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All Blue

One Piece fans would understand the title of this post but beach lovers would understand my choice of nail color this season. In the end, both would have an understanding of this post. OPI’s Teal The Cows Come Home is the perfect shade of blue for this summer. I find it best worn without adding anything else to it because it already has its own shimmer leaving you with a  cool feeling as the aqua blue glistens and sparkles under the sun.
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What I like most about this nail lacquer is not only do I like the color blue but also of  how it reminds of the sea when the sun shines bright, the movement of the waves, and the smell of the early mornings I spend with my mom drinking a cup of warm chocolate watching the sun rise by the water. Every time I look at my nails, I am reminded of the vastness of the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it.
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The aqua flora and fauna are unforgettable be it scary or pretty. Recently, I have been hanging out with my friend and her kids by the lake and she taught me how to fish. It really is a different feeling, sort of a mix of calm and excitement. The sound of the line as it is casted is smooth and unwavering. The sound of the waves is strong and powerful. Water is calming and I have always enjoyed swimming in the pool up to the point that I look like a grilled Glimmerella out there but I never regret it because of how much fun I have. Whether it is in the pool, the lake, the sea, or in a tub, I can guarantee that after being stressed out the whole day, I will calm down.

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Chicken Fingers

Glimmerella:

Re-living childhood memories.

Originally posted on The Art of Cheffing:

I remember those weekend nights when my family would eat at Italianni’s at Greenbelt after church. My sister and I would always order kiddie fingers which is simply chicken fingers and honex mustard dip.

Because of this memory, I decided to somewhat share it with my hubby dubby and t’was a success.

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What’s in it? (Chicken)
– Bread crumbs
– Flour
– Paprika
– Pepper
– Country potatoes
– Egg
– Salt
– Chicken

(Dips)
– honey mustard
– bbq sauce

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A King’s Steak

Glimmerella:

T’was a great dinner for 2

Originally posted on The Art of Cheffing:

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Dinner was served. Last night’s dinner was a delicious steak served with buttered vegetables. It required careful attention as I turn them over every minute, searing the meat. Listening to it cook and smelling the aroma thrilled me. It was tender and juicy, just the way we like it.

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Cloud and Cloudsurfer running shoes by On review

Since today is a rainy day here in Switzerland, I have time to sit down and write this review. When I used to run out in the park in Geneva, it didn’t matter to me what sports shoes I wore. It only mattered to me if it was for volleyball or even when I was still in the squad that they were the proper shoes, in order to avoid injuries. Living in Zürich and towards my final year in uni, I am not able to do the same sports and have resorted only to running. It wasn’t until I was introduced to these shoes that it could be better to get proper running shoes and not wear out my other shoes. Not only are they stylish but also soft when landing.

On running shoes CloudTec system

On was conceived as a symbiotic relationship of science and practice running by ex-top runners Olivier Bernhard, David Allemann, and Caspar Coppetti who met a like-minded Swiss ETH-engineer who had an idea for a new type of running shoe technology. Their prototypes filled their cabinets with the first they came up with was from a cut-up garden hose. “My very first steps with a prototype I will never forget,” said Oliver in an interview while recollecting the memory of his first feel of the prototype which was light and completely painless.

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Cloud is On’s indoor shoes that are much more flexible than their outdoor counterparts while providing the same comfort and feel of running on air. The CloudTec ® sole for Cloud is separated by a central channel that allows the runner’s individual movement. It has the Zero Gravity Foam outsole to provide cushioning. It’s upper is made of a breathable mesh fabric offering a good foot climate. Another key difference between Cloud and Cloudsurfer is the smart lace feature of Cloud with no need for binding. When I first saw the lace, I was worried that the shoe would fly away at some point because my feet are never the size they should be for shoes. Upon trying them, there I was testing not only the weight and feel but also wiggling my foot one after another only to see if my theory was right. I was proven wrong because the shoe gripped my foot almost hugging enough to assure its hold on my foot.

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Cloudsurfer is their outdoor running shoes that provides balance and support for the runner. It has the patented CloudTec® system. The outsole is integrated to the midsole which unlike other shoes is not flexible but adds cushioning and spring for when you take off. Those clouds and honeycomb design that you see on the soles of the shoes ensure the wear of your shoes. The upper is made with a lightweight microfiber 3D Air mesh ensuring breathability and coolness. When I tried it at first, the weight was obvious. It was light and I nearly wanted to go out into Bahnhofstrasse and start running towards the lake.

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Top 5 Summer Reads

This list consists of the books that I didn’t manage to read during the year as part of my goal and those that I want to try to see if I do like them or not

Reached by Ally Condie (Currently Reading)

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Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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The Death Cure by James Dashner

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Gone by G. M. Arnold

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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This list might look short but it definitely covers my entire summer vacation.

Wish me luck and happy reading everyone!

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth Book Review

I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last. -Four

It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review but it feels good to be back in the habit. I never really kicked the habit.

Allegiant is the third and final instalment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy. The alternating perspectives of Tris and Four continues as they leave their world and enter a new environment. The factions are forever eliminated but there are still those who will it back. However, Evelyn and the factionless continue to control everyone in order to keep this presumed peace. The Allegiant, a rebel group formed by Johanna, the former speaker of Amity and Cara, Will’s sister. Once the Allegiant have escaped the city, they are welcomed by an unfamiliar community who knows who they are and that they are coming. A new power struggle rises and it is the final sentence of what happens to the rest of their lives.

This trilogy required me to always look back to the final chapters of their predecessor in order to orient myself for the first chapter of the successor. For every key point of  this book, I keep looking up and remembering how it is the last book. I end up frustratingly thinking to myself repetitively, “How can this be the last book?,” and then continue to read the text. I felt like there aren’t enough pages for closure but it did. New questions pop up every now and then but it was not a let down at all. If you started, it’s best when you finish.

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The limestone ridge and the Tatzelwurm

Another trip with my hubby yesterday. It was a day trip to Aareschlucht which required a few train connections from Zürich, and a fair resistance to the heat after walking through the passage.

The Aareschlucht is a section of the river Aare passing through a limestone ridge near Meiringen. It is 1.4km long formed by glacial ice and water for over thousands of years. It has been accessible for more than a hundred years by a system of paths and tunnels.

Before the gorge was made accessible as it is today, Samuel Studer reported in 1814 about the Tatzelwurm. He said that people believed that this lizard-like monster was living in the gorge. Tales of mythical beasts like this cryptid surround the area among other European countries that makes this place much more lively.

Entering the dim-lit tunnels remind me of times when I would internally yell to the protagonist not to search for monsters alone or follow the creepy sound from wherever it came from. As soon as you exit a tunnel, you hear the sound of running water. Calm and tranquil.

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Thunersee

Thunersee

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Brienz

Brienz

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Brienz

Brienz

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Boat ride on the Lake of Thun

Boat ride on the Lake of Thun

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Underground cavern from WWII

Underground cavern from WWII

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