Keeping the momentum going since last week’s Milka with Smarties I decided to give chocolate meets candy another go. I wasn’t impressed with the Milka but when I found the Carrefour White Chocolate with Violet Candy my interest was sparked. First time I tried violet candy I was amazed because I didn’t expect flowers to taste this good. All of which raises a very valid question: what does white chocolate with violet candy taste like?
The delicious taste of the violet candy remains and blends perfectly with the white chocolate. Talk about a tasty match! The candy is cut into very small pieces which adds a bit of crunchy touch to the chocolate. The amount of flavor is right and since the chocolate bar is small it adds to the taste of it. Tick chocolate bars would have been too much while the small pieces now offer a great flavor.
Have you tried chocolate with candy before? If so, what is your favorite?
December 9, 2013Comments
December 9, 2013Comments
Last week we lost a great leader, an inspirational man that led with his words of wisdom but mostly by example. I’m sure many couldn’t help but feel warmth every time we saw his big, genuine smile. Very admirable when I think about everything he went through!
To me Nelson Mandela embodies freedom, forgiveness and love. What would South Africa be today if it wasn’t for him? Although he’s now with the angels his inspirational quotes will impact many future generations as it’s wisdom and truth are timeless.
December 8, 2013Comments
The city of architecture now has a forward-thinking, trendy hotel that matches its cosmopolitan allure and modern design: Citizen M! The hotel will officially opens its doors on December 11 but this weekend brave guinea pigs had the chance of testing the rooms, hotel, breakfast and all the facilities they offer. I was quick to book my free room because 1. It’s free and 2. I love the Citizen M experience and here’s 10 reasons why.
I was introduced to the Citizen M in Glasgow. Since I was used to the traditional concept of hotels I didn’t immediately find my way when I entered as the check in point is on the first floor and is self service. Savvy travelers want short check in and short check out times and a self service check in/out point ensures that. If you’re not sure how it works, the employees working there are super friendly and will help you with any questions you might have.
“We qualify people on their degree of smiling. And their degree of friendliness, and we hire on that. And as we travel the world, we’re interested to find people that basically are cultured, have something interesting to add to our lives as we’re those nomads that travel the world. And that is done with a friendly smile and warmth, and it’s not done with “Did you have a nice trip, sir?” – Michael Levie
The rooms were designed with great attention for detail and creating a lovely atmosphere where mobile travellers can feel home when abroad. Things I loved the most was the colored lighting, the bed, movie selection on TV, funny touches, eye for detail (plugs to serve all travellers) and mood lighting.
With the tablet you can adapt the lighting in your room from romance (red shower), relaxed (turquoise shower), party (all colors of the rainbow) to movies (red shower). With a different touch you can also select the color you want your room to have. The tablet allows you to control everything from the lighting, TV, shower light to air conditioning. It’s all in the detail baby
With pastries, fresh fruit salad, bread, eggs, yoghurts, organic chocolate sprinkles and more the breakfast selection at Citizen M Rotterdam is much larger than Glasgow’s which was small. You can sit at the several tables or sit on the large chairs in front of the window which is my preferred option.
Citizen M hotels offer a distinctive ambiance filled with stylish furniture from Vitra design, colorful books, pop art and modern technology. The modern, clever appeal ties all Citizen M hotels together but nonetheless each hotel has its distinct character. Staying true to its Dutch origins some national touches in the decor were a must and although Dutch clogs and Delfts Blue can look cheesy, Citizen M Rotterdam managed to incorporate it into their state-of-the-art decor with a little ‘imperfection’ to underline its out of the box character. Notice the little saucy gnome in the left corner above?
Other noted, cool features were the Vitra elephant chairs, ALGUE Room divider and red street map carpets that adorn all hallways.
Drinks & Coffee
Even if you’re not staying at Citizen M Rotterdam you’re free to come have a drink here and please do because the venue is absolutely gorgeous! Citizen M is also a great hotspot for mobile entrepreneurs and students as you can work here, enjoy free WIFI while enjoying their great coffee and drinks
If you want to use the elevator you need to swipe your room card first. In Glasgow there was a little fun character that stated this (since most people don’t know) but that wasn’t the case here (yet). The elevator on the left was quite confusing as their were two rows next to one another of the floors and you had to click the most right one to go to your floor. The girl at check out said they will probably add notes there since more people complained about this.
I was lucky to get the harbor view with my room but since the harbor was at my utmost left I was faced with a construction field in front of me. The area around the hotel is still a work in a progress so I’m sure when it’s done it will be sublime but for now it’s not.
These are minor points that I’m sure won’t be an issue when Citizen M Rotterdam officially open on December 11. That’s why getting test sleepers is good to hear what clients value and what needs more attention.
Citizen M: Dutch Concept & Design
Citizen M is the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneurs Rattan Chadha, Michael Levie, Robin Chadha and Jan Wulf van Alkemade. The idea for this new type of urban hotels originated in 2005 and started life in 2008 at Amsterdam Airport soon followed with other Citizen M openings at Amsterdam City in 2009, Glasgow in 2010, London in 2012 and now Rotterdam in 2013. With their slogan “affordable luxury for the people” Citizen M strives to provide a unique experience to mobile travellers. Over the course of the following years a total of 13 Citizen M hotels will open in cosmopolitan cities such as Taipei and New York.
When savvy, creative people from different areas come together I believe you get the best of both (or more) worlds. The Citizen M founders come from the hospitality and fashion sector which results in a forward thinking urban hotel concept that will for sure become the standard in the future.
One of their strongest points is that Citizen M focusses on the essentials for travellers.
“Our guests just want a good bed, a good shower, and then they spend most of their time out in the city or in our hotels’ social spaces,” said Michael. When you travel I’m sure you can agree that (unless you’re a business man) you spend more time outside, exploring the destination.
Citizen M New York?
So what’s next? Although the opening of Citizen M New York was planned this year it will open March 1st. If you want to be one of the lucky test sleepers, write down February 20th in your agenda because that’s the weekend you’ll have a chance to sleep for free at Citizen M New York!
December 8, 2013Comments
Watching Christmas movies reminds me of those snowy Winter nights where we would cozy up on the sofa with some hot chocolate in our hands. A lot of these Christmas movies are classics and even when you grow up they remain as good as when we saw them as kids. And can’t say that in the last 3 years any new great Christmas movies were created that will make it into my list so decided to share 5 of my favorites, take a look!
1. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
This is probably the first movie that made me want to visit New York during Winter time. Americans do know how to create a magical Christmas atmospheres with the eye-catching decorations everywhere and that’s what I wish to experience some day! Home Alone 2 is the sequel of Home Alone and again Kevin managed to lose his family and ends up in New York. Other kids would scared but paired with his father’s credit card he has the best time ever from endless ice cream to visiting fab toy stores.
Serendipity is a romantic comedy about love, destiny and snowy New York. On a cold Winter day Jonathan and Sara meet each other and upon grabbing the same pair of gloves they start talking and end up at Serendipity where they serve the best Hot Frozen Chocolate. Sara believes in signs of the Universe and destiny which is how she discovered Serendipity which means happy accident. Although the both of them are in committed relationships they feel an instant attraction for one another and Jonathan says he wants to see her again. When Sara writes down her nr the wind blows and takes it away so she sees this as a bad sign. She wants to walk away until she decides to write down her name and nr in a book (which she sells the next day) and Jonathan writes down his name and nr on a 50 dollar bill. Sara says that if they end up finding this, it means it’s the right timing for them to meet and this will make Jonathan belief in faith. Will they find each other again? Watch the movie and find out for yourself
3. Family Stone
When you start dating right before the Holidays, Christmas is usually the first time you get to present your girlfriend/boyfriend to your family. As if meeting them alone wasn’t enough stress already! Everett comes from a close, fun loving family and even though most of them live in different cities they always come together for the Holidays. This year Everett brought his uptight girlfriend Meredith who is not to the liking of the family because she’s different. Although she tries to fit in, bending yourself in ways to be accepted often times creates awkward situations and that is what happens here also.
4. Polar Express
Polar Express is the only animated movie I ever bought. When I watched it I was very impressed with the graphic work and eye for detail which is so amazing and magical. When a little boy tries to sleep he hears the sound of a train. When he walks outside he sees a huge train that carries the name The Polar Express. The train conductor steps out and asks him if he wants to get in. He steps in and the magical train takes children to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas which results in some thrilling action scenes. It also gave Tom Hanks the chance to play six different characters!
5. Sound of Music
Although the Von Trapp family don’t even celebrate Christmas in the movie itself, the Sound of Music is one of those classics TV broadcasts every year. Maria has a hard time fitting in with the nuns so she is send to the Von Trapp family to take care of the kids. Captain von Trapp is a strict father and at the time of Maria’s arrival dating a baroness. Although the kids try to play pranks on Maria to get her to leave, they end up loving her and singing memorable songs that made this movie so famous.
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
December 8, 2013Comments
My need for being alone versus socializing with friends changes like the eb and flow of tides. Sometimes I just need some alone time to recharge and be with myself. I have the best flatmate ever but lately I started missing coming home and having quite, silent nights for myself. Call me weird but I’m not always in need for a long conversation every night.
Leave me Alone
When I get like this I start to get impatient, irritated and my concentration for what others have to say diminishes. It’s not even when I’m out but really when I’m at home. There’s a lot going on inside me so I can’t take much turmoil from others.
Yesterday as I was talking to a friend of mine she was in doubt wether she should go to a party or not with her friends. She had had a busy week and lately she had been enjoying staying more at home than socializing with friends. Because this was going on for some time she felt obliged to go and also to force herself to go out but why should she? It’s ok to have periods where you prefer staying at home (doing nothing) because I’m sure that there are plenty of times that you’re more outside the house than inside. That’s my case at least!
Be An Eternal Student of Life
Alone time gives me time to study about life, self improvement and spirituality. Meditate more, try new things and work on improving myself. You can learn from your friends and environment as they serve as mirrors but this goes hand in hand with introspection. At some point when things get out of balance I start to feel tired. When I go out too much, I start to feel tired. If I’m at home too much the same happens.
I tend to be so enthusiastic once one phase hits me that I forget to balance it out. The most important thing is to listen to yourself and do what feels good. Not because of society, not because your friends want you to but because your body & soul is asking you to.
Do you ever feel like taking a time out from friends and family to recharge?