Election Day

Today is Father’s Day here in Belgium. Maybe more importantly, it is Election Day.

D went to the cultural centre to cast his vote an hour before noon. He met his parents and was invited to coffee time at two in the afternoon.

Because D’s parents place is not far from us, we decided to bike there instead of immobilizing the DS. Coffee and cake celebration was short and sweet. After D’s sister and her family left, the four of us decided to bike to De Gavers for drinks. The café was packed with people enjoying food, drinks and the lovely weather. Good times!


Passport Consequences

The following are things that I have done, after obtaining my new passport:

  • Purchased a carry-on travel backpack.
  • Filled in, reviewed and submitted application for a US tourist visa.
  • Purchased return train tickets to London for two.
  • Set up auto conversions for Dollar to Euro and Dollar to British Pound.
  • Both conversions were settled within the same day.
Belgium, Malaysia, Travels


This afternoon, D and I went to the Malaysian embassy in Tervuren, so that I may pick up my new passport. After all these months, I finally have this precious travel document in my possession. Yeah!

After the short embassy visit, D and I proceeded to the Park of Tervuren to discover more about this part of Belgium. We went for a walk from the parking to the Africa Museum. It was nice to have so much green so close to the capital.

On our way back to West Flanders, D and I got stuck in the very well-known and despised Brussels’ traffic jams! We were only home after seven in the evening. Ah well…new passport, a lovely walk in the park, and pizza for dinner, I cannot really complain. 😉

Belgium, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

External Shades

Today, D and I were supposed to go to Brussels so that I may pick up my renewed passport. I postponed the trip after finding out that there will be an international farmers’ protest at the capital. We rather not risk it.

So instead of a trip to Brussels, we mowed the lawn and brought the grass clippings to the parents. After the short visit, D and I went to order and purchase external shades for our four roof windows.

The summers are getting brutal, so hopefully these screens will help in keeping some of the heat away.

Belgium, Travels


This Sunday afternoon, D and I went to visit several gardens on Open Gardens’ Day. We concluded the day having ramen as dinner at a restaurant which we have always wanted to try.

Jibber Jabber

Sharing Strawberries

Two days to the month of June, and the strawberries in my vegetable patch are ripening and starting to turn red. This morning, I found an almost-ripe berry that has been pecked at. I think it was the black bird.

There are gardeners who will now cover their plants with nets, but I gladly share my soon-to-be bountiful strawberries with other creatures. I have enough for everyone…

Jibber Jabber, Quotes

Get Up & Go On..

This afternoon at the library, one of the book wrapping volunteers was talking about Taylor Swift. I was listening and reaching out for a book to work on. And what are the odds?! I actually picked up a book about this current phenomenon and obsession of many many people. In all good sense, I smiled and handed it over to a very excited borderline Swiftie, so that she may wrap the book with her very own hands. No judgement. 😛

People claimed that TS’s self-written songs contain common sense and practical wisdom which speak to them. I found a quote that is applicable and sensible to current situation.

You have people come into your life shockingly and surprisingly. You have losses that you never thought you’d experience. You have rejection and you have learn how to deal with that and how to get up the next day and go on with it.

Taylor Swift
Belgium, Events, Travels

Werven ’24

Today is openwervendag in this part of the world. D and I visited three sites in the afternoon. One of the sites offered free drinks. People are still building and buying, but things are a bit toned down in these post-pandemic days.

On another note, it was the first time we went on our little excursion with the new car.

Flashbacks, Numbers, Travels, Wealth & Creativity

C2 to DS4

Yesterday afternoon, D and I went to pick up the car.

The entire replacement process of the trusty C2 to an almost new DS4 has taken about two and a half months! I am pleased that the papers are finally in order, that the car is in our possession, and that D is adapting and driving this beautiful machine…

Simplify, Wealth & Creativity

Infrequent Mowing

The last time D mowed the lawn, with our new lawnmower, was two weeks ago. We did not participate in Maai Mei Niet this year, but we do practice infrequent mowing the best we can.

Who the heck in their right minds want uniformed manicured grass carpets deprived of blooms and insects?! Boring…

This is what part of our backyard looks like today, and I just love it!