Tuesday, November 11, 2014

First letter from Korea

Yesterday, I received my first mail from Korea. XD A blogger friend is currently doing postgraduate studies in Seoul. :3 Thank you Sam!

It arrived in a cute envelope, with a souvenir card (with some hanggeul words.:D).

I will write her this weekend and hopefully mail it in time before she leaves Seoul.

Monday, November 10, 2014

FOOD : Cookies Quartet, Hong Kong

Received this earlier today. The packaging is very nice. :3

The inside is carefully thought-out as well.

Included is a card and crochure with all of their products and description.

Beautifully arranged cookies. It smells very nice too.

The cookie with blueberry bits and a hint of cinnamon. Oh, I love cinnamon.

Cookie with "five kinds" of grains.

Cookie with sesame seeds.

There were also nut cookies, chocolate cookies, pistachio, egg, and the typical butter cookie which tastes really good! :D

If you happen to be in Hong Kong, I think this is worth a visit.

It's also the perfect gift for friends and family back home.:3

They are located on some of the better-known districts -- Causeway Bay, Kowloon, and TST. But here are some of their other branches.

Cookies Quartet @Hong Kong

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Avance Drip Coffee - Kilimanjaro Blend

Picked up some japanese goods from the supermarket the other day.

A lot of new stuff coming in. This was one of the things I bought.XD

It seems to be a pretty normal everyday coffee at only 19yen per cup! Here it costs more because I got it for 1.5x the regular price in yen.XD

There are 20 bags inside.

The top most part is cut off to allow the hot water in.

cut along the arrow indication.

Fill it up and wait for it to drip and fill the cup.

Japanese ingeniuty is amazing. It fits most cups perfectly. So convenient.

The coffee smells insanely good. As soon as I opened the package the aroma filled the air.:P

The mere smell of it on a weekend morning waked my senses. XD

Can't wait to have more of this good stuff. :3


Also on my instagram @xxpepperonixx.

Follow if you haven't already. X3
See you there.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Dreary sky and a quick update

Last Sunday's dreary weather.

Happy Halloween people. I don't have anything as close to Halloween to post this year.

But, just a quick update, I've been busy. (I know, I've said that a million times!) But really. I just realized my trip is in about 7 weeks and I haven't fully prepared!!

I'm printing out some maps and will later mark the places I'm going to visit. Will do 1 city a week and hope I finish in time. Doing a lot of day trips this year so that adds to the list of maps I need to prepare.=_=

I've also been totally missing all my scheduled posts on my photoblog so I will probably move those to another date since I missed some of the memes. :O

Sunday, October 19, 2014

UCC Taste No. 117

Cute message on the side of the package.

UCC #117

Info on the back.

Upon opening, it looks like this. I love Japanese packaging! :3

There were 10 sticks inside.



The perfect blend to perk one up in the morning.

The colour looks absolutely beautiful.

And the taste definitely did not disappoint. :3

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Visa got

Soz I haven't been on here in a while. Have been busy with stuff and am too exhausted to write a post in the evening.:3

At one of the buildings in the Central Business District, where the German Embassy is located.

So.. in August, I read some travel books and some forums, deciding on which cities we will be visiting this year. ^_^ Indeed, with the long list of places we want to visit it is not too difficult. But there are many things to consider.
1.) the embassy we are applying at -- I have to stay in that country the longest.
2.) the transportation to and from the next city. (Some transfers are just too impossible to realize and with only 12 days max., time is everything. XD)
3.) the round trip tickets. Coming from Southeast asia the airline choices are limited. So not every city we plan to go to are easily reachable. Or--- the city of our last destination does not fly to the country I live in.
4.) the accomodation. Depending on the embassy we're appling our visa at; the German Embassy requires accomodation to be paid for at the time of application. And finding a good place to stay requires time.:D -- location, rooms, and service are important, in that order. (I do not wish to relive the accomodation in Florence. (It spooked me out-- that's for another post!)

In September, retrieving legal documents from here and there. Writing deatiled itinerary. Provision of plane / train/ bus transfers in between day trips and cities. After completion, calling up the application hotline for details and interview schedule.

In October, the actual interview. This year, there was a (new) younger girl at the German embassy doing the questioning and she was very very rude. You don't have to be so rude to everyone?! I have never seen such attitude elsewhere (the Spanish embassy was ok, the German embassy in the previous years was also courteous). What surprises me is that her German superiors just walk right past ignoring her rudeness towards the applicants. She literally barks and SHOUTS at every applicant. I cannot believe it. And I cannot stand it. =_= [Puh-leez]
Luckily the lady at the other window reviewed my application. She did not smile all throughout and asked straightforward questions. She was in authority, yes. There's a difference between being in authority and being rude. And the consul who reviewed my application was not rude. She was the typical officer who would ask you questions about your travel and means.

I so wish there was a comment box there for me to write about it.


This year, the German Embassy was just as efficient having sent my approved visa within a week.
:3 I can officially finalize my reservations and buy my tickets. Next Friday the train schedules and sale for the winter months will be up.:3 So I will be busy again.^_^

This past week, I have printed maps of some of the smaller cities we'll be visiting.^_^ Nothing compares to having a physical map. Mobile map is too much hassle. Haha. But, I have downloaded some on my phone just in case.XD Do you prefer mobile maps or old school maps? :D

Thursday, October 02, 2014

1 for 1 Pizza deal.

You read that right.XD Pizza Hut came up with this limited offer of 2 family-sized pizzas for the price of one. Ate so much I didn't want to move. XD

We had the Roast Beef american-specialty-pizza (there were others too) // and Perpperoni pizza (which was the 2nd pizza but with only a few simple ones to choose from)

A laid back week for me, waiting for my Visa. Last week stressed me out so much.
Also, the termite people are scheduled to proof the house this coming weekend. I cannot wait for them to start. Really dreading what will become of my room if it drags on any longer.