Mayday 五月天 – Just Rock It Concert

The first time I heard about Mayday 五月天 was back in the year 2005. I was in Hong Kong looking for some  music CDs in HMV, I was looking for something different, a band… and I came across Mayday’s 5th Album and I bought it! When I got back to London I listened to their album straight away, and I was surprised at the different sounds they produced… Very Indie style! I loved it and kept being their fan for a long time…


On Saturday 24th March I saw a post by London’s Chinese Spectrum Radio – they were advertising Mayday’s London Concert on March 27th in Wembley Arena. How comes I didn’t know about this??!! So I immediately booked my ticket via ticketmaster. I completely forgot my password since I haven’t used ticketmaster for a very long time. But eventually I booked my ticket! ^_^  

This was a birthday present to myself. Yay…!!

When I arrived at Wembley Arena, there were a lot of people about (mostly Chinese students – I must’ve been one of the older looking fans)… The following pictures was only the start of it.

At 6pm, the doors opened!! I thought the concert started at 7pm, but they didn’t start until after 7.30pm, so I was there for a good couple of hours… I should’ve left work late!
Most of the fans there spoke Mandarin and Cantonese… And there were probably a few Taiwanese fans plus some British fans…  🙂

I got a good seat but a bit far from the stage!



Finally the concert started…

It’s started!! ^^


And here’s the members of 五月天 Mayday…

Ashin – lead singer

Monster – guitarist

Masa – bass guitarist

Ming – the drummer (Ashin was being very cheeky to Ming ^^) 

Stone – guitarist


Concert ended quite quickly methinks! I want to hear more songs!

Noooo… don’t end!!

The end of the concert 😦
All of us were anticipating for an encore, we stamped our feet and started calling out “wu yue tian”! It took them a while to come back out, but they had to change into their t-shirts (and I guess take a sip of water)… I will allow that! ^^

Encore Time!!

The end 😦
My Mandarin is only basic, so I understood 70-80% of what they were saying 🙂 Stone spoke in English for a bit – I was very happy! I think Masa spoke in Cantonese like “大家好!”.

Aaaaah! I love you 五月天 Mayday!! Come back again… (By the way, sorry for the bad quality pics – distance is always a problem)…

Update 18:51

Woops not the end of this post just yet… I forgot that I took a few pics on my phone!

Ashin ^^

A lot of confetti and lights towards the end of the concert 

Ashin wanted us to take out our phones – Quick pic!! ^^ 

Now it’s the end! I hope Mayday does come back again with some new songs… Can’t stop singing the I-N-G song in my head!! ^^ 


Update 26/11/2012

Sorry for taking sooooo long to upload my videos!! Sorry for the quality too… I used my small Panasonic camera 😛

Video 1


Video 2


Video 3


Home Steamed Dim Sum

Char siu bao (bbq pork bun) is also dim sum!

There’s nothing like steaming your own dim sum 點心 in your own home. It’s just like being in a restaurant but without the bamboo baskets and steaming trolleys that pass by for you to pick on the foods that you want to try and eat. Dim sum means “little heart” and is originated from Southern China. It is is a Cantonese cuisine and is mainly eaten from breakfast time to around 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Dim sum can range from small buns to fried dough with fillings to Chinese style “cakes” to glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves to little “meatballs”. There’s a wide range of it and I could go on for a very long time, but I seriously do not want to bore you!

In London China Town there are still a couple of restaurants that use trolleys to serve their dim sum. Unfortunately all of this restaurant business can be a bit pricey for a Chinese Londoner like me. So the obvious option is to buy ready made frozen or refrigerated dim sum – you’re paying less for more! If you go into any Chinese supermarket you will always find a frozen section.

Inside a char siu bao

You will see either small or large packs of siu maai 燒賣 (pork and prawn meatball wrapped in a wonton wrapper), which can range in price and ingredients. I advise that you should carefully look at the ingredients before buying. There are other frozen options like ha gaau 蝦餃 (a prawn mixture covered in a wrap made of tapioca starch), lo mai gai 糯米雞 (small parcels of glutinous rice with chicken filling wrapped in lotus leaves), buns of all kinds and many more…

Siu mai – pork and prawn dumplings in a wanton wrapper

Instructions to steaming dim sum at home…
Then what do you do with these? 

First, you start off with a large pan that has a lid, place some water into it (about halfway), take a large plate where the edges curve upwards (similar to a bowl, but the middle is flat). Depending on what you’ve got i.e. siu maai or ha gaau, place a little oil into the plate and spread all over so that the dim sum doesn’t stick too much to the plate. 

If you have buns or lo mai gai, you do not need to put any oil into the plate. Place the plate into the pan, cover with a lid and steam for about 15 minutes (or whatever it says on the package).

Yummy siu mai!


The best thing to do if you are not sure about what dim sum is, is to try them in a restaurant. 

Here’s a news article to show you where you should go in London, check out these dim sum restaurants


From personal experience (when I used to go) I recommend New World 新世界 – although expensive, it is one of the biggest Chinese restaurants in London China Town.


Update 28/12/2012
Check out my second post…
http://asimplegeekylife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/home-steamed-dim-sum-part-deux.html

Fabergé egg hunt – My Birthday Hunt ^_^

Report finished (but not handed in yet)! 


It’s my birthday today and so on your birthday you can do whatever you want right? Yep that’s right!

So my day began with EGG HUNTING in Canary Wharf.  (My friends don’t seem to understand my obsession with these eggs at the moment – it’s all for charity and the eggs are so pretty – plus it’s my eagerness to hunt, plus I’m competing with a friend. But it’s soon to end, and I have one more zone to go to!).

My trip started on a bus to London Bridge, and then I took the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf. Blimey. That train was fast! I was there in 10 minutes – just 3 stops. I then followed the signs to the shopping mall and found a few eggs along the way before I strolled outside into the sunshine… Canary Wharf reminds me of Hong Kong with their tall skyscrapers and massive shopping mall! Wow!

I found 9 main eggs out of the 11 plus an extra egg… guess which one?! (Scroll down for the pic)…

I love Algorithm! So pretty ^^

Amazing!

Hmmm.. not sure about this one. Sperm and egg? 
Eight – Chinese lucky number la! ^^  – Got a tip from a security guard

Pretty Phoenix! – – Got a tip from a security guard

So cool!

Not so pretty – but it’s ok

So many colours!

Shiny!
I immediately spotted Where’s Wally all by himself in front of Waitrose (after finding the first two) – lucky me!! There was no-one about. No security guard surrounding him. And he was not enclosed in a building that wasn’t opened! So I quickly took some snaps of him 😀
I found you Wally!!

Where’s Wally standing there all alone… 

I have found 102 so far!! Mayfair to go!!!!

And here’s my birthday cake ^^

Yummy ^^
I had some lunch with some friends after my exhausting egg hunt  (actually only an hour and a half of hunting – not so bad!). 

And not a bad birthday!

Geeky Android Firmware Upgrade…

Being an absolute geek and staying up to upgrade my phone’s firmware with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich… 


Just hope I will be able to go to sleep in the next half an hour -__-zzzzzzzz


1:18 am update: it didn’t work… will try again later on today… zzzzzzzzz!


Update 22/03/2012: So it didn’t upgrade to the icecream version – just the latest Gingerbread 2.3.5 version, which is S*** and should have upgraded last year! 😦 Oh well. Need to root my phone again toooooo….!!


Update 23/04/2012: At last T-Mobile!!! I finally get my upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. ^^


Update 06/06/2012: If you decide to root your phone, follow this person’s guide. I found it relatively easy compared to the previous way of rooting!

http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s2-i9100-root-ics-xwlp7-xwlp8-u-k-ireland-australia-78995/
And…
If you need to download Samsung Kies to upgrade (in the UK) here’s the official link: http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/usefulsoftware/KIES/JSP

Fabergé egg hunt – Another round of hunting

Last week was a busy week of entertainment! I did a bit of egg hunting too (and I only have 2 more zones to walk around!)…


One afternoon, I revisited Southbank (the Where’s Wally Egg was underneath the London Eye – but I couldn’t see it – didn’t look hard enough).

Southbank eggs – the one on the right I have taken before 

Before I went into Yo! Sushi, I spotted another one in Carnaby Street.

So far up!

With a full stomach from all that sushi, I was willing myself to do some more egg hunting in Selfridges – it’s so close but yet so far… Hahahah 😀 (Poland Street –> –> Selfridges!)

I think I’m missing one from Selfridges… (Look around the food court people and the techo section)
Here’s Selfridges Big Egg Hunt section…

Wow!

The Big Egg Hunt!

Miniature eggs in Selfridges

On the next day after work and before I went into hibernation over the weekend to do some studying, I did some more egg hunting in EC1 (East Central London). I got lost for a bit (but mysteriously I found some eggs at the same time). I then somehow managed to get to Liverpool Street Station and got back on track (^_^)b
Most of the eggs around The City! The one with the horrid bicycle gear on top 
(bottom left hand corner) – I have taken a pic before
Being my geeky-self and Chinese I got the urge on Sunday morning to find one more egg in The City before I went into study mode for the afternoon. Didn’t eat breakfast and had built up lactic acid in my legs… Oh the agony, so I had to stop walking a few times… But here is the new egg that’s just been released…

The BlackRock Asian Egg – I just had to find it!
If you don’t know The City area very well (like me), make sure you bring a map or at least have Google Maps on your phone!! When I tried to find this egg one road entrance was closed, then the building on one side was closed… more lactic acid… (This one is in BlackRock, Throgmorton Avenue).


Carnary Wharf and Mayfair to go!!

Yo! Sushi – The 97p Deal

I think from a previous post you have noticed that I’m a fan of sushi, so an opportunity came up when Yo! Sushi, another UK-based franchise was offering every dish on their conveyor belt at 97 pence in their Soho branch (Poland Street) on Thursday 15th March. That’s right, 97p for one day only (they started out in 1997 – do you get the drift?)!! 

The deal was to celebrate their 15th birthday in their very first branch.

Was it worth it?


Yes it was. Look at that queue…

The massive queue!!


My friend (Mr Bear) and I got there before 5pm and waited for almost an hour in the queue, plus we were waiting for another friend (Mr Smiles). Thankfully there was entertainment to keep us going 😀

The Entertainment ^^
Kawaii balloon ^^

For £14.08 (14 plates and a green tea), I got to eat all of this…

Look at all those dishes!! (I didn’t eat that chocolate pudding, 
that’s Mr Bear’s!)
Service being hard at work… I don’t think they thought
the queue would be loooong… SERVICE!!
All my plates! ^^

We were inside for about an hour, and the queue became very looooong!!

Hope they do something like this next year!!


With a full stomach, I then went egg hunting… That’s in the next post ^^

Mini series holiday: Portugal – Faro, day 7

Day 7 – our last day in Faro and we had nothing much to do… Sit around, eat the rest of our stuff, finish packing and sobered up from the night before, heheheh. We wanted to have a late check out, but the maids said we should ask reception (I’m sure I asked for a late check out!). Anyway, we ended up leaving the apartments a little bit early, left our luggage in reception, then went for a coffee at the snack-bar and then waited for the transfer to pick us up! 

Transfer was 20 minutes early. Yay, they found us! I forgot that the journey is about an hour-ish long from Pera to Faro Airport… It was an enjoyable ride, we kept seeing other vehicles just passing us when they saw a slow driver in front… Hahahahah.

Finally got to the airport, checked in (with someone’s overweight luggage – not mine, uh-hm!), had an expensive hamburger meal for €13.40! :-O Shocking!! Even McDonald’s is not thaaaaat expensive!!!!!!

After that we passed passport control and then the queuing started for boarding! So quick! As we were all queuing, some weirdo went down the escalator, then ran back up on the same escalator (when he could’ve got the stairs – OMG). PLONK. He fell over at the top of the escalator. LOL. More things started happening during boarding… There was a couple in front who held up the queue – the lady had two hand luggages (when you’re only supposed to have one – as with all flights). The reception staff tried to explain that it is the airlines policy that they must state how much hand luggage they have, and that you have to pay extra if you have more than one piece… Don’t these people read?!?! So in the end the couple had to pay and they got on the flight (without the police having to be there). I assume the couple will make a complaint! 

Finally got to London – then there was a VERY long queue at passport control – I didn’t realise that they’ve started using the new system where you can self checkout if you have the new UK passport. (UK is getting very stylish indeed).

Following 3 trains, we finally got to our stop. As we were about to exit the station, a guy flew down the escalator and just randomly took a picture of my stunned face, then walked down further, and took one of Miss Pinky… He got down to the end of the escalator and took another pic of a lady sitting in McD’s… Hahahahah. What kind of randomness is that!!

I finally got home after getting two buses! ^_^ Yipee. Home sweet home.

Didn’t take any pictures – sorry if I’ve bored you to death ^_^

Villas Barrocal – The Apartments Review

When I booked this apartment from laterooms.com via easyJet hotels booking system, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Although the transfer was cheap it was a very long trip to Villas Barrocal (an hour more or less from the airport). The apartment itself cost €15 per night for two people, when I had booked it in December (what a DEAL!). 

The villa is situated in Pêra, which is in between Albuferia and Armação de Pêra. Make sure you have instructions ready for the driver (if you are taking a transfer or a taxi), because a lot of people don’t know the area or the place.

The apartment itself is beautiful. I think they need to correct their signs, because we couldn’t find the apartment at first. 

Inside the apartments
Local shops around the area are: a newsagents, cafes, Italian cafe, a vets.

You need to walk down further onto the left to find more shops and cafes. It looks like a run down area, but you will find that one street has everything – the local bank, post office, salon, graveyard and other stuff. 

If you are looking for public transport there are bus stops around but as every local had said to us – you need to prepare to wait around for the bus to come. Do some research on timetables before you go!! 

Don’t ever ask a local (or even a tourist) how long it will take you to walk to Amacao de Pera from the villa – people say it’s 15 minutes (probably if you run). It’s actually about an hour via the beach. I timed it.

Good points:
Quiet,  big apartments, they have everything – microwave, kettle, fridge, cooker and oven, cutlery, local TV stations, free wi-fi – all you need is food, drinks and yourselves ^^

Bad points:
Far from all the touristy places – but you would expect that if you’re staying in Faro!

Tips:
  • Rent a car or a bike – there is a local gas station Galp, which is just about a 20 minute walk (5 minutes by car).
  • Make sure you have enough Euro on you if you are not planning to bring a credit/debit card.
  • Some shops close for an hour or two for lunch – so watch out for that.
  • Be aware of pick-pockets! Always wear an across-body handbag.
  • Definitely bring sun tan lotion!!!!!!

Mini series holiday: Portugal – Faro, Day 6

Our final full day in Faro, so we decided to go to the beach again. We found a lot of shortcuts this time. So from our villa, we went through Vila de Pedro, crossed the motor way, into the same farmland – this time we found a lot of pathways that we could cut through, onto the sandy beach and into the touristy town again – Armação de Pêra! That took an hour. Fast walking this time round. ^_^

Local shop

Local shop


When we were coming back, we decided to take the motor way route, but it seemed too long and endless, so again we cut through the fields. We got to the farmland’s bankside with a broken down bridge. Miss Pinky crossed it first… And Me, I just panicked! I didn’t want to cross it 😛 Eventually I did with the help of Miss Pinky.

Horrid Bridge!

Finally back on track. We got back to the motor way. There was another pathway across the road that we thought was a shortcut. Little did we know it was leading us to a shed. Two dogs were guarding the place. One was on a lead and the other came out and barked at us, so we moved back to the main road… Looks like no more shortcuts for us then!! Hehehehe.

As we were about to retire into the villa, we stopped off at the local snack-bar. This is run by a lovely couple who speak very good English! I had ice tea, my friend had a beer. As we were about to go, I asked what type of food they do… sandwiches, toasties, baguettes, fries and burgers… then he mentioned crab baguette!! I thought crab baguette. We don’t get that in London!! So we said we’ll come back after phoning the transfer company and getting our pick up time.

Lovely café / snack-bar!!

Lovely café / snack-bar!!

We went back out again and this is what we got….

Crab baguette ^^

I ate the whole thing!!

And Miss Pinky was addicted to this machine…

€0.50 to win a chocolate bar ^^

After that, we went back to the villa, we wanted to rest but John our neighbour started a barbie (that’s Australian for BBQ). Anyway, so we got our drinks, went next door and met another lovely Canadian couple from Ontario. We also met an Irish pair (not a couple)… Chat, chat, chat, eating and a lot of drinking (I had a lot of port that night!). It was eventually midnight… I was drunk as hell – I have never been like that before!

BBQ night with the neighbours

But all’s well that ends well ^_^

Mini holiday series: Portugal – Faro, day 5

As from the previous we decided to take a tour with Follow Me Tours. We booked a tour to a gypsy market today in Quateira for half a day for €10… It’s really far from where we were! If you do decide to take a tour and you are staying in a far location, make sure you get up early and know where the tour bus is picking you up!!

We got to our pick up area very, very early (about 15-20 minutes) at the nearby petrol/gas station – Galp. There were two on either side of the road, so we didn’t know which one to wait at… Cars drove by, people staring at us (probably thinking what are they doing), more cars, buses and minivans drove by, and then finally our tour bus arrived. Yay!

One side of the Galp Petrol / Gas Station

When we got to the gypsy market, it was like an ordinary market that sold souvenir stuff – but it’s run by gypsies! You are also allowed to bargain, which is what we did for some of the stuff we bought… ^_^

Gypsy Market at Quarteira 

The tour then took us to the bigger Marina! Loads of boats and rich people! We also found some cheap wines and stuff.

Faro Marina
Chocolate Mint Ice Cream – Just what I needed! 
On the tour we met a lovely Canadian couple tour who were staying in Portugal for 9 weeks! The guy was telling me it’s cheaper to stay in North Portugal and how a lot of celebrities actually stay down at this Marina – apparently Madonna and Tom Jones holiday there…