home is lovely when it is cold and raining outside

22 Feb

london

most of us will have an ordinary day without any dramatic incidence, and i am sure we are very glad it is so. i am sure if we read the news we are quite glad that our day is so ordinary. haha.

i read of the fire that engulfed the high rise residential block , called the torch, in dubai. makes me glad i dont live in a high rise. it makes u start asking yourself what is the attraction of living in a tower block, when escaping a fire miles up will be difficult as u have to walk downstairs, the lifts being out of bounds.

and it seems quite easy for a fire to start, and how come the building is not using materials that will confine any fire to just the flat it is in, instead of spreading so quickly. lots of questions to ask,   it must make all high rise owners wondering if they had forgotten some basic survival principles when they opt to buy a flat in a tower. 

i look at the high rise towers being built all round me in central london, and i wonder do those owners know what they are buying into? that flat may be their coffin and they would have spent a huge fortune to end up making it their funeral pyre.

though i have noticed when a fire occur in a tower block in london, the fire is almost always confined to the flat, and seldom, in fact, as far as i know, never has the whole tower gone up in flames. i wonder if the building fire proof requirements are stricter and more carefully implemented in uk than in dubai. 

this is the weekend after chinese new year on thursday so london is hosting its annual cny festival in chinatown. it may be the nearest time the chinese living here can celebrate as there is no public holiday on thursday. though i know the chinese would have taken their reunion dinner on the 18th feb, and booked a table at the restaurants then.

i remember we used to do it, booking a table of about 10people. but eventually we gave up the practise, as the service was horrible, and the food came in dribs or drabs or in a rush with long intervals between courses. cant really blame the staff or the kitchen … the jam of people  is awful, u would think they are giving away free food. 

not much fun for the chinese workers in the chinese restaurants, having to work on chinese new year eve; but it is great for the customers. and a chance for the workers to get extra pay, i bet. everybody accept that the price will go up for the bookings on chinese new year eve. it is very crowded too so the price hike has not deterred customers. as for this weekend, i doubt there are many chinese actually eating in the restaurants this sunday;  those who do are not locals, or are westerners, or tourists. haha. 

i have just been in chinatown , but did not stay long, as it was raining, and frankly add rain to cold and it is not a place to be outdoors. i see plenty of people around, esp forming long queues outside the eating places in chinatown. and that was at about 3pm. i am afraid i am not hardy enough to hang around and chickened out and quickly fled home. haha.

the buses are jammed even on normal days due to road works but today it seems worst. on a sunday too. so i did not wait for the 88, my usual bus that drops me right by my door, but took the next bus that came along, fortunately the number 3 bus. i  got off at lambeth bridge and walked back to the flat. 

5 Responses to “home is lovely when it is cold and raining outside”

  1. Garfield Hug Monday February 23, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    gong xi fai! Hope you had a celebration of sorts, enjoying the festivities of Chinatown perhaps? Strange how quickly the weather turns. Must be the cold front that is blowing across. Keep warm and dry!

    • alifesgayventure Monday February 23, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      i am sure cny is more enjoyable in the warm weather in singapore than in london yesterday. and this morning it is glorious sunshine, people must be wishing it was like this yesterday.

  2. Sarah M Monday February 23, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    ah but the advantage of living in tower blocks are the fab views. But no the fire thing worries me as well, although I think it’s less likely in London than in many other cities. The council recently fitted super hi-tech fire censors in all flats in my block, and yes it was free.

    • alifesgayventure Monday February 23, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      ah, i forgot about the views. true, the views are lovely. though when u see all the high rise residence towers crowded together in the vauxhall-battersea- nine elms area, blocking each others views, it defeats that purpose. makes me wonder why they cluster those high rise so close to each other. and i think u may be right about london’s fire regulations. there have never been a fire like that in dubai happening in london ever.

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