Es Soda Gembira

Literally means Happy Soda in Bahasa Indonesia, this drink is very popular on the Island of Java. Most would agree that the drink originated from Surabaya – the island's second largest city.

Basically, the drink is really sweet. Gives you a high like when you have had too much sugar and keeps you going the whole day.

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The drink is easy to make. Mix ice, sweetened condensed milk, thick red strawberry syrup and club soda together in a glass. Stir and enjoy.

To really enjoy this drink, the trick is to ensure that you do not stir too vigorously – as the Indonesians tend to put waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much condensed milk in the glass. Just stir until you are happy with the sweetness level.

Cheers!

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Munich

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The capital of Bavaria is indeed a lovely city, especially in winter, when it simply takes your breath away.

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Munich’s Christmas Market, or Christkindlmarkt dates back to the 14th Century. It can be found at the Marienplatz.

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There are more than 140 stalls selling a huge variety of goods ranging from baked apples, roasted almonds, pepper nuts to wooden, carved toys and tree decorations.

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The Christmas tree in the background is the highlight of the Christmas Market.

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Oh yeah, I would like to add that I LOVE the German language. Sounds really funky. For instance, sorry in German is enshuldigung. Sounds a little like lau-lei-ah-gung. Ha ha ha.

Ausfahrt and krankenhaus is funny too. Means exit (for cars) and hospital.

Bolsterlang in Bavaria

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Firstly, I would like to apologise for the long absence. I was on holiday! Much needed break. But now, I am back!

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Bavaria is truly magical in winter. Lovely postcard-quality, picturesque little settlements nestled in snug crannies along the Alps. Cold and brisk air, mixed with heart-breakingly lovely scenery of evergreens, valleys, streams, mountains.

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