Thursday, 1 December 2016

TK Maxx Christmas Advert 2016 - The Sing-Song

HAHAHAHAH! Such a funny advert. And I'm still laughing at this. ^_^

TK Maxx, the discount clothes, accessories and wotnots store have opted for the family gathering doing The Sing Song. 

It's quite hilarious. But I don't suggest that people should go and gargle with alcohol and assume that their family and friends are going to join in with the music making. LOL.

Anyway, how did that old lady hold that gargle for about 40 something seconds? Must've been some audio loop!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Littlewoods Christmas Advert 2016 - The Christmas Walk 40"

Oh woowww!! Littlewoods have finally got rid of Myleen Klass! Yeeeessss!!! Was getting a little bored of her in the Christmas ads to be honest. :p

I'm actually quite surprised by Littlewoods effort in this fairly simple but effective advert. I've become a Christmas advert snob but I actually like this. Puff. 

Some powerful music, a family who show off their purchases and gifts, walk down the street then boof, they bump into another family from around the corner in which they start using a silence section in the music (like what they did in the John Lewis ad)... Then the families carry on, on their way to wherever they're supposed to be going.

Did the other family also purchase their gifts from Littlewoods?

The only part I didn't like about the ad was the stereotypical part showing a black girl and a black man just staring at the white family. ¬_¬" 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Argos Christmas Advert 2016 - Yetis

Meh. A bunch of yetis snowboard across a town picking up gifts...

By the way collecting items in 60 seconds after purchasing or reserving the item online seems impossible. Why? Do you know how many people use this store? Tonnes of people! Plus when there's no staff... then they are thinking the impossible.

Not really that impressed by the advert. If you've been to an Argos store, then you will understand the consequences of the waiting game.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Tesco Christmas Advert 2016 - Bring It On


What do mothers (and all women in fact) think before Christmas? Impressing the guests and family, what toys/games their grandchildren are in, what food do people like, what are they going to wear etc., etc... well Tesco seemed to have recorded our thoughts somewhere (probably went through a large brainstorm/survey with women). ¬_¬""

Tesco brings back the Mr and Mrs couple from last year's adverts... we have the Mrs speaking out her thoughts about it being too early to even think about Christmas,..

But I just wonder. Once it's December will she be thinking the same things as she had done in "November"... Will Tesco be bringing out another ad for December on their progress?

A food for thought! And yes mince pies is just too early! ^_^

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Boots Christmas Advert 2016 - The Gift of Beauty


Boots have gone for a not-so-dazzling advert this Christmas.

It's a very simple advert on the working woman. A woman who basically works shifts and unable to impress their family and friends... so the makeup artists step in and I think they're using some or all the products that Boots represent... Hmmm...

Looks like a fairly low budget advert that didn't make the Christmas gifts as beautiful as the viewer would have seen it.

Bring back the dazzle Boots. Bring back the dazzle.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Debenhams Christmas Advert 2016 - #Foundit for a fabulous Christmas

LOL!! My my, Debenhams have gone out and explored a different way of story telling this year.

Ok, it is similar to last year's ad but in this case the accessories are doing the talking instead of family members telling how and why they bought it. I found it hilarious that the accessories were telling their story in why we should go out and buy them!

The way the coffee machine said "I can zush milk" I started giggling. The man bag was also funny but I think they could have at least chosen something less similar to last years man bag. 
It's quite an appealing advert to all. Debenhams do sell more than undies, so men, don't feel obliged if you have to choose that sort of gift for your other half... an expensive handbag would do (for me anyway!). 

An improvement.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

House of Fraser Christmas Advert 2016 - Christmas is Coming for You

Wow. A very vibrant Christmas advert from House of Fraser this year. 

Last year's advert was pretty much sad story telling. This year's is very similar, almost the same to be honest, apart from the song...

Group dancing, no mouthing of the words, stamping themselves at the dining table, etc, etc... This year House of Fraser seemed to have got it right. A mixture of clothes, accessories, kitchenware, perfumery and kids clothes are seen. It's thankfully not boring... watching it over and over again will make you bore of it eventually.

Overall, it's a happy story telling ad compared to last year. ^_^

Thursday, 17 November 2016

eBay Christmas Advert 2016 - Survive The Disco

Hmmm. The next ad is from eBay. (I'm watching The Apprentice as I write this, so I might get critical). ¬_¬"

It's a very geeky advert. As geeky as me I guess. I shop on eBay a lot (a confession).
So these bunch of teenagers go to a disco, and they seem to have a lot of gadgets and accessories on them like a ouiji ball, necklaces, phones, headphones etc, etc...!

Well, a very chilled ad targeted mainly for teens rather than the adults. A cheaper way of getting through Christmas. ^_^

Monday, 14 November 2016

Aldi Christmas Advert 2016 - Kevin The Carrot

Right. I'm going to go in the order I found/watched these Christmas adverts for 2016.

Get ready for some great ones and awful ones!! I really can't wait to find all those international ones too!!!!

Let's have a watch of this ad.

So we have a 3 inch baby carrot named Kevin searching for Santa! He traipses through the dinner table to get to Santa's mince pie, he lights up the Christmas pudding, manages to escape a roast potato boulder, go through a bucket of ice etc before jumping onto the Christmas tree and onto Santa's plate.

Kevin the carrot takes a snooze, and before he realises it, he's awakened and flying over the UK attached to one of the reindeers who thinks that Kevin is food! Well Santa got around really quick that night it seems. ^_^

A pleasant story from Aldi. They never disappoint with their Christmas adverts!

And here's an extra ad... I'm really not sure if they're just taking the mickey out of John Lewis. >_<"

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Twix Creamy Peanut Butter Flavour

Time for a chocolate post! Christmas advert posts are coming soon!!

I found this Twix chocolate bar in Morrisons a few weeks ago for 80-something pence. It's an import from the USA, so I was quite surprise to see it.

It's made with creamy peanut butter so was very intrigued on how this was going turn out.

It had the normal two pieces of Twix bars we see in the UK.

Instead of caramel, the Americans have replaced it with peanut butter, the very sweet version. For me peanut butter has to be the slightly salty kind. This has that but I think it's the chocolate that ruins the taste... Doesn't taste right. Americans really have a chocolate sweet tooth! 

Apart from the chocolate, this biscuit and peanut butter were fine...

Would I buy this again?
Absolutely not! Give me a normal Twix bar anytime!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 - #BusterTheBoxer

Trump won, and we're all doomed. Nuclear destruction to the world!!

Oh well, on another note, Christmas is just around the corner. 46 days from today to be exact. This year's advertising has been the pits. The poster adverts are the pits. Haven't seen anything amusing or eye catching this whooole year, hence the low amount of posts this year. :( 

But finally the Christmas TV ads are out! And first off is the John Lewis ad called #BusterTheBoxer... Let's review...

Well, it's an improvement from last year. On first review it did make me laugh. On second review I thought hmmm. CGI foxes, a badger, squirrel (not even a red one) and a hedgehog - the British wildlife we find in our back gardens and streets, had given the trampoline a go. Is that a spirit of Christmas or that just some wild fun we wish we had right now? It reminded me of a book I read as a teen about some British animals travelling to another park... The Animals of Farthing Wood. ¬_¬" (That was a blast from the past, hahahah).

Anyway, Buster the boxer dog feels like he's missing out on the fun. He's cute when he does his sad face. And when the parents (his owners) open the back garden  door, who gets to the trampoline first? The dog of course. Parents and their daughter look on in shock. LOL! The trampoline was built by the dad for the daughter who loves jumping up and down on her bed.

For those who own a dog, I don't think they'll have a look of shock, they'll most likely have a look of anger and horror on their faces. What if they pooped on the trampoline or chewed on it... Hmmmm.

The song didn't really help the advert either... "One Day I'll Fly Away" was a bit too sad. :( Depressing.

It's made me laugh, but sadly, it hasn't given me that Christmas spirit... Good try John Lewis.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The New £5 Notes

Excited about these new £5 notes?

Well, there's actually nothing to be excited about. Some people were excited for it's value - the one's that were produced from the very start, and majority were just complaints. Too slippery. They don't fit into the self paying machines... and one seen in the news was that shrink and shrivel in the washing machine. LOL. But the best thing is that they don't tear apart like the old ones!

Whatever it's worth, I don't really care... the plastic fiver is just another way to stop people from replicating and making fake ones... Let's see what the fraudsters can do with these! LOL! I bet nothing. Heheheh. 

The Queen at the front and Sir William Churchill at the back.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Tonkotsu Ramen Restaurant - London Blackfriars

Well I was supposed to blog a lot this month... buuuut I ended up being so busy at the end of this month, so I didn't have time to do anything. Saturday over. Sunday I'm back in action, although I had to do some spring cleaning... More spring cleaning to go.

On one of my Pokémon Go walkabouts (I really wanted to evolve my Margikarp ASAP) I decided I wanted to try this place Tonkotsu. I've tried waiting for Miss Pinky to tag along but she's never had the time or remembered to go and find it. :( So a geeky decision was made to go and try it since I was in the Thames area. If you see Wagamama then you're almost there, Tonkotsu is in the next street. 

It seemed like a very quiet Sunday and I think it was past the lunchtime rush hour. There were already a few customers there but looked like they were almost done. 

I made a final decision on the food I wanted. I also ordered half a pint of Kirin beer, they don't sell Asahi. Oh well. Prefer the sweet beer anyway.

Woooow at this chicken karaage. They looked kind of plain, but in actual fact it really tasted nice! I think they used chicken thigh. It was nice and juicy on the inside... I could have ate loads of these. I made a soy sauce and chilli oil dip. Wished they had some Japanese mayo to go with it. ^_^ Nice crunchy outer layer and juicy chicken worked really well here. Defo recommend this!!!

I had the Tonkotsu ramen and also ordered some extra chashu (I was completely hungry after the 3 hour walk I had!). This was awesome. Different creamy texture to the other ramen places. The soup is on the salty side but has that same aftertaste you get from all the ramen stores. Can't explain what that aftertaste is. The chasu was very enjoyable. They are thickly cut not like some places where they give you a very very thin slice. I couldn't bite through it though and had to eat each slice in whole. ¬_¬"". 

I actually enjoyed it! Think I would go here again if anywhere else was busy for a bowl of ramen. Too bad I didn't finish the soup but I had my beer and more walking to get on with. ^_^

My afternoon meal... tried to make that chicken karaage last for a long time...

Gochisosama deshita! ^_^

Total came to £21.80. Worth it for the soup!

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- Polite service
- Loved the thick cut chashu slice
- Soup is creamy and actually ok
- Enjoyed the chicken a lot!!!!

Bad points:
- Nothing that I can think of... only the choice of beer! Where's the Asahi?!


Here's some pictures from my walk...

I rarely walk on the north side of the Thames. It was quite magnificent to see The Shard reflecting the clouds and blue skies. Very pretty indeed!

A guy playing the trumpet in Southbank... ^_^

There were a bunch of rollerbladers. Not sure what was happening that day!

Back to work tomorrow... A whole day of going in between places... It's going to be another exhausting week... :p 

I hope you've all turned back your clocks... I think the time change has made me exhausted. Back to sleep I go. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Kit Kat Chunky - Cookie Dough Flavour

Huuuuh? Kit Kat is on the verge of a price hike because of Brexit?!!!! This is so uncool. Bloody Nestlé! Bloody Tories! :p

But before the price hike happens, let's review this Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough flavour together. Saw some poster adverts in Ireland and knew when I came back to London I had to go and find this flavour. ^_^

There's two pieces. So one for later or does it have to be shared? ¬_¬" No sharing at this moment!

The cookie dough flavouring is on top of the wafers. The white stuff.

Tasting moment: Can taste a strong taste of cookie dough as I took a bite into it, but then it was overpowered by the sweetness of the chocolate which ruined the sensation of the cookie dough. Maybe they could have added some of the cookie dough into the chocolate itself like they do with the Japanese Kit Kat bars. Or maybe they could have toned down the chocolate's sweetness...

It's very very sweet but think I will just stick to the normal Kit Kat Chunky bars for the time being.

At the moment it's less than a pound I think...


Friday, 21 October 2016

Homemade Spicy Korean Style Ramen

Had a craving for spicy Korean food. Was watching too many cooking videos on Instagram... Master H (Miss Pinky's youngest brother) mentioned that he was watching mini cooking videos on Instagram and I thought I might as well have a look at a lot of cooking stuff... which made me make this dish. >_<"

Didn't take any pictures of the ingredients, but maybe you can tell what ingredients are used from the picture below...

No? Here's a close up...

2 fried eggs - cook first!
Cheese mix: mozzarella and cheddar 

Packet of ramen (anyone... Korean ramen is the best)
1 teapsoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 heaped teaspoon of Gochujang (Korean hot paste)
1 tablespoon of cane sugar (or normal white sugar) - I just used cane sugar since I have a whole box to use
1 teaspoon of hot chili powder (you can add more if you like spicy food)
2 frankfurters cut into diagonal pieces
Small portion of white cabbage (you can use sweetheart cabbage)
1 small cup of water

Cooking instructions:
1. Cook the ramen without the sauce packets and sprinkles for 3-4 minutes. Drain water once ready.
2. Using a small frying pan, add the olive oil and fry the frankfurters for 2 minutes.
3. Add the cabbage and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add the tomato paste, gochujang, cane sugar and hot chili powder, Mix into the frankfurters and cabbage.
5. Add water to the mix, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for around 3 to 4 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
6. Add the cooked ramen and mix into the ingredients.
7. Serve in a bowl and add the toppings... Now enjoy. ^_^

Mashittda! 맛있다 ! Delicious!


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