Monday, 27 February 2017

Shrek's Adventure and Sea Life London! 💚

Last weekend, with Spectrum, my volunteering partner and I took our child to the River Thames and headed to Shrek's Adventure and Sea Life London. Click here to watch the vlog or see below.
I woke up relatively early because I wanted to have a productive day. I started doing some work before getting ready. I just love my purple top because it makes me feel so comfortable. I'm definitely glad I made the purchase back in December.

When we picked him up, we took the tube and headed to the River. I really do love London because it is so beautiful and there is so much to do.

When we got to Shrek's Adventure, despite the rush, we went in smoothly and headed inside. I had thought that once inside, it was be a fun and relaxed atmosphere but there was queue after queue and everything was really secretive and private. You couldn't really take pictures are record anywhere, bar the very last part so we defintely made the most of all the characters which was fun.
Luckily, Shrek was there and they also had a mini dance party, celebrating half term with The Trolls.

Read my full review here.
Once we left, next up on the agenda was Sea Life London which is the big Aquarium. After visiting Paris myself in the summer, I was super excited to Adventure to the UK equivalent in London. Straight to the point, I was disappointed. While I loved looking at all the variety, it was defintely overpriced and completely overcrowded with poor organisation.

How crazy was this shark swimming over my head!?
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When we got outside, the sun was setting behind the Houses of Parliament and it was beautiful. We stopped to take some pictures and admire the view which really rounded the day off nicely.

Finally, after walking around and being in our feet, we were well and truly ready to sit down and eat something. We grabbed some free Subway cookies before deciding on Pizza Express and making our way home.

Walking through the trees leading up to the London Eye is always crazy busy but today it was crazy! It was totally packed and the queue went the whole way down and further on the way in so I was glad it was much more peaceful afterwards.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Sing (Review) 🎤

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I immediately wanted to watch it but I was also prepared to be disappointed. After watching Pets and other animated animal films portraying human relationships, I was not getting my hopes up for this masterpieces but I was wrong.

Click here to watch the trailer or see below.
In a world of anthropomorphic animals, koala Buster Moon owns a theater, having been interested in show business since his father took him to his first music show as a child. Following financial problems brought up by the bank representative Judith, he tells his friend Eddie Noodleman that he will host a singing competition with a prize of $1,000. But Buster's assistant accidentally appends two extra zeroes and the promotional fliers showing $100,000 are blown out of Buster's office into the city streets. Animals from all around the city gather for auditions.
The selected auditionees are actually introduced in the scenes before the auditions but in the most incredible way. I was thoroughly amazed by the clever mechanism they used to introduce the lead characters and really impressed with the idea. The camera swoops through the streets of the bustling city streets before zooming in on individuals life stories, then panning out again.
I loved the diversity of each character: housewife and mother of 25 piglets Rosita; street musician money-obsessed mouse Mike; gang leader and thugs son gorilla Johnny; punk-rock porcupine Ash.
The film has so many different messages and it's wonderful to see them intertwine. Shy teenage elephant Meena bombs her audition out of stage fright.
Despite the embarrassment, she has the confidence to come back and ends up wowing everyone of stage.
Ash's boyfriend Lance is dismissed from the contest but takes it out on Ash and ends up cheating on her. Despite the heartache, she comes back stronger and better than ever.
Rosita is paired with another pig contestant named Gunter for a dancing routine. Despite the uncomfortableness, she does everything she can to learn the routine and puts in 100% effort.
More so, the overarching themes throughout are ones of strong will, determination, teamwork and to never give up. I think, especially for children, they are really important lessons to not only teach but to see in action.
When I saw the trailer, it was an overwhelmingly similar storyline to an X Factor episode but still I was excited to see how all the different animals were portrayed. I thought it was going to be hilarious and enjoyable and funny. I was definitely glad they included some funny auditions but focussed on the good acts and there were actually quite a few! What I wasn't expecting was so many extra plots.
The whole financial crisis situation actually pays homage to a lot of people currently in economic burden. I think it was actually really meaningful and added a lot more depth to the story. I loved how it went into little details and I thought it was a lovely addition to the fun loving main idea.

I thought the song choices were fun and both current and relevant. I thought the individual character developments were amazing. I really enjoyed it! 

Overall, I loved this film! I think it's probably one of the best thought out movie's in a long time and I would thoroughly recommend everyone to watch it :)

Monday, 20 February 2017

Z's 21st Surprise Party and Helium Balloons! 🎈

Last week it was my flatmate Zhangqi's birthday and so we celebrated and partied and we still have more to do this week! 
Click here to watch the vlog or see below! 

My flatmate, Sophie, and I threw our other flatmate a surprise 21st birthday party! We got her out of the flat to decorate and then surprised her before giving her the main gift - a theatre ticket! 
While she got ready, I snuck off to the restaurant, Ay Caramba, to decorate and welcome 18 guests to surprise her! I put out some confetti, balloons, party hats, bubbles and some photo booth props. She was so shocked when she arrived and I loved it. Of course, I missed recording it :(
The food was so good but I couldn't finish it all! I was so so so full. Having not eaten since half 11 in the morning, I was starving and my eyes were defintely bigger than my belly could handle.
Afterwards, we went to Be at One just down the road. I've never been there before and it was actually really nice and relaxed. We had the cake (two Colin the Caterpillar cakes!) and sang happy birthday.
 Most people then left pretty quickly so it was just the flatmates and Jess (Joe's girlfriend) which was a bit of a shame but still fun. We got lots of great pictures to treasure forever.
 The photo booth props were definitely a good call from Sophie! They were so much fun before Joe spilt a drink all over them!

I don't drink alcohol but apparently the cocktails were actually really expensive at nearly £9 per drink so we then headed off to a few different places and hopped between them before finding our way into a pub.

Unfortunately, I did leave at 1pm because I was exhausted after being up since half past 5, plus I had a 7am start the next day. When I got back I got into my PJs and ready for bed and then everyone else got back so we began continuing the celebrations at home with opening the presents and helium balloons! Soph and Z decided were funny singing songs in their high pitched voices!
It was a great night and such a fun way to celebrate Z's birthday. I am so happy that Becky brought her polaroid. I love Polaroid camera's and the only thing that has put me off getting one is how expensive the prints are.
I really will treasure the one with me in forever though. I rarely get pictures of myself in candid situations but this photo is possibly one of my favourite pictures ever. It such a perfect capture of me with the people I love, doing the thing I love - photography and vlogging! Thank you Becky!