Ozone Coffee Roasters @ Leonard St EC2

I am standing in the queue at my local post office with a few parcels which are to be returned to the stores so I can claim refunds. For some unknown reason, all the self-service machines are out of order and therefore I have to join a looooooong line trailing from the counters. At least, I am grabbing this detour so I can update my otherwise sluggish blog…

Around Old Street tube station, there is another notable coffee joint, named Ozone Coffee Roaster. They not only offer carefully brewed cups but also an extensive breakfast & lunch menu which has proved to be hugely popular amongst the City workers as well as the tech crowds around the vicinity…


My flat white. I must say it was not the best one I tasted from them. A faint but noticeable bitterness was left on my tongue as the liquid trickled down my throat. Roasting and brewing a perfect cup of coffee is quite an art, isn’t it?…


For late lunch, I had Eggs Benedict with salmon…


The poached eggs and rashers of smoked salmon were laid on top of bubble & squeak cakes instead of usual English muffins.

My friend went for the same except changing the filling to Portobello mushroom & spinach…


As the knife was thrusted into the bulging egg yolk, a delicious golden ooze seeped out and slowly disappeared into the warm starchy bed. It tasted absolutely divine…


My friend’s brand new Dr.Martens…


He bought a pair of 1461…

Next to us, an incredibly well-behaved Airdale terrier was lying down…


He hugged the floor quietly as his owner went through his lunch…

By the way, while England’s World Cup dream is prematurely over and done with, the Wimbledon has kicked off. Thank god! Come on Andy! Show us what you’ve got!!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

DVLA @ Wimbledon

Phew! A mission accomplished!
I was at DVLA – Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, applying for a replacement driving licence.
Some of you may know that my old licence was stolen when I fell victim to the pickpocket at Piccadilly Circus last July.
A new photo card and a counterpart paper licence will be with me in a few week. Then, I can finally bring the curtains down to the unsavoury incident.

DVLA Wimbledon local office was located on Alexandra Road.
Just a stone’s throw from Wimbledon Station…


The last time I visited here was about 10 years ago. I was there to change the address on the licence.

The ground floor for the enquiry regarding a vehicle licence and the floor above for a driving licence.
I took a ticket from the dispenser at the door and sat on a row of the steel bench along the wall.


The ticket in my hand was No.600.
However, the queue was moving briskly and it seemed that I wouldn’t have to wait too long for my turn.

I did some homework regarding the application for a lost driving licence by visiting DVLA homepage.
Could I apply online? – No. Even though I am a UK resident, I don’t hold UK passport.
Then, I enquired my local post office if they could assist my application. The clerk wasn’t sure and advised me to check DVLA website!
So, I was there at DVLA in person, armed myself with my paper counterpart licence, a passport, a bank statement, a credit card statement, a copy of P45 from my last employment and a set of ID photos. I thought I brought EVERYTHING.

After 15 mins wait, my number was called…


The staff who dealt with my application was very pleasant and helpful.
In no time, he handed me a receipt, reassuring me that the new one would be on its way. It should arrive in 2 weeks.
By the way, none of the documents I brought, except the paper counterpart licence, was required to process my application. Oh well, better safe than sorry. I wouldn’t like to be sent home empty-handed because I didn’t bring a certain information with me.
About DVLA’s homepage, the staff agreed that it was rather confusing and unhelpful.
Sort yourself out, DVLA!

If I were with Mr.B, we would have liked to visit Wimbledon Common, searching for the Wombles.
Do you know them? I love them!


Especially, their theme tune. It never fails to make me smile no matter how dark my mood is…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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