Weekly Wonders: Birthday Week

 

1. Monday started with a brunch out in town. We ordered the breakfast for two which included a basket full of bread, a plate with scrambled eggs, two different types of jam, butter, 3 different kinds of cheese and ham, different kinds of fruit, two cups of fruit oatmeal, and two glasses of orange juice. I also ordered an extra ginger tea since I was a bit sick. The breakfast was extremely yummy and filling. We couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the day.

2. The rest of the day was dedicated to shopping. I found a pair of sunglasses which were reduced from 120€ to 99€ and I spontaneously bought them as you can see on the picture. I did need a new pair though.
3. We were walking around a beautiful park, looking for a nice spot to take photos at and they had these colourful flowers planted.  We didn’t take too long, and went back home. We were completely shattered.

4. On Tuesday, July 4th, it was my birthday. We had planned to go to the thermal baths that day. My sister still had free tickets, so we used them. It was a day full of relaxation, swimming, sunshine and yummy food and drinks. Despite being sick, I enjoyed it a lot. Still miss the steam bath and the amazing fruit sugar peeling we got there for free.

5. At the weekend, I finally got to celebrate my birthday with all my friends. My sister did my make-up and I got to wear my new dress from Mango.

6. It was such an amazing evening, despite some reservation problems. I booked a table for 11 at the most popular sushi restaurant in town called Origami at 9pm (8pm was not possible), and when we arrived at 8.50pm, they told us that we’d have to wait for a while until the guests have finished eating. It was around 9.30pm until we were able to go inside for food finally. Until we had ordered and got our food, almost one hour passed. Some of us got starters as well. I got the gyoza, and it was friggin yummy!

7. Finally the food – and with it the sushi – came. I also ordered a huge sushi platter for everyone to try. I didn’t only eat sushi, but also a coconut udon soup with shrimps. I didn’t like that so much though, and my sister’s beef pak choi dish looked so much yummier. It was a great evening though, and by the time we left the restaurant, they were about to close :’D We were the last ones inside (11:45pm), but then again, it wasn’t our fault, since we did arrive on time.

8. Group picture with everyone :)

9. Me with the cute HappySocks I got from two of my friends :)

10. On sunday, I first had to unpack all my gifts and take photos of some of them. I loooveeeed all of my gifts I got and want to say thank you to everyone who came and got me presents. I am fortunate to have friends who know me so well :) The ‘One-Line-A-Day’ 5-year-journal is actually one of the things I have thought about buying, but never did.

11. And the Instagram-famous book is a book I just recently discovered at Urban Outfitters and had to think about my friend Giulia thinking about me if she ever got to see the book :’DD And then she actually got it for me :D

12. I just specifically fell in love with the Harry Potter pillow set <3 The trio and Hagrid look soooo cute! Hagrid is actually my favourite out of the four in this pillow collection :D Other than these gifts above, I got a Sailor Moon mug and a unicorn pocketmirror, an Amazon voucher and some bathing stuff, and I am gonna get a see-through umbrella :)

 

I hope you guys had an awesome first week of July. Mine was great as you can see. I was sick on my birthday, probably for the first time ever, but it was still a great birthday week with all the friends, food and swimming <3

Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Merveille

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Post-Spring-Festival Weekend: Shanghai Eats

Saturday, February 13th 2016:

After landing at Hongqiao Airport, we straightly went to our Hostel, Captain Youth Hostel, our go to place when in Shanghai. On our way there, we were looking up restaurants where we could have dinner. On tripadvisor, I looked for the best restaurants in Shanghai, and I was surprised to see that a turkish restaurant, Efes Restaurant, was rated as the best restaurant in Shanghai. Ana was interested too, so we decided to go there later for dinner.

It was a bit hard to find, but we finally made it. It is in the Lujiazui area and it looks really fancy from outside with high glass windows and doors.

Inside, the waiters were all chinese, at least that’s what I thought, so I spoke english with them.
We ordered our food and before our food arrived, the owner of the restaurant also came to our table to wish us an enjoyable meal. I knew he had to be turkish, so I talked in turkish with him and he was surprised. He was really nice and friendly and wanted to ensure us a perfect service. when the asian-looking waiter came to bring us our food later on, he asked me, in TURKISH, why I didn’t talk turkish  earlier? We would have gotten a better service. “Better than that??” I thought, but only said: “I didn’t know you could speak turkish. Where did you learn it?” and he said he learned it at school. I was a bit confused by that so I asked: “Oh really? I didn’t know they teach turkish at schools here in China”. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that because he went like this: “I am not from China. I am from Kyrgyzstan. Do I look chinese?” And as though it wasn’t already enough, I said “yes”. I think this was one of the most embarrassing moments I had in China :’D Luckily, he didn’t seem to be insulted.

After this surprising turn of events, we finally could indulge in our food. We both ordered Pide, the turkish version of Pizza.

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We also had some side dishes as hummus, turkish sheep cheese with tomatos, and an eggplant salad. After that, we got dessert on the house. That was really nice of the restaurant owner. We still talked with him after we finished our meal. He imported almost all the food from Turkey or western Asia. He then asked me how we found out about the restaurant, so I told him about the number one rating on tripadvisor, and he told me that many visitors come to the restaurant because they see it on tripadvisor.

It was a lovely evening, but we returned to the hostel after dinner because we were really tired.

Sunday, February 14th 2016:

We woke up a bit late that morning and went to have brunch at a cafe/restaurant called Kathleen’s Waitan which is located on the Bund and has an amazing brunch menu and yummy looking drinks. I ordered the poached eggs with salmon, tea, and for dessert a chocolate lava cake <3 Everything was super delicious, and the service, again, was one of the best I had in China.

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After our amazing lunch, we slowly had to return to the train station to catch our train back to Yuyao.

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Here is a picture of Hongqiao train station. All train stations in China look like this. Basically, a small airport in Europe :’D

We had an amazing Spring Festival trip in Sichuan, fuelled with cuteness and adventures. Our short stay in Shanghai was pretty amazing, too, especially foodwise.

This was not the last trip I had in China yet. There are still many more to come, including my amazing trip to Beijing and wonderful Xi’An. So, stay tuned for those.

Thank you all for reading and travelling with me.

Merveille.

30-Days-Challenge: Baking and a hurting Finger

Day 15 – Muffins, Mousse au Chocolat:

Tuesday was finally my first real day with activity at home. A few friends of mine planned a baking day for Tuesday, and I agreed of course. I have to disappoint you that I didn’t take enough photos, but I hope you will still enjoy my post.

At first, I wanted to go to the doctor’s because my right middle finger hurt after I returned from Augsburg, and while I was in Frankfurt it had swollen a little bit. I decided to go to the doctor right away on Tuesday. I went as early as possible, because I didn’t have an appointment and had to expect a long waiting time. Despite, the baking began at noon. At 9 am I went out of the house and expected to be at the doctor at about 9.30 am. As I thought I had arrived at the doctor, I noticed that it wasn’t there where it used to be. I thought I maybe forgot where exactly the location was, because I was still a child when I was there the last time. But I walked through the streets behind and next to it and couldn’t find the doctor anywhere. I also asked a woman, but she also didn’t know. Then I tried the navigation, but I walked to the wrong direction and the street where the doctor was seemed so far away. Then I called my mum and asked her to describe the way to me. But the way she described it was exactly the place where I thought it would be. After walking around the streets and searching for someone, anyone to ask the way, I saw an old lady and almost ran to her. She told me that it moved to another place. She described it to me and I thanked her before setting out.

Arriving at the doctor, there was a problem with my insurance card. She couldn’t see the data on the screen and asked me a few things to register it. The day was really not starting off positively that day, and I hoped that it would get better when we were baking. After about 5 minutes, I could finally enter the waiting room. It was full. There were no free seats left so I waited in fron of the room. But not even after 2 minutes someone was called in and I sat down. I took out my e-reader and began reading “The Hunger Games”. As I was reading, the room was getting emptier. It was about 10.30 am when I entered the waiting room. In total, I have waited about 1/1/2 hours until I was called in. I read a lot, almost finished to be honest :’D Why is it that I always have to wait so long somewhere and almost finish a book meanwhile? Just like a few weeks ago at the hairdresser when I had to wait about 1/1/2 hours.

I was relieved to be finally done in a few minutes. In the doctor’s office I explained what was hurting, and he tested some moves with my finger and asked if that hurt. Most of the moves didn’t and he said that it wasn’t anything bad. If I don’t play Volleyball or anything like that it should heal in two weeks he said.

I was relieved that it wasn’t anything serious and went to my friend at once. The rain started to dribble a little bit, but it didn’t bother me anymore after what I had to endure during working for talk2move. I didn’t get wet after all and arrived after about 10 minutes at my friend’s house. They were just having brunch, so I joined them. Eating and talking, we didn’t notice how fast time has passed. Soon, we began baking the chocolate muffins. Unfortunately, a lot of things went wrong here as well. The coffee machine started to blot out water. My friend had problems to find tools and ingredients in the kitchen because her mother has put everything somewhere else she complained. But finally we managed the cookies and only had to put them in the oven. While it was baking, we sat and talked a bit more. Suddenly, we heard a strange scent and my friend went to the oven to look and moaned: The baking dish for the muffins was not suited for heat. It has melted into the oven. My friend put out the muffins at once and put them on an iron sheet. Now they were safe, but we were a bit aggravating because of the melted baking dish. Our displeasure was swept away immediately after the muffins were finished and we could eat them.

Now it was time for Mousse au Chocolat. I have to admit that I had never eaten Mousse au Chocolat. I always though that it was some kind of pudding – since I don’t like puddings – but I was wrong: It is one of the tastiest things to eat *o* And it was so easy to prepare. Heating a little amount of milk (I have to ask my friend about the right amount). Meanwhile whipping the white of the egg into a soft cloudy bulk, and rasping one chocolate coating. When the milk is already boiling a little bit, take it off the oven and mix the rasped chocoaltes into it and whip it until both is mixed together, then add the egg yolk and continue whipping until the mixture as a creamy-like consistence. Now, it is finished, and the only thing to do is to fill the chocolate cream into little cups, cover it with wrapping film or aluminium foil and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile, we played a video game called “Eternal Sonata”. An RPG from Japan, with cute characters doing magic and fighting against ugly rats and bad final villains. Finally, one hour passed and we pause the play and went to the fridge. I slowly opened the film and put my spoon into the smooth consistence, and immediately led the spoon back in my mouth again, filled with brown, fluffy cream. I felt the bulk in my mouth and it was so tasty, creamy, fluffy, and yummy! *o* I love Mousse au Chocolate! And it isn’t like Pudding at all! Pudding is rude, splashing all over your mouth! But Mousse au Chocolate is coddling your senses of taste, slowly dribbling down on your tonge and then your cheeks, until it floats down your throat. I didn’t want the cup to end.

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I was already so full from the muffins and the brunch before that, so I had to stop after finishing my cup. But I plan to do it again, then more pictures might follow :)

After the mousse au chocolat we went to my other friend to continue playing the game, because we could play upstairs in the attic. There, it was so big and comfortable. We played for an hour or so, until my friend’s father called us to dinner. He had made Risotto with mushrooms. To be honest, I don’t like mushrooms, but I wouldn’t let that bring me from eating a dish cooked by my friend’s father. He is an awesome cook!!! I had already eaten spaghetti at their house, and it was so tasty. Just like eating out at an Italian restaurant, even better, because it was homemade. I love Italian food, and my friend loves Turkish food. I think we should swap places for a week or so :D

After dinner we went upstairs again and ate danish cornflake-cookies. They were light and tasted good.

Playing a game for hours turned out to not be the perfect long-time-activity for me. I like video games, but I get bored after playing it for a few hours. At about 10 or 11 pm I went home. The other two continued playing until midnight I think. My friend also lent me some books her bother had bought, and her mother wanted us to lend some of the books. I don’t know why, but I was happy about some more books waiting on my shelf to be read.

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I don’t think that I have to say more about this book :)
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A guidebook about how to obtain calamity, clearity and inner strength through the power of thought.
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A non-fictional book about the force of our mind. It says: “Don’t think about a blue elephant”
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An amazing book that I saw a few weeks or years ago, and wanted to read it badly! Now I finally have the opportunity and time to do so :)

My book haul is getting bigger and higher by now, and I really have to do something against it. I just have to little time in this life :/

And with that, I wish you a good night/happy day!