Saturday, 14 January 2017

My Travels: Tenerife

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During the Christmas holidays, I got to go to Tenerife for a week. I haven't experienced Christmas abroad that I can fully remember as I was in America for Christmas when I was 6. It didn't really feel like Christmas when I was there but it was lovely to not be absolutely freezing for a week in December. This was also my first excursion with my camera that I got for Christmas.


We arrived to the hotel at around 8 o'clock. After getting a reception car to pick us up at the bottom of the steep hill, I'm glad we didn't have to haul our bags up, it was hard enough walking up by yourself. It was warm for compared to what it was like in Ireland. The first day should really be called 'The Feast of Rice Krispies and Manderins' as that was what we had for dinner. We had arrived at a bad time when the restaurant was closing and so was the shop. It was a bit of a disaster but the manderins tasted AMAZING, so it wasn't really that bad.


This was the sight from my bedroom on the first day and something I didn't really want to see. Thankfully the rain and horrible gusts of winds only lasted an hour or two. We eventually got enough courage to venture down into the town of Costa Adeje. It is a smallish tourist town, we wandered around to try to figure out what we would do for the week. No one decided to do this before had. 



One of the things I hated about going into Costa Adeje was everyone is trying to make money from you. There was an incident when a man kept following us to try and get us to go into the restaurant he worked for, obviously we didn't and tried to avoid him for the rest of the week.



In the afternoons we would always go back to the hotel and go to the pool. Of course, we got a taxi. One day it was so hard to get a taxi we decided to walk back to the hotel, it was exhausting and I wasn't the only one who hoped it would never happen again. The pool wasn't heated which made it interesting jumping from the jacuzzi into the main pool and getting the shock of your life.




Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were spent at the beach. I don't really like swimming in the sea but my dad loves it. I spent my day just chilling, making sand castles with my brothers and walking along the sea. I can't remember the last time I was at a beach and not freezing cold. 


Christmas isn't really celebrated in Tenerife, since it's a slightly touristy nothing clothes. On Christmas Eve, one of the taxi drivers was wearing a Santa beard and hat which was highly amusing. To finish off Christmas Day, we watched Mrs. Browns Boy's on ITV which I was surprised there was even English channels in the first place.



We went to Siam Park which is a water park. I am not really an adrenalin junkie and I hate anything that has a vertical drop as it makes me feel sick. There was plenty of things to choose from for a scaredy cat like myself like Mai Thai River, Jungle Snakes and my personal favourite Mekong Rapids. Of course, my brothers forced me on a few which I was happy to get off at the end. There was also a beach where there was a wave pool. Depending on how far out you were the waves could go up to 3 metres. It was so enjoyable trying to get onto the waves as they came. I unfortunately don't have any photos of Siam park as I was too afraid to bring my camera just in case it got lost.


One of the last excursions we had was going on a half day trip up to the  volcanic mountain Teide. The tour was very interesting talking about how this volcano formed Tenerife and about its more recent eruptions. This volcano is dormant which a lot of people were happy to hear as it hasn't erupted since 1909. The views were amazing and I have over 50 photos of just scenery and I found it so hard to narrow it down to the few here.



This was definitely a new experience, I had never been on a sun holiday or been to such a touristy area. I enjoyed this holiday with my family but I feel that I mightn't go back to Tenerife for a couple of years as I didn't like how commercial it was.

Have you been to Tenerife? What did you think of it?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 7 January 2017

New Years Goals 2017!!

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It's already 7th day of 2017 and it's that time of year when I make a few goals for myself for the upcoming year. If you want to see my last years post, click HERE. Let's get on with the goals.

Do My Driving Test

I have 7 lessons done and I hope to get all the rest of my lessons done by the first half of this year. I hope to do my driving test, I would love it if I am able to pass it first time but if I don't it won't be the end of the world. I will keep you updated throughout the year.

Upload 1 Video A Month On YouTube

Another goal that I had for last year and I want to continue it this year as well. I know in December I didn't get a video up but that was because of Christmas tests and I had a very busy month as well. This year I hope to make more of an effort as I found my motivation ceased to exist during certain stages of the year.

Save €10 A Month

After saving €120 last year, I thought it would be a great idea to do it again this year. Like last year, I'm not to sure what I'll spend this on or save it towards something substantial.

Go Cruelty Free

I know I had this goal last year but I didn't work very hard at it. I was more aware of my buying habits but I still bought some products that tested on animals. This year, I really want to sort my makeup out properly. I currently have over 20 products that are tested on animals and I hope by the end of the year to have less than 5.

Do 5 Collabs

I love collabing with fellow bloggers, I want to do 5 collabs this year with 5 different bloggers. I haven't anything planned for definite but I will hopefully get organised in the next few weeks.


Learn How To Use My Camera Properly

For Christmas, I received a camera from my parents, Canon Powershot SX420 IS to be exact. I want to improve and develop photography skills as I have always loved taking photos and of course for here!

Read 12 Books

This year since I have less free time due to school work, yay for The Leaving Cert, I want to make a big effort to read some books. I would say I would want to read a book a month but I know that mightn't be able to get that. During the Summer holidays, I hope to read more but we will see how that will go. I will be keeping my GoodReads updated to track my progress.

Use Instagram More Often

Going with learning to use my camera, I also want to post more often on Instagram, maybe once or twice a week. During the late Summer last year, I started posting more often and I really enjoyed trying to think up of new cool ideas for my Insta.

Survive School

I would be lying if I said school is a breeze, it is more like a train wreck! This year, I want to pass all my subjects and aim for 400 + points. I have a lot of work ahead of me unfortunately but it will all be worth it in the end.

Go To 2 College Open Days

I need to start thinking about college and no other way than going to an open day. I am thinking of going to UCC, NUIG and maybe UCD. I don't know what I want to do yet but when I was at the NUIG Science day, I found Microbiology most interesting. I have already been in UCD but not on an open day.

What are your New Years Goals?
Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 31 December 2016

My 2016 Roundup

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How is tomorrow the beginning of 2017, this year has flown! Instead of focusing on the negative, I am going to tell you about some of my favourite moments of 2016. I did one of these posts last year where I talked about the different things that happened in each month and also the most popular post of that month, click HERE. This year I wrote 61 posts, 5 collabs, 7 guest posts, a short story, a poem and 14 YouTube videos. Here is a small summary of my 2016:

Barcelona

I loved Barcelona, it was a great trip with great people. It has definitely been one of the highlights of TY. I have 2 posts on my days there, click HERE and HERE.

London

London is one of my favourite places I have been so far in this world. I got to experience more of the London life and I got to visit The Making Of Harry Potter. If you are even slightly into Harry Potter or just curious about how they made the movies, I would highly recommend going. I had a wonderful time shopping on Oxford Street and going into Lush there too. I enjoyed my time there wonderfully and I can't wait to go back. Click HERE for the post.

Tenerife

You may have noticed that I have been slightly absent from social media the past week, well I have been in Tenerife for Christmas. I find it so odd that this year I have been out of the country 3 times when normally it might be once at most. My Mam and Dad decided to have a family Christmas holiday to celebrate Mam's and Dad's 20th Wedding Anniversary. Hopefully, I will have a blog post on Saturday of my first time in Tenerife.

20,000 Page Views

I remember at the start of the year thinking I couldn't even surpass 10,000 views but here I am to tell the tale about how my blog has grown a lot this year. 

First Proper Cast Play

This feels like a huge deal to me as I got asked to be about it a cast. This play was in April and I did a post about it HERE. I still miss the crack with everyone as I knew very few at the start but that was completely different at the end. I miss my character and the slagging I got. I miss my ugly, slightly uncomfortable wedding dress I had to wear. It was a great experience and I feel that I will remember it for a lifetime.

I Started to Learn to Drive

This experience has been both terrifying and enjoyable at the same time, I have done 7 lessons and I am driving around going here and there. I'm glad I am learning to drive now when I have the time, I'm at home and I have my parents as willing co-drivers to help me through the bends and straights of learning to drive.

My Play Got Performed

Remember back in one of my last TY Thursdays where I mentioned this. I know it has been a while but a play I wrote the year before. My Speech and Drama teacher used in her end of year show which was interesting to see something that you had created in real life. I haven't had the motivation to write another one as there are many components including enough lines and stage time for each character. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I Received My Bronze Gaisce Award

I am so proud that I finished my Bronze Gaisce and I have started my Silver one which I am nearly half way through. I really enjoy doing them as they are a challenge.

I Got Longlisted in Blog Awards Ireland for Best Lifestyle Blog

I got longlisted in Blog Awards Ireland again this year! They didn't have Best Youth Blog category this year but I entered under Lifestyle. I am happy that I got this far as I knew I wasn't as good as some of the amazing other blogs that were in the same category.

I Read 15 Books

I think that I read a good few books this year. I wish I would have more time to read but my time can be limited at times. Here's all the books I read:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Inferno by Catherine Doyle
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L.J. Smith
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
Me, Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

I Did Grade 5 Piano

I started preparing for this exam in September 2015 and I am over the moon that it is finally over. I got bored of my pieces pretty quickly and let's be honest the scales aren't much of a joy either. I think the exam went ok, there were a few slip ups but I kept going strong. I haven't got the results yet but I hope I will get them in a week or two.

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How was your year?
Thanks for being awesome,