My friends are very dear to me and I value every single one of them. I don’t have a certain ‘type’ of friend and therefore all my friends have very different, unique personalities. There are a lot of funny blogposts with lists describing what a friendship should entail such as “you can be utter weirdos in public” or “you send each other very – VERY – ugly selfies via Snapchat.” However, I recently come to the realization that a good friendship is – on top of all the fun and games – characterized by the following two things.
Today I just feel like talking for a little bit. Everything on you see on Jems are things we personally enjoy but obviously we are a lot more than the stuff we like! Over the last couple of years I have really struggled with getting enough sleep and having a good bio-rhythm. Although I have tried to go to bed earlier and sleep longer, this was not really the solution I was looking for. Since a couple of months I have an actual grown-up job (which basically means a 9 – 5 desk job) which has forced me to make some changes in my daily life. Here are some of the things that have worked for me to get better sleep and feel more rested throughout the day:
Blessed be thy little sister who brings back souvenirs from foreign countries!
Last February my sister went to Thailand and Bali for half a year to do a minor at Stenden University. As per usual with going abroad, studying wasn’t the main focus. She traveled all across the continent; she enriched herself with the new culture, and has made memories that will last a lifetime. Moreover, like most people who have traveled, she came back with a severe case of wanderlust – and one suitcase consistent solely of souvenirs.
In August I went to Southeast Asia for the very first time. I was quite anxious before I went: new continent, new country, unfamiliar language and no clue at all what to expect. Within 30 minutes after touch in Jakarta, Indonesia all my fears proved to be absolutely futile. Turned out I was just scared for the unknown. My time in Indonesia was absolutely wonderful. The sights were amazing and the people were very friendly. I don’t think that one person looked grumpy, and even when they did a smile was always answered by their smile! The logical first place for us to go was Jakarta, the bustling 29 million people counting capital of Indonesia.
In 2010 I studied in San Francisco and every Friday we would go to the mall to grab some celebratory-school-is-out lunch. My go-to food was always the same: “Crepe Royal” with nutella, banana, strawberries and whipped cream on top. (Little did I know that the French word “Crêpe” is not pronounced the same way in the English language. Meaning, for three months straight I ordered a “Crap Royal” every week. Awesome.)
I am very excited and proud to finally announce my mom’s Mosaic and Glass Fusion Art website called Cowdí. It started just a few years ago as a newfound hobby, but has now turned into a full-on addiction. Everything she gets her hands on will get a mosaicked transformation. I’m not joking; she has fidgeted little stones onto pouffes, birdhouses, busts, shoes and more! I recently moved to Amsterdam and she literally mosaicked the living daylight out of my new apartment as well: mosaicked bathroom floor, mosaicked windowsill, mosaicked EVERYTHING. Therefore, I thought it only fitting that she’d get herself a website and show her artwork to the world to inspire others.
Of course I couldn’t leave Indonesia without some beauty stuff to try. There were some brands that I recognized such as Maybelline and L’Oreal but they sell very different products in Asia. What struck me is that most Indonesian products are whitening and brightening. I did know that white skin is valued in some Asian countries but I had no clue that there were so many special products for the purpose. Quite different from my ambitions each summer: I always want to have a tan! Despite all the whitening products I did find some things I am very eager to try.
Before I get in to the holiday posts I wanted to share with you what I have read while I was away. Wherever I go I usually make time to read because it really relaxes me. We had some long stretches of travelling while in Indonesia so it was nice to have my iPad with some eBooks and my phone with a couple of audiobooks. I managed to read 5 books this month!
Behold the promised red-toned interior design pieces blog post. After last week’s all-white items (click HERE to see that post), these pieces will bring some color back into the house. All of the items are DIYed for my mom’s hobby (and soon to be company) is mosaicking. Let this blog post be the leading example that mosaicking is not outdated or dull at all, but can be very modern looking (and a fun process!).
Long time no see. You might have noticed that has been somewhat quiet here on JEMS. With me, Jirrine, halfway across the world and Mary-Sue in the middle of a move there was little time for blogging. But fret not, we will return next monday (the 7th) with our usual monday to friday blogposts. We have missed sharing! So stay tuned for home related posts and a glimpse from my wonderful vacation in Indonesia. We are always thinking of new things to talk to you about and we would like to know more from you! We know that you have been reading our blog and we would love it if you would let us know what you want to see here :)! So just a couple more days of silence.