I took that giant leap out of my comfort zone. Since then, things have never been the same again.  Living abroad – away from home – opens new experiences and opportunities that help you grow as a better person.

Great Taste in 2015: Soups, Pastas & Home Dinners

Since we moved here to Belgium, I’ve actually spent a good deal of time preparing dinners for family and friends at home. Then over spring and summer, I got so hooked in making soups and pasta dishes.

Go meat! A few meat dishes got my attention that I chose to share the recipes here. I always enjoyed preparing this herbed lamb with crushed potatoes; just placing everything in the oven and you get this luscious lamb dish in half a time. Bangkok’s lemongrass chicken stir-fry recipe was pretty interesting. Quite a lot of prep work but it just takes a couple of minutes of cooking everything together in the wok, then you get a delicious Asian curry dish. Then this chicken adobo with merguez was a happy experiment of sort.

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On the Go in 2015: At Home and A Bit Away Too

“Marmotjes!”

My husband and I just visited their museum somewhere at the mountain top in Grossglochner.   I had already expected that I’d only see these creatures on screen or at their “most preserved” forms.

“Turn around. Look!” hubby was calling me out in a forcibly hush tone, so as not to scare them and run away.

We stopped walking, and I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“For real, I’m finally meeting my furry kinds at last!” I jokingly reacted.

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Cute furry creatures in the Alps eh?

Marmots are large squirrels living in mountainous areas such as the Alps.  These fluffy animals typically live in burrows and often within rock piles, and hibernate there through the winter.  Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another.

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10 Things I Learned After Living in Switzerland

Time goes so fast indeed.  I remember how I would constantly remind myself that I won’t be able to stay long in Switzerland.

Three months was enough.  Then I got a job.  Okay, two more months. Then came six more, then a year, and least than I expected, I was able to live in Switzerland for surprisingly four long years!

I took that giant leap out of my comfort zone.  Since then, things have never been the same again.

Away from my home country, living in Switzerland has taught me a lot and changed me in so many ways.  True enough, you’ll get a better understanding of yourself and what surrounds you, once you expand your horizon.

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Spend a Friday Night with Loic Nottet’s “Rhythm Inside” Live at Eurovision 2015 Semis

It’s Belgium’s official entry to this year’s Eurovision. I just saw its performance for the first time last Wednesday, and I liked it right away. I can somehow say this is the only song I like the most (of course!), but after watching another semis last night, Sweden’s Heroes and Latvia’s Love Injected did impress me too.

This year is actually a few firsts of Eurovision. Australia joins in for the first time, while Finland’s entry becomes first act with special needs to compete. Oh, I almost forgot. It’s also Eurovision’s diamond anniversary. And remember Conchita Wurst? She (or he) is back in Eurovision as one of the hosts.

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My Great Taste in 2014

Fifteen dishes in my Cooking Diaries.
A few more unpublished recipes. Tried, tested and prevailed.
Summer holiday guests. Belgian mussels in season. Cebu lechon.
More meat and seafood, pastas and rice, cheeses and wines…

This is how I describe my cooking and food adventures in a nutshell for 2014.

Cebu & Dumaguete Food Bliss.   Mahal and I devoured over the smoky red, crispy Cebu lechon at Zubuchon.  Our first sutukil experience would have lost our appetite, but a special and sumptuous dinner buffet at Mactan Shangri-la’s Tides saved the day. Our Visayan food adventure didn’t end in Cebu. We’re lucky to spot some good restaurants in Dumaguete that were not only serving delicious dishes but also at unbelievably reasonable price.

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