So excited!


After deliberating for weeks (Iceland? Too cold; Peru? Expensive flight; Italy? Too many tourists) we finally booked tickets to Beijing! And I’m so thrilled! We’ll be making a quick stop in Tel Aviv, which is quite exciting as well. We have three full weeks (without our travelling days), so we still have to decide where we’re going. Of course there are some highlights I definitely want to see when we’re in Beijing, like the Chinese Wall, the Forbidden City, the TiananMen Square and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. And probably going further inland, to see more of the 'real China'. But we’re thinking about maybe flying to another destination as well, like the Philippines (going back to our ‘hometown’ Manila, yeah!) or Borneo (checking out the orangutan!).

Wherever our journey will bring us, I’m very much looking forward to another adventure!


Happy List

With so many horrible things going on in the world right now, I think it’s important to realize sometimes how blessed I am (we are). And to count your blessings, to reflect on the things that really make your life worth living. So every once in a while, I write down the 10 things that made me incredibly happy that particular day. It makes me smile and sometimes I even find it hard to just pick out 10 happy-moments. I scrolled back trough my note book and picked out a few of them I wrote down the last couple of days, as a start of sharing my ‘things that made me incredible happy today’-lists with you.
  1. The smell of rain on hot pavement 
  2. Having a tv-dinner with delicious pizza and wine (and eating left-over pizza for breakfast, just because I felt like it)
  3. The discovery of even more freckles on my face
  4. The way you feel after a long sunny day on the beach (and how good a cold beer tastes afterwards)
  5. The snoring of my grandmother 
  6. The sight of my two favorite men in the world together
  7. Eating cupcakes, drinking tea and talking for hours with a friend at the Teabar
  8. Starting a new book with very promising first pages
  9. A little Ben&Jerry’s truck parked in front of my house. Hello message from above!
  10. When a lovely memory just pops into your head and gives you butterflies in your stomach all over again

Before you go to bed tonight, make a mental lists of things that made you happy today.


Princess Baksele

Gallerian, Hamngatan 37, Stockholm

There’s this thing about shopping malls that I really like. I think it’s just cozy and easy all these shops together underneath one roof. I love the silly tunes their playing. I love the extravagant decoration during holidays. But the main reason why I love them is because of the food courts, those indoor plazas with a lot of different food vendors where it’s almost impossible not to find anything you like to eat!  Holland you don’t really see these types of malls, but both in America and Asia I’ve been to great malls with even better food courts.
And I just recently found out that the Swedes also know how it’s done.  

Inside the Gallerian mall in Stockholm you can find all sorts of small stands where they sell delicious treats, ice cream, smoothies or coffees. And they also have three big restaurants. We’ve only been to two of them, because they were so good. The first one, Hamngatan Stories, was totally filled with businessman and woman when we had lunch there at Friday afternoon. The main reason I wanted to eat at this place, was because of this counter standing in the middle of the restaurant, where people we’re busy making their own desert with vanilla cream, fresh fruits and other sweet toppings. Without knowing what we exactly ordered, they handed us two plates both filled with high quality food. One with delicious steak, potato gratin, butterbeans and a red wine sauce. The other one with spinach and ricotta filled tortellini in tomato sauce, topped off with parmesan and parma ham. But, beside the desert table, they also had a great salad buffet and a wide variety of bread and spreads. All included in the price of these two plates (which we paid about 222 SEK, or 25 Euros, for).
I can be quite conservative when it comes to food: when I find something really good I can keep coming back to it over and over, not being nterested in what other restaurants might have to offer me. Too bad the desert, salad and bread buffets were just a weekdays-deal, so we had to find our self a fine place for the other two days, since I really liked that part of it.

Luckily, just across the aisle, there was Piazza Fiore, a delicious Italian restaurant (with, as you know a must for me, a wood-fired-oven). We decided to share a pizza and a pasta, since we really couldn’t chose which one we liked best. And they were sooo good! And again, as a starter we received some free bread with butter and salad.

Compared to the Netherlands, Sweden is relatively expensive when it comes to food. But, even though you pay about 10% more than we’re used to, most of the time you also get something for ‘free’ as well. For instance, in almost every restaurant or bar there’s a place where you can get free water (and it’s totally not weird when you don’t even order something else to drink, but just have free water all night).

Oh and there’s also Gateau, a small stand in the middle of the corridor, selling Princess Baksele, or as we know it from IKEA: Swedish princess cake. One of my favorite cakes! Of course we had to try it and it was delicious (fluffy cake, sweet marmalade and cream inside and tasty marzipan wrapped around it)! I also noticed this American Cookies stand, where they bake cupcakes, muffins and brownies all day long, looking totally mouthwatering. We ‘only’ had a jummy icecream (in Sweden they make real good ice cream, did you know that?), but next time I’m definitely trying  some of their baking.

Don’t worry, my trip to Stockholm wasn’t all about food again, I’ll post more about other things I liked later ;)


I can't wait

Due to exams and deadlines (okay, and a quick trip to Stockholm) I had to take a little break from Curioucity. But now I’m back, filled with fresh tips, ideas and other thoughts to share with you. Within a few months summer will finally arrive, but the weather’s already changing in a very good way. Planning this year’s summer vacation, brings back happy memories from previous holidays. Sleeping in motels and eating donuts while road tripping through California, being able to jump in crystal clear water  at any time of the day (or night) while sailing in Croatia, canoeing in the early morning in Canada or seeing giraffes, crocodiles and elephants in the wild for the first time in South Africa. The feeling of total freedom waking up in your tent at a beautiful lake in Norway or while riding a little motorcycle underneath the burning sun all the way across one of the island of the Philippines. Long hiking’s trough the Gran Canyon and the Alps, dancing underneath the stars at Malapascua, cuddling with baby bears in Killarney and cycling down the Champs-Élysées.

I’m wondering what this year will bring. I’m looking forward to make new happy memories J

Ps. Don’t be too critical about me trying to be creative.. I know I am bad a photo-shopper ;)