By the time you're reading this post, we will already be on the train on the way to our first hometown in Germany, our beloved Karlsruhe! By 'we', I mean Firu and I, if that wasn't a given. We will be staying there for around a week with four days spent in the city of love. I probably won't update the blog until I get back but we (along with Prixma) will definitely have a blast. Numerous adventures to collect and memories to recall. I haven't been back since February and there are places and faces I've missed. See you sweeties next year and we wish you a merry Christmas (if you're celebrating) and a blasting New Year! Happy 2013! Cheerio!
Saturday, 22 December 2012
Friday, 21 December 2012
Ever since I saw it worn by Noémie, this Ruellia Radiance Dress from ModCloth has been haunting my thoughts. It is my absolute favourite dress mostly because the colour palette is just a collection of my favourite shades of autumn colours. The bow on the front of the dress is also very dreamy and adorable! I totally rue the day when she beat me to purchasing this dress from Elizabeth's closet. Now, not only is the dress no longer available on ModCloth, it proves to be impossible to find anywhere else. Although so, I love seeing other bloggers styling up this lovely dress. So, if anyone knows other bloggers who've styled this dress on their blogs, please do let me know. Also, if you find it for sale somewhere, tell me in a flash! In the meantime, enjoy these adorable stylings from these pretty and stylish ladies, y'all! Cheerio!
Thursday, 20 December 2012
„Ich suche nach dir” (I'm looking for you) by Xu Junjie
Although brief, today's feature is by Xu Junjie. I've just got a hold of the catalogue, by the way. His work, which just looks like a herd of super-sized nanobots, depicts the isolation of the young generations in China thanks to the one-child politics. On the nanobots, there are different letters stated on them. This, I believe, is also to depict the different individuals and the fact that they are put on water - they were supposed to float - was to separate them one from the other, keeping them solely isolated. I guess this concept is very close to home and how true it could've been (I don't know, I've never lived in China). The reason I wanted to see this was my curiosity of how it'd look like now that the river has frozen. They're still there, though. Here are some pictures of how it looked in warmer weather.
The Executive blouse // Simplicity gingham dress // thrifted vest // C&A coat // H&M gloves + leggings // Primark knee-high socks // Deichmann chelsea boots // Photos of me by Sakurako
With winter kicking in, the park was fully carpeted with snow. Sakurako and I took a walk around it and I was flabbergasted. I could've sworn the park was segmented in different parts. Had there been a hint of grass, I probably would've been able to find my way around. But, under the snow, the park was borderless. The waters, though frozen, could prove to be helpful, though. With the snow being white and pure, I hardly noticed the grey sky and it didn't affect me at all. The sun decided to peek in that day, though, and it looked golden and magical. We both enjoyed its beauty. Also, thanks to a kind, old man who happened to pass by and took a picture of Sakurako and I together with the pretty sunlight in the background. That totally made my day. Heaps of love for your Thursday, all! Tough it out, it's almost christmas break! Cheerio!
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
„Tiger & Turtle - Magic Mountain” by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth
Notice anything different, fellas? Hell yeah! I've finally met with my dream camera. I present to you my first DSLR camera, Prixma. Yes, I name my electronic devices, such as my laptop Éclaire and pen tablet Pablo. Firu and I were so excited to try out this baby that we went out to one of Duisburg's latest landmarks. It was built only last year. It's part of the Landmarken der Metropole Ruhr project, which has a total of 19 landmarks built all around the industrial region (Ruhrgebiet). This one caught my eye since I saw it on the net because it has the structure of a roller coaster, minus the cars. It is located on a hill so it was pretty cold and windy when we went to see it. This is an industrial sculpture, by the way. Too bad there's no awesome view from up here save from the factories all around.
Yumi coat c/o Amaquita // Self-designed batik dress // Mom's denim coat // Rilakkuma bag // H&M tights // Pieces scarf //
Deichmann chelsea boots // Photos of me by Firu
Yesterday was our 29th monthversary, by the way. Also, Firu's just got a haircut...which I gave - like I, as a loving girlfriend, always do. I love how it turned out! Ah, I'm in that honeymoon phase with Prixma. She makes every picture very pretty. Firu's haircut, for instance. This tailor made dress also looks gleaming shot by her. Oh, Prixma. I just can't wait to spend the holiday with her and all my friends already. Holiday, please come soon! I just can't wait no more. In the meantime, enjoy your Tuesday, lovelies! Cheerio!
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Although this western-style vest was found in a local thrift store in Halle only last winter, it's gotten so much wear this past year. I don't own many vests so this one was definitely golden. The first time I laid my eyes on it, I've fallen in love. I love its simple yet detailed structure, which makes it pretty versatile. It gives a tough look to feminine outfits and a western style to tomboyish looks. I love how it adds more structure and colour to otherwise minimal looks. It'll definitely get a lot more wear in the future. In fact, I'm wearing it as I'm typing this post. Cheerio!
Friday, 14 December 2012
Unlike last year, winter arrived prematurely this year. Not that I'm complaining, though. Having snow around has been one of the most magical moments about living abroad. I thought that applied only to us, tropical folks. But I was wrong. When snow falls, people of all ages and races come out in glee and start celebrating by making snowmen or having snowball fights. The town was covered in white and it was as if the town was re-purified. Walking on thick snow made my day although the road got a little slippery and one has to be careful. Rezy and I took advantage of the moment and got around. Oh, how I long to throw snowballs on someone.
„Garten der Erlösung” (Garden of Redemption) by Guan Huaibin
Cotton club top // Heart knit sweater via TK Maxx // Sis's jumper skirt // H&M knit hat + gloves // Primark coat // Typo satchel //
thrifted boots // Photos of me by Rezy
Today's featured artwork was completed by Guan Huaibin. It is such a beautiful and somewhat mechanical artwork. It has two circular metals that you can turn and they reflect the view that you wouldn't be able to see (like rear-view mirrors of some sort). I find it very interesting and beautifully designed. When science and art collide, there's just no stopping it. It kind of like snow, which can be explained scientifically except its beauty. I still feel like rolling on the comfortable ground, covered in white and forget about the world. This week has been magical, in contrary to last week - which was horrible! Have a snowy and cozy weekend, dear friends! Cheerio!
P.S: Last time I said I only had a pair of gloves...until I found this pair in one of my jacket pockets recently. Oh, thank God!
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
These past two weekends I spent at two sets of christmas markets in Kassel and Göttingen. These adventures were spent with my good friend, Sakurako. These photos above were from Kassel's Märchenweihnachtsmarkt (Fairy-Tale Christmas Market). Kassel has always been a bit coocoo for fairy tales since it was the city where the Grimm Brothers were born. They styled this middle-aged style christmas market, naming some of its dishes with fairy tale characters' names. There were a huge number of selections of items you can buy. From 1/2 meter bratwursts to batik pashminas! From plain ol' macaroon from La Durée to chocolates in the shape of various antique objects! Awesome! Everyone was extra kind under the lights of the market and the influence of Glühwein and I felt homey around these people.
In Göttingen, her friend, Renate, joined us at the christmas market. Unlike in Kassel, the christmas market in Göttingen doesn't have a theme. All the meal we had there was courtesy of Renate since she introduced us to various food. We attacked the Flammkuchen stall as we arrived and, later in the evening, the Schmalzkuchen stall. Wherever we went, though, people were already lining up. This was my first time trying Schmalzkuchen and they tasted great! While Sakurako and Renate drank Glühwein and Feuerzangenbowle, I just sipped on warm punch. I adore Göttingen's antique architecture and how it works perfectly well with the market. We froze up more than once that day but had a total blast! Well, that was the sum up of both my weekends. How was yours? I hope you had wondrous ones! Cheerio!
Monday, 10 December 2012
I was slightly inspired by one of Alix's latest posts to pose in front of an art piece. Well, yeah, to be fair, her pictures were taken in front of an architectural piece. But it was one piece with the style of Art Nouveau. It is the only metro station left that was designed by Hector Guimard, which is such a shame. I love its style beyond belief! Anyway, since there are no metros in Kassel - and if there was, it wouldn't have such a design, I took pictures in front of one of the exhibition pieces scattered around town for its current show, Alles unter dem Himmel gehört allen (Everything under the heavens belong to everyone). It is a Chinese Art Exhibition and free to be seen all around town. It keeps this little old town - it'll be 1100 next year! - alive. Sorry for not taking a more detailed or overall picture but it's kind of a given that it's a carousel, right? On the side of the circular top, there are names of oil companies, which, I guess, has many to do with what the art piece is about. I might do a lot more of this kind of posts in the future.
„Wetterstation” (Weathervane) by Wang Mai
Primark coat // Theory X dress (worn as a top) // flea market polkadot skirt // C&A cardigan // H&M tights //
Do not be fooled! Despite how it looks on 'film', the weather was colder. Snow just fell down that morning but quickly disappeared before I even awoke. Such a shame. The cold still lingered, though. And, kids, don't ever take off your coats when it's below 0º outside, like, EVER! I know I did but, God, it was freezing cold! It was probably the coldest part of town too, aside from the mountains, because the snow was still visible there. Can't wait to take pictures in the snow anytime soon! Oh, by the by, I've been on a shopping-strike for almost a month now. Don't want to jinx it and everything but wish me luck and hope I won't shop again until after New Year's. Happy Monday, you lassie! Cheerio!
Saturday, 8 December 2012
This recipe was originally created by my friend, Anne. She invited me over to her place last Sunday to do a certain assignment together. For dinner, we cooked this recipe together. It is mega easy and very yummy! Highly recommended to all the lazy students out there. Anne said it is really good with the overwhelming amount of protein within. So here's to healthier living! However, I added a little bit of tweak myself.
- 125 g Salmon
- Lemon juice
- a pinch of Salt
- Pepper to taste
- 2 1/2 mushrooms (or to taste)
- Creamed spinach
- Mozzarella (Anne used block ones, I used grated one)
- Preheat the oven (200ºC)
- If the salmon is frozen, defrost it first then put it on a plate. Pour lemon juice on it then salt and pepper it to taste
- Put it in the oven for 10 minutes
- In the meantime, slice the mushrooms as you like
- Take out the salmon and put the mushrooms, spinach and Mozzarella on top and around it. If you want to add more salt/thymes, do it before you spread the Mozzarella
- Put it in the oven for another ten minutes. Take it out when it's done and Bon Appétit!
Tips: Obviously, don't touch the plate with your bare hands right after you take it out! Also, if you're thinking of eating it alongside carbs (like potatoes, rice or pasta) better measure its timing to the cooking process of the other! Fish cooks quickly so don't forget about it in the oven.