where are the fresh chillis?

20 Jul

london 3.36pm 2015 monday

i had run out of chilis, i freeze them and i used up the last ones . so i went to brixton to buy more, but it is really strange. all over brixton there was only one store that sold them.  and it was in miserably small amounts inside each 50p pack.

how come no fresh chillis to be had? it is summer now, and we should be getting lots of them. during past summers we get lots of green small chilis. they look like they are ornamental plants, but they have a big kick. they are actually very strong, very hot taste. a bit like chili padi . but even those are no where to be seen today.

ah well, i shall try again and go there another time and hope that a fresh batch has been  harvested and brought into the market. 

added. 5.02pm just came back from seeing the plans for the millbank tower. the whole tower is grade 2 listed, so they are not razing the block down but do up the facade and  just alter the insides  to convert the whole tower block into 200 flats. they will also increase it by 3 floors to 36 floors. there will be a sky bar and restaurant too . i think it is just as well they are not destroying the tower and put up a new design. people are used to seeing it as it is , but if u put up something different people will object. 

the hotel is in the smaller building next to it.

i was telling them it is going to be a unique site… with no other high rise around it, and fab views of the river.

so unlike all those high rise in battersea and nine elms area on the opposite bank of the thames. there the blocks are so close to each other everyone will be starring down each others’ throats.

also i doubt people who live around here will object, after all, it is surrounded by office buildings and by the tate. i certainly dont object to it, though i did suggest to them to incorporate some proportion of affordable housing. it  need not even be inside the tower block, they can buy something elsewhere in westminster and convert that… and still make money out of it too, because affordable is only relative. it would still be out of reach of the majority of londoners.

but right now there is a big boom in overseas demand for flats in london. dont know how long it will last, haha. frankly, i myself dont like living in these high rises. i think i am allready getting the luxury feel, by living in a low rise block. why have so many people living above you and below you like a rabbit warren? and paying so much for the priviledge.

it seems so skewed. in a logical world, the rich would live in detached houses with large gardens, and status will be fixed to those  who have those kinds of houses. instead we have people paying millions to live in a high rise flat. the higher the better or more expensive. and yet, if there is a disaster, u will be trapped up there.  much good your millions will do you.

added 11.44am tuesday 28.7.15 here is a news article of it. came out today in the standard.

added 9.03am 28.7.15 tuesday. yesterday i bought a pack of chilli frm brixton. had to, as i have no chilli left in the flat, and i do love my chillis. haha. there was only one shop selling it, but i managed to find a pack that has red chillis, from all the others that have green chillis. these chillis are longer than the usual small ones i get. still 50p though, so thank goodness they have not increased the price because it looks like there is a scarcity of chillies this year. though it is still early days and when august comes we might get a glut of chillies. 

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15 Responses to “where are the fresh chillis?”

  1. Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    I like to live in a low rise single house too–only me and my family. But it is impossible here in Shenzhen where every inch of earth worth lots of money. So I decide to live at the top of the building where only people behind me but no aboves. That’s the reason why my blog being named “Roof Log”, haha.

    • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 5:51 am #

      Sorry please replace the word “behind” with “under”, haha.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 6:01 am #

      u live in a penthouse? wow, here in london that is supposed to be the best flat in a block. here in london people describe their flat by the number of bedrooms, instead of by the square meter/ft. are the prices very affordable in shenzhen? how high up are you?

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 6:36 am #

        Sort of, but it is not as good as you think. There are 10 floors in my building and there is no elevator here so……you know……that makes my apartment the cheapest one. I am planing to move out because my mom is going to live with me so the space here is too small and it is not easy to climb that high for an old one.

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 6:51 am #

        surprising it has no lifts, for such a high building. my block has 4 floors and has no lifts too. but 4 floors is just about the limit to climb stairs. i am on the first floor, which is the best floor to be in.
        without lifts the whole thing is stood on its head and the cheapest flats are at the top. lifts are expensive to maintain, so service charges will be high. have you found another place to live? what is that like.

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 7:02 am #

        I have found one but I don’t like it very much. The floor is not a low one but the rent is more than 2 time as my current one. But it has 2 bedrooms and a living room so it is just fine for us. The due date of my flat is the end of this month so if I can not find a better one, I have to live with this one. Sad huh?

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 7:09 am #

        oh, not sad, it is just life in a big city and looking after a parent and family. that is why i am glad i have only myself to look after. so for many years, i just rent a room and that is so much cheaper.

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 7:20 am #

        Yes, that’s what my life was too. Actually I was born at the northeast of China, I went to Shenzhen alone after I graduated from college for the last 8 years. But sometimes it feels really lonely, no one to talk, no one to see a movie with, no one to share your feelings, don’t you feel so? I have friends but they live not close to me. I can only go to see a movie or have some meals with them on weekends.

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 7:30 am #

        i think being gay is the thing that made me enjoy london so much. it is real easy to meet people , being gay we have that in common. so i dont have those feelings of being lonely. maybe it is also the fact that i dont mind doing things on my own. i also find being on my own i can get to meet other people. i think people talk to a single person on his own, whereas if u are with a friend, people keep away. i would highly recommend it haha. in china with so few children, maybe u dont have many young people around. that is where london excells. here it attracts a lot of gay people who come to live and work and play. it was very exciting to live here.

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 7:49 am #

        Shenzhen is a city full of gay too. But it is still not easy to find someone who has common sense with you, I mean, boyfriend, haha. The environment here for gay is not that open, gay is still a sensitive topic in China, I do not know how to describe the situation here but, most gay keeps hiding true them from people. So, I guess I still have to live by myself for a looong time.

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 8:01 am #

        is it legal in china to be gay? are there clubs and places to meet for gay guys? and what about grindr? maybe no grindr? or gay websites? no? i remember we were visiting beijing, (mid 90s)and could not find many gay guys either. we dont know where to go to find them. also with the one child policy then, not many young guys around. lots of women hanging around the hotel lobby trying hard to interest us in karaoke. yesterday i was near marylebone, and saw two young chinese guys walking hand in hand down the street. it took me by surprise because even in london, i dont see many guys holding hands. haha. maybe they are not gay .. is it usual for guys to hold hands in china?

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 8:16 am #

        The law did not say it is legal to be gay or not, but most people here who were born before 1970’s, they do not accept gays from deep of their minds. Yes we have lots some of gay clubs and places, but most of them are looking for one-night relationship. Grindr is not widely used here in China, we have our own apps called Blued (Sounds familiar huh? It is a copied version of Jack’d😂), and another one called Zank. I’ve tried them but it is not a good way to meet people too. Most of them are looking for one-night relationship too, and due to the situation here most people uses fake photo on them, it is hard to tell which is real and which is fake, all of them seems very hot. So I barely use those apps too. To be honest, my photo on those apps are fake too😝. But don’t worry my profile photo on wordpress is the real me.

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 8:57 am #

        the law is unclear about it? it looks to me that it might be better to just meet guys in the gym, or sports club, or meetup.com or coffee shops, or cafes. its not surprising that chinese society dont encourage gay people, with only one child, having a gay child means no grandchildren.

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 9:10 am #

        There’s no laws to stipulate what gay is. 20 years ago, the govenment defines gay as something like rogues, but they cancelled the law related to rogues in 1997, and did not set a new law to replace it, so yes it is unclear if gay is legal or not. Since China is being more and more open, I think this will not be a problem on the law here. The biggest problem here is like you said, parents wants grandchildren and I am their only child.

      • Kevin Loewe Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 8:57 am #

        Sometimes I can see guys holding each other’s hand too, but it is really unusual here too. I only saw once when I was at IKEA.

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