Tuesday, 26 April 2016

April Snow ⛄* 。°。°。°。°。゜。

Short post!

It snowed today. The weather people said it was the Antarctic wind... and that's why everyone was cold today.

Took a short video from the office window. ^_^

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tiffany Bar (Korean Restaurant/Karaoke Bar) - London Vauxhall

I'm on a low-carb diet at the moment - it's really agonising! My body feels like I'm depriving it of carbohydrates (not entirely, but I am). :( But before this treachery to myself, I had to try out a newish Korean restaurant / karaoke bar based in Vauxhall.

Must thank the person who commented earlier in the year about this place. Thank you!

Tiffany Bar has been opened for 3 months. It's about a 30 minute walk from where I live and I thought I'll try finding it... it's actually not far from Kennington Station if you know the back passages, and it's very close to Vauxhall Staion. Miss Pinky was a bit upset I didn't invite her - BUT I'm sure she was in Scotland at the time.  >_<"

As you go in, you'll see some very fancy work... you wouldn't think this was a karaoke bar at all, or even a restaurant even though it's right in front of a set of traffic lights. The place is a little tiny but I think it can fit a few people in there. The karaoke rooms (as I was passing) looked big. I forgot to ask about the prices of the rooms - but you can hire them for 2 hours at a time... There's a lot of Korean music and there are a LOT of other world music, European, Japanese, Chinese.... lots!

The menu looks quite small but the owner John said he can make things (Korean food) that's not on the menu. I wonder if he'll make fried chicken?! Probably not... I think I'll have a kimchi chigae or black bean noodles of he's able to provide. Yay!

The Hite beer here is the imported version... not the canned ones!

I had a lot to drink that evening. I was given a complimentary Korean seaweed soup. It's a little salty, tastes a bit like miso soup but not entirely. Tastes quite good.

I ordered the bulgogi bibimbap, and I forgot to ask for a fried egg and spicy sauce!!! It was very filling. Lots of beef. Lots of veggie. I wanted more!! ^_^ John's mum made this. Heheh.

Since I was there I ordered the fried prawns. I don't usually see it served this way. It had a salty edge to it, and filled my stomach with joy.

What's the equivalent in Korean to itadakimasu? Jal meokkesseumnida ... such a mouthful to say!!

Well finally I finished. The owner served this tea beforehand, but left it to the end... Interesting tea. Tasted a bit like brown rice or a sort of barley tea, Hmm, very interesting. Wonder where I can buy this...

Total cost came to £18 (if I remember correctly... need to start writing down my spending spree!).

My geeky rating: 5/5 (just because the owner is such a nice person)

Good points:
- A place to sing karaoke!!
- Homemade style Korean food
- Not too pricey - but worth it if you live around the area... Vauxhall is an expensive place to live in. MI6 are around the corner don't forget >.<""
- Quietly hidden but not hard to miss
- Lovely talkative owner - I think he is open to suggestions and lots of customers!

Bad points:
- Need more selections on the menu (I'm sure it will be big in the future)

Address: 353 Kennington Lane, Lambeth , SE11 5QY

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Agege Bread Shop - London East Street Market

On one Friday after work, Mrs Hen went to East Street Market to buy her supply of African foods for the weekend and the week ahead. She wanted to show me a store that sold "African fast food", basically the food you would see in an African home.

This store Agege Bread, I think, has been around for a year or so. The popular takeaway foods I believe are the African foods. Although one could cook these at home, some would prefer to buy it already cooked and ready to eat... Most of the African families I know can cook, so I'm quite lucky. ^_^

Mrs Hen said I should try out the pies, so I did... the chicken pie is not like the ones you see in Gregs, it's stuffed with ground chicken meat, there's no creamy sauce inside, so it's all meatly packed.

The one thing I saw most people buy was this sweet bread. It's not very, very sweet, but sweet enough. Mrs Hen suggested this should be ate at breakfast time, toasted, and served with scrambled eggs and fried plantain which is what I did (see below ^_^). This bread is also made without eggs, and surprisingly doesn't mold that easily! Wow!

I also bought this fish pie, which was quite dry... it also tasted fishy... ¬_¬" Didn't eat it... sorry...

Well, if you want to try this place out it's not far, and it's only in East Street Market!

Address: 42 East St, London SE17 2DN
Phone: 020 7701 4672

Monday, 11 April 2016

UK Junior Doctor's Strike 2016

It's been an awful year of bad weather (so far) and bad government press (so far) and majority of our Junior Doctors across the UK are on strike.

Well, it's not surprising. But which side is not listening? Which side benefits more? The government or the doctors? It's the first time in my lifetime I have seen so many strikes from one gigantic organisation in one year. Even the tube and bus drivers don't strike this often!!
Outside King's College Hospital, Camberwell, London

What would happen if we do have a seven day service?  It's a bit unfair that the public don't really have a say in this (that's why I'm blogging about it). What can we do to help make the government listen to concerns across the board? Pay more taxes? :( Will increasing a junior doctor's pay really mean they'll have more money or would they be worse off? Or will the NHS just be paying for more foreign doctors? If this goes ahead, will the services go downhill and will the docs just quit to find another meaningless job? And what would it mean if we exit the EU?!!! 

Argh, so many questions, no answers to the solutions... my brain is on meltdown mode. Frigging Conservatives!!! Get yourself sorted and make a solution, improve services, cut down on other things and stop using our taxes for your scandals. >_<"" And doctors, you need to find more facts about working standards, equality and fight till the end!!! 

Next strike: 26th and 27th April (the fifth one)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Easter Weekend in Grondre, Wales - Day 2 & 3

My 700th post!! Woooow!!

Day 2

It was Easter Sunday, and I had a good nights sleep, we all seemed to have awakened at the same time although we all lost one hours sleep as the clocks went forward. :(

I checked out the shower... it's a dodgy caravan shower as you have to keep turning the knobs to get the right sort of heat otherwise it's too cold. ¬_¬" Well the shower woke me up for sure!

Did we eat breakfast? I don't remember... but Mr Sensible made me a dodgy coffee that morning and I remembered Miss Money, Mr Sensible and I ended up knitting or crocheting for some part of the morning... And as you can see, Miss Money's short scarf became longer.

It was time to depart the caravan and explore a nearby town. We ended up in Saundersfoot. First stop was to find a parking space which we searched for a bit until a family drove off thankfully in a nearby parking lot...

Next stop was a sweet shop... apologies for the picture but the lads and Miss Money kind of pointed it out and I think that's why they went in.... ¬_¬""""

We walked around looking for things to do and ended up in a nearby amusement park. We didn't play...

Seaside looked a bit busy although it was a little windy, good weather than London!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Easter Weekend in Grondre, Wales - Day 1

Straight after the wedding (and before the BABYMETAL concert), it was another weekend away in Wales. This time there was no mountain climbing (hoorah), just a relaxing time there and back. Easter just happened to be on my birthday weekend... and to me this was a great way to celebrate! Out in the countryside and wilderness. ^_^

Thankfully Miss Pinky's family gave me a lift home the night before, otherwise I don't think I would have had a good night's sleep... but in the end I did wake up early to eat breakfast and do last minute packing.

Started heading out to Waterloo to meet the others before 10am, but amazingly I bumped into Mr Games and Mr Sensible on the same bus! Hahahah. What a coincidence. ^_^ Then we saw Miss Money buy her breakfast from McDonald's... We headed to the car rental and they gave us an orange jeep, unfortunately one of the tyres had an air pressure problem so we had to change cars. :( It was a nice jeep, but the other car had a bit more leg room. Oh well. Maybe next time.

The weekend was set for rain, rain and more rain. So we drove in the rain.

Miss Money said she was getting cold and didn't bring a scarf or extra clothes. Didn't she know it was going to rain? Yes, she did! Luckily I brought some yarn, which I was going to use to make Mrs Hen a bag for her birthday soon, but instead used the rest of it to make a short scarf... this was just the start of it after a 4 hour drive... tired!!

We were quite lucky that weekend as Mr Sensible's grandparents own a caravan in a place called Grondre and there's a caravan site there for holidaymakers... Took pictures of the bedrooms, they're quite spacious for a large caravan we were in... The size of a small flat. 

This was in the bathroom...

I think we were greeted with ok weather, the rain subsided and it was a little sunny that evening... Sheep were also nearby. Baaaaaa.

After resting a tiny bit we went out to eat and well, did a tiny exploration of the camp plus do some supermarket shopping in a not so nearby supermarket. Mr Sensible drove the wrong way. ¬_¬""

Thankfully Nisa Extra was still opened... because it was Easter weekend we were expecting the shops to close quite early. After shopping for the necessaries we headed back to unleash ourselves!

Here's what a caravan site looks like from the middle of a road.

Now it was time to eat!! We went into the pub which is part of the holiday camp site. It seemed quiet for a Saturday, I guess people were avoiding the weather and cooking in their caravans... this was the food we had, none of us shared our food except the chips...

Mr Games had a pizza... It looks good... even the picture gives it a good honest look.

Miss Money had this Hawaii burger which looked a bit dry...

Mr Sensible had the steak and is currently on a low carb, gluten free diet... Don't think he needs to go on a diet. He doesn't need it!!!! :p

I stacked on protein and carbs. Not sure why I wanted a mixed grill... quite thankful it wasn't too much, and at a reasonable price... (somehow I got a discount too). ^___^

After a loooong day, it was cold in the caravan (the heating was turned up high), we sat on the couch watching TV, knitting and teaching Miss Money to crochet. Hehehe. We became a crochet and knitting club!
Edited with PhotoScape

It was time to go to bed around midnight... Goodnight... zzzzzz

End of Day 1.