30 June 2011

Graving for Duke John

People who know me, know that I enjoy a good drink every now and then. Ever since last week I’ve had this odd graving for beer. Since I’m Dutch, you might assume that Heineken is my favourite brand of beer, but on the contrary! As popular as Heineken might be worldwide, my absolute favourite brand is Hertog Jan. Which would be ‘Duke John’ when translated to English.

I’ve had a rendez vous with my beloved Duke twice this week and we will meet again tonight. Since prince charming is nowhere to be found in my life, it’s a good thing that I’ve already found my Duke! ;-)

29 June 2011

'I love you'

I, love and you: three simple words, but once put together, all the simplicity disappears. The depth of these words combined is so profound that it’s almost impossible to describe. I often wonder why some people can use these words so often and so easily.

27 June 2011

Bring your niece to work day

Linh-Dan at the office @ Enter

My niece has swimming lessons in the building next to Enter (one of the offices) where I work at. Last week she had dance lessons nearby as well and afterwards she had to wait for me to finish work before we could leave. I sat her down next to me and let her make a drawing. When I was finished with work, she didn’t even want to leave. I seriously hope that she doesn’t share my working genes, because having a job at the age of five is seriously tooooo young! ;-)

25 June 2011


Volunteering comes together with dedication for me. People volunteer because they stand behind the work that they do. They don't need acknowledgement in terms of payment, because they do this act or deed from the heart. I was reminded of this again this evening.

24 June 2011

Quote & anecdote

I had a meeting with my boss this week and was reminded of this quote. At one point he said: ‘so you’re 24? 23? 22?? You can’t be younger than 20?’ Me: I’m 26! He: ‘Well, then you’re very young spirited’. Not quite sure whether it was mend as a compliment or not. Later that day one of my teenagers said that he thought that I was 19. So I guess I don’t need to worry about getting older, just need to mature a bit ;-)

21 June 2011

Monday dinner @ Rolf’s

IVI's (International Volunteers & Interns)

I’ve been thinking about South Africa a lot yesterday. My mind wondered off to the Monday dinners that I used to have with the International Volunteers and Interns (IVI’s) at Rolf’s house. At that time Rolf Weichardt was the Centre Director of YFC Cape Town (now he’s the National Director of YFC South Africa) and he and his lovely family welcomed us to their house every Monday evening. Today was one of those days that I really wished that I could go back in time to one of these Monday’s.

20 June 2011

Lousy friend

Some of my great friends

Friends are one of the most important things in life for me. I´ve been blessed with many great friends, whom I´ve been taking for granted lately. I´ve been too occupied with my own life, but this is gonna change. I´ll do my best to be a better friend as of this moment!

05 June 2011

Longing to be elsewhere

I know that I’ve often been MIA (missing in action) on my blog these last two months, but to be quite honest, I didn’t had much inspiration to blog anyway. My mind has been wondering off like crazy and it's been hard to get a grip of my thoughts, let alone expressing it all in words.

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