May has been rather exciting, but it has also drained me completely. Work has been just a constant stare at a computer screen for long hours and #SadDeskLunches, and I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to weekends so religiously. So, May Day here was quite an eye-opening experience. Back home it’s just a holiday but here, it’s a… holiday, but also a party, a riot, a demonstration, a celebration. Pinch also lives in the most strategic location for sight-seeing heh! Mark also arrived in the same week and we went out to get some grub, checked out some exhibitions and went on many little movie dates and festival screenings. There were lots of cool events and exhibitions taking place lately since the weather is starting to warm up, so I guess life is so much better lately! My internet connection has also FINALLY come through, after a month of waiting. I guess it’s safe to say i’m more or less settled in, phew!
Last week I had a tiny housewarming get-together, whipped up a storm in the kitchen and then ordered some pizza. Mark has been going around making connections with people in the hood, it’s rather awkward he fist bumps random strangers lol! Also went on a double date with Weeleng & Shalen to Teufelsberg! Since i’ve moved here I’ve spent the bulk of my time in the central/east areas, it’s so rare that I check out the West side, so it was really nice. Also super refreshing to take a hike and be surrounded by nature instead of facing the grunge of the city everyday. I was slightly disappointed that despite Teufelsberg being an abandoned spy station, it has since become commercialized. While I didn’t mind paying the entry fee to contribute to the upkeep of the place, I had expectations that a trip and hike out to Teufelsberg was going to be a more authentic Urbexing experience. Either way it was still a very impressive space filled with art and cool architecture.
The gloom has also slowly started to go away and people have begun sitting around canals and out in the parks. Time is sure flying, and things are moving forward nicely, I’m just a little dreadful that time may be flying by too fast. But hey, things are good and I can’t complain. There was a special screening of 7 letters held by the Singapore Embassy just days ago, it brought back a huge sense of nostalgia even though I’ve only just relocated. I was wondering inside how the people who haven’t gone home in forever must feel. Some days I still think about it, and I don’t know if I miss home. Maybe I do, maybe I don’t. But i’ll let time tell. Till then, taking things a step at a time.
May Day parties
May Day demonstrations
May Day feast!!
Exploring the riot streets
Thought this was an incredibly funny picture, check out those girls on the left taking a selfie with very unhappy looking police
Typical berlin stuff on a table.
Risoprint Exhibition at Urban Spree
Rocking the throne seat at the cinema
Movie date night!
Baked potatoes never looked this massive where I come from.
Queued for 2 hours to enter The Haus, an abandoned building FILLED with art!
Finally checked out this Momo joint! Gosh I miss Nepalese food and dhal bhat!
2 nights in a row animation screening thanks to the Pictoplasma Fest.
Checked out an Indie Art Book fair!
Getting touristy in tourist land. We even got bubble teas!
A walk down memory lane…
My first photo with my new old bike!
When you climb up flights of vandalized stairs, sometimes you wonder if you’re stuck in a loop.
Walking tour lessons x Double Date
The boys look too unhappy with their Jamaican grub.
Our venture to the West begins!
Staring at Teufelsberg in the distance like it was some space craft.
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Squeezing in a bit of a cardio sesh with machines that are falling apart
Had amazing amazing Iranian food at Charlottenburg !
Such a groovy dance floor that people were swinging on! Wish I could dance
Another visit to the Thai Park for some pad thai, curries and coconut milk desserts!