Weekly Wrap Ups

Sunshine and Smiles in Lisbon: Weekly Wrap Up #3

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog Tea and Paperbacks! Sorry for sporadically posting these past few weeks and missing two weeks of Weekly Wrap Ups, but here I am, back again with a new post!

On a long weekend last week I went to Lisbon, Portugal for the first time. And I had an amazing time! Coming from Holland’s 10-ish centigrade, rainy and gloomy weather, Lisbon was bright and full of sunshine, clear blue skies, and lovely breeze.

Jeronimos Monastery

Lovely building, old and very beautiful inside. I wished there were more guide and information about the history, maybe an audio guide would be even better, but merely looking around the monastery was wonderful.

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Castelo De Sao Jorge

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This was a castle made during the war above a hill, not made for the place to live of royals as castles usually are, but for a tower and a sort of fortress to defend the country from enemies as it is possible for them to see ships coming through the Tagus river from afar. It’s again, an old and wonderful cluster of buildings, and the weather was so sunny to look around. There was also an archeological site and the results of those findings were showcased in a small but nice museum in that area as well.

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Amalfa District

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Located near the castle, this district is probably my favourite part of the city. You can have a wonderful view of the river with the classical photogenic rooftops and houses of Portugal, as well as a glimpse of the Sao Jorge castle. Not to mention the cafes nearby let you enjoy some cakes while watching the view, and also watching the famous old trams of Lisbon pass by.

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Sightseeing in General!

So many other historical places and buildings are scattered around the city. The main city center is filled with churches, statues, arcs and squares. As per usual, my mom and I went on Rick Steve’s walking tour audio guide, which walks us through a lot of historical places, including funiculars, a lovely pastry shop, and loads of history.

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Museums: Azulejo Museum and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

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We only went to two museums in this trip. The first one is a tile museum, because Lisbon is known to produce various colored tiles and place them on their walls, which is gorgeous to look at. The Azulejo Museum showcased that beautifully, with even a small chapel that’s so grand and amazing to look at. The other museum we visited is an art and painting museum filled with beautiful artwork, and located in a lovely garden with lots of ducks and turtles! We also followed a guided tour there, with a very informative guide that made the visit even better.

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National Monument of Discovery

We only took pictures from this large piece of monument from afar, but we also had frozen yogurt and enjoyed the sunshine near the Tagus river!

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The Foooooood!

Pastel de Nata is sweet, crunchy, and heavenly, and I ate them for four days in a row and I’m still hungry for more. The coffee there was also really nice, and so are the wine. Of course we tried the sausage, the sardines, the fish pate for our light lunch together with a baguette, the codfish (as a soup), the veal (steak, with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, delicious!), and of course, the port! Such awesome food.

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Those were the things I did and explored and visited and ate in Lisbon! I looove traveling and it really opens up my eyes with the culture and history of the world. I can’t wait to go to other cities in Europe while I still can.

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Bye from me!

Check out my other traveling fun on my previous posts too! Let me know your favourite cities in Europe, and if you’ve ever been to Lisbon as well. Till next time everyone!

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Movies, Glasses, and Chillin’: Weekly Wrap Up #2

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! I’m Ayunda, and in this post I’d like to say, happy weekend, and how has your week been? Today I’d like to post my weekly wrap up earlier because I’ll be away from my house all day tomorrow. It’ll be a quite eventful day tomorrow, but I’ll include that in my next weekly wrap up instead. Anyway, let’s get on with it!

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On the bookish side of life, this week I have been reading tons. I finished Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, which was my plan from last week. I really really enjoyed this murder mystery novel. I’ve heard so many good things about it and it truly explains why so many people admire and love Agatha Christie so much. She really does make amazing mystery stories that are totally unsolvable. Now I cannot wait to watch the movie!!!

I haven’t written my full-length review of this book yet. But be sure to add me as a friend on Goodreads so that when I do write it, you’ll know and be able to read it right away on my Goodreads.

Another book I’ve been burying my nose in is Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch, which I’ve already started since last week. It’s also a sort of mystery novel revolving around a writer, Mr. M, and a mysterious person writing this book to him, and this writer seems very creepy and scary, and I have been super into the story so far. The writing style is a little different than what I’m used to. I’m not sure if it’s because it was translated from Dutch, or if it’s just the author, but the narration is quite long, sometimes winding, with a lot of details explained. I read Herman Koch’s previous book The Dinner as well and really liked it, but this feels much longer and more intricate than the previous book. SO far I’m only a third through the story, and not really much have happened. Even so, I spent a huge chunk of my chill Saturday reading this novel. We’ll see if I like it when I finish it!

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On other entertainment, this Monday I went out with my girlfriends to the cinema to watch It, the movie adapted from the novel by Stephen King. I myself haven’t read the book yet, even though I’ve read a lot of Stephen King before, I was intimidated by the length of this novel. I was quite excited to watch the movie, though. I’m not a huge fan of horror movies but based on the trailer I felt like it was going to be super scary.

Indeed, it was a frightening movie, even from the first minute of the movie I was cowering in the dark and covering my ears (the way I deal with horror movies is not by closing my eyes but closing my ears). It was definitely a well-made movie, I really like the characters and the plot but I thought the movie was a little too long, and some parts weren’t as scary as I expected it would be. However, a solidly exciting and good movie overall.

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I also watched two other movies this week, yay me! My friends and I watched The Hours as we found it randomly on Netflix and quite enjoyed it, though it’s a little too deep and sad and depressing at times. I also watched Jurassic Park by myself on Wednesday because I read the book by Michael Crichton a few weeks ago and loved it, and I wanted to compare the book to the movie. Of course I’ve watched it before, years ago, but I realized that I forgot most of it anyway. I loved how true to the book the movie is, but I found myself feeling a little bored on some scenes around the middle. I feel like the effects and songs were a little outdated at times, which was part of the reason why I didn’t love it as much as I loved the book. It wasn’t as scary or thrilling as I thought it would be. Once again, another case of the book is better than the movie!

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I also watched some cartoon this week! I caught up with the latest Rick and Morty episodes, and I really really liked them. As for the other series I am still following, House of Cards and Assassination Classroom, I didn’t make the time to watch them this week.

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On other life updates, I had a horrible accident one Thursday morning in which I broke my glasses! I was devastated and hated myself for doing it, and I searched for a new one immediately, because I disliked having to wear my spare ones. I finally got a new prescription and a new frame of glasses that I really liked in Own Days, a store near my place. It’s so light and suited to an Asian nose/face like mine, which is just perfect for me.

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I also said last week that I was planning to be more active and do more sports this week, and I did! I didn’t do any yoga this week, but I’ve been really good and went swimming on a day off where I didn’t have any classes. I adore swimming, because a) I’m an introvert and hate sports where I need to interact with others or on a team, b) you get to move and sweat but not feel the sweat at all, c) you get to play around with water or float around when you’re tired of actually swimming. I hope I can make this a weekly habit, but we’ll see!

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So, that was my week! Quite busy, but I get to spend a whole day by myself and chilling on my bed today (Saturday). I woke up late and spent the day reading, watching Youtube videos, snack, and lie around and be lazy. It’s wonderful!

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Plans for next week:

  • Study, study, study!
  • Maybe go swimming again on Tuesday
  • Have a lovely vacation, because I’ll be going to Lisbon, Portugal from Wednesday to Sunday
  • Read and finish Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories before I leave for vacation
  • Bring my Kindle on my vacation and finish a book there

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So how has your week been? Tell me about the books you read, what you think about swimming, and what type of glasses you wear in the comments! Talk to you in my next post, bye!

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Classes, Morning Reading and Shopping: Weekly Wrap Up #1

Hi everyone! I’ve decided that I will do a weekly wrap up of my life in general, and my reading progress! I think it’ll be fun to discuss what I did throughout the week and post it on Sunday night. Hopefully I can do this regularly and do it every week!

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This is the first week of classes for my third year in university, and it’s been great! There are a lot of new classes that we’ve never had before, and it’s exciting to learn new topics and some are definitely boring and some looks really difficult, but I love learning so I can’t wait to see what the classes this semester has to offer to me. I have several classes spread across three days of the week, but on Monday and Thursday I didn’t have any classes so I could just chill at home and it’s wonderful.

On mornings I’ve tried to read more instead of watching Youtube videos. On Thursday I promised myself I’ll try to read until midday and not open my laptop at all, and I did! At the beginning of the week I started reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, which started a little slow because I wasn’t familiar with the characters yet. Throughout the week this book was what I was mainly reading, and now I’m around 70% through. It’s really fun reading in the morning as I’m eating my toast, with the morning sunlight streaming through my window and enjoying a murder mystery underneath my blanket.

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I also started Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch, but I’m still only on the first chapter and haven’t continued reading it.

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On Thursday night I watched the premiere of Inhumans in IMAX at the cinema with my boyfriend (because he’s a huge Marvel fan). I wasn’t excited at all, I had zero expectations and to be honest, I was a little reluctant to spend that much money on IMAX to watch the first two episodes of a series I probably won’t watch. In general I didn’t hate the first two episodes, but I didn’t love it either. You can really tell it was made for IMAX and the director really showcased a lot of the camera and cinematography skills. The story itself is quite interesting, but that is due to the comics. The characters aren’t very apparent, you don’t really know them that well yet, but I do like them. The dialogues weren’t amazing, and the directing wasn’t that good, it felt too forcedly dramatic. Overall, around a 3 star “movie” for me.

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Food and health wise, I haven’t done ANY sports (even though I’m a generally lazy person, I’m trying to lose weight by doing yoga in the past). For food, I’ve tried my best to not snack on too much sweets, which I’ve quite succeeded! For breakfast I ate one piece of toast with sandwich spread and cucumbers, and sometimes tea. For lunch I had a huge salad with pan-fried chicken, arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a lemon-olive oil dressing. For dinner I had various dishes, I cooked yaki udon with chicken and mushrooms one night and it was marvelous.

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On Friday night after classes, I had a wonderful time with my friends and our boyfriends, we went to Murphy’s Law in The Hague and had drinks while enjoying live jazz. The atmosphere was warm and fun, and we rarely ever go out for drinks but we feel very adult-y and it’s wonderful to have fun with my friends outside of class.

On Saturday me and my boyfriend and my two housemates (and their boyfriends) went to Roermond for a day to their famous factory outlet to spend some money on CLOTHES. I planned on buying a winter coat that is branded where I know it’s good quality, and for an affordable price, and others wanted winter coats, or bags, or shoes, etc. I’m not a huge fashionista and I hate buying new clothes – in my opinion, I only need 2-3 coats for winter and it’ll be enough for me. My old parka which has served me for 2 years is still good but its zipper is broken, which is a shame.

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In the end I bought a dark-red, really really thick parka from Superdry which I’m really happy with. I’m a little sad I have to spend so much money, but I can try to save more in the future, and I think it’ll be a good investment for me. It looks a lot like this one, but with a deep red color. And the weather is not cold enough for me to wear it yet –  I might put up a picture sometime in the future!

The trip was fun, we spent around 2 hours to get there from our house by train. I spent it napping, playing on my phone, chatting with the others, playing Black Stories, and reading a short story collection I bought written by Rain Chudori, titled Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories. It’s a lovely, small, well published book that’s not very thick and has large font but the stories are very enjoyable, easy reading and the writing is often times very beautiful.

So that was my week! Very fun and not too exciting, especially since I’m still in the beginning of the school year so I’m still pumped to study and the workload isn’t that heavy yet.

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Plans for next week:

  • Start doing yoga again
  • Food: milk & cereal for breakfast, salads for lunch, low carb and small portion of dinner. Fruits for snacks
  • Study well, do more homework
  • Read more in the mornings, since I don’t have many morning classes. Write reviews for the books I’ve read.
  • Finish the short story collection and Murder on the Orient Express, and start reading another book on my Kindle.
  • Watch at least one movie on the cinema.

How was your week? What did you read? Let me know in the comments down below!

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