Learning a New Skill

So I have finally started learning how to sew! When I told an old friend of mine back in Manila that I am in the process of sewing a dress, she told me it’s pretty ambitious to do a shift dress for a first sewing project, and that I should have started with a pillow case or a placemat. I reasoned out and told her, “But it would be very easy sewing a pillow case or a placemat.” ūüôā Continue reading

Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of Britain’s most picturesque places¬†located in south central England about 800 square miles in land area and comprises a range of rolling hills that runs through five counties — Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. ¬†It is the favourite country retreat of the rich and famous — Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Hurley, Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron and many other prominent figures in Britain own a¬†Grade II-listed country pile in this part of the country.¬† Continue reading

A Journey to Britain’s Northernmost Isle (3rd of 3 Parts)

Our visit to Shetland was precipitated by a friend‚Äôs invite for Jared and I to explore the islands. He told us that we will see the northernmost tea shop, northernmost police station, northernmost bus stop, northernmost hotel — practically everything northerly, and boy, was he right! We’ve seen everything northerly in the British isles when we visited the tiny island of Unst. To get to the island, we took the ferry for about half an hour (the car was loaded on a ferry) to an island called Yell and then on to another ferry for 45 minutes to Unst.¬†What completed our trip was the visit to these islands. Continue reading

Crafting Once Again

Haven’t done much crafting for ages but thanks to a very special lady who recently rekindled my desire for new creative pursuits. I am not very crafty myself but I used to do¬†a lot of Scrapbooking on weekends even after I got married but haven’t done it for years. After¬†our trip to Shetland last month I mentioned¬†Rhoda¬†in my blog; I’ve never heard of Stampin’Up! before but on the same day I’ve meet Rhoda and added her on Instagram and Facebook, I found out about her creative outlet; how she turned her hobby into a business and how she became a pioneer Stampin’Up! Demonstrator in the UK¬†that enables her to travel around the country and some other European cities to teach crafting. Continue reading

Interview with Novel Author Isabella Davidson

I’ve been following Notting Hill Yummy Mummy for almost three years now. She is a Notting Hill resident who inspired me to share on social media what goes on in our neighbourhood. She launched her debut novel The Beta Mum Adventures in Alpha Land over a week ago, and I got to read it a week before it was out. I enjoyed it so much and did a review here.  That’s why I’m honoured to share the exciting news of her new novel right here. In this conversation we discuss how she began her blog, her love of reading and writing and, of course, her debut novel. Continue reading

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

This is one of the best historical novels I’ve read. Thanks to my friend Yasmin Cooper who mentioned this to me as one of her favourites and gave me a copy to read.¬†The author explores some of the discrepancies¬†in the Houses of York and Lancaster story covering the late medieval period. Anyone who is familiar with English history is well aware that the Wars of the Roses¬†culminated¬†in¬†the brutal murder of Richard III in¬†1485 at the¬†Battle of Bosworth. After¬†Henry VII was crowned the new king of England, he married¬†Elizabeth of York and their marriage symbolically brought an end to the Wars of the Roses and the unification of the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster that created¬†the ‘Tudor Rose’ which is widely recognised as the¬†floral heraldic¬†emblem of England.¬† Continue reading

Too Close to Home

The terrible tragedy in Kensington last week caused me to once again ponder about the uncertainty and fragility of life.  It was the second most horrific event in London this month following the June 4th London Bridge terror attack and the Finsbury Park terror attack the other day.  In all three London atrocities, and particularly the blaze that ravaged the 24-storey residential building in west London, really did hit too close to home than I might want to admit, literally and figuratively, the realisation that a disaster can happen without an apparent warning. Continue reading

The Beta Mum: Adventures in Alpha Land

This is the very first novel I’ve read within 24 hours. ¬†Yes, all 234 pages in one day! ¬†I hardly ever read fiction nowadays (mainly because I prefer history and biography), but¬†I simply couldn’t put it down till I turned to the last page.¬† Continue reading

Interview with Rowena Romulo of Romulo Caf√© London

In my previous post¬†I mentioned that Filipino food has recently been making waves in London foodie scene ‚ÄĒ thanks to Rowena Romulo and many others¬†who are raising awareness for Filipino cuisine in the UK. ¬†Romulo Caf√© London opened only over a year ago and has already garnered an award — the ‚ÄėMost Loved Restaurant in Kensington‚Äô at the 2016 Time Out Love London Awards, and has continually received commendations from food critics and customers, and it now appears in some of London‚Äôs restaurant guide books. ¬†I decided to interview Rowena for two reasons: first, she has a fascinating story to tell; and second, other women¬†will certainly gain some¬†insight and inspiration from her experience.¬† Continue reading

A Journey to Britain’s Northernmost Isle (2nd of 3 Parts)

This is the second post in a 3-Part series. Read the 1st Part here.

Shetland may be remote and wild; but it is an oil rich country and the public infrastructure is one of the best in the UK. Despite its small size, only 1,468 sq km, and a relatively small population, just over¬†23,000, the Shetland Islands¬†Council is the richest in Britain¬†with ¬£266 million in reserve — thanks to the¬†oil industry revenue. Continue reading