Empty-handed Saturday

‘We’ll be home in a few hours!’ I shouted as I walked out of our front door with Bella in tow while Hubbie’s bespectacled profile was firmly fixed to the screen of his Mac. Saturday’s weather was not as summery as Fridsy’s, but it was still warm and dry. It was simply too nice to ignore. Therefore, Bella and I went on a short excursion to the West End.

From Old Street, we hopped on a No.55 from Old Street and off we went…

We alighted at Great Titchfield Steet stop and made a beeline to Benugo.

We love this particular branch of Benugo because they have nice benches on which we can sit together and watch the world goes by.

My recent favourite, the Super Green Courgette Fritter Bowl…

‘I’m not looking at it cos I know it’s not for me…’ Don’t worry, Ben Ben. I have your favourite doggie biscuits in my tote.

I just couldn’t have enough of this vegetarian bowl. It was packed with healthy ingredients, such as pomegranate, seeds, edamame, etc, and very tasty. How I wished if there were a Benugo in Angel. *sob*

After lunch, we headed to Smashbox Studio on Mortimer Street. I read an article regarding their Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick recently and was intrigued by their claim of the lipstick’s staying power. Allegedly, the lipstick could survive through a full French course meal without being retouched! Sounds amazing if it’s true, I thought.

As we approached the junction with Mortimer Street and Berners Street, I started to get concerned. Oh no, not many premises are open! Because it was weekend, many businesses, except cafes and restaurants, were closed. And the Smashbox store was no exception. Oh well, I will try again some another day, I sighed.

Bella, do you think I deserve a mug of mocha for compensating my disappointment?

Konditor & Cook’s pink tables with turfed chairs were too tempting to dismiss…

Do you like the furry chair?

I used to work near Borough Market and their shop there was my No.1 favourite to buy delicious sandwiches and cakes.

Funky, modern and original. That’s why I like them…

Also, their mocha is very tasty too!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

May (boring) Bank Holiday

‘Yay! We are on a bus!’

It is hard to tell which mode of transport, bus or tube, my girl Bella prefers. She appears to get a kick out of watching passersby from the window when she is on a bus, and she always has a long leisurely nap when she is on a tube.

Don’t get too excited, Bella!

Sadly, this bank holiday weekend was not a particularly exciting one. Poor Hubbie was snowed under with urgent projects and had to work through the whole three days except nipping out to a local pub for a Sunday roast lunch.

Hubbie’s only high point during the weekend. Tucking into a huge roast chicken at Eagle the Pub…

After a brief respite with half pint of cider, he had to go back to his PowerPoint presentation.

How about me? I’m not even invited to the feast!

Sorry, Bella. I will make sure that next weekend will be more fun and interesting for you. I promise.

Kaori by Kaori Okumura


‘We long for it but also complain about it as soon as it arrives!’ We mused about the sudden arrival of heatwave as we licked ice lorries. Our atelier didn’t have air-conditioning but an electric fan, and the device didn’t help much other than it stirred up the hot air.

Early on yesterday, I met up with my old teammate from ice hockey and had lunch together. We hadn’t seen each other for almost a year, therefore, we had tons to catch up with. While we were busy chatting and eating, Bella was sitting on my lap quietly, no figeting nor begging for attention but looking around what was going on. A model behaviour. Well done, Bella!

Bella on my friends lap, looking at her pasta…

Oh my, it sounded like so many things, some of them were pretty drastic, had happened to a few of my teammates while I was in the thick of my own domestic affairs. All very happy and positive changes, yet, life changing decisions nonetheless! We both agreed that a summer social gathering would have to be organised before some of them disappear to the other side of the earth.

Let’s play with the bubble! I brought a secret weapon for Bella to play with at the studio…

Doggie Incredibubblles!

The bubble was absolutely harmless and peach flavoured. I could hardly want to see how Bella would chase the bubbles with excitement. Well, my good intention disappeared into thin air literally like “bubbles”…

She just ran away! She just hated it. Those bubbles were rather sticky and kept the shape for much longer than normal soap bubbles. She seemed to be freaked out by the bubbles sticking to her all over, especially around her furry face. Therefore, she rolled around the floor, trying to rub the residue off from herself, rather than chasing the bubbles for fun. Oh well, never mind. I will find another entertainment for you, Bella…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

A light year apart

After such an awful tragedy in Manchester, the life can never be carried on as before. I felt exactly the same when the 7/7 terror attack happened. I remember being excited about London to host the 2012 Olympic game. The days ahead seemed like filled with euphoria and optimism. Then, the very next day, the atrocity happened. All the bubbly happy feeling inside me disappeared into thin air, and I was left with a large hole in my heart. The happiness I felt the day before felt like a light year ago’s thing.

I am feeling exactly the same right now. For all those victims in Manchester Arena, who happened to be in a wrong place at wrong time, their life was cruelly cut short. And the families, how much heartache are they suffering Ther life is altered forever. I can’t stop thinking about them. It is frustrating that I can’t do much other than sympathizing with them. During the coming weeks and months, more facts regarding the attack will be discovered, and we will adjust our daily life to the new reality.

Contrary to a bright cloudless morning sky I see through the windows this morning, the future ahead seems to be turbulent and gloomy.

I will move forward and conduct my life as normal because that is what we all have to do against those cowardly jihadists. However, I will do so with a very heavy heart…

I am very sorry

I am so heart broken to hear an awful news from Manchester. Desperately sad for the loss of life. I am so sorry…😥

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