Jibber Jabber

Weekend Errands

The weekends have been busier for D and I. We now spend some time on Saturdays and Sundays doing groceries, visiting the parents, or run miscellaneous errands which require the use of the car.

Yesterday, I went with D’s mom to the open-door-day at the garden centre. We had free pancakes and drinks. And then, I did it one more time on Sunday, this time with D.

Today, I received an email reply from someone whom I was in contact with as regards to some administrative services. My many years of living in the US and Belgium made receiving a reply on a Sunday felt really weird. Someone in Malaysia was working on a weekend…

Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber

Geutelingen & Jumbo

I was planning to do a Too Good To Go purchase from the the baker this Sunday afternoon. But after taking a good look in the pantry, fridge and freezer, I decided not to.

D and I bought several bags of geutelingen this past Friday. And yesterday, we were running around in Jumbo supermarket like kids let free in a candy shop. Well, at least I was… 😛

Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Wait, Wait & Pause

Yesterday, my uncle helped me solve the year-long issue of an old SIM card replacement. Amen to that. Now, I wait for it to be sent to me.

This morning, I walked to the post office to send off certain important documents via registered mail. Though there was quite a long line of people, my turn came and the process went on smoothly and quickly. Issue number two will reach the other party by tomorrow. All I have to do now, is wait.

At this moment, I am putting a pause on issue three. I need to think this one through. I need to know my options. Then, I will decide what is the best approach and actions to take.

Eating an elephant, one bite at a time…

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Snowy Walk

There was still a layer of snow on the ground this morning. So, I walked carefully to a shop in the city centre to have passport photos taken. Less than ten minutes later, I walked out of the shop with eight brand new photos. I will probably only need a couple of these for my upcoming administrative matters.

I then walked to the weekly market to buy two eierkoeken for D. There were hardly anyone! Maybe it was late, maybe people were afraid of falling on icy grounds and thus chose to stay indoors.

I like snowy landscapes. They are pretty to look at. I also do not mind the cold. But I do have a fear of walking on slippery surfaces…

Belgium, Human Nature, Jibber Jabber, Simplify


Storm Pia hit Belgium two days ago. Strong winds caused a Christmas tree to topple over in the city square of Oudernaarde. The tree, which was in the Christmas market, injured several people and killed a 63-year old woman.

Why would people want to be outdoors during a storm? Are we that heavily burdened by the yolk of consumerism? Are all those chrismassy obligations that important?

Since my thirties, I have been purposefully simplifying my life by reducing unnecessary obligations to myself and others. Nothing gets to be too important, that I lose sight of living.

A decade from now, I will be turning 63. May I still have overall good health, plenty of common sense, human decency, and a minimum number of pesky obligations.

Flashbacks, Jibber Jabber, Numbers


2023 has been a freaky year where quite a number of things went kaput (kapot)…

It started out with me fainting in a restaurant in March. Now, that was a health scare I do not wish on anyone.

Then the TV went kapot in early April – yep, the same TV that we brought to the recycling park a couple of days ago. In May, the washing machine stopped working. Fortunately, it was resurrected by D with parts we bought online. In June, I had a puncture in my front bike tire, while cycling to a dental appointment. Damn?!

In August, both D and I became victims of banking algorithms and have to end our relationship with a certain financial institution. Since there was not a single thread of wrong doing on our part, I took my time and closed my accounts ever so gradually. In September, I was able to sell off my mutual funds with a nice profit. Yeah for me.

When I renewed my library membership at the end of September, things got really messy. But with the help of a translation program, I was able to get the matter fixed via email. My love-hate relationship with AI… *sigh*

October, the condensation in our living room panel windows got worse and it was decided that we will have them replaced. Fortunately, insurance is going to help pay off a big part of that cost.

November, the freezer went berserk and had to be turned off completely. A few days later and by some sort of sorcery, I fixed it. What?

D an I are handy people. And if you care to look and do your research, you will most likely come across some good options and solutions. I discovered the Epley Maneuver and managed to fix the lingering vertigo six weeks after my fall. Not all is doom and gloom. 🙂

Oh yeah, my 16-year old Sony sound cancellation head phones also entered the ‘list of kaput things’ this month.

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Plumbing Maintenance

Our plumber finally showed up this afternoon! 🙂

He went on to perform maintenance and diagnostic checks on our warm water systems. Everything is in order. And let us hope it will stay good till the next check up two years from now, or better yet… way longer.

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A 2010 proposal to switch some programming on Guangzhou television from Cantonese to Mandarin was abandoned following massive public protests, the largest since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
- Wikipedia

I did not know about the 2010 event until now.

Cantonese is a language. The fact that it is often referred to and demoted to a dialect probably has to do with its lack of a formal written format.