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Empties in Tens #1

Are Empties still popular nowadays?

I genuinely have no idea since I seldom watch beauty videos on YouTube anymore (I’ve moved over to the fitness corner) but what I do know is that I enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

Reviewing 10 empties at a time isn’t exactly a new idea but I definitely felt I needed more control in this aspect as more often than not, my empties bag gets out of hand and then I end up with an even bigger challenge of compiling the post. To make things even easier, I’m going to automatically throw out any empties that are simply repeats/go-tos and leave behind those that are either new or re-visited.

A special shout-out goes to Rachael from Helpless Whilst Drying since she has been conducting this style of post for quite some time and I always thought it was a brilliant idea. What’s even more brilliant is that she collectively records the Empties into an excel spreadsheet to keep track of usage and spending in an entire year! So please do check her out. 🙂

Let’s get started shall we?

+ Would repurchase
– Will not bother again
= Neutral/Indifferent

+ Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
+ Garnier PureActive 3 in 1 Clay
+ Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
MAC Lightful C Cleanser
+ Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
= The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
+ Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Suncreen SPF 50+
= Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
(discontinued?)
= Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
Eucerin Dermo Capillaire Calming Urea Shampoo

Starting off with the cleansers, we have:

+ Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I know that there are some people who are very anti-cleansing-waters but I’m all for them! As much as one of my biggest interest lies in beauty, I am particularly lazy in two areas: body moisturising and washing my face in the AM. This cleansing water is what I use every morning to remove excess oil. Obviously, I don’t expect this to clean my skin from underneath but it’s what I use to skin-prep before I go in with a toner. I feel like I need to do a side-by-side comparison for micellar waters to see where the differences lie since at the moment I can’t tell! For now though, I would say this does the job and as it stands, I’m currently using a giant 700ml bottle of it!

+ Garnier PureActive 3 in 1 Clay

It’s highly likely that I have featured this product a few times on the blog – almost from the beginning in fact. I don’t really care for drugstore cleansers in general but I’m going to make this an exception. Sometimes I can suffer from spots that take a long time to go away especially if they’re under-the-surface; but during the time that I used this, the spots went away quicker and prevented them from coming back. My skin never felt tight or dry – just clean and how you would want your skin to feel. Just typing these words makes me realise how it’s probably time for a repurchase since my skin is going through a break-out!

+ Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

I have probably featured this on the blog more than enough times already but with good reason! It is my favourite makeup-remover. I just enjoy using it. What sets this apart from other cleansing balms is that I really get to massage my face and “get in there” whilst still being able to wash the product off. I think the price point is pretty reasonable too.

MAC Lightful C Cleanser

I was testing this cleanser for the longest time – up until the very end of its usage! I’m still very unsure about it now which most likely means yes, it’s mediocre for me and nothing to really sing home about. I couldn’t put my finger on whether this cleanser was making my skin more imperfect or not. I wouldn’t say it made my skin feel dirty but it never made it feel freshly clean either. I didn’t break-out per se but I felt like my skin was developing dirt from underneath which would cause an abundance of blackheads at a time. Of course, there’s no way to test if solely one product can do that because there’s so many external factors, but it’s fair to say I won’t be returning to this!

+ Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

I had wanted to try this for the longest time and now that I’ve gotten the chance to, it’s one that I’d happily re-purchase. Out of all the cleansers mentioned in this post, I would say that this lasted me the longest time overall. My skin always felt really good after using this and I only needed a pea-sized amount per application. The formula contained some of the smallest granules that I’ve come across but it’s very, very mild so you can barely feel it on the skin. I would like to try its sister product, a clay mask, at some point.

…and now for everything else in the mix:

= The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

Ah, The Ordinary! Who remembers the hype when it first came out? My brand-focus post still remains one of the most popular on my blog. It’s a little sad to mention TO now considering the chaos and aftermath of its creator, however one cannot deny the genius of the brand and concept. This retinoid product is easy to use in that it’s not invasive. I found it best to use this before hyaluronic acid. Some of my personal best skin days were thanks to this product so yes, I rate this.

+ Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Suncreen SPF 50+


I actually haven’t tried that many Etude House products! This is perhaps the first of their ‘skincare’ that I’ve tried and it was 100% devoured. With extra steps such as primer, you don’t want to be going in with a heavy sunscreen – you want a light layer that’s not going compromise sun protection. This is exactly what it says: an airy finish. It layers rather nicely with no white cast or scent to the skin. This was the only sunscreen I liked from all my sunscreen purchases in 2018 so if you’re struggling in that field, I highly recommend this.

= Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
(discontinued?)

I have been searching high and low for this powder but I really think it has been discontinued! Since the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation is a go-to of mine, I thought I’d venture outwards into powder. I think that there are good options for powder in both drugstore and high-end – the main difference is normally packaging and at times, longevity. This Bourjois number offered compact packaging with a mirror as well as a soft-finish formula that could honestly compete with some high-end brands. (I once read it’s a good dupe for a Chanel powder.) The only bummer is that it’s been discontinued…unless someone else can enlighten me?

= Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base


I bought this on Amazon shortly after trying an Etude House Mascara Primer because I was curious to see what the differences would be. This in comparison is a lot more expensive and does not beat the EH version* in my opinion however I still really liked it. For one, it never got goopy and the bristle wand always remained clean and sleek which gave me the perfect lash for minimal makeup days. It’s a fool-proof product for those who want a natural enhancement. If you want lots of volume, look elsewhere!

*Note that there are two versions of the Etude House Mascara Primer. I recommend the Perfect Lash version. The Super Long version gets disgustingly goopy after a while, and the long fibres start to disintegrate and litter the tube opening!

Eucerin Dermo Capillaire Calming Urea Shampoo


Last year was a very experimental year when it came to shampoo. I cut SLS out for a good length of time because I was experiencing scalp and skin issues that I strongly felt were triggered by the usage of dry shampoo. [Read my experience here] I’ve since slowly re-introduced myself to SLS shampoos and am not experiencing any issues thus far, but this was one of the last products I took to trying when my scalp flared up last winter. It helped a little along with the use of aloe vera gel and other creams, but I think overall, the rest of my hair felt unclean plus it was an expensive product. I love Eucerin as a brand in general but this is one of the products that I wouldn’t recommend as far as SLS-free shampoos go.


I was shocked by how cleanser-heavy this post ended up being! I threw away some re-occurring empties so that I could just talk about the bare minimum products that are new on the blog and are worth mentioning. It shouldn’t be too long until my next Empties post as I’m finding myself using up at least 2 products per week these days…

What’s the most interesting product that you’ve finished up recently that’s worth mentioning?

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Hong Kong Beauty Haul | 2019

I hope you all had a great Easter!

Today, we’re diving right into my beauty haul from this year’s trip to Hong Kong. It’s a late post considering I’ve come back from Hong Kong about 7 weeks ago however as always, sharing is a must!

Let’s start shall we?

Featured in this post:

LuLuLun Face Mask (5pcs)
BCL Momo Puri Jelly Mask (4pcs)
Kose Clear Turn White Collagen Mask (5+1pcs)
Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Rose) (3pcs)
Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Hyaluronic Acid) (3pcs)
Hada Labo Kouji Treatment Cleansing Foam
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm SPF 15
Hada Labo Hyaluronic Hydrating Milk
SANA Soy Milk 6 in 1 Moisturizing Gel Cream

Heroine Make KissMe Long and Curl Mascara (Advanced Film)
Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence Sunscreen
MINISO 2in1 Eyebrow Pencil Eyebrow Powder in 01 Black
MINISO 3in1 Flat Eyebrow Pencil in 07 Black
MINISO Natural Konjac Cleansing Sponge
MINISO Anti Sebum Mineral Pact in 01 White

Face Masks

I typically repurchase My Beauty Diary masks whenever I’m in Hong Kong because they’re inexpensive and you get a lot of bang out of your buck (10pcs per box). However, since last year, I wanted to branch out a bit further. I bought a whole load of face masks on my last Hong Kong Trip [read haul here]. Sad to say but it was mostly mediocre, consisting of the drippy mess that we all want to avoid.

This time, I wanted to go straight into Japanese face masks and rediscover J-beauty as a whole. With the K-beauty trends booming like no other in the last couple of years, J-beauty is barely seen or heard. I think that that’s just media manipulation though. For me, I knew about J-beauty way before K-beauty and practically grew up with it. It’s nostalgic to me.

I had heard bloggers mention about LuLuLun face masks for quite some time now but never got round to it due to lack of access. That’s why once I recognised it, I had to grab a pack! Unfortunately, I have no idea what the flavour is. Can anyone help?

Whilst I was in this store called Log-On, I also grabbed the BCL Momo Puri Jelly Mask (4pcs) since I was enticed by the packaging. This face mask contains peach ceramide water and lactobacillus blend which is what peaked my interest. Let’s hope it’s as good as it looks!

One of the things I love about J-beauty is that it’s not shy to advertise which are the best sellers. If you’re ever stuck, just look for the No.1 label in the corner. That determined my decision in getting the Kose Clear Turn White Collagen Mask (5+1pcs), Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Rose) (3pcs) and Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Hyaluronic Acid) (3pcs). The weather is getting warmer (although still very temperamental) so I will be trialing these masks soon for sure.

Skincare

Continuing the J-beauty theme right the way through, we have the Hada Labo Kouji Treatment Cleansing Foam to start us off in this skincare category. I wasn’t looking to buy a cleanser at all in Hong Kong considering I had 3 in queue back home; however the cleanser that I did take with me ran out three days before the end of my vacation. I decided to venture out a bit and try an alternate line from Hada Labo. In fact, I’ve not heard of this line before since everyone just talks about their hyaluronic range. I would be more than happy to feedback on this later on. 🙂

Whilst we’re at it, I also picked up the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm SPF 15 and the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Hydrating Milk. It’s safe to say that Hada Labo has become one of my favourite brands, probably on the same scale as Clinique (and you all know how much I love Clinique already). Their products just work for me and are completely no frills so I’m excited about the re-stock! The lip balm is new though so that’s definitely in the works of being in the trial list.

SANA Soy Milk 6 in 1 Moisturizing Gel Cream: A unique consistency

Last up to close this category, we have the SANA Soy Milk 6 in 1 Moisturizing Gel Cream. I’ve been wanting to try more of this brand for a long time as I adore their soy cleanser! It is seriously a cult-favourite of mine. I opened this whilst I was still in Hong Kong since I wasn’t really loving the Pai moisturiser I took with me. It’s unlike any other gel formulas I’ve seen/tried! I will have to conduct a review but for now, so far so good.

Makeup and a Konjac Sponge

One thing I don’t tend to get in Hong Kong is any makeup bases or foundations since the colour options tend to be too light for my skin tone. Instead, I opt for Japanese mascaras every single time because they’re heavy-duty: they don’t flake, they don’t melt, they hold the curl for hours on end. The Heroine Make KissMe Long and Curl Mascara (Advanced Film) is of course, a re-purchase.

Another must that I purchase from Hong Kong is sunscreen. I am convinced that this is the secret (but equally not-so-secret) pathway to anti-ageing. I feel that I get more compliments about my skin now (even though my skin is going through a plethora of breakouts these days) than I did when I was younger. So don’t always think that good skin can only be achieved via “good genes” – it’s equally about taking good care of your skin as well as giving it time to reach that stage.

I re-purchased the Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence Sunscreen as it’s truly been a while however I’m not sure I love it as much as I once did? I feel that they have added alcohol into the formula! Strangely enough, I must be using an old formula as the current 2019 formula apparently has no alcohol.

My last couple of items are all from MINISO. I’m actually quite jealous of all the Australians and Canadians who have access to one since I really like their store and concept! I re-purchased two brow products: MINISO 2in1 Eyebrow Pencil Eyebrow Powder in 01 Black and MINISO 3in1 Flat Eyebrow Pencil in 07 Black.

Unfortunately, I bought both in black (I bought one of them in black on purpose to try out). I now regret having taken that risk so I guess I have no choice but to suck it up and take the super-soft hand approach when it comes to it!

Now, if there’s something I need to use more, it’s the Clarisonic Mia 2. I’ve practically made it redundant which is so bad considering it was quite a pricey purchase! One reason for its redundancy is the discovery of konjac sponges. I picked up the MINISO Natural Konjac Cleansing Sponge as more of a random purchase. It is rather interesting to compare basics in fashion and beauty as more often than not, it proves to be a real challenge! I’ll let you know if it meets the mark or not.

Last product to show is the MINISO Anti Sebum Mineral Pact in 01 White – a more meaningful purchase to replace my Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact which is due to run out soon. In some ways, I don’t expect for this product to exceed the Innisfree compact but I’m hoping that it will be at least okay.


That’s everything for this haul! As we dive straight into May, I am looking to get kickstarted in a new blog series which I will be entitling Cultural Conversations. In this series, I look to explore (although not limited to): current affairs, topical subjects within fashion/beauty/culture and address the issues that often get stigmatised and/or misrepresented. I want this series to be quite personal, stemming from my own experiences in order to drive the blog to a new place.

Of course, if you have any ideas with some points of discussion, please do not hesitate to comment below!

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The Sunday Catch-Up #5 | Getting Back on Track

Do you like my new jewellery?

I don’t think I’ve seen my drafts box quite so low before! I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing or not but I’ve been clearing some of the old drafts and finally posting them so there’s that.

Speaking of old, last time I wrote a post in this series was back in June and holding that thought just for a minute, I definitely think I need to do more posts like this that sprout from a stream of consciousness. There’s just something about writing what’s on your mind, in that moment, that makes me feel calm and present.

Here are some of the things that have been lurking in my mind recently:

New Content and Discussions

Blogging has been quite stop/start for me in the latter half of 2018 but you’ll be seeing more of me soon as I aim to really discuss some new topics and let my eponymous blog grow to the potential that I want it to. I don’t mean it in a fancy way either – think of it more as a person.

It’s strange to say but maybe the blog has become my baby since I’ve been thinking about all the topics that I want to talk about – that I’ve been meaning to talk about – and now seems like the right time for new, refreshing content. I feel like it’s something that’s stuck with me for a while and probably something that I may have mentioned before in the past, but back then it didn’t seem like a good time for it. It’s funny because it’s like I’m preparing for a person to go into its teenage years!

So far, 2019 has been feeling very transformational for me. That’s a positive word right? I definitely could’ve used something more negative considering what’s taken place so far in my life (if you know, you know) but we won’t go there.

This year feels very different to any other year that I’ve gotten through (more on that in another post) and you know what? I’m going to get through it. This is the year where I want change and where I want to grow. The seed has been planted.

Exercise as Habit, as Passion

If you have been following my Instagram Stories at all, then you’ll know that I have been exercising quite a bit – and rather enjoying it. Admittedly, at the start of working out (and I suspect this is the same for most people who start their fitness journeys), there was an urge to do it to lose weight or at least stop gaining it. But once I started letting loose, I put away that urge and just focused on the exercise and respected my body for being able to cooperate.

I’ve stuck with exercising this time round longer than I ever have. My record is one whole summer but this time I want to make it a lifetime. I started to get in the mindset of “just get on with it” and it has helped so much in challenging my stamina and mental focus. I have noticed particular improvement these few weeks. I find that I don’t beat myself up so much either when I don’t exercise or when I don’t eat as healthy. It really is about balance and being kind to yourself whilst still being disciplined.

Maybe I am stretching myself a bit but I want to get really fit. Obviously I won’t get to the standard of a professional athlete but I want to maintain working out 4-5 times a week as an average.

The Dentist isn’t So Daunting

I’ve put off going to the dentist for a check-up for the longest time so I finally phoned them a few weeks ago to book an appointment. Normally when it’s time for a check up, they text you a friendly reminder. After that, they’ll send you a letter or two if there’s still no response. If for whatever reason, you don’t come by to the dentist for an appointment in two years, they will remove you from the registry to make room for other patients who want to sign in to that particular dentistry.

Anyways, the strict lady that used to be my dentist must not work there anymore since I didn’t see her in my last check-up. She was quite scary which is why subsequently, I would dread going to the appointment. She meant well but seriously, no one likes to see their own teeth on a monitor, zoomed in about 1000x. Do you have any weird dentist experiences?

I’m proud to say the appointment was short and sweet. I know it’s just the damn dentist but to have heard him say “good!” was a satisfying relief. I even wanted to ask him if he was sure but I thought I shouldn’t doubt someone’s professionalism. The best part though is going to the hygienist. I know I’m rambling on a bit but who doesn’t love clean teeth?


The days are getting longer and sunnier so I think I’m finally seeing the end of winter! I have been writing a lot lately and realised how nice it was to write when it’s this weather. In fact, someone told me a few months ago I couldn’t write and that my grammar was bad…which only made me want to write more.

Let me know what’s been happening with you?

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March Monthly Favourites | 2019

I am extremely happy to show you the Favourites that I have compiled for this March! It’s not often that I don’t have a beauty favourite to share – in fact, this might be a first – but since I had so many other favourites, it’s probably for the best (although purely coincidental).

Some of it is going to be very random but I feel that’s what makes Favourites fun because certain items get honourable mentions and help define a moment in your life.

Let’s get started shall we?

Featured in this post:

NETFLIX:
Queer Eye (Season 3)

Selling Sunset
Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City


OTHER:
Happy Glass (game)
Stop Stealing Dreams – Seth Godin (A manifesto available on Medium – please read)
BeautyPlus

Netflix

I don’t watch as much Netflix as most people because I am trying to enjoy everything I watch in small doses. In other words, I’m restraining myself from binge-watching too much at a time.

I don’t know about you but whilst it was good to binge-watch at the beginning, it eventually ruins your viewing experience. Your mind hasn’t caught up with what you’ve just seen and therefore you just don’t anticipate the next episode as much the same way you would if you were viewing on tv.

The 5 guys on Queer Eye otherwise known as the Fab 5. Each specialise in an area: beauty & grooming, food, fashion, interiors and culture.

I started Queer Eye a couple of months back when one of my best friends recommended me the series. Since devouring the first 2 seasons, I have been waiting forever for the 3rd season to come out and it’s finally here! For those who don’t know, it is about 5 queer guys who specialise in an area and come together to help make-over a person’s lifestyle.

It’s more than just a generic make-over programme. It teaches a lot about self-love and acceptance! All the guys’ personalities really comes through and they bounce off of each other. Season 3 gave me all the feels – plenty of laughter with some moments where I did tear up a bit. You won’t want to miss this series – top of my Netflix Recommendations for sure.

In some ways, you get a real taste of LA through Selling Sunset. Luxurious lifestyle but not without the price.

Next up is a series called Selling Sunset. This is new to Netflix and nevermind you, I was just as surprised to have watched the entire first season! For those who know me, I tend not to watch reality tv. The only exception ever was The Hills. I strangely enjoyed that and Selling Sunset is a bit like The Hills mixed with real-estate selling.

It is a show about real-estate agents who work for the Oppenheim Group, trying to sell houses that are worth millions. All the agents are female which I’m assuming is intentional but can’t quite explain for what reason other than to sell that American/LA Dream even more. (Big house, lavish lifestyle, pretty girl.) Of course, without this real-estate element, I really wouldn’t bother with the series. It’s not the drama I enjoy so much but actually looking at how they sell the houses and what they are selling!

There are different series of Terrace House available now on Netflix so I’m watching them in chronological order. 3 guys and 3 girls with no scheming motives – perfect if you are interested in how humans interact but don’t want the drama.

Last from my Netflix favourites is Terrace House. My good blogger friend Polished and Inspired recommended Terrace House on her blog a couple of months ago and I’m so glad she did!

It’s a refreshing Japanese reality show unlike any other reality show I’ve ever seen. At first, I thought it was a house that they couldn’t leave unless they wanted to leave the entire show (like Big Brother) but the occupants are free to get on with their day-to-day activities including work whilst still coming back to the house.

One of the things that has to be praised about the show is how non-trivial and non-bitchy it is. There’s no specific aim such as winning prize-money. There’s no tasks. 3 guys and 3 girls come together under one roof to get to know one another whether through dating or just plain interaction. Oh, and perhaps it’s a huge part of Japanese culture but everyone is so well-mannered. What makes the show even more are the commentators – they are HILARIOUS. Another must-watch.

Other

I try not to download and play too many games on my phone because I want to spend my time as productively as possible. Games tend to take away precious amounts of time without you realising and before you know it, your battery is dead.

I’ve been really enjoying Happy Glass though. I saw my sister-in-law playing it and now guess what? The whole family is playing it! It’s a strategy game that involves getting water from the tap into the glass hence the name Happy Glass. Your aim is to draw something whether it’s a line or an object so that A can get to B. Sounds easy right? The levels get more and more challenging and some really are difficult but once you pass the level, it’s rewarding.

Seth Godin

One of the things I don’t do enough is read but lately I’ve been reading from different sources. I came across Seth Godin through a design video that I was watching on YouTube. He’s a best-selling author and teacher who I didn’t know at the time but if you’re into marketing, IT and entrepreneurship – he’s a big deal. His blog is also a big deal so check that out.

His manifesto, Stop Selling Dreams is free to read and it’s one of the best short reads I’ve come across. He explains how important education is but also how the system needs to be improved so that it’s not just about a grade. He also talks about how we’re doomed if we’re just racing to the bottom (going for low-tiered jobs) when we should be racing to the top, to create new, evolving jobs that would benefit the economy greatly. It’s a read that everyone needs to get involved in because I know I learned a lot from it.

We’re going to end this on a fun note.

I’ve discovered a new app called BeautyPlus which I guess is a girly app that gives you lots of filters and stickers for when you take photos with your friends. Some of the filters are super funny (there’s one that gives you an ugly face) whilst others are more cute. Give it a go if you love taking silly selfies now and again!


Somehow, not writing about beauty felt refreshing so perhaps I should explore outside of this constraint more often since there’s so much that I want to write about. I’ve been channelling a lot of energy in the need for change lately so I think it’s time.

How has the month of April been treating you so far?

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Berlin Travel Diary – Berlin Wall and Gendarmenmarkt | Day 3

Obviously I didn’t just come back from Berlin. I’m just a horrible human being who posts things super late at times – but because I love sharing, I would like to showcase the remaining photos of my Berlin trip from September 2017. Plus, it’s nice to finish chapters in your life right?

This will be the last segment to my Berlin Travel Diary series. I know that I said I went to Berlin for 5 days but I decided to only write about the 3 days in the middle since I am not quite counting the day of arrival or day of departure. (Either days were relatively chilled out although I think I have roughly covered the first day of arrival in my first segment.)

In addition, thank you so far for the positive response from my last Berlin post! The comments written were very generous so I guess posting the photographs despite it being months late, was a good idea after all, right?

You can catch up with the previous segments in the series here and here.


So to start things off, I showed this church in Part 2 but didn’t show this particular GIF. It’s actually quite funny because I shot this animation in burst-mode on my then-phone without meaning to shoot this person who also appeared to be shooting me too?! Actually quite crazy when you think about it but makes for a good story.

🔺East Berlin: Oberbaum Bridge

On our 4th day, I remember we headed to East Berlin. This is very much the ‘cool’ part of Berlin where there are rock clubs nearby and an underground scene for music and the arts. I didn’t explore either of those things extensively but if you are a fan of rock music in particular, you’ll be wanting to hang out in East Berlin for sure.

Crossing the Oberbaum Bridge which overlooks a river
Looking over at East Berlin from the other side

🔺Berlin Wall

If you’re going to Berlin, then it is obvious that you have to go visit the Berlin Wall! It’s considered as common knowledge otherwise you didn’t go to Berlin.

However – and this is going to be an unpopular opinion but I was slightly underwhelmed by it. Don’t get me wrong – of course I know and understand the meaning and worth of the Berlin Wall yet when I finally got there, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Maybe I expected too much?

I did enjoy some of the Art though:


If you were ever wondering what I wear on my travel trips, 100% I will be wearing sneakers. These are my Nike Air Max which I’ve owned for possibly 6 years now and they’re still going strong! My feet never get tired no matter how much I walk in them.
When we were walking back from Berlin Wall, we noticed this cute little ‘van-car’. I hope you can tell just how mini it is in the picture?

🔺Mall of Berlin

After Berlin Wall, we headed to another part of Berlin. I can’t remember where exactly but since we hadn’t explored any shopping malls up until that point, we went to the Mall of Berlin.

There is a part at the top floor where you can enjoy a range of cuisines. We chose the Vietnamese parlour because we were really fancying noodles. They had a lot of selection across the floor including Thai and American cuisines.

We had Pho! (Vietnamese flate noodles.) A lot of people rave about Pho but surprisingly I had never tried it up until this point. Or maybe I have without knowing? I loved the soup base – they were generous with the spring onions which transforms the entire soup base itself! I ordered the roast pork whilst my mum and brother ordered the beef.

You’ll notice from the photos that the weather wasn’t the best. It held up though as in it didn’t rain badly so I would say that the weather was mostly in our favour.

When it did rain, it would only be for about 5-10 minutes so it didn’t ruin our trip at all.

🔺Reichstag Building

We visited the Reichstag Building which is very much the government office of Berlin? If you notice, there’s a glass roof at the top somewhere which I believe is accessible by the public but you need to buy tickets. We didn’t book anything though so if this is something you would gladly visit, do your homework!


🔺Neue Kirche – Deutscher Dom, Gendarmenmarkt

For me, I would say Gendarmenmarkt is worth the visit because of the range of restaurants and cafes in and around this area. It’s also a nice walk too. We came across this building which happens to be a church:

Our last night in Berlin was fast-approaching so we really wanted to celebrate it with an amazing meal which is why Gendarmenmarkt holds a bit of a soft spot for me. (Seriously though, there were a lot of restaurants that looked great.)

We went into a Bavarian beer-house/restaurant which had an amazing atmosphere. It was packed! I didn’t take a picture but all the waitresses were dressed in bavarian costumes which I thought was cool. The waiter that served us was very accommodating so I would definitely recommend this place. The details are down below.

Needless to mention, it was a great night.

My brother ordered steak which came with sliced potatoes and a side salad. I tried a potato or two and honestly, they were some of the best I’ve ever tried.
My mum ordered the infamous pork knuckle. She had watched something on tv that involved this as Germany’s must-try foods so this was the main reason why we headed into this restaurant! The pork knuckle is really big so me and my brother had to help out but again – amazing food.
I had the veal because it’s not something that I had tried before. Along with the squeeze of a lemon, it was rather refreshing tasting. It came with a side salad that was completely different to my brother’s – zingy and appetising.

I think on any last night before you leave a place that you have visited, it’s important to go to a restaurant to celebrate with your travel companion. It doesn’t even have to be a fancy restaurant – just somewhere nice with a good atmosphere. Trust me – it makes the entire trip!

🔺Mercedes Forum

The next morning (and our last day), we decided to just stay local to our hotel. There was a Mercedes Forum close-by so we went in to explore it since Germany are very well-known for their cars.

One great thing I learned was that Mercedes is actually a name! I say this with exclaim because when I was young, I remember you were made fun of if you had a name like Mercedes. Turns out, 1. Mercedes is indeed a name – a girl’s name for that matter and 2. the car name takes after the founder’s daughter or something. (I can’t quite remember but it was definitely someone’s daughter!)

When you first go inside, it’s a little like a museum.
An old-style Mercedes Benz
Mercedes Benz E-Class? Am assuming this is a new (or not-so-new now) model.
They even showcased the Mercedes engine which really looks like a work of art.

🔺On our way home from the airport! Crossing Severn Bridge

…and back to the UK it was! We didn’t do too much on our very last day which is why the photo diary more or less ends here. We had a wonderful time and for sure, I’d like to visit Germany again.

Have you been to Germany lately? What do you think?


Thank you for reading! I’ll be planning another travel story shortly.

I am happy and relieved to have finished this travel series! Honestly, I was even thinking of skipping over it but I took so many photographs that I thought it would be a waste to not share any of it. Also – I felt that it was a post that had been built up mentally for so long that I needed to get it done to move forward.

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