Thursday, July 30, 2015

London: Buckingham Palace & Vintage Salt, Selfridges



Continuing second day in London after visiting the National History Museum. :) It was a chilled day around the city. Brought sis to the Buckingham Palace and also Harrods and Selfridges which are both classic luxury departmental stores in the UK before taking our trip back to Leeds.






From Harrods we got some cupcakes then strolled along Green Park to Buckingham Palace. Love how London is a busy city but instead of being a mere concrete jungle there are many green places around.







Visited Buckingham Palace every time I'm in London but don't think I've ever had any pictures with the place on my blog so there! :) We sat down at the steps of the Victoria Memorial and ate our cupcakes with the Palace as our view. The flavours we each chose for our cupcakes were Chocolate Brownie and Lemon Meringue.











Came to Selfridges especially to visit this rooftop cafe called Vintage salt. And I wanted to come here specifically for the super unique Chocolate Burger that I came across online. :) It was a sunny day in London which is quite rare and the locals may appreciate sun in their faces but not me! Lol my face explained it all. Ordered a portion of fries in case the burger was not enough but we were both quite full from the cupcakes earlier.

Vintage Salt
Roof, Selfidges, 400 Oxford Street,
London W1A 1AB
Email: roof@vintagesalt.co.uk



The Chocolate Burger (£8.50). The buns for the burger was some pastry that's quite crispy throughout. The patty is made up of milk chocolate chunks while the cheese is white chocolate. The tomato slice is made of jelly I think and some leaves to decorate. Fries are churros with a dip of chocolate sauce. Quite nice but if you don't have a sweet tooth this is not for you. Don't think I'll be coming back for this again. It's still worth a try though, for photo-taking sake and for experience, cuz it's not everyday you get to eat chocolate burgers. :)





With all the love,
Kxin

Monday, July 20, 2015

London 060715: Tower Bridge + National History Museum


In London for the third time to meet Bev who flew over to attend my graduation, after almost a year of not meeting which was the longest I've gone without seeing my family. And sis is here for the first time! So happy to be the one showing her around the beautiful place. :)

After London we also went for more travelling and the following blog posts will be on our them. Just a kind heads up! As much as it annoys it will annoy some of you that pictures will be a combination of DSLR and iPhone pictures of different qualities. Oh and! Will leave the posting of Bev's pictures to her for she will be blogging about this trip as well (though not sure when cuz she's still blogging about Japan she visited 4 months ago lol). Her blog is here. :)






First time visiting the Tower Bridge. :) We took a stroll down Queen's Walk and spent hours there snapping pictures with/of the monument. For some reason many people including myself think that Tower Bridge is called London Bridge when in fact London Bridge is another separate bridge altogether. (London bridge is the one in the first picture) 







Then brought Bev to the usual tourist spots-  Big Ben, the London Eye, Chinatown. Both were craving for ice cream so we went to Haagen Dasz in Soho before heading back to the hotel for the night.



Had a one night stay in London at Ravna Gora, Holland Park. Hotel breakfast was full English breakfast and it was very enjoyable. Our only proper meal for the two days we were in London lol cuz we substituted main meals with dessert. :/






First stop second day London was the National History Museum. Really enjoyed this museum very much especially the large scale animal exhibits and the dinosaur exhibition. 




Learn the layers of the earth by going through the core of the earth via an escalator.






In the elements of from the earth exhibition, we lingered especially at the precious rocks section haha. I personally really like jade a lot because I find it really classy but somehow it is almost always only linked to older woman hence not very popular. So if I am a rich ahma in the future I will wear a lot of jade okay!

Update 7/10/15: Watched on TV today that during Egyptian times when royalty died they were buried wearing jade because it was believed that jade would give them access to heaven for jade was known to be the rock of the sky. ♥




Dinosaur exhibition with the T-Rex that moves and roars.




At the mammals exhibition.



National History Museum really worth the visit, wouldn't mind going back for a second time. We also went to the Science Museum which was only next to this museum but it was meant for younger kids I think and not half as entertaining.

No matter where I am in the world, my heart is at home. Continue soon!




With all the love,
Kxin

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Graduation Day 170715


Two years of law school in Taylor's University Lakeside Campus and final year in University of Leeds, finally comes graduation day! I'm officially a law graduate with Class II Division II Honours. :)

Thank you to all amazing lecturers whom I've the opportunity to learn from. Thank you family and friends for always being there for me. Thank you Timmy for being my lighthouse and for always pushing me forward with encouraging words and never ending love. Thank you Daddy and Mommy for everything you've done for me, for without you there's no today. A significant part of my 23 years life has come to an end. Though degree life is only a stepping stone to the start of a life-long journey I am really grateful for it had made me grow so much and changed me for the better. I don't know what the future holds and where will I be in 5 years time but no matter whichever path I choose, I'm sure it will be great!

Here are some pictures from my graduation day.





Loved wearing the graduation robe, an indescribable surreal feeling but so so proud of myself at the same time for I know I worked hard and deserve to have these robes over my shoulders. Mom thoughtfully made sure sis got me a bouquet, so I chose my fav white roses complemented with pink carnations and they were beautiful. ♥










The graduation ceremony was short but warm and effective. When the deputy dean of the University asked the graduates to stand and had the floor give an applause for us I almost burst into tears. The atmosphere throughout the day was full of smiles and positive energy. Congrats my friends we've done it!




It is not a tradition for Leeds degree graduates to wear the square academic cap but personally it's not graduating without wearing that square, black thing on your head is it. Love this series of happy-faced pictures. :D






Then a mini photo shoot with the gang in front of the representative building of the University of Leeds, the Parkinson building which houses our Brotherton Library. Till we meet again my loves!



And thank you lil sis for being here for me, representing Mom Dad and lil bro. ♥ Credits to her for running around with me all day capturing all the happy moments on this very important day of my life. Will blog about our Europe trip soon!

Thank you everyone for your congratulatory words I appreciate everyone of them. Happy graduation to me! :)




With all the love,
Kxin