Painting and Poetry


Woman

The darkest days and nights unfold, 
yet she still stands firm and bold.

She showers the world with love and positivity, 
and yet she still has to fight for equality.

Woman, you are beautiful and fearless.
May your star shine the brightest!

-M.12.2018.FR

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I just started to learn how to paint with acrylics in September, and I really enjoy doing it. It's very therapeutic!

And since I like to write, I thought about combining painting and poetry. The aim is to paint from the heart and write from the soul. :-) Yes, I am ambitious. For people who know me, they know I can be very ambitious. It isn't always a bad thing to be one, right?

So, here is the first post out of this project. I would like to dedicate this to my Mama, my mother-in-law, my sister and my sisters-in-law, my female cousins, my Aunts, my grandmothers, my female friends, my women colleagues, and to all those who run the world -- girls! 


P.S. Thank you to my mentors - Madeth and Sophie (my art teacher). :)

Love,

Miss A



Romania

If people ask me to describe Romania in one word, I would say INCREDIBLE. The country is not really known for tourism, we all know that. But as soon as FL and I stepped in Transylvania,  we were in awe of what we saw.  I could not believe why travel magazines and blogs don't talk about it. Romania is truly a hidden gem - it's not all about Dracula and gypsies.




We drove 1,000 kilometers around Transylvania and even took the roads that were less traveled. We got to interact with the locals, and they were all nice and spoke good English and French. They really made sure that we could sample all the delicious food and wine that their country has to offer. 

On our drive to our hotel near the Bran Castle, Google Maps pointed us to the wrong address. I called the receptionist and she was kind enough to give us the correct directions and even waited for us by the roadside to make sure we didn't miss the hotel's entrance. And it was on a chilly night in Autumn. She didn't have to go out and wait for us in the cold, but she did! 





If you are reading this blog post and you're currently exploring new non-touristy places to visit, then I suggest you check out Romania. It may not be the obvious destination but just look at all these photos from our Transylvanian road trip (Oradea - Sibiu - Bran - Cluj - Oradea)...







Are you not convinced? ;-)

We were so delighted to have explored this beautiful country and we couldn't wait to visit it again. Romania really surprised me and I like it a lot! My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to visit it.

P.S. Let me know when you plan to visit it. I'll give you tips. ;-)


x,
Miss A


Bonjour France

After a year of processing my French work visa, I am finally starting my new job in Nantes tomorrow. And I am very excited! You may ask why it took the government that long to process my visa. The answer is: I don't know. Noone knows, but I don't care anymore! The important thing is, I am finally here. Ouiiii!!!!

I am really happy to be in Nantes. I visited the city twice last year to check if I liked it and if I could imagine myself living here. Well, I really liked it! The city is smaller than the other cities I've lived in. But it's very much alive and vibrant. It's also pretty and, of course, surrounded with chateaux. Haha! Plus, it's near the coast! And you know, it's in France, so the food is heavenly and the choices are varied. LOL! I can go on and on why I really am looking forward to starting new adventures here. 


A view of Nantes from the Tour de Bretagne

Danke schön und Tschüß, München!

Two weeks ago, FL and I left Munich. It was bittersweet. 

As the train started to pull away from the Hauptbahnhof (central train station), tears fell down on my cheeks. I looked around and all I could think of were the great memories and the fun times. Munich was my second home in the past three years, and it has, and will always have, a special place in my heart. 


Marienplatz in Munich

Thoughts of a Newbie Entrepreneur

Last May 12th was the first anniversary of my first business venture in partnership with my friend, Sasa, and FL. Up to know, I still could not believe that we opened a spa a year ago. It feels like a dream.

To be honest, opening the spa was not a walk in the park. There were so many problems and issues before we could even open. But all of those struggles are now in the past. I am happy that our little business is thriving and the spa continues to serve customers from all walks of life. I am also glad that we are able to provide jobs for my countrymen. We have definitely achieved a milestone as the spa reached its first anniversary. 


Photo credit: The Explorer's Channel


Although we reached our first year, the work is not yet done. In fact, it is just getting started! :-)

From Germany to Italy to visit Jollibee Italia

Yes, I traveled 493 kilometers from Munich to Milan to visit Jollibee. I was so happy that I did it and I didn't regret spending the night on the bus (6 hrs and 20 minutes of travel time) just to eat chicken joy and rice for breakfast with my Filipino friends. 

I know that so many people found this crazy! Even FL thought it was a ridiculous idea.  I totally understand why most people think that way. I mean, why would someone travel so long and so far just to eat at a fast food chain? Why would someone crave over fried chicken, Pinoy spaghetti, burgers, and hotdogs only served at Jollibee? It's unhealthy. It's in Italy - the land of heavenly pizza and pasta. Why?! 

The answer is simple -- Jollibee felt like a small piece of my home, the Philippines, in the middle of Europe. This trip was like a mini-homecoming for me and my friends.

Nothing Fancy, Just Love

It has been a month since FL and I got married in Æro, Denmark.

Many of our friends and relatives were surprised! They didn't know about it. We chose not to announce our plans to get married to the world (on social media LOL!).  It wasn't a secret - our families and close friends knew about our wedding plans since the very beginning.


Winter Wonderland Wedding


But not anyone of them was invited. Why?


Drei. Three. Tres. Troi. Tatlo. Tulo.

Today marks my third year in Munich. 

As I was walking along the lake in the English garden, I was asked, "So, how does it feel to be living here for the past three years?"

I could not help but smile. I took a deep breath before I said, "It has been extremely smooth and fun for me." 

I am not saying that everything was like a walk in the park. Of course, there were challenges in the last three years. But looking back, the nice experiences outnumber the not-so-nice ones.

I'd like to think that I'm one of the lucky ones who didn't have to face problems in looking for an apartment. I'm one of the lucky ones who wasn't required to speak in Deutsch at work (It's not that I didn't want to learn; I'm happy that I wasn't pressured to learn the language.).

I'm one of the lucky ones who easily found amazing friends in this city. I'm one of the lucky ones who really got to enjoy the good quality of life in Munich.

Thank you, Munich! My heart is full of gratitude.


Rush hour near the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace Monument)




The Fairytale Castle of King Ludwig II: Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein, which literally means New Swan Stone Castle, is situated in Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany. The cliffside castle was commissioned in 1868, but the final towers of the castle were only completed in 1892. 


History

King Ludwig II did not live long enough to see the final Neuschwanstein. He died mysteriously in 1886. It is said that he built this castle to become his private residence after he lost his power during the Austro-Prussian war.


Inspiration for Disney Castles

Before Disneyland was built, Walt Disney and his wife traveled to Europe and visited the Neuschwanstein. Some reports show that Cinderella's castle and the Sleeping Beauty's castle were modeled after the fairytale castle in Bavaria.


Getting There

The castle can be easily reached by car or public transportation (train and bus). 

If you wish to travel by train from Munich, get the Deutsche Bahn Bayern day ticket. This ticket allows you to travel everywhere in Bavaria - unlimited!