Saturday, 20 September 2014

London What to Do - Sing-a-Long-a-Frozen



We don't always go to London for a few days trip, but we did during the Summer holidays and went to the Kew Gardens I recommended in my previous London What to Do post! It was beautiful and really worth spending a day there.

My favourite place to go in London is still their city centre though. Apart from shopping in the high streets, there is so much more to do especially for children, and now for those who absolutely love the Disney movie Frozen too!

Since it first came out, Abby and Clay have both been Disney Frozen's little fans. Even Clay can sing-a-long to the Frozen songs, and they both love to act out the scenes! I found a gorgeous Elsa dress for Abby, and Clay has been saying: "My turn! My turn!" as he wanted to wear the dress as well!

We knew that there was a Sing-a-Long version of the movie, but I didn't realise that it's still showing in London City Centre! It's showing until the 25th October 2014 at Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, so if you have a little fan, you should definitely take them to the Sing-a-Long-a-Frozen, before it's too late.

If you aren't from London and would like to make a weekend trip for this, have a look at my recommendation below to help you with your planning.


Sight Seeing:

Image from www.freshlysocial.com/
There is a LOT of tourist areas in central London, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, London Eye, etc that is a must see if you haven't yet. If you aren't too bothered about visiting the places individually, a guided cruise ride along the River Thames allow you to see them all in one ride.



Me and hubby are big Phantom of the Opera fans, and when we watched the 25th Anniversary in Albert Hall version again on TV, Abby and Clay has shown a lot of interest. If you think that your child might like a musical theatre show, but worry that Phantom of the Opera is a bit too dark and sad (Abby said that I lied as not every story has a happy ending after all!), there is the new Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical showing at the Drury lane Theatre Royal that they might like instead.


Image from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

You have to visit the Natural History Museum if you visit London with children. There is a lot to see, experience and learn, and I have no doubt that they will enjoy spending their time there.


Eat and Drink:



Okay I might be a bit biased here, but I love exploring restaurants (not limited to Chinese cuisine) in China Town. The food we had at Little Korea (authentic, proven by the number of Koreans visiting) in China Town was amazing, and I was certainly glad that we visited as I've never tried Korean Cuisine before, and I now know that I love their food and will certainly have it again.



Even if you don't fancy having a meal in China Town, I highly recommend BoBa Jam bubble tea and Asian dessert shop located on the outer edge of China Town, which Eileen from ET Speaks from Home took me to on a super hot day after Britmums Live event. Unlike other bubble tea shops, you get to enjoy other type of desserts, and there are a huge variety of bubble tea, that comes with all sorts. I recommend their QQ Jelly on Peach Slush with Milk Pudding on a hot day, and their Okinawa Bubble Tea for any other day. They do savoury snacks too, so there is a bit of everything for everyone. 


Accommodation:


Montcalm at The Brewery, London
If you don't mind to splash out a bit on accommodation, there are a lot of choices around London, varying from modern to heritage. I must say though, unless you are going to spend a lot of time in the room, it would most likely be money wasted. If you are going to be out and about most of the time, I would suggest the more affordable hotels like Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum or Holiday Inn London - Mayfair, and spend the money on fun or food.


London can be a hectic place to go to, especially with young children, but there are so much to see and do for them as well that it would be a shame to not bring them there. If you plan it carefully and not restricting yourself to tight schedule, adding plenty of time for travels (as walking from one place to another can be very tiring for children) and be forgiving for last minute changes, the trip to London with children can still be enjoyable.

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon Family (of 4) Ticket Giveaway



Since very young, no matter how scared I was, I like listening to scary stories, let it be supernatural or historical. Obviously I love to watch horror movies, but I also enjoy picking out scary history from places, for example, the 4 star hotel we visited for our anniversary, or even Longleat House that we went to recently. I always wondered what is lurking underneath a church, or even the sectioned off floor in Madame Tussauds Museum in Blackpool.

The first time I visited the UK, my family here took me to see the London Dungeon.They knew me well! I wasn't (and still not) very good at understanding spoken English, but I kind of understood that there was some sort of disease (plague) that caused blood vomitting (the London Dungeon was very graphic about that), and a serial killer was killing women. I was a bit spooked but I enjoyed the tour very much!

Ever since we had kids however, we avoid going to the Dungeons, as we don't normally go to places without our children, and they are just too young for it. It is a shame as I've never been to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon before, which is the nearest to us now.

But that doesn't mean that I would pass on a chance to give away a family of 4 ticket to one of you and send you on your way to have some frightening fun!


The Blackpool Tower Dungeon gives you a 60 minutes tour to relive a 1000 years of Lancashire's murky past. It has 10 shows acted out by brilliant actors, a drop ride, rich sets and special effects. I've checked out Lancashire's stories and it's pretty dark, so this should be good! I was looking around their website for more information, and found a personality test to see how suitable you are to visit the Blackpool Tower Dungeon. I took the test and only scored 52%! It told me to "bring a friend... or cuddly toy" *felt insulted but knew it's true*.


So to make this giveaway a bit more fun, I'm going to ask you to take the test and tell me what you score, and what the test suggest as well. As it's a giveaway, there is no right or wrong answer, and you don't even have to do it, but it's really fun and I would love to see your results!

For those who took the test, I'll be giving you an extra entry to the giveaway for effort. This will be checked obviously. Have fun and good luck! x


Deadline: Sunday 5th October 2014 midnight (where 12:01am is Monday)

Terms & Conditions:
  • The giveaway is open to UK and N. Ireland only
  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post's comment section (Disqus) to enter the giveaway. Please make sure that you are not leaving an answer as Anonymous, as I would not be able to check whether you've left an answer. If you have to answer as Anonymous, or if your Disqus ID is different from your Rafflecopter entry name, please add a means of ID on your answer that I can use to link it to your Rafflecopter entry. Unfortunately if I can't, all your entries will not be counted.
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  • All entries will be checked.
  • Winner will be drawn by the Rafflecopter randomly.
  • The family ticket is for 4 person (minimum of 1 adult). Tickets are non-transferable.
  • No cash alternative, accommodation or travel are provided for this giveaway
  • Winner will be drawn by the Rafflecopter randomly
  • Winner will be announced by Wednesday 8th October 2014 on here, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Winner will have to respond to my email by Tuesday 14th October, 2014 noon. A new winner will be chosen after this.
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Beauty Boxes Cosmetics Sale


The thing with beauty boxes is that, although you get to enjoy the full on surprise factor, there bound to be the odd products that you aren't interested in. But just because I'm not keen in them, doesn't mean that others don't. So instead of wasting them or throwing them in the bin, I decided to sell them off at hopefully a decent price.

So take a peek and see whether you fancy anything. If you do but you think that the price is too high, feel free to email me and send me an offer. Prices are especially flexible for items I have swatched (on hand/ arm).


Note:
- Please click images to enlarge, so you can read the info card better
- Product descriptions will be added for items without a description card.
- Original price taken from beauty boxes' info card and converted from USD to GBP
- Manufacture/ Expiry dates included if there is one

- Ship to UK Mainland only. Shipping fee depends on buyer's shipping choice. I do not make extra through shipping. Shipping will be calculated at the final stage based on the total weight of the parcel.

- Products being sold will be crossed out, and then removed when the sale is complete



Memebox - Lanoa Natural Soap in Sulfur (100g, worth approx £10)
Condition: New, unused. Box opened for picture purpose
Selling for: £3 plus shipping

Note: Hot springs, which contains a large amount of sulfur, is said to make your skin soft and smooth



Memebox - 23 years old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy (25g Carboxy pack and mask sheet, worth approx £31)
Condition: New, unused.
Manufacture date: 2013.12.12
Selling for: £15 plus shipping

Note: This is a very popular product amongst those who have tried it, but I didn't dare to try as it will sting. I heard that the result is fantastic though!



Memebox - Rose Mine Azulene Calming Gel (75ml, worth approx £18)
Condition: Swatcheda couple of times
Expiry Date: 2017.04.08
Selling for: £6



Memebox - Oseque Dual Sun Block (70ml, worth approx £28)
Condition: New, unused
Expiry Date: 2016.05.11
Selling for £5 plus shipping



Memebox - Secret Key Body & Dress Perfume Mist No. 07 (80ml, worth approx. £6)
Condition: Sprayed twice
Manufacture Date: 2014.04.01
Expiry Date: 2017.03.31
Selling for £4
Fragrance: Citrus like, unisex



Memebox - i belivyu Flower Hand Cream in Yellow Flower (30ml, worth approx £5.50)
Condition: Swatched
Expiry Date: 2015.12.08
Selling for £2 plus shipping
Fragrance: Jasmine-like



Memebox - Secret Key Perfume Hand Cream in petit no.2 (30g, worth approx. £6)
Condition: New and still in plastic wrapping
Manufacture Date: 2013.12.09
Selling for: £3 plus shipping



Memebox - Barbinie Shea Butter Hand Cream in Rose Water (50ml, worth approx. £11)
Condition: New, still sealed. Box opened for picture purpose
Expiry Date: 2017.03.11
Selling for £4 plus shipping



Memebox - Konad Niju Mango Moisture Hand Cream (60ml, worth approx. £4)
Condition: New, unused
Expiry Date: 2016.10.22
Selling for £3 plus shipping



Memebox - RoseMine Perfumed Hand Cream in Hesperides (60ml, worth approx. £7)
Condition: New, unused
Expiry Date: 2017.08.06
Selling for £4 plus shipping



Memebox - Nasarang Herb BB SPF50+ PA+++ (30g, worth approx £28)
Condition: Swatched
Expiry Date: 2015.08.14
Selling for £12 plus shipping



Memebox - Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City (10ml, worth approx £6)
Condition: Swatched
Manufacture Date: 2014.03.11
Selling for £4 plus shipping



My Little Box - My Little Beauty Complexion Brightening Pen (12ml, worth £11)
Condition: New, unused
Selling for £10 plus shipping



July Glossybox - bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Ruby (3.5g, worth £20)
Condition: Swatched
Selling for £7 plus shipping

Product Description: formulated with natural waxes, mineral pigments and antioxidants including vitamin C and E, providing protection against the sun and long lasting colour



Memebox - The Yeon Style Y Fruity Swirl Lip Balm in Strawberry Twist (5g, worth approx £5)
Condition: New, unopened
Selling for £5 plus shipping

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