I thought I’d come back here sooner, but it was just impossible. The end of 2016 was hectic for me, but the good news is that I survived and I’m starting off this year with a lot of energy, optimism and new ideas. I’m so sure this is going to be a good year!
I’ll continue with the list and the stories I began to publish In December but first I have to announce that the gloves I posted about earlier no longer exist. Matsu probably thought that after she found my glove at the park that night it immediately meant that it belonged to her and, one day, when I was cooking, I heard some weird noise in my room… When I went to check, it was already too late. She had destroyed it and the only thing I could do was to take the broom and clean up the tiny wool bits from the floor :-(.
Now I’m in the look for a new pair of gloves, not any pair of gloves, but the right one, like the one I used to have. If you have any ideas on where I could buy a nice -preferably handmade- pair of gloves, please leave a comment below.
Back to the list.
My yellow hat
Place of origin: Ubud, Indonesia.
I’ve had this hat for 7 years now. I’ve had a couple of others during this time, but this is by far THE BEST HAT EVER. When I bought it -just across the street where the monkeys’ park is in Ubud- I just got it because I really needed a hat at that moment. It was very hot and sunny and since my skin is very sensitive I always have to protect it from the sun. I have no idea why on earth I went on holidays to Bali without packing a hat! But that was just the situation I was in.
Later on I realized what a good hat this one was! This yellow hat -now discolored and worn out- is light, comfortable, foldable, and gives my face, ears and neck a wide, generous shade. It has been perfect for taking it on all my trips around the world. I think I have pictures with me wearing it in all the countries I visited since 2010! It usually is one of the first things I pack.
I’ve nearly lost it a few times too and it has many stories. It has also had different uses depending on the circumstances: bag, fan, water bucket, sitting pad, etc. It’s just one of those things that is great to have in your luggage or pocket when you are on the road.
My blue leather jacket
Place of origin: Barcelona, Spain.
First of all, I’d like to clarify that at this point of my life I wouldn’t buy a brand new leather jacket. I did before though, when I was in high school, but back then I was a completely different person.
Now I don’t want to support the production of these kind of garments and I don’t like to promote the fashion industry either —please take the time to watch this documentary. This is why I prefer to purchase my clothes at op shops or vintage stores. And this is why I also love swapping clothes with friends and family.
I found this jacket at an op shop in Barcelona. I saw it, I tried it on and it fitted me perfectly —and it cost me only a tenth of the original price! (this is another advantage of reusing and recycling stuff).
I love the design and it’s VERY comfortable. It’s great quality, and I’m sure it will last forever. If the weather wasn’t so cold these days I think I’d wear it every single day.
My bamboo whisk (chasen)
Place of origin: Taipei, Taiwan.
I love matcha. And I have loads of good memories around drinking it or eating dishes with matcha in Japan and Taiwan too. I don’t remember the first time I tried it though. It might have been at a matcha-themed restaurant in Taipei where I went with my classmates some years ago when I was just starting to learn Mandarin. That’s the first appearance of matcha in my memory anyways.
After that, I just see myself drinking cups of matcha and having matcha ice cream and desserts in many different occasions, all of which, I must say, were joyful occasions.
This chasen came to my hands thanks to a dear friend who kindly looked for it in Taipei after I asked her to get it for me when I couldn’t find a good -and reasonably priced- one in Madrid. She then sent it to me with another friend who was traveling to Madrid. I know! It was a huge favor to ask! But believe me, you can’t prepare a good cup of matcha without it.
Besides drinking matcha regularly, I’m also developing recipes that include it as an ingredient. I’ll be sharing some here soon.