London Adventures: Science Museum

Thank you, Time Out. You’re a gem.

If you grew up in London, then it is guaranteed that you probably went to one of the museums situated in South Kensington on a school trip. Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum or Science Museum, you oft found yourself on a crowded bus of tourists with your teacher shouting at you to, “KEEP WITH THE GROUP!”. If not, then I’ll quickly explain.

South Kensington is the place if you want to soak up some well deserved “you” time. The place is dotted with garden squares where you can hide yourself with a good book and ignore everyone. Hungry? Exhibition Road is chock full of restaurants. Leaving the station, you’ll be assaulted by all sorts of delicious smells. If you don’t want to do that, then you can wonder into any of the museums I mentioned above (for free, mind you), and learn everything there is to know about science, history and design.

This is where Mutay and I found ourselves last night. Science Museum hold Lates – a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change. Last night’s theme was Brazilian, due to the recent World Cup.

One word: awesome.

Science Museum: Lates - MYO InstrumentsIt was a bit overwhelming when we first entered the museum. The place was a hubbub of loud music, fast paced people and an atmosphere I can only describe as electric. We were handed a leaflet, detailing all the events going on that night. The first thing that caught our eye was the drop in sessions to make your own instruments. Making our way down to the basement, we were shown all the things we could make including instructions.

My first attempt at making a drum failed. Personally, I blame it on the string. It was too short, but that is besides the point. We then moved onto the maracas, in which Mutay aptly marked hers with ‘M Slice’. Rapper in the making.

Next was the kazoo – Mutay has a picture of me attempting to make music with it. I look like a monkey with my puffed out cheeks and one ear sticking out from my hair. Then we made our own pipes, which was interesting…

We’ve decided to start a two man band called “ChyTay”. Auditions for a third member will be held shortly.

Science Museum: Lates - MYO Instruments

Flashback to your childhood – anyone?

Science Museum: Lates - MYO Instruments

Immensely proud of the things I made. I’m not too sure my mother would be pleased because I’m not putting my degree to use here.

We wanted to go to a samba session, which was being held every 40 minutes, but our bellies told us no. So, we detoured to the ground floor and grabbed a bite to eat in the café. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting to eat what I did eat, but I must say it was delicious. I can’t remember half of the names of the food on my plate, all I know is that the chorizo was delicious and the bread with the dips was class.

Science Museum: Lates - Food


Due to fate, Mutay actually picked up a can of coke for me that had ‘Bestie’ written on it. <insert appropriate ‘”Awwwwwws” here>

Science Museum: Lates - Bestie

The lighting could have been better. I clearly think I’m some kind of professional photographer.

After munching for what seemed like forever, and therefore missing the time slot for the next samba session, we made our way to the second floor for some print screening. Unfortunately they had ran out of paper, so we weren’t able to get our prints made, but we did manage to take some that were left over at the end of the night.

Our night ended in heaven.

As Mutay described it, it was “a bunch of geeks at a silent disco in a museum”. It was honestly the best thing I have ever been to. The DJ did try to end the night with Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Push It’, but the crowd was having none of it and he thankfully ended with Fatman Scoop’s ‘Be Faithful’.

Science Museum: Lates - Silent Disco


Science Museum: Lates - Silent Disco

I was happy because Fatman Scoop. Mutay was upset because she wasn’t sure whether her face would be seen in the picture.

Science Museum – you will witness us in your building again for the Science of Hedonism, next month. See you then!

Chynna ♥

Reading Habits

This morning I came across this tag on Beth Tinkerbells‘ blog and it was very fitting because who doesn’t love books.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My bed is my favourite place to read when I’m at home, occasionally I wander downstairs to the sofa to snuggle with my mother but I prefer the peace and solitude of my own four walls.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Neither! I take pride in being able to remember the page number on which I finished or read up until the end of a chapter before putting my book down.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?
Fitting question, it honestly depends on the book and how deeply I am into it. Also if I certain paragraph has really touched me, I may stop for a little to think and take it all in.

Do you eat or drink while reading?
I do but not consciously. I don’t have that ‘chocolate and book’ thing that most people do. If I’m hungry then I’ll eat etc.

Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?
When I’m reading, I consider it to be ‘me’ time so I prefer it to be silent. Although when I’m home alone background noise is a must.

One book at a time or several at once?
At the moment it’s several at once but I try to do one at a time so that I can fully spend time on a book and take it. Then there are periods where I get really excited about books and read 3 to 4 at a time because I’m too eager

Reading at home or everywhere?
Preferably at home or the park but reading on my daily commute is also quite fun. You can block out the annoying people who try out take up too much space on public transport. Also it helps when you’re somebody who hates making eye contact with others!

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, but I love it when people read to me! (Preferably male, any takers?)

Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
When I was younger I used to always read the ending first! I know, what a crime. If the pages are deathly descriptive (Lolita by Vladmir Nobokov) then sometimes you have to skip, you can always go back if you miss something important.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
A loved book is one that is worn out and dog eared. In saying that no one else is allowed to crease my books!

Do you write in your books?
No! Writing in books is a definite no no, I write out quotes and thoughts into my journal, so I always document things that are important.

I would quite like to see some of your responses, I specially tag Holly!
M x

August Foodie Wish List

I’ll be honest with you, food is ALWAYS on my mind. I haven’t been out to eat in London for a long time, just over 2 weeks I believe so I think August should be my month of food! I could spend my money on more productive things but I choose not to. I have been eyeing up a few places lately, I’ve limited this list to only 3 for this post but trust me it is way more extensive than this. I need to pace myself.

1. Anna Mae’s Mac n’ Cheese
I love macaroni and cheese as much as I love burgers. It’s common knowledge that I love a good food truck, and my friends always try and put me down and say ‘It’s actually just a van!‘ I like the novelty so I will live by the food truck name. This food truck makes southern style mac n cheese in a massive pan, with added such as bacon, hot dog pieces and jalapenos. What more could you want??
My hopes for tracking them down by the end of July are over but I’m eagerly waiting to see where they will be in August!

2. Franco Manca
I currently have a love/hate relationship with this sourdough pizza place! Love because who doesn’t love pizza? Hate, there is one currently being built in my area but it doesn’t open till the end of summer. Frankly Franco, that just isn’t good enough. So I’m no longer waiting and I’m going on Sunday, I will put up a post of the amazing sour dough flavours on Monday.

3. Shoryu Ramen
I hadn’t heard of this place before I came across it whilst watching a Youtube video. All that soupy goodness tantalised my taste buds and eyes.. I’ve only had Ramen once or twice and I don’t remember it as being something amazing so hopefully this place can change my mind about ‘Beloved Ramen’

Is there anywhere you would particularly like to go and eat? What’s your favourite restaurant in your area?

M x