Cat Island 猫島

I like to choose my pictures from OneDrive’s ‘On This Day’ function. This time four years ago, I was in the second half of my year abroad in Japan and I went with a friend to one of the country’s famous Cat Islands.

a kitten playing with its mother's tail
Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!

We took our chances with the low-speed train system and had a blast planning for and actually going on this day trip.

Black and White Cat, Chilling

At the time, I had a fear of domestic animals and I felt relief that none of these cats was afraid of me, nor I of them. If anything, they were too endearing, but that was a problem for later on in the day, when we were on our way home.

a ferry back to the mainland
Goodbye, Cat Island!

Notes: Today’s #PhotographFriday was taken using a Canon EOS Kiss X7 camera on the 24th of June, 2017 at Sanagi Island, Kagawa Prefecture.

Roaring 20s: Let’s Get This Bread

I self-identify as a millennial. I, therefore, speak in memes from time to time.

And by ‘time to time’, I do mean most of the time. But as with life and how it soldiers on, I’m aware enough to realise that my meme knowledge is aging, and no longer can I see a new Internet fad and automatically understand what it means. I’m not too sad about it, seeing as I have other prirorities now other that being ‘cool with the kids’, but it’s still a little upsetting when my thoughts occasionally stray towards it.

Anyway! Yesterday, I re-posted a list consisting of 25 Things a twentysomething should do before, well, they hit thirty. I’m in my mid-twenties and am in no rush to reach my third decade of living, nor am I dragging my feet for the good ol’ days. I actually love my life right now. The only problem, however, is that I have no clear goals to speak of (aside from, you know, eventually getting promoted at work or something like that). And so, The List was born!

  1. Do something scary.
  2. Learn to cook.
  3. Travel alone.
  4. Ride a plane.
  5. Party all night.

…and so on. I won’t list them all out again; you can read them here if you wish to take a look.

Aside from being a millennial, I’m also a Sagittarius so yeah I can’t stay in one place for too long. Which is why! I can cross off some things from that mighty list above.

LiberaTarts Likes to Travel

It’s Day 1 of this not-quite-a-challenge and already I am itching to tick off a few points from that list. Continue below if you want to read about it.

#3 Travel Alone

Solo-travel was something I embraced during my year abroad in Japan. Around late spring to late summer of 2017, you could find me dragging my little cabin-sized wheeled suitcase from ドン・キホーテ (a discount chain store) around the Kansai, Chugoku, and Kyushu regions.

I learnt so much about myself as a person, travelling alone. I’ve learnt that I much preferred having one hundred percent control over the itinerary, and that asking strangers to take pictures of you isn’t that frightening at all! Always go for the family tourists or the ones who look like retirees.

#4 Ride A Plane

Clearly I’ve no patience (or the stomach) for long-distance sea travel. I flew on a plane to get to the countries I’ve been to!

gif of the view from a plane
travelling over Belfast

#9 Change The Script

Take an extended vacation to a new town (or country!) where you don’t know anybody.


I can’t say it was entirely my idea, but moving to England at the age of six with my family kind of counts as “changing the script”… right? I sure as hell didn’t know anyone; making friends as a shy, brown-skinned introvert was difficult enough without all the drama that was happening in my family. Suffice to say, stability was not A Thing during my childhood and early teens.

#15 Go Overseas

I’ve semi-permanently moved to China. I live, work, and spend all of my free time in Chengdu, where I’m based. Despite the chance to travel during the Spring Festival / Lunar New Year holidays, I decided to stay in Sichuan so that I can fully immerse myself in this new chapter of my life. So, have I been overseas? As a British-Filipino, the answer is an absolute hells yeah.

Over to you: What can you check off from the list? Tell me in the comments below!

Getting to the Airport

I’m no stranger to going to Heathrow Airport.

Last time I was there, I was dropping my mother off for and early morning flight. We thought travelling late at night and arriving after midnight was some kind of genius idea… which it definitely was not. We missed the last Piccadilly Line service to Terminal 4, somehow ended up in Terminal 3, and we had to take the National Express coach because we needed to be in Terminal 4 how come Heathrow was so spread apart??

(Of course, it is spread apart because it is an airport.)

Cafe Nero at Heathrow Airport

Anyway, I know how to get to the airport. That isn’t the problem. The problem is: what is the best way to get from home to the airport, considering that the flight I booked in a panic (there’s a funny story behind this!) is scheduled to leave before noon. Also, I need to consider…

  • that perhaps I’ll be travelling by myself
  • I’ll be lugging around my suitcase, my carry on, and my handbag
  • that London is a hellish place to navigate on a normal day

And so, I am currently considering several options. Most of which take into account that I am university student and so I am broke as hell need to be as economical as possible.

LiberaTarts Plans a Trip to the Airport

Option 1

Take the high speed train to St Pancras, and then the Piccadilly line to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4.

Pros: St Pancras national rail station and Underground have lift facilities

Cons: the Piccadilly Line, during the day that I’ll be needing it, won’t be servicing the airport (tough luck!) which means I’ll have to take the bus

Option 2

Take the train to London Victoria, and then a National Express coach from the nearby coach station to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4.

Pros: this is the much cheaper option, especially with advanced ticket fairs

Cons: advanced ticket fares are only valid after 10am, which means I will miss my flight if I leave on the same day… which means I need to leave the night before… which means it’s another all-nighter at the Terminal 4 Cafe Nero’s.

Option 3

Book a cab.

Pros: I can sleep on the drive to the airport.

Cons: it costs ~£120 for a single trip; who has that kind of money to spend on a cab? Definitely not me.

My verdict

Unless I can find someone who is willing to share the cab fare with me, my best bet for a stress-free journey to the airport will be Option 2. The question now remains… when do I buy the train tickets?

Over to you guys: What’s your preferred way of getting to the airport? Tell me in the comments!

(Note: this post was made in 2016.)