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TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets) Review


TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets) Review

I was intrigued with all the face masks being use in Asian dramas, especially with Kdramas (Korean Dramas).  It made me want to try them too.

Where can I get them?  There is only one place really,  Good old Amazon.

So I ordered a set of TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets).

They are manufactured in South Korea, where they seemed to have mastered this kind of beauty treatment.

It arrived quickly but due to the busy Christmas season, I put the mask set away.

And yesterday, I remembered them.

They come in a variety of usefulness in skin care.

There was the snail mask, which is apparently good fro skin damage care,  but I think I will pass on that and let Peter, the hubby, enjoy their goodness.  🙂 🙂 🙂

After cleansing my face, I put the mask on.  I chose the Pearl Mask sheet which is apparently a brightening one.

I left this wet, gloopy cold cotton sheet on my face for half an hour, in which I looked like Michael Myers.

It itched a little bit with a little needle like stabbing, I don’t know if it was more psychological as I  was anticipating some side effect as I have a rather sensitive skin. 🙂

When I removed it, I was very pleasantly surprised.  My tired faced looked so much brighter and much more supple and it lasted well.

I think I would start using them more regularly.  Love them.

I noticed too that they have been reduced at Amazon by two pounds off the original price.  Get to order some more.

Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8


Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8


I have just upgraded or rather renewed by contract with Carphone warehouse of my iPhone to Samsung Galaxy 8. I have to admit I have gotten used with the ease of iPhone that it took a little while (very little) to get familiar with an android. The last phone I had which was an android was a Blackberry, many years ago.

My daughter-in-law, Stacey said that she heard positive reviews of Samsung G8, but she also heard that it is rather delicate and the glass face is prone to break at the slightess drop. I was rather worried about that, but I can’t really change it because the receipt had been printed and I don’t think I could go through doing the whole administration once again. OMG, it was such a palaver. I had to give my telephone number several times as well as my date of birth and go through the terms and conditions as well. It was like signing for the official secret act.

Anyway, as the phone is allegedly delicate, I daren’t use it much until I got a lovely phone cover.

I went to Amazon.co.uk and had a look. There are so much to choose from.

But as a homage to the Chinese New Year, I choose a Ted Baker case with beautiful dainty flowers in Chinese design.

The case was delivered within three days, good one Amazon, and I was really pleased with the case.  The inside case has a little mirror, which is ideal for taking selfie.  You can look at it and prepare your beautifulest smile.

The Samsung galaxy 8 slotted easily into the case, which is now holding it securely.  The flip cover has magnetic clasp that hold the two flaps flat together when open to answer the phone.

Happy the cover and really beautiful too.

 

Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Following Shrove Tuesday yesterday, today is Ash Wednesday, the official first day of Lent during the Christian year and the prelude to Easter.  Lent represents the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness, fasting and contemplating his mission on earth. Known as the ‘Day of Ashes’ because of the practice of having ash rubbed &  drawn on the forehead in the shape of a cross (representing Christ’s crucifixion), by a priest at the  dedicated Ash Wednesday church service. The priest and participants from the church congregation intone the phrase either the words:-

“Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or  the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”       

Anglican,Catholic and most Protestant and Christians hold Ash Wednesday services around the world. Following the service, participants observe some sort of fasting,abstinence and spiritual contemplation for 40 Days, ending on Maundy Thursday in 2018.

The practice of using  ash comes from the 11th Century and is taken from the Biblical Book of Daniel, where ashes are regarded as a sign of Penance & fasting. The ashes are normally made by the burning of palm crosses. These palm crosses were  handed out to  church congregations during the previous year’s Palm Sunday service (commemorating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to crowds waving palm leaves in celebration) and given back to the priest shortly before Ash Wednesday. The priest will then burn the crosses and mix the ash normally with Holy Oil to sanctify and make a ‘paste’ with which to rub on the participant’s forehead.

KFC Colonel’s Club Card Review

Colonels Club card, iphone photo by PH Morton

KFC Colonel’s Club Card Review

The idea for a Colonel’s club for deep fried chicken lovers, such as I, was just brilliant.

At last my devotion and patronage to the Colonel Sanders “finger lickin’ good” chicken are recognised and validated.  🙂 🙂 🙂  I am now in the Colonnel’s club.  yehey.

But so far, I find that being a member is not what it is all cracked up to be.

To date, I don’t  appear to be getting the full membership benefit at the Golders Green branch of KFC.

For the last two visits I made this month alone, claiming the free coffee upon presentation of the Colonel’s club card was more trouble than it’s worth.

It was such a palaver.  I ordered a KFC family meal and a free coffee, through the Colonel’s club card. The cash machine/card reader stated that I was entitled to a free coffee but it spewed receipt billing me for it.  It took three customer service clerks came to look at what was happening but they did not really know what to make of it.  However on principle, I am not willing to pay for a coffee that is supposed to be free despite the embarrassment from annoyed customers waiting for their turn.

As I was not budging, in the end they had to give me the coffee after consultation with their higher management. 🙁

Today, I presented the same card at the same branch of KFC in Golders Green.  They said their machine is offline so sorry for the inconvenience.   I was very disappointed but what can I do?

As I was waiting for my order to arrive, another customer was having a little contretemps with the KFC customer service clerk.  She was waving her smartphone to the clerk showing the mobile apps for her free chicken wings but wasn’t getting it as the cash machine said ‘NO’.  The irate customer said, “Forget it,  keep your blood chicken wings!!!”

I think the Colonel should retrain his foot soldiers on how the club works.  It is disappointing for us members; it feels like we are not fully assimilated into the glory of Colonel Sander’s club.  What is the point of it then?!!!

Kitchin N1 – Buffet Restaurant – Review

KitchinN1, photo by iPhone by JMorton

As it was going to be my birthday soon, we decided to have our family  birthday celebration dinner this weekend, because it would be impossible to get together on a weekday due to work and school commitments.

We decided this time to go farther afield to Kings Cross not too far on the Tube. as we have been to most of restaurants in our locality in North West London.

So our Stacey searched for a restaurant that would cater to our different tastes in food.

Not too spicy for Nathan’s sake being only 8 years old.

Not pasta for Peter as not partial to Italian food.

Steak for James.

More adventurous recipes for Stacey who likes to try different cuisine.

As for me, the birthday girl, I’ll eat anything, the more the better as long as it is vegetable, seafood, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck and the occasional venison.  No other animals please.

Inside KitchinN1 Restaurant, photo by JMorton

Buffet, photo by JMorton

Kitchin N1 – Buffet Restaurant – Review

Kitchin NI in Kings Cross was the ideal choice.  It is an eat all you can buffet restaurant, serving Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai and a little Indonesian (I love the Nasi Goreng).

We got there just before the opening time for dinner at 5:00pm.  There was already a queue forming.  Thank goodness, Stacey booked us a table.

When we were shown to our table, there was a flyer, giving a mini-etiquette on how to go about the eat all you can buffet.  It reminded the diner not to overload the plates as one is more than welcome to go back for more, no matter how many times during the course.

Without much preamble, I sauntered into the buffet area, selected and filled my plate with different meats cooked a la Indian style.

Peter, Stacey, James and a very starving Nathan followed suit.

I have to say, I enjoyed my Indian meal.  It was very tasty.

I went back for more and this time I tried the Chinese.  I am afraid I was not very impressed with the Peking duck.  The duck was cold and their crunch and crispness had been replaced by dryness and toughness.  It wasn’t tasty.

Thank goodness for the Nasi Goreng though, it was delicious and Stacey agreed.  This Indonesian rice dish was appetising and went well with the sweet chilli chicken.

Stacey told me that it was meant to be seafood night today and she said she saw plenty of huge prawns at the farthest table near the salad dishes.

I had a look but the prawn was in the lightest of pink, almost white, and looked rather cold.  If a seafood is cold, I am not interested.  And I was not interested.

I heard from Peter who partook a few that it was not that good. He commented that the prawns tasted watery like they just have been defrosted.

Nathan was happy with his meal.  He was delighted with the chocolate fountain and the dipped marshmallows, he looked so cute with all the chocolate drips in his mouth and chin, just how a child should look after a good meal.

All in all, we did enjoy the food but Peter said he was not happy with the first plate he picked, it was barely clean and the next one had water still running on it.  He was unlucky, my plate was alright.

The service was good too, they removed the used plates immediately preventing unsightly dirty dishes whilst we were having our next course.

At nearly 18 pounds for an evening meal rate each, one should be really hungry to get a real value for money.  I think we did as evidenced by bulging stomach complete with stomach ache.

Ha ha ha  Happy Birthday to Me.

Next stop is Bang Bang for my actual Birthday!  Yey

Blue Monday

Blue Monday

There is a particular day in the year that is considered here in the UK as the saddest time of the year.  That day has been aptly called the Blue Monday.

After careful studies and consideration, it was reckoned that the third Monday of January is Blue Monday.

Factors used to determine this particular day were the following:

  • The weather, it is dank, cold and dark.
  • The euphoria of Christmas and New Year are definitely over.  Only memory left was extra weight in your belly and hips and cheeks.
  • Time for all the credit card bills to come in and the ability to pay the bills or incur debts.
  • Natural motivational level after the holiday season.

This year Blue Monday falls on 15 January.

 

 

Mussels with Malunggay and Potato Viand

mussels, photo by Ruben Ortega

Mussels with Malunggay and Potato Viand

This recipe is perfect for all kinds of weather but more so during the colder times.  It is healthy as well.  It is rich in minerals and vitamins.

Malunggay is fast becoming a superfood which contains a lot of nutrients good for the repair and maintenance of body tissues.

Ingredients

 

  • 1-2 lbs. mussels, cleaned of all grits and scum
  • 2 inches ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 6-8 pieces each.
  • 1 large bunch of malunggay leaves, hard stalks trimmed off and discarded
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

 

 Method of Preparation:

 

  1. In a large casserole pan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Drop in the onions and ginger.   Cover the casserole pan and leave to simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the mussels and gently simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper.
  6. Add the malunggay leaves and cook for 5 minutes without covering the casserole.
  7. Quickly check the seasoning.  Add a little bit more salt and black pepper if needed.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with freshly boiled rice and some side dishes.

Super, super yummy.

 

Bright & Beautiful of 2018 (SEADs)

Let’s welcome 2018 with lots of love and happiness.  There are so much to look forward to.

In the world’s dramaland alone especially with SEADs (South East Asian Dramas); we have so much to wait for with so much anticipation. LOL LOL 

Bright & Beautiful of 2018 (SEADs)

  • Meteor Garden 2018, a second Shen Yue starrer. (Chinese/Taiwanese)  A remake of the F4 (Flower boys)
  • More from the busy Hu Yi Tian, who has just won the China’s First Love, during their Drama awards.  LOL
  • Mystery Queen, Second Season (Korean)
  • Are You Human Too? (Korean) about a Chaebol, who created a robot to take the place of his son, who was presently in a comatose state.
  • Four Men (Korean) omg!!! Park Hae Jin in four! Oh yes!  Need I say more?!!!
  • Suits (Korean) This American/Canadian Suits will be given the Korean treatment starring Jang Dong Gun  as Harvey Specter Korean character and Park Hyung Sik  as of course the Korean Mike Ross character.
  • Clean With Passion For Now (Korean) is a return to the small screen for the young actress Kim Yoo Jung.  It is apparently based on a web toon about a CEO of a cleaning company who is somehow rather germaphobe and employing a girl who is on the lackadaisical mode.
  • Negotiator (Chinese) Yang Mi starrer
  • The Wolf (Chinese)
  • Memories of Love (Chinese)
  • My Amazing Boyfriend 2 (Chinese)
  • Full House (Chinese)
  • Jade Lovers
  • The One That Got Away (Philippines)
  • Holiday Love (Horidei Rabu), Japanese drama starring Naka Riisa.

 

 

 

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