I’m Back! (Sort of)

Got back to Nippon a few days ago. It is so much more tiring on the trip back, and in the days following. Our bodies have to adjust to the local time again. Aya didn’t seem to have any difficulties getting back into the rhythm of things. Well, she wasn’t the one doing all the walking and lugging of luggages, now, was she? And if there’s one thing I absolutely abhor most of all, it is reporting back to work after a long-haul trip. For the last few nights since coming back, I kept waking up in the wee hours of the morning (how does 2 am or 4 am sound?), and thus felt like a zombie while at work. What can you do, eh?

Germany was great, but after a week or so of dining on cheese and bread, Baggy and I just craved for good ol’ Filipino food (Sinigang! Nilaga! Adobo!) served with hot, steaming rice. Talk about eating but not feeling full nor satisfied. How could they eat bread all their lives? Beats me. Even potato couldn’t do the trick for me. While there we ocassionally dined at some Chinese restaurants in order to eat rice, but it just wasn’t the same. Aside from the familiar tastes of homemade cooking, we still missed the round, sticky and soft rice that Japan is famous for.

Speaking of food, lemme just share these mouth-watering pictures for your drooling pleasure:

Currywurst – fried sausages served with sauce and topped with curry powder. A local specialty, so I heard. It was quite yummy for me (although my German friend disagreed).
Fried sausages, again. German size din yung sausages, grabe di ko maubos ha! Served the “Berlin style.” Whatever that means.
I actually liked the beer. Too bad I missed Oktoberfest! The black one was a bit bitter, according to Baggy.

Just give me a few more days to finally adjust and get back to full-time blogging again! In the meantime, regards to everyone – faithful readers and lurkers alike. :)

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22 Responses to I’m Back! (Sort of)

  1. gibbs cadiz says:

    *But after a week or so of dining on cheese and bread, Baggy and I just craved for good ol’ Filipino food (Sinigang! Nilaga! Adobo!) served with hot, steaming rice.*

    i so totally agree! :) i experience this whenever i get to travel. it’s always nice and fun to sample another country’s cuisine, but after a while, you do long for the comforts of pinoy food. :) great blog, btw. mind if we trade links? :)

  2. snglguy says:

    Welcome back Kathy. I bet you’ve had enough of those humongous German sausages. Haha..

    BTW, That dark beer kinda reminds me of San Miguel’s Cerveza Negra, which I happen to love too… :-)

  3. Leah says:

    I eat a lot of potatoes now too. and bread as well. I guess it is a matter of getting used to it. I do however miss lutong Pinoy (I’m not much of a good cook) so whenever I get the chance, I enjoy eating it especially sinigang.

    Oftentimes, we need a vacation after the vacation. hope you’ll be adjusted soon.

  4. julie says:

    Wow. Looks yummy. Sausages, too bad my tummy can’t take them. :(

    Nothing beats home-cooked food. With hot rice. Take care and have a great week ahead.

  5. kathy says:

    Hi Gibbs, thanks for dropping by. Sure, link exchange tayo. :)

    I’m quite the food adventurer myself, but Filipino food would always be the one closest to my heart (or tummy!).

  6. kathy says:

    My thoughts exactly! Not another sausage on my plate for the next few…err…weeks. šŸ˜›

    Cerveza Negra – would love to sample it when I get home. Meron pa ba non sa market?

  7. kathy says:

    Leah, here at home we always eat Filipino dishes. It’s a welcome diversion from the usual Japanese style food we eat at the cafeteria.

    I completely agree with you on the vacation after the vacation! :)

  8. kathy says:

    Really? Why? You couldn’t take processed meats?

    When we got back, we were treated to my Mom’s delicious pancit. We were so glad to be home. :) Have a great week too, Julie!

  9. Gypsy says:

    I think just looking at these yummy photos, I gained weight na! Hehe, but then I agree with you–nothing beats rice and good ol’ pinoy home cooking! Welcome back!

  10. mitsuru says:

    hi, so you’re back. i bet di ka kakain ng hotdog, frankfurters o sausges for a long time. hehe.

    kanin pa rin ang hanap ng mga pinoys/pinays kahit saang lugar mapadpad :)

    auf wiedershen!

  11. annamanila says:

    Welcome back .. not to Nippon but to blogging. Thanks pala for the German travelogue. Nice photos.

    So how do you make sinigang in Tsukuba? Do you use lemon? Or do you get the sinigang mixes? Sent from Philippines?

    I know how it feels to crave for a simple nilagang baka in a land where you get steaks which u used never to have enough of naman at home.

    Ganyan yata ang buhay di ba?

  12. kathy says:

    Thanks Gypsy. I’m used to seeing small portions served here in Japan, so it’s always a shock to get a plateful of large servings whenever I visit other countries.

  13. kathy says:

    Sausages – ugh – I could only take them in much smaller portions, haha.

    I have a cousin, a jetsetter, who brings with her a small rice cooker wherever she goes. She couldn’t go for days without rice daw. Pinoy na pinoy. :)

  14. kathy says:

    Glad to know you enjoyed the photos and the stories, Anna.

    We always bring with us some sinigang mix from the Philippines – bumibili kami ng dozens to last us the whole year. And since we don’t have kangkong leaves here, we just substitute spinach. :)

    Nilagang baka – how I wish I could buy “buto-buto” para mas masarap yung sabaw. Unfortunately, only meat (no bones!) is available at the supermarket. Well, Pinoy naman tayo kaya puede namang mag-improvise, hehe.

  15. auee says:

    nakakatakot yung mga sausages parang pwede kang ibitay using those hehe

  16. kathy says:

    Puede ring whip, if you really want to be sadistic, har har har. :)

  17. Belle says:

    i know am a little late now, but welcome back. hope you are back in the swing of things.

    my neighbor used to be german couple and once in a while i got to be invited for a get-together in their house. delicious food but nothing can beat filipino cooking. ohh, they loved my eggrolls.

  18. bw says:

    Those brattwursts and German beer are sure fun to eat :) One of my lifelong dreams is to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich :) I gotta take a ton of Alka-Seltzers with me though hehe :)

  19. kathy says:

    Thanks a lot, Belle! :)

    I think the only European food I would never mind eating again and again is Italian. I could only take so much of those German sausages.

    I absolutely agree with you on Filipino cooking! Tangkilikin ang sariling atin, hehe. I know you’re a good cook, so I suppose those eggrolls would be to die for. šŸ˜€

  20. kathy says:

    My former professor, who is a self-professed beer connoiseur, went to visit Munich just in time for Oktoberfest. He loved it! I’m sure you will, too. Sana matupad din ang dream mo na makapunta ron, one of these days. :)

  21. SexyMom says:

    welcome back, Kathy.

    twas like we traveled with you, with the sharings, photos and all.

    i know how it feels to be back in the office–when i was working, back to office meant reports, reports, and reports and follow up, etc., etc. and before i knew it, i was on to my next trip.

  22. kathy says:

    Thanks SexyMom! Ako rin, I love reading about other people’s travels – particularly about places I’ve not been to yet; very educational and informative.

    Marami pa sana akong gustong idagdag – kulang lang sa oras at saka tiyaga, hehe. But you’re right – two weeks later, well-adjusted na naman ako, and back to the “circulation.” :)

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