I opened my first Belgian bank account 10 years ago. Today, Record Bank is dissolving and merging into ING. Bye bye Record bank, you have served me well in the past decade.
Today is Mother’s Day. In the morning, I sent the the obligatory text messages to mom and the mother-in-law. I decided not to email the entire family like I usually do. Keeping a low profile this year…
At around 11am, D and I cycled to the football stadium. We went there to witness and cheer on the eight groups of cyclists who were cycling 1000km for Kom Op Tegen Kanker. There were plenty of supporters, freebies, food and drinks stands, a few familiar famous personalities, music and such. We stayed until almost 2pm and boy was I hungry!
In the afternoon, we went to D’s parents for tea time and to celebrate mother’s day. Four hours later, we left for home and had our late home-cooked meal at around 9pm. What a long and eventful day.
With all the road works and re-routing, it took D and I a while to reach a particular cattle farm in Wakken. Our purpose was to purchase meat directly from the breeder and butcher. No additives, no hormones, no middle-man, and only cash.
I am currently watching episode four of a 6-part documentary called Robo Sapiens. Even though I have always wished for a world filled with robotic helpers, I cannot help but get a bit freaked out by the current development in robotics and artificial intelligence. Maybe the tone will change to be a bit more optimistic at the end of the series? One can hope…
Today’s Sunday afternoon was spent visiting interesting building sites. At most sites, we were offered free drinks after each visitation. One site even offered free sandwiches. We ended the day by visiting the brewery Vanderghinste and had two free beers each. Yep, Free drinks, free food, a 5-stories vertical ride by a crane, and beautiful weather. Just a typical sunny spring Sunday in Flanders.
I woke up from a bad dream and got up at 4.30am this morning. In the utility room, I found a strange water leakage from the boiler. I wiped up the water and dried the floor in no time. Then proceed to work off my restlessness by roaming about the living room – quietly. I drank a coffee, put away the dishes and crawled back into bed for a sublime 2-hour morning nap.
In the afternoon, D and I went to the recycling park to drop off some plastic packaging, a water filter, and our lawn clippings. We then proceed to Kortrijk to check out this year’s Paasfoor (Easter Fun Fair) and ate some fried dough.
After Kortrijk, we went home to pick up crates of empty water bottles. The supposedly brief visit to Lokaal for a drink and some quick purchases ended up longer than planned because we met an acquaintance of D. Some strange and interesting information turned up in our conversation. We live in a small world!
Our last stop of the day before heading home was to a nearby Carrefour to stock up on sparkling water and drinks. Well, that was my Friday 13th. I am probably going to pass out on the sofa later this evening…
During the 90s when I was a student in Kalamazoo Michigan, I got completely hooked on The X-Files. I watched the series faithfully every week until I left the United States for Malaysia at the end of 1994. Fortunately for me, The X-Files was so popular that it was also broadcast back home, with only a one-year lag. My youngest brother and I watched the series together. We often got freaked out, quite confused, but loved every bit of it. M left for college in the late 90s and I went back to college for the second time in 2001. Our college lives simply made watching TV a low priority activity and something that we no longer have time for. Nevertheless, my fascination for the series and its characters never wane.
Today at FACTS, I attended the Q&A sessions of Manu Bennett (Crixus from Spartacus), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington from Stranger Things), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully from The X-Files)! This year’s FACTS was fun, interesting, entertaining and all that. But at this moment, only one thought burns in my head – Holy crap! I just saw Agent Scully!
This afternoon, D and I went to the Hello, Robot exhibition in Gent. I would describe the exhibition as ‘compact and concise’. It provides the necessary information and awareness in the form of posters, leaflets and videos. Aside from the original R2D2 display, there are really nothing really mind-blowing or new to me here. I had wished for more interactive or virtual reality displays, but they probably had a limited budget after paying for R2D2’s plane ticket.
On the other hand, we got to visit our beloved Gent on a sunny day. That is always good.
Easter holidays are coming up soon. So this afternoon, D and I ran some errands in order to stock up our pantry and fridge necessities. One does not want to be stuck behind long lines of noisy kids and stressed out (grand)parents at the grocery stores during the 2-week school holidays. Yep!
D and I walked out of our house at around 11am. We roamed about the buses of the cycling team, spotting several celebrity cyclists, taking pictures of the event and some very impressive bikes. Then we were at the stage witnessing the introduction of a couple of popular teams. Before we know it, it was the start of the race. That went by in a blink and we were in line for some free fries. Maybe it was the usually cold weather, maybe it was all the walking, or maybe it was just lunch time, but the fries were just utterly delicious this time.