Monday, 31 August 2015

Breakfast at Aqua - The Shard

It's the summer bank holiday. It's raining and the only good thing about today was I got to eat a posh breakfast at Aqua Shard with Miss Posh who says this place is her "local pub". Joker! ¬.¬" Well she's called Miss Posh for a reason on this blog!

A table was booked for 9.30 am. I was dead on time, but I don't think that was early enough for Miss Posh as we wouldn't be able to get a window seat she says... We got a window seat. :P

We caught up with gossip for a little bit, ordered our morning drinks and was deciding what to eat all at the same time.

We had placed our order for two Shard Full Breakfast's... and it took a long time to get to our tables... quite a long time. So we ate the danish pastries, kept on talking and watching London go all grey with the lovely rain spilling over the city. It reminded me of going up the Empire State Building in the rain. ^_^

The danishes tasted ok, a bit crusty so you may experience a lot of flakes coming off... Hmmmm.

Rainy London!
Apparently they usually do re-fills for the orange juice but maybe because it was a bank holiday this didn't happen... Don't know...
Orange juice (tasted sour) and my sweet apple juice

Flat white coffee
Finally the breakfast arrived. 
Shard Full Breakfast... as it appeared

Miss Posh said we needed to move the items around to make the plate look a little colourful. Hahah.
Miss Posh's plate

My plate
As I started eating I felt full after a few bites. Blimey. What do they put in the food? How can this plate of food make me so full already! Miss Posh gave me her black pudding and I gave her a piece of bacon. Swap! Black pudding was nice, better than what I've had before, beans looked different, they weren't too sweet but tasted good. Sausage, mushrooms, bacon, half tomato and spinach all tasted good and was well seasoned. One of my poached eggs was slightly overcooked but I was ok with it.
Brekkie time!
Managed to eat all of it, but the bread was really dry so I left the crusty bits.

This is the bar part...

Total cost came to £65.25. Yeesh. Expensive for breakfast, but as Miss Posh and I see it, we're paying for the view...>_<""

My geeky rating: 4.5/5

Good points:
- Nice view
- Breakfast is good
- Service is ok... 

Bad points:
- Expensive (but worth it for the rainy view)
- Can be a long wait for the breakfast

Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Telephone: 020 3011 1256

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Miss Pinky's Baby Shower!!

Gone blank with the blogging lately - I'm hoping September will become lively.

But before September comes, it's baby shower time. For some reason none of my friends invite me to their baby showers (or I don't organise any)... I wonder why. ¬,¬" I have a lot of friends who have had babies... maybe they think I'm cheap (that's what Miss Pinky thinks :p).

Just before the baby shower, I managed to finish two cardigans using the Knitty Gritty book and learnt how to crochet a heart and star via YouTube videos. The power of video learning. Phew.  Hard work in about 6 weeks.
Baby cardigan for 3-6 months
 This one is to help Mr Picky cope with the fact that it's a girl coming out! ^_^
Same design as the one about but with pink fringles
 Learnt crochet within one week and managed to make these ^_^.

Here's a few pictures from the baby shower... didn't know you had to play games and eat baby food. Ugh baby food is actually very disgusting. bland, tasteless, I feel sorry for babies having to eat that stuff. >_<"

Don't like baby food!!
Well the wait for Missy Baby B begins!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Seoul Bakery/Cafe is Back!! - London Great Russell Street

Oh yes! Seoul Bakery/Cafe is back! But will they be changing their name to something different?

Yesterday was their grand opening and I absolutely wanted to join in and re-see happy faces eating Korean food in this tiny cafe. I walked past the cafe twice as there was no sign on top of the shop (which I think will be up soon). I practically walked up to the British Museum! ¬_¬"

Well I crossed over the road, counted the door numbers and found number 14 Great Russell Street. It looks small inside and only seating up to 15 people, whereas in the old cafe there were only seats up to 13 people. 2 extra seats is good enough!

The place looks similar to the previous one but of course with bare walls. So the first thing I did was write on the wall!! Whoopee. I can't do this stuff at home or work so at least I had the freedom to write on someone else's wall. ^_^ 

This is what I had... menu is practically the same. They had no cold noodles so I had to order something different.

I had iced coffee... and for some reason this tasted good, better than the last time I had it!

Pancakes came out first... I actually ordered one with cheese on top, so I think this was someone else's... Indeed I had someone else's pancakes and took the other one home as takeaway. :P Pancakes are of same consistency.

So instead of cold noodles, I had the beef thin noodles. With yesterday's heat I think I could handle this as this wasn't spicy... It was hot... the soup was good, clear and just had the right flavour. :) ... You know what, I want these metal bowls for cooking... where can I find them?

Total cost came to £24.15, the waiter took off £1 but I thought there was no need so I added an extra pound to cover costs... service was a bit slow but that didn't really matter. As long as I got my food!!

Not bothering to add good and bad points or geeky rates as you know this place is a great for the Korean fans!! ^_^

p.s. It's cash only 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Macbeth in Cantonese @ Shakespeare's Globe

Wow-wee!! Woohoo!! The Tang Shu-Wing (鄧樹榮) Theatre group are back in London!

After seeing these group of actors perform Titus Andronicus a few years back and have never seen being performed in English I thought I should come again and watch the opening of the Cantonese version of Macbeth.

I'm a big fan of this play and watching this in Cantonese was going to be a challenge because of the context and translation. So lucky I've already read the play, studied it in secondary school and watched it in English a few years back!
The stage before the opening
I found the play in Cantonese very challenging. Most of the dialogue was in old Cantonese, philosophical style and would require lots of knowledge but it was easy to follow (if you know the play well... and also read the side screens explaining each part of the play). Many people left in between the play - probably totally lost in translation!! I was quite surprised that men were playing the three witches, but that was mostly common back in the 1600's for men to play the women parts. Heheheh. 

Macbeth in Cantonese could easily pass as a TV period drama or a film as most of the cast wore old style Chinese clothing. 
The cast

It was wonderful to see how much dialogue they had and I think it must of been hard for them to memorise it all. 

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth taking a bow
So well done to the Tang Shu-Wing Theatre group! Hope to see another Shakespeare play from them soon - with lots of complex dialogue >.<".

There are still two more shows, so if you want to see it... book it now.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Wimbledon Stadium Dog Racing - a fun night out ^_^

August is the time when I slow down with blogging. Everyone just goes on holiday, but fortunately some don't. ^_^

It was Mr Picky's Birthday a week ago and had invited a bunch of us to go to Wimbledon Stadium to watch some dog racing (tickets purchased via Groupon, so I don't know how much the tickets were). Some of us went via Waterloo to Wimbledon Station, then we had to take a bus 493 which is located on Alexandra Road, (turn right from the station, turn right from HSBC and cross the road). 

We got off a few stops early... Mr Picky wanted to smoke. ¬,¬"" (a habit that will stop - hopefully).

Well, we got there - late (Mr Picky was aiming for 5pm... Miss Pinky was a little peed off with him as we got there after 6pm, heheh), got our free drink and then I got a burger later in the evening...

I never knew these friends of mine liked to gamble... I always thought it was the older generation (my parent's generation). Well, I guess in life we're all gamblers!!

I did make a few bets, won twice but lost a few. Didn't win a lot. £7 in total. >_<" Better than nothing I suppose.

It was a good night out (yesterday)! I would love to go to a horse race one day... get the adrenaline pumping!!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

DC Superheroes Origami Book Review

Once summer is out I become a lazy blogger ¬,¬"" ... 

Wow. This is the first time I've done a book review on origami. Not just any origami book but a DC Super Heroes origami book by John Montroll under the company Curious Fox. (^_^)v

Got the book in the post. It's quite a big book with 46 DC comic designs, 256 pages plus an extra 96 sheets of illustrated origami paper at the back. John Montroll is a famous American origamist who has published more than 40 books around the world. He's pretty famous for his single square usage, folds and making sure there's no cuts or glue used in his designs. Phew. All the illustrations are by Min Sung Ku who is as American illustrator.
DC Superheroes Origami by John Montroll

Back of the book
There are four collections of models in this book.
Contents page
I flicked through the book and some of the designs looked quite hard. So I tried a few of the easy ones...Make sure you tear the paper out carefully as the paper is light and it can easily rip.

Each design has a little background history of the character, symbol or weapon.

The paper is at the back. I could admire the designs all day long!

Some of the designs in the book.

The levels are starred to indicate difficulty level.

Daily Planet Building - this was easy but then I had to do some squash folds at the top which I couldn't do properly.

Wonder Woman's Tiara - this was definitely easy!!

Green Lantern symbol was easy but I believe I used the wrong side of the paper. ¬_¬""

Storm is Aquaman's seahorse. I think I did this correctly but then I got to the tail and thought I was using the wrong side of the paper... The head was difficult to fold.

Then I tried a difficult three star fold - Robin, Batman's sidekick. This was too hard for me. :( I got lost after fold 12 and 13. I think I need Mr Montroll to come and teach me. >_< Heheh.

Unable to finish Robin
Will try more of the difficult designs later.

Good points:
- Something to do when you're bored
- Some fun designs and models

Bad points:
- Where do you buy the paper in case you want to make more?
- The difficult models are for the expert origamists

Release date: September 10th 2015
Price: £12.99
ISBN: 9781782021582 
Publisher: Curious Fox

Have fun folding!! ^_^