February, done and dusted!

flowers in feb
You guys! We survived winter, who’d have thought! — OK, so technically it’s still a few weeks until spring is official, but I’ve got a spring in my step and I am loving the early-spring blooms! March is going to be good.

Let’s look back onto February… the shortest month sure felt like the longest. Loads has happened, so let’s get cracking!

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Happy January

 Hello friends~! I think I’m just in time to wish you all a happy new year still! It’s been a little while since we’ve talked. And I need to ask you guys a tiny favour.

You see, I intend to fully enjoy 2017. And I actually thought of, and made my resolutions early this year. And there is this little thing that I really want to do: dwell on the particulars of each season and month. Really become more aware and conscious of the little things that life has to offer us.

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booksbooksbooks // Goodbye Tsugumi


YES, folks! I started reading a book AND I also finished it. Now that’s an accomplishment that I hadn’t had in a year or so. How sad. But here it is, my little update on my reading challenge. 12 books in 12 months. And all will be shared on this little blog. I won’t say they’re reviews…but just a little mixture of my opinion on it, what I liked about it, maybe even a few words of wisdom I got out of them, and what they made me think of. Something along those lines. So let’s get started shall we?

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Oh lately it’s so…

Oh? from 0023am on 8tracks Radio.

The start of a new year always comes with many surprises, does it not? We work on our resolutions, however big or small they may be, while life continues to go on with unstoppable momentum. Funnily enough, one of my resolutions was that I documented more… blogged more. And yet, here I am again. Continuously drafting new posts, without publicising any of them. Having this feeling it’s all not good enough, that it doesn’t contribute to my content that well. And all the while life keeps happening.

…I feel like I’m whining a bit. Maybe because I am? It’s not about all that though, is it? And it doesn’t really matter if I am whining, is it? I told myself I should document more, that means more of the good stuff – but not only the good stuff. So here I am, coming from seasonal-affective-disorder-highway, with a brand new playlist to carry us/me through the end of January. Because, you know… music says it all. Especially around that time when you are supposed to be that happy-clappy-son-of-bitch, while all you want to do is stay in bed and eat bad stuff…even though that’s not really what you want to do at all.

If you like Marina & The Diamonds, Sia and Bon Iver…this is for you.



Firstly, I hope you all had a wonderful, lovely and sweet Christmas together with your friends and family. I hope you had a great time to spend with those you love, celebrating whatever you celebrate on Christmas. And I know you all know this by now, I love the simple message of Christmas, the birth of Christ and a little reminder of all the humble and lovely things. I am a bit sad Christmas 2015 is over now, though we try to keep the humble and lovely will stay in our hearts the coming year. – Here are a few of my favourite things this past Christmastime.

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy

It’s been a while since I last visited a Christmas market. Nothing can really top the ones we had in our childhood, when everything seemed even more magical just because you were little and had no real big plans for the future and everything was just pure bliss. But even though I’m saying that, last weekend when I visited a Christmas market in a neat little town in the country with my family… it was kind of bliss too. Christmas always brings these happy thoughts and makes you realize that everything you do and have is wonderful and worth it and you don’t need any more than sharing the love with your near and dear.

My Christmas break started today, even though uni work has been piling up, and I have to work a lot at the bookshop coming week, I’m ready for some holiday craze and some serious relaxing. How do you guys normally spend the holidays?

Have a good weekend folks. Be glad, be good and be brave!

New York City, man!

Summertime. Always the time for me when I get a little time on my hands in which I do things that take way too much time. That’s when I found these pictures from back in late 2009 when I was still blogging on another blog and promised to upload my photos someday. It has taken a while, almost 4 years to be exact, but that day has finally come. I would love to go back.

My photography skills have changed, and so have I. The only pictures I could find of my trip though were buildings and food, so not so much has changed really on the themes of my travel photography. Hehe.

During our stay we went to the MoMA (there was a Tim Burton exhibit yay), to Central Park, Top of the Rock, Magnolia Bakery, a musical on Broadway and so much more. I loved every inch of the city, and I wish I took loads more pictures. But it was winter and cold and I was still a little kid who was to shy to pull out her camera. Stupid, stupid me.

During my absence I’ve also been looking at my Japan pictures from 2010 too, but those are kind of horribly bad. Still, maybe it can help reminising and trying to figure out where to fix myself an internship next year? – Right now I’m busy either working or doing something utterly useless. It’s been a blast.

A taste of spring

I passed my final test so I won’t be kicked off uni!!! Woooooooooooot! Also, yesterday I bought my ticket to Best Kept Secret (check that cute line-up. Mikhael Paskalev + Sigur Ros = !!!)

Also, I’ve seen Cloud Atlas yesterday. It was pretty darn nice. It took 172 minutes, which makes it immediately the longest movie I’ve ever seen, apart from that stupid Titanic movie. It was nice seeing actors like Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant in supporting roles, they did it most brilliantly. Also, more good news: my friend and I are planning a short, low budget roadtrip this summer. Bring it, summer! (or, spring… as there is still snow on the ground these days)

With a good-news-post, cake is required.

2013, the year of getting yourself together

It’s the new year, and we’re already some days in January so we’re all used to 2013 already and everything is still kind of the same, non? Not quite. There are a few things I’d like to type down at the start of this new year. I was thinking to call them resolutions, but those never stick. So I’ll go with ‘the rules for the year of 2013′. Fancy, eh?

Follow your dreams. I noticed it’s an often used phrase in the world of hipster people. But it’s quite true. Only then you will live life as you please. I think. – No but really, you’ve only got one life, why shouldn’t you put some effort in the things you’d really like to do. And to be honest, I recently have been brooding on some plans with a friend of mine. Some neat projects are on there way for this coming year.

Change your mindset. I’m kind of a positive person, but I’m of the worrying kind. I was secretly hoping for the end of the world on December 21 so I didn’t need to think about my future anymore. I realised that this is not the way I want to think and live life. Life is fun, especially if I stick to rule no. 1. Of course it’s hard work, but that’s good.

Stop reading comment section. And by that I don’t mean the comments on my blog because those are quite wonderful really (thank you). But the comment section on videos or articles you really like. Some people suck and say sucky things. It’s a waste of time and energy to read (or worse: go in discussion with them).

Willpower can be infinite. This is something I spotted on lifehacker.com a little while ago (I spotted lifehacker a little while ago too, which might be one of the rules too: read more lifehacker, but not too much). Willpower is only a finite resource if you believe it is. “Look at tasks as bigger challenges that you want to overcome and you’ll find the willpower you need. That’s easier said than done, of course, but it sounds like it won’t take much more than regular reminders.”

Educate yourself. I am attending university, that is teaching me a way in life. I love what I study, but I know I won’t end up as a curator in a museum. Right now, I really wouldn’t want that. I think it’s necessary to educate yourself on ‘everyday’ things, and other things that interest me. So read more books, watch more movies, discuss more ‘stuff’ with people.

Of course, have lots of more fun than previous years, eat more foods you’ve never tasted before, help people more, smile more, be who you like. – And to end this gushy post with three ‘real resolutions’: I am planning to get my Ghibli film collection almost complete this year, to take my studies more serious and to travel to South Korea for the first time in my life. It’s going to be an exciting year, for sure.

The pictures are from this day in 2012.

Blue – ish

Oh noes! Only one exam left, and I’m already with my head in the clouds. My new Holga 135 arrived in the mail today, aaaaand I’ve already started knitting a scarf for this winter. If it was possible to get a medal for procratinating… I should’ve gotten it by now I guess.

The idea for this scarf with Rowan wool is from Park and Cube, you might remember if you’ve been following her blog (here!). I loved the texture of Rowan’s big wool, and after finding it in a local store, decided to give it a go. I am ridiculously slow at knitting, and even this easy ribbing stitch: knit, yarn over, purl, knit, yarn over, purl, etc is so confusing at times! Hereby, I highly respect those who dare knitting clothes… or socks… or gloves. – Hopefully I can finish before Christmas… Are you all aware it’s only 7 Fridays to go?!

sunday tunes

The cold weather is vanishing slowly and spring is approaching. There are three weeks left until I head to Paris! There is so much to do for college, it’s going to be a busy week! It is time for some nice tunes, oh and for me to blog again. This playlist is just a bit of ‘take it easy’ music.

I hope you had a great weekend so far!

1. Shogu Tokumaru – Rum Hee
2. Georgie James – Cake Parade
3. Coeur de Pirate – Place de la République
4. Lulu & the Lampshades – Cold Water
5. Monkey Swallows the Universe – Statutory Rights
6. Henry Mancini – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
7. Meiko – How Lucky We Are
8. Bon Iver – Towers
9. I am Robot and Proud – Good Sleep
10. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country

You can listen to it here.
The image source is here.

Sister Winter

It has been so cold the past week, and the coming week it will remain cold. Temperatures below zero are sort of rare here, but I love it. I love the snow, the cold, the silent world, the crunchy footsteps. And I especially love sitting inside at the fireplace. I played a game of ‘Settlers of America’ this afternoon for the first time ever (and won, boo-yah!). Boardgames are such a nice (and rare) way to spend your winter-y Saturday afternoon.

So much for the weather, I finished my exams and began a new semester. I’ll be in Paris in 5 weeks or so, I’m looking forward to go back! I hope all is well with you guys, and excusez moi for sporadically blogging.

Go Outside

Lisa Mitchell – Alice

It’s getting a bit like spring already, we have such a mild winter…

I am making this post while eating my homemade onigiri. I love onigiri. Anyhow, last Sunday I spent the afternoon in the woods. Taking the dog for a walk in the country is such a nice thing to do, especially when the sun gets out early winter. It was chilly outside, but the sun made everything a bit more softer and nicer.

Now I’m back in the city. And the weather is slightly colder. It was just 1°C, but the skies were wonderful today. I am sorry for the large amount of photos at one time. But I liked them. And yes, that is a shower-head hanging on a wire in the last picture. And no, I have no idea how or why it is hanging there. Welcome to my neighbourhood.

January Playlist

I haven’t posted these play-lists in a while. But since I got a haircut today (yay!), went out eating sushi (double yay!) and feeling super-positive I thought it might suit the occasion. The winter break is almost over, two weeks left until exam-week. College is starting again monday, I hope winter won’t be very long. I wish for spring to come already! (I know, I know… it just started)

The playlist contains springlike and summer-y tracks. So we’ll get those bright blue spring-skies back inside our memories. (those who live on the other side of the planet, who are actually in the middle of summer… they’ll just look out the window after pressing play)

1. Forever And Ever Amen – The Drums
2. Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix) – Yelle
3. Danse et Danse – Coeur de Pirate
4. Elephant Gun – Beirut
5. Wolf Pack – The Vaccines
6. Til The End of Time – Devotchka
7. Brand New Shoes – She & Him
8. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
9. Elevator Love Letter – Stars
10. Two Birds – Regina Spektor
11. Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums
12. This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks
13. The Dive – Fool’s Gold
14. Pure – Blackbird Blackbird
15. Walk In The Park – Oh No Oh My!
16. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Taken By Trees

The playlist is available on 8tracks. (here)

Photo by Shimone NUPO

Last week before Christmas!

Flavours: Christmas special, lemon, raspberry, pistachio, vanilla & chocolate

My friend, Laurinde, went to Paris this month and brought me a box of macarons from Ladurée. Gah, I don’t think there is anything better to eat than macarons from Ladurée, (in a world where sushi wouldn’t exist, that is).

My sister is coming home from Japan by the end of the week, on friday. And on friday my classes for this year (2011 I mean, not the actual year of school) will be finished. Two weeks of so-called freedom ahead. And after that exams are already around the corner. Life goes by so fast.

Oh, and my plan this week is to watch at least one Christmas-film a day, even when I don’t have time because I have to do so much for uni! And I am not counting Christmas specials of series like Community or New Girl as an actual film (BUT! Have you seen ‘The 23rd’-episode of New Girl? It was so sweeeet!)

I’ll be watching at least ‘Love Actually’, ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ and probably some ‘Home Alone’, do any of you guys have some recommendations for me?

I hope you guys have a great week!

Teyler’s Museum, Haarlem (as promised!)

A quick post about the museum I visited for one of my courses at uni. It’s Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands. It is the Holland’s’ first and oldest museum. And this week it’s announced that it’s nominated to get on the list of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Which is, yeah, pretty much a big deal, so I hope it’s going to work because it’s really worth it.

The museum itself is not really big, especially not if you put it next to museums with a similar purpose/collection (Louvre in Paris, Fredericianum in Kassel). Once entered you feel like you’ve stepped into another time. The whole museum, except for the paintings area, got this old and nostalgic feel. Like there are millions of treasures to be discovered. A very unique aspect is that the historical presentation of its collections are largely unchanged since the late 18th and 19th centuries, when the actual museum was founded.

A stroll through the museum takes you from fossils and minerals to prints, drawings and paintings, from scientific instruments to coins and medals. At first I didn’t really like the museum, you can’t really tell which object is really valuable opposed to others, especially in the fossils area. But once you know the story behind a certain object, it’s getting really interesting.

If you’re ever in the neighbourhood on a slightly longer stay, (it’s not in Amsterdam), go see it.

During my stay I totally forgot to write down the names of the pictures :(

Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance!

It’s been a while, again. But I have so much to do before Christmas holidays. Only four more weeks to go, and so much to do. (For college that is, not Christmas preparations!) But fun things are happening too (and are ahead), last week a flatmate/friend of mine celebrated her birthday, so I made her a pie. This Nutella-pie was amazing… it was almost better than the first time I made it. It’s somewhere on this blog, but the recipe can be found here. Tuesday I need to visit a museum for my studies and Wednesday I’m celebrating another birthday. I shall blog a bit more often too, just to put all of you in a Christmas-y atmosphere! ;-)

As I have been telling you every post since a while back, I love Christmastime. Tonight I’m putting on my Christmas tree in my flat. It’s a fake, but I love it. And this way I can actually have a tree. A few years back I got myself a great Christmas present: Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas. I could fill a whole post with how awesome it is, the music, the artwork, everything is perfect. But I’m keeping it at this. If you know a Sufjan Stevens fan who doesn’t know about this yet, you now no longer have to search for a present. They’ll love it.

You can find a lot of songs from the discs here on Youtube!