Category: REVIEW & RECOMMENDATION

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Science Gallery – London

Museums & Galleries

Science Gallery – London

We happened to pass by this gallery yesterday after a morning spent at the Guy’s Hospital.

Anyway, the doorway to this modern gallery was wide open.  It was so inviting so as we have plenty of time in our hands and plus the fact that it was drizzling a little, we went inside and was pleasantly surprised with the exhibits.

There was a shop where you can buy little knick-knacks.

I was treated to three geometrical rings and they looked

so cute as well.  I also got a heartbeat designed bracelet.

There was also a very welcoming coffee shop with glass walls surround, so you can spend the time people watching around Great Maze Pond, near Guy’s Hospital and the Shard.  This was only on the ground floor.

The first floor is where the exhibits are.  There was that machine that records anything it hears, it is like a neural machine translator that predict or add words to what it hears.

There was that bee house that simulates ideal bee environment, with this machine, we will be guaranteed a healthy bee population and thereby pollination of our crops and trees.

There was, of course, that 3D printer which has been producing lifelike body organs.  Unfortunately for us, the teacher to operate the printer was due to turn up at 1:00 pm and it was only around 11 am when we where there so we missed the actual exhibition of it.

I do recommend this place to spend a couple of hours in.  The building is lovely and minimalist.

And most important they have lovely clean toilets in the basement.

The exhibition is free @

Science Gallery London

Great Maze Pond,

London, SE1 9GU

Now open – SPARE PARTS: Rethinking Human Repair

Come and visit as it will end on 12 May 2019

Sarang (South Korean Restaurant)

Restaurant Review & Recomendation

Sarang (South Korean Restaurant)

@ Sarang on St Valentine’s Day

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.

TBC

 

A-Z Drama & Film Reviews 2019

 

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A-Z Drama & Film Reviews 2019

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.

Review 2019

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B

C

D

E

  • Emperors and Me is a Chinese drama about a couple who had been looking for each other through succeding dynasties.

F

G

  • 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.

H

  • Hello Again! is a Taiwanese drama about former high school mates who hated each other.  Then they meet again after ten years.

I

  • 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.

J

K

  • KILL IT is a Kdrama about a vet who used to be a paid killer meets a detective with a heart.
  • KINGDOM is a South Korean Netflix original drama about zombies, starring two reliable actors in the lead: Joo Ji Hoon and Bae Doona.
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M

  • Mother of Mine is a kdrama about a mother😁 and her three beautiful adult daughters and their relationships.
  • MY AMAZING BOYFRIEND 2 is a season 2 Chinese drama where a young actress is now pregnant with her immortal 8th boyfriend.

N

  • NO MERCY is a South Korean film about a badass woman, out for revenge, in search of a missing sister

O

P

Q

R

S

T

  • THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY is a Chinese drama about the making of a CPOP star, starring Zitao and Wu Qian.
  • THE FIERY PRIEST is a Kdrama about a vigilante priest.
  • TOUCH YOUR HEART is a Kdrama which sees the return of the popular tandem of Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na from Goblin.  She plays a popular actress in trouble and he is a grim prosecutor.

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  • WELL INTENDED LOVE is a Chinese drama about a contract marriage between a CEO and a young actress who has leukaemia.
  • While We’re Still Young is a Chinese drama.  A romance that ensued between a rich arrogant boss and a feisty employee.  Plenty of misunderstanding in between.

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Y

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  • Zambi is a Japanese horror/zombie drama set in a girl’s school and dormitory.

Jollibee UK

Jollibee Queue 27 Oct 2018, photo by JMorton

Jollibee UK

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.

Public Toilets Near Cutty Sark

Toilet break at Cutty Sark, photo by PH Morton

Toilets at Major Tourist Attraction

 

Public Toilets Near Cutty Sark

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.

 

Painted Hall Ceiling @ Old Royal Navy College – Greenwich

Museum

Painted Hall Ceiling @ Old Royal Navy College – Greenwich

Old Royal Navy College, photo by JMorton

Old Royal Navy College, photo by JMorton

Peter and I went to see a once in a lifetime conservation project at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich.

The last conservation was done in the 1950s and they reckon the next one will be in 100 years time.

There were scaffoldings everywhere, which are securely fastened and safe and convenient enough for the public to trod on to go near the ceiling and admire England’s most comprehensive and greatest decorative painting.

Close up dome ceiling, photo by PH Morton

 

Thus, it earned the sobriquet of UK’s Sistine Chapel.

They are currently cleaning and conserving 40,000 square feet of the most amazing allegorical work that used to deliver a strong political message about the monarchy, religion, navigation,  maritime power, and commerce, amongst other things.

The project was instigated by Queen Mary II, who died before its fruition.  Nevertheless, she will always be remembered for it as her image together with King William III, her husband, is depicted in the middle of the ceiling murals along several gods and goddesses.

A relatively unknown artist was commissioned to design the ceiling decoration.  He was Sir James Thornhill, who was knighted for his efforts.

He was paid a princely some £1 per square metre of work on the halls and £3 for the ceiling per square meter.

Thornhill did not work alone.   He had an assistant and hired specialist painters to finish the work as towards the middle of it Thornhill started to receive accolade and private works.

Our tour guide said that monies confiscated from an infamous Scottish pirate William Kidd, more known as Captain Kidd was used for the building and decoration for this project that was the Old Royal Navy College.

The old Royal Navy College was built as a mess hall for sailors, naval pensioner and those who used the Royal Naval hospital nearby.

The sailors and the wrens used the site as a dining area.  Inches of gravy and dried old food were cleaned up in the 1950s when it was first restored.

It is still used as a dining venue once in a while for a really grand special occasion.

Today, the building is a major attraction in Greenwich, Tourists from all over the world come to visit.

By the way, it cost about £10 for an adult and £5 for a child over the age of 6 to join the tour which will be wrapped up towards the end of September 2018.  The numerous number of scaffoldings will be taken down.

It is hoped that by March 2019, the Painted Hall Ceiling will reopen to the public in a different perspective: from the ground looking up above the high ceiling and walls.

Get down to Greenwich for this once in a lifetime privilege before it is too late.

 

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