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View from the top

When I take a deep breath on top of a mountain I’ve just climbed, I feel I have been rewarded for all my efforts.

When I look around the magnificent views around me, I feel this world is so harmonious and trouble-free.

When I admire the wonderful works of the creator, I feel so tiny and insignificant on this enormous piece of land.

When I peek at the aerial view of the city I’m landing in or leaving from, it brings overflowing emotions running down my face.

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Around the World #33 – Bath, UK

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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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Peak District@ UK

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

With all the Phillipa Gregory books I read about courts of English royalty, together with all the Jane Austen based movies I watch, it absolutely fascinates me when I venture into the English countryside to explore and picture what it’s like in the old days.

 

Enjoying the long walks with good company, stopping for picnic, breathing in fresh air, stumbling upon sheep poo and then discovering a llama farm – what more can one ask for?

 

Maybe just some non-English weather!

Everything London #21 – Cox Cookies & Cakes

Cox Cookies and cakes, located in the red light district street of the Soho area in London, their cupcakes follow the adult theme. Their shop deco and atmosphere is nicely done and attractive.

I’m a death by chocolate person, I order and eat anything chocolate. So I ordered a chocolate cupcake in the shape of a nipple. I only bought one cupcake but they went to all the trouble of putting it in a tray inside a box with napkins and fork.

I was so looking forward to sitting down and indulging in this cupcake as soon as I got home, but was utterly disappointed. It tasted just like a blog of sugar. The icing was poorly done whilst the cake itself was way too sweet with no texture.

No go.

Everything London #20 – London Symphony Orchestra

Breath taking sounds and notes that makes your hairs stand.

I wouldn’t usually associate those adjectives to orchestra or classical music, but it was what I felt when I went to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the London Symphony Orchestra this week.

The first section started off with a Walt Disney type introduction, taking you through a happily ever after fair tale story with birds and wonders being discovered on the way. It was so pleasant to the ears and it draws a picture with its tones. Music is such a powerful tool.

After intermission, they get right into A Mid Summer Night’s Dream which was so amazing I fail to find the right words to describe. There were two sopranos singing, although they only sang for like 3 minutes max with a whole group of 30 school boys singing tenor in the background. When it finished I was not content, as I really wanted more. Loud applauds with the conductor and narrator on and off the stage for three times. The audience really appreciated it and it’s a shame that they were only performing for one night.

Usually after a night like this, it makes me want to take up music again. My dream is to learn harp if and when I have a daughter so that we can play together. I always imagined wearing a long white dress and playing the harp, looks so much like an angel. Actually it was funny since the person playing the harp was a male this time.

It makes me so grateful to be in this very international city where I can enjoy a good nights out with strong culture. I’m surprised they didn’t have piano though, I wonder why that is?!?

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