Sunday, 29 April 2012

Richard III in Mandarin 理查三世 - The Globe Theatre


So much to do in London! So many Chinese and global events too. 

Eason Chan (Hong Kong singer) had a concert on 23rd April, but I couldn't go since it was on a Monday at the O2 Arena (which is so far) but I had already gone to his concert two years ago at the Royal Albert Hall. Oh well. So in the end I decided to go to one of my favourite theatres in London during that week - The Globe Theatre.


I remembered when I was a teenager the new Globe Theatre (a bit further away from its original location back in the 1600's - 230 metres away) had just opened, but I didn't go to see any shows at that time. So in the past few years I try to go to at least one show a year!


I got a couple of brochures posted to me and a lot of e-Newsletters about an international event of Shakespearian plays being performed in 37 different languages... The Globe to Globe Festival. So obviously I went and booked for the Cantonese play first which is on Friday 4th May, but later on I decided I still needed to improve on my listening skills in Mandarin so I booked a ticket for the first showing of Richard III 理查三世 on Sartuday 28th April.


Inside the Globe Theatre
I left an hour early before the show started, but the bus was slow due to traffic (anyone going to London Bridge should get off the stop before - coming from the South side, and walk the rest of the way - traffic was murder!). I literally had half an hour before the show started - but it was also unfortunate that they're doing pavement work along the sidewalk!! How annoying. It was like that a month ago!!!!! How long does it take to finish a pavement?
The Box Office area after the play

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Vauxhall City Farm - London Vauxhall

I never would have thought there would be a farm in the city heart of London. Well, there are farms on the outskirts of London like around Heathrow, but I have never seen a city farm before! 

My manager told me about the Vauxhall City Farm, as she went there with her grandson during the Easter break. So I thought I should have a look as I adore all things cute and adorable - and yes, Miss Pinky and Master H came along!

Front Entrance of the Farm
I was amazed that Vauxhall had such a secret farm so hidden away (and I don't live far away from it either - although it's been there for thirty odd years!!!!). This was probably better than going to a zoo where you would have to walk miles just to look at all the animals... But in Vauxhall City Farm, although there isn't much walking to do their animals are so cute and amazing!

Here's a lot of pictures of the animals we saw that day and t
hankfully it didn't rain....

Sunday, 22 April 2012

April Showers!

It looks like April Showers have really kicked in this year! I don't think we had any last year, but that kicked out in June!

After a very dry 3 or 4 months and posters on buses and bus stops to say "we're in drought" (whatever). It has rained non-stop for the past 2-3 weeks weeks!! :(

Every time the UK brings a hosepipe ban, rain falls like there's never been rain before! 


We've had thunderstorms nearly everyday, but I it's all worth it for the lawns, parks and dirty streets of London...


Look at how this patch of green has sprung up daisies and dandelions...



Let's hope that these showers will bring out more pretty flowers... Apparently there is a saying about April Showers: "April showers bring May flowers". ^^

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

The Apprentice - The Dimwits (Series 8, Ep 5)


Picture from the BBC's website
I've been trying to hold myself back to write about the BBC's The Apprentice for the past month... Argh!! 

Oh.My.God.

Are these people dimwits (I'm sure they're not like that). 

But come on!! These people really need to think about their market and look at their finances. 

On the latest episode (Episode 5) the two teams needed to make a new fitness regime for gyms. And Team Phoenix decided to use costly equipment, hoola hoops etc, but the gyms wanted to know how they were going to store and bury this equipment in their gym! Well, as a non-gym user, I think I would've known about that... and how will they be replaced as they are used over the years... who will fund all of that!!

Anyway, on the other team, the video was TERRIBLE!! Fitness regime sounded good... But... hmmmmm... I think if they had time, they would've been able to improve it.

So which team won? Well, that's for you to find out and for me to kip my lips sealed!

Did the right person go? Yeah, I think so. But in my honest opinion, I think the team leader on the winning team should've went!

The BBC really like to choose the dominant and cocky type to go on the show..!


Lord Sugar, please choose the right person that shines in this series!!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Arirang Korean Restaurant - London Poland Street

As a big fan of Korean dramas I watch a lot of the actors enjoying the food from preserved vegetables to soups to grilling your own meat! Argh! I so wanted to try it out since I have never been to a Korean restaurant before, so I asked Miss Pinky if she wanted to try out Korean food on Easter Monday, and she said yes... Yay!

I decided I wanted to try out traditional Korean style food, so I looked on the internet to see what kind of places there were  in London... and we ended up in 
Arirang, the very first Korean restaurant that opened in London in 1975! :D
Outside Arirang
When we got there it was almost full on the ground floor and it was only 1pm (but there's also a lower ground floor dining area). From looking at their website, I had already decided what I wanted to eat, however the prices on their menu seemed to have increased (they haven't updated their website)...
The menu - prices are not the same as mentioned on the website 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Imperial War Museum - London Kennington Park Road / Lambeth Road

Next stop! Imperial War Museum! In my whole entire life, this was the first time that I haven been to this museum. I live so close to it and I've just never been in there..

I really admire those big cannons outside the museum...

Outside the museum
But inside was amazing!
A lot of different tanks!

Wow! Planes and missile launchers!


There are a few exhibitions inside, but I wasn't allowed to take any pictures.
Views from the upstairs
If you like wartime stuff, I recommend this museum!

Geeky information:
Admission: Free
Location: Kennington Park Road / Lambeth Road

Website: 
http://www.iwm.org.uk/

Friday, 13 April 2012

Victoria and Albert Museum - London South Kensington

So Miss Pinky and I wanted to do more over the Easter break, and so we ended up going to the Victoria and Albert Museum on Easter Saturday (and then later the Imperial War Museum - next post).
Front Entrance of the V&A Museum
Inside of the museum
Some great stuff on display ^^
Some of the Chinese display ^^
This is AMAZING!
Beautiful ^^
I think you could be there for a good few hours if you plan to go to see everything on display - but we were there for a good two hours and enjoying all the different displays...

For some of the exhibitions you have to pay for, there were long queues - so definitely plan ahead if you want to see them.



Geeky information:
Admission: Free
Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington

Website: 
http://www.vam.ac.uk/

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Super Star Restaurant 鴻星海鮮酒家 - London China Town

After a long afternoon at the museums, Miss Pinky, Master H and I decided to go to China Town to eat. We thought anywhere would do, so we ended up in a restaurant I have never been in before - Super Star 鴻星海鮮酒家 (literally means 'Superstar Seafood Restaurant'). Why did we go in there? There was dim sum! And apparently they serve it until late - not like in some traditional dim sum restaurants where they only serve it from early morning 'til 5pm.

I finally remembered how to focus my viewfinder ^^



I think I was the indecisive person amongst the three of us, but we ended up getting the following dishes...


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Natural History Museum - London South Kensington

Following from the previous post we went to the Natural History Museum.

I love the Natural History Museum! It's one of my favourite museums in London! Skeletons, dinosaurs, fossils and bugs interest me more than the mechanics of an engine.

If you plan to go there, try and get there early to avoid the queues and crowds. There are 2 entrances to the museum. The main entrance leads to the dinosaurs and the side entrance leads to the volcano and earthquake exhibition. We took the side entrance...

Big statues that greeted us at the side entrance

Escalator leading to the volcano and earthquake exhibition
Fossils and Skeletons and a stuffed ostrich
The Creepy Crawlies section
There was a long queue for the dinosaurs so we didn't go in - but I was there 6 months ago, and it was awesome!
Dinosaur

The massive queue for the dinosaurs 
Geeky information:
Admission: Free
Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington

Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/


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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Science Museum - London South Kensington

The Egg hunt was almost over :( so what to do over the bank holiday weekend?

Well the first obvious answer is to sleep all day long and the second answer is to go to museums! And that's what I did on Good Friday... (I feel like I am a tourist in my own town at the moment!).


My travelling companion Miss Pinky and her little brother Master H wanted to go to the Science Museum first in South Kensington (this is the second time I have been to this museum in less than 6 months!).


This time I used my Olympus EPL-1 camera to take these shots (and I had forgotten how to focus my viewfinder, so I used the screen to take most of the pictures ¬_¬).

On the Ground Floor - big steam engines, cars and some planes... plus Lego! 

Stephen Hawking display on the Ground Floor

The First floor - Who Am I?

Second Floor
There's a third floor with airplane parts, but we didn't go up there.

The Science Museum is interesting, but to me it isn't as interesting as the Natural History Museum, which is located next door. (More in the next post).


BUT If you like science, physics and mechanics - this museum is ideal for you!


Geeky information:

Admission: Free
Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington

Website:
 http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

Monday, 9 April 2012

The NHS depression

I saw this poster on a billboard a few weeks ago, and I thought I must take a picture of it, because it's so true!
The poster has been removed now... But so true...
Mr Cameron is definitely making a mistake, where were his promises when he came into power... actually "coalition".

From my point of view, over 50 years of building the NHS will go down the drain. Politicians started the NHS and are probably going to end it in one blow. 

If these politicians knew anything about marketing and finance, I think the NHS would be stable... But they DON'T have a clue on how to improve the UK's economy...


The Coalition = (-__-)p bad

Sunday, 8 April 2012

TV-Recycling Bins

Uh, what the heck is this! I saw this whilst searching for the BlackRock Asian egg...
TV-Recycling Bin
I actually never thought recycling bins would be resorted to having a TV attached to it. But it's actually a good idea, that's if you have no time to read a newspaper or don't even have time to go on the Internet to read the news!

London is becoming very technological - it's transforming their billboards into televised screens. It feels like a scene from Back From The Future II!

This world is continuously changing...

Saturday, 7 April 2012

The Mayor's Barclay's Bikes

I must admit, Boris Johnson's love of bikes has really become a hit in London! Those Barclay bikes are really popular and the idea is really great. But where are the safety helmets? For cyclists, London roads are unsafe and you will see more cases of cyclists being hit by cars!!! In February there was a video shown on the web where a bus purposely knocked a cyclist off the road! That was horrible to watch. The cyclist survived but had a few fractures. The driver I believe was sentenced in February... Read full article here

Anyway, if you are planning to rent one of these bikes, make sure you have a credit or debit card... From an article I previously read, these bikes are unstealable - probably because 
they have trackers on them!! (Well the company will have your card details anyway even they don't have a tracker). So don't forget to return them. :) And like a library book, if you don't return it, you will get fined... Read more here.  
The Barclay Bikes

You must have a card to hire a bike 
From looking at the website information - it looks fairly cheaper, even cheaper than getting on a bus!!
If you want more information here's the website:

By the way, the London Mayor elections are coming up. Will you remember what he promised London? - That's a big YES from me (even though I'm NOT a Conservative supporter), and he delivered! (He got rid of those awful bendy buses - and I was so delighted!!).

Friday, 6 April 2012

It's Easter!! ^^

Yay! It's Easter. 4 days off (and it's very sunny today)! But as I'm not Christian I am still quite grateful for this holiday. Easter is the time to "celebrate" the death of Jesus, however it's changed over the centuries (and that's a history lesson from the geek ¬_¬)...

At work, a person who loves my friend and I so much he gave us a MASSIVE Easter egg shaped as a Lindt Lindor sweet. It's one of the largest "eggs" I've ever seen (not including the Fabergé eggs) ^^.

I love Lindt's Lindor

Waaaaaah... So many Lindor chocolates inside!

Close up of these lovely Swiss made chocolates ^^ 
A dear friend of mine bought me a Hello Kitty Easter egg for my birthday! As you can see, I have not ate it yet :) (more about Hello Kitty in another post).
I love Hello Kitty ^^
Hope you all have a Happy Easter!! Eat chocolate in moderation!! 
And Here's some origami too to pass the day...
Easter Chick


Showing off this very complex tortoise
^^

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Young Cheng 羊城小廚 - London China Town (NOW CLOSED... SO SAD!!)

London's China Town is fairly close to where I live, but every time I go I get fairly excited - even if it's to shop for groceries or to eat out and meet a friend. So a few weeks ago - when an opportunity came and my mum said she would pay for lunch that day, I had to jump and say ok!

We went to Young Cheng 羊成小廚, which 
is a little restaurant in China Town. Its Chinese name literally means lamb-city-little-kitchen. I'm guessing the English name is derived from its Mandarin name, because in Cantonese it's called "Yeung Sing", in Mandarin it's called "Yang Cheng". 

I've been to this restaurant ever since I was wee young lass (sorry for the Scottish phrase - but it sounds appropriate here ^^). Anyway, back to the food...

The original Young Cheng in Shaftesbury Avenue 
I go to Young Cheng once in a blue moon, but every time I go the food is always great! ^^

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Fabergé egg hunt - The Eggstravaganza

And nooow the end is near, 
And so I face the final curtain,
My friend I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case of which I'm certain...

I've lived a life that's full, 
I've travelled each and every highway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it myyyyyyyyyyyy waaaaaaaaaaaay!

Aaaah, Frank Sinatra, this song was in my head whilst I travelled from work to Covent Garden today. Heheheh. I can't believe it's almost over. 

Today was the start of the final display - The Eggstravaganza - in Covent Garden before many of them get sold off and go to their new homes - don't forget this is all for charity! Lucky I got there before the rain started...

My first glimpse at the eggs in Covent Garden ^^ 
So many eggs in the arcade ^^ And look, the BlackRock Asian egg is there too! 

Loads and loads of people!

Loads of people having a look at the eggs!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Kai's Thai Food - The Cocoanut, Kingston

After all that egg hunting on Saturday Miss Pinky (who went on holiday with  me) and I went to Kingston to meet up with another friend (Mr Fly) to catch and re-celebrate my birthday... :)

Each time we end up in Kingston we always end up going to a pub called The Cocoanut and eating Kai's Thai Food. The Cocoanut is situated on Mill Street, which is a side street along Fairfield S and opposite The Fairfield Recreation Ground. Originally Kai's Thai Food was in another pub - but something happened there, and the seating area was much smaller... I think most of the customers that go there are the regulars or just live nearby.


The menu is reasonably priced, the food is made when it is ordered so you may expect a long wait. I suggest that you get there really early - probably before 7pm to get a good seat. However we got there a bit late (around 8.30pm) and didn't get to eat our main course until after 9.30pm!


All of it is authentic Thai food, so if you order anything with 2 chillies it is mega HOT. I also suggest getting a glass of water with your food if you do decide to have that... :)

I can't remember the dishes names, but enjoy the pics...

Starters for 3 people

No. 19 - My dish with duck

No. 19 - Mr Fly's dish with chicken

Miss Pinky's rice noodles with duck, this is a 2 chilli, but was
toned down with sugar - my friend can't eat much spicy food 

Start eating!

A chicken, nuts and rice salad - a bit spicy and vinegary 
All three of us were so full in the end - we couldn't move!

Total cost came up to around £55, that included some of our drinks. Each dish depends on the type of meat you ask for.


My geeky rating:
 4.5/5 (lost a 0.5 mark because of the wait, otherwise I would've given full marks!)


Good points:

If you LOVE Thai food, I recommend this place! 
I also recommend the Tom Yum soup.
You get a choice of meat with the main course - duck, chicken, pork, beef and even prawns...

Bad points:

The wait when you're really hungry! 

Address: The Cocoanut, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2RF 

Tel: 0208 546 3978

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