Knorr Travel Trunk


This stunning travel trunk was left neglected in the attic for a long time until I decided to adopt it and bring it home with me a few months ago. Meet the newest member of the family. It doesn’t have a name yet. I’ll worry about that later.

A little boy’s mindless act of vandalism made this trunk look very sad for a while, but it was fortunately saved with a bit of love and care.

Now it sits proudly next to our couch and serves as a toy chest for our godchildren. It contains everything from picture books, legos, Mr. Bearsie to a train set, and it will continue being a box full of joy until we convert it into a coffee table a few years later.


I tried all sorts of methods existing under the sun to remove vivid from painted wood without causing any damage. I will skip the blah blah and just get down to the point. The best way to remove permanent marker from a painted wooden surface is with a damp cloth and a tube of toothpaste.

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You are welcome.

Quinoa, Spinach, and Cheese Cups


I get really upset (S says annoying) when I don’t get breakfast in my belly before heading out. It’s my favourite meal of the day and on the rare occasions I miss it, I’ll be found brooding in the corner until I find something or get given something nice to eat.

This phenomenon started since I was a wee kid. I used to wake up my mama dearest at ungoldly hours in the morning just because I was hungry. Crazy kid, I know (and hooray for awesome mums!).

Anyway, I’ve made it a habit now to carry food around in my handbag to avoid being hangry at innocent people in the morning. When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll bake a batch of these quinoa, spinach and cheese cups the night before and grab a couple on the go. It’s a very simple, make ahead, no fuss recipe. Absolutely brilliant.

Recipe available here on Gem’s blog The Black Bird. Original recipe by Eleanor from Petite Kitchen. Two of my favourite bloggers from New Zealand, go check them out. :)

P.S. I added some sun-dried tomatoes to mine, and they turned out delicious.

P.S.S. If you have any leftover quinoa, make this.

Central Market Hall in Budapest

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Budapest has a pretty impressive indoor market. It’s clean, spacious and welcoming. They’ve got everything from food to clothes, and I loved spending hours in here exploring, shopping and eating…. mostly desserts.

Make sure to stop by when you’re in Budapest. You’ll probably going to be in here for a while. I’d take enough cash, especially coins for the toilets. I’d also come ready to gobble down a couple of cakes instead of trying to eat lunch here. It’s usually very packed, and standing to eat (sans a table) isn’t very fun.

There are sinks by the doors on the ground floor where you can rinse off fruits to eat immediately.

Oh, and don’t forget to buy yourself a packet of Hungarian paprika powder. That stuff is worth gold. So good.

P.S. Pay attention to their opening hours, and skip going there at lunch time to avoid the huge crowd.


Cakes and Coffee at the Cake Shop in Budapest

The Cake Shop Budapest by Anchoritdown

The Cake Shop Budapest by Anchoritdown

The Cake Shop Budapest by Anchoritdown

I didn’t know Budapest had such a strong cafe culture until I arrived here and witnessed it myself. I shamelessly ate cake every single day during our week-long stay and didn’t worry about gaining any weight because of all the walking and exploring we otherwise did when we weren’t gobbling down the good stuff.

We tried various cakes and coffee at many different places, but this one particular place stood out the most for me. The cakes we tried were not only delicious, but also very affordable.

Albeit tiny with hardly any seating possibilities, the beautiful interior made up for that. A friendly bunch welcomed us with smiles, and we managed to find a little spot for us to enjoy our cakes and coffee for the next hour.

You can find these guys here:

The Cake Shop, Jozsef Attila Utca 12,Budapest 1051, Hungary.

Oh, and plus:

Happy two-year anniversary Anchor it down!

Stunning Inside and Outside: The Hungarian Parliament Building

I think the Hungarian Parliament building puts most others to shame. You have to see it to believe it, I guess. It’ll leave you speechless.

I highly recommend taking a guided tour of the building. The entrance fee was worth every Forint.  

The English ones were fully booked out when we arrived, so we took the guided German tour in the morning.

It was nice not being in a huge crowd. All the guides didn’t use a mic so we were glad that our group only consisted of five people.









For more information about the building, read this.