Thursday, 31 October 2013

Maynards Sour Patch Kids - Heads and Bodies

Happy Halloween Peeps!

Heheh, heads and bodies. Maynards Sour Patch have been out for a while, but I saw this version in Morrisons and had to have a look plus try them out. Haven't tasted the other versions before, so this is going to be interesting.
Maynards Sour Patch Kids - Heads and Bodies

Not enough heads in this small packet
This is by so far the best Halloween treat I have seen in the supermarkets. ^_^ There are loads more out there but I just can't grab them all. (I'm spending more on paper than I am on treats... see previous post on why!).
My separated heads and bodies

Close up of a head and body

The heads are sour. The bodies are sour. And they look weird too. These are some really sour sweets! But I really like them. And they are sugary too!! :D

And here's a pumpkin I spotted in a nearby street...
Pumpkin in a nearby street
Have a great Halloween whatever you're doing this evening!! 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

3D Origami - Hello Kitty and Family Guy

Woah! Why haven't I discovered 3D origami in the first place?!

As an origami fanatic (who likes to make all the easy folds and not the hard ones) I found 3D origami quite easy, compelling at moments and a way of spending time in front of the laptop watching Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese dramas. Yes, I watch online stuff. Doesn't anyone else?! 3D origami is also a great way of giving a gift to someone too. ^_^

Well, this first model which I tried to copy from a YouTube video took me 5 hours to make. The pieces take forever to make and because I used thick white paper in this model it took me longer than expected. This Hello Kitty went to a colleague's 1 year old girl, and so I took a few pictures before it went to its new home. Hopefully it's just sitting on top of a cupboard somewhere... Friends said to me it looked either like an owl or it had a stroke. Not impressed friends! ¬_¬
My not so popular Hello Kitty

One of those friends is from Denmark who I'm calling Mr EvilMonkey from now on. An ex-colleague of mine. He loves Family Guy, and (I think) he challenged me to make Evil Monkey as it is one of his favourite characters in the cartoon. Challenge accepted... Here I used a penguin design I found on YouTube, and then I just changed the details i.e. arms, feet, ears and tail... I also had no brown paper, so I made him into the Golden Evil Monkey!! :D Mr EvilMonkey loves it, and I will give this to him whenever I ever see him in the future. XD
Golden Evil Monkey

Golden Evil Monkey's backside

I love its tail!!
As soon as my friends saw the Golden Evil Monkey, Miss Pinky declared that I was not working during my working hours!! SHOCKING!! It's not my fault I'm so clever and such a geek and very, very creative that I can make this in two days after working hours!! :P Was very hurt and disappointed with her... But I got Mr Picky to whack her on the head... :P I got my revenge...

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Halloween Treats 2013

It's Halloween time!! f(O_o)f  f(O_o)f  f(O_o)f

For supermarkets it always starts early buy not early enough before the Christmas treats start in September! So here's some treats I've found...

How interesting. I'm sure supermarkets have been doing this for ages, but I'm a grown adult who's going to have some fun decorating a Gingerbread Bat! Only costs £1.55...
Decorate your own Gingerbread bats

Sprinkles and icing included

Decorating is fun!
It was fun decorating this bat but need to enjoy them with a hot drink.

Next is this Jaffa Cake Bar Lemon and Slime. These are quite boring for me actually. Tastes like normal Jaffa cakes with coloured jelly inside. The slime is yellow but you need to dissect the whole thing to seeit! Only cost me £1.
Jaffa Cakes Lemon and Slime

Jaffa bars with yellow slime
Last treat I got are these Cadbury mini rolls. Very normal jam and cream chocolate roll. Have nothing much to say about these. Pretty normal, and suitable for a lunch box! Cost me £1.
Ordinary mini rolls

But I love this packing!!! 

Chocolate mini rolls
Quite boring this Halloween although the packaging is very colourful.

Well, have a Happy Halloween whatever you're doing!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Maryland Gooey Cookies

Spotted these in Tesco the other day. I was quite happy and I wanted to try something new! 
Maryland Gooeys
Cookies are another favourite for me. I love soft dough...

When I opened these, there were only 10 cookies. I think they're a bit expensive for 10 pieces of cookies. But nevertheless I had to try them!
Hmmm... not my type of cookies, they tasted a bit on the stale side. It feels as if you have to have them with a hot cup of tea or coffee and dunk those cookies in. But the gooey chocolate inside made it a little better! That was the most interesting part of this biscuit. ^_^""
Bad closeup

Look at that gooey centre!! Woooow!
Not buying these again. Will buy the regular Maryland Cookies instead!!

Price: £1.98
Where to buy: Tesco

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

JinGuan Plum Candy with Brown Sugar 黑糖話梅

I wasn't going to blog about this candy, but since Mr Bear had one he couldn't stop eating them. He actually went to China Town to buy them and I'm not sure how many packets he bought, but apparently he went twice to See Woo Supermarket to look for them!! Mr Bear never usually likes dried Chinese plums as they usually have this salty taste with a kind of sweetness to it plus there's always a pip in the middle... But he really liked this one! (He doesn't even sit in the same office as me anymore, but still gets to eat all of my snacks!! ¬,¬""). He took one of my pot noodles the other day. Must ban Mr Bear from entering my office!! :D

On the packing it says 黑糖話梅 (Canto: hak tong wa mui; Mando: hei tang hua mei) "black-sugar-dried-plums", but it really means brown sugared dried plums.
Plum Candy with Brown Sugar

The back of the package
Well these tiny plums are coated with brown sugar. As you put them in your mouth you will think what the heck did I put in my mouth?! It tastes of a creamy brown sugar coating (a bit like Werther's Original) with a bit of the salty / sour taste of the plum... It is quite delicious and for me it quenches my thirst! If you crunch it in the end you will taste a lot of creamy brown sugar!!
There's more than 3 in packet, so don't worry... they do taste nice!

Looks odd, tastes a little odd, but you might start getting cravings for them!
Pregnant ladies in China love dried plums, that's without the brown sugar. I don't know why. And it's Mrs Travels favourite snack of all time! Must buy these for her when I visit her in France next time. :D

Price: Forgot... less than £2 though
Where to buy: See Woo Supermarket

Monday, 21 October 2013

Wife Cakes 老婆餅

I promised @Banjo_Chocolate (a Twitter follower) that I would blog about Chinese Wife Cakes a.k.a 老婆餅 (Canto: lou po beng; Mando: lao po bing).

To the Western world it is a strange name to give to a cake, but in the Eastern world it's isn't that strange at all. You get pineapple buns that don't have pineapples in it. You get mapo tofu that's supposed to resemble a pock-faced old woman. Geez I could go on forever about the strange names of Chinese food!! Hahahah!!

There's a lot of stories that is believed to be the reason for the name of Wife Cakes... But I don't know them all... So here's the Wiki page to go to:

Most Wife Cakes from Asia are made in Macau, and apparently the ones from Macau are the best. They are mainly popular in the South of China. These ones I bought are from China Town and imported from Asia. You can even find them in a Chinese bakery.
Wife Cakes imported from Asia

The back of the box - aaa, it expires on my birthday XD

10 in the box

It's made with melon paste and surrounded by a very light pastry. This actually has some coconut in it which you can taste as you chew it. The melon actually tastes a bit sour, but the sweetness of the pastry makes up for it.
Fluffy light pastry on the outside

Melon paste and other ingredients in the inside
I quite like these actually but I don't buy them regularly. It's a snack that can be enjoyed throughout the day with a cup of tea or coffee. ^_^

Price: £2.99
Where to buy: Any Chinese store that has them in stock, I got these from Yang Guang Supermarket

p.s. Support @Banjo_Chocolate to bring back Banjo Chocolate - I can't remember the chocolate bar, but I'm sure others will do!!
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Sunday, 20 October 2013

IKEA Taiwan Advert for 2014

I can't seem to get this IKEA advert from Taiwan out of my mind . It's so strange! IKEA adverts worldwide are getting stranger and stranger! But this probably better than the recent UK one we had which scared the life out of everyone...

In this video, the daughter is asking why can't she invite any of her friends over to her home, and then the mother explains that their place is just too small. The door bell rings and this elderly man enters their home and said he was there to get rid of the monster... He became a monk / exorcist and got rid of a toy snake!! The mother asks what did he get rid of? And the monk replies he got rid of the snake. And then somehow two IKEA magazines popped into the hands of the parents... OMG. It's a strange advert.

How does IKEA in general come up with these adverts?! That's my main question...

For one thing this is an advert for 2014, so it means to get rid of the Snake year (which we are in right now) and into the Horse year... But as I keep saying it is a very strange advert.

Solution: Use IKEA to get proper storage ideas in the household I guess!!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Czech Club Restaurant - London West Hampstead

If you have been following me for a long time you would probably know that I was studying Mandarin, but this school term I've decided not to... Methinks I have spent too much money this year! From the last school year, I'm still friends with a few of the classmates and a couple of months ago I went to My Old Place 老地方 in the Liverpool Street area with two of them. This time it was the three of us again and we went up to North London to eat Czech food.

So off I trek up to West Hampstead. My colleague Mrs SweetTooth told me that someone had jumped in front of a train around the Stratford area and said the Jubilee Line might be affected. Oh dear! But I got there early thankfully...

Both my friends have created their own names for this blog!! :D So my male friend is called Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak (aefelgar-yellow-cloak, ¬,¬" don't ask, long story) and my female friend who introduced us to the Czech Club is called Ms LǜFù (Chinese Traditional characters: 綠嬔, meaning Green Baby Rabbit... that's a long story too!!).

When Ms LǜFù arrived, she directed us on where to go. She can speak Czech by the way and often goes to this place! You need to turn left out of the Tube station and keep walking. It is a well hidden place as it is amongst some houses. It was once a house itself back in World War II and then turned into a club for Czechs and Slovakians. More history is on their webiste!! ^_^
Outside the Czech Club
The Czech Club is very different to normal restaurants, it feels like you can just walk around the place as there are various sections. There's a restaurant bit, a club bit, a pub area and another room. It is a very popular little place during the evening for various people. The Czech club serves a lot of different dishes and there menu is written in both English and Czech...
A couple of empty tables which were filled up in the end

A Czech and Slovakian memorial

Paintings and pictures along the staircase

My beer. £3. Very good beer.
This is what we had...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Shard

Question: What's 1004 feet high, has 87 floors, costs approximately £435 million pounds to build and lives by London Bridge?

Answer: The Shard.

Once again I have become a London Tourist XD... Miss Pinky and Mr Picky were supposed to go together and had invited me, but Mr Picky didn't go in the end, and I hadn't seen Miss Pinky for a month!!

This is an expensive London attraction that even Londoners like me want to experience. For me, I'll only do this once, just like with the London Eye when it was my 21st birthday... (a very long time ago ¬,¬ when the economy was doing ok)...

The Shard experience is definitely something to share on this blog, not just for the tourists but also for the Londoners and people around the UK!

I say it is expensive because if you didn't buy a ticket online, it costs £29.95 on the day. That's just the adult price. Online it costs £24.95. It's only a few pounds difference, but it's still expensive. Miss Pinky was complaining how she could have bought loads of groceries with that money... (I think Mr Picky has infiltrated her brain on spending as she never would have said that!! Wow!!). I wonder how much profit they have made so far... Will they ever get the cost back from building this tall building? And not forgetting that this is a hotel as well... I think they will...
Pricing is shown on the screen outside 
So what do you get for £29.95...

Saturday, 12 October 2013

New Japan Centre - 19 Shaftesbury Avenue

Oh boy, another move! Why??!! I wish it stayed in its original location, but unfortunately there's a project going on.

Now the new Japan Centre has moved to a new location. It's now on 19 Shaftesbury Avenue. It's practically right next door to GAP and next door to one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants.
Outside the new Japan Centre
For those who have lived in London for a very long, long time like me, it's the place where many artists sit along the street and paint a lot of portraits of people passing by. I think my brother was grabbed once (when we were young) by an artist to get his portrait done, but my mother refused! Hahaha!! You'll still see the artists sitting outside drawing furiously and looking for customers at the same time!!
Artists being hard at work!
There is a big sign for Japan Centre, and they have a little eatery area too (I preferred the previous location where it was inside).

There is an escalator that takes you up to the first floor, but unfortunately I had to walk up because the escalator wasn't working at the time. Oh well, a bit of exercise won't kill me!
The escalators
It is now one big shop floor. Sorry for the blurry pictures. Was trying not to get in people's way.
One big shop floor

It was a bit dark on end

The book section

Some bento stuff was on the table
I felt as if there wasn't enough stock so I didn't buy a lot, and the sushi was limited, otherwise I may have just gone on the wrong day as it was Japan Matsuri... I'll have another visit and hopefully they'll be lots of stuff next time!!

Address: 19 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ED

Friday, 11 October 2013

Japan Matsuri 2013

As I was looking for the new Japan Centre on Saturday I somehow stumbled across a Japanese event of which I had no clue about was happening! Thankfully my bus ended its journey at Trafalgar Square and so I went to have a look at what was happening!

This was an event called Japan Matsuri, and I'm not sure how many times it has appeared in the UK... I think Trafalgar Square has becoming the gathering site for all cultures in London recently. No matter what event there is, it always happens there! A matsuri is a holiday or festival and I think from reading from the website it's to combine the UK and Japanese relations.
Japan Matsuri Stage

There were a lot of people in Trafalgar Square!

People drawing manga on a board

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

More Interesting Poster Ads

The Geek is too lazy, so I'm writing another summary of poster ads that I've seen recently around London...

After seeing those Anchor Butter posters (which were awesome by the way), Flora is following pursuit with their own cartoon like poster. It is mega cute and Flora is one of the best butters after Anchor... ¬,¬
FLORA poster advert
After seeing this car ad would you buy it not knowing it was a Mercedes-Benz? I probably wouldn't. It's all photoshop in this ad. Embossed so much that the car probably doesn't even look like what it's supposed to be. Not my favourite car advert I'm afraid... Quite boring in fact!
Mercedes-Benz poster advert
Ah now, this is an interesting poster ad from Panadol, the painkiller! I actually saw the bus stop version, but they've taken those out and I can't see anymore of those. But this one is everywhere! I love their pun, "Waiting is for traffic lights not for pain relief". The bus stop one made me giggle more than this one. Don't know why, but I rarely see ads for pain relief tablets.
Panadol poster advert
Have you been around the Waterloo area recently? Or maybe in other areas of London? At the moment you will see these poster ads from Lloyds Bank. They are doing a major advertising campaign it seems. Barclays and Natwest have already released theirs earlier last month, but Lloyds has been more noticeable and more interesting! Looks like they're trying to win over the British customers. But who can trust banks these days? Anyway, I love their campaign, it makes a difference to the other banks!! Fewer words the better!!
Lloyds Bank poster advert
And last but not least is this Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear poster ad. To me it's incredible. Such few words, a picture of a mans hand with the Note 3 and the Gear on his wrist. You just know what it's about. And I just completely love it!! A picture that says it all!
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear poster advert
Can't wait to see more posters since it's already coming up to Christmas... I also can't wait to do this years international Christmas ads!! ^_^