Sunday, 26 February 2012

Nestle's Aero Orange Flavour

I'm a big Aero's fan, so when I saw this new flavoured Aero's chocolate, I said to myself that I need to buy and try this!

Aero's milk chocolate thumbs up (^_^)b. Aero's mint chocolate a massive thumbs up (^_^)b. But Aero's orange chocolate is a big thumbs down! (-__-)p

I don't hate orange flavoured chocolate, but the sweetness of the chocolate in this chocolate bar takes away the orange flavour. If the chocolate was more chocolatey, I think the orange flavour would have stood out more, which would have given this a pleasant thumbs up.

For those who haven't tried it, try it out yourself and see what you think!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Fabergé Egg Hunt - The Evening Hunt

Thanks to a friend who posted her pictures online I got really geeky and went out during one evening and started egg hunting (whilst shopping for stickers and stationary) ^_^ .One can't resist capturing this moment in time in London. There's 209 of them, and I think the serious egg hunters will try to find them all!!! I'm too lazy to find them all, and so I'm only finding the easy ones instead - which are those that can be seen in the obvious places... I'm just a lazy egg hunter! o(-__-)o

Some of these eggs are not in all the obvious places. I found a few at night in the dark in St James's Park (there's hardly any lamps in that park - it's so ultra scary!!) and I got back home with muddy trainers! 

Here's the one's that I found that evening:

Friday, 24 February 2012

Cadbury's Bubbly White Chocolate

In search for more milk chocolate bubbly I found this white chocolate version alongside the milk chocolate one! I'm not a big fan of white chocolate - it's just milk and butter! But after having this Cadbury's Bubbly white chocolate version, I felt it tasted the same as the milk chocolate one. I was surprised how they were able to create this because the white chocolate doesn't mix in with the milk chocolate coating.

No doubt, this is a very delicious chocolate!! (^_^)b

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Life with The OU

Sitting behind this laptop is a person who actually likes to study (uh-hm, geek). To tell you the truth I don't mind being a geek. It shows I have interests in areas where people would find it abnormal, heheheh, snort, snort (geek!).

At the moment I'm studying a management course, it involves a lot of reading, and each week there are a lot of activities to do. Each module (just the two) has three reports (so six in total), 19 weeks of activities (38 weeks of management concepts), plus a weekend course and an exam!!

My brain is swirling with financial information, but at least I'm learning a whole new different topic. My brain is going to expand with too much info, but I tell myself it's all for the best and for the future!!

(Canto: ga1 yau2; Mando: jia1 you2)

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Slow vs fast bus drivers

I was taking a picture of the buses but 
suddenly a person in this pink panther 
suit started crossing the street! ^_^
A topic between two men on the bus recently caught my attention which was about why there are slow bus drivers and why there are fast bus drivers. That really amused me for a few minutes, because I wonder at the same thing everyday! Sometimes I get to work really early and sometimes not.
With this kind of thing happening at certain times of the year (or maybe every day) is it because of school holidays or is it the time of the season, or could it even be because the bus driver is either early or late with their schedule and have a fear of those monitoring them will get a shouting at... Who knows!
I like fast bus drivers although there are times when I want them to go slow so I can read whatever I'm reading on the bus. But I hate slow bus drivers, especially when there happens to be no traffic at all and I'm trying to get somewhere on time!! And I especially hate it when the bus drivers are late and you've been waiting (probably for more than 15 minutes) for a bus, more than one come at the same time. Irritating for a lot of people :p
Getting on the bus is probably one of the cheapest methods of public transportation (but not that cheap in London because of the annual rise in fares - not really fair on the London tax payee)!
But the best thing about being on a slow bus is that you can see a lot of things in London whereas on a fast bus, you will only get the smallest glimpses of everything...

This is what I got to see whilst being on a semi-slow bus...

Protesters in London!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my geeky friends and family! ^_^
I'll be working and studying like a mad geek today but I hope everyone has a great time...
Here's my card to all of you!
Origami: Hearts and Hot Lips 

Sunday, 12 February 2012

The Woman in Black

Pic of the poster taken outside of the cinema
I have wanted to watch the stage version of The Woman in Black for a while, but when I saw the trailer for the film, starring Daniel Radcliffe in December 2011 (and was waiting for Sherlock Holmes II to start), I became ecstatic and decided I must watch this film no matter what I was doing in February! 

What a moment that was!! ^_^

No doubt I am a faaaaan of Daniel Radcliffe from watching all of the Harry Potter movies. In this film, he has undoubtedly grown up for this role, but probably not mature enough to be in a father role. The film version (as always) is different from the book (which I have not read yet - but there's a synopsis on Wiki), and also different from the stage version. Every few moments in the film there was a scary moment. My heart was pounding, nerves rattling and you could feel everyone's tension in the cinema (even though it was noisy from people reaching into their popcorn and sweet bags). At several points I had my scarf wrapped around my mouth to stop me from screaming out loud. Hahahah, that's how good the film is! I even thought towards the end that this is better than The Ring (Japanese version) - which I thought was scary! But nope, The Woman in Black ultimately won the spooks war (for now).

I recommend this film for anyone who likes a scary film but it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. I won't spoil any more now... so watch it, watch it, watch it!

My Geeky Rating: 4.9/5 ^_^ (It lost a 0.1 mark for Radcliffe's matureness for the role - but he is definitely a great actor!)

Friday, 10 February 2012

A Quick Wasabi Lunch (^_^)v

Right, so it was lunch time on a weekday afternoon, both my colleague and I were craving for sushi the day before and we were both talking about the Japanese sushi chain  わさび Wasabi Sushi & Bento. Unfortunately, Wasabi stores can only be found in Central London, but there are 2 stores in the East and 1 store in the West of London. There are none further South or North, hence this trip from work was a trek and was well worth it! ^_^

Travelling from South London to Victoria Station via train took around 10 minutes, and the next train back to work was 10 minutes later. So we only had less than 10 minutes to decide what to eat and then get back on the train again! What a trek for sushi!
Wasabi's takeaway bag  
Wasabi Logo

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Cupcake Decoration and Chocolate Making Class - Part 2

Here is part 2 of my experience. This posting is about the Cupcake Decoration class at The Peacock Bar in Clapham Junction.

Well, it's fair to say that decorating cupcakes using butter icing is not an easy job, especially if the icing is a bit too soft. I can't even remember what ingredients were used to create the icing (I think it was butter and icing only)! In this part of the class we stood around a different table which they had already laid out everything (the cupcakes, icing and cake making equipment). First off was to create an icing bag using a plastic icing bag and a metal tip. There were four different colours used (green, blue, pink and purple). 
The instructor showed us briefly how to create flowers and then we were off to try it on our own! Unfortunately some of the tips were too big to create the mini flowers that he showed us, so as you can see below, they aren't that great! :-(

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Finally there's snow again!

I think it's just been over a year since snow has hit Britain. The last time it snowed in Britain was in 2010 and I wasn't even in the country at the time. I had a lucky escape. And if memory serves me right, at that time students were protesting against tuition fees around Parliament.

Some people love snow and some people hate it. I actually LOVE snow but I don't like walking in it. It's too slippery, and when it starts melting there's a lot of slush around.

Here's some pictures I took earlier today...

Friday, 3 February 2012

Cupcake Decoration and Chocolate Making Class - Part 1

One of the reasons why I wanted to blog is to write some reviews about the places I go to and the things I do around London. 

Here is an interesting experience I had a few weeks ago in a cupcake decoration and chocolate making class at The Peacock Bar in Clapham Junction, London.
Not knowing what I was letting myself in for, I accepted an unused Groupon voucher that was paid for by someone else (original price = £79; Groupon voucher = a lot less!).
So. I booked my place via email for a weekend slot and received some friendly emails back. I had to search on their website to find out how to get there (which I think they could've emailed me those instructions).
Anyway, during that weekend, I left early to get a train to Clapham Junction. When I'm usually at Clapham Junction, I usually take the main entrance exit, but this time I had to take the other way (website instructions were clear enough) and it was only a 5 minute walk away from the station. From the outside, the bar looked grey, it wasn't totally obvious that this was the place to be for the class! Too bad I didn't take a picture of the outside, but I did take one from the inside.
Inside The Peacock Bar
When I went in I was offered champagne (which is part of the Groupon offer), but nah, I don't like champagne, so I was given the option of a non-alcoholic drink (which I was very grateful for). I got there early so I got talking with one of the ladies who arrived a bit later.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Scrumptious Cadbury's Bubbly Chocolate

Mmmmm. Scrumptiously yummy. There's nothing like a new Cadbury's chocolate bar floating around in the supermarkets. Well, there's Wispa but I think this chocolate bar is a bigger version of it. 
Cadbury's Bubbly

It has bubbles like Aero and Wispa, and instead of it being split into squares, Cadbury's have given this chocolate a totally different style - a bubbly top. 
The Bubbly Top

The Bubbly Middle

This happens to be my second bar in a week! But I didn't buy this one, and I haven't finished it yet. (^_^)V

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Origami as an interest

For many years I have been interested in origami, which is a Japanese art form of paper-folding. The first time I was interested was when I was in primary school and my cousin (who came all the way from South East Asia) gave me a Hello Kitty stationary set. That became the start of my interest in Hello Kitty, and in that stationary set it included some really colourful Hello Kitty squared paper with some really difficult folding instructions...!

Many years later (during my uni years), origami became an interest, and I fold every now and again.

Recently a friend gave me an origami calendar from 2008. Yes 2008! It has many designs, so I will post some of these soon, but here's just a few...
Paper Crown
Talking Fox
"Nathan's Penguin" on top of an Inside Out Boat