How are you? I’ve been fairly busy lately with a bout of bad luck to boot.
You see, we had a bit of an incident with our shower. In other words, a pipe burst. All the water that had flowed in our upstairs shower that morning, cascaded happily through the floor/roof into our downstairs laundry room. Now we await the insurance company’s verdict on wether they will pay for the repairs or not. The timing couldn’t have been worse, as hubby has just had surgery on his foot!!! These happenings are definitely not weekly favourites.
Halloween season is over and I’m now concentrating on Christmas. Although there is no certainty where we will even be spending Christmas as it depends on how extensive the shower renovations will be. Anyway, to get into the mood, my daughter and I went to see this year’s Christmas movie – Last Christmas. It stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson among others. Did you know Henry is originally from Malaysia? The movie even has another Malaysian star – the cool and collected Michelle Yeoh. The movie is sprinkled with music by George Michael and Wham!. Of course the legendary “Last Christmas” tune is there too. It’s a cute story and if you’re a fan of Christmas, then you have to see it! I give it three stars.
I have another movie recommendation up my sleeve – Judy. Judy tells the tragic story of Judy Garland, an American actress and singer. The movie concentrates on the last year of her career. Renée Zellweger does a tremendous job portraying the star. I give this movie five stars and recommend it to everyone, even if you haven’t heard of Garland before.
As hubby is stuck at home recuperating his foot, I’ve been spending lots of time at home helping him out (when I haven’t been at work that is!). This means movies and books! So here’s a third movie I watched this week – Meru. I don’t know why I’m fascinated by movies about climbing expeditions as I would NEVER EVER go on one myself. I guess I enjoy watching other people take themselves to the limit, LOL! You can find the documentary on Google Play and I give it four stars as it’s so compelling to watch.
I just finished the first season of Netflix’s The Politican which was very entertaining. I can’t wait for the second season! It’s a comedy-drama set in high school and starts with the student body president elections. I love the music in the show and Ben Platt’s singing. My fave song being Vienna – check it out! Ben might be familiar to you from Pitch Perfect.
This week’s favourite book is Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars which also happens to be Reese’s Book Club November pick. I listened it to on Audible and thought the narrator was spot on. The book tells the story of a group of women who deliver books to remote locations in Kentucky by horseback in the 1930s. It’s based on the true story of the Pack Horse Librarians who spread the love of reading with their work. Jojo Moyes has been accused of plagiarism because apparently the book is very similar to The Book Women of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. I haven’t read Kim’s book which was published earlier, so I cannot comment on that but I do have to say that I’m surprised Reese’s Book Club is showcasing a book that is being questioned in this way. Nevertheless, I’m elated as I’ve now read 42 books out of the 40 I set out to read this year!
On Saturday I managed to get out of the house and I went to visit the new extension to the Ainoa mall in Tapiola (Espoo). I used to visit Tapiola almost every day when we lived closer but that changed once they started renovating the area. It’s been one big construction ground for years. My mom lives close by, so my daughter and I met her at the mall to explore and have lunch. The mall has some interesting new shops like the Danish Søstrene Grene which has everything you ever needed for your home (and then some!). But to be fair, I’m not really into shopping these days, so there’s just so many shops you really need, so I find it difficult to get excited about a mall.
Anyway, we toured the shops and then went for lunch at biang!. I’ve been a fan of the restaurant since I first tried their Chinese food buffet at their Stockmann restaurant in Helsinki so I was excited to have one nearer to my house. I dare to say that it’s the only Chinese buffet where you can actually get authentic Chinese food in Finland. Usually the dishes have been modified to Finnish taste. The restaurant turned out to be really busy and there was no buffet on the weekends! What a disappointment! We decided to order from the menu and the food was delicious but the waiting time was just too long – over one hour. So at least now, when they are still adjusting to the new restaurant, I would say go for their buffet in Helsinki which can be found at Stockmann and CityCenter.
After lunch we had coffee at Tapiola’s legendary Kaisan Café which has been in the neighbourhood for over 30 years! They serve the same cakes and buns as when I was in high school. Which is not a bad thing as people are still crazy for them. There’s always a queue. Have a look here to see how they make their huge cinnamon buns.
Sunday was Father’s Day and we celebrated with a brunch in the morning and then some cake at my father-in-laws. It’s been raining all weekend so I haven’t even been inspired to go for a walk since Friday evening.
In addition to all these movies and books, I’ve been planning the upcoming trip to London. It will be my son’s first time there and there’s so much I’d like to show him. He’s interested in history which I’m happy to cater for. So far I have tickets for the musical Book of Mormon, Westminister Abbey, London Dungeon and Sky Garden. I also ordered some Oyster cards as my Oyster card from before has gone missing (don’t you hate it when that happens!). Next, I have to look into The Tower of London tickets. If we have time, we will visit the Churchill War Rooms after the Abbey but as that’s something that has to be seen, those tickets we will purchase on site.
How has your week been? Have you seen or read any of my recommendations? Do you have any for me?