After two months here in Germany, I can safely claim that I am more relaxed and am finally able to flow with the rhythms of life. My inner world can still improve by a lot, but it is okay, currently.
Today, I would like to share a short list of some things that bring me joy and help me get out of my head each day:
I have tried to make pizza in The Philippines but have always been left wanting when it came to the dough. The difference, I found out, is fresh yeast. It was unavailable to me back home but there is no shortage here.
Markus’ mother shared one of her pizza recipes with me and it was the best thing ever. From her, I also learned that eggplant tasted immaculate on a pizza. We eat it often now!
By now, it is almost a tradition: every time Markus and I would go out to visit old towns or explore a new place, we would grab a scoop of ice cream from a local shop – and there are always plenty of ice cream parlors to choose from.
It kind of reminds me of Archie comics that I read as a child. Going to ice cream parlors is not really a thing in The Philippines. My sisters and I would have thick vanilla ice cream from time to time but we would buy a big tub from the supermarket and eat it at home at night.
Filipino food finds
I am always surprised every time I see something from The Philippines in the stores here. I find myself talking loudly to bottles of vinegar, cans of sardines, and packages of snacks, asking, “Oh my God, what are you doing here?”
It is always a pleasant surprise, though I must admit the oyster sauce situation has not improved. The only known source is this one Asian store in Frankfurt. I have yet to visit it myself, and when I do, all those Mama Sita’s bottles are coming with me!
This is my first time experiencing fall. It is now 10 C and the sun is even more shy than when I arrived. But I am not complaining. My heart stops when I see the leaves turning in all colors, beautiful and magical in every way.
And the pumpkins! I have never seen such variety. I have yet to try them because all the pumpkins I see are huge and I worry I will be unable to use them up. No waste, remember? For now, I will enjoy seeing them everywhere. The displays at Farmer’s market are really pretty but I get mesmerized I always forget to take a photo.
I suppose my only challenge is dressing correctly for the season. I only have summer clothes, and steadily, Markus and I are shopping for proper fall wear. His mother helps us, too, so I have no doubt this will all be sorted out soon enough.
I have to say am enjoying the warmth of 100% wool clothes. Still, I feel like a house walking around in all my layers. A few days ago, I had a shirt, a pullover, a bomber jacket, and a scarf on when we went to the city, and some people we came across with were only wearing a shirt and jeans.
Big ones, small ones, isolated ones, clumps, in trees, grasses, wood – mushrooms are everywhere and it is a delight to spot them in the wild. Maybe I will find more as the fall progresses. As you know, I enjoyed growing mushrooms at home and stumbling upon them here on every walk outside brings me joy.
What are you obsessed with lately?