Harry & Meghan

Huge congratulation to the royal couple! I am so thrilled to learn that finally, finally, Harry popped the question and Meghan said yes! It was a long time coming and probably the worst kept secret, still we all held our breath when the Palace indicated that the announcement was imminent. Did you watch the royal couple’s very first official interview? Awww, they were so loved up and the way they gushed about each other while holding their hands was so romantic! They looked so natural together, didn’t they? I loved it!

So, we have another royal wedding to look forward to this spring then? How wonderful! I am sure Meghan will make a stunning bride and Harry will be a dashing bridegroom. Who will design her gown? And will Harry marry in a military uniform like William? So many questions and I am so EXCITED!

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Scottish Dancing 

I was sitting in a dining room of the B&B in Monmouth, Wales, feeling slightly dazed and very hungry. My elbows and knees ached a bit and my throat felt dry and strained. Oh dear, it must have been from the merriment of last night’s wedding, I reflected as I sipped my tea. What a night it was…

 A gang of my friends and I were celebrating our friends’ nuptials in Lydart and we danced, laughed, chatted and played Wii till it was well after midnight. They were all great fun but the most memorable was the dance. The bride and her family being the Scots, it was all Scottish dancing and the man in charge of entertainment introduced us to this amazing but also physically demanding activity. We the guests were herded up and being told to skip in a circle, to change directions, to hold hands, to link elbows and spin, to clap, etc etc… The tempo was fast and the hall was packed. And inevitably, we bumped into each other but it didn’t matter. The atmosphere was euphoric and jubilant. And after each dance, we all found ourselves slightly sweaty and panting rather heavily, and congratulating each other for surviving it without bruising toes! 

A welcoming sight of my full English breakfast. I was starving…

I stayed in Bistro Prego on Church Street. 

The B&B had a very comfortable bed which helped me to recover from the dancing fatigue.

Monmouth is best known as the birthplace of Henry V…

I found it was more than serendipity that being happened to stay in the birthplace of the king who was immortalised by Shakespeare’s play  during this particular year of the playwright’s 400th anniversary since his death. The connections between the past and the present are always more tangible if we care to look for them…

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Anything Goes In London…

Ahhhhh, my heart is beating definitely faster than usual this morning!
Do you know why? Because Hubbie has just bought me an iPad Air!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am over the MARS \(^0^)/ So sorry but I can hardly contain my excitement!
I must make a cup of tea in builder’s strength to steady my nerve. My head is buzzing and my hands are shaking. OHHHH, I don’t know what to do with myself…

By the way, I encountered a bizarre but charming spectacle at Oxford Circus last tuesday.
A newlywed Chinese couple had their wedding photo taken in the middle of busy Oxford Street…

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While London buses and black cabs whizzing past them, the undaunted couple smiled and posed for their equally undeterred camera crew…

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Witnessing someone’s, even if it was complete stranger’s, their happiest day of their life was a magical moment for me. I could touch their feel-good aura by just looking at them…

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Then, I was off to DiGuardo for another delivery.
On the platform, I saw a London Underground staff with bright punk hairstyle…

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One thing I really admire and love about the Brits is their attitude towards eccentrics. They tolerate a fairly large amount of bizarre people and events with a good sense of humour. As the result, someone like him can enjoy a freedom of expression. I love it!

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On the way to the boutique, I had a latte & tart break at Kitchen & Pantry…

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I’ve just noticed that there are a lot of red objects in today’s post, don’t you agree?
And guess what colour my iPad Smart Cover is? It’s in RED too! OMG, I just can’t stop thinking about it. Do you know that I woke up more than half a dozen times last night because I was too excited about my iPad Air? Ever since Apple announced about its launch date as 1st of November, I was counting dates like a child with a Christmas advent calendar. The estimated delivery date is 7th and I can hardly wait…

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