Seven years today, my grandad passed away. To think that he’s been gone for that long seems… unbelievable. Time has passed by so quickly. Seven years ago i was just 16 years old and was in my first year of sixth form (AS levels).
The years may have passed without much notice, but i still hold him in my heart. I really miss him. When i was younger, i used to always think about my whole family being present during my big life events, but life never turns out the way you imagined. It’s my graduation ceremony for my Masters degree in two days – yet another graduation which my grandad is not able to see.
Grandad, i miss you, and i’ll be thinking of you on Wednesday.
Here’s an update on Veronica’s oh-so-interesting life (!). What’s new? Well, first off, my life as a volunteer has basically grind to a halt. In a previous post i mentioned that my CRB check for the NAS has come through, well the lady finally got back to me (2 days later than when she said […]
At long last, my friend and I were finally able to get into the Rain Room installation at the Barbican Centre on Saturday. For those who don’t know, the Rain Room offers you an opportunity to “control the rain”.
Here’s a blurb from Timeout London:
Contemporary art group Random International creates a digital installation that gives visitors the chance to experience how it might feel to control the rain. In ‘Rain Room’, the sound of water and moisture in the air gives the impression of being in the centre of an unpredictable downpour, without getting wet.
It was actually our third time trying to see this installation, the first time we arrived at 5pm, and thought we had plenty of time even if the queue would take about 2 hours. However, we apparently arrived too late and were turned away, despite the fact that the installation didn’t end until 8pm. A few weeks passed by, and still determined to see this installation, we trekked out all the way to Barbican again. We queued for 2 hours and finally got inside. But luck was not on our side! When we walked into the installation area, the employees informed us that the installation had broken down and that they were waiting for the technicians/engineers to come and fix it. About 20-30 minutes later, we were informed that they didn’t know how long it would take for the installation to be up and running again. The staff said it could take half an hour or longer, and one of the staff proceeded to take all our names down so to ensure that if we had to come back at another time, that we wouldn’t have to wait for 2 hours in the queue again. My friend and I decided to try our luck and wait it out, seeing as we travelled all the way to Barbican – twice! But about 40 minutes later, the installation was still not fixed, and we had no choice but to call it a day and head off for dinner.
We were finally able to experience the Rain Room on our third visit, and without the hassle of queuing – thank goodness! This has taught me that there really is a reason for the existence of the phrases “Third time lucky” and “Third time’s the charm” ! Anyway, to make the most of it, we stayed inside for as long as we can and milked it for all it’s worth by taking a ton of photos haha, but after about 45 minutes we were kinda sorta asked to make our way out lol.
Oh, and word of warning – they say you can’t get wet, but it’s totally untrue. My friend’s coat was soaking wet when we left, which had also seeped through to her clothes underneath and my hair and the back of my neck/neck area on my coat and top got wet too. The sensors are probably a little bit on the slow side. We spent the next 45 minutes trying to dry off in the nearest ladies bathroom using the hand dryers!
We also headed to the London Sculpting Festival in Canary Wharf. I really do have a thing for ice sculptures, not sure why but i’m just drawn in by them. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time as we didn’t arrive until nearly 5pm and it was freezing cold outside, so we skipped signing up for the free ice sculpting masterclass. Here are a few of my favourite ice sculptures that were there.
For dinner we tried out Cay Tre in Soho, a vietnamese restaurant. We both ordered the seafood pho, i found the broth a little on the salty side but other than that i loved it.
The pho wasn’t quite filling enough, so we headed to Golden Gate Dessert House in Chinatown. I ordered the mango ice cream cake which was massive – either it was the last two pieces and they decided to give it all to me or someone did a bad cutting job and some poor customer was given an oddly small piece of ice cream cake! My friend ordered the uji red bean matcha drink and the pandan layer cake.
It turned out to be a lovely day, albeit a freezing cold one – possibly exacerbated by the fact that we got wet whilst in the rain room, and then stood around ice sculptures in the evening.
In keeping with my aim of blogging more, here’s a new post! Two days ago, i ventured into central London with two friends for dinner. We ended up going to Little Korea near Chinatown. I’ve been wanting to try ‘LiKo’ for a while now, as i’ve known quite a few people who have been there, and heard some good things about it. But honestly, my experience there was rather disappointing. LiKo are meant to specialise in both Korean and Japanese food, but i do not recommend getting Japanese food from here! Those who know me know that i am a massive foodie and love taking photos of my food adventures, however, i think the fact that i have no photos of the food i ate here shows how disappointed i was about it!
We ordered the Koko Maki to share between the three of us as a starter, my friends ordered the beef rib broth and soft shell crab katsu as main meals, and i ordered the chicken bento box. The Koko Maki arrived first, but as soon as my friend took a bite into a piece of maki, she warned me that my chicken bento box (which is meant to come with pieces of maki and sashimi) might not be good. Why? Because the sushi rice was wet and soggy! I’ve never had soggy sushi in a restaurant, ever! Nevertheless, i brushed it off saying that as i also had sashimi and chicken in my bento, it should be okay even if the sushi rice in the maki isn’t good.
But oh, how wrong i was! When the bento box arrived i was shocked at how it looked. It was not appetising at all, and my friend said a phrase which really sums it up – “your chicken is sliced like sashimi, and your sashimi is sliced like chicken”. It was really nothing spectacular, and at a price tag of £13.50, i was expecting some oomph! The taste of the chicken can only be described as okay, and the sashimi looked like it had been sitting out for hours. I’ve had better looking and tasting sushi for similar/cheaper prices – £12.50/£13.00 from Noodle Foodle in Wimbledon springs to mind, and also for slightly more at £15 for a variety of sushi bentos at Eat Tokyo. My friend wasn’t too fond of the soft shell crab katsu either, and the only person who was satisfied with the meal was my friend who ordered the beef rib broth. So, i guess the moral of the story is if you ever find yourself in Little Korea, stick to ordering food from the country of it’s namesake! If you want to avoid disappointment, then you’d be wise to not order from the Japanese section.
After a disappointing dinner, we went to play some pool before getting dessert at the Haagen-Dazs cafe in Leicester Square. It was the highlight of the night for me. We ordered the Fondue for two, shared between the three of us. It looked just like the photo in the menu, and tasted so heavenly! Definitely no disappointment here!
Haagen-Dazs’ Fondue: Belgian Milk Chocolate, Fresh Fruit, 16 scoops of ice cream, Brownies & Cookies.
Ice cream dipped in warm belgian milk chocolate & raspberry daiquiri made with fruit sorbet ^^
Well that brings this post to an end. This is my first proper ‘review’ of food i guess. I’ve been thinking that since i take so many photos of food and post them on instagram, i should start a foodie blog hehe, but we shall see. It’s hard enough remembering to update this one =P.
Today is 201314! In Chinese (Mandarin), when you say the numbers together it sounds like 愛你一生一世 which translates into love you forever! Cute right? So i am dedicating this post to all my beloved family and friends.
So despite my enthusiasm for the new year bringing a brand new beginning, this first week of 2013 has been going relatively slow for me. I haven’t really done anything since the 1st, but things will be picking up for me in the next few days/next week. The children’s group i volunteer for will be open again after closing for the festive break, and a few weeks back i applied to volunteer for the National Autistic Society. I’m rather keen to start volunteering for the NAS, as one of my interests lie in atypical development and the NAS offer to train you beforehand on how to work with people who are Autistic. My CRB check has come back, and the lady said that she will be emailing me details come Monday, i really can’t wait to get some actual experience of working with people who have ASD.
Back in December, i bought myself a 2013 diary planner. I was already feeling optimistic about the new year back then, and can’t wait to fill up the pages with ‘appointments’! Be it social, work, or volunteering, i just want to be active and doing things this year. Really hoping to find a job soon, job seeking is really tedious. And i need a way of funding my love of shopping! He he~
In other news, i hired my graduation gown online last night. It set me back £44! But nevertheless, i’m looking forward to officially calling myself a Master of Science! And also seeing my international student friends again! 🙂 This time round i really want a graduation plushie, but not sure if getting one for myself will be deemed as a little sad lol.
It’s finally 2013, so let me start off by wishing you all a happy new year. Hope that the year ahead will be filled with more wonderful memories!
2012 has had it’s fair share of highs and lows, and if i’m honest i’m glad it’s over and i’m looking forward to a fresh new start. But i don’t want to dwell on the bad, so i guess i’ll just mention my highlights of 2012. The major highlight of 2012 for me came on November 21st when i found out that i received a distinction for my masters in child psychology, it felt really good to know that all my hard work really paid off. I haven’t always been the best academically, despite attending a high school that was a grammar school where everyone is considered to excel academically, i always seemed to be the “bottom of the best” as it were. So now, achieving a distinction makes me feel like i’ve finally had the opportunity to show my full academic potential. This is my proudest achievement to date.
Another highlight of 2012 was getting to see Bigbang live in concert on December 14th. It’s kind of funny actually, because i wasn’t a major fan (read as: super fangirl) of Bigbang and actually stopped listening to their music (well, all kpop music in general) but when i heard they were coming over for their tour i got caught up amongst everyone else’s excitement and ended up buying a ticket. Bigbang was the only kpop band besides 2NE1 that i actually properly listened to and liked, so i’m really glad i got caught up in the moment because the concert was amazing. The seats we got had a great view, and it made forking out all that money on a ticket totally worth it. And i turned into a massive fangirl at the concert – something i didn’t know that i could ever turn into.
One more highlight was my summer. Summer 2012 was pretty awesome, mainly because i had the opportunity to go on holiday to Barcelona with some of my friends from Chinese school. We don’t get to see each other often, but this group of friends are actually some of my oldest friends whom i’ve known for more than 10 years! I met most of them when i was 11 or 12, so i’ve known them for literally half of my life. I think it’s hard to maintain friendships, especially over distance and time, but i’m really glad that we have remained friends. And we also managed to squeeze in a lot of meet-ups as a group this summer such as going to the beach, hot pot etc. I just wanted to say that i love you guys, you know who you are 🙂
Memories from Barcelona~
For New Year’s Eve this year, my friends and i had a girly night out at the Playkrown NYE event, and we spent countdown inside Apt bar. I knew quite a lot of people who turned up to the event, so all in all NYE was a great night.
So now onto 2013. After waking up in the afternoon, we kick-started New Years Day by having brunch. Later in the evening i had dinner at home with my family and then my mum and i went to the cinema to catch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s been a lovely first day of the year, and i’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the year pans out!
At Playkrown, ignore the creepy guy photobombing our lovely photo 😦
First meal of 2013. I went for a good old English breakfast ^^
I already have a couple of things to look forward to in my diary, i’ll be graduating at the end of the month so i’ll officially be a Master of Science! And in exactly one month’s time (Feb 1st) i’ll be jetting off to Malaysia to celebrate Chinese New Year! I’m excited to make new and wonderful memories this year. I feel optimistic about 2013 and I will be writing down a list of goals that i want to achieve this year, and one thing that’s already on there is to find a good job in my chosen field, so wish me luck!
I know i say this quite often, but hopefully i will blog more often this year, and i will make an effort to include photos too.
So, before i go, let me wish you all a wonderful new year again and good luck in whatever your aims for the year might be! 🙂