Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Wear It Once A Year

I find shopping, especially clothes shopping, rather tiresome. Despite my self-imposed boundary in this worldly activity, I still find myself possessing too many clothing items! My non-minimalist wardrobe is the result of free second-hand clothing pieces and necessary pieces I bought at a bargain.

To justify keeping all these items which are hanging or folded in my wardrobe, I try to wear everything at least once a year. Pieces that I have not worn for five years or more go to the mother-in-law’s rommelmarkt pile. Some of these items I collect in a luggage bag intended for the local charity store or to be taken along with me the next time I go back to Malaysia.

So once a year, I will be wearing some weird and colourful blouses, t-shirts that are either too big or too small, and goofy pieces I dug up from the back of my wardrobe.

Belgium, Events

Festive Weekend

It has been three eventful days since my Friday meet-up with M.

Starting Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, it was Harelbeke Feest. The weather was lovely, so there were crowds of people everywhere. Saturday afternoon, D and I went to join a guided tour of the new apartment building site in the city center. We then wandered about enjoying the sights and sounds of the city festival. We visited a couple of exhibitions for free, sat down for a beer each, bought some chicken wings from a youth club and then cycled back home for dinner. We returned in the evening to watch the annual fireworks. After that, we went to Kortrijk to a local beer festival.

Harelbeke Feest continued on this Sunday, which also happens to be Dag Van De Landbouw. Because we were to have a barbecue lunch with the family, and would not have much time to spare, D and I went to visit a goat farm in the morning before our lunch at the parents. After the lovely lunch, we decided to not stay on, but left to visit a vineyard in Wervik. After the vineyard and on our way out, we met the farmer woman whom we usually buy our potatoes from. When she told us that she had visited an interesting horse farm not far way, D decided right there and then that we will go see some horses instead of heading home as planned. There were some crazy drive around before we finally reached the Flemish horse farm. We saw some impressive work horses and even managed to get on the last ride on a horse buggy.

What a day!

Belgium, Jibber Jabber

A September Bus Ride

A friend and I decided to meet in Kortrijk this afternoon. Because I still love the Belgian public transportation, I decided to take the short bus ride to my destination. It will be cheap, reliable and without stress.

At the bus stop, I met a friendly woman from the Philippines. We chatted and learned to know each other better till she had to get off at her stop to go home. One of the reasons I like public transportation. You never know who you are going to meet and what life stories you are going to encounter.

The bus trip took about 15 minutes, then a short walk to the station’s waiting room to meet my friend M whom I have not seen in about three years! We wandered through the city at ease, paused and sat several times just to chat and catch up. We went to drink coffee and visited a church. M’s Dutch (we never spoken any other language to each other) is still with a heavy Eastern European accent, which I find comforting in a strange way. It means that she is still very much the same person which I have gotten to know ten years ago.

It was a lovely afternoon spent with a dear friend. The bus back home was packed with students who are probably looking forward to their weekend. I walked passed the city park on the way back, there were much to do. All set up for the weekend’s city festival.

Today turned out to be quite a wonderful Friday the thirteenth.


One Hour Errand Run

This afternoon, D and I went to the recycling center to recycle some glass bottles and to get rid of our yard clippings. When we were leaving, we saw the mayor and waved to him from the car.

Next up, we did a quick round of grocery shopping for a few household necessities. That done, we returned home to refill our pantry, fridge and freezer with our purchases.

Life does not need to be crazy eventful all the time.

Belgium, Events

Open Monumentendag 2019

Yesterday was Open Monumentendag here in Belgium. D and I started out the Sunday afternoon by visiting a chapel which we did not know exist in our own hometown! Then, we went to a turf-roofed farmhouse in Ingooigem. After that, we visited an eclectic cottage styled villa in Kortrijk. Last but not least, we went to Ingemunster to visit a larger farm house. At the end of the visit, we chanced upon an old lady who was the niece to the last owners of the place. She was only too pleased to tell us stories about the place. What wonderful luck we had!

Food & Drinks, Simplify

Peach Sorbet

This morning, I used about ten medium sized peaches to make approximately a liter of sorbet. I did not use the same sorbet recipe which I have used on my summer plums. It is a simpler and less sugary version, with water added. We shall see… in a few hours time.

Next up, I will make fruit syrups to be used on ice creams, pancakes, as marinade, or salad dressings. I may also use these fruit syrups as sugar replacement for sweet teas and cocktails.

Belgium, Events

Row, Row, Row The Boat…

Last Sunday was Gavers Day again, but this year they are calling it De Gavers uitgepluisd … go figure?! D and I biked to the lake at around 4 o’clock, went on the fluisterboot (electrical whisper boat), and then went on a canoe and did the Ben Hur thing. Admittedly, I was able to see and hear better on the fluisterboot, in comparison to the canoe. The latter, I had to concentrate on my paddling, making sure that I did my part and not hit the other paddles in front and back of me.

Overall a fine Sunday spent in nature and with other people.

Belgium, Events, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Cinema Under The Trees

After an early dinner yesterday evening, D and I biked to De Gavers, to an event known as Cinema Under The Trees. The film that we watched is called Intelligent Trees. The venue was fantastic, the event well organised, the film was very informative and altered some of my thoughts regarding trees.

Despite the chilly windy evening and the challenging bike ride through the dark forest, I really had a good time. I shall do it again in a heartbeat – bike ride included.

Flashbacks, Health, Human Nature, Simplify

To Not Be…

What do you want to be when you grow up?

That is a question that I have been asked countless times in my life. When I was a child, my answers had been a medical doctor, then a dentist, and later a veterinarian, because I loved all my pet dogs, cats, fishes, a turtle and a monkey. When I get to understand matters such as finances and rights, I realised and accepted what the world has in store for me and have thus carved my paths accordingly. I went off to business school and half a decade later, to design school.

When one has matured into a semi-stable personality, the real challenge is to distance oneself from the sort of people that can possibly mould you into the person you do not want to become.

What do you not want to be when you grow older?