donderdag 28 januari 2010

Burns, baby, Burns!

It was quite the international environment, last weekend.
At our table alone we counted at least 9 languages spoken fluently amongst 5 or 6 nationalities with a background of many cultures.
A Scott born in Hongkong whose cantonese is unbelievable. A Dutch girl with a scottish background, married to this Scott. She speaks Bahasa, by the way. Oh, and they live in Macau. A Sri Lankan man, but from Australia, living in Macau. Another Dutch girl with Middle European background, living in HongKong. A Spanish lady, some Britts, a real Dutchman, another Aussie...

All this at a Scottish party - in a Portugese Pousada - in Macau - which is China.
It was Burns Night!!

As our host the Scotsman explained:" Robert Burns was a womanizer, a sexist, a racist, and a briljant poet. He died young, and his friends started to honour him with lunches where the ate, drank, sang and read his poetry. This became a tradition and the aniversary of his birth (1759) is now celebrated by Scots all over the world. Ah, Scots take any excuse to eat, drink and celebrate..."

So we were invited by our Scottish-Dutch friends in Macau to celebrate Burns Night.
Quite the official affair: black tie. So Dirk (our host) in his kilt, Kat, his wife, with the families celebration tartan sash,
Jaap in dark suit, a new shirt and bowtie and me in a cocktaildress.

Not just the clothing was official, the program of the night was as well, with our hosts being the Chieftain and Chieftains wife this year, which is some sort of mix between host and guest of honour, and it means he got to bless the meal, and his knife (called a 'Dirk' as well) was used to stab the haggis. (don't ask - another tradition!)There was traditional Scottish food (as mentioned: haggis), and there were speakers: one man recited a Burns poem, by heart! which lasted for 10 minutes - the ladies were greeted, the guests were toasted, the men were thoroughly mocked and greeted - speeches full of wordplay and wit.
There was music ( a chinese band - singing Scottish songs..!),
there was dancing, there was singing, there was booz.

AND I got to the bottom (no pun intended!) of the kilt -secret....But I promised not to publish!!

woensdag 27 januari 2010

dutch love II

Did I mention I **heart** tulips?!

it's spring in my house!

zaterdag 23 januari 2010

dutch love

I *heart* tulips!

Ikea was kind enough to have them this week....

happy home!

maandag 18 januari 2010

good beginnings

We like to start the day with a cool and healthy smoothie. Basic ingredients: orange juice (from a carton, but pure juice, NO sugar!), a little yoghurt, and whatever fruits I have laying around the house or in the freezer.
Recent succes: banana-peach-kiwi.
An oldtime favourite: banana-red summerberries.

I always keep sliced banana in the freezer (sliced - so you can use as much or little as wanted! It adds a nice thickness and natural sweetness to the smoothie, and usually +/- half a banana will do for the two of us)- and red summerfruits, both mixed as well as raspberries and blueberries on their own. Easy for the morning smoothies, and for baking!
I love the way you can pick your own favourites and mix it into healthy goodness. Something entirely different, and much more luxurious than just eating your fruits...

Well, you know, we do need something to balance out this...

woensdag 13 januari 2010

good news

Sometimes the news broadcasters bring some good news: Do read the ' headlines' in the banner (ignore the talking)

My hips, bum, thighs and I are very grateful :-)

dinsdag 5 januari 2010

KK reunion: Veronica in HK

Two years ago I made one of the most incredible trips one can ever make: nearly 6 weeks on an icebreaker (kapitan Khlebnikov) sailing the Far Side of Antarctica.
Friendships formed and all over the world people who were on the ship then are still meeting eachother now. Last September I met John (from the UK) in Amsterdam and Evelyn (from Schotland) in Edinburgh.
And now Italian beauty Veronica is in HongKong with her friend Christi to visit me and the HK-KK girls Henrietta, YY and Po Lin!
Memories, gossip, new travelling plans and great meals are shared...

@ Aqua

on the Peak with YY

Dimsum @ CityHall

With Henrietta!

KK girls @ Hutong