Who really gets to decide which foods are disgusting and which foods are not?

Hello Tomodachi’s,

How are you all today? I came across a post on a Facebook group and although I already shared my thoughts on it on my Angie’s Inspiration Facebook page a while ago I wanted to post a bit more about it on my blog.

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Last Friday I…

Hey Tomodachi’s,

Are you doing alright this blessed Tuesday. It is blessed Tuesday because every time we are fortunate enough to see another week we are not guaranteed it makes it a blessed day and a blessed week.

By the way, this post was originally made for Monday but since I was not able to post it on time yesterday I am posting it today.

Anyway, last Friday was a fun day if I do say so myself. I spent half of the day cooking a typical Antillian dish known as ‘Okra soup’ and ‘fungi’. I cooked with another (Dutch) Antilian like myself and it was our first attempt at making it. Though it did not come out tasting exactly as how my parents would make it, it was a great and very close first attempt. Not to mention, the way how my parents would make it was slightly different from how they would make it in Bonaire. So, we had a slight butting of heads at first on how to make it but in the end we worked together and everything worked out just fine.

Below are just a few images of the evening spent cooking and eating with friends. I just wanted to share a little something about my life. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you all next time. Take care and have a great day.

A gathering where I’m surrounded by new faces

Hello Tomodachi’s,

Good evening to you all. I hope you all are doing well this fine Thursday evening. I was unable to publish a blog post on Wednesday for which I sincerely apologise.

On today’s blog post, I would like to briefly speak about my experience during a dinner gathering hosted by the family I am currently staying with and Au Pairing for. On a few occasions, I have mentioned on my blog about how I work as an an pair for a nice and friendly Indian family and how I look after their two kids, ages 2 and 8.

Anyway, the dinner gathering included their close friends and their families who all originally come from Kerela, India, and now reside in the Netherlands (at least most of them do). They do not have the opportunity of meeting up regularly as to how this dinner gathering came to be.

The gathering on Saturday was the first time I have ever seen so many people from Kerela all gathered in one place. To be absolutely honestly, before I started Au Pairing I had not even known of such a state in India. So, as you could imagine I was a little overwhelmed that evening being surrounded by these many people from Kerela and seeing all their new faces. Not to mention, they all spoke the same language, Malayalam, and I was the only one whose mothertongue was English.

After getting over my initial nervousness everything else went well. All in all, the evening was nice, the food was really well made (with 3 of the dishes being traditional Kerela dishes) and throughout the evening everyone was very nice and I was able to have some nice conversations with a few people. Plus someone sang two Malayalam songs which I thought he performed pretty well on the spot.

Anyway, the point of this post was to tell you all that people should try going out into the world and meet other people, talk to them, get to know them and their experiences and their reality. Even if you may feel a little overwhelmed in the beginning and may be out of your comfort zone by doing something new, still go out, do it and mingle. You will be surprised how much new things you can learn from others in doing so. Life is a journey and it was meant to be explored.

WhatisAngieuptoMondays: Getting a chance to speak a little broken Japanese

Hey, everyone! How are you all? I apologise for the quite late blog post. It was due to some unexpected events that occurred, alongside slow working internet or no internet at all. My apologies

Anyway, if you follow at least one of my social media you would know that yesterday I was quite ecstatic when I was able to communicate with them a little bit in Japanese. As some of you may already know, I am a big fan of everything Japanese: Japanese culture, their language and their entertainment. And to be able to speak Japanese face to face with a couple of real Japanese was like a dream come true for me. I do not think I have ever been so excited like this in a long time that I could feel my heart beating in my chest. Yes, I was that excited and happy!  Continue reading

It has been a week since I have returned home!

Konnichiha minna! Are you all doing well? I am doing okay. It has been exactly one week since I have returned back home on vacation and yes I already have a summer job and started working since last week Wednesday. It is now 10 at night (6 hours behind the Netherlands) over here and I’m trying to write a blog post about how everything has been for me in this past week, but things are not going as I want. The internet literally sucks and trying to send pictures from my photo gallery on my phone to my computer is not working all that it’s really starting to aggravate and frustrate me. I’m probably a few minutes away from flinging my phone against a wall. But I can’t because both of my parents are in bed trying to sleep.

Coconuts cut and peeled

I was, however, able to send only four pictures to myself on my computer which is such a pity because I took quite a lot of pictures on my phone during the past week. Continue reading