A SUMMER DAZE IN HOLLAND PARK

Post date: 25 June 2014

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

holland park

It's ridiculous how great the weather was today. Every summer day in London must be fully enjoyed, as rain is never too far away. After a lecture at LCF in John Prince's Street, my friend Pong and I decided to have some sushi in Notting Hill. We were going to a restaurant that turns out is doing renovations so we just grabbed something at Itsu instead. Rather than sit inside and spoil the lovely day outside, we took our food and walked to Holland Park. I had never been there, but it's my friend's favourite park and she was really excited to give me the grand tour.

Soon after we entered we found a nice spot of grass to sit in the sun and eat. I don't usually rave much about Itsu, as I'm not the biggest fan of these 'fast food sushi' places, but today it tasted delicious and left me incredibly full. I had the Super Salmon 3 Ways and my friend had the Best of Itsu box. After we laid in the sun for what seemed like hours, but was actually a lot less, we walked around and she showed me the park. I loved the Kyoto Garden, where they have a waterfall and where the peacocks live. The most beautiful one was hiding behind a crisscross fence and we could barely see it, let alone photograph, but we still liked seeing one of the other ones expand his tail. In the garden is hot and fresh at the same time, and oh so green. After, not wanting to go straight home, we stopped by Starbucks where I got a Cool Lime refresher and she got a Caramel Cream Frappuccino. It was all I needed to end a great afternoon.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CHEAT MEAL

Post date: 24 June 2014

wahacaWhen you're trekking to the gym every day, sweating it out like there's no tomorrow, a cheat meal every once in a while becomes key. Or at least it does to me, since food is such a big part of my life. A cheat meal is something to look forward to when eating a plateful of lettuce for the umpteenth time, the light at the end of the tunnel if you will. The best advice I ever got regarding cheat meals told me that:

  • This is not an opportunity to eat processed crap like McDonald's or Pizza Hut.
  • Making an occasion out of it by going to a nice restaurant will make it that much better.

So, that is what I did. After an intense day at the gym today, my gym buddy and good friend Vicky and I went to Wahaca in Waterloo. I will admit it took me absolute ages to choose my meal. I wanted something healthy, something I could figure out how many calories it had, but also something that would be delicious. Being an habituée at Wahaca, I knew I would not regret ordering sweet potato fries and chicken taquitos, which is what I had. This meal was the biggest I've had in a week since I'm calorie-counting at the moment, but it was still healthy and within my limit. And I got to enjoy some quality time at a nice restaurant with a great friend.

THE OLD VIC

Post date: 23 June 2014

the old vicSlowly and resentfully, I awoke from a deep sleep. An annoying repetitive sound alarmed me out of my dreams. I looked at my phone and realised it was now or never. I had to get up from my mid-afternoon slumber and get going. Sitting on the train, I observed everyone around me. The guy with the lower arm tattoos that reminded me of how much I wanted more of those. The elderly lady across from him, reading a celebrity magazine attentively. The teenager next to me, banging his head to the rhythm of the music blasting out of his headphones. I sat quietly. Tired before getting tired.

Before getting to my destination, I passed by The Old Vic. With a red light ordering me not to cross the street, I took the time to truly look at the building ahead. Not ostentatious, but still commanding respect. This is where many great actors perform and many plays become alive. One of these days I will go there.