Happy Chinese New Year to my love ones near and far. Gong Xi Fa Chai!
May your days be filled with sunshine, good health, lots of love, laughter and a sufficient dose of great Belgian beers!
Despite the misty day and sunless weeks, the universe is celebrating my birthday today. My orchids are in full bloom. A lovely white lily bloomed from an indoor plant a few days ago. I have been getting well wishes from my friends and family for an entire day. I had a home-made pizza for lunch adorned with greens from my garden. The parents-in-law came for a visit and brought gifts. This evening, there will be cocktails and a sushi dinner for two. Woohoo!
Today is the 10th time in which I celebrate New Year’s Day with D’s family. I must say that this year’s family gathering went quite well. All the drinking, eating, chatting and gift gifting did not frustrate nor annoy me as much as the first few years. Have I developed immunity to these noisy meetings? Or maybe I have mellowed over the years?
2017 has been a good and eventful year. I look back to wonderful time spent with my love ones, enriching travel experiences, and accomplishments which I am proud of.
D and I pulled off another lovely Christmas Eve dinner celebration with his parents. We drank, we ate, we chatted, we laughed and simply spent some quality time together – as families should. Merry Christmas to all and a happy healthy 2018.
My wish is that my father-in-law will have a new kidney soon.
This morning, I walked to the local Delhaize to do some light grocery shopping. I also wanted to take advantage and pick up a few items which are on promotion. Buy-one-get-one-free is really hard to resist!
Today is also my dear niece’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Ally!
It might seem strange to certain people that I can still remember things that happened around me when I was ten. Thus, how can one forget an eventful year like 2007?! Aside from the excitement of becoming an aunt, it was the year when the last Harry Potter book came out. It was the year my youngest brother married and we all had a wonderful family reunion. Last but not least, it was the year that I left the US for Belgium.
Ten years now… no regrets.
Last evening, D and I went to ‘Putteke Winter’ at the Gavers. Because of the event’s distance from our home, we biked there just like we did last year. Driving there and trying to find a decent parking would be ridiculous.
We had a lovely walk around the lake to enjoy the light displays and performances. After that, we met up with D’s mom for a drink.
One does not need to travel far to enjoy life’s little offerings.
This is the 4th time D and I attended the e-commerce conference at Kortrijk Xpo. Not much has changed in this year’s event when compared to the ones in past years. We saw the same businesses manning the 20 or so conference stands. Similar freebies – consisting mainly of stationery items – were given out to the conference goers. The talks regarding technology, trends, and the future of e-commerce within the Benelux sounded the same to me.
The only exception was the keynote speech which took place in the beginning of the conference. The speaker is from London, spoke in English, and told of things beyond the Belgian borders.
Other than that, everything has remained the same, including the free sandwiches and drinks.
D and I went to our second FACTS event this year. Because we wanted to and because we absolutely can. Yeah to that!