Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Colmar; Straight out of Fairytales (France Trip Chronicle #2)

As I promised in my previous post about Strasbourg, I'm going to talk in more detail on my day trip to Colmar, a town (or village? I'm not really sure) about 75 km on the south of Strasbourg. We were inspired by this particular post from Explorer Guidebook about visiting pretty small towns in the region Alsace in the first place, so why not, right?

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Strasbourg Sightseeing (France Trip Chronicle #1)

I finally got the time to write about my trip to Strasbourg!

Just for a quick update, I'm going to spend a semester in Rennes, France for an exchange student program at a school called ESC Rennes. It won't start until a few days later though, while I've arrived here in France since about a week ago, so my mother and I went on a little trip to the eastern part of France. And I'm so glad I went!

Even though I initially wanted to go South to see lavender fields near Aix-en-Provence, I guess it has to wait until my next trip because the summer here in France is nearing the end, and I'm afraid the lavender won't be in its top shape if I come now. Oh well, I just have to hold off in crossing it on my bucketlist for a while. I'm sure I would see it in the future!

Back to the Strasbourg trip, my mom and I decided to go there because my mom has never been there (she travels A LOT for work so to her not being there yet must have been a wish of some sort), and we wanted to feel the ambience of an old, traditional French houses and villages. Off we go then!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Kickstarting (again)

A new design (finally!) for my blog kind of fulfills the wish on my last post (which apparently was posted on the beginning of 2014). I guess I've been to busy with other things and kind of lost interest and feels like there's nothing worth mentioning to blog about in the past years. However, I guess I am determined to start again in a more diligent manner. My life's going to take turn to new, uncharted territory soon and I am in the midst of feeling super excited but also anxious of it!

What's been going on in your life lately? Please do share!


Thursday, 16 January 2014

Hi! Hello! I'm good

It's 2014! And it's been more than a half a year of non-blogging for me! I've expected it, since my life in uni has just started and I want to focus on adapting and taking part in uni activities in my first semester. And now, my first semester has passed and winter break is almost over, I'm going to enroll in my 2nd semester in a few days!

Uni life has been good, it's so full of activities, which is tiring, but also fun and become such an experience that I wouldn't want to miss. I honestly think that maybe I didn't push my limit enough even though people said that I'm really busy. Got satisfactory results of my studies, and I'm determined to give it my all on my second semester as well!

I'm gonna try to post more, and edit my layout IF (and only if) I have time (which is unlikely, but I should try squeezing something in!)  Moreover, I want to try posting other things related to food life, and crafts or DIY. Should try generating some ideas and finding the willpower to do so first, though! Oh how I wish I'm an expert in CSS so that I could make pretty blog layouts!

Any goals in 2014? Preferably related to your blog outcome (or just life in general?)
Do let me know!


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Sometimes I Get Angsty

It's been quite a long time of no blogging, but I can let out a long breath and relax right now because the good news has come out. Yes, I got into my university of choice baby! And it takes so much tension off of me, I spent a few days doing nothing and starting my day at 2 PM instead of 7 AM (because I'm usually a morning person!)

These pictures was taken a few weeks ago, and I just had the mood to post it now because, well, the last few weeks wasn't a good time really. And I just happened to put on this black get-up when I feel a bit angsty inside.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Streets of Hongdae

I'm coming back with my promised post! 

One of the places that I also visited when I went to Seoul is Hongdae. This area is filled with unique korean fashion stores. Besides clothes, you can also find shoes, bags, and other accessories. On weekends and Friday afternoon, it becomes a hip place where young people usually go to.

Friday, 10 May 2013

To Higher Grounds: Namsan Tower

//Your Definite Seoul Tourist Attraction Spot//
Please listen to Mr. Bear!
Here I am, after almost a week of not blogging, trying to continue my Seoul Travel Chronicles (yep, I've just made up that name!) On my 2nd day there, I decided to visit the most popular tourist attraction spot in Seoul, which is the Namsan Tower. It's the really high tower (the highest building in Seoul if I'm not mistaken) in the middle of Seoul, and there was a place filled with "love-locks" hanged by couple who went there. They said that if a couple hanged their lock together in Namsan, they'll have a good and long-lasting relationship. Yeah too bad I went there with my sister instead #ohthesinglelife 

We went by train to the nearest train station, and then took a cab to the cable car station. After that, we used the cable car to get to the tower. There are also another alternative such as using the stairs from the base of the mountain, but it's definitely not my choice of transport :)

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Some Tweaks and a BMF Update

As you see, I've changed my header and some gadgets on my sidebar! Made them by myself (and even draw some of them myself, it's not sketchmestars for no reason after all!) and I know it's far from perfect, but it was hard work and I'm proud of it. I want to make some icons which is original and new. I've found a lot of free icons on the web but even though they're pretty and fit the image and style of my blog, I want something a little bit more personal. I stand by originality!

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When I was in the middle of making my header the lights went out, and I have to wait for a few hours before they go on again, and then I edited it for hours in the photoshop but went error when I wanted to save it, so I have to re-edit it. Not a fun-fact at all. Was worth it in the end though :) 
Moving on, I just wanted to do some BMF update. BMF (is an acronym that I made myself) stands for Books, Music, and Film and, since it's holiday for me now (even though I still have to go to my intensive uni exam prep course) I've finally managed to touch books other than my schoolworks and textbooks!

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
If you like sci-fi I'd recommend this book. It's about a dystopian future, set in Thailand, when everything is measured and based on calories. I'm not really good at making a book review (hence the reason why I don't think of making a book review blog) but I munch books on my spare time so I just want to say that this book is good stuff. It's a bit dark though, but brilliant and so-tantalizingly true. If you want to see more reviews, you can open the book's Goodreads page.

I was looking for some music that would be perfect to accompany me reading, but have no idea what, so I typed in "music to listen while reading" in google's search engine (yes, very creative I know) and someone recommended Pink Floyd's. Now, please forgive me oh lover and fans of Pink Floyd, but I had no idea at first who Pink Floyd is/are, but I decided to give it a try.

And then I stumble upon their "Dark Side of the Moon" album, and saw the album cover.

And I.FEEL.LIKE.SUCH.A.HIPSTER. HAHA forgive me for this, because I used to only listen to whatever songs they play on the radio (which is usually songs from the Top 40 Billboard Chart) and can only manage to play Taylor Swift's music on repeat in my iTunes.
To top it off, Pink Floyd is amazing. Been listening to them every time now when I'm reading books!

I know I'm late and all that, but I've only just watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I must say that this is the first time I didn't get disappointed with a movie adaptation from brilliant books. The book itself was very good, and the movie amplifies the awesomeness that is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. ++It's Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in the same film being a couple, talk about fandom clash much? YES IT IS I love it so very much. Don't forget Ezra Miller and his beautiful, androgynous face which I love and adore so much. His face looks so beautiful and sculpted I don't believe there's actually a guy as beautiful as him.

On another note, I rarely have the chance to go out of the house these days except for my courses. And I'm a bit broke right now. But I still want to go shopping for clothes and accs. So, I refer back to online shopping and am becoming more thrilled of it since I found Dskon.com! It's a one-stop shopping reference (not just for fashion, they also include all kinds of categories from electronics to travel agents!) that is really convenient and time-effective to use, plus, they're giving infos of all the best deals in town, which gives it a double like button!

Moreover, they have a blog which is pretty cool to check out as well. Sometimes they do a feature of fashion bloggers, I like those posts the most because I could find new daily styles and inspiration. Another plus-side is that I could find some brand that I never knew existed or doesn't know where to find at first. I also like the fact that they display a lot of local brands. Maybe you should stop by their site as well!

I guess I've got it all covered for now, some heavy photos blogpost coming soon! until then, toodles!
Sarah A.

P.S. all the pictures (other than the picture of my header) is taken from various sites. I do not own them at all