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Mordeth13 Seriously Injured in Motorbike Accident

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Featured, Health

I lived in Taiwan for 2 years and used to watch Mordeth13’s videos on a regular basis. I stopped due to work commitments, life in general and because I just stopped using YouTube to watch people talk about their lives. But for the period that I did, it filled a void where I had nothing better to do; I could simply open up a video and find something interesting about someone’s life. Watching any of Mordeth13’s videos was purely for entertainment. He’d be riding around in his scooter or motorbike talking about his day as a foreigner living in Taiwan. I sort of felt like a foreigner, even though I’m half-Taiwanese, so I felt like in some of his stories there were connections of where I experienced similar encounters. One thing about Mordeth13 is that he is mysterious and...

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Last Day at ZenithOptimedia

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Featured, Life

Yesterday, was my last day working at ZenithOptimedia, UK. It was not as emotional as I thought it would have been (for myself), but my good friend, Christina Hirst, was shedding the tears on behalf of everyone else (I think that’s what happened). They created an excellent presentation which consisted mostly of pictures of me in a really drunk state. Let’s just say that there was no shortage of those types of embarrassing images. It was a sweet end to my time whilst working at ZenithOptimedia. My friendship within the agency, I hope, is still as strong as ever, perhaps even stronger. Bringing it back to my speech actually, I tried to be quite funny and mentioned the people I had worked the longest with, whilst apologising for not being able to mention everyone. Of those that I did...

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A visit to London’s Olympic Park in Stratford

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Travel

I recall seeing the Olympic stadium being built during early construction stages before leaving this country and I wanted to the see the games in person, but jetted off to the island of Taiwan where I then spent the next two years of my life studying and working. During this time, I missed the Olympics and didn’t really care for it too much, but it was quite a big deal in Taiwan, especially as there was that whole fiasco surrounding the sort of flags that were being displayed around London for the Taiwanese Olympic team (officially, the Chinese Taipei team). Now that I’m back in the UK, and specifically living in Stratford, I thought it would be quite the opportunity to visit the Olympic park, as it has only just been opened to the public. Here are a few pictures...

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Finding a place to live in London

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Featured, Opinion, Tips & Advice, Travel

I’ve been looking at moving house and very recently found a place. But unfortunately the deal fell through as the landlord decided that they he would favour a member of his family in place of me. This is a small setback, but just means I’ll have to live where I’m currently staying for a while longer. I thought I’d post up a few of the sites that I’ve been using to look for places. First up is Advertised as the UK’s #1 Flatshare Website and touted as the #7 website in the Business and Finance – Property industry via Experian – HitWise, it’s likely you’ve heard of SpareRoom. If not, then it’s definitely a website that you should use. My favourite feature on SpareRoom is their Map Search function that allows you to interactively find spare rooms in houses and flats via...

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Lloyds Bank just closed my Cash ISA and took all the money

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Life

I’m a little shocked actually. I logged onto internet banking to find that my Cash ISA with Lloyds Bank had become as if it were non-existent. It simply wasn’t there. The £2k that I had in that account was also missing. You can imagine my surprise when I opened up internet banking to find £2k missing. To give some background to this: I recently opened up the Cash ISA as I’m becoming quite serious about saving money and managing my money accordingly. The closing of my Cash ISA has set me back a bit and has got me in panic mode. I still do want a Cash ISA and I’ll see if I can re-open the same Cash ISA that has now been closed. So, why did they close my Cash ISA? They will not tell me. All they’ve...

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What travelling into London was like today

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Featured, Life

The tube strike affected me dearly, and it will in the coming days as well. I’m actually dreading my journey back home – as I write this. It usually takes me half an hour to get into work from Stratford to Tottenham Court Road (Oxford Street), but today it took me two hours. I live near West Ham underground station, which was closed at 7:30 am when I arrived there. I was told that I could take the DLR to Stratford International station. I did so and had to walk a mile to Star Lane DLR station near Canning Town. When I arrived, the person on the tannoy had announced that they had reopened West Ham Underground station. Essentially I walked a mile to hear that where I had walked from had reopened. I felt like a real mug....

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Chinese food at Westfield Shopping Centre & Pretzels

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Featured, Food, Life, Tips & Advice

This weekend has been somewhat eventful. I have actually found a Chinese restaurant, which isn’t too expensive and that actually serves some great Chinese food. In fact, it’s inside Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre and they actually cook the food fresh – believe it or not. It’s made me rethink the whole idea of going to buffet restaurants, as the food just doesn’t stack up in terms of quality. I guess I expected too much out of those buffet restaurants in London’s Chinatown. Lotus Leaf Fresh Chinese Street Food The restaurant is called “Lotus Leaf” and they actually cook all the food they make in front of you – similar to how it is in Taiwan and perhaps China, too. It was pretty cool seeing them make strands of dough, which eventually became my noodles! Unfortunately I didn’t take a...

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Travelling into Central London

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Featured, Travel, Updates

There are perks with living in every country, but then there are general things that you discover that make working somewhere a pain in the butt. When it comes to working/interning in London, the transport aspect of life goes downhill once you start traveling at peak times. Just imagine a train packed with people, with the train stuttering at many points, and constantly stopping at different stations for a 30-40 minute duration; and because of the fact there are so many people, there are no seats, expect cramped conditions and definitely don’t expect the air conditioning to actually do its job. On that last point, I actually questioned myself as to whether I should bring my coat to work. It’s abysmal, and there is probably nothing that can be done to fix this situation because packed trains mean profit and...

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Food shopping in Taiwan (大買家)

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Featured, Travel

I usually go to this supermarket called 大買家 or Da Mai Jia (English name: Save and Safe) and its surprising how the supermarkets in this country are very western. I also like the fact that there are many different companies who have supermarkets dotted around Taichung. Although admittedly Carrefour, the massive French company dominates the supermarket scene, but there is definitely competition. While Tesco used to be in Taiwan, and traded all of its stores in Taiwan to Carrefour for all of Carrefour’s stores in Czech Republic, there are still many other independent and other companies operating supermarkets here. Examples range from Costco, the massive American branded store, and the Japanese Matsusei supermarket. Here are a few pics I took inside Da Mai Jia: As you can see supermarkets in Taiwan are very similar to that of those in western countries or namely the United...

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Taipei 101 – On The Inside

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Featured, Travel

Here are a few pictures I took on my trip to Taipei. I went to Taipei 101 and it was quite fun. Although. admittedly, the place is suited towards those with money. It has all the big brand names in there, and I don’t mean Nike, Adidas or Puma. This place is well catered for people who buy expensive things like GUCCI, Rolex, Tommy Hilfiger etc. Anyways, it was great. I didn’t realise that so many Japanese people travel to Taiwan. There were hundreds of them inside!   Some of these pictures are old and have been taken with my...

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