Bullet Point Mondays: Hallo from Deutschland

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It's nine in the evening where I am right now and I'm struggling to keep myself awake and get my body clock up to speed (this got posted way later though thanks to the sluggish hotel internet - yet another thing I'm struggling with).

Home for the next two weeks

  • So I'm on a short business trip to Germany. Still very miffed about missing our family vacation but I'm trying to make the best of it (also I'm trying not to cry so I don't dwell on it too much).
  • I flew with Lufthansa, the parent company of German Wings. Before the plane took off the captain announced that they implemented the two-person policy in the cockpit, and when we landed, they thanked us "for your confidence in us". Read: We are not suicidal, see?. On the one hand I feel bad that they even have to say this at all, but on the other hand what happened to that plane was scary shit. How cute are the snacks, though?

Pretzel clouds and Plane cookies

  • During the first twenty minutes of a twelve-hour flight I spilled Coke all over myself. Fun. Thank goodness I brought extra socks.
  • I watched football on the plane, because it's how I deal with my fear of flying now. I also saw Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I surprisingly liked. I also tried watching Gravity, but I found it so hard to focus on anything but Matthew McConaughey's skin. The dude is ORANGE.

The hotel's breakfast spread. Two weeks of this, guys. I'm praying my trousers still fit by the end of it all.

  • First things out of the suitcase: skincare ^^

  • Easter Monday is still a holiday in these parts, so I'm off to Frankfurt later and hopefully there is at least one shop open.
  • Last but not least, my Kindle broke *sniff*. I'm still hoping there's still a firmware patch that would fix it, but it has been four years and Blackie Leithold has served me well. Say hello to Schatz. 

Kitchen Misadventures: Stuffed Squid

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Not gonna lie, I was pleasantly surprised with how well this turned out. And it's pretty easy, too!

I don't cook squid a lot because it can be very unforgiving when overcooked by mere seconds. But after running out of protein options in the grocery I thought I'd experiment a bit (I was also secure in the knowledge that there is a can of spam in our pantry, so there is no going hungry should things go awry).

First, I cleaned the squid and marinated it in a mixture of lemon juice and soy sauce. For the stuffing I chopped a tomato, half an onion, and a couple of chillies. I also added some chopped galangal, which is a sort of Thai ginger-but-not-quite. It came with one of those Tom Yum vegetable packets, along with a few stalks of lemongrass which I split lengthwise and inserted into the squid cavity as well.

I then placed the stuffed squid into an aluminum foil packet, together with a knob of butter and the marinade. This went into the pre-heated air fryer for about six minutes, after which I opened the packets so the squid can brown and the liquid can reduce, and let it broil for ten more minutes.

Et voila, lunch is served.
The only thing I would change for next time is to maybe buy more squid. ^^

The Current Obsession: Tan

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I'm definitely in a tan leather phase at the moment.

Clockwise from top left:
Corso Como Boots | Aldo Flats | Madewell Transport Tote
Mango Coin Purse | Uniqlo Belt | Bellroy Passport Holder | Bellroy Note Sleeve
I think it started with this bag from Zara, which I relentlessly stalked but never managed to get my hands on:

And then I turned to the Meli Melo bag, also discovered via Olivia Palermo, whom I hated on The City (yes, I watched the show) but whose sartorial choices for schlepping stuff I cannot fault one bit.

Anyway, I've been at it (the tan leather acquisition, not the Olivia Palermo stalking) for more than a year now, and showing no signs of abating. I am currently on the hunt for a mid-sized bag (that Madewell Transport tote is huge), and I have my eyes on the Chloe Medium Marcie (but unfortunately, not the budget for it).

It's a pretty old design (which just goes to show how on trend I am) that somehow grew on me because I don't remember liking it when it first came out. I doubt I'll be getting my hands on it any time soon, but ah well, a girl can dream.

Weddings: More Fun in the Philippines

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"Your friends sure love to have beach weddings," remarked one colleague, after I got back from a quick weekend getaway. Indeed, they do. I have four sets of friends who decided to tie the knot in Bohol, alone. But could you blame them, though?

The steady progression that is my high school friends getting hitched one after the other continues, and this time it's Maymay's turn, and there's simply no way I was going to miss it, because it was bound to be... interesting ;p.

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Chasing Planes Day 8: Ja ne! ^^

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So this appeared on my Timehop today.

And that was how I realized it's been an entire year since my Japan trip. Good heavens.

The return trip to reality is never fun, if not utterly depressing. Ours was an early flight, and so I waved goodbye to Japan in a hurry, with bleary eyes and hastily curled hair (how I found the time, I'll never know). Thankfully I managed to keep myself awake for the first leg of the flight (waiting for the food, no doubt), because minutes into it the captain announced that we shall be passing over Mt. Fuji. I could not have imagined a better farewell gift.

Tokyo, to me, remains to be equal parts foreign and familiar. It's never going to be home, but I take immense comfort in knowing I can always drop by and visit. ^^

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