You can take the Asian out of Asia but you cannot take Asia out of the Asian

I am recovering from jetlag, dear friends, and yes, I crossed continents in this pandemic time. Not easy. I will tell you more in a separate post. Today, I just want to show signs of life lest you think I have disappeared forever into the void of the internet!

We are in Germany. Far from the tiny house, far from the beach, far from our plants, far from the sun and humidity. It is summertime here to the lovely tune of 15 C. I know I do not need to tell you I brought the wrong clothes.

We are staying in a large flat renovated by Markus’ parents. The tiny house could fit inside the bedroom. My new kitchen is nice but have yet to be complete. I cope by imagining that I am on an AirBnB and must use what implements are available.

On my fourth day here, I went to the market. Not so far from home, a pleasant walk. It was comforting to find shiny tomatoes, beefy bell peppers, and earthy mushrooms waiting for me. Food is food on every side of the world.

I still cook Asian everyday, sometimes fusion. It is fun to experiment and try new things. I particularly enjoyed the introduction to stone fruits that Markus and his mother gave me. In The Philippines, we do not have apricots, cherries, peaches, or plums. It is nice to discover these tastes and textures.

The condiments are a learning curve, too. I was surprised to see my black tofu a glossy white after the oyster sauce here behaved differently from the one I know back home. The soy sauce tastes different and the vinegar not as sharp, too. But we continue to eat well and have fun reinventing our food.

This is all I can say for now. I hope you are all well. I am looking forward to catching up with you all. My brain is still foggy and my body is exhausted after all this time but I hope to recover soon. Lots to share with you then. Much love from Germany.

36 thoughts on “You can take the Asian out of Asia but you cannot take Asia out of the Asian

    1. Thanks! I have been doing things here and will talk about them in detail soon. Mostly, I am recovering from being tired all the time. It feels like things are improving now though.

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  1. Oh my goodness – just in a blink of an eye, you are in Germany! How long are you there for? What fun!

    It must have been so fun to visit the markets. You are cooking such lovely food as always!

    Looking forward to hearing about more adventures. Enjoy! Be safe & well!

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    1. Thank you! It certainly did not feel like a blink of an eye. Haha! I will be here for several months. It is so strange to see how normal everything is here. In The Philippines, restrictions are normal. Here, people get on with their lives, eat at cafes, watch shows, and go to the market. Hard to wrap my head around it. How is it in SG now?

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      1. So lovely to hear from you! I just visited your blogsite and figured that you were still in Germany!

        Isn’t it strange how things are in Europe? My family relate a scene very different from what we are experiencing. And yes, it is hard to get my head around it, and there you are, right in the midst of a different world, experiencing it all first hand!

        In Singapore, our restrictions have loosened some. Numbers aren’t encouraging though. But I think the Powers That Be are trying a new strategy as a majority of the population are now vaccinated.

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        1. I hope life in Sg continues to improve for you. Lucky that majority have been vaccinated there. It is as of nothing has changed in The Ph. Quite sad. Here, I often wonder if people know how lucky they are that they are able to play sports, sit in cafes, and go around. Markus said cases are still rising here but only in certain areas. Vaccines and testing are widely available.

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          1. It’s very interesting how different countries deal with this pandemic, and how people is these different places vary in their responses.

            Folks like you and I need to be so very careful because of our health conditions – so I guess we just have to look after ourselves regardless what people around us are doing.

            How long more are you in Germany for?

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            1. I agree. Here, they seem to manage it well. In The Ph, it is like things have not changed at all. I wonder if traveling to Sg will be possible soon? I am here in Germany for several months. I hope to be back home in time for the holidays.

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    1. Thank you. You are so right with hydrating. Just in general. Especially here when it is colder, I am not as aware that I need to drink badly. I even experience nausea because I am dehydrated already. How are you? Recovered already?

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  2. I enjoyed reading the beginning of your adventure in Germany. Your photos are lovely, as always. You serve food with Asian flair, and I’m sure it’s as good as it looks. Rest up and write the next installment.

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  3. Ahh, you are so close 😉 it’s a maximum of 20c here. You need to move further west 😊 I hope you both enjoy your time there. I look forward to reading more! 💐💐🙋‍♂️

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    1. Many thanks. There are so many interesting things here. For example, we knocked on all our neighbors in this flat to give them chocolate cupcakes and introduce ourselves yesterday but all of them were not home!

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  4. Micah, your food pictures always make me hungry! Enjoy your time in Germany. You’re brave travelling in these times. I am supposed to travel to the USA next month and I’m a little nervous. Mind you, I’m not sure the border will reopen in time so it may not happen.

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  5. I believe it’s okay to travel, as long as you stay there for a while… it’s the country hops that make it a little tricky…
    I am glad that you’ve bounced back… take care and enjoy!!!

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      1. Yeah, my friends from Germany and London say the same thing… but from here, travel to UK is still not allowed, maybe one way? We won’t be allowed to return… we cannot even visit Dubai being one of the flagged cities…

        Germany is super nice at this time, noh? I saw my friend’s post and it was so amazing!!!

        Have fun and keep safe!

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        1. Traveling is just hard these days. Too many things to consider. Here in Europe it is simpler, I guess. People are able to go everywhere and take their vacations as usual. And yes, it is nice here when it is sunny. It rains a lot since I arrived and now it seems like fall is fast approaching.

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