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Winter Wonderland in London

I hope you had a good holiday or perhaps some of you are still on holiday! G & I spent our first Christmas together and had a low-key holiday just enjoying each others’ company. Having just moved to London, a friend highly recommended that I check out Winter Wonderland and to go with an empty stomach. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London is bound to put most people into the festive holiday spirit unless you’re an absolute grinch. It is a combination of a Christmas market and a carnival (funfair). While it would have been nice to see the Christmas lights in the evening, G and I opted to visit Winter Wonderland in the late morning on a beautiful Saturday gearing towards Christmas.  We figured it would be less crowded and warmer than visiting in the evening. We both enjoyed ourselves checking out the various stalls while trying out different food. (Tip: Bring cash with you!) The veggie burger (£5.50) I had from the Angus Steak and Burger hut was quite good. G had the cheeseburger (£6.50) but it wasn’t particularly good and he didn’t finish it! I will recommend the marzipans (£4 for 100g) since I have a sweet tooth but I would say overall, food was quite pricey. A small cup of mulled wine ranged from £4-6, so we both decided to pass.

There were plenty of games and rides for children and there was also a skating rink that caters to both adults and children. We however, didn’t check those out since we don’t have any children yet nor did we particularly feel like ice skating that day. If you plan on doing either or both, feel free to get more information here.

Winter Wonderland London UK

Winter Wonderland London UK

San Antonio Street Winter Wonderland London

Winter Wonderland London

Hot Roast Pork Winter Wonderland London

Winter Wonderland London decor

Winter Wonderland London decor reindeer chandelier

Winter Wonderland London Christmas Tree

Winter Wonderland Dunnele Bakery German Pizza

Homemade Food Winter Wonderland London

Winter Wonderland London Pizza House

German Sweets Winter Wonderland London

Marzipan at Winter Wonderland London

Winter Wonderland  London Jagerwald

Winter Wonderland London Nordic Wooden Sculptures

Winter Wonderland London

Hand painted bowls from Turkey at Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland London Candle Holder Lamp Shades

Winter Wonderland London Wooden Hanging Decorations Stall

Toys & games at Winter Wonderland London

Winter Wonderland London Carousel

Winter Wonderland Rides London

Winter Wonderland Ferris Wheel London

We didn’t walk through the entire Winter Wonderland for it started to get more crowded particularly near the rides, so we decided to exit Hyde Park and head towards Harvey Nichols and Harrods for some window shopping instead. Would we return to Winter Wonderland? Quite likely but perhaps on a weekday evening for a change of scenery. If you’re in London, do pay a visit before their final day on January 5!

Travel – Birthday Vacation: London & Hermès Festival des Métiers

For my birthday vacation, I really only spend a few days (make that two full days) in London as G and I visited Bath and Exmouth (where his cousin and his family resides). While in London, I took the opportunity to appeased my Asian taste buds as I find most of the Asian food in DC to be subpar.

My first meal upon arrival however was at the Wildwood restaurant at Jubilee Place Mall near where G lives. While waiting for our food, the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate the mall! We return shortly after when everyone was allowed into the building and I had spaghetti with oak roasted salmon while typical G had pizza of course. 😉 The food was decent albeit a smaller portion that I’d like.

Wildwood London Jubilee Place Mall Spaghetti with Oak Roasted Salmon and Margherita PizzaSpaghetti with Oak Roasted Salmon and Margherita Pizza

My next full day in London was the day G & I met up with fellow blogger Marlene of Chocolate Cookies & Candies and Kelly of Plum Project to check out the Hermès Festival des Métiers at Saatchi Gallery. I had a great time getting to know the both of them and it was an eye opening experience to be able to see some of the artisans at work at the Hermès Festival des Métiers. If watching this did not already ignite my desire for another piece of Hermes, being at the exhibit definitely did. Hermes Kelly, you’ll be mine soon! Business of Fashion wrote about the exhibit here and check out Marlene’s post on the exhibit here.

Hermes Festival des Métiers London Saatchi GalleryThe orange cables artfully decorated the space at the exhibit

Hermes Birkin to be sewn Festival des Métiers LondonPieces of leather to be made into a Birkin

Hermes artisan making Hermes BirkinArtisan stitching handle of a Birkin onto the main body

Hermes Kelly Festival des Métiers LondonHermes Kelly on display

Festival des Métiers Hermes Haut à Courroies HACHermes Haut à Courroies (HAC) on display

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonArtisan working on the finishing of leather for Hermes bags

Hermes Festival des Métiers watchmaker London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London watch parts

Hermes Festival des Métiers London watchesArtisan working on watches

hermes Festival des Métiers London scarf

Hermes Festival des Métiers scarfArtisan making velvet out of silk scarves

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonBeautiful Hermes silk scarves in bevy of colors

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonScraps from scarves

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonFrom drawing to silk

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonHermes Ready-to-Wear

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonHermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonStep-by-step detailed painting of home ware

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Once we were done gawking and ogling at the fine craftsmanship of Hermes, we headed to Soho to fill our tummies with some ramen. We Malaysians consider gastronomy as a past time, so it was a given that we’d have to bond over food. Kelly had suggested that we frequent Shoryu Ramen for their noodles and I have to thank her for that. The signature noodles I had were delicious and G who’s not a big fan of noodles ordered a side of Chicken Kara Age to go with his Char Siu Tonkutsu and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend Shoryu Ramen and look forward to returning in the near future!

Shoryu Ramen Shoryu Ganso Tonkutsu Shoryu Ganso Tonkutsu from Shoryu Ramen

Aside from the ramen at Shoryu Ramen, I also quite enjoyed my ramen from wagamama. That was my last meal eating out in London and we also ordered some dumplings as appetizers but those were nothing to shout about.

wagamama ramenGyoza and wagamama ramen from wagamama

View of Thames River LondonView of Thames River from G’s flat

I still have more pics to share from our visit to Exmouth as well as some birthday goodies that G gave to me for my birthday! 🙂

Hope you had a good weekend!

Birthday Vacation…

My heart goes out to all those affected by the brutal tornado in Oklahoma. It is such a tragedy and may all those who are missing be reunited with their family and loved ones. To help, you can make a donation through Red Cross here.

I am traveling across the pond later this evening for a short birthday vacation and will try to update my blog if possible. Things don’t always go as planned as my internet connection during my trip back to KL was horrible to say the least but here’s to hoping that things will work out! Feel free to follow me on Twitter for mini updates of my trip. 🙂

I’ll be playing with my new camera, the Olympus OM-D EM5 on this trip and will hopefully be able to get some good shots. Here are some of my essentials for today as I make the trip across the pond.

Traveling Essentials Chanel wallet on chain WOC Olympus OM-D EM5, passport, Michael Kors Mini Runway MK5384Chanel Reissue Wallet on Chain, Olympus OM-D EM5, passport, Michael Kors Mini Runway & Cartier Trinity Ring.

Hope the rest of your week goes well and for those in the U.S., have a great Memorial Day weekend! Be safe! 🙂

 

Fauxionable Outfit – Kelly Green & Beaded Flower Skirt

It’s been a while since I posted an outfit pic and here’s finally one! I got my bf, G to take them for me in the courtyard of his apartments. Hopefully this will be the start of many fauxionable outfits to come again!

  • Top: ZARA S/S 2011
  • Skirt: Thrifted from Retro Clothing in London (as posted here)
  • Sandals: From Uganda (as posted here)
  • Clutch: Marc Jacobs Palais Royale S/S 2008
  • Necklace: Thrifted from Goodwill
  • Bracelet: H&M (long necklace)
  • Watch: Michael Kors MK 5384 (as posted here)

Close up shot of gold and black accessories

Shopping Haul from London

Since I had to transit in London on my way back from Uganda, I decided to make a short trip out of it. I stayed for 6 days in London and some of the goodies I found include a skirt and scarf from Retro Clothing in Notting Hill, a vintage clothing store. That aside, I found a Red Ribbon pin which I have been wanting to buy (but was too stingy to pay postage for) in a charity shop, Trinity in Notting Hill as well. Additionally, I bought a peacock top from H&M and two boatneck long sleeve tops from ZARA and a crewneck short sleeve top (but I’m not posting any pics because they’re just basics!)I had initially planned on picking up my first Chanel bag (I mean wallet!), from this trip since the pound is still relatively weak but unfortunately they have long sold out on the item that I wanted to purchase so I bought the logo pearl pin instead which I posted earlier.My loot from London…

H&M peacock top £ 8

Close up of the peacock
White beaded skirt £ 10
Close up of the beads
Another close up shot of the details
Scarf £ 5
Close up of the colors and texture of the scarf

Red ribbon AIDS awareness pin
I have been wanting to purchase a red ribbon pin since I first saw one of my professors with one decked on his blazer. He wears it on his jacket/blazer/coat every day and I soon realized that I had to have one! Well, its only fitting since I am passionate about HIV/AIDS and as a public health professional who has a passion for fashion as well, what more than to make a fashionable statement? I have been wearing the pin on the lapel of my denim jacket as part of my outfit for the past couple of days. Love it!