This Months Bests | October 2017

OCTOBER, one of my favourite months of the year. Autumn has properly set in, winter is coming, and Christmas is on the horizon- it’s OK to acknowledge this, but not OK to have Christmas fare in the stores already – looking at you, UK!

This October has been a good one – very busy and suffering from less sleep than I’d like, but I’ve been enjoying what I’ve been doing – who’d have thought I’d be enjoying a lack of sleep. Is this what adulting feels like?

FOOD / DRINK

There has been all sorts of vegetable, yummy goodness going on in my kitchen this month. I enjoy cooking in bulk and freezing leftovers. I’m good for the next couple of weeks now! Recipes for the Coconut Chicken Quinoa Soup and Cheats Lentil & Spinach Curry coming soon.

Coconut Chicken Quinoa Soup | Cheat’s Lentil & Spinach Curry | Leek and Potato Soup

 

BOOKS

I was having a wee shufti at the Amazon UK kindle store, which seems to be part of my Wednesday routine now, and I came across Christina Henry’s new book. I had been looking her book, Alice, to send links to friends. I don’t follow book releases terribly closely, so had no idea Henry was releasing anything new this year, but in July Lost Boy landed. Henry is really making her mark in the re-telling’s market, and would argue that her’s are amongst the best. Alice is, of course, a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. Lost Boy is a re-imaging of Peter Pan, giving a suggested insight into the origins of Peter Pan and our boy Hook. It was an incredible read. Cannot recommend enough!

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Kindle | Book Depository

 

SCHOOL

THERE’S been a lot of PPT creation this month, and a fair few worksheets. This is a particular favourite, which spawned a lot of hilarious chat from the 6th graders! They’ve been in a good mood the last couple of week and have been a delight. I’m relishing it as they’re going to turn in no-time at all now that the end of elementary school draws near! See the full post here.

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Kakao friends get everywhere – not even school work is safe!

TV / FILM

THIS month has been all about Criminal Minds, both the US and Korean versions. The new US season is cracking – I was sad to see Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders go, I’m never going to not love a crime show helmed by Gary Sinise, but our loss is also our gain as Daniel Henney is now a regular on the parent series. Hotch’s departure from the previous series left a gaping hole that season 12 never quite seemed to recover from. In season 13, things seem to be going just fine!

Criminal Minds S13 Poster

I then thought it would be great fun to add in the Korean version, just to see what it was like. I had a go at the first episode back when it first aired at the end of July, and was struggling 5 minutes into the first episode. I didn’t even think that the fabulours Lee Joon Gi could save it.

HE did!

I powered through the first few episodes, and once the show found it’s feet I found it enjoyable. I could remember the episodes and storylines they were borrowing from and it was interesting to see how they made them work, Korean style. It ended up being a more enjoyable series than I anticipated, and left me a little sad that second seasons of dramas are a rare thing in Korea.

Criminal Minds Korea

IT’S been a good month in general for K-Drama’s, and they’re going to get a chance to shine in a post of their own, but here are some of my current favourites:

Hospital Ship | The King Loves | Temperature of Love

 

ACTIVITY

I’VE done more than I realised this month. I spend so much time in front of a screen now that I sometimes forget what else I’ve done. The highlights have to be Seoul, Gwaganali Beach in Busan, and Jinju’s Lantern Festival.

OF course, a visitor meant another trip to the Trick Eye Museum. Eh, who am I kidding, I love it. Any excuse to go!

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For me, this never gets old!

OCTOBER 2017 gave us a golden week of holiday in Korea thanks to two public holidays and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving equivalent) all falling within the same 10 day period. There was one day hanging there all alone in the middle and the powers-that-be opted for making this a red day so that Koreans had 10 days off. It was bliss. But going back to work after was… tough!

AND I finally made it back to the Lantern Festival in Jinju this year. No photo can really replicate how lovely it is, but here a couple of my favourites.

 

CRAFT

THIS months I have been loving the bullet journal layouts I created. Who knew I’d ever put my own out there on the world wide web! Here’s the full post from a few weeks back, and there are more coming in this vein!

ALSO new on the block are these guys:

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CHECK out the post for my Halloween Bunting here. I am so in love with these. Honestly, any chance to make stuff out of felt is fine by me!

 

MUSIC

FOLLOWING on from last months bests, whilst looking up the album covers for AUDIOMACHINE and Two Steps From Hell, I found that both had released new albums. Naturally I was straight onto spotify. They’re the best yet!

THE song I have had on repeat this month is Madeline Love – CHEEZE. This was on in the  봉우비어 (cheap beer bar) in which Tash and I were enjoying a bevvy (or two) before heading home. I made her wait while I shazamed it. I’ve been listening to it ever since!

CHEEZE Plain

 

FASHION & BEAUTY

THIS month it’s been all about EOS, I ❤️ Makeup and earrings.

I’ve been wearing less lipstick – having decided my lips needed a bit of a rest, so it’s been all about the eyes. Along with the Soph x Makeup Revolution palette I’ve also been reaching for my chocolate bar palettes. I’ve also been loving the new Mint Chocolate and Rose Gold palettes they released this month. Mint and chocolate is one of my favourite all time favourite combos, so this was always going to be a winner. I just wish it was as easy to find mint choc chip ice cream in Korea!

It’s been fun picking and choosing which EOS balm I fancy on any given day, but more often than not I find myself gravitating towards the Sweet Mint one.

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There’s definitely a theme here…

FASHION wise, I have been my ice lolly and cupcake earrings a lot this month! Helped along by the fact food was a theme of many lessons this month (and I’m wearing the Ice Lolly’s as I write this!)

 

MISC.

I hadn’t realised how much I loved making coffee in the morning, at home or at work. I have a hand drip setup at work, and every morning I make sure I arrive in plenty of time so that I can make my coffee and enjoy it. I find the routine of it really sets me up for the day. It forces me to take time and be calm, and it’s made all the difference to my mental state during the day. Instead of arriving and jumping straight into the business of the day, I arrive and slowly wind up to it whilst taking in the chatter around me! How do you guys get into the groove of a workday? Let me know!

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