When in London – Do’s and Don’ts

When in London – Do’s and Don’ts

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post is a bit different and the reason for that is because I have encountered so many aggravating practices and I just have to talk about them. So this is a post for all my fellow Londoners and people who are planning to visit the city and hopefully it will make everyone’s life easier.

First of all, these are not just “in my opinion cases” but they are also not strict rules.

Walking around

London is a beautiful city to just walk around in. The architecture is great, you can take lots of pictures and it is best to explore it while the sun is shining. But London is a huge city, and with that comes the enormous population which is constantly growing. Also, we as Londoners are always in a hurry, but who isn’t nowadays? And I can tell definitely there is nothing worse than encountering a group of people (tourists or not tourists) who just wander around in zig-zags and you basically have to plan everything strategically in order to somehow get ahead of them. So my advice is, please pay attention to your surroundings.

Public Transport

Let us start with the escalators. I think the rule on how to take the escalators is pretty much the same as in any other city. Stand on the right side or walk on the left side oh and do not block the left side of the escalator especially during the rush hour.

When taking the tube or a bus, please take off your backpack and hold it in your hand. Most of the people do it but sometimes there’s always that one person who thinks they will be rebellious or something and you know what, when there’s space to do it, be my guest. But if the space is getting more crowded, just take it off.

Bumping into someone

Just say sorry, that’s all it takes.

Queuing

When you see a queue forming, do not jump ahead. It is very rude and annoying. Get in line.

Covent Garden and  Leicester Square

This is a classic but still, taking the tube between Covent Garden and Leicester square is like ordering a taxi and telling the driver to take you down the street for 300 metres, literally.

Carrying your personal items

I’d suggest avoiding having anything in your back pocket cause there are pickpockets throughout the city, especially at popular places.

 

I know this might sound like a post against tourists but it is not. I love seeing how everyone tries to get the best shot of themselves while standing on the pavement on Regent Street, I like it when people are amused by the architecture, and it is very good to know that London is a destination where people want to come, so everyone is welcome here, just a bit more attention is required and everything will be easier.

See you next week,

Abel.

Dealing with New Year’s resolutions

Dealing with New Year’s resolutions

Hey Guys and Happy New year!!!

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. Today I am sharing with you my views on New Year’s resolutions. I think December is a very intense month. You have all the holidays happening and just when you can take a deep breath and relax, the New Year is just around the corner. So we start to reflect on everything we have done in the past year and we surely find something that we want to change in the upcoming year. This is also amplified probably by the people around you asking the question – “What is your resolution for the new year?”- it is like we are bound to have resolutions and we mostly do. Whatever that might be, let us be honest, you kickstart the year with motivation and you hit the gym, start something new, care more about your love life but after three months everything is gone because you don’t have the time or you just wanted faster results.

I think this problem is because of our mindset. I can’t even tell you how many resolutions I had and after a while, I was just like – I don’t care. But last year my resolution was different. I said – “I am not going to stress about my resolutions. I won’t put a time limit on my goals and I will not care about the pressure.” Then I have written down my goals and one of my main objectives was to lose weight. However, I did not hit the gym cause I get bored in minutes but I started to walk every day. As the time was passing, I just increased the distance I was walking and without even noticing it, I have lost a bunch of kilos in a year. And this happened while I was not stressing on this at all. So my advice for your resolutions is :

  • Do not stress about it
  • Do not put pressure on yourself
  • The beginning of the year is a good motivator but you have to remember that your resolutions are long-term plans
  • Enjoy yourself, it should not be painful and it should not feel as a burden
  • Starting a diary where you write every day can help to keep track of the progress

I wish that all of you start the new year with joy and happiness and good luck with your resolutions.

See you soon,

Abel.

Dealing with writer’s block and finding inspiration

Dealing with writer’s block and finding inspiration

Hey Guys!

It has been a while. I hope all of you are doing well. When I looked at the blog today, I was shocked that my previous post was 22 days ago and this got me thinking. First of all, let me clear some air. I don’t just write posts here. I write short stories, longer ones that are still in the making and occasionally, I write music lyrics as well. So I began to think about the past three weeks and all the stuff I did, and the answer was there. I am probably encountering writer’s block. Writer’s block is something that you will experience if you write a lot. It is basically a state when you don’t have many ideas, you are out of inspiration and you just can’t write or if you do, it will be something very general. Also if you are a blogger, you would find it pretty hard to get inspiration. So this is what has been happening with me, but no worries, because I immediately thought that I should write a post about how to deal with it and also how to get inspiration when you are stuck. (this is not the first time I have writer’s block)

Tips to overcome writer’s block

  • stop for a bit and reflect, there’s nothing wrong if you need to take some time
  • don’t think about it too much, you’ll get lost
  • don’t panic, keep calm
  • read something you like – I like to read a lot of fiction. I think it just reopens the gates of creativity when they are locked
  • do something you normally wouldn’t do – I did some sketching
  • this might sound cheesy, but just don’t walk away from writing, everything will get back on track

Tips to get inspiration

Now whether you live in a busy city or a small town, there are ways to get inspiration out of anything

  • go for a long walk – No music, no texting, no friends, just go out and think
  • observe everything – the cars, the people, nature, the buildings
  • sit down for a nice meal even if you are alone
  • listen to some music – something you like and enjoy
  • cook something new – this is one of my favourite ones. sometimes I just go to the store and pick up a bunch of random stuff and then I try to combine them together and yes, occasionally I fail but that is just life
  • do a weekend getaway – it doesn’t have to be Paris or any major city. something you can afford
  • write down all the ideas that come to your mind

I know I have separated these tips but honestly, all the tips I mentioned work for both of these problems and I do not guarantee everything will work for you but I hope it helps a bit. At the end of the day, we are all different.

See you soon,

Abel.

Exploring Hasselt (Belgium)

Exploring Hasselt (Belgium)

Hey guys!

This weekend I’m visiting my best friend in Hasselt, Belgium. Hasselt is an hour train ride away from Brussels and it is a university town. The University of Hasselt is located here, so there are many students living around. With this in mind, this town is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, and bars everywhere. 





It is a small town so if you are planning to get here, you’ll need a day or two to see everything. But I don’t think this town is about sightseeing. It’s more about chilling and shopping. You can find all the fast-fashion chain stores like Zara, H&M, and Primark here. Also, there are some local boutiques and multi brand stores as well. The variety of restaurants in terms of cusine is also great. Should you have Japanese, Indian, Italian, American? Don’t worry, all of that is possible. Just take it slow. There’s no rush. All the locals are enjoying the time. It’s like an escape from the busy big city days. 

One restaurant I would totally recommend you to try is the Orangerie. It is a very cute restaurant and we definitely hit the jackpot because the daily special was pasta with wild forest mushrooms, and it was very delicious. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you soon,

Abel.

Second reminder!

Hey guys!

This post is just a reminder about the changes that are going to happen here. If you haven’t seen my earlier post, please click the link below.

Change is coming

After this post the blog will be hidden for the weekend. This is needed because of the layout changes and the new blog will be accessible from Monday.

Enjoy the weekend and see you on Monday.

The Fashion Eclectic.

Change is Coming!

Hey Guys!

It has been a while I know. In the past three weeks, I was overwhelmed with a lot of thoughts and stuff like flat hunting. Those of you who live in London, you know that finding a place for yourself is one of the hardest things when you are a student here. I have been staying at my friend’s place since I got back and my past days involved a lot of viewings. After a couple breakdowns, I finally found a place so everything is kinda getting back to normal, but not the blog.

I will be changing the name of the blog and the layout as well. Why? It is only 5 months since I started The Fashion Eclectic and I really like blogging, but I feel that the title is too narrow. As you witnessed, I am talking about a lot of interests of mine. I talk about food, places, traveling, and fashion so I want a name that represents all of these aspects and not just fashion. The content will remain exactly the same. The only thing that is going to change is the name and the layout of the blog. This domain will be still active but you are going to be redirected to the new site whenever you try to visit The Fashion Eclectic. The new site will launch on the 18th of September, which is Monday. Until that time, I will post another reminder about these changes.

See you soon,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Farewell Japan! What’s next?

Farewell Japan! What’s next?

Hey Guys!

The time has come to say goodbye. I’m sad and happy at the same time. This month has been crazy, to be honest. I met some new people from different countries, and I also did an internship at a fashion PR company.

This post is sort of a summary of my experience in Japan. Also, I’ll link all the posts related to Japan down below.

Japan is an interesting and weird country if you are examining it through a European eye. I think it is very important to be open minded if you experience a totally different culture. If you come here for a longer period of time (at least a month), the first week is the hardest. This is the time when you get the culture shock. Don’t worry, it will go away. Try to understand the things that you experience. Research the culture if needed, there are a plenty of blogs and articles out there. I’m not getting into specifics for a reason. After I talked to a couple of the people I met here, I realised that all of us have had different thoughts about something being weird or unusual, so it really depends on you. Some of you might find it weird that there is no talking on the phone while taking the train, or you might find the whole hierarchical system a bit odd. It really comes down to the individual and its beliefs.

If you come here to do an internship, you’ll experience the hierarchical system. This was a tough one. You are expected to do a lot, I myself sometimes stayed at work for more than it was agreed. But there are good aspects as well. You learn how to be precise, how to use your time efficiently, and your work will be appreciated, but not in the beginning. That’s just how it works here.

If you missed the posts about Japan

  1. First day
  2. Edo-Tokyo Museum
  3. The East Gardens of The Imperial Palace
  4. Ichiran Ramen
  5. The Meiji Shrine
  6. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  7. Coco Curry
  8. Shopping in Tokyo
  9. Okonomiyaki
  10. 3D Latte Art Caffe
  11. Franzé & Evans London
  12. Shaved Ice and Fluffy Pancakes
  13. Traveling Tips for Japan

 

And now it’s time to relax and have fun a bit. My first stop is Budapest and the Sziget Festival, or you may know it as The Island of Freedom. I’m going to visit some friends and we are just going to party and have fun.

Hope you are all doing good.

See you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.