Christmas prezzies from my one true love! He knows me so well~Weleda Wildrose Lotion, Berlin Bear lemony soap, black pens, glittery scrubby bathtub gloves, black licorice, new sleep mask and Moleskin wellness journal! ❤ ❤ ❤
Prezzies under the Mini Xmas tree!
Marzipan Stollen (not as good as it looked….)
Some kind of German fire water. Terrible…
Xmas snacks! Olives, pretzels and mustard, wine, stroopwafels and lots of cheese!
One of my presents for the man. Little robot tea strainer!
Some photos of our recent travels. One of the draws of coming to Europe at this time of year is the wonderful christmas “vibe” everywhere. So different from our last Christmas in Kuala Lumpur which, while affected, was special and beautiful in its own way. Still, there is something very lovely about the snow and the markets and all the HUGE “tannenbaums”.
The year is drawing to an end, the world did not end yet and we are going to have to make our onward plans very soon! We only have thirteen more nights in our little Berlin flat, with no onward plans. This last minute type of travel that we’ve been doing the past couple of years has taught me a lot and still gives me a sense of uneasiness at times. I am learning that everything does usually work out in the end and whatever happens is a part of the great adventure.
Although I don’t know how I feel about New Years’ Resolutions, I do feel that January 1st is a good as time as any for a fresh start and a new beginning. I have my own such “resolutions” and I have been thinking a lot about the New Year given that it’s going to mean so many new experiences for us.
We have more or less resolved to not head back home and instead settle abroad for a while. This prospect is exciting and nerve wracking. As much as we’d love to settle in the EU, it doesn’t look like now is our time. The job market is saturated, the economy is not at its best and it’s quite competitive. We are likely Asia-bound and probably back to Japan. I will elaborate more about our thoughts on this in a future post.
For now, I hope all of you are well, safe and happy. Enjoy the holidays!
Back in Kuala Lumpur now after being in Cherating for probably around ten days. We decided to make the trip back to the city so we could have a Xmas dinner that didn’t consist of rice and noodles (I know, we are so spoiled). Doubly spoiled actually because we were welcomed by a surprise email from M’s aunt telling us to go out for a Xmas meal on her and she would pay us back! Very excited, we arrived back in KL at about 6pm on the 25th, checked back into our regular guesthouse and went to the Marriott as I had previously heard they were having a buffet Xmas dinner. Buffets are always better for us since we don’t eat turkey. There are usually a lot of options compared to a meat based set meal that is wasted in us. Not surprisingly, the Marriott was all booked up, so we went across the street to the very grand looking Grand Millennium. We had a huge buffet meal for about $30/person including dessert buffet that had more than enough options for the fish-eating semi vegetarians we are. Although I have decided to give up most seafood once we are done travelling, I have to say, the oysters on the half shell and the sashimi were exceptional.
Bungalow in Cherating
We are now working out our next move, but we will most likely stay in KL for NYE and then either go back to Cherating (we’ve made a good friend and M is hooked on surfing) and then head to Singapore for a few days before flying out to Bali, or go directly from KL to Singapore.
Kampung Baru-Kuala Lumpur
I’ve finally figured out how to compress photos on Iphoto so I have uploaded some more onto flickr. Since I was having such a problem uploading them before (20 photos would take about an hour and a half on the public or paid computers here), I have become a bit discouraged with both taking photos and uploading them. Now that I’ve figured this out, you should be seeing some more, and I will try to make my posts not so text heavy as I know that can be super boring!
Hoping all of you had a warm and happy Xmas and a fantastic new year. I am thinking a bit about “resolutions” if you want to call them that. I know a lot of people are anti New Years resolution, using the argument that you do not need a certain date to start something new etc. While I totally agree with this, I do like Chris Guillebeau’s perspective. He uses the end of year and the one coming up to reflect on past goals, set new ones for the future and examine what went right in the past year and what went wrong. I think everyone could use an annual review and I will be working on my own. Pretty difficult given my current transient state and not having any idea where I will be next week, let alone the next year, but no matter where I am, I believe personal goals can be set that will involve a more internal management. What do you think? Happy New Year to my few but growing readership!