Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Catch Up (2) - Week 7/8

"Wallen van hier tot Tokyo", literally translated as "bags under my eyes from here to Tokyo" in other words: I'm flippin' tired! Correction, I was very tired until last week; I had the chance to escape the uni life and head to Austria. You can expect some footage from that week soon! 

The first two months of this year have flown by, literally. Deadlines are piling up and I'm still my lazy little self, which implies that I don't give a shit and don't do a thing either. Okay, it's not hundred percent true. I'm studying quite hard, spend little time home, but I try to plan some free time as well. Due of lacking time and also some creativity, I decided to pause this blog, taking a break. So, I'm now starting fresh with some pictures I took mid-february. So much footage is waiting for me to edit and post online! I will be posting more personal posts like these, because these are my favorite indeed. I hope you like it!

@ Markthal Rotterdam: Visiting this lovely market building made me wish I had a little restaurant/bar/shop myself. It was buzzing with people, because it was the carnaval weekend. My sister was not really pleased with the people next to us. That guy was way too touchy touchy; PDA has it's limits youngish gentleman! 

This view of Rotterdam is one of my favorite ones of the city. Arriving by car you will probably pass this part of the city, the beautiful scenery with the water, the old warehouses, the skyscrapers: where new meets old. 
@ de Lange Muur, Rotterdam: If you ever can get your hands on these munchies – mini bapao wrapped deep-fried oysters with a honey glaze - I would definitely give it a try! It is one of my favorite dishes. The stickiness, sweetness of the honey  with a bitter undertone because of it's caramelization, the crunchiness of that glaze, the softness of the bapao wrapper, the freshness that the parsley gives the dish breaks through that heaviness, one word: yummy!  

@ Het Arsenaal, Leiden: the uni building of the South-East Asian Studies, my hangout 9/10 of the time I spent at the uni. You may have seen these two pictures on my Instagram feed, but I wanted to share it otherwise. The last one is my favorite. It has a bit of a depressive vibe, don't know why, maybe because of the people you can vaguely see, maybe it's because it's in black and white. Anyway, I could not not take a picture of this, the inner Asian really screamed to take this picture :p 

I present the goofy, after having the most boring classes-me. I make weird faces when I eat, I know. 

So far, so good, I guess! I'm still loving what I do plus I have found some balance between studying and my free time.

"Just keep on stimulating yourself to do better, greater, more awesome things", I say to myself everyday. It really works for me, it may as well work for you!

Dream big guys and enjoy every single moment of life as long as it's going to last! 

So emo/weheartit, lol. Take care guys! Aufwiederschnitzels - I'm hungry. 

Sincerely, Jessy

Friday, 13 February 2015

Ramen Goodness // #foodporn 10 - hotspot near A'dam

A bowl of wonderful deliciousness, a bombastic fantastic explosion of flavors, savory and sweet, slurpidy slurp, more slurping involved and at the end you get to enjoy a lovely broth, maybe mixed with rice; everybody has his/hers own habits.

Hey guys! How have you all been? This is the first time in two weeks that I have time to simply sit here and just blog. I'm two weeks into my second semester and things are going pretty good so far, still loving it of course! Literature, Art, Philosophy, Religion, Premodern Chinese and Modern Chinese History are my new courses; so far, so good. I'm especially curious of how the religion part will be. It has always amazed me how odd and weird Chinese religions are, especially the superstitions. 
A lot of things happened to me this past few weeks and I have to say that the new year started pretty well, haha. I'm glad that I really had the chance to clear my mind and start this semester as a fresher and "more zen" version of myself. 
The posts of the past few weeks were a bit less personal, because I had planned them beforehand. So sorry for my lack of personal input and I will assure you that my posts will be a bit more "interesting" :p Oh, I've missed this a lot! Anyway, back to the food...

Restaurant Raku is a small restaurant owned by Japanese people (no Chinese, hooray!). It's in a very tranquil neighborhood and the busstation is nearby, so using public transportation will be advised! Tip: be early if you want to eat lunch here! You can't make a reservation for lunchtime, only for dinner!
Their broth is light, not too oily and super flavorful; the noodles chewy; the condiments were okay. Their gyoza have a lot of veggies in them, so that's a plus!
Kimuchi Miso Ramen, Normal Miso Ramen and my Yasai Curry Miso Ramen
I would definitely recommend to have a ramen lunch at this place. A lunch set (with gyoza, pickles and a bowl of rice) is 12-16 euro. Pretty reasonably priced for a fresh selfmade bowl of goodness.

Thank you for reading this post and I'll see y'all soon!
Take care, Jessy

Monday, 2 February 2015

Strong EyeBrow Game?

Back in the days that I could tie all my hair in a low bun, good times, good times. I had this idea to write a post about eyebrows for a very, very long time - no, I am not kidding you haha -. I think the brow area is very underestimated by a lot of people, including myself. I hate doing my eyebrows and I had lot of struggles to make them look a bit more styled. I had good ol' Asian triangle eyebrows and I really wanted to get rid of them. I did my research, watched a few youtube videos and how to blog posts and did da thing - Legend of Korra reference, facepalm . Anyway, I wanted to share my eyebrow routine, even though my brows look like shit most of the time. By the way, I would love to hear some tips from you guys! Let's see how I do my eyebrow game, aight - prepare for creepy close-ups -. 

[ Go, Charlie Brown - Catrice ]

[ Make sure the bottom of "tail" of your brow is very sharp as well. ]

[ Hashtag almost no makeup... only a bit concealer ]

Note: Since these are pictures of a while ago, I have to admit that my eyebrow routine changed a bit. I use way less powder now, so my eyebrows don't look as harsh and dark now as they were back in October. The reason is that my brows are a lot fuller now, so less powder is needed. 

Anyway, enough brow talk. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you very soon!

Take Care X, Jessy