The first of April is no laughing matter for me. The only one I try to fool is myself into believing this horrible month did not just start. April, forever marked in black on my calendar. The month I lost both my parents much earlier than anyone should. Coincidentally, it’s also when the Chinese honor […]

Today is national Pancake Day in The Netherlands. A successful tradition which has blown over from England, Ireland and Australia. Originally Pancake Day is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and you’re no longer allowed to eat flour, eggs or sugar for a total of 40 days. Eating pancakes became a convenient […]

As you have already read in Harry Potter and The Neverending Rain, I am a devoted reader. It will probably come as no surprise when I tell you that I have read all of Dan Brown’s books, starting with The Da Vinci Code. If it weren’t for work and the daily chores, I would have […]

People who have been in my parents’ house may remember a miniature of the Taj Mahal displayed in the living room cabinet. I think my father had gotten it as a gift from a business partner or friend, don’t remember exactly who. What I do remember though is falling in love with it the moment […]

I was the kid that stayed up all night with her flashlight under the covers reading books. I still do sometimes, though not with a flashlight under the covers anymore. It’s as the saying goes: “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” And there’s no book that took […]

My mother (may she RIP) always used to make my birthday cakes herself. It was one of the reasons people showed up to our parties. The centre of attention, or at least of the table filled with all the yummy treats. She baked different kinds and flavours, but the most memorable cake is definitely her […]

Whenever we think of Hollywood, glitter and glamour comes to mind. But alas there’s none of that to be found anymore walking along those Hollywood streets. Tourists, souvenir shops and homeless people dominate the scene. The only stars you see, are the ones in the street tiles of the walk of fame. Except for once […]