[ROME] GRAN CAFFE ROMA

Breakfast was pepperoni and salami pizza at the Gran Caffe Roma via Vittorio Veneto in Rome, Italy. Alfresco dining in the morning summer breeze gave us plenty of room for people-watching, which brings me to remembering the blatant stares we’d throughout our journey received from patrons of pavement cafes and restaurants. Sometimes I wonder if we’re the first Asian species that these people are seeing. We too have 2 eyes, a nose and a mouth, no? The cafe interior was lovely, the servers were surly (clearly not morning people) and for an Italian joint the food bland and disappointing. Coffee, though, was the only yummy thing. Nonetheless the pizza, beef lasagna and bacon&cheese sandwich managed to satiate our ginormous need for carbs.

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Travel-diary: Nagoya Unagi Rice ひつまぶし (Japan)

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Finally tasted the most famous Hitsumabushi (Unagi Rice) in Nagoya!
The 4300YEN platter that we ordered for 2 came with these set of instructions, a four-step guide to eating the reknowned Japanese dish.
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I must say, this is the best eel-rice I have ever tasted!! I loooove unagi rice!
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So following the etiquette guide, the best possible way to enjoy this Eel Rice Bowl was to portion our unagi rice into quadrants. Each section is eaten separately, in different and unique methods.

Step One: Eat it on its own.
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Step Two: Add the seasoning – seaweed, wasabi and green onions
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Step Three: Add the seaweed, wasabi and green onions. Top it off by pouring Dashi-broth (green tea) on top of the rice.
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Step Four: Pick your favourite method and eat it all over again!
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To be honest, I couldn’t decide! I wanted to eat a second full bowl of hitsumabushi on my own.
The broth method really cleansed my palate of any oil, and when eaten along with the juicy, slightly fatty Unagi, it felt like heaven on earth.

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So amazing, I’d definitely come back again for more!! Was told that it’s really crowded during lunch and dinner. People actually queue up for up to an hour. We slipped in during a lull period, thankfully. The walk/journey to Unagi Horaiken was totally worth the trip.
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Unagi Horaiken
Nagoya Matsuzakaya South Wing 10th Floor,
3-16-1 Sakae,
Naka-ku, Nagoya

Brisbane, King George Square

Someday I’d wish to be a true backpacker in Brisbane;
just my haversack & laptop for a couple of weeks.
Too many amazing streets to stroll along, colors and sights to see,
vintage buildings to admire, and entertaining buskers to applaud.
Liberal-minded people to talk to and be impressed by.
Talents abound and magic to be discovered.

Pictorial Walk-through…of BRISBANE!!
Because I literally went everywhere on foot.

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Queer little creature encountered on the pavement of Queen Street Mall.
Anyone knows what it is? Pelican?  photo DSCN1647.jpg

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Albert Lane. Loads of teenagers and the younger set in this district. photo DSCN1651.jpg

Look what I found!
A little piece of home in a foreign land!
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I have to check books out in every single country. It’s a no-go action. photo DSCN1655.jpg

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For many reasons, I’m so thankful this came out blurred.
Firstly I was out gallivanting alone right after a much-needed sleep.
This bunch of men came up to ask for a photo, as if they’ve never seen Asians in their land.
So they took this shot with my camera as well as this person’s phone.
I was so afraid they were gonna run away with my digicam.
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This building is too pretty I had to post twice,
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Coffee and dance;
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Quaint shopping mall which I happened to stumble upon along Queen Street. photo DSCN1726.jpg

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AMAZING BUSKERS!! I met a magician that day which amazed the hell out of me.
This band, PLUDO, were just as entertaining.
Will be uploading videos of them soon! They have their own CDs and gigs,
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My take-home drystores and snacks.
I was up till late writing that night at Pullman Brisbane King George Street,
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Brisbane was incredible. I’ll be back soon enough.
Just landed Taipei…
And next up, Copenhagen!!!
I’m quite tired to be very frank, but the adrenaline sets in whenever I touch down on somewhere new.
Where’s the sense of adventure if you’re out there and not exploring??

Perth – May’13

Aye aye captain,
mission accomplished over the South Atlantic Ocean.
Agent Yujin reporting,
Over and out!
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Out in the city of Perth aiming my camera at random
and snapping the most mundane shots
while sourcing out cafes in the area.
A very mind-clearing journey on foot, I have to say.
Australia has got some hidden beauty in every street.
Continue reading “Perth – May’13”

never underestimate your own magic

Today I started off with a very simple goal:
to be the reason behind a stranger’s smile.
All I needed to do was simple,
but the task itself could range from easy-peasy to downright impossible.
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But you know what?
I saw a whole lot of smiles today that reflected how uncomplicated
a simple gesture of goodness could be.
It’s magical to create that ripple effect
by going out of the way for somebody else
and I thought, hey,
this satisfaction was worth every effort it took to create it.

To top it of like a Maraschino cherry on a chocolate fudge sundae,
the happiness doesn’t end when my job is done for the day.
I felt good for the rest of the journey, at the hotel,
sightseeing, and the way back.
I hope everyone else gets to feel that way too.
It’s indescribable.