Welcome to my first blog round up post!

Coincidentally, my first blog round up is also my 100th blog post! That’s kind of cool, huh? Good job, me.

I want to try doing a regular round up post, though I’m not sure if I should do it at the end of every month or every two months. Let’s see. Anyway, for this first one it will be for the months of July and August. Here goes.

In case you hadn’t already heard, North Korea launched a missile over the northern part of Japan yesterday. But I think I’ll get into this for my This is Japan post on Friday, assuming World War Three hasn’t broken out before then.

Ok ,moving on…

A mini update on my blog

A few days ago, I starting worrying about my permalinks. My blog posts were all set to stewieoverseas.com/date/postname and I wanted it to be stewieoverseas.com /postname. Reading about it online, I was afraid to mess with my .htaccess because that’s something I’m very much not familiar with.

Anyway, when I get something on my mind, it does NOT go away. After trying to figure it out by myself, I eventually had a chat with SiteGround. They tried to help but couldn’t quite fix it, so they set up a ticket with senior technical staff, who was able to do everything for me. Much to my delight, my permalink appear to be changed and everything seems to be working. But please let me know if you find any broken links.

This is not the first time I’ve come crying to SiteGround for help. They have always been incredibly kind and helpful, and I seriously can’t recommend them enough for anyone who is thinking about going self-hosted.

My trips

I took one international trip this summer. I went to Chiang Mai at the end of July to the beginning of August. It was not a personal trip. Though I still ended up seeing some really interesting things and even do a bit of sightseeing.

In Japan, my husband and I went on a day trip down the coast of the Atsumi Peninsula to Irago Misaki (Cape Irago). I have wanted to do this mini trip for a few years, so it was really fun to do it finally. This was my favourite part of the whole summer.

Irago Misaki


• Starting the summer with Canada Day, my fiends and I made a giant plate of poutine (with bacon) with Swiss Chalet gravy and McDonald’s fries. It was absolutely delicious, and I will need to stock up on gravy packages next time I go back to Canada. But ONLY Swiss Chalet gravy. Nothing else.

• I went on a solo photography practice session at Nagoya Castle during rainy season in July. My DSLR is a few years old, but I sometimes (often) struggle to figure out how to use it properly. Most of the time I feel like I’m just lucky when I get a good shot. Anyway, I wanted to practice taking photos in the rain, so I packed my camera and a clear umbrella for some practice. By the way, Nagoya Castle is pleasantly deserted on rainy weekdays.

• Fuji Rock Festival was last year, but I wrote a post about it this year and reminisced about the awesome road trip to see my favourite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

My blog turned 6 months old! Congratulations, Blog! I reflected on the last six months as a newbie blogger.

• My husband and I went on a crazy fun road trip down the coast of the Atsumi Peninsula to Cape Irago. I’ve wanted to do this little trip for a while, so it was really fun to finally do it. The scenery was so pretty along the coast. Plus road trips with your love are always the best. We even found a highway rest area with a ferris wheel because this is Japan. Naturally, we went for a ride.

• I went to Thailand! I was in Chiang Mai for a few days with a school group. Still, we managed to quite a bit of sightseeing, and I was happy to find that it was less hot and humid than Nagoya. In Chiang Mai, I saw three beautiful and unique temples, but I never get tired of temple-hopping and would have liked to see more. It was also really interesting to speak with different hill tribe people and ethnic minorities. I also discovered there is a lot of durian in Chiang Mai and even had my first sample.

Wat Chedi Luang

• Whenever it is summer in Japan, I always look for opportunities to wear my yukata. It was not exactly cheap, so I want to make the most of it. This year, my husband and I went to Nagoya Castle during Obon Festival. We had some festival food, watched the Bon Odori, and looked at the castle before calling it a night. I didn’t dance though. I don’t dance.


• Sometimes I try to find interesting things to do around Nagoya. There was recently a sword forging demonstration at Atsuta Shrine, which I thought sounded really cool. It was not as amazing as it sounds. They weren’t even forging a real sword.

• When I was in Thailand, I got sick. Not like stomach sick from eating something weird. But like respiratory sick and coughing. My diagnosis? Too much AC. Not a huge deal, but a bit of a bummer.

• I had to write a report about my trip to Thailand. Bleh.

• I have to write another report about my trip to Thailand. BLEH.

Interesting blogs and posts by other bloggers

I also wanted to take some time to introduce a few interesting posts that I have read on other people’s blogs.

Travel and expat

• 7 Things I Learned Living in Thailand I read this post on My Veggie Travels, and it made me both nod my head in agreement and also laugh. You learn a lot about yourself and your own culture by living abroad.

• Queen Charolette Islands (Haida Gwaii), British Columbia, Canada Is a post from Where in the World is Riccardo. It’s culturally educational with fascinating photos of disintegrating totem poles in my beautiful home province!


The White Punjabi Bride This is a really interesting blog about a girl from the UK married to a boy from India and how she is navigating Punjabi culture. I’m always interested in women who have married into another culture.


• Ideal Image Sizes for Your Blog and Social Media from Elle and Company Design has been helpful because I’ve been trying to figure out what is the correct size image to use on my blog so it’s both sharp and doesn’t slow down my page. This post lays everything out so it’s easy to visualize. I messed up my Facebook image though, and it is too small and blurry. But I’ve changed it a couple times, and I’m afraid to change it a third time so soon in case someone gets annoyed and unlikes my page. Two people have unliked/unfollowed me last week. *sad face

Ok, that’s about it for this first round up post. I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog round up and could even find a few new blogs and interesting posts to read.

Let me know a highlight from your summer. It could be about travel, blogging, or general life. Any little thing you don’t mind sharing in the comment section.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!




  1. Great reflection Jennifer. It’s great to look back and be thankful for all the good as well as the not so good.
    Enjoy the rest of your week. September is around the corner.
    Lorelle 🙂

  2. I reduce images to 1024×768 or there about, this takes the images from my Nikon from say 14mb down to less than 1mb and sometimes save them as a PNG. I’m trying to move my site to self-hosted via a local web design company here in Vegas. It’s taking this guy a darn long time, has been several days.

    He says my database is huge and there are issues with the way WordPress is hosting me, exporting everything. Ugh. I hope they can do this, if not I get all my money back. I never mess with those permalinks, seems like a taboo. I’d mess it up! Your photos are better than you think Jennifer! ❤️

    • Wow, 14 MB is big. I don’t think my camera ever gives me images that size. And still your database is huge. Yeah, I was afraid to break everything by changing the permalink, but everything is working and I’m happy. Trust me, I have a lot of poor photos. Ten (probably more) poor photos for every good one.

      • Don’t be so hard on your photography, I always enjoy your travels, the photos are clear and tell the story well. I have the Nikon set to it’s maximum file size so that when I reduce it, I still like the image quality. Each is less than 1mb, easily downloaded by most browsers/servers.

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