Thursday, 10 March 2016

Date Night: Valentines Day at Bob Bob Ricard

Hello readers,
At last my first Valentines day post has arrived. This is regarding to the beautiful restaurant we dined at, Bob Bob Ricard. Eric was actually the one who found it and booked it for us (bonus points), later on I discovered it was on my list of 'Restaurants to go to', so when I looked it up again I was so excited to go. Normally we like to try out different Asian cuisines, so this was different as it was a combination of English and Russian food.

Before I jump straight onto the food, I have to highlight the aesthetics of this restaurant. Personally, I absolutely adored the gold and pink details (but that's because if you know me, you'll know that I love the colour pink) It was just so classy and elegant. The gold accents and the curtains just gave me connotations of royalty and everything fitted well together. There wasn't too much detail but it was also far from minimalistic.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Little Red Riding (-Hood)

Canary Wharf has to be one of my favourite places in London purely because I'm always in awe at the tall skyscraper buildings. Also, as cheesy as this may sound, the first time my other half took me here was when I saw the ambition in him to work in one of these big companies amongst one of these buildings one day. That itself was enough to leave a positive connotation on my mind. 
On a whim, we decided to go back and just stroll around and pick up something to eat later on. 
It was so windy that day, at one point I felt as though I was on the brink of flying away... we managed to take a couple of pictures of my outfit that day. I was eager to show off my new shoes that I purchased in the ASOS sale. 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Philippines pt. 3 - Baguio City

Baguio City, my birthplace. After we got off the plane from Palawan, the travelling was non-stop. We had to catch a coach to Baguio early that morning. A short stopover to Jollibee for dinner was quickly followed by a ride on the victory liner. It proved to be a really good quality coach actually, bearing in mind it was a luxury coach. There was so much leg space and they gave you complimentary water and a snack. I don't recall the journey, aside from the aircon being on full blast, it flew by. It was only a 4 hour trip to Baguio and I slept the whole way through it. Next thing I knew, it was 3 am and we finally arrived.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Date Day: Afternoon Tea, Hakkasan, Museum and Sky Garden

Good afternoon readers, last weekend was mine and Eric's one-year anniversary (on the 16th to be precise) and what better way to celebrate than to do what we love best? EAT. 
Over the Christmas holidays, we had to organise what we were going to do for that day. We knew we wanted to go to a fancy restaurant but we had the difficulty choosing which one. It was a new experience for both of us, so we wanted to go all out. After much contemplation and booking then cancelling reservations, we came to a decision. Thanks to Groupon we got a deal to have afternoon tea at the Xenia hotel. For dinner, through recommendation we opted for Hakkasan, a michelin starred cantonese restaurant. Eric and I love trying out chinese restaurants! We have tried almost every chinese restaurant in China Town by Leicester Square, so it was interesting to see just how good the food was going to be.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Twenty Sixteen.

The cliche "New year, new me" is perceived as unrealistic. This enables it to hold a negative connotation. People often roll their eyes at the sight of it on social media... "Oh god, this again" or the "You were the same person as you were the previous year!" I used to think the exact same thing. Reflecting on it, I have discovered a whole new perspective on it. People find this boost of motivation going into the new year, a chance to essentially start afresh. We take on all these promises we make to ourselves and throughout the year we realise the struggle to maintain it. It's a real test on strength and self-discipline. Failure to adhere to it doesn't necessarily signify weakness, just difficulty. There is no progress without difficulty, it is important that we remember that. We are never the same person at the end of the year, we experience another year of life that turn into memories. Whether you agree or not, I believe that we always come out stronger than we were at 12 am, 1st January that previous year.

Whilst last year proved to be the most challenging year of my life, I am still in the process of healing. I learned a lot from 2015, about myself and other people. The most important being independence. Always be independent and do not ever rely on anyone else but yourself. When you're independent, you find this strength that you didn't realise existed within you. I'm still getting there... I had to experience a few obstacles in order to continue that journey. What exactly is it that I learnt?

Philippines pt. 2 - Palawan: El Nido and Puerto Princesa

Finally a blog post about the highlight of the holiday… El Nido, Palawan. I was beyond excited for this part of the trip. The beach, sun, sea! Who wouldn't want to relax on one of the most beautiful islands in the world? The weather in the Philippines was very hot and humid, however in Manila it was full of pollution. It wasn't as bad in Palawan so it was nice to get a breath of fresher air.

After a standard McDonalds breakfast (where by the way, the workers are ten times friendlier and the food is also better), we took a taxi to NAIA Terminal 3; specifically for domestic flights. It would only take us at least an hour to get there so we made sure to leave the hotel at an appropriate time. The plane was absolutely freezing, the air conditioner was on full blast the whole time. Although, I slept the whole way throughout the plane trip as I was still struggling with jet lag.
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