Away from the heat and hanging out at Campania

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 9th, 2012

To commemorate the final few weeks of Summer, the heatwave we experienced back in August and the urge to drink and chill indoors were virtually impossible when you have burst crowds of people doing the same time.  Hanging out with friends whilst still sweating and fanning ourselves (a new workout for the arms), we had the opportunity to settle at a near deserted restaurant ‘Campania’ off Columbia Road, the beauty of this restaurant is its nostalgic interiors, old film polaroids stuck on the wall, rustic oak wooden tables and the signature Italian atmospheric feeling reminds me of my school trip to Florence.  A glass of fizzy orange juice and very late in the Sunday afternoon, the restaurant had to close, not enough moment to observe every single details of the lovely interior.  Enjoy the photos.

Campania, 95 Columbia Road, E2 7RG.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 A third visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 6th, 2012

As visited back in the Winter and Spring, I have returned to the Columbia Road Flower Market again for the Summer series.  The weather was a lot more nicer than in chilly Spring, people descended to the Olympic Park and so the market has become quiet, in business sense it’s not great, prices of the flowers have dropped to 20%.

Can you spot the Great Britain flag?

Flowers are vibrant than in Christmas season with hues of blues and purples, still, peonies sells like hot cakes.

Fashionistas on bikes are a common scene, perfect for street style hunters.

The flower market will become a busy bee hive again once the Olympic Games ends on Saturday.  I will return again for the Autumn series.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 

 
 

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 The Opening Ceremony 2012

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: July 30th, 2012

The Olympics opening ceremony kicked off on Friday night, nations and spectators gathered together in one stadium to watch the spectacular show on earth, excitements built up around the world and viewers from homes.  Critics and fans questions, can we match the Beijing’s 2008 carefully-military choreographed opening ceremony….sure we can!  Here’s our highlights:

The live opening ceremony entitled ”Isles of Wonder” directed by our fellow Brit Oscar winner director Danny Boyle, the show started off the simple life in Britain’s countryside.

Performers depict the evolution of the 19th Century Industrial Revolution, towering chimneys, smokes, mines – this is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

This was a mind blowing performance – a giant ring is forged from metal during a depiction of the Industrial Revolution, the Olympic rings form together during the ceremony signifying the unification of 5 continents.

We’re known for our eccentricity and humour, we have the Queen and James Bond parachuting out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium.

Don’t forget the world’s famous Mr Bean featured in the chariots of Fire segment.

Torch bearer David Beckham in the speed boat carried the last leg of the torch relay along the River Thames headed towards Stratford.

Go team GB!

Our British Olympic legend, Rower Sir Steve Redgrave a 5 times gold medalist passed the last flame to 7 young new Olympic hopefuls to inspire the young generations.

This is the best kept secret, the Olympic Cauldron – Dubbed  ”The is Light that Never Goes Out” was designed by one of the British’s most creative thinkers Thomas Heatherwick.  203 copper petals were inserted in the rods, once lit from the torches’s flames the petals slowly rises and transforms into a giant cauldron.

Did we beat China? Yes we did! Let the games commence!

(Photos via London2012)

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 World Environment Day

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 7th, 2012

On the 5th of June we have celebrated the World Environment Day across the world, fortunately around the same time in the UK we were celebrated the final day of our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on a Bank Holiday.

What is World Environment Day?  It’s a day for people from all walks of life to unite together to raise awareness of how to ensure we live a cleaner, greener and brighter environment.  Our responsibility is to support the use of sustainable materials for everyday life and reduce carbon footprint, encourage recycling, reuse plastic bottles, used tea bags as fertilisers and the like.

What can you do for World Environment Day?

(Photos via UNEP)

 

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 Benetton Style: Spring florals has arrived

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 14th, 2012

Oh yes yes, the warm weather has arrived at long last in London, a month of continuous down pours, grey skies and horrid cold snaps, we were forced to dig out our Winter clothes to generate our temperature-confused body heat, trust me it felt like Christmas Day.

Last week I became a giddy teenager and wore my favourite Benetton floral patterned tops and the lovely Benetton tote bag outdoor to celebrate the arrival of Spring….again.  Let’s hope we’ll have a continuous sunshine throughout Olympics.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 Clothes on the wall

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: April 26th, 2012

I was strolling by in Brick Lane and came across this spectacular colourful installation, clothes covering the Stolen Space building from the ground to the roof terrace.  It was raining heavily and the clothes were literally soaked and weighing down dripping with rain water, I could not find any information online about this particular art installation although the workmen were still hanging or pinning the clothes row by row.  Are they’re creating awareness of throw away fashion, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

**EDIT: A moment ago I was watching a news featuring a large department store in collaboration with a charity organisation Oxfam, creating sustainability strategy for customers able to drop any unwanted clothes at stores. 10,000 of unwanted clothes being hung on the building.

 

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 Earth Day

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: April 20th, 2012

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Earth Day is happening next Sunday, what are you going to do?  The infamous London Marathon is happening on the same day, not exactly the most environmental friendly at least they’re doing it for charities and spreading awarenesses for cancer, saving the animal, green peace and many more.

What can you do and pledge to appreciate Earth’s natural environment and be eco-friendly just for 1 day? Here are the solutions;

– eat more local produce to reduce carbon footprint.

– bring your own reusable shopping bags to to the store.

– recycle and conservation.

– take advantage of natural light as much as possible.

– reduce vehicle use, walk more to reduce consumption of energy.

– save electricity and water, wash clothes in cold water.

– DO NOT USE ANY PESTICIDES OR HARMFUL FERTILISERS IN YOUR GARDEN!

– Plant trees.

 

Save the Earth, do not consume it.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 

 
 

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 A second visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: March 21st, 2012

Spring has sprung in full bloom but still feeling a little chilly, I’ve taken my second visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market over the Mother’s Day Sunday.  Attracted by their array of Spring plants – Daffodils, Lavenders, Tulips and Sunflowers and many more abundances of colour palette and flower types.

Speaking of Tulips, are they on full display in Keukenhof (Holland) like the one in Chicago?  Flower lovers flock there every spring season to catch a glimpse of the colourful beauties.  The Tulip Festival in Holland commence on the 5-12 May…be sure to check it out if you’re planning to visit there!

Buskers liven up the atmosphere in the corner of Columbia Road.

How is the spring in your region?

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 Postcards from Hong Kong, pt. 1

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: February 1st, 2012

Having missing out on Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year in London for the first time in my adult life, I have been vacating in Hong Kong for the past 2 months and stayed in the rural countryside in north eastern Tai Po (New Territories), close to the border of China and the infamous national parks and stunning sea views, it is (luckily) my ancestral home.

What do you know about Hong Kong?  Everyone knows Hong Kong is a mountainous, full of skyscrapers, densely populated, fast paced environment, the food, shopping, the culture, the best public transport in the world and many more.  I’ve witnessed an amazing transition of the city since my last visit to HK as a tourist, there are more luxury apartments being built to cater wealthy residents, more luxury stores being opened, more Chinese shoppers from the Mainland China, soaring prices and rent in properties and commercial premises.  It is fast becoming the richest city in the world.

I believe you have seen the typical views of the touristic city on websites, travel catalogues and magazines such as above, taken at The Peak overlooking the Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.  Below are selections of the rare and beautiful scenic places I’ve visited.

Sam Mun Tsai – Dividing the upper class and working class (I dislike using the term ‘dividing the rich and poor’), it’s an old fishing village with prestine sea water on the promenade overlooking the newly build gated community, Beverley Hills villas.

Sam Mun Tsai – The typical fisherman’s village houses, although small but they have the best sea view.

Tai Mei Tuk – or Plover Cove known for its natural beauty spot, world’s first man-made sea dam/reservoir, a popular tourist attraction for cycling, watersport, hiking in nearby mountain as well as fishing.

Sam Mun Tsai – Floating village at sunset.

Shek O – Another popular beach community favoured by westerners for surfing, located in east Hong Kong Island, I adore this Cornwall-like terrace houses.

Stay tuned for part 2.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 DIY: Chrysanthemum Tea

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: January 24th, 2012

If you’re still celebrating Lunar New Year and if you still keep some festive plants like potted Chrysanthemum flowers, you could use the flowers to brew tea before they get thrown into your compost pit.  Chrysanthemum tea is known as summer’s ‘cooling’ herbal drink to aide dry throat, acne and colds.  It can be drank hot or cold.

You see, a while ago I bought a bunch of 5 (fresh) yellow Chrysanthemums for £5 from the Columbia Road Flower Market, now I’m showing you a quick and simple step by step guide on how to brew one yourself.

Turn the stalk upside down and gently tap to remove dirt and other debris, with a pair of scissors cut off the bloom stem/stalk at the base of the flower.

Drop the flower head into a teapot, pour in hot boiling water and leave to steep for 10-15 minutes.  I normally rinse and steep again for another 15 minutes to lessen the flower’s bitter taste and leftover dirt.

After 10-15 minutes of steeping, the resulting transparent water turns yellow in colour, now pour the tea in a pretty tea cup or a small cereal bowl.

Add a lump of sugar, sweetener or a teaspoon of honey to add flavour.

Of course you may add some petals in the tea to add a little decoration.

Now sit back and relax, enjoy the tea.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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