20 Favourite BTS Songs

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About a year ago I wrote a list of my favourite BTS songs, narrowing it down to ten. I wanted to write an updated list but up it to twenty so that I could include more of their solo songs because some of them are just as good if not better than the group songs and I wanted a chance to include them all. So here we go, enjoy my updated list!

20. Danger

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My favourite choreography video will probably forever be the ‘Danger’ one. It’s just amazing and let’s be real, it was definitely J-Hope’s era because he looked amazing. I’ve always wanted to see BTS perform this live but unfortunately I don’t think they ever will because it’s quite an old song and not really one of their ‘popular’ ones which is a shame because I’d love to see the choreography live for this. So whilst it’s not in the top ten for my favourite songs I’d say the choreography would be number one.

19. I’m Fine

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I low-key wish they’d played this at the Wembley concerts instead of ‘So What’ but at least I got to see it live at the Paris concert last year. This song is amazing, the best bit definitely being when Suga comes in absolutely spitting fire. I really like it, I’d love to see them perform it live again someday when I’m not too tired to appreciate it.

18. I Need U

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This song always reminds me of the first time I saw them at K-Con Paris. They didn’t play many songs because obviously there were a lot of groups to fit in so they had a limited set list but they performed this one and I’m so glad they did. Becca says ‘Run’ always reminds her of our trip to Paris but for me I can’t listen to ‘I Need U’ without remembering that trip. It was our first trip abroad together and to be able to see BTS was an amazing bonus (and also the purpose of the trip haha). I think I’d love this song regardless though as it’s one of the first songs I listened to when becoming a fan.

17. Fun Boys

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This used to be my favourite song but unfortunately I think I listened to it one too many times. It’s still one of those songs though that I always want played at a BTS concert because it’s so much fun! Unfortunately I haven’t seen them perform it at one of their own shows but luckily did get to see it at K-Con Paris. I was certain they wouldn’t play it and when they announced their last song I thought it would be ‘War of Hormone’ or something so when the music for Fun Boys started I literally turned to my friends in shock and made sure I had a lit time watching it. So although it’s gone down a few places, it’s still a fun song!

16. First Love (Suga Solo)

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This was Suga’s solo song from the Wings album and I remember listening to it because Jess was telling me about the solo songs from the album and described Suga’s as ‘intense’. I gave it a listen and quickly saw what she meant. It goes quite hard considering he’s rapping about piano but like it’s still a good song and I don’t care what anyone says, it’s one of my favourites from the Wings album.

15. Mikrokosmos

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This is a song I’d normally skip because I’m not really into slow songs but after hearing them perform it live at their Wembley shows I actually quite liked it. When I was listening to it before the show I was kind of like ‘yeah this is okay’ but I wasn’t blown away by it or anything. However them performing it to close the Sunday show after we’d all made them cry by singing ‘Forever Young’ was a touching moment, it made me feel closer to the members somehow and this song is just associated with a good memory now so it’s one of my favourites.

14. Answer: Love Myself

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Everybody needs this song in their life. I’m serious. Another song that became better after seeing them perform live and one that I can always rely on when I’m feeling down. The message is just so important and I love everything about it. If you only listen to one BTS song from this list I definitely recommend it be this one.

13. Fake Love

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I don’t think I was certain about this song when I first heard it but I think it was released during my phase of ‘oh dear, do I still like BTS?’ before they grabbed me by the heels and pulled me back in again. This is probably one of my favourite ones to see live just because I love the fan chant during the chorus because it’s so easy, they sing ‘Fake Love’ and we yell ‘FAKE LOVE’ back at them, doesn’t get much easier than that. This is another one with amazing choreography, my favourite being when they all line up and like take it in turns to dance, I’m not sure how else to describe it – I tried to describe it to Becca at Wembley and just couldn’t but it’s the best bit of the choreography!

12. Anpanman

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The first time I heard of this song was on my way to a K-Pop Night in Birmingham when my friend Jess was like “HAVE YOU HEARD ANPANMAN BY BTS, I LOVE IT SO MUCH” – I didn’t think much of it but they performed it at their concert and I realised that it actually is a fun song. I feel like I love their songs more after seeing them live? I don’t know, there must be something about seeing a group live that makes the songs more enjoyable. But this song is fun and I loved seeing it at Wembley when they had all the inflatables on stage, it looked like so much fun.

11. Airplane Pt.2

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I like listening to this song at the airport or on a plane for relatively obvious reasons. I’m a nervous flyer so having some catchy songs to listen to is always a good idea. I also love listening to it when I’m out and about, I can’t describe how it makes me feel but it’s one of those songs where I feel like you can pretend you’re in a music video whilst walking around while you’re listening to it. It’s just one of those songs.

10. Dionysus

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This song is so lit, let’s be real. They opened both Wembley shows with it and it was the perfect song to kick off the shows as it got everyone pumped and kick started the evening. This is another one that I loved the choreography for, I need to watch the video for it. Ever since the concert I can’t stop listening to it and it’s an amazing song.

9. Serendipity (Jimin Solo)

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This is another one that for ages was my favourite song but again, I think I listened to it one too many times but it hasn’t fallen too many places because I still love it. I don’t understand people who say Jimin can’t sing, I think the boys got an amazing voice and I could listen to this song on repeat for hours without getting tired of it. I loved seeing it performed live and I hope if they tour again they do their solo songs again (I doubt they will but a girl can dream) so I can see this all over again.

8. Singularity (V Solo)

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Yet another song that hadn’t impressed me too much when I listened to it on the album but impressed me a lot seeing it live. In France V’s solo performance was one of my favourites and after watching the BTS Movie I’m shocked to realise how sick he was and how much it upset him afterwards that he felt like he hadn’t put his all in. I genuinely couldn’t even tell at the time of the concert that he wasn’t well and it definitely didn’t affect his solo performance which was one of the best. I love the hazy feel to this song, it reminds me of being drunk and I just really enjoy it. Definitely one of my favourite solo songs.

7. The Truth Untold (Vocal Line)

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(I couldn’t find a gif for the song so enjoy this gif of the Vocal Line)

I really didn’t appreciate this song enough in Paris. Me and my friends Becca and Jess had literally gotten back from Asia a couple of days beforehand so were jetlagged enough but we then had to get up on Friday at 2AM to catch our flight to Paris, queue all day and honestly we were exhausted so whenever BTS performed a slow song I unfortunately zoned out a little bit. I’m so glad they performed it at Wembley because after the concert it quickly became one of my favourite songs and it was nice to be able to fully appreciate it this time. It’s an amazing song and I love it so much.

6. Epiphany (Jin Solo)

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I actually LOVE this song which surprised me as I normally really hate slow songs (I say as I add like a million of BTS’ slow songs to this list). It’s just beautiful and an amazing song to see live, the venue always looks so pretty with all the light sticks lit up. When he performed it after the first Wembley show Becca turned to me and went “MAN’S GOT PIPES” and she ain’t wrong. She definitely ain’t wrong.

5. Just Dance (J-Hope solo)

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The best solo song from the Love Yourself album, let’s be real. Also one of the best solo songs to see live because J-Hope is just so full of energy and never gives a bad performance. I loved seeing it at the Wembley show because we started up a ‘J-Hope’ chant and you could tell how much it meant to him. This song never disappoints and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.

4. Lie (Jimin Solo)

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My absolute favourite solo song, loved it from the moment I first listened to it. And now I love the song even more because it’s associated with a happy memory. Unfortunately I never got to see it live but this song always reminds me of our trip to South Korea. We went to karaoke one night, sang this song and it was an absolute mess especially the high note. I think it was my favourite song that we sang because it was so bloody funny. The song itself is just amazing and again, Jimin has an amazing voice. This is definitely one of the best solo songs.

3. Tear (Rap Line)

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This song goes HARD and I love it. It’s one of the songs that if I’d have listened to when I first became a K-Pop song I’d have thought ‘oh God this is intense’ but now that I’m more used to K-Pop it’s one of my favourite songs. This was another great one to see live, the black and white filter on the screens made it seem really edgy and I just loved it. The rap line are so energetic I swear to God, I couldn’t rap like that whilst dancing around the stage I’d be absolutely floored before the chorus even hit. I like whacking this song on when I wanna listen to something ‘angsty’ and it never fails.

2. Mic Drop

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This song is LIT, I don’t even care what anybody says, if you don’t like it then fine but you can’t deny it’s lit. I wasn’t a big fan of the Steve Aoki remix at first but now I think I prefer it, it’s easier to sing at concerts as well as there’s more English lines. This song came out when I was going through that ‘do I still like BTS’ phase and it definitely put my faith back in them as this song was amazing upon first listen and I couldn’t get enough of it. I think it’ll forever be one of my favourite songs.

1. Idol

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I did love this song upon first listen but I think it became solidified as my favourite after seeing it live at Wembley because it was definitely the most fun song of the night. The music videos a bit weird yeah but I still like it and I definitely love the song more than anything. If this song came on during a night out you’d best believe I’d be tearing up the dance floor and I hope BTS don’t remove it from their set-list anytime soon because it’s amazing.

There you have it, my twenty favourite BTS songs. Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites!

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Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

This year I decided that I wanted to do something fun for my birthday. I wrote down a list of things that I could do and then an idea struck. Could I go on a solo ‘out-of-continent’ trip for my birthday? Could I afford it? Would I even dare to go that far on my own? My research began and I narrowed it down to two destinations – Taipei in Taiwan or Hong Kong.

I ended up settling on Hong Kong for one reason – Disneyland. Okay, hear me out before you jump down my throat! I was obviously interested in visiting other parts of Hong Kong and all the cultural sites but it’s on my bucket list to visit every Disneyland across the globe and I also figured that meant I could spend my birthday doing something fun. I hadn’t found many theme parks or anything similar in Taipei so it was settled. I was going to spend my birthday at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Before I even made it to the airport I began watching vlogs and making plans. I only had one day at Disneyland and I wanted to make the most of it. I downloaded the app onto my phone so I could check the wait times for the rides each day. I went on the website and wrote a list of rides I thought I’d be okay on and highlighted any that I definitely wanted to check out – I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to rides but I still love going to theme parks!

One of the main things I was looking forward to was queuing only for things that I actually intended to ride. My friends are more ‘big thrill seekers’ so they like going on big rides so I often end up joining them in the queue and then not going on the ride. And don’t get me wrong, I definitely don’t mind queuing for things they want to ride as it’s their day just as much as it is mine but I was still excited to only queue for things I wanted.

In the end I had a loose plan on what I definitely wanted to ride and the order I intended to do things and soon I’d arrived in Hong Kong. I arrived the day before my birthday on the 29th of September and had an extremely early night so that I’d have some energy for the next day. I woke up early on the 30th of September, grabbed breakfast at the hotel and set off nice and early for Disneyland.

I was really pleased with the dress I’d bought. For Tokyo Disneyland I’d really wanted a cute Disney themed outfit to wear but unfortunately hadn’t found anything. This time I was more determined and had a quick look on etsy when I found a cute shop that had tons of Disney themed dresses along with other designs. Although they weren’t cheap they also weren’t unreasonable, and they had sizes up to 5XL. I was still worried it would be too small but after ages I settled on a Buzz Light-year themed dress and prayed it would fit. When it arrived it was actually slightly too big but I was pleased because you can work with too big, there’s not a lot to be done about too small.

Hong Kong Disneyland has slightly weird opening times as it doesn’t officially open until 10:30AM and closes at 8PM. I was so keen to make the most of every second of the opening times since they were so limited that I arrived at the park at 9:30AM. A stranger very kindly took a photo of me in front of the Mickey fountain (that I’d seen in so many vlogs and was really excited to see in person), bought my ticket quickly and then joined the queue at the closed gates. At around 10AM a family were let into the park and they got to take photos with Mickey and Minnie in front of the flowerbed before Mickey and Minnie hopped into a vehicle and were driven off. Then the gates opened at about 10:15AM.

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The gates are opened early as Main Street USA is open before the park officially opens. I went round the corner and spotted the queue to meet Mickey and Minnie. I hadn’t intended to meet them, it wasn’t on my list but the queue wasn’t long and I suddenly decided that I was GOING to meet Mickey and Minnie on my birthday. So I joined the back of the queue.

I knew Hong Kong was going to be warm when I visited but I didn’t realise how humid it would be and I quickly realised that in the dress I was wearing I was most likely going to burn. I’d intended to pack sun cream but hadn’t been able to find any in my local Boots so I’d given up – it was out of season in the UK but definitely not in Hong Kong! They’d put up some umbrellas so parts of the queue were shaded but unfortunately not enough of it.

Mickey and Minnie went off a couple of times during the queue which is fair enough ‘cos it was 30 degrees or more so they were probably dying but even so I was only in the queue for about 40 – 45 minutes before it was my turn. I’m always worried it’ll be awkward meeting the characters but the ones who can’t talk are easier. I gave them both a hug, got my photo taken and then got a hug off each of them again. Shout-out to the photographer who got some fab photos and then I left to officially start the day as the park was now open.

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My first stop was the ‘Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh’ ride because I’d seen this generated longer queues as the day went on. When I got round the queue was pretty much non-existent and I was let straight onto the ride. In fact as it was so quiet I got a honey pot all to myself. I was feeling a bit nervous, as I always do on rides I haven’t been on but reassured myself it was the bloody Winnie-the-Pooh ride – nothing was going to happen. Unfortunately, being me, I did get creeped out because the honey pot went into each section on its own and just as I began to relax the thought of ‘what if the ride breaks down and all the lights go out and you’re stuck in here on your own’ jumped into my head. When I was a kid I’d been at a place with singing animatronics, think ‘Chuck E Cheese’ but like a British version and I’d peeped behind the curtain to look at them and ever since then there’s something that really creeps me out about animatronics in the dark. Luckily the ride did not breakdown and it was a good ride – not as good as the Winnie-the-Pooh one from the Japan Park but I think that’s a Tokyo exclusive ride. The only downside was you get your photo taken mid-ride and I was so busy stressing about a potential breakdown that I completely missed it!

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Since I was already in ‘Fantasyland’ I decided to hop onto the ‘It’s A Small World’ ride. We’d ridden it in Tokyo and it’s one of those classic rides that you just can’t miss. Again there was pretty much no queue and I was let straight into the front row of the boat – I had the row to myself but the other rows in the boat were filled, however the people before us had had the entire boat to themselves. It was a relaxing ride and it was so nice to be inside, Hong Kong know what they’re about when it comes to air conditioning so being on the rides was a great way to escape the heat.

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I decided to go on ‘Cinderella’s Carousel’ next as it was in ‘Fantasyland’. Cinderella herself was next to the carousel and there was a short queue to meet her but I decided not to as it wasn’t shaded and I worried it might be a bit awkward. The carousel was good fun though, I absolutely love carousels.

The carousel ride was quick and I set off to visit ‘Toy Story Land’ – I’d been intending to go on ‘Slinky Dog Spin’ since my friends had ridden this in Paris and I hadn’t because I was sulking (I have no idea why because nothing had happened to put me in a mood but there you go?) but I suddenly didn’t feel confident enough to go on it. I imagine I would’ve been fine but decided not to. I love the Toy Story films but unfortunately other than that ride the others were a bit too big for me so I carried on walking until I’d made it to ‘Mystic Point’.

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The one ride I knew I definitely had to ride was ‘Mystic Manor’. I’d chickened out of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ in Paris simply because the first room is an elevator and I was afraid of them at the time. ‘Mystic Manor’ is a Hong Kong exclusive ride – I read online they changed the theme of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ ride because China have cultural beliefs about ghosts or something. The general storyline for ‘Mystic Manor’ is that it’s the home of an eccentric explorer and his monkey companion. In the first room the explorer mentions a music box they’ve found that supposedly brings inanimate objects to life and the ride itself shows the monkey, Albert, turn it on and the adventures of all the objects coming to life.

I was a bit nervous about riding but I’d seen brief clips on YouTube and the app advised that although there was spinning and darkness it wasn’t anything too scary so even though I was apprehensive I joined the queue and got put in the front of the first cart. I’m so glad I went on it because that ride quickly became my favourite, it was just so much fun. It’s a trackless ride like the ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ ride in Tokyo which made it even better and it was just so much fun!

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By this point it was around lunch time and I was starting to feel hungry so I had a look at what was available and ended up in the ‘Starliner Diner’ in Tomorrowland because most of the places to eat offered local cuisine and ‘Starliner Diner’ offered international. I’m not very adventurous with food when I go abroad, I’ll be honest. I had chicken on the bone with chips and an orange juice. This came with plastic gloves to eat the chicken with but it was so hot that I didn’t wanna squeeze them onto my hands and make them all sweaty so I didn’t bother. The chicken wasn’t amazing and I was really keen to get back out and go on more rides so once it had filled a hole I was off out.

Since I was in Tomorrowland my next ride was the ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ ride. The website and app had advised that these were slow rides but I hadn’t 100% believed them so I’d watched the first ten seconds of a YouTube video of the ride and quickly discovered this was true. If you’ve ever been to Madame Tussauds in London it was very much like that ride where the carts don’t stop and you just hop on and it slowly takes you through. You have a blaster gun and the aim is to earn as many points as possible. A lot of people in the comments had complained the theming wasn’t very good but to be fair you’re so busy trying to points that I didn’t even pay much attention to the actual ‘ride’.

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It was fun but for the first few minutes I hadn’t realised I was pointing my blaster the wrong way. Someone had left it the wrong way so I’d just picked it up and I was wondering why everyone else could see their light and sort of ‘aim’ whilst I was shooting and having no idea where it was landing. Weirdly, I was still getting SOME points before I realised it was backwards. Once it was the right way I started to do a lot better unsurprisingly.

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I came off and went straight over to the Iron Man Tech Showcase – it was closing soon and reopening later and since I was in the area I decided to go straight in. The app advised the wait was 40 minutes but I definitely didn’t wait that long, I’d say it was probably 20 minutes max and it may not have been that long. This is where you meet Iron Man and it was really cool, they make it look like he flew down behind some closed doors and then he walks in and everyone can take their picture with him.

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As I was heading off to find the next thing to do I saw the streets were blocked off for the parade so I stopped to watch. It was difficult as all the spots in the shade were nabbed and the only decent spots left were right in the direct sunlight and it was BOILING. The parade itself was quite short and definitely didn’t compare to the Halloween one I’d seen in Tokyo. Like the floats were good but it just didn’t last long enough. Never mind.

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By this point I hadn’t expected to have completed as much as I had so I was now in my sort of ‘overflow’ of rides and decided to go on the ‘Jungle River Cruise’. This was okay but wasn’t as good as I’d thought it would be and didn’t last as long as I’d thought it would. Still, the boat was shaded so that was the good thing. I’d spent so much time in the sun my breathing was starting to go a bit funny so I think it was making me a bit ill but I was determined to do as much as possible by the end of the day!

They’d added a temporary attraction which was Halloween themed and there were several different lines for different things. I think one was for a scary walkthrough and I sort of regret not going through it but since I was alone I didn’t feel confident enough to. I did however join the queue to meet Jack and Sally from ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ – I was at the front of that queue and by the time we got sent inside there were only about three people behind me.

This one was a bit awkward as Sally could speak although Jack couldn’t and to be honest Jack was creeping me out a bit, it was really odd! Sally noticed my birthday badge and wished me a Happy Birthday and said she hoped ‘Birthday Town’ were planning a huge celebration for me. Then she noticed I was wearing a Jack choker so she was like “Look Jack, she’s got your face on a pendant! The Pumpkin King is honoured! Would you like to hold his arm for a photo?” which I won’t lie did make me cringe a bit but I had my photo taken and it came out looking pretty good.

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I was in desperate need of some water at this point and decided to get a snack as well so I headed back to Main Street USA because in vlogs I’d seen some really cute doughnuts in the theme of Disney characters but unfortunately there was a queue to enter the café where they were sold and I needed water like now. I found a cart selling water and also the Mickey waffles that I’d also seen in vlogs so I decided to order one of them too. It was tasty but also extremely sickly – I appreciated having a few minutes to just sit in the shade though to be honest.

I checked the app to see what else was available in the park and saw that there were character meet and greets going on in ‘Fantasyland’ for the Winnie-the-Pooh characters. I absolutely love Winnie-the-Pooh so I decided to go and take a look. There was a short queue for Piglet but people weren’t being allowed to join, however they were being directed to what looked like a short ‘overflow’ queue so I stood with everyone else. After a few minutes Piglet left and we were let into the proper queue. I was low-key hoping that since Piglet had left Winnie-the-Pooh would come out instead now and he did! It may be childish but I was super excited to meet him. When it was my turn the photographer pointed out that it was my birthday and started singing while Winnie-the-Pooh danced to the tune. It was really sweet and the photo came out looking cute.

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By this point it was absolutely boiling so I decided to hop onto ‘It’s a Small World’ again to escape the heat. By this point the lines were getting a bit longer but again, nothing too long. I was in the queue maybe 10 minutes if that before getting into the back row of the boat. It was nice to just relax in the air-con for a bit.

Next up I decided to go on ‘Mystic Manor’ again. I’d heard there were slightly different variations of the ride depending on which cart you ended up in. I don’t think the differences were major but I wanted to see. I joined the queue which again was longer but still wasn’t ‘long’ in the grand scheme of things and unfortunately ended up in the very same cart I’d been on originally. Oh well, the ride was a lot of fun and as before I’d managed to escape the heat.

Since I was repeating rides I wanted to go on ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ again – it would be more fun having my blaster pointed the right way round for the whole ride! I headed over but unfortunately it was temporarily closed so I ended up sitting in the shade for a bit before seeing another small ‘parade’. Again, this didn’t last very long but I had only caught the end of it – it was mostly the Mickey characters on various floats but it was still cute.

I’d wanted to see ‘Mickey and the Wondrous Book’ – not desperately but I had heard it was a good show but the next show time wasn’t for ages yet so I headed to ‘Mickey’s Philhar Magic’ first in ‘Fantasyland’. It was essentially a small cinema where you got 3D glasses and it was a short film about Donald trying to perform with Mickey’s magic hat and then getting sucked into several Disney films and trying to get the hat back. It was cute but it unfortunately meant that when I came out ‘Mickey and the Wondrous Book’ was now full. There was another one later but I decided not to bother.

I headed back to ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and luckily it had reopened so I jumped into the queue and rode again. As predicted it was definitely more fun with your blaster pointed the right way the entire time. The ride does stop every so often, presumably if someone is having difficulty getting in or out of their cart as the ride doesn’t stop it just keeps going.

By now the sun was starting to set and I made the decision to go on ‘Mystic Manor’ again. I was absolutely determined to get on a different cart at least once but as luck would have it I ended up in the exact same cart. Again. As mentioned though that ride was definitely my favourite so although I would’ve like a different cart I’m just glad I got to ride it at all. It’s definitely the one ride I’d recommend if you’re at Hong Kong Disneyland.

When I got off I realised I was hungry again so I had a look on the app at places available to eat. As I already mentioned I’m not very adventurous with places to eat so I’m ashamed to say I went back to the ‘Starliner Diner’ and got some fish nuggets with chips and a water this time. At least in theme parks I’m more likely to eat an actual meal, I often make do with snacks when out and about sightseeing because I’m too nervous to order actual foods.

Once dinner was done the sun had completely set and I wanted to watch ‘Jack’s Villainous Gathering’ at 8PM so I decided it was time to start doing some shopping. At the Tokyo theme park we’d left our shopping until after the fireworks display but unfortunately so had 75% of the park so I wanted to get it done now before it was too busy. I headed back to a shop in ‘Fantasyland’ and stocked up on things for myself and also a present each for my friends Becca, Jess and Hirst.

I was going to head to Main Street USA and do some shopping there but on my way I noticed people were already sitting in front of the stage for ‘Jack’s Villainous Gathering’ and I wanted to nab a good spot so I sat down too. I ended up in the second row and hoped we’d be able to sit down throughout the show but a Cast Member told us all to stand up closer to the time. This low-key annoys me because sitting down I had such a clear view but when we stood up the guy in front of me was much taller and therefore blocking my view. And if my view was ruined then God knows how all the kids’ views were affected. But whatever.

The show began and although it was good, again, it wasn’t very long and there wasn’t much of a story to it. Jack and Sally were hosting a gathering of villains and it was cool to see a lot of villain characters as I hadn’t really seen any in the other parks I’d visited, only the heroes and princesses of the story. The villains I remember were Captain Hook, Oogie-Boogie, the Queen of Hearts, Maleficent, the Queen from ‘Snow White’ and Jafar. I’m glad I stayed to watch it but disappointed there were no fireworks.

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I haven’t previously mentioned but I’m also slightly disappointed the castle was still under renovation. It was when I booked the trip but had been predicted to be finished by ‘Fall 2019’ but I think it’s been pushed back to early 2020 now. It does look like it’s going to be incredible, definitely an improvement on the little one that was there before so I’ll have to go back someday to see it when it’s finished.

After the show I decided to call it a night. I didn’t want to cram into the shops with tons of other people so I headed back to the MTR and headed back to the hotel. Overall it was an incredible day and I’m glad I got to visit. I saw many people saying that the Hong Kong park is a bit of a let-down since it’s quite small but I think it was fabulous – it may have been small but there was still plenty to see and do. I managed to do more at this park than any of the others I’ve visited, I think the Florida park will come as a bit of a shock now!

I definitely recommend a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, it was so much fun and definitely ride ‘Mystic Manor’ if you get the chance.

Top 5 Favourite Memories from Seoul

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It’s been almost a year since me, Becca and Jess set off on our adventure to Asia and to be honest I’m still not over it. Not a day goes by when I don’t wish I was back on that exact trip, reliving the entire experience. I wanted to share my five favourite memories from Seoul. It was an amazing city but unfortunately I don’t think we spent anywhere near enough time there. We arrived on the Thursday from Japan and were boarding our plane back to the UK on the Monday. We will definitely have to return to South Korea at some point but for now I’m gonna relive my favourite moments!

Banana Tree Café

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I’m not sure where I heard of this place, I think I’d been googling whacky cafes to visit in Korea since we already had so many lined up for Japan and when I heard of this place I wanted to go. They make cakes served in little flower pots and you receive a little shovel spoon to eat them with. When I told my friends they were happy to go too and off we set.

The café was actually tiny upon arrival, there was maybe like three or four tables when we arrived. There wasn’t a table that seated more than two people so my friends sat on one table whilst I sat on a seat by a little ledge. Unfortunately I believe we’d eaten at the SM Town café earlier and had been keen for something savoury but they only served sweet food so by the time we arrived at Banana Tree, again, we were craving something savoury. Unfortunately for me the only savoury food wasn’t anything up my street so I ordered a chocolate and banana cake so at least I’d still get the cute flower pot. I also got a chocolate milkshake.

I can’t remember what drinks the girls ordered but when our drinks arrived first theirs was bloody impressive as it came with a large dollop of candyfloss on top. My chocolate milkshake was lush and then the food came. Becca and Jess had ordered mozzarella toast, a sensible choice as Becca’s a veggie and they both like cheese on toast and fancied something savoury. For reasons known only to the café the mozzarella toast also came with peanut butter and pieces of ham. That’s the thing I found most bizarre about Asia, most food didn’t have a description of what was in it and for those that did they occasionally missed ingredients out. At one café in Japan Becca ordered the one item she thought was vegetarian and it still came with meat in. That would definitely not fly in the UK.

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On the bright side my chocolate and banana cake was gorgeous and was really cute. It was a shame that I fancied savoury food but luckily there was a rib place over the road so once we were done in Banana Tree we headed over – me and Jess shared some pulled pork with fries whilst Becca had a serving of fries. So in the end I got the cute cake and something savoury so it was a good experience!

Ice Museum/Trick-Eye Museum

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The journey to the Trick-Eye Museum was eventful as Google Maps advised us to get on a specific bus but unfortunately this bus was only supposed to go to the airport and wasn’t meant to let travellers off beforehand. The driver wasn’t thrilled to let us off at our stop but luckily we made it to the Trick-Eye Museum with no further problems. We’d been cutting it a bit fine as it was getting late and wasn’t long off closing time.

When we arrived we received a ticket for the Ice Museum as well as the Trick-Eye Museum as they were in the same building and we were advised to go straight into the Ice Museum as that was closing quicker than the Trick-Eye one. I was looking forward to it as the year before we’d visited an ice bar in Amsterdam and that had been enjoyable!

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They didn’t give us anything to wear – in Amsterdam you were given a large coat to keep yourself warm but in Seoul we weren’t given anything and very quickly we were all shivering too much to particularly enjoy the sculptures. There was an ice slide which we all took a turn on but it didn’t go as fast as one would’ve expected from an ice slide and in the end it was too cold for us to stay in there. None of us had any jackets or anything with us and it was bloody freezing! It took me forever and a day to warm back up.

We headed over to the Trick-Eye Museum which was right up our street as it was mostly just photo opportunities but as it was nearing closing time we were literally tag-teaming getting some decent photos, kicking our bags to the next thing and then starting all over again. For the first few rooms I was genuinely sweating my balls off as we tried to get everything done. We did calm down in the end and the museum was tons of fun, I’d definitely recommend if you’re visiting Seoul. As it was late we had the place pretty much to ourselves and it was so much fun.

SM Town Videos

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As massive K-Pop fans we couldn’t have visited Seoul without a trip to SM Town so it was one of the first things we did. The museum was fun as it was cool to spot all the references to our favourite K-Pop artists but arguably the best bit about it were the photo opportunities.

On the top floor there was a photo booth where you could take a photo with two K-Pop artists of your choice – I chose mine quickly as I just wanted Sunny from Girls’ Generation who came with Tiffany which was fine by me, and then Jess chose hers relatively quickly and Becca took forever a day. Then when she finally did settle on someone she closed her eyes just as they took the photo so she had to retake it.

Then there was a section of the museum that you had to pay to enter and as you walked through each group had their own ‘room’ and just like the photo booth there were photo opportunities but these were more fun as two members would saunter onto the screen as if they were really preparing to pose with you and then the rest of the members just appeared as photos. In this room they also had small intros – for example my favourite one was in Super Junior which was ‘Mamacita’ themed, two members came on the screen and had a ‘shoot-out’. There was also two toy gun props and a cowboy hat – Becca donned both and made me pee my pants as she pretended to fire straight into the air – it’s hard to explain but there’s a video on my Instagram and I laugh every time I watch it.

It was really fun going from room to room pretending to interact with my favourite idols – if you’re a K-Pop fan in Seoul I definitely recommend a visit to SM Town as I imagine most K-Pop fans are fans of at least one SM group.

Lotte World

Lotte World

I wrote a long post about everything we got up to here but theme park days on long trips are NECESSARY! It’s a chance to just have fun without getting stressed about getting from one tourist spot to the next or running out of time to do everything etc. It was nice to just relax and have a good look around.

Unfortunately as we didn’t know much about Lotte World I don’t think we planned the day as well as we could have. For example the big thrill rides were in the outside section which we didn’t discover until the early evening which by that point all the queues were massive. I didn’t mind too much as I’m not a big thrill ride kind of person but I know Becca and Jess are so we should’ve gone outside first but we had no idea it existed!

My favourite parts were probably the parades as they were just whacky. I still get the ‘you’ve got a pum-pum-pumpkin head’ song stuck in my head occasionally and it was just a lot of fun. So was the night parade with the indoor fireworks. If in Seoul I’d definitely go back to Lotte World ‘cos it was just so much fun!

Karaoke

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My favourite night from the trip! We took tons of videos and I love rewatching them, especially the ‘Lie’ (Jimin) video because we sound so drunk even though we were sober. We definitely wanted to do Karaoke whilst in Asia and Seoul seemed to have a lot of places to do it so Jess found one and off we went.

We were given a room for an hour and it was quite small with no windows but as there was only three of us it fitted our needs just fine, there were even maracas and tambourines for us. Unfortunately only two mics but it didn’t matter as we just shared. On our way to the room we could hear people in the other rooms and I don’t think we once heard anyone singing an upbeat song, everyone was singing slow ballads – if they could hear us they probably hated us.

In the first room we kicked it off with ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj but I also remember singing Mic Drop by BTS, Bang Bang Bang by Big Bang, Breaking Free from High School Musical, Boombayah by Black Pink and Waterloo by ABBA. I can’t remember everything but all our songs were upbeat and we sounded like messes – especially when we had to sing in Korean.

Once the hour was up we didn’t want to stop so we went downstairs and paid for another hour. Becca also grabbed us each a bottle of water as screaming lyrics for an hour had absolutely killed our throats. We were given a different room number and when we went up it was bigger with a large window which although felt nicer as it was less claustrophobic meant that people could see into the room whilst we did karaoke. It definitely didn’t stop us though!

In here we sang Lie by BTS’ Jimin, Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, Hello B*tches by CL, Ring Ding Dong by SHINee and I’m sure tons of other songs – we also sang Sorry Sorry by Super Junior, I’m pretty sure that was our last one, and as Becca was doing the choreography she looked out the window and noticed two guys from the street were watching her.

That night was so much fun and we got some amazing videos of it – the only downside was that our throats killed by the end of the night but never mind, definitely worth it.

So there we have it, my five favourite memories from Seoul! Let me know yours if you’ve ever been or what you’d like to do if given the opportunity to visit.

Favourites as a Teenager vs Favourites Now

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It’s safe to say I’ve changed quite a bit since I was a teenager and I’d say it’s definitely for the best. I’m generally more positive and a lot less cringe than I was back then. But sometimes it’s nice to have a throw back to when you were a teenager so I figured I’d look back at my favourites then against my favourites now.

Favourite Band

Thirteen Year-Old Me: My Chemical Romance

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Twenty-Two Year Old Me: BTS

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I was obsessed with My Chemical Romance in Secondary School. You can ask literally anyone I went to school with what my favourite band was back then and they would answer ‘My Chemical Romance’ with no hesitation. It all started when I met a girl named Jasmine in Religious Studies and she told me she was a massive fan of the band. I liked her and wanted to be her friend so I gave them a listen and ended up falling completely in love with them. I wrote more about it in this post here but yeah, I absolutely loved My Chemical Romance more than anything.

As me and Jasmine drifted apart my interests began to change, as they would’ve anyway because I was growing up and slowly I became a big fan of K-Pop. It’s the kind of music I trashed all the time as a teenager even though I secretly enjoyed it. I used to only listen to girl groups but when my friend Becca became a fan of K-Pop she recommended BTS to me and although I liked them and enjoyed their music I wouldn’t have said I ‘loved’ them until seeing them at K-Con Paris. Ironically we only went because I think Jess would’ve combusted if we hadn’t but it was like unscrewing the cork off a bottle because since then I love them and have seen them live three more times paying obscene amounts of money each time. And I don’t doubt I’ll continue to in the future if they return to Europe.

Favourite Movie

Thirteen Year-Old Me: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

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Twenty-Two Year-Old Me: Room

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I guess my taste in movies is now slightly more depressing? I don’t know. Fun Fact, I hated horror movies when I was thirteen, I don’t think I actually started enjoying them until I was maybe sixteen? My sister made me watch ‘The Descent’ when I was like eleven and I was okay with that but refused to watch other horror movies.

I’m getting off topic. I imagine my favourite film changed a lot in Secondary School but I can remember borrowing this movie off my friend Jasmine and coming home to watch it most evenings after school. I don’t know what it was about it but I just loved it – I still do to be fair. I remember watching it in school as well and for some reason as soon as it was done our English teacher went online and bought the Angus t-shirt that Robbie wears at the end of the movie.

I’m not sure what I love about the movie ‘Room’ so much. I quite like a weepy film ‘cos I also love ‘My Sisters Keeper’. It’s just such a good film and at least it has a happy ending. I’m not sure what thirteen year old me would’ve thought of it though!

Favourite TV Show

Thirteen Year-Old Me: iCarly

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Twenty-Two Year-Old Me: Derry Girls

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My TV show obsessions didn’t start until I was about sixteen and for some reason they faded away a few years later because now I don’t particularly have much attention span for TV shows. I’ll acknowledge that I’m enjoying a show but the episodes are so long that I tend to lose interest mid-way or don’t have the motivation to sit and watch the next one.

As a teenager I loved Nick and Disney shows, as much as I didn’t want to love them because they were ‘babyish’ but whoops I did love them. I think as a thirteen year old iCarly was probably my favourite show. I’m trying to narrow it down to a particular favourite episode but I can’t think of one! I don’t know many teenagers who didn’t love these shows so it’s weird that we were all so embarrassed to admit it to each other until we were a bit older? Like I’m pretty sure we were the target audience?

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts that as I’ve gotten older my attention span for TV shows has lowered. I do like watching things on Netflix like ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ but I just don’t have the motivation to force myself to watch something that’s an hour long. I’ve recently started enjoying ‘Derry Girls’ though because the episodes aren’t long (in fact I wouldn’t mind if the Derry Girls episodes were longer) and I just think it’s hilarious. I sort of spoilt the episodes for myself by watching the best bits on YouTube over and over again but it doesn’t make the show any less enjoyable – in fact it’s quite nice to have more context to the jokes! I can’t wait for them to release Season Three because I only have one episode left of Season Two and I’m not looking forward to being completely caught up.

My favourite episode is definitely the prom episode, it was just perfect from start to finish. Hilarious and heart-warming all at the same time. Perfection!

Dream Career: Writer

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Actual Career: Business Support Officer

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Although my dream to be a writer hasn’t disappeared I’ve had to accept reality and get a proper job for the time being. After quitting university I did a couple of jobs – worked at a Victorian museum, did a week at a large convenience store (I was a Christmas temp) and became a care worker. But then I accepted a job as an apprentice at my local council, spent 18 months doing that and then got accepted as a Business Support Officer the day before my contract ran out.

I never imagined myself working in an office but here I am and I’ve found I actually quite enjoy it! I get a good amount of money and I get on well with my team. The job role can be difficult at times but it’s in a team I’d been interested in as an apprentice and I feel really lucky to have been offered the job. I don’t know what thirteen year old me would think of that, I was convinced I’d never do an apprenticeship or work in an office but I guess life is funny like that.

Celebrity Crush – Singer

Thirteen Year-Old Me: Gerard Way

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Twenty-Two Year Old Me: J-Hope

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First of all I suppose it’s good that my celebrity crush singer is actually closer to my age. I was obsessed with Gerard Way as a thirteen year old who was in his thirties at the time – something my Mom was keen to point out to me all the time “He’s old enough to be your Dad!” Didn’t stop me having the world’s biggest crush on him though. I still think he’s good-looking but I wouldn’t say I have a crush on him now.

I’m not really sure I have a ‘crush’ on J-Hope but like I do love him, he’s my absolute K-Pop bias so maybe it is a crush, I don’t know? I don’t think I particularly would’ve imagined myself being a K-Pop fan as a teenager. Well, I don’t think I’d have imagined myself being a pop fan at all as a teenager because I was so determined to be a rock and metal enthusiast. But my music taste has definitely expanded so that’s a positive I guess?

Celebrity Crush – Actor

Thirteen Year-Old Me: Zac Efron

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Twenty-Two Year-Old Me: Chris Pine

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To tell you the truth I’m ball parking about the thirteen year-old actor celebrity crush because for a while I didn’t really get the appeal in fancying actors. Like musicians I understood, I had tons of musician celebrity crushes but never really thought about many actors. I think most girls probably had a little crush on Zac Efron at some point and although I never would’ve admitted it as a teenager I probably did have one.

When I started watching Supernatural at sixteen I completely understood the actor hype and now I have tons of actor crushes. Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster just to name a few… But my favourites probably been Chris Pine since I saw him in ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ so yeah…

Favourite Book

Thirteen Year-Old Me: Anything by Jacqueline Wilson I guess

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Twenty-Two Year-Old Me: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

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I personally think Jacqueline Wilson is an absolute genius and even at twenty-two I always buy her new releases and enjoy reading them. At thirteen I can’t really remember my favourite specific book but I would’ve still loved anything Jacqueline Wilson related. Fun fact when I was sixteen there was one morning a week in tutor where my friends weren’t there and I was by myself so instead of going on my phone I started taking a book to school with me. One week I brought a Jacqueline Wilson book with me to which my teacher said “Babes those books are for year sevens?” When I told my Mom she hit the roof “HOW DARE SHE DISCOURAGE YOU FROM READING?” but luckily didn’t go in and make a complaint or anything as that would’ve just been embarrassing.

On my 16th birthday Jacqueline Wilson was doing a book signing in London so I begged my Mom to take me and she did because she’s awesome. It was a great birthday weekend, my Mom surprised me with tickets to see Wicked as I’d been begging her for ages and the book talk and signing was incredible to. I think I was the oldest one there but I didn’t even care haha!

I can’t remember when I first read ‘Only Ever Yours’ but for that first read although I definitely enjoyed it I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was my favourite book. Over the years though there’s just something about it that I really love. Like my taste in movies this book is more depressing than I would’ve enjoyed at thirteen but there’s just something about it I really love?

I travelled to London by myself to go to a Louise O’Neill book signing and fun fact that was the first time I ever stayed in a hotel by myself. Lisa Williamson and David Leviathan were also at the event, I hadn’t heard of either of them at the time but read one book of each of theirs before I went and realised I was a fan of both their work too. The talk was a lot of fun and the signing was funny – I’d tweeted the authors earlier in the day to say I was on my way to London for their signings and Louise looked at the post-it with my name on and was like “I remember your tweet because I thought you were Hozier and I was really excited but then I was disappointed when I realised- Not to say that you’re a disappointment of course!”

So there we have it, I can’t think of any other favourites to compare but um I think it’s safe to say that I’m quite different from thirteen year-old me. I think she would’ve been disappointed reading this but I’m a lot happier and secure within myself than I was at thirteen so there’s always that!

What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix

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Recently I feel like all I use Netflix for is to rewatch shows or movies that I’ve already seen instead of looking for anything new. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I just don’t seem to have the attention span lately for anything new. However over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get into a few shows and actually enjoy them. Here’s what I’ve been watching – warning, this post may contain spoilers.

The Miracle

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When I first started using Netflix I added a ton of shows and movies to my list and then never watched any of them – I had more fun adding them than watching them. However one night I couldn’t sleep so I switched on my phone and started scrolling through Netflix. I eventually got bored of scrolling and not watching anything so I checked my list and found this show. Without overthinking it I pressed play and started to watch.

The basic premise of this K-Drama is that twin sisters Shi Ah and Shi Yeon couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Shi Ah is a famous actress who recently debuted in a girl group, whilst Shi Yeon is an overweight nobody. The two of them don’t get along and are always fighting. One day Shi Yeon helps a mysterious old women and confesses she wishes she could trade places with Shi Ah. The next morning the girls have swapped places, and need to figure out a way to switch back.

It was interesting to see a body swap from this perspective as the girls were literally such polar opposites. Shi Yeon was still in school, had no friends and was bullied by pretty much everybody including the guy she had a massive crush on. Shi Ah was a spoilt celebrity who was rude to everybody but put on an innocent front for the cameras – even the members of her group ‘Miracle Girls’ didn’t like her.

It was quite funny and entertaining, the only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the fat-shaming. I know Korean beauty standards are different but I feel like surely by the end there should have been some resolution. With Shi Ah in Shi Yeon’s body she was a lot more confident and when she was made fun of she did stand up for herself – she said something along the lines of “I may be fat but if I lost weight I would be beautiful. Think of me as an unscratched lottery ticket ready to reach my full potential.” Why couldn’t she be beautiful and at her full potential without losing weight?

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Also there’s a scene where Shi Yeon in Shi Ah’s body sings a high note during a live performance and Shi Ah has a go at her afterwards saying the whole nation knows she can’t sing to save her life. But Shi Yeon would’ve still been using Shi Ah’s voice surely so how did she magically sing well?

Overall I was glad I watched it, I can’t remember how many episodes there were but they were only like fifteen minutes long each (if that) so I could handle that. The only thing was that some episodes felt like things were going too fast – for example Shi Yeon (as Shi Ah) got together with another singer. All she did was fall off the stage into his arms and suddenly he was like ‘let’s go to the roof so I can confess my love for you’.

My last point is that the necklace was never really resolved. Shi Yeon (as Shi Ah) discovers that the necklace the mysterious lady gave her grants wishes but at a cost – someone gets hurt every time she does it. This was never really talked about again after she’d made this discovery. It’s just sort of glossed over.

Either way, I did end up really enjoying this series but it was definitely far from perfect.

Switched

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Because I’d liked ‘The Miracle’ so much I decided to give Netflix’s original J-Drama a go. The premise is sort of similar. Ayume is a popular, pretty girl who has just been asked out by her crush Korisho so life is going pretty well for her at the moment. On her way to her first date with him she gets a call from her classmate Zenko, an overweight girl from her class who doesn’t have any friends, who tells her to turn around. Ayume watches in horror as Zenko jumps off a building with the intention of killing herself. Ayume wakes up but discovers she is now in Zenko’s body. When she asks Zenko in her body how it happened she realises Zenko did this on purpose and has stolen her body.

This series only had six episodes, each ranging from about 30 – 45 minutes so it was easy to get through. Again though this meant things were moving at a rapid pace. Ayume switches into Zenko’s body in the first episode and by the end of it has already convinced her friend Kaga of the switch. I feel like realistically it would take me forever and a day to fully convince my friends I’d swapped bodies with a random girl from school.

The take on this that I enjoyed was that Zenko switched as she hated her life but soon realised that just having Ayume’s body didn’t make life easy. She still pushed people away and was insecure about her relationship with Korisho – it’s revealed she liked him which is why she decided to perform the body swap with Ayume, deciding that even if it didn’t work she wanted to kill herself anyway. Whereas although Ayume was lonely in Zenko’s body at first, with the help of Kaga and a kind heart she managed to win people over in her class.

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Again, not a fan of the fat-shaming in this one. Even when people began to like Ayume (in Zenko’s body) there were still people saying she was ugly. It wasn’t even jabs specifically about the weight, it was full on like “you’re really ugly.” Even by the end there was no “sorry we called you ugly” just “hey we like you now so let’s brush that under the rug!”

Also the love triangle between Ayume, Korisho and Kaga was just boring especially in the last episode. I didn’t particularly care who she chose, surely we had bigger issues at hand?

The one thing I will say is that the acting was phenomenal, it’s hard to remember that they haven’t genuinely switched bodies. Both girls did an amazing job.

Part Time Idol

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I still have to watch the final episode but there’s about five maybe six episodes of this show, each about forty minutes long I want to say. The basic premise of the show is that a music producer returns to his company with a new project in mind – launching a co-ed pop idol group. I think I downloaded a couple of episodes to watch at the airport whilst waiting for my flight and was quickly hooked.

I’m looking forward to seeing the conclusion and I really need to sit down and watch it – although I’m sure I can predict how it will end. The group will probably debut and do extremely well but it may surprise me! We’ll see.

Derry Girls

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I found out about this show by seeing clips on Facebook then before I knew it I kept watching the ‘best bits’ on YouTube. Netflix announced they were going to add it to Netflix and I checked every day until finally they’d released the first season.

It was cool to finally watch the full episodes but unfortunately I sort of spoilt them for myself by watching all the best bits but never mind. I just think this show is absolutely hilarious, there isn’t a thing about it I’d change. I absolutely love it.

I’m not sure how to describe the premise of the show. The show follows Erin and her friends as they grow up in a world of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points in 1990s Northern Ireland and attempt to navigate the highs and lows of being teenagers – that’s the description according to Google anyway. The description doesn’t make it sound too hilarious but it bloody is.

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Unfortunately at the moment only Season One is on Netflix but for UK residents you can watch the show on All 4 which is where I watched Season Two. I personally think Season Two was better so I have high hopes for when Season Three is released. It’s honestly one of my favourite shows at the moment.

Til Death Do Us Part

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When I saw this on Netflix I was instantly intrigued. It was described as a Taiwan version of ‘Black Mirror’ – a show I enjoy (I loved the Ashley O episode) but the episodes are too long for me. A whole hour, I don’t particularly have the attention span to get into that. But these episodes were only twenty minutes to an hour long so I decided to give the first episode a watch.

The first episode was called ‘Hit and Run’ and was basically about a man who gets hit by a car and dies but realises he’s caught in a time loop and has to try and break it otherwise he will keep getting hit by the car. It was okay but to be truthful it was a bit… Weird? Spoiler alert but he finds out the woman who keeps hitting him is also caught in the time loop and always dies after speeding away from hitting him. She reveals on the first night she’d been drinking but every other night she hadn’t drank and had still hit him then she said “The only thing I haven’t tried is dying before you” – have you tried just not getting in the car? Like deciding to walk home instead of driving? Is that not a possibility?

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The end is very open for interpretation and wasn’t quite as strong as I’d been hoping for. Nevertheless I was feeling optimistic so clicked onto the next episode which was called ‘Perfectly Spotless’. I’m not even sure how to describe the plot of this one. It’s basically about a woman who lives in an entirely white apartment who is due a room inspection in the next couple of days when she discovers a black spot on the wall that just continues to grow.

This one was more confusing than the last. I don’t like ‘little hints’, I need something more so I have something to go off. I don’t know what I just watched. I think I may continue with the series just to see if the episodes improve but I didn’t LOVE the first two episodes, I won’t lie.

Jurassic Park

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Not a TV show but I finally watched the original Jurassic Park. I know it’s crazy that I made it this far without seeing the original but I’d just never got round to watching it. I knew I’d enjoy it because I love Jurassic World so one weekend when my parents were away I settled into the living room and began watching.

I think it was a bit slow to start with to be honest but once it picked up then it really got going and overall I did really enjoy it. I’ve added the sequels to my Netflix ‘To Watch’ list so I’ll definitely be watching them at some point.

So there we have it, those are some of the shows and films I’ve been watching on Netflix recently. Feel free to leave a comment with any recommendations you have!

Top 5 Favourite Memories from Tokyo

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I’ve written a sort of ‘series’ where I describe my three favourite moments for the places me and my friends have visited. Tokyo was packed full of so many amazing memories that I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to three so I’ve upped it to five which will still be a struggle but slightly easier. Here goes nothing!

Mt Fuji Day Trip

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I wrote a long post about this but it was an amazing day. We all knew we wanted to see Mt Fuji but had heard it was difficult to reach by public transport so we booked ourselves a day trip that would take us to Mt Fuji and to the Aokigahara Forest. It was full of so many moments – my favourite being that we’d all been looking forward to a two hour coach journey to relax, maybe have a nap and our bloody tour guide was like “Let’s all sing a song together!” To be fair she was lovely, very enthusiastic and knew a lot about the mountain.

We thought the whole group would also go to the Aokigahara Forest but it turns out it was just us three and the tour guide. It was a bit embarrassing but was also good because our experience was very personalised. I’m proud of myself for getting down into the ice cave even though I was terrified and for not falling flat on my face once we were inside.

It was an amazing trip that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Gundam Robot

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I don’t think I looked up the Gundam Robot before we went, I think it was put on the list by Becca and Jess because I hadn’t heard of it before we went. The girls just described it to me as a giant robot and I was definitely down to visit because like who doesn’t wanna go and see a giant robot?

It had been on our itinerary to visit the robot after visiting Joypolis and we’d had so much fun inside there that it was quite late when we left. We took photos of the Rainbow Bridge and then walked over to the Gundam Robot. As the thing is massive we spotted it as we were approaching and it looked INCREDIBLE. It was all lit up and moving around and I was so excited to take photos of it. The literal second we got close enough to fully enjoy it he shut down – the lights went out and he stopped moving. That’s absolutely typical but he still looked super impressive anyway so we took lots of photos.

He was the last tourist spot we visited in Tokyo as it was our last night and it was a perfect way to end the day. If I ever return to Tokyo (which I intend to do) I’d love to go back and see him actually moving around properly this time as it was so annoying that he shut down just as we arrived. It was still an awesome sight though!

Fortune Forest at Joypolis

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Speaking of Joypolis my absolute favourite attraction was no doubt ‘Fortune Forest’. When we arrived Becca and Jess bought tickets that basically got them into every ride as they’re thrill seekers and knew they’d happily go on anything. I’m more timid, not a big fan of anything fast and stuff like that so I bought a ticket that I had to top up once inside which worked out better all around. I didn’t go on as much as them as a lot of the attractions were in little rooms and I was worried about going through and discovering it was too fast or too scary for me but I did go on a few things. I was easily persuaded into ‘Fortune Forest’ as it wasn’t a ride, it was just described as being a fortune telling experience.

I topped up my card and the three of us went to the entrance where we were given ‘crystals’ from the women manning the stall and we went in. At the first stop you enter some basic information about yourself and what you want to find out. So your name, age, gender etc and then I think we all just picked a ‘general’ fortune. You then walk into a room where you put your crystal into different slots of your choice and then you answer questions. I think you pick three slots, they’re all decorated and it’s a forest theme hence the name. Then you go through to the final room where you put your crystal away and you receive a printed out fortune.

Maybe the best thing about it was that it was accessible for everyone, it was available in a ton of different languages so there weren’t any barriers – all the questions were in English and the fortune was printed in English because that was the one I’d selected as obviously it’s the only language I speak. The fortunes were quite generous, they were on an A4 piece of paper and were split into different sections. The three of us took it in turns to read our fortunes to each other and decided that we’d had so much fun that we had to do it again!

The woman at the entrance didn’t even blink when we reappeared, just gave us our crystals and let us through. We all went for a different theme this time, I can’t remember exactly what everyone picked but mine was to do with relationships, I think Becca’s was similar but slightly different and Jess’ was money related. I think you could also do joint friendship crystals but I can’t really remember, it’s been a while since we went now!

As we went round the room picking our slots I noticed a room that was barred off and pointed it out to my friends. They read the instructions on the wall and they were like “Oh, we need to both put down our crystals and maybe it’ll let us in!” So Becca and Jess both put their crystals either side of the door, held hands and waited for a moment only for a loud voice to boom “STOP! YOU MAY NOT ENTER THE SPECIAL ROOM! TAKE YOUR CRYSTALS AND LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!” It doesn’t sound funny but watching them hold hands and then hearing that loud announcement had me crying with laughter throughout the entire trip whenever I remembered it.

I have a suspicion that we went in a third time because we were really enjoying it but I can’t fully remember. Joypolis in general was a lot of fun but ‘Fortune Forest’ was definitely my favourite aspect of it!

Awkwardness of Maidreamin

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I wrote a longer post about this in my themed cafes blog post but this was one of the most awkward experiences of my life. We’d known a Maid Café would be a bit of an awkward experience but we wanted to do it anyway ‘cos hey we may never return to Tokyo so might as well experience all of it. Becca was less keen but me and Jess dragged her along. It might’ve been just about okay but unfortunately the Maidreamin we ended up in was absolutely empty except for us.

We got the full experience from wearing animal ears to having to do cute actions before we ate our food. I think my absolute favourite though was when she told us that when we were ready to order to get her attention we had to go “meow meow” whilst pretending to be a cat. None of us were feeling particularly confident about this so when we were ready we made eye contact with her and she went “meow meow?” and we had to do it anyway.

A bizarre experience but still a fun one and I’d definitely go back to a Maidreamin if in Tokyo – but probably the more popular one in Akihabara!

Electric Parade at Disneyland Tokyo

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Arguably my favourite moment of the trip was the electric parade at the end of the day when we visited Tokyo Disneyland. To be fair the whole day at Disneyland was just a lot of fun, any day spent at a Disney park always is but if I had to narrow it down to a specific moment it would definitely be the electric parade. When we’d visited Disneyland Paris a couple of years previously we hadn’t had much time and we hadn’t had chance to see any parades but we planned Disneyland Tokyo a bit better and managed to catch the Halloween parade earlier in the day and then the electric parade in the evening.

I think it was fun to just sit and catch my breath for a minute whilst enjoying the amazing floats that were coming past. The parade went on for quite a while, Becca kept turning around to where we could see the parade approaching and she kept going “THERE’S MORE!” The best was when the Peter Pan float came past and me and Becca waved madly and managed to get a wave back from Peter Pan. Then hi-fived each other ‘cos we’re lame.

If I could return to one moment from that trip it would probably be that one. It was fun and we weren’t far into the trip by that point, we had a lot left to do and I was looking forward to it all.

So there we go, my five favourite memories from Tokyo! I could’ve included a lot more, as I was about to publish this I remembered our crazy experience at ‘The Lock-Up’ which was absolutely hilarious as well. Tokyo was just an amazing city and it was definitely my favourite holiday ever. Let me know your favourite memories of the city or what you’d like to do if you ever visited!

10 Things I Wanna Do/Achieve Before I Turn 30

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As I write this I am currently 22 years old, turning 23 next month and I feel like since becoming an adult I’ve achieved quite a few things that I want to do. However there are plenty more things I want to do and I decided to make a list of my top ten priorities that I want to cross off. So here we go!

1. Go on an Out-of-Continent Trip on My Own

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This one is a bit of a cheat because I already know I’m going to do this. I’m heading to Hong Kong next month to celebrate my birthday, assuming the protest situation doesn’t get any worse and even if it does and I can’t go (fingers crossed I can!) I have a solo trip booked to Orlando, Florida in early 2020 so I can finally visit Disney World.

However it’s also not a cheat because I think I would’ve wanted to do this regardless of already having trips booked. I’ve travelled solo around parts of Europe and I wanted to take it a step further, prove to myself that I can do it. I’m worried it’ll sort of be like pulling a cork out of a bottle and soon I won’t stop but hey, the world is large and I want to explore as much of it as possible!

2. Publish a Book

I’m not sure if this one is too ambitious considering I haven’t attempted ‘the novel’ in a long time but like I want to get it done and to achieve it before I’m 30 would be ideal. Obviously it’s not the end of the world if I haven’t done it by then, there will still be plenty of time but I just really want to publish one!

I still ‘write’, I write my blog posts, I write stories for my friends (mostly at Christmas but I have done birthday ones and just ‘cheer up’ ones), I write short stories occasionally but I want to publish THE NOVEL y’know? I’ve got a few ideas knocking around it’s just actually putting the words onto paper that’s the difficult bit. At some point though I will definitely need to crack down and get on with it though so fingers crossed that I actually put in the effort to achieve this!

3. Visit Africa

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Okay, I know Africa is a big place so I’d need to narrow it down but it’s on my bucket list to visit every continent across the world. However, I think I’m going to give Antarctica a miss because it’s really expensive to visit and I just don’t imagine there’s much to see or do up there but all the other continents I’d like to visit. So far I’ve ticked off Europe (obviously because I live in Europe), North America and Asia.

Me and my friends are definitely going to go to Australia one day, it’s Hirst’s top place that she wants to visit and I just know that we will eventually go. However I think the next continent I personally would like to tick off is Africa. I’d love to some of my favourite animals in the wild and I just imagine it’d be an amazing place to visit. So I’m not sure when or how but I’d like to go one day – preferably before I turn 30!

4. Move Out

Still living with my parents at 22 isn’t the end of the world. I can afford to do all the things I want to do like travel, eat out regularly, go to concerts etc. whilst paying the bare minimum of rent. But I feel like by the time I’m thirty I will definitely be overdue needing my own place. Living with my Mom and Step-Dad is grating on me, I won’t lie, and I want my own space. I’m not worried about living by myself because I live for the moments when my parents go on holiday and I get the house to myself – I can’t wait to have that all the time!

I feel like if I really wanted to I could potentially just about afford to move out now but that would mean only being able to afford to live – paying rent, bills, groceries would take up pretty much all of my wages and I’m not willing to give up the lifestyle I’ve currently become used to. Maybe in my late 20s I’ll feel ready or I’ll earn more – but not yet!

5. Take my Mom on a Holiday Abroad I’ve Paid For

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I mentioned this on my bucket list and it’s something I really want to do. As a kid my Mom made sure me and my siblings had a holiday every single year – okay we didn’t go abroad every year but we did go occasionally and for the times that we didn’t we went to Wales and stayed in a caravan. I loved those holidays as a child and would be happy to do another caravan holiday one day but at the moment I’d much prefer to spend my money and annual leave on going abroad and exploring new places.

For my 21st birthday my Mom splashed out and booked me a trip to New York, at my request. I’d really love to repay the favour on one of my Mom’s big birthdays. My friend Hirst recently took her Mom on holiday for her 50th birthday and my friend Becca is planning her Mom’s 50th birthday present. Unfortunately I was still at school for my Mom’s 50th birthday so couldn’t do anything spectacular but in a few years my Mom will turn 60 and I want to book her an amazing birthday trip.

I’ve tried to figure out where she’d like to go and I think I have a vague idea so now I just need to save and surprise her. Easier said than done as it will probably be very expensive but my Mom definitely deserves a treat after all the shit she’s had to put up with from me and my brothers. As my Mom turns 60 before I turn 30 I’ll definitely be ticking this off the list!

6. Attend a K-Pop Concert in Seoul

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I had a recent blow. I’d been keeping an eye on any concerts that would be happening the week I was in Hong Kong and discovered that Mamamoo, a K-Pop girl group who at one point were my favourites, would be performing a concert the literal night before I arrived. I would be on the plane on my way to the country whilst they were performing. THEY COULDN’T HAVE HAD IT A DAY LATER!?

I kept an eye out when me and the girls went to Seoul for any K-Pop concerts that were happening but there weren’t really any. All of our K-Pop faves will perform a concert in Seoul at some point and I wouldn’t mind travelling, it’s just many K-Pop concerts are announced at the last minute making it difficult to travel that far. But before I’m 30 I want to return to Seoul and see some of my faves in concert. I’ll make sure of it!

7. Continue to do something fun every month

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I can’t remember when but a couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to do something ‘fun’ every single month out of the year. For me this meant something slightly different to my every day stuff and usually included a trip, a theatre visit or just something different to the norm for example in February I did an escape room and I counted that as my fun thing. I’ve been doing it for a while and I want to continue it until I’m 30.

It’s actually much easier to achieve than I thought. I have several trips booked a year anyway, sometimes concerts get announced that I want to go so that counts as my fun thing and then I quickly slot in something relatively cheap for the leftover months. I imagine I’ll continue doing it long after I’m 30 but I definitely still want to do it every year until then!

8. Go to America with my best friends

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Me and my three best friends love travelling together but so far the four of us have only visited Europe together. Me, Becca and Jess travelled to Asia together but unfortunately Hirst couldn’t afford it at the time. I’ve only visited America with my Mom but I’d love to go with my friends one day. I don’t even particularly care which state, it’d just be fun to explore part of America with my friends.

We have a few plans on where we’re going to travel over the next couple of years and America hasn’t featured yet but we have just over seven years to plan a trip so hopefully we will. It would be so much fun!

9. Go back to Japan

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I have never loved somewhere as much as I loved Japan, it’s my favourite place I’ve ever visited and I’m glad we went for two weeks and explored three different cities instead of just going to Tokyo and then leaving. We visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and I loved pretty much every day we spent in the country. It felt surreal to finally visit somewhere I’d been longing to go for years and even now it still doesn’t feel like we went!

I’ve been saying I plan on returning to Japan in 2022 but we’ll see, however I definitely want to return before I turn thirty. Even though we spent a full week in Tokyo there were still some things we had to miss as we ran out of time, I’d love to spend more time in Osaka, there was a place we visited in Kyoto at night that I’d like to see in the daytime and I’d also love to see a new part of Japan that we didn’t get to visit last time. Whilst on that side of the world I could easily visit another country like we did last time when we visited South Korea so I definitely intend to return.

10. Improve My Wardrobe

Last year I suddenly decided I didn’t like wearing jeans. I’m not sure why, I think it was in Japan when it was extremely hot and my jeans weren’t helping the situation they were just making me chaff. When I returned I started wearing leggings with dresses and when I eventually wanted to wear a t-shirt to a BTS concert I went out and bought a skirt so that I wouldn’t have to wear jeans.

For a while my style was literally the same dress from PRIMARK but in different colours and that was pretty much all I wore but then I realised I wanted some summer clothes and also clothes I could enjoy outside of work. Pretty much every outfit I owned was suitable for work and that’s BORING – practical because I work there five days a week and only have two days off but regardless I wanted clothes I actually liked not just clothes that were practical.

Also, most of my clothes were still black – I went through my emo phase as a teenager and yet my wardrobe now mostly still reflected that. I don’t want to wear black all the time, I actually want to start wearing some colours now!

Unfortunately the majority of clothes I like are either teeny tiny or extremely expensive. But that won’t stop me shopping around from now on to expand my wardrobe. I recently ordered a really cute dress to wear at Disneyland later this year and the online shop I bought it from has a large selection of cute dresses in larger sizes that are relatively affordable. I definitely intend to buy a few more and expand my wardrobe a bit. I want to have a wide and varied wardrobe by the time I turn 30!

So there we go, that’s 10 things I want to achieve or do by the time I turn 30. Hopefully I’ll manage all of these but if not it’s not the end of the world – after all life doesn’t end at 30 and I’ll have a lot more living to do!