Wang Lee Hom, Il Divo and Yundi Li

Concert week!

This week, I’ve been to three live concerts/performances, in three different cities.

  1. Wang Lee Hom  王力宏 at O2 Arena, London
  2. Il Divo at Manchester Arena, Manchester
  3. 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!

MusicMan II Open Fire stage

I had to feature this picture below. Simply beautiful!

LeeHom (3)

LeeHom (7)

LeeHom (8)

LeeHom (9)

LeeHom (16)

LeeHom (17)

LeeHom (18)

LeeHom (20)

LeeHom (25)

LeeHom (26)

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.

Il Divo (8)

Quite the entrance, eh?

Il Divo (4)

Il Divo (7)

Il Divo (6)

Il Divo (5)

Il Divo (3)

Three extremely crazy fans!

Il Divo (2)

Il Divo

They ended their performance with “Time to say Goodbye” 😀

Yundi Li

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.

Il Divo (9)

As it was clear that photography wasn’t allowed, so I only took a picture of him after his final song.

Yundi

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.

Various Cuisines in Manchester

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.

CHINESE CUISINE

Fu’s

Our most frequent visit in our first two years in Manchester. The price is reasonable and it comes with free sesame seed balls!

Sesame Seed Balls
Sesame Seed Balls

Han Dynasty

A  choice of hot pot or karaoke room!

Hot Pot
Hot Pot

Han Dynasty (3)

Kwok Man

Kwok Man (1)

Sea Bass
Sea Bass

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.

Ocean Treasure

Soft Shell Crab
Soft Shell Crab
Squid
Squid

Ocean Treasure (1)

Pacific

Best dimsum place in Manchester! Some may argue that Glamorous is better, but pacific is nearer!

"chen shao"
“chen shao”
Jiao Ji
Jiao Ji

Pacific

Pearl City

Egg tarts
Egg tarts

ARABIC CUISINE

Petra
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.

Petra (1)

Petra (2)

Petra

ARGENTINEAN CUISINE

Gaucho Grill
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!

Complimentary bread
Complimentary bread
Fish
Fish
Lamb
Lamb

AMERICAN CUISINE

Alchemist
Spinningfields M3 3HF

The food is pretty standard but the drinks are quite interesting. Should definitely try some cocktails.

Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips
Crispy Baby Calamari
Crispy Baby Calamari
Red Grape Cooler
Red Grape Cooler

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)
Old Trafford

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 🙂

GBK (4)

Greek Lamb Burger
Greek Lamb Burger
Skinny fries
Skinny fries
Onion Rings
Onion Rings

TGIF

Prawn Salad
Prawn Salad

TGIF (1)

ASIAN FUSION

Vermillion Cinnabar
Hulme Hall Lane, M40 8AD

Vermillion
Vermillion (1) Vermillion (2)
Vermillion (3) Vermillion (4)

GREEK CUISINE

Rozafa
City Centre M2 4EQ

Rozafa (1)

Rozafa (2)

Rozafa

INDIAN CUISINE

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.

East to East starters
East to East starters
Lamb Skewers
Lamb Skewers

Zouk
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..

Lamb Mix Grill
Lamb Mix Grill

ITALIAN CUISINE

Don Giovanni

Best spaghetti carbonara I’ve tasted! (And I’ve tried spaghetti carbonara in Italy as well).

Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara
Risotto
Risotto

Felicini
City Centre, M1 5EE

Bruschetta
Bruschetta
Prawn Spaghetti
Prawn Spaghetti

Cafe Rouge
Deansgate M3 2ER

Duck Confit
Duck Confit

Zizzi
Deansgate

ZiZZi

San Carlo
City Centre, M3 2WY

San Carlo
San Carlo
"Tiger Prawn"
“Tiger Prawn”
3 in 1 Pasta
3 in 1 Pasta

Rosso
City Centre

A semi-fine dining so we dressed semi-casually for dinner!

Rosso

Rosso (3)

Rosso (2)

JAPANESE CUISINE

Samsi
Whitworth Street

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.

Chicken Curry Katsu
Chicken Curry Katsu
Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki
Sushi  and Sashimi Platter
Sushi and Sashimi Platter

KOREAN CUISINE

Bandibul
City Centre M2 4EG

Ddukbokkie 떡볶이  / Rice Cake /
Ddukbokkie 떡볶이 / Rice Cake
Bibimbap 비빔밥 / Mixed Rice
Bibimbap 비빔밥 / Mixed Rice
Ddukbokkie 떡볶이  / Rice Cake /
Ddukbokkie 떡볶이 / Rice Cake /

MEXICAN

Barburittos

Fajitas
Fajitas

SPANISH CUISINE

La Tasca
Deansgate M3 2FW

Tapas - prawn
Tapas – prawn
Paella
Paella

La Tasca

Desserts
Desserts

THAI CUISINE

Try Thai
Chinatown

Try Thai (1)

Try Thai starter
Try Thai starter

TURKISH CUISINE

Efes Restaurant
Princess Street, M1 6HR

Buffet style

Buffet Counter
Buffet Counter
Profiteroles
Profiteroles

VIETNAMESE CUiSINE

I Am Pho
Chinatown M1 4HF

Excellent  service and food!

Bun rieu cua - noodles with minced crab
Bun rieu cua – noodles with minced crab
Nem Cuon Tom - Prawn Rolls
Nem Cuon Tom – Prawn Rolls

Handmade Noodle King
Chinatown

Chicken Satay Handmade Noodles
Chicken Satay Handmade Noodles
Lamb satay
Lamb satay

TEAS & DESSERT

BEST SECTION FOR LAST! 😀

Archies
Oxford Road

Million Dollar Shake
Million Dollar Shake

Dessert Room
Chinatown

This place plays korean songs – unfortunately I’m not a fan. But the snow ice is worth coming back for.

Pandan Waffles
Pandan Waffles
Durian snow Ice
Durian snow Ice
Mango snow ice
Mango snow ice
Green Tea Snow Ice
Green Tea Snow Ice

Patisserie Valerie
Deansgate

We order a lot of our birthday cakes here.

Birthday cake
Birthday cake

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Sugar Junction

Sugar Junction (1) Sugar Junction

Teacup and Cakes

Scones
Scones
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Spicy Tomato Soup
Spicy Tomato Soup
Organic Pink Rose Buds Tea
Organic Pink Rose Buds Tea

Bagel Nash
Manchester Arndale

After much recommendation, I decide to give this a try – and it’s worth it!

Crayfish & Avocado Bagel
Crayfish & Avocado Bagel

Cafe Nero

Cafe Nero hot chocolate
Cafe Nero hot chocolate
Cafe Nero cappuccino
Cafe Nero cappuccino

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?