Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Paralympics

The London Paralympics start today! Yeah! The pressure is on for all the countries participating....
Paralympics logo at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Good luck to Team China, Team GB and Team Hong Kong!!! Wooo!!!
中國、英國同香港加油!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Chicken Katsu Curry Cheat

One of my all time favourite Japanese cuisines is chicken katsu curry. I tend to order this when I'm in Wasabi because it's just so good. ^^ Once in a while I like to make my own version of this, and I would tend to cheat with the chicken katsu (fried chicken part), because I can't be bothered to use fresh chicken, mix it in egg and flour then sprinkle on the panko breadcrumbs... That's just time consuming! I also use frozen vegetables instead of a fresh carrot and a potato. Here are the pictures first...
Southern Fried Chicken - I like this one because it's spicy

This was less than £1

I like the Hot version of this - it's not as hot as Indian curries though...

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Happy Chinese Valentines Day! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Happy Chinese Valentine's Day! Yes, today is the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar and the Chinese celebrate The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd 牛郎織女 (ngau long jik neui)... 

Instead of me explaining the myth, here's a wonderful YouTube video I found that explains it all!!


七夕快樂!情人節快樂!^^

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

a LEGO comic

I have been inspired!

Inspired by The Guardian's LEGO animations of the Olympics... If you have not watched them, watch them here. They are pretty cool... 

And so, what did I end up doing after when I went to LEGOLAND? I made a comic out of LEGO figurines that I purchased on the day :D... Heheheheh... My friends probably think I'm a bit too geeky as they haven't commented about it so far :( (so heartbroken)... T_T

Here's my comic which is in 8 frames in 8 pictures. I tried to combine it all together, but unfortunately the font size in the speech bubbles is too small to read, and I figured it would be too hard to read as an all-in-one comic. I used a free photo editing software called PhotoScape (
www.photoscape.org)... I have a feeling it's Korean ^_^

Enjoy!










Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Origami OT

So I haven't done any origami for about 2 months. ¬_¬"" Just being lazy, studying and really just couldn't be bothered... Well that means origami OT (overtime)! I spent 4 hours creating all these pieces and there are some that I skipped because it needed 1 dollar bills (which I couldn't be bothered to get up and find) or printed paper... So fast forward to all these other ones... :D I am now up-to-date (actually a day ahead!) with the origami calendar.
Sweet Swallow

Offering Stand

Heart Place Card

Monday, 20 August 2012

Windsor Castle

This is going to be a fairly short post. As I went to Windsor, I took a picture of Windsor Castle on my way home to share... The Queen was not in by the way :P
Side view of Windsor Castle

Here's also the shopping arcade. Miss Pinky wants to go back there in September to start her Christmas shopping!!! :( It's almost Christmas already!!!
Windsor Royal Shopping Arcade

Sunday, 19 August 2012

LEGOLAND - Windsor

LEGOLAND. Originally from Denmark (which I didn't know until a work friend pointed it out!). I actually never knew LEGO came from Denmark... (that shows my ignorance on where things come from!). I have never been to LEGOLAND before, but an opportunity struck when Miss Pinky's little brother, Master H, had to write a 50-word summer project for his school! (Yes, you read right, 50 words!). (This paragraph contains 73 words in total!).
Forgot to take a picture from the front!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Mooncakes 月餅

I know this is an early post but it's that time of the year when the Chinese (and other Asian countries) celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 (jung chau jit) early with mooncakes 月餅 (yut beng)!! The festival is on every 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar... So it's actually on October 1st September 30th this year!
Loads of different mooncakes!

Majority of mooncakes on sale are from Hong Kong

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Wing Yip Centre 榮業行 - Purley Way, Croydon

I travelled a long distance to get to Wing Yip! Well I took 2 buses just sitting there with my MP3 player on... It's about an hour plus journey from where I live (but it depends on when the bus decides to come!). When I got off the 154 bus at Fiveways, I almost forgot the way to the place (only because I went via two different routes on two previous occasions!)...
Wing Yip Centre


Wing Yip is very different to China Town (well obviously). It's everything rolled into one! One restaurant, one supermarket, a Chinese kawaii store, agencies / business centre upstairs and a parking lot (which I think is dangerous for pedestrians as there's no pavement for us journey makers).

Adverts of what's inside

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Forbidden Planet - London Shaftesbury Avenue

My 100th post! 

Coz I'm a geek I must know some geeky shops around London right? Yes that's right!! (^_^)v ... For me Forbidden Planet, which is located in Shaftesbury Avenue (on the other side of China Town) is one of the most geekiest shops in London!! Comic fans may disagree and call it a comic shop, but nah, it's a geek shop... Forbidden Planet used to be located in New Oxford Street (that's how long I've been a fan of theirs :P) but I think due to the increasing amount of customers and the little space they were in, they moved to a bigger venue - which was just around the corner. That was many years ago...

Forbidden Planet in Shaftesbury Avenue

Window display - Dr Who figurines

Another window display of ... ?

Friday, 10 August 2012

Musical Theatre Rush

:D Whilst having a week off from work, I went through a small theatre rush! I love watching musicals... It's like escaping into a different world...

The first musical I watched this week was Wicked. I've already watched it before, but my first experience at the Apollo Theatre was a nightmare (and that was 2 years ago). This time I booked stall tickets using Ticketmaster, and this time it was a better experience, although I couldn't see the entire stage... Favourite songs are Popular and Defying Gravity :)

Wicked at the Apollo Theatre - There are 2 entrances!

Inside the Apollo Theatre

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Down Memory Lane - SW to SE London

Yesterday, I went on a small trip down memory lane going to the South West of London and then onto the South East of London... It was a very smooth journery!

So what's in the South West? There's Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Richmond etc, etc... but no, I didn't go to any of those places! I went to my old university. Back then my university was called Roehampton University and was part of the University of Guildford, now they have changed their name to University of Roehampton and not part of Guildford anymore... 

Roehampton University now University of Roehampton

The main campus hasn't changed much, except there's a new big building (where the campus' bus stop used to be) around Digby Stuart College. 

Southlands College

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

London Adverts

Adverts in London are forever changing. As well as televised adverts on big screens, they are even advertising in Simplified Chinese on buses! Woah... That's different! I think it is for the Olympics and for all the Chinese tourists that are coming to London... It says "平凡中国人不平凡的故事" meaning "Ordinary People Extraordinary Story"... It's also advertised in English... The company 伊利Yili that put up this advert manufacture dairy products, so I guess the advert is for healthy bones and stuff... Check out their website:
http://www.yili.com/en/about_yili/background.shtml

Here's something amusing as well from the Mayor of London / Transport for London... Really...? Must they (the advertising team) really advertise about bikes?.. Will people really ride bikes in this dangerous, non-friendly traffic? A lot of bike riders don't even wear helmets!... Anyway despite this questionable advertisement, it shows how I really feel at the moment! I have freedom from work! ^_^

There's been some amusing ones out there, but I haven't had the chance to take pictures!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Touristy Fun

Aaaah, it's fun to act like a tourist in London... People see me taking pictures and they think I'm a tourist! Heheheh... Well at this moment in time, there are a lot of people who are enjoying the Olympics and I have a week off from work so I couldn't help myself by taking some pictures around London again!

I took this one whilst on the bus in Parliament Square... Flags of the countries participating in the Olympics...

Parliament Square

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Chinese Home Dinners

Ever since I was a baby all I had was Chinese food at home (plus some English food and American fast food whenever I could get it), so you can understand why I can be the envy of some of my friends - although Chinese cooking in my opinion is fairly simple. It's either steaming, baking, boiling, slow-cooking, frying or stir frying... Are there any more methods? Most likely yes!

Both my parents have both grown up to cook either for their family (mother) or as a profession (father) so I think it's reasonable to say that I love food, (although I am actually a picky eater ¬_¬
). Texture, food colour and the way it looks on a plate are the key things for me. If I see or taste something that isn't quite right, I get put off from the dish fairly quickly... Luckily my father has retired from his profession as a Chinese/Cantonese chef, and so I get to eat loads of his food (^_^)v ... but unlucky for the restaurants and the takeaways he used to work in, because his cooking is the best! 

Here's some dishes he made over the weekend...

From lower left hand corner going clockwise: stir fried lettuce, fishballs, chicken and chinese sausage; Prawn Omelette Chinese style; Clear soup with chicken, egg and a chinese leaf; Marinated soy sauce (not light or dark soy sauce) chicken ...  YUMMY!!!

After this I was so stuffed! ...


Friends of mine (especially a work friend of mine) questions me all the time about Chinese cuisines - they ask me why are there so many dishes served in one meal?! The answer is - I don't know! One of my friends who is now living in China always explains to her friends that because Chinese people will be given a bowl of plain rice and so there would be different dishes served with the rice. Dishes could include fish, vegetable, red meat - duck, pork, beef etc... and soup.


Well, whoever can explain it better - then be my guest!

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