Busy Saturday Expat Life

1st Holy Communion Cake for Angelo baked by the author.

1st Holy Communion Cake for Angelo baked by the author yesterday, 23.04.2016.

Hello Guys! It´s almost midnight here where I am. I am tired but I want to write one post before I will go to bed. This Saturday was a busy day for me. My hubby and I went to the Asian shop after breakfast and you know what? We have met my fellow countryman who came from the same town where I came from in the Philippines. We even have the same high school alma mater and I know his family there. Wow! The world is really getting small. Of course I know my countryman but we have not seen for ages although he and his family live for around 40 kilometers away where I live here in Germany. We have talked a lot in the Asian shop before we said goodbye. Maybe we will see each other in our hometown next time. LOL!

 

Shopping in an Asian shop on Saturday was  very stressful. There were plenty of Asians shopping for the food that we couldn´t get somewhere else. I was able to buy Filipino food like Pancit and Bihon noodles, coconut milk powder, sweet and sour sauce, Kangkong (water spinach) lemongrass and a pack of spring roll wrappers. I am planning to make spring rolls when I have visitors next month. I wanted to buy bitter melon or bitter gourd and soybeans but those veggies were already gone. Plenty of customers bought those veggies before I came. I just bought frozen bitter gourd so my hubby could try how it tastes.

 

After drinking my mug of creamy tea this afternoon, I started baking and making some fondant decorations for decorating the 1st communion cake. Before I have finished decorating, my friend came with her son and cousin. I closed the door in the living room where I decorated the cake because I didn´t want them to see it yet. My friend’s son might tell his brother, the celebrant, how the communion cake looked like. I want to surprise them. The Schwarzwäldertorte (black forest cake) was done too but I have not put the cherries deco yet. I did not take a photo of the cakes  as it is dark. I will do it tomorrow. So good night Guys. It was a long day for me. Tomorrow will be a long day as well. Thanks for reading.

 

P.S. Updated the post today, 24.04.2016 and added the photos of the cakes.

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Schwarzwäldertorte aka Black Forest Cake baked by the author yesterday.

Schwarzwäldertorte aka Black Forest Cake baked by the author yesterday, 23.04.2016.


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What A Beautiful Day!

Hazelnut Cake

Hazelnut Cake

Hello Guys! How is  your day? We have a beautiful day. I am free from work for a few days and I can write more often as I can. I hope I will achieve my limit of 150 points a day. I hope I will be having ideas what to write.

 

Today is the birthday of my wonderful, handsome and responsible adult son. I made a birthday cake for him last night and have just finished decorating it today. I baked Hazelnut cake and decorated it with chocolate glaze, coconut white and brown “Schoko Küsse” (chocolate kisses) and some white and brown chocolate sprinkles. I have been baking this haselnut cake for more than 2 decades. When this cake is older than 3 days, it smells so good because of the Jamaican rum aroma that I add on it. I have not baked this cake for I think 2 years and now I can´t wait to eat a slice of this cake.

 

This evening I will make some fondant crosses for the communion cake for the son of my Filipina friend. I will make some other fondant decorations too like roses and leaves for other cakes that I have to bake. I know this costs me a lot of time but you know, I get some ideas what to write when I am baking and creating cake decorations. I´ll show you later what I have made. I hope the outcome of my creativity will look good.

 

What about you? What are you up to today? What inspire you in writing?

 

There are many things I want to do these few days besides writing. I have to pack 2 Balikbayan boxes for sending to my home country Philippines. I have to buy some canned goods, dog food for Angus and some cake ingredients as well as I will need them for making German cakes like Schwarzwäldertorte (Black Forest cake) when I live for a few months in my home in the Philippines. I hope I will be able to achieve my goal.

 

So, thank you guys for reading my expat life post. Have a great day to all of you. God bless.

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Random Thoughts Of My Expat Day

My German breakfast

My German breakfast

Good morning everyone! Yes, it is still morning here in my neck of the woods. I supposed to be still in bed now but my inner time is up already. Waking up at 8 in the morning is not really early but I am a night owl. I mostly sleep after midnight.

 

Since I started working a part time job as a wellness massage therapist, my time in blogging is shortened. I don´t complain because this is my offline job that I love most. It helps add up my travel expenses for this year.

 

My time is precious nowadays that I even neglected some of my friends and relatives. I keep on saying to myself that I can rest when I will be in my home country for a  few months. I will be enjoying my life there and being massaged by my high school friend who comes to my house for giving me a massage treatment. These last few months I thought, I work in Germany but live my life in my home town in the Philippines.  Don´t get me wrong. I love Germany. It´s  my first home for more  than 30 years but still I miss my life in the Philippines and our dog Angus  who is living there since 2011. We did not bring him back to Germany as we keep on flying back and fort to my home country.

 

The sun is shining now and that is good as I have to go to the city and buy some ingredients for the communion cake  that I have to bake. I still need some ingredients especially cream of tartar. I wonder if I can find it here. I need it for my chiffon cake.

 

Oh! My PILYA Blog magazine April edition has arrived yesterday. I have to read what the other PILYA bloggers have written. I have to read what delicious Pinoy recipe @iamshane487 has written and I have to take a photo of me and the magazine for our Fb PILYA BLOG page.

 

Anyway, have a great evening/ morning/ day to all of you. God bless us all and thanks for reading. ☺😀😁

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Taking A Break From Writing

Carrot Muffins for our bonding.

Carrot Muffins for our bonding.

Do you still have time for your offline friends? Do you bond with them every now and then?

 

I mean as a blogger in many writing sites, I tried to write most of the time (when I have) to earn money from our writing sites but I mostly failed to do so. Either I was tired from my offline part-time job, I had no idea what to write that I thought was interesting enough to my readers or I had no motivation to write at all. Sometimes, I just wanted to read and interact with my online friends. I sometimes felt that my brain was exhausted. Just imagine in how many languages my brain had to deal with.

 

The dark shadow under my eyes should stop. I  remember someone had said “I’m glad I am no longer studying in school. I don’t  have to read a book anymore. “ I could not relate to that. The older I became, the more I read. Every time I  started reading, I couldn’t stop. Well, I only read interesting posts or books. I  think I  am already addicted to reading. Any break could do me good.

 

Yes, a few hours break did me good when I bonded with my Pinay / Filipina friend at home. She collected me in the city after my 2 hours work and instead of having a coffee and cake in a cafeteria, we went home as we did not find a vacant parking place in the city. It was not a planned bonding. It was a spontaneous one as her kids and hubby went to the cinema and so we had time for us. We bought carrot muffins in the bakery and so we had a wonderful time chatting about everything. About the food we would cook for the communion celebration of her son. I will be baking cakes for crowds again and I will be baking my Schwarzwäldertorte (Black Forrest Cake) and other cakes. I am looking forward to that event.

 

Anyway, I have to discipline myself and should take enough breaks  from writing online. For the sake of my eyes. The nature outside is beautiful to explore. Thanks for reading.

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Culture Shock As A New Expat

Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany ©Thelma Alberts

 

Every country has its own culture and tradition. What is allowed in another country is not allowed in your country or vice versa. People have their own mentality in different countries and learning about these people first before going to that foreign country is a must. It would have been easier for me if I came to Germany when internet  and Google were already existing but no, it was not the case.

 

As a new expat in the 80´s, I had  absolutely no idea how the Germans were. I had to find that myself with all those “ahhs and ohhs.” Below are some of my culture shocks and the reasons why.

 

1. Children are allowed to talk to their  parents in the middle of the conversation with the visitors.

Way back home in the Philippines, I and my siblings (Filipino children in general) were not allowed to take  part in the conversation between my parents and their visitors. We had to be in our room and be quiet. Sometimes, we hid ourselves behind the door curtain to listen to the adults conversation.

 

2. Teenagers and adults were kissing in the public. Even Senior citizen.

Yes, I was ashamed of myself seeing those lovers kissing openly at the park or on the streets. I even looked away, became red  and was embarrassed.

 

3. Blowing and cleaning the nose while with others at the table eating lunch or dinner.

This was for me the most disgusting  and shocking part as a new expat. The first time I saw this “habit”, I pretended not to see it but went to the toilet as I felt sick. Yuck! That was even worse than farting at the table. Gladfully, farting  at the dinner table is not a German habit.  Then as months went by, I noticed that this was normal by the Germans. I got used to seeing it.

 

4. Husbands helping their wives with the household chores.

Yes, it was a culture shock for me as I have only known that wives duty is to take care of the house, the children and to serve their husbands.  Seeing my late parents-in-law helping each other was good. Nowadays, it´s no longer new for me that partners or husbands are helping their wives with cleaning the house, cooking, shopping food and bringing up their children. A woman who has that kind of husband is a lucky one.

 

I think I have more culture shock experiences but at the moment these are what came to my mind. Maybe I have more. I will write something again if some things come up. Thanks for reading!

 

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5 Challenges To Overcome As An Expat in Germany

Spree river in Berlin, Germany.
Spree river in Berlin, Germany.

 

There are many challenges to overcome being a newbie in a foreign country especially if you are not prepared like me. I knew nothing about the world although I read a lot of books I could read from the library in college, but most I have read were poetry and literature. Books which brought me somewhere in England in the middle ages. Books of Bronte sisters and Barbara Cartland. Mostly romantic love stories about  women who were not allowed to voice out what they felt. Books about women who were helpless and men were powerful. I did not read war books. It was just natural as a young teenage girl to read love story books.

 

I knew a bit about Germany because of our Social Studies and History subjects. I have seen a documentary movie about the Holocaust in our college movie room and that was it. That was all I knew about Germany. Who would be thinking that a few years from that on, I would be living in Germany? Certainly not me. Not even in my dream. Well, not until I met my future hubby.

 

Here are the challenges to overcome as a wife of a German:

 

1. The German language

Learning German language was the number one challenge in my early life as a Filipina expat. Everybody were talking in German wheather I wanted to hear it or not. The Germans expected me to speak their language in just a few weeks of staying with them. My hubby was blamed why he kept on talking English to me. “How could she learn when you don´t speak to her in German?” That was what I used to hear and understood, though they did not know.

2.The cold winter weather

The weather was terribly cold that I wore winter stockings while the other were already wearing bikini in the garden during my first summer in Germany and that was over 25°C.

3. The German food

There was only 1 warm meal a day and that was lunch time. I  used to eat 3 warm meals a day with rice. Breakfast and evening meal was bread. Dark bread with some slices of ham, salami or cheese.

4. The German mentality

Looking back, I thought that the Germans were rude people because they mean what they said and they were honest to tell the truth (they still are). They said what they thought was right without thinking that what they said was hurting the person.

5. The homesickness

The most horrible to cope up was the homesickness. Missing the family who were left behind. Any song or photo from the album had caused a rain of tears. Letters arrived only after 1 or 2 months. No communication like what we have today.

 

Those were the most challenges I have overcome. Gladfully, I was not allowed (by law) to work for a living. Expats nowadays are better informed than before.  There are plenty of gadgets to connect with the family from the home country and of course through Skype.

 

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Palawan, Philippines ©Thelma Alberts
Palawan, Philippines ©Thelma Alberts

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