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2 Oct 2012

A Walk To Remember

The title of this post does not refer to the soppy Mandy Moore movie. If you were looking for that, I am sorry to disappoint.

Instead, I am talking about the Shine Walk : Half Marathon I did at the weekend. Along with some family and friends, we walked 13.1 miles around London town, starting and ending at Battersea Power Station, whilst taking in some of London's iconic sights along the way.

I think I got all caught up in Olympic fever and the (dis)illusion of being an athlete when I signed up and subsequently roped everyone into doing this walk.

After 'training' for about 6 weeks (i.e. walking to work and occasionally back home again) we undertook the epic walk and finished in 4 hours and 26 minutes.

I must say even though my right knee is currently throbbing, I'm glad I did it, especially in support of such a great cause - Cancer Research.

Would I do it again next year? Probably. Even though the Three Peaks Challenge has also been bandied about as an idea. Hmmmm.

For our walking efforts, we've raised over £700 (wooo hoo and thank you!). I know you don't know me, but if you want to donate you still can  -

P.S Did I mention our walking team name was: THE MIGHTY WALKING POWER RANGERS. Geddit? (Don't worry we left our weapons at home).

Battersea Power Station

The Start

A quick Pit Stop

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26 Aug 2008

Yoo Hoo!

Whoa that last post was done a loooong time ago, but I am back after a brief hiatus and the small matter of getting married and going on honeymoon.

However, I will now try and be more diligent with my posting and giving you my insights into the world as I see it. Brace yourselves it might be a weird one, or boring one... we'll see.

Ta ta for now.

Wedding photos by GWL Photography

Honeymoon photos by My Husband (aahhhhh)
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16 Jan 2008

Bursting With Pride

WARNING: This post contains some soppy content and may not be advisable to those of a cynical nature. Readers discretion is advised.

Excuse the gushing post that is about to follow.

This is my Mr and he has been described as the Telly God.
I of course agree. He's always pointing out new shows that he'll know I'll like and introducing me to new forms of funny, that I otherwise would have given a wide berth. So I am super happy for him that his talent has been picked up on.

Interviewed by 4Talent to pick his brains about TV and how he got into the industry; it makes an interesting read (and I'm not just saying that!)

Click HERE to read the full article.

If you want to read more, visit his witty and incisive blog: Me & The TV
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8 Jan 2007

I Think My Mum is Going Deaf or Insane

The other day I was sitting at my computer doing stuff, when the phone rang. It was my mum. The following exchange took place:

Me: Hi Mum (I have caller ID so I knew it was her) You ok?
Mum: Hello. What are you doing?
Me: I'm just preparing my invoice (for the freelance stuff I do)
Mum: What? Basketball ??
Me: [Stunned silence]

I could not stop laughing. Maybe I should stop laughing and take her to get some help.

Even from the Black Eyed Peas knows what I am talking about. Watch the first 15 seconds of the clip, you can watch the other 11 mins to if you want, but it's the first 10-15 seconds that are killer. (Thanks Brader Lacdao for showing me this... I laughed till I cried)

Someone else who knows what its like to have Filipino Parents is Happy Slip

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15 Nov 2006

Move over Delia..there is a new chef in town.

Look past the poorly lit picture and look at the lovely cake. Why? You may ask, because I made it!

Yes, that's right. I donned a chef's hat and baked a birthday cake for my cousin.

Ok, maybe I cheated a little and used one of those bake-a-cake mixes (where all you have to do is add a couple of eggs and milk and then as if by magic a cake), but I still mixed all the ingredients and decorated it myself.

Mmmm, under the icing was a moist chocolate fudge much sugar but oh so yum!!

So with this new found confidence in the kitchen I will be tackling a few more receipes, i'll keep you informed on how I get on.

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1 Oct 2006

Now Boarding...

Booo hoooo.... family visit is over.

After going to bed at 4am and getting an hour and a half of sleep, I was back up and lugging suit cases to the airport.

To say their luggage was a 'tad' over the allowed weight restriction would be lying. They were so excessivley over, I was sweating for them as they checked in.
I hoped I didn't look suspicious, I could just imagine what was going on in surveillance "shifty looking female, dressed in all black, sweating. Check In Zone M"
I had prepared myself for them having to open up their cases for all of Terminal 1 to see and leaving stuff with me to bring back home.
However, my glowing (after all women don't sweat, we glow) was all in vain as their luggage was allowed on with no questions asked. Sweet.

Ten days has gone so fast. At first it felt like they were here forever and now it seems like they were only here for a minute.

My days as a tour guide are over. Ney mind... back to whatever it was I used to do before they arrived.
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23 Sep 2006

London Zoo (Get comfy, it's a long one)

My cousin and his wife are currently on holiday in London and are staying with me, so I am their unofficial tour guide. I say 'unofficial' as I am grossly underqualified for the task. I was born in London and have lived here all my life (excluding 2 years I lived in the Philippines) and with my cousin's arrival it dawned on me how few of London's tourist attractions I have visited.

The day they arrived we went to Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Regents Street, China Town and Covent Garden. (Well I had to show them what I know - shops)

So, yesterday we went to London Zoo. It was an excellent day out and I felt like a big kid.

First of all we travelled to the zoo in style, going on the Water Bus from Little Venice. It was a lovely sunny day and perfect for a boat ride. (I love boat rides) the big bonus being, once you disembark the boat bus you are already inside the zoo!

Our first port of call at the zoo was a section called 'In to Africa', where we saw Meerkats, Red River Hogs (smelly), Warthogs (smelly), Giraffes (long eye lashes & freakishky bendy neck), Zebras (who would not come out of their little hut as the greedy little animals were too busy eating), Okapi (great legs) and other such animals.

I can only remember going to the Zoo one other time, but in my mind nothing had changed. It still smells like animal crap.

We went to the aquarium and found Nemo and I came across a fish that disturbed me, the Tambaqui. It was the biggest fish I had ever seen and it was their feeding time. They were being fed apple, kiwi, banana, grapes and carrots. Huh?? Forgive me for being ignorant but aren't these items in short supply underwater? It turns out these fish are native to the Amazon and are vegetarian. Their little mouths are so strong they can crack a Brazil nut open!! (I am still freaked out by this fish)

On our travels I saw this sign and it made me laugh. One of the funniest pics I took (apart form the ones where my brother and I are being loons in the gift shop) was this one...

At the cow pen I was reading the blurb on the sign and was about to take a picture. I don't know why I needed a picture of a cow as I have seen them before, but anyhoo. The cow looked at me and started coming towards me flob and all hanging out of it's mouth. I took a step back as I was not quite sure what it was going to do and it smelt. The cow (who I have named Betty) poked its head out of the gap by the sign as if to say 'yes I am a cow- read the blurb and take a pic you tourist'. (look at its beady eye) eeeek. I did what I thought it was saying and moved on.

I got scared in the Reptile house as they had holograms on the floor of slithering snakes. They obviously weren't real, but they still made me feel queasy. In the 'Bug' section I just felt itchy. They had massive red ants walking across some rope carrying leaves, to explain how they could carry up to a billion times (slight exaggeration I know but I can't remember actual figure) their own body weight. There was no glass case to this little show and some ants were making a break for freedom up the wall.

There were quite a few sections that you could walk into and were free to walk amongst the animals. My worst nightmare was the aviary...I hate birds. I basically ran through that section and didn't look at one bird. Ooo I tell a lie, I saw a peacock.

Before you entered the monkey enclosure you were warned to hide all food and make sure it was not visible. Other monkey related news...

One of the surreal things we saw at the zoo was a Gibbon in a hanging basket. The signs said not to imitate the Gibbons singing as this upset them. (Well they are not going to hit the big time if they can't perform in public or take some criticism)

We stayed at the zoo until closing time and one of the last things we saw was the feeding of the penguins (I love their little waddle when they walk) As soon as the trainer brought out the fish the penguins went nuts and from out of no where all these seagulls appeared. More birds, scary. My brother was hit by a poo bomb from the sky and it landed on his arm, oh how I chuckled.

The last stop was the gift shop. I found this snow globe which I wanted, but I showed some restraint and did not buy it.

I also found these scary gorillas. Why would you buy this? I'm sure any child would be scared of these. They looked like they were fighting to get off the shelf.

I wanted to see the Tiger but it was hiding. I tried get closer but as I turned the corner to get to the viewing window, I saw a teenage couple.. how shall I put it?.. having relations on the bench. They were way past heavy petting.

So that concluded our trip to the zoo... I saw all the animals including the most dangerous of them all, humans.

As much as I enjoyed our trip to the zoo, it must be said that the animals did look quite sad and not very lively. I actually felt bad for enjoying myself.
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20 Sep 2006

Donkey For Hire

See this picture to the right, It accurately describes how I feel.

Let me explain: I have family coming over to stay with me for a couple of weeks and so my mum has been fussing around as if the Queen is coming.

I woke up to find my mum had let herself in. I proceeded to go about my day - brush my teeth and wash my face, when my mum asked me to help her go to the shops and help her get some odds and ends as she would not be able to carry it all. Being the dutiful daughter, I agreed to 'help' her.

Now I thought we would be going to the local supermarket or possibly the local market to pick up some fruit and veg etc. So I didn't make much of an effort and left my house looking a bit like a crumpled piece of paper. All I can say is shame on me, how wrong I could have been.

My mum took me all the way to Selfridges as well as up and down Oxford Street to buy a couple of small animals to cook for dinner (sorry vegetarians) when family finally arrived.
Don't get me wrong I don't put on full war paint to go out and buy a loaf of bread but I do like to look presentable, at least brush my hair.

Anyhoo.. the Donkey part of my story is ... after shopping up a food storm my mum gave me all the bags and said she wouldn't be able to help me carry it home as she had to get back to her house. (Insert look of wide eyed disbelief here - considering my appearance the look could have been mistaken for crazy) It must have been my mistake, I must have forgotten to wash off the sign on my forehead that said 'Donkey For Hire'.

So not only did I look like a hobo, once she had left me with all the bags I looked like a crazy bag lady...look at me go shooting my way up the ladder to trampdom.

I was not impressed.
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11 Sep 2006

No one funnier than my Mum

So my mum popped by today, just to say Hi and drop off some food (Aren't mum's great?!!)
But before she got here she thought she would call.

Home Phone: Ring, Ring
Me:Hi Mum (I knew it was her as I have Caller ID)
Mum:Ah (sounding surprised that someone answered the phone) Hello, where are you?...At home?.
Me: Yes, You just called me at home....!!!
Mum and I: Laugh ha ha ha...

Simple yet funny incident...
My mum then proceeeds to ramble on about how she's getting old, losing it a little, etc.

It's little things like this that make us laugh, bless her.

She has just left but not before she makes us laugh one more time.
My dad is explaining to us (me, my brother and my mum) where he is going to put up some shelves.
My mum has little faith that my dad will get round to doing this. So once my dad has finished explaining, my mum says:
Mum:When are you going to do that?...Nineteen-Forgotten?

This is not a phrase we have heard our mum ever use and so my brother and I start laughing.

She starts to chuckle and she walks away and my poor dad, rather disheartened goes to the loo.
I call after my mum,
Me:Where did you learn that phrase?
Mum:What?...I am not afraid!

Oh dear. Going deaf and crazy.

I love my mum (and my dad)

She is coming back round again tomorrow...
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