Sunday, August 28, 2016

Unboxing Vlog: Air Sofa

So I got myself an air sofa. Or wind lounger? 
The names are really confusing and interchangeable. (Like the wind?)
Why did I get one? The background story is really more complex than it looks. 
Yes Summer is ending, in which here in Northern Ireland it was around 8 days long.
But apart from future outdoor use and lounging in the backyard, I'm just tired of having a beanbag and then eventually the 'beans' lose its consistency and eventually end up useless.
So here I am banking on the wind and air to support my weight. I will check if the hype is real and legit.
Here's an unnecessary vlog review how I set it up because I have that much time in my hands.
(I swear watching a youtube ad is better than this. I've warned you.)

Thanks for reading and possibly viewing,

The Windcatcher of the North. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Leaving London, Beginning Belfast Part 1

'What's the craic?'

It's been 7 weeks since our big move from London, England over here in the Northern Ireland. Big adjustment, new start, it feels a non-stop roller coaster ride but yet it's been barely 2 months. 

Funny how many times friends would ask if the Northern Ireland is still part of the UK, or explaining that I am NOT in the Republic of Ireland. (I feel like a natural Northern Irelander already just trying to be politically correct!) We've visited here in the past numerous times, and it just felt comfortable out here each time. No, not referring to the weather. :)

As an Asian, living in 'Norn Iron' is certainly different than living in London or most of England. I love both and certainly both special to me personally. There are tons of pros and cons in the big move here to the north, but that will be for another post.

Here's some of my wee observations:

  1. The fantastic accent. It sounds sing-songy and nice to hear and listen, but you don't necessarily understand it the first time. 
  2. They are all mighty and proud of their heritage. I have witnessed their biggest which is called 'The Twelfth' in commemoration of the 'Battle of Boyne.' 
  3. Norn Iron is what the locals fondly call Northern Ireland, probably based on a strong accent. 
  4. Politics and religion are like underpants. Whether you have them or not, you don't necessarily discuss them even if someone asks. You can read more about Northern Ireland's history to understand (or even confuse yourself) further.

Unboxing Vlog: Wrist Assist

Hey stranger,

I'm a 2-week old noob office worker. 
I have to save my wrists. 
So here's an unnecessary vlog review for a necessary wrist support because I have that much time in my hands.
(I swear watching a youtube ad is better than this. I've warned you.)


Noob Office Worker Me. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ridiculously Cool Natural Phenomena You Need To Experience In Your Life

So you’ve traveled all other and been to various landmarks and attractions in a variety of different countries. Struggling to think of new things to see on your trips? Well, here are some ridiculously cool natural phenomena. How about booking a trip to try and witness one of these bad boys!

Amazing Toys All Big Kids Need

When you become an adult, you're supposed to let go of childish things. But as we can see from the Pokemon Go craze, adults are becoming more open about the less-than-adult things they enjoy doing. I say that just because you're a grown-up, it doesn't mean you can't do things that please your inner child. 

Many adults watch cartoons or other kids' shows, play games in various formats, and use toys and gadgets. When you earn money for yourself, you can spend it on all the toys you never got as a child! There are lots of toys for adults that can have benefits beyond just having fun too. These are my top recommendations to gift someone or to treat yourself.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Biking Belfast

After a few weeks of arriving here in the Northern Ireland, it's time to explore and enjoy the city of Belfast! Transitioning from London to Belfast is not easy and straightforward. But then again, I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, so I guess I'll find my way around it just fine. :)

Since I have don't have a car, I get to and from Belfast by taking the train and using a bike. I just love taking the public transport, albeit for obvious pros and cons vs driving a car. The train and bus system is not as intricate and well-laid out as compared to London, thus I needed to use a bike here in Belfast more often. But hey, good for the heart and exercise!

Here's a little vlog on biking around Belfast:

Here's one of my fave instagram shots of the day, the fantastic Albert Memorial Clock Tower. 
Move aside, Big Ben. 

Biking around that day was just fine with the breeze, and of course it did rain. Not exactly the perfect excuse for Pokemon hunting, but my pokeballs failed to catch the Big Fish.

Around mid-day, I found this cool mobile barber shop and met Emma. I'd feature her on the blog soon, so watch out for that and her Hairbus!

That's it for now, until the next adventure and to more biking!
(Is #BikeBlogging taken already or what?) :)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Blasphemy! Why CDs And Vinyl Records Are Better Than Digital Files

Digital music consumption is the order of the day. Everywhere you look, you see people listening to music through headphones and earphones. Their iPod or smartphone is one of the most important things in their lives, and that is a fact. The music purists among you will die a little inside when you realize the change. Why? You die a little because you know that digital files just don’t cut it when it comes to music. Any music lover should know that CDs and vinyl records are better than music files. And, if you don’t, here are a few reasons to make you reconsider.

They Sound Better

Digital music goes through an enhancement stage where every piece of it is modified to make the ‘perfect’ track. The problem with this procedure is that the music loses a bit of its soul. Sure, it is as clean a piece of music as you will find. But, it is stale and sterile. CDs and vinyl records are different, especially vinyl. When you hear a vinyl record, you suddenly feel the music. You can feel the heart and soul of the record, and it is amazing. Plus, record players give off a sound that is hard to replicate.

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