Walk Through History

A series of black and white pictures taken in some historical towns in England; Warwick, Stratford, Cotswold and Oxford.

Warwick: Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Inside Warwick Castle
Inside Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle Compound
Warwick Castle Compound

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Top view of part of the castle
Top view of part of the castle

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Through the barred window
Through the barred window

Stratford & Cotswold

Jester
Jester, Stratford
William Shakespeare's House
William Shakespeare’s House, Stratford

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The Birthroom Window
The Birthroom Window, Stratford
William Shakespeare's  mother's Bed
William Shakespeare’s mother’s Bed, Stratford
William Shakespeare's Crib
William Shakespeare’s Crib, Stratford
The origin of "sleep tight"
The origin of “sleep tight”
Boys under 5 years old  are disguised as girls
Boys under 5 years old are disguised as girls
Bathroom
Bathroom, Stratford
Kitchen
Kitchen, Stratford
Fireplace
Fireplace, Stratford
William Shakespeare's House
William Shakespeare’s House, Stratford
William Shakespeare's House
William Shakespeare’s House, Stratford
Stratford
Stratford
Cotswold Houses
Cotswold Houses

Oxford

Town Hall
Town Hall
Tom Quad
Tom Quad
Inside Christ Church, Oxford
Inside Christ Church, Oxford
St Frideswide window, Christ Church, Oxford
St Frideswide window, Christ Church, Oxford

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Christ Church, Oxford - George Bell
Christ Church, Oxford – George Bell
Christ Church, Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford
Tom Quad, Oxford
Tom Quad, Oxford
Oxford
Oxford

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St Mary Chapel, Oxford
St Mary Chapel, Oxford
Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
The Tower of the Five Orders, Oxford
The Tower of the Five Orders, Oxford
Bridge of Sighs, Oxford
Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

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London: Stonehenge & Greenwich

This was probably the first time I bought a single outgoing train ticket to London, not knowing when I will be back. All of us travel down to London to surprise Jake for his 23rd birthday. I reached London on April 2nd and stayed at SF place (again)

April 3 –  After staying in for the whole day, I went out for dinner at Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

GR

April 4 – This is probably the most eventful day; Stonehenge trip, tea at Mad Hatter and dinner at Pak Awie!

Stonehenge

In the morning, I went for the long overdue Stonehenge trip. The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is unique; an exceptional survival from a prehistoric culture now lost to us. The monument is aligned with the rising and setting of thesun at the solstices, but its exact purpose remains a mystery. It was so windy that it was hard to take a decent picture – the one that your hair wasn’t all over your face!

Stonehenge (1) Stonehenge (2)

Stonehenge (3)

Stonehenge (4)

Stonehenge (5)

Stonehenge (6)

Stonehenge (7)

Here’s the interesting part of the trip. After getting souvenirs from the shop, I held the paper bag of postcard and keychain on my hand, when a bird flew past and pooped right inside the bag, on the receipt! I heard a loud thud, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized it. It was really luck that the bird poop missed my hair and coat!

Mad Hatter Tea

I was late for Jake’s surprise tea party at Mad Hatter because I took a longer route on the tube! Note to self, double-check the tube maps! The tea is delicious!

Flavoured Teas
Flavoured Teas
Tea for two.
Tea for two.

Guess who’s in the background?

MadHatter (4)

MadHatter (5)

MadHatter (6)

MadHatter (7)

MadHatter (8)

The waitress was really spotty. She stood on the pillar base and snapped the following two pictures!

The group photo!
The group photo!
The group photo take 2!
The group photo take 2!

MadHatter (11)

As in London, who could have missed a day shopping at Oxford Circus, so I went! I only went into my two favourite shops that are not present Manchester Arndale; ESpirit and UNIQLO!  After that, we went for an official birthday celebration at Pak Awie. Although we could finally satisfy our Malaysian food craving, much to our disappointment, the food portion was a little smaller than expected.

Pak Awie

Pak Awie (3)

Pak Awie (1)

Pak Awie (2)

Pak Awie (4)

That night, we stopped by King Cross St Pancras to take picture of the 9 3/4 platform. I don’t think we ever stopped to admire the architecture of the station.

King Cross Station
King Cross Station

King Cross

April 5 – Early in the morning, I travelled all the way to Greenwich to stand between the Prime Meridian line. We walked around the Greenwich market and went by the riverbank to enjoy the view. The day passed quickly as I went for networking sessions and shop at Oxford Circus (again!).

Greenwich market
Greenwich market

Greenwich (1)

Greenwich (4)

Greenwich (5)

we had to walk along a long stretch of road before climbing a steep inclination to reach the Royal Observatory! It cost 5 pounds to enter, just to take picture of the line, but it was worth it :))

Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory Greenwich

Greenwich (6)

Yes there are pimples and eyebags *tears* but I like my hair in this picture haha!

Greenwich (9)

Greenwich (11)

Greenwich (8) Greenwich (12)

Greenwich (7)

Greenwich (13)

Greenwich (14)

This little girl was playing catch with her brother, so adorable!

Greenwich (15)

Greenwich

April 6 –  At noon, I missed my tube stop by four stations because I was too engrossed in playing Candy Crush. I was supposed to stop at Bank station, but I only heard the station “Mile End”, a station I have never heard of, and by the time I checked the map, the next stop was at Stratford! That afternoon, I became CL’s personal shopper (haha!) as she hunt for her formal wear around Oxford Circus! We had dinner at a Thai restaurant. I had the pad kuehtio which taste very similar to normal kuey teow! 😀

London

We then walked around to enjoy the night view of London

 London (1)

London (2)

April 7 –  We spend our whole day in UKEC Graduate fair, and finally had tea at Mandarin Kitchen.

London (3)

I ended my shopping spree after getting the final item on my list; hair conditioner. After that, we went to get the most moist pandan cake in Chinatown. The trip ended in a pretty unfortunate manner, where one of my friend’s phone was stolen in Chinatown. Before I could get into the mindset of how mean and unpredictable people can be, a kind Samaritan helped me carry my (very heavy) luggage up the (very long) staircase in Oxford Circus. Then when I was in the train, a man offered his table seat so that a couple could sit together.

So maybe, instead of focusing on the bad things in life, we should always remember that there are still kind people around, and that there is a silver lining in a midst of grey clouds.

The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay experience

This was my first experience at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. We were slightly late for our 7.45 pm reservation as I had to painfully walk in heels for fifteen minutes or more from Sloane Square tube station to the restaurant. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by a few smartly dressed waiter and waitress, who politely asked us for our coats before ushering us us to our reserved table.

We had pre-ordered the taster menu, apparently the only one that could accommodate all of us in one sitting. The taster menu composed of an amuse bouche, 3 starters, 1 fish dish and 1 meat dish, cheese or pre-dessert, dessert and petit fours. The food was cooked to perfection with extraordinary technique and pretty decorations. Although the setting was really pretty, it was difficult to get a good picture with the dim lighting.

We started of with amuse bouche, which means an appetiser or per-tidbits in French. I can’t be exactly sure what these are called, so I’ll leave you with these three closeup pictures.

Gordon Ramsay table setting for first starter
The amuse bouche

amuse bouche

amuse bouche 2

amuse bouche 1

Starter

Ricotta infused with mint, pea foam, sliced radish, tomato, rocket oil and violets.
Ricotta infused with mint, pea foam, sliced radish, tomato, rocket oil and violets.

The first Starters was probably the least delicious meal of the whole experience; the Ricotta infused with mint, pea foam, sliced radish, tomato, rocket oil and violets. I love vegetables, but at the very bottom of my list – peas,  right above baked beans.  I finished it regardless, and to no surprise, not as icky as I anticipated.

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I ate this dish layer by layer, although I realised at the end that it should be cut horizontally so that all the layers could be eaten at once. Unfortunately, I could not find the name of this dish. 😦

Smoked potato and poached hen’s egg ravioli with pak choi, roast chicken jus and leek velouté.
Smoked potato and poached hen’s egg ravioli with pak choi, roast chicken jus and leek velouté.

Main fish dish

Fish something

Yet again, I couldn’t find the name of this dish anywhere, but I really really love the sauce!

Main meat dish

Cotswold lamb and spring vegetable “Navarin,” with wild and new season garlic
Cotswold lamb and spring vegetable “Navarin,” with wild and new season garlic

There were four different parts of the lamb; rack, minced, belly and (i can’t be sure of the last one)… I love lamb! 🙂 MEK MEK MEK.

Pre-dessert

Mango, jasmine and passion fruit soup
Mango, jasmine and passion fruit juice

The mango, jasmine and passion fruit juice is topped with lychee and coconut foam.  I’m starting to enjoy the taste of mango… and the unique part of this cooler is that the straw is made up of glass; we were advised not to bite it as it may break!

Agen prune crème brûlée with Granny Smith apple juice
Agen prune crème brûlée with Granny Smith apple juice

The second pre-dessert is the crème brûlée and freshly squeezed Granny Smith apple juice. The crème brûlé was sweet and smooth, complimented by the slightly sour apple juice.

Dessert

Lemonade parfait with honey, bergamot and sheep’s milk yoghurt sorbet

Petite four

strawberry ice cream in white chocolate
White Chocolate & Strawberry Iced Bonbon (strawberry ice cream in white chocolate)

strawberry ice cream in white chocolate

Dark chocolate ganache and lychee flavored Turkish delights
Dark chocolate ganache and lychee flavored Turkish delights

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Us and Clare Smyth
Us and Clare Smyth

To end the night, WL asked if we could see the kitchen – which we could!  We even took pictures with the Head Chef Clare Smyth! How impressive is it to be first female British chef to hold three Michelin stars award!