My funny sonnet

It is funny that after all this time,

You’ve still managed to bring this side out true.

It is difficult to find words that rhyme,

It’s funny I want to write this for you.

You have always been the one to inspire,

To make me want to step out of the box.

You make me want to construct an empire,

Laughing and crying to a ticking clock.

I want you t’see me at my best, shining.

When I soar, I want to know you are there.

And when I’m angry and bitter, shiv’ring.

My worst is yours to see too if you care.

You have my first ‘I love you’, through and through.

It’s funny I’ve written this, now, for you.

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A/N: I sat on the bus this morning, thinking about how I want to try and tackle poetry again. It’s probably from reading Neil Gaiman’s Dark Sonnet on Monday.

I’ve never tried writing a sonnet before, but I really do love Shakespeare’s sonnets. Sonnet 18 is my favourite and yes, I know, it might be too mainstream but it was the first one I’ve ever read and analysed so it will always have a special place in my heart.

This one I’ve written though really brings back the poem at the end of 10 Things I Hate About You but I can’t make it more ‘Shakespearean’ at the mo. The fourth line was actually the first line first, but then I couldn’t think of a better way to end the first four lines so I shuffled things around. Keeping each line at 10 syllables was hard too.

Hopefully, it hasn’t come out too childish. I’d like to shout out to Dark Sonnet by Neil Graham. That is one beautiful poem. And isn’t it a funny world, being back in this position now…

PS – Stomach’s still not well, dammit. Still in a bit of pain *sighs*

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[Food Review] Post-work Italian dinner at Ottimo

After that blogging spree, I seemed to have gone dark again, lol. It’s been one hell of a week at work last week. I’m partly to blame, I knew that quite a few deadlines were coming up and I thought I had it under control. I kind of did but I think the whole stressful atmosphere at work didn’t help. I might have panicked a little last Monday, wondering how on Earth was I going to finish everything in time.

I hadn’t been that close to bursting into tears at work since I was training in England, lol. Now that, brought back some memories.

Anyway, it’s all under control now and I cannot wait for the break next week. Whoop!

And today, when my stomach is aching (as it has been since morning), I finally found my blogging muse again.

I like doing thing chronologically because it’s easiest to keep track that way so I went through the photos on my phone to remember which place was up to a review next.

Introducing Ottimo, a small Italian restaurant around the north campus of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. I’ve had their pizza many times already and have visited the place 3 times (I think). This is the only time I’ve managed to get my phone out for a picture xD

Here is Kathy‘s order:

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I believe it was a fried chicken dish but Kathy’s asked for the side veg to be some sort of salad…?

We all had a bite (me had quite a few) and I think it was pretty good.

Score: 4

Will come back to update Kathy’s score.

Kathy’s score update: 5

 

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This was Lucey’s pumpkin soup I think. I forgot to take a photo until she was more than half way through the dish ^^” We joked about how I should make my photos on this blog ones after the meal xD

Didn’t taste this one so can’t give any score. I think Lucey’s mentioned that it was good but sweet? Will come back and update her score.

Score update: 4

 

And here is the star of the night.

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One’s for Lucey and one for me. I’m not greedy enough to order 2.

Large (11″) Calzone. I absolutely love calzone. I can’t remember when I first discovered it, must have been when I was studying in the UK and probably when I was still in my undergrad. I’ve always loved thick crust pizza (I know, that’s not a proper Italian pizza but what can I say) so a calzone is a perfect mix of true Italian taste with mine.

I didn’t think I would come across this gem in China so I was very excited when I first saw the calzone on the menu. I’ve never been able to order anything else for the past 3 times I’ve visited the restaurant.

(The other times I’ve had their pizzas were delivered.)

The other 2 times I went for a ‘small’ one and that was still 9″ and very filling. This time, I suggested to Lucey, whom ordered the same as me, that we should get the large, eat half and take the other half home.

We didn’t quite realise how big it really would be xD

Just half of the calzone was so very filling. The fillings were ham and salami I think. I don’t really like salami so I left them out on the side. The rest, was heavenly.

I also had enough for my second breakfast on the next day xD

(We went to this place almost 2 weeks ago now. I had evening duty so had to stay behind till 9pm hence going out for dinner.)

Score: 6 

Lucey’s score update: 5

 

Overall, it’s a great place to go to for dinner if we had to stay behind to do more work in the evening. I don’t think I can bring myself to order anything else other than the calzone either xD Though I try to avoid dinners on a weekday because my weight would definitely not appreciate it.

 

And that’s pretty much it for this entry. I’m starting to feel sleepy now and the stomach isn’t getting any better so I’m just going to go sulk. Or may be dry my hair and see if I want to call it a night since it’s nearly 8pm and all now.

 

Hope you all are having a much better Monday than I am!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – Went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yesterday at an IMAX 3D cinema at Wanda Plaza. I didn’t see any trailer before at all and haven’t seen any of the other DC Comics films either… So I should really congratulate myself from not feeling too lost while watching the film xD It was all right I’m supposed. And I’m just happy that I got through another 3D film without getting a headache. It was actually pretty good in 3D, I can kind of see the appeal now… ish.

Some of the actions were good and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. Man, that man all dressed up in a 3-piece suit, with his hair going grey around the temple. Mmmmmm When he suits up, he kind of looks like a fat Batman… >.> Sorry Ben. You’re too buff and the suit really packs on pounds. I always appreciate British actors and Henry Cavill was just lovely and righteous.

Though I think the film’s saving grace is their female characters. I absolutely love Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Amy Adams’s Lois Lane. Also, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther. Man, he only got on my nerves towards the end of the film xD I actually liked the character Lex Luther before he went bonkers.

Won’t say much more because I don’t want to spoil the film for anyone!

[Food Review] It started with the trivia at Rebel Rebel

It seems like I’m a blogging spree xD I love the scheduling option, I can blog, blog and blog. Then schedule it to be published whenever I want! 😉

Anywho, still all about food reviews here. It won’t be too long either because I don’t have that many photos of the food from Rebel Rebel… ^^”

(Or if you can use facebook, here’s their facebook page.)

It’s a small place near Shipaiqiao Metro Station. Leave at Exit A, do a U-turn after you’ve come up onto the street (you’ll be walking along the main road with the department store on your left). Turn left at the first intersection/traffic light. Rebel Rebel is in one of the small roads, look out for the tiger sign. If you come across the Oakwood apartment building, then you’ve gone too far.

We first went to Rebel Rebel when they held a special Trivia back in November. We were so excited for it that we went so early – 5pm. The quiz didn’t quite start till after 6.30pm, lol.

The place gets quite packed on Trivia nights. Anyway, we were all hungry and their menu looked good. I ordered sausages and mash potato which was so good. I was very impressed. Shame that I didn’t take a photo from that night, it will come later with a proper review.

That night was a success. I actually won our team our money back by getting the bonus round answer correct (whoop!). And we didn’t come last. So we all agreed that the night was a win for us all xD

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Shirley Temple Mocktail

 

This was the drink I ordered more than once that night. They don’t have that many mocktails to choose from, only 4 if I remember correctly. Shirley Temple is the only one that do not have mint. I’m not a big fan of mint so…

I like this drink though, and have been ordering it at least once every time I went there. If I remember correctly, it’s Grenadine syrup (hence the colour) in sparkling water and a squeeze of lemon.

It tasted like Sprite but a tad sweeter. I also like the red colour 🙂

Score: 5

 

The next time I went, if I remember correctly, was after the New Year. Kathy, me and another friend went when they had a promotion where if order the main course, you get free flow Tiger beer from 7-8pm. Kathy was very psyched up for that.

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Chicken schnitzel with grilled vegetable and fries. It was pretty good, the chicken was crunchy and we all liked the grilled veg.

Score: 4

 

We were so focused on eating that night that I only managed to take one photo of the chicken schnitzel. We ordered the sausages again but I completely forgotten to take a photo until…

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At least it was so good that we polished it off in a short amount of time…!

My drink fared slightly better.

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I can’t actually remember how many glasses of Shirley Temple I ordered that night actually… lol.

 

We went again for Trivia in January but I only have pictures of people and no food… (We also made an improvement and came 8th out of 11 in the Trivia. Our second round results were extremely good, we got a ridiculous amount of questions right. Sadly, the double points were in the first round which we didn’t do so well on… Damn. If the double point was in the second round, we would totally come out in a much higher place.)

 

Anyway, we went back again just under 2 weeks ago and I finally remember to take a photo of my favourite dish there.

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I’ve mentioned in the last post that I like to try new things now and explore the menu right? Well, I haven’t been able to order other dishes here at Rebel Rebel yet because their bangers and mash and bake beans and the caramelised onions are so bloody good. The small portion of salad with vinaigrette is great too. It’s my taste of England here in GZ.

I was going to give it a 6 first but then I just realised as I typed out the last paragraph that I’ve kept on ordering this same dish so it can’t just be a 6.

Score: 7

 

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And here’s another bonus and British points! It’s Ribena with a squeeze of lemon. Oh my goodness. I think this could possibly replace my order of Shirley Temple. I love Ribena, it’s one of the things I really miss about England. So to have this drink available at Rebel Rebel is a dream come true.

Score: 6 (because I could do with a bit more Ribena…)

 

And that’s pretty much it for Rebel Rebel. We ordered the pizza as well as many appetizers but no pictures and I don’t remember much about them… The pizza we had was spicy with lots of chilies but still good. We weren’t that impressed with the appetizers though.

Ah! They got good live music though. We usually go there on a Friday so that’s good. It can get loud though so be prepared to shout to the person next to you to have a conversation.

To me, Rebel Rebel is now my taste of Britain here in GZ 😉

 

And that’s a wrap for the entry. Hope you are having a good week so far! Not too long till Friday now.

 

With love,

From GZ

[Food Review] The long and overdue review for Bosphorus

I didn’t realise until half my way through my last review that I’ve completely forgotten about Bosphorus. We’ve been there many times now and I’ve never written a review for it.

And as I was going through my pictures, I realised that I don’t have that many pictures of food at Bosphorus at all… ^^” I wonder why is that…

We always order quite a bit but it seems like I’ve managed not to take pictures of most of them! ^^”

So this entry may be a bit short…

I must confessed that even though I love food, I haven’t really tried that many things or different cuisines in my life. Not from a fear of trying new things, I love trying new food. It’s just that I’m a creature of habit and I like to go to the same place over and over again.

(At least I don’t really order the same thing over and over again now. I quite like to try out new menus nowadays but this has only started when I went to uni.)

So the first time I’ve ever had Turkish food was at Bosphorus about 6 months ago. And it made one hell of an impression.

I love, love, love lamb and the lamb at Bosphorus has never disappointed me.

I think I’ve ordered the lamb skewers the first time I went there and possibly had foodgasm. Kathy ordered eggplant and onion salad I think which were very good. We also had bread and enjoyed their dip and pickled veg. (I love pickled vegetable.)

And I can’t quite believe that I didn’t take any photos!

 

Anyway, here’s one picture from another visit back in November 2015.

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Lamb chops

Since I like to try new menus these days, I went for lamb chops that time. Oh my goodness.

It, was divine. The lamb was cooked to perfection and spiced just right. I was in heaven with this plate.

Score: 7

(And I actually had to go back to the video clip Kathy and I filmed during our first visit to the Garden Hotel Ladies Night to check for the score. We made a comparison between the lamb chops at the Garden Hotel to the one in Bosphorus. And yeap, gave it a 7 back then.)

 

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Lamb kebab

This was from the latest time we went to Bosophorus just over 2 weeks ago. I didn’t feel like having rice and wanting to try another new dish but still want lamb. So a lamb kebab it is!

It was good but I wanted more lab… It was surprisingly filling though…

Score: 5

 

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This pudding though. Oh my goodness. This gorgeous, decadent, chocolate heaven in a single bite. It’s dark and creamy but not too sweet and the pistachio on top was just perfect with everything else.

If you like chocolate, then you must try this dessert.

Score: 7

 

And… that is it. *awkward smile* I told you that I didn’t have many photos at all… *looks sheepish*

I would highly recommend the Big B to anyone and everyone, the food is fantastic.

 

That’s pretty much it for me tonight. It’s getting warmer again in GZ which makes it slightly hard to decide what to wear since it’s still not warm enough to go short-sleeve yet but turtlenecks might be a bit too much… Decisions, decisions :p

Anyway, hope you are having a good week guys!

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – a relatively old Thai song (I think it came out in 2008 or 2009?) came up on my iTunes today. Haven’t listened to the song properly in so long that it felt almost like I was listening to it the first time. It flashed me back to university days and there is one particular vivid scene I saw in my head. That brought back memories… may be I’ll share that here some days… If anyone’s curious, here’s the link to it.

PPS – the scheduling works! Yay! Bring on blogging the night before xD

 

[Food Review] 1920 Restaurant & Bar

It hasn’t been the most productive weekend. I got just a little bit of work done (boo -3-) and so I’m trying to make myself feel a bit more productive with blogging.

I’m also going to try the ‘Schedule’ function too so fingers crossed.

We are back once more with a food review. I actually had to go back through my photos to remember which place to review next ^^”

Please allow me to introduce one of our favourite places to go for food and/or drinks: 1920 Restaurant & Bar

My first time there was just after the Chinese New Year holiday a month ago. We actually went to Tairyo at Wanda Plaza for some teppanyaki first (no review because I only have one measly clip of the whole experience… ^^”) and then venture out to Taojin for post-dinner chit-chat.

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I actually can’t remember what I’d ordered here. It’s one of the mocktails… might have been the fruit punch… And so because I don’t actually remember the drink or how it tasted, I can’t really give it a score… ^^”

(If it was the fruit punch, a score for that will come later from our latest visit. I definitely remember that).

We sat on the fifth floor patio and the atmosphere was great.

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My friends ordered this and I had a bite or two. It’s a 3-typed chocolate mousse/cake. I wasn’t really that impressed with it partly because I’m not the biggest mousse fan.

I do like rich, dark chocolate mousse but I find most chocolate mousse-based dessert too light and airy. Also, I think the menu said ‘cake’ and so I was expecting a 3-typed chocolate cake rather than mousse.

Score: 3

 

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After finishing my mocktail, I ordered a cup of hot chocolate. Again, I haven’t been that impressed with chocolate drinks in GZ but this cup was all right.

Score: 4

 

So I suppose my first time there wasn’t that impressive in terms of food/drinks. However, the atmosphere was great and it was in Taojin area.

 

We went back again 2 weeks ago for an after dinner drinks again (we went to Bosphorus this time which is in the building right next to 1920).

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I tried another mocktail this time, I think it’s called Lychee Temptation and I must say that I quite liked it! It can be quite difficult getting the lychee flavour right if you don’t use the real fruit. I was pleased to find that the lychee taste wasn’t too artificial and overwhelming here.

I think they’ve used the canned lychee as their based which is a good choice. I’m a big fan of lychee so I would definitely order this drink again.

Score: 5

 

We didn’t order any food that time, considering how stuffed we all were after the dinner.

 

Which leads to our latest visit to 1920 on Friday. This time, we actually had dinner there. It was drizzling and the temperature has dropped in GZ at the end of last week so we opted for the indoor section on the 4th floor instead.

The atmosphere was very nice and we sat in the section where we could enjoy the Happy Hour!

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This was one of Kathy‘s orders. I’ll explain why it’s ‘one of’ later. The various vegetables were grilled and seasoned really well. I was surprised at how good it tasted. The portion was pretty small though…

My score: 5

Will come back and add in Katy’s score.

Kathy’s score update: 6 

 

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I definitely ordered the Berry Fruit Punch here. I remember looking through their Happy Hour mocktails list where the lychee drink I had before caught my eyes but I wanted to try something new. I, of course, had completely forgotten that I might have ordered the fruit punch the first time we went to 1920…

Ah well, since I didn’t actually remember that first time, it was a good thing I’d ordered the fruit punch here. I think it’s hard to find a glass of fruit punch that accommodates my taste. I like it quite citrus-y but still with a hint of syrup that I grew up with in Thailand.

(I actually have to google it up to see if 1.) it has an English name and 2.) whether it’s known outside of Thailand or not.

Found the English name but it seems to be a Thai product. It’s Hale’s Blue Boy Sala Flavored Syrup which I absolutely loved as a kid and still love now. Sala is a kind of Thai fruit. I’ve just found out that it can be called snake fruit in English, probably due to its prickly skin. Huh… Thank you Google and Wikipedia.)

Anyway, I was definitely happy with my choice here, would definitely order it again once I’ve made my way through the menu xD

Score: 6

 

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I was feeling like having some cheese so I ordered a starter of Camembert. I can’t remember what exactly is the name of the dish but they are pieces of Camembert cheese, covered with bread crumb.

They were crispy on the outside and soft and melt-y on the inside. The almond, berry sauce and mint leaf really, really complement the Camembert. Having the whole piece in one bit is like a small piece of heaven in your mouth.

I believe that this dish was a hit all around.

Score: 6

 

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It was a tough decision, choosing my main dish. It was either the pork knuckle or a mix platter of sausages, both a well known German dish. I went for the pork knuckle this time and was not disappointed.

We were all a bit shock at the size of it, first of all. It was possibly as big as the one from Paulaner but less pricey. This dish was just a little bit over RMB 100.

The sauerkraut was fantastic and the meat, juicy. The crackling wasn’t as good as the one from Paulaner but it was one hell of a dish for its price.

Score: a very strong 6

 

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My friends order the cheesecake and I must say, it would definitely be a hit if I love cheesecake. The cheese was rich but everything else completed it very well.

My score: 5

One of our gentlemen-friends’ score: “Cheesecake…out of 7? Probably a cool million.” 

Will update if anyone else contributed to the score.

 

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I saw a new hot drink menu right from the beginning with a caramel and nut hot chocolate that caught my attention. So I ordered it after I’d polished off my pork knuckle.

Sadly, the hint of almond was just a tad too strong for me and it was super sweet. Not that I could taste that much caramel… The small bottle had more syrup for those who wanted it sweeter (o.O).

Score: 3

 

And these were all the pictures I’ve taken. We’ve tried the sausage platter, potato noodle and another plate of salad too, as well as numerous drinks.

The place got busier and busier as the night went on and the music was to our liking. However, the service was a bit too disorganised…

As mentioned earlier, Kathy ended up with 2 plates of salad instead of one. She switched the order while ordering but the waiter didn’t cancel the first one. We ended up sharing the other plate of salad.

I actually didn’t mind since I really like their food but it would have been bad if we didn’t have such a big appetite.

It was a good thing we arrived at about 6pm when it wasn’t busy at all or it might have been worse.

Aside from that, everything else was great! I’d love to go again and try new dishes 🙂

Hopefully this entry will be posted as plan. If so, I hope you had a great start to the week!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

Edit:

After reading Kathy’s comment, I realise that we had difficulties with the service the first night as well. One of our friends ordered a pint of beer and it took a couple of reminders before it got served. We were sitting up on the rooftop patio then.

I think it’possibly a common theme there that once the place gets busy, you have to be a bit patient with them….

Lune

I had just started 6th grade at my primary school. It was an all-girl school where I had 52 other classmates. This was a slight improvement from my earlier years where the class size was about 60 students.

This was actually one of the most well-known and reputable schools in Bangkok. I wasn’t aware that the class size was huge. Not until I went to America, but that’s another story.

I was sitting in the middle between new friends, because even though that was my 6th year at the school, I still couldn’t possibly know everybody yet. There were 10 classes in total that year, so that was more than 500 students in my year.

Anyway, I was chatting away about an anime I was watching called Cardcaptor Sakura. The cartoon channel on the cable TV had brought the second season of this anime back. I absolutely loved the first season so I was over the moon for the second season.

However, I was away during the summer holiday so I’d missed quite a few episodes. There was no internet at home back then for me to go online and catch up so I was a bit lost. I was just asking around with my new friends, hoping that one of them had watched Cardcaptor Sakura too so they could fill me in.

Someone must have heard my prayer because a voice from behind called out to say that she had watched the anime too.

I turned around and a new friendship was born. I don’t think either of us knew on that day that (nearly) 16 years down the line, I would still have the privileged of calling her my best friend.

We weren’t the best of friends from day 1. We were in the same group of friends but we were both closer to other people during that year.

I remember how she always had all of the stationeries we need. At some point during the school year, the desks were arranged in groups and her pencil case would be put in the middle so that everybody could have access to it.

My notebooks, on the other hand, were the source and ‘inspirations’ to other people’s homework. It was not unusual for friends to come by and ask to borrow my exercise books in the morning.

I remember the day Lune came to school with her hair cut short. I was quite shock, because I know how much she loved, still does, her long hair.

I also remember that we had cleaning duty together once, and she wrote her nickname in English on the board and I couldn’t pronounce it properly.

But we weren’t each other’s best friend yet.

It was only after we finished 6th grade that we somehow started talking on the phone. I don’t remember how it happened, but I’m so thankful it did. We would talk on the phone everyday until I had to fly to the States.

She was the only person I always wanted to call from the US while I was studying there. I can still (just about) remember her old landline number because I pretty much had it memorised.

I think we’ve written each other’s letters during that year too. That was the only way to keep in touch with her because, again, no internet at home yet. I think I wrote other people letters too but I put them all in the same envelop and asked Lune to give them out at school.

And when I went back to Thailand, she was the only friend I called to let her know that I was back. I went to visit my old school and I remember friends running to come by and say hi, but she was the only one whom I went straight back to talking on the phone with everyday.

I spent a lot of time at my maternal grandmother’s house at that point and I remember using the old phone where you have to turning a wheel rather than buttons for numbers.

(I just googled what we call that, it’s a rotary dial phone.)

And then she went abroad for 8th Grade while I stayed on in Thailand.

Lune came back to university in Thailand, but then I went off to England for my Bachelor degree.

This is pretty much the story of our lives. I don’t think we’ve ever lived in the same country for longer than a year-ish.

And yet.

She is my oldest friend really.

I’ve known her longer than my own little sister.

She’s the one I want to talk to whenever something good has happened.

She’s the one I want to call when something bad has happened.

She’s the one I want to rant to when life throws me a curve ball.

 

She has always been there in my life.

I don’t want to imagine my life without her.

I tell people that if I wasn’t into guys, I would be going down on one knee with a ring to propose to her.

She would be my soulmate if soulmates can be platonic.

 

So on this day, where she turns 27, I just want to dedicate this blog entry to one of the best of friends a girl can have.

Honey, I wish you the happiest birthday. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate with you in person, but I’ll make up for it the next time we meet.

Thank you for almost-16 years of awesomeness. Thank you for always being there and putting up with me. I hope I am being that for you, the way you are to me.

I’m so grateful for mobile internet and chat apps that allow us to keep in touch pretty much 24/7. Though I do kind miss writing letters to you xD

I hope that this 28th year of your life brings you lots of joy. I look forward to creating more fantastic memories with you.

ฮันนี่~ โอทันโจวบิ โอเมเดโตวเน้ มีความสุขมากๆนะ เขียนภาษาอังกฤษไปเยอะแล้ว แอบเขินนะเนี่ย ฮ่าๆ พวกเราไม่ค่อยได้ทำอะไรซึ้งๆให้กันเลยเดี๋ยวนี้ แต่ไหนๆก็อัพบล็อกแฮปแล้ว ขอซักหน่อยเถอะ เอิ๊ก

ขอบคุณสำหรับทุกอย่างเลยนะ ขอให้พวกเราเป็นเพื่อนกันแบบนี้ไปตลอด

รักนะจ๊ะ (ฮิ้ววววว เขินเว้ยเฮ้ย)

 

With love,

From GZ

 

Philavan – พิลาวัณย์

Finally, it’s time for a post about my flight back to GZ after the Chinese New Year holiday. (I know, it’s nearly a month late but again, better late than never xp)

I flew back to GZ on Saturday 13 Feb with Thai Airways. The flight time is quite early this time around, scheduled to take off before 10am. So I was up by about 6am and had some breakfast.

The good thing about flying with TG is that there were so many check-in counters so I didn’t really have to wait at all. I also had 30kg weight limit. Whoop whoop.

After that, I said good bye to my family then went on to the Security check and Immigration. I was inside by about 7.30am. To kill time, I made my way to the King Power Lounge for a second breakfast xD

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Congee and tea

I don’t normally like congee for breakfast but their congee was good. I’m getting hungry just looking at the picture now…

I had a bit to eat while waiting and just browsing on my phone. It was pretty relaxing 🙂 and free! ;D

Score: 5

 

I made my way to the Gate just before 9am and was greeted with a very nice surprise.

They upgraded me to Business Class because the flight was full.

:DDDDDDDDDDD

This would be my first in a very long time to sit in the Business Class. Needless to say, I was super excited!

I was among the first passengers to board the plane (for once) and couldn’t really keep the grin off my face as I sat down in my seat.

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There was definitely more leg room here xD

As I settled in, the flight attendant came around to serve us some drinks.

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Orange juice

The glass was definitely half full 😉

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The menu

Another flight attendant came around to give us the food and drinks menus. I was intrigue to see what kind of food they’d serve in Business Class.

Here are the menus if you feel like squinting slightly to read them.

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Food

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Drinks

After picking my choice of the main course, I looked around my seat to see what was available.

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There were a lot more buttons/functions to choose for the seat! The seat was bigger than in Economy class and it went further back. It was very comfy to lounge in.

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It was definitely a seat with a view :)))

After the Entertainment came online, I tried to find a film to watch. I was too excited to sleep and I didn’t want to waste my opportunity in Business Class.

Ended up watching Hero (2015), a Japanese film based on a J-series of the same name. It also stars Kimura Takuya, one of the most popular actors in Japan.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of J-Pop so I’m pretty familiar with the entertainment business in Japan. Kimura Takuya, commonly known as KimuTaku, is also in a boy-band called SMAP. SMAP is arguably one of the most famous acts in Japan at the moment, having officially been in the business for more than 25 years.

Anyway, here’s a trailer for the film I’ve watched. It was pretty good actually.

While I was watching the film, the flight attendants started serving our food.

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Almonds and orange juice to get our appetite going.

Then they came around with a white cloth which acted as a table cloth. Fancy…

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Starter

Grilled US Scallop wrapped with leek ribbon

Duck Liver Mousse with Apple

I love scallop but I was never a fan of duck liver… I quite enjoyed this dish but I have to say, what impressed me the most was the green vegetable in the middle. I think it was celery but seasoned well with raisins or something sweet and fruity. I was happily munching it away.

Score: 5

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Main course

Baked Chicken Thigh in Pandan Leaf Sauce

Steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice

Chiang Mai Vegetables 

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit surprised to see the food in the same container as what I would get in Economy class. I was half expecting it to come in a dish like the Starter.

However, I was upgraded so I won’t complain xD The chicken was tender and went well with the rice.

Score: 4

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Dessert

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Apricot Jelly, Almond Crunch and Armagnac Caramel Chocolate Truffle

Stuffed Rice Flour with Coconut and Caramel Covered with Sesame seeds

A pretty long description for a pretty small portion. I wasn’t so impressed with the dessert either, partly because neither the chocolate truffle nor the Thai dessert was to my taste. I tried both and ate all of the apricot jelly (xD that was nice and tangy). The fruit was good though, with apple, grapes and papaya.

Sadly, they didn’t have black tea so I had a cup of Oolong instead.

Score: 3

 

Even though the food didn’t quite impress me that much, the overall experience was still fantastic. Especially since it was a free upgrade ;D I was so sad that the flight was only 3 hours, I would have loved to enjoy the seat for longer. I also forgot to try out the massage option on the seat! >< Will definitely have to try that if I ever find myself in Business Class again ;D

 

Overall experience score: 6

 

It is nearly 9pm now, bed time for me. Just need to dry my hair and then sleep~ Didn’t sleep that well last night I think so felt bad this morning. Thankfully, I felt better in the afternoon. Have another busy day ahead of me tomorrow, eeps.

Hope you are all having a good week!

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – It’s been warm for about a week or so but it’s finally rained today and the temperature is dropping. I’m glad for the rain, the air quality was getting very bad and you can see it when you go outside. But hopefully, it won’t be too freezing.

PPS – I went to see Zootopia with Kathy on Sunday and IT WAS AMAZING. We loved it so much!! Just like what Lune said, it was so gooddddddddddd.

[Food Review] RICCI Creative Eats

Since I’m on a blogging spree(?) and that the internet seems to be somewhat working, I better get on with this long and overdue blog entry.

I first went to RICCI Creative Eats back in August when I have just moved to GZ. It had made a great impression back then and hasn’t failed to satisfy us every time since. Most of the photos I have are from the second to last time I went to celebrate Chinese New Year Holiday/the end of Semester 1 but I do have 1 other photo from the time before that.

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From the second time at RICCI

I actually can’t find an official website to RICCI so don’t have the names/descriptions of the dishes so you are all stuck with my memory/creativity xp

This was a salmon burger dish. I was feeling like burger that day and I think this was one of their special menu. Sadly, it didn’t quite live up to the expectation. I didn’t particularly like the salmon patty. The rest of the burger was good, loved the pickles and the buns, but the salmon was supposed to be the star of the show so the whole dish kind of flopped.

Score: 3

 

Moving on to last month’s visit.

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Blueberry, banana, yoghurt and honey smoothie (I think)

One of the things that is well known at RICCI is their smoothies. I always get one when I can and have learned to go for the big size rather than the small. I also try to get a different one each time but I actually can’t quite remember now which ones I have had before… ^^”

This glass didn’t disappoint and because of the big size, it lasted the whole meal! I was actually very full by the end… ^^”

Score: 5

 

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Moroccan Eggplant humus

This one was pretty good to, especially to share, and healthy as well!

Score: 4

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Fries with 3 different sauces

The first time I saw the Thai sweet chilies sauce, I might have squealed quietly in excitement. I forget sometimes that I’m in China, not England, and that the Thai’s influence is much stronger here at times, lol.

Still, I didn’t think there are many people out there that have similar tastes like me. I love dipping my fries in the Thai sweet chilies sauce. I actually like mixing the Thai sweet chilies sauce with tomato ketchup ;P

There’s also some sort of soy sauce mayonnaise dip too that was fascinating. So this fries dish was definitely intriguing.

Score: 5

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Chicken and Pesto Pasta

Onto my main course, I saw that they have a pesto pasta dish so of course I had to try it xD

It didn’t disappoint either! It was creamy and full of pesto flavour with mushrooms and chicken. Very filling. I was afraid that it wouldn’t be big enough, turned out that I struggled to finish the whole dish! I was very surprised at that. I was starving by the time dinner was served so to struggle to finish the whole serving was odd for me.

I was actually so full I ended up feeling nauseous that night. I think I’ve mentioned it in this post before about how I ended up feeling quite sick after pigging out. So yes, it was mainly because of this plate of pasta xD

It was still a good plate of pasta though.

Score: 5

 

Here are some other dishes that other people ordered. I don’t think anybody would have remember the score they would give to their dishes now so I’ll just post the pics with a brief description (if I can think of any)…

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This one was The Angry Chef’s dish. Rice with Thai style chicken I think. I believe she was happy with her selection.

Score update: 5

 

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This is the flat bread with salmon and avocado, ordered by The Angry Chef’s husband. Good too I believe.

 

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I believe this is a beef dish with either curry rice or couscous…?

 

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And here is Ice Man’s salad. I think it might be beef as well…?

 

I think every body was happy with their choices. Sorry I couldn’t give the score to every dishes… ^^”

I wouldn’t mind going back to RICCI sometimes soon. It’s right opposite of Ikea at the Guangzhou East Railway Station, Line 3 on Metro too. And there’s a pretty big Aeon supermarket very close by as well as Daiso. It’s a very good place to go on a weekend to shop.

Well, I hope you all had a great Thursday. It’s Friday tomorrow! Woohoo!

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – I’ve actually written this post yesterday after I realised that I should have just open the web in a new tab to get everything working again… Trying the scheduling option as well. Let’s see if it’ll work or not xD

PPS – The 3rd of March is the Hinamatsuri in Japan, so happy Girl’s Day! I love the ornament dolls, they are all beautiful and elaborate! Not to mention expensive too… lol.

 

A March Entry

Happy March everyone!

I was going to do a food review for RICCI Creative Eats since that is long overdue as well as prep for an entry for my flight back to GZ where I was upgraded to Business class because of a full flight.

However, my internet has been terrible. It hasn’t really improved at all since Monday and so I can’t upload any photos. *sighs* I hope it’ll be better soon. Not even sure if I’ll be able to post this entry -3-

Now that my plan A and B are thwarted, I’m not quite sure what to write…

Oh, I tried making a mug cake on Monday. It’s a self-saucing chocolate decadent (apparently) but sadly didn’t quite work out for me. I wonder if it was because I used butter instead of oil and that might have changed the consistency of the batter. May try it again if the mood strikes, but for now, I’ll probably stick to baking in the oven.

I also haven’t been feeling well yesterday or today. After the 9 hours of sleep on Sunday night, I seemed to fail at going to bed early enough for a good, solid 8 hours for two nights straight. So I went from being energetic and cheerful on Monday, to just exhausted yesterday and feeling a bit unwell today.

Hoping to counter that with a good sleep today and starting tomorrow bright and early. I was supposed to be on the 500 calories today as well as part of my 5:2 plan but I wasn’t as strict as I normally would be. Wouldn’t be too good to starve your body when you’re ill so ate some Chinese cabbage as well as soup on tops of my boiled egg whites and banana for lunch. That seemed to do the trick.

Still came home feeling very tired and was just lounging around on the couch. Couldn’t peel myself off it until half past 6pm to go take a shower. Cooked some rice as well so I have something substantial to eat for breakfast tomorrow morning. Can’t wait xD

//Just checked with the uploading images, still uploading… Man…

Anyway, I might use tonight to write some more then. Got a request to continue with my ‘A Classic‘ story so I’ll like to explore Vanessa’s and Darren’s stories more.

Hope you are all having a good week so far. We are half way through the weekdays now, not too long till the weekend!

With love,

From GZ

PS – I didn’t know what to put as the title of this post at all until nearly the end of the post. Actually went back to add the greeting towards the end too xD

PPS – turns out I had to open a new tab to post this… May be the uploading pictures will work now…