Now I have to take Matsu to the park before she drives me crazy, so I’ll leave it here. Enjoy!
My colourful sarong
Place of origin: Kuta, Indonesia.
Kuta is probably one of the most forgettable places we visited in Bali and, sadly, it was the first one. We landed in Denpasar International Airport VERY late at night on one of those cheap flights from Singapore and then, ONLY then, we started asking around for accommodation —I can’t believe we didn’t bother to book something beforehand! We ended up staying at a lousy room for two nights and spent the days at the beach.
It was at the beach that I bought the sarong. At first, I just thought I’d use it to replace a huge beach towel I was carrying around, but it turned out to be so much more. In eight years, my sarong has double as blanket, bed sheet, curtain, tablecloth, makeshift changing room, cushion, pillow, towel, bindle, sunshade, yoga mat, umbrella, skirt, and many other things —I could keep going forever.
No matter where I’m travelling or what the weather will be like, I always pack it, and I always use it. It’s one of those things that you would never regret taking with you. It’s light, it uses very little space in your luggage and it’s 100% guaranteed that it will come in handy.
My Japanese mortar and pestle (suribachi and surikogi)
Place of origin: Madrid, Spain.
Those who know me and those who have been to my cooking workshops know that I like old-school cooking techniques and tools. I always prefer knife chopping, cutting and slicing over the use of a food processor, and I also prefer grinding and crushing spices with mortar and pestle over electric devices.
But, at some point, I learnt that the mortar and pestle I own wouldn’t work so well for small seeds, and that wasn’t big enough for the mixes I wanted to make either; so I began the search for a suribachi and surikogi.
It wasn’t easy to find it in this city, but I eventually succeeded; and, to my luck, my mom was with me at that moment and she offered to buy it for me. It was a happy day :-).
I’ll be sharing some recipes where I use this tool on “in the kitchen” very soon.
Place of origin: Taipei, Taiwan.
I love reading, and every time I move to a new place, a new city, or a new country, there comes the time when I have to part with my books.
I’ve just counted them. So far, I’ve moved 14 times.
When we were about to leave Taiwan, R realised that I was in urgent need of an e-reader. After doing some research, we decided to get me a Kindle, the basic one, which is just what I needed: it’s light, the battery lasts for very long, the screen doesn’t make my eyes tired, and I can keep a huge bookshelf in it. It’s perfect!
And now is even more so. A few weeks back I joined an English reading club here in Madrid, and since I don’t want to waste my time walking the streets looking for specific English-print books, I’m just getting digital versions from the comfort of my living room/ office/ guest room/ Matsu’s favourite room.
My sacred geometry pendant
Place of origin: Olmué, Chile.
If someone gives you something called “the seed of life” it can only be good, or at least that’s what I thought when my friend visited me last year and gave me this pendant. I didn’t know anything about sacred geometry, but it was love at first sight. She had brought me a bunch of other presents from Chile, however, this one was surely my favourite one.
I wear it almost every day, and not only because it’s beautiful, but also because it feels great. It has become a lucky charm for me and it might sound silly -especially because I’ve never believed in such things- but I truly feel that it gives me strength, and that it’s got to do with some of the good things that have been happening in my life in the last few months. Not that I haven’t worked for them, but I feel that it’s helped me to attract the right kind of energy.
Most people who have seen me wearing it have complimented it as a piece of jewellery, which I also think it is, but I wish I could give each of them one of these to experience what I have experienced.