Vintage Ottoman Storage Box Bench

Oh, I love shabby chic and vintage!!!

I bought this ottoman bench in February 2012
through eBay for only £45.00
It was sold by a friendly old man who just live nearby.
What a coincidence!
The item was to be self-collected but I requested him to send the item
to my house with a little extra charge (£5.00) for his gas (car fuel).
I told him that I am a student and I don't have a car
to pick up the item.
So he came to my house to send the item
on the same day....
with his wife, a charming lady.
I paid him in cash and he left with a smile!
It's a great pleasure to have a business with him.

I use it to hide some random blankets and everything.

It works like a sofa too...
whenever my friends come into my room.

By the way, I bought those three cute pillows at
a carboot sale for only 50p.
Ridiculously cheap!!!

Pandora bracelet

I bought one a few months ago online from an authorised dealer.
It would be much cheaper to do so.
I could save about £10.00.
The real retail price is about £55.00.

As you can see below, I give you some pictures
from one of the Pandora branches in the Midlands, UK.
This store is not far from my house.
So I always drop by to see if they have sales.

Based on the price, I think it would be cheaper if
we buy these Pandora bracelets in Malaysia.
You could get a barrel clasp bracelet for only RM289.00, sometimes.
You can refer to Pandora Malaysia official website
for further details.
There is also Pandora Malaysia facebook page which  you can refer to.

But I don't regret buying this bracelet here.
because I didn't buy any of its charms yet.
Well, I did buy one actually.
It's a  pendant, not really a charm.
I think I will collect charms in Malaysia instead,
definitely not here.
Because they are much cheaper there!
It only costs about RM130.00 each (the simplest charm)
but you have to pay at least £30.00 (RM180.00) each here in the UK.

At the first glace, the difference is not that huge....
between Pandora UK price and Pandora Malaysia price.
It's only RM50.00 difference each, minimum.
Well, I am talking about buying the bracelet, only!
It will become huge when you buy a lot more charms in the future.
Then you will count the total difference you have wasted...haha.

So yeah. That's it for today.

Hippos in the mud cake

I made this in hurry, for a surprising birthday party!
It was my housemate's belated birthday.

I simply used a store-bought plain chocolate fudge cake. 
It was only £1.49.

I made the cake board out of its box and aluminium foil.

I used Kinder Happy Hippo.
It was only £1.00 at Poundland.
There were five hippos in it.
I only used two.

See my Ducks in the Mud Cake too,
which I made last year for my housemate.

Strawberry and chocolate

Summer means to enjoy as many types of fruit as I want!

'British strawberry' is one of them.
The cutest ever!

This is the way I always eat strawberries. 
I usually buy strawberries from the fresh market.
£1.00 per basket
*but below are not British strawberries, judging based on their shape.

...and this is my favourite chocolate spread.
Cadbury Crunchy Spread
sold at £2.00 each... £1.50 during sales.

Sometimes, I do eat strawberries with oriental pickled fruits.
They taste good together.

Hitchin Lavender Hertfordshire

The entrance fee is only GBP4.50
and you can cut as many lavender stalks as you want
to fill your brown paper bag.
You'll be given that bag and a pair of scissors
at the main entrance of the field.

There is a picnic area where you can relax.
You can eat your lunch while enjoying
a majestic purple view in front of you,
together with a pleasant scent of lavender.

These pictures will never do justice to what I saw.
But I do hope you enjoy them.
At least you can imagine how pretty the place is
and start planning your visit.

There is a sunflower field next to it.
But you cannot pick the sunflowers.

There is a cafeteria where you can buy food and drinks.

There are other facilities such as toilets and souvenir shop too.
I was looking for fridge magnets as I love to collect them.
Unfortunately, they do not sell fridge magnets here.
However, there are jute shopping bags, lavender scented products etc.
with the printed name of this place 'Hitchin Lavender'.

Again... I went back with a great smile.
See how I did to dry these lavender flowers.

For further information, you can visit
Hitchin Lavender official website

Bye now.

Tewin Apple Orchard

My housemates and I went there on 12 August 2016.
It is located at 1, Upper Green, Tewin in Hertfordshire.
It was so fascinating to see apple trees.
There are toooo many types of apples here!
Although those apples were not fully ripe yet....
they looked gorgeous on their branches.
I am fully satisfied.

While we were there,
we dropped by at Tewin Village.
It is believed to be one of the nicest villages in the UK too.
I think, it really is nice, indeed.

It was indeed one of the hottest summer day ever!
We stopped at the shop to buy some drinks.
The shop owner is so lovely too.
I can say, people here are very friendly.

I think you should visit here.
I mean, if you happen to be on the way to somewhere.
We visited Tewin only after we enjoyed
Tewin is only 30 minutes away from there.
Both places are majestic.
We then left Hertfordshire with a smile!

Bye now.