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Never live with a live in Landlord

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Opinion, Tips & Advice

I’m actually fuming at the moment. I love when I can write a post on here that comes from the heart and soul. So I live with a live in landlord or a resident landlord and it has been an utter nightmare to live in this place. I mean the house is nice, my room is nice and the other flatmate is nice. It’s the landlord that is the problem. The reason I’m writing this blog post at the moment is because my landlord just turned off the washing machine – full of my clothes that was half way to being fully washed. I’d already put the washing powder and the clothes softener in – in fact, it was the last of my washing powder. I’ve been looking for opportunities to wash my clothes, but he always leaves his washing...

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Holiday Calculator – Cost of Living Abroad

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Tips & Advice, Travel

NatWest has recently created a travel tool called the ‘Holiday Spending Calculator’. And this tool essentially compares the cost of everyday items in 25 capital cities around the world with London. For example, a litre of milk will cost you £1.48 in Beijing whilst a litre of milk in London would only cost you £1.06. Or that a taxi trip on average will cost you £2.75 in Beijing and in London £12.00. It’s these vast differences in prices that informs you how much it’ll cost if you travel to any of these locations. Why not give the tool a try...

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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 SpareRoom.co.uk. 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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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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Where NOT to eat in Chinatown

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Tips & Advice

Review of China Buffet – Chinatown On the 29th of October it was my birthday and I turned 22. In celebration of this I thought I’d go to a Chinese restaurant as it’s food that I love and it’s part of my heritage. What better place to go to than Chinatown in Leicester Square to experience the awesomeness that Chinese food generally is. I went with my sister to a restaurant in the heart of Chinatown called China Buffet – a mistake and one that I won’t be repeating. It looked great on the outside and it had most of the Chinese food that I enjoy eating. (Sweat & Sour chicken being one of my favourite Chinese dishes) So what was actually wrong? Just take a look at this picture of food that looks like had been sitting there...

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5 Ways to Treat Your Loved One in London

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Tips & Advice

Photo Credit: Ania Mendrek If you’re planning a trip to London with your loved ones, say for a birthday, anniversary, or even just because, you may want to treat them to something a little bit extra special, something out of the ordinary that will make your trip go from sightseeing visit to something truly unforgettable. To get you started, here are some ideas of ways to make your visit extraordinary. 1. Shakespeare’s Globe London is famous for its West End shows, but if you’d prefer something a little more personal, Shakespeare’s globe is constructed on the site of the famous globe theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed in the 1600s. For the ultimate in luxury theatre experience, you can hire a private box, where you’ll be served champagne and three course dinners in the theatre brassiere. This experience also...

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GumTree – A scammer’s wet dream

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Blog, Life, Tips & Advice

I’m writing this as I’ve recently been scammed out of 235 pounds. I’m of course now going through that stage where I’m thinking I could have handled things better. I basically looked on GumTree for a HTC One smart phone and came across a great deal. In fact, a deal so great, that it sounded like it was too good to be true. That is something that I’ll never make the same mistake on again. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably bloody well is. What actually happened? I sent an email to the person who listed the HTC One smart phone on GumTree and he responded to me fairly quickly. He asked for my mobile number so he could speak to me. I obliged and gave it to him. In no time he gave...

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Thinking of Moving to London?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Blog, Tips & Advice

I moved back to Lon­don a cou­ple months ago in May and while I don’t have the money to pur­chase a house in Lon­don, it’s cer­tainly inter­est­ing to see the sta­tis­tics of the 32 bor­oughs in Lon­don. I live in Newham and sur­pris­ingly this bor­ough fairs quite well com­pared to other bor­oughs that have bad rep­u­ta­tions. It’s actu­ally not that bad liv­ing here, even though Chan­nel 4 berated the bor­ough in 2007 and ranked it as being the 3rd worst bor­ough in Lon­don. How­ever, ever since the £15 bil­lion pound spend on the 2012 Olympics the area has been revi­talised and busi­ness has picked up. I don’t think it deserves that 3rd posi­tion on that Chan­nel 4 list any­more and it should no longer be on...

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Repairing your laptop at one of Oxford Street’s computer repair shops

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Tips & Advice

As you can see from the picture above, my laptop recently broke and I had to pay out £60 to get my laptop repaired. I work in Central London at Tottenham Court Road near Oxford Street. This area is renowned for being expensive, so this would have been the last place to go to get my laptop repaired. I, however, had no choice but to go to Oxford Street as I work near there and any other alternative, like going to Stratford for example, would have been too difficult and monotonous. What did I do to get my laptop repaired? Oxford Street has many computer or laptop repair shops and the fact there are so many of these types of shops allows you to pick the best shops and this allows you to not have to rely on a single...

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In turns out unpaid internships aren’t so bad

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Life, Opinion, Tips & Advice

I’m glad, ecstatic, amazed, overjoyed and every other happy adjective you can think of. Today I was told that my internship was turning into a full-time job. I’m to start work as an employee on Monday (12th of August) and I’ll finally get paid for the work that I’ll be doing after suffering 6 weeks on no income and purely just burning through my savings. What’s the job I’ll be working in Central London of off Oxford Street for a division that does Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for clients in the United Kingdom. I don’t have an assigned title yet, but I’ve kind of crowned myself as an SEO Specialist. I’ll be working on 50% technical SEO and 50% content marketing. Essentially I’ll be doing a mixture of both and I’m hoping to improve my technical knowledge of implementation and...

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