Wednesday, 28 May 2014

State of Idle

Lately, I've been feeling less inspired and less excited about life. Like my life lacks its flavours somehow. I've been less enticed by things, staying home all day, losing appetite and wearing the same thing for over a week. (In case you missed the second-to-last post, I'm moving out of my apartment.) Right now my life is in a state of idle, like waiting in the doctor's office for your turn. You just end up stalling, searching for a way to kill time until your name is called. That's what this past week has felt like for me. The only thing keeping me busy these days is just selling my clothes and other things. Most of the items are already gone. Aside from that, this all feels surreal for me. It's like waking up from a dream, which I'm not sure if it's a sweet dream or a nightmare. But it was like I was jerked to wake and I can't help but to feel rather taken aback by what just happened. The weirdest part is I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about this. On the one hand, I'm very happy I can finally move on and make a significant change in my life. I was unhappy for months and I almost wouldn't accept that. On the other hand, I'm also terribly pained to say goodbye to all the things I knew and love. Because sometimes you can't let go of the horrible things without saying goodbye to all the little incredible moments.

DIY Floral Hairband // Motel shirt dress (worn as a top) via WishWishWish // Only skirt // Studio Nine loafers // gifted weaved bag

Despite my illusion of putting a massive amount of my clothes for sale, it actually barely makes a dent in my wardrobe. It's crazy, right?! How can someone own a gazillion amount of clothes and not realise that they do? Never thought it would happen to me but it's happening. This makes packing a whole lot more complicated. To nobody's surprise, my dress collection was hardly touched when I was picking out clothes I wanted to sell. This breezy plaid number was no exception. Even though I've never worn it as a shirt dress on its own (for reasons you can find out here), I still adore its structure and see a whole lot of potential in it. This outfit somehow speaks summer to me, especially with the floral hairband. I've been trying to find time to sneak it into my outfit and the other day I just went for it (though the weather wasn't 100% perfect for this kind of floral crown). I know it's not a crown - and a lot of people like to correct me on that - but calling it a floral crown is certainly easier and faster than calling it a floral hairband, which sounds less glamorous anyway. As opposed to my last summer child look, this time I just look like a battered spirit of the forest.


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Monday, 26 May 2014

Salmon Cream Pasta

Lately, I've been having less and less appetite. Sometimes my tummy still growls but I don't feel like eating anything. Or I want to eat but, as soon as the food was right in front of me, I feel suddenly full. Nothing seems to interest me, even eating out doesn't seem appetising to me at all. As an attempt to jog my will to eat again, I'm going to try to eat many different recipes and try out food that I've never eaten before. My first attempt being the mixture of three of my favourite food: pasta, cheese, seafood.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 300g salmon fillet
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • water
  • 3 - 4 champignons (or any kinds of mushrooms)
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 portions of any kinds of pasta
  • cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water
  2. Chop the onion into tiny pieces and slice the mushrooms evenly
  3. Slice the salmon into thin strips
  4. Heat the oil on the pan
  5. When it's already hot, put in the onion and the mushrooms
  6. Add the salmon into the pan
  7. Pour in the milk little by little as you add the flour and stir it gently every now and then until there are no more lumps
  8. Add water when it gets too lumpy
  9. Add the salt and pepper to taste
  10. Mix the pasta into the sauce
  11. Stir until the sauce is evenly spread
  12. Add the cheese to your liking
  13. Voilà! It's ready!
Tips: I would recommend not putting the salmon in first. Fish cooks really quickly so the salmon would be well done in the blink of an eye. I did this and it turns out fine but the salmon burns a little and sticks to the pan. Also, add more salt the more water you add, to make sure the taste hasn't changed.  I didn't add any water but it gets lumpy very quickly. Lass euch schmecken!



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Saturday, 24 May 2014

MAJOR Closet Clean Up

A lot of things have happened in the past week. It's almost unbelievable it's only been a week. But because of this and that, I am moving out of my current house. Since I find it to be rather troublesome to bring all of my belongings, I am selling loads and loads of stuff, especially my clothes. It's rather befuddling that some of them are already reserved/sold. So grab what's left while they're still around. Also, this is most likely the last time I'm selling my clothes internationally. Here are some of the items still up for grabs. Just click on each photo to see the details and prices.

These are not yet all of the items still available in the store. You can just go ahead and check out my store to see some more adorable pieces. This post will be updated to mark other items that have been sold.

OTHER INFO:
Free shipping throughout Germany (if you would just click here)!
Indonesian buyers can reserve items and I'll bring them with me when I get home.
If you live nearby (in Indonesia), you may request a meet-up to save on shipping!
The store will close on June 21st! No order can be made afterwards!



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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Symbolic Japanese Temple


Another Believer - Rufus Wainwright


Last weekend was Japantag! Firu and I went there again because, obviously. The weather was lovely, though, so it actually brought more people and we could hardly breathe in the sea of humans. We didn't stick around too long. After we made Japanese name cards at the Japan Foundation stand and I bought a small pouch for my yukata, we bailed the river bank. But we didn't leave the town just yet. We visited my new favourite bubble tea café, Sphere Bay, and went to check out the Japanese temple on the outskirts of town. It was so gorgeous! There was a zen garden, a huge bell to ring in the New Year, a small Buddha statue and holy water well. However, I think this temple garden is more symbolic than religious. It's probably more a place for the Japanese to feel at ease in than for a place to actually pray. Maybe they also celebrate New Year's here, ringing the bell and all. But I don't think they actually come here to pray to the gods. Much to our disappointment, there weren't any omikuji, omamori or ema being sold there. But it was a lovely place nonetheless. Not many people understood the zen concept and traipsed all over the grass, though. Such a shame.

thrifted denim jacket + purse // tailor-made batik dress // Converse sneakers // photos of me by Firu

Afterwards, we went to an Indonesian event to eat. I didn't take any pictures there for some reason. It wasn't all that interesting. We came late too so we probably already missed out on all the good food and fun performances. Firu and I stuck around until the end, though, because we didn't want to waste the 3€ entrance fee we already paid. The only reason we came at all, aside from our need for food. was to see some 'friends' who told us to come. In the end, we didn't see much of them after all and we ended up just leaning on the back wall, enduring the last few hours of the event. We kind of regretted not staying at the Japantag instead. It would've been packed with people so going back there was out of the question. I felt stupid being excited by actually wearing batik to the event. At the end of the day, we were exhausted and it definitely felt so good to be home. The next day, I fell sick and stayed a night longer. So I guess, it was all a blessing in disguise ♥


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A Foreign Native

There are certain privileges you receive once you start living abroad, one of them being the ability to survey local cultures and embrace them as you see fit. Being an outsider to a new place gives you the right to choose the part of said society you want to adapt and avoid. Personally, I think it almost doesn't matter where I live abroad, I'm most likely to try on their traditional attires - unless it only consists of banana leaves covering your nether regions. This is the story of how I came to try on and own two traditional clothes from other countries, none of which costs me a thing.

Name of attire: Dirndl

Since I first laid eyes on this ensemble at Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) three years ago, I was quickly smitten by its adorable structure. I think this attire has the magic to turn every girl into pretty ladies. Firu bought me this one last year. It was a most wondrous surprise! The most appropriate time to wear it is obviously during Oktoberfest, where you would witness girls with big jugs offering pitchers of beer to already drunken men. Admittedly, this attire is better suited for bustier ladies since it's rather revealing on the chest area. But the skirt is suitable for everyone and I personally love how full and wide it is and the corset area isn't too tight either but enough to flatter our figures. This attire was definitely made for traditional German women, specifically Bavarian ladies.

Name of attire: Yukata

If you've been following this little ol' blog long enough, you should know that I'm a huge fan of Japan. I'm so in love with its culture, food, language and etiquettes. They're all just so absolutely fascinating. So when my friend Maya, who lives in Japan for her studies, offered to buy me a yukata, I was jumping up and down with joy! Sadly, since I didn't have the proper occasion to wear it to, it's just been hanging out, collecting dust. But last weekend was Japantag, so I asked my friend Saku-chan to teach me how to wear a proper yukata. This I put on myself. It's rather sloppy but it's as good as it got. I also helped Firu put on his. Too bad, the sleeves are too short. Never thought I could take pictures with my beloved, both of us wearing yukata. Is that the dream or what?

That was it. Thank you so much to my friends who helped me get my hands on the yukata and wear it properly. Thanks to Firu for getting me the dirndl. Wish I could get you the Lederhosen sometime soon. Also, for taking these pictures of me wearing them. Now I'll send you off with one more couply yukata photo. Enjoy!



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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Wishlist: Literature II

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Here are some of the books that I couldn't find in the library but really want to venture into. If anyone has any of these books, I would be ever so grateful if you let me borrow them for a read. I promise I will give them back. I always do. These are numbered in no particular order, by the way. Also, aside from these titles, you can see the books that I want to read here. Feel free to leave a recommendations of more good books you've been reading recently. I will check each and every one of them out.


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