So these are the photos during the last tag session for Spring League..
Category Archives: Adventure
Docklands Summer Festival and Japanese Lesson
Impulse purchase. Everyone is guilty about it. Consumerism has taken over our life that it’s hard to imagine life without it. Everywhere we turn, it has left its mark there. On the webpage, in the magazine and even the email, the only way to conquer it is to actually use it. That’s why Ben and I went to Thunder Road Cafe on Saturday for lunch, to use the voucher she bought months before. Paid €28 for a €60 value meal, do we feel bad about it? Not quite, the meal was delicious. We had the sweet chilli battered prawn, garlic bread with cheese, prawn fajita and vegetable burger. We were so stuffed, we decided not to get the dessert (I still have vouchers for froyo). Didn’t even use up the full €60 value for the meal.
Afterward, Ben headed to watch Godzilla in cineworld while I head towards Grand Canal Dock for Docklands Summer Festival. The weather was warm and sunny, it feels wasteful to spend the day indoor. Sitting next to the dock and hanging your feet at the edge while watching wakeboard surfers performs, it hard not to notice that summer has finally arrive in Ireland. The charity duck race didn’t quite live up to my imagination, but it’ll do.
I recall bumping into Benny Lewis, a globe-trotter who started up Fluent In 3 Months website, on Thursday. What a luck as I only went into Easons that day to browse for more travel books. His website encourages people, not only to learn foreign languages but also to open their life for new cultures and friendship from around the world. That is exactly what I’m passionate about and so I signed up for a language exchange program Italki. So far I’ve had 30-min Japanese trial lessons from 2 teachers; Tomoko sensei and Rinko sensei. Previously I had believed I’ve conquered the basic pronunciation of the Nihon go I can use to converse with Japanese locals. I was wrong. As soon as we started the Skype lesson, I went stumped. I couldn’t make my message across but they were so kind and helpful to assist me starting up again. If I had more time before leaving on Saturday, I would schedule another session with them and make it into a full hour. Wish me luck!
Dublin Bay Cruises
Earlier today, I was invited by Anastacia to join Tayo and herself on Dublin Bay Cruises from Dublin city centre to Howth. I’ve went for another cruise with this company before, from Dun Laoghaire to city centre. It seems a great opportunity to visit Howth again. We departed at 11am from Sir John Rogersons’s Quay.
The weather was warm although it’s rather cloudy then, I was contemplating whether to bring a jacket with me or not. It was a right decision to bring one, as it became very windy and cold when we’re out in the open sea. The girls definitely enjoyed themselves, especially Anastacia. Tayo still has a fear to go the end of the boat, kept holding on the rail for fear of falling into the water. Half way through the cruise, I got a little seasick and decided to stay in the cabin while watching a documentary about whales and deep sea life.
After an hour and half, we finally arrived in Howth, just in time for lunch. We went to a tapas restaurant, Octopussy, mainly because of its name and it also serves non-seafood items (Anastacia doesn’t like seafood). Later, I discovered it was ranked 3rd in Top 10 Great Places to Eat Outdoors by Lovin Dublin. Only 9 more to find and dine. Summer, please come soon!Anastacia ordered chicken wings, Tayo had a platter and I got myself a seafood chowder. Everything was remarkably delicious, although the patata brava didn’t quite live up the expectation. I’m quite surprise how much I enjoyed the lightly battered anchovy. I’m glad we went in early to the restaurant since it got packed very quickly afterward. 3 groups were put in a 20-min queue to get seated in. We decided not to linger around after we finished the food due to this.Afterward we walked around Howth Market. I love food market, the smell of freshly baked goods, beautiful decorated dessert. I don’t quite know what to buy, quite relieved that I was stuffed from lunch. Otherwise I’d probably ended up buying dozens of the mini cupcakes.
But I can’t totally control myself so I bought ONE mini Oreo cupcake, just to satisfy the craving. Plus a woven bracelet, it matches to the mori girl look I’m working on for Hakone trip. Afterward Anastacia and I shared a scoop of black forest ice cream. That should be enough for my diet (I hope).
In the evening I met Anna from Grumpy Bear Creation to discuss a Harajuku hairpiece commission. I ended up buying beautiful ponytails hairpiece made of foams and cyberlox. More to come soon but here’s the preview..
Dublin Prawn and Galway Bay
On Saturday, 26th April 2014, I went to Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth with Ben, my housemate Seafood has always been my favourite dish and I rarely turn down any opportunity to sample different types of seafood dishes. The moment we stepped into the food marquee, the smell of freshly cooked seafood was overwhelming. All dishes cost €5 each which is a good value considering a typical fish&chip in Dublin costs over €7. I especially loved the battered calamari and chilli grilled prawn (pictured above). Too bad we couldn’t stay there longer since the rain has been on and off the whole day. We decided to leave early so we can prepare ourselves for paragliding session the day after.Thankfully the weather has cleared up in the morning. Perfect blue and sunny sky with little clouds during the whole journey from Dublin to Clare. We picked up Louise in Galway along the way and meet the tandem instructor from Paraglide West in Ballyvaughan. Then we made our way to Gleninagh Hill for a short but steep hike to the top.
I have to admit we are not the fittest hiker ever. It took us over 40min to reach the spot, including 3 breaks along the path. Still we made it alive, barely.
We waited for the right wind speed for the paraglide while eating the food we brought along. Didn’t think I’ve ever had a more scenic picnic. I made a self-note to do more hiking this summer. Even after we waited for over 3 hours the experience was still worthwhile. In the end, our instructor decided to call off the day. Instead of taking all of us paragliding, he could only take one passenger to paraglide down to the hill bottom. So we let Ben had a first go.
It almost feels like a waste of time coming all the way for nothing, but it was no point in moaning. I’m hopeful for the future, we may even able to book a session near Dublin. Also, I wish that Tayo will experience a glide soon, especially since her skydiving was cancelled last year. Poor girl, as if she’s cursed (!)
Till next time, pray for blue sky!