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Rachel Oakley

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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One of the coolest things you can ever do is visit Bangkok’s floating markets

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Bangkok is a photographer’s dream with its incredible architecture and dizzying nightlife, but if you want to take a photo that will still be talked about years from now, head just outside of the city to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Yes, floating.

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Think owning submarines is only for the military? Now you can get your very own!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 29 July 2015

If you’ve always wanted to sneak up on your enemies from under the sea, your dreams have come true with the U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 5. Yep, there’s a personal submarine for you and four of your closest friends.

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Fuzzberta the guinea pig is better at cosplaying than you

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Instagram is going crazy – and rightly so – for a little guinea pig name Fuzzberta. It’s not just her name that’s cute, either. This little charmer is melting our hearts with her too-cute and too-funny cosplay outfits. Yes, a guinea pig has a whole wardrobe full of costumes, get used to it!

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Ride the cable car up the side of a mountain to dine at this Swiss restaurant

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 28 July 2015

If you like to work for your dinner, head to Switzerland and dine at one of the most breathtaking restaurants in the world.

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This Aussie artist lost his battle to depression but his music lives on in this beautiful debut album

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 28 July 2015

Szymon Borzestowski was a Newcastle artist who lived and breathed music. He spent hours in his bedroom performing, recording and producing his own music with a simple software program. He had almost finished his debut album when he lost his battle with depression and took his own life. His family was heartbroken but they were more then determined to not let his music pass with him.

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Who dares sit on a chair with a cactus at the bottom?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 28 July 2015

Pushing the limits of everyday design, New York-based Deger Cengiz has come up with a rather, uh, prickly furniture piece that puts a 10-inch barrel cactus at the bottom. Let’s hope that building material is thick. And designed to stay in place!

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A beautifully haunting collaboration between humpback whales and humans

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 28 July 2015

While listening to your favourite beats is enjoyable, trying to work and concentrate at the same with those beats is pretty much impossible. In fact it’s so impossible that for a while I had to work in complete silence to get anything done. Until I found one of the most underrated musical collaborations in the history of ever: Pod Tune.

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This entire hotel is made out of salt. Yes, salt!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

You’ve seen the great ice hotels of the world but if there was one ingredient you were sure you couldn’t build a hotel out of, it’d be salt. Because salt belongs on the table, right? Well, wrong. Welcome to Bolivia’s Hotel Palacio de Sal.

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Mutant-looking daisies are blooming near the doomed Fukushima nuclear power plant (but it’s not due to high levels of radiation)

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Monday 27 July 2015

Four years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant went into meltdown, there’s life. Except this life is a lot different to the life that once inhabited the nearby area.

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This Norwegian hotel has a floor dedicated to single ladies

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

Oslo’s Grand Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in Norway. It’s where the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize resides every year to receieve an ovation on the balcony (in the Nobel Suite) and it’s also where writer Henrik Ibsen used to eat every single day. But what really sets this hotel apart from the rest is their ladies floor. 

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Fall in love with penguins all over again with these sensational pictures by Paul Nicklen

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 27 July 2015

Who knows how he does it, but photographer Paul Nicklen knows just how to snap sensational photos. This Canadian-born Arctic ecosystem specialist and marine biologist has a love of nature that truly stands out in his photography and makes you want to visit the Arctic at once!

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Dine at The Rock, a restaurant in Zanzibar perched high on a… rock

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

Out of all the restaurants on Earth, The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar has got to have the very best view. Perched 7 metres high on a rock wedged in the Indian Ocean, this place is unlike any other dining experience.

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Adrenalin junkie? Then Belize’s Great Blue Hole is for you

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

I know, I know, the name doesn’t do it justice but the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is a must if you’re travelling through Central America. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1996, the Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that started to form about 150,000 years ago. Today, it’s one of the greatest places for experienced divers to explore.

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Clever billboards display art instead of ads on the highways

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 27 July 2015

Billboards don’t offer much to travellers along the highway. They’re big, gaudy and over the top. So one artist produced a set of billboards that did nothing but display art to give drivers a break from the monotony of billboard signs.

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Breathtaking footage of reindeer being herded in icy Norway

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Sunday 26 July 2015

We’ve seen some pretty incredible drone footage lately but nothing quite like the footage of reindeer herding in Norway!

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