Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A Weekend Trip to Edinburgh - Edinburgh Zoo

This is a separate post from the previous posts as there's a lot of pics to show in this one!

As a Chinese geek I must see the pandas in Edinburgh Zoo! That's my main reason for going up to Edinburgh. (^_^)v A few of my friends just thought I was crazy and obsessed! Noooo... not really... I blame the BBC for making a good programme about the panda's journey from China to Edinburgh...

Anyway, as we got off the bus, I started growing with ecstatic excitement! I started skipping along the road because I was so happy... (I think people thought what is this crazy woman doing!).

Outside The Zoo
Miss Pinky and I got there a bit early, so we had an hour to walk around before we went to see the pandas. The first animal we saw was this MASSIVE sealion sleeping on a rock with its tongue sticking out...
Massive Sealion!!

Monday, 28 May 2012

A Weekend Trip to Edinburgh - Day 3

Our final day in Edinburgh. There was a bit of noise in the evening, but what could we do. At least we got some sleep!

We left before 12.00 pm (check out time) and started walking - taking a small detour towards Princes Street. We could hear a rock band rehearsing in Princes Street Gardens, and so we decided to have a look...
Sunny Princes Street - too bad about the roadworks... 

A rock band playing in the Princes Street Gardens 

Further along there were more bands rehearsing for a Heart and Soul event run by the Church of Scotland. Not much was going, so we walked a bit and did some window shopping.
Another band rehearsing

Saturday, 26 May 2012

A Weekend Trip to Edinburgh - Day 2

Day 2 - *YAWN*... (-__-)zz

After a long night my friend and I woke up and went out for breakfast. We walked along Haymarket Terrace and came across a little coffee shop called Sandwich Culture. 

Forgot to take a pic in the day - Closes early on a Saturday! 
View from the window seat - just to point out (and if you look closely) there is a reflection of a building, which I thought was in the sky ¬_¬
We both ordered a Breakfast Box (£3.90), and it was great! Especially the brown bread baguette because it was soft and chewy. The bacon wasn't salty, the eggs and beans were just right, and the sausage was juicy. Yummy! I recommend this place if you are staying near Haymarket.
Breakfast Box - Thumbs up (^_^)b

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A Weekend Trip to Edinburgh - Day 1

Ack, so I wanted to go to Edinburgh purely to see the pandas that had arrived in December 2011. But Miss Pinky wanted to go purely for the whiskey! So we ended up going to do both! ^_^

I was looking for a very, very cheap holiday package that would benefit both of our pockets, so in the end I ended up choosing a website called They had the best deal! Two nights at Travelodge (in Eglington Crescent) and a train ticket for £96 per person! Wow! If I had booked this trip using easyJet, I don't think I would've got a better deal!!

Our train journey started from King's Cross Station. We wanted to get the 9.30 am train but unfortunately ALL the seats were reserved for that train. This is one of the disadvantages with using this promotional site as they don't reserve the seats for you. But the good thing is that you can choose any train time (within specific time periods of the day - read guidelines very carefully!) to go...

It was fortunate that we were able to get seats on the next train at 10.00 am!

And so we arrived in Edinburgh after 2.30 pm. It was cold! And it was raining, which we were both expecting! We took a taxi to the hotel in Eglinton Crescent because we couldn't find the way out! It's actually a short walk from the station (about 20 minutes) - unfortunately we didn't know that and there are a lot of road works at the moment... :(

A very wet Princes Street
We were both very hungry and ended up eating a pizza at Travelodge just to fill our stomachs.
The dining area / bar and pizza at the Travelodge 
As well as friendly staff, the room they gave us was great! One double and one single bed. They didn't have any twin rooms available at the time but that didn't matter as long as we had a room to stay in...
The Room

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Chibi Friends

On one Sunday afternoon i got bored (lazy to revise - I did eventually revise the following weekend!), so I started drawing myself and a few friends as chibi cartoons. Being brought up with an older brother who loves cartoons, anime and manga made me become addicted to this sort of stuff too. So it's quite obvious why I like cute things.

I watched a few videos from Cartoonists Mark Crilley and Christopher Hart before I started... The drawings look a bit like them, and knowing that they don't really read this blog I thought I might as well post them up :D (but if they do... oh well!). It's all just for fun.
My Close Friends!

I then ended up drawing a comic that same evening (which is in Cantonese) of myself feeling hungry. Translation is below each pic ^_^

1。餓死人呀!So hungry. 2。啊。。。咩咁香呢?Ah, what's that smell? 
3。哇哇哇!Waaaaah! 4。好嘢^_^! Yay ^_^!

On the following day, I was bored again, so i ended up drawing another manga style cartoon, this time using a Cantonese tongue twister. This was quite fun to draw... I had no idea what I was doing!

These cartoons may not be sticking to the manga rule religiously i.e. the format from one frame to another, but at least you can read it right?! ^_^ By the way, I used square paper, but I have now bought a plain sketchbook to do more drawings!

More chibiness to come!!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Kawaii Artbox ^^ - London Store

Yep. I love Artbox too... It's one of my favourite cutesy stores in London. There are in fact 2 stores at the moment - Covent Garden and Selfridges, but I'm sure there used to be one based in Camden Town Market and another at Top Shop in Oxford Street. I guess they decided specific locations were a priority to them.

From their website, Artbox is Korean. They sell all types of cute things from simple stationery to socks to big cuddly toys. And they sell a lot of Japanese character stuff like Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma :D

The nearest one to me is the one based in Covent Garden and I love it so much.

Outside the small mall Thomas Neal's where Artbox is based 

Outside Artbox ^^

Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Hunger Games (eBook Version) - My Review

WOW!! I haven't read a futuristic fantasy book like this for ages!! After reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, this is by far one of the best books to have been written... I have tried reading the Twilight saga, and have only read the first book. It's ok. Not the best of books.

So, The Hunger Games. I read it within a week using the Kobo app for Android. I think I could've read it in within days if I didn't have to work. I haven't seen the film yet and so at first, I thought the story would be a bloodbath story like the Japanese film Battle Royale. But it isn't. It's a cross between Battle Royale, Big Brother and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

I found the story quite easy to follow and very fast paced like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. It's a story about the world's controversial issues of poverty and survival whilst in combat as well as some "romantic" concepts in able to survive and to captivate the audience.

The story itself is set in the future and is based on twelve districts, originally there were thirteen, that surround the Capitol. These districts once rebelled against the Capitol but they had more power and overcame the rebellion. In order to teach the districts a lesson, every year they hold a game "The Hunger Games" where two youngsters (children / teenagers) - one boy and one girl from each district is held in a centre. There must be only one winner, so each competitor must kill another to survive and hopefully win.

Katniss the main character of the book shows what it is like to live in poverty. With her father who died in an explosion she was the one to help and support her family (mother and sister) by hunting, gathering and trading throughout her teens. Her sister was chosen during the name-picking but Katniss chose to volunteer in place of her sister. Katniss must enter The Hunger Games not knowing what to expect or what environment she'll be in - but she must survive and win the games!

The Hunger Games is an epic story. At one point I did cry because it became so emotional like watching a Korean drama.

It is a very good story, and I recommend it to children, teenagers and adults.

I found the cheapest of cheap eBook version on Kobo (costing only £3.59) - so I recommend using Kobo too!

Ah looks like there's a further discount from Kobo!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Kobo vs Waterstones Android App

I like reading books a lot, but due to a busy life schedule (and pure laziness as well) I don't seem to read as many books as I used to. No doubt I have an e-reader, an iriver Cover Story (Korean made) which was to make reading easy, but I hardly touch it and seem to only read comics/manga on it. Plus it's a little heavy to my liking and I don't like carrying heavy things for long (I'm sure no one does!).

So for a week I have been reading - only one book - on my Samsung Galaxy S2 using the Kobo app! Well, I heard from a friend that The Hunger Games is a good story, so I thought I might as well give it a try (it's a good book - but my review is in a later post).

Here I'm going to compare two Android apps - Kobo and Waterstones.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Nestle's Rolo Chocolate Bar

Oh dear, are Nestle trying different things on all of their chocolates this year? 

They've suddenly come up with the idea of having "bars" of Rolo's in the shops - I guess they're trialling them out  for a bit before they officially roll them out.

I saw this in my local supermarket - it was for a pound and so I thought why not. Let's see what Nestle's has to offer...
The Rolo bar

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Geeky Bento Box Lunches

I have grown to love all things Asian (Chinese, Korean, Japanese - anything goes I guess). (^_^)v 

I have been a fan of bento style lunches for a little while now. Assuming you all know what bento lunches are, if not, they are just Japanese style lunch boxes of leftover food from your dinner etc. But sometimes I start mine from scratch.

My craze for bento started off from watching a few mangas and Japanese school dramas and then seeing them on Hong Kong dramas... Hahahahaha... Geek!!! Anyway, a friend of mine from China had a pretty neat lunch box with 3 compartments - and I wanted one for myself! So I searched high and low for something similar - but only found small bento boxes, or ones without compartments but eventually I found one in London's Japan Centre (but now broken and thrown away) and one in Hong Kong, which I knew I would use for a while ^^. Now, I have loads of lunch boxes (not intentional of course!). Some I have had to give away (they were too small) or thrown away (because they got broken after many uses!).

Well, I think it's about time I show you some recent bento lunches I have made this year (not many here since I've been a bit lazy and doing all of that crazy studying!).

Some of these pictures were taken using my phone, so here's a fishy salad to start off with in two different lunchboxes...

Fried Salmon and Salad (cucumber, radish, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, cheese and a mustard and vinegar dressing)... My friend who is now in China taught me the salad dressing, and the little bottle was brought from ^^

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Titus Andronicus in Cantonese 泰特斯- The Globe Theatre

What a great way to start the Bank Holiday weekend! But such bad weather - cold and bleak with the threat of rain coming on. I wrapped up warm but I was still cold.

As a Cantonese speaker and well, not knowing what Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus was about, I booked a ticket anyway to see the translated version in Cantonese (this was before I booked the Mandarin play - Richard III). I booked the second and final showing on Friday 4th May.

This time instead of going towards London Bridge (to avoid traffic jams and people traffic) I went to the Globe via Blackfriars Bridge. So easy and quick to get to. There was hardly anyone blocking my way. And there is less pavement work going on over at that end!

Outside The Globe Theatre
A sign post of all the 37 different countries that are participating this year 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Time to Vote!

It's time to cast your votes for the London Mayor and London Assembly. Get voting now and choose the person you think will use the public's tax money as best as they can and provide an affordable London to live in!


Lawrence Webb - Fresh Choice for London
Carlos Cortiglia - British National Party (no idea why they picked a Spanish guy)
Siobhan Benita
Brian Paddick - London Liberal Democrats
Boris Johnson - Conservative Party (not likely getting my vote)
Jenny Jones - Green Party
Ken Livingstone - Labour Party

It ends at 10pm... So hurry up!!

Update 05/05/2012 - Bloody heck, we have Boris again as the London Mayor... Why?!?! - I bet those who voted for him want to keep those Barclay bikes and have those bendy buses kept away from the London roads! Hah!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Yummy Bitsa Wispa

What a great name for these "new" chocolates from Cadbury's. I have been following the news on Bitsa Wispa for months, and today in my local supermarket, they finally arrived! I quickly grabbed two packets which are a £1 each. I guess that's just a trial price before people start getting into them.
As soon as I got home, I just had to try them out! As the name says these mini chocolates are bits of wispa. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
So many Bitsa Wispa

I had to bite into this one and eat the other half to get this picture ^_^

There's even a resealable sticker at the back in case you want to eat them a bit later...

A big massive thumbs up for Cadbury's - you did a good job in bringing back Wispa, even though these ones are really for sharing. (^_^)b...

...Unfortunately these Bitsa Wispa will not be for sharing :P Sorry friends and readers...

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

One Dollar Bill Origami

One morning I received an email from a friend who saw my interest in origami. The emailed contained pictures of one dollar bill origami! Waaaah. I have seen them before, and luckily there were some designs in my 2008 calendar. So, after work, I went to a bureau de exchange and exchanged £20 for US$31, (someone told me I was geeky for doing that - "who would exchange £20 for $1 bills to do origmai!...." ¬_¬ meeee). 

I then attempted these ones.

This one dollar bill bunny was relatively easy to make.

The snail was quite hard. In the end I had to use a Youtube video to finish it.