Month: April 2019

Last night, we made dumplings

Last night, we made dumplings

We don’t only go to restaurants or order takeout … sometimes we also work hard for our food. Yesterday, we went to a friend’s house to make dumplings. April had already gotten the dough from the fresh market and prepared the filling before we arrived. I think the filling was made out of chicken, cabbage, spring onions, ginger and some spices.

So to be exact, we didn’t really make dumplings, just stuffed the filling into the wrappers 🙂

My technique still needs some work, but we had fun and they tasted really good – both boiled and pan fried. Great Chinese-Malay-Luxembourgish-Canadian-German cooperation for sure!

Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town

In the beginning of last week, I went on a 2-day business trip to Wuzhen. Wuzhen is a beautiful, ancient water town about 2 hours away from Shanghai. It was built over 1,300 years ago but I think most of it has been restored and renovated rather recently.

While we had meetings during the day, I got a few pictures at twilight on the way to dinner. Afterwards, I wandered around for another hour. Everything was lit up and it looked really beautiful.

In order to see more of the town, I got up early the next morning so I could go for a walk before the next round of meetings. It was so worth it because at 7am everything was so peaceful and quiet. There were hardly any people around so I could take lots of pretty pictures. I really couldn’t get enough, so here is way too many of them:

Most of the town is really touristy with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops selling junk. When we left, there were loads of tour buses and cars parked outside, so I can only imagine how crazy it must be on weekends.

In the late evening and early in the morning it was easy to forget that this is a tourist hot spot. I was really lucky I got enjoy the beauty of the place without many people around and had nice weather as well 🙂

Long Weekend Birthday fun

Long Weekend Birthday fun

Last Friday, it was Qingming Festival, which meant a 3 day weekend for us! This was the first time we stayed in Shanghai for a holiday, but we had just as much, or even more, fun. Sunday was Thorben’s birthday (32 – getting old 😉 ) and we pretty much celebrated all weekend.

The weekend was off to a good start with “Social Retox after Dark” on Thursday night at the W. It’s a monthly night brunch they’re doing with free flow drinks. The food was delicious and it was a fun night.

Friday, we tried out a new spot for lunch and had yummy southeast Asian food and then checked out the largest Starbucks in the world, which opened in Shanghai a while ago. It’s huge and filled with tourists/people but it was still pretty cool to go see it once 🙂

For the exercise part of the weekend, we helped 2 of our friends move that day and then had a poker night at our place. Saturday night, we went to “The Big Fat Sober Party” – a cool event with food, mocktails and stand up comedy.

For Thorben’s actual birthday on Sunday, we had a big brunch with almost 30 people and then enjoyed the great weather at a park – it was sunny and 28 degrees 🙂

Overall, a fantastic, sunny, friend, food, and fun filled weekend!

Cherry Blossoms at Gucun Park

Cherry Blossoms at Gucun Park

It’s officially spring! Trees and flowers are blooming everywhere and it’s finally getting warm again. On Sunday, it was sunny and the sky was blue, so while Thorben played archery, I headed to Gucun Park with friends to see some cherry blossoms.

Gucun park is a big park, pretty far away from the city center. It took me about an hour each way but it was so worth it because they have the most cherry blossoms of any park in Shanghai. I read somewhere they have more than 12,000 cherry trees! I don’t know how much of it we covered because the park is huge, but in any case, it was just a sea of blossoms, truly stunning. Last weekend, the trees were in full bloom, so it was really busy there, but with some strategic photo taking, you can barely tell 😉

Birthday Surprise Trip

Birthday Surprise Trip

My mom turned 60 on March 20, so I flew to Germany for a week to surprise her. I arrived the morning of her birthday and she was definitely surprised, just ask our neighbor, who heard her scream 😉

We had a great day together with – in this order – champagne, breakfast, an afternoon at the spa, more champagne and dinner with my sister and Frank. Of course it also included my traditional first food of every Germany trip – a Butterbrezel. Besides celebrating my mom, I spent some quality family time with everyone and we went to Rebengluehen, a cool wine event from our local wineries, where we hiked through the vineyards while sipping wine.

Here are some pictures from the trip, including pretty German buildings and churches and beautiful German food. The pink dwarf is Karl, the mascot of BUGA, the Federal German Garden Show, which is happening 20 minutes away from our village this year! Hopefully I can visit it during my next trip.