talking of all kinds of things

14 Mar

london saturday 2015

i got an email from ikea, telling me they are giving all ikea membercard holders a free meal. a free main course and dessert, during this period from mother’s day sunday 15march – friday20march.

well i am looking forward to eating a meal there. my branch of ikea is wembley. and i have never eaten their meals, even though i heard so much about their meat balls. haha. though i am more attracted to having either the fish and chips , or more likely the lambshank. it is not often i eat lambshank. but whatever it will be rather pleasant to decide when i get there.

i will be going there on monday, because i can get free coffee on weekdays with the members’card; but also i am hoping the weekdays esp monday will be quieter. . it would be nice to bring a friend along who is also a member, but i dont know anyone. the plus side to going alone is that i can go whenever i like and dont have to hurry to keep to the arranged time.

mother’s day… simon was telling me is his mum’s birthday too. so i said well isn’t that good, u need only buy one present and make it do for both. but he said not with my mum, she will blow a gasket if i do that. haha.

thankgoodness i dont to bother with it;  not that i have a mother living to buy a present for.

i am rather absentminded about presents, i forgot my father’s 80th birthday too.

that is a rather special birthday with the chinese.

remember?  i sent a email notifying some friends who i lost touch with of my new mobile number; well i got replies from them, and that is nice to keep up with their news. one of them replied and among other news he tells me he is going to malaysia in May for his mum’s 80th birthday.

time really flies, i can remember his mum when she comes to visit him in london, must be a long time ago; she likes to come  on her own as his father dont like travelling. she is a very nice person. so it is a chance for her to enjoy a holiday from being a carer to him.

 and now she is 80… all these signs of time passing which means we are getting old too… i asked him to take note of all the changes that must have happened in malaysia, and to tell me of it. i have not gone back for more than 10yrs.

his father is now suffering dementia. and that must be a big change for a start.

i was at the library and read an advert from morrisons about £1.98/kg shoulder pork. so i went there and found two with no skin. that way of presenting the pork i have not seen before. usually they wrap a skin round it to make crackling when roasted and that means there is a lump of fat below the skin.

but i think they realise there are some of us dont want to roast it, because for the first time i see these two packs with no skin. and i have cut them up to freeze in separate small portions and they are very lean. hardly any fat at all. so i am rather pleased about that…

i  find that area , camberwell, where the morrisons is a very ethnically mixed atmosphere, with a hustle and bustle that i really like to see.

shops crowded with people all doing their own thing, i do like to see that. i dont like places that are deserted and makes me realise i am truly a city person, as i like the crowds. there is a noodle shop there with a sign on the window saying all you can eat for £6. well in chinatown one dish may cost £6. 

there was a large sign advertising lycramobile outside this shop where the bus stop was, and it says 1p/min for calls to nigeria. and free calls and text for all lycramobiles to call each other in uk.

if i like to call my family overseas i would certainly go for these mobiles providers. and make sure all my friends have the same provider so we can all get free calls in uk. maybe that is why they are everywhere being sold in london. lebara does similar cheap overseas calls too. but since i dont call family in malaysia, it is better that i go for the sainsburys sim card instead. though the sainsburys dont do free calls to fellow sainsbury phones. ah well, cant have everything i suppose. haha.

13 Responses to “talking of all kinds of things”

  1. Carl D'Agostino Saturday March 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Save me a plate. Or two.

    • alifesgayventure Saturday March 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

      it will be nice to have company but u shall be there in spirit. haha.

  2. Garfield Hug Sunday March 15, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Ikea in my little red dot is crowded at lunch times for meatballs. Not free! Not ever lol! I like their fish and chips but quality has changed a little. It is great to be you, free from work just going about having fun 😊

    • alifesgayventure Sunday March 15, 2015 at 9:54 am #

      i know it, i love not having to work, and have all these places offering freebies.u say ikea in singapore never offer anything free, not even coffee? so we are fortunate indeed in london that ikea here do give freebies. i am real glad that i ended up in london.
      i was reading your post about retirement, and can say being retired in london is the best thing. but first u must live in a council flat or live in a mortgage free flat, preferably the latter, like me. then life as a retiree is just ideal.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday March 15, 2015 at 10:13 am #

        Ikea gives free top up or refills but no free coffee to begin with. We are a hardworking nation. Largely nothing is free or I am unaware of 😊

      • alifesgayventure Sunday March 15, 2015 at 10:21 am #

        it is the same in malaysia, and most probably everywhere else in the world. i wonder if london is unique in these many free offers.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday March 15, 2015 at 11:47 am #

        London has a big heart ha ha! I cannot imagine if all oldies end up there…I am sure they will block seniors from taking permanent residency there soon! 😆

      • alifesgayventure Sunday March 15, 2015 at 11:56 am #

        hi, i think it is market forces at work. here there is so much competition between eating places and retail shops, they have to put extra offers to entice us to shop with them. unlike singapore where ikea seem to have a monopoly on stuff, and hve no competition it seems. to retire here u have to work here. but of course i am biased about london, haha. i am sure it is nice to retire in singapore too. or even malaysia for that matter. i have a feeling those who are retired now are the fortunate generation, in future, old folks wont find it so cushy on retirement.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday March 15, 2015 at 11:58 am #

        Yeah Malaysia is now touted as retirement destination as our SGD buys alot of MYR. Our dollars stretch a long way living in Malaysia.

      • alifesgayventure Sunday March 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

        malaysia is very popular for retirement for europeans too, never mind singapore. but i am not a fan of going to a place to retire by buying in instead of working there and contributing to the country’s retirement plan. this is because at any time, the country can change its rules about retirees , raise the capital or income requirements etc…

      • Garfield Hug Sunday March 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

        Yes….sadly I do not trust Malaysia as its government flip flops on policies so quickly like roti prata. Home owners were caught when foreigners cannot sell to foreigners and only to Malaysians!

      • alifesgayventure Sunday March 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

        really!!! i did not know that… what a strange ruling. esp when foreigners can only buy property over a certain price. inflated price too so not cheap. and to sell that only to malaysians, means they will have to drop the price.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday March 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

        Yes. ….rules change everytime to suit…sadly

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