The Move.

It’s been just over a week since Phil & I made the move from Bayswater to Clapham and so far I am loving it! With the common literally on our doorstep, I have settled in rather quickly (nature galllllll). Bayswater was the perfect place to live in for the first part of my London adventure and being within walking distance of Notting Hill and Hyde Park was a god send but all good things must come to an end!

During this week, I have managed to experience my first bavarian beer house, produce a selection of cold pressed juicer from my new braun juicer (I am obsessed), turn 25 years young (lacking grace of course..who doesn’t cry on their birthdays?) and was treated to a spa day in Shepherds Bush by the lovely boyfriend and a celebratory dinner with Hong Kong friends at the famous Bodeans. For someone who has attempted Pescetarianism for the last few weeks (and rather enjoying it!), I just knew my birthday would end up being an exception.  Their menu includes brisket, pulled pork, hot dogs, ribs and much more. We opted for Nachos as a starter and then shared The Bodeans Platter (A selection of Spare Ribs and Baby Back Ribs, Burnt Ends, Pulled Pork and Chicken Thighs, served with Fries and Coleslaw) and my god, everything was so succulent and flavoursome. I would highly recommend this establishment to any Londoners who have yet to experience this level of meat heaven.

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To carry on the festivities, one of my oldest HK friends treated me to a painting pottery morning at SammyDuder located in Battersea. I have always been the type to enjoy anything creative and jumped at the chance to get my hands dirty post night out, sans hangover (luckily). The shop was a full of pastel colours and bunting..pretty much a little girls dream. The pottery ranged from teapots to plates to christmas ornaments. They had it all.

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I opted to paint a small plate (£10) and a Christmas ornament (£4).  A studio fee of £5 covers the processing costs and then they glaze and fire the piece, ready for you to pick up 10 days later.  It was such a fun and a surprinsingly therapeutic experience and I hope to drag friends there in the next couple of weeks to make a start of Xmas gifts.

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For more info, check out: http://www.sammyduder.com

K

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Date Ideas – Hong Kong (Part 1)

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Firstly can I just say, where the bloody hell has the romance and chivalry gone in Hong Kong? 

I don’t mean to generalize here but I can count on one hand, the amount of times most of my friends have been on dates (and they’re a good-looking & intelligent bunch!) Hong Kong just seems to lack in the dating department. These days the most romantic gesture to come out of our generation is being bought a Jager Bomb at Carnegies and thats if you’re lucky!

So for all you closet romantics/horny buggers out there, I’ve constructed a short list of fun dates to take your significant other on:-

Hong Kong Park – Have a wander round this $398 million venue and gander at the waterfalls, Koi fish, Tai Chi Garden, Olympic Square, The Vantage Point and the Aviary . There’s an extremely relaxing atmosphere circulating this park and so much to do. For the calm couples. (http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/hkp/en/)

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Art Jam – Located in Central & TST. Art Jam provides the canvas, paint and materials for a chance to show off your skills! Allows you to B.Y.O.B. And remember ……with wine, comes inspiration. For the creative couples. (http://www.artjamming.com)

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Laser quest – Right. I know most of you girls wouldn’t dare suggest laser tag but hear me out…. Running around a dark room trying to shoot your opponents, is somewhat mysteriously exciting and sexy. Also a great way to develop team work between the two of you! This laser tag company is also mobile, so they can come to you. For the adventurous couples . (http://www.lasertag.com.hk/)

 Aqua Lunar – English afternoon tea on an exotic Chinese Junk, dim lighting with the view of the harbor. Couldn’t think of anything better. (Unless its raining of course) For the extremely romantic couples.

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Cheung Chau – Hop on over to Pier 5 ferry terminal located in Sheung Wan to this buzzing traditional fishing village. Rent bikes, taste great seafood, shop for handmade crafts and visit hidden caves. Just get lost. For the couples who love to explore.