Lo’s Noodle Factory – Why didn’t anyone tell me sooner?

June 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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I am huge fan of noodles.

I visited a Ramen museum in ShinYokohama, Japan. I am a facebook fan of the famous ‘Chinese Noodle Restaurant‘ in Sydney. Being in the UK, it is difficult to get fresh asian ingredients. When I was in Australia, I just had to go to my local shops and I could pick up my favourite rice noodles ‘Ho-Fun’. The only place I have managed to find them in London is pretty much in Chinatown. Not only that but it costs £2 for a small packet. I used to pay AUS$2 for 1kg worth.
I stumbled upon Lo’s Noodle Factory yesterday and my gosh. It’s fantastic! You go through a side alley off Wardour Street, and walk into what looks like some strange butcher. It has a conveyer belt that has rows and rows of rice noodles all lined up. I didn’t quite know where to look. Rice noodles everywhere. I’m getting quite giddy thinking about it. They are open to the public and it cost me £1 for a big pack. So I am a bit put out by the fact that I didn’t discover this place sooner.

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Where’s Wally?

May 5, 2009 at 2:45 am | Posted in fun | Leave a comment
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I recently participated in the London Friday Night Skate organised Easter bash the Easter Stroll. Essentially, it’s a bunch of rollerbladers who have gathered together and pound the cobblestones of London every Sunday (weather permitting). This one was Easter themed, so naturally they had a wide variety of chickens, lead by the head Chicken. It was a great way to see the city, be part of something incredibly cool and just be able to skate again.

Question is, Where’s Wally?
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Thanks to Maximillian_Viking and skate roggie’s flickr images for the above

Top 5 Children’s authors

March 25, 2009 at 12:53 am | Posted in books, Comedy | Leave a comment
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I sometimes find it difficult to sleep. So at night I listen to my iPod to kind of clear my mind. Not music, but podcasts. The most recent one I have been listening to is the Radio 4 show Banter. Essentially, it’s four comedians discussing their top 3’s to a variety of topics. I thought I’d list one of mine but extend it a little to top 5.

I still love kids books. I have tried to keep as many of my kids books as possible, but there are some that I can’t find anymore. I therefore find myself browsing the kids book section to see if I can find them again.

There are many authors that could have fit this list. Ann M. Martin (The Baby Sitters Club), J.R.R Tolkien (Lord of the Rings, duh), John Marsden (Dear Miffy), David McRobbie (Mandragora), Beatrix Potter (The Adventures of Peter Rabbit), Jacqueline Wilson (Double Act), Gary Crew (The Watertower), Margaret Clark (Care Factor Zero), Morris Gleitzman (Blabbermouth) and , ahh so many, but I can only include top 5. So here we go…

1. Roald Dahl:
A pretty obvious choice. Anyone who can write stories about giants, witches, gifted children, elevators made out of glass and enormous fruit gets a vote from me.

2. Judy Blume:
I was introduced to Judy Blume when I was in year 4 and my teacher got into the habit of reading books to us. She started reading ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’ and I absolutely loved hearing stories about Fudge. I then discovered her other books and I am sure many women can agree they were great when you were growing up.

3. Paul Jennings:
Probably my favourite Australian author. They even made my favourite Australian TV series ever (Round The Twist) based from his short stories. I got sent a graphic novel of the Round the Twist series from Paul Jennings that was signed … a highlight.

4. J.K. Rowling:
Alright, controversial because she has only written the one series unlike the other authors on my list, but what a series.

5. Diane Bates:
Probably not as well known as the ones above, but when everyone in the school library had borrowed all of the cool books, and I was too slow I had to find something else. I stumbled upon the Grandma Cadbury series, essentially about a Grandma who is still out and about and active, taking her grandson on adventures.

As my mood changes, or different things happen in my life this list will change. That’s what I find fantastic about books, they evoke different memories or feelings at the point in time that you read them. I suppose that is why I have two Australian authors in my list, because they were entwined with my childhood. As Children’s books should…

You see this is what happens when you’re away

February 18, 2009 at 4:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I left my blog for way too long. You know the usual excuses … I don’t have internet access, I have nothing to write blah blah blah. Slap myself on the wrist. I must keep writing.

For one thing recently there was much snow in London. Not being from London it’s quite a giddy experience watching white stuff fall from the sky as opposed to fat rain drops.

So will start posting again…

Working nine to five

December 17, 2008 at 2:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s funny how things work out. When you aren’t working you want to work, when you are you want some time to relax. I will get the time to do a proper post. There are a few things that have happened:
– A month worth of work
– A work Christmas party (first one!)
– cold weather
– moving into a flat! yay

And then of course there is Christmas!

Getting your foot in the door … where’s that doorbell?

November 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Posted in Me | Leave a comment
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So here’s the story. I left the comfort of a great job, surrounded by great people, on the road to a good career, with some great friends, in a beautiful country where the sun shines. What did I decide to do? Chuck it all in, move to the UK and try to get a job in one of the most notorious industries for being incredibly difficult to get a start! The lovely land of Film and TV. HA! I love a challenge.

So what I’d thought I’d do, is plot my path so far. I think for me, as a learning curve, to look back on this time, and to really appreciate this experience, I need to write it all out.
First off, went travelling. Probably the best thing to do to get some life experience, visit some countries, see some new things and overall just relax and not think about things too seriously. I mean the only stressful thing to think about was, where should we go today? What should I eat? Nice!
Secondly, I was fortunate to have a partner in crime. That is my sister. Thankfully, she’s been around, and it’s great just to have someone to talk to, and also to have a familiar face.

So when I arrived in London, what did I do? Well, what everyone does who has been on holiday. Bummed around a bit! Did some touristy stuff, went to see all the sights etc. Then came the moment of realisation after catching up with some friends here who are established here in the UK. “Crap, I don’t have a job, and haven’t really done much about it!”. Ok, so out comes my shiny mcshine laptop. Start, and restart doing my CV. My current one isn’t going to cut it, too wordy. Good for what I was currently doing, although in truth, people tend to hire people based on word of mouth, references and reputation rather than a piece of paper. So I blew off the dust, wiped away the cobwebs of my CV and slimmed it down. I changed format from Word. By the way, I hate word. I think it sucks. Formatting wise it doesn’t work. When you insert a pic it stuffs everything up. Anyway, so I decided to actually put my CV into Excel instead. The great thing is, it is really easy to add to it, delete, and mix things around. And in actual fact looks a lot cleaner, and I can fit more in, especially for production projects where it really is a list of credits. So my CV was more streamlined.

I began approaching companies. Since I have the bare minimum of contacts here in London, and in particular in film & tv, it would be starting from square one. But hey, that’s what it’s all about. If it was easy wouldn’t I be doing this in Oz instead? So I began cold calling companies, spending hours searching for not just the right companies, but also the right people. Luckily, I am quite good when it comes to searching for things online, and managed to extract some good names.

So far, I have come to realise it’s a combination of
a. Luck
b. timing
c. persistence
d. contacts

Although in truth, the above isn’t surprising. What a time to try to get some work though. It’s heading towards Christmas and we’re in the middle of a financial crisis. Way to go!

Luckily, the Producer at Quiet Storm Films, extended me an opportunity. I will never forget the fact that they extended this opportunity to me, it has been a blessing. I worked in their office, helping the team out in preparation for a few shoots. They were shooting a short film and a music video for a charity called Bondage for Freedom. Bondage for Freedom is the charity arm of the company Coco De Mer, which is headed up by Sam Roddick (daughter of Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop). She, alongside Jamie Catto (Faithless fame), pulled in Quiet Storm to produce these pieces to raise awareness of freedom of speech as well as justice. So I helped out on the shoots, worked with two amazing creative directors, worked with some fantastic crew, and became involved in very hectic but professional shoots. What did it prove for me? That this is what I wanted to do. I loved every minute of it. Sure there were late finishes and early rises. Sure I woke up the next morning with sore arms and legs from lifting and running everywhere. But it was worth it. I have the bug.

So what now? Well I did what I was doing before helping out at Quiet Storm, trying to uncover contacts and contacting as many as possible. It has been an interesting experience, because you contact about 50 + people, and may get one lukewarm hit. I have two contacts that have mentioned that they will be crewing for some shoots in Jan 09. So that’s pretty cool. And also got another contact that offers internship at their production company from a development capacity, which is quite exciting considering this is the very front end of a production, and the very start of the whole process.

I also managed to go in for three interviews, one an animation production company and two post production houses. All three are incredibly different, on different scale and of course two being post as opposed to a production house, different stages of projects. But so far, one has offered me the opportunity to come in for a trial, which is great news! I am really looking forward to it, if it does work out, I’ll be working for an award winning, reputable, global post house, therefore the opportunities are great.

On another note, I also have two contacts who are meeting me in the next couple of weeks. A chance to really pick their brains, see if there is anything on the horizon that could come up. So I am really excited.

My aim is to try to get as much experience as possible. Unlike other people who visit the UK from Oz, I don’t have the advantage of an ancestry visa, so for me it is about making the most of the limited time I have. And getting as much experience as possible, on as many projects.

Change is a coming, and I am getting all excited. So although I have been getting many slammed, or politely shut doors in the face. There are a couple of doors that are slightly ajar. I hope they lead somewhere and that I don’t look back.

–Completely self indulgent post–

Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian!

November 4, 2008 at 8:53 am | Posted in Comedy, video | Leave a comment
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What a classic. He is amazing. What an actor. In a nutshell that is acting!

The first Banksy of the season?

October 31, 2008 at 1:46 am | Posted in art, media | Leave a comment
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It’s been a week of firsts. First snow, first cold snap and first Banksy. Too this close to soho. Need to keep my eyes peeled now to find some more. Apparently this one is fresh. And limited time offer too.

The first snow of the season?

October 31, 2008 at 1:24 am | Posted in Me | Leave a comment
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Look everyone snow!! My first snow, well I have been to Perisher in NSW, but snow in the backyard. Crazy! I can’t wait to see more. The cold snap has hit. And whilst my family is baking in the sun, I am rugging up for the winter.

It’s October, it’s not Christmas yet!

October 28, 2008 at 9:42 am | Posted in hmmm | Leave a comment
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I was rolling past some high street department stores and saw this. The clocks went back on Saturday so it’s now dark (this was taken at 5pm by the way). So the lights were on. Not just any lights, Christmas lights! It’s October! Ok it does look pretty, and I actually managed to get a double decker in there as well.

The first white Christmas approaches for me! To quote the late Big Kev, I’m excited!

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