Free Alternative Berlin Tour

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There are many walking tours of Berlin, from your usual tours to pub crawls and the underground clubbing scene. One tour that I can recommend for people who are interested in street art and alternative lifestyle is the Alternative Berlin Tour. You will learn to decode the graffiti you see all over the place (I gained a new appreciation for their artistry and the story that the graffiti artists tell in their own unique styles), learn about people who choose to live in squat houses and if you are [read more]

TRAVEL DIARIES: Asia Hitlist

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One of the things I loved about living in Asia is how easy and affordable it is to travel to many Asia-Pacific destinations and how diverse the cultures and attractions are. With a few minutes of googling and planning, plane fares can be had for as little as a few dollars and nice, clean hotels can be found. Seriously! When we were based in Jakarta we wanted to travel a lot on a limited budget so we would book flights a year ahead so we could take advantage of promos, like 10,000 Rupiah flights, [read more]

25 Years after the Fall of the Wall

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This weekend was very exciting for us because it was the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the WAll (hashtag: #FOTW25) and Berlin, with the rest of the world, was celebrating in a big way with so many meaningful activities. We feel very lucky to be in Berlin and be able to celebrate such a important part of world history in the very city where it happened. Lichtgrenze or Border of Light Situated right in the heart of the city this unique and arresting light installation will trace a circa 15 [read more]

BERLIN BITES: Königliche Gartenakademie

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The Koenigliche Gartenakademie or Royal Garden Academy in Berlin is the product of a dream and a lot of handwork against many odds of its award-winning founders, Gabriella Pape and plant doctor Isabelle Van Groeningen. I learned about the Royal Garden Academy when we visited for a talk and tea with the my Antiques, Gardens and Palaces group in the Willkommen in Berlin Club. I was about to give up on my little balcony garden that was dying because of aphids. Because of the talk of Isabelle Van [read more]

BERLIN BITES: Neni Berlin Restaurant

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The NENI Berlin is a culinary mosaic of Persian, Russian, Arabic, Moroccan, Turkish, Spanish, German and Austrian influences. The concept of Haya Molcho is that everyone is able to try a little of everything, and pots and pans are taken from the kitchen and placed directly on the table without any airs or graces. In the 10th Floor you can enjoy the varied cuisine and panoramic views of Berlin and the Tiergarten. I am currently obsessed with NENI Berlin. It's a super hip restaurant on top of the [read more]

JAKARTA EATS: Social House

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This is our favorite restaurant in Jakarta and is the one we frequent the most. It's our favourite place for brunch (the eggs benedict are arguably the best in the city) and it is also a fail-proof place to take visitors from out of town, because there is something for every taste, the staff speaks English, service is relatively good, the ambiance, fresh interior design and music cannot be beat. Oh and they serve pork. Big plus. The smoking area looks out to the Bundaran HI.  Social [read more]

TRAVEL DIARIES: Lunch at Schloss Moritzburg

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If you are Dresden or in the area of Saxony, I highly recommend a visit to the Moritzburg Castle which was once the hunting lodge of August der Stark or August the Strong, who was the Elector of Saxony and the King of Poland among his many other titles. This hunting lodge is really more like a hunting castle than anything. It is so huge with very masculine touches. Theres is an impressive man-made lake around it that is teaming with duck and fish. We decided to have lunch here during our stay in [read more]

BERLIN FINDS: Dong Xuan Center

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As an Asian in Berlin, Dong Xuan Center is a good place to know about for Asian shopping and food fix.  It s composed of several halls that are crammed full of Asia-made products. I can't say they are high quality, but there are several reasons I think this Vietnamese Market is worth going to all the way in Mitte for. image via 1. Authentic Vietnamese food. Seriously yummy and cheap. The Bun Cha was amaaaaazing. Wrap some pork BBQ, noodles and herbs in lettuce and dunk into that [read more]

Luxe Man Cave Makeover

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I was recently asked to join the fun "Man Cave Makeover" campaign of Man Crates, a new company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates that he has to open with a crowbar. Very cool. Though I am not compensated for this post, I thought the idea of decorating a man cave in our own, mine and TD's, personal style would be fun. I asked my husband for his wish list and came up with this post. My husband. TD, agreed that if he were to have a man cave, in the distant future he [read more]

Spanish Speaking Dentist Sonri Conmigo

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For Spanish speakers in Berlin who are looking for a dentist, this post is for you! Deutsch speakers are welcome too! I wanted to feature this clinic because of how lovely and light the office felt with tons of personality and quirky touches. I also loved that they had a cappuccino-maker and soda water maker. I dread visits to the dentists, so details like this entertain and distract me from the upcoming pain.  Like most of my doctors in Berlin, the clinic is in an AltBau, usually around [read more]

How to Incorporate a TV into your Photo Wall

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You guys know I love a good photo wall. Photo walls are an affordable yet beautiful way to personalise our space. My last project was the wall behind our bedroom TV and my objective was to incorporate the TV into the photo wall. Photo Walls or Gallery walls are a lovely way to display  cherished possessions and memories and to personalise your space. Because I wanted to make the entire media wall into a photo wall, it was  important to me to make it into a functional space for our gadgets [read more]

Meeting Merkel at the Federal Chancellery

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Our club, the Willkommen in Berlin, had the fortune to be invited by Angela Merkel to the Federal Chancellery. She welcomed us personally and took a group photo with us (one of the most thrilling experiences I have had by far). Then we were given a tour of the beautifully designed and very modern Federal Chancellery. Afterwards we were treated to coffee and a Q&A with the State Secretary. This is a photoblog of the experience. Feel free to ask me questions on the comments after. We were [read more]

TRAVEL DIARIES: Prince Pückler’s Branitzer Park and Palace

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When we arrived in Branitzer Park we were first welcomed by his heir, Count Pückler, who came all the way from Hamburg to greet our group in the Willkommen in Berlin (Antiques, Palaces and Gardens). He told us all about how his family lost their land, but later on were allowed to by back a piece of the land so that they could build a small cottage near the Schloss or Palace. He was very charming and was nice enough to let us take a photo with him. Hermann Prince von Pückler-Muskau [read more]

Hotel De Rome Tour and Luxurious Design

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At the end of our Willkommen in Berlin club year, the group leaders of the Dinner is Served Group organized an event with Hotel de Rome on their beautiful rooftop bar. This is a photoblog of that lovely event, where we enjoyed Aperol Spritz and delicious hors d'oeuvre on a glorious sunny day. After we were treated to a tour of the hotel learned about it's interesting history (it was previously a bank). Though the structure is old, the hotel has very modern amenities. The designers of the hotel [read more]

Tala Ocampo Coaching and Training

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Tala Ocampo is an Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. She has a registered coaching practice based in Singapore and she is also my best friend since 5th grade. I am writing about her because I was able to sample her coaching during a difficult time in my life. I know what you are thinking...Why ask her to coach me when she is my best friend and I can ask her for advice any time?  Talking to a friend is different from a coach Friends and family have good [read more]

TRAVEL DIARIES: Schloss Seehof

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A schloss is a palace or a castle and there are many in Germany. Some are modest, yet some are grand. One of the grandest I've seen is Schloss Seehof which is in South Germany. Because it is in Memmelsdorf in Franconian Tuscany, or right in front of Bamberg, we drop by before heading home to Berlin from Bamberg. We walked around enjoy the sun, the gardens and the water cascades. They have tours inside the beautiful rooms for a small cost (I can't recall if it was 4 or 8 Euros per person) and it [read more]

BERLIN BITES: California Breakfast Slam Apparition Pancakes

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So I've craved for a huge American-style breakfast for a few weeks now...MmMmMmmm big fluffy pancaaaaaakes where aaaare youuuuu?!? Brunch is a big deal in Berlin, not surprisingly because the big clubbing culture leads to hangovers and late ravenous breakfasts, which also becomes lunch. I find that most brunch fares are...well... European. I love the delicious cheeses, cold cuts and freshly baked bread, but sometimes I just need an artery-clogging big American breakfast. After some obsessive [read more]

TRAVEL DIARIES: Metzingen Outlet City

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If you find  yourself in Stuttgart, I highly recommend making a detour and visiting Metzingen Outlet City. These aren't your usual size outlet stores, because most of the brands have their own huge multi-level building. But you don't have to be a high end branded shopper to appreciate this place - though if you loved Burberry, Prada, Escada, Zegna, Jimmy Choo, DVF etc. I am sure you will be in heaven - because the architecture and space is beautiful. There is delicious local wine and food to be [read more]

Grün Ohr Vegetarian Cupcakes

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I love cupcakes. So much so that I learned to bake my own in our last post because I couldn't find cupcakes that were moist and delicious. I am happy to say that I've found an amazing cupcake cafe here in Berlin.  Not too sweet vegetarian cupcakes and super cute girlie pretty interiors. It's like your in cupcake land.  I cannot believe that is all veggie inside. This is great for vegetarians out there. And cupcakes are made fresh in smaller batches. You can feel the love that goes in each [read more]

POKKETMIXER Giveaway Winner

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Hello everyone! I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long for the announcement. I had to go through hundreds and hundreds of entries to verify that tweets were tweeted, profiles followed, pages liked and comments made. In the end we had a total of 440 entries from 55 entrants and I picked the winner out via random.org. The turn-out was amazing. Thank you to everyone who joined the #POKKETMIXERgiveaway! POKKETMIXER Discount Coupon I have some more good news from POKKETMIXER! For those who [read more]