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First Experience with Emirates

February 15th, 2019 · Nobody Surrendered

We flew with Emirates in July 2018 to the UK. From Kuching to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, then from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai to Newcastle with Emirates. It’s my first time transiting in Dubai International Airport.

We had plenty of time there and we came across ice cream carts!! FREE ice cream with compliments from Emirates in conjunction with summer travel period between 15 June to 31 August 2018 at Terminal 3 departure and transit areas. Oh my! It was such a surprise. There were so many flavours to choose and I went for Mango Sorbet, very refreshing. We also tried the lemon Sorbet and it was SOUR, seriously sour!! Hahaha… Vanilla was just vanilla ;p

The ice cream, Emperor, is only served in premium classes on selected flights to Europe and the UK, and in the seven Emirates lounges at Dubai International Airport. It was great to be able to taste them at the airport because there is no way I could have access to the premium classes and the lounges.

Ok, now onto the plane. It’s not an extensive review, just in general based on my own experience. I was surprised to be greeted by air stewardesses with glasses! That sure was something that I didn’t expect. It’s pretty cool though because the air in the plane is dry and long hours of contact lens usage will hurt your eyes in long run. This is obvious that they do care for their crews’ well-being. My experience with them was good except one air steward who forgot about my instant noodle hahaha… But I don’t blame him, he was so busy tending to many other guests with all sort of requests.

It’s my first experience with Emirates A380. Look at the food! It’s been quite awhile not getting different type of airline food. I really have enough of nasi lemak or chicken rice or noodle *LOL* Those of you who always fly with our national carrier will surely have the same feeling hahaha…

Left: Even the cutlery! Not plastic! Imagine how suaku I was when I saw it, it’s been a long time not seeing such utensils inflight especially in economy class 😛 oh well… I’ve never flown other classes that’s why so suaku.

Right: Seriously, not many airlines served instant noodle hehehe… OMG! Instant noodle just tasted so good inflight! When I saw this on the menu, I was determined to order it after breakfast was served haha… I dislike the breakfast served… If not mistaken it’s some cold sandwich which I only had a bite ;p Anyway, I guess the instant noodle was only available on the flight to Malaysia or Asian countries.

For the leg room, I was on A380, the width and legroom was quite comfortable for me. It’s by far the spacious of all the other airlines I’ve flown. The toilet was well-equipped too.

Overall, I’m glad I’ve experienced the service of Emirates. It’s my first time and also the first middle eastern airline that I’ve experienced, I’m impressed. In fact, I did consider going to their cabin crew interview back then when they conducted it in Kuching hahaha… Anyway, it didn’t happen hehehe…

Finally! Done my UK trip post!! On to Japan trip posts soon!!!

Categories: Food Porn · Going Places · Review It!

G. Bolam Foods, The Full Monty Restaurant

February 12th, 2019 · Nobody Surrendered

We wanted to stock up some meat and we went to G. Bolam Foods (Sedgefield Industrial Estate, Salters Lane, Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3EE) for it. Before we shop, we had lunch at its restaurant(The Full Monty Restaurant) for lunch.

So many people dined there, really no nonsense at all! Packed! Young and old, people from all walks of life.

We ordered beef and pork carvery set(£6.15/set) which came with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed potato, carrot & turnip, and cabbage drenched with rich beef gravy all in one plate. That one plate of goodness can be shared among at least 6 small eaters or 4 average eaters.

It was such a satisfying meal! Meat lovers will definitely won’t miss it.

After our lunch, we went to the get our meat. Didn’t get to take any photo of the place though. Camera not allowed if not mistaken. Not just meat that you can get, there’s also bread, cheese, fish, fruits, vegetables, seasonings, and cooking tools too. All under one roof. So much to see! I can spend at least 1 hour there!

Ok… This is the second last post of my July 2018 UK’s trip. It sure is taking a long time to finish. One last one is sharing with you about the airline I used to fly to the UK. Can’t wait to start blogging about my August 2018 Japan trip hahaha…

Categories: Driving All the Way - England · Food Porn · Going Places

Happy Piggy Year 2019!!

February 9th, 2019 · Nobody Surrendered

Finally!! 5th day of the lunar new year. First post of the year of the Boar of 2019! Hahaha… Wishing you are very prosperous Lunar New Year! Here’s my festive greetings video that I did for this year. Instead of photo, I did a video this year.

It was supposed to be for a makeup tutorial but it didn’t turn out as good as I expected it to be so I decided to make it into a season greetings video with makeup items that are available from Althea. Actual tutorial post with the latest makeup range from Althea will come soon. I was experimenting with the makeup that was sent to me since few days before CNY. I’m still experimenting. So far, I do love them! It’s beyond my expectations. You can also check out my first impressions of the makeup in my Instagram.

Categories: Althea Angels · Bulletin Board · Girl Stuffs · Me, myself and I

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

February 3rd, 2019 · Nobody Surrendered

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a seaside town in North Yorkshire, England. We went there specifically to eat fish and chips hahaha…

After we parked our car, we noticed there’s a garden there called the Saltburn Valley Gardens.

A popular place for young and old to enjoy the nature. The paths and tracks are equipped with seats at frequent intervals.

The walk is likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility or with a pushchair, wheelchair or mobility scooter. There’s also a playground for the kids. The circular walk is approximately 2 miles in length (3.2km)There is also tea room in the Valley Gardens but it was already closed when we were there.

After the walk, came out from the garden, we walked towards Saltburn beach.

Here, you can see Saltburn beach and Hunt Cliff.

We stopped by for ice cream and I highly recommend the ice cream from this shop, Surfs Up( Foreshore Buildings Lower Promenade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1HQ, UK).

Saltburn Pier is the only pleasure pier on the whole of Northeast England and Yorkshire coast. The 1,500 feet (460 m) pier opened in May 1869. We didn’t walk to the end of it because the sea breeze was just too cold(for us… :p) even though it’s summer that time.

The place where we wanted to get the fish and chips was not opened on that day. In fact many were not open. The only place that was opened was The Seaview Restaurant. Supposed to just get a simple fish and chips and to enjoy eating it while looking out of the sea, we ended up at The Seaview Restaurant, the price of the food were more expensive of course.

We ordered Cod and Chips(small-£8.80); Haddock and Chips(small-£12.50); and Smoked Salmon & Prawn Salad(£12.95). Really love the chips, it’s chunky, not shoestring or crinkle cut, and fried to perfection.

After dinner, it’s time to head back. Still trying hard to finish this trip post hahaha… Two more post to go… A porky meal and my experience on Emirates before I start with my Japan trip posts.

Chinese New Year coming soon! Follow my Instagram for frequent updates. I will not have access to my laptop for about a week by then. There won’t be any post during that period of time. See you in Pig Year! 😉

Categories: Driving All the Way - England · Food Porn · Going Places

Half Day in Sunderland

January 31st, 2019 · Nobody Surrendered

My previous trip to the UK over 5 years ago, I didn’t go to Sunderland. I don’t think I went as I can’t find any record of it in this blog haha… So, it’s confirmed that I did not go, this is my first time. It was just a half-day trip for a quick visit.

Went around thinking of buying something but we came back only with a box of Lego for my niece LOL!!

It was such a sunny day. We just walked around the city centre. The sun was so bright. Look at the sky! No shade too…

Since it’s lunch time when we were there, we walked around and came across a pub called The Lambton Worm(36 Low Row, Sunderland SR1 3PY, UK). By the way, it’s closed already. It’s now known as Victors. There’s a huge worm structure inside of the pub -.-” Didn’t realized it until we studied in detailed hahaha… As usual… How can you miss out on Fish and Chips when you are in the UK?

Left: You see that flattened rounded bread? That’s Yorkshire pudding. We were curious what it was… We were thinking it’s some sort of sweet food served with pork slices. It’s not hahaha… It’s bread-like. The main ingredients made up of milk or water, flour, and eggs.

Quote from Wikipedia:
Yorkshire pudding is a common English side dish consisting of a baked pudding made from batter consisting of eggs, flour, and milk or water. It is a versatile food that can be served in numerous ways depending on the choice of ingredients, the size of the pudding and the accompanying components of the dish.

Right: Salmon with rice. The salmon looked dry but it’s it was ok, not as dry as it looked. However, the dish was bland though.

After lunch, we continued walking around and headed home. Not much done. It’s a peaceful and quiet place, great place to relax, the pace is slow and also great for student to concentrate on their studies hehehe… A bit(just a bit hahaha…) of Adelaide feel.

Categories: Driving All the Way - England · Food Porn · Going Places