The Uncool Dad takes the Missus to Paris for her 30th Birthday Getaway Break
Every year, it’s turned into a bit of a tradition that for my misses Rufina’s birthday, the two of us would head to Brighton along the south coast of the UK for the weekend. This year however, being her 30th birthday we had to do something a little bigger. Hello Paris! Continue reading “Paris For The Weekend – The Missus’ 30th Birthday Getaway (Vlog)”
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The Uncool Dad reviews his very first Scalextric set with the family
I’m an 80’s baby. Toys were way simpler when I was a nipper. He-Man, Transformers, Centurions, Thundercats, Sega Master System, NES.. that was my time. We even had a Vetrex! What do you know about that?!
Scalextric. State of the art racing simulator of the 80’s and 90’s (next to Road Rash and OutRun). Now that was something that I never actually owned as a child but always wanted. My dad is Asian which meant I got the knock off version from Makro. I don’t hold it against him.. branding didn’t mean sh*t to him.. like I said, he’s Asian. Continue reading “Toy Review: Scalextric Touring Car Battle”
The Uncool Dad shares his piece written for The Families Online website
A few months back, the Families Online website approached me to be a contributor to their blog. I was a bit shocked that anyone would see me fit to write about parenting but I was honored nonetheless! I wasn’t familiar with them at the time but when I realised that they were connected to Emma’s Diary who I was familiar with from attending the Baby Show at the London Olympia, I was all in. Continue reading “The Benefits of Some Time Apart From The Family for The Families Online Website”
The Uncool Dad dresses as Chewbacca and gets ridden by his three-year-old for Halloween
Soho isn’t really the first place that comes to mind when planning taking your children trick or treating. With such a “lively” atmosphere, you wouldn’t be blamed for raising an eyebrow if you saw families doing the rounds with hopes of filling their bags with sugary swag.
But what if I told you that it’s actually quite a common occurrence? What if I told you that in and around the heart of Soho lies a small yet strong community of families that will come together and march the area like a mob of mini-monster-munchkins led by supermum Sandra terrorising shop keepers who dare not provide treats with the trickiest of tricks? Continue reading “Trick or Treating in Soho *Video*”
The Uncool Dad interviews Carlos “BFG” Campbell about sneakers and fatherhood
This week we speak to the size thirteen Air Presto beast himself, Mr Carlos BFG! Like Jack Brint who we spoke to last week, Carlos and I met through the Sneakerplay group on Facebook whilst joining in on the banter that normally ensues. I should probably state for the record that I haven’t actually met Carlos in person yet due to him living out in the sticks and myself in the big smog but bound by the mutual interests of sneakers and fatherhood, we share a virtual fist bump.
Anyway, enjoy! Continue reading “The Uncool Sneaker Dads Vol. 3 ft Carlos BFG”
The Uncool Dad interviews Jack “FuzzyBadFeet” Brint about sneakers and fatherhood
Online sneaker communities, like many other commuties connect you to like-minded individuals who share your interests and passions. I’ve met a lot of awesome people through these groups (and many an *rsehole too for that matter) including Rain and Jack. Many of these guys are in a similar position to myself: love trainers, love our kids, which is why I decided to interview these guys.. there’s a lot more to us fathers and a lot more to us sneaker enthusiasts. I just wanted to celebrate that.
Carrying on from last week’s debut of The Sneaker Dad interviews with Rain “Da Mask” Nelson, this week we speak to Jack Brint, a regular contributor to the Sneakerplay Facebook group which if you haven’t followed already, you need to (if you’re into sneakers. If not, ignore me, it’ll only leave you perplexed).
So without further ado.. Continue reading “The Uncool Sneaker Dads Vol. 2 ft Jack Brint”
The Uncool Dad interviews Rain Da Mask about sneakers and fatherhood
Those of you that know me know that I have a passion for trainers (sneakers being the new vernacular in the UK). It’s a love that I’ve had since being in primary school when my brother and my mum bought me my first pair of Nikes in the Philippines (special prize for anyone who can guess what they were). I’ve watched the sneaker culture evolve – enthusiasts went from being lame weirdos queuing for kicks to it being a cool, social norm.
A lot has changed personally in my time collecting kicks – like becoming a dad for instance. And I’m not the only one.
In this series of conversations / interviews, I’ve asked some of my Sneaker Dad mates a few questions about what it’s like to be both a dad and a sneaker enthusiast. First up is Rain who is an integral part of the running of the “Sneakerplay” FB community and runs a sneaker review channel on YouTube: Rain Da Mask amongst many of the other pies he has his fingers in. Enjoy! Continue reading “The Uncool Sneaker Dads Vol. 1 ft Rain Nelson”
The Uncool Dad Takes The Missus And Their Youngest For Lunch In Holborn And End Up On The South Bank
Earlier this week, the Missus and I took our youngest son Benjamin to My Old Dutch in Holborn for lunch. I ate too much (honestly, check the size of the pancake, it was called the “My Old Dutch” for anyone that cares) so we decided to go for a “short walk”.
***Video at the bottom of the page***
Continue reading “We Were Only Supposed To Go Out For Lunch..”
The Uncool Dad addresses the pressures of being a child
A few weeks ago, the Missus and I were walking past the British Museum on our way home from visiting my parents in Fitzrovia. End of term was fast approaching for the kids and we were having a conversation about what to do with them over the summer holidays. Now being a few weeks back, I can barely remember the full details of the conversation (to be honest, I can barely remember if I had my daily movements this morning let alone a conversation we had four weeks ago) but it was about how other parents at the school make their minions do extra lessons, extra tuition and the mysterious art of Kumon (what the fuck is Kumon?!) outside of the hours that they already put in at school. I don’t know about your minis but after a full day at school, our younglings are cream crackered!
Continue reading “Letting Children Be Children”