5/1/18 – 9/1/18
The Bang Khla District, in the Chachoengsao Province, is an area of Thailand that I honestly hadn’t heard of before I went there. After a week in the busy Bangkok centre, it was quite refreshing to hop in a taxi and drive to the quieter and more rural area of Bang Khla. Not only that but, since we were there for a family wedding, it was lovely to be surrounded by so many people I hadn’t seen in far too long! It may have been a short stay, but it really was something else.
30/12/17 – 4/1/18
11 years ago I came to Thailand. I thought that had been my first venture in this wonderful country, but I very recently learned I came when I was 6 weeks old. So, having visited the first time when I was less than a year old and the second when I was 7, it’s fair to say that this visit will be the first I actually remember. And I hope I do, and for a very long time. A travel video will be coming sometime soon but for now here are some snaps I took during the first part of my trip.
A self-portrait : 29 / 12 / 17
Hello there 2018!
I, like many others, am hoping that this year will be the sensational third act of this three-year-long tragicomedy. 2017 was a good year for me; I saw my short film being made into a real tangible thing, I completed my A-Levels with pretty pleasing results, I went to film school, and I moved to London for University! So I can only hope that 2018 is even better. As they say: ‘new year, new me’!
As I mentioned in my last post (which you can watch and read here) I’ve left my Christmas shopping a little bit late – as I’m writing this it’s the 22nd of December and I’m sat on the floor of my local shopping centre, surrounded by busy Christmas shoppers, so I could finish my shopping and get this video uploaded at the same time. So, with a similar thought process, I decided to wrap a couple of presents and answer some Christmas Tag questions to share a little of my Christmas with you.
It’s weird for me to be leaving all these Christmas preparations to the last minute, I’m always the one Continue reading
Is it hypocritical that one of my favourite parts of living in London is that it looks like I don’t live in London?
I moved down to London at the end of September to start at university and I had never been more excited – or more nervous – for anything in my life. London has always been my favourite city; the city that, despite cheating on it with Paris, New York, Ottawa and more, I came back to every time with a loving embrace. Continue reading
I like to think of Bonfire Night as a marmite holiday; lots of people love it, will even class it as their favourite British holiday, and lots of people hate it, they don’t see the enjoyment of the brief yet loud display of lights in the night air or really understand what we’re celebrating, to begin with. Although perhaps even those people who do love it don’t even know why either. Personally, I classify myself as a lover of Bonfire Night, although Christmas wins my top spot hands down.
Ever since I was very young, I and my family would attend the Bonfire Night hosted at my school. A family friend would host a party beforehand and so I’d run around with my friends in their garden with sparklers – which were expressly forbidden on the school ground – until it was time to walk down in the dark to the school field.
If you know me you’ll know that I adore London. You’ll also know that I adore films (as well as books and the theatre!). Well, luckily for me I had the opportunity to mix those two adorations together and spent a month down in the fogs of London taking part in a practical filmmaking course run by the MET film school.
Not only was this an incredible time in regards to learning about everything to do with filmmaking, but also it meant I could get to know the city a bit better before I made the move down here for Uni: a feat I have now completed! I met some amazing people on this course too, which helped infinitely, and meant that I didn’t spend every evening stuck in my hotel room rotating between Netflix and YouTube. In fact I actually managed to do quite a lot; I saw a few films, a few plays, and a few landmarks whilst I was at it. And naturally I had to record my August spent in London, so here is the result of that. Enjoy, and be sure to let me know what you think of the video!
* The Shakespeare Series is a series where I look at a different Shakespeare play, tell you why you might like to read said play, and then briefly review it! I hope you enjoy 😊 *
As You Like It
What’s it about?
After the Dukedom of the father of the play’s headstrong heroine, Rosalind, is usurped by her Uncle, she soon finds herself fleeing to the Forest of Arden disguised as Ganymede, a handsome young man, accompanied by her loving cousin Celia, in the guise of shepherdess Aliena. There she finds not only safety but love, in the form of the brave Orlando.
Why should you read it?
○ It features one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches and other now common phrases – Even those who aren’t Shakespeare fans will have heard of the speech made by Jaques: ‘All the world’s a stage’ and the following ‘Seven ages of man’. It’s so wonderful to read the speech in its entirety and is brilliant in every sense of the word. Not only that but the phrase ‘too much of a good thing’ and many others were coined by Shakespeare in As You Like It. They’re certainly some fun easter eggs to find while reading!
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts
– Jaques 2.7
15 / 7 / 17 – 22 / 7 / 17
Part of my A-Level English Lit. course required researching literary critics to find quotes for essays. Once when I was doing some said research I came across John Muir and a number of his quotes, many of which ended up in my essays. But there was one in particular that I thought was so beautiful although I never really understood personally until this holiday, and that quote was:
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
9/07/ 17 – 12/ 07/ 17
There’s an unspoken truth about the end of A-Levels: as soon as you and your friends have finished all your exams you pack a bag, board a plane, and head off somewhere exciting. For many that’s to Magaluf or Ibiza – but that’s never really been my kind of thing. So my friend and I instead decided to grab a different ticket and to explore La Ville-Lumière!