Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sleep of the innocent?

Ha 2 weeks after our return I discover that Jan took this picture of us on the plane....I melt when I see it.

Monday, November 24, 2014


'k heb de zon zien zakken in de zee
'k heb de zon zien zakken in de zee
'k heb de zon zien zakken
de zon zien zakken
de zon zien zakken in de zee

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Apparently some shoes have already been filled

Today we went to see our family and we were greeted by some overly excited nieces and nephew who were very surprised (we were not) that their shoe had been filled last night.   Sinterklaas had come already this year!  Whaaaaa .  Our little Kabouter was instantly surrounded with a lot of excited and got handed his new train that was this morning in the smalles shoe as well as demonstrations of the other new toys.  It was all a bit overwhelming and incomprehensible for him...although he quickly figured out the buttons on his new train. 

Later on the afternoon we joined the youngsters on the attic where there was fun trying all the hats from the grandparent's collection, playing old records and testing the available instruments.   We escaped back to more quiet space downstairs when at the end the drums, a little organ and a flute were all tested at the same time.

Back down without cousins circled around him, Kabouter was catching up his ratio of noise & activity.

Friday, November 21, 2014


I genuinely dislike resort hotels with animation teams that bother you constantly with shows and activities that almost reach the level of preparation & quality as a youth camp, which attract mainly some drunk Russians. 

Fortunately nothing of that sort of "fun" in our hotel last week.  The only animation existing was some piano or saxophone in the background at the restaurant in the evening.   The sound level was just good enough for the background and some polite clapping now and then after a music piece had ended was sufficient and its place  (Kabouter naturally is such a clapping enthusiast that he also started to clap in their breaks when there was some music recording playing and a song ended :D ) 

One evening however there was a Flamenco show that stole a bit more of the attention.  And Kabouter was mesmerized by the whirling dresses, the tapping and clapping .   OLE. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Made in Belgium: Arno (updated)

Arno still rules and is still his rebellious impossible self...therefore he surely deserves an update post.

Here together on French tv bringing one of his old TC matic hits together with the other Belgian musical genius Stromae. Whoaaaa

 (they changed my song)


Original post here  (with his best song ever: Dans les yeux de ma mère...  do go back to listen to that too)
Pictures of my concert of Arno in Paradiso here 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pentatonix PTX volume III

Real cool bloggers are sometimes offered some products to test or some products to give-away as a form of publicity by brands/ companies.    I'm not such a cool blogger that gets contacted by firms, pooh, and usually I also don't try to compete with other bloggers either to win something.

But Yab is such a cool blogger that gets to give away stuff:   the latest album of her favorite a capella group Pentatonix.

When I grew up, the CD of the Flying Pickets was regularly played.  I love the playfulness that a capella music brings:  where in regular music I often disregard the base line or other instruments in the background, I am intrigued how these music lines are brought to us by voices.   Concentrating on these in isolation can be quite funny "bum bumbumbum pararaaa bum bumbumbum" ....must be silly to sing but become such an essential part of the music.  Like chamber music where a small group of instruments all are equally important, all voices play an equal part in the song.
Additonionally it's often quite refreshing to here well-known hits brought in a new arrangement by an a capella group.

So when Yab blogged about Pentatonix, I listened to their version of Papaoutai (orginally by the genius Stromae)   and Somebody that I used to know (originally by Gotye) and I took my chance. Ha...and there was a surprise in the mail after our vacation. Woohoo.

And so now I am listening to funny voices and original arrangements in my commute to work.  I think Papaoutai is the best one o the PTX Volume III but that's merely because I also like that original most. Other's are learning me to appreciate the original more e.g. La la latch

Thanks yab!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

German family near the German border

I don't see my German relatives often enough  (but that counts for most of my family & friends...time is a scarce resource).  Yet since we spend so much time near the German border, it is so much closer to meet them and so we invited them over together with my parents.   A reunion half-way, so to speak. 

The date had been agreed months in advance so it was with a bit of disappointment that I saw the weather predictions. After weeks of reasonable fall weather, it looked as if the weekend would drown in rain, especially near the German border. Ugh, ...not much fun to be locked up with a big group in our smaller house if it is that ugly outside, but we'd see.

They arrived perfectly after a Kabouter's nap and after a short appetizer at home we went to town for lunch.  And fortunately enough after our lunch with pouring rain outside, it stopped just in time for a digestive walk through the valley. 

Once tired & digested, we could warm up again at home with some wine & cheese and lots of family pictures to share. 

the typical high hedges around the gardens in the area

Saturday, November 15, 2014


So if it's a bit too cloudy & chilly to be in the pool, you can always go and play on the slides.  A bit scary when you are at the top and need to release autonomously...but at the same time so much fun.