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Food Photo Friday #35: Dinner @ Happy Boy

Food: Pork burger, KFC and Peach Iced Tea Slushie/ Consumed at: Happy Boy, Royal Oak, Auckland/ Date: 22.07.2017 Royal Oak was the busiest I’ve ever seen it on a Saturday when I stopped into the brand new Happy Boy last Saturday. It’s difficult to miss with its neon lights pulsing from within. Walking inside is like being transported straight into a video game, it’s uber cool. The place was buzzing, there was a massive line of people waiting for tables which almost put us off, but after being told it would only be a half hour wait (which turned out only being about 20 minutes,) we were happy to wait around and soak up the atmosphere. We got there just after 6.30pm and the place was filled with young families digging into delicious burgers and sides. When we left, close to around 8pm the crowds had died down and there was no wait. So if you want to be seated quickly, best to go a bit later. I’d already decided what I wanted before heading …

Silo Markets and Outdoor Cinema

On Friday evening I caught up with one of my friends from Cardiff  who is now doing a study abroad in Auckland and her flatmate. We were planning to go down to Wynyard Quarter at Auckland’s Waterfront and check out the Silo markets and watch a movie at the outdoor cinema. I absolutely love Silo Park in general. In the past few years the whole place has been revamped to become an awesome space to be in. Last night, after a stop in at Chatime, which was having it’s grand opening in Auckland, we walked down Queen Street and down to Wynyard Quarter to Silo Park and had a peruse through the markets. While none of us ended up buying anything, there were plenty of things to choose from, from second hand books, boutiques filled with gorgeous clothes and trinkets and even a nail bar. After a good look around, we headed to the food area which was absolutely lush. It was set up with fairground bunting hanging all around and live DJs who looked …

75 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching Fifty Shades of Grey

The other night I went to watch the very widely spoken about, Fifty Shades of Grey with two of my friends. Having read the book I definitely wasn’t expecting much, but felt like it was one of those obligatory films you have to see in the cinema, just to say you’ve seen it. I’m not going to bother with a proper film review, so instead, inspired by some similar posts I’ve seen on Buzzfeed, here are some of the thoughts that were going through my head (and also escaping from my mouth to the ears of my friends,) during the film. *SPOILERS AHEAD* OH NO. That lip biting is going to piss me off during the whole film, I can just tell. Kristin Stewart much? Okay, I’m so going to be ‘Twilight’ spotting throughout this whole movie. Of course she drives a rundown VW, they always drive those. Wow, everyone was so right, that secretary looks exactly like Jamie King… How is that NOT Jamie King? God that fall was absolute cringe. Hi Jamie Dornan. …

Film Review: The Imitation Game

Last night I was a little naughty and instead of studying, I decided to watch a film that I’ve been wanting to see ever since I saw the trailer months ago. The Basics: Directed by: Morten Tyldum Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear. Released: 29 August 2014 (Telluride Film Festival), 14 November 2014 (United Kingdom), 28 November 2014  (United States) The Plot: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II (from IMBd). Thoughts: There were several reasons why I wanted to see this film, 1) it had Benedict Cumberbatch, 2) it had Allen Leech and 3) it had Matthew Beard, all actors that I have seen in other films and television shows and love and admire and 4) it looked like a hugely interesting story. The Good: …