Purin Mix – Daiso

Well, it seems it’s about time I blogged about food. I’m hoping to eat out more next year. I think I had lost my mo-jo this year (and last year). My spending habits have slightly changed. Seem to be buying my lunches from M&S more – when I shouldn’t be!!

Here’s something I bought from Daiso, Japan in April. Purin (pudding) Mix. I tried to follow the instructions…DSC_0377

The instructions are in Japanese…
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First, mix the main powder mix with a bit of hot water (I think I added a bit too much). Stir, then add a bit of cold water.
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Refrigerate for about an hour or so.
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In the mean time, there’s another packet of powdered syrup. Add water and again refrigerate.
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Pour the syrup on top. And voila.
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Hmmm. It was a little disappointing because I love purin!! Oh well. There must be another way or place to eat purin in London. Right?

Baby B’s Summer Break

Baby B wanted a holiday before she went back to pre-school. She wasn’t feeling the love from her parents much – Why? Miss Pinky had another baby this year. It’s a boy – Baby Bro, and I’m not the godmother! Yay! But I’ve just become Mummy Number 2. 😱😱😱

Baby B wanted alone time with Miss Pinky with no Baby Bro in the picture. But that wasn’t going to happen. Uh oh. She was three at the time and almost four… growing up too quick and thinking too much! It’s time for her to learn to share. Heheheheheh.

Not going to spend too much time on this post, but here’s a few pictures on our trip to St Leonard-on-Sea and Hastings.

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We met Deadpool at Hastings Pier… We also spoke to its owner. Wow!!
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Baby B is awesome in the arcades! We all won lots of tickets and exchanged a few things here and there. Miss Pinky was a bit obsessed but it was so much fun!!!
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During our weekend, we had some expensive African food. They didn’t really give us a menu, and so we didn’t know the prices until our bill came. Scandalous!

It was a nice weekend with a few tantrums here and there, but that was expected. Guess we need to spend more time with Baby B to make her less jealous of Baby Bro. LOL!! 😰😰😰

Morocco – Day 9: Odd Security

Sunday 4th August 2019

It was time to return back to London after a week of running up and down in Morocco. It was a very nice and scary experience I will never forget.

I don’t think Morocco is a very strict Muslim country, but I’ve tried to respect the country as much as I could with the clothes and customs. Some areas are touristy but some areas are not.

My flight was early, so I had to get up early, check out and I had already booked a cab to the airport from the hotel… I had little money left, so I gave a tip to the cab driver.
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Breakfast is definitely boring in Morocco. Take me back to Japan anytime! :p
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Before boarding the flight, we had to go through extra security! Woah. Did they not trust their own security equipment? Why go through everything again? The security guy ended up seeing some cleaned and slightly wet underwear in my backpack – whoops! The guy behind me was laughing… This is what happens when men check my bags (it happened in France once – Hah!). Anyway, all was clear, and it was time to board another Ryanair flight.
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I really wanted to sleep during this flight, but a couple of people just kept on talking… shush yourselves during flight time! I kept looking behind me to see who was talking and the people at the back saw my frustration. LOL!!!

I can’t function with irritating voices in the morning.

After arriving at Stansted I speedily checked out and took a coach back to Victoria – bought lunch at Wasabi and then headed home – to sleep. (^_^)v

End of Day 9.

Hotel Wassam – Fez, Morocco

Hotel Wassam is a four star hotel in Fez. It’s fairly close to the station, restaurants and other modes of transport.

You must enter through the door with a metal detector. Guessing they fear people with suspicious gear.DSC_3578

I was given a room that was in the quiet part of the hotel. People actually party in the middle of the night until the morning. I had two nights of ok sleep. I really needed it after the wedding.

The room is pretty spacious and quite neat!
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My first disappointment was that they don’t provide hot water when you shower. It was all cold!!
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My second disappointment was that there was no wifi in the room. You actually have to sit in the lobby area to get any wifi reception…

It was a nice hotel with nice staff but I think they could do something with the hot water and wifi. I know Morocco was hot at the time, but people like to shower in hot water.

Address: Rue Du Liban Av Hassan Ii, Fès 30000, Morocco

Tel: +212 5356-54939

Morocco – Day 8: Around Fez

Saturday 3rd August 2019

I suddenly woke up on Saturday morning, I think my brain was telling me to look at the sunrise…
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Breakfast at the hotel was a bit disappointing…

It was then time to explore the town of Fez…

I took a taxi to the medina, the taxi driver was really, really nice. Moroccans really drive a little crazy.

I arrived at the medina, and just went in and went down one way, I stopped at a shop and then one of the shopkeepers led me around the back alleys to look at the dye… Hmmm I forgot to listen to Mr Travels words to not be led by shopkeepers to places around the medina. What they want is money in the end. Well, luckily I had not much money, and I had to keep telling the person I was leaving the next day, so I have no money to buy things. 

I think I got too scared, so I ended up walking up, then out, then back into the medina again. Bought a few souvenirs, and then back out again…

Took another taxi back, but ended up in the wrong part of town, so I just used Google Maps to find the hotel area again.

I sat in a restaurant that wasn’t opened yet, but the workers were fine with it, they even let me use the wifi! ^_^
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I couldn’t bear the heat any longer, so I went back to the hotel and sat and watched TV… It was time for dinner, so I went around and went to a street at the back of the hotel area. There was just a long street of restaurants. Wow.

In the end I chose a quiet place. The green lentil soup was amazing! I really want to make it one day. The Moroccans really love their bread too…

After dinner, I went walking around the area before returning back to the hotel…

I don’t think I did much but all I needed was rest.  Don’t think I would go back to Fez anytime soon.

End of Day 8.

Morocco – Day 6 & 7: Recovery and Fez

Back to blogging! No time to sit, think and write these days unless you’re thinking I do have time when I sit on the train to go to work… Hmmm, my brain is thinking about work still.  

And now we continue with the rest of my trip in Morocco…

Thursday 1st August & Friday 2nd August

Straight after the wedding, we all slept till the afternoon. And then went back to to the bride’s home for late lunch/dinner… Then back to bed again. ^_^

On the Friday, we left the apartment quite early and returned the key back to the owner… Well Mr and Mrs Travels did.

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Then off we went to a family friend’s home of the bride… This family own an avocado farm. There were so many avocado trees!!
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On our way back to the house we saw a couple of insects. Can you spot where the first one is?
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Crickets are so beautiful!!!!!
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Lunch was served. So filling! I think there was meat inside, or was there a dish I forgot to take pictures of…
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It was time to leave. Everyone said there goodbyes… and it was time for me to leave the Travels Family and co. I took a train from Kenitra and sat in one of those private cabins. There were already some people inside and the view outside was amazing of fields and the sunset… It was too bad I couldn’t capture any of that.

I was suddenly sitting with two men. I had a feeling I had to be a bit careful… One spoke to me in English, and I think he wanted to know what I was doing in Morocco and where I was staying… Hmmm… Dodgy!! I had to keep diverting the conversation. Then they suddenly left the cabin. Dodgy again!!

In the spur of the moment, I was greeted by another person, two women. One lived in Fez and the other was a visitor. I think they felt the same… Dodgy people on the train.
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In the end, I took a taxi to the hotel even though it was a 15 minute walk but faster by taxi. I’m sure I was cheated on, but it was better than being robbed by people on the train.

After checking in, I went out to find food… Found a cheap place. Although I got cheated again by 10Dh and a cat who was practically begging for food.DSC_3541DSC_3542DSC_3543DSC_3544

After a dodgy afternoon/evening affair it was time for bed!

End of Day 6 and 7.

Morocco – Day 4 & 5: Beach, Henna Party and Wedding Night

Back to working full time now! I’ll be travelling from place to place… 🤣

Tuesday 30th July

Another super hot day in Morocco. The people there just seem to be used it, but not me. I dislike hot weather, but I like getting tanned. LOL.

We ended up in a taxi which could fit us all in, and went to a far-away beach somewhere near Kenitra. I have no idea where we were. The Travels family played in the sea whilst I sat around and had a catch up with Mrs Travels.

 

When it was time to go, we had a bit of food before leaving. I believe we were on a budget, so we had a plate to share of this fried fishy stuff, panini and some chips…

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It was a bit of a short day as Mr Travels parents and elder cousin came and were staying with us during the trip.

The henna party for the wedding couple was on this same day in the evening. I don’t know if Moroccans have hen nights, but this seemed like one. Moroccan women seemed to be relaxed when there’s no men around. They take off their head scarves, and it feels like those African night parties. When the groom came to take pictures, I was so surprised to see the women put on their head scarves quite quickly. Wow. Super maneuver! DSC_3427

Missy S had a similar pattern to what I had… I think the lady was too busy and had to quickly clear up to get ready for the bride’s henna to be painted on her hands and feet.DSC_3429

Henna has a long drying process. It takes around 2 hours to dry… After waiting a fairly long time, with some dancing in between… it was time for the very late meal. I think I would never be able to slim down if I were a Moroccan. LOL! First up was some sweetened vermicelli/rice noodles. The second dish was some stewed lamb. I really loved it… Oooh. I was craving for meat (but not anymore). And then there was watermelon…DSC_3435DSC_3436DSC_3438

It was a long night, and we ended getting a cab back to the apartment… Had some mint tea, and then back to sleep again. Missy A got upset with during the day, as I was going to sleep in the room she had the night before… My bags got dragged around a bit. Hahahahah. One day, she’ll get her own room…

End of Day 4.

Wednesday 31st July

It was going to be a long day, and I got up late compared to the others. I like my sleep. 10 hours if I’m allowed, and 6-7 hours at the least. I must have sleep!

The girls showed me a stork’s nest, and wow I saw a stork standing on its nest. We went to the family who was getting married, and had lunch there.DSC_3439

We even went to a local market to try and find some dresses for the girls to wear at the wedding… Mr Travels said I should be taking pictures of the food. 🤣DSC_3440

As soon as we finished with the late, late shopping, we all went back to our place of stay, had a quick change and shower… then out to the wedding ceremony!!

It was a very, very long night… several dress changes, lots of dancing, and lots of music.

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I really loved the food, but it all started coming out from 3am in the morning!!!! Wow!! Late night dinners are not for me, but the food was great.DSC_3498DSC_3499DSC_3500DSC_3502DSC_3503

The Travels family and I were all tired, and we ended up going back around 5.30am… Sleeeeeeeep neeeeeded!!!

End of Day 5.

Morocco – Day 3: Back to Rabat!!

Right… The job search is now over… Going back to the public for a little while, before I decide on my future. Hopefully Brexit worries will be over next year. 😐 Will be travelling around London a bit, so thankfully I won’t be in just one place at all times.

Monday 29th July 2019

Back to Morocco. After a kind of big but quick breakfast, Mr Travels had to return his loaned car back to the Rabat shop, so we left our luggage at the hotel. The Travels family went to Rabat by car, and I went there by train…

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I think I got to Rabat before the Travels family, so I was waiting around at the station… Then Mrs Travels sent me their location and started walking.

We started walking around parts of Rabat that I never got to see…

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It was a long walk through the market in the Medina and out and around! 😣 Make sure to wear walking shoes!!

We ended up at the tomb of the late king…DSC_3397

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We found lunch at a cafe/restaurant. The Travels had recommended Tajine, a local Moroccan dish. This had meatballs (can’t remember if it was beef) with egg but it was delicious with the bread. It reminded me of the burger dish I had in Japan that I found too salty. The Moroccan version tasted better. 😅

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After lunch, it was time to go and play. The girls played on some toy cars… It was too hot for me, and I think I became too sensitive. A poor man started asking for money, and I lost to my emotions after he started swearing at me and believing that I was insensitive. Ugh. Grrrrr. Mrs Travels called me stubborn (yep I am) and I ended up being teary. Eek. Emotional Geek came out!

After an emotional afternoon, we went back to Kenitra by train… And walked back to our next destination. It was another long walk back to the next place we were staying in. An Airbnb place.

Then time for dinner… A shared one…

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Mr and Mrs Travels wanted to talk all night, but I was so tired… I ended up sleeping on the sofa that night with sunburnt shoulders. Miss A wanted to sleep alone in the room I was going to stay in. 😅😅😅

End of Day 3.

Hotel Ambassy – Kenitra, Morocco

Another hotel review.

A slightly expensive hotel in Kenitra – it was €60 for one night for this room… Apologies for taking a picture of a used bed and bathroom. We were all tired, and I only had time in the morning to take pictures.DSC_3363

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My kitchen facilities were better than the Travels’ family room. Nothing was broken.DSC_3365

Breakfast takes a longer time to prepare…DSC_3366

The only problems I had was the WiFi – didn’t have any in the room!

Also, right before sunrise, you will hear the call out for people to go and pray at the mosque or in their homes  (I think)… It’s sung in minor key. So make sure you sleep early!!

Address: Avenue Hassan II, Kénitra 14000, Morocco

Tel: +212 5373 79868

Hotel Tuxeda – Rabat, Morocco

In Rabat, I stayed in Hotel Tuxeda. It’s near the sea, but a little further away from the city centre.

It isn’t far from the medina, where the people are really nice. The hotel staff are really nice… even when I had trouble opening the door, the receptionist came to open the door for me!DSC_3310.JPG

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Facilities aren’t too bad. Thought the shower was a bit too close to the toilet, but at least there was hot water in this hotel!DSC_3298

The room was a bit stuffy because I couldn’t find the remote for the aircon… it may have been with the receptionist. Hmmmm. WiFi was ok. Breakfast was boring.

A nice place for a cheap price.

Address: 32, Bv Al Moukawama, Rabat 10040, Morocco

+212 5372 04223