Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Gordon Ramsey @ Royal Hospital Road

I've done it. Finally the coveted three Michelin star restaurant in London was within reach, and I enjoyed a fine meal there last night. A broker invited me to this restaurant after stuffing me up last time when he invited all my colleagues out EXCEPT for me. Just as well, I wouldn't have had this opportunity to enjoy a fine meal here otherwise!

A little side episode before I arrived at the restaurant - I really had no idea where this restaurant is so I took a taxi from the tube station, and after getting off the taxi and walking into the restaurant, I hear the driver scream out the window, "I hope you choke while eating in there you wanker!" Umm.. okay.. I had no idea what he was going on about, but that put me in quite a bad mood because I don't think I've offended him in any way. That left quite a lasting image of London taxi drivers to me..

Otherwise, the food was fantastic. More than just fantastic, it was seriously deserving all my attention and I surely enjoyed every moment of it. We ordered the tasting menu which included all of Ramsey's famous dishes such as the lobster ravioli, and every bite was a new experience. Not to mention the wine that came with every course was just a perfect combination of the palate.. mmm..

Funny enough I bumped into Benedict's friend who had that party on Saturday at the table next to mine. Small world huh?

Monday, February 27, 2006

Night out on the town

Benedict called me yesterday and asked me if I wanted to go clubbing. I was shocked because a) Benedict doesn't club and b) Benedict doesn't club. He said one of his friends was leaving London for good, and was throwing a party down at Pacha. I haven't really been out for a few months, and since he promised me there would be nice girls amongst the friends, of course I quickly said yes :) (sorry Winnie.. hehehehe)

It was overall quite a fun night, dancing dancing dancing.. I miss clubbing really. I remember back in 4B I did a lot of that with Lisa and Prish (because quite frankly I didn't care much about school at that point and drowning myself in alcohol seemed to be a logical choice at that time). Although the club was fun (and yes, there were a lot of girls in very exotic dresses), I can't help but feel that it would've been more fun if Winnie or my friends were there with me. Perhaps it's true when they say that it's not really the club that makes the night, but the company.

Not to mention my alcohol tolerance has decreased since I stopped being active in this scene.. I barely made it home without throwing up everything I had for breakfast! Today is recovery mode..

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

At least it's consistent...

Even if I didn't make a career out of it...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Okay so our boys didn't really play their best, and we did lose to Switzerland.. but that didn't frustrate me as much as those Switzerland fans! There is supporting your own team, and then there is poor display of respect when they made fun of Canadian fans. What a poor showing of sportsmanship.. *sigh*

Despite the disappointing loss, it was a great trip to experience the Olympics! The atmosphere is what I really went for - everybody so pumped to support their home teams! (as a side note, when I boarded the plane early Saturday morning, it was basically packed with Canadian fans going to Turin just to cheer for the team as they were all wearing hockey jerseys) We walked through the main town in Turin and checked out a few places in the town... But let me just say that this town is NOT ready for the Olympics at all. We first had lunch at this little restaurant near the hockey arena, and afterwards we walked around for THREE hours to find every single restaurant booked out.. so we ended up back at the SAME restaurant for a 11:00pm sitting. How ridiculous is that.. Let's hope Beijing gets up to par and not embarrass themselves in front of the world stage!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Go Canada!!

In December when I was out to L'Entranger with some brokers, I briefly mentioned how I really liked watching hockey and what a thrill it would be to see the Winter Olympics this year. Well, they arranged it and we'll be heading down this coming weekend to watch Team Canada take on Switzerland! This is so exciting.. I have always to watch the national team play and especially after their gold medal in the last Olympics, there is so much hope for them to repeat.

Time to dig out my Roots sweatshirt and my Canadian flag..

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day baby.. too bad I can't be there with you today, but I hope you liked those flowers I sent you.. :P

I'll make it up to you when I see you next, I promise!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Chef's Table (again!)

This time it's not at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's, but rather at The Connaught, about 10 mins walk away from Claridge's. It is actually run by Angela Hartnett, having worked alongside Gordon Ramsay, is one of the high profile women in the restaurant world. As usual, the chef's table is all about food and wine - and this is no different. By the end of the night I was satisfied with all the food I was served. I also discovered how I really like truffles.. especially the white ones..

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Just came back from watching Chelsea v Everton. Didn't even wait until the game finished because by the 70th minute I already knew what the result was going to be. (actually, Chelsea ended up scoring another one after I had left but that didn't change the result much) After this morning's disappointment, is this some sort of a reminder that even though I may not be paid cold hard cash for my work, there are fringe benefits to this job? (ie. invited to broker dinners and events like football games)

Should just be glad that I have a job and that I have a lovable girlfriend.. :)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


How do you actually determine your worth to the company? I just came back from a meeting with my managers regarding this year's compensation. Let's just say I'm not particularly thrilled but not exactly unhappy with the outcome. I suppose you can never really be happy with what you get, and I certainly expected it to be a little bit better. Let's hope next year it will be much better than this!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Graceful Return

After two weeks of non-stop eating and shopping, I arrived back in London last night and this morning I came straight to work. Feeling fine now, but I just know that later today I'll feel like sleeping. Stupid jetlag. I swear I must be getting older because I never used to have to worry about time zones changing. Now, I need three to four days to really recover.