First date rules

The First Date Rules

So, the past year or so of being Single has led me to explore the fast pace, vibrant and challenging dating scene in London. A year ago, I was terrified to go on a date with someone and have to take the time to get to know them but once I got out there it was a little less intimidating.

I have tried the likes of Tinder and Bumble – while it can be fun on a Sunday evening to swipe around and judge people on their looks while you’re laid in your pyjamas at home and the grey skies are rolling in, it just hasn’t led to anything substantial. In fact, I have always had more of a connection with the people I met the old school way (you know, without the internet). I know people who have met their future partner through dating apps but majority of the people on there are easily distracted. It has just become way too easy to meet people, yet harder to keep them around.

So now, I like to think I am quite the first date expert. I have gone on a few, analysed the market performance and come up with a few rules to follow to avoid super awkward situations (this is for both men and women) because I wish I had a rulebook to take along with me on a few of my first, first dates. Continue reading “The First Date Rules”

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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls in Slovenia

Screw that, follow every path to any waterfall you can find and your heart will sing. Is it just me who loves them? It isn’t just the soothing sound of running water but the actual sight of them, just being around a waterfall makes me feel like I am in some magical world where mother nature rules the lands and humans are just mere spectators (not that it isn’t the case now, we’re just busy destroying the world simultaneously too).

Slovenia is home to some pretty impressive waterfalls, they aren’t always easy to get too – but is anything beautiful ever easy? Slovenia is becoming a more popular travel destination and it’s natural landscapes are one of it’s biggest attractions. We only had 5 days here so we decided to dedicate two days to get down and dirty with nature around the iconic lake bled. This was personally my favourite part of the trip, Ljubljana (loo-bee-ya-na) is a beautiful city but it simply does not compare to the jaw dropping views of Lake bled and Bohinj valley.

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The Art of Going Down South

How does one celebrate a year of being single? They go to a member’s only strip club to learn about the truth in orgasms and receives a few vibrating gifts.

Got your attention now I bet!

I am going to take a slightly different topic of discussion in this post, maybe some of you will hate it ( I know my younger brother will) and maybe some of you will feel like you came out of this as a new person, either way, I am going to write it. Why is there so much stigma behind sex? It is a natural thing that brought most of us here, it is basically the reason you can read this post. But what about what it can actually do to your soul and your body (if done correctly)?  Continue reading “The Art of Going Down South”

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Coconut Crazy – Pandan Pancake recipe

So since summer 2017 is over and all that, it’s been really grey and wet, all my body craves is sugar and I don’t want chocolate or lemon drizzle, I want something a little more exotic. Just so that my tastebud’s can at least continue to experience some kind of sunshine.

So I decided to try a recipe of one of my Dad’s favourite malaysian dessert – Kueh Dadar. Simply put it is a pancake made out of coconut milk and pandan filled with extra sweet coconut. So yes, in case you haven’t already noticed, you need to like coconut to like this little treat from the corner of Southeast Asia. Kueh (or also Kuih in Indonesia) is a malay word for Cake and most malay treats use the term followed by another word, in this case dadar, which means omelette or pancake. Continue reading “Coconut Crazy – Pandan Pancake recipe”

Guest Post – Unforgettable Cycling Experiences from Across the World

 

Cycling isn’t just an amazing way of keeping fit, it’s also a fantastic means of getting out and seeing more of the world while you are travelling. Specialist bike tours and routes have been set up with that very purpose in mind – spanning the length of the globe. Here are some of the best routes that I have travelled or would love to add to my bucket list!

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5 Days In New York Like A Local

NEW YORRRRKKKKKK, CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OFFFF, I sing in my Alicia Keys voice and boy do I understand now what she sings about. It took me a while to make my visit to New York considering one of my good friends has been living out there for nearly three years. But this year we decided to just stick to it and get it booked, and when I found great flights for £390 return we took it as God’s sign to go forth and fly.

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Ladenburg, the Roman City of the Godfather of Cars

Every German takes pride in their autos and it is hard to argue against the German Whip ( side note, if you don’t listen to hip-hop or UK grime, you may be questioning the meaning of German Whip, according to the urban dictionary, the steering wheel use to be called a whip back in the day and various hiphop artist noticed that the Mercedes-Benz logo resembled the shape of a wheel, hence they called it a German Whip).

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How I keep myself fitness motivated

I have been jumping on and off the fitness band wagon for years now and saw the best results over 4 years ago as I was in my 2nd year at Uni. It was so easy to fit my fitness regime into my not so strenuous schedule and I was doing really well with my diet. However, I fell off it after my amazing holiday in Miami and getting into a relationship and moving to Germany to start my placement year. That was my excuse, life.

I guess you can get a bit comfortable when you are in a relationship, the evenings you spent at the gym are swapped for going out for dinner with your partner – I have seen it happen to many people. Now I am not saying relationships are all bad….. you just have to find the right balance I guess. Continue reading “How I keep myself fitness motivated”

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A short visit to Yosemite National Park and it’s sad history

My Mom is a huge inspiration for me and she never stops having adventures, here is a guest post by her on her visit to Yosemite National Park: 

My partner and me recently visited my sister who temporarily works in the Silicon Valley and planned a short holiday around a family visit. One of the highlights of our trip was a 2 day visit to Yosemite National Park in North California. The entire park covers an area of 3,026 km2 and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This was very my first visit to a national park in the US and I happened to choose the national park which paved the way to the development of the idea of the national park system in the US. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant to protect the Yosemite Valley, a group of people then successfully lobbied to establish a national park that encompassed Yosemite Valley’s surrounding mountains. Continue reading “A short visit to Yosemite National Park and it’s sad history”

bottomless brunch in London

Bottomless Brunchin in London

Now we all know I am a big fan of boozy brunches and I have decided to live by the motto of going to brunch (boozy brunch ahem) at least once a month. There are so many options that have been popping up recently so it would be rude not to try them…. all. At the same time, I still need to restrict myself as I am cutting down my alcohol intake in hopes to get closer to my body goals.

In this post I’ll sum up a few of the great boozy brunch options in London right now that you should put in your diary and then I’ll do a series of “Boozy Brunch with Mel” where I’ll rate everything in terms of price, quality and taste of food, healthy food options, service and how great the drink options are along with the refill rate.

Every boozy brunch adventure ends with a story to tell, whether it is a story you regret or one that you cannot stop laughing about, or one you simply can’t remember or forget.

So why is bottomless brunch really that great? Well first of all it combines two of the most amazing things – food and alcohol. Then it also brings out the competitive side of things – how many glasses can you drink in 2 hours? And if you want to take it to the next level – how much time can you get extended to your bottomless limit? Continue reading “Bottomless Brunchin in London”