Before I even had the time to change my calendar, March is nearly over (or thats how it feels anyway) and I only have my busy schedule to thank. I put it to my amazing followers over at twitter as to what I should write about. It was a close call, but March Favourites just scrapped ahead. Thank you all again, for voting and for reading.
Since March is still well underway, I thought I would turn this blog into more of a monthly review, including but not limited to my favourites and what I have done so far.
I always love March. With St.David day (The national Welsh holiday) ringing in the month on the very first day, it always has been and always will be my favourite way to start anytime of year. March always seems to bring good fortune, no matter how big or small. Call it the luck of the Welsh if you will. This time last year me and my boyfriend Chad made it our one month mark, where we made our relationship official in a haze of secrecy and romance. Needless to say, this March has a lot to live up to.
So, how is it doing so far….
This March, on Friday the 4th, we made the leap and moved in together. Leaving my dank, moody dwellings behind we found a wonderful apartment over looking Nagasaki, while managing to stay in the heart of the city. This is the first time either of us have lived with a partner, and while it most certainly is a learning curve, we are loving every minute of it!
March also means graduation month here in Japan, and yesterday, on the 15th, I had the privilege and the sorrow of watching my third years finish their time at our school with big smiles on their faces. We laughed and took pictures and I got to watch proudly as they head off to bigger (and arguably more stressful) things.
A trip to the 99 islands of Nagasaki! Thanks to an opportunity given to me by the Nagazasshi, a local magazine in Nagasaki run by various other ALTs and supported by Nagasaki tourism, I will get the chance to travel there this weekend in order to write an article for them. Needless to say me and my friends are going to make the most of this little trip and turn it into a girly weekend for three. I can’t wait!
I will also be travelling at the end of the month, this time to somewhere a little further. Yakushima island. For any of you Ghibli nuts out there, I’m sure you all know about Yakushima, and if you don’t then you should. The inspiration for the beautiful movie Princess Mononoke, Yakushima is located south of Kysuhu island, between Kagoshima prefecture and Okinawa. A few years ago, while on my year abroad, I had the amazing oppertunity to visit this wonderful place, and it seems this month I will once again be hopping on a boat to take me back to this magical island paradise.
As for my favourites, Well….
Nujabes . An artist that my partner intruded me too, Nujabes is a calm mix of vocals, beats and an array of instruments, perfectly melding to create soft jazz.
Asking for it. Recently I finally finished this wonderful book that I started at the beginning of March. A harrow and very hard to swallow narrative of a girl names Emma, and her struggle to be believed. Louise O’neill (also the author of one of my favourite books Only Ever Yours) captivates you with scenes almost too hard to read and thoughts far too personal to ignore. A warning to anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault/harassment, some parts of this book may ring a little too true to home. All in all, it’s a very powerful read.
Red Queen. Where one novel ends, another begins. I’ve only just started this book, but already it’s captured my attention more than most. Needless to say I am very excited to get through his book and find out what happens to the brave female protagonist, Mare.
The Adjustment Bureau. Having seen this movie a long while ago, I decided to give it another go and boy am I glad I did. What a wonderful film, with amazing ideas behind it. How amazing would it be, and a little frightening, if fate really was laid out in a book and relied on the ability to wear a hat.
The Lego Movie. Okay, this movie was great. I have to be honest and say that up until now I was very reluctant to watch it for some reason, deeming it unappealing. I am now, however, a huge fan. I mean, everything is awesome when you’re part of a team, am I right?
Skin care and make up
Body Shop, Olive Skin Care. A wonderful christmas present from my brother. The body lotion and scrub have really done wonders for my skin during this bitingly winter season here in Japan. Easy to apply and smelling good enough to eat, I would highly recommend this to everyone.
Body Shop Foundation. Another product I have been loving is the foundation from body shop. Cruelty free and light as a feather, this foundation will apply as if putting on a new layer of skin. Gone is the thick, matted feeling I usually get from other foundations. My skin feels extra smooth and smells fresh and delicious. I will most defiantly be using more of this product in the future.
I hope you are all having a wonderful March and that April is even better. Let me know if you want to see more of these.
p.s I’m sorry this is so late, I’ve had no internet since moving and my phone data is very iffy right now, I’m lucky I can post this at all! As an apology, have this picture of some plum blossoms I took to make it better.