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.
Goodbye, My Princess is a Chinese drama about severe desolation that one needed the fountain of eternal forgetfulness to be able to go on living.
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.
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.
I was looking through our photos taken when we recently visited Greenwich, South East London, around the tourists-famous Catty Sark Tea Clipper museum and noticed this black edifice, which reminiscent of a Doctor Who’s TARDIS. It seemed bigger on the inside.
Anyway, it cost £0.50p to use it.
A tip: if you are going with a nearest and dearest, you could go in together. If a small family, it could comfortably hold about six altogether.
The only thing is that you should all be so close as the toilet does not flush each time you use it. It is only after you exit that it flushes and self-clean. And you can only stay for a maximum of 20 minutes, which is more than enough time before it automatically open.
🙂 That does not mean you are trapped inside the toilet for 20 minutes, you can press the open button anytime, but the usage time is for 20 minutes only.
The toilet above is directly across the road from the Cutty Sark.
If you do not have a fifty pence or a chance, the nearest free toilets are inside the Royal Naval College which is about 300 yards across the road. Or you could always stop for a beer at the Gipsy Moth and use their beautifully maintained loos.
We were pleasantly surprised how much the RAF Museum had changed from a year ago when we last visited. Actually, when we went last year, they were already busy with the renovation.
The very helpful guide had said to be sure to come back because it would be so different, with more exhibitions and things to do. Also, a new museum restaurant will be opening as well.
As it is now the last few days before the start of the new school year here in the UK, today, with our grandson, Nathan, we went and had a fantastic time with all the amazing array of beautiful warplanes, which western democracy had much to thank for.
The renovation was partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, a very well deserved funding I say.
This renovation also coincided with the 100-Years Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Photo by PH Morton
This is, therefore, the ideal time to visit the museum. A perfect time for the whole family, young and adult will sure to have something to find interesting.
There are so many things that you can get involved in, plenty of interactive activities to be experienced
Like the majority of museums in the UK, the entry is free.
Of course, there are some ‘rides’ and activities that would cost between £3 to £10 per person. The simulator machine is £3 per person, there was also a chance to board and learn more about a Spitfire for the princely sum of £10, it is well worth it as there was an assistant that would talk you everything about its history.
Peter and Nathan went to the 4D cinema. The ticket for this is £5 per person. Our nine-year-old Nathan really enjoyed it. He said it feels like flying.
Photo by PH Morton
Because of its excellent and large number of exhibits, which is distributed in six hangers, it is much lauded by visitors from all over the world.
There is nothing like being up close and personal with a Vulcan Bomber. It is quite an experience!
In fact, there was a coach full of visitors disembarking in the carpark when we were there.
The whole family could easily spend the whole day at the museum
Photo by PH Morton
There are a couple of coffee shops for a quick break.
The was also a restaurant, which serves hot food. I have to say that they make a good Chilli Con Carne. Our Nathan had loved, I thought he would find it too spicy but he loved it so much, he wanted his own child portion after he had fish goujons with rice as at around 3:45, the restaurant had run out of chips.
Child portion starts at £5 and adult chili portion was £8.50.
If you do not want to eat in the restaurant, there were specific rooms, next to play areas, where you can enjoy your pack lunch.
If the children needed a break and rather overwhelmed with the display, there is a play area outside, with aesthetically pleasing slides in the shapes of a helicopter, Spitfire, a castle and many more.
There are also plenty of toilets, very clean, dotted all and clearly sign-posted all over the place.
There is also a gift shop located at Hanger 1. The items are reasonably priced.
We really had a great time at the RAF Museum and as a lottery buyer, I support this project 110%. Well done!
By the way as a recommendation, the Vulcan Bomber is really something to behold, I would have liked it to be exhibited on its own with a gallery, where you can walk and admire it from all angles and corners.
For more than three years we have solidly watched and followed dramas and films from South Korea (KDramas), Japan (Dorama), China (CDrama) Taiwan (TwDrama) and Thailand (Lakorn). Oh yes and the Philippines.
We loved the dramas, otherwise, we would not have watched so many. But there are dramas that just go straight to your heart and into your head.
Some are not the best-made dramas, in terms of script, acting and cinematography but they have something that makes one watch them again and again and over and over and yet reeling for more. When there is a lull in the dramaland, this list of drama is sure to be the one to go to.
Here is that list of dramas that we have seen more than once:
A Love So Beautiful ( yep this drama merited being watched, in raw form and subbed, over and over. Our number one, without a doubt. The drama formula was just spot on.
Heartstrings (Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye. Just love them and the songs are just the best that you want to listen to them over and over)
Love ‘Til The End of Summer (The ending is so cerebral, for want of a better word, that you want to see it again in case you miss anything that would allude to the ending. Also to find Hu Yi Tian in this drama)
My Sunshine ( both love the drama and film, although the drama is just ahead in my estimation)
Princess Agents (Woah the fighting scene in the between the leads in the bedroom was rather erotic, beautifully choreographed)
The Tornado (Whirlwind) Girl (We love the season 1 with YangYang. The drama has got heart, so much feeling, you can really get lost into the drama)
Legend of YunXi ( I have been watching mostly Chinese dramas lately, can’t get enough of them. This does not mean they are all good but for some reason, I can’t settle to watch any KDrama at the moment, anyway The Legend of YunXi is the one I love watching. The formula was just right)
Lie To Me (2011) KDrama classic about a woman pretended to be married to an unsuspecting chaebol.