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We moved… again…a review

My blog has been a bit quiet over the summer but life wasn’t quiet at all. Why? Because we only got our move confirmed by the end of June - from Tokyo, Japan to Muscat, Oman.  It didn’t come as a total surprise. It’s been brewing for a while but still - a move is… Continue reading We moved… again…a review

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What does “Zen” mean to you?

I had this great thought to write about Zen, and what it means to me, and to find out what it means to others. But … writing about “being Zen” in a moment when there is anything but Zen around me blocked me quite a bit I have to admit.  And instead of starting to… Continue reading What does “Zen” mean to you?

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Inspiration – What brings that spark?

Where do you find inspiration? And when was the last time you really got inspired and what sparked it?  Inspiration means “a sudden brilliant idea” and “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially something creative" as stated in various dictionaries. But what is it that inspires us?  It can be… Continue reading Inspiration – What brings that spark?

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Matcha & White Chocolate cake

What I enjoy when baking this cake is the different process of preparation. As often in Japan, it's about the attention to detail. So instead of "just" measuring your sugar and flour, you match the weight of the ingredients to the weight of the eggs you use. No "rush-rush", but being in the moment while… Continue reading Matcha & White Chocolate cake

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The power of acceptance

Accepting the country and culture you live in, relationships you encounter, your self-image, your emotions and feelings are not always easy. Fighting against something that we can’t change drains us, takes a lot of energy. There comes a point when we need to make a decision. Will we allow that situation to further drain us… Continue reading The power of acceptance