The Weekend Currently vol. 3

LISTENING

I would usually start this series with something I am reading lately but I find myself having no time to read nowadays. I am very preoccupied with many different things that reading isn't just something I can indulge in. But I've been listening to podcasts and did binge-listen to S-town. I've listened to it twice because it's so good. If you haven't, well I hate to tell you this but you're missing out.

If you like well-produced, wonderfully-told, captivating stories, then this podcast is for you. Bonus, they made some really good background music to go with the show. This is the new gold standard of podcasting for sure.

Now if we talk about music, well, I am obsessed with Jens Lekman's newest album. I was at his show in Utrecht this week and it was nothing short of amazing. I swayed all night to new and old songs I've loved longer than any of my boyfriends. Haha. I wish I could join him and his all-female, white sneakers wearing band. I will happily jump, whistle, clap, and sing as his back up.

"Yours truly, #JensLekman." #nofilter 'cause he doesn't need it! #concert #Utrecht #TivoliVredenburg

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WANTING

My friend Karen introduced me to a revolutionary brand called The Ordinary Skincare. This brand is particularly interesting because they 1) the products are incredibly affordable and 2) they tell their consumers what are the main active ingredients are in their products instead of telling what it does to the skin. If you're a skincare geek, you'd probably appreciate it. This led me to want to follow the Korean 10-step skincare routine. You know you're aging when you start worrying about getting wrinkles and crow's feet. My personal hygiene routine is already tedious and adding these extra steps will definitely prolong them even further but I think that's a small price to pay if you want to keep looking young, right?

LEARNING

Who's learning French again? C'est moi! Surprisingly, I remembered a lot of things out of my 10-year hiatus! I was "auditioning" teachers this weekend and one teacher said that my pronunciation is better than he expected. *clap*clap* But yeah, I definitely need to improve my vocabulary and start practicing how to conjugate common verbs.

CLICKING

I find myself on YouTube and Instagram quite a lot lately, trying to learn more about Instagram. I'm trying to up my Instagram game because I'm hoping to use it to launch my business.

Meanwhile, I've been doing another form of clicking lately. So I've decided to come out of my cave (lol) and be social for a change. I joined a couple of local Meetups in Amsterdam and I've been to two photowalks. First was a cherry blossom photo afternoon and another was a street photography walk. Here's my favorite shot.

Frohe Ostern! Happy #Easter! #cherryblossoms #sakura #nofilter

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THINKING

This is again related to what I've been clicking on lately. My mind is reeling with ideas on what strategy I should take to increase my following and improve my engagement in Instagram. I think my current feed is crowded and busy. I want to change that and somehow create a smooth flow from one image to another and have a consistent theme.

WISHING

King's Day is just 'round the corner and the most I could wish for is that we have some good weather so I can head out and take gazillions of photos. Last year, it was freezing and rainy so I stayed in. I am wishing that that won't be the case this year.

NEEDING

A holiday -- seriously, folks. It's been a couple of months since I have gone somewhere (last trip, I was in the US). I am so stressed at work and feel that I should somehow take a break but on the other hand, I have to prioritize saving up moolah for when I move to a new apartment in summer. Le sigh. I got my eye on a trip to Morocco in fall, though. I am definitely looking forward to that. :)

COOKING

I've been cooking almost every day for the last six weeks thanks to HelloFresh. :) If you managed to read this post 'til the very end, I have a surprise for you. I am giving three free boxes of HelloFresh (woot woot)! So there will be three lucky people who could get. How to win? Simply follow me on Instagram and leave a comment below. I will contact the lucky winners on Friday, April 28. Good luck! (P.S. Coupon codes are only applicable in the Netherlands.)