Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Four trashy and addictive shows which I can't (and won't) stop watching

SOS send help, I need to stop watching trashy TV shows. I've always been addicted to reality television, and to this day I have no idea why. Perhaps, it is because I lack the strength, determination and commitment to get all up in what's happening in Meredith Grey's life, or I just can't be bothered to sit through ten seasons worth of a show just to have my favourite character killed off in the most horrific way. Perhaps, it's just because i'm a weirdo who enjoys LOLing at the stupidity of other people who put their life on show for the whole world (sounds sadistic, but at least i'm being honest). Maybe my love of reality began when I was a wee lass watching My Super Sweet Sixteen, Cribs and Total Request Live on MTV, and i've just never grown out of this dumb phase. Who knows?!

All I know is that I get a lot of shit from people telling me that i'm too smart to be watching this 'crap'.

Reality TV gets a bad rep for being fake (which I don't doubt it is), superficial (don't doubt this either) and mind numbing. But who cares?! Your eye rolling when i'm watching the new episode of Real Housewives in my uni lecture won't stop me from doing my thang. Let me live my life, and let me watch my trashy television in peace preferably without your condescending eye-rolling and endless stream of sighs.

In homage to reality television, here are four trashy shows that I should probably stop watching (but can't, and won't):

1. Made in Chelsea

I'm proud to say that this is the first reality show that i've watched ALL 9 seasons of!! What's kept me around for this long isn't the incestuous relationship drama each season, or the fact that i'm ogling both the guys and gals on this show (they all have killer hair and a wardrobe that i'd sell my first born for). What's had me hooked since Day Uno is that the show just plays into and capitalises on the posh British stereotype so well. It's all for show, but like I said who cares?! I'm sticking around for its eclectic soundtrack and the endless awkward eye contact and silences that the show is so famous for. Plus, they know how to film a good 'let's break up by a river bank in London' scene.

2. Geordie Shore

If Geordie Shore was a person, it would be Made In Chelsea's unrefined little scummy cousin who does super questionable things, but is that charismatic cheeky chap that everyone still loves and can't get enough of. I have no idea why this show is so appealing to me. I mean half of the time I gasp in horror at what's happening on the TV screen, but for the other half I can definitely be found hardcore LOLing at something ridiculous the Geordie's have said on their night out on the 'toon'. 'Wahey' as they say.

3. Catfish

Ahhh, Catfish! Social media + people blinded by love + the big reveal + inevitable heartbreak when person finds out the love of their life isn't who they really think they are = reality TV gold. Enough said.

4. Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Despite all the success, spanx, and bodycon, this show is  still going strong even though it's graced our screens for a solid nine or ten years. Keeping Up dwells on the whole family first concept, but does so in such a good humoured way that it's kind of weirdly endearing. Plus, Khloe is always there keepin' it real, and if she isn't your favourite Kardashian, don't kid yourself. Khloe and her one liners have kept this show alive. Also honourable mentions to Lord Disick.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Sister-(and Brother)-hood of the Travelling Pants take Europe

I hate to sound cliche, but on July 19th 2014 my life changed forever. On that fateful day my sisters, brethren and I trekked our way with heavy suitcases in hand (but not heavy hearts) just 'round to the other side of the world to experience the European summer of a lifetime. And so the 'Europebitchezzz' adventure began. Nothing can really prepare you for those magical first moments when you finally step out of Covent Garden tube station and see London in all its glory for the first time; or when you clamber out of the Eurostar and meander your way around the Parisian streets trying to find your apartment. Even simple things like sipping on a hearty glass of sangria at the local markets in Madrid and Barcelona, or having a well-deserved gyros after a night of dancing on those sticky alcohol ridden tables at Tropicana Club in Mykonos have come to mean so much to me. There is simply nothing that can compare to getting lost amongst the Venetian canals and windy streets, and witnessing that absolutely mind-blowing sunset whilst perched on a small hill in Santorini. Or just getting good vibes from cities like Berlin and Amsterdam, where you find yourself gawking at all the effortlessly cool locals so much so that you almost get run over by said cool local riding a bicycle every five seconds. Just being surrounded by so much history was a dream in itself. The moments spent roaming around the Palace of Versailles, Pompeii, the Pantheon, The Vatican and all the Roman sites, have become etched in my own story as a traveller. 

I also recognise that this post probably sounds ridiculously pretentious, but the memories made and the laughs had whilst getting to know these incredible cities and countries will never be lost on me. They never fail to make me smile or chuckle every time I think of them. 

So here are a few of my favourite snaps x

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Final America + Japan travel post

It is now the year 2014, and I just realised that I have abandoned this blog for about half a year. It's absolutely bizarre how time passes so quickly.

So now, I shall finally write the last blog post about trip to America and Japan last year. bad.

Yosemite National Park. 
It took way too long to get to Yosemite and we did not see any sequoias. Bummer. Nevertheless, the scenery was unreal and absolutely beaut.

After seven years, I returned to the greatest city on earth, albeit only for two weeks rather than the six months I previously spent living there. Nostalgia was at an all time high (I walked past the school I attended back in the day and my old apartment, and visited all the spots I used to frequent during my time there.) We did all the usual touristy stuff again, watched a couple of shows which were on Broadway, and saw some celebs. Cool beans.
Police trying to control a protest against the George Zimmerman case verdict
Crowd protesting against the George Zimmerman trial verdict


 This was my first time visiting Toronto, and yes, I did chuckle when the locals said 'aboot.' Another highlight was Niagra Falls. Riding the Maid of the Mist was purely mind-blowing. Unlike nothing else I had ever experienced.  

JoBro Concert
The real highlight of my Toronto trip was the fact that after approximately eight years, I went to a Jonas Brothers concert. And it was fantastic. I also somehow magically won a contest to watch their soundcheck and even got the chance to meet the 'Bro's themselves. It was insane - my 13 year old self was crying hysterically, and I must admit the 19 year old me was also shaking quite a bit (they were quite beautiful, although surprisingly short in the flesh.) In hindsight, I definitely have to thank my lucky stars. As everyone now knows, after that tour, the JoBros decided that their time together as a band was finito. Weird how life works sometimes.

Ah Tokyo, how I love you so. Despite the fact that it was a very short and sweet stop over in Tokyo, as per usual, I fell even more in love with the city.