Share your World 2015

Share Your World: Week 29

In response to Cee’s SYW | Week 29

(Q) What is the perfect pizza?

(A) I rarely have pizza however when I do, I like a nice medley of veg on there and less meat. My dough has to be ultra-thin, cheese and tomato base, toppings: sweetcorn, mushroom, mixed bell peppers, chicken breast and jalapenos.

(Q) What is your favorite time of day?

(A) I think late afternoon is my favourite time of the day – it’s when the kids have their nap so nice and quiet. I also sneak in a catnap for myself too.

(Q) Show us two of your favorites photographs? The photos can be from anytime in your life span. Explain why they are your favorite. Continue reading “Share Your World: Week 29”

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Share Your World 2016: Week 28

In response to Cee’s Share Your World 2016 | Week 28

What is your earliest memory?

After replying to Cee and Joseph, I’ve just remembered an even earlier memory. I was 3 and a half and I was in the car with my dad parked outside Greenwich hospital waiting for my little sister being born. I just about remember asking why we were there and dad said mum was having a baby. That’s all that I remember. However the most vivid memory is the one below.

I think my earliest memory is when I was about four years old – it wasn’t a happy memory either as it was the time when my mum and dad split up. I still remember the day so vividly and the emotions that came with it.

Mum and dad were arguing then she opened the door and kicked him out. I remember dad saying to me “don’t worry, it’s okay” and I was crying so much. I can still hear mum in the background shouting “if you care so much about your dad then leave with him” – I did and never, ever looked back.

I resented my mum growing up but I’ve forgiven her for that day since I got older… However, I will never forget.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

I always have my iPhone with me and so naturally, I’m always taking candid photos. The last photo I took was from our Sunday day out to Mycenae House in Blackheath.


Have you ever danced in the rain?

Yes of course! Who hasn’t?! Mind you, I only did it as a child. It’s on of my fondest memories of primary school. Half of the school was wet and raining, the other was dry and sunny. I danced in the rain for a minute or two before the teachers told me to get inside.

What is the longest you have gone without sleep?

Pulling those all-nighters to get that last-minute assignment finished for the morning. After this it would be those late night clubbing days. There was one time we partied until 6am, slept for 3 hours then went back out for another party. The stresses I put my body through back then!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the lovely sunny intervals we’ve had weather-wise last week. I was able to take the kids out to the Blackheath Foodies Festival and the Mycenae House fun day.

This week coming up I’m looking forward to my mum and baby pilates class on Wednesday and friend’s birthday party on Saturday!

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Share Your World 2016: Week 26

In response to Cee’s SYW 2016: Week 26


Q) What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight?

A) When I was about 12 years old, me and my sister went on our first holiday to Vietnam with our dad. I remember it was such a long flight (about 10hrs) but we were kept entertained with a viewing of My Big Fat Greek Wedding which had just come out in cinemas. It was so good.

Then as we flew over Thailand I remember experiencing the worse turbulence ever – we were having our in-flight meals and then turbulence hit and the food tray lifted up from the tray table. Very bumpy indeed. Continue reading “Share Your World 2016: Week 26”

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Share Your World 2016: Week 25

In response to Cee’s SYW 2016: Week 25


Q) How many languages do you speak?

A) Two; English and Vietnamese which is my native mother tongue.

Q) What are some words that just make you smile?

A) Ummm… I think words like “smile”, “hello/hi”, “pretty please” and “thank you”

Q) If you were the original architect of one existing building, which building would you select?

A) It would have to be Gaudi’s Casa Batllo ‘House of Bones’ in Barcelona. It’s wonderfully weird, quirky and caught my attention as soon as I had laid eyes on it when I visited barcelona last year.

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Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain / Photo Credit: Google


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Inside the Casa Batllo ‘House of Bones’ / Photo Credit: Google

Q) Would you rather have telepathy or telekinesis? (Telepathy is the communication using your brain waves, telekinesis is channeling the energy onto physical objects to cause substantial, observable physical changes.)

A) I think telepathy because it would be cool to get into people’s minds.

Q) Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

A) Last week I managed to get a few more blog posts done so I am very thankful that the kids gave me a chance to do so. This week I am looking forward to the parent’s meeting at LO’s nursery to see how he’s getting on. 🙂

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Share Your World | Week #45

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?
I don’t know why but ball pits, bouncy castles, and tickling LO comes to mind at the moment!

What is your favorite time of day?
As much as I love LO, the period when he goes nursery, 1-3pm, is my favourite time of the day. The only chance I get to have for a bit of me-time!

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?
This is a hard one… I am not too sure! I would have to say – if it’s anyone in the world – it would have to be my dad because ever since he moved back to Vietnam I haven’t seen him so just one evening to spend some good quality daddy-daughter time would be nice… then he can go back by 11pm so I can go to sleep!

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is…
…to tell a story that sounds like it was a true event but was completely made up! I love those stories – there’s a show that comes on the TV that I love watching and this is the concept of the show. I wish I could remember what it’s called but it’s hilarious!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
From last week, it’ll have to be getting back on to WP and blogging again. I’m looking forward to a few events that I will be heading out to and this weekend’s fun with the friends… It’s always good to socialise! 🙂

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Share Your World 2015 | Week #28 & Week #29

I can’t believe I didn’t take part in last week’s challenge! Oh dear, well today is your lucky day as I will create this post to answer both last week’s and this week’s questions. Hurrah!

Share Your World | Week #28

What is your favorite comfort snack food?
To be honest, I have so many I can’t really decide but if I must really choose one… it has to be biscuits! At the moment I cam really in to Rich Tea biscuits – yum! I love dunking them in a good cup of tea. #ImSoBritish 🙂

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)
It would have to be a home store. I would love to say Ikea like Cee did but I’ve never been in an Ikea store before (shock horror!) – I would stay in B&Q or in Dreams bed store. I love B&Q and love to pretend play in the bathroom and kitchen area and at Dreams I love the beds. I could easily sleep in there all weekend on the biggest and comfiest bed they have.

What was the largest city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?
I can’t really tell what’s the largest city so I must google it first…. [googling away]… okay, so London is the largest city I’ve been to (1572km sq) but I’m not going to count it as I live there so I will count Ha Long Bay in Vietnam which follows very closely in second place at 1553km sq. I didn’t even know my parent’s hometown was that expansive! Although, the majority of this area mass is made up of limestone islets (small islands with little/no inhabitants). The one thing I remember vividly about Ha Long Bay is the beauty bay itself. Those islets are a dream to look at from a distance and when you get a chance to get on the little fishing boat to take you out there to see them up close… it’s simply breath-taking. I wish I still had some photos that I could scan to show you but just know that all of the photos you see of “The Descending Dragon Bay” (literal translation for the city’s name) is really how it looks in real life. Here are some wonderful photos I found online:

The islets of Ha Long Bay

Finish this sentence: It has recently come to my attention that ….
…life can really give you lemons. When you’re young you are so naive and then when reality hits you, it can really knock you back if you’re not strong enough to cope. Family should be the most valuable things in your life, with friends coming in at a close second and materialistic possessions should be last on the list – not the other way round!

Share Your World | Week #29

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist. Then an archaeologist. Then a teacher. Then a singer/actress. Then a fashion designer. I used to play teachers with my siblings ALL THE TIME. It was a lot of fun! I still love the arts and fashion and would love to be an illustration artist. Mum and dad crushed all my hopes and dreams of pursuing the career when they drummed into me that as an artist, I wouldn’t be able to make a decent living from my work until I died. Sad times.

What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now?
My favourite food as a child was the vietnamese bean dessert and yes I still eat it now! That is how much I love it. The red bean is my favourite followed closely by the mung bean.

Red bean dessert
Mung bean/Green bean dessert

If you were invisible, where would you go?
Oooh a tough one. I am not too sure… I think I would go to top secret places like MI5 or Area 51 to see what they get up to.

Would you rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have have everyone for your name all the time?
I don’t mind to be honest – I do tend to forget names really easily nowadays as I remember the person usually by their voice and their face. Once I see or hear the person, usually their name comes back to me. If I do forget, I’m never afraid to ask and don’t think people should feel embarrassed or rude if they do forget because there’s really more to a person than their name. (Even though remembering it really does help!)

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m really grateful for the lovely weather we have had last week. On Saturday, LO and I went to Camden Beach at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. It was a lovely day out for us but if you decide to visit as well, make sure you get there when it’s just opened to get a deckchair and umbrella as it gets filled up super quick! Here’s a photo (or two) of our Saturday shenanigans… enjoy!

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I’m really looking forward to the end of this week as it’s my friends birthday and it’s the day of my Race for Life Muddy Run at London’s Finsbury Park! I am sooo not ready for it, not been training either so not too sure what time I will finish but I will definitely not give up and complete it to the end.

I will post up the race (July 25th) soon so make sure you check back to check it out! 🙂

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Share Your World 2015 | Week #27

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge 2015

What is your favorite month of the year?
Ummm.. I can’t really decide but I would have to say August – only because it’s my birthday month as well as LO’s.. and 3 of my siblings are also born in this month. 🙂

Do you drink coffee at all?
Definitely! Even when I was pregnant, I always had a latte (decaff of course!) in my hand. If it’s not a latte, then it’ll be a mocha or at least a cup of instant coffee! I can’t function without one.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
I have never actually did babysitting or newspaper deliveries before – my first money making job was an actual job as a catering assistant for John Lewis’s restaurant a bit further out from home. I was 16 but was so thrilled that I was one of the first out of my friends to have a proper job.

List:  If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like?
Okay, my inner-geek will now be exposed. I am not a great gamer though and don’t really play many but I love playing The Sims; then I quite liked playing The Simpsons when I had a PS console. One of my first computer game was Harry Potter The Philosopher’s Stone – that was a great game and the only game I’ve ever completed. Occasionally, I like to dabble with GTA San Andreas and Need for Speed.

Bonus Q:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
The weather – it was fantastic! Lots of lovely sunshine albeit it was a little too hot for LO. He was a bit poorly last week but is much better now, so I guess I am grateful that he’s recovered swiftly. This week I am looking forward to taking him out and having some fun in the sun! 🙂

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Share Your World 2015 | Week #26

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge 2015

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
The passenger for two reasons; 1st one being because I don’t drive, the 2nd being that living in a big city, I don’t really envy drivers who can’t “drive” a great distance before coming into contact with traffic lights or speed bumps every 50 yards or so. (Maybe I’m just bitter because I secretly wish I did drive!)

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
I would go. I love the theatre and performing arts so even if it wasn’t in English I am sure I would love to watch it. I love watching the facial expressions, body language and admire the skills the artists possess.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE: does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)
Chaotic. Exciting. Challenging. Exhausting. Happy. Loving Life.

Which would you prefer: a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?
I battle with this on a daily basis in my head. Sometimes I am adamant that a “perfect” life with no drama would be boring as hell but ironically enough with LO here, I think I need that stability.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful that I have good friends surrounding me to support me. I also have a wonderful ‘family’ on my blog – the blogging community is just amazing and I am really grateful to have you guys reading my awesome posts! 🙂

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You can click here to see last week’s post: Share Your World 2015 | Week #25
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Share Your World 2015 | Week #25

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge 2015

I’ve finally taken part in this challenge – I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but keep forgetting until the weekend comes. Here’s my answers to Week 25. I hope you’ve learned a bit more about myself and not too bored with me haha 🙂

If you want to learn more about this challenge, click the link to Cee’s blog here.

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?
The first apartment I rented was when I was at university. As I started my degree in January (yes, some unis in the UK allows students to do this) I wasn’t able to get accommodation through Halls of Residence like the majority of first-year students so I had to rent privately. It was a one-bedroom top floor flat in a Victorian house and it was beautiful. It was really light and airy and I loved it. The only thing I didn’t like was how freezing cold it got in winter. These houses are no good at insulating heat.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?
My favourite art would be installation art like Tracey Emin, Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, and Anish Kapoor. I think it’s because I love seeing art in 3D as it does really add another element to the work and can really incorporate all of the 5 senses which 2D artwork cannot do.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?
I have 4 in total and I am the eldest out of us. The order goes; me, my sister, younger sister, younger twin brothers. We’re all born in August apart from the sister born just after myself who was born in March.

Complete this sentence:  I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)
… dress for my upcoming birthday. I’ve always wanted to wear a stunning white dress and had lace one made by a friend last year which I haven’t worn yet. I guess I will wear it this year! 🙂

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful that LO still loves the water and remembers some of our swimming techniques we learnt at Water Babies a while back. LO loves swimming so much and I can see that he is kicking much better in the water. I’ve decided to make it a regular weekend thing now so he can get really good at it.

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