Shake Shack @ London Covent Garden

Moving on from saucy breakfast adverts we will now move onto burgers and fries. (・∀・)
After a long day of searching Shaun the Sheep statues I needed a massive long break. Wow, I can’t believe my breakfast lasted that long. A full 6 hours.
I’ve been wanting to try out Shake Shack for a long while but wanted to wait for things to die down a little bit. I think I went at a great time because when I got there only a few people were waiting but the queue became longer afterwards.
Shack Stack at Covent Garden

I ordered my food and I asked where the seating areas… There’s 3 seating areas: side part on the outside piazza, a part in the centre and one indoor bit (which is where I sat).

I had the Shack Stack burger with fries and a regular diet coke. 

The Shake Stack burger consists of a mushroom fried in batter, a cheeseburger topped with slice of tomato and lettuce. Looks massive but it isn’t really. Small for a burger that cost £8.50! Expensive. I think the burger itself was quite boring compared to the Five Guys burger I had the other day. I had to separate the mushroom from the burger because it was hard to bite from top to bottom. (Does that make any sense to you?).
Shack Stack burger

The fries were great and I love the way it’s shaped but there just wasn’t enough of them! 

Total cost came to £14.20. I was quite disappointed with the food really – size and all. I actually went back to Five Guys the next day just to make sure I was making the right decision in that I like Fives Guys more than Shake Shack.

My geeky rating: 3.5/5

Good points:
– Love the fries (but not enough for what I paid for!)
– Number of seating areas around the Piazza
– Polite staff

Bad points:
– Expensive
– Portion size compared to other burger joints isn’t fantastic
– Toppings are quite boring

Address: Covent Garden, 24 Market Building, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RD
Tel: 01923 555129


Up and Go – Aussies Suck Poster Ad

I wonder what the people of Britain think of these recent poster ads from Up and Go with their slogan “Aussies Suck”. (Edit: This is an Australian breakfast drink ad).
At first glance, it almost looked offensive to the Australians – as in they suck at their own game in cricket whilst sucking up a breakfast drink… and then you think isn’t this inappropriate for children/teenagers? What would they be thinking?! 

Up&Go: Aussies Suck – female ad (edit: surprised she’s not in a bikini)

Up&Go: Aussies Suck – male ad

Conservative Britain doesn’t look conservative anymore! We’re seeing more undie ads (but this one’s for breakfast my dearies! Sorry… being cheesy here!).

Oh and here’s the video ad… ¬,¬”” … we’re becoming very European with this ad! Don’t think I’ll be “sucking” any time soon. :p

Shaun in the City Hunt – Part 2

After finding the first few Shaun the Sheep in Central London, it was time to set my next route to find the rest!
I looked at the map and bought the app. Originally I was going to start off at the London Eye but ended up starting from London Bridge!
Met a nice security guard at The Shard’s Level 0 (where you exit out of The Shard) and he explained to me that I had to look for some feet on the floor that would lead me to the way to the Shaun there. Lol. He made me giggle that morning… 
I next headed towards More London and Tower Bridge and found a few more… Over the bridge and went around Tower of London and then finally headed towards Fenchurch Street Station. Finding the way to the station was difficult! Then off to Leadenhall Market, Bank, Liverpool Street and then finally Finsbury Square Garden, which took me ages to find. I’m so grateful for Google Maps!! I spent two hours looking for the ones below, going round and round in circles… O_o … 5 minute break…

Next it was off to The Barbican, I actually took a bus and didn’t realise it was only 2 stops from Silk Road. ¬,¬” After that I waited for another bus because I couldn’t be bothered to walk towards Guildhall. Started chatting to an old lady (the old ladies are always attracted to me to talk… SIGH – I get it all the time). Found the one in Guildhall, then headed into Cheapside via King’s Street. Went into One New Change and found 2 more! Made my way to St Paul’s Cathedral and found the rest hidden around the area…

At the point of finding the green Bristol Shaun I stumbled up a protest of people against Turkey… Every weekend seems to be filled with protests so far!!
Hello Bristol Shaun!!

In front of St Paul’s Cathedral
Gosh… All tired out from this little trip… Next I headed into Southbank… bad idea!!!! Full of people. Found the one in front of The Globe and the one in front of Tate Modern (pics in the above grid picture) 
Next I found the one at BFI reception, which opens at 11am (that’s why I started at London Bridge) and also the one at The London Eye (it’s in the park area). Very hidden!

I couldn’t stop… I took the bus and headed towards Piccadilly to re-seek the ones I already found to get the codes for the app, just to show I found them.

After getting the code for Nelson I found that I was pretty close to the one at The Mall… Hmmm… And also the one at St James’s Park!! ¬,¬”” Too much walking… 10-15 minute break needed!! Then back into Covent Garden and found those remaining two…

That was it for Saturday! Found 42 including the ones I found before. I could not do any more walking. (ー.. 一 )  Had food at Shake Shack. 😛
I somehow found the energy to find the remaining 7 Shaun’s on Sunday. No idea where it all came from. 
Went to Paddington Station first via bus then walked towards Paddington Basin to find the Paddington Shaun. ^_^ Then I headed back into Regent Street and found the rest there. Make sure you head early for the Hamley’s Store one – people just crowd around it and don’t seem to want to give you the chance to take a picture… 😛 Selfish people!!!!!

Paddington Shaun looked very beautiful at Paddington Basin ^_^
Took a break and ate a burger at Five Guys before heading to Canary Wharf.
I found my last one in Jubilee Park!! Yipee!!

Was very exhausted after the long weekend of walking and I’m sure I’ve lost a few pounds in weight, heheh. Seeing this dog try to catch this duck made my weekend feel so good. ^___^

Can you find them all? Make sure you download the app. It’s £1.49 on Android phones and it all goes to charity. The app is better than using the paper map!!

Am I going to the one in Bristol? Uh. Not sure yet. Let’s see if someone can drive me there. 😉


Super Three Chinese Restaurant 巴山蜀水 – London All Saints

After a super long afternoon with Miss Money, Mr Games and Mr Sensible (we just had hot and cold drinks in a hidden spot in Piccadilly and talked a lot about films, games and teasing each other. Heheh) it was time to head out for food as well as find that Hello Kitty Shaun the Sheep. =^.^=
Miss Money and I headed towards Canary Wharf and Mr Games and Mr Sensible decided to skip. Miss Money had been to a Chinese hot pot place in All Saints recently with another friend and I said I wanted to go and try it out. ^_^ I haven’t had hot pot for years!
We arrived at All Saints via DLR, it’s only a few stops away from Canary Wharf. Then you walk out and turn right, then you have to carefully cross the road. 😛
There are a couple of Chinese hot pot restaurants in the area, but the one we went to is called Super Three 巴山蜀水 (Mando: Ba Shan Shu Shui). It’s a buffet and it’s £18 per person, so basically you can eat as much as you like and try and get your £18 worth. >o<"

Hot pot is about to start!

I chose a lot of meat, udon noodles, squid, tofu and aubergine. The frozen meat (beef and lamb) was ordered by Miss Money.

Miss Money didn’t want a lot of meat so she selected other things.

We ate all of this and went for a second round with prawns, fishballs and lighter stuff… then we had vegetables and then finally had loads of orange slices and tinned pineapple. (I forgot to take pictures along the way… sorry).

Our final bill came to around £44 including a bottle of aloe vera. It’s not a bad place and it does more than hot pot. There were a lot of people when we went in but it died down afterwards… I think Miss Money didn’t realise a lot of Chinese people eat at the time we went! ^_^

My geeky rating: 4.5/5

Good points:
– Eat as much as you like!
– Cheapish
– Ok service
– Has karaoke rooms

Bad points:
– Limited food selections
– Not much space underneath the table to stretch your legs… Be difficult for tall people
– Hot pot is limited to one side of the table as there’s a grill on the other side!

Address: 207-209 East India Dock Road, London E14 0ED
Tel: 020 7515 8700

p.s. Here’s my birthday gift from Miss Money! Thank you!!!

Shaun in the City Hunt – Part 1

Aaaah!!! I’m getting old people and my friends think I’m going to run around looking for sheep this time. Baaaaaaa.
Well I spotted the one in China Town first… and from then on I didn’t want to do the hunt.
But unfortunately that didn’t work, so when I went to the National Gallery I took a picture of the one in front of Trafalgar Square… This lady was jumping behind it (lady in boots on the right – unfortunately I didn’t get that picture of her photo bombing! Hah).
Then Mr Games had to go and say he thought I was going to do the hunt and compete with Miss Goldilocks (who I haven’t seen since last year). ¬,¬” Great Mr Games… Thanks. So we spotted a couple in Leicester Square.
Woolly Jumbo

Mossy Bottom
One by Trocadero.
The Gruffalo Shaun

One in Ripleys and got a map in the meantime… I swear I wasn’t going to do this hunt!!!
This robot figure looks like Optimus Prime!

Spotted some new street art in Leicester Square by Captain Kris, ALSO and 40HK (yes, I did some research). ^_^
Captain Kris, ALSO and 40HK
And I said to Miss Money we need to go to Canary Wharf to find the Hello Kitty one!! ^_^ Hahahah. 
Hello Kitty’s #OneKindThing
Then after the weekend there were a few near where I’m studying Japanese (yes, I’m still studying Japanese… might as well since I’ve been want to learn it for such a long time!). 
This one is behind Somerset House
Pinky Plum
And two spotted after class in Covent Garden.
Candy Baa

Another One Rides the Bus
Uh… and now I’m off again, heading towards East London to find some more, 😀

It ends on May 28th. 

National Gallery – London Trafalgar Square

You know what? This is the first time I’ve ever been in the National Gallery. Yeah the one located in Trafalgar Square. I have passed it so many times and never went inside. ¬,¬” I think I am now a true Londoner. 😉
Miss Money was scheduling a late birthday meetup with Mr Games and I, and Mr Sensible tagged along with us too…
It was decided we would meet at 12pm in Trafalgar Square, but no doubt there was a protest and some traffic diversion along the way. ¬,¬” Always a protest!! This one was about stopping child abuse!

Back to the National Gallery… Well it’s been there since 1824 and has been a gallery for old paintings for less than 200 years (just another 9 years to go)!

We entered the gallery and made our way to each area… I took some pictures of paintings that I found interesting…

I had to take some pictures of paintings of food. ^_^

Here’s an unfinished painting by Michelangelo. Stunning!

This one looked awesome in the gallery because it looks like her arm was in 3D.

I realised that Miss Money (and I think Mr Games too) don’t have much interest in paintings in which I kind of explained William Turner’s paintings with his stormy effects and Van Gogh’s brush works on the sunflowers and the experimentation of a 3D chair. ¬,¬ Why didn’t I become an artist? (Technically I’m a 3D Origami artist, heheh).

I took this picture in case Miss Pinky was craving for a beer and reading this post… Because I know she is or will be after her pregnancy… (I’m a evil geek!).

Can you spot a mischievous cat?

We were trying to figure out whether this horse is a real-life size… Is it?

Gallery looks amazing from one end of the room!

This painting reminded Miss Money of Dan Brown’s Angel’s and Demons book… It reminded me of The Da Vinci Code!

This picture is just awesome! It’s capturing two separate events in two separate rooms. Cool stuff.

A William Turner painting. He is a weather of emotions.

I think we were in there for about an hour… it’s a nice gallery!
A view of Nelson’s Column from the National Gallery

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Admission: Free

Albert Bridge – London Battersea / Chelsea

Easter Monday was a great day for a walk, so I went out with MummyGeek to get some fresh air after a weekend of doing absolutely nothing!

MummyGeek was thinking back to the 1970’s (I wasn’t born then) when there were lots of ships around the Battersea area and her friends were around visiting from Hong Kong… but all that had changed when we got there (obviously mother… ¬,¬””)…

Well we were walking up to Battersea Park, we were about to enter but MummyGeek saw Albert Bridge and said we should go and have a walk along it… Obviously we were thought to be tourists as I took out my big Nikon camera (but all the pics below are from my phone, heheh).

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Albert Bridge was built in the mid-1800’s… it’s a very old bridge connecting Battersea and Chelsea and hopefully it will have extra strength to last another 100 years or so. More info on Wiki!

Looking through the wheel

Taking pictures of spider webs ^_^

Albert Bridge

If you’re out in the Battersea or Chelsea area have a walk up and down the bridge. It’s really nice on a sunny day! ^_^

Here’s Battersea Bridge… see how boring it is compared to Albert Bridge. Lol!

Battersea Bridge

And in the Walworth area here’s some blossom tree viewing – unfortunately there was a bit of rain recently and the blossoms have all gone. 😦



This was a very random picture… can you see the bee trying to hunt some nectar?

Bye bye Easter and the beautiful blossoms, but here’s to a lot of sunshine later in the year!!

Schweppes Poster Ad 2015

Oh it’s been a while since I’ve seen a poster advert that has interested me!
I saw this poster ad by Schweppes. The oldest carbonated water company that has survived since the 1700’s… 
What do you think of this poster ad? I think it’s a bit sexist. Heheh. Why can’t a queen look for a prince? Queen Victoria had Prince Albert! And our Queen today has a Prince!! ¬_ど”
Schweppes Poster Ad 2015
Not even sure carbonated water can really separate women and girls… It’s more about the alcohol and if you can take it in that separates the women and the girls. The older us women become the less alcohol we can take in… And that goes with the men too! 😛

Whipsnade Zoo – My Easter Break Holiday

It’s taken me a long time to write this post! Enjoy the pics.

A break from people around me and London at last! Another time for The Geek to adventure alone into the wilderness of Dunstable (near Luton). Hmmm, why did I go by myself? Well, there’s a lot of walking involved and the journey is more than 2 hours long from London… If I went with Miss Pinky and co. I’m sure they will start moaning about the whole thing, which is what I didn’t need before the start of a long weekend!! ^_^

So the day started early. Really early. 😦 I took the bus to Blackfriars and was looking for the cheapest off peak ticket on the machine to Luton. It’s £10 for the off peak super saver ticket. I stood at the platform and waited for the 7.24 am train (yep, that’s right… I was there early – not the usual time I would get to work!) and it arrived on time.

The journey to Luton is not long, about 40 minutes-ish. So I sat there looking out of the window and admiring my phone. When I got to Luton I went to look for the bus. I realised that there were bus stops on to my right hand side… and if you walk down further you will see the bus stop for the X31 and 31 bus stop. Unfortunately the X31 is not in use during the bank holidays, but the 31 bus is. The next bus was not going to be there until 9.52 am!!! More than an hour too early… so I went towards Silver Street which is where you would normally get the X31 bus to Whipsnade Zoo… You have to walk straight out of the station, walk towards the shopping centre and the bus stop is on your right. Can’t miss it!

As I was very, very early. No point getting a taxi because I would have still been too early since Whipsnade Zoo doesn’t open until 10 am. ¬,¬” So off I went to explore the tiny town centre… plus I had a McDonald’s breakfast just to pass the time away… 😛

I made my way back to the bus stop by the station… and it arrived. Phew!! I asked how much the tickets were and it’s about £4.50 (something like that) for a single ticket and it’s £5.90 for an adult return ticket. I obviously chose the return ticket!
It was more than a 30 minute ride on the bus… you pass the vistor’s centre and unfortunately there’s no alert sign on the bus I was on to indicate where I was… so I was using my Google Maps on my phone just to be on the safe side… Got to Whipsnade Zoo around 10.40 am! So happy!!

I purchased my ticket which is £25. It’s cheaper if you buy it online but I chose to buy it at the ticket office as I didn’t know what the weather was going to be like… a rainy day was expected and I purposely went to avoid a big crowd. When it rains, fewer people are likely to go… ^_^ That’s the main trick of going to places that are always busy. (Geeky trick, but commonly known!). So loo time and then I entered… forgot to say they give you a sticky wrist band so that you can access the areas (and I think not to get lost… somehow… ¬,¬”).
I asked a lady at the entrance to see which way it was to the elephants (this is the VERY main reason I went). She said to go through the farm area and just keep going straight until I see more signs… About a 10 minute walk unless I get distracted in which I did. Maras (a part rabbit, part deer) were roaming around the grounds… Whipsnade is a safari as well as a zoo, so the animals just roam around all day long, eating the grass… And yep, it was really foggy that morning…

It took me a while to see which way to turn so I turned left after the train station…

And I saw one of the tigers whilst heading to the elephants. ^_^

Where are the elephants?! They are so far away, but there is a sign to show you where to go. If you’re heading there via car there is a parking space for you to use.

I saw a few people already there and I just had to go and see them… I think I could have been there all day long just staring at them. I haven’t seen the elephants since they were at London Zoo… and that was a long time ago! I remembered touching their tough skin, it felt rough and they swayed as they walked. Childhood memories. 😀

Then off I went to other parts of the zoo…

The sea lions had a show around 12 pm, so I just made it in time…

And then back to the elephants for the 12.30 pm talk…

After the talk, I went towards the Africa end of the zoo (also had my lunch in one of those lightless huts… people started joining me too). Went to nearly every part of the zoo that afternoon…

The lions are so lazy… Sleep most of the time!!

Awww… I got to see a baby wallaby in its mother’s pouch!! ^_^

A wolverine

Reminds me of my own cuddly bear

I almost decided to go home, but in the end I went to the penguin section. The penguins love to show off their wings and swimming skills. ^_^

Was about to head back to the main entrance when I suddenly saw the elephants getting their daily walk! Whoopee!! My favourite animals…

Wow… see that wallaby go…

I didn’t stay for too long as my legs were getting tired, so I went back towards the bears… and they were play fighting… And one of them was being sad… Awwww…

Lonely bear 

Now it was time to go home. I actually stood at the bus stop for over an hour (the opposite one from where I got off) but when the bus came he said it was the opposite side that I needed to stand at for me to go back to Luton (just for the bank holidays I believe, otherwise it is definitely the opposite side for the X31 which don’t work on bank holidays). Huh?! I think I was in shock. But anyway, I went to the opposite side and waited for another 20 minutes or so in the pouring rain… luckily I didn’t feel so cold. I think it was the biggish lunch I had. By the way, they should at least put some bus shelters up!!

The right bus stop during bank holidays!!!

The wrong bus stop during bank holidays

Got back to Luton (near the town centre) after a bus change over too – you have to get off at City Hall as the bus 31 doesn’t stop by the station. Then you go back into the shopping centre, walk left, down the escalator and then walk straight out towards the station… 

The trains back to London are usually on Platform 2 and 3 (a couple of girls were amused at my expression because I didn’t know the way back… I think they were shocked when I spoke to them in a plain South London accent. Hah! They thought I was foreigner 😛 – well I am). Got to Platform 2 for the 18.14 train… and thankfully it stopped at Elephant and Castle!! Whoopee again!!
I was so hungry when I got back I decided to eat at Tai Tip Mein… Wonton noodle soup and a big plate of fried squid. ^_^
Whipsnade Zoo is a fun place to go to if you can’t go to a real safari (although most of the animals are caged up). I advise a packed lunch and if you’re going from London it’s at least £40 per person (adult) for the transport and the zoo ticket. Defo check the train times and the bus times before heading out and make sure (wherever in the UK) to bring an umpbrella!! ^_^
Address: Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF (opens from 10 am till 6 pm)
Telephone: 0344 225 1826
Nearest trains: Hempstead Heath and Luton
Buses: X31 (not on bank holidays), 31 (during bank holidays)

The London Eye – A Birthday Ride

It’s been more than 10 years since I’ve been on the London Eye and surprise surprise that was on my birthday too when I was in my 20’s! ^_^ Gosh I feel so old.
I decided to revisit the London Eye since it’s one of those attractions that you should go on in London (although I didn’t think it was the greatest attraction back then) and I needed alone time to reflect on my age and what I’ve achieved so far in life… well, I think I’ve achieved a lot. I may complain about my work but I still love it (and I know my colleagues and friends think I should move on..), and there’s always my ever changing colleagues who change the atmosphere in the offices, I’ve learnt new languages and planning to learn one more then revisit Chinese and French… I’ve been to many countries and don’t regret any of the visits I’ve made so far. Hoping to see many more years of fun, fun and more fun!!! ^_^
After watching Cats The Musical I made my way to Westminster. Got off a bus stop early to take a picture of the London Eye from the opposite end… then realised my camera ran out of battery power. Noooooo!!! Thankfully I had my phone as the second option. 

Ahhh… Westminster is very pretty at sunset!

I practically ran to get to the queue, the reason being is that I wanted to watch the sunset… yeah, although I was by myself I was being all romantic… ¬_¬”” Not what I was expecting to do. Anyway, as I had pre-ordered my tickets I actually had to go and collect it from the ticket office which is in an actual building opposite the London Eye… Didn’t know that… It was different back in the day if I remembered correctly. So off I ran to the ticket office and thankfully there is an automated machine you can collect from, just make sure you have the card you used to order online (and swipe it the right way as indicated on the machine). I had bought a standard flexi ticket (£24.35) which means you can go at any time during the day if you don’t know what time you’re going to be there. Quite relieved I made that choice.

Ticket office is behind The London Eye

Ticket machine

Made my way back to the queue. They scan you for any suspicious things that could be on you or your bag. I skipped the professional picture with the fake background – like I do with so many attractions and waited for a few minutes… I was thinking they need to hurry up so that I could see the sunset!!

Back of the ticket

one of the pods passing by

Well, we managed to get on and it slowly made its way up… 

But yay!! I saw the sunset!! Slowly getting there!

It’s a 30 minute ride so I made my way around the pod and took a lot of pictures… 

Thought I should take a picture of my fellow pod people

It happened to be someone else’s birthday who was in the same pod as me… He was with friends… Well it seems that there are a lot of people like me. Happy Belated Birthday to those born on March 25th!! ^_^
When I got off I took more pictures from below… didn’t realise I missed the moon. 

I advise to buy a flexi ticket if you ultimately don’t know what time you’re going to make it.


If you like street art, keep walking towards Waterloo Bridge…

And here’s my usual birthday from Arif Bakery…
My Birthday cake!! Thanks Mr Stingy!!