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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 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.


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

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.



  • 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.




Christmas Wish List…

Christmas Tree, photo by JMorton

I love everything about Christmas.  I love putting up all the Christmas decorations.  I love planning the Christmas meal, I love the meeting and mingling with friends, I love writing and sending the Christmas cards and most especially I love the shopping, the buying of gifts.  Though I love the latter so much, it does not mean I do not get stress about it,   It is hard to please everybody but at the end of the day, I chose the gift with all the love in my heart and if they don’t want what they got, well it is just too bad!  🙂

Christmas Wish List…

Backpacks are so in at the moment.  Probably because they are so convenient to carry and quite out of the way, freeing your hands and arms for other things. 🙂 There are some really nice ones in the market right now. DOLCE & GABBANA  Crimson or Aqua Canvas Backpack. 

Halloween Zippos Circus

Russian Trapeze artist, photo by PH Morton

As it was half term this week, we took our  8-year old grandson Nathan out for the day.

We conspired with his parents to keep our trip to the circus a total surprise.  We thought we should give him maximum excitement for the day.  We all imagined the glorious look on his young face as he finds out we are going to the circus.  Yehey a treat!

I did not take into consideration that I may have passed down my gene of coulrophobia to my grandson, afterall my son, his dad, has got it too.  LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂

Russian Trapeze artist, photo by PH Morton

Halloween Zippos Circus

There we were, about to cross the busy Prince Charles Drive into the circus when Nathan, suddenly threw a wobble.  “I am not going to the circus, I hate circus, I hate clowns!!!”  “I want to go golfing!  You said we are going to play golf.”

Whose idea was it to keep the circus trip a surprise?!!!  I was like calculating how much we spent buying ring side tickets at £27.50 each for Peter and I and £21.50 for Nathan.  Aw oh! Aw oh! (Tip No 1, circus in not everyone’s cup of tea, don’t keep it a surprise LOL)

I said to Nathan, I am scared of clowns as well so he has to come to the circus to protect me.  For good measure I told him I’ll buy him anything.

Peter, bless him,  said there are no clowns in this circus because it will be a Halloween special.

Despite trepidation, Nathan was persuaded to go in.  We arrived an hour early thinking there will be a long queue.  We were actually one of the first to arrive.  Thank goodness, we got our tickets online. (Tip No 2: Book online for hustle free time; save queueing)

We got into the circus tent entrance where there is a catering van like in fairs selling hotdogs, popcorn, candy floss, tea and slushy. (Tip No 3:  Bring your own snacks and drinks, food prices at the tent is horrendously expensive at £5 for a bucket of popcorn or candy floss.  Hotdogs are £4.50 each.)

Finally the circus.

We got to our ring-side seat.  The warm up was fun, even our nervous Nathan started to liven up.  Giving me instruction to applause, then Booo and then say WOW.

The ringmaster of Zippos circus is Norman Barrett, MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)  He invited us to sing a birthday song for the circus.  Apparently he will lead a show next year to celebrate the 250 years anniversary of the invention of modern circus.

The acts were incredible and some are death-defying that Nathan confessed that he found them disturbing.

He was really concerned with a lovely Russian lady did the trapeze, hanging on her foot on a swing suspended high up is both amazing and disconcerting.  So much so that Nathan said started to cover his eyes and saying “she is going to die”  Peter and I gave Nathan a hug telling him that the lady practiced the act so many times she’s an expert on it.  As I was saying this she put a noose on her neck and then started twirling round and round.  That scared me.  Nathan and I both said almost at the same time “Disturbing!” 🙂

The circus was a two-hour show from entertainers around the world.  There were a troupe from Havana, Cuba, a juggling American, horsemen from Kazakhstan, Knife throwers, Lucius Troupe in their phenomenally dangerous motorbike stunt inside the Globe of Steel.  Smoke blowing with a difference was also quite spectacular.

Though it was fantastic human feat, Juma, African contortionist, was just too excruciating to watch in the entirety of his act. OMG!  You have to see what he does to understand what I am saying. Ouchhhh

For Nathan and I, the highlight of the show were the budgies.  They were just too cute to be true.  Their showmanship was beyond amazing.  Peter said for him, the best part was Lucius Troupe in the Globe of Death also known as the Wall of Death.

With the entertainment provided, I would say they are worth the money we paid to see their act. But having said that, Nathan said he doesn’t want to see another circus for a long time.  LOL

By the way, not a single clown was on the show! 🙂



Biko From Alma’s Kitchen

Biko, photo by PH Morton

Biko From Alma’s Kitchen

My sister-in-law, Alma is a very capable woman.  A good example of a decent human being.  She is friendly, she is caring, she can’t do enough to be helpful to anyone.

She is well like by everyone.

Her abilities go on and on.  What I like most about her is her cooking.  She can really cook up a storm.

Her biko is to die for.  Peter, my English hubby, who do not usually eat anything made of rice love’s Alma’s biko.

The above photo was from Alma’s kitchen.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  And it was so yummy.

Click here for the recipe!

Biko a a favourite of mine.  It reminds me of happy childhood and young adulthood in the Philippines. It reminds me of my loving family, cheerful, always ready for a laugh and adventure.

I remember my mother going to market and coming home with biko, which we would share and enjoy.

I remember my grandfather coming home with ‘pasalubong’ of biko, amongst others, when he goes out.

Biko is a symbol of halcyon days for me!

Sinangag (Garlic Fried Rice Filipino Style)

Sinangag, Photo by JMorton

Sinangag Breakfast , Photo by JMorton

Sinangag (Garlic Fried Rice Filipino Style)

Filipino fried rice called sinangag is the easiest fried rice recipe to do.

It is so tasty because of the addition of fragrant garlic.  It gets even tastier if the oil you fry it in was from the oil you fried your meat of dried fish in as it absorbed all the tasty residue of the meat or fish.

Fried rice are better cooked from left-over rice or at least rice that has been cooked a day or night before.  A day old rice has a a better texture as it had ‘dried’ up as it sits on the fridge.  A fried rice from a freshly boiled rice tend to yield a rather soggy mess.

Sinangag cannot be simpler.  It can just be from left-over rice, onion and garlic.  This is because it is often eaten with separately cooked friend eggs, salted eggs, hot-dog sausages or the best there is – tuyo or danggit.  (See above photo.)  All washed down with a hot strong milky coffee.


2 cups leftover rice, even out the clumps

4-6 garlic, peeled and chopped or minced finely

1/2 onion, chopped finely

salt & pepper to taste

1 tbsp cooking oil


Heat the oil using a wok or a large frying pan over medium to high heat.

Fry the garlic, then quickly add the onion.  Stir-fry until fragrant.

Add the rice.  Fry vigorously until the grains absorbed all the oil giving off a fragrant breakfasty aroma. 🙂

Serve immediately with any of your favourite meaty or fishy breakfast.

Enjoy! – Cell Control

The cell, photo by JMorton – Cell Control

My grandson, Nathan, recommended that I play this.  He said, it was quite good and it is free to play.

🙂  When he said the magic word, free, I was convinced.

I have to say that it is so addictive.  Not only that, it can bring out the worst in you.

By serendipity, we had just blog the movie by Steve McQueen ‘The Blob’.  The is actually has the same premise as The Blob. As it eats, it grows bigger and more ferocious.

And therefore, the game is a survival of the fittest.  You have to be able to dodge the ‘enemy cells’ to survive.  As you eat those scattered little circle, you grow in size and stamina.

It is a multiplayer game.  You don’t really know who the others were.  There are those who are veterans and they prey on newbies.

As you progress in the game, you are allowed to give your own cell a name and even for some ‘won’ money you can buy different ‘skins’, design to your cell.

You can play as a lone star, or as part of a team.

Again, it is highly addictive and can be stressful as you lose your cell and had to start again and again.

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