Movies, Books & TV Shows

50 Years Of Books

My fascination for books and all sorts of narratives spans half a century. The following is a rough list of what I remember reading…

Angels. German shepherd. Nursery rhymes. Woodland creatures. Grimm’s fairy tales. Disney comic books. Enid Blyton. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain. Alice in Wonderland. Robinson Crusoe.

DC comics. Marvel comics. The Naked Sun. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series. John Lennon. Mother Theresa. Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder. A Christmas Carol. A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens. Little Women.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Arthur C. Clarke. I, Robot. Isaac Asimov. Angela’s Ashes. Interview with the Vampire. It. Great Expectations. The Arabian Nights. King Arthur.

The Little Prince. Harry Potter. The Chronicles of Narnia. The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien. The Da Vinci Code. The Odyssey. Stranger in a Strange Land. Robert A. Heinlein. The Art of War.

Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck. Mars Trilogy. Kim Stanley Robinson. The Foundation Series. Snow Crash. Animal Farm. Brave New World. Watership Down. A Farewell to Arms. David Copperfield. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Hyperion. Dan Simmons. How to Win Friends and Influence People. A Game of Thrones. Homo Deus. Wool. Blindsight. The Three-Body Problem. Liu Cixin. The Expanse. James S. A. Corey. Redshirts. Old Man’s War. The Interdependency. John Scalzi. The Culture series. Iain M. Banks. Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card.

Belgium, Events, Travels

Ateliers, Building Sites & Petting Zoo

Behold! A shadow photo of D and I at the building site of Flanders Make.

So many things happening this weekend… Open Wervendag as seen above. Then, Aterlier In Beeld, where artists show case their ateliers to the general public. It was also Dag van de Zorg, but D and I did not have time nor great interest for that.

D and I spent this Sunday afternoon roaming South West Flanders, visiting three building sites, three ateliers, and a petting zoo. We had guided tours, free drinks, and feeling like the world does not know of the damn virus.

Admittedly, things have started to feel normal since E3. Like many others, I needed a little bit more time adjusting and easing back into a world that is still battling a pandemic. At some point in time, we need to have a bit of faith in the effectiveness of the vaccines, get ourselves back into the normal rhythm of life, and enjoy what our days have to offer.

Jibber Jabber

Thursday Walk

I do not usually run errands on a Thursday, but I was sort of out of fresh bread. Hey, any better excuse to get off my butt and out the house?! πŸ˜‰

While I left the house at about nine to try to get to the bakery before the bread would be all sold out, I ended up talking to the neighbour for a bit. We talked about the weather, health in general and our mutual interest in plants. When I got to the bakery, there was one big loaf left. Phew, lucky me…

After a short friendly chat with the baker woman, I decided to continue my walk to the weekly market. I shall get some eierkoeken for D.

There is a reason why mom and I avoid fresh markets. Because I ended up hauling home not only the eierkoeken, but also asparagus and more than a kilogram of fish! Ah well…

Oh, I also chatted a bit with the ice-cream woman at the market, and then went to the bank.

So today, I ran some errands, talked to people, and had a lovely walk.

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks, Travels

Mothers & Gardens

Mother’s Day 2022 felt like a pre-pandemic day.

In the afternoon, D and I went to a garden fair at Marke. We strolled about at leisure, drank beers, took some photos, and bought some local produce. Before leaving the park, D bought a potted dahlia for the mama.

We then proceeded to the parents house bearing the newly purchased gift. Since it was a weekend visit, there were drinking, chatting, ice-cream eating, and catching part of Giro d’Italia on tv.

D and I left at quarter to eight. Because D wanted to eat out and I did not feel like rush cooking a home-cook meal, we decided to try out a brasserie in town. Our neighbours love this place, and have been regulars for more than a year now. To D and I, the brasserie was just a typical place where food and service were decent. Nonetheless, it is nice to be able to add to our list, one more local eating place which is within biking distance. πŸ˜‰


Truth & Love

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.
-Mahatma Gandhi

Food & Drinks

Bread Pudding

At 9 o’clock in the morning, the baker woman had sold off all the big loaves. So on top of the small loaf of bread, I asked if I may also buy two pieces of the bread pudding she had on display. Lucky for me, she did have more than the pre-ordered (and seemingly very popular) amount of bread pudding.

For some strange reason, the taste and texture of the bread pudding took me back to Malaysia, to the happy days where we celebrated Hari Raya with our Moslem friends.

Damn it. Now that I have tasted the bread pudding, I am even more depress over the fact that the bakery will be stopping for good in the summer. I have eaten the bread for more than a decade! Not only will I miss breads that can stay fresh for three days, I now have to miss the bread pudding as well. πŸ™

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

May First ’22

Making today a lazy Sunday after yesterday’s art and music festival would sound about right for D and I. But heck no, there were too many things to do today, we were not going to miss out!

It was my in-laws 51st wedding anniversary, so we dropped by the house to congratulate them. We gave them a box of cookies as gift. It was the thought and gesture that counts πŸ˜‰

After the brief visit, we proceeded to Kortrijk to experience the last day of Paasfoor. We purposely parked at one end of the city, and then threaded our way slowly to the other end where the MayDayMayDay Festival was held. D and I drank beers, shared a burger, and enjoyed the music of two performers we went to see. Before heading home, we bought oliebollen from the Paasfoor. One must have oliebollen when one is at a fair.

What an afternoon. And this evening, we shall pass out…

Flashbacks, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Rain Shower Water Regulating Cartridge

Three days ago, I managed to pry the water regulating cartridge out. I inspected it, de-calcified it, and returned it to its spot, making sure that I tightened the fixtures well. And yet, it still dripped. πŸ™

After doing some serious read up on this particular fixture, I attempted to disassemble the entire thing yet again two days later. Well, it was one time too many. A small piece of plastic broke off from the cartridge. Needless to say, the dripping became worse…

This morning, D called a shop to ask if they might have the replacement part we needed. As luck has it, they do. Pricey as it was, it was immediate gratification. It took me only a few minutes to insert the new cartridge. And damn, no more dripping, smooth turning, it was like a new shower!


Plumbing Tasks

Today, I started my plumbing maintenance tasks.

First, I disassembled all the faucet filters and aerators. I de-calcified these by soaking them in white vinegar for a few minutes, and then cleaned them up by rinsing and brushing the parts with an old toothbrush under running water.

Next, I disassembled the entire kitchen sink faucet. I did this to check on the separate parts of the faucet, to determine which of these need to be replaced. Even though I have fixed the dripping issue a few weeks ago, I will still need to get a new 25mm cartridge replacement, to prevent bigger plumbing issues in the future.

Lastly, I turned off the main water inlet so that I may dissemble the rain shower faucet. It has been dripping for months and it was driving me nuts knowing that water and energy is getting wasted with every drop. I got as far as to removing the metal cartridge holder.

When my hands started to hurt, I knew I had to call it a day. The rest of this plumbing maintenance project will have to wait. Enough turning and twisting for today!