Tuesday, 31 December 2013

REFLECTIONS OF 2013

Another year is now coming to an end - as always I've had my share of ups and downs.
Here are some images of my favourite moments of 2013...

| Weekend in Venice with Stacey | 

My first weekend away for the year with lovely Stacey. The weather was pretty wet and chilly, but it's always fun when you have good company.


 

| My annual visit back to my hometown - Penang, Malaysia |

I may have adapted to life in the UK, but it's always a comfort flying back home to visit my family and my hometown.

 

My babies back home - all adopted when they were little stray pups

 | Celebrating my 26th birthday - and my blog's 1st anniversary! |

Another year older, but still very much a child at heart!

 
  
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Dancing in High Heels turns 1 year old!

| Holiday with the parents - Siem Reap, Cambodia |

An enjoyable trip with mum and dad to this beautiful city.



 







| Secret Cinema 020 - Footloose (Complimentary screening) + BRAZIL |
| Future Cinema - Saturday Night Fever |
| Secret Music - Laura Marling Eagle Ball 1927 |

Attended all three different productions within a couple of months!
An interesting experience, and definitely looking forward to future productions.

 










| Reuniting with my BFF Harpreet(o) in Canada |

My best friend from high school - we may live miles apart, but our friendship will last forever.



Harpreet's 26th birthday lunch celebration
Niagara Falls



Riding a bike properly for the first time!

| Watching Lianne La Havas perform at New Cross House |

 



| Lucky Wins! |

It's been another fantastic year of lucky wins!


The Chambord Cocktail Challenge experience
Beats by Dr Dre headphones in the Monopoly Treasure Hunt
Tickets to Julie Madly Deeply cabaret
Afternoon tea for two at The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Free coffee for a week at Muriel's Kitchen
Free brunch at Jackson+Rye


As well as other bits and bobs from random wins - including a free coach trip to Paris that I never redeemed...oops. Won it by posting a 5 second clip of me (attempting) to speak French!
Sometimes posting silly things has it's advantages, like this photo that won me a cookbook by Lorraine Pascal...

Sunburnt and stuffing my face with food - very flattering!


| Ross & Vivienne's Wedding at Signet Library, Edinburgh |

My cousin sister has finally tied the knot!
Congratulations again to the happy couple.





| Spending Christmas with my family |

After more than 7 years of living in the UK, this was the first time that we celebrated Christmas together as a family.







This has also probably been the year where I started eating out, A LOT...
So many great restaurant and cafe openings...but one of my favourite openings has got to be Picture Restaurant on Great Portland Street - not just because of the food, but also the great people that work there.

I've avoided posting photos of food - because there are just too many and once I begin it would be hard to stop...

I've had my share of heartbreak, but also a lot of joyful moments this year - with amazing friends and family to guide and support me along the way.
Apologies that I haven't had time to compile everyone's photos, of all the great people that I've met - it's hard compressing 365 days into a short post!
But I'm sure you all know who you are and I'm looking forward to spending more great times with you in the New Year!

I may not have achieved everything that I set myself to do this year, but this just gives me more to look forward to achieving in the New Year.

Here's to another great year gone, and another great one to come.

And don't forget to keep chasing your dreams x







The Cheekster, wishing you all a Happy New Year!


Monday, 30 December 2013

BRUNCH AT DISHOOM, COVENT GARDEN

I've had lunch at Dishoom before, which I enjoyed, so this time I tried out the breakfast menu, served from 9am to midday on weekends.
Angela opted for the bacon naan roll (complimentary on first visits, thanks to Foursquare) and a House Chai, whilst I chose the Akuri and  Chocolate Chai.

 


| Chocolate Chai |
- A charming couplet of dark chocolate and spicy chai -

 

| Bacon Naan Roll |
- Freshly baked naan wrapped around char-striped back bacon direct from the grill, with a most palatable combination of chilli tomato jam, cream cheese and herbs -


| Akuri |
- Spicy scrambled (akuri or bhurji) eggs: an Irani cafe staple. Piled up richly on Fire Toast and served with tomatoes grilled on the vine -

I really liked the nice blend of spices in the scrambled eggs - might try mixing up my scrambled eggs at home next time!


Overall a satisfying brunch - I'd also recommend the all-day menu which has quite a wide variety of tasty small dishes and curries to share.


Happy eating x


Friday, 27 December 2013

MY WEEK IN PICTURES

Last night up north before heading back to London tomorrow!
It's been a great week spending time with my family.
Here's a few of my favourite photos from the week in chronological order...

Late lunch at The Royal McGregor on first day in Edinburgh
Coffee and cakes at Patisserie Valerie in Edinburgh
The magnificent wedding dining hall at Signet Library, Edinburgh
The bride and groom cutting the wedding cake!
Family photo at Ross & Vivienne's wedding
Sunday post-wedding brunch - the bride and groom getting sprinkled with confetti!
Big brother with baby Liam
Me with my little Liam
With mum and dad outside Edinburgh Castle
Lunch at Sambuca, Newcastle
Christmas Eve hotpot dinner!
Christmas Eve dinner at home

Christmas Day!
Exchanging presents on Christmas Day
Impatient me taking a sneaky peek
Christmas Day hotpot lunch
Christmas Day dinner!
My homemade blueberry and blackberry sour cream cake
Family photo outside house before sending mum off to the airport *sniffles*
Coincidentally bumped into my good friend, Chloe at the airport!
With big brother and dad outside Durham Cathedral

Can't believe that the week has gone by so fast.
Time always seems to fly by when you're having a good time.

Although I have to admit that I am missing London. Just a bit.
Time to get packed to head back home tomorrow x

The Cheekster, signing off x