Jingju Backstage, Sadler’s Well

Jingju Backstage, Sadler’s Well

Art, Live, London
This is the third time in a row, China National Beijing Opera Company came to London. I have been diligently following the shows throughout the three years, and have always considered the performances a treat for my birthday. This year again, I was very privileged to be at the backstage watching the operas, and this time in Sadler's Well. There is always something very magical about watching the opera backstage. Perhaps, it is the light. Or perhaps, I get to see the more complex side of preparation for the performance, where everything becomes more dynamic. It was as if, the actual performance is only the tip of the iceberg, and I had the chance to see the rest. Everything to me here was art, fine art. There were numerous props…
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Germany, what a sausage fest!

Germany, what a sausage fest!

Eat, Street Food, Travel
Confession, I didn't come up with this 'creative title'. Here we conclude the last post on Germany, so we thought it would be nice to have a summary of all the sausages of this beautiful country. After all, it is a land of sausages. 1. Frankfurters in Frankfurt These are small sausages smoked at low temperature. They are not cooked through, but only boiled in hot water for short period. They have distinctive smokey flavour, and often served with mustard and bread. Alternatively, you can have them in potato soup, just like how we did it. 2. Nünbergers in Nuremberg These are small grilled sausages from Nuremberg, typically served with sauerkraut and bread, with a squirt of mustard. They have a sweet taste, and go perfectly with a glass of…
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Synergy and Conflict: a journey through the art of glass

Synergy and Conflict: a journey through the art of glass

Art, London
Synergy Purely by chance, we walked into this glass art exhibition. It was just after our lunch at Flour & Grape. Mildly under the influence from the the glass of red, I walked into this small gallery: Peter Layton's glass blowing. Beautiful, perfect, synergistic... Walking among the art works, at some point, I disappeared, became part of it. Part of me echoed with the glass. I suppose this is what art gives you. Deep down, we all yearn for aesthetics. That's probably the truest part of our brain and emotions, the love for beauty. This is the ultimate synergy, resonance between the artist and the viewer, transcended through glass... Conflict? Where is the conflict? The conflict was from me, a conflict within myself. The love for art was awakened by…
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What to Eat in Munich

What to Eat in Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
If you haven't read our previous post on Munich, then head over to Backpacking through Europe Part 9. Here we tell you the food you must try before leaving Munich. 1. Weisswurst (white sausage) with Pretzel This is traditional Bavarian food, which is often served before noon, a perfect option for breakfast or brunch. The sausages usually do not have any preservatives and are white in appearance. They are typically served with sweet mustard, pretzel and a glass of beer. Yes, you read me right, in Germany it is normal to start drinking beer from morning. Perhaps we were not adventurous enough, we so just had coffee. 2. Bavarian sausage salad This cold dish can be eaten as brunch or a snack. Sausages are thinly sliced and served with fresh…
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Flour & Grape: simply pasta and wine

Flour & Grape: simply pasta and wine

Eat, London
Here is a question that never gets old, 'what are you doing for your birthday?' Well, this year, it's just some pasta and wine. Flour & Grape In the recent years, it seems South East London has gotten hip. Artisan restaurants, eateries and bars are popping up everywhere. Here, Chef Nick Crsipini, who previously owned Antico and worked under top Theo Randall of Park Lane, came to Bermondsey. Last week, they were doing a soft launch with 50% discount, so naturally we checked it out. Instead of going to Oxo Tower, we celebrated my birthday here. I loved the decor immediately, although Mr only thought it as 'ok'. The menu was simple and straight forward. There're only three sections: pre-past, pasta, and post-past, all carefully curated. Of course, let's not forget…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 9: Munich

Backpacking through Europe Part 9: Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Other, Travel
An Authentic Bavarian Experience Dusk of Munich A bit like London, in the evening, Munich comes to life. Little Oktoberfest We didn't plan it, but by chance we came to Munich during their spring festival. So what is this spring festival? Well, think Oktoberfest, then shrink it. This looks odd. There were not that many people there. It turned out, there were a lot of people, and they all gathered at the beer tents. I always had the impression that German people are always very serious. After all, Germany is the country that produces world class technology and architecture. Surely, to produce products to such a high level, you would need a stiff upper lip. Yet, at the festival, everyone we met were very nice and relaxed, recommending us food…
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Mid-autumn: a night of classic Chinese performing arts

Mid-autumn: a night of classic Chinese performing arts

Art, London, Travel
Today marks the The Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a very special occasion in China, with its importance being just behind the Chinese New Year. During this period, people celebrate with their families, eat moon cakes, and appreciate the full moon at night. on 27th September, in the name of Mid-Autumn Festival, the UK Han Culture Association  and UK China Performing Arts (UKCPA) collaborated with several London based Chinese artists,  and brought authentic oriental culture onto stage at London Hippodrome. Hippodrome was first opened in 1900, initially used for circus performances and variety shows, and later on became a popular spot for comedies, musicals, jazz shows and burlesque shows. This time, Chinese performance art came onto this stage. What an interesting combination! Classic Oriental culture meets Western glam! Drum Solo The night started…
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Dogs+Shakes: ‘move over, burgers!’

Dogs+Shakes: ‘move over, burgers!’

Eat, London, Street Food
Move over burgers, hot dogs are coming! Remember how we have such a craze for gourmet burgers. Apparently, they are no longer 'hip'. It is now all about hot dogs.  Stratford is a spot we frequent. Apart from shopping, we hit Dogs + Shakes for lunch. It is a food van located in Stratford Westfield. Besides hotdogs, we were also spoiled for milkshake choices. We went for a Ranch dog and a Nacho dog. Boyfriend was very skeptical about my Nacho dog at the beginning, He thought it was weird to have nachos in a hotdog. How wrong he was! The nachos added crunchiness, which complemented beautifully to other parts of the hog dog. The ranch dog has the classic sauerkraut. It reminded us of Germany. So here is what…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 8: Nuremburg

Backpacking through Europe Part 8: Nuremburg

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Nuremberg: a city full of history and colours Nuremberg was not in the plan. Since I liked Frankfurt so much, boyfriend suggested Nuremberg as a detour, which is another city heavily influence by Franconian culture. Also, Nuremberg has a castle! Somewhere along this Europe trip, it seems to became a tour of German cathedrals and churches. Nuremberg also has a church of gothic style, St. Lorenz. Hospice of the Holy Spirit Going up the castle Panoramic view from top of the castle Weißgerbergasse This little street is probably one of the most colourful streets I have ever set my foot on. White Castle Street is full of beautiful medieval half-timbered houses. There are several restaurants and bars here, perfect for a bite to eat.   Remember to grab a gelato (or…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 7: Frankfurt

Backpacking through Europe Part 7: Frankfurt

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Frankfurt is the financial centre of Germany, if not, of Europe. It is the fifth largest German city, and the site of many global corporate head quarters. Well, many things happen in this city: book fair, trade show, stock exchange... In a way, it is like Canary Wharf, only many times bigger. The Altstadt Yet, the city centre of Frankfurt, known as the altstadt (literally means old district). It has architectures quite the contrary to those shiny sky scrappers often portrayed by the typical financial centres. When I saw the square, surrounded by the colourful buildings, I fell in love with Frankfurt immediately. How cool is this. The door knock is in the shape of a pretzel. I guess, that makes the door handle resembling to a frankfurter sausage. The…
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