Tayto Park: The Crisp Themed Amusement Park

Tayto Park: The Crisp Themed Amusement Park

In Ireland, the most beloved Irish crisp that everybody loves are Tayto crisps. Founded in 1954, you would be hard pressed to find an Irish person who doesn’t like a bag of Tayto! So of course, with people here loving everything got to do potatoes, it was just natural for the owner to set up an amusement park!

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The Famous Crisps!

The park opened in 2010 and they are continuously expanding it with new amusements and zoo animals! It was in the summer of 2015 when I first visited it, and I remember thinking that it wasn’t too big. Yeah it was nice, but there wasn’t really much in it.This time around however, it has gotten much bigger! This is Irelands first major theme park, so of course it’s extremely popular, especially for families.

We decided to go as a family and we had a great day! Although I feel it is a bit expensive as you need to pay extra if you want to go on the majority of the amusements there, (you can buy tokens at the entrance or inside the park)  but it’s a nice day out even if you don’t decide to splurge on the amusements. You can go and visit the many animals in the zoo, and the kids can even get their faces painted!

It really is catered for families, so I wouldn’t recommend going just as a couple, it’s not the most romantic (or quiet) of places!

The park is located 30 minutes from Dublin, so it would be an ideal day trip if you are coming from the capital.

Parking is free and you will receive a packet of Tayto when leaving!

If you’re curious and want to find out more, you can check out their website here: Tayto Park

 

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Procrastination: TV Series (Updated August 2017)

Because we never watch TV in China, (it’s full of war dramas with Japan and China and  The Voice of China) we are constantly looking up new TV series to watch on our laptops. Here are a few that we have watched/our watching right now. I won’t give details about them; if you like the look of them, you can check them out yourself.

More series will be added while I watch them.

 

PENNY DREADFUL

Penny Dreadful Ratings– 8.2/10 IMDb

93% Rotten Tomatoes

THE WALKING DEAD

The Walking Dead Ratings 8.5/10 IMDb

82% Rotten Tomatoes

BETTER CALL SAUL

Better Call Saul Ratings: 8.7/10 IMBd

97% Rotten Tomatoes

COMMUNITY

Community Ratings: 8.5 IMBd

86% Rotten Tomatoes

If you’ve lived in China, you will relate to Fresh Off The Boat. I love this series because it’s light-hearted. If you are in a bad mood and need something to cheer you up, stick on this show. The first series concentrated on the eldest son, but from the second onwards they also have episodes dedicated to the Mum and Dad, which I feel is much funnier now.  I love the Dad in it!

FRESH OFF THE BOAT

Fresh Off The Boat Ratings: 8/10 IMBd

If you love instrumental music, you should check The Leftovers out. I really love the music in this. With the creator only intending to make 3 seasons, it’s a quick series to watch!

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The Leftovers Ratings: 8.2/10 IMBd

90% Rotten Tomatoes

VIKINGS

Vikings Ratings: 8.7 IMDb

91% Rotten Tomatoes

Have yet to watch Love/Hate. Made in Ireland and it has been a huge hit there.

LOVE:HATE

Love/Hate Ratings: 8.4/10 IMDb

SUPERNATURAL

Supernatural Ratings: 8.6 IMBD

92% Rotten Tomatoes

Preacher Is definitely original but so far I’m not feeling this series. I’ll keep at it though.

UPDATE: I’ve given up on this one unfortunately!

Preacher

Preacher Ratings: 8.1/10 IMDb

93% Rotten Tomatoes

stranger things

Stranger Things Ratings: 8.9 IMDb

95% Rotten Tomatoes

UPDATE: AUGUST 2016

Loved loved loved The Man In The High Castle! Can’t wait for season 3.

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The Man In The High Castle Ratings: 8.1/10 IMDb

95% Rotten Tomatoes

bob

Bobs Burgers Ratings: 8.1/10 IMDb

89% Rotten Tomatoes

peaky

Peaky Blinders Ratings: 8.8/10 IMDb

94% Rotten Tomatoes

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2016

I know there was an old TV series which Westworld is based on, but I love that it’s so original at the moment!

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Westworld Ratings: 9/10 IMDb

89% Rotten Tomatoes

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2017

My fiancé told me about this animated series called Trollhunters, and to be honest I wasn’t too interested. But I decided to give it a go and now I absolutely love it! It’s a great show for both kids and adults; the characters are loveable and funny and it shows that they put a lot of effort into making this animation… I really really enjoyed the series and I can’t wait for the 2nd season!

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Trollhunters Ratings: 8.5/10 IMDb

94% Rotten Tomatoes

UPDATE: MARCH 2017

I’ve actually watched Black Mirror when it first came out in 2011, and I forgot to add this series in. I re-watched it again with my fiancé and he loved it. Every episode is unrelated to each other, with a brand new cast and storyline with each episode, and the first one is crazy. They each leave a lingering thought of ‘what if’.Absolutely brilliant series and so original, you should definitely have a watch of this unique series. They now have a 3rd series out.

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Black Mirror Rating:  8.9/10 IMDb

96% Rotten Tomatoes

UPDATE: APRIL 2017

Big Little Lies is a short mini-series, and with having a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I decided to try it out. I really enjoyed the series! The character development of the 3 main characters was very good, and the final episode brings everything from the first 6 episodes and it’s a brilliant ending. The first two episodes are slow to start off, but you find yourself wanting to find out what happens to each of the characters. Brilliant series! Even my fiancé enjoyed it!

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Big Little Lies Ratings: 8.7/10 IMDb

92% Rotten Tomatoes

 MAY 2017

American Gods is based on a book, and I tell you, it’s quite a surreal series! The visual effects are brilliant, and the introduction is… just a little odd. I would advise you to read up a little on the ‘Gods’, as it goes a little into myths, which I had no clue about until my fiancé told me.  Once this was explained to me, I really understood and enjoyed the series more.

You can check out the background to these gods in this YouTube video: The Mythology Behind American Gods

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American Gods Ratings: 8.3/10 IMDb

94% Rotten Tomateos

JUNE 2017

I know I know, how could I not have watched Game Of Thrones...?? I’ve only gotten into it the past week and I finally know why everyone loves it! I’ve read all the books years ago, so when I watched the first episode; none of the characters were what I thought of when I read the books. I felt everything was too different in the series… so I just decided not to keep watching! Now however, having forgot pretty much every single detail from the books, plus my characterisation of the roles, I really really love it! I’ve sped through 5 series in about a week!

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Game Of Thrones Ratings: 9.5/10 IMDb

95% Rotten Tomatoes

UPDATE; AUGUST 2017

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So far there is only one episode from The Sinner, but it looks promising!

The Sinner Ratings: 7.7/10 IMDb

100% Rotten Tomatoes

 

Japanese Food In My Hometown

If I ever moved to Japan, I know I would definitely struggle with the food! As they love everything got to do with fish flavour, I honestly wouldn’t really know what I could eat if I ever went there!

So anyway, in my hometown a new Japanese restaurant has opened up. Apparently it has rave reviews, and being the only Japanese restaurant (that I know of) in the area, I wanted to try it out and see what it offered!

Of course they had sushi, but they had other dishes like ramen and teriyaki, so I thought one of those may do me! I met my long time friend and we headed there for lunch, and I must say the chicken teriyaki was lovely!

Haha I did notice that throughout our meal I did hear 1 or 2 Chinese songs being played in it! The opposite would absolutely NEVER happen in a Chinese restaurant in China!

They gave us chopsticks and although I’m now good at using the Chinese style ones, the Japanese chopsticks are a little more difficult!

The Japanese style ones are shorter and taper to a fine point , so it’s harder to pick up the food, whereas Chinese ones are thicker and they have a blunt tip. They are also longer. The Korean chopsticks are the same as the Japanese, but I think (but not sure) they usually use chopsticks that are made of silver… so obviously even harder to use!

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So I was a little slower than usual eating my food! But it was delicious and I would definitely come back again!

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While we were there, two Japanese girls came in to eat and then a single man came in, most likely on his work break. So it really does cater for the every kind of person. In my hometown, most Chinese restaurants cater only for takeaways or as a posh restaurant, but I feel this Japanese place can be for people wanting a casual lunch or even dining out with friends.

I think another reason why this place is successful is because it’s the only Japanese restaurant around; we have plenty of Chinese/ Indian places, but I must say my small town is lacking in places to try more international food. I suppose the older generation are just used to eating the same stuff over and over again, so trying new food might be a bit daunting for them!

This definitely applies to my Dad… he doesn’t even like spaghetti!

But I hope the next time I come back there will be many more restaurants offering more ‘exotic’ dishes!

But anyway, it was a nice experience trying out some Japanese food…. my first time trying sushi ( and forever hating it) was a different story!

再见

爱玲