I used to know only a few terms with blended. Blended martini was the first, I think. After entering the corporate life, I learned about blended fee. The latest what I learned was blended learning: a way where you combine traditional ways of learning in the classroom with learning through e-learnings, blackboards and webinars. The term stuck to me as I pondered about the lost art of writing and my beloved Moleskine notebooks. I kept me busy as I found a new use for my notebook with bullet journaling. And now I think I might have find a way to … Continue reading Blended note taking: Moleskine x Evernote
Queen’s Day. It used to be the most important National holiday in the Netherlands, celebrating the queen’s birthday. Queen’s Beatrix’ birthday actually is in January, but she thought that was too cold a month for a birthday. You can’t get any more Dutch than that. Even though Queen’s Day was everywhere, it was a phenomenon that went past me most years. When I was little, we used the day off from work and school to visit my uncle who had his birthday on the same day. So no ‘oranjebitter’ or orange pastry for us. Instead, we munched away on Dutch-Indonesian … Continue reading Who’s afraid of red, white, blue and orange?
Dear Erik Bertrand Larssen, Can I call you Erik? Or do you prefer Erik Betrand? I got a copy of your new book you just released in the Netherlands. In the top right corner you promote your book as the ultimate preparation on your Hell Week. I already read that book, Erik Bertrand, and I did that Hell Week too. Why should I read this book then? And I wonder, why did you release Hell Week first? When I flipped through the pages (I always do that, it raises the suspension of what’s to come. Call me crazy.) it fell … Continue reading Book preview: Genadeloos
I found yet another excuse to justify my love for all things Moleskine. Even though my love for notebooks started with my first diary, my love for my Moleskines is somehow more profound. It’s not just the thoughts trusted to the paper that’s magical. I really feel my notes and my writing and improve when written in one my Moleskine notebooks. I love the thought of using the same notebook as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway that my notes are connected to art, history and literature that way. Yup. I know what you thinking. Those people at Moleskine know how to sell it.
Fortunately, there’s also a more practical use for these overpriced notebooks. Let me introduce you to bullet journaling. Continue reading “Introduction to bullet journaling”
How could I not write about the most talked about conversation on Dutch social media? They may seem innocent words, but I’m telling you: I see a society crumbling. Day12 of writing 101. Continue reading The shipwrecked society
Size matters and that goes for bedrooms too. At twelve, the joy of sharing a small bedroom is still bigger than the need for privacy. Continue reading Sisters of the shared bedroom
Shelves full of cook books. That’s me. I love to drool over the full-page, full-color pictures. I fantasize how my plates would look the same way. Of course they never do. Mainly because I never cook anything from my cookbooks. I just sit there on my sofa, tea and chocolate within reach dreaming of my kitchen princess status. There’s one book that has the honor to be used though. It’s Nigella Lawson’s How to be a domestic house goddess. I love this pretentious title! It has been with me for almost 15 years (horror! is it really that long?!). … Continue reading For the love of men
Nothing says Friday like a easy dinner. Any meal becomes a party when the regular potatoes are exchanged for French fries. Here in the Netherlands, we like them chunky and served with mayonaise. Fat, creamy with just a hint of mustard. It was only until I saw Pulp Fiction that I realized eating fries with mayonnaise is a Dutch and Belgian thing to do. VINCENT: You know what they put on french Fries in Holland instead of ketchup? JULES: What? VINCENT: Mayonnaise. JULES: Goddamn! VINCENT: I seen ’em do it, man. They fuckin’ drown ’em in this shit. JULES: Uuccch! Yes. I do drown ’em in … Continue reading Drown those puppies
A little fictional story inspired by about how a Facebook hoax got everybody fooled. Day 9 of Writing 101. Continue reading The unraveled sweater
The best coffee is not just about the beans. It’s an experience, man. And drink it straight up, no adverbs. Day 8 of Writing 101. Continue reading Smell the coffee, be mindful