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Date like a teenager

October 2, 2012 1 comment

I remember “boyfriends” in high school. Back in those days, everything was such a big deal. My best friend would look me straight in the eye and ask me “Have you guys HH yet?” “No, of course not!” I replied.

It means hold hands.

My best friend and I would gossip and laugh about it for hours on end. The one time this guy tried to hold her hand in the movies but got too scared and didn’t do it in the end. Or the time where I had to hide my HH under the school bag, because we didn’t want anyone else to see.

My best friend and Itell each other all the juicy details of our relationships over our overnight letters, which must be given to each other as soon as we meet at school before roll call in the morning. This is so that we would have a chance to reply in the first class and exchange letters again during recess. If she was having issues or bottled up emotions, I would tell her “It’s time to have a D&M with him.”

It means Deep & Meaningful.

How we thought we truly madly deeply loved the boy sitting across the classroom at the age of 15.

Imagine if we dated like a teenager now.

Passing notes on bits of ripped paper with encrypted messages.

Chatting on the phone on any and every topics til the sunrise for weeks on end.

Hand writing 30+ page letters – front and back.

Sitting at McDonalds without ordering to delay going home.

Watching TV together but physically a telephone call apart.

Taking the detour route to get to the bus stop.

Just innocent.

Just simple.

***Photo by journeyexplorer

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Everything London #23 – Cafe Japan, Golders Green

February 18, 2012 3 comments

A small cosy restaurant with open kitchen with legendary the most freshest sashimi in London at very reasonable price. I went back for the first time after 3 years and things are never as good as before or as you remember them. I suppose there are the dangers of getting fresh fish from Japan now because of all the radiation after math. Prices have maintained but I think sushi portions have become smaller. It was still a good night out with good food and even better hot sake which just warms you up from the inside. Never mind since I’m off to Japan next week for 10 days then I can taste more local cuisine. Yay! Can’t wait!

This place always require booking so remember to call in advance. But if you did turn up and there are no seats, at least get takeaway. Please remember they are closed Mondays.

***Photo by journeyexplorer
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Speak their language

February 17, 2012 7 comments

When I visit any country, I learn at a bare minimum ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in their local language. It can give me a flavour of their culture. But more importantly, it goes a long way if you try to make an effort to break the ice especially when you are trying to ask for directions or something.

A friend once told me about the 5 different love languages being words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. I’m trying to learn and speak another person’s language so that what I’m trying to express can be received. It’s like every Saturday when I spend two hours one on one with my autistic little friend, most of the time I join him in whatever he is doing with the aim to make him comfortable in his world then he can reach out when he is ready.

I’m learning to appreciate and show appreciation with less complaining and judging. Life is short and it never offers ‘happily ever after’s. There are no money back guarantees or return policies. There aren’t any types of contracts / prenups that can stipulate terms and conditions with small fine print for you to read or check. Tsunamis or earthquakes may hit and whether you can be a survivor depends on your attitude and willingness to fight. When you have people around you to share your ups and downs, that is most precious. I want to simply be true and kind to those around me because that is the best way I’m telling them that I treasure them.

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Everything London #24 – Cote, London Bridge

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Cote is a French inspired restaurant with lovely candle lit atmosphere with a river side view which can be great for a date or with a group of friends. Their friendly staff gives you a choice of seats and always bring to your attention their ‘complimentary filtered water’.

I love their awesome valued early dinner set menu but with just as good quality food. Plus they constantly refresh this menu so you can go back without getting bored. I have been here four times and had something different each time – below is salmon fishcakes and slow cooked chicken leg. Their food has been more than satisfactory every time, made with attention and creativity – everything from their sauces to presentation on the plate is very thoughtful.

Photo by journeyexplorer

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Everything London #22 – Singing in the Rain

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I have seen a dozen musicals around the globe and the genre of more light hearted shows always appeals to me. My favourite are Mary Poppins (London), Beauty and the Beast (Broadway New York) and Lion King (Sydney).

Footwork of all their performers was excellent and I especially loved their tap dancing. The singing voice of Scarlett Strallen playing Kathy is just amazing. The squeaky voice of Katherine Kingsley is amusingly annoying. Their stage is one to be applauded to cater for the rain and their main dance act which was excellent.

Although a few mishaps for their second night of performance such as leaking water from above but nevertheless a great show and highly recommended!

***Photo by journeyexplorer

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44 countries and counting…

October 8, 2011 8 comments

There are seven continents in this world being Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. There is only one continent I have not yet set foot in, can you work out which one? Below is the list of countries I have been to:

  1. UK
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Norway
  5. Iceland
  6. Belgium
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Greece
  10. Spain
  11. Austria
  12. Ireland
  13. Portugal
  14. Sweden
  15. Switzerland
  16. Netherlands
  17. Germany
  18. Poland
  19. Hungary
  20. Czech
  21. Turkey
  22. Vatican
  23. Monaco
  24. Hong Kong
  25. China
  26. Japan
  27. Thailand
  28. Philippines
  29. Indonesia
  30. Singapore
  31. Taiwan
  32. Egypt
  33. Morocco
  34. Qatar
  35. United Arab Emirates
  36. Australia
  37. New Zealand
  38. Canada
  39. United States of America
  40. Peru
  41. Bolivia
  42. Luxembourg
  43. Maldives
  44. Malta

PS: Well lots of people argue that Hong Kong and Taiwan are not really countries so think what you like.

Last Updated: 8 October 2012

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Man hunt mission

September 22, 2011 3 comments

Ladies, think about it. Some of us have spent majority of our lives thus far finding The One, Mr Right, our soul mate or partner. Honestly girlfriends, if this is your biggest life project get serious about it, do something about it.

Please do not believe in the rubbish that meeting someone is fate or that when you are not looking is when he will appear out of no where. No perfect guy is going to fall from the sky, and even if you find a nice guy they might require training to mold him and let him grow. You want to meet the love of your life, stop talking about it and get off your butt.

Get realistic.

How many love at first sights do you know of? Who meets the love of their life on the train or the bus?

If you want to find someone who is mature and secure, you might have more chance finding him in your yoga class than at the Soho club at 3am.

If you want someone who has a warm heart, go do some volunteering work.

If you are attracted to someone with musical talent, go to some free or cheap gigs by upcoming bands.

If you prefer smart and intelligent men, you might have to enrol in an MBA course.

If you like a social guy with a sense of humour, don’t eye the one who hasn’t lifted his eyes from his laptop and iPhone the whole hour you have been in Starbucks trying to get him to notice you.

If you are the more ambitious type and want to find a rich successful man, you have to be strategic about it – no shame.  Join a BMW or yacht club and not your library’s reading club. Eat dinner in South Kensington or Beverly Hills instead of ordering takeaway.  Go for drinks at hotel lobbies rather than your local pub. Be an air hostess for Emirates instead of Easyjet. You are not likely to meet him in an internet chat room or dating website. Spend time on your appearance. Dress to impress. Basic rules of the game if you are to be in it.

Honestly I’ve heard it all. The excuses you have to dismiss genuinely good gentlemen because you are just being too picky. He’s too nerdy or too immature or too bland. You can’t stand his table manners or they way he talks to his mum. Did you think you were Princess Diana?

Or ‘But he’s a divorcee’. Oh and you are Virgin Mary?!?

Or ‘There are just not that many guys around’. Well, did you know that the female to male ratio in China is 100 to 118?

Get my point?!?

***Photo by bgorsphotography