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Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day

Good Evening civilians.

I am glad to be back at home in bed writing this post to you all. The weather has been absolutely awful today.  No wonder majority of the people  in London are moody sods.

Including me.

I have reasons sometimes. Like last weekend when Nadal lost at the Australian Open. I  was feeling blue and actually pretty annoyed that the OZ crowd booed him for no reason!

But then I have a tendency to be moody for no reason at all.  It’s true. Here’s my moody t-shirt.

On a happier note, two weekends ago I was transported to the imaginary world of Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall.

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I haven’t been to the Royal Albert Hall in years. The last time was when I was in Primary School and hundreds of kids from Primary and Secondary schools performed a musical concert. We sang songs from The Sound Of Music and old English songs as well as playing the recorder in unison. It was a huge deal for me. I was so excited and it was the first time experiencing the posh side of West London. It seemed bigger and more theatrical somehow when I was younger. It’s such a beautiful building with the Albert Memorial and park opposite it.

I got really good seats which cost a bomb. But it was totally worth it.  We were seated in the Grand Tier box and had front row seats.

Quidam is produced by Cirque Du Soleil and is one of their many dazzling shows- famous for their incredible acrobatics and sets.

” Quidam celebrates the nameless passerby, the person living lost amidst the crowd in an all-too-anonymous society. Quidam (pronounced key-dam) is a story of the one who cries out, sings, and dreams within us all. A tribute to those faceless strangers we all are to one another, evoking the joys and sorrows of everyday life. ”

The music was performed beautifully in French. Not that I could understand a word of it, but I certainly appreciated how well it suited what the show was about.  Some of the acts made me laugh and it felt like a silent movie with Charlie Chaplin as the “Little Tramp”.  At certain points of the show I have to admit, I had no idea what was happening and who was who.  A few people from the audience were called upon to help stage the act which was quite amusing. Quidam’s effects, juggling and acrobats were awesome.  I watched in wonder and disbelief as they broke the bounds of physics and wowed the audience. There were moments in the show  where some of the performers  made me gasp because the act was real and dangerous. It’s amazing and mind boggling what we can do with our bodies but actually see someone do what we dream in our wildest dreams we wished we could do.

Fear not you have not missed out! I believe there is another show called Dralion which will be at the 02 arena in June. So you should  definitely check it out.

Right I’m off to watch the season finale of season four’s Downtown Abbey. I have somehow crammed in four seasons in the last two weeks. I can’t believe I’ve never watched it before now, it’s a brilliant show.

Night Night Friends.

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Shopping Blunder

We’ve been really lucky this summer in London because the weather has just been so beautiful and hot. I’m an Autumn girl but I have to say the hotter it gets the happier people are around here. It is nice when you can make most of the weather and hang out and chill in the huge parks we have here in London. 

So my story today is actually an incident that happened a few weeks ago. But I thought it would be quite funny or stupid on my part to share with the world. I’m not really bothered about telling people the stupid things I do, because I’m shameless. 

On my lunch break few weeks ago I decided to check out the sale in GAP. They had some really cool stuff and I swear the sizing has changed because it’s seems quite generous. But anyways, there were some nice pair of denim shorts that I liked. Now when I saw these shorts I thought it was really unusual that they had a stretchy  band at the waist instead of a button or zip. But I was over the moon because it looked like it would feel so comfortable and help cover my stomach. I wanted to quickly try on the shorts and a few other tops I liked. 

When I tried on the shorts it really felt like a K-CI and Jojo moment:

All my life I prayed for some shorts like you

And I thank God that I finally found you. 

I can’t describe how incredibly  comfortable they were and the stretchy band felt so nice against my stomach which helped hide my Mount Himalaya. I mean I could wear this for Christmas dinners and I could eat as much as I wanted. It was a  no- brainer. These bad boy shorts were coming home with mama. 

I showed my work colleague what I bought. I told her that I found these shorts and they were so comfortable and that I wish everyone made shorts or jeans like these. 

She burst out laughing and said to me that surely I knew what I just bought and why there was a band on the waist area. 

Yeah, because someone out there is a freekin genius who wanted to make my life better. 

No Meera. These shorts are maternity wear. 

Hold up. Say what? 

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I told her it can’t be because I found them where all the non-maternity wear clothes were so it can’t be true.  I checked the label and dammit it was maternity wear!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why does the truth hurt so much? Well how was I to know? I mean some idiot put these shorts in the wrong section and gave me false hope! 

I’m not lying I contemplated long and hard for a few days whether I should keep them or not and just not tell anyone. I mean I care more about comfort than what anyone else thinks. 

Wrong. My friends could not believe that I was actually serious that I wanted to keep them and told me to return them unless I actually was pregnant…WHICH I AM NOT!  As I was reminded over and over again. 

It was a sad day when I had to return them. I am now on the look out for the same style but I know what I had was irreplaceable. 

Bubbleology

The Truth is…..

I was abducted by extra terrestrial species and this is why I haven’t been able to blog. I tried to “phone home” but those slimey buggers forbid me to. So there you have it. That’s the truth and I’m sticking to it like a stamp on an envelope. 

Coming back from another world, I have many stories to share. 

My first story is Bubbleology. 

I was under the care of an alien, named Jiggly Anna Puff. I know like situations weren’t weird enough.  I remember it well, the first time she spoke to me. 

“So…Ho”

“Hey JP….who you callin Hoe? I ain’t know Hoe”. 

“Silence Human. You talk jibberish that I do not understand. This is Planet X and we are in land Soho. You and me are going drinking.”

“Drinking what exactly?”

“Bubble Tea!”

Bubble Tea? What the hell, these aliens are cray. The only crazy thing I drink is hot chocolate so I don’t know about this Bubble Tea business.  But how do the kids say it nowadays…YOLO (You Only Live Once) 

Apparently Bubble Tea is quite popular in Soho because there was a queue outside the building which looked like a laboratory inside. Jiggly and I walked in and it looked like I was walking into a dangerous experiment where the aliens were dressed in white lab coats mixing all sorts of flavours together. I didn’t know what to order but I ordered what seemed like a safe and tasty option: “Mango and Passion fruit.” Jiggly looked at me and said drink. It was bizarre because you drink this bubble tea through a straw as wide as your finger but it actually tasted delicious and very sweet, like milkshake with tapioca pellets- bubbles they call it. The bubbles were the best bit but so many in a cup that it’s like a meal in itself. Jiggly then took me to a place called Primark. Women aliens are scary crazy here. When we were both inside I felt someone was following me and when I turned around it was a guard who sternly said I was not allowed Bubble Tea in this place. I think he was jealous that he didn’t have bubble tea to drink.  However, Bubbleology was a sweet experience and what seemed to be a friendship blooming because Jiggly Anna Puff looked at me and said, 

“Bubble Tea with my best-tea”

Get your sweat on girl

Don’t worry guys, I’m still alive.

It seems that I am repeatedly apologizing as I begin my posts but I have a perfectly good reason. I have been dying to blog for ages but at this moment I do not have a laptop…well a functioning laptop. I have somehow managed to persuade my dad in letting me use his computer for a while.

It is a devastating moment in a woman’s life when you realize you’ve gained a few pounds because the freshly baked cookies have become your best friend. So about a month or so ago my friend and I decided to join a fitness class.  We browsed on the internet for good deals and we came across Bikram Yoga. We didn’t know what it was but it sounded interesting.

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“Time to get HOT”…..because you will do a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in a heated room for 90 minutes! We were excited because to us that sounded like chillin in a sauna and just doing few stretches and losing weight at the same time. AWESOME. We decided to buy an intro package for 35 pounds for 20 consecutive days.

I do not have a flexible bone in my body…I can’t even touch my toes without bending my knees…what the hell have I got myself into?  I’m going to look like such a chubby fool. I felt good knowing that my friend who would accompany me wasn’t really flexible either.  I went to buy some yoga gear from the sweatshop and they informed me that I would need to wear shorts and a tank top because it would be REALLY HOT.

Damn.  That would mean people will see my massive thighs that jiggled and wiggled and I would need to shave!! Listen, I have no shame in saying I get lazy in the autumn and winter. I just can’t be bothered to maintain the hair removal regime.

We were 15 minutes late for our first class and we didn’t realize how packed it would be for a morning class on a weekday in London. As soon as you enter the building you can feel the heat instantly. Luckily as it was our first class we were allowed to enter the room.

O-M-G. I can’t describe first of all the weird smell and the overwhelming heat that hits you.  I was then shocked to see how nearly naked the guys were. Yes girls there were quite a few men in the class in their trunks! It felt like a weird hot dream?! I dunno. It was weird. And I was already thirsty. You can take a water bottle inside but you can’t really drink a lot because it will make you sick.

I took a quick scan around the room and everyone was sweating hardcore and so toned and slim. I am not kidding I was the only chubby kid in the room. Even the other new comers were skinny and way more flexy than me. Some people were seriously flexy…like a pretzel. It was insane. It’s amazing what we can do with our bodies.  I could have moped about this but it actually made me want to work that more harder. I stretched out my arms and I was already freakin sweating. The thing is it’s the hardest thing I have done because its really intense. It won’t be for everyone but that’s why you buy the intro package, to get used to the heat and to see if this is for you. Either way you can laugh and share this experience with your friends.

Sadly for my friend, it wasn’t for her. She looked like she was going to pass out due to the heat. I went for two more classes and actually I felt really good afterwards. I wish I could continue but it’s hard waking up super early and then doing yoga and then making sure I’m running my ass off back to work on time. I was so tired! If they had a studio closer to home I probably would have carried on to see if there were any positive results.

If you are interested to try it out, there are a few places in London-Canary Wharf and London bridge.

In the meantime let me try power walking 🙂

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Spice up your life

All good things must come to an end and the countdown has officially begun for Rio 2016. As London 2012 chairman Lord Coe told the audience on Sunday evening: “Today sees the closing of a wonderful Games in a wonderful city. “We lit the flame and lit up the world.

It has been a golden 17 days of sport, entertainment, unity, equality, laughter, world records being set and broken. There were 44 world records and 117 Olympic records during the 16 days.  Team GB came in third place and won 65 medals in 16 different sports. We clearly have come a long way so well done Team GB! All the athletes, game makers and volunteers have also done us so proud. The games have been sensational and have truly inspired a generation. London has been full of life, love and spirit.

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On that note, I have never seen Londoners so happy! The games have given the country an extra strong dose of a mood-enhancing drug. And it seems Londoners want to prolong the olympic feel good factor which is why people are rushing to secure their tickets for the Paralympics. Over 2.1 million tickets have been sold so far for the games! On Saturday evening I was in Piccadilly Circus when Mo Farrah had won a gold medal again for  the 5000m race. It was shown outside on the screens and everyone cheered and clapped so loud, it was just amazing to be there at that moment. The city is still buzzing even though the games are over. The question is however, how long will this national euphoria last for? At the 1908 Olympic closing dinner  British Olympic Council’s honorary secretary Reverend Robert S de Courcy Laffan said, “The Olympic movement was one with great ideals. The perfect physical development of a new humanity, the spreading all over the world of the spirit of sport, which is the spirit of the truest chivalry, and the drawing together of all the nations of the earth in the bonds of peace and mutual amity”. So I think we owe it to ourselves to make sure the spirit we have witnessed to live on.

And what a way to close the games! Showing the symphony of British music over the past 60 years. I know you all were eagerly awaiting to be ziga zig ahhh(ed) by the Spice Girls just as much as I was.  I’ve always been a massive girl power fan since the group started and I still know all the words! The girls spiced up our lives while dancing on top of five black taxis. They even had our beloved London Mayor Boris dancing wildly in the royal box. I have to admit seeing him shake his bum and arms around with David Cameron has to be one of the highlights of the night.  What a legend.  I seriously need to learn his dance moves and bust them out in the club….if I want to scare off the perves and weirdos!!

Lets just watch the spectacle that was Boris again with his dangerously seductive moves 😀

And bless One Direction. I’m not ashamed to say I know all the words to What Makes You Beautiful. I was totally singing with them all the way. They were awesome. The closing ceremony displayed some memorable moments with a tribute on a big screen including  John Lennon-Imagine and Freddie Mercury. Loved the call and response routine, you could really tell the crowd were loving it.  It was great to see Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz performing together.  And it really was touching to see Gary Barlow lead Take That considering the circumstances. All the performances by the various acts were good and I really wish I had a genie or fairy godmother to have magically transported me to the stadium with awesome seats.

The vibe and buzz here in London has been awesome. Here are some of my favourite moments in pictures:

The fastest man alive, Bolt and Mo Farah doing each others signature poses.
The closing ceremony fireworks.

Passing on the Olympic flag to the next host that is RIO.

London 2012

THIS YEAR ALL EYES HAVE BEEN ON LONDON

THIS YEAR BELONGS TO LONDON

IT’S ALL ABOUT LONDON 2012

From the Diamond Jubilee, to the emotional Wimbledon finals and finally the London Olympic Games! It is a wonderful and special time not only for the British people but for everyone here enjoying the 2012 games. I live in East London so it’s amazing that this is all happening so close to home. Olympic fever has swept across the nation and everyone is screaming for TEAM GB. I have never screamed so much at my tv, that too on a daily basis. Anyone who could hear me would think I’m mad. But I’m just loving it all! Such a great vibe to be in London right now.

Everyday commuting to work I see a sea of people on their way to watch the games to support their country. I see the joy and  excitement on their faces and it’s priceless. Luckily there is a pub opposite my work which has a huge tv outside so I’m lucky I can catch some glimpses of the games. The Olympic games have brought unity and peace, such a contrast to the London Riots last year!

I admit, I started to get into the spirit of it all on the Friday afternoon of the opening ceremony. Britain would present itself to the world and I was genuinely excited and proud. I was pleasantly surprised and in awe for three hours. What a magnificent, inventive, hilarious and quirky ceremony! It was truly British down to the music, literature and yes even humour. The best moments with Mr. Bean and Mr. Bond with his new bond girl, the Queen! Her willingness to take part in that manner will be remembered always. Who knew parachuting was one of her hobbies eh? Just like a musical, it was full of singing, dancing, J.K. Rowling , Lord Voldemort even made an appearance with Mary Poppins chasing the darkness away.

I loved how they presented Britain’s transition from an agricultural to an industrial and then high-tech society. Also paying tribute to the NHS and GOSH. Hats off to you Mr. Danny Boyle and all the volunteers!

I was trying to stay awake to watch TEAM GB make their entrance. No problem, the noise and screams from the stadium woke me up immediately! I put the volume up and I could only imagine what I knew was 100 times louder in reality. The atmosphere was electrifying!

The spectacular finale of the event saw the Olympic Cauldron, formed of 205 copper petals representing the competing nations coming together in London for the Games, ignited by seven young Torchbearers nominated by Britain’s Olympic medalists and truly embodying the games motto of  “inspire a generation” – lit scores of long-necked pipes, that rose to form a caldron of sorts in the middle of the stadium.It really was a beautiful moment to remember.

Phantom Of The Opera

“Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist”

Few weeks back I went to the West End to watch one of the greatest musicals ever written, none other than by Mr Andrew Lloyd Webber. I have seen quite a few shows now in London and each show has been magical and unique in its own right. But I remember when I first watched the movie years ago I instantly was mesmerised with the music, it was so powerful and beautifully written. I’m a bit of a romantic so I was so excited to finally get to see and hear the legendary love story live!

The show takes place at Her Majesty’s Theatre and it’s a small theatre. I was apprehensive about where my friend and I were seated as I didn’t think we would be able to see properly all the way from the Upper circle. Theatre tickets are generally expensive but for the Phantom the tickets are somehow more expensive. So you can you imagine I was completely shitting it and praying these seats were somewhat decent.

ALLELUIA PRAISE THE LORD….They were good seats and some of the action was high up so we got a great view. But I suppose few rows in front would have been better especially as the lady sitting in front of me was tall so I couldn’t see some parts of the play and that was so annoying!!!

The main characters were AMAZING without a doubt. Earl Carpenter as the Phantom was just pure awesomeness! You could never take your eyes of him. He commanded that stage in ways that I have never seen anyone do. Sofia Escobar as Christine was stunning! She seemed so tiny but had an incredible big voice. When she hit those high notes she sent chills down my spine and I had goosebumps. That’s how great she was. It’s truly a gift to have such a beautiful voice and to be able to share that joy with everyone everyday. To be honest all the main characters were excellent.  It’s strange but you can’t help but feel sorry for the Phantom in the end. Someone who has never known love, kindness or compassion, experienced so much in that one moment when Christine kisses him telling him he’s not alone.

Ahhh, let’s just say everything was so good I would go see it again! If you haven’t seen it, definitely get tickets to watch this!

The great John Owen Jones.

And of course the main theme song.

Hello World!

Greetings Earthlings!

I’m Meera and I’m from London Town-where the 2012 Olympics are taking place…woop woop. I’m a  Psychology Graduate trying to find my way in this crazy yet beautiful and wonderful world we call Earth. It’s been a whole year since I last blogged and it feels good to be writing again! It’s amazing how with one click  you can come across someones blog and their words are funny, inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking. It’s your lucky day people,  mine will be all that and more 😉