Last Sunday my brother and sister visited me. We rarely spend time together, face to face, so I was super delighted to make this little afternoon happen. We had a fun time of reminiscing, talking about what we’re up to, about future plans and just goofing around. We ventured the city and I couldn’t help but snap some pictures.

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Oh what a fine day it was. Lunch, shopping for masking tape, visiting the Malevich exhibition and getting a slice of pie! My week of freedom has begun and I am fully enjoying every single minute. Also, I would like to thank you all for your awesome comments and neat insights on my last post. It helped a lot.

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I’ve been wanting to visit this exhibition since I knew it was going to be in Amsterdam. Mukaiyama Tomoko is a Japanese artist. I have never heard of her before, so I did a bit of research. In 1990 she made her debut as a pianist. Over the years though, Tomoko Mukaiyama has moved from being a concert-based recitalist to a performance pianist. She studied in Tokyo, Indiana and Amsterdam, and is apparently currently living in the Netherlands still.

wasted is an international art project that challenges the transience of the feminine virtue of fertility. wasted is an installation of 12.000 silk dresses.” (source) You walk a little labyrinth path inside of a kind of temple of white dresses. It has two ‘chambers’, both serene and somehow shocking. If you google search this exhibition you get far more intense photographs which I think do much better justice to her work. But still, I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

I made a little video, to give you an impression. My shaky hands are a bit bothersome, I apologise… they always do that during utmost inconvenient times. The fact that I actually filmed in a vertical position is a bit stupid too…

The exhibition has been here for just two weeks, from Monday the 2nd to Sunday the 15th of December. This weekend is your last chance, to all the Dutch guys and gals out there reading my blog (it’s in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, entrance is free!). Also, Amsterdam is the last place where this installation will be exhibited. It has already been travelling the world since 2009.

As promised now I got my battery charged: Yokiyo!

A little time ago I finally got to try out something new I’ve been wanting to try for ages. Korean restaurants are slowly sipping into the scene in Amsterdam, as is Korean BBQ. And I found quite the neat little place to go, the thing is, to be able to eat at a BBQ table at Yokiyo you should eat with four, so I thought of a good reason and got some adventurous family to tag along. Because, of course I wanted to use the BBQ table.

The atmosphere at Yokiyo was very relaxed and light. The interiors of the rooms were quite rad, original wooden panels and tiles mixed together with pastel colours, you can grasp it a bit over at their website.

The menu at Yokiyo isn’t really big, it’s all just on one piece of paper, but that’s good. There is enough to pick from as an noob to Korean cuisine, but seeing so many Asian visitors I think it’s good enough for experts as well. The BBQ menu is 19.50 eu, which is pretty affordable knowing you get to chose different meats/things for on the BBQ, lots of banchans (delicious side dishes like kimchi) and unlimited rice and cabbage. Since we sat at the BBQ with four, we had four different types of meat and just shared the whole thing.

Drinks were pretty OK too, we had to wait a bit before we were seated and while we waited I chose their homemade icetea (which was good, even having a ginger flavour that I usually despise) [ 2.- eu] . At the table we ordered a pot of Makgeolli (Korean rice wine) [ 7.50 eu ], which was really neat.

Since we all had pretty much the same we split the bill in four, which led that we all ate for around 25 eu a person. And we all ate pretty much too, so I’m definitely in for a second time. Maybe even a third.

I didn’t plan this to be this sort of review, but I really enjoyed the place.

Alrighty guys! Another year of blogging has passed last week, and what’s better then a celebration with cake?
I went with my fellow-foodaholic-friend Laurinde (from last year too, teehee) to the 9 streets in Amsterdam just to eat. – A screen-filling picture of cake is a must, ehr… duh!

I think this blog has changed over the year, I’m not quite sure what happened, but it feels ok. As for myself, I have changed a lot as did my life. Which I am sure is a good thing, but things did get a lot more hectic. It made me realize, making this point that I’m going to figure out what I think is really important in life. I will get back to you about that next year, har har.

Foodporn much? We had lunch at Nielsen (website), which is our latest find. They seem to be popular because of their clubsandwiches but because we both were almost not hungry anymore because we were so hungry we just took one of their specialty dishes, Lau took something chickeny-avocado-bacon and I took the B.L.T. best choice of my life. If I were to make an Amsterdam guide, this place would be in it. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, affordable prices, just all good.

And then, Pompadour (website). We went here a few weeks ago after we checked out the new Rijksmuseum that recently opened. Just out of nowhere we walked past a pile of beautifully shaped meringues, and man… so good. It’s not cheap (rather expensive really) but this is the best cake place in Amsterdam in my opinion. Not just because the cake is really (!!!) good, their tearoom is decorated with original wood panelling and upholstered walls, a bit 19th century-like. Really cool. Even though it’s fancy, you get a homely vibe because the staff is super friendly.

We stumbled across the book market at Spui, so many lovely second hand books and great pictures to hang on your wall. SPEAKING OF WHICH, I’m moving this weekend! After having lived 2 years on the same place, I found a great place for myself and only myself. No more dirty dishes or gross toilet because of flatmates.

And these are the most random photos I made. Kitties and bowties in the same picture just seemed good to me. And that card… well… I should’ve bought it right?

Thank you everybody for staying with me. I really appreciate it a lot (like a lot, a lot), I never thought my life would interest a hundred people (I have a hundred followers now, thank you guys!!).