I first started this blog four years ago, on the night I touchdown in Manchester. It was my first journey overseas, although flying from Miri to KL was technically “over (the) seas”. Get the pun? Continue reading
This week, I’ve been to three live concerts/performances, in three different cities.
- Wang Lee Hom 王力宏 at O2 Arena, London
- Il Divo at Manchester Arena, Manchester
- Yundi Li at St George Hall Liverpool
These artists/bands need no introduction, so here are some of the best pictures I’ve taken during the show!
Wang Lee Hom
15 April 2013
The arena wasn’t completely full although the most expensive tickets, i.e. the floor seating and the seats closest to the stage has been sold out. The crowd was full of Chinese people; it’s rare to see any other races there, but we did! Lee Hom concert was very lively with all the stage performances, dances and featured short clips. Photography was allowed, and I had to juggle between taking videos and pictures. #firstworldproblems. HAHA!
I had to feature this picture below. Simply beautiful!
He ended the concert with the song: Kiss Goodbye.
Il Divo & Katherine Jenkins
16 April 2013
The following day, I came back to Manchester from London and head to the second concert! I didn’t know until almost the end that photography wasn’t allowed, when a security guard came up and signaled me to take my camera down *tears* But on the bright side I managed to record the song “Mama”. When they sung “mama”, my heart melted inside. So. freaking. GOOD!
The lighting in this concert was brilliant – I bet the Live Concert CD (if there is) is going to be amazing.
Quite the entrance, eh?
Three extremely crazy fans!
They ended their performance with “Time to say Goodbye” 😀
19 April 2013
I went down to Liverpool for less than 6 hours just to walk around and listen to him play. This made me miss my (out-of-tune) piano just a little bit. Loving the architecture of the building – I should have been a civil engineer instead.
As it was clear that photography wasn’t allowed, so I only took a picture of him after his final song.
And this marks the end of my concert week.. 🙂
Someone asked me, which of these are the best? There are all different.
And perhaps that is what makes them special.
I love taking pictures of food, especially those with good presentation. Although we are working around busy university schedule, we occasionally take the time to dine out, sometimes we want to try something new, other times we stick to the usual chinese cuisine. While this is not a food blog, these are some of the nice places and cuisines I’ve eaten around Manchester.
Our most frequent visit in our first two years in Manchester. The price is reasonable and it comes with free sesame seed balls!
A choice of hot pot or karaoke room!
Ocean Treasure 235
Located at near the AMC Cinema, the food presentation is impeccable. We only come to this restaurant for special occasions like birthdays.
Best dimsum place in Manchester! Some may argue that Glamorous is better, but pacific is nearer!
Victoria Park M13 0HR
I came here once after my design project. It was quite a long bus ride from my place… but it is my first try on Arabic food. Don’t really know what the dishes are called, but each gives a unique taste to my palate.
Deansgate M3 2LB
While this place is well-known for its steak, being a non-beef eater I had fish and some had lamb. I hear the steak are amazing, but what’s even better —- the complimentary freshly baked bread!
Spinningfields M3 3HF
The food is pretty standard but the drinks are quite interesting. Should definitely try some cocktails.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)
While GBK has many franchise worldwide including Malaysia, it is my first time I’ve heard of it. The atmosphere is nice, and the greek lamb is amazing. It is my first time trying skinny fries too 🙂
Hulme Hall Lane, M40 8AD
City Centre M2 4EQ
East Z East
Princess Street, M1 7DG
HAHA, i always thought this was pronounced “East-to-East”. This place offers high service and good environment with moderate price.
Oxford Road, M1 5QS
Although the food is good, this place offers inconsistent service. Been here a couple of times and sometimes the service is tuh-rie-ble..
Best spaghetti carbonara I’ve tasted! (And I’ve tried spaghetti carbonara in Italy as well).
City Centre, M1 5EE
Deansgate M3 2ER
City Centre, M3 2WY
A semi-fine dining so we dressed semi-casually for dinner!
Located just opposite my apartment, I’ve frequent this restaurant over the past four years for so many times I’ve lost count. There was a secret basement place that offers food half the price, but they decide to remove it (after a fire?) in my final year.
City Centre M2 4EG
Deansgate M3 2FW
Princess Street, M1 6HR
I Am Pho
Chinatown M1 4HF
Excellent service and food!
Handmade Noodle King
TEAS & DESSERT
BEST SECTION FOR LAST! 😀
This place plays korean songs – unfortunately I’m not a fan. But the snow ice is worth coming back for.
We order a lot of our birthday cakes here.
Teacup and Cakes
After much recommendation, I decide to give this a try – and it’s worth it!
Hehe, if you’ve reached all the way to the end of this post, congratulations! There are about 100 pictures in this post! 😀
Are you hungry now?
Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers! May this year be a happy and prosperous year to all 🙂 This is the year of the snake, so hiss-hiss!
The picture (below) signifies home. I took this picture last summer; the foreground – part of a new year decoration that we didn’t take off for many years now, and the background – part of living room back home. *smile*
Celebrating the lunar new year is very important Chinese tradition.Being in my forth year abroad, I am fortunate to be able to keep this tradition alive, although me and my friends have to improvise a little. We make our own cookies, fry our own keropok and cook our own dishes. The most important part: spending time with the people we care about. We had steamboat on Thursday, potluck at my place on Friday, a CNY reunion at Kwok Man restaurant, and CNY dinner at HQ place 🙂
Friday 8 February 2013
We had our CNY reunion a day early because Ying was going to London the next day for CNY eve TT. And no celebration will be complete without the four of us! There were a lot of homemade food; cooked many different dishes, including my first steamed fish. In fact, we had so many dishes until we could not fit all onto the dining table and have to move to a bigger coffee table. 😀
Many thanks to Ee Lin for walking all the way back to W3 and sharing the Yee Shang. This dish was usually served as appetizer (although we had it as dessert) and used as a symbolism of “good luck” for the new year. THANK YOU!
I particularly like the picture below, although we are missing a few people in the picture – WL, EL and SL! And look at Ying’s reindeer ears. 🙂
That night, we made some tang yuan, because we didn’t have it during theWinter Solstice in December 2012. It was a different way of making tang yuan, but delicious nevertheless! It would be more awesome if we have pink colourings 🙂 Look at the turtle that Ying made!
Saturday 9 February 2013
The actual Chinese New Year eve date. We had a reservation at Kwok Man restaurant.
We were all flushed from laughing throughout the night. There was a cute waiter that could surprisingly match our hair-wired frequency. Started of with asking Matthew if he wanted to eat from the large rice bowl because he was holding the bowl while talking to the rest of us. Then when he was taking a picture for us, the ones standing seemed to be deciding something, so he jokingly asked us the reason that we are so busy. The next part is the funniest – LZ misplaced one of her earring, and we went back into the restaurant and searched underneath our table. The waiter was still there and asked us the very same question he asked few minutes earlier. I figured tt would be a while before we went back to the restaurant!
Sunday 10 February 2012
The actual Chinese New Year date. Shortly after the clock ticked 12, we finished a few games of Bridge and then I skyped with my family at home until 5 in the morning. 😀 it was wonderful to catch up and the little things made me smile – especially the part about the internet not responding when the cordless phone is used. HEHE!
My 1111th picture of the year (in my camera) – mandarin oranges!
Once again, a Happy Chinese New Year to all!:)
Ending 2012 on a good note because… it’s not the end of the world!
Jokes aside, 2012 is indeed a great year.
An overall recap for 2012: I went to concert for the first time in my life in March, and later, a farewell tour by Westlife in June. I also went for orchestra, and watched Phantom of the Opera musical and went for Harry Potter Studio Tour. I was part of Robogals and wrote a piece that got published in the Robogals monthly newsletter. On travel, I went to Oslo and Bergen in Norway, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Mulu, London in UK, Krakow in Poland as well as Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome in Italy. I witnessed two wonders of the world, both the Colosseum and leaning tower of Pisa. Besides, I also went to several UNESCO World Heritage such as Bryggen in Norway, Mulu Cave in Malaysia and Salt Mine in Poland. I got to spend the beginning and end of summer at home. Continue reading
Entering my forth year in university, I am excited to be back in Manchester. Manchester no longer feels like a foreign place I need to explore, but rather a second home that I can fall back into a routine so easily.
September and October are the two most happening months in the term year. I am particularly excited to see the others whom I haven’t seen since the start of summer. After Poland trip, we fill our remaining ten days in September with eating outs and potlucks/chilling at friend’s places. In two short months, we celebrated six birthdays; CK, PH, HQ, YL, GY, ML. It started with CK’s birthday in Pearl City, then PH’s in Felicini, HQ in Café Rouge, YL&GY in Sapporo Tepanyaki and finally, ML’s at San Rocco.
CK’s birthday SEPT30
The term kicked start with the first birthday celebration at Pearl City. I made a card inspired by dawn5377, and we chose a Swarovski bracelet. The cake White Chocolate Dream Gateau from Patisserie Valerie was ah-ma-zing.
PH’s birthday OCT13
We went to an Italian restaurant called Felicini. I had the Crab and Coriander Linguini (flaked white crab meat, coriander & ginger pesto & chilli jam) It was really delicious. We headed up to WL’s place later.
HQ’s birthday OCT17
This time, we went to a French restaurant Cafe Rouge. The dishes wasn’t that good, but the duck confit I had was quite yummy. We gave HQ a gift card 😀
YL&GY’s birthday OCT19-20
The Sapporo Teppanyaki is a Japanese Sushi and Noodle bar. Located in Castlefield, it was a good twenty minutes walk. It is probably the most expensive place I’ve been to; in my opinion, the food didn’t quite match up to the price, but the little show they put on kept us entertained throughout.
After that, we had the birthday cake at YL&ML’s place. I kind of blurred out the rest of the night because I was sleeping at a corner. TEEHEE.
ML’s birthday OCT26
It was surprise… failure! We were at his place when we were notified that he would enter the apartment too. All of us who were already there rushed to YL’s room for a hideout and surprise him in the middle of his game.
On top of all the birthday cakes we’ve eaten, I had my try in baking. I tried baking New York Cheese Cake twice, but they haven’t come to my satisfaction yet. For the extra ingredients on my first try, I made a lemon sour cream cake (matt’s cake). Baking & eating cakes are guilty pleasure, considering how many sugars and butters and cheese that were used.
When we’re not having potlucks or birthday parties, we had a couple of badminton and squash sessions. I also participated for the Manchester Science Festival as part of Robogals. There were cool robots to amuse little kids. Most of them were more interested in building the robot rather than programming the robots. It was a nice sight to see the kids light up when they see the robot move, talk or display a smiley face.
November’s getting a little chilly, we can all expect a little snow this winter. 😀