going to make more of an effort to push my step-dad’s comments aside for the sake of eating better. I had made a vow in 2018 to try meat free Mondays because I’m way too fussy to ever become a full on vegetarian but that fell away quite quickly. I might try again in 2019 and see what happens. But regardless, I want to make more homemade meals!

Spend Less Time on my Laptop

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I tell myself quite often that I need to spend less time on my laptop but quickly slip back into spending nearly all of my time on it. To be fair, I’m okay on the week day evenings because I’m normally quite busy but then the weekend comes around and I don’t have any plans so the laptop is on all day.

Next year I’m going to try and tick off ‘read two new books every month for a year’ off my bucket list so that should take up quite a bit of my time. I also really need to start practicing the piano – I have lessons once a week and the week goes by so quickly that by the time my next lesson comes along I realise I haven’t done any practicing at all so I really need to start. Alongside my piano lessons I was considering taking up something else, like a language or something but I’m not 100% decided yet.

Either way, I’m going to make an effort to reduce my screen time and do something more worthwhile than scrolling mindlessly through Social Media for hours on end. Obviously I’ll have evenings or times where I do just want to chill out on my laptop and I won’t feel guilty for that but it definitely needs to be cut down from what it is now.

Get Back into Writing

I know I mentioned taking some time away from my laptop but I may have to use it for this one… Ever since I was a child if you asked me what my dream job was I always said ‘writer’ without hesitation. Even now, I love my job but I want more than anything to publish a book. It doesn’t even have to be a best seller, even if only one person reads it – I just want a published book.

Unfortunately by the end of the day I just don’t have the motivation to write. Well, I do write but smaller, easier things. Like my blog posts or the short stories I write for my friends at Birthdays/Christmas or to cheer them up. But I haven’t worked on ‘The Novel’ for ages. I need to get back into it and I’m going to make it my New Year’s Resolution.

I feel like my issue is that I feel like I need to FOCUS on the novel so I write all evening every night for like a week, burn myself out and don’t return to it. If I wrote say… 1000 words a day? Hell, even 1000 words a week, at least I’d be WRITING. I need to set a new target and stick with that. Even if it turns out to be a complete disaster, at least I’ll know I’ve tried.

Start Exercising Again

At the start of this year I decided to try and get into better shape before my trip to Asia. I went running three nights a week but then somehow due to lack of motivation this just fell away. Now that I’m earning more money I am considering a gym membership because that might encourage me to go but I’m not sure. I’ve discovered that the one I want to go is also the one my Dad and brother attend, both of whom are very buff so that’s a little intimidating. But I feel everywhere else is super expensive.

Either way I know I should probably start exercising again because I do need to lose some weight. I don’t like setting myself weight targets because I’m just setting myself up for failure but it would be a good idea to at least try and get into better shape.

Book another Out-of-Continent Trip with my Friends

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This year I went with Jess and Becca to Asia and had the most amazing time ever. Now although I’m going with my Mom to America next year I also want to book a trip with my friends to a different continent. Our goal has been Australia 2020 so we’ll probably do what we did for Asia and sit down to book it a year in advance so we can slowly pay everything off and sort what we want to do.

Truthfully Australia’s never been top of my list but it has been on the top of Hirst’s for years and as she didn’t get to come to Asia with us we’re going to prioritise her number one travel destination. I have no doubts that it’ll be a ton of fun and I’ll love it when we get there so I am really looking forward to it. It’ll be our first long-haul flight as all four of us and I’m just really excited for it to be booked.

So there are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019! Feel free to share yours and I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Travel Fails: Asia Edition

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At the start of the year I wrote a post about mine and my friends travel fails which you can read here. Recently we went on a trip to Asia where we travelled round three cities in Japan then visited Seoul in South Korea before heading home. Of course none of our trips are without fails so I decided to write a quick post of the things that went wrong in Asia!

Tokyo

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The worst fail in Tokyo was probably Becca getting sick on my birthday. Anytime you go out for something to eat in Tokyo you’re given a glass of tap water. We’re usually quite sensible and avoid drinking tap water in foreign countries and stock up on plenty of bottled water but by the time we’d sat down to eat after long days of sight-seeing me and Becca were normally quite thirsty so we both drank the tap water. However, I go to the loo way more often and was flushing it out with plenty of bottled water. Becca also eats less than me so the tap water stayed in her system.

I was initially disappointed on my birthday because we’d been planning to visit Disneyland but the weather was rainy and there was a typhoon warning so we did the sensible thing and pushed it to a day where the weather would be better (which definitely was a good idea as the weather was lush when we went). It’s lucky we did as we headed out, got an amazing breakfast at a K-Pop themed café, looked around a district full of K-Pop merch and then headed to Takeshita Street to do some shopping when Becca realised she felt absolutely awful.

In the end she decided to go back to the hotel so we went with her to make sure she got back okay. We had a few minutes rest in the room and then headed back out leaving poor Becca behind. Me and Jess didn’t do tons ‘cos we felt bad but we did head to the Hedgehog café which was a lot of fun. Then as we headed to find somewhere for dinner I fell over in the middle of a busy street because the floor was slippery from the rain. So there’s another fail.

Luckily Becca felt well enough the next day to head back out and didn’t touch another drop of tap water for the rest of the trip but it still sucked that she couldn’t come to the hedgehog café as I know she’d been looking forward to it. Me and Jess brought her back a plushie hedgehog to try and cheer her up but it still wasn’t the same. We definitely need to go back to Tokyo one day.

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Another fail we had from the get go was assuming that Japan would be a similar temperature to the UK in October. It was boiling hot and apparently this is the norm, we told our Aokigahara Forest tour guide that it was cold in England in October and she seemed surprised. Always read up about the climate before you go I guess? Most of my outfits consist of warm knitted dresses so I had to suffer in them every day. I don’t think I had a single summer outfit with me and the struggle was real.

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Walking around Japan really wore us out so after our day trip to Mt Fuji and the Aokigahara Forest we were all looking forward to an early night and a nice, long, uninterrupted sleep. Japan clearly had other ideas because I was woken up at midnight by the sound of my phone going absolutely berserk, making noises I didn’t even know it could make. In my half-asleep daze I didn’t really think twice about it, I was just so desperate to switch the noise off but was fully awake when I saw a message from the government advising us to ‘Keep calm and seek shelter nearby’.

Other than that there was no context to the message so I woke the others up and told them what it said. Neither were sure and Becca got up to help me look it up. I managed to freak myself out by going on a website that advised me ‘it could be that North Korea have sent a missile J’ but luckily Becca went on Twitter and saw it was actually an earthquake alert.

The girls make fun of me now but we don’t get big earthquakes in the UK so I was worried about what it would be like and whether we needed to do anything so I kept asking them questions but the girls were tired so I shut up and tried to push it out of my mind. In the end Tokyo didn’t even feel the earthquake and the message was sent out by mistake – it was only about a four on the scale and apparently they only send out messages for the bad ones and it was an error. Irritating though that the message had broken our one good long night’s sleep.

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We didn’t do much on our last day in Tokyo, we just headed straight to the train station to travel to Kyoto. The train ticket cost about £90 each so if we missed our train we were a bit screwed. But we had just over an hour until we had to go so we went downstairs into their food court section to find something to eat. Me and Jess eventually came across a beef place so Becca sat outside whilst we ate.

The downstairs area was so big that when we came out we immediately got lost and couldn’t find our way back to the train station. We knew it was up but everywhere with stairs seemed to be leading outside and we had no idea where to go. In the end I plucked up the courage to ask some men the directions to the station and they did look at me like I was a bit of a moron but they pointed me in the vague direction. You have no idea how stressed I was, we really didn’t have the time to be lost and as the pessimist I am I was convinced we were going to miss our train.

Luckily we found our platform in the nick of time and our train was still there so we jumped on and went walking through the carriages to find some spare seats next to each other. We managed to find three one in front of the other, put our massive suitcases away and finally relaxed. We’d all been a bit stressed and cranky looking for the correct platform so I think missing the train may have genuinely been the start of a fallout but luckily that didn’t happen.

Kyoto

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We arrived in Kyoto at about 2PM and requested a 3PM pick-up from the train station – we were staying in an apartment where they didn’t give out the address and someone had to pick us up to take us there, give us the key etc. Someone already had the 3PM pick-up so we figured no big deal, we’ll just get the 4PM one.

We headed over the road with the idea of getting some food in the café. However, when he came over to take our order Jess said “Three hot chocolates please” and the guy assumed that was the end of our order and none of us felt confident enough to call him back either. We had our hot chocolates then headed back over to be at the station for 4PM.

4PM came and passed with no sign of our car. We were all still hungry and there was a McDonalds across the road but none of us wanted to take the risk because the driver could literally turn up at any minute. We waited until about 4:40 and I messaged the guy to ask if he was still coming and eventually got a reply to say it would now be a 5PM pick-up. We carried on waiting and it got to a point where we were checking every car registration and none of us actually expected him to come, we were really shocked when he eventually came. None of us complained because we’re not like that but we were all starving.

He drove us to the apartment and he really stressed me out because he answered his phone while driving – I don’t know Japan’s view on that but in the UK that’s a massive no, I yell at my Mom for even glancing at her phone. We went inside and it did look really nice and he began talking us through the features of the apartment which was all going fine… Until he showed us how the air conditioning worked.

He hit the on button and the flaps to the air con opened and out fell the biggest bug I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Me and Becca both looked at each other but neither the guy nor Jess had noticed this bug. He carried on talking us through everything else but I was now on edge looking for this bug. By the time he’d gone and we were able to mention it, the bug had gone missing.

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We went out to Kyoto Tower and by the time we got back the bug was now back on the wall. This turned into a massive hoo-ha because we obviously couldn’t leave this massive bug just wondering around the apartment so Jess bravely got a glass and went to capture it. She got really mad at me and Becca ‘cos we were both a bit wimpy at this point but in my defence I did help. Luckily Jess caught the bug in a glass and we got rid of it outside – it tried to fly in her face but we ran back inside and locked it out.

Luckily Kyoto was relatively stress-free compared to the other places we visited, except for when we visit Kyoto Imperial Palace and it absolutely threw it down with rain and Jess said we should run to the next bit with shelter because the rain had ‘calmed down’ a bit. We looked like drowned rats by the time the rain let up.

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And finally, on Jess’ birthday we decided to visit the Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park both of which were fabulous but by the time we were done me and Jess were absolutely starving so we looked for somewhere to eat nearby. The only places near us in Kyoto were very traditional looking places but after scanning the menu of a noodle place we headed inside where we waited for a table to become available. When it eventually did I settled on some duck noodles as I like duck and I like noodles so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. Until it was brought over and I was like “Jess, why does it smell so strongly of fish?” and she replied “Oh… I think it’s been cooked in a fish broth.”

I tried to suck up the noodles as quickly as possible but all I could was fish as I did so and I’m really, really, not fond of fish. I left a good majority of it.

Osaka

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On our first night in Osaka we decided to visit an arcade that we’d read about online. At this point we didn’t have long left in Japan and we all had quite a bit of money… Which is probably why me and Jess went a bit mad.

I do love arcades but British ones are a bit depressing and feel like a waste of money because I can see I’m throwing away actual hard earned money. But I had tons of Japanese yen which didn’t feel real so I converted a lot of it coins and had a go on most of the machines. There was a Studio Ghibli one and I quite quickly won a little Totoro figure which I was over the moon about. There was a little Jiji figure (from Kiki’s Delivery Service) in the machine that Jess decided she wanted so we both spent tons of money trying to win it for her. In the meantime I won a ton of other Ghibli figures but eventually Jess got her Jiji figurine.

We went around going on different machines – we went up to the different floors but they were more competitive gambling and weren’t as fun as the bottom floor which was full of prize games like crane machines etc. I wasn’t taking it too seriously until Becca won a Winnie the Pooh bear out of a crane machine. It was quite big and none of us were sure how she was gonna bring it home.

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My competitive streak was on then and I went around the different crane machines until I eventually won a Boo plushie from Mario. That was also quite big and although my suitcase was massive it had been pretty much full to the brim before we’d left the UK so I wasn’t sure how to bring it home. Did that stop me? No.

There was a machine where you had to stop the spinner at the exact time and you’d win a big tube of pringles. We were all having a go on that and I made a joke about how as Becca’s a vegetarian she hadn’t been able to eat much in Japan so if I won the pringles for her it might be able to keep her going until we get home. Tons of money later, I finally managed to win the massive pringles tub.

I should’ve quit while I was ahead but no – Jess hadn’t won anything on a crane machine and felt a bit left out so she kept going. She nearly won a chipmunk but she ran out of coins and when she went to buy more a little girl had a go and won the chipmunk she’d spent so long lining up which she was annoyed about. I had a go on a unicorn machine and won a little unicorn plushie.

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We were eventually persuaded to leave the arcade but we soon found another, smaller one with more crane machines so Jess decided to try her luck again. She nearly won a big dog plushie but unfortunately it got stuck and she couldn’t get it. I can’t remember if she did win anything from a crane machine but at the end of the night I realised I’d probably spent about £60 in the arcades. Becca had spent significantly less and moaned that we should’ve spent it on something worthwhile but listen, me and Jess had a good time and I won a few things to show for it. I did manage to squash that Boo into my case, Becca had to carry the Winnie the Pooh plushie onto the plane which was a bit of a pain but at least she got it home.

Osaka was another relatively stress-free location but disaster did strike again at Nara Deer Park. Jess had heard of it and suggested we took a visit and we all agreed it would be fun. We could feed some polite bowing deer in a peaceful park, what’s not to love?

It didn’t take too long to get to Nara and the deer park is really easy to find. The deer looked really sweet so we all bought them some food. I noticed the food had drawn a couple of deer’s attention but didn’t think much of it and stepped into the park with the intention of politely feeding the deer. What a mistake. The moment I stepped inside I was swarmed by about ten deer and one of them bit me in the side immediately so I shrieked and felt really overwhelmed by the amount of pestering deer so I chucked the food on the floor and ran, much to Jess’ amusement.

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The other two managed to feed the deer their food but it had to be done quickly as the deer were not patient in the slightest. I left the park and it was then that I saw the sign advising to be careful as the deer could bite, butt and kick you. None of us got kicked luckily but the horned deer did some to have it in for Becca and kept butting her ass. One of them did try to go for her and she had to hold onto its horns to get it to stop.

Truthfully it was still a lot of fun and I would recommend that people visit, but it definitely wasn’t as peaceful as we’d all been imagining.

The only other fail was when we visited Universal Studios and as I was waiting for Becca and Jess to get off one of the rides I fell asleep. The trip was exhausting, can you blame me?

Seoul

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We got up super early to travel from Osaka to Seoul and originally we had planned to make the most of the day. But the trip had taken a toll on us so in the end after checking into the hotel, we walked to the local supermarket, stocked up on some food and just had a lazy day with an early night. We also made the most of the free laundry facilities and washed enough clothes to see us through until the end of the trip.

Unfortunately although there was a washing machine there wasn’t a dryer and we weren’t really sure what to do. We hung some clothes up in our room and then I mentioned the clothing rail I’d seen on the balcony and said we’d have to put the rest there.

Me and Jess headed out onto the balcony with the basket of wet washing when the light in the opposite building switched off. We both noticed and as a joke Jess said “Ooh the demons are coming to get us.” Which was funny, until we heard footsteps approaching from that building. All I said was “Actually, I’m a bit creeped out now” and suddenly the two of us were speeding back to our room – except, we were both so eager not to be at the back that we got stuck in the doorway. I fell onto my knees and Jess fell on top of me.

I was peeing myself with laughter, as was Jess, but both of us were still scared so we were trying to go forwards but with Jess still on top of me neither of us were going anywhere. We eventually got through and we raced down the corridor into our room, peeing with laughter while Becca asked what had happened. All I hope is that whoever was walking in the other building didn’t come onto the balcony and see me and Jess trapped in the doorway.

We found places for the rest of the clothes to dry in our room as we now didn’t trust the balcony and Jess said we needed to take the basket back downstairs but she wasn’t gonna go on her own. She opened the door and we heard footsteps again so I dived onto my bed only to discover it was just a tourist heading down the stairs. We’re such idiots.

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Seoul was difficult to navigate because firstly none of us had any data – Jess had paid for it in Japan but it was either more expensive or not available in South Korea so we had to rely on free Wi-Fi to get directions to places. The directions were difficult regardless because Google Maps doesn’t work in South Korea, instead of planning the route for you it just shows you the way in a straight line.

This was probably why we ended up on a bus we weren’t supposed to get on to get to the Museum of Illusions. We waited for our number bus and when it came on we all piled on – the driver asked Becca if she was going to the airport, Becca replied no and just went and sat down. So me and Jess tapped in and followed her.

The bus was a lot fancier than the other ones we’d been on and we quickly realised that although the bus was stopping to let people on, nobody was getting off. Everyone else had luggage and was clearly on their way to the airport so we got in a panic about whether we were supposed to be on the bus or whether we’d end up at the airport. We stayed on there for a while but our stop was approaching and we weren’t really sure what to do.

At this point the driver stopped the bus, physically came down to us and asked where we were going if it wasn’t the airport. Jess tried to communicate the name of the stop and kept telling him it was the next one coming up to which he eventually said “Fine, get off.”

He hadn’t seemed happy so we weren’t sure if he meant immediately or at our stop so we stood up and then the bus pulled off so at least he was taking us to our stop. We were worried that he’d looked annoyed so we walked down and stood by the doors, I’m not sure if that was allowed or not but we were keen to get off at this point. He eventually pulled up to our stop and we piled off as quickly as possible because he really hadn’t been a happy bunny. Listen, we’re idiot tourists, we didn’t know the bus was only for the airport! We were just following Google Maps!

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Speaking of public transport, we decided to pay a visit to Seoul Tower and caught a bus to take us there. Google Maps advised us of the stop to get off and when we got off we couldn’t see the tower anywhere so we headed in the vague direction of it.

It turns out Seoul Tower is at the top of the biggest hill I’ve ever seen in my entire life. We walked up some stairs and I kept thinking we must surely be near the top. The steps were never ending but when they did eventually end we were now on a hill and still had ages to go to reach Seoul Tower. It was the most painful climb of my entire life but we eventually made it, drenched in sweat.

I don’t know why Google Maps advised us to get off because there had been a bus stop at the top of the hill which we used to catch the bus back to the hotel. As we got closer to our hotel I noticed a sign… Advising us of the cable cars nearby… That would take us to Seoul Tower. We’d walked up that hill for absolutely nothing.

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So although there were a few fails it was still an amazing trip and I want to visit Japan again at some point because it was definitely my favourite place I’ve ever been.

Lotte World

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When planning our trip to Seoul we found out about Lotte World and decided to take a visit. I think theme park days are necessary in long trips because although I love sight-seeing it can be good to have a day of fun where you don’t have to worry about rushing to the next thing or looking up directions all the time etc. So we decided to spend our last full day in South Korea at Lotte World.

On the morning we were a bit worried we’d arrive and it would be closed – when Becca and Jess looked on their phones it said closed but my phone had the opening hours and specified it was open on Sundays. In the end we decided that the ‘closed’ was talking about a particular ride, took the chance and went on the hour long bus journey to Lotte World.

Luckily when we arrived it was open and we joined the queue to buy our tickets. We visited on a Sunday so the queues were quite long but not horrendously long. I can’t comment on whether the tickets were reasonably priced because I’ve forgotten how much they were and I really didn’t understand Korean won anyway.

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Once we had our tickets we beeped inside and went up the escalator stairs. Most of the park is indoors and at first it doesn’t look like there’s a ton of stuff to do. We kind of walked around in a daze because we weren’t really sure what was on offer when we came across an animal section so we decided to give that a go. We got confused and thought we needed our park ticket to get in and Becca realised she’d somehow managed to lose hers.

We tried to retrace her footsteps but couldn’t find it which she wasn’t thrilled about. Jess found a mirror maze so Becca waited outside while we tried to figure out the ticketing system. I was initially annoyed because this cost extra to enter and I thought this would be the case for all of the rides but luckily it wasn’t, only for certain ‘special’ attractions. We paid the money and went inside.

We were given rubber gloves to wear which made my hands feel all gross and for some reason halfway through I got jumped scared by some fairy thing on one of the mirrors. There was also a laser bit where you had to try and get across the room in time without touching the lasers, something me and Jess failed at. When we got to the end there was a bench decorated to look Halloween themed and a voice kept telling us to sit down. Because of the jump scare I was on edge and was convinced something would jump out behind us so I held onto Jess and couldn’t keep my chill even though it was just a photo opportunity. The woman watching us outside on the screen must’ve thought we were so weird.

Neither of us bought the photo and we went looking for the next thing and there was a pirate barrels ride (I think) which was sort of like the teacups but the platform tilts as well which Jess wanted to go on. Becca did too but was worried she couldn’t go on without her ticket so I gave her mine because after a dodgy waltzers experience I’m not a massive fan of stuff like that anymore. Turns out we didn’t need our tickets for any free rides so she got on without any problems and the two of them had a good time.

After that they wanted to go on the pirate ship but again, not a fan, so I sat this one out. I’d been smart this time though and had brought a book with me. To be fair it was nice to just have some time to chill by myself after travelling together for so long. The queue for that took a while but I didn’t mind ‘cos I could sit down and chill.

By this point I was ready for lunch so asked the others if they were hungry and luckily they were so we headed over to TGI Friday’s to see if they had any veggie options. Thankfully they did so we queued up – I got some ribs with fries and an orange juice which was probably one of the best meals I had whilst in Asia to be honest, it was so tasty.

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TGI Friday’s was right next to the carasoul and we always have to ride the carasoul whenever we visit a theme park so we queued for that and as per usual that was tons of fun.

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After that I needed to pee so I went in search of a bathroom while Becca and Jess queued for what they thought was a rollercoaster. When I came back they’d been on the ride but it hadn’t been the one they were expecting, I can’t remember what they did go on. We decided to head back to the animals section to have a look in there but Becca didn’t want to come in because she’s not a fan of things like zoos or aquariums so me and Jess paid the extra and headed inside.

It was okay, there were a few animals and it was sweet but it wasn’t mind-blowing or anything. At one point me and Jess came across a barrel full of dirt and she said “Hollie, it’s a lucky dip, if you stick your hand in and feel around you’ll find a fossil.” So I was like “… Are you gonna stick your hand in?” and she was like “If you stick yours in first.” So I went round and had a look at the sign myself which said nothing about a lucky dip or fossils, the little shit. There was also a turtle shell that you could crawl inside of – I didn’t stand a chance of fitting in it but I dared Jess to and she did which looked absolutely hilarious.

When we came out they’d roped off the middle bit for the parade so when we found Becca we decided to sit down and watch it because we’re all suckers for a parade. For a while not much was happening when suddenly two guys whizzed past us dressed like vampires. Then the parade got properly started and I’m not gonna lie, it was a bit weird and sometimes inappropriate like they’d have female animal characters with curves and large breasts like it was a bit strange. My favourite part was when the parade came to a standstill and somebody dressed in a devil costume started dancing in front of us, he was proper going for it.

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Overall it was a good parade and it had catchy songs, I still get ‘you’ve got a pum-pum-pumpkin head’ stuck in my head sometimes. I’m so glad we visited in October because the parade was Halloween themed and it was awesome, I love Halloween so much.

We got up to head onto the next ride and Jess had spotted a ride she liked the look of, it was either Aladdin themed or like something similar to Aladdin – Sinbad maybe? I dunno, an adventure ride anyway. I had a look at the warnings and decided that I wouldn’t be a fan so again I sat this one out. There was quite another long wait but it didn’t matter too much – they came off and said the ride had been fun.

Then we went into a haunted house attraction which again cost extra but we love horror themed stuff so of course we had to do that. We headed in with a couple who were initially in front of us but then for some reason asked us to go first. I was doing my usual thing of screaming and begging somebody to hold my hand but everybody refused. We’d been warned before we went in not to hit the actors but to be fair it would’ve been pretty difficult because I don’t remember that many people jumping out and the ones I do remember were behind cages. To be honest it was a little disappointing because compared to other horror walkthroughs we’ve been on it wasn’t that scary. I was freaking out because I was worried stuff would happen but like… Nothing did happen.

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The horror attraction was right next to an arcade which we went into and spent a while in there. I love arcades but in the UK I hate spending my money in them because it feels like such a waste – I spent tons in arcades in Asia, we all won so much stuff in Osaka in one of the arcades it was unreal. We didn’t win much in the first arcade at Lotte World – we went on a few crane machines, I went on the basketball machine and Jess played a dart balloon game but nothing.

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Becca and Jess queued again for that ride they’d wanted to go on earlier (where they joined the wrong queue) which was a big rollercoaster with a loop but again they joined a different queue by accident and ended up on something else. By this point we felt we were pretty much done with this floor so we headed upstairs.

Up there we found another arcade which was mostly full of crane machines so we tried our luck in there but didn’t win anything unfortunately. We walked further along the corridor and found another little arcade and this had a dance machine and when we went on it we discovered it had K-Pop songs which was awesome! I did enjoy it but I wasn’t as good as I normally am because after two weeks of walking around Asia my legs hurt and I was exhausted but it was a lot of fun.

We carried on walking along the corridor and discovered an outside bit which looked really cool and was decorated for Halloween. Becca was a bit of a shit too because we went inside this castle and behind some glass there was a wax figurine and Becca went “Oh My God, did he just move?” so I was looking closely at it and she jump-scared me. If you’re planning on going to Lotte World and are a fan of big rides I’d advise heading straight to the outdoors bit because there were a ton of rides but unfortunately it was early evening by this point so the queues were really long. Becca and Jess finally found the queue for that ride they’d been trying to find all day but it was the biggest queue there so they gave it a miss.

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We headed back inside because we didn’t want to queue for anything and then me and Jess decided we were ready for dinner. Becca wasn’t so she sat outside on her phone while me and Jess went into Panda Express or something I wanna say? They had these like mix-and-match boxes so we both had noodles and Jess had orange chicken whilst I had spicy beef. I’d assumed this would be similar to some rainbow beef I’d made at home but I should’ve figured while I was in Asia that SPICY BEEF meant SPICY beef. My biggest rookie mistake though was eating a piece of beef with what I thought was a green bean to ‘cool it down’. Whatever it was contained seeds and was extremely spicy to the point I was crying while eating because I’m super white and can’t handle spice.

After dinner we had a look at one of the stalls and Jess decided we should get some matching Pokémon headbands. Becca wouldn’t so Jess got an Eevee one and I got a Squirtle one. We also found some of those ‘lucky dip’ boxes where you buy a box but don’t know which figure you’re getting so me and Jess both got one, mine was Pokémon themed again which we decided to open later at the hotel.

We made our way back towards the main part of Lotte World and stopped in the arcade with the K-Pop dance machine again on the way back. I had a go with Jess then Becca went on with Jess whilst I went on the crane machine and managed to win myself a Pikachu plushie!

We decided we fancied some sweet food so we went back to the main bit and Becca and Jess got the cutest bunny candyfloss I’ve ever seen. I’m not the biggest fan of candyfloss but I couldn’t resist trying some too and it was pretty tasty. Then we headed over to a stall that sells chocolate and cookies and I was having a debate about which I wanted until I realised I’m an adult who earns her own money AND CAN BUY BOTH IF I WANT. They’d sold out of most nice things but I had a pink biscuit and a chocolate on a stick – they were in the shape of the two mascots but I don’t know enough about Lotte World to name them or anything.

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The middle section had been roped off again so there was clearly going to be another parade so we sat down to watch it. This one was even more fun ‘cos they switch off the main lights and the parade is light themed and there was even indoor fireworks. It was amazing, Lotte World were good at parades.

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Then we decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel but we’d manage to spend a long day there and it was amazing. If I was ever in Seoul again I’d definitely go back because I’m pretty sure we didn’t see the entire park. Theme park days are just so necessary on long trips and I’m so glad the three of us went.

Get to Know Me – 100 Questions Tag

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Guess who’s got writers block again? If you guessed me you guessed correctly. Until I sort myself out and start coming up with original blog posts again you can enjoy reading these tags in which I answer questions about myself. This one has 100 questions, how exciting!

1. What’s your favourite season?

Definitely Autumn, the temperature is just right and my birthdays in Autumn!

2. Grab the nearest book to you, turn to page 18 and find line 4.

“Either way, blissfully, I fell asleep after the in-flight meal of sausages that looked like the poos of constipated toddlers.” Delightful.

3. Who was the last person you texted?

I don’t normally text many people except for family; if I’m messaging my friends I use Facebook. So it’s no surprise that the last person I text was my Mum.

4. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

I put my clothes in the washing machine which is super exciting but did need to be done ‘cos the basket was overflowing.

5. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

I don’t really watch the TV because my parents are always in the living room watching it and I don’t like being around my step-dad so I watch Netflix on my laptop usually. I did however sit in the living room on Friday night after they’d gone to bed and watch some Family Guy.

6. Without looking guess what time it is

16:46?

7. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

16:49! So close!

8. With the exception of your computer, what can you hear?

I have my headphones on and I’m listening to ‘Touch’ by SoRi so nothing else really.

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9. Do you tan or burn?

I do find my arms get quite tan but nothing else because I don’t really show much else. I do burn quite easily though.

10. Do you like fish?

I like going to the aquarium and looking at them but I don’t like eating them too much.

11. Mac or PC?

I’m sure I’d love a mac if I could afford one but unfortunately right now I can only afford PC.

12. Do you remember your dreams?

Most of the time yes, even if I don’t always completely remember it I can remember snippets of them. I’m so glad I’m someone that can remember my dreams I think they’re so interesting.

13. When did you last laugh?

I’m pretty sure it was yesterday.

14. Do you remember why/at what?

My brother was making some Christmas cards and clearly enjoying it. The first time I asked who the card was for he said “Santa!” And then every time after that he insisted it was for ‘Nan’ even though we made Nan’s first. He just kept making me laugh.

15. Have you ever been to Canada?

Unfortunately not but I’d love to one day!

16. Shoes, socks or bare feet?

Um well it depends. If I’m going out then shoes, just chilling at home then socks and if I’m getting into bed then bare feet.

18. What is the last film you saw?

I don’t know why but I suddenly really wanted to rewatch ‘The Muppet’s Christmas Carol’ because I hadn’t seen it since I was a kid. I’m not sure why I was so desperate to watch it because it always creeped me out as a kid but I did. So I bought it on iTunes and watched it today and ended up really enjoying it.

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19. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I’ve always said I could never live abroad but lately I really love the idea of living in Tokyo. The only thing that would put me off is the extreme weather ‘cos we had a couple of typhoons and an earthquake alert while we were over there. But I loved the city so much and I definitely want to go back someday. If I could live anywhere I’m pretty sure I’d pick Tokyo but I’d have to get used to the food ‘cos I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. If only I could speak Japanese and could actually afford to do that…

20. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?

Plane tickets. So many plane tickets.

21. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

Pretty sure this was already a question.

22. What’s your favourite band?

This question always stresses me out ‘cos like do K-Pop groups count as ‘bands’? If they do then BTS I guess. If not then I love ‘Tonight Alive’ as well.

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23. Have you ever had to have surgery?

Apparently when I was 2 I split my tongue open because I slipped on our fire place and they had to stitch it back together. I don’t remember it though and other than that I haven’t had anything fortunately.

24. Do you enjoy school?

I actually don’t go to school anymore but I wouldn’t say I hated it at the time. Most of the teachers were okay, I did well in all of my subjects (except Science) and I liked spending time with my friends. Obviously there were things I didn’t enjoy like PE, homework, assholes, asshole teachers etc. But I wouldn’t say I had a shit time at school.

25. What do you think of these questions so far?

I’m still answering them so I guess I’m having fun.

26. Are you a righty or a lefty?

Righty which isn’t very interesting as so are most of the planet. More convenient though I imagine.

27. Who made the last incoming call on your phone?

My friend Jo but I missed the call ‘cos I was on my work phone but I did call her back. Last person I actually answered the phone to was my Mum. I don’t really call many people; I much prefer texting or meeting in person.

28. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?

The Muppets Christmas Carol I suppose? I did also download more ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ songs earlier.

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29. Last time you swam in a pool?

Um, I think it was back in April when me and my sisters went to a spa with my step-mum for the day. I can’t remember any other times, I don’t really like swimming that much.

30. Type of music you dislike most?

I don’t think I have one, I like most music.

31. Are you listening to music right now?

I’m nearly always listening to music. Right now I’m listening to Jennie’s ‘Solo’.

32. What’s your favourite colour?

Pink. I don’t own many pink things but I love it.

33. Is there anything that you’re disappointed about?

I’m disappointed in myself a little bit. I told myself that after last year I would make sure this year was good but I still feel like shit. I think next year will be about analysing what makes me feel so crap and trying to eliminate it.

34. What was the last thing you bought?

Other than my ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ purchase from earlier I went shopping yesterday after looking after my brother. I got quite a bit of chocolate. Maybe too much chocolate…

35. Sun or rain?

If I’m staying in I quite like looking at the rain except for the times I worry a thunder storms going to start. I don’t love the sun to be fair like it can be nice but when it’s so bright that I can barely see and I’m at risk of burning no matter where I work… I prefer slightly cloudy with a slight breeze.

36. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

At the moment I can barely sit on a plane without panicking so no.

37. What’s your zodiac sign?

Libra.

38. What’s your hair colour?

Naturally I’m blonde. At the moment I’m purple with my blonde roots coming back through because I haven’t dyed it since September 26th. I’m waiting to re-dye it in the new year.

39. What quote do you live by?

‘Treat people how you want to be treated’. I try to be a good person but I’m worried that I’m not always so I try and live by that quote.

40. What’s your favourite zoo animal?

Elephants – I’d love to see them in the wild someday.

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41. Do you have any pets?

Unfortunately not but although I’d love pets in theory I travel a lot and go on last minute trips so realistically they wouldn’t be very practical.

42. What colour are your eyes?

Blue! Like my Mum’s.

43. Do you wear any kind of jewellery 24/7?

Hirst got me, Becca and Jess a bracelet for Christmas with all of our initials on which we all wear all the time. We’ve had various ‘best friends’ jewellery over the last few years and this is the first one we’ve had where one of us hasn’t lost it or stopped wearing it.

44. Do you turn the water off when you brush your teeth?

Oh My God yes, what kind of savage doesn’t? What a waste!

45. Do you know how to change your car’s oil?

I don’t own a car or know how to drive one, let alone know how to change the oil.

46. Do you have any phobias?

No, I’m scared of a lot of things but I wouldn’t say I have a phobia of anything. Like I’m terrified of flying but I’m sure that if it was a ‘phobia’ I wouldn’t get on planes at all.

47. What’s your lucky number?

21 because the fact it can be divided by 7 and 3 makes me really happy for some reason even though I don’t like the numbers 7 or 3.

48. Have you ever eaten a crayon?

Can’t say I have. I’ve done some stupid things in the past but not like that.

49. Can you solve a Rubix cube?

No I cannot.

50. What are you listening to right now?

I’m now listening to ‘Answer: Love Myself’ by BTS.

51. Do you like marmite?

I’ve actually never tried it but I decided a long time ago the answer was no. The look of it alone is off-putting.

52. Do you wear the hood on hoodies?

I mean, yes if it’s raining. Otherwise no.

53. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Regardless of the whole optimist or pessimist thing I would always say half full because that just seems the more logical answer. Who describes something as half empty?

54. What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?

Japan which I’m super happy to say I’ve now visited.

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55. Do you untie your shoes before taking them off?

No unless I’ve tied them too tightly and I have no choice. If they can be slipped off I’ll always slip them off.

56. What’s your favourite radio station?

The only radio I listen to is in the morning in my Mum’s car on the way to work and even then unless they’re talking about something really interesting I’d rather just talk to my Mum.

57. Are you allergic to anything?

Luckily no!

58. Were you named after anyone?

I think I already mentioned this but no, I was nearly called Nicole but it was too similar to my cousin Nicky so they made that my middle name. My Mum says my Dad wanted to call me Rochene which is something he always denies. I’m very glad I’m not called Rochene, no offence to any other Rochene’s out there.

59. Do you wear glasses/contacts?

I wear glasses yes and I’ve always wished I didn’t but now I don’t mind. When I wore contacts briefly in school a lot of people asked what was wrong with my eyes because apparently they droop. Now I hate my eyes but you don’t really notice them as much with my glasses.

60. Have you ever walked out of a movie theatre before the film was finished?

Three times. The first was when me and Jess were killing time so we decided to see ‘Unfinished Business’ because it looked pretty funny. It wasn’t, we got bored so quickly that eventually she asked me if I wanted to go so I quickly agreed. Then we went to a ‘Screen Unseen’ at ODEON where you find out the film when you sit down and it was some French film we hadn’t heard of so we left. Then again we went to a ‘Secret Screening’ at Cineworld and I can’t even remember the name of the film, some action film that was super boring.

61. What’s your least favourite school subject?

At the time it was Science. Or PE. But at least I could get out of PE in Year 11. Science just had to be a core subject.

62. Put your iTunes library on shuffle. What’s the first song that comes up?

‘Kyary no March’ by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which technically isn’t even a proper song.

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63. Do you wear jeans or sweatpants more?

I don’t really wear sweatpants so I’m gonna say jeans even though I mostly wear leggings because I own quite a few dresses.

64. Where in the world would you like to travel?

Literally anywhere. I will happily go anywhere. Japan was always my top destination and now that’s been ticked off I’m a little lost about where I want to go the most. At the moment I’m thinking Canada but I’m not sure.

65. Are you travelling anywhere soon?

Yep! In January I’m off to Romania for a couple of nights then in May me and my Mom are going to San Francisco for the week. Me and my friends are talking about going to Belgium in March but at the moment whenever we get close to booking it something crops up meaning we can’t. I’m sure we will soon though!

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66. Have you ever built an igloo?

It never snows enough in England for that so no.

67. Best thing at Starbucks?

I’m really basic and normally just get a hot chocolate but I do like a chocolate chip frappucino with a cream base instead of coffee.

68. Do you like watching scary movies?

Yes, horror is my absolute favourite genre. I’m not sure why because I often end up creeping myself out by watching them but I just love them and countdown to any release of a new horror movie.

69. What’s the best thing about school?

Haven’t attended school for several years but the best thing was definitely being able to hang out with my friends every day. It’s weird turning into an adult and only seeing them a few times a month.

70. What were you doing at midnight last night?

I was asleep; I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately so I was in bed at 7:50PM haha!

71. What’s under your bed?

Nothing, you wouldn’t be able to fit anything under there. Well, to be fair, there’s probably the odd chocolate wrapper. But you really can’t fit much.

72. How do you feel about what you are doing right now in this exact moment?

Pretty happy but I know I’m procrastinating because I need to dry my hair before I go and meet Janie in a couple of hours.

73. Think fast, what do you like right now?

Um, my bed is the first thing that came to my mind because regardless of my early night last night I’m still bloody tired.

74. Are you sarcastic?

God, yes. I can’t help it. I get it from my Dad, I’m horrendous.

75. What time do you get up?

On a weekday I aim for 7AM but I always end up snoozing until 7:30AM.

76. What was the name of your first pet?

When I was younger I had two pets and I’m never sure which one came first. We had a dog called Bruno and a fish called Fred. Bruno eventually had to be put down and my Mom felt bad that Fred only had a tank so she gave him to her friend with a pond.

77. What colour are your sheets?

Right now they’re red because I’ve got my Christmas sheets on.

78. How are you feeling right now?

Pretty shit, I wish this cold would just shift.

79. What was your favourite food when you were a child?

I loved and still do love steak pies. For a while I remember my favourite food being sweet corn. When I was about seventeen I had an unhealthy obsession with the ASDA chocolate chip muffins.

80. How are you feeling right now?

I’m pretty sure we answered this just two questions ago.

81. Can you whistle?

Um sometimes. Sometimes I can whistle better than other days. For some reason I keep whistling ‘Jingle Bells’ all year round, it’s pretty much the only tune I can whistle.

82. Do you drink soda?

I can’t stand fizzy drinks so no.

83. Have you read the Harry Potter series?

Yes, I watched the movies as a kid but found the books to be quite boring until I turned nineteen and bought the first book at university. I ended up reading the whole series and loving them. I’m quite glad I got into them later because I bought the new book cover version which look way cuter than the original ones.

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84. Can you drive a stick shift?

I… Don’t even really know what this means so no.

85. What’s your favourite candle scent?

I’m not sure I have one. Vanilla I guess?

86. Have your pants ever fallen down in public?

I don’t think so.

87. Do you sing in the shower?

When I’m home alone I do, but not when my parents are home.

88. Can you speak another language?

Unfortunately not but I’d really love to. I wish languages were pushed more in UK primary schools – we didn’t start French until year 3 and even then it was only casually, lessons were once maybe every two weeks. Not nearly often enough. I definitely think we should have all been taught BSL in primary, the fact we’re not is a bit of a joke.

89. Can you close your eyes and raise your eye-brows?

I thought this sounded stupidly easy but I’ve just tried and I actually don’t think I can…

90. Dogs or cats?

You can like both funnily enough!

91. Do you make wishes at 11:11?

If I notice the time then maybe occasionally but not religiously.

92. What’s your favourite type of chapstick?

I don’t wear it – I can’t put anything on my lips it dries them out for some reason.

93. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

From a religious point of view the chicken, from a science point of view the egg.

94. What are you reading right now?

I’m rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with the view of rereading the whole series but I’m not sure I will because I want to tick off ‘read two new books every month for a year’ from my bucket list next year.

95. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?

Nope.

96. Can you walk in heels?

To be honest I don’t bother with heels because they just hurt my feet so I don’t see the point.

97. How many rings before you answer the phone?

At work we have to aim to answer within two rings so I normally pick it up straightaway. With my mobile it depends on when I notice it’s ringing to be honest. And I ignore the house phone because it’s all junk calls.

98. Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?

I don’t think so. I’m just looking forward to Christmas WOOOOO!

99. What is most important in life?

Just being happy. When I quit university I was sent into a spiral of worry and crisis because I was worried I was wasting my life by not deciding on an amazing career. I’ve since realised that a career is only one aspect of my life and it doesn’t have to be the main one. Sure I work, Monday to Friday so it takes up a big chunk of my life but I do like my job and it means I can afford to travel to different places which is really important to me.

100. What inspires you?

Going to author’s book signings/talks and seeing Twitter authors talking about their book deals and their current works in progress. Although I haven’t sat down to write in ages it does inspire me.

There we go, I hope you learnt a little something about me. Fun Fact – I started this back in January but I refound it today and updated it and now I’m publishing it!