Thursday, 26 February 2015

Marseille, France 2015 - Day 7 & 8: Hair dying and Flying Back

Friday 13th February

My last day of waking up early on holiday! Yay!! Didn't want to fly back on Friday 13th because it seemed unlucky (yes, I'm a bit superstitious). There was a planned bus strike on this day but it didn't happen. ¬_¬" Whaaaat!

I actually didn't do much on this day. But I did go and check out the market in Port de Bouc. Mrs Travels asked me to buy some fruit and veggies for her and then she had to tell me off (well not really, more like demanding) ;) straightforward telling me to dye my hair because I had a lot of grey hairs - too much melanine in my hair roots! Well, I seem to have forgotten to take care of my looks so I gave in to Mrs Travels. Off I went to the market, bought the groceries but I couldn't find the hair dye. Fear not! I went to the neighboring pharmacy. ¬_¬" I think Mrs Travels would have sent me back out the door if I didn't go looking for that hair dye!!

Spent the morning doing the hair dye while Missy A was playing in the background. Mrs Travels did it all. Hmmm, maybe she should become a hairstylist. Anyway got some hair and scalp tips which I will try to use. ^_^ (Just to note, not many of my friends/colleagues have noticed... or they have but haven't said anything... or I just told them before they even noticed. I guess my appearance doesn't matter to others! ¬.¬").

Miss I, Missy S and Mr Travels came back home for lunch since the girls have a half day at school. We all had lunch and Missy S said I was pretty with the new hair colour. Very honest. Thanks! ^_^

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Marseille, France 2015 - Day 6: Parc de Figuerolles

Thursday 12th February

You probably think by now that I didn't do much or spend much during this holiday. Wrong. I spent a bit (mostly on food and sovenirs and travel!). I think being let loose is not a good thing!

Thursday activities started before 10 am. I was wide awake when Missy I and Missy S had to go to school. Mr and Mrs Travels said I should go and have a look at the neighbouring town Martigues and also try and go to Parc de Figuerolles. So I did my best!

I took a bus 22 from Port de Bouc and travelled to Martigues. I got off at the port and decided to have a look around. 
Clear sunny day with a few clouds ^_^

Martigues is like a port for yachts and business people. I think it's a unique place if you want to find a unique cafe or a boutique.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Marseille, France 2015 - Day 4 & 5: More sun and relaaaax

Tuesday 10th February

Tuesday was more of a relaxed day. I went out and took a walk around Port de Bouc. It was warm and I took in some sun that morning. It was more like a nature walk of the day. (By the way I do have a selfie stick... I had a feeling I needed it on this holiday).

Stopped off at Netto to check out the snacks which I will definitely talk about later.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Marseille, France 2015 - Day 3: Marseille City

Monday 9th February

Wakey wakey! It was time to listen to the school run happen. I think had enough sleep that night but I definitely woke up in time. It was an hour later when I got up properly, had some coffee with Mrs Travels, got dressed and went to the station to head for Marseille city. Yes, I went alone, it was difficult for both Mr and Mrs Travels to go out with me so I went out exploring. I considered this a time to try out being alone in a foreign country where my lousy French might be ok to use. To be honest my brain was working with Japanese words in my mind, I have to get Japan out of my head! Heheh. My return train ticket cost less than €20, which to be honest is frigging expensive (excuse my lingo)!

Mrs Travels said I should go to View Port, so as soon as I got off the train at St Charles I took the metro. There's only 2 metro lines in Marseille, blue and red, M1 and M2. So easy. Much better than our difficult system and easier than Paris! Hah!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Marseille, France 2015 - Day 1 & 2: Je reviens

Saturday 7th February

It was time to get of cold England!

It's been almost a year and a half since I've been to Marseille and about a year since I've been to France. I miss my French-Chinese family... 

My day started at 2 am, I had 5 hours sleep and wanted to get the early train to Stansted Airport which was at 3.40 am... Before 3 in the morning you will see a lot of Londoners still awake especially the young students who live around my area... Anyway I got to Stansted around 4.30. Checked my baggage in (which was unfortunately overweight at 18 kg so I either had to pay or take things out. I paid), went through security and had breakfast at Burger King. Then I had to go and wait for my gate, I sat around the airport and desperation for a seat I sat on a heater by the window playing Candy Crush Soda (yep, I'm addicted to the game).
Burger King breakfast - had to be a cheapskate
Finally departure gate was announced. Thankfully I paid for the priority queue, so I was one of the first people to queue. All the passengers managed to get on the plane on time and I managed to find myself in the wrong seat... Should have been in the seat in front in which I got up and sat on. Unfortunately the flight was delayed for about an hour! Engine / door problems. Boohoo. 
Flying over south of England
I think we reached the French Alps

Finally in Marseille!

We got to Marseille by 10.30 am (British time: 9.30 am). Unfortunately passport control was a nightmare, queuing system looked a little changed as the barriers limited the people queuing around... And luggage took forever!!

Mr Travels and Missy S were waiting outside for me and we took a car ride back to their place.

We had lunch. Played a bit of children's playing cards. Talked a lot. And finally went to sleep... (I was exhausted!).
Home made cake and mascarpone

Raclette for dinner!!!

I miss Raclette ^_^

Sunday 8th February

I woke up by 8ish ad Missy I and Missy S woke up early! Early sleepers rise early.

Mrs Travels and the girls took me around Port de Bouc which is a different area that stayed in last. It was very windy that day!

We came back and ate loads of food... And basically the rest of the day was like a rest day since no shops open on a Sunday and nothing much really happens. Very quiet day... I even managed to do some 3D origami!
Mrs Travels tuna and pasta bake with raclette cheese
Pancakes for tea!! Mini crepes

It was an early night since I was going to be up early (sleeping on the sofa) listening to the school run happen. ^__^

End of Day 1 and 2.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

This year it's the year of the ram/sheep/goat (whatever you want to call the animal) this year. In Chinese it's only one word/character - 羊 (canto: yeung; mando: yang). It's rather late this year!!
It's the ram year! There is money in that red envelope by the way. ^_^
Lots of people still ask me what do we do during Chinese New Year. I always reply back that we go out and eat with friends, be at home with family and eat, dress up in new clothes or in red, get red envelopes from the elders (if you're lucky), play with firecrackers (if you're allowed in the UK) and just do things like you would do during Christmas... but we celebrate the coming of Spring instead of the birth of Jesus.

We use the Lunar calendar which is basically based on the moon cycle. Not sure how it was all calculated in ancient times but it seems very fascinating!

Well instead of me blabbing on as usual, here's a video on some of the traditions of Chinese New Year.

And here's a tiny emotional video on how the Chinese care during the celebrations. ^_^

Make sure to go out and celebrate in China Town on Sunday 22nd!! ^_____^

An update from today 21/02/2015...

The lion dance was taking place where they bless each Chinese business around China Town... I think I either forgot or didn't know, but anyway, I took a few pics from today. I only wanted to buy cake today!!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

3D Origami Heart - Happy Valentine's Day!

Greetings from wherever I am when this post gets posted (I bet I'll be in Marseille flying back to London) and Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hope everyone has a lovely day being in love (or breaking up ¬,¬"") or just being single and not bothering with the whole shibang... Anyway, here's a 3D origami heart which I made 2 weeks before today (thought someone would buy it off from me, but no, no one wants it, so it's sitting in a cabinet). It's so easy to make but be prepared to fold a lot of pieces beforehand. ^_^

Here's the video I used to make the heart above.  It's in Mandarin Chinese but it's easy to follow even if you don't understand the language...

Have fun!

Friday, 6 February 2015

3D Origami - An Owl, The Millennium Falcon and More Southpark!

From tomorrow morning I'm away for one week... Not a Valentine's getaway but a visit to see Mr and Mrs Travels and their children! Off to Marseille I go. :D

So before I go here's some more 3D origami from last month.

This is an owl a friend from work wanted. So I made it as simple as I could. :D I will definitely add a post on how to make this too (after my holiday!).

Mrs Jewelry wanted to surprise her husband with this Millennium Falcon from Star Wars... and so I made a really simple model.

Mr Picky still loves Southpark! Here's Randy Marsh...

And Ike Kyle!

Hope you've all been inspired to make some 3D origami models.

See you back in a week!