A bit of nostalgia with Norah… 
I’ve never really contemplated writing about music on my blog before but after rediscovering an old favourite of mine this week, I thought why the hell not?
When I was younger Norah Jones was one of my most preferred female artists. Although her music is definitely down-tempo, finding fault in her for this is like hating on a bed for being too cosy, you just don’t do it. I happened to stumble across her latest album, "Little Broken Hearts" the other day and I fell in love with her dulcet toned voice all over again. Her sound on this album is completely different from her previous releases. With more bounce and soul than ever before Jones has certainly nailed it with her fifth album. With reggae groves heard on, “All a Dream," and a perfect mix of guitar and piano  in "Travelling On," Jones’ sweet but sexy, smoky vibes are killing it. Her pace is quickened and the collaboration with Brian Burton seems to have been a match made in heaven.
If you haven’t already checked out this gem, the album in it’s entirety can be found on YouTube. Ideal background music for a peaceful evening in the house. 
Peace Out People,
Gab. :)

A bit of nostalgia with Norah…

I’ve never really contemplated writing about music on my blog before but after rediscovering an old favourite of mine this week, I thought why the hell not?

When I was younger Norah Jones was one of my most preferred female artists. Although her music is definitely down-tempo, finding fault in her for this is like hating on a bed for being too cosy, you just don’t do it. I happened to stumble across her latest album, "Little Broken Hearts" the other day and I fell in love with her dulcet toned voice all over again. Her sound on this album is completely different from her previous releases. With more bounce and soul than ever before Jones has certainly nailed it with her fifth album. With reggae groves heard on, “All a Dream," and a perfect mix of guitar and piano  in "Travelling On," Jones’ sweet but sexy, smoky vibes are killing it. Her pace is quickened and the collaboration with Brian Burton seems to have been a match made in heaven.

If you haven’t already checked out this gem, the album in it’s entirety can be found on YouTube. Ideal background music for a peaceful evening in the house. 

Peace Out People,

Gab. :)

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Raincoats and Rice Krispies…

So, since my last post a series of unforeseeable events have landed me on a plane, right back to Ireland and home for the majority of my summer that remains. As depressing as all the rain and damp weather is, I cannot complain because in just two short weeks I shall be jetting off again to visit my Mother in her new abode in Luxembourg. To soften the depressing blow of moving back home I was greeted with a giant box of the gold dust cereal that was practically impossible to get my hands on in Ibiza, RICE KRISPIES. Yes, you read right, Rice Krispies. As strange as this may be I missed those tiny, miraculous puffs of air for the two months that I lived abroad. They simply did not exist on the Island and I was having major withdrawal symptoms from going cold turkey. 

What have I been up to since my return to the green Isle’s I hear you all ponder. Well truthfully not too much. Apart from playing nurse and soaking up the very rare rays we get, I’ve pretty much been living in my raincoat and wellies and going for long stretches in the near by forest. I know, I know nothing much exhilarating to report but hopefully I’ll have some exciting stories to report back from my visit to Luxembourg. Honestly I’ve quite enjoyed having nothing much to do but catch up with my family and spend time to myself. Now I’m completely rested and ready for some more adventures.

Peace Out People,

Gab. :)  

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Paddle Paddle…

Unfortunately I don’t have an action shot to go along with these photos from my evening attempt at paddle boarding. Now I know what you’re thinking, she couldn’t have been that bad but let me tell you this, I was off the board and in the water more times than I actually stood up on the thing. I may as well have went for an evening swim. That said it was still a sensational experience. There is something so magical about lying back on a board in the middle of the sea just as the sun is going down in the sky. With breath taking views of Talamanca beach from mid water and new friends around me I could not have had a better evening. Not only is it great fun but it is a great form of exercise and it gives you a cool new perspective of the sea. Some people can even do yoga on the boards (she says amazed as she can’t even manage to stay standing on it for longer than ten seconds.) If you haven’t already tried your hand at this sport, I highly recommend it. You can either try to master standing up or do what I did and lie back, relax and take it all in while everybody else does all the hard work.

Peace Out People, 

Gab. :) 

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Dalt Vila 

Since I’m spending my summer season in Ibiza, I thought why not feature some posts on my favorite aspects of this beautiful Island. Now I’ve only been here a month so I am far from an expert but I have certainly become familiar with some of my go to spots. Number one on the list most definitely has to be Dalt Vila or otherwise known as Old Town Eivissa. The old town is one of the most cultural parts of the Island with it’s Renaissance castle being a prominent attraction. Dalt Vila has it all. From authentic Spanish restaurants and shops to live street performers. There is unquestionably something for everyone. What I find most mesmorising is the uninterrupted views you can find surrounding this ancient walled town. You can get a clear view of the entire old town from it’s high walk ways and also when it’s a clear night you can catch a glimpse of the neighboring Island, Formentera. You could easily spend an entire evening being swept away by the original Catalonia buildings and relaxed atmosphere. Undoubtedly a must see if you’ve got time to spend on the Island.  

Peace Out People, 

Gab. :) 

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Top Ten Movies of All Time… (According to Gab…)

I decided since I enjoyed sharing my bucket list with you all and since I like lists, why not let you all have a glimpse of my taste in movies. Now I have to admit it’s the most arbitrary compilation of films you will ever see, nevertheless they are my favorite and I could watch each one a thousand times over without once getting bored. 

  1. Free Willy: For those of you who know me, you will not be surprised at this one. I will be the first to admit, I am a giant child at heart and this movie brings many joyful hours to my life. To this day I force anyone and everyone who has not had the same magical childhood that I did to watch this movie with me. The tale of a boy and his whale, what’s not to love?
  2. An Affair to Remember: Admittedly this is a guilty pleasure of mine. I am not usually one to cry during movies but this gets me every single time. When I feel like I want to shut the world out this is my go to movie. I sit back, relax and get lost in Cary Grant’s big chocolate brown eyes. One of the only love stories that ever truly touched me. 
  3. Temple Grandin: This movie is more than a movie, it’s a master piece. It has everything you could ever hope for in a film. It has great actors and it follows the story of the real life struggles faced by an Autistic girl. Most importantly it does so in a humorous yet respectful manor. Definitely up there with one of the best true stories I’ve ever seen. “Would you like for me to open the gate?”
  4. V For VendettaNeed I say more? 
  5. Where the Wild Things Are:This is yet another example of how I never really grew up. Although this is going to sound somewhat odd, I watch this movie every time something makes me unhappy. Strangely it’s melancholic tone always soothes my sorrow. Max’s imagination helps distract me and more importantly it stars two owls, Bob and Terry. Best.Movie.Ever. 
  6. Peter Pan:The Disney cartoon version of course. Ever since was a little girl I always had a soft spot for this movie. The idea of flying off to a magical land where you never had to worry about growing up appealed to me then and quite frankly it still does now. Got any of that Pixie dust left Tink?
  7. Sleepless in Seattle: Arguably one of Tom Hanks’ best movies. Another guilty pleasure of mine. There’s something so en-capturing about watching the relationship between he and Meg Ryan unfold with the help of his young son. Perfect mixture of comedy and romance and it certainly beats the excuses for romantic comedies that are being released these days.  
  8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: This movie is a classic comedy. If I feel like a good laugh nothing makes me chuckle more than watching the outrageous lengths Matthew Broderick will go to just to successfully bunk school for the day. 
  9. The Dead Poets Society:This 1989 drama appeals to me simply because I am a sucker for Robin Williams movies. It doesn’t matter what role he takes on he nails it effortlessly from the onset. Aside from it’s star actor this movie relates to the poet in me and each time I watch it, it inspires me in writing of my own.
  10. Love me if you dare:Although this movie is in French and you do not need knowledge of the language or even subtitles to be able to comprehend what is going on and that’s what I love so much about it. It’s an adorable love, hate relationship that pulls at the heart strings and best of all it has the most unpredictable ending. It leaves you thinking “well smack my ass and call me Sally, I did not see that one coming.” One my all time favorite romantic movies. 

So there you have it folks, that’s a list of my top ten all time favorite movies. 

Peace Out People, 

Gab. :)

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The Most Buckety of Bucket Lists…

Since I have completed quite a few things on my Bucket List which I began a couple of years ago, I decided to share it with you all. Hope you enjoy and be sure to let me know if you can think of anything I should add. 

  1. Pick a family in Disney Land to follow around for the day getting in as many of their photographs as possible without being noticed.
  2. Stand on a street corner wearing a t-shirt saying life while handing people lemons. 
  3. Study Abroad. (complete.) 
  4. Spend Christmas away from family but with people who mean equally as much. (complete.)
  5. Own a pet owl named Earl. 
  6. Get kissed by a beautiful woman. (complete.)
  7. Jump in Reily’s pool.
  8. Meet Yuri. (complete.)
  9. Teach English abroad. (complete.) 
  10. Spend a summer on a beautiful Island. (complete.) 
  11. Visit the real Santa Claus. (complete.)
  12. See the Northern Lights. (complete.) 
  13. Visit more than 5 European Capitals. (complete.)
  14. Get a New Years kiss from someone I cared about. (complete.) 
  15. Watch the sunset from the middle of the ocean. (complete.)
  16. Take a road-trip around America. 
  17. Ride a real elephant.
  18. Walk up to a random person, grab their face, lick it before saying you’re welcome and carrying on about my business. (complete.)
  19. Go on a midnight surf trip. (complete.) 
  20. Visit the Winnie the Pooh exhibition in the New York public library. 
  21. Get front page in a newspaper. (complete.)
  22. Get a kiss from Tom Jones. 
  23. Successfully complete my Bachelors and a Masters.
  24. Visit the Seven Wonders of the World. 
  25. Complete James Joyce’s Ulysses in one week. 
  26. Fly an Airplane. 
  27. See the Mona Lisa. (complete.)
  28. Participate in a Gay Pride parade. (complete.)
  29. Get a book published. 
  30. Become fluent in a second language.
  31. Milk a cow. (complete.)
  32. Jump in a swimming pool full of chocolate milk. 
  33. Visit every Continent.
  34. Take a trip abroad alone. (complete.)
  35. Start a blog and stick to it. (complete.)
  36. Attend a Wimbledon Final. 
  37. Spend a year volunteering.
  38. Have a picnic on the living bridge. 
  39. Go whale watching and hope to  encounter Willy. 
  40. Tell my Amish Knock Knock joke to an actual Amish person and live to tell the tale. 
  41. Be successful in whichever career I chose.
  42. Selflessly change a persons life for the better.
  43. Grow my own fruit and vegetable garden. 
  44. Visit the Palace of Versailles. (complete.)
  45. See the Fairy Pools in Scotland. 
  46. Find P. Sherman 42, Wallaby Way, Sydney.
  47. Treat my mother to a trip on the Orient Express. 
  48. Read every Agatha Christie novel.
  49. Float in the dead sea.
  50. Swim in all the oceans of the world. 

As you can see I still have quite a lot to keep me busy but 20/50 isn’t bad so far..

Peace Out People,

Gab. :)

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Saggy Boobs and a Wide-brimmed Hat…

"I mean I’m not really one to talk now am I? My husband has his moments but put it this way, you don’t bring sand to the beach now do you Sue!" Now I know what you’re thinking and you’re probably right with your assumptions but before your conclusions are drawn let me take you on a little journey through which the explanation to this outrageous statement will be revealed. Picture this, it’s mid afternoon and you’re lounging by the pool. You begin to feel rather hot, after all it is nearly twenty-seven degrees. On your way back from your refreshing dip and just as you’re dragging your sun-lounger a bit closer to the shade, you hear the strangest conversation. Without meaning to be too nosy, you can’t help what you over hear now can you, you turn your head slightly to sneak a peak at it’s source. To your astonishment, your eyes are greeted by two giant whopper bare boobs, tanned so much they’re beginning to resemble that of a leather handbag. Your eyes are drawn up past a wibbly, wobbly belly jiggling so much with laughter, until you finally land your gaze on this beautiful yet weathered face wearing a large wide-brimmed hat. Not the typical conversation you’d expect to hear from a sixty something year old lady is it? Your attention has been grabbed. Slyly you park yourself back down on your lounger, place your earphones in your ears (now here’s the clever part) without actually playing any music. To the untrained eye, you’re off in a world of your own as you bronze peacefully in the afternoon sun when in actual fact, you’re tuning eagerly into ‘Dirty-Old-Woman-FM' to see where the conversation takes you. Rambling on and on about this and that she finally get's back to the matter in hand. Barbra (we're calling here Barbra from here on out) continues, “What's a shag here or there in Ibiza anyway, I'm at my prime now Sue, got more energy than I did in my twenties and I know just how I want to use it. Those pool boys are more than just meets the eye I can tell you that Sue!” Amazed by what your ears are receiving, you shuffle a little closer to see if you can catch the end of the story. Barbra goes on, “You wanna get yourself out her Sue, I've been here but three weeks and I've had my way with four of the waiters! This really is the life of it. What Harry doesn't know won't hurt him now will it?” Just as she's nearing the end of this ravishing tale, your own phone rings so you detach your attention from her to answer it. Five minutes later when you turn back around, she's gone and that's the last you ever saw of dear old Barbra. Who needs pool-side page turners when you've got the live feed right before your eyes? 

Peace Out People, 

Gab. :) 

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The Art of Flirting…

Experts believe that the opportunity for flirting is supposed to exist everywhere but is it really just as simple as that? Flirting requires confidence, class and the ability to use your whit (so that’s what they’re calling it these days) in just the right way in order to catch the attention of the opposite sex. Now if you’re someone like me, which I pray for your own sake that you’re not, then flirting can be one of those dauntingly awkward encounters that you strive in life to avoid. When it comes to those situations where a just a little bit of flirting is required to seal the deal then my face instantly turns a bright shade of rouge and I turn into somebody who looks more like they’re having a seizure rather than a flawless, sexy female. In my eyes flirting is something that you either have off to a T and if not then my advice to you is to just avoid it like the plague. You can read countless books on the Art of Flirting, giving you all the tips under the sun but when it actually comes to that moment where you’re standing face to face with destiny then all those tips fly straight out of my head right back to where they came from and where do I find myself? Embarrassingly back to square one with all the other females who just can’t seem to get a grasp on this very beautiful yet ridiculously scary technique. Now as sad as I am to reveal to you all, if you read this post hoping for a quick fix or a magical potion to relieve you of your unskillful ways then I’m apologetic to say you have wasted your time. To all us awkwardly clumsy excuses for females, we’ll just have to wait until the right person comes along, who thinks our inelegant means of charming is so adorably cute or just accept the fact that we will be forever alone. Have a nice Friday everyone. 

Peace Out People,

Gab! :) 

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine…

The past week and half has been one of those weeks that has tested my patience in so many different ways. After getting fed up of being in college and for some other reasons I decided to travel back to my hometown to spend some quality time with my family! One thing and another happened leaving my week off not as relaxing as I had anticipated. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by a lot of things going on around me and my spirits were instantly lifted after an evening on Skype to a very dear friend of mine! Crisis entered her life in the funniest of ways and I could feel the tension leave my body once the giggles started flowing! And that they did, after nearly a four hour conversation and many many laughs later, I definitely felt more like myself again. I don’t know whether it was her adorable smile or the comical situation she found herself in but laughter really was the best medicine to snap me out of my gloomy mood. So a bit of advice to all you grumpy souls out there, try cracking a smile once in a blue moon and you might find that you’re a completely different person.

Peace Out People,
Gab! :)

This post is dedicated to my dear Sammy, I won’t be joining Tinder any time soon! ;)

Clouded Vision and Endless Mistakes…

WARNING: this is one of those ranty pieces where Gab needs to vent so get out now while there’s still time…

I used to think there were just two kinds of people in the this world, good and bad, but of late I’m beginning to realise it’s just not always that black and white. People are complex individuals that I have tried so hard on so many separate occasions to get my head around and each time I’ve done so I have failed, miserably. How do relationships form and then instantaneously change in the blink of an eye? Two people can feel so close and then in the next instant it’s like you never even knew each other. It’s like all the memories you shared went “Puff” and suddenly disappeared. I always try my best to have good sense when it comes to people but I’ve also learned the hard way that good sense is not always on my side. Sometimes looking back on things I’ve done and mistakes I’ve made I think to myself, “Jesus Christ Gab are you mentally unstable?” The signs are all there staring at me directly in the eyes but can I see them? Nope! All I see is the good in people and sometimes (more often than not) that gets you nowhere! Why is it when it comes to your friends you can be the most intellectual person and give the most accurate advice but when it comes to yourself and your own situations you throw all that knowledge out the window and leave yourself with a one way ticket to “take the piss outta me town,”  where Elvis Presley’s ” Heartbreak Hotel” is consistently on a loop. Time and time again I make the same mistakes with the same kind of people and never learn my lesson. Somehow when it comes to relationships and the people I care about, I am completely incompetent. Instead of a Fairy Godmother or Magic Genie, I wish I had a little person who popped up when I’m about to make stupid mistakes and say “Ohh Gab this is a bad idea, time to go!” And my little Fairy would save me from making the same endless mistakes time and time again. Let’s be realistic my little fairy isn’t going to materialise anytime soon so now I am going to endeavor to change my ways for good and you know how I intend to do so? By becoming a smart, independent black woman who don’t need no man!” (or woman consequently.)

Peace Out People, 

Gab! :)