Belgium, Creative Business, Health

Third Option

Yesterday, I phoned the local hospital to make an appointment for a medical check-up. The call went first to a language option menu where I may choose Dutch, French or English! Ten years here and I suddenly have an option of using English to book my appointment.

Well the funny thing is that I chose Dutch in the end. It just felt more normal speaking Dutch to a Flemish receptionist. And I have practised the sentences so many times in my head before the call. Besides, I have had made similar calls in the past years without encountering any issues.

The English option offered by the hospital did surprise me. This may mean that the hospital is becoming more global – possessing experts who cater to a diversity of patients. A good thing then.

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Belgium, Creative Business, Simplify

January Sales – Part One

Instead of piling everything on this coming Shopping Sunday, I have decided to do part of the Kortrijk city winter walk and January sales this afternoon. D and I were able to take our time and enjoy these activities at a slower and less stressful pace.

After Kortrijk, we went to Lokaal to do some grocery for the weekend. We met a few people whom we know and thus spent some time with them drinking, chatting and laughing.

In the evening when we got home, I quickly cook up a chicken curry and rice dinner.

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Creative Business, Jibber Jabber

Backup Plans

D and I have until next Monday to complete our New Year’s gifts purchases. But since neither of us like last minute shopping stress, we decided calmly what to buy and which store to go to this afternoon.

Before leaving the house, I casually did a search for alternative stores. Just in case. Well thank my lucky stars I did! One of the stores we needed to go to was close for Christmas holidays. Score one for backup plans.

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Creative Business, Health, Simplify

Simplification Of Personal Finances

I strongly believe that one’s personal finances should be simplified in steps as one ages. This simplification process is the best deterrent to any stressful confusions, possible deceptions and costly negligences. Therefore, close those unnecessary accounts, choose the services of a no-bullshit financial institution (I know, these are so rare), do not let greed or jealousy guide you, and stop making life-altering financial decisions by age 53!

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Creative Business, Events

Haunting Reminder

Yesterday, D and I went to the fifth edition of E-Commerce Xpo in Kortrijk. Even though most of the talks will be unsurprising and maybe downright boring, I do enjoy the free sandwiches and drinks they have at the event. I can be such a glutton.

I was my happy carefree self till I heard my ex-employer mentioned by the keynote speaker in one of her afternoon sessions. For goodness sake, it has been eleven years since I left Zappos. I am still hearing its name and greatness, and of all places here in Belgium. Is this going to haunt me till the end of days? After that, happy self turned into confused self. Nevertheless, I was still able to gobble down several sandwiches and a few drinks before leaving the venue.

Today, I cannot bring myself to attend. The mention of Zappos reminded me of how I was shaped during my early 30s. Reminded of the rough plans and vague destinations I had before Belgium. It is a sign and a knock on the head. I need to sort things out.

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Belgium, Creative Business, Events, Food & Drinks

Just Beer 2018

At around 4pm yesterday afternoon, D and I went to the second edition of Just Beer at Kortrijk Xpo. We brought along our old glasses from last year’s event, earning us an extra token each.

My four tokens for the day lasted less than a hour because D and I used them up to attend a work shop. We were served fresh oysters, three glasses of beers, and another two Thai dishes prepared by Michelin star chefs. Boy was that a good deal!

After the workshop, we roamed about, tasting different beers, and only got home after 8pm.

More today…

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Belgium, Creative Business

New Builds & Local Artists

Yesterday was Nieuwbouwzondag. Armed with a list, D and I went to visit a few locations in the afternoon. Fortunately, D’s list only included one nieuwbouw location. We are no longer interested in yet another new building nor the real estate representatives who are only friendly when they smell a potential profit.

The rest of the list consisted of participants of Buren bij kunstenaars. We first visited a nice couple, whom are long time friends of D’s parents. The woman turns out to be an amateur painter. We came across D’s parents, looked at the paintings, sat a bit to drink something at the couple’s back yard, thanked them, bid our farewells and proceeded to the next location on our list.

Before the end of the afternoon, D and I managed to visit four more locations. Some of the artwork are quite impressive. Two of these places offered free drinks. Most of them were happy and excited to talk about their work. Just a bunch of friendly people wanting to show their work to the public.

Our last location was a story apart. D opened the front door, which was unlocked, and we walked into a very cramped front room. We then stood unnervingly in the creepy cluttered art storage area, waiting for somebody to show up. After a few minutes, we quietly left the place and returned home. That was a weird experience…

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Creative Business, Health, Human Nature

Not Paranoia

Today, I came across yet another article which detailed and confirmed the fact that our modern day gadgets are spying on us. It is entitled Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia.

I shall not, in this lifetime, willingly own an iPhone. I shall continue being the proud owner of a Google-less Android phone. I do have to be more diligent when it comes to my tablet. Leaving it on the night stand next to my bed after I have read my e-books is not such a smart practice.

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