Sunday, January 31, 2016
Almost a month since we left Berlin and I'm missing it already more than I have anticipated. The cold  breeze, beautiful architecture and calmness (in comparison to the Philippines) are just some of the things I 'm longing for now. Berlin compared to Amsterdam was colder by the time we visited. It was harder to walk around without wearing multiple layers of cloth, unlike in the City of Bicycles wherein having a jacket over a knitted top was enough already to survive.

These photos were taken a day after we got back from Amsterdam. But unlike the usual cold weather we had in Berlin, this day in particular was a little bearable - making it possible to be just in a dress and a winter jacket of course

What I was wearing:
Dress: Atmosphere | Boots: Forever21 Watch: Daniel Wellington

Hohenzollendamm at 3pm

Felt like Autumn

Table set-up

Spot the 2 monkeys!!

Ku'Damm at night

Friends and dark-lit rooms

Cheers to an amazing year!

Later that day, we went over the place of Patrick's friend to have a taste of typical German Christmas dinner - duck, potatoes and braised red cabbage. It was something new to me given the fact that when my friends and I gather, we usually meet, eat and have drinks outside. Like I can't recall the time when a friend made (not order) a full course meal and invited everyone over! Patrick explained that it's more common for them to gather in a friend's place for dinner and head out after, which is quite the opposite for us.  Anyway, food was really great! Wish I took a photo but I was a tad bit shy to take my camera out while everyone else was busy devouring their meals. 

After, we headed out to Monkey Bar which was in the area of Kurfürstendamm (Ku'Damm as how they call it) which is the most popular shopping district of Berlin. It was a cool spot to chill with friends. The bar was at the topmost floor of 25hrs Hotel  and was enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Imagine the view, it was superb! Music was great too. It wasn't too loud which made socializing with friends (without shouting) possible. 

It was a great night! Great food and conversations with friends, and awesome drinks with a view of Berlin-couldn't ask for more! 

Cheys ♥

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
just like in the postcards ♥

alleys that lead you to beautiful discoveries
I couldn't help but take a photo. Made me miss my dog, Summer, so much.
beautiful Gothic architecture
Heineken's Amsterdam's pride. Of course, this had to be photographed. 
and I thought I would just see it in the movies
What I was wearing:
Top: H&M | Leg Warmer: Forever21 Sneakers: Stan Smith

Warm days in the Philippines got me thinking about my recent trip to Amsterdam and Berlin. Jet lag is taking its toll on me and I've been doing nothing the last days but sleep and relive the Holidays - in my imagination and dreams. To use my time on doing something different and productive today, I decided to go down, have coffee [decaf this time] and open my laptop. Finally. It took so much courage to leave that monster bed - it does nothing but eat you.

These are just some snaps I took of Amsterdam. There's just too much that I think dedicating 2 or 3 separate posts just for that 4-day getaway is necessary. This time, I narrowed it down to bicycles after coming to a realisation that I excessively photographed it. Like my camera was really filled with it. Besides, Amsterdam is a city of bicycles. I should be excused, shouldn't it? lol

Seeing these photos makes me fall in love with Amsterdam once more. Not that I haven't the moment I stepped foot on this place, but it just has this certain charisma that takes you away. Patrick and I spent hours and hours walking, getting lost in alleys and then ending up discovering new spots. Like finding egg treasures on an Easter Sunday - the more we explored, the more we were taken away.  
It's beautiful and charming, isn't it? 

Cheys ♥

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