Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Oh where do I even begin? For starters, we've not been back to the UK for a couple of years, so you bet we were damn excited. The initial plan was to go during the mid-year school break, but as it coincides with Ramadhan this year, we decided to utilise the one-week March holidays instead. So effectively we didn't have to wait to long. Woohoo!
We arrived on a Saturday morning and made our way to the hotel near Paddington. And oh, it's also the first time in a good many years that we're in the UK in very early spring, so we travelled a little light. But still, the temperature throughout was mostly in the single digit, and there were days when we had to break out the gloves.
The first order of business was to get some breakfast, and of course, it had to be croissants and coffee at Pret. Ah, how we've missed the simple pleasures of the place.
Then, it was time to walk the city. From Marble Arch, we walked the length of Oxford Street, and eventually to Regent Street, where things got interesting.
This was Tia's first experience being in the thick of full-fledged protest and she was just excited and happy at the same time to see people converging to spread positivity. And after some coaxing, she mustered enough courage to join the march! So proud of her!
So that was Day One. And the next few days were spent doing our favourite London things. : )
We also took the bus a bit more this time around, so rather than just the darkness of tunnels on the underground, we got to see some pretty interesting things we haven't seen before.
Tia also wanted to go the the YouTube Creator Store, the first in the world apparently, so we went to King's Cross to get there. And of course Tia got a bit emo when we finally found it. Hehe.
We also found the Harry Porter store at Platform 3/4, King's Cross, which was totally a pleasant surprise!
Then it was back to more shopping and enjoying the cool weather. Tia did mention to me that since she's also a couple of years older since our last trip, she could appreciate things more. So, there was still some fresh excitement when we got to places like Notting Hill, Westfield London, Covent Garden and our 'ol hood, the Tower Bridge.
And of course, London's Little Malaysia, Bayswater : )
I also made it a point to visit Central Film School, where I did my filmmaking certificate course. It was great to see Adam, who was a classmate and now works at the school. Central have got more students now, and have taken up more space to accommodate everyone. It was great to see!
Of course, I also enjoyed the familiar sights and smells of nearby Brick Lane, and we also had a quick lunch of lamb chops at my favourite place there, Jungle Baraai : )
We also spent a couple of days in Liverpool! Which I will write more about in the next post.
But on day we returned to London, we got news about the Westminster attack. As a result, people were visibly jittery, and we had to take a detour as the M6 was closed.
As we finally arrived at the Victoria Coach Station, we were also told that some of the roads, and underground stations around Westminster were closed. But we got back to the hotel safely.
The next day, we went to Trafalgar Square, and it was almost business as usual. Tourists were out enjoying the sights, but we could see some heavy police presence as investigations into the incident got underway. Here's my video:
For the first time too, Tia and mama went for a musical at the West End. I gave them three choices, and both of them chose "Thriller Live", featuring the music of Michael Jackson!
And of course they had a blast, especially Tia, who is very much into performing arts these days. "I can totally see myself as a performer here," she said after the show : )
It was just awesome to be back here, but after a week, we had to face to reality flying home. Hope to see you again very, very soon, London!
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Just realised there was no list last year. Too much holidaying, I guess. : ) 2016 was quite a weird one. Icons died, politicians continued to lie and the Internet wouldn't stop making stupid people famous. But here's my list anyway...
Super catchy, super fun, super song!
"Showdown: The Movie" Gala Premiere
It had been three years in the making, and when it finally premiered ("Showdown"'s the second feature film that I've written), having friends and family there made the occasion a whole lot sweeter!
The F1 & MotoGP Garage Tour
Thanks to Red Bull, got to lepak at the paddock for both events. Not my first time, but it has been quite a while. Would have been awesomer if I had the guts to stop Kimi who shuffled swiftly past me for a photo!
Book (that I didn't write)
"Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince" by Alex Hahn
An old book that I've kept on the shelf for the longest time. Being a lifetime Prince fan of course I was devastated by his death. Started reading this book, and it further solidified his legendary status, at least for me.
Movie (that I didn't write)
It's hard to be impressed by CGI these days, but Doctor Strange completely blew me away. And Cumberbatch didn't disappoint either.
Batman v Superman
Stop hating on the film, people! I dare ya to watch the blu-ray and NOT think that it's nothing less than awesome!
Metallica's "Hardwired... To Self Destruct"
A return to form, and then some... This is the CD we've been waiting for the past two decades!
Closer, The Chainsmokers
Super catchy, super fun, super song!
It was my first time in Germany, and had a really fun and relaxing week in Hannover. And I feel an even deeper connection with Jurgen Klopp now. Hehe.
Still very much impressed by the production values of the show. And the singing and song selection have remained stellar as well. Not missing AI at all!