Monschau

Today I visited Monschau,  a lovely tiny historical town in Eifel nature park, west Germany. It is so small that you only need 10 min. to walk through the whole town. But if you take your time, do some window shopping, enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, you can definitely spend several hours in this wonderful place.

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We switch to summer time in Germany today and it feels really like in summer, over 20 °C ! They say it is the warmest beginning of the summer time since 100 years! My outfit today: navy style, very summer 😀

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”Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time.”

I read this blog today and would like to share some parts here. More importantly, I want to remind myself  not to repeat the same mistakes as I made in the past years all over again and not to waste my time any more.

( The complete post is here: http://jamesmsama.com/2014/03/25/5-reasons-you-should-never-settle/)

You can settle for less than you deserve in many areas of life. A job you can’t stand going to. A man or woman you don’t know why you’re waking up next to, a car you hate getting into – but let’s talk about relationships, and why you should never, ever, settle for less than you deserve.

You’ll always be doubting yourself.

Why is it, exactly, that you can never decide if you’re actually happy or not? Maybe you’re content…comfortable…but are you happy? I don’t know. Could you do better? If you could, then why aren’t you? Is this it? Really…is this as good as it gets?

Self doubt is crippling. It follows you around in life like your shadow, and there never seems to be enough shade to shake it. If you settle for less than you deserve in a relationship, never having the freedom to truly be happy and let go of worry will haunt you.

You’ll never be truly fulfilled.

Part of the beauty of having ambitions, goals, and dreams in life is to have someone to share in them with. A partner, a teammate, someone to support and encourage you when times get rough, and to celebrate with you on the brighter days.

That’s not to say you can’t be fulfilled and happy if you’re single, of course you can. But the worst of all, is being with someone who does none of these things for you. Someone who is discouraging, or lazy, or doesn’t support you. Someone you’re planning a future with who has no future plans for themselves. Each step of life will feel like you’re pulling a little anchor behind you.

You won’t grow as much as a person.

Another great thing about having someone as part of your life is the lessons they can teach you. The new perspectives and outlooks that you would’ve never thought of before. The new experiences you can share in together – maybe things you wouldn’t have done without them.

If you settle into a relationship just for the sake of having someone, you will be defeating this purpose altogether. While there will be someone in your life, the insatiable thirst for life won’t be there. Waking up and going through the motions of daily life is merely existing, not truly living. You deserve someone who will add new logs of wood onto your fire for life, not someone who throws water onto it.

You won’t feel real passion.

To steal a line from Dreams For An Insomniac – Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life; love shouldn’t be one of them.

When you are attracted to someone’s looks and appearance, there is intensity. But when you are attracted to someone’s spirit, their soul, their whole being, there is real passion. If you settle for less than you deserve or want in a relationship, you are robbing yourself of the real passion that comes along with it.

Life is too short for average. Plus, it’s just as close to the bottom as it is to the top.

Settling for less than you deserve in a relationship is like filling your bathtub with happiness, but your partner is always poking holes in the floor without you realizing it. Building a solid foundation with someone will always feel like an uphill battle, only you won’t be able to see the summit.

Life is about progress and forward motion – don’t give your time to someone who hinders yours, you can never get any of it back.

Thai sour & spicy shrimp soup

There is my post about asian sour and spicy shrimp soup last year. 

https://nonawang0110.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/asian-sour-and-spicy-shrimp-soup/

Today I cooked this soup again, but with some changes. I added lemongrass, ginger and used coriander instead of spring onion, lime instead of lemon. It was Thai style. 😀 

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Ingredients:  shrimp, garlic, coriander, lemongrass, chili, lemon leaf, ginger, lime, carrot and kohlrabi

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Song of the day — The moon song

It touches my heart ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m lying on the moon
My dear, I’ll be there soon
It’s a quiet and starry place
Time’s we’re swallowed up
In space we’re here a million miles away

There’s things I wish I knew
There’s no thing I’d keep from you
It’s a dark and shiny place
But with you my dear
I’m safe and we’re a million miles away

We’re lying on the moon
It’s a perfect afternoon
Your shadow follows me all day
Making sure that I’m okay and
We’re a million miles away

Thailand — Phiphi Island

We went to Phiphi Island with speed boat on the next day. The 1 ~ 2 hours speed boat trip in strong winds and heavy rain was quite an experience.  But fortunately after we arrived Phiphi island, the sun came out. 

The best part: snorkelling! It was so amazing that for the first time I saw so many unbelievably beautiful fishes and they were just swimming aroud me!!

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Thailand — Krabi

This short Thailand trip was in last year.  I had a 8-day holiday and visited my besty in Singapore. We two managed a weekend tour in Thailand. Sunshine and beach were certainly what I needed. We spent the first day in Krabi, a small town on the coast. She has been in both Krabi and Phuket many times and she prefered Krabi because here is not so crowded as Phuket.

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Song of the day — Make you feel my love

My favorite version! ❤ I love it so much, but still look forward to our choir version in the concert in May 🙂

Make you feel my love

Make you feel my love by Bob Dylan

When the rain is blowin’ in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love.

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love.

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong.

I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawlin’ down the avenue
No, there’s nothin’ that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love.

The storms are raging on the rollin’ sea
And on the highway of regrets
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothin’ like me yet.

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
There’s nothing that I would not do
Go to the ends of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love.

Para Para Sakura

20140310 SakuraLovely Sakura outside my door 🙂 

Everyone loves Denim

Denim is just magic that can go easily with other fabrics and everyone looks good with it. Here is part of my denim collection.

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This is a very simple yet classic denim look with my favorite jeans ❤ ( Thanks to the App: PlayMemories Mobile von Sony, the self photography is becomming much easier 😀 )

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My new hat and scarf

I bought the hat in a local shop in Aachen. I am not sure what’s the color of this new hat exactly? A color between pink and purple? The day after I got the silk scarf from a friend as a present. How I love the cute cat-print! These two new accessories are just so delightful and match each other surprisingly well. 

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