Thursday, July 24, 2014


a place that you wanted to visit (on a good day) for awhile but never had a chance until today.  after all if life gives you good sunny weather might as well seize the opportunity to enjoy it in the right setting.
so you decided and called a friend (who live in the city where the villa is located) and off you went for a spontaneous (savory) afternoon tea.
what excites you most is as you walk in to the villa and as you see the romans garden, the very well managed flower patch, green house, sculptures and the water tower that now converted to hotel.  it's a malay mui in wonderland moment.  let alone you're blessed with the great weather, summer temperature and blue sky with cotton bud clouds as back drop.  
so blessed and so bliss the life can be. summer in the lowland.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

yesterday the dutch government declared today as the mourning day as the first batch of the victim's bodies will arrive in the country at 4pm today.
my heart is heavy, saddened as this tragedy has happened to two of the closest countries in my life.  my adopted land (the victims) and my home country (the national carriage and the crew)
my prayers and thoughts are with the friends and families of the victims. may the Lord rest the souls of the victims and comfort the friends and families who have lost their loved ones in the tragedy of mh17.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 this was how you spent your tuesday whenever you're staying put and not too caught out with week.
that you go to the weekly market at your area early in the morning to replenish the fruits and vegetables.  today you got yourselves four new dutch herring for lunch on his request. and these herrings were really good, taste fresh and new even though the first boat of herring on shore was probably in late june.
 and at noon, during the lunch break, you sneak to the city center to run some errands and got yourself a cup of iced cappuccino.  it's been awhile since you've an iced coffee...
 and your ceramic nobs are installed, the old one broken a few weeks ago, though you have not been cooking on stove with wok and pan but you've no lack of food.  one thing that you really missed is the chinese soup. so with the ceramic nobs back in action, you whisked up an easy and quick soup - red fermented rice with yellow wine and chicken.  a typical foochow dish that you grown up with. it's a tonic soup.
with a kilo of cherries you got from the market, you turned some into cherry clafoutis. your favorite summer dessert and since this is only for the two of you, it's reduced sugar but extra booze.
you could term this as a typical happy summer day, but deep down in your heart, you're mellow and meek especially with the continuous developing news on mh17.

Monday, July 21, 2014


you loved this candid shot you took when he's busy manning the bbq stove on a slightly drizzling monday evening.
your summer in the lowland is not always warm and sunny, and in fact a bit of rain is good and refreshing, it moist your body.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


a brief stopover at meersburg, a neighboring towns that joining the northern shore of lake constance.  weather was ever changing between sunshine and occasional showers. it was hard to wander around the city let alone he refused the short hike to the castle.  the city is very un-german with the walls and building in bright colors like you're in any mediterranean cities.
the highlight for you were the afternoon tea session where you'd your first taste on the black forest cake and his applestrudel with vanilla ice cream.  both were good though you have taste a better black forest in demel cafe, vienna.  his applstrudel while is made with puff pastry and not filo pastry, it has the very balanced palate of sweet, sour and creaminess.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


 first trip to one of the islands in the northern region of lowland
 first time cycled for 25km in a day (another record)
 upclose and personal encounter with the nature, the sheep, the cows and the lambs
 carrying this vintage picnic basket
and picnic in style just next to the farm land
 and then you spent the rest of the afternoon sun tanning
just being lazy and occasionally bringing the kids to the sea to play with sea water
 and then a long bicycle ride back to the ferry point to catch the ferry back to the main land
by then you're tired and burnt but still you enjoy watching the sea gulls flying around and the sea breeze kissing your face
back to the mainland, you have to walk for 10 min or so to reach your car, and you chose to walk on the dunes for the view
as you turn back, while the ferry is journey away towards the island, you thought this is the best picture of the day.

Friday, July 18, 2014


 a few snapshots of friedrichshafen. though it's just an industrialized city, you enjoyed most the quaintness of the pier from the other side of the city and end your evening at the promenade where the sun decided to shine and the alps is relatively visible.

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