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Back Blogging: Why I Needed a Break

Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David • Location: Some staircase at Museo Picasso Málaga

It’s hard to believe it’s been over three months since I last blogged… after such a long break, it’s about time I started blogging again, because #NewYearNewMe and all that.

 

My last post was #TravelTuesday entry following my trip to Malta in Oct – shortly after which I received the devastating news of my father’s passing. This is not something I’ve ever explicitly disclosed or discussed on my social channels (but to those who asked why I was home in Malaysia / showed concern – thank you!) but it was quite a life-changing event for me, as cheesy as it may sound.

 

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To sum up, these are the lessons I learned having spent a few weeks with the fam after the tragedy : one) if you have people in your life who love you and care about you, you are truly blessed, and you have everything you need in life. two) always, always make time for said people. three) you should also aim to make time for things you enjoy doing, because last but not least) I’ve said this before, but I don’t think it could ever be stressed enough; the only time you have – really – is now.

Hence why I’m so eager to get back into blogging. It’s a platform that’s opened so many doors for me and I met some of my best friends through blogging – but I wasn’t quite ready until now.

 

So, I hope you guys keep an eye out for my future posts. I have a few exciting travel plans for upcoming months and I’m hoping to share more outfit posts from now on… because I never took a break from shopping. 😉

 

Oliver ❤️

Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

Solo Travel: Why You Absolutely Should

Words: @oliverinstead • Photo: Myself • Location: The city of Pest, from Buda

One of the most asked questions when I told people that I was going on a trip by myself / have gone on a trip by myself was : “Can you not find someone to go with you?” And my internal response was “Um, must I have a companion to travel?”

So in this week’s #TravelTuesday, I just want to talk about five reasons why I sometimes choose to travel by myself, and why you should do the same at some point (in fact, various points) in your lifetime.
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Chit-chats Foodie Friday

#BeeProud afternoon tea at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester

Words & Photos: @oliverinstead

Earlier this week, I was invited by Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester to go and have a taste of the new #BeeProud afternoon tea. Here’s a confession: I’m not the afternoon tea-type. The last time I had a full-on afternoon was 4 years ago, in a Best Western in Kuala Lumpur, but #Pride is a great cause – in fact, one that I care very much about so I didn’t waste a sec before accepting the offer! Continue Reading

Chit-chats Outfits

Let’s Talk About : Love

Words: @oliverinstead • Photo: David

Amidst all the division and hatred that’s been going on in the real world – I emphasise on the ‘real’ world because it’s no longer something you see through a telly screen the second it happens in the very city you wake up every morning, go to work, return at night and lay your head to sleep – I just want to spread some positivity and talk only of ‘love‘.

Notes : the traditional Chinese character stands for ‘love‘. Continue Reading