Adorable sheep plushies!

WIN a Cute Sheep Plush from Kekiko!

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blogosphere, I’m going to try to get back into blogging once a week. Lots have been happening but something exciting it’s happening on my Facebook shop page! Iiiiiiit’s a giveaway!

Adorable sheep plushies!
Adorable sheep plushies!

The Kekiko store is giving away two cute little sheep plushies for free! Head over to the Facebook page now to check on details how to win these cuties! CLICK HERE or see the embedded post below :)

Kawaii Sheep Plush
Head to the Facebook page to enter the giveaway!

Good luck!

Kekidoll xoxo

Cinderella Exhibition, Leicester Square

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Interactive book

After having dinner with friends in London, we walked past Leicester Square and found out there was a few Cinderella Heritage exhibition, by Swarovski, still open for entry.
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Beautiful sketches

It contained items, drawings, merchandise and props from the original Disney film in 1950, plus the current Cinderella film. Cinderella was Disney’s 12th animation, the first being Snow White ^^
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Stepmother dress in movie

The exhibition was very beautiful and also allowed us to try on the glass slipper made from Swarovski crystals! Cinderella’s ball gown was also adorned with many miniature crystals and delicate butterflies to make her dazzle in front of her Prince.
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The props and costumes were absolutely stunning. The crystal shoe also doesn’t actually fit anyone… It was CGI’ed onto the actress’s foot. Like how it for me here!
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Glass slipper

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It fits!

I really need to make time to see the actual film now! Have you seen it yet?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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Next to the golden carriage

Easter Joyfulness [Competition at End!]

Party Shinanigans

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Easter was a while back and for the long weekend my friends and I had a karaoke party in Chinatown. We went to China City and was singing for a good 5 hours till they shut we couldn’t anymore.

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We sung, we laughed, we raved and some of us got drunk – very drunk. I ended up taking 5 friends home to my small shared house as some of the guys were helping me with our drunk friends, plus they couldn’t get home. I always feel bad for leaving people stranded, plus Mc Donald’s had closed down now so there wasn’t a shelter to stay under till the first train home. Gotta let them sleep round right? Luckily my old housemate moved out so we had a spare room and bed to fit everyone in :)

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It was a very good night and due to that I ended going karaoke again but to Karaoke Box in Soho. Karaoke Box is very swish and much nicer. However their song selection mostly consists of English charts and it’s all instrumental. Ergo, if you’re not an amazing singer you may hate hearing your voice. China City on the other hand has MVs that play with the choice of having the original singer singing along so it’s like an aid if you’re ‘tone deaf’ like myself hahaha.

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My Duty as a Citizen
I was also on Jury Service for 2 weeks over Easter. I had to take time off work and do my duty as a UK citizen. It was an interesting experience but not as exciting as everyone made it out to be. All my friends seemed to be jealous of me and wondered why they weren’t picked. *le shrug*

I found sitting in the jury box can be a long and boring process because you are literally sitting there for a whole day listening to the same story repeated over and over by different people from their point of view.

If you ever get picked to do jury service, always bring something to keep you occupied like a book or a tablet with films on it. At the beginning you will be sitting for hours on end and if your name doesn’t get called, you’ll be waiting for some time longer. You must also be very open as you could be sitting on any case, it doesn’t go as smoothly as the shows on TV as there are always hiccups or things (matters of the law) that arise which can postpone trials. You’re also basically locked in a room with your fellow jurors when you’re not in court so remember to bring food and lots of snacks too to keep your energized and replenished throughout the day!

The duty is also a lot of responsibility as it’s up to you to find out if you believe the defendant is guilty or not guilty based on the evidence given. I ended being on 2 and a half trials. The last one took us 4 hours to decide on a verdict since we couldn’t all come to a unanimous decision. >.< I think it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my life as it isn’t as simple as they make it in films/dramas.

Competition Announcement
To celebrate Easter my shop, Kekiko, is holding a small giveaway for a cute mini Molang bunny! Just guess how many mini eggs were used in the photo below! (Hint: There are 3 layers)

For more details on how to win just check out the top post on my Facebook page linked below! Go join now!

Entries: www.fb.com/kekiko
End Date: 10th May 2014

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Good Luck!
– Kekidoll xoxo

Confessions of a Blogger

It’s Christmas tomorrow! *cue excitement and cheer* I had a post all written up but somehow my WordPress app decided to give it an error and lose it during a refresh =.= *annoyed look*

Anyway, seeing as it’s the festive season I will not allow this to bring my joy down. Even though I’ve given up on re-writing the post about what my plans are for Christmas (I guess I’ll just show you lot at a later date instead) or a tutorial on my Christmas nails (see my instagram pic), I haven’t throw the Christmas Eve post away. Instead I’ve noticed many bloggers have been tagged to write this ‘Confessions of a Blogger’ post so I thought I’d answer the questions myself!

When did you first start blogging and why?
I started blogging around 2000/2001 since I started a written diary, but never kept it up to date with my life events. I wanted somewhere accessible that I can easily show friends and family or someone to find when I’m gone or wanted to know more about me (slightly morbid but hey!).

Have you had any past online presence?
Yes, prior to Kekidoll.com I had kept numerous online blogs on various free domains. I was very active on Gaia, a forum with a large creative, anime and gaming community.

When did you become serious about your blog?
I had been blogging on and off and usually just reposted a lot of q&a posts before. It was only since 2011 when I decided to get my own domain that represented myself to blog on a constant basis about my life. I think I blog a lot more now that I’ve moved out to London.

What was your first blog post?
I actually don’t remember! It might have been a “hello world” post about my new blog :)

What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Finding things to blog about and making it interesting.

What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Finding new blogs via comments and able to keep going for so long.

What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Not getting comments as often but numbers ain’t all that. Its the comments that having meaning that matter.

What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
Blogging about interesting things I’ve done or eaten in London.

What is your blogging dirty little secret?
I don’t believe I have one.

What is your current goal as a blogger?
Blog regularly and to review a lot more items.

Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
That I like nail art and to try different designs. It can be a challenge to do!

I hope you enjoyed this. If you want to answer these questions then feel free. I tag you!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

My Office Christmas Party

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We had our Staff Christmas Party on Friday after work. We went to Professor Truman’s Magical Laboratory in Brick Lane. It was really hyped up and everyone was expecting a spectacular show filled with magic, potions and dramatic lights. However we were disappointed with “lab rats” (people dressed in lab coats) playing poi and the a “robot” built by the mad professor just jiggying his bum. Errr I think you will find that I know friends who can play poi better and even with fire (yes health and safety I know), but if I had a robot on stage I would expect it to breakdance and not just bop to the beat then release some steam towards the ceiling from it’s guns. My table wasn’t very happy about the show provided – short and not exciting.

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The food was edible but not great at all. On paper it sounded lovely…

  • Starter: Oven roasted cranberry chutney and brie tart (v)
  • Main: Oven roasted succulent breast of chicken, cooked in an infusion of fresh thyme, rosemary and farmhouse butter, served with creamy garlic and parmesan mash potatoes and freshly roasted honey glazed winter vegetables
  • Dessert: Chocolate caramel truffle laced with a raspberry and chilli coulis

However what we got was a cold cheese tart (the sauce was nice though), chicken on a bed of mashed potato with vegetables (tasted fake, cheap and vegetables were bitter) and lastly a chocolate vanilla pudding with wild berry compote (there wasn’t enough chocolate flavour and the berry sauce was too bitter/tangy, thus not a great pairing). Even the vegetarian meal took 20 minutes to serve, after bringing it to their attention our party needed 7 veggie meals; apparently we didn’t notify in advance and they didn’t have enough food. I was told the vegetarian meal was cold and tasteless, so instead of giving bs about how they don’t have enough to serve, why couldn’t they at least heat up the food?! Sorry for sounding all ‘Come Dine with Me’ style whining but we paid £80 per person for this event and the Fun Committee had to organise it 6 months before. So everyone’s expectations were high and wanted it to trump our last Christmas party.

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The entertainment provided wasn’t so bad. There was a photo booth, casino tables, arcade games and a batak board. I always like photobooths. They are always so much fun ^^

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The disco was boring. They hadn’t even kitted out the room; just filled it with smoke. Surly they could have hung some Christmas decorations up and placed a cool dance floor. The music at the beginning was too old school for me to know what the song was. It wasn’t until I had to leave (last train home) that the Christmassy ones came on =.= Oh well.

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Despite all that I still had a good time with my work friends and got quite tipsy drunk lol. Couldn’t really walk in my heels, thank goodness that I brought my flats along!

How were all your Christmas parties? If you haven’t had your yet, are you looking forward to it?

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On another note, I launched my online shop! I am also holding a big giveaway where you can win a large Molang Bunny (pictured). See details to enter here: Kekiko’s Grand Opening Christmas Giveaway
MERRY CHRISTMAS

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

4 Things They Didn’t Tell You To Bring For Your Chinese Visa Application

Remember that I mentioned in my last post about missing my coach to Manchester? Well I was sorting out visa applications for my family in London; getting a visa is such a bitch nowadays! The Chinese embassy keep changing their rules. I did not have a good Friday morning. I was so annoyed because I found out I didn’t have all the information until I was told about it when I arrived; this also happened to many others so it was a new rule.

So here I am notifying any of you from UK wishing to visit mainland China what you are required to bring to your 30 minute appointment. Don’t get turned away like many of us did and waste your whole morning!
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Hyper Japan Summer 2013

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So I visited Hyper Japan over the weekend on Sunday 28th July. There was a lot to see! The venue was massive but there was a lot of unused space. This may have been due to allowing extra room for people to walk around in.

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Sunday wasn’t too busy, there wasn’t a queue at the door compared to Saturday. There was a gaming section where new and retro games could be played! I tried out Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. This is a cooperative game where two people fight monsters together using the joypad to create shapes to create weapons. The weapons are created from people, imagine pikmen and calling your minions to group together and produce a sword for you.

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I also played on the Taiko drums which I found rather hard to play since the drums weren’t as responsive. The second time I played, I used the controller but unfortunately I picked up the wrong one and was playing my friends drum; so we had two players on one drum. No wonder Player1 such a high score and Player2 zero points!

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Next I tried out a very old game called Ghouls and Ghosts. Its a Japanese game where you control a spear throwing knight to kill skeletons that pop up from above or the ground. This was a fun game. It was damn hard though! Every time something would catch me out like a random skull being dropped on you or a skeleton happening to emerge where you’re standing. There was also the Nintendo SNES and Sega Mega drive too but u didn’t have a chance to play. The 8-bit and retro console machines will be at Eurogamer in October!

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Shiro-A, an electro pop performance group, performed at Hyper Japan. They were also selling tickets for their event at their stall. I’ve seen them on YouTube and love them! Its so quirky and cool. They were wearing tubes on their head and was running around the whole hall. If you visited their stand they would also let you put the tube on :)

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The food court had so much to try but it was always very busy. Queues everywhere! By the time it died down and I was able to get some the stalls had sold out. :(

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There was a small stage in one corner where they were doing small performances. I saw a lady perform Rococo, usually a male act, which is a comedy performance told by one person. Her story was simple, it was about two kids buying takoyaki but was a coin short. So the older one tricked the owner by asking for the time mid-counting his payment, so he just continued from the number the owner said. Thinking this was clever, the younger kid decided to do the same the next day. To not screw up the trick he reenacted exactly the same scene, word for word at the same stall. This made the store owner worried and asked if the kid needed to see the doctor (because he was talking to himself, hehehe). When it came to payment, the kid asked for the time half way through counting his coins but of course the time was earlier than where he stopped so he ended up paying more than he needed. The end!

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The performer had really good emotions and acting skills! I found it funny ut think she could have told a better story.

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There was also a music performance from an international flute player, shimikansen and drummer. Separate it was boring in a way but it was what they would normally play in the theatre. The flute was piercing and really high pitched but when you put them together and add in a beat it sounds amazing.

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A singer was also singing along to them and taught the audience part of the lyrics. Its so cute! Da pon da pon da pon pon. Doesn’t mean anything but it’s catchy. Some lady was looking at me weirdly because I was singing along… I gave her a “What?! She taught you too yanno!” look.

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I saw many stalls selling cute items. However I only bought a few items because I didn’t take any money out in the morning! Only had £20 on me. Luckily some stalls took card ^___^ I’ll do a full post on that later.

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Did you visit Hyper Japan? What do you like about the Japanese culture? Would you like to visit Japan? I know I want to go again!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Misleading (almost androgenous) Toilet Signs

I’ve been to a fair amount of restaurants during my lifetime but whenever I go to the toilet I would have to search for it and then look for the sign that says “Ladies”. However not every bathroom has the sign in word format. Sometimes they will have it as an image or even sometimes a photo. Some of these signs are quite misleading and can confuse people. I know I was!

Here was one example I’ve come across:
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It took my friends and I a little while to figure out which one was the ladies and had to pop our head in to make sure there weren’t any urinals inside. When I look back at the photo I think I understand what the artist/designer was thinking about. Men stand and women squat. I think that was his/her logic.

Have you seen any misleading toilet signs around your area?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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