Monday, October 6, 2014

Change of address

I haven't been blogging here for a while, but totally forgot to post here that my blogging address has changed.

For now, only in Dutch, but you can always use Google translate, right?

Click here to go to my new website. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dalai Lama in Rotterdam 2014

I thought my blog was live the last time I saw the Dalai Lama, but I guess not. It's been five years since he gave a public lecture in the Netherlands and we were lucky to get tickets for this lecture as well.

As always, the room (even though there are 10,000 people there) is filled with peace and love when the Dalai Lama comes on stage. He jokes about Erika Terpstra (twice!) and manages to embarrass the translator, but his story is the same as always.

Not in a negative way, because he believes in compassion and not judging people. He talked about religion and how that's different to everyone and you should respect that. He talked about science, social media and what he likes to do in his spare time (sleep!).

His regime is pretty impressive. He wakes up at 3am, meditates, analyses, has breakfast, then reads or meditates again, has lunch and goes to bed before dinner.

He joked about how he used to go shopping when he was travelling, but not with money, just to see what items are available.

You can watch the lecture here, if you're interested.

It was an inspiring lecture, but I didn't expect anything less. I have to say, huge compliments to the translator, as she translated what the Dalai Lama said in Dutch, but also translated questions in English or Tibetan for him. Huge props as that is really difficult!

We also got the book "Beyond Religion" (a title made up by the publishers) for free, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm interested in reading more and I think a lot of people can be inspired by the Dalai Lama.

What really struck me was how he said that if we all kept our own square meter clean and nice, the world would be a much better place. Let's all try and do that.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Youtubers are the new celebrities?

Coming back on the topic of The Internet vs Real Life. This morning, I watched one of my favorite Youtubers, Sprinkle of Glitter a.k.a. Louise. She made a little film about being so popular that she can't wrap her head around it. It's about this video:

She'd been to a Youtube convention recently and I've seen several vlogs of that convention and it scared the crap out of me.

So many people screaming like she was Beyonce (hell, she's just as fierce!), but I just thought about Louise and how she would feel. I wouldn't be able to do that.

But that got me thinking. In the old days, we had MTV, the Backstreet Boys, East17, but also actors like Jonathan Taylor Thomas or even the Beatles. But that's nothing compared to these people.

In Joe Graceffa's video it shows how crazy these things can get (at around 3:45 in the video).

With Youtube it's even more strange, because you chose to watch these videos. You don't see these people on tv (well, not in Holland anyway), you don't hear them on the radio. One day, you just find them on Youtube and you keep following them. I started with Zoe from Zoella, and from her videos I found Louise and other people.

I love watching these videos, and I'm even going to a book signing from one of Holland's most succesful bloggers (Mascha Feokistova), but I don't know if I would scream like the people in the video. Yes, I would be a little shy to meet them for the first time, but I always try to remember that they're people too. I don't think I would approach these people if I'd ever see them on the street (then again, I'm known not to even see them, I'm so in my own world most of the time), because they're in their private time.

The fame seems to have shifted from the tv and radio world to the internet world and I can imagine that the people that upload videos are not really used to getting the attention like that! I would totally freak out if that were me. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The internet vs real life

I saw this video this morning on youtube and was instantly intrigued by it.

Go ahead and watch how Robinson Cano listens to his fans boo a cardboard version of him and then have him come out in person.

It's been on my mind for ages as I follow a lot of celebrities and bloggers on instagram for instance. People always seem to comment with "oh this make up looks hideous on you" or "gees, you look fat" or any other form of negative comment.

And it seems to me that people on the internet don't have that shame that they would have in real life. As you can see in the video, when Robinson Cano comes out, people shake his hand, welcome him back to New York. But behind his back they're saying that he sucks.

It's so much easier to be anonymous online, but does that also mean you should be negative online? I always try to remember what my parents said when I was younger: "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it".

What do you think about it? Is it just me being an OAP or has this changed online?

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Since I've started my own blog about the books I've read (in Dutch, sorry!) and since I started writing for Leesfanaten (also in Dutch), I've fallen in love with books again. 

I've always been a reader, I remember the library visits more than anything else from my childhood, and when I started working and travelling to work, that became time to read as well. It's an escape from the real world for me, I treasured the time on the tram, because that was time that I could spend in my own world. 

I've missed my stops, the conductors have scarred me for live asking for my tickets, I've had to stop myself from laughing out loud or crying in public because I was so engrossed with that book. 

For the past 1.5 years, since I lost my job and went through my burnout, I hardly read. I read books in bed, but that was it. I lost myself in tv shows and movies. I would wake up, turn on the telly and turned it off when it was time for bed. Most days I didn't even know what I had watched all day long. 

Today, I woke up at 7.30am (I blame the cat!), stayed in bed reading until I was hungry. I got up, made breakfast, and read. It is now 6.30pm and I haven't turned on the telly yet. My book, which I started last night, has 630 pages, is almost finished and I'm sure I'll finish it tonight. 

My love for books has returned. I wish people would read more and discover all the amazing stories the world has to offer.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Personal: Hermit style

I wish I could say that this is about the animal, but nope, it's about me. But here's a picture of a hermit.

I've always been a loner. I'm an only child, so I know how to entertain myself. Mostly with books, but then I got a tv in my bedroom and that started my tv addiction.

Don't get me wrong, I like people. People I already know. My friends and family. I don't do well in large groups, I feel overwhelmed and sometimes not heard.

I don't have a lot of self esteem, due to various reasons. When I suffered a burnout, going outside to post a letter (across the street) or going to the supermarket (downstairs), was something I would do first thing in the morning, so I didn't have much time to think about it.

I am not a crowd person. I don't like it when people get in my personal space. Can you imagine how I feel on a crowded tram or train?

The last 1.5 years I've been mostly at home, due to my burnout and then being unemployed. I'd rather stay in all day than going out.

I've noticed that lately, going out takes more energy out of me than ever. For instance, I'm going to an event tomorrow, in Amsterdam. I have to travel there alone and I will be alone, not knowing anyone, at that event. Since the day I committed to doing this event, I've been anxious about it. Don't get me wrong, it's a fab event and I'm thankful that I can go. But last night, I didn't sleep well and just tonight, I had a mini panic attack because I felt overwhelmed.

There's an option of cancelling, but still, that feels like quitting. So that's not really an option. So I'm just going to get a rubbish night of sleep and a fab day in Amsterdam tomorrow (also going to the just opened Forever21 as a treat afterwards).

The whole reason for this blogpost is just getting these things out in the open. It's who I am and why would I hide such a big part of my life? I apologise for rambling a bit. I hope you understand a bit of who I am.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I quit sugar for kids review & giveaway!

You all know how much I love and adore Sarah Wilson and her I quit sugar books.

Recently her book launched in the USA! And she's just released the I quit sugar kids cookbook and here's my review. Read until the end because you can win a digital copy yourself!

I don't have kids myself but the recipes are delicious! The book starts with a chapter on sugar, what kids need to eat per day and how much sugar there is in packaged food.

One of the best advices Sarah gives is to get your kids cooking with you! I know I started cooking from a young age (I used to cook every Saturday, from a special kids cookbook and I loved it), this has made me interested in food and in cooking and I still love it today.

The cookbook has recipes such as sugar free nutella (hell yes!!), but also breakfast ideas and ways to make your child eat more veggies. The recipes have superfun names like "Green slime popsicles" and whilst reading it, even I got hungry. So not to worry if you don't have kids, this book still has yummy recipes. As always, Sarah gives plenty of options, even if you're vegetarian or are allergic to nuts. I love that she gives you options, so you can personalise if necessary.

The recipes in the book are mostly gluten free and they're Paleo and Vegan friendly.  How cool is that?

If you're looking for a way to get your kids to eat healthy and still eat fun and delicious things, this Kids Cookbook certainly gives fantastic recipes!

And now, here's your chance to win a digital copy of the I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook. What you'll
have to do is to like Deligted on Bloglovin' and comment below when you've done so. Leave your e-mailaddress as that's where I'll contact you if you've won! I will chose a winner on April 30th.

If you can't wait to get your copy of the Kids Cookbook or if you want to buy the other I Quit Sugar books, check out my affiliate links here.

Edit: this giveaway has now closed.