7.30.2014

Cupcake Goodness...

7.30.2014
A while ago - on our (my mom, sister and her bf, and I) trip to the Hague for the Tong Tong Fair - we came across Cupcake Chic. Cupcake Chic is a "Dutch urban bakery" as stated on their website, and I'd never heard of it. My sis may or may not and hopped in to get a red velvet cupcake. We all took a small bite and... it was so good we bought three more. A red velvet cupcake with creamcheese topping. Delicious.

Can you spot me taking the picture with my phone? hahaha
The wallpainting on the side wall outside with two wooden benches reserved especially for customers
The bakery was almost closing and apparently a great success judging by the empty display
My first ever try at red velvet. Look how cute!

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Recently Rediscovered: Cream Blush

On a recent trip to the Douglas because I was in desperate need for a make up setting or finishing spray and the only one I have was from Germany and was running outI was sold an extra cream blush for one euro at the cash register. Yes, I bought in to the talk and it looked pretty so I thought why not? I hardly go to Douglas as it's more for high-end products and thus out of my price range unless I receive a gift card for Christmas or something. Might as well make the best of it. Anyways, having this little item at home - as you will see below - brought back my use of cream blushes and ever since that little trip I switched my blush from powder to cream.


Two are in my collection: the recently purchased Lip & Cheek by PURE in the shade Dark Pink and the creamy blush stick of the 'Mission: Summer look!' limited edition range by P2 in the shade 020 Beach Club. The best feature of cream blushes is that they are more long-lasting than a powder blush. An absolute treat for the Summer when the sun hits your face and you're sweating but also in the colder months when the wind could blow the powder make up right off your face. A downside is that the product itself can become a bit messy due to the heat so keep it somewhere shaded and as cool as possible. In a worst case scenario the cream blush can glide of your face due to the sweat and sun in the warmer months. This all depends on the combination of the chosen product and of course your skin type. 


The one by P2 is one I have had in my collection for a while now. It is a cream blush in a stick with a detachable lid serving as a sponge applicator. A nice all-in-one product that is easily to apply and take with you. Below is the one by PURE, a cream blush that can both be used for the lips and the cheeks and as such a nice multi-purpose product. I do not have a particular tool to apply this with so either your fingers (make sure they are clean) or just very lightly dip your regular blush brush and blend away on your face. I use the last application as you can tell by the weird texture I created.

Swatches in natural light and flashlight: P2 - PURE
Swatches after heavily wash and scrub with soap in natural light and flashlight
Above you can see the swatches I made; both in natural lighting and the flash of the camera on my phone. The swatch on the left is the one by P2 and next to it on the right the one by PURE. The colours are very similar - a fuchsia toned pink. Whilst the one by PURE is a multi-purpose product I find the colour does not suit as a lip colour for my complexion. On the cheeks both products give a nice natural flush once blended well. Although it is not very visible on the photos, the  one by PURE was slightly darker than the one by P2. Below it, you can see the photos I took after I scrubbed and rinsed the area with soap and water twice. The one by P2 is almost completely vanished, on the photo with flash you can see just a tiny bit of colouring but still some of the shimmer. The swatch of PURE on the other hand was difficult to get off although it does lose some of its brightness as you can see. All in all, two nice and easy to use products that could add a little extra to your look. What kind of blush do you prefer? Powder or cream? Let me know in the comments below!

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7.27.2014

Foodies' Fun

7.27.2014











  • Treat: Hot Dogs at IKEA
  • Treat: And some candy from IKEA for at home
  • Dessert: Custard!
  • Dinner: Finally mastered the craft of liking mussels 
  • Breakfast: Toasted bread with avocado and scrambled eggs
  • Treat: Warm weather means... milkshake time!
  • Lunch: Once again at Délifrance - a "cheese sandwich" (don't know the proper name of this in English)
  • Treat: Mom got even more candy for us to enjoy
  • Dinner: Pizza time
  • Late lunch/Dinner?: A take on the cheese board

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7.25.2014

Tong Tong Fair

7.25.2014
It's been a while back but at the end of May my mom, sis and her bf, and I went to the Tong Tong Fair in the Hague. The Tong Tong Fair is an annual "festival" revolving around the Indo (European-Indonesian) culture. It is probably the biggest Pasar Malam - night market or bazaar - I have ever been to. After an almost three hour long train ride in the morning, we arrived at 12:37 at the central station of the Hague.

After a 5 minute walk from the station this is the line we saw. Fortunately it went pretty fast.







I remember going to the Pasar Malam in Geleen either with the family or my grandparents. Mom's family have quite a history with the Pasar Malam by either visiting it or working there and helping out. It is a great place to get to see a bit of the culture that is part of me. My grandparents came from the Maluku Islands, an island group within Indonesia. Obviously there is an abundance of food and music or entertainment - the essentials - and this was also the case at the Tong Tong Fair. It was definitely worth a visit although very crowded. Most likely because we went on the day after the day of Ascension on Thursday, meaning a lot of people probably had taken an extra day off for a long weekend. The area designed to look like an Indonesian market with all the little stalls tightly put next to each other was immensely crowded for instance. Nevertheless it was all great to see and take in. It brought a lot of memories back.

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7.19.2014

Foodies' Fun

7.19.2014













  • Dinner: Penne dish with feta cheese and zucchini
  • Treat: Spring rolls and perkedel (a form of meatball)
  • Drink: Fruitdrink made up of apple, pear, and raspberry
  • Lunch: A chocolate roll
  • Dinner: Sushi
  • Breakfast: Toasted cheese
  • Dinner: Wraps with various different fillings
  • Drink: Margerita's
  • Dinner: homemade potato salad, chicken, and a delicious fresh salad with apple
  • Dessert: Chocolate and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and chocolate flakes
  • Drink: Cocktails at Sausalitos - Aachen
  • Dinner: Fries with hamburgers and frikandel on a stick, and a simple side salad

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7.17.2014

Boyhood

7.17.2014
A good friend of mine, Esther, has always  had a great interest in arthouse-type films. As it turns out, an interesing film was about to hit Maastricht at the smaller more indie/alternative/arthouse cinema Lumière: Boyhood. More of our group of friends were interested and so it was set. On Thursday July 16th, five of us would go to the alleged Cineville Preview of this 163 minute long film. The synopsis of Boyhood

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade's Fire Deep Blue. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. 

My first thought (which peaked my interest and probably everyone's elses) was how different the concept of filmmaking was for this film compared to others. Usually films and especially a series of films, have to be put in a tight schedule. One of the reasons being that the actors cannot outerly age too much unless that is needed. Of course, make up and effects can play a big part in this, but not everything can be "fixed". An example that comes to mind is the Twilight series for instance. Yes, I was in on the hype at that time. This series of films had to be done according to a tight schedule for the actors couldn't age... being vampires and all. Next to this there is obviously also the budget with regular films and what not that has to be taken into consideration. Boyhood on the other hand, is the complete opposite. As stated in the synopsis you truly see someone - or the entire family - age before your eyes. It is an odd thing to see, thinking about it afterwards. The film was very interesting and I am glad I went along. It had some pretty funny moments, nostalgic moments but also personal emotional and recognizable moments. It is cool to see the characters evolve, both literally through the actors and the characters themselves, but also fun to see how times have changed.

In addition to the film, we or I "won" a prize being visitor number (...) and they were so kind to give us all three prizes: a filmposter signed by the actors; the CD by and signed by Family of the Year (who's song Hero is featured in the trailer and film); and a DVD boxset of three films by Richard Linklater. It was quite surreal and I am utterly thankful of the kindness of the people at Lumière. If you haven't checked the film out yet, watch the trailer here.

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7.13.2014

Foodies' Fun

7.13.2014









  • Lunch: Baguette steak tartare Martino at Délifrance
  • Drink: Maaza's mango drink. My mom got it last week at the train station. I had a sip and it was so good that I got one when we went to Heerlen.
  • Dinner: Home-made pizza with salade nicoise
  • Candy: A big bag of sweets and liquorice
  • Dinner: (Stealing from my mom's instagram here) Sontong, Ayam Djeroek, Ritja Ritja, Pepesan, and Terron or to use easy and simpler English words for the main ingredients: rice with squid, chicken, two sorts of mackerel dishes, and eggplant
  • Lunch/Drink?: Tomato soup by Cup a Soup
  • Dinner: Fries with sambal and other sauces as well as a nice assortiment of little bites including olives and pickles. 
  • Treat: A Senzes sun lolly with mint and lime flavour that I picked up at the Big Bazaar in Roermond the other week. 
  • Dinner: A penne (pasta) dish with mascarpone which was a combination I never had before. 

The weather was a weird mix of sun or rain and clouds hence the mix of light and dark photos. Unfortunately, I have noticed that with these circumstances the camera on my phone is hard to work with. Nonetheless, it's all I have so I hope you enjoy the photos and of course the food! Any dishes you recommend I should definitely try out? Let me know in the comments below.

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7.11.2014

Bits and Bobs

7.11.2014

  1. A friend of a friend of mine has made a playlist on 8track with her 101-songs-I-could-listen-to-forever and now I am intrigued to make one of my own. Music is a passion of mine and I have thought about how to implement this passion on my blog. A concept like this might just be it. Now, let's hope I can make a decision on what I want to be on my list. It is probably going to take forever. Also, how am I going to flip this concept to suit a blogpost or posts? Decisions, decisions...
  2. Any new series you  want to recommend? Most of the series that I watch are on hiatus now so I have some spare time. Finishing Twin Peaks is definitely on the list. I already finished the last season of Modern Family in about a week (I put that one on hold on purpose)  and season four of Suits also started a couple of weeks ago so I can watch that weekly. 
  3. GISHWHES is starting very soon and I finally signed up after two years! In case you're not familiar with the abbreviation; GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. A scavenger hunt of enormous scale, with funny, awkward and awesome assignments created by the one and only Misha Collins. Esther, a friend of mine, has already participated two times now with a whole group of people and after hearing and seeing about it I took the plunge and am officially part of Team Boerenkool (Kale). This year's edition is held from August 2 to August 9 and I'm excited.
  4. My three weeks off from work have started and even though it is currently pouring outside, it has started well. I gave myself a little relax and pamper session on Sunday when I got home from work and the day after I went to Heerlen with my parents. I even got a long overdue haircut and all dead ends are now gone. Yay!
  5. Last but not least, three weeks off from work also means I can finally catch up on all things thesis-related. Interview number one has already happened last week and it went well yes I need to interview people as part of my research. Now it's transcribing, finding other interviewees and overall working on my thesis. 
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7.06.2014

Foodies' Fun

7.06.2014
Introducing a new series on my blog, Foodies' Fun. Inspired by 'The Weekly Eats' post by the Beauty Crush and my love for food, I want to share some of the dishes and drinks each week that were part of my breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or just as a treat in between. I hope you like it! Here we goo...


My dinner on Tuesday, a special pasta with broad beans! Something my mom had hardly ever cooked with before and let me tell you it was a success. Pasta, broad beans, bacon pieces, and Parmesan cheese. 


Was a bit bored on the whole bread eating for breakfast shocking as I absolutely adore bread and breakfast so opted for something different and made myself some tiny banana-pancakes a couple of times. 


Dinner on a different day. Mom was in a mood for what I suppose you can call a typical Dutch dish for the winter months: mashed potatoes with red cabbage and gravy. Add the meat essential for the gravy duh fish cuisine and some lettuce and you're done. 


Thursday was a day off for me from all things work and study, so we (my mom, sister and I) planned a trip to the city Roermond to do some shopping. Of course we couldn't head back home without something delicious from the famous Doedels. They make insane sandwhiches etc. See here my baguette Ciro including lettuce, steak tartare, Parmesan cheese, pesto, and pine nuts. Yum!



This week included two pasta dishes. One as seen before with broad beans and this one with zucchini. Both different pasta dishes from what we usually make and have with red sauce etc. 


Last but not least, a little treat my stepfather took with him from the market: filled peppadews. I love these so much! 

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