This was the first time I’ve ever played miniature golf. It was fun yet somewhat challenging. I was competing with my friends who was all aiming to get first place.
The way it works is that each player puts and tries to get their ball in the hole in the least out of tries. The player with the lowest number wins, and the one with the highest will lose.
This particular mini golf we went to was near New Malden and it had a Jurassic theme to it. So there were many dinosaur models dotted around the whole golf course. The weather was slightly chilly but as it was cloudy, it meant the sun wasn’t in my eyes and it was clear to see the goal.
We played two games and had to rush the second game due to time constraints. However, I found I did slightly better under pressure. Ahahaha.
Have you played mini golf before? How was your experience?
For a weekend last year, my group of friends decided we would have a hot pot dinner. We all travelled down to Krystal’s flat where her boyfriend drove us to the Korean supermarket H-Mart and Wing Yip to get some fresh meats, vegetables, dumplings, noodles and hot pot supplies.
A hot pot is a Eastern way of cooking. It’s a great way to get a group of friends together to chat and play games since it requires zero cooking skill. Everyone has their own bowl and utensils. They place the food inside the pot of boiling soup and wait till it is cooked. Then they take the cooked food out, dip it in sauce, and nom! It’s such a fun way to eat.
I had never been to a Korean supermarket (H-Mart) before and was amazed by the amount of oriental foods widely available. It was here where I tried my first kimbap; it was soooooooo good! I haven’t found this somewhere near London before. It’s Korea’s version of sushi rolls but they use sesame oil to season their rice rather than vinegar. I tried the vegetarian and meat variety, I can say that the one with the beef filling was much tastier due to the juices it contained.
Our group bought so many snacks to take home. Some even got ice-cream mochi!
As there was a lot of traffic in the morning, we didn’t manage to arrive back to the flat till the afternoon to start the hot pot. Luckily, others only just started to turn up a minute after we set foot inside. We played the Wii while waiting for the soup to boil. ‘Just Dance‘ was the game of the event! We recorded so many funny videos. We’ve now gone on a mission to find the Korean ‘Just Dance’ version as it contains many popular dances and funny/sexy moves we would love the guys to try out! (I’m talking Bo Peep by T-Ara, Bubble Pop by HyunA and Gangnam Style by PSY) – We managed to find a Korean Dance Festival game which we played on the New Year.
Do you usually organise little gatherings like these with your friends? What do you normally do?
I found it disappointing since it wasn’t Christmassy at all. Yes there were pretty lights that illuminated the trees and path to help you be along your way but it wasn’t fancy at all. There were speakers that emitted robotic sounds which they (the scientists) believe are the voices of the aquatic plants.
So along the illuminated trail, there were people who were “talking” to the plants by chucking stones into the pond or jar. However my friend believes it is just the vibrations from the stone when it hits the water; I kinda believe that more. Anyway, the transcripts should be available online early April 2014.
For new years eve we all went round JoJo’s house for a teppanyaki night. There was a LOT of food so we all filled our stomachs, ready for the night ahead of us.
When the clock stroke midnight, the TV on, champagne was poured and we were slowly counting down to the New Year, anticipating for the fireworks of London.
The fireworks this year were amazing. There was soooo much flare, color and variation. I think we had the best seats in the house – in front of the wide screen TV – others at the event had to stand in the pouring rain.
After the countdown, we tried to release some sky lanterns with wishes written on. Although most of us knew it wouldn’t work due to the storm and high wind, we still tried. We managed to light both lanterns after a good 5 minutes trying to block the wind but before it could fill up with hot air, it started to burn the tissue paper and create a hole :( so even after releasing the lantern didn’t fly very far…
After our failed attempt at the sky lanterns we ended up back at the house singing karaoke to English, Chinese and Korean songs ^^
Then at 4am we did up Just Dance on the Wii and did lots of boogie-ing. I found that the Korean dances had more challenging moves and actually make you move your whole body more then the English version. It also had Wonder Girls’ Nobody which Krystal and I plan to master lol!
I didn’t go to bed till 7am so I was really tired and had been leaving sleep until last night.
Hope everyone enjoyed the New Year! How were the fireworks for you?
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.
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.
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 ^^
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.
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?
I think many of you have heard of the game Candy Crush by King that is very popular on Facebook and is played by many on their phone via the app. When I was on holiday to Hong Kong I had noticed a lot of commuters were playing it on their phones on the tube… Its not the same in London people usually read the paper or browse their social media instead…
I’m constantly on my phone playing Candy Crush (and now Tekken Card Game too) when I have the time and before I sleep. Its a really bad addiction because its starting to affect my work pattern. I’d get to a point that I want to play it sneakily at my desk… It calls me to play! D:
I think the addiction came when I introduced it to friends who weren’t currently playing, because I needed hearts sent via Facebook; you’re limited by lives to play that take 20 minutes to regenerate. These friends became competitive and addicted instantly plus overtook my position on the map very quickly… This made me frustrated when I get stuck on a certain level because I want to catch up to everyone else! I’ve been stuck on level 147 for a month and was so annoyed when a friend whatsapp’s our group chat to tell you they’ve passed it on third try… So lucky!
Only two friends of mine have managed to raced it to the top of the map and are waiting for updates but there are way over 200 levels to complete I think we will soon grown old and tired of this game and find a new one to play. However I will aim to complete it! BRING IT!
My housemate managed to get us tickets to see Wreck-It Ralph at a private screening before it was release on Feb 8th. This was only available to Cineworld unlimited card holders by booking in advance; the tickets were all sold out by the time we arrived, and that was 2 hours beforehand!
Wreck-It Ralph is a film about an arcade that comes to life after closing. The virtual characters we see in-game live a second life behind the screen and travel via the wires to games central where they can socialise. The main story is about Ralph who is the bad guy in his game and is sick of being thrown off the building at the end for 30 years. He wants to be the hero for once. This is when his journey to change his life begins… He meets new friends, joins a ‘bad guys anon’ therapy group and somehow becomes the hero he sought to be in his own way. See the trailer.
Since we had time to spare and I was starving, we went to Las Igauas for dinner. It was a lovely place and my first time there. They served Latin foods and was very similar to Mexican. We ordered a few tapas and a main each and was so full up from the tapas!
We ordered Calamari, Nachos and Prawns. There was a lot when it arrived, the prawns came with a side of bread which I found odd because I’ve never heard that bread comes as a side with prawns. So we ate it separately and ended up dipping it in all the sauces hehe.
For the mains we ordered Enchiladas and Pollo con Chorizo. It was so much food for us and we had to “roll out the door” when it was time to go view the film. Very tasty!
The film was amazing and I would recommend it to every who enjoys animation, retro games, gaming in general and a lot of fun plus humour. The story was magical and full of life. I also had not seen the twist coming at all!
It contains many of our childhood favourites such as Pac-Man, Sonic, Street Fighter and Mario. It’s enough to bring viewers back to memory lane! An 8-bit lane was created by Disney to promote Wreck-It Ralph in London!
Wreck-It Ralph comes out in the UK on February 8th! Save the date!