Saturday, 29 December 2012

Kobo Mini eReader

Shhhhhhh!! Don't tell Miss Pinky I got myself another eReader (but of course I'm keeping my old one! I promise!). It's a Christmas gift to myself (bought it last Sunday) for all the hard work and stress I've had in the past year. Miss Pinky hates me for being so technological AND being a multi-tasker. I can't help it! ^^

I bought this one because it's light and easy to carry around, unlike my iriver eReader which is heavy... and just heavy... ¬_¬"" But the good thing about my iriver is that it's very good at showing comics / manga and jpeg files which the Kobo Mini is not that good at.

Seriously I'm in love with my new Kobo Mini . It was £49 in Argos (and I thought it was £49.99 - the lady at the till also thought the same too!!). 

The only trouble with my Kobo Mini is that it can't read the Waterstone books I bought because they're protected by Adobe DRM. Boohoo! Will I have to purchase the books again? Or will have to read them on my iriver? Oh, the trouble of finding a good eReader!!

The one good thing that I really like is that it fits right into the palm of my hand, and I really have a small, chubby hands! :D

I am very happy with my purchase, and I hope to read loads of books next year!! ^^

p.s. I found a way of reading my Waterstones purchased ebooks on my Kobo Mini and Kobo phone app too!! :D... Follow this YouTube video ^^ (You will need to use a computer to do this!).

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

International Christmas Ads 2012 (Part 3)

It's Christmas Day, and I have nothing to do this evening!! (Well I do, like watching TV and stuff, but that can wait for the moment!).

This will be my final International Christmas ad post for 2012.

So, which country to start off with???

Hong Kong - IKEA毛公仔祝您聖誕快樂!"Wish You All A Merry X'mas". (It actually means: "Soft toys wishing you a merry Christmas). Yay!! I found the Hong Kong IKEA ad!! It was released on the 22nd December on YouTube, so I'm glad I waited. This is a cutsey ad. It's similar to the Malaysian / Singapore one. Soft toys and IKEA items are used and they are saying thanks for purchasing the soft toys, as the money goes to kids who cannot pay for their education. In Hong Kong, you have to pay for your education!

China - Dove Chocolate 德芙-房祖名分享篇. Awww!! Mega cute, lovey dovey ad!! Dove is actually called Galaxy in the UK. I have no idea why they've given it another name for the international market. And Dove in the UK is a soap brand! Anyway, this ad is great. I think it's part of a series of Dove Chocolate ads in China. The guy in the ad goes and visits his potential girlfriend and gives a box of Dove Chocolates to her... But then she gives the chocolates to her friends who are at her house partying, she then asks the guy where are her chocolates... Poor guy! He has to go and buy another box of Dove Chocolates! :D I love this ad!!

There's more.....

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Royal Margin 皇星樓 - London Surrey Quays

Yesterday was my last Christmas meetup with Miss Pinky and her brother Master H. First of all I went to the wrong section of London. I thought I was supposed to be in Waterloo, but actually I was supposed to be going to Surrey Quays!! Miss Pinky would have said "You Muppet!". (Meaning: You Stupid!). Hahahah! So instead of them trekking all the way towards me, I went to Surrey Quays. Both of them were very hungry, and because I was late they wanted to immediately get out and eat. Thankfully Miss Pinky was dressed and ready to go (because she never usually is). 

Master H wanted Chinese, Indian or Nando's. Miss Pinky wanted Indian food. And I would eat anything... Unfortunately, there's no Nando's in the area, the local Indian restaurant was closed, and so we ventured into another Chinese restaurant! Hah!

We found ourselves in a very spacious restaurant called Royal Margin 皇星樓 (literally meaning "Emperor Star House"), which isn't far from the Surrey Quays Overground station. I didn't take pictures of the inside unfortunately, but it was nice, although it looked very dim (as in low lighting)... It was in the middle of the afternoon, and I thought it should have been a bit brighter inside.
Outside Royal Margin

Restaurant Menu Cover

Inside the menu (check the link at the bottom of this post for the actual menu)

A Chinese decoration

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Deers, Balls and Lights

What a strange title for this post! ^_^

Well I'm trying to fit in two areas of London that always fascinate Londoners and the visitors to London during the Christmas period. I always find this time of the year quite festive, but also quite stressful! So if you have time and you have time to stop shopping, just look around you and see what's around you. :D

First off is Covent Garden. The place where everyone loves to be when it's not too busy...
Giant balls and green bush candies are hanging around the arcade parts...
Covent Garden

Big red deco balls!

Bushy candies ^^

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Angus Steakhouse - London Leicester Square

So after going around the German Market, plus a walk around Covent Garden with my friend Miss Rock who I see only once a year we decided to eat. My friend wanted to eat Westernised style food and nothing Chinese (she's Chinese too and just got back from Hong Kong - but I've just realised that she's totally British! :-S) Hah! And so I suggested Angus Steakhouse. I have been there before, and I knew I would enjoy the food there!! (I didn't take a picture of the outside but enjoy the pics of the food :D).

Well you can't not order a steak whilst at a steak house in which case I ordered the New York Strip, with a side order of chips... I think my egg was slightly under-cooked, but nevertheless I enjoyed it! 
New York Strip with peppercorn sauce
I had peppercorn sauce with my steak. Now this is what peppercorn sauce is supposed to be like! Not that brown stuff from one of my previous posts!
The steak doesn't come with sides... this is my chips :)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

German Market - London Southbank

Are you still looking for that Christmas present for someone special? Or are you looking for someplace to go just before Christmas?

Well, here's your last chance as there's only a few more days until this German Market closes on December 24th at 10 pm. 

I went there on the weekend with a friend, who I'm going to call Miss Rock (because she's into rock music - didn't know that until she told me) who I only see once a year! I told her on that day I started blogging, and she thinks I'm going to start vlogging... Um no way! Writing my opinion is far better than talking about it in front of a camera (well to me anyway!). :P

So the following are pictures from start to finish of the German Market, plus some of the entertainers along Southbank. :D
At the start!

Loads of people at the market

Monday, 17 December 2012

Wahaca - London Covent Garden

So after the work party, I had 4 hours sleep, an 8-hour day at work, and about a half an hour to a 45 minute wait for Mr Games and my friends (who I haven't really gone out with for a very long time, calling them Mr Flirt, Miss Money and my new friend Mr Sensible), we ended up at Wahaca, a Mexican food joint for a small reunion and pre-Christmas meetup, as well as celebrating the end of the year. 

Apparently the name of the restaurant and the food derives from a region in Mexico called Oaxaca. I have never tried this place before, and I was very keen to try it out.
Wahaca Sign


Its full name


Their funky wall of leaflets and pictures ^^


Nice design!
This place isn't hard to find, it's in the backstreets of The Strand, but unfortunately there's construction work going on outside the building, so it was hard to take a picture of the outside.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

I was tagged in the Liebster Blog Award

^_^ I have only just realised I was kindly tagged by Grocery Gems for this Liebster Blog Award. Check out her post about it!!

The Liebster Award Rules (I copied and pasted from Grocery Gems!):
1. Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that I have set for you and create 11 questions of your own for the people you will nominate with this award.
3. Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post.
4. Remember to only tag bloggers with less than 200 followers


11 geeky facts about me (it's quite hard to think about what to say about yourself):

1. I love puzzles and mysteries (that's why I like Sherlock Holmes)

2. I like learning new languages
3. I don't listen when I'm supposed to be
4. I love musicals 
5. I love a good bargain (that's why I shop on ebay)
6. As well as Asian pop music I love the Classical stuff too... 
7. I hate being late, but I also hate being too early
8. I hate being hungry (that's why I like snacking)
9. I love travelling but hate getting lost
10. I like funny people! The ones that make you really laugh!!
11. I love funky art :D


And here's my answers to Grocery Gems (Katherine) questions: 

1. Favourite breakfast cereal? Don't have one unless you can count Tracker as a cereal bar!

2. Favourite chocolate bar? Wispa
3. Favourite TV show at the moment? Criminal Minds 
4. All-time favourite TV show? Ugly Betty (It was sad to see it finish)
5. Favourite author? I have so many! Probably Dan Brown.
6. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Frog's legs
7. Favourite comedy film? Hard question... Most recent one is Rock of Ages
8. Favourite supermarket? My local Morrisons
9. What's your plan of action for a zombie apocalypse? Hide underground and make a strategic plan afterwards :P!
10. Pizza or pasta? Pizza!!
11. Tea or coffee? Coffee!! (Has to be either strong or be a smooth latte :D)

Here's my questions to the bloggers I'm tagging:

1. Favourite restaurant?
2. Favourite meal?
3. Sugar or no sugar in tea or coffee?
4. Favourite dessert?
5. Favourite pass time?
6. Favourite book?
7. Favourite country visited?
8. How many languages can you speak?
9. Fresh or frozen food?
10. Apple or Android?
11. Car or plane or boat?


The bloggers:

1. Mamabok from www.icecubejunkie.com

2. City Pig from lunchinginthecity.blogspot.co.uk


Hahahah! It was quite difficult to think of the questions and talk about myself!

Thank you Grocery Gems for tagging me :D

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Work Christmas Party at Cubana - London Waterloo

The Christmas parties have started for 2012! (Well for some people it was a week or two weeks ago!). 

Every year one of the teams I work with (I work for two teams in one organisation - it's complicated I know!) has a Christmas get together. And every year at least one person has a suggestion on where to go. This time we were going to Cubana in Waterloo, which is a Latin American restaurant.
Outside Cubana
Cubana has been around for a few years now, and I remember a couple years back Miss Pinky and I tried to go in there once but it was fully packed!! Well, at this Christmas party, it was again fully packed!! It is a popular venue for South Londoners and for those working around the area. Plus it's near Waterloo Station! Bonus point for that!! ^^

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Cantonese Egg Waffles 鷄蛋仔 in London China Town

Last time when I went to Hong Kong I wanted to try this very famous street food - Cantonese style waffles known as 鷄蛋仔 gai daan jai (a.k.a egg puff or egg waffle). I think a normal waffle mix is used and the only difference is, is that light evaporated milk is used instead of skimmed milk, but anyway they use a special egg shaped waffle pans to make them.

On a recent trip to China Town (the day Miss Pinky decided to come along on my adventure looking for cute stores and eating dim sum), I saw a couple of stores making them outside in this freezing weather! But I didn't buy any to try them out. They are always best served hot from my experience in Hong Kong. :) And funnily enough the ones in China Town are made into different colours on one side, and Miss Pinky and I saw a pink one! (Miss Pinky wasn't interested by the way)...
Pink Egg Waffle (and there's a chocolate one next to it)
Here's how they are served in Hong Kong (picture taken a few years ago)! They are normally put into a brown paper bag.
Hong Kong bought egg waffle ^^
Why not try them out... Tastes like a normal English waffle. They get hard when they're cold. :D And sorry I didn't check the price out... Will do next time when I pass by!! 

Which stores to buy them from: Outside Yang Guang Supermarket 阳光超市 and another one which is a couple of doors down next to the car park.
Price: 2.50 for original plain flavour; £3 for other flavours (for both stores!)

If you are looking for a recipe, try this person's one. He uses a normal waffle mix with vanilla essence and doesn't use evaporated milk:

More info on Cantonese egg waffles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggette

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Harvey Nichols Christmas TV Advert 2012

Oh I looooooove this advert from Harvey Nichols - 'Avoid A Same Dress Disaster'!! I am not much into buying their clothes, but seeing this ad just made me laugh! :D It was like watching a battle of survival of the fittest, and it is such a GEEKY ad! I'm sure all the men (but not sure for all the fashionista women out there) will love this one!!

In this ad, two women show up at a party with the same red dress on. They give each other the evil stare and then... The LASER EYES come out and the battle begins to get rid of each other. As only one lady at that party had the right to wear that one red dress! I also found the little dog in the ad amusing as it also had laser eyes! Hahahah!! ^^ At the very end of the ad a third lady  joins in the battle who also had the same red dress on! Harvey Nichols is trying to say 'don't go shopping in that cheap place where everyone else is going to go to!' ^_^

Well done Harvey Nicks for making me laugh. Good advert! (^_^)v 

So will you be going to Harvey Nichols to buy that extra special dress?! ^_^ Good luck in avoiding those evil eyes!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

IKEA International Christmas Adverts

Ok, I had no intention of blogging about the IKEA adverts, so I was forced asked by Miss Pinky to write a little bit more about them. (She's a TV addict, and she doesn't admit to it! She's also reading my blog and has started to giving me critical feedback! ¬_¬).

I have already posted about the Malaysian/Singapore and Thailand ad, so here's the some of the other ones from around the world plus of course the one from the UK...

UK - Playing With My Friends. This is a cute ad. A one minute long ad compared to all the other IKEA ads I've seen. This is of a little girl who is helping out and making the table for a Christmas lunch party. The adults are dressed up and are also helping out. I love the robot with its laser eyes and magnetic body! Miss Pinky says she loves the big teddy bear, and her brother Master H loves the action figure who looks a little bit like He Man. Hah! A fun ad and I like the song too. ^^

Friday, 7 December 2012

Instant Bubble Milk Tea from 优乐美 U.LOVEIT

I went on another food shopping spree in China Town a few days ago! And I was looking for some dried lotus root to use in Chinese soup, but couldn't find them and so I ended up buying this at New Long Fung Supermarket 新龍鳳行...
From left to right: Original bubble tea flavour, Red Bean bubble tea , normal instant tea flavour

Jay Chou promoting the U.LOVEIT bubble tea products ^^
Instant Hot/Cold Bubble Milk Tea from a Chinese company U.LOVEIT 优乐美 (you le mei).

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Cute Stores in London China Town and Trocadero

Afraid China Town Market is/has closed down... Please look elsewhere for cute stores! I will try and find more!!

Cute stores? Are you looking for cute stores in London? Trying to find that cute, kawaii gift before Christmas or for someone's birthday...? Well then, here's just a small summary of those that I know of around China Town and in Trocadero... There's not many really. They're all in one area. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take pictures of the ones in China Town (but I did take a couple before I was told not to!! No infringement is intended here!!).

So the main one in China Town is called "China Market 中市". There's 3 entrances. One's on Charing Cross Road. The other on Newport Court and the third one is near the car park. It's like a mini mall of different stalls selling very, very cute things to bags to touristy stuff. I love it. There's so much Hello Kitty stuff, stationery and other quirky cute things that girly girls like. ^_^ Miss Pinky tagged along when I was taking these pictures and saw all the Pink Hello Kitty mugs, and she wanted them!! Hah!!
China Town Market 中市 ... See the Hello Kitty toys in the window? ^^


I took this picture from outside the store!!!!


Mr. Panda - this is inside China Town Market


There's more stuff around the corner... I love this stall!!


Entrance from Newport Court
Entrance in China Town
Address: 55 Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square, London WC2H 0BL



Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Home Steamed Dim Sum Part Deux

In my previous post on dim sum, I never really showed you peeps out there how simple Chinese people like me actually steam dim sum (and food in general) without having to use a steamer or bamboo baskets. It's not needed. My parents taught me the simple way, and here's how you do it. You can do this with all types of dim sum (except for the ones that need frying... well that's quite obvious, duh! ¬_¬")...

1. Buy a packet of some frozen dim sum of your choice from any Chinese or Asian store / supermarket.
Dim Sum Mix of prawn dumplings, siu maai, beef siu maai and  xiao long bao! ^^

Monday, 3 December 2012

International Christmas Ads 2012 (Part 2)

It's now December and in continuation from my last post on international Christmas ads for this year, I went in search for more. I did the same thing as last time by translating 'Christmas adverts' or 'Christmas' on Google Translator. But first I found the obvious ones in English...

Canada - Runway. If I didn't read the title of this advert, I would've thought this was about spending time with the family or another type of John Lewis ad... But no, it's about about hardware, electrical equipment, tools and furniture! Hah, that got me! 

Ireland - SPAR. Hah! This one cracks me up. This one looked like a tourist ad, like 'Come and Visit Ireland' type of ad. Or an ad that was selling Christmas trees. You have to watch it to the very end to find out what this ad is all about. SPAR. The convenience store... ¬_¬" OMG. Never would've thought so...!!

And now with the not so obvious ones...

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Tofu Dessert 豆腐花

This is a re-post about Tofu Dessert 豆腐花 because unfortunately the Blogger App on my phone isn't great and doesn't sync properly with the web version. :P And unfortunately, I did not save a copy of the previous post! 

So, do you like tofu and have you ever tasted Tofu Dessert before? If not, here's a few pictures of what it looks like. If you're lucky and live near a Chinese / Asian Supermarket or store, you may be lucky to find ready made ones. If not, there are instant packets you can buy to make them yourself. Or if you are very, very lucky you can try them out in a Chinese bakery...

Well, tofu desserts are made with the obvious - tofu. But what is added is syrup and water to give the tofu a sweet taste. And what you have to do is actually scoop or slice the tofu plus add some of the syrup onto your spoon then eat it.


This is an easy dessert to make but as like jelly it takes very long to set.

Try it out if you can find it!! ^^

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Yum Cha at Golden Dragon 金龍軒 - London China Town

It's been a long time since I've been out to China Town to 'yum cha' 飲茶 (this literally means 'drink tea'). This type of Chinese dining happens between 6am and 5pm in Hong Kong... In London, it happens between 12pm and 5pm I guess... I actually went out today to take some pictures for another blogpost (which is coming soon) and two days ago Miss Pinky decided to come along, so she invited herself! Hah! ^_^ And in the end, we both ended up at Golden Dragon 金龍軒 (gam long hin) to eat lunch. We have been there before, but that was a very long time ago! And Miss Pinky doesn't remember!

Don't be surprised to find a wait at this place because everyone wants a cheap and cheerful place to eat! Plus people reading their newspapers after eating is normal... The older generation of Chinese people don't rush like us youngsters!!
Outside Golden Dragon

On the first floor!!

So many people!! There were more people behind me!!

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