Sunday, November 16, 2014


you're not a fashionable person per say, quality, classic and lasting style is what you opt for most of the time instead of fashion that would last only for a season.
you aren't sure about this pair of maroon/dark purple-ish shoes, but the price is just too good to resist when you're in milan, leisure and free moment as such don't come by easily, so you decided to seize the moment and got this pair.  likewise you're trying some new solid color stocking too,

let's see if this will work out with your wardrobe.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


this is what happened when you're on business trip, you just want to have some comfort food when you're finally home.
you've cravings for dim sum and hence together with your mil you pay an impromptu visit to this restaurant that you patron regularly and had some dim sum.  the highlight is the teochew style braised intestine (bottom right).
so good and satisfied.

Friday, November 14, 2014


a true confession of a truffleholic. you're now in milan and it's too late to fly back as the meeting with client is not end till late in the afternoon.  you spotted this restaurant from the "what's on" magazine complementary from the hotel. and there's no regret for another full tummy night.  you will pay your sport "debt" when you got back home this weekend.  you had your starter bruschetta of black truffles and your main is the succulent lamb's rack with white truffles.  both are exceptionally good and you're really thankful that you can sample such a exquisite taste of autumn right here in milan.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


'the charterhouse of parma' a book written by stendhal a french writer who has never been to parma and although you didn't read this book yourself, many who read it says the portrait of parma is incorrect.
anyhow that's not the point. you stay in the hotel that name after stendhal, although in reality it has nothing to do with stendhal apart from one of his book is based on a story is based here.
 the hotel has quite a bit of history, in a old building and despite of its age, the room is quite pleasant to stay in.  you prefer here more as you can almost assume you're here for vacation instead of work.  the hotel from last week is perhaps a little more comfortable but without character and located next to the train station and distance from the city center. here you're right in the city center where restaurants are at your doorstep, you're not far from anywhere...
 as the member of the hotel chain, you got your free welcome drink. this is a very fragrant white wine produced in the vicinity.
needless to say, it looks a little classier than the normal chain hotel, and you know you will be back to this place next week.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 tonight was better, you don't have to entertain your clients nor your other team. you went out for a quiet dinner with your colleague.  it's been raining non-stop since last week and the rain is heavy again today. so this restaurant is just stone throw away from your hotel.
artichoke with parma ham sauce. this was good. simple and delicious, clean food too!

 autumn is a great gastronomy season in italy, you decided to chuck the carbs and opt for protein, a three eggs white truffles is it!  simple aromatic and delicious.
non of you opt for the dessert but the restaurant still serve you with the petit fours. while they're cute and pleasing to your eyes, you're not in the mood to have any...
at least a more relaxed evening without any social entertainment.  you could choose what you like and just enjoy the chit-chatting in dutch.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


you're back to parma again. as it stands your week in parma is always filled with never ending meetings and follow by very late dinner...
 amuse bouche of chestnut soup
 assorted cold cut from parma
 "duetto" of tortelli filled with spinach and riciotta cheese and  pumpkin tortelli. the pumpkin tortelli was great with a hint of sweetness that you almost mistaken it from pear.
 stew beef cheek with green beans, the beef cheek was tender and moist...
the dessert is 'bacio di parma' parfait of which you hardly touch, well may be a spoonful of the gelato...

too much of dining and drinking consecutively is not your lifestyle.  you know in your line of business, sometime dinner as such is unavoidable, and with the italians opting for four courses dinner, you just couldn't opt for just one or two courses...
the food was good but the whole evening you're engrossing in a business discussion and hence it feels like a long working day straight into late night.

Monday, November 10, 2014


the weather is still pretty good in the lowland.  you don't mind greeted by such a sunny monday morning.
you count it a blessing to have monday free, so that you can run your errands and be ready for another week in parma.

lam 3:22-24 - through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I hope in Him!”

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