Bamberg – The Changing Seasons

Bamberg is a town in northern Bavaria, Germany, laid out over 7 hills where the Regnitz and Main rivers meet. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the muraled Altes Rathaus (town hall), which occupies an island in the Regnitz reached by arched bridges. The Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral, begun in the 11th century, features 4 towers and numerous stone carvings. (Wikipedia)

Hello everyone! We’ve just got back from our three-day visit in Bamberg. It’s a very charming place and we had fun walking around and discovering it. The weather might be a bit cold, but we didn’t mind. We took a train from Munich and it was a two-hour ride on the ICE-fast train. I just slept through the whole trip. Our hotel is near the train station so we’ve been walking around the town. The old town is brilliant, with all the canals, that’s why Bamberg is known as “Little Venice”. We visited their Residenz museum, very impressive, shame we couldn’t take photos inside. We also took their “hop on hop off” tourist bus when we couldn’t walk up the hills anymore. All in all, we enjoyed our holiday, our smile this week. So, what made you smile this week?

For: The Changing Seasons: April 2017, Skywatch Friday – 20 April 2017 Edition, Weekly Smile 68 #weeklysmile, Awesome Talents Abound – Echoes of my neighbourhood, Three Things Thursday: Happy Mail, GPS Easter Eggs, Pretty Flowers, & A Bonus Baby Goose, Jo’s Monday walk : Almodôvar, and the red shoes


First Maß, swan lake and sushi

First Maß, swan lake and sushi

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is fine. We had a lovely weather last Sunday and we went cycling to our favourite park. And we had our first Maß of the year! (Mass – literally, 1 liter of Bavarian beer). We also shared a big brezen and I had an ice cream when Him Indoors had his second Maß. We had a great time.

We enjoyed people watching and swan and geese watching in the lake, our very own Swan Lake.

We watched “Beauty and the Beast”. It was brilliant! Then we went for sushi and sashimi later.


So, what made you smile this week? Happy Easter everyone!

For: Weekly Smile 67 #weeklysmile, Let’s Go Around The World In One Day – Echoes of my neighbourhood, Three Things Thursday: Starlight Hiking, Swirly Yarn, & An Unexpected Accessory

What I had for breakfast

What I had for breakfast

Hello everyone! Hope you are alright. Here’s just me remembering some of the food I had in the Philippines. To be specific, some of my breakfast – and I’m so very grateful. They include some fruit or anything with sinangag (garlic fried rice), and meat—such as tapa, longganisa, tocino, karne norte (corned beef), or fish such as daing na bangus (salted and dried milkfish).

For: Weekly Smile 66 #weeklysmile, Three Things Thursday: Nifty Desserts, A Rat Rod, & Flowers Attacked with Laser Beams

Amadeus Live, Yellow Flowers and Leche Flan

Amadeus Live, Yellow Flowers and Leche Flan

Hello everyone! such a bright and sunny day here in Bavaria. I’ve just been out cycling. Last Sunday, we went to see “Amadeus Live” at the Munich Philharmony. There was a big screen and “Amadeus” was shown, while the Munich Orchestra played the music live. Such a wonderful experience!


Welcome to our house! Wecome spring! Lovely yellow flowers by our gate.


I met two Filipino friends yesterday and we ate fried fish, ginisang mongo and I made leche flan. We had a great time!


Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Weekly Smile 65 #weeklysmile, City Bits in Monochrome – Echoes of My Neighbourhood, Three Things Thursday: Knitting Bliss, Gorgeous Yarn, & Sweeney Todd Swag

Philippine dishes

Philippine dishes

Hello everyone! Here’s just me remembering all the Philippine dishes that I had when I was there. We went to Dad’s Saisaki buffet for a real treat, two days in a row! The first day to meet my school friends and the second day, to meet my High School friends. There were lots of food there – Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, American, etc. I went for the real Philippine dishes – adobo, kare-kare, chop-suey, caldereta, pancit, balut, etc. I’ve really enjoyed tasting them again.

For: Weekly Smile 64 #weeklysmile, Three Things Thursday: Headless Selfies, The Ballet, & A Silly Lizard, Spicing It Up…Echoes of My Neighbourhood

Batanes Trip, Day 2 – Sabtang Tour

Batanes Trip, Day 2 – Sabtang Tour

Hello everyone! Second day in Batanes, we had a wake up call at 5:00am, had breakfast then a ride to Ivana Port. We caught the 6:40am ferry crossing to Sabtang. The faluwa is a large boat with a U-shaped body and no outrigger (katig). The faluwa ride to Sabtang Island was another half hour. It was a rough ride, the open sea was the connection of the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. I made it, well, sort of. I’m not really good with boats, I always say.


We arrived in Sabtang Port and had to register at the Municipal Tourism Office. Then we rode all day to 3 towns of Sabtang, which were like had been frozen in time.

our ride all day, so cool!

Our first stop was the village in Savidug, which is near the coast, where we could look at Ivatan stone houses. This is actually a living, breathing village. While a few of the houses are ruined, the rest are the homes of Sabtang’s small population. The houses, unique to Batanes, are small but obviously very sturdy. The roofs are made of layers upon layers of cogon grass. But first, we looked at their fruit tree, where they make their local wine, and then my Mom and I tried their gears.

At the end of the tour of Sinakan, we found a plaza of sorts — it has a basketball court and a cottage. The St. Thomas Aquinas chapel can be found beside what used to be a place where leaders can congregate.


Further on, we came across Savidug Idjang where the ruins of the ancient Ivatan’s fortress lie. Idjang is synonymous to a fortress. They use this fortress as a refuge during battles.


The Tinyan Viewpoint is a great vantage point for the Chamantad Cove. The rock formations, the cliffs and the breaking waves have left us mesmerised. The view was amazing!

We met some locals. They smiled, waved, talked to us. They seemed really sincere in welcoming us to their community. I tried and bought their sandals as souvenir.

We had lunch at Morong Beach and enjoyed the view at Nakabuang Cave and Mayahaw (Ahaw Ark). Such a lovely day!

For: ALL SEASONS – TO KEEP MARCHING (March 19), #MySundayPhoto – What Remains? , Happiness is Like a Box of Avocados (Sundays In My City), I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile 63, Three Things Thursday: Snow, Antique Cookbooks, & Dinosaurs on My Phone (Plus One Very Silly Kitty), The Dancing Fountain and Echoes of A Celebration, Jo’s Monday walk : the walled city of Lucca

What made me smile this week?

What made me smile this week?

Hello everyone. Two more days and I’m off to the Philippines. Three weeks of fun, mother bonding, sun, sand, sea, Filipino food to the max, friends and more fun. Mind you, we’re having such warm days in Bavaria, no snow yet, hopefully it comes when I’m gone.

Yesterday, we had a cosy day, the cyclamen and orchids are blooming, I went to the gym in the morning and in the evening, we cooked a special meal. Beautiful K has left us a recipe for buttered chicken and we used it. Instead of chicken, we cooked pork and came out really nice, proud of ourselves!

For dessert, we had some fruit and nuts (when we were watching “Casablanca”)

That’s it from me. What made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile 59 #weeklysmile, Nurturing Thurs – Let Go, Mixed Glimpse of My Neighbourhood. Lagos & Dubai, Three Things Thursday: Blanket Bandit, Early Bloomers, & Spiffy Rocks