Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
There's an outlet centre along the lines of Bicester and Woodbury Common that's near Munich, Ingolstadt Village. It is about 45 minutes away but despite its proximity and the number of times that I've told Markus (who is from Ingolstadt) that he should take me and his gf there, I never seemed to make it. This has now been rectified. Last week I received an email telling me that due to my membership to an online community, I could have a voucher for an extra 20-40% off selected stores and a free shuttle bus voucher. With this news, I shot off a few messages to the girls, resulting in plans for Barbie, Demi, Ziad (okay, he's not a girl), and myself to take advantage of the free shuttle and head off!
First things first, IV is nowhere near as large as the other two. Secondly, being in Germany, it was loaded with German shops that I normally don't shop at. Having said that, I was still able to find everything I'd listed in my head for that I was to only spend my money on!
Those who have read my Antwerp entry will know that I've been looking for a new pair of boots! I got these riding-boots from GK Mayer.
Chic to Peak ski jacket from Columbia! Or rather, it's two interchangeable jackets - the pink is the outer shell and it contains a fleecy/quilted jacket inside (green). The inner fleece is also reversible! When we asked a shopgirl if this jacket was appropriate for skiing, it was pointed out to us that this is actually a kid's jacket, but then the looked at me and said it would fit. And it did, perfectly!
Nylon + leather trim handbag from Liebeskind. Despite my German friends being mad for this brand, I'm not a real big fan of the distressed leather look of Liebeskind bags, and to be honest, this design is also a bit of a rip on Longchamp's le Pliage. But on the other hand, it's a small handbag that came with a shoulder strap AND there are leathery bits on the corners that will stop the fraying that occurs on the Longchamp bags!
Scarf and woolen shift dress from Hallhuber. These weren't actually on my list of things to buy, but I was within my (generous) budget so hey, why not?
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Check out this awesomely appropriately nerdy advent calendar from New England Biolabs!
Nicki came into the lab to show it to me...and then gave it to me since she already had one from Eppendorf! And even better - the reverse proclaimed that it was filled with Ritter sport chocolate! Since I'm only here for half of Advent, I'm generously sharing it with Markus who won't be here for the first half. Win-win!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A few months ago, I got a message from Pooey asking me to buy her some Longchamp Le Pliage shopper bags in some colours. A few days after that message, I received another one asking me to buy some for Ma as well. I then promptly forgot these messages and didn't purchase these bags. Then I got more messages asking if I'd done the shopping yet to which I went to Oberpollinger only to find out that they didn't have all of the requested colours. In the end I ordered them online and then had the great joy of tearing them open!
The bags were individually packed in these boxes, making the carton that held them all quite large.
Wonderful daughter/sister that I am, I have chosen to leave one of the bags in the packaging so that the joy of tearing it open can be shared!
I'm thinking some people are looking forward to seeing me in a month ;)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I had decided to start looking for Xmas presents a bit early. This is necessary given that shops aren't open on Sundays in Munich and no concession is made during the Xmas lead up period. This means that the main shopping strip, Kaufingerstr., is completely packed with the slow and the foolish on every Saturday in December. Imagine how unimpressed I was when I ventured there to find Kaufingerstr. already packed with people! This mood was briefly assuaged by noticing a massive crowd around some buskers. And I was even happier that I took the time to stop and listen.
Unfortunately the audio isn't fantastic, but a violin, cello, accordion, and double bass play Daft Punk's Get Lucky.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
There's a running joke among my colleagues that I only seem to attract 'very special' men. Except it isn't really a joke. Normally the only non-caucasian in a room, I'm used to being approached by people saying "ni hao!" only to then explain to them in German that not only do I not speak Chinese, but also that despite my appearance, I'm am not Chinese. Cos you know, 2 billion Asian people on the planet counts for nothing. The attempt from this weekend took the cake.
Out in da club with my gals, some guy broke through our circle of dance and greeted us somewhat politely. Then as our eyes met, he pointed at me, pointed at himself, then rounded his hands over his stomach. As I took a moment to process exactly what was happening here, good ol' Caro who also saw the exchange shrieked, "Omg, HE WANTS TO FATHER YOUR BABIES!!!" Wonderful as that offer was *cough*, I had to decline.
Or did I just lose the father of my babies?!
Or did I just lose the father of my babies?!