Despite receiving bad news (not laptop related, this time), I have had a whale of a time this week.

From re-bonding with people I used to work with years ago and working with new people, birthday dinners and a lot of fun and games, let’s just say that I don’t think my summer has ended just yet.

This week, I was lucky enough to be one of the 25 bloggers who visited HintHunt this week with LV= Insurance and Joe Blogs. It honestly has to be one of the best Wednesday nights I’ve had in a while.

HintHunt “is a new simple and fun live escape game, designed for small groups of 3-5 people. You get 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room. The goal is simple yet challenging: get out in time! Else … you could be trapped inside forever! During this engaging and challenging game team members truly live and breathe in union for an hour.”

I can’t divulge too much information about what exactly happened in that locked room, except that there were a lot of passcodes, clues and locked doors. Also a lot of scrambling! However, my team (shout out to Katy and Erin!) managed to escape with one second to go. No joke, no lie. #teamonesecondtogo

We wanted to take a picture as proof, but we weren’t allowed :( Nevertheless, I had a blast and I will definitely be visiting again with my friends. It’s totally something that would be fun to do for a birthday or similar occasion. And despite thinking one hour is quite a long time, time FLIES in there.

I’m stoked just thinking about the next time I get to go there! :D


Due to unforeseen circumstances, I no longer have a laptop and so posting will be sporadic to say the least. I’m currently writing this on the family’s laptop, which is the oldest laptop in the world it seems. It’ll do for now, but I can’t upload videos and pictures due to the fact that 1) it’s incredibly slow, and 2) the laptop might suffer a breakdown. It’s /that/ old.

Things have been incredibly busy since my last post, and now that we are in September I’m taking a step back and trying to figure out my options. You can’t stay in one place forever, and so…

I’ve decided I want to do a creative writing postgraduate.

It’s still all up in the air and I’m hoping to do it next year, but who knows? What I do know for sure is that I will get there. Somehow, someday, you’ll find me in a lecture hall again.

Anyway, a lot has happened since my birthday. Before my birthday I got to see Childish Gambino in concert, AGAIN. If you were here for my Blog Everyday In February, you’ll remember I saw him then too. Honestly, hands down, the best concert I’ve ever been too. When he took off his shirt, it was all over for my ovaries. All over.

After my birthday I YOLO’d and decided to go to Notting Hill Carnival… in the rain. I don’t mean drizzle either – I mean torrential downpour that some of the side streets were flooded. Thanks to alcohol and a variety of other factors (ahem), I had so much fun and the rain was no bother. So much dancing, so much music, so much booty popping. So much.

For Mutay’s birthday we went to Bird in Shoreditch, which specialises in chicken and waffles. I’m aware this is an American dish and I can’t compare it to chicken and waffles in America, but all I can say is that it was DELICIOUS. Like, the craving for fried chicken is really bad. Good for my belly, bad for my skin. Oh, fried goodness, why must you torment me so?

We then headed to the Four Quarters, which is an arcade bar. They have all the old arcade games like Tron and Pacman and upstairs you can play Super Mario Kart on SNES. I’m talking old school controllers, bean bags and a lot of shouting on my part to try and get first place. There were also a lot of street fighter games and Asteroids. Definitely need to head back soon.

So, there’s my mini life update. As I mentioned at the beginning of August, September is going to be a quiet month with just a few birthdays scattered here and there. I’ll keep you posted when I can.

Hope y’all have a good September :)

I Don’t Know About You…

Now, let’s begin.

Well, guys. I made it to the ripe old age of 22, somehow. I’m not even exaggerating when I say it’s been a hell of a year since my 21st. Nevertheless, you live and you learn. I had a really good birthday and it was much more toned down from last year. Must be a sign I’m getting old.

I opted for a family dinner with the inclusion of Mutay and another one of my closest friends. We all went to a Filipino restaurant called Lutong Pinoy for a Kamayan dinner. Kamayan means to eat with your hands and that’s exactly what we did. You reserve ahead of time and choose what food you want – I chose: lechon kawali, BBQ chicken wings, tocino and Filipino beef steak. It also comes with sweet corn, vegetables, rice, spring rolls and sinigang.

Just look at this picture and you’ll understand why I had to unbutton my jeans after I finished eating.

Lutong Pinoy

It was actually the first Filipino restaurant I’ve been to in London. Definitely going again. Of course, I can’t forget to mention the awesome presents Mutay got me. She’s such a sweetie and actually saw my tweet about wanting Hannah Hart’s new book because Hannah is amazing and cute and I love her. So, Mutay got me just that and a personalised Coke bottle :D

Coke bottle, Hannah Hart

I also got a Cheshire cat t-shirt and Pharrell t-shirt from friends at work. Definitely wasn’t expecting anything from them, but it was nice anyway!

Friday night I gathered my friends from secondary school, university and work and we partied the night away at Be At One in Shoreditch. Best night ever. The bartenders were hilarious, the music was amazing and I was just so happy that my friends were there to celebrate my birthday with me. I drank one too many cocktails, but then again can you blame me?

Got complimented on my teeth, as well, which was a first. I also got more cool presents including shot roulette, two Marvel comics, a Harley Davidson t-shirt and magnet and bookmark. Present round up = top notch!

Thank you to all the people who wished me Happy Birthday on Twitter. Y’all are cute :)

Here’s to many, many more years.

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“Suffering has gone beyond all boundaries. There is no safe place left. Syria has become a battlefield. Every aspect of human rights, freedom, and citizenship, are lost from view and no one cares. Entire villages have been cleared off the map. Innocent children are being massacred, and a whole generation is being erased. For what? I pray every single moment that the government and all political parties around the world will engage with the rebels. The rebels are capable of engaging in dialogue, because if they do not, the blood of the innocent is on their hands. All of their hands.”


When fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.

Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters.

With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

Genre: YA

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Author Bio

War Kids Book Blitz | AuthorHayley Lawson is the author of War Kids. She has written a young adult contemporary novel set in Syria; a story about the Syrian Civil war though the eyes of children.

She was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings; was hard, and also character building.

As a young child she found a passion for drawing, and continued this into adulthood, graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA(Hons) in fashion design.

At aged twenty seven, Hayley and her husband packed up their belongings for a lifelong dream to move to California. Her America dream was complete with the birth of her daughter. Her love for traveling, continued after the birth of her daughter traveling around America with the family, and the best travelled dog.

A new job positioned opened up New York, and the family decide to relocate to Long Island, NY, which is where she currently resides.

On August 21 she was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict, and embarked on an unlikely journey of writing her first novel.

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