A pregnancy photo: the story behind it

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1 Permalink

It was Monday evening and the payment I was waiting for weeks finally arrived. Robin and I decided to celebrate in our favorite Italian trattoria, Prego, with a bottle of Primitivo and some aperitivo. The bottle emptied before the main course was over and the succeeding glasses of alcohol piled up. We went home zigzagging on our bikes. During dinner, Robin started another series of complaints about Facebook and his desire to delete his Facebook account. ...

MR2015: Hand in hand to the finish line

Monday, April 13, 2015 4 Permalink

"Hand in hand, we will cross the finish line, schatje." That's what I wrote on the Rotterdam Marathon 2015 wall when we picked up our start numbers on Friday afternoon. After that we decided to skip the last training and head over to restaurant Napoli to enjoy some wine, pasta and aperitivo. We had a good feeling about the marathon. We trained hard, we kept to the schedule despite very busy months and we were confident ...

Totale ontspanning: Erawan Thai Massage

Thursday, April 9, 2015 0 Permalink

What exactly is a Thai massage? A systematic kneading and pinching of your sore muscles as well as pulling, twisting and bending of your ligaments in various and sometimes in the most awkward ways. It involves pain - as little or as much - as you can handle. If you are a masochist or simply want a deep-tissue massage, the Thai way is the best option. But I mean the real Thai thing, not the ...

The happy list

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 0 Permalink

Not being able to travel is humbling. It used to be my escape from stress and work. But I've been stuck at home in the first three months of the year due to work, more work, a magazine and running. So I find happiness in little things, things that I have often ignored because of the many places and conquests that needed exploring. So I took a step back and looked deeper around me. These are ...

Dreams: How far will you go?

Thursday, March 26, 2015 0 Permalink

There is a glaring absence of new travel stories in this blog. I haven't been out of the country since my last holiday in the Philippines in December. I've set too many big goals for the first half of the year that I cannot manage to even spend a weekend getaway in Spain or France. The closest I had to going out of the country are a couple of trips to Belgium for work. Both the ...

Marathon training: Crossing the magic 30

Friday, February 20, 2015 0 Permalink

Photo by Robin Kuijs. Since the last running update, it has been one long month of intensive marathon training. We would run 4-5 times a week including a weekly interval training and a long-distance run on Sundays. It's been tough finding the motivation behind this training again and again, every time you come home after work and see the pair of shoes waiting for you to put on. But it has been fun as well. At ...

Recipe: Horse meat in coconut milk

Saturday, February 14, 2015 0 Permalink

Tonight I wanted to cook the horse meat in the freezer like how my mother cooks it. Our family is from the Marinduque and we have local dishes which are not prepared in the same way like in other islands in the Philippines. I searched Google for a recipe but couldn't find one so I told the husband "I might have to cook this from memory." So I am blogging about this dish for the next Marinduquena ...

In Photos – Weekend in Dresden

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 1 Permalink

42 days. That's exactly how long I've been home since our Christmas holiday in the Philippines. And I think I am already suffering cabin fever. My feet are itchy. I want to board a plane and land in a city where they don't speak English or Dutch. I want to see the sun. I want to eat in a nice restaurant where I couldn't understand the menu. I want to getaway for the weekend. But right now, I ...

Prins van Terbregge: Fine dining by the Rotte

Friday, February 6, 2015 0 Permalink

I love restaurants that sit along the water - whether by the sea, the river, lake and yes, now even by the canals. The water gives a place an immediate relaxed atmosphere. It is especially helpful during business meetings. Prins van Terbregge is located along the Rotte River, the namesake of my beloved city, Rotterdam. On sunny days, even during the winter, the restaurant is bathed in sunlight and nothing else pleases a tropical girl than ...

Hong Kong’s skyline: Cable ride to Ngong Ping Village

Monday, February 2, 2015 0 Permalink

Between the 1pm check out generously extended by Panda Hotel and our 7pm pick up for the airport, we had plenty of time to explore Hong Kong if we had an efficient plan and both feeling fantastic. But it was the second day of my throat infection. I am drained of energy from fever and coughing all night. We've already missed going to the Victoria Peak the night before because I couldn't manage to wait ...