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Creative minds at Starbucks

Creative minds at Starbucks
Hey there Cutie pies! :heartame:
Today I went to my first blogger meeting or more exactly an event hosted by Starbucks to which I got invited by the lovely Laurita. I was quite excited to finally meet some Swiss bloggers and have been looking forward to this event ever since I got asked about a week ago.

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Starbucks is ominpresent in Switzerland and every morning you can see the cups with the distinctive logo, in the hands of thousands of people who enjoy drinking coffee. I must honestly say, that I’m not used to drinking coffe and I seldom do but luckily Starbucks offers a wide range of other delicious beverages among which I couldn’t tell you one I don’t like drinking.

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Matcha Latte at its best!

Theme of this meeting were the reusable cups that have been introduced to Switzerland mid January of this year. The general idea is to buy such a cup and get a discount on every beverage if you show up with your reusable cup which they can use to fill in you beverage. I wonder if it’s okay to have a large cup but only take a small beverage?!
Anyway, Karolina who works at Starbucks started drawing on the cups when there wasn’t going on that much in the store and the customers who saw it were pretty amazed. She stills draws little things for her customers when she has time and she even drew a cat for me! I was looking for some examples of personally customized cups on the world wide web but I couldn’t find anything so I would dare to say that yesterday has been a premiere!

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It was also a nice opportunity to meet some Swiss bloggers, and be creative together! I love looking at drawings that different people did and I always liked walking through the room during art classes and look at the drawings of my class mates.
There were also some snacks like blueberry muffins, sandwiches and chocolate and we even got to try a new coffe blend called “Verona“. It’s a coffee that goes well with desserts and has a slight cocoa bean flavour. So it’s actually perfect for Valentine’s day because it tastes best with chocolate things. Verona is a pretty suitable name I think, since it’s the city of Romeo & Juliet. :on:

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Thank you Laurita for this lovely snap shot of Mi-Ji and me!
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Tabea from Das Poyhütchen and Laura from Laurita.ch

Thank you for the blast Starbucks team and hello to all the lovely bloggers I met! Tabea and Hendrike, Mi-ji, James, Laurita, Nicole, Valeria and Shirley – you guys are amazing and I’m looking forward to meeting you all again some time! :rabukuma:

byebye,
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PS: If you live in Zurich, you should totally check out the Starbucks at Kreuzplatz – if you’re lucky you’ll get a customized cup by Karolina. :miam:

Mapping my mind

Mapping my mind
Hey there sweet peas! :heartame:
I’m not usually the person who does mindmaps and I’ve always hated it when teacher asked us out of the blue to do one but I guess that there are definitely some interesting and insightful points to it. Even if I wasn’t aware of it while making it, the finished composition cleary shows where my priorities lie.

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Yesterday the guidebook arrived and it’s settled that we’ll be going on a road trip to see the many different and vast national parks in Hokkaido, the most northern island of Japan. I hope to see breathtaking sceneries with autumn foliage, volcanoes and of course to bath in the hottest onsen (hot springs) in the mountains. The benefits it has for your body and soul are countless, especially after a long hike. Although we stayed in Hokkaido for over a month, the last time we visited Japan, I can’t seem to get enough of its beauty and peacefulness.
Before flying to Sapporo, we’ll be staying three days in Tokyo to settle in. Since we’re leaving from there anyway, when going back to Switzerland, I thought it would be better to do Tokyo at the end of our trip.
The plan is to stay in Hokkaido for about ten days to two weeks and than go back to the main island again. From there it’s still a mystery since we haven’t decided yet. Although I had tons of fun in Osaka, I should probably give other cities a chance too. The last time I’ve even been to Okinawa but this time I would like to see Kyushu and Shikoku.

Please bear with my awful handwriting. I’m not saying that it’s usually a lot better than this, but as for my previous illustrations, I used the Paper53 app on which I have to draw with my finger tips. This is the ultimative drawing app for everyone who’s too lazy to take out all the drawing utensils like brushes, ink or charcoal and just wants to start immediately aka very impatient people like me.

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:sprout: watch the pouring rain :sprout: bake apple pies :sprout: collect pine cones :sprout: plant bulbs for next spring :sprout: go apple picking :sprout: carve pumpkins :sprout: go for long walks in the woods :sprout: light candles :sprout: visit haunted places :sprout: cook chili :sprout: sleep with open windows :sprout: collect leaves and press them :sprout: enjoy the crisp air :sprout: wear fluffy socks :sprout: make roasted almonds, jam and pumpkin soup :sprout: build a bonfire :sprout: get lost in a corn maze :sprout: jump into a leaf pile :sprout: watch the harvest moon :sprout: drink cider and chai latte :sprout: build a tent with blankets :sprout: have rosy cheeks :sprout:

I was obviously in a mindmapping rush because as soon as I had finished sorting out my thoughts about the departure in two weeks I started making the next mindmap with things I like to do in autumn. I’m an autumn child and this year we will celebrate my birthday in Japan. Even if I won’t be able to do, see and eat the exact same autumnal things as here, I thought it would be nice to write them down so I can look at them in case I miss something in Japan. Which surely isn’t going to happen, because Japanese people are mostly very close to nature and love all seasons and know how to have a very cozy time. (..just saying Kotatsu.. :klimper: )
What are your favourite autumn activities? Are there any special customs or traditions where you live? I would love to learn about them. :tanoshii:

Take care pumpkins and have a nice weekend!

byebye,


Hallo ihr Lieben! :ii:
Ich gehöre eigentlich nicht zu den Menschen, die Mindmaps machen und ich habe es immer gehasst, wenn Lehrer plötzlich verlangten, wir sollen eine anfertigen, aber ich schätze, dass es tatsächlich interessant und aufschlussreich sein kann. Auch wenn ich es während dem Schreiben nicht gemerkt habe, zeigt das Endresultat doch klar, wo meine Prioritäten liegen.
Gestern kam der Reiseführer an und wir haben beschlossen, einen Roadtrip zu den verschiedenen und riesigen Nationalparks auf Hokkaido, der nördlichsten Insel Japans, zu machen. Ich erhoffe mir, atemberaubende Landschaften mit Herbstlaub und Vulkanen zu sehen und natürlich in den heissesten Onsen (Quellen) in den Bergen zu baden. Wie wohltuend so ein Bad, besonders nach einer langen Wanderung, für Körper und Geist sein kann, weiss jeder, der schon mal in Japan war. Obwohl wir das erste Mal, als wir in Japan waren, über einen Monat in Hokkaido geblieben sind, scheine ich davon einfach nicht genug zu kriegen.
Bevor wir nach Sapporo fliegen, bleiben wir drei Tage in Tokyo, um uns zu akklimatisieren. Da wir sowieso von Tokyo aus in die Schweiz zurückfliegen werden, dachte ich, es sei besser, Tokyo erst am Ende zu machen.
Der Plan ist, zehn Tage bis zwei Wochen auf Hokkaido zu bleiben und dann zurück auf die Hauptinsel zu gehen. Von dort aus ist es immer noch ein Mysterium, da wir uns noch nicht weiter entschieden haben. Obwohl ich in Osaka viel Spass hatte, sollte ich anderen Städten auch eine Chance geben. Ich war sogar schon auf Okinawa, aber noch nie auf Shikoku und Kyushu, also würde ich das wirklich gerne nachholen.

Bitte entschuldigt meine schreckliche Handschrift auf den Mindmaps. Ich behaupte nicht, dass sie sonst erheblich besser wäre, aber wie für meine vorherigen Illustrationen habe ich die Paper53 app benutzt, bei der ich mit den Fingerspitzen über den Bildschrim gleite, um zu zeichnen. Das ist die perfekte app, für alle, die zu faul sind, Farben, Becher, Tinte und andere Utensilien herauszuholen und einfach nur schnell anfangen wollen, also für sehr ungeduldigen Menschen wie mich.
Ich war offenbar im Mindmap Fieber, da ich, sobald ich meine Gedanken zur Abreise in zwei Wochen sortiert hatte, sofort damit anfing, eine anzufertigen mit Dingen, die ich am Herbst mag. Meinen Geburtstag feiere ich dieses Jahr in Japan und auch wenn ich nicht die exakt gleichen Dinge tun, sehen und essen werde, dachte ich, es wäre schön, sie aufzuschreiben und es mir anzusehen, wenn ich in Japan irgendwas vermisse. Was ich auf gar keinen Fall glaube, da die Japaner sehr naturverbundene Menschen sind und alle Jahreszeiten mögen und wissen, wie man es sich in der Kälte gemütlich macht. (..ich sag nur Kotatsu… :aiyo: )
Was mögt ihr am Herbst? Kennt ihr irgendwelche speziellen Bräuche oder Traditionen? Ich würde gerne mehr darüber erfahren!
Passt gut auf euch auf und geniesst das Wochenende!

Uzumaki Bento

Uzumaki Bento
Hello there Cuties! :iida:
Yay! How was your weekend? I didn’t feel so good last week and skipped uni too often but I’m better now and ready to study! … or rather forced to because I have exams and presentations starting this week.
Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with that stuff and since the title kind of gives it away, here we go, my Uzumaki Bento.

Sorry for the strange background. It was very early and the background is too dark.


Uzumaki 渦巻き means ‘Spiral’ in Japanese and since I made tamagoyaki rolls and makizushi (‘Spiralsushi’) I couldn’t think of a better name. :tongue: It’s not that I make a lot of Bento to bring with me for uni but I made this one two weeks ago on thursday. It was a quick one that I had in mind to do because I sketched it a whole while back ago with the paper53 app. As you’ll probably notice though, it doesn’t look very similar.
That’s why I don’t really think that sketching the Bento first, makes it any easier to recreate it afterwards, or at least not with my unrealistic drawing. :jupp: But maybe I should make sketches with ingredients that I actually have in the fridge. At least there’s the star fruit!! hehe.. :catexclam:
I admire the vegetarian lifestyle but I missed some meeeeeat!!! The next one is definitely going to be more luscious again. Or should I try making a Kyaraben again?! Who knows.. I wish I had more time to practice my Japanese cooking skills.


It’s really fun sketching with that ipad app and I don’t really care anymore that you have to draw with your fingers. And you can see my own handwriting for the first time on my blog. I’ts awful, isn’t it? I still have several styles.. sometimes it freaks me out although I should have gotten used to it by now.


Of course I had to make two of them.. :totorosmile:

*Nyaaaaa* Bento parade :on:

One for Silvankun and one for myself. :miam:
After three days of unexpected snow, the sun is finally shining again and this time I hope that spring is going to come for good. I enjoyed winter and all but it’s been quite long and I can’t wait to change to my spring ward robe and get sun-tanned again. :ii:
Happy monday Everyone! …unlike me who has to practice Kanji like crazy.

byebye,