Cbeebies Nick Butterworth & Q Pootle 5 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

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On Tuesday 26th July 2016, Cbeebies Nick Butterworth and his alien Q Pootle 5 will be at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich hosting a special event called ‘Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5‘. The Cbeebies author, producer and illustrator will be performing an interactive story-telling complete with live illustrations and hosting a special craft activity for the children.

On the day

The day will kick off at 10am when all of the children will be watching episodes of the hit Cbeebies series under the starry morning planetarium. Nick Butterworth will then present his interactive show and read from his latest book. The morning is rounded off with a wonderful craft activity for the kids. Visitors will also get the chance to explore Royal Greenwich Observatory’s giant Moon map and craft lunar landers to land on it.

From 12pm to 1pm Nick will be book-signing so make sure you bring along your Q Pootle 5 book (which is what I’m going to do) or purchase one on the day from the Astronomy Centre shop to get a lovely signature from Nick and make the day extra special. Continue reading “Cbeebies Nick Butterworth & Q Pootle 5 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich”

Share Your World 2016: Week 26

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In response to Cee’s SYW 2016: Week 26

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Q) What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight?

A) When I was about 12 years old, me and my sister went on our first holiday to Vietnam with our dad. I remember it was such a long flight (about 10hrs) but we were kept entertained with a viewing of My Big Fat Greek Wedding which had just come out in cinemas. It was so good.

Then as we flew over Thailand I remember experiencing the worse turbulence ever – we were having our in-flight meals and then turbulence hit and the food tray lifted up from the tray table. Very bumpy indeed. Continue reading “Share Your World 2016: Week 26”

Share Your World 2016: Week 25

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In response to Cee’s SYW 2016: Week 25

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Q) How many languages do you speak?

A) Two; English and Vietnamese which is my native mother tongue.

Q) What are some words that just make you smile?

A) Ummm… I think words like “smile”, “hello/hi”, “pretty please” and “thank you”

Q) If you were the original architect of one existing building, which building would you select?

A) It would have to be Gaudi’s Casa Batllo ‘House of Bones’ in Barcelona. It’s wonderfully weird, quirky and caught my attention as soon as I had laid eyes on it when I visited barcelona last year.

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Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain / Photo Credit: Google

 

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Inside the Casa Batllo ‘House of Bones’ / Photo Credit: Google

Q) Would you rather have telepathy or telekinesis? (Telepathy is the communication using your brain waves, telekinesis is channeling the energy onto physical objects to cause substantial, observable physical changes.)

A) I think telepathy because it would be cool to get into people’s minds.

Q) Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

A) Last week I managed to get a few more blog posts done so I am very thankful that the kids gave me a chance to do so. This week I am looking forward to the parent’s meeting at LO’s nursery to see how he’s getting on. 🙂

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Discover Challenge: Analog (disposable cameras)

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In response to The Daily Post’s Discover Challenge: Analog

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It’s been a while since I’ve been online (busy with new baby and all) that I haven’t had much time to do the things on my blog that I loved: the blog challenges. After stumbling across The Daily Post’s Discover Challenge, I thought this would be a perfect thing to write about.

This week’s theme is Analog. To me, the word reminds me of analog TV and cable, cassette tapes, dial-up internet and the best one of all… Disposable cameras.

I’m not that old (27 years young) but I’ve got a few nostalgic memories of my teenage years with the ol’ disposable camera.

They were all the rage when I was in school. If you were a popular, cool kid you’d have a disposable cam. I remember everyone wanted to get their hands one especially if we were going out that day. It cost around £8 per cam and I remember I would save up so hard to get my hands on one. Then it costed (in terms of time and money) a little more just to get it printed.

I used to love the sound of the little wind-up mechanism to load the film and the plastic ‘click’ you’d hear when you’d press the button to shoot. When I first discovered these fun cams were getting discontinued as people became more into digital cameras I was a little upset. 1) because I couldn’t afford a decent digital camera back then and 2) I really enjoyed going down to snappy snaps or boots and receiving a lovely pack of printed photos.

When I was in college, I did some work experience at a photographic store that printed both film and digital – I worked in the film department. I learnt how to develop negatives in the darkroom (I will never forget the smell) and load film printing paper (fun times!). I also used to colour correct prints using a printing machine which was somewhat fun but after printing a couple hundred prints, I got bored. All in all, it was 6 months of fun learning as sad as that sounds. It’s a little hard to believe that the kind of job I did now ceases to exist.

I love the technology of our modern world don’t get me wrong but I would love to see disposable cameras making a comeback – even just as a novelty item. 🙂

Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

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I can’t believe it’s week 36 already!

… I can now say the end of this pregnancy is almost near. 🙂

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I’ve been logging back into my BabyCentre forum (May 2016 board) and discovered there are a few of us May mums that have met their bubbas already. According to the BabyCentre website babies born from 37 weeks are considered full-term which is a relief. I have been suffering with Braxton Hicks contractions since about 28 weeks pregnant so I am very glad I haven’t popped just yet. 🙂 They also say that you feel the pain, BH contractions etc much more in subsequent pregnancies as the muscles are already stretched out and slacked.

How I’m feeling…

Most days I feel good mentally but physically I am exhausted. Emotionally; it’s hit-and-miss but predominately good (… when I’m not screaming at LO for jumping off the sofa and onto the armchair across the room!).

I’ve been a busy bunny this week; LO returned back to nursery this Tuesday which gave me some time to clean the house, wash Baby Girl’s clothes and work on an illustration. I think I am reaching that “nesting” phase in pregnancy though I am not as obsessive about cleaning as much as I was when I was pregnant with LO.

What I’ve been up to…

I went along with a friend to a pregnancy yoga class in Camden last weekend and definitely recommend any expecting mum to give it a try no matter what semester you’re in. It’s very gentle but you do work up a bit of a sweat… Well, I did a little so maybe that’s just me. The class was held by TriYoga – they have branches all around London but we went on Saturday morning which was the Camden class.

After our lovely yoga sesh, my friend and I went to a nearby vegan/vegetarian restaurant for lunch. She had a lovely salad and I opted for a halloumi cheese and grilled aubergine burger which was incredibly tasty and low in carbs which was great for me.

Yesterday, I met up with my sisters for a lovely lunch at Big Easy in Canary Wharf. It was lovely to get out and have a nice day out with my siblings and I really enjoyed their company. LO was at nursery so it was like a little luxury for me to be out without the little one.

A busy few weeks ahead

As I like to keep busy, I have a few things scheduled for the next few weeks. Tomorrow (Saturday) I have my friend’s baby shower which I am hosting and somewhat a part of as I am celebrating it as my ‘baby sprinkle’ too 🙂 I’m not having a shower this time as I think one for the first child but as I’m having a girl this time, a “sprinkle” will do. 🙂 Then the week after, I have what may be my last pregnancy massage before birth – I’ve also booked it with a facial. Then at the start of May, I will be heading down to Cowshed at Shoreditch house with my mother-to-be friend for a lovely maternity leg/foot treatment and on bank holiday Monday, I will be meeting up with my friend for waffles at a lovely dessert bar although I will probably have just a diet coke float.