Monday, November 30, 2009

Meet my new lifelong friend

I finally got the tattoo I've been craving for almost 3 years now. I drew the design myself and had it made by Aaron in Old School Tattoo, on Pettenkoferstrasse. I'd heard he was good, but he was way better. Steady handed guy, really nice fella, did the job in less than an hour and it looks just like I wanted it to. It didn't even hurt like at all! I want another one!!

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There's a better pic coming up, hold your horses, keep reading nicely, and you shall be rewarded.

The weekend we spent pretty much partying. Friday night was the 1st birthday of Kippis, the Finnish interior design-shop on Torstrasse. Mimosa, a performance artist, was serving Finlandia vodka from a Finnish glass bowl taped on top of her head. Here you go, shit loads of heavily coloured partypics with a high saturation and contrast factor:

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Then we went to Ruz on Auguststrasse, for tapas and wine with my sis and her friends.

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We were all giggles!

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Then across the street to Clärchens Ballhaus, the good old (100 years) balldancing joint...

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Laundry on Friday:
dress - Motivi
leggins - Ginatricot
earrings - H&M
necklaces - Six & H&M
ring - vintage from Mex

I can even tell you what Jenna was wearing, cos it was partly from me!:
dress - H&M (she bought it from me, 'cos it was just perfect on her!)
purse - a gift from me from one of the second hand shops on Oderbergerstrasse, makes me happy that she loves it!

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Oh boy, did we have fun!

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Saturday was 'dress to kill'-night at our house. We went to Dice, a club close to our house, where they play good music but no-one goes there. We were totally overdressed, plus almost the only ones there. That didn't keep us from staying 'til 7 am.

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Saturday Night Laundry:
Fur coat - vintage from Colours on Bergmannstrasse
Tunique - H&M (I haven't been affording anything else lately...)
leggins - Ginatricot
gloves - Mango
Head piece - borrowed from Jenna, from Dom

Jen got the adorable tiny hat from H&M.

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That's my new buddy! Since you may ask, it represents 3 basic things. It reminds me to eat (peas in a fork), sleep (zZzz) and play (eagerly jumping toy cat). Relevant stuff that I should do more in life. I wanted to make it cartoon-like and scketchy but with some traditional tattoo elements (eg. the composition and the banner). (Also it kinda looks like the toy cat gets shocked by a lightning and stabbed by a fork, which makes me giggle.) So what should I get next? :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Blinky Christmas

So sorry for staying radio silent for some time! My dearest Jenna is here right now and I'm too overwhelmed in eating all these goodies she brought from Finland, and playing tourist. :) It's a treat, but I tell you, it's hard work too! We've been out and about, shopping, seeing sights, christmas markets, clubbing, tapas, you name it.

Here's a short post about the christmas fair next to Alexa, that looks more like Mexican or American in style to me with its massive lights, huge gadgets and pink fluffy toy animals to win from games.

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I never expected to see anything this grande in Berlin. It's like a whimsy mess of blinking and multicouloured tourism out there! It's like Crusty the clown barfed on Alexanderplatz. Go check it out for yourselves, if you get the chance.

P.S. We also spotted our future kid in a shop window:

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Potsdam Part 2: the pretty side

In the previous post, I wanted to find the ugly side of Potsdam. Well, I couldn't avoid photographing the cute one either, since there so many are tiny pastel coloured houses next to each other, little old ladies selling arts and crafts, and before christmas the whole town looked like a big ginger bread-village. It's like Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls.

We defied the tourist office's advice of going to the local American coffee chain, and found this cutie instead. Café Rothenburg, (on Gutenbergstrasse i think). The Bauernfrühstück (Farmer's breakfast) was divine!

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There are really not that many options to shop. We went to H&M for a good old movie-style fitting room montage. Rene finally got his red pants he's been craving.

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We found the best Italian restaurant ever, called Pfeffer &
Salz! It is so authentic, simple and the food is just to die for. I had a steak that friggin melted on my tongue. We're thinking of making small trips to Potsdam again just for this:

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The christmas window of another granny-shop:

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Castles and parks everywhere...

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Rene spotted a funny shaped thing on the ground.

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A chinese pot with a tilted swastika... hmmm.

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It's gonna look even so much better in the summer, I think... now all the statues were covered.

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Potsdam is totally worth a short visit, pretending to be fairytale characters sipping coffee from small cups and living in a post card. But I'd probably lose my mind if I had to live there. I prefer the randomness of Berlin, where some areas are just plain ugly, and you can't do anything about it.