Friday, 21 November 2014

Kimchee


I have always been a fan of Korean food, so when my friend suggested we go to Kimchee to celebrate another friend’s birthday (she’s quite a fine diner) as this is her favourite restaurant, I expected grand things from it.

Situated almost equidistant from Holborn to Chancery Lane, the oriental fusion d├ęcor of leaf green logo, dark wood panel and glimpse of numerous hollow bamboo stick lanterns inside stood out immediately. Inside is an open plan kitchen with decorative wooden screen and traditional wooden seating.


The exterior of the Kimchee - my first impression is that it resembles more of a fusion place


Matching interior with wood furnishing and open kitchen
I was especially impressed with the hallow space under the chair for storage, as most restaurants fail to address the cramped space issue for diners to stall their belongings. The menu is designed to resemble folded scrolls from ancient times with wooden front and back page.











The foods are listed in phonetic English translation with a brief description below, and although a little more pricey than your average Korean restaurant, there are more choices. Opting for Beef Bolgogi (marinated grill beef wrap in lettuce, served separately) and Yuk Hwae (A classic Korean dish similar to beef tartare with egg yolk as source).
Beef Bolgogi



Yuk Hwaek
The Beef Bolgogi was perfectly marinated and grilled, with some more charcoaled bits that give a perfect crunch alongside the lettuce. However it is the Yuk Hwae that truly captures my tongue. The egg yolk somehow completes the raw beef stripes and the dash of sesame oil with it combine to become an explosion of well-balanced flavor in your mouth. The smoothness and tenderness of the beef was an added factor and in no time everyone was fighting for a bite of it.


Me eagerly digging in :)


With fourteen of us we ended up ordering a lot of food but somehow we managed to get away with only paying £16.20 each – which is not bad for a restaurant charging around £7-8 for a dish.

The full menu is available here:

Address: 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6EA

Opening times: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:30 ; Sat- Sun 12:00 – 22:30

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Minion fever

Successfully capturing everyone's heart in the Despicable me movies, these cute little yellow fellers are coming to the big screen themselves in May. There are countless merchandise out there for those with minion-fever, but they can never, ever beat making your own one!



I have found this pattern on Ravelry (link to the blog page with the actual pattern detail is posted below) and it amazed me how easy it is to make it! My version is slightly different to hers, but it's mostly the same and I will detail below!

https://sites.google.com/site/crochetgoods/home/minion

Here's a photo of my creations:
Occasionally I lost count and they end up huge (far right). I have even made an evil minion :D isn't his hair amazing?)

To make the adorable creatures yourself, here's what you are going to need:



Yarns
in yellow, black, blue, grey and white

I mostly buy them from ebay for about 2.50 for a ball of 500g, it's cheapest that way. Amigurumi are usually made of stiff, cotton yarn but frankly I like them soft and squishy!
For fluffy purple yarn go to Tiger! They tease out easily so it create an awesome crazy hair effect.

Stuffing
You can also get them on ebay, but I got 250 g bag from John Lewis for 4.50 so I know for sure it's sterilised. They will last you a while, I have made at least two dozen and I still got half a bag full!

Knitting needle

Stitch marker (optional, this will help you keep track of your rounds. Alternatively a safety pin will do)

Changes I made

Eyes:
Instead of using googly eyes, I crocheted them.
It's very simple!

White: Magic circle (6), then increase of 2 single crochet in each (12) then link with Grey and sc 1 and inc for an outer round (18)

Black: Magic circle (6), sew it on top of white circles in the center

Evil minion mouth:
White: start with 4 ch, skip one and sc in two for a triangle, repeat three times and sew them on in a curve line to resemble teeth.

Overall strap
Sew separately then added on to give it a more authentic look

I have also omitted any parts involving glue guns. And to make the hair and mouth stay I tied a knot at the end of the yarn before finishing the body.

Hope you like this!



Friday, 14 November 2014

Ice skating at Somerset house


Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Nearest station: Temple
http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink
020 7845 4600

There’s nothing more magical and festive than skating on an outdoor ice-ring, especially one with a gorgeous building as a backdrop. Transformed with marquees, magenta lighting and a giant Christmas tree ornate with vibrant bauble, Somerset house beckons you in with alluring christmasty vibe and charm.

Each ice skating session lasts an hour, and it’s best to arrive an hour early so you can deposit your bag at the cloakroom to the right of the Somerset house main entrance. It costs £1 for two items so make sure you grab your friend going in. No dangling items are allowed so make sure your phone or camera would fit into your coat pocket!



Let's get ready to skate :D
As a student, you get 50% off ticket price (which is £14.55) with a £2 booking fees; however this only applies to day-light session. It’s worth the extra money to go when it’s dark to make the most out of the festiveness. Having booked a 17:30 time slot, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t overly crowded, which was a big plus!


The initial round of skating (My sister is the girl in beige coat, too scared to go out)

The ice ring is smaller than expected – but offer an excellent view of the Christmas tree and Somerset house. As everyone makes the initial grip-the-fence round, classical music played softly mingling with the delicious scent of mulled wine from the adjacent restaurant.

Photo credit to my sister for capturing me in this beautiful lighting

The lightings change periodically from magenta to snowflake to my favourite criss-cross ice-fracture. Personally I find the music choice perculia, a mix of classical with an odd pop song thrown in. The surface was rather wet and slippery as well, not ideal for novice skaters.


Whilst it isn’t the best place to skate, the great atmosphere and setting was definitely worth a visit. It is afterall free to wonder in and take some photos, even if you don’t want to go to the ice ring.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

London spotlight: Covert Garden Cocktail Club

Having stumbled upon this gem whilst researching for New Years’ Eve Party, this well hidden basement club had quickly become one of my favourite places in London. Contrary to its namesake, this charming place is situated only a stone throw away from Leicester Square underground station. Reached via a flight of metal stairs, you will enter through a secretive entrance into the romantic lit club with grand red leather sofas, elegant wall mirrors and opulent red velvet curtains.

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From the classic Mojito to savory Monkey Nut featuring real peanut butter to my go-to drink luscious Pornstar Martini, you will have to fight to urge to order the entire menu and spend a long time choosing upon the wide arrays of drinks available. The bartenders there are ever friendly and always happy to recommend; but if you fancy something a little more different and off menu, ask for a Zombie Killer (see the photo below).

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Drinks are priced from £8 to £10, which whilst standard for London is a bit on the expensive side; but fear not! You can get two for one during Happy Hour all day Monday and from 5 to 7pm on other days. Be sure to arrive early or book a table because seats can go very quickly, and you will also need to make sure at least one member of the party apply for their free membership online (through their website below) at least 24 hours beforehand. You will need to pay £1 for the card, but the drinks are well worth it.
Address: 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA +44 20 7836 9533
coventgardencocktailclub.co.uk
Nearest station: Leicester Square station
Opening time: Mon- Sat 16:30-0:00

Friday, 3 May 2013

Holiday fashion!

Going on budget airlines means that you can't bring as much as you want on board.
But you still want to look pretty on your holiday without wearing the same outfit over and over again - this is where mix and match comes in!

Tips:

1) Wear a pair of comfortable and relatively fashionable shoes and stick to it.
    For example I wore my faithful black ankle boots which are perfect for all weather

2) Bring basics - denim shirt, logo t-shirts, jeans etc can be pair with anything!

3) Make sure you are comfortable in it - otherwise you will just end up having a bad trip!

I brought with my my leather jacket and black ankle boots that I wore everyday, and here is what I brought for mix and match for that I could wear for a week :)

 





 I was able to come up with 8 possible outfits :) - granted some of them are a little bit similar! But at least you are not completely repeating!

I have posted some of the looks on look book! which will follow on :)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Italy!

During April I had the pleasure the travel to Italy for a week <3
It took us a lot of planning and budgeting and we finally decided on going to Pisa, Florence and Rome <3

I went with my twin sister and our friend from high school. 3 girls traveling isn't very safe, however if you are careful you shouldn't run into too much trouble, particularly since it is a touristy place.

Here's a short iternery of my trip:
Day 1 - land at Pisa, visit the leaning tower then catch a train to Florence
Day 2 to 4 - stay in Florence, take the afternoon train to Rome
Day 5 - 7 - Rome, with day 6 spend mostly in Vatican.

I am going to do a highlight of the trip - since I had pretty much walked my feet off the entire week! First I am going to start with Pisa :)

Pisa

Pisa airport is a good choice if you want to go to Florence or anywhere in Tuscany, since flying there through budget airline is a lot cheaper than flying direct to Florence. And also it's a small enough place that you can probably just spend the day you arrive there.

We landed in the afternoon, taking ryan air :) Outside the airport there is A LOT of buses that go direct to Florence (Terravision etc) to SMN station, so you don't really have to worry about train etc.

To get to Pisa Central Station (for trains), you need to go outside the airport and on the the road island to the right across the road to catch a local bus!
This is what the bus stop sign looks like!
You can also take this bus directly to the leaning tower!

You need to buy tickets, which costs 1.2 Euro via ticketing machines.

The system is that you buy a ticket valid for about 40 minutes (or was it 50?) - so if you are quick then you can make it to the Pisa Centrale station, drop you luggage at left luggage and hop on the leaning tower of Pisa using 1 ticket!

You need to validate you ticket on the bus - using the machine on the left. If you are found without a validating ticket you will be fined!
 On the right is me with my ticket - remember it's valid for 40 minutes so don't just throw it away!

We left our luggage at Pisa Centrale - hoping to catch the train to Florence later. The station is easy to recognize and you will have no trouble getting off.


The left luggage is situated at the end of platform 1. It's 4-5 Euro per luggage, lots of people leave their stuff there and it was opened till 9pm the day I went. So it's pretty safe.

From the station we walked to the Tower. To be honest it wasn't a difficult or a far walk. About 15 - 20 minutes along the river, a pretty straight forward route (Do google map it before your journey if you wishes to walk - just in case you get lost).

 To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed about the Pisa Tower. It was a lot smaller than expected - and on the day we went the grass area was fenced off so we couldn't stand inside and take photos like many other tourists did.

Entrance to the Cathedral is FREE! All you need to do is pick up a free ticket at the counter! It's worth a look if you are there already.



We spent most of our time there trying to take photos :P
Here is one of me kicking the tower! And a massive thank you to my friend who was helping me to balance :)

Overall Pisa was worth a quick visit just for the touristy bit!


Monday, 29 April 2013

First blog :D - who am I? What is this all about?

Hi everyone :D

My name is Nam! I am better known on the net as shadowcheah - an internet name I had been using since childhood that kind of stuck with me through time.

I am a 21 years old student studying in London, England, but originally from the amazing city of Hong Kong <3

I had always wanted to start a blog but never found the time or the resources to do it, but now I had finally pluck up the courage and viola - here I am!

I guess I always had a passive for writing, whether it was in my mother tongue Chinese or in English. One of my hobby is actually writing :) I am a writer on this website call wattpad where I post my latest stories: www.wattpad.com/shadowcheah
Please check out my stories if you have time!

As said in my blog description, I am a girl with many, many hobbies and interest. Frankly, I am not very accomplish in most of them :P But, life is short, so you might as well try to do things that you want ;)

This is where what is this all about come in! Blogging has been a major 'thing' in the past few years and since I wanted to get my writing out there I thought: why not make a blog documenting my chaotic hobbies and life? Would it be confusing? Yes. Would it make no sense? Yes. But would it be a lot of fun? I certainly hope so.

So here it is. My first post. None of you are probably interested in my rambling, but hopefully I will post something that will catch someone's eye eventually.

What will I post about? Well, let's see, there are soooo many things:

1) Traveling - I tend to travel quite a bit :) got a few trips stored up from this year and previous years that I could take about!

2) Crochet - I LOVE making little animals out of crochet whenever I have the time and resources - I am no expert, but I do try my best :)

3) Looks - I am lookbooker, for those of you who don't know, it's a community where members post their latest looks. I put my profile up at the side so go check them out!

4) Wattpad - more specifically, writing. I am a armature writer. English isn't my first language but I try my best. I do hope to get publish one day (eeeek). Hope.

5) AOB - any other business. Like I say, I have a lot of hobbies ;)

Thank you for visiting my blog :) hopefully I will stick to it!