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.

10 Things I’m Loving Now – cooking’s like love

Noncooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.- Julia Child

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Cooking
Read more of my cooking adventures at my “Yeah, It’s Me Cooking” series.

So my disclaimer is:
“I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.”

Also read my post, Cooking skills in a measuring cup.

2. Milk & Yogurt

I enjoy the milk and the yogurt in Switzerland more than the others. For me, their cows produce the best, tastiest milk, so far.

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10 Things I’m Loving Now – say summer

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. -Gertrude Jekyll

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Summer

It’s the best season ever, no matter how hot it is gonna be.

2. Thank God It’s Friday
Thank God there’s Friday’s in Madrid!

As an expression or as the restaurant, I like them both.

I was able to visit TGI Friday’s restaurant in Madrid as my travel buddy suddenly craved for the grilled ribs they are famously known for. I guess we hadn’t have enough, so we visited it again, and lucky me, it was happy hour!

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10 Things I’m Loving Now – spring galore

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

-Charles Dickens

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Spring

Next to summer, spring is now my other favorite time of the year.

2. Summer hats
3. Spanish wines
This is 1996 (but we took 1998). Delicioso!

Source: The New York Times

One of the more compelling wine stories of recent decades has been Spain’s almost miraculous evolution from a producer of oceans of mediocre commercial wine into a source of some of the most exciting, original and sought-after wines in the world.

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10 Things I’m Loving Now – chocolates in my bag

Two boys used to go to school together. One of them had a bad habit of stealing the chocolates from his friend’s bag. One day he felt guilty about what he was doing… So he wrote a letter as he didn’t have the courage to confess directly. “I have been stealing your chocolates… I’m sorry for that…’ The other friend smiled reading it, and sent a letter back: “Don’t worry. I know about it… That’s why I keep chocolates in the same place in my bag…’.   – from Paolo Coehlo’s blog

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10 Things I’m Loving Now – be where I am

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life” – Buddha

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Living in Gland
Houses in Gland, Switzerland

After living for 7 months in Geneva, I finally decided to move to another town in Switzerland. This time I am staying in Gland at the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud.

Gland is a French word which means ‘acorn’. It is strategically located between Geneva and Lausanne, taking you only around 20 minutes in going to either of these two cities by train. Due to its location, you can also find some international companies and organizations like Swissquote, Sun Microsystems and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is also said that the Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, resides in Gland. Is it suffice to say we are just neighbors now? (As of press time, my lady-friend just showed me the horse ranch owned by Schumacher’s wife in Gland. Starstruck much am I? Shucks, yes!).

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