Oh, Bavaria

Do you like camping? I have never really camped before but Markus has done it with his family all his life that it is only natural we also had a go together. Our adventure happened a couple of weeks back. Markus’ parents lent us all the camping gear we can ever need, and at 5Continue reading “Oh, Bavaria”

We’re coming up roses

In The Philippines, I have tried to take care of my sister’s roses. She likes them so much that she keeps buying them, big and small, regardless of obscene prices, totally ignoring the fact that they will surely die in two months or so despite our best efforts. I wish she could have seen theContinue reading “We’re coming up roses”

My first snow fall in Germany

Snow announced April’s arrival. As if a heavenly baker started sifting powdered sugar from above, I noticed the small, feathery snow flakes descending from outside our window. I wondered if time slowed down because I could see each dot swaying, suspended in the air for a moment, and carried off by the wind somewhere. ThisContinue reading “My first snow fall in Germany”

Beautiful things, beautiful weekend

Let me just get this out of my chest: Why are these cherry blossoms so pretty? How is this legal? It is as if the gods ate cotton candy and these soft, delicate blooms are the crumbs that fell from the heavens. My brain, literally, can’t process it. We walked at a nearby park yesterdayContinue reading “Beautiful things, beautiful weekend”

Crushing hard on Spring

On our way back from the Turkish store, I saw this beautiful tree filled with white blossoms, majestic and regale, that I abruptly stopped walking and started raving – loudly, it seems, because other people on the street stopped and looked up, too. They must think I am crazy because a tree blooming in springContinue reading “Crushing hard on Spring”

How not to spend the holiday season

‘Twas the most wonderful time of the year: We flew all our Christmas presents from Germany, spent Christmas Eve together with my family, had lots of nice food, and visited our elders on Christmas Day. The warmth of the holidays started to lift our spirits after crashing into The Philippines… until Markus had chills lateContinue reading “How not to spend the holiday season”

Who are you in another life?

In the book The Midnight Library, the main character explores alternative versions of her life, new realities only possible had she made different choices and pursued other paths. Isn’t it an interesting concept? Who would you be if you decided on a different major, partner, hobby, or city? How different would your life be ifContinue reading “Who are you in another life?”

I baked Brötchen everyday for a week and here’s what happened

On her Chef’s Table episode, legendary chef Nancy Silverton said, one must be obsessed with bread to be a baker. I thought that was a bit much, but what did I know? I did not bake bread then. Fast forward a few years and here I am baking Brötchen everyday, trying to learn the nuancesContinue reading “I baked Brötchen everyday for a week and here’s what happened”

Birthday overseas, lots of food, and a big surprise

We mainly cook our meals at home because of our diet preferences, but when I saw The Red Lion in the old town near our flat, I thought I had to experience dining there. A birthday is a good excuse, too, no? Built in 1727, this is the oldest restaurant here, standing neatly in itsContinue reading “Birthday overseas, lots of food, and a big surprise”