April 30 2016: The arrival of Baby Girl
April 30 2016: The arrival of Baby Girl
(Q) What is the perfect pizza?
(A) I rarely have pizza however when I do, I like a nice medley of veg on there and less meat. My dough has to be ultra-thin, cheese and tomato base, toppings: sweetcorn, mushroom, mixed bell peppers, chicken breast and jalapenos.
(Q) What is your favorite time of day?
(A) I think late afternoon is my favourite time of the day – it’s when the kids have their nap so nice and quiet. I also sneak in a catnap for myself too.
(Q) Show us two of your favorites photographs? The photos can be from anytime in your life span. Explain why they are your favorite. Continue reading “Share Your World: Week 29”
These photos were taken from our trip last year to Legoland for LO’s birthday. These were the legos of London – we also saw France, Germany and the United States. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Details”
What is your earliest memory?
After replying to Cee and Joseph, I’ve just remembered an even earlier memory. I was 3 and a half and I was in the car with my dad parked outside Greenwich hospital waiting for my little sister being born. I just about remember asking why we were there and dad said mum was having a baby. That’s all that I remember. However the most vivid memory is the one below.
I think my earliest memory is when I was about four years old – it wasn’t a happy memory either as it was the time when my mum and dad split up. I still remember the day so vividly and the emotions that came with it.
Mum and dad were arguing then she opened the door and kicked him out. I remember dad saying to me “don’t worry, it’s okay” and I was crying so much. I can still hear mum in the background shouting “if you care so much about your dad then leave with him” – I did and never, ever looked back.
I resented my mum growing up but I’ve forgiven her for that day since I got older… However, I will never forget. Continue reading “Share Your World 2016: Week 28”
I came across Katalogue’s lovely weekly linky via The Daily Post’s blogging events page and boy am I glad to find it. is an ongoing Monday link-up of music that we’ve been listening to for the week or a song that’s been stuck in our heads.
For me, Lo has been driving me up the wall requesting for this song: Promiscuious by Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland Continue reading “Music Mondays #39”
This week’s photo challenge set by The Daily Post encourages us to look up and shoot.
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”
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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?
I don’t know why but ball pits, bouncy castles, and tickling LO comes to mind at the moment!
What is your favorite time of day?
As much as I love LO, the period when he goes nursery, 1-3pm, is my favourite time of the day. The only chance I get to have for a bit of me-time!
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?
This is a hard one… I am not too sure! I would have to say – if it’s anyone in the world – it would have to be my dad because ever since he moved back to Vietnam I haven’t seen him so just one evening to spend some good quality daddy-daughter time would be nice… then he can go back by 11pm so I can go to sleep!
Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is…
…to tell a story that sounds like it was a true event but was completely made up! I love those stories – there’s a show that comes on the TV that I love watching and this is the concept of the show. I wish I could remember what it’s called but it’s hilarious!
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
From last week, it’ll have to be getting back on to WP and blogging again. I’m looking forward to a few events that I will be heading out to and this weekend’s fun with the friends… It’s always good to socialise! 🙂
I really don’t know if I will be able to do it but I am going to accept the challenge regardless!
It’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) peoples and it’s time for me to crack out the PC and get typing. I am going to try and do one blog post a day and some days will be mainly text and photos, but to make sure I can post daily I might have a cheat day up my sleeve and do a media post instead with just an image or a video. 🙂
Wish me good luck and don’t forget to come by and check out the posts. I will make a little sidebar widget so you can simply click on that to direct you to the NaBloPoMo posts.
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I can’t believe I didn’t take part in last week’s challenge! Oh dear, well today is your lucky day as I will create this post to answer both last week’s and this week’s questions. Hurrah!
What is your favorite comfort snack food?
To be honest, I have so many I can’t really decide but if I must really choose one… it has to be biscuits! At the moment I cam really in to Rich Tea biscuits – yum! I love dunking them in a good cup of tea. #ImSoBritish 🙂
If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)
It would have to be a home store. I would love to say Ikea like Cee did but I’ve never been in an Ikea store before (shock horror!) – I would stay in B&Q or in Dreams bed store. I love B&Q and love to pretend play in the bathroom and kitchen area and at Dreams I love the beds. I could easily sleep in there all weekend on the biggest and comfiest bed they have.
What was the largest city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?
I can’t really tell what’s the largest city so I must google it first…. [googling away]… okay, so London is the largest city I’ve been to (1572km sq) but I’m not going to count it as I live there so I will count Ha Long Bay in Vietnam which follows very closely in second place at 1553km sq. I didn’t even know my parent’s hometown was that expansive! Although, the majority of this area mass is made up of limestone islets (small islands with little/no inhabitants). The one thing I remember vividly about Ha Long Bay is the beauty bay itself. Those islets are a dream to look at from a distance and when you get a chance to get on the little fishing boat to take you out there to see them up close… it’s simply breath-taking. I wish I still had some photos that I could scan to show you but just know that all of the photos you see of “The Descending Dragon Bay” (literal translation for the city’s name) is really how it looks in real life. Here are some wonderful photos I found online:
Finish this sentence: It has recently come to my attention that ….
…life can really give you lemons. When you’re young you are so naive and then when reality hits you, it can really knock you back if you’re not strong enough to cope. Family should be the most valuable things in your life, with friends coming in at a close second and materialistic possessions should be last on the list – not the other way round!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist. Then an archaeologist. Then a teacher. Then a singer/actress. Then a fashion designer. I used to play teachers with my siblings ALL THE TIME. It was a lot of fun! I still love the arts and fashion and would love to be an illustration artist. Mum and dad crushed all my hopes and dreams of pursuing the career when they drummed into me that as an artist, I wouldn’t be able to make a decent living from my work until I died. Sad times.
What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now?
My favourite food as a child was the vietnamese bean dessert and yes I still eat it now! That is how much I love it. The red bean is my favourite followed closely by the mung bean.
If you were invisible, where would you go?
Oooh a tough one. I am not too sure… I think I would go to top secret places like MI5 or Area 51 to see what they get up to.
Would you rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have have everyone for your name all the time?
I don’t mind to be honest – I do tend to forget names really easily nowadays as I remember the person usually by their voice and their face. Once I see or hear the person, usually their name comes back to me. If I do forget, I’m never afraid to ask and don’t think people should feel embarrassed or rude if they do forget because there’s really more to a person than their name. (Even though remembering it really does help!)
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m really grateful for the lovely weather we have had last week. On Saturday, LO and I went to Camden Beach at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. It was a lovely day out for us but if you decide to visit as well, make sure you get there when it’s just opened to get a deckchair and umbrella as it gets filled up super quick! Here’s a photo (or two) of our Saturday shenanigans… enjoy!
I’m really looking forward to the end of this week as it’s my friends birthday and it’s the day of my Race for Life Muddy Run at London’s Finsbury Park! I am sooo not ready for it, not been training either so not too sure what time I will finish but I will definitely not give up and complete it to the end.
I will post up the race (July 25th) soon so make sure you check back to check it out! 🙂
So July’s Flavour of the Month is actually my own creation. Simply because the lovely Glai, from Oh My Glai! who started this blog challenge has currently unplugged herself from the digital world for the next 50 days. She’s simply giving it up as part of her prayer & fasting movement which is a brilliant idea and good on her for taking a break!
Last month’s FOTM was Chocolate and my, oh my was it a good topic! I love chocolate and love the many uses for it from eating and drinking it to smearing it all over my face and body (the body product kind, not the actual food itself!). With summer here, I wanted this month’s topic to be something relevant – something that is refreshing and very versatile like chocolate. Et Voila! I came up with…
They’re yellow, bright and round(ish) like the beautiful sun. It’s refreshingly cool to drink and eat, and it has an amazing smell – yay lemons! Just take a quick look at this article by Recycle Nation to see the many wonderous things you can do with them.
Here’s a list of my things that contain the lovely little yellow thing…
Lemonade is an amazing drink – it has such a refreshing and cool taste which makes it a perfect summer drink. For a great homemade recipe, Simply Recipes has a great one that I’ve personally tried and liked. I don’t normally make lemonade (only when I can be bothered)… I will also occasionally add a sprig of mint for an extra fresh taste.
I LOVE lemon creme! It’s a delicious dessert that’s in-between really thick custard and a yoghurt. You can see my very own lemon creme dessert recipe by checking out my previous posts. It’s an adapted recipe from one that I came across a while ago when I first learnt how to make this simple but really tasty dessert.
There’s two ways to make this beauty; bake or non-baked… I prefer the non-baked way simply because I am lazy and usually short for time when it comes to making something delicious and beautiful like this. No-bake cheesecakes are so easy to make. All you need is a lot of sugar, lemons (for the juice and zest), plain hob nobs or digestives, cream cheese, and good quality shop-bought lemon curd. You can find a brilliant recipe on craftsy.com but I will upload my own recipe very soon.
Whether you are drinking this to detox or as a natural remedy for colds and coughs, this special, healing tonic will leave you feeling better in no time! Ginger is good for boosting your immunity, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps aid digestion. Lemons have anti-bacterial properties and boosts immunity as it’s very high in Vitamin C, whilst honey is a natural antibiotic and energy booster as well as having anti-inflammatory properties just like lemon and ginger.
It’s officially everywhere – from clothing to jewellery and footwear, lemon print is a big fashion statement this summer. Take a look at this wonderful Pinterest board on lemon prints for your quick fix. I am seriously loving the lemon printed bikini and have seen a pair at Sainsbury’s TU range. The swimsuit in the collage above is from BHS’s swimwear collection.
Glai, I hope I have done you some justice! Readers, I hope you have enjoyed this post – it was really fun to write it. I’m going to chill out with my glass of lemonade now then be on the hunt for my lemon-printed swimsuit and high-waisted bikini. 🙂