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Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

I quit my job to travel!?

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Words: @oliverinstead • Location: Somewhere pretty in Phnom Penh

So for those who follow me on socials, I’m sure you would’ve noticed that I’m currently touring Southeast Asia / working my way through the map from Phnom Penh to Penang, from Kampot to Kuching.

Today, I would like to chat quickly and briefly about why I decided to quit my day job to travel for two months. Continue Reading

Chit-chats Fashion

My Christmas wishlist • w/ Manière De Voir

Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

Since my return from Vienna last month, I’ve been coping with some health condition that led to quite an emotional strain… hence why I’ve been MIA on the blogosphere but hey, it’s December! Translation : ain’t nobody got time for medical complications in Dec so I’m back today in a festive mood + with a Christmas wishlist of my own whilst introducing to you my new favourite brand, Manière De Voir! Continue Reading

Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

Five things I learned about: Vienna

Words: @oliverinstead • Location: The Schönbrunn Palm House, DDSG Blue Danube, etc.

If you’re following me on social (find me on Instagram / Twitter), you probably know that I spent most of the past week in Vienna. As anticipated, it was an awesome trip and throughout my brief stay there, I made a few observations and now I like to share ’em with you so here are five things I learned about the lively capital city of Austria. Continue Reading

Chit-chats Fashion Lifestyle

Five gifts to consider this winter: for him

Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

The winter is just around the corner and apart from the cold, the following months generally bring tons of gift shopping, wrapping and giving. In fact, Christmas is less than two months away and Thanksgiving is even closer (for those who might be reading from the States) so I have put together a list of five items I always find myself circling back to when I’m stuck for gift ideas.


one Perfume & toiletries

Although this can be a thoughtful gift, it is also slightly risk because everyone has a nasal preference but whatever scent he fancies, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something in L’Occitane‘s collection of Eau De Toilettes for men.


two Footwear

Since mankind has only created so many styles of footwear for us men, it’s not difficult to guess what someone is into in this department. However, if you’re really unsure then the general rule of thumb is that everyone could do with a pair of classic trainers in their shoedrobe…

Then it’s just a case of figuring out his shoe size, good luck! 😉


three Accessories

In a similar vein to footwear, accessories is also a safe option because it’s not as obvious as a Christmas jumper or onesie but can still have that expensive feel – it’s all about that box that they come in. Give him something mininal, i.e. a silver cuff bangle then you won’t have to experience that “Oh… Thanks but this is too out-there for my style” situation.


four Books / Magazines

If he is not into his fashion then proceed to ask yourself, does he have a fav author, series of books or magazine that he reads religiously (not in a ‘bible’ kinda sense)? If so, then I suggest getting him an annual subscription or a collection of said books/magazines.

This is a relatively risk and fuss-free gift idea for two reasons : 1) it’s pretty much tailor-made for him 2) many magazine or newspaper subscriptions come in e-edition nowadays, which brings us to…


five Gadgets

This category will open up a whole new scope for your gift-hunting mission; Kindles, tablets, cameras, MP3 players are just some of the gifts I have both given and happily received in the past. BUT, if your budget doesn’t permit this level of luxury then consider an accessory like a laptop case or camera bag that will complement his existing gadgets… the possibility is endless.


Follow this guide and I’m sure your hubs, bae, dad, son or bro will be a very happy man this festive season but remember always, it’s the thought that counts and on that note, happy gift shopping and I will see you in the next post.


Oliver ❤


Five things I hate about Pokémon GO

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Words & Photos: @oliverinstead

If you didn’t know, Pokémon GO was released less than a month ago and is causing all kinds of chaos in the world as we speak. In fact, there hasn’t been a day that passed by where I could routinely scrolled through Facebook in the morning without being fed some sort of exaggerated GO-related news. Having given myself some time to digest this phenomenon of an app, I am rolling up my metaphorical sleeves, ready to criticise a few things…


one The starters are pointless.

Remember the olden days when you’d invest so much into your starter ‘mon? How they were a fixture in your main squad? Despite my fear of lizards, I once levelled a Treecko all the way up to Sceptile in a matter of days, yet still managed to go to school in between, and he was absolute boss.

In this version of Pokémon, however, you don’t train your ‘mons to evolve. Instead, you catch and transfer the same species in exchange for candy, which you then use to evolve that particular ‘mon. It doesn’t sound so bad until you realise that the starters are completely useless because they’re so rare, it’s almost impossible to evolve your first ‘mon to the final form. They just sort of, exist.


two What happens to the transferred ‘mons?

Surely I’m not the only one suffering sleepless nights pondering what Professor Willow does to all the unwanted Rattatas and Pidgeys?


three Regional exclusives

Getting a little personal here but Tauros is by far the most underrated ‘mon and definitely a fav of mine from Kanto. The love may stem from the fact that I’m a Taurean but I always struggled to relate when all my friends were creaming themselves over Mew or Jigglypuff or Charizard or Blastoise / when I was just there like “see that steroid-infused bull with three tails? He’s cool.” I hate how Tauros is only available to catch in America… or is it? 

Trading couldn’t come sooner… in the meantime, I guess I should start making some American friends?


four It gets boring…

Very quickly. Even though I’ve just clocked in my first ever Geodude today, I’m no longer encountering new ‘mons at the same rate I used to when I first embarked on the journey. Actually, the fact that you cannot catch ’em all can be quite joykilling for someone like me who plays, in no small part, for the sheer nostalgia and goal to fill the Pokédex.


five It brings out the worst in people.

Notice how I say “people” rather than “players“? I find that people who are bothered are often people who have no interest or intention to get involved and yet feel the need to weigh in anyway.

Speaking for myself, I work full-time and curate blog content whenever I’m not, so sue me if I choose to spend 30 minutes daily on a walk outside, get some fresh air and hopefully catch a few digital pets as I go. The point is unless your spare time is dedicated to some humanitarian, lifesaving mission in Africa (salute to your noble soul if that is the case,) you are in NO position to judge what others do with theirs.


Sitting pretty at level 16, with only a handful of candy shy of a Gyarados as well as an arsenal of Dratinis that will make many grown men weep in envy, I feel no shame in admitting that I’m an avid trainer. Personally, Pokémon GO helps me rekindle with my 7-year-old self and remember some of the merrier moments in my childhood.

I strongly believe it’s because of gamers who pay to play, thus keep the gaming industry alive and well (… very well) that children are able to grow up believing in a world where anything is possible. Who cares if it’s fantasy? Fantasising is the only fuel for imagination and as someone who strives to be as creative as my mind allows, I don’t see how this is a problem.


Oliver ❤