05/05/2013 My parents and I decided to visit the British Museum just to check out the exhibits being held there. It was packed with both locals and tourists. The location is pretty much at the centre of London town and it is very accessible. I must admit that museums were always at the bottom of our ‘places-to-go’ list whenever we travel, but it all changed when we got to England. I have been to a few like the Natural History museum, Victoria & Albert museum, and Brighton museum, and I, unexpectedly, was entranced with each of them. Anyways, British museum brought to life the culture, arts, and traditions of the different continents of the world! I most definitely had a fantastic time engaging myself with learning a lot of things about the exhibits of the different countries present there.
My most favourite place in the museum: The Enlightenment Gallery. I just love how everything I am interested in was there!
“The Enlightenment was an age of reason and learning that flourished across Europe and America from about 1680 to 1820. This rich and diverse permanent exhibition uses thousands of objects to demonstrate how people in Britain understood their world during this period. It is housed in the King’s Library, the former home of the library of King George III. The Enlightenment Gallery is divided into seven sections that explore the seven major new disciplines of the age: Religion and ritual, Trade and discovery, the birth of archaeology, Art history, Classification, the decipherment of ancient scripts and Natural history.”
(Spot the gigantic dslr. haha)
(A chair made of guns)
(Intricate ‘Cowboys’ wood carving. Artists who love their craft produces exquisite masterpieces. Can I please have even just a hundredth of their talent? haha)
(The Nereid monument)
The museum is so vast that we easily got tired after strolling around and taking in a lot of information there. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the afternoon we spent there and we will definitely be back to visit the other sections we missed.
“Designed by Foster and Partners, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court transformed the Museum’s inner courtyard into the largest covered public square in Europe. It is a two-acre space enclosed by a spectacular glass roof with the world-famous Reading Room at its centre.”
Before we went to the museum, we decided to have lunch first. We ate at Abeno Okonomiyaki Restaurant located in the Museum street. I remember a few weeks back, I was watching an anime called Kuroko no Basuke and there was an episode where they ate okonomiyaki after a basketball game. I love Japanese food to bits and I thought I already knew and ate all kinds! I have never heard of okonomiyaki before, so when I saw it in the anime I immediately thought, ‘I have to try that!’ I went to Google and searched for a restaurant serving okonomiyaki in London and I found Abeno. I read reviews and they were generally good, so I told my mum about it and she agreed to visit that resto. Luckily, it is located near the museum, so we decided to fill our stomach with good authentic Japanese food there before we visited the museum.
(The Tokyo Okonomiyaki which was too delicious for words! It was cooked at our table in front of us. I think I will never get tired of eating this. I loved the mixture of the sauces as well! Every bite was so tasteful and the texture was perfect.)
(The Om-Soba did not disappoint as well. The pork Yaki-Soba wrapped in an omelette was flavourful enough to satisfy my palate. The noodles were cooked to perfection as well.)
(The prawn udon was unexpectedly delicious! I thought it would be just like the plain bland udon served in other Japanese restaurants, but I was wrong. It had a strong umami taste which will make you crave for more. It had a hint of hot chilies and kimchi at the same time which complemented well with the original flavour. I would definitely have this again!)
Thank You, God, for another awesome day! All glory to you!
May/June exams are coming up! I will be taking my last exams for A-levels! Woot woot! :) Enough of the trips. I have to focus on revising and acing those tests. :) Please pray for me! Thanks a bunch! :) I also pray that you, yes YOU reading this, may be blessed more with happiness and success. No matter what circumstances you may be facing right now, believe that our God is in control and that He will deliver you and see you through it. I also pray that may He give you your heart’s desires as you delight yourself in Him. In Jesus’ name. Amen. :)
29th March 2013: My parents and I spent good Friday in the county of East Sussex for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, we had an awesome time exploring the picturesque town of Brighton and Hove.
We left the house at half past 5 in the morning and arrived in London bridge rail station at around 15 past 6 where we took the First Capital Connect train to Brighton. The train ride was incomparably smoother than London underground’s. An hour passed by swiftly. One moment we were walking along the busy streets and stations of London, and then the next thing we knew we were already in awe of the scenic countryside - seeing God’s wonderful creations.
(London Bridge Rail Station)
We arrived in Brighton at around 8, and the first thing we wanted to do was eat breakfast. Since the town is famous for its beach - I’m talking about a normal and nude one but let’s not go there haha - we opted to take the bus and head there first. (First sighting of the sea whille we were still on the bus)
After a nearly half an hour bus ride, we finally arrived at our first destination, Brighton Marina.
We had traditional English breakfast in the West Quay at Wetherspoon.
We got to rest for a bit and warmed-up while eating breakfast. We needed that as it was way too cold outdoors for this time of the year in UK. It was literally freezing. Anyway, we continued our adventure and started to stroll around the area. I loved the Yacht Club area! It was so surreal! The walk around the Marina square was pretty cool too. Local English stores were there, stores you won’t find in High streets. They have a walk of fame too! haha
Houses in Brighton are similar in London’s!
Our second destination was the Brighton Pier. It is generally known as Palace Pier. I also loved it there! It was like Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland except that it is open all year round there and it is above the sea! I would have ridden the roller coaster and log ride if it was only warmer that day. I cannot imagine the freezing cold winter wind rushing through my face while screaming my lungs out. That is just too much of an adventure. I wouldn’t risk my health. haha
The Beach in Kemptown.
Mini train along the beach.
Third destination: Brighton town proper. Exploring an unfamiliar place with the people you love is always one of the best adventures ever. The town proper was full of locals. It was just good to the ears to here authentic English accent! They have this distinct accent that is very different from the multi-cultural and multilingual city of London.
We checked out the Brighton museum and Art gallery.
Can you spot the Alexander McQueen dress?
The infamous Punch and Judy puppet show.
The Royal Pavilion
There was a street food festival in the town proper, so we walked through it and checked for some good food finds. Foods sold there were from around the world! From East to West delicacies, you name it, they have it, except there was no Filipino foods which was unfortunate.
A day in Brighton was enough to visit the famous places there. What I loved most, aside from the awesome charming English vibe the place gave, was the price of the foods there! Everything was so affordable! We did not go hungry at all as local food stores were present wherever we went, just in town proper though. We would definitely visit Brighton again!
From the town centre, we just walked our way to the rail station to check out more places before we head back to London town.
Brighton Rail Station. Green and White cabs = Definitely not in London. :))
Thank You, God, for another awesome adventure with my loved ones. All glory to You! ❤ -Jhanyn
29/12/2012 We went to Wembley Arena to watch the Disney On Ice: Passport to adventure today. I have always been fond of Disney characters, cartoons and movies, and figure skating is my first love, so when I saw tickets being advertised on Ticketmaster’s website, I did not hesitate one bit in buying 3 rinkside tickets. I hit two birds with one stone! HAHA I was able to take photos and videos, so this post is dedicated to sharing my Disney On Ice experience. It lasted for almost 2 hours, and I was just mesmerised at how magical the characters looked as they graced the ice the whole time.
Cotton candies, popcorns and ice creams being sold like hotdogs in a football game:
The crowd applauded when Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck entered the ice:
Goofy’s entrance skit made everyone laugh out laud:
•The Lion King•
The ever so lovable Timon & Pumbaa:
The breathtaking performance of Simba and his wife:
•The Little Mermaid•
Huge clams with mermaids inside:
Sebastian with Ariel’s sisters:
Little Mermaid herself, Ariel:
Ariel and the mermen:
With the special participation of 3 kids from the audience:
I will give the award of ‘Most Romantic’ Production number to Ariel and Prince Eric’s ice dance:
And the most awaited ‘happily ever after’ kiss. haha♥:
•Lilo & Stitch•
Pleakley and Jumba:
Stitch playing the guitar:
•Tribute to London•
Tinkerbell spreading pixie dust:
Peter Pan’s ‘flying’ entrance:
Wendy and her brothers:
Wendy’s beautiful arabesque:
Tick-Tock the Crocodile:
The show was spectacular! From the young ones to the young at heart, I believe everyone enjoyed it. Even my dad said it brought back good childhood memories. haha :)
Thank You, God, for another awesome day. All glory to You!
Let me end this post by wishing you all an advance Happy New Year! May the coming year bring more blessings to you and your family, so that you can share your overflowing abundance and be a blessing to others! 😊 -Jhanyn
09/12/2012 Another year has gone by and I cannot actually believe that I am now on my last year of being in the ‘-teen’ age group! Time flies! A lot has happened in the past 19 years! I have experienced different kinds of circumstances, and I thank God for sustaining me through it all. The worst of me is truly succeeded by the best of Him! I owe Him my life, my past, my present, my future….. my everything! All glory to Him!
We went to church this morning for our normal Sunday service. We headed to Trafalgar Square afterwards to chill and enjoy the sun’s glorious rays while strolling around and enjoying the splendid view of National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, St. Martin and Fields, and Admiralty Arch.
For my birthday lunch, my parents made me choose where and what to eat. After doing a bit of research online, I decided to try Thai Square in Trafalgar.
Here are the foods we had:
TOM KHA KAI - coconut soup with chicken, spiced galangal, lemon grass and lime leaves.
SOFT-SHELL CRAB WITH MANGO SALAD
PRAWN WITH ASSORTED MUSHROOMS AND ROASTED GARLIC - prawn with slowly roasted garlic stir-fried with baked assorted mushrooms and light soya sauce, served in hot pot. The sweetness and aroma of the Pearl garlic is excellent matched with delicate flavour of baked assorted mushrooms.
WEEPING TIGER - Char grilled marinated sirloin beef with ranges of Thai herbs served with chef’s special sauce.
GRILLED SCALLOPS - with spring onion sauce: served with green chilli and garlic sauce.
The foods were so good! It was funny how in every first try of each dish we say Masarap! (Delicious!) We never said ‘This is much delicious than that’, because each dish had its own X factor! *I could not think of a better word to describe it. HAHA The foods are so innovative! Every bite was full of flavour! The flavours complemented each other! That was the best birthday lunch ever! Last year’s was Italian, but Thai is so much better, in my opinion! *Pardon me for being biased. Proud Asian here! haha
Moving on… A couple of days ago, my mum and I went to Debenhams. Little did I know she was about to treat me for some ‘girly’ shopping spree.
I have always been a MAC and CLINIQUE girl! It was after I read blogs and reviews of these cosmetics that I decided to try Benefit, and I am very much happy to have tried it because the products are exemplary! I am most impressed with the POREfessional and the they’re Real mascara! I would definitely purchase those again.
I have never tried Vera Wang’s perfume before. I always purchase Elizabeth Arden or DKNY just because I am familiar with the smell and I know their ‘lasting’ capacity. The Vera Wang Princess Night undeniably smells so good! It starts of powerful, and, as it evaporates, becomes sweet and light. I utterly love the smell, but it does not last long, unfortunately.
My dad got me a set of pearl earrings and necklace! I was so stoked when I opened the jewelery box! I have the best parents in the world! I will forever be grateful to God for their lives! ❤
Anyway, for my birthday cake, we got a slice of Black forrest and Yule Log. HAHA My mum kept on reminding me to order one online, but I insisted that I wanted them to choose for me and be surprised. I knew they were busy at work but I kept my hopes high. I ended up not having a cake from them at all, and I completely understand. It was partly my fault anyway. HAHA We had to buy one on our way home, because it has been our tradition that whoever celebrates his/her birthday shall blow their cake’s candles after singing ‘happy birthday to you’, wishing, and praying. 😊 We did not pass by any bakeshops, so we had to buy one from Costa. (It is a coffee shop chain like Starbucks).
I thank God for making this day an extra special and fun one!
“From birth I have relied on You; You brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise You.” Psalm 71:6 NIV
Trafalgar Square December 2012:
Christmas is just days away! That will probably be the theme of my next post. Till then! -Jhanyn 😊
01/12/2012 Today is my beloved mother’s birthday! Before we headed to Piccadilly for her birthday lunch, we went to Kensington to pick up the cake I ordered for her.
Before I purchased the cake, I asked my mum about her preference and the only thing she told me was that she wanted something out of the norm, something we have not tried yet. After researching for a while, I narrowed my option to a gateaux and a mille feuille. The former is the closest to a plain sponge cake we usually have, so I opted to buy the latter. Good thing there are a lot, and I mean a LOT of good French bakeshops around, so I did not have a hard time on purchasing one with the little time I had.
Strawberry Mille Feuille’s description from Patisserie Valerie’s page: Puff pastry layers filled with fresh cream and fresh strawberries. Finished with burnt dusted icing sugar and roasted nibbed almonds.
In case you are wondering why the latter part of the message says We love U instead of You, the reasoning behind that is that I ordered the cake online and the ‘enter message’ part has a limited number of character.I had no other option but to shorten it because I really wanted to include that message to relay to my mother how dearly we love her. 😊
Mum’s Birthday lunch: We had lunch at T.G.I.Friday’s Leicester Square.
I love the the interior of Friday’s because it gives you that ‘American’ feeling while in Europe. HAHA Random wall in Friday’s:
*This photo is grabbed from my dad’s instagram. :)
I get easily astonished whenever I see statements on tissue papers, or, in this case, on the packs of wipes that make total sense! :)
Photos of Central London I took earlier:
Here is my favourite photo of the day:
I love central London especially during Christmas season! It becomes colourful and more lively than usual! :)
Thank You, God, for a great day! Thank You for my mum’s life. Thank You for her good health and for giving her the desires of her heart. I could not thank You enough, Abba Father, for all the great things You have done, You are doing, and You will be doing in our life. I love You, Father God! All Glory to Your name, In Jesus’ name.
It is getting colder and colder already. With -1ºC outside, I am pretty sure winter has arrived. :) Christmas is just days away! May we practice the art of giving and blessing others not only during Christmas season but in EVERY season of the year! -Jhanyn :)
P.S. Please excuse the inconsistent quality of pictures because I used different cameras to take them (SII, 4s, and IXUS)
25/11/2012 Hyde Park Winter Wonderland :) I have been to winter wonderland for three consecutive years already, so I could easily tell if there are new rides, new attractions, new food stalls, new pubs, and the list goes on. It just gets better and better with each passing year! :) It opens at half past 10 in the morning and shuts off at 10 in the evening. I am most in awe with the new thrilling rides that I bet my friends and I would definitely enjoy! God willing, we will be able to experience the amusing atmosphere there during the night, since we plan to pay it a visit one of these days. Let me show you around winter wonderland through pictures:
Overall, I really enjoyed my first visit to WW with my parents this year. I did not try any rides yet because I am saving the experience to share it with my friends, since my parents are really not the type to try the rides I want. haha Whenever I try to sweet talk my dad to ride a roller coaster, for example, he always uses his punch line which is “Anak, wala pa akong life insurance. Yayain mo mum mo.” *roughly tranlated to: “Daughter/child, I don’t have a life insurance yet. Why don’t you ask your mum to accompany you?” or something along those lines. haha But I would not dare ask my mum anymore because I remember two years ago when I wanted to ride the ‘BlackHole’ so much. My mum pitied me because I did not have anyone to ride with, so she joined me, and that, for the record, was her worst decision ever. HAHA I kid… Or not. :)) Oh well, she just felt sick afterwards. And you can just imagine how bad I felt for her. :p I love my mum and dad to bits, and I cannot thank God enough for their lives!
Anyway, today we just ate different kinds of foods found there to our heart’s content. We tried different types of sausage. We also would not dare forget to have some super yummy roasted chestnuts! I also tried noodles with chicken and black bean sauce from a Chinese stall. Churros was our dessert. haha It was funny how foods which were freshly cooked and served easily got icy cold just after a few minutes! So we adapted to eating as fast as we could to enjoy our foods hot. haha It was actually 7ºC when we got there.
Winter wonderland brings back the feeling of being a kid! It is a place where simple things make your heart flutter. It is simply magical! We will definitely visit that place more often in the coming days! :)
Here’s my outfit of the day:
Coat: H&M | Turtleneck/Longsleeves: H&M | Red&White Serape: Forever21 | Trousers: H&M| Large Satchelbag: Topshop | Lace Up Boots: Madden girl by Steve Madden
Let me end this post by sharing this verse to all of you:
“He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “By His wounds you have been healed.” - 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)
Have a blessed week ahead! :) Thanks for reading my post! :) God bless you! - Jhanyn ❤
03/11/2012 Yesterday, we received a mail from the UKBA, so early this morning we headed to the post office to do something related to our application. Thank You, God, for that awesome news! Everything really happens in Your Perfect Time! 😄 Anyhoo, we opted to go to Westfield afterwards to just chill and relax.
I purposely went to the Apple store to purchase iWires. And boy did it cost me my 3days allowance! Apple sure knows how to get people broke. I’m kidding…or not. HAHA
Moving on, since winter is fast approaching and I own only 1 pair of boots (my ever so reliable and beloved bailey button triplet Ugg boots), my mum got me a pair of new pair at Debenhams! 😄
Thank You, God, for my Madden girl by Steve Madden boots!!! 😍 ❤
For lunch, we had the full chicken platter with garlic bread and chips plus chicken liver w/ portuguese rolls at Nando’s. Unfortunately, I was not able to take any photos since we were too hungry to even spare a second to take photos. HAHA
I think it is clever to put something like this ↓ on the the tissue paper. It is quite an attention getter. 😊
Today has been fun! I just love going out with my parents. They are the best! Thank You, God, for an awesome day! All Glory to You!
How did your Saturday go? I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Regards, Jhanyn :)
21/10/2012 My dad had been craving for dim sum for quite some time so we finally decided to give in and let him have his way. haha We headed to ChinaTown after attending church, and we arrived there at around half past 11. Out of all the Chinese restaturants present there, we opted to have a go at WAN CHAI CORNER since we saw how it was packed even at an early hour.(Lunch time here usually starts at 1)
(Photo grabbed from http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/snaps/wan_chai_corner.htm)
Here are the photos of the foods we had:
Overall, the dim sums were very delicious! The beef noodles was outstandingly tasty! The wonton in the Wonton noodles was of bigger size compared to other restaurants’. The braised pork was a pleasure to eat! We really enjoyed our lunch! :)
Aside from eating, we also did some food shopping at the Asian stores there.
Noodles, noodles,… and MORE noodles! haha It’s getting colder nowadays. It feels like winter is arriving very soon, so ramyun/ramen is a must in our food cabinet! haha
We also tried these cute mini cakes! They do not only look good, they also taste good! :)
We walked past Regent street & Piccadilly circus on our way to Chinatown, so I am ending this post with a couple of photos:
I truly enjoyed this day! Thank You, God, for another awesome day! :)
How was yours? :)
After church, we decided to go to ChinaTown to buy some Asian foods from the grocery store there.
Peking ducks displayed on every Chinese restaurants’ windows:
For lunch, we ate at Vietnamese Restaurant. And as the name suggests, they serve Vietnamese foods. HAHA :))
Here are the photos of the foods we ordered:
(We used the lettuce to wrap the spring rolls, posted above, together with all of the foods on the plate - mint leaves, noodles, shredded vegetables - plus a special sweet and salty sauce. What better way to eat it than the Vietnamese way, don’t you agree?) :)
The foods were really delicious! Every penny spent was worth it. :)
On our way to Chinatown, we walked past Trafalgar square and the National Gallery.
Thank You, God, for this wonderful day! I am all prepared to start another week in college! :)
How was your weekend? :) I hope you enjoyed it too! Thanks for having the time to read my post! God bless you, and have a great week ahead! - Jhanyn
Today, we have been to the Real Food Festival at Southbank Centre. We usually go to food markets, like Borough, and not food festivals. This morning, we finally opted to go to the food fest and it did not disappoint. There were lots of different cuisines from different countries, and different types of foods. Our tummies got filled with really scrumptious foods! *Warning: photo-heavy post ahead.
Let me take you to the Real Food Festival through photos my dad and I took:
For some peculiar reason, I could not help myself but buy a chocolate meringue whenever I see one! The downside of buying it in food markets/festivals is that they sell it at a higher price than the meringues available in local stores. But looking on the bright side, chocolate meringues are undeniably delicious! :)
We were drawn to this sausage stall by the aromatic smell coming from the grilled sausages. My dad tried the greenwich smokey sausage. He said it was good. I cannot comment on it since I did not actually taste it myself. :p
The last time I had Churros was two years ago at SM Southmall Philippines. I was so happy to see Churros Garcia’s stall, because I could finally recall how good churros tastes.
The churros stall was so busy! Probably because it is a very famous Spanish snack, so people are aware of how luscious it is!
If churros brought smile to my face, then the takoyaki from Yumi Takoyaki brought smile to my heart! I have been craving for takoyaki since forever! Yumi Takoyaki was heaven-sent!
It reminded me of the good ol’ days when we do our grocery shopping at SM supermarket, and then have some takoyaki for take-away from Samurai plus fish balls and squid balls from Odd Balls. Aahhhh… Missing Philippines more and more….
We bought different kinds of chocolates from Montezuma’s. I cannot wait to try each!
In addition to the food festival, there are also a lot of other interesting sightings in Southbank like the street performers:
My mum and I taking a break from all the eating and walking by watching the street performances around us:
We have also seen an impersonator of Mr. Bean! I took a video of him while entertaining tourists who had asked for a picture with him. I will post the video here on tumblr as well. But for now, let me show you how he almost got me fooled thinking he was the REAL Rowan Atkinson! :))) Mr. Bean’s impersonator with teddy and my dad:
I wanted to have a photo with him as well, but I did not have the guts to do so…. hahahahah :)) He was a hit! When he came out, people immediately gathered around him. Oh, better luck next time. I hope to see him again, and finally have a picture with him! hahaha
Moving on, we decided to stroll around Westminister and visited some infamous sightings of London. I will let the photos do the talking.
Last stop: Buckingham Palace where our ‘brief London tour’ ended.
Let me end this post by thanking God for a glorious weather today! It was very chilly since morning, but the sun shining helped brighten the mood of everyone! Thank You, God, for a very fun and relaxing day!
After church, we went to stroll around Kensington Gardens and enjoy the sun’s glorious rays. It is actually not normal to have a sunny day during September in London, and an above 20ºC temperature, so we dare not miss the chance to say hello to Mr. Sun! =)
A mocha cookie crumble to beat the heat!
Cutie-patootie squirrel! :))
Random painter in the park
Princess Diana’s Memorial at Kensington Palace
We went to Whole Food Market afterwards located in Kensington High Street for lunch
So we had lunch at Shabu-shabu :)
I just had the most delicious Sukiyaki ever!
Japanese food will always have a special place in my heart! :)
And to end this post, here’s a photo of a random building at Kensington High Street taken by my dad. I utterly love British architecture! It is very fascinating and I seriously can stare at it all day! :))
Ahhhhh…. Back to college tomorrow! Weekend is gone in just a blink of an eye! I am looking forward to what God has in store for me this coming week! All glory to Him! <3
02/09/2012 After church, we opted to have a late breakfast at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Notting Hill. It was the most chill restaurant I have ever been! People can come and just have a cuppa tea or coffee and read books, while sitting on very comfy sofas and chairs. (No pressure to order delicate Italian cuisine and all) :)I did not take a lot of photos since it is kind of a ‘posh’, but not THAT ‘posh’ resto, if you get what I mean, so I did not dare lose face, because we might become ‘regulars’ there. (My parents loved the foods and the place so much) :)
The outside view from where we were sitted: Pembridge road, Notting Hill. :)
My dad had The Works - Bath Pig chorizo sausage, outdoor-reared pork & leek sausage, outdoor-reared streaky bacon, free-range poached egg, wood fired oven roast tomato, Recipease baked beans, potato tortilla, spinach & toast.
My mum had a simple bacon & egg sandwich - outdoor-reared streaky bacon & a free-range fried egg in a Flour Station seeded bun, with Jme ketchup.
I had the Stack of American-style pancakes w/ maple & agave syrup, outdoor-reared streaky bacon & banana :) I never knew bacon and pancakes compliment each other well ‘til I tried this.
Hot Mocha I spilt while moving from the ‘living room’ to our dining table.
It was truly a scrumptious breakfast! We all loved the foods we had, plus the presentation was very adorable!
We headed to Oxford Street afterwards for some shopping. :)
Two huge shopping bags! :D Thank You, God, for Your never ending provision! <3
School year 2012-2013 officially starts tomorrow! I am very excited to see my college mates again! It is my last year in college, so I better pull off all the tricks I have saved! HAHA :))