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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.

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Everything London #27 – Wicked The Musical

The most impressive thing I found was that vocals of all performers are outstanding complimented by very emotion catching musical accompaniment. It is quite a dramatic story with great stage effects and sound system which exceeds expectations of most theatre shows.

I especially enjoyed the variety of dance they had and how in one corner they have the story unfolding yet a group of background dancers are decorating the stage with their beautiful moves.

No wonder this is an award-winning musical and everyone who has seen it recommends it.

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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.

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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.

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LoVe with a Passion

February 14, 2012 3 comments

I’m in LoVe!!! With France.

This time around it’s Chamonix Mt Blanc – this little town provides has so much taste. Main street lined with shops and buildings of different structure.

Accommodation: UCPA – highly recommended. Good social atmosphere, friendly staff, good access to chair lifts and buses, nice food, lovely environment and very reasonable price.

Good weather, slightly icy grounds on the slopes but this view just makes up for it all.

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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!

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5 cities in 2012

January 10, 2012 2 comments

From travelling once a month over the past few years to a very static 2011, I think my travel bug has been very well rested and is now back in action.

5 cities I want to visit in 2012

1. Dalaman – Istanbul leaves a strong impression in my travel books and makes me want to explore more parts of this country. This city lets me visit the sea which I love and crave with an added blend of culture.

2. Buenos Aires – Argentina always gives me a classy feel compared to the rest of South America. From its steak and wine to their people with passionate and elegance, it seems such a mysterious yet bursting place.

3. Moscow – Despite how much I can not stand the cold, funnily enough I actually applied for a job in Moscow a few weeks ago. Nothing eventuated and I wasn’t really prepared to live there as an expat and experience your eyelashes being frozen constantly. However, it’s definitely a priority city with its fascinating roughness and harshness.

4. Jerusalem – Being a Christian this place has relevant history, pilgrimage journey, and spiritual significance. Its political debate is also of interest but I mainly want to absorb whatever it has to offer.

5. Mt. Kilimanjaro – OK so it’s not really a city, but I was really inspired reading and listening to other people’s stories of hiking and mountain conquering. It’s definitely on my list to achieve which gives a chance to proof something to myself.

What about you?

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