jungfrau

A Day in Jungfrau

JUNGFRAU, the top of Europe.

If you’re geeking out over geography stuff, this marketing catchphrase would make you think twice—on whether Jungfraujoch is indeed the highest point in Europe.

Considering the Caucasus Mountains shared between the European and Asian borders, it makes Mount Elbrus the highest mountain in Europe. If Caucasus is out of the picture and considering only the European mainland, the highest point must be the Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy.

Nonetheless after our visit, I think Jungfrau deserves to take the credit after all. Besides the Klein Matterhorn that you can easily access by cable car and lift and the Mittelallalin accessible by funiculaire, the Jungfrau gives the most convenient and pleasant experience of reaching icy peaks and wintry summits of the Alps, which make Switzerland famous for. Read more

year-end review

Two Years Ago…

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

Bratislava Castle

Sightseeing in Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. It offers a pleasant medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets, a hilltop castle overlooking the Danube, and many historic churches and buildings.

Slovakia is used to be part of Hungary after the fall of the Great Moravian Empire until the end of the First World War, when the Treaty of Trianon created Czechoslovakia.

During World War II, the Germans controlled Slovakia. The Soviets conquered it later, thus recreating Czechoslovakia in pro-Soviet and Communist slant.

The Communist ended during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. In 1993 the Czechoslovakia dissolved into two separate and independent nations – Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read more

Maja Blanca

Maja Blanca

Also known as coconut pudding, maja blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, starch and sugar that is usually served during town festivals and special holidays.

Obviously, maja blanca is an adapted version of a traditional Spanish dessert manjar blanco, which is similar to desserts such as blancmange, meaning “white delicacy.”

Its traditional preparation is relatively easy – just coconut milk, cornstarch and sugar. Agar (gulaman in Filipino) can be another substitute for cornstarch.

Other versions include maja maiz that uses corn kernels and butter, thus resulting in distinctive yellow color; squash maja blanca that has squash as main ingredient; and maja de ube that uses ube (purple yam), giving a deep violet color. Read more

Thai red chicken curry

Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

You may expect to see a Cantonese Chinese restaurant in almost every village in Belgium, but next to Chinese, you will find a handful of Thai restaurants here as well. We’re lucky to find two Thai restaurants serving very authentically yummy Thai delights near our home.

So here I am, showing my fancy over Thai food again. I admit, next to Italian, I adore Thai cuisine.

I love the strong aromatic, and oftentimes a spicy edge of Thai dishes. Interestingly, you can come to explore all of your taste senses – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, spicy – in even just a single Thai meal!

“What is Thai food? Every country in the world has its own food profile. It reflects its culture, environment, ingenuity and values. In the case of Thailand, these words come to mind: intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor. Read more

Porto

A Weekend in Porto

A sip of this lusciously sweet wine gives me memories of this rustic port city this wine is named after.

Also, the azulejos, these distinctly patterned blue-and-white porcelain tiles adorned in most buildings, the enchantingly winding Duoro river with dotted ships, the sumptuous Portuguese cuisine marked with their love for bacalhau, tripes, pastries, port wines, Madeira – all these remind me of Porto.

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal located along the Duoro river at the north of the country. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, and a mercantile one as it has always been, Porto as a city offers various architectural mix of medieval and modern living side by side.

The town center showcases soaring bell towers, monumental baroque churches, and stately Art Nouveau buildings. Many of its colorful buildings are built into a cliff face overlooking the river, with narrow lanes and zigzagged staircases running up and down along the cliff. Across the river, the attractive cellars and warehouses of port wine companies are located in this suburb of Gaia. Read more