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 0 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 ...

Marathon training: What I’ve learned so far

Saturday, January 31, 2015 0 Permalink

Slow runs are not bad runs. When I started training for a race, I thought it's all about the speed. I wanted to be fast like my running heroes on Instagram. So for my first 15km races, I trained for speed, which weren't disappointing except that I suffered bad shin splints that prevented me from running for several weeks. My shin splints haven't fully healed until now. Typical beginner's fault. So when I resumed training in January, I ...

Restart: Back to the daily grind and training

Monday, January 19, 2015 0 Permalink

Pain. Rain. Wind. Exhaustion. These marked my first week back to the work and my marathon training. After three weeks in the tropics and more than a week of being tied to bed with a really terrible throat infection, I was glad that I was back to my normal routine. But it didn't go as easy as I had anticipated. Monday started out well. I was very early in the office, first in fact (which doesn't happen ...

Girl from the barrio

Monday, December 22, 2014 0 Permalink

If you're following me on Instagram, you'd notice that I am on vacation in the Philippines. After surviving the chaos of Manila for a few days, we went to the island where I grew up, Marinduque. My internet connection has been very limited here in the Philippines but I'd like to share some photos of the place where I spent most of my childhood. It's been raining since we arrived and that means that the roads ...

Musings: How weekends should be

Sunday, November 30, 2014 0 Permalink

Last weekend had been wonderful. On Friday, I met up with a friend I haven't seen for a long time. Enjoyed a little window shopping, some cocktails and a cosy dinner. I woke up late on Saturday, went for a long run, had a quick lunch in our favorite Chinese fast-food and drive home to Zeeland. Even while nursing an upset stomach, I was able to enjoy several hours of watching TV then reading a ...