Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Made in Belgium: Melanie De Basio

Melanie De Basio should be a world star. She performs in her own league.  I don't think she gets the credit enough that she'd deserve and in all honesty she's quite a bit of revelation for myself still.   Shame on me.

But as soon as I saw her on tv recently, I was hooked and I wanted to get to know her music much better, even though I don't like traditional jazz music. She manages to create such a mesmerizing atmosphere. Wow.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


When his dad sits at the table like Rodin's thinker, or simply leaning his head on his hand....the little one studies and copies. 

And with that fact you can trigger an entertaining show

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A nephew's communion

Previous Thursday Jan's godchild was celebrating his first communion.  So it was time for a big family gathering and party with delicious catering, bouncing castles and toys, presents, .... but first the church service.

a reception outside the church

Presents presents the lucky boy exclaimed all of a sudden "I lost count!!"

Reception while the first kids were testing the bouncing castle


The traditional cutting of an ice lamb

Some family pictures

More playing in the garden  or harassing the chickens

It was a great relax day to enjoy and the predicted rain waited until we got back in the car to drive home.  Just perfect. 

Friday, May 15, 2015


Daycare was closed today and Jan took a day off while I went to the office.  Then I got these pictures...I must say they very weren't beneficial for my concentration and motivation to work ;). These pictures fill me with such joy. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pairi Daiza (2/2)

The playground:

Monkeys running fee on their own little islands

At one point our group got split and we lost each other...Jan and Kabouter explored the monkey island longer than I did and Kabouter had had the pleasure of getting to feed a monkey.   Bummer that I missed that.

The temple of Délices

What impressed me most at Pairi Daiza was the landscaping and the excellent replica's of buildings from different continents.   The biggest is a very big hill with a hindu temple.  From our experience from Bali, Jan and I thought this multi-level temple was very very "real" and I wonder if it's not in religious use. The flowers, the flags, the masks, looked so real.  And its size was amazing.
(I googled and I was right:   it's a Balinese styled temple that they've transfered to the Belgian Hindu community and it is in active religious use).

Back to the animals

The elephants house in a gorgeous building dedicated to Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god

One of the hippo's gave us some underwater show

African village