Tulip Picking at Dam Square

Tulip Picking at Dam Square

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies.

Last Saturday it was the annual Tulip picking day at the Dam Square in Amsterdam. I had never been to this event but the lovely BF persuaded me to go. And I must say this did not disappoint and I really enjoyed being surrounded by all the flowers. The only thing I did not really enjoy was that it was so crowded. But what would do you expect, Saturday, Amsterdam and full of tourist!

We had to queue for about 15 minutes and afterwards we were handed a bag and free to roam the square full of tulips.  It was really fun picking your own selection of tulips and being the decisive gall that I am it took some time to find the perfect set of tulips.

Look at all the pretty Tulips and their vibrant colors so colorful and cheerful. They definitely brightened up that grey wintry day.

All in all I had a delightful day outside and was able to bring some of the colorful cheer back into my house.

Until next post friends.

XoXo

Kim

Top 5 Favorite Thumbs Blogposts of 2017

Top 5 Favorite Thumbs Blogposts of 2017

Hi Everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Continuing on my 2017 favorites post, I thought it would be fun to compile a Top Five overview of the most read posts of 2017.
I have created the overview and have added the links, if you would like to re-read them.  So if you are ready, let the countdown from number 5 to 1 start!

5 What I ate in Bali

4Thumbs nails of the month : KiKo Power Pro Nail Lacquer in 82

3Thumbs review: Starskin smoothing Bio-Cellulose second skin eye mask

2Starskin Hydrating Bio Cellulose second skin face mask review

 1 Thumbs review: Starskin Plumping & Hydrating Bio- Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask

 I really hope you enjoyed reading this overview as much as I loved going through the posts of 2017. It really seems you guys like reading about skincare ,so I might focus in the future on Skin Care. But who knows! It is a brand new year full of challenges.

2018 is going to kickass!

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

What I ate for lunch Saturday 

What I ate for lunch Saturday 

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

I could not resist sharing this quick little post of what I ate for lunch this Saturday. It was pretty dammn good!

Today I went out for lunch with my sister and my BF, and ordered this amazing  Avocado and Corn Brioche sandwich at the Thrill Grill in Haarlem ! It tasted so wonderful and creamy that I definitely order it again. The balance of sweet and soar was wonderful. To make my lunch complete I ordered a side of onion rings. Which was pretty delightful I might say!

Until next post friends!

XoXo 

Kim 

What I ate in Bali version 2.0

What I ate in Bali version 2.0

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Another trip to a far away country means another post filled with delicious new food to share. Ok Bali is not new to me anymore, yet my  love for food will never die. If you love food like I do, I believe it will be hard for you to look away and not continue reading. So read on and drown in all this yummy food goodness.

Asian

I finally had the opportunity to try out some new Indonesian dishes. Such as Sup Buntut a delicious Oxtail Soup. The meat fell straight of the bone and was so succulent and  the soup was really filling as it was filled with vegetables and served with rice, emping and pickled vegetables.

Another new dish I had the pleasure to try out at Honeybees restaurant,was Babi Guling. Now if you  like pork and crispy skin, you will love this. Eventhough I am not the biggest meat eater I really enjoyed it. This dish was served with some rice and some green vedge. I am unable to recollect what it was.

I was already familiar with different forms of rice porridge but I have never tried out the Indonesian version, the Bubur. OMG! I love this for breakfast, hell I would have this for dinner it is really delicious and nutritious. You eat this porridge with flaked chicken, spring onions, fried onions, ketchap and sambal. So delicious. You can really dress this porridge the way you want it. If you have an opportunity to try this dish I would recommend it.

The other Asian dishes I ate in Bali were , Soto Ajam,Nasi Istimewa, Beef BimiBap, Green Curry and Chicken Springrolls.  Even though the spring rolls were tasty I had a hard time locating the chicken. Just had to share that.

 

European

During my stay in Bali I had some European/Western dishes. I had a chicken burger  with fries and some Carbonara Fettucini with a garlic crostini.

 

Drinks

Besides drinking a lot of water I had some sneaky drinks. Boy did I enjoy drinking my Virgin Mojito next to the poolside. That drink was so refreshing and provided the necessary sugar rush for during the day. Also I thoroughly enjoyed having a nice fruit smoothie, being banana or strawberry.

 

Deserts

During my holiday I did not have a particular sweet tooth. However I had the pleasure to try two. One was a bread and butter pudding served with strawberry ice cream.

The second desert was mind blowing and so delicious.  Now let me tell you what this was. Sweet Potato Doughnuts with a caramel based sauce. This was so good and the portion size was just perfect. Now If I would know how to make these doughnuts I would definitely give it a try.

 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post as I have enjoyed sampling all this goodness.  If you have any recommendations of dishes I should have tried out in Bali or dishes I should try in the future please leave a comment.

Until next post friends!

XoXo,

Kim

 

What I got for Christmas 2017

What I got for Christmas 2017

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

I might be a little late posting this post ,but I really wanted to share what I got for Christmas 2017. I really love reading or seeing what people got for their Christmases, birthdays etc. Therefore I could not resist writing this post. I really got spoiled and received a lot of things that I asked for from Santa.

Curious about what I received? Continue reading and enjoy!

IKEA Gift Card 

I really can’t wait to start spending this Gift Card as I have seen a lot of things I want and need from IKEA.

Lush Twilight Shower Gel

In a previous post I have stated  my love for this shower gel. And as Lush only brings this out around the Christmas period I really wanted a backup!

Scarf

A navy blue Sea Salt Infinity Scarf. I love scarves and as it is going to get nippy coming week, this will be very useful.

Food Hamper 

Always useful! Who does not love a hamper full of Christmas snacks. This is love!

Amazon Gift Card

Love Amazon so this will come to use. I am sure I will spend it in a second.

Nespresso Innisia Coffee machine

Yeeh I finally have a George! Now I finally can be an adult and serve decent coffee when I have visitors. Whoop Whoop!

Coffee for the machine

Ofcourse George needs coffee capsules to make coffee. So I received 3 limited editions coffee capsules from Nespresso.

Philps Foam maker

To make the perfect Latte, I needed a Foam maker! And boy does this work. It is so satisfactory to see that troth created and tastes so good.

Prague Hat

Something to keep my head and ears warm when we get hit again by King Winter.

Continuing on my curiosity, what did you receive for Christmas? Pleas feel free and share what you received! If you are interested what I received last year? Please click here and continue reading.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

Shopping in Seminyak Village

Shopping in Seminyak Village

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

For todays post a little shopping session in Seminyak Village. I had not yet visited the city center of Seminyak and thought that I could not miss out on this experience.

As I usually have the tendency to walk the opposite direction of where I should be heading,I opted for the free of charge shuttle bus the hotel provided to get to said village. Yeap I am one of those lost causes who does not have any sense of direction. Turns out that during one of my walking sessions I was quite near to the village. But that is another point of discussion.  

Due to a slow start of the day and not booking my spot on the shuttle I left the hotel at 4 pm and arrived in the village 4.10 pm.  I was greeted by a lot of shops and the mall to my right hand side. As I was curious about the mall I first headed that direction. 

I was not overly impressed by the mall so I started browsing the streets. Getting ocasionally asked to take bike lessons, to which my reply was a sturdy but friendly ‘no’. So yes if you are in Bali be preparred to be asked those questions often.

Venturing outside the mall, finally had the expected outcome and resulted in some purchases. Exhausted and extremely thirsty of my trip, I treated myself to a coke at a tiny bistro before heading back to the hotel.

As you might see in the pictures below, the Balinese people in Seminyak are ready for Christmas. The trees in the mall and in the village are lit up so beautifully. I could not resist putting in some pics of those.

Overall I can say I enjoyed my outing to Seminyak Village.  For cheaper shopping options the locals recommended to shop in Kuta. So guys if you are in the Kuta area, and interested in cheaper deals head over there. I don’t know if I would go there as I heard Kuta is very  crowded. Something I personally don’t like.

So finishing on some recommendations and preferences concludes this blogpost.Let me know if you would like to see a haul related to my shopping spree!

Until next post friends 😁!

XoXo

Kim

Lembongan Island Day Trip

Lembongan Island Day Trip

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies, 

A new day, a new adventure! Todays post is about my day trip to Lembongan Island.

The day started bright and early at 6.30 AM, and because of this it felt like a normal working day waking up that early. Once I survived the screeches of the alarm, I started to get ready for my day. Starting with a lovely refresshing shower and a hearty breakfast.

Our pickup was at 8 in the morning and we headed of to the harbour of Sanur. Arriving there we wrote our name on a check in list and waited about a 30 minutes until departure, in a make shift terminal with wooden benches. It really had its charm.

We had had the Fasboat to the island of Lembongan. And boy did this boat go quick!  You were really thrown back into your seat once they cast out the 6 engines.

A brief 30 minutes later, we arrived to the island. Where we were welcomed by clear white sands  and such clear and blue water.  You could see the bottom of the ocean and the sea crabs playing on the rocks. At that moment it reallt felt like you were on one of the islands of the gods and it was mind blowing. 

After departing the boat and landing thigh high in water we met up with our host on the island. This was the brother of the driver who brought us to the harbour of Sanur. To be honest everybody in Bali is a friend or family member. Something which is not very common in the Netherlands. 

We had an action filled drive to Mangrove Beach, where we booked our  snorkeling trip. We settled on a trip where we would visit one snorkel location with a lot of coral. In some ways I was not overly impressed with this coral. In Egypt I saw more stunning coral. However it might have been caused by the lighting. Plus I heared I missed out on one site which had very nice coral, because I was recovering on board. 

Eventhough we did not pay for this,  our skipper on board was so kind to show us another site where we saw  a lot of big and little fish. And yeeh I found Nemo!  And in the end more Nemo’s and Dorry’s. I really loved that!

Overall this boat trip did not disapoint. You get such a different feeling on Lembongan Island than the island of Bali. The sea is more blue, more sealife the beaches more white and clean. I would def recommend going to the islands than staying on the island of Bali.

A tip I would like to give you,  if you book  a trip not via your agency  is do your research before hand.   Such as how much certain activities, food and an extra nights stay would cost. So you will not be disapointed in the end by unexpected costs,  which might dampen your spirits on holiday. Also always try to bring extra cash with you in case of an emergency.

Curious about how I spent another day in Bali, click on the post ” An excursion day in Bali” in the Travel category. 
As always I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to leave a comment.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

An excursion day in Bali

An excursion day in Bali

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

I have been in Bali for 5 days, and I must say I am taking things lovely and slow. Four out of five days have been spend mooching by the pool, reading, swimming and enjoying the rays of sunshine. 

Eventhough it is the rainy season I must say the majority of the days have been dry however very humid. But I cannot complain about this as it is currently very cold and snowy in the Netherlands.

Therefore you will be all very pleased that todays post is not to describe what I have not been doing, but what I did in Bali. 

I booked with another couple a private tour to visit some places in the North of Bali. And have listed them below for your reading entertainment. 

Jaliwatuh – When visiting Bali it is enivitable not to visit the rice fields. You are being surounded by the teraces and a lot of green. I saw the rice destinated for Bali and for Thailand use. It is very peaceful to walk around these fields and check out all the greenery surounding you.

Local Fruit Market – Seeing all the fruit and spices layed out, was like seeing a beautiful canvas. All those colors work so well together.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan – Currently this is still my favorite temple in Bali. It is so beautiful and peaceful at this temple. The temple is surounded by a beautiful lake. If you are in Bali I would definitely recommend visiting this temple.

Coffee Farm – I must say this was the nicest coffee farm I have visited in Bali. And experienced my first tasting of the Luwak coffee. 

Monkey Forest– Unfortunately I am not sure where this forest was. All I know is that I did not enjoy this one as much as the Ubud one. I found this one very commercial as there were shops on the premises and the tour was very short. I must confess I did enjoy feeding the monkey. I always thought these monkies were quite hostile but the one I fed was very sweet. And that little hand of the monkey felt so soft.

Tanah Lot – This temple was one of my main reasons to return to Bali. I was really curious about the unique positioning of the temple, as the temple is build on a giant rock. Also you can experience a beautiful sunset if you are lucky. I must say it did not disapoint.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you are curious about my other posts feel free to browse around.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

Flying back to Bali  (Guess who is going to be back in town)

Flying back to Bali  (Guess who is going to be back in town)

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Yesterday on the 6th of December I started my 16.5 hrs journey back to the Island of the gods, a.k.a.Bali. Eventhough the conditions on Bali have been restless due to the volcanic activity,  I still wanted to bring you along on my journey. 

I personally did not want to play a tourist who is just a curiosity seaker when something would happen to the volcano.

However the local people in Bali,  are being hit very hard due to this volcanic activity. If this activity would continue it would look like 70% of the people working,  will lose their jobs due to this volcanic activity. So they  really need the money. And that being said was also a reason for me to go.

Also the Dutch government did not issue a warning not to go to Bali. They only cautioned not to go the direct area of the Volcano Agung. So that being said lets continue on with this post.

I had an evening flight which left at 20.55 from Amsterdam to Singapore. Ofcourse I was at the airport 4 hrs in advance. As courtesy of the parents 😉.  God love them for bringing me to the airport, as I would say I was a bit nervous/ anxious to take this flight. After having a coffee I sad goodby to my parents and headed of to customs.

Customs went very smooth, even though I heard some swearing from the local officers because people did not remove their liquids.

After customs, I settled for some light retail therapy. And I would say the only part of my body that got excersise that day was my right arm swiping my card. Ofcourse I had to visit the MAC counter and caved into buying my favorite concealer, strobe cream and fixing spray. Neccesities in live right?

After the mandatory excersise, my stomach went on strike and demanded food. I felt considerate to said stomach and soothed my craving with  some Ramen. Which resulted in salt overload and humungous thirst. Very uncomfortable on a 16.5 hr flight. All though I must say KLM staff were making the effort on hydrating us frequently. Cuddos on them. However that meant I had to get way to familiar with one of my main phobias in live, TOILETS. Not just toilets, but airplane toilets. Getting to TMI here, I know lets continue.

 I arrived at gate just on time for boarding and was pleased that I did not have to the Home Alone airport run. Yeeh team me!  

Eventhoug all passengers were on board on time, the flight got delayed due to the avio bridge being broken, o well there are worse things.

Generaly the flight was ok there were some cases of  turbulence but survived by trying to fake my way through these incidents by sleeping and being master Shivu. The word inner peace came across a lot.

During the flight  I had  3 meals  which were all ( claimed) Vegan. And I must say compared to the other flight to Bali this was the better meal.

Dinner on 6 December was a Vegetarian falafel in a bell pepper sauce, some vedge and fruit. 

Breakfast was Something Provincial. You can see that this breakfast  totally grabbed me. Hooray for sarcasme. A bun, butter coconut yoghurt and fruit. Must say my pallette did agree with the coconut yoghurt. Never had that before

The last dinner on 7 December from Singapore  to Bali,  contained a Polenta meal. All though must say they served it with some dodgy pasta  and lettuce leaves. Desert containt out of some Tapioca pudding and red beans.

So the flight time from Amsterdam  to Singapore  was 12 hrs and 50 min and from Singapore  Bali it took 2 hrs and 30 mins or so.  However calculating the lay over time it was about 16.50 hrs.

So I don’t have any exciting photos from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, however made some pics in  the plane, coming inbound and outbound from Singapore

I hope you are all excited for the coming posts from Bali and hope to see you back soon

Until next post friends,

XoXo

Kim

Thumbs November Favorites

Thumbs November Favorites

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Another month has past and we have arrived to the last and most festive month of the year, December! That means it is time to share some of my November favorites! Envision a Drum roll in the background when you start reading this post and lets get through these faves 😃!

Favorites

Beauty Blender – I really  underestimated the power of the real Beauty Blender. Applying foundation with a Blender takes away so much hastle. Plus the overall skin finish looks so much better than when I apply foundation with a brush!

Lush Twilight Shower Gel – If you love the Twilight Bath Bomb you will love this! This is a great alternative if you don’t have a bath to enjoy. Please Lush! Bring this product  out all year.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion – Another Lush product in the mix. This pairs so well with the Twilight Shower Gel. Now I only had the sample of this product, however I did experience a great nights rest. So I am really hoping Santa is getting this for me for Christmas😉.

MAC Soft and Gentle Highlighter – A cult favorite from MAC. But yeah just have been levitating to this highlighter of late. It just gives a great sheen to the skin.

MAC Prepp and Prime fixing spray – Just repurchased this one at the airport, as I could not live without this product. Your makeup does looks better and stays on longer.

Loreal Matt Lip Laquer in 102 – I just love this red colour and when I wear this lippy I get a lot of compliments from friends and family.  Currently this is one of my go to lip products.

Douglass Light as Air Optimal Skin Hydration  Mask –  If you want your face feeling as soft as a baby butt, you really need to try this product. Your face feels so hydrated after application.  

Vaess Xenos – I just love this Vaess it is sturdy, and  has a beautifull minty green colour. Also this vaess compliments flowers so well.

Faux Christmas flowers Xenos – These Roses give such a cozy / wintery feel in the house. Just love the fake snow on them. Also the silver branches just compliment them so well.

Christmas Ornaments – I bought these Cinderella Ornaments in October in a garden center. They are a bit OTT but I really like them and they go very well in my Christmas  Trea.

Unfavorite

Superdrug nose strip. The only question I have after using his product is: Does this work for anyone ? This nose strip did not do anything for me. I really took my Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass to try some sort of evidence that stuff got removed from my nose. However this was not the case. Really disappointed with the outcome of this product.

As it is now December I am not sure I will write a December favorites post. However this might be replaced  by the yearly faves. Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed reading this post and as always feel free to leave a comment😀.

Until next post friends

XoXo

Kim