America, Chicago, Travel

A place to find Japan – The Garden of The Phoenix, Chicago

When you walk into a Japanese garden, you always get a sense of harmony and peace. Just minutes from the city centre, this garden offers a peaceful getaway to enjoy the bond between man-made Art and nature. The garden of phoenix has its history traced all the way back to 1893 and was built to… Continue reading A place to find Japan – The Garden of The Phoenix, Chicago

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America, Lake Geneva, Travel

Lake Geneva in summer

Last year we went to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin for a day-trip, which led to my first ever post in this blog. This year we went to Lake Geneva again in the warmest time of the year. Although I still prefer Lake Geneva in autumn with its beautiful spectrum of coloured leaves, summer in Lake… Continue reading Lake Geneva in summer

Art & Craft, Lifestyle

A Unicorn gift – handmade Unicorn card and gift tag

Most kids love Unicorn. Actually, who doesn't? My female colleagues often joked about the existence of a rainbow butterfly unicorn - an imaginary colourful creature with as many cheerful features as possible. It was my friend's daughter's birthday and we bought a nice unicorn outfit from GAP as present. In order to match the wrapping… Continue reading A Unicorn gift – handmade Unicorn card and gift tag

Food

Fluffy peach soufflé pancake – a novel Japanese style pancake

I stumble across this recipe which claimed to be a hybrid between soufflé and pankcake - sounds very intriguing. A novel Japanese version of pancake, it was very easy to make and extremely fluffy! Ingredients: 3 eggs (yolk and egg white separated) 45ml milk 60g flour 40g sugar Mix the egg yolk, flour and milk… Continue reading Fluffy peach soufflé pancake – a novel Japanese style pancake

Matakana, New Zealand, Travel

Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 2): Market, Vineyard, wine tasting and beer – Matakana

After our brief encounter at Warkworth, we drove up North to Matakana. Matakana is a small town of Rodney District of New Zealand and is famous for its farmers market (http://matakanavillage.co.nz/). The market is on every Saturday and showcases a range of local goods from organic ice cream made using fresh fruits picked from local… Continue reading Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 2): Market, Vineyard, wine tasting and beer – Matakana

New Zealand, Travel

Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 1): boat, bees and giant Kauri trees – Warkworth

  Warkworth is a small town located 50-min drive away from Auckland. As a mid-point between Auckland, the biggest city of New Zealand and Bay of Island, a famous touristy destination up North, it is often used as a stopover for those who head North for a holiday. In fact, it was said to be… Continue reading Escape to the countryside of New Zealand (Day 1): boat, bees and giant Kauri trees – Warkworth

Art, Auckland, New Zealand, Travel

Arty Easter egg hunt as you “scramble” within the city of Auckland

The Big Egg Hunt is an event sponsored by Whittaker's, which invites friends and families to partake in an excursion within the city for an Easter egg hunt. Taking place in 3 major cities in New Zealand, it features 100 or so giant easter eggs painted by local artists. The event aims to raise funds… Continue reading Arty Easter egg hunt as you “scramble” within the city of Auckland