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bargain london

23 Jul

london 2.45pm 18.1C

it’s very pleasant to spent time in this virgin lounge. there is a film show on now , da vinci code, (2006). they have been showing films every sunday for july. though it is difficult to hear what is said, as the volume is set low. or it maybe i am a bit deaf and so dont hear it. but the films are not what i am here for anyway. so it does not matter than i cannot hear much of it. 

nowadays i have to rely on the subtitles to know what is being said on tv. thank goodness for it really. my enjoyment of the tv is made more so because i can read what is said and so i dont miss much of the dialogue. 

added. am writing this on the bus 88 now. there is no wifi here, but it does not matter as my chrome book allows me to write things offline. i checked earlier with the tfl website to see if this bus is coming, and it did not say it was. that is why i was real surprised to see it when i left the virgin lounge. i had intended to take another bus, but this one came along just in time. i wanted to take it to the tesco just to see what is on bargain offer there. it is early closing on sunday.

i think the timetable of the bus has been disturbed and made unreliable because the whole of regent st is closed to traffic because of this time of year, when every year in july, the whole of regent st is pedestrianised. 

its quite sunny now looking out of the bus. earlier it was drizzling. which made up my mind for me not to bother going to tower bridge to see the indonesian festival there. but it seems it is quite sunny now but it is allready 3.16pm so the festival would be near its closing time.

i was reading this morning about how venice residents are real fed up of the huge amount of tourists in their city and wanting to limit the numbers going there. well, here in london we get roads closed for events so that is the effect the tourists and catering to them have on the locals living in london. but london is big enough so the effect is quite small.

i was in venice many years ago, in the 90s, and i noticed if u just go a little bit off the main tourist routes , the city can be remarkably desserted… even in peak season. but maybe now even those out of the way spots are full of tourists, who knows right? i think every tourist attraction is now full of people. which makes me glad i saw them before they got so crowded.

then there is that japanese article about the birth rate falling in japan and that is because the men are unable to get permanent full time jobs. and so are not good prospects for marriage, or want to have babies. and there is another phenomenon…  it seems there are lots of single men who dont want to have sex at all and hide out in their parents home completely cutting themselves  off from society. its a strange society that one in japan.

 i got to the tesco at 3.30pm and just in time to get all the reductions. a whole free range chicken from £6 to £1.50. and 2packs of chicken drumsticks reduced by 3/4 to 37p a pack. that seems to be the prevailing rate of final reductions. 25% of the original price. it is another of the fun things about living in london. i got an email offering me a monthly subscription to the empire cinema chain . unlimited film shows for £20 a month if i want to go to the central london cinemas of that chain. that is a nice bargain price i think. so now if u like to watch films on the big screen, it is quite affordable now.

seems to me it is not that expensive to get your entertainment and stuff in london after all. and there is all kinds of free vouchers for free food or reduced dining in london as well. i got the voucher for free hamburger from primeburgers. it is the last of their free monday offers, it seems. so i am looking forward to this monday (tomorrow) when i shall be able to get it. they have certainly made mondays a lot more attractive these past month or two. 

added. wed 26.7.17. it seems paris is the most touristy city, (7 visitor to 1 parisien)according to this report. surprising to me, kuala lumpur is 2nd. london is 13th. (1.5visitors to 1 londoner). i am surprised  venice is not in there,it has been ruled out because most of the visitors are day trippers and from cruise ships, rather than those who stay at least a night there.

instant noodle for 10p each

22 Jun
london 6.05pm 23.8C cloudy (high of 25.8C) thursday

hmm, i see wordpress is changing the appearance of the editing bar that used to run across the page in two lines before but now they have made it into one line and it is a very long one, runs out of my screen in fact so that you have to use the scroller to move it along.

its cooler today, and very pleasant in fact. i prefer it like this. i did not have any hay fever, though one of the chinese guys is suffering from it now. strange when this cooler weather should bring the pollen down. he said he had hay fever once, and then it went away for a long time, but now he is starting to get it again. 

went to a meet up of ex lyc members, a club for chinese-caucasians that have long closed down but the old members still meet up to talk of old times. though now the topic tends to be old age concerns like death, strokes, disease instead of love life. still, it was nice to chitchat. and to meet the other chinese guys who i have not known when i was at the club in its heyday.

afterwards three of us chinese guys went to chinatown to buy stuff. one bought me to ‘see woo’, as he wanted to show me their fresh meat section. it is new, because i have not seen it before. full of fresh stuff even live crab, live lobster… anyway i did not buy anything. he bought fresh chicken livers… then we went on to ‘new loon moon’, me to find if they have any reduced instant noodles. which they have at 10p each for 70mg packs. and these have different flavours too. i bought 15. (and have eaten one as soon as i got back, red curry one and it is very nice indeed.) there was lots of it, so u will still be able to get this bargain if u go now. as usual, the reason why they are selling it cheap is because they expire next month.

 

quite a lot of variety. though sometimes one must not get too carried away with all these labels because they might all taste the same. haha. but the first one i tried, the red curry , is very nice.

added. 8.59pm 23C dry . went to the tesco to buy reduced foods. it is pot luck really, sometimes i get nothing but today there were loads of mince beef reduced. 750mg to 75p, (from £5)at 5%fat too. though next to it was 15%fat 750mg from £3.50,for 88p, and i bought that too even though it is not as good a bargain. there was also   500mg angus beef 15%fat minced at 60p. i bought that too. ah well, it just goes to show the power of association. when two things are side by side, and you are not paying attention. still, i got lots of minced beef now in my freezer. i also got lamb liver for 29p. after seeing my friend buy chicken liver, i too was starting to crave liver. i thought i will only be able to find bread reduced today, so all that meat is a bonus. i got wholemeal bread800mg for 5p, and two loaves of 400mg each for 4p each. i went at about 8pm. so much of these things are pot luck. if no one went earlier to buy these things, and so clean the shelves before u get there;  or the shop dont reduce the price until very late, so all the bargains are snapped up before you get there , you can sometimes come back empty handed.  but today was rather a feast of bargains.

it is similar to the time when i found so many chillis on sale. i have since eaten some of them, and they are really very hot. i cannot imagine the british liking these chillis, they are so hot, maybe that explains why so many were unsold, necessitating them to drastically reduce so many of them when their sell by date arrives. those chillis are from kenya and indeed i am pleased to see some countries  still retain the species that produce hot chillis. local chillis are very mild, actually, too mild. like the garlic, so mild that it is useless really…

cheap veg

15 Dec

london 12.54pm 13.3C cloudy tuesday 2015

i wonder if anyone else have noticed, but so far this december has been very mild, in london that is. so much so that when i read in the papers and saw the snow covered pictures in the daily mail saying there is snow up north, it makes me wonder. glad i dont live in the north where it seems to snow or flood or god knows what all. in london it is fantastic. very mild weather and very pleasant. not much sun mind you but then can’t have everything hey? 

last night i happen to go into the tesco.com and saw they were selling 39p veg… quite a nice selection esp the cauliflower. usually that veg is very difficult to get cheap. so i hot foot it last night to my local tesco and got all the 39p offers,even bought two of the cauliflowers;  except the brussels sprouts, and that was because i did not see it. i am pleased with the other veg i got. and i got sweet peppers 3 in the pack for 25p, reduced section. and got two white bread for 14p each. the potatoes at 2.5kg for 39p is heavy so i took the bus back, even though it is only 3 stops away.

not for the first time i marvel at the bus system. i had the bus practically all to myself, it is like a personalised chauffeur service all laid out for my benefit. i do feel like a millionaire whenever i get such occasions occur. all the pleasure of the feelings of being a millionaire without the angst and the bother of making the money. haha. 

i got bananas reduced to 24p per kg, i bought two bunches, they are real good value as the bananas were not overripe and all those i have so far eaten are unspoilt. sometimes i get a craving for bananas.

i guess we are getting all these reduced veg because they are expiring in 19dec. so they want to get rid of them. after 19dec, they will have a fresh new batch of  veg delivered and they will increase in price to catch the christmas shoppers.

what is rather mystifying is that tesco dont advertise these cheap veg. i only knew of it because i happen to visit their website. not sure why i did, because i dont normally go into the tesco website. oh, hang on, of course they advertise it , but in their website, which is the best place to advertise it. i wonder what made me think the only way to advertise it is via the newspapers with the paid ads. nowadays with social media, that is not the only route anymore. i wonder if tesco has a facebook or twitter page. haha. if not they should. maybe pay one of the facebook or twitter user to do it.

i googled it and found that there was a scam about free tescovouchers in facebook a few years ago. so maybe that is the reason why tesco dont do facebook. 

 perhaps since it costs money to advertise it in the newspapers and since they are selling these veg for such low prices, it would wipe out the profit if they have to pay for the advertising too. so maybe they are hoping people like me will advertise it for them via word of mouth. haha.

there are no websites that aggregate all the bargains and broadcast it to all. the reason is because there is no money to be made for having such a website that tells people of transient bargains. and u have to be quick off the mark, as these offers soon get sold out. and the info will be out of date very quickly and no website can keep up. that is why i think we dont get any such websites at all. 

 

survey fail

26 Oct

london 6.45pm monday 2015

recently i redeemed sainsburys points on their nectar card for a cup of coffee at cafe nero, and they sent me this

We value your opinions and feedback.

We would like to invite you to participate in a survey which should take around 5 minutes to complete. As a thank you for completing this survey your Nectar account will be credited with 50 Nectar points.

well the first question was did you spend that and bought a coffee at nero? and since i had not, i said no … and they said u are not eligible for continuing with the survey. sigh, i am rather bad at surveys. they dont want to know my opinion … at least they gave me  25points as consolation. haha. i havent spent it yet, and i guess they are not looking for people like me who seem to like delayed gratification and not spend it straight away. i only redeemed it because it is the only thing i am remotely interested in , in their list of things i can buy with my points. its amazing that so many of the things they suggest i am not interested in. so perhaps they might get wise to me that way… and decide in future not to ask me to join in their surveys. haha.  and even with the free coffee i am not really that eager to get it. this is because i can really get free coffee from waitrose with my waitrose card and i still dont do it. also i am beginning to realise that i would prefer a starbucks pumpkin spice coffee… long ago the dailymail gave me one, or rather any coffee i chose at starbucks, if i redeem 70points of their points system, and it so happen it was during the autumn when they bring in this pumpkin spice latte. i did enjoy it very much.

this year the dailymail are not doing it, though it is early days and they might bring this offer of a free starbucks coffee back next month. who knows. haha. now i know that it takes 350 points from the sainsburys to get one, and only a ordinary latte or cappuccino, that 70 points from the dailymail is quite a bargain after all. 

force of nature

4 Oct

london 9.11pm 15.6C sunday 2015

i have seen videos of the flood in Nice and antibes. quite a deluge and in a first world country like france. we are so used to seeing these in developing countries, like india, bangladesh, or thailand that it is a reality check to see it happening in france, and with people being killed too. makes u realise that nature is an untameable force, even if we forget that sometimes.

i saw in the weather map that there were very strong storms over europe, i was checking it because here in uk they were predicting lashing big storms for us, which turned out to be a damp squid. haha. as usual.

i dont know if the weather people  in France foresaw this storm over south of france,  i think they know it is coming, but they wont be able to predict that the river would burst its banks and cause this deluge. if not for the river bursting its banks, i think this storm would pass as another big rain, and that is that. but when the river burst its banks it becomes a big disaster.

tomorrow will be the start of paying for plastic bags. it will definitely make us use less. that is good. i have always used my own bags, so it wont change much for me. haha. but few people do it like i do, so we have to force them to stop using bags by hitting them in their pocket. we should have done it ages ago.

the downside is that we will have to buy rubbish bags, where previously i used shopping bags to keep household rubbish.it will mean more plastic bags used. how to prevent it?  i will try to see if i can use newspapers, but water will go through newspapers.

 added. 20.10.15 i found a website that says there are packaging materials everywhere, the plastic that fruits are packed in, the insides of the cereal packages, etc, so i shall be saving them to line my rubbish in paper and not have to use plastic rubbish bags. 

i am glad that i can be online

31 Aug

london 15.5C 5.47am bank holiday monday 2015 sunrise 6.10am

it has just struck me that it was very fortunate that i corrected the glitch in my chromebook yesterday, instead of just returning home and hope that it will correct itself. if i had not gone to the google store so soon after the glitch appeared, and had it corrected, i would be having a useless chrome book not working at all during this bank holiday. and with the shops closed today i might not be able to get the same expert help at the store today as it wont be fully manned. so i really have saved myself a lot of grieve by going there yesterday and get it sorted out so quick.

so now i am a bit shell shocked as it were, thinking of what it might have been and how i escaped that. i should be ecstatic at missing that fate, but i think humans cannot feel great joy at having escaped something we dont know what we missed.

i can imagine another timeline where i did not escape and am suffering the angst at not being able to get online as i would normally do. i am trying to savour that feeling of having narrowly escaped a calamity.

the sky outside my window is beginning to lighten now. as it is 5.55am .  it’s very quiet here; no dawn chorus from noisy birds , one of the joys of living in a city, as opposed to the country where there are more birds about.

even the seagulls that normally would be nesting on the chimneys of the block of flats opposite me have gone. their young has grown up and flown off i think, that is why they are gone. and not because of the hawk which the estate hired to try to scare them away.

yesterday i was just on the outskirts of the nottinghill area, where the carnival is on, the police have placed road blocks on all the roads going into that area. i was not affected as the paddington library was just outside that area. must be real inconvenient for the motorists living there. i think they got good weather yesterday, in that the threatened rain did not come.

they expect the real rain to come today. the festival is still on today.  huge rain clouds can be seen on the weather maps coming into london marching across london and  practically covering london for the whole day.

the libraries are all closed today, so i wont be able to go there as i normally do to read the papers.

i read here in the papers online, ( i found a great aggregate website for it, better than the one i had before which got lost when the chromebook got glitched)that walking 20 mins everyday will be useful to keep off ageing. i suspect as much, but it seems fresh evidence has been found to support it. i think i will walk to the library now instead of taking the bus as i normally do.

it is so tempting to take the bus, as it is free for me. it will certainly save money for my westminster council  for bus fares, as they pay my fare. haha. here is a case where it discourages walking. but people must do the healthy thing and forego the bus;  and just because it is free, does not mean u must take it.

it is the same with plastic bags given away by the supermarkets. for years, i have taken my own bags because i dont subscribe to that attitude where if it is free, i must take it. well, from october, everyone in england will have to pay 5p for each of  the bags. in wales and in scotland, this payment have allready been in place and dont seem to present problems so i am sure it will be so in england when it is implemented.

hope everyone bring their own bags. though i have been using the free bags that simon brings home  to line my rubbish bins and use as rubbish bags. we shall have to find another solution to that. we used to buy plastic rubbish bags. but that would just propagate more plastic bags surely? i wonder what other people would do to solve this? sainsbury bags are bio degradable, maybe they all are nowadays, so maybe the whole thing has come too late, and no need to ban supermarket bags, but to make rubbish bags biodegradable instead. hmm, u can see solving one problem, or thinking we solve one problem leads to another , and worst one.

contactless cards are going from strength to strength. esp from 1sept, the limit will be raised to £30 per transaction. i have not used it, because i prefer to pay cash. but in uk plenty like it. i think once the buses and tubes adopted it, people become used to it and so it becomes a normal part of their life. it is a bit like credit cards … i remember i used them like as if they were normal when i came to uk, even though when i was growing up in malaysia i never use them. 

added 7.50pm i think i know what happened to cause the glitch in my chromebook. i used a different email from what i registered with. instead of using the email with the @gmail.com , i forgot and used the @hotmail.com address. so that locked me out of my account in the chromebook. there must be a way to start again , but i dont know how . all i saw was the box asking me to type in my password, there was no box asking me for the email address again. so let this be a warning to those who are using chromebook. use the gmail account when u log on. 

Wombling for Cash | The Mini Millionaire

24 Mar

Wombling for Cash | The Mini Millionaire.

wombling, this is a new term for me.

it is used to describe the practise of collecting receipts to claim their points, or refunds from price comparisons.

since the supermarkets have offered to refund money to match prices with other supermarkets, and reward points, this way of getting free money has taken off. and someone had coined this term .

it is also used loosely for collecting macdonalds cups with the beanie stickers, to get a free coffee if u collect enough. haha.

i had recently got myself a sainsbury nectar card, because i recently got myself a sainsbury mobile sim card. i know there is no logical reason why getting one should lead to getting the other. haha.

 i used to have a nectar card ages ago but lost it.

i buy so few things from sainsburys that it will take me ages to accummulate enough points.

will i haunt car parks for lost receipts? no. haha. too lazy.

i suppose if a receipt for £40 get swept by the wind and deposited right by me i shall keep it (i suppose, not even sure if i would.) i am just too lazy but really it is an excellent way of getting free money and can be a lot of fun esp if u find a receipt with £150 spend on it. and it is not impossible, nowadays people spend heck of a lot .

added. 25.3.15 as usual i should have googled it, and found the urban dictionary gives 6 different meanings to the word. 

added. i daresay the supermarkets dont like it, but i think if u are discreet they will let u as prosecuting you would just be bad publicity. also in uk , many special offers do not require  a specific person, ie you, having to  compulsory buying their stuff. as long as u can produce a valid receipt, it should be ok.

Just a word of caution be careful somebody was apparently accused of credit card theft because they wombled a receipt where payment had been made by a stolen credit card. Then when they had the points added to their clubcard all fingers pointed to them.

If I do womble which isn’t that often I tend to go for receipts which are cash transactions

Welshy x 

 so that is the danger. haha.