MIX TAPE

May 28, 2018

Music has such power to create emotion, feelings and even motivation. A study has proven to show that people who listen to a wider genre of music are likely to have more positive impacts on their physical and psychological health and well being.

 

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I listen to anything from Electronic, Techno, Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Christian music, Soul and Jazz. 

 

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Sunday chill songs…

Sabrina Claudio – Orion’s Belt
George Fitzgerald (Bonobo remix) – Full Circle
Metaform – Crush
Sinead Harnett – Unconditional (acoustic)
Lyves – Darkest Hour
Henry Green – Electric Feel
Kevin Garrett – Little Bit of You
SOHN – Bloodflows
Jamie XX – Seesaw
Rhye – Open

 

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Prague, Czech Republic

26th July, 2017

Prague reminds me of a miniature Vienna. With beautiful colourful houses, old stonewalls, fairy-tale landscapes, romantic cobbled streets, classic music…it’s the perfect getaway for a long weekend. The weather is really nice in the summer but I would recommend saving the trip for the winters as the city has a real cosy feel to it. As the 14th largest city in the EU and the capital of the Czech Republic it’s one to add on your travel list.

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Accommodation
I had stayed at the Hotel King’s court, which is well located in the city centre. They gave me a room on the highest level (7th floor), which had beautiful views.

Greeted on arrival with chocolates and sweets on my bed. There was also a pillow menu, where I could order from a selection of pillows to help me sleep free of charge (the lavender and water pillow is the best). The breakfast had a wide variety of choices (fruits, pastries, cooked food, homemade omelettes and pancakes).

Food
For the best authentic coffee there’s a cute little café called Made in Coffee really close to the square.

If you want a fancier restaurant with well-presented food try Portoflio. For pasta Frescha Pasta have the best Italian in town. The grilled calamari and spinach tagliatelle with mushrooms is delicious. I’d also recommend the chocolate mousse with salted caramel and chilli ice cream.

I stumbled across the cutest anime inspired Japanese restaurant called Momoichi. This started out as a café about a year ago selling good quality Japanese coffee and now have expanded out to food. I tried the coconut milk chicken curry, which was beautifully cooked. For dessert I had the homemade almond chocolate and rose cake. You can also buy fresh coffee filters from Japan.

When in Prague you have to try the famous trdelnik. I ordered mine with melted chocolate inside from a little store called TRDLO and Ice Cream in the town centre but you can seriously find them anywhere in Prague. Just a few doors down there’s a cute little pick and mix sweet shop too!

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Must Sees
Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe and the St Charles Bridge (originally called the Stone Bridge) is a must in Prague. The beautiful bridge was built in the 15th Century and crosses the Vltava River. The bridge is decorated with a continuous alley of 30 statues. Here you’ll find many caricatures artists and buskers.

The Church of Our Lady before Týn is a dominant feature of Prague and you’ll find this right in the town square. In addition, the Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock dates from the 15th century, and iconic must see when in Prague.

The National museum, which is a beautiful big building with a green and gold dome, located in the highest part of the square-check out which exhibitions are on. The National Gallery is also a must visit, only a 5 min walk from the main square.

For a beautiful view of Prague and that Instagram shot your best bet is Sunecni terasa T-Anker. This location is the top spot on the 5th floor to get one of the best up-close shots of the Old Town.

The Dancing House (the nickname for the Nationale-Nederlanden) is also one of the main iconic buildings to see when in Prague. It was designed by a Croatian-Czech architect in cooperation with Canadian-American architect on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was completed in 1996 so slightly newer than the other buildings in Prague and although slightly further from the town centre, it’s worth the walk.

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THE LIFE OF A MINIMALIST

May 21, 2018


I recently read this article on the most productive countries in the world, and three of which were Scandinavian countries. This got me thinking what are they doing right that we’re not?

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Let me introduce to you the Swedish work ‘lagom’, which means not too little and not too much but just the right amount.  Rather than fitting a bit of lagom into your day, it’s more about your approach to your life as a whole.

Keeping a note of your finances, consciously reducing your environmental impact on the world. This could be with fabrics of new clothes, recycling or energy consumption at home and to start reusing your canvas bags. Every little helps.

For many aspiring minimalists, getting rid of physical belongings served as their initial tribute and exercise in livening more consciously. It makes sense. De-cluttering of one’s non-necessary possessions frees up both physical and mental spaces and allows one to focus on what’s really important. What adds joy, purpose and fulfilment to one’s life.

 Getting rid of the physical clutter comes later but my first lesson on minimalism was that the core of living minimally is determining what I cannot live without and not so much asking how little I can live with.

Being a minimalist is both personal and individual in its definition and practice. There is no standard to dictate that one must own a maximum number of belongings, live in a particular type of space, or adopt a certain lifestyle in order to qualify as a minimalist. There is no all or nothing.

Minimalist comes in many different hues and no two minimalists are exactly alike but their ultimate goals are the same –happiness. What defines them is a common set of beliefs, ethos and practices. For me, these include:

Keeping only what adds happiness, value, purpose and freedom to our lives and discarding the rest that is non-essential. These include both physical and emotional things.

Living minimally should be a joyful choice, not a deprivation forced upon us.

Being more conscious and mindful of the things we buy and own, the relationships we have, and the experiences and situations we allow into our lives so that we live with more intention, purpose and intensity.

At its core, minimalism is an ethos with focus on joy and purpose. It inspires a reassessment of one’s priorities so that you can strip away the excess and non-essential stuff-the possessions, beliefs, ideas, relationships and activities that don’t bring value to your life and focus on those that do. It is a tool that helps me in gaining freedom, freedom from consumer culture, mental clutter, emotional baggage, negative relationships, debt and joyless pursuits. Tangible freedom.

Learn to live more consciously, questioning my beliefs, ideas, possessions, relationships and commitments. I have found purpose in things that inspire and support me, that allow me to grow as a person and contribute to those around me.

Moderation, a balance between less and more, immeasurable and personal in its own definition, is at the heart of minimalism.

 

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