Happy Birthday Cotton: a letter to my bunny

Happy Birthday Cotton: a letter to my bunny

Cotton
Happy birthday Cotton, our darling bunny! I still clearly remember the day I brought you home. I was as nervous as you were, unsure what to do. I didn’t even dare to touch you and you probably wanted nothing to do with me. You spent two whole days in the hide hole, only to come out for food when no one was around. You would flinch away from me as soon as I tried to stroke you, would thump your foot if any sound arises. You were so shy. Bonding between you and me did not come naturally, and it certainly was not a smooth process. As someone who is always demanding and controlling, I wanted you to be affectionate towards me immediately. There were several occasions, I doubted that…
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Christmas, Norwich and My Love Affair with Antiquity

Christmas, Norwich and My Love Affair with Antiquity

Eat, Travel
If I call China as my motherland, then Norwich is my second hometown. From my memories, Norwich was not particularly very exciting. There was not much emotional attachment from me to this 'fine city'. In the contrary, I fell in love with London the first time I visited there, and now I have been a resident of London for nearly seven years. I know London more than any other places on the planet, which probably makes me more or less a Londoner. As a result, I hardly ever come to visit Norwich, only once a year during the festive season, mainly for my parents. Embracing the non-city life I thought I would still feel the same way about Norwich. Yet indeed, time passes, things change. It turned out, I rather enjoyed my…
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Christmas at South of Thames: SC Food Market and Winter Market

Christmas at South of Thames: SC Food Market and Winter Market

Eat, Street Food, Travel
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.." Is it lovely to be Christmas again! All the food to eat, mulled wine to drink, and gifts to shop. It is one of my favourite time of the year, an excuse for me to treat myself and people around me. Yet, the best parts are the Christmas markets. Last time, we talked about Christmas market at Leicester Square, here we move slightly south to the other side of the river to explore SC Food market and Southbank Centre Winter Market, which are right next to the Royal Festival Hall. Oh, all those beautiful lights, mouth drooling food, heart warming winter beverage... First Stop: SC Food Market This is by far one of my favourite food corners, with the other one being…
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Chaos before Christmas, but luckily I have a little helper

Chaos before Christmas, but luckily I have a little helper

Cotton
Chaos before Christmas: presents to buy, cards to write, friends to meet, and on top of everything, trying to draw this year's work to somewhat of a closure. Exhaustion is the word. All the sudden, Christmas is not something I really look forward to. Have I become Miss Scrooge? Deep breath, I try to calm down and stop stressing over these things. Luckily, I had a little helper to assist with gift wrapping. Well, I only hoped she did not leave teeth marks to all the gifts I have prepared! Your thought is hugely appreciated Cotton, but perhaps you should leave all the preparation to Mummy... Be careful, no teeth marks please! Now, Cotton is dragging the wrapping paper. Thank you, my little elf.  Cotton is checking all the presents are…
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Christmas in Leicester Square

Christmas in Leicester Square

Eat, Street Food
Time of the year again. All Christmas lights are lit up. All trees are decorated. Turn your radio to full blast, all you hear are Christmas songs: "You better watch out, you better not cry..." In London, there are several Christmas Markets around this time of the year. The most well-known one is the Winter Wonderland, but it is now way too crowded than it used to be. Even the Piccadilly line is experiencing delays due to so many people trying to get to Hyde Park Corner. I now have to consciously try to avoid the Piccadilly line when travelling within London. Then there is the Christmas Market at Southbank. I prefer this one more, purely because it is less crowded, and it situates at one of my favourite spots…
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Pho Tour 1st Stop: Cafe East

Pho Tour 1st Stop: Cafe East

Eat
Cafe East Pho, 100 Rediff Road, Surrey Quays Leisure Park SE16 7LH Nearest Station: Canada Water, Surrey Quays Price: £15 per head (including pho, drink and a shared starter) Rating: 7 out of 10 Pro: good value for money, nice food, fast service Con: doesn't serve tap water, perhaps a bit too much sugar content in the drinks.  As I have mentioned in an earlier post Princess and Pho, we are starting a tour of Pho places around London, trying to tease out the best from the massive number of choices available in this diverse city. So here it is, we started from the 1st stop of our tour: Cafe East. Cafe East has gotten a bit of a reputation of its own. Whenever I mention 'Canada Water', people seem to automatically…
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Andrew Edmunds: experiencing Soho the way it supposed to be

Andrew Edmunds: experiencing Soho the way it supposed to be

Eat, Fine Dining
Happy birthday Cotton's Daddy. Finally hitting that big 30. We are all very proud of you, and keep up with it. This is big, isn't it? That's like a third of one's life. In that case, it couldn't be more appropriate to dine in Andrew Edmunds which also happens to be around for 30 years, since its establishment in 1986. This is one of the last remanence of the 'old soho', the way it supposed to be: dim light, cozy setting, dark wood furnitures, and a touch of that quintessential Englishness. Having dinned in so many artisan and Micheline starred restaurants. I have gotten a bit bored with the same style, where everything just looked so perfect, as if straight out of a picture. I have been longing for dishes that…
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Luminocity: ice skating at Canary Wharf

Luminocity: ice skating at Canary Wharf

Eat, Travel
It is time of the year again. Outdoor rinks are all set up, so we better put our skates on and start sliding or falling... A dear friend's birthday. Happy birthday Aileen! Due to my schedule, I couldn't attend her birthday dinner and activities, and as I have mentioned I do not enjoy going to a club anymore, so we decided to ice skate this Saturday morning at Luminocity situated in Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Best decision ever! I had so much fun. It has been two years since I set a foot on ice. At one point I used to be able to do backwards crossover, followed by an outside edge slide on one leg. Nowadays, I would be lucky not to fall over.  The morning session was relatively quiet,…
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Watching Jingju Behind the Stage Curtains

Watching Jingju Behind the Stage Curtains

Art, Live, London, Travel
I am huge fan of Jingju, commonly known as the Beijing Opera, a type of performance art combining singing, dancing, martial art, visual art and literature. It first originated from North of China, then became popular all over the country. My motherland Tianjin, is the hometown of this art. I grew up with Jingju theatre right next to my door step. Watching Jingju with my granddad was one of the most memorable events of my life. Jingju was everywhere during my childhood. People would sing Jingju to the music of an Erhu (Chinese zither) in parks. Everyone in Tianjin knew something of Jingju and almost everyone can hum a little tune. This year China National Jingju Company came to Peacock Theatre, bringing the well-known The White Snake and The General…
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