Winter
Snow landscape in tahoe

I'm not someone who deals very well in the snow. I don't deal well with the heat either to be quite honest.
But, I DO enjoy the cold. By cold, I mean anything from 0 to 15 degrees. I'm great. I probably don't need more than 2 layers. But when snow starts falling, well that's it.

Subzero temperatures are fine with me when nothing falls from the sky. Snow on the ground, sure its all good. Snow falling from the sky, my body goes - NOPE! I'm perfectly alright until it starts snowing or pouring rain. When that happens, I somehow ceases to function.

Unfortunately it was raining batshitcrazy the entire time I was in Tahoe, so I guess i didn't get the typical Tahoe experience; where people go skiing or snowboarding, since there was no way I could have done it in the massive rains with me being sick and all the flooding/ road closures :(
Still, it was an experience and a different sight from the rest of California in the winter.

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boats on lake tahoe in the winter

images and landscape of winter in tahoe
Tall trees and woods in lake tahoe winter
snow fails in lake tahoe

I guess there's always a next time for snow activities. Although to be quite honest, I don't actually feel like i miss out because im so much more of a sunshine girl. Ignorance is indeed a bliss here heh!

Losing to the snow in Tahoe

27 February 2017 Lake Tahoe, United States

Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever 
It is so hard to choose my favourite song from the Sound of Music Musical. I remember the first time watching it at twelve (or thirteen), and was obsessed with all the songs on it. Not to mention, Do-re-mi was sung to me multiple times when I was a baby. Also, Favourite Things is such an addictive song, (Told you I couldn't choose!) Naturally, I would put Salzburg on my list of cities in Europe to visit. Going to Salzburg in the winter means dealing with constant snow, and freezing temperatures. Regardless, it was a memorable 1.5 days spent in that lovely city.


On our first day in Salzburg, after settling in to our hostel, Jerald and I went to a few of the places that were recommended to us by the people in the hostel (apparently there was a route we could walk which had a few of the attractions related to the musical).
We hit up Mirabelplatz, headed past the famous bridge and towards the old town. The river was gorgeous especially with the fog above it. The snow meant that it was hard to take pictures, and everything was slightly foggy, but it made the river and the landscape appear so mystical!
That night, we went to the common room in the hostel and watched the sound of music musical. I was so happy they were playing it (they screening it every night!) I almost forgot how much I loved Julie Andrews before this trip!


On the second day, we decided to take the Sound of Music bus tour. It was actually just a usual hop on hop off tour, but we had the choice of tuning into a Sound of Music Channel.
The great thing about the hop-on-hop-off tour was that we could go to places further, that would have probably taken us forever to walk there in the snow.
We got to visit the compound where they filmed at for the garden of the VonTrapp Family house and the pond they fell in and all got drench.

As it was snowing pretty heavily, there weren't many people that got off the bus at each stop, that mean that we had the area to ourselves to explore.


Of all the places we visited my favourite was Petersfriedhof, the cemetery that inspired the cemetery scene in the Sound of Music. In my opinion, the cemetery looked a lot better in the snow that in would in the summer (base on pictures i've seen). Not to mention, there was a bakery nearby that had the most amazing home made bread for just 1 euro! It was such a treat.


I don't want to sound like a whiner, but my least favourite attraction was the Pavilion. It looked exactly like that in the film, but a MINI version. As I was walking and searching for the pavilion, I had this theory that i'd be able to dance in it like what they did in the musical when they sang "16 going on 17" - and that was my instagram photo idea - but alas, it was a small pavilion that was closed. You can imagine my disappointment after singing the song multiple times as I was walking there.
Jerald and I came to the conclusion that they couldn't have filmed it in this Pavilion, and it was a set.


If I were to be incredibly honest, at times, I did get annoyed by the weather. The snow was so heavy I felt a little under the weather (literally!) and my fingers and toes were freezing from the cold despite my boots and gloves. Especeially when we had to wait for the bus because they weren't always on time (sometimes early other times late). It was so unlike the musical! That is not to say I didnt enjoy myself, because I did! I loved seeing how the places is like covered in snow. I was imagining what it would be like if they filmed the musical in the snow. It would have been so enchanting.

The Hills~ Are Aliveeee, with the Sound of Musicccc~


Even though Salzburg was popularised by the Sound of Music Musical, I must say the city itself is incredibly beautiful in the winter. White horses trotting by (and we all know how much i LOVE that),  beautiful landscapes with the mountains, warm lights along the narrow streets of the old town, and mouth-watering food markets in the morning.
I would love to visit a city like Salzburg in the summer - it would be exactly like the musical. Still, an experience in the snow like this is not one that I would have ever experienced if I did not go on this trip, for that I have absolutely no regrets :)
Plus, since there weren't many people at the various points of attractions, I could belt out the sound of music songs and imagine I was in the winter version of the musical!

Have you watched The Sound of Music? Which winter-version-scene did you manage to recognise?

Experiencing Sound of Music in the Snow - Salzburg, Austria

27 February 2015 Salzburg, Austria


Do you wanna build a snowmannnnnnn!!!~
Or ride our bikes around the halls?~
I have this thing where I sing songs non-stop when I'm in a different city. It started of with sweater weather, and I go " 'Cause its to cooo-oo-oo-old oh oh, for me here, and now, so let me puuuut both my hands in the holes of my pocket." I'm one of those annoying people that have a terrible singing voice and yet enjoys changing the lyrics. I just realised I was probably really annoying seeing as I repeat the same line over and over and over again, as if its the only line from the song I know. There's a quirky traveling habit I have, please don't judge!

Anyway, if you don't know, this year is the first time i've seen and experienced the snow. First time EVER. In fact, it is the first time i've gone to a place where the temperature hits a single digit value! At 21 years of age, I FINALLY SAW SNOW. Time to cross that off my bucket list! I must say, I really do enjoy seeing snow on the ground, but I absolutely cannot stand having it fall all over my face, and eyes.
So on New Years Eve, I was ecstatic that there was snow on the ground, but none falling from the sky! Instead of doing what people typically do - going for parties and drinking the night away, I chose to make walk around a german market, observing kids run around and have snowball fights, trying (and failing) to have one with jerald, and drinking the best warm honey wine ever - IT WAS SO SO GOOD. It did not have too much of an alcoholic taste to it, but at the same time was not too sweet. I loved it!
After which, we went to the English Garden in Munich and I BUILT MY VERY FIRST SNOWMAN!!!


You know how kids get really excited when they see snow for the first time? Well that was me when I was building Mr Snowman (yes that is his name, even though it looks more like a boy than a mister).
Inititally, I thought i'd be really bad at building a snowman, I mean, you've got to like roll the snow into a ball, compact it, and make sure it looks like a ball all at the same time. I thought "Oh it's probably like rolling rice balls, or cookie dough." but no, it isn't! Regardless, I think Jerald and I did a pretty good job! Well, I did a better job because I made BOTH the head and the body and then proceeded to help with making the base.
But we'll give points to Jerald for sacrificing his scarf so that Mr Snowman doesn't look naked.


Whilst we were putting on the eyes for the snowman, a dog came running towards us (because we had food in our bags) and I remember protecting the snowman and making Jerald block the dog from toppling our snowman over. Dedication indeed.  The owners of the dog must be thinking "Whats up with this overly excited girl? It is JUST SNOW." Because they didn't seem to care too much that their dog was endangering the life of my snowman. It was not easy building it.
I think I'm being melodramatic again, aren't I?
It felt as though that snowman was my kid or something. I was so sad to leave it behind! The snowman is just too cute!

That's one of my new years eve stories for you. So glad I got to indulge in my inner child and build a snowman.  The only thing i've ever built successfully was a half falling sandcastle. Indeed 31st of December 2014 was a proud day for me - Cheap thrills and little achievements.


P.S. We did go and try to catch the fireworks at midnight, but everyone was out in the streets a little tipsy, and setting off their own fire works, there wasn't a fireworks show like how i'd expect it to normally be. I was so freaking scared of people lighting off their own fireworks and throwing bang snaps when there are people everywhere. I nearly went into a frenzy. I think it was the first time i've ever freaked out over something, and Jerald got really REALLY annoyed by my behaviour. The thing is, where I come from, fireworks aren't allowed, and neither are bang snaps. Truth be told, i'm really glad for that rule, because every time I hear one of those explosive sounds, I feel as though they'd hit right in my leg or blow up in my face! I can remember the fear up till now.
New year, New fear. Am I the only one? Or do you share this fear?

My First Snowman!

15 February 2015 English Garden, Munich, Germany

Leipzig StreetsLeipzig, Germany - A lovely city just 150km away from Berlin.
Stepping out of the Leipzig Central train station, I stepped right into a vibrant christmas market in the middle of the old town square. My first thought was "Oh my gosh it's so pretty!!" I spent the next 5 minutes looking up at the  building and admiring its architecture, while Jerald beckons for me to follow him, and I apologise to people no the streets for constantly knocking into people with my hand luggage.

Leipzig Side streetLeipzig Deutsche Bank ArchitectureLeipzig Commerzbank architecture

Leipzig has one of the most gorgeous looking Banks. Yes. BANKS. The architecture of the buildings were amazing. It reminded of how pretty banks in Paris with their huge gates. Cities like these with nice buildings even of common things like banks really get me.

Coming from Berlin, the architectural beauty was a fresh change. Streets were a lot narrower, but decorated with beautiful street lights and bursting with vibrance. Kids sipping on Kinderpunch (which I thought was mulled wine) and adults feasting on various german street food. Leipzig is less internationally acclaimed, not as well known, yet oozing with charm. It was a perfect transition city to spend a day or two in.

Leipzig Old Town HallOOTD Leipzig day 1OOTD Leipzig day 1

After leaving our bags in the hostel, we left to roam around the city (and get me my daily dose of bratwurst. When in Germany...) Instead of entering attractions, we spent our time walking around the streets, listening to children choirs (it was almost christmas!) visiting opened air shopping centres, discussed about the difference in the architecture in Leipzig and Berlin, wondering if Leipzig was part under capitalistic rule or the soviets, googling random information, eating various food items in the market, and trying not to be tempted to buy the lovely lamps and cute home decorative items that were being sold.

Leipzig Candles at Christmas MarketLeipzig Pottery Christmas MarketLive Sheeps in Leipzig
The thing that was most fascinating to me, was that they had a makeshift barn with figurines that represented the 3 wise men and REAL LIFE SHEEPS, right in the middle of the town square, in the christmas market.
I know, its way past christmas, but can we just take a moment to look at these cute sheep? Of course they were protected by a barricade and could go in and hide in the "house" if they didn't want to be stared / photographed by the overly excited tourist and locals.

Leipzig Bridge of SighsOOTD Leipzig day 1

Honestly, there weren't many tourists in Leipzig. Maybe other europeans / germans, but not too many asians. In fact, we only met 3 other asians the entire time we were there. Little kids who walked past Jerald and I were looking at us weirdly, or maybe they were just staring because clearly, we look different from the general population. It was an interesting observation we both made whilst discussing about the city over breakfast on the 2nd day.

Leipzig ChurchStatue of Musician Composer Bach Leipzig

All in all, it was a lovely, laid-back day in Leipzig. I'll recommend it to visitors who will be spending lots of time in Germany, or like us, wanted to go to another intermediate city before heading off to Prague.
What I wore
Grey Sweater: H&M
Scarf: Fendi
Coat: Coldwear
Maroon Jeans: Primark
Boots: Timberlands

Lovely Laid-back Leipzig, Germany

31 January 2015 Leipzig, Germany

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