Monday, 23 February 2015

Beauty | Inside my Travel Make Up Bag

Made from waterproof PU, this cosmetics bag is lined in black with a signature Waldo Pancake label with the quote ‘Oh good, another bag.'
We all love a getaway from time to time, whether it's just crashing over at the other half's for the weekend, a sleepover at a best mate's place or a weekend away at the in-laws. But wherever I go and I know that my face needs to look it's best, here are the items I have to have in my travel make up bag~

Friday, 20 February 2015

I've Booked a Holiday!

It's always around this time of the year I look up at the grey clouds of London and the rain falling on my head wishing I was somewhere else. Somewhere that has blue skies and beautiful weather, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin and then a raindrop hits me bringing me back to reality. So of course I had to go and book a holiday!


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

kung hei fat choi 2015 - Google Search
Gong Xi Fa Cai / Kung Hey Fat Choi / 恭喜发财 ~
Happy Chinese New Year!!
Wishing you and your loved ones a prosperous 2015 Year of the Sheep / Goat
Did you know...?
  • There are 12 animals that represent each year in a full cycle
  • It is also known as Spring Festival worldwide
  • It is a time of family gatherings, lots of food and happiness
  • Before the New Year begins, families will clean and sweep their homes to sweep away any bad luck and help ensure good fortune in the year to come
  • Many Chinatowns around the world will host Chinese New Year festivities - London's Chinatown is filled with lion dancers, entertainment and fireworks!
  • This year begins on 19th February 2015
  • Children receive red pockets or hong bao from their elders which is filled with money. Normally this stops at the age of 16, but in our family we've made the tradition go on - hand them over!
  • But.. once you get married, it is your turn to send the red pockets!
  • Red is considered to be a lucky colour in Chinese culture so this will be decorated in a lot of places
  • The celebration lasts for 15 days which makes it a super important festival for Chinese all over the world...
  • So important that in China it is a public holiday that lasts for three days!
  • China is not the only country that declares Chinese New Year a public holiday - it is also celebrated in Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand!
  • Traditional foods are served during the celebratory period such as a whole fish (from head to tail), a sticky cake known as Nian Gow and oranges to name a few

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Food | Knot Pretzels | London

Pretzels are normally only ever seen in one hand when the other hand is holding a beer right? At least that was my first encounter with a pretzel during a university social with an Oktoberfest theme. Few years later and I have now learnt there is a sweet version as well as the savoury salt flavor having dipped my toes into their cinnamon sugar delight of Auntie Anne's.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Life | Five Things | February 2015

一 I've changed my phone language to Chinese in a never ending constant battle striving to learn the mother tongue. This has only resulted in many an  emails/messages/photos suffering by accidentally pressing delete

二 I got new glasses in early December last year and have absolutely fallen in love with them. Been wanting a pair of nerdy geeky big plastic glasses for a while and loving these to no end

三 Found a second hand copy of Professor Layton's Nintendo DS games which obviously mean I'm permanently attached to my NDS now *geek mode on* 

四 I still haven't got round to putting up or even writing up posts of my holiday to the motherland (read Hong Kong). There's no excuses for this, just pure laziness - sorry

五 It's been a little cold in the UK and even had a bit of snow on the ground albeit lasting for less than 24hours. I'm constantly pining after warm weather, lighter days and adventures in the sun so when a pretty fantastic deal came up on TravelZoo for Costa Brava, the credit card came out and Santa Susanna here I come! It's close to Barcelona which we went last year which we had a great time in. Have you been there already? Any recommendations? 
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