Two Years Ago…

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year-end review

This must have been the longest break I’ve ever had from blogging, though it’s actually the opposite from what would be expected as uneventful years, for me at least. The truth is, 2016 and 2017 were significantly a turning point in our lives, as my husband and I finally become parents.

Sorry, not sorry.

I almost embraced before the idea of living as a single woman; neither I relished the thought of becoming a mother as well. I was enjoying my independence so much.

While I was seeing my friends getting married and settling down, I was getting less keen to find that better half who I can spend my life with.  It took me 5 long years after a break from a serious relationship to get back into another again. Read more

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

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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 forcible 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.

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. Read more

Photo Diary: Berlin 2 Years Ago (Part 2) – Pub Crawl & Street Arts

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Upon telling a friend about my upcoming Berlin trip, she immediately suggested that I join the city walk tours of Alternative Berlin. My third night’s free and so is the day after, but then I hesitated at first. When I imagined getting back to the hotel at the wee hours of the night and waking up the next day for another, it seemed to be too much. “Anyhow let’s see how it will go,” I told myself. I decided to take the pub crawl, and if I feel like it, the subculture berlin free tour the next day.

And you know what? It was an amazing experience. For one, it was a refreshing take for being able to join in these walk tours by myself. I was able to enjoy Berlin more and meet fellow travelers along the way. I also feel so proud of myself for being able to experience the real Berlin at its finest hours, visiting the city’s nightlife districts and underground spots. Lastly, I learned to appreciate street arts. I’m never a big fan of it, but good thing I still decided to go. Street arts in Berlin proved me wrong – not all vandals are created equal. Read more

Photo Diary: Berlin 2 Years Ago (Part 1) – East + West

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Believe me or not, my first trip to Berlin is so special to me, yet ironically it took me two long years to really blog about it!  If it wasn’t for the photos I took during the trip, I wouldn’t be reminded of how it was to be in Berlin at that time.

Destruction to Restoration. A realization. Every wall is a challenge. I was awestruck by the depth and intricacies of Berlin’s history… – Perpie in Berlin, July 2012

Checkpoint Charlie or Checkpoint C, it was coincidentally our first point of destination in Berlin. It used to be a crossing point between East and West Berlin, which also became a symbol of the Cold War in the 60s between the East (as represented by the Russians) and the West (the Americans). We didn’t need to show up our passports though, neither we are restrained to cross over nor we needed to flee. Those days are finally gone. Read more