Tuesday, May 23, 2017

12 hours in London (Street Food version).

Yo guys!
First post of 2017??
I've been busying with my studies, final exams are coming. LITERALLY THE FINAL ONE coz final year ain't easy...
Especially when you're in a whole new environment, new lecturers and slightly different marking system.
Anyways, 
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So,
Just a little celebration to kick off Easter break, I dragged my bf along to London for a day trip, mainly for food.
so it's like a food day trip.
Also, like a last ultimate cheat day for me before I started my diet lol.

Time: 10am- 9pm on a Saturday
Total Damage: £80 for 2-person
Yes It's freaking expensive but when you're in London.... food costs at least £7 or more...
Bear in mind that this is the price of a street food. To dine in, it's even more expensive. 
But I've been saving up by eating bread and oats (jk), just to splurge on 1 whole day so I can be excused MUAHAHAHA 

So the itinerary was roughly like this:

10am- Borough Market
11am- Maltby Street Market (go on weekdays, there were not many stores when we went)
12pm- Shoreditch area, (Dark Sugars; Bricklane Market; Dum Dum doughnuts at Box Park)
2pm - Camden Market
4pm- Street Feast Hawker House
7pm- Sky Garden (reservation is needed)





1) Borough Market








Spanish stall selling huge pile of paella is the first thing u see at the main entrance junction.
They gave free taster too...but it tasted like seafood briyani in my opinion lol 
That's why I didn't buy it
Rating: 4/10
I heard it was £5-6 if I wasn't mistaken 


Jam filled donuts
2 for £5
Taste not bad but it would have been better if they warm it up a little. 
Rating: 5/10



£9 for steak and prawns burrito
Not exactly a burrito but like a tortilla wrap filled with stuffs. lol They didn't name it so I assume it's a burrito.
Rating: 5/10 
Too small of a portion for that price. 




2) Shoreditch

Dum Dum Donuts @ Box Park, Shoreditch
Cronut with choc ice cream and coconut flakes as topping
The pictures of this cronut top with ice cream on instagrams made me went there 
and guess what
I don't normally waste food but I only had the ice cream and half of the cronut
The cronut was frozen, he took it out straight from the freezer without heating it up
That makes sense coz u want to prevent the ice cream from melting 
but not like rock hard piece of bread??? I'd rather have an ice cream waffle cone instead of this
U KNOW WHAT PISSED ME OFF THE MOST
Freaking £5 for this...
I have no words 
Rating: 1/10
1 point for good marketing that lured me into this shithole..


Classic Hot Chocolate @ Dark Sugar
Not your typical chocolate cuz
You can't find real chunks of chocolate flakes, directly cut from premium hcocolate blocks, in your typical hot chocolate drink with whipped cream.
I'd choose this over whipped though.
Being an anti-dessert person, this really earned a place in my heart
What made me love this is the price, it's only £3.5 for medium cup
It's so rich that it tasted like chocolate sauce with milk. lol
Though it might not the best choice if you're thirsty af but hey, teach me how to resist this
Rating: 8/10
-2 for being slightly too rich for my liking 


BAP burger
I didn't know BAP was a thing until I had this. I thought it was a name to sound cool. I only know what 'BAP' meant in Korean which is rice. lol
So basically, it's an English flat round bun, like burger.
Randomly ordered the BAP pork belly and it turned out surprisingly good.
That crispy fat around the pork belly....so sinful that Satan called me and said hi
Rating: 8/10
-2 for being too sloppy to hold in with only two slices of breads. The yolk in the egg broke and dripped all over the place and there was no toilet for me to wash my hands
My hands smelled like eggs the whole day 


Camden Market


Halloumi Fries 
Freaking £5 for these
I know u must be wondering what the hell is halloumi 
Basically, it's fries made out of cheese.
It looks photogenic af so I had to ....
I personally don't like the taste, it's like soured and soft cucumber 
But I like the pomegranate
Ratings: 3/10
Also, the fact that the staff who took order for me skipped me and asked other people who came after me... (there was no queue) 




It was too crowded to take a picture so I only managed to get a video fotoage for my vlog. 
I've seen this somewhere on FB and I promised myself that I will hunt this down lol
And I did ! :P
It's basically hot hand made pasta mixed on a cheese wheel with some truffle oil
Not your typical pasta because it's hand made (duh)
I would say it's authentic because the chef had a heavy Italian accent so ... made it convincing
£7 for mushroom and truffle oil
Rating: 8/10
-2 because I've used to eating non-authentic pasta with loads of creamy sauce so this might surprised my tastebud.
But I'm slowly getting used to this kind of pasta, simple yet authentically true to flavour. 



The Mac Factory's Mac & Cheese
I've seen this on instagram and they made good insta photos I'd say
But....the taste was unexpectedly normal
I had the tomato basil and chorizo flavour and it was kinda filled with oil
It was £7 btw.


Rating: 3/10


3) Street Feast Hawker House


Starts at 5pm til midnight.
Better to go before 7pm to avoid getting paid £5 entrance fee. #skint 


Mother chucker's chicken tender 
£6
Rating: 2/10
The skin on the chicken fell off which obviously shows that this chef has got no skills to fry a chicken. 
Meh






Chin Chin Lab's Salted Caramel sanwiched with brownie cookie
£6.95 if I'm not mistaken
Slightly overrpriced but hey, it's nitrogen ice cream
Again, not your typical ice cream :P
The ice cream has got a roasted and burned flavour which amazed me much as person who loves the smell of burned food.
Added with a taste of salted caramel = perfection 
Wish the portion was bigger :P
Rating: 9/10
The price ...I can get a decent meal with that price instead of a dessert. 


So if you happen to be in London for a short period of time like transits, make a trip to these street food markets. :D
I'm more than happy to answer your questions, so when in doubt, feel free to ask me :P


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Update: I just finished my second paper and one last paper to go and I'm done with my law degree!! 
(hope I don't have to resit them lol)
Time flies.....
like a G6..
HAHAHA
Talk to you guys soon! 
Take care x

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Things to do in Cardiff, Wales.


Hello to my first blog post of 2017!
Scroll down to the end for my little life update x


It was so random, I was passing by a dodgy backlane and came across this badly drawn graffitti.
And it has my name on it.
WTF right?!!!! Coincidence.


I'm going to list all the places that I've been to around Cardiff.
Some were fun, some were not. But those are my preferences.
Who knows you may like old buildings and historic stuffs, right?
But here are the 'MUST-DO' things when you're in Cardiff.



Get lost in all the different arcades

1. Watch a rugby match
WALES pride!!









2. Welsh meat and all things Welsh
from welsh black beef, welsh cheese to Welsh milk
get it from farmers market or Tesco



Welsh Rarebit @ Madame Fromage, Queen Arcade

Welsh cheese on a bread ( Cheese Toast but with Welsh cheese)





U can get it in the Market or anywhere.

But personally thought the one in Cardiff Bay tastes the best, called FABULOUS Welsh cakes









Welsh Lamb Burger 3 pounds- best lamb burger ever had.

There's no weird smell of the lamb like how we always get in lousy restaurants

This stall is in the center of city center, next to Capitol and Natwest Bank.

Every Wednesday I think.  Go there before 3pm otherwise it will be sold out quickly








Best sandwich store, NEW YORK DELI






Try the Hoagie which is damn huge.

Generous with loads of meat slices and cheese


3. Sightseeing (in a day)

i) Cardiff Bay 

30mins by bus from city center- £3.5 return bus tickets





 Pierhead Building





National Assembly for Wales is where they pass laws in Wales.
Admission is free and u get to see of how the meeting room looks like


ii) Penarth 
Close to Cardiff Bay, u can either take the water bus (boat lol) or take a bus




iii) Roath Park





iv) Bute Park

Close to city center & Principality Stadium







v) Castell Coch

15mins by bus

We rode our bikes there so it took 30mins lol 

To me, all castles look pretty much the same

So I personally prefer this castle rather than Cardiff Castle in the city center because it's cheaper.

But Castell Coch is slightly far away from the city










U can't see these beautiful scenes if u take a bus coz this was along the Taff Trail (bike trail)

Hire a bike is better, u burn calories and it's cheaper.

vi) Cardiff Castle



4. Day trips

i) St.Fagans Welsh Musuem 
- 30mins away from Cardiff
We expected an indoor site when it says musuem. Guess what? It's an outdoor musuem.
Cold af.....
If you're into history and keen to experience Welsh culture, this suits you.


























ii) Swansea




Bias towards Swansea coz the weather was nice when I got there










Oystermouth Castle






Starting to get bored of seeing castles....










The Mumbles Pier

iii) Brecon Beacon
It's a national park where u can hike or have a walk by the waterfalls. It was during winter so hiking to Pen-y-fann wasn't a good choice.
I went on a trip with the Student Union so couldn't give much info about how to get there
But it was a lovely walk. There are 4 waterfalls in total. 








Or a weekend trip to North Wales for Snowdonia. I'll be posting that soon :)
5.  Markets

farmers market: where u get the fresh cooking ingredients from. But if you're just a broke student that can barely afford a loaf of bread, just go to Lidl. It's quite pricy in the market.
Seasonal: christmas market starts around end of November till Christmas



Top Left: Churros; Right: French Mussels and roast potatoes with Roquefort cheese sauce
Bottom Left: Mac and Cheese with 3 types of cheese and fried onions ; Right: German sausage











Brownies !



Brownies but not the special ones :3


Sunday Roast- u can get it anywhere in UK on Sundays. Or u can say it's the only food they serve on every Sunday
Mad Love  for Yorkshire Pudding

 6. Theater Show


Watched Breakfast at Tiffany and it was 2h30m long! It was so cute coz there was a 15mins break and I thought the show ended but luckily someone said, You're not gonna stay until the end?
HAHAHA old school cinemas

If you're a cheapskate student , get your tickets at 6pm before the show starts at 730pm
Coz it's only 5 pounds compare to advanced tickets u buy online that costs more than double.






7. Nightlife
I don't go to parties that often anymore because of being a final year law student and turning 22 soon.
Every night out seem the same to me, having pre-drinks, dancing in the club and getting drunk. It's getting boring and at some point, got me doubting what I'm doing in the club when I could've done my extra reading for tutorials or watch movies at home.
Though I'd still go occasionally
But love how the clubs get professional photographers to get nice shots of us :)




Halloween night! where I was dressed as a police. Can't you tell ? hahah #tightbudget



Me photobombing strangers lolol



Never fancy Nando's chicken but trust me, the chickens are way better in the UK. (twice expensive tho)








The view outside my room and the building is the sports center where the gym is.

Until now, I'm still going to the gym without paying any membership coz they never check at the entry at all.




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For those who don't know, I'm currently studying in Cardiff University as a part of my exchange programe (2+1) and I'm in my final year now.

The reason why chose Cardiff Uni out of all the BAC partnered universities it's because of the ranking which explains why the requirement is higher than average unis.
And also, the living expenses is kinda lower than other partnered universities.

So this will be the first time ever to blog about a travel post as a LOCAL [as in 1 year of living here, not literally local British who lives here lol].

The ultimate questions that everyone in Malaysia has been asking me
:How's life treating u in UK?
I'm perfectly fine. 

Define FINE:


Health:
Better. I CYCLE AND WALK to everywhere. No joke. Also, I've been hitting the gym regularly coz it's just 10 steps away from my house lol.
But I've been sleeping late everyday. Can't remember going to bed before 1am. I'm serious....
Probably the longest jet lag ever? HAHAHAHAH
Coz I only get the motivation to do my work when the night is coming to an end and the rest of the day, I'll be procrastinating at my finest. lol

Wealth:
Still broke as ever
I've been cooking every meals myself so the price per meal is equivalent to eating out in Malaysia
But I've got myself part-time job in a clothes & jerseys printing company- easy job scope and flexible hours
Also...............
I got a few coins on the floor at the gym AHAHHA 2 pounds so far, which can buy me 5 LOAFS OF BREAD
Thank god for not paying gym membership and still getting money from it :D!
#blessbeggar


Studies:

Final year is tough but it's by far the most interesting year for me throughout my whole degree, in terms of the modules that I've picked.
My subjects:
Sports law (Ikr, Chinese parents be like, can earn money meh?)
Intellectual Property law - my fav subject but bulky as hell
Trust law - second fav subject
EU law - if it wasn't for BAR entry, I wouldn't have taken this module, for god's sake.
Also, I've applied to the BAR (BPTC - a postgraduate course which allows law graduates to be named and practise as barristers in England and Wales.)
YO GIRL IS GOING TO BE A LAWYER!!!!!! (if I don't fail lol)
My only accepted offer was in Birmingham so..... maybe I'll end up calling Birmingham my second home in UK next year. But Cardiff will always be my first home. Love Welsh, Caru Cymraeg
Finally coming to an end coz I'll be graduating on July!! I CAN'T EVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't wait to travel during the Summer break!
Hope you guys are doing good too! xx See u soon