London Olympic 2012

Summer 2012 has been busy for me, especially with work. But no matter how busy, I have tried to make time to enjoy the Olympic that had finally arrived in London. It is an event this year that I could not have missed.

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I can not believe that the four year wait for Olympic in London would have arrived with a remarkable opening ceremony on Friday 27th July 2012. I celebrated this with friends over a steak evening at Hawskmoor’s private room, where we had a plasma tv to watch the opening ceremony. I could not think of any better way to watch it when we had no tickets.

My review of Hawskmoor please click here ==> https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/hawskmoor-guildhall/

It was a opening ceremony that was full of anticipation with press talking about a farm land setting. Who would have guessed that the British farm land that opened the ceremony would magnificently changed to different scenes. It was like watching a theatre show but on wider scale. Each scene told the world some history of Britian, from the industrial revolutions to the day of technology. Although, not every part was every one taste, I am sure that every one was full of laughter from the famous Mr Bean and enjoyed the part with James Bonds, as well as the “Queen” jumping out of the helicopter in to the Olympic Stadium.

With the olympic in town it was an exciting few weeks. There was so many sports that we could watch. I even enjoyed opening the television to watch badminton from morning to evening. But one of my highlights was actually being there at Wembely Arena to watch the men’s single final and men’s double final,where both was won by China. It was full of excitment although it did not go in Lee Chong Wei way, who many of us wanted to win that gold medal. I felt Lee Chong Wei deserved that gold medal as he played so well throughout the tournament, espcially having been injured and not able to play since his injury could have cost him not being about to partcipate in the Olympics. No matter he got gold or a silver, to me and many fans he will always me a gold medalist!

Before the Olympic started there was questions whether London would be ready, and many of us did not even have that urge of wanting to go in to the Olympic Stadium. But as we reach nearer to the closing of the London Olympic in August, many of us felt sad and did not want it to end. With me it did not feel complete with out visiting the Olympic Stadium.

It was really hard to get tickets which did not help with a badly designed website. So with no luck in obtaining tickets to get in to the Olympic Park during the Olympic, I tried for the Paralympic instead. After numerous attempts I finally managed to obtained tickets to watch athletic and swimming, all at a reasonable price that I could afford to take the whole family.

Being at the Olympic Stadium was just “Woah” and it felt magnificent to be soaking up the atmosphere. It was a packed stadium with us doing the Mexican wave, cheering on the GB team and each of the athletes from other countries. Our seats was brilliant and I could not be more happy, since we managed to sit in the second row of the lower tier. We even got to watch the starting line of some of the races from where we sat.

The aquatic centre seatings was not as good as the Olympic stadium although I paid more. We sat high up in the venue where we had to climb many stairs to get there. I can not imagine those who are less able to walk so many stairs would have done as my mum only manage to make it. Once we open the venue door there was a horrible air of heat coming from inside.

The Olympic park itself was big and it was like being in an amusement park. Although there was more than on huge McDonald, we still had to queue from outside to get in to the fast food chain. I suppose it was no longer a fast food chain. The food served was like any McDonald in London but the exception all meals were only served as medium and it was only the classic items being served. Even apple pie was off the menu but then it is probably not as popular compared to their burgers.

Paralympics 2012 Collage

It has been a wonderful summer with London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic. Just seeing the amount of work that had to be done for it, such as marking of the Olympic Lanes and changing road routes. Although not all was welcome, I still managed to find clapping with excitment when i saw a bus travelling in the Olympic Lane during game hours.

Olympic 2012 Roads Collage

There was a lot of other things to get people involved, such as the different Wenlock placed in different area of London. People could go on the Olympic trails to track all the Wenlocks.

Wenlock 2012 Collage

There was many things around London to celebrate the London Olympic 2012. This included the limited edition Oyster cards. Many freebies which was also great advertisement such as Apple pins and free ice lollies being handed out at King Cross station. They were good ice cream that I have not had since I was a child and do not know when I will next have them, now the Olympic is over.

Olympic 2012 Collage

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Hong Kong & Macau

Hello UK, I’m back! It feels like I have been away from the UK for months but I have only taken a short trip to Hong Kong. It was to one tiring trip which I still have not recovered. I actually feel I need another break.

Hong Kong is not an unfamiliar country to me, where its surrounding changes quickly. It some way seems to resembles how culture of Hong Kong life is so much fast pace. But definitely one thing that does not change is the crowd of people you find wherever you go.

As always it was magnificent to see the buildings on Hong Kong Island, especially when you standing within it and you look up to see how modern and tall they stand.

Hong Kong Island - Central

The view of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is one of my favourite which I cannot seem to find words that describe the beauty. The Peak itself also provides a good bird eye view of Hong Kong. But having visited it a numbers of time, we decided this time to try International Commerce Centre’s Sky 100 observation deck, which only recently opened in 2011. It is apparently currently the tallest building in Hong Kong with a bird eye view from the 100th floors.

Hong Kong is a shopping district and the queen of food treasure. So it is no surprise that eating was one major part of my trip.

I will share with you the following places that I tried while I was in Hong Kong:

2011 Hong Kong Macau Michelin (2011米芝蓮香港澳門) – One Star:

As well as spending most of my time in Hong Kong, I took a day trip to Macua which is only approximate a hour by Turbojet ferry from Hong Kong (Shun Tak Centre located in Sheung Wan) to Macau Ferry Terminal. Then from Macau I then took a local bus to Senado Square.

St. Dominic's Church (玫瑰堂)

From Senado Square it is a short walk to Ruins of St Paul.

Ruins of St. Paul's (大三巴牌坊)

After enjoying the sight seeing and shopping I walked back to Senado Sqaure to get a bus to Macau Inner Harbour Terminal, where we took a free shuttle bus to the Venetian Macao Resort hotel. We actually walked it to Macau Inner Harbour Terminal instead of getting a local bus and almost got lost (approx 15-20 minutes walked). So it was it was a relief to see a Venetian shuttle bus stopping beside the road which we hopped on.

At Venetian I spent most of my time at Grand Canals shopping mall, which is a magnificent indoor resort, that is actually design like you are outdoor, with it imaginery sky.

There are even lakes that you can ride on the gondola.

Of course I would have not left Macau without eating so I will sharing with you the following places I visited:

Although it was a short and tiring trip, I did enjoyed my time in both Hong Kong and Macua. I just cannot wait until my next opportunity I am back in Hong Kong.

Taste of Spain 2010 – London

Regent Street was closed off for the day, making it car free zone. This was due to that it was a taste of Spain on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The street was scattered with marquees that celebrated and showcase Spain.

There was a range of entertainments including music and dance.

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There was activities for people to get involved in, like the  Estrella Damn football zone where you can try the penalty spot. The tennis zone where you could try out the fastest serve simulator challenge. The basketball zone had a live 3 on 3 professional matches. For the golf fans you could practice your drive/putt and you could win yourself a Spanish golfing holiday….wonder who that lucky person would be. There was also the opportunity to try out changing a F1 car wheel in the fastest time.

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One thing you could not have is food. There was the opportunity to taste jamon from Teruel that was being traditionally hand craved to taste. There was a medieval market that was selling different type of chorizo for £7 – wild boar or deer, cheese, pate and fois gras.

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Then my excitement of being able to buy churros to eat. The last time I had some was at London winter wonderland. There was a queue to buy them which was selling for £4 a portion, that I consider expensive. But to my disappointment it did not taste as good as the one I had at winter wonderland. I found these one taste oily and that was the only flavour I could taste, apart from the sweetness from the sugar.

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The highlight was the authentic giant Valencian paella. There was 3 giant paella on Regent Street where each cooked at different time. Unfortunately the queue was too long or either we were told that they had to restrict the length of the queue so we could not queue.  But you could not expect there not to be a queue when you could get a free plate of paella. Not able to taste some it was still great experience to watch it being cooked.

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The amount of work to cook the ingredients to a giant paella, that was served out to the public. It required at least 3 people.

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The weather made it a great day out to experiment the Spanish atmosphere. It was expected to rain and thunder but the weather manage to stay nicely with only a light shower that did not last too long.

If you missed the event then you still have the opportunity in Edinburgh (24th-25th July).

http://www.atasteofspain.co.uk/

Wedding Banquet @ China Boulevard (福滿樓)

I am going to share with you something a bit different, so moving a way from food review.

On Sunday, I attended a wedding banquet at China Boulevard (福滿樓) in Wandsworth. The restaurant is beside the river, with residential apartments around it. 

As with a typical Chinese banquet, every table was covered in red table cloth. The table we were sitting on was not level on top, as I think the waiter(s) who placed the table cloth did not take the round turn table on top (unless they could not take it off!), so glass with filled drink was being spilt a few times! The whole setting with the French style wooden chairs, gave it a beach feel to it….! It was a mix of a tradition and modern Chinese wedding.

There was a menu on each table that had a list of wedding events listed in English and also the food menu for the Chinese Banquet written both in English and Chinese. The wedding events included Wedding Games, Karaoke, Bouquet, Photos, Cake cutting, First Dance and Carriages.

Unlike with many Chinese banquets I have been, guests do not usually get wedding gifts. So I was so exciting to see that we all got a little gold box. Inside contained a heart shaped milk chocolate and a lucky charm with the design of the four leaf clover. The lucky charm had attached to it a little rolled up paper that explained the meaning of four leaf clover in both Chinese and English.

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Gold wedding gift box

“The three leaf clover, or shamrock, is a traditional Irish symbol. On average, only 1 in every 100,000 has four leaves. Legend has it, if you find a four leaf clover you will possess the precious qualities each of the four heart-shaped leaves represent Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.  This is why the four leaf clover is internationally recognised as a good luck charm.”

China Boulevard (福滿樓)
1 The Boulevard,
Smugglers Way
Wandsworth,
London,
SW18 1DE,

http://chinaboulevard.com