Events, Numbers

Fifty-One!

A year older today.

The chilly but sunny day is an ideal moment for a peaceful walk. First, I went to the baker to buy a loaf bread, and then to the grocery store to exchange some of my loyalty points for a free mango.

Yesterday, I bought some Belgian shares as a birthday gift to myself. 🙂

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Events

Celebrating 2022

Yesterday, on the first of January, D and I showed up at the parents, all dressed up and bearing gifts for the family gathering on New Year’s Day. We were met at the door by parents who were still in their pyjamas. What the heck?! We were then told that the family gathering had been moved to the 2nd. Duh, I was never informed. So, D and I stayed for a celebratory drink, and then ended up having a simple (free) lunch with the parents. It was New Year’s Day after all. 😛

So today, we repeat. Not bothering myself with trying on another possible outfit, I just wore the same thing. Gifts were already under the tree 24 hours ago, so we went empty handed. As with most family gatherings, it was a busy event with too much food, plenty of drinks and noisy chitter chatters.

This year’s only exception was that we had a family photo taken at the back yard. When the others left, D and I stayed back for an hour or two, helping with some of the cleaning up and then drinking a beer peacefully with the parents.

We went home with gifts we got from our Secret Santas, and leftovers that will take me a couple of days to deal with.

Happy healthy 2022!

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Events, Flashbacks

Farewell 2021!

By now, everyone I know has been vaccinated. The occasional social gatherings took place. Harelbeke city festival was a success. There is a self-dug pond (with plants and fishes) in our backyard, with the surprise presence of froggy during the summer months. We also have a family of house sparrows that eat out of our never-empty bird feeders. There were overall improvements in our lives. Despite the pandemic and my postponed travels, 2021 has been a fairly good year.

Bye bye 2021. Let us make 2022 an even better year!

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Events, Food & Drinks

Christmas Eve 2021

D’s parents came over to our house to celebrate Christmas Eve 2021 with us. The restaurant takeaway dishes only needed to be heated up and plated accordingly. The photo shown here is the impressive and delicious second course. Christmas Eve meal was wonderful!

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Belgium, Events

Cancelled Event

I have registered D and I to attend a talk entitled Fake news & wetenschap (Fake news & science) at the library this evening. Unfortunately, I received an email notifying me that the speaker is sick and had to cancel. Oh well… Cancellation due to illnesses are such a big part of our daily lives now. I hope he will get well soon, and that it is not Covid-19 or anything serious.

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Events, Flashbacks, Jibber Jabber, Numbers

September Sum Up

More than three weeks ago, I stopped blogging regularly because I needed to prioritize and place my attention elsewhere. Taking a break does not mean stopping completely! So, here is my September summary:

  • 7th: Bought broodjes and cycled to the Gavers with D to have a picnic lunch while enjoying the nature. Went to container park, library, and did grocery in the afternoon. Have barbecue for dinner.
  • 8th: Finally used up the rest of the moss remover on the terrace. The rinsed out container may go into the PMD bag for recycling.
  • 9th: D’s new computer arrived!
  • 10th: Went to Colruyt to stock up the pantry.
  • 11th: Cycled to Hoeve De Kerpel to have a beer. 20km baby! Oh by the way, Bijenhof café had stopped since 30 September 2019.
  • 12th: Open Monumentendag. Met a woman at one of the monuments we visited. She told us interesting stories of her years growing up in the house. I love stories like that.
  • 13th: D’s first day of attending a one year programming course.
  • 14th: Walked to the baker for bread, and then did some promo purchases at Delhaize. The bag of grocery ended up to be rather heavy!
  • 15th: Tidying up and reorganizing the refrigerator and freezer.
  • 16th: Renewed my library membership on Malaysia Day. Because I did not show my ‘ancient’ library card, the process took longer than I expected and was a bit chaotic.
  • 17th: To the library again, this time with D, to get our Covid safe bracelets. After dinner, we used these to attend Prebraderie at the city park.
  • 18th & 19th: Stadsfeest Harelbeke. Music, people, drinking, eating, and late night cycling!
  • 20th: Finished the silicone touch ups in the living room.
  • 21th: Made grape juice.
  • 22nd: Baker and Delhaize walk. Made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch using grated cheese for the first time.
  • 23rd: Cleaned windows. About time! 😛
  • 24th: Pay Malaysian and Belgian bills.
  • 25th & 26th: Easy going ‘no events’ weekend. I am having sneezing fits. Uh-oh, Covid?!
  • 27th: Made yet another batch of grape juice. Someone besides me needs to be drinking these…
  • 28th: To the baker and Delhaize. Bought leeks because they were on promotion. Said to a woman whom I walked pass on my way home, “Ook voor de prei?“, and dangled my grocery bag in front. 🙂
  • 29th: Sister’s birthday. Sent her a photo of my vase of wind-blown sunflowers and today’s cat trivia. Harvested a cucumber from the vegetable patch and pickled it. Repaired and spray painted a flower pot. Moved a few potted plants indoors.
  • 30th: The last day of September. Did some home projects of dusting off the shelf tops and filling up hairline cracks. Harvested two of my six pears!

Cheers to productive days, memorable events, and exciting changes.

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Pause

For years, I have made it a habit to write a blog post every other day. This will be my last entry, for I am hitting the pause button for now. Current events have made it necessary for me to allocate time and effort in doing some major ‘course corrections’ in life. Time to research, ponder, and then take action.

Blogging stops being a ‘have to’ activity.

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Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks, Travels

Beer Festival 2021

Yesterday afternoon, D and I left for Ghent to attend a well-loved beer festival that was cancelled last year. The car was parked at a free park+ride zone and we took two short tram rides to reach our destination. Public transportation was painless, despite the compulsory mask wearing measures.

Beer festival was as normal as it gets in this Covid-19 era. D and I enjoyed six beers in total, enjoyed being amongst people, and the better weather in the beginning. It started raining when we were at our last glass of beer, but it was alright because we moved closer to a tent and I had my umbrella up.

Because of the worsening weather, we did not visit the city centre as I originally wanted to. We just took our two tram rides back to the parking. City trip will be for next time…

On our way back to West Flanders, D had to drive through a heavy rain storm! Scary, but we got home safely.

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Belgium, Events, Numbers

Sixteen Days

Olympics 2020 in Tokyo has ended. The past 16 days went by unnoticeably fast!

Belgium won seven medals. Not bad for a country which does not invest much in top sports.

Olympics 2024 will be in Paris. I wonder what the world is going to be like by then. Three years is not such a long time from now.

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