When I got started with my blog, I had the best of intentions. I planned to post once a week, at the very least sitting down every Wednesday night to blog without fail. But, alas, a massive workload soon ruined my master plan for a successful blog, which is why I now sit before you presenting a long post to summarise my month and get me back on track in the blogosphere.
So what did I get up to on my brief hiatus from blogging? As I mentioned, work took over my life for a brief few weeks, but between nervous breakdowns, I did manage to get out and about to a few events and gigs. Take a look at my month in photos:
Ladyboys of Bangkok Gala Night
Courtesy of Cathy Martin and Chris Wilson at CMPR, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Gala Evening of the Ladyboys of Bangkok when they arrived in Belfast’s Custom House Square. We laughed until we cried and had a fantastic night enjoying their ‘tongue in cheek’ humour.
On 28th October, I woke up ‘happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time’, or for those of you who don’t listen to Taylor Swift (what can I say? It’s a guilty pleasure!), I turned 22. This was my busiest time at work, but I was given the night off for good behaviour, to enjoy a meal at Coppi in St Anne’s Square with my family and my best friend. We shared a selection of Cicchetti for starters, which is a little bit like tapas, but with an Italian twist, and I opted for a stone baked pizza for my main, which was absolutely delicious. And of course, a birthday wouldn’t be complete without the customary embarrassment of a large birthday cake!
Later in the week, I visited The Chelsea Bar, Belfast with the rest of my family for a relaxed meal and a Cosmopolitan or two. The entire meal was absolutely delicious, but their rich chocolate dessert with Malteser ice-cream was simply divine!
A Dublin Day
On another rare day off, I made the most of my downtime and took a Dublin day! Jumping on the train from Belfast, my friends and I decided to be tourists for the day, and spent the afternoon exploring the Guinness factory – a great day’s exploring, although not entirely for my benefit, I don’t even like Guinness!! Later we enjoyed a cocktail in Cafe en Seine, which reminded us very much of the elaborate decor of Belfast’s Cafe Vaudeville, and dinner in my favourite Temple Bar restaurant, Luigi Malones.
Jason Clarke’s gig at The Empire, Belfast
Having previously interviewed local artist Jason Clarke, as well as attending two of his gigs, I was thrilled to hear that he would be performing at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast for a second time. Prior to the gig, I interviewed Jason Clarke for The County Antrim Post, who revealed how stepping away from performing for a year had helped him to grow as an artist, and gave me a taste of what was in store from his new EP. From the gig, it seemed that his year’s break had done him the world of good, as he performed a fantastic and lively set of new music and old favourites, with even a Christmas song (in mid-November – it’s never too early!) for good measure!
Since I’m summarising my incredibly busy month, it seems high time to introduce myself as a Zumba instructor! I have been a qualified instructor for three years now, and taking classes for two of those years, and for those of you who don’t understand the world of Zumba instructors, these ‘ZIN Jams’ are a choreography masterclass especially for instructors, bringing us all together to sweat for three hours and learn some mind-bending routines for our ladies to get their legs around! Watch this space and find out more about the Zumba side of my life very soon…
Passenger gig at The Waterfront, Belfast
Last but not least, Sunday’s gig was my last event of the month, and brings you completely up to speed with my life. Passenger, who took to the stage at the Waterfront on Sunday 23rd November, performed a beautiful, mellow and relaxing gig, which was exactly what I needed after such a busy month. Performing his biggest hit ‘Let Her Go’, along with tracks from his newest album and even a mashup of Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’, and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’, it was a great night, and a great opportunity to catch up with a friend from university.
So, after a very wordy blog post, that is you up to date with my life! I have lots in store this month, and I promise you won’t be waiting another month for your next update!