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As it is St Valentine’s Day today, the husband took me out for dinner. I fancied Korean and we have just the place to go. It is quite near us her in North West London. It is walking distance or travel by many regular buses going to Golders Green.
The name of the restaurant is Sarang, a Korean word meaning Love.
And it was lovely inside, with lots of chairs, benches and with the ubiquitous barbecue stoves embedded into each table.
When we got there at around 1;30 pm, there were already about 4 couples dining in.
We usually post our list of reviews of dramas and films towards the end of the year but it is a lot of hard work to collate and to go back to each and every drama and film.
So we shall start this list as a work in progress throughout the whole year.
For the complete list of all the dramas, we have reviewed click DRAMAS & FILMS.
Emperors and Me is a Chinese drama about a couple who had been looking for each other through succeding dynasties.
I HEAR YOU is a Chinese drama starring my baby girl, Zhao Lisi and Riley Wang. It is about a morose genius violinist falling in love with a feisty girl while pretending to be lovers during time together in a reality tv show.
KINGDOM is a South Korean Netflix original drama about zombies, starring two reliable actors in the lead: Joo Ji Hoon and Bae Doona.
A Christmas Pudding, sometimes cream or custard etc are added as a topping.
Stir-up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent. The custom comes from when families & relatives gathered together and stir the ingredients of a traditional British Christmas pudding before the first Sunday in Advent as observed by Anglican churches.
There is a Collect (prayer)
‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
Also, It allows time for the pudding to mature properly for the month before the Christmas Day meal. By tradition, each member of a family or participant is encouraged to make a wish as they stir.
The pudding mixture is stirred from East to West in honour and remembrance of the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus with their gifts.
In some households, silver coins are added to the pudding mix. It is believed that finding a coin brings good luck.
I remember as a child in the 1960s, my mother would traditionally put & stir ‘silver’ sixpence coins known colloquially as a tanner into the mixture. Later when the UK went decimal ‘other’ silver coins were added.
It is believed that like Christmas trees and Christmas decorations, Christmas puddings were introduced to the UK in the 1800s, by Prince Albert, who was the husband and consort to Queen Victoria.
There can be some variations of ingredients, traditional puddings mainly contain dried fruits, raisins etc. The mixture and cake are held together by egg and suet & sometimes moistened by treacle or molasses. It is flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and or other spices. Measured alcohol is added, mainly brandy but dark beers or stout can be used.
Before the pudding is served during the Christmas meal, some households set light to the pudding as the alcohol content allows it to burn briefly as part of the serving tradition.
The pudding is usually aged for a month or more,[or even a year until the following Christmas Day; the high alcohol content of the pudding prevents it from spoiling during this time.
Beyond the Deepening Shadow – 100th Anniversary of Armistice
Tomorrow will see the 100th anniversary of Armistice which ended the war in the land, air, and water during the First World War.
As a symbol of remembrance, some 10,000 candles were lit at dusk (5 p.m.) at the moat of the Tower of London in the last few days and will be culminating tomorrow at the actual day of the anniversary: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Peter and I went to see the candles at the tower yesterday. It was packed by people who were uncomplaining in an orderly but extremely long queue.
In the end, it was all worth it, the vista of the flickering thousands of lights was evocative and atmospheric. It was amazing and wonderful to behold.
I had been so looking forward to Jollibee coming to the UK that I had cajoled the whole family to come with me and have some Chicken Joy and sweet spaghetti at this newly opened Filipino fast-food eatery.
So up we went.
From North London, we rode on a bus to Finchley and got the tube. After two train transfers we finally got to Earl’s Court, where Jollibee has opened. It used to be a Wagamama location.
It was easy to find Jollibee as very long queues of Filipinos from both sides can be found hindering doorways of nearby shops and restaurants/cafes.
We were gutted to find the long queues but to start with we were prepared to wait for a while.
To see how the restaurant looks more up close, I left the family to queue and have a look. There were bouncers at the door, very unusual for a fast food restaurant.
Then I heard someone whose ticket was being called.
Hang on, ticket? What ticket?!!!
I asked the bouncer “What ticket?”
He said I need a ticket to get in.
A more helpful Filipino in front the queue elaborated that only ticket holders can get in. When I asked where I can get the ticket, I was told that it was all gone as early as 8:30 in the morning.
This was dreadful.
Disappointment all around for my two grandchildren, their mother and father, my husband and most especially to me.
I did see the news that there were massive queues on the first day but did not expect that it would be the same a week post opening day.
Stacey, my daughter in law, had sent me a link that announces that Jollibee will stop the ticketing process and just serve on a first come first serve basis beginning today, 29 October.
Am I tempted to go back?
Of course I am but I will probably convince the whole family group to brave it out towards spring next year.
Hopefully, most Filipinos of London and UK have been sated with Chicken Joy by then! 🙂
Apparently, this London branch is only second in Europe. A Milan branch was opened earlier this year.