• Daintree rainforest
    Passion

    K-beauty: a long-lasting passion

    Snail slime? Placenta (gladly, not human)? Gold? I’ve never heard of such exotic skin care ingredients before. Until the fall of 2015 during a trip to Japan when I discovered K-beauty. While browsing a huge store in Tokyo, I saw an area with unusual cosmetics: masks with out-of-your-comfort-zone ingredients, attractive package designs, cute colors, and descriptions in broken English. I wanted to buy Japanese cosmetics and my eyes were tempted by a promising name: a pearl mask. Why not try this one as well, it’s Korean. Slightly unsure about the claimed brightening effect, I wanted to give it a go. At this time, I didn’t know that ”brightening” in Asian cosmetics doesn’t mean…

  • Orchids
    Passion,  Travel experiences

    Ode to the orchid

    Orchids are my favorite flowers. I chose them for one of the most special days in my life, I enjoy orchid bouquets and to have orchids at home. Orchids are the world’s largest family of plants. The variety of these flowers is amazing: there are over 25 000 different species. Vanilla is also a type of orchid. In Thailand, often called the land of the orchids, the flowers are everywhere – at the airport, at hotels, in temples, on the street. Orchids in ”Barbie doll” boxes are available to buy at the airport. Labels assure that they have passed an agricultural inspection. Orchids immortalized in resin, orchid jewelry, and other…