#1818| Briar Rose/ The Black Forest


photos in this post taken with the Nikon J2 / Canon 500d x 50f1.8 prime lens

Welcome to the Black Forest, you guys. There is, of course, no visiting Baden Baden without making a trip up to the breathtaking Black Forests of Baden-Württemberg. This is a continuation of the previous post on our weekend trip to the spa town of Baden Baden – of course, i’m not sure if this is actually where Sleeping Beauty was set, but that’s what the Black Forest image conjures anyway, thus: Briar Rose.

It’s said to be even more beautiful when it snows, but hey, this was pretty damn amazing on it’s own. We took a hour long busride up the mountains and nearly froze our asses off in the process. Lake Mummelsee is nearly but not quite frozen – and apparently tens of stupid tourists like ourselves freeze, drown and die while trying to step on the apparently solid lake. It actually radiates cold, so photos had to be very hurriedly snapped before retreating back into the lodge.


Being abandoned by freezing boyfriend while posing for a photograph

Anyway. If you went on tour bus like we did, you might get a lovely BLACK FOREST CAKE TUTORIAL SESSION. For some reason, it completely didn’t occur to me that the black forest cake might have any connection to the black forest itself whatsoever.. even though on hindsight it’s pretty damn obvious. I usually dont like black forest cake, but this one was amazing. The chef described it as a diet cake – The cake to end all diets. After seeing how much cream and alcohol went into it.. lets just say this was a once in a lifetime thing for me. As in, very good, but never again.


After cake and sufficient coffee to warm ourselves up, we trekked a little further down to the mountain lookout area. The sun sets early here in winter, so this was about 4pm. I don’t know if i’ve ever mentioned this, but I’ve always been a little deathly afraid of heights.. fear, however, that was completely made up for by the view:


Have you ever seen anything so beautiful.

People always say this but there are only that many ways to phrase it was much better in real life.. Someplace i’d like to return to, if given a chance, but practicality and bank accounts shrug at me so this experience is probably good for single use only. Still, I’d like to think of it as a weekend well spent.


#1817| Traveling the world with Nikon: Baden-Baden


photos above taken with the Nikon J2 on a pancake lens c/o Nikon Singapore

imagesBaden Baden, Germany

“Baden-Baden is so nice,
you have to name it twice”

Made a weekend trip to the luxurious little spa-town of Baden Baden in southwest Germany, one of the towns barely touched by the second World War. Consequently, all the architecture here is original, and also, as evinced by the photos above, very, very gorgeous.

It’s one of those decadent towns you can only imagine retiring to, and maybe not even then. Their main business, if im not wrong, is in the huge bath houses and spa services, and the super crazy luxe casinos. I really, really wanted to try out their Spa services but we didn’t have enough time… just as a reference, it costs about fifty SGD for three hours of what looks like heaven. Perhaps I’ll be making a trip back just for this, but it seems a little excessive..

It took us about an hour by bus to get there, but if you’re thinking of making a trip down, this might make more sense to you.


There are a lot of naked statues in Baden Baden.

Oh right, another thing. It’s a rich town, so food there is expensive. We weren’t keen on paying forty singapore dollars for lunch, so we went to this adorable little bakery that also did pastas and omelets called Peter’s Am Leo in the town square, and we had the most fulfilling lunch for only about 4 Euros each.


Recommended: Very.

Peter’s Am Leo

Sophienstraße 12
76530 Baden-Baden
Mo.-Sa. 06:30 – 19:00
So. 08:00 – 19:00

Citron hansel pullover c/o Dopestreet Boutique, Tout a Coup Black leather panelled skirt c/o i.t Singapore, Elizabeth Faceted Crystal Necklace c/o Dopestreet Boutique, Coat from Guangzhou

Dressing up for the town, obviously, like a sunflower, in light of how muted the colors in Stuttgart City were. On the other hand, it was a pleasant surprise to discover the town of Baden Baden to be almost as colorful as my entire outfit put together. Nevertheless, people in Germany seem to favor the color black.. which means that i’m never really sure if the stares im attracting are due to my asian heritage, which honestly seems rather rare here, or my brightly colored clothes all day everyday. In any case, certainly glad for the sunny addition of yellow to my wardrobe, and also – excitement – over the discovery of this gorgeous black leather paneled skirt courtesy of tout a coup; i.t Singapore, which costs about a fraction of what the Ted Baker number I’ve been raving about does. You can get it in store here:

i.T Labels Singapore
Wisma Atria #03-15

and the lovely pieces on top blocked against the skirt from dopestreetboutique online or in store at Kissjane Century Square:

Dopestreet x KissJane
Century Square
2 Tampines Central 5
Singapore 529509
+65 6782 5929

And yes, +1 for convenient travel sized cameras! More to come with the Nikon J2, but meanwhile, stay tuned- will be posting about the actual black forest that’s come to be so famously associated with Baden Baden real soon 🙂