6 months to go!

… Until our Vietnamese adventure!

As a few of you may have read, I won a competition last year for a culinary adventure to Vietnam by the lovely people at Kuoni Travel, you can read about it here. Kuoni specialise in luxury holidays that allow you to experience and the culture of the country, with there holidays having a real sense of adventure!

So I’m one of those sad people with a countdown app on my phone (Countdown+), which kindly told me on Tuesday that there is six months until we go to Vietnam!

I can’t stop glancing at my itinerary now and again at all of the amazing things we’re going to get to see. So I decided that I’m going to write a couple of days on here so that you can see the kind of things that we’ll be up to. It all looks good, but I think these are the two days I’m most looking forward too!

Day 3
Hanoi – Halong
Breakfast at the hotel before check out, then transfer to Halong City to board the Image Halong Cruise in the Harbour. Welcome drink and Vietnamese set lunch. Afternoon cruise around the limestone islands with swimming. Dinner and night on board.

spice 1


(Image courtesy of Vietameasy Travel)

Day 9
Buon Ma Thuot – Saigon
After breakfast, drive to Lak Lake. Passing across the Lake by dug-out canoe (anybody that knows me will know I’m not too good with water, so should be interesting). Experience an elephant ride (!) to visit the ethnic minority villages: Jun, M’lieng. Lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a folk show with “gong” music. Tasting Vietnamese truly coffee in visiting the coffee garden with different species of coffee trees: Arabica, Robusta… Then evening flight to Saigon to stay at GRAND Hotel.



(Image courtesy of Viet Vision Travel blog)

Pretty cool, huh? Plenty of pictures will be taken with my lovely camera I hardly use anymore… and I’m also planning on keeping a bit of a travel diary that I can then blog about when I’m back. 6 months yet, but I feel like a lot of preparing is needed?!


Another chapter

Things have been quiet on here and I realise I need to get into a routine of posting more. Things have been pretty hectic here, I now have a new job! I start in a couple of weeks time as the Design and communications advisor for Freebridge community housing in Kings Lynn. Its such an amazing opportunity, and I still can’t quite believe it if I’m honest. I’ve been looking for a position like this for a while and was so lucky that one came along!

I’ve not got much else to report to be honest. I’ve just completed the first module of my level 4 marketing course, but I have put the course on hold now that I have terminated my contract with my current employer. It’s not that I don’t want to carry it on, just more that I want to be able to focus on my new position for the next couple of months without any distractions.

I have received my complete itinerary for our Vietnam holiday (yippeee!), which I can’t wait for! It is getting closer quite quickly. Not sure whether to post the itinerary on here, don’t want to make you all jealous…! It is pretty amazing and jam packed full of exciting things to do. Think I’m going to be rather tired when I come back…

So I leave you with some lovely typography to look at by Tobias Hall – I have been a follower of his on instagram for ages now and absolutely love his work.




I mean I just love this. I’m considering doing something like this for our wedding invitations! When I actually book a venue that is…

Weddings: One way to save

I’m no closer to finding a venue than I was 5 months ago, which is slightly worrying. We still don’t even have a date in mind… terrible I know.

All other details seem to be coming together in my mind though. Last Sunday, I went wedding dress shopping with one of my best friends, I managed to find a dress that seemed pretty perfect! But that is another story – I feel it’s too early to get my dress when I haven’t even got a date set yet! I went to Unique Brides, which is a lovely barn shop located at Castle Rising, just on the outskirts of King’s Lynn. Its such a lovely location, and everybody there was so helpful and welcoming.

I was talking to another one of my friends about the cost of flowers, and what kind of flowers I wanted. She suggested using artificial flowers, which at first I thought might be a bit of a tacky idea, but later realised it was quite genius! Not only do they look just as nice, it’s something for me and the bridal party to keep as a memento.


I’m holding fake flowers in this picture (you wouldn’t know it would you?!), which were really pretty. The image isn’t too detailed because this is actually the dress I wanted, so just incase the other half takes a look on my blog…

Note: I haven’t asked everyone who I want to be bridesmaids yet. Still working that part out!


Reading List

A lot of blogs I follow always have a ‘reading list’, which briefly updates everyone on what they are currently reading. I don’t usually find that much time to read, but as of late have been MAKING time.

I really do enjoy reading, so I’ve set aside an hour before bed a few nights a week, and it really is a good way of getting out of my own head, forgetting work and relaxing.

My fiance is a massive Sci-Fi fan and as a result I’ve taken quite an interest in it too. I’ve been reading ‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey, the first of a three book series, for the last few weeks (seems to be taking me forever to finish!), which I’m really enjoying. I was looking through my other halves collection of sci-fi books (which is huge by the way), and I noticed that most of the covers look very similar and a little uninviting. This one however, really jumped out at me, as the cover is just beautiful.



With lots of twists and turns this book will certainly entertain any sci-fi follower.

I’ll be reading plenty of other books soon, with a more academic theme…


Big win!

So a couple of weeks ago I came home from the end of a pretty crappy week at work, to find an email saying that I had won a holiday.

Now usually when you get one of these emails, the first thing you do is laugh, go ‘yeah right’ and delete it, to which I nearly did! But then I vaguely remembered that I had actually entered a competition that sounded a lot like the one being explained in the email which I had won.

It seemed legit, with my name in the email, but I had to check. I’m a bit of a ‘comper’ as it happens (for those who don’t know, it just means you enter loads and loads of competitions), and I use the competitions forum on MSE to find all the competitions to win great prizes. This particular competition was with The Telegraph magazine, to which I had a record of entering. And as it happens, right there on the attachment was my home address and all of my other details – it was REAL! I’d never won anything to this scale before – I wont a 500GB hard drive a few years ago, thats about as big as it got for me.

The competition was to win a culinary tour of Vietnam for two people in October 2015 with Kuoni travel for 12 nights, flights and mixed board meals included. Our itinerary looks amazing – and of course I’m taking my fiance, sorry guys! – where we will be riding elephants, having an overnight cruise, a two hour cooking lesson, amongst other cultural and interesting activities. The history there alone is a good enough reason to go. By the looks of things we’ll never be in the same place for more than two nights, which is going to be a completely different experience to the kind of beach holidays I’m used to going on – but I cannot wait!

Tomorrow me and Adrian are off to the nearest Kuoni Travel agents which is in Cambridge to book it all – it will hopefully seem a lot more real once we’ve done that!


I mean, just look at that, it just looks such a beautiful country, and one I never even dreamt I’d get to go too! Just shame we have nearly a whole year to wait!


Losing Touch

I’d like everybody to meet Luna!

She is our (now) 9 week old kitten, who is absolutely crazy. But we love her to bits! I never really counted myself as a cat person (and still don’t really, dogs all the way, sorry) but I have gotten used to having a creature around again, which is nice. She can be ever so sweet, but also such a pain in the bum.

On another note, I had a very strange moment earlier.

I was looking through and sorting out my portfolio, as I am in the process of a de-clutter in our house, and realised something rather sad. I miss designing. In my current job, I don’t really get to do a lot of ‘creative’ stuff. I design signs that, nine times out of ten, I am told what has to be put on, what colour it has to be etc. I’ve lost my mojo, its the only way I can put it. So naturally, because I’m not designing enough, I feel like I’m losing my skill.

Finding time to do my own creative work outside of my work hours proves difficult because of my Marketing qualification I am doing, and to be honest my home life too. Nevertheless, I think something is going to have to be done about it – maybe just making the time no matter what. It’s a rather difficult predicament I am in, but I do know that I’m unhappy with the way things are right now.

Day 200: Invisalign Update

It’s been a while since I wrote about my Invisalign progress!

I’ve already noticed the difference and I’m only 6 months in! I’m on my 14th set out of about 65 I think, so still a long way to go but it is still progress. After having my attachments put on, I was right, they put a lot more pressure on my teeth and made it even more difficult to get out, but practise makes perfect!

The attachments are just small clear blobs on my teeth, and I’ve read that these just help the teeth rotate or move up and down. It was certainly weird and took longer to get used too than having the trays in the first place. One of the reasons being that it makes the trays more visible (but I think that’s because I knew they were there, nobody else noticed!), especially with one of my attachments being on one of my front teeth. The other reason being that it feels really weird to have the stuff on your teeth when you have the trays out when you’re eating. I found myself running my tongue over them all of the time!

But seriously, take it from me, Invisalign has been one of the best decisions I’ve made! I change my retainer every other Friday morning (so every two weeks), and find that Sunday is always the worst day, which I found strange because you would think the first day would be worse?

Also I’ve found my teeth are so much whiter, something to do with brushing them 3+ times a day! I’ll include a photo next time.

Engagement ring

Graduation, One Year On (is that all?!)

… a little more than a year actually!

So I’ve gotten really bad at this whole blogging business. I’m going to try and be better, honest.

It has indeed now been more than a year since graduating from the University of Lincoln, where I achieved a degree in Graphic Design. Having got a job so quickly afterwards, which was surprising with the area I live in, things were looking pretty good, and I must say it has been a roller coaster of a year. Not long after getting my new job and kickstarting my career, I met a wonderful person who, only recently, I’ve gotten engaged to!

Engagement ring

In the last six months I’ve been studying a Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which I’m now coming to the end of writing my final assignment for.

Form & Function, unfortunately never made it to the crucial stages. Due to a loss in my family, I found it really hard in juggling my emotions with my new job, AND my own business. For me it has just been put on hold until I feel ready enough to give it another shot. My business partners found it hard to progress also, hence the end of the little business venture. All in all, its quite a shame, but feel it was a the right decision at the time.

But, back to my wonderful news! I have been with Adrian for over a year now, and the proposal came out of no where! Quite romantic actually, a nice walk along the beach and chat about our journey together before popping the question, even though it did rain a bit (it certainly didn’t dampen any spirits!). And now, of course, I have a wedding to plan, which I’m very excited about. The big day won’t be until late 2016, but it hasn’t stopped me gathering ideas!

Me & Adrian

And of cause, I’ll be designing the invitations myself!

Day Three: Getting Better

Apart from waking up in the morning and feeling like I’ve been punched in the mouth, things feel miles better today! It was a lot easier to get the trays out this morning – at first I just thought it was a blip and I must have just caught it right, but I found it just as easy at lunch too. I’m thinking this must be a good sign that my teeth are setting into there new place! And rather quickly too… only day three!

Dinner time was just as easy again, so I’m pretty happy that I’m not going to be pulling my teeth too much anymore (well until the next set anyway). The only thing I have noticed though – I’ve got an ulcer on my tongue, just where it catches on the ridge of my bottom retainer when I talk. And also, the retainers make my mouth and lips so dry, where I was told my mouth would fill with saliva all the time, I was kind of the opposite.

Good news is they are quite easy to get used to, the bad news is I’m absolutely dreading my attachments.