This weekend has been pretty jam packed full of food, shopping and entertaining my aunt who is on a flying visit from Hong Kong. I had thought long and hard on where to take her for lunch this weekend and ended up returning to a real crowd pleaser, Mowgli in Birmingham. I’ve always said that I’m not hugely into Indian flavours but on a number of occasions, I’ve been proved wrong as I’m a fan of Lasan as well as Indian street food. Birmingham has seen a real explosion of restaurants that offer Indian street food and Mowgli is one of them. Indian street food isn’t commonplace in Hong Kong, so the meal really stood out to her because it was so different and exciting. We loved the yoghurt filled chat bombs (they are so fun to eat) and the paneer, Goan fish curry and house chicken curry didn’t go amiss either.


After a little bit of shopping which involved perusing all the shops meticulously for various household and beauty items, I took my aunt to Faculty for some proper coffee. My aunt raised an eyebrow when I said that I wouldn’t be taking her to Costa or a Starbucks but it proved to be a successful stop. Their cakes are the best – I could have eaten two of the vegan banana and biscoff cakes!


While my aunt was perusing ladles in Debenhams (I’m not sure why British ladles are better than Chinese ones), I managed to pick up this awesome little good hair day/bad hair day llama mug to use at work. I was looking for a mug that was just the right shape and this was the one, it’s fun and will definitely make busy days at work a little bit easier!


It’s my sister Hailey’s birthday next week, so as per family tradition, we always gather on the Sunday before for dim sum followed by cake and presents. We’re creatures of habit and usually choose either a Chinese sponge cake or a Black Forest gateau accompanied with mugs of hot tea. Wishing a very happy birthday to my sister Hailey on Thursday!

fuji xt2

Lastly, I’ve finally taken the plunge and upgraded my camera to the Fujifilm XT2. I’m so excited about this! I’ve always thought I would go for a full frame camera for my upgrade but after chatting to friends that use the same camera (aka Kit), the mirrorless option and size of the XT2 is pretty perfect. I’m still getting to grips learning how to use a new camera but I’m obsessed with the image quality and how well it performs in low light conditions, something that my Canon 650d really struggles with. I took the llama mug photos using the XT2 a few hours ago when I was really starting to lose natural light and I’m so pleased with the results. I can’t wait to take it out and share more photos soon – it’s an awesome camera.