Saturday, 22 July 2017

Marseille (May 2017) - Day 1: an early start

It's that time of the year again!! I went off and too a break from studying to go and see The Travels Family before Ramadan had started. ^_^

Day 1 - Saturday 13th May

I treated myself that morning and took an Addison Lee cab to get to Victoria Station. And I'm happy I did, because I hate waiting for the bus with my big suitcase... plus I hate crawling my luggage very early in the morning and waking up people with the wheels making so much noise. >_<""

When I got to Victoria Station, the gates wouldn't take my Oyster Card so I followed the escalator downwards and decided to look for a card reader so that I wouldn't get fined at the airport. I found an Oyster Card reader between Platforms 14 and 15, and so when I touched out at the airport it only cost me £8 something compared the actual Gatwick Express fee of £15... One Twitter user said it was a scam from National Rail! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Anyway, don't be fooled, and also try and not use the Express service. And for some reason the train messages will say that they can't use Oyster when you use the Express train! ๐Ÿค” That's a lie too, as their website said they do! Lies from Gatwick Express. Shame on you. ๐Ÿ˜ 

Arrived at the airport in good time. Got lost at check-in, went up and down the escalator, but used the self service diligently, and also paid the extra £40 charge for heavy luggage. Heheheh. It was worth it, as my luggage was overweight when coming back but didn't have to pay anything.

I must listen to my own words in future as the Euro really sells badly at the airports. Always go to a high street store!

I had my breakfast in a quiet Moroccan restaurant. The other places looked too busy for me to go to...

Then it was time to leave the country! It was raining in Britain and thankfully I was leaving the rain behind me.

I like sitting next to the window but I hate it when the flights are fully packed!

Arrived in Marseille Provence around 11am. I think the Travels family were happy for me to be early rather than late this time round (last year was awkward timing! It was rush, rush rush last year).

This year, it seemed they decided I that I am capable of using public transport to get to their home three-quarters of the way. Hahahah. We'll it is cheaper than getting a taxi and petrol for Mr Travels. So I stood at the bus stand number 5 and waited for the number 38 bus to Martigues (I had forgotten all my French when I spoke to the person at the ticket office). Just to let you know, you have to put your own luggage in the lower part of the bus, as the inside of the bus is very narrow. It costs €4.30 still, and you pay on the bus. Prices haven't changed since last year. 

Mr Travels met me after 1pm at Martigues Police Station stop. Missy S came along too who was very shy and quiet after a year. But we chatted along the way...

By the time I got there it was time to go to the beach... So I has to get a train from Port de Bouc to Sausset Les Pins.

I got to Sausset, and Missy I was at a friends party, and so we walked around waiting for Missy I. The weather kind of got cold as we walked...  Huh? What's happened to this strange weather? The Travels Family always blame me when I come to visit... >_<""

Anyway, we got to eat some fresh churros after that long walk. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

We went back to the Travel's Family home, and I travelled back by train...

The girls pointed out this strange fruit that was growing outside their home... looks like a mango fruit. LOL!

Every time I go back to see the Travels Family, there's always an event going on locally... This was a hip hop competition for the area. Some were very good to watch. ^_^

Well, it was a long day. I was mostly the tired one.
But got to sleep on their sofa once again. Heheheh.

End of Day 1.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Japanese Kit Kat - Hokkaido Melon Flavour

Ah, I love my classmates from my Japanese language class... whenever they go to Japan they always bring back something tasty!!

This time I'm trying out the Hokkaido Melon flavoured Kit Kat. ^_^ Something different! Yippee!!

Yep, it tastes like melon in that white chocolate. Sweet like all the other Kit Kats!! ^_^  I'm sure you don't need me to describe it... because I've actually forgotten the exact taste of it. >.<""

A colleague of mine went to Japan recently, and she brought back these massive melon flavoured Pocky sticks which I've never seen before! I thought she had forgotten to buy me some snacks... (had to return a favour!)... But I didn't have the guts to tell her I've already tried out the Sakura Matcha Kit Kat flavour. :p

Monday, 17 July 2017

New £1 Coin

Do you look confused when you see this new pound coin?

Yes! I do too. Looks like an edgy coin. >.<"" heheheheheh

It's been released since May, and this my first ever new coin. The old £1 coins will end it's usage on October 15th at midnight, so get changing your pound coins!! ^_^

Not one of my favourite coins of Britain (which confuses lots with a €1 ... and a £2 coin even. :p

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Capital Ring Walk - Sections 14 and 15

I'm freeeee! No more intense Japanese studying for a bit until some new exam comes up. ๐Ÿคฃ Still a few months behind from blogging but will try my best to catch up!

For Londoners wanting a walk why not try out the Capital Ring Walk which is basically a path designed for Londoners to walk through the Travel Zone 3 and 4 area.

Ms LรผFรน suggested we should try this walk, so before Easter time, Miss Money, Ms LรผFรน and I went for Walk 14 and 15, which starts from Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park, and then from Beckton to Woolwich Arsenal. 

I met Miss Money first at Stratford then we took the Overground to Hackney Wick to meet up with Ms LรผFรน.

At Hackney Wick Station, the first thing you would be interested in are the hilarious political posts of street art. My favourite stuff. The things that wouldn't be able to see on TV.

Once you've gone through the street art you'll see these signs.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

DIY Sticky Notes

Another quick post!

Easter time was a very boring time for me. Constant studying (but now it's time to be a lazy geek and study at steady pace before the JLPT N5 exam). ^_^

There's a lot of videos and posts on how to make your own sticky notes, so I gave it a try. Why? Because a lot of people give me lots of cute papers, or I buy them think they could be sticky notes. ¬_¬". Anyway, so for studying purposes, I wanted to make my textbooks look cute with sticky cute sticky notes... :D

Amazon Prime is my best friend in situations like this... Buy some REPOSITIONABLE GLUE. This is not ordinary glue, I didn't know this even existed!

Then have lots of cute ordinary paper or a note set.

Use the glue and stick at the top of your paper. Wait for a few seconds for it to dry a tiny bit to create that sticky effect.

Then place on top of another piece of note paper.

Continue until you've created the desired amount of sticky note pad you require!

This has been a life-saving activity, as well as filling up my textbooks with cute sticky notes. ^_^

Sometimes the glue doesn't last for too long, so what I do is add on a bit more of the repositionable glue...

By the way, it doesn't mean I'm going to stop buying the ordinary sticky notes... ¬_¬"" 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

T'is My Pikachu Cushion

Such a sad month already! :(

But to cheer people up, here's a Pikachu cushion which I got for my birthday - Thanks Miss Money! It's now currently squashed up on my office chair, and Miss Vegan keeps using, so I had to buy her one. ¬_¬" Go away Miss Vegan!!

Have another month of Japanese studying to go before I go back into proper blogging mode and Pokรฉmon hunting... For now, small posts... ^_^

Please cheer up people!!!

Also let's make sure we vote for the right party tomorrow... I, of course refuse to vote Labour and the Conservatives. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Homemade Chinese Egg Tarts

Now that Chinese bakeries are mainly on the decline in London, and Chinese egg tarts are getting more and more expensive, it's time to make my own... 

I used a recipe from my Chinese cookbook Quick and Easy Chinese - dim sum version... First attempt of course was too hard. Pastry was slightly thick and I should've added some sugar into it. The book said 20 minutes to bake, but this took 40 minutes! ๐Ÿ˜…

My second attempt, I tried to change the recipe to make exact 8 egg tarts. Big fail! Pastry was not crunchy enough. Too dry. Egg mix didn't have enough water and I added less sugar this time. Cooking time was 20 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜†

Third attempt will be soon... ๐Ÿ˜‹

Monday, 29 May 2017

Good Friend ๅฅฝๆœ‹ๅ‹ - London China Town

Do you remember Bigbe Chicken? Well that's been closed down, but what was once a Chinese bakery has now become the second generation of Taiwanese fried chicken in the same Street.

High rents in London Central is becoming all too common now for a China Town that was once dominated by Cantonese cuisines and Hong Kong bakeries. ๐Ÿ˜‘ So sad to see all these great little shops and restaurants go so quickly. 

Trying out Good Friend ๅฅฝๆœ‹ๅ‹ (Canto: hou pun you; Mando: hau peng you). I think it's the same owner as Bigbe Chicken, but not really sure and not sure why they would have changed the name if it was the same peeps. Strange.

In Bigbe Chicken, they were selling giant fried squid for a very short while and that I didn't even get to try out. So sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This time I really wanted to try some fried squid... 

This little bundle of fried squid cost me £6. That's really expensive! But it tasted really good! Got the squid taste there. Got some fried batter on it. Chilli powder on top as well... ๐Ÿคฃ

Well, all a bit too expensive for me. Food is becoming so costly. 

Must have the fried chicken next time though. 

My geeky rating: 4/5 (for the squid)

No point pointing out the good and bad points. ๐Ÿ˜… Good food but expensive for the small amount. 

Address: 14 Little Newport St, London WC2H 7JJ

Monday, 22 May 2017

Bubblewrap Waffle - London China Town

What to do on your week off (at the end of March)? Eat ice cream and Chinese style waffles is one answer. ๐Ÿ˜… 

Bubblewrap is based on the Hong Kong style egg waffles but with added ice cream, sauce and toppings. For some reason it's gained a lot of popularity. Reason: Not known. Constantly long queues too.

I tried to get there as early as possible but there was already a queue! There was only 10 minutes left till opening time... And I already had to wait. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ If you notice before queuing, there's a sign of where the two hour wait starts from. SIGH. Thankfully I didn't have to wait two hours!!
Just before opening, I was given a leaflet with the menu.

At this point I was nearing the front after 15 to 20 minutes. 

Getting close!

Almost there!

And finally I got in! I texted Miss Money during my queuing time as it was nearing her lunch break. Tried to get her to come out from work early but I think her boss is quite strict with time. ๐Ÿ™„ Anyway, she asked me to get her one, the matcha tea one, unfortunately they had run out of that flavour. Oh well, sorry Miss Money.

Anyway. I ordered two (Miss Money thought it was only one wrap per person to order, uh no).

After 45 to 50 minutes of waiting, I got my two Bubblewraps. An incredibly long time...

Miss Money and her co-workers got the strawberry one, and I had the chocolate one. ๐Ÿ˜‹

To be honest, it wasn't very exciting, just taking the pictures of the food was more exciting than eating it. ๐Ÿ˜… My chocolate flavoured egg waffle tasted normal with a tiny hint of chocolate. Found it a little hard to eat just scooping out the ice cream and picking at the egg waffles. Miss Money and one of her co-workers weren't very excited. Weren't pleased with the pricing too. They said to me, that the bakery opposite sold Japanese taiyaki and green tea ice cream for £2 or £3 something, and had a similar taste to the egg waffle... Oh dear.

So a total cost of £12.98... Not worth the wait methinks.

My geeky rating: 3.5/5

Address: 24 Wardour Street, London W1D 6 Qj
Tel: 0207 734 4535


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