Happy Belated Merry Christmas and New Year Everyone!

Hey Tomodachi’s,

How have you been these last few weeks during the holiday season? Have you started working on achieving your New Years resolution or has it already become a hopeless case? I have been doing alright so far and have not really started on trying to achieve my few New Years resolutions as yet. Besides working my butt off during the holiday season for my massage job I was also able to share some nice memories and food with some of my closest friends.

Below is a very short clip of just some of the nice things I did with friends on Christmas day. https://quik.gopro.com/v/u5osUQlUA8/

New Years Eve was also spent with friends drinking the night and early morning away in Amsterdam as we watched the ridiculous amount of firework displays. I do not even need to mention New Years Day. It was spent travelling by train to return to my city and regretting ever drinking as much as I did the night before.

I cannot believe that today makes exactly a week since the year 2018 began. We are already a week in 2018! Can you believe how quickly that week has passed! 2018, you just began where are you going?!

Anyway, I am wishing you all the best and hope great things come your way this new year. Have a blessed 2018 everyone!!

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.

Enjoying a nice weekend BBQ with some friends!

Bueños dias todos. Are you all enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation and trying to soak up the last of those summer rays? I was not able to do much for this summer vacation due to some personal circumstances but I got to enjoy myself quite a bit on Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon I attended a nice Summer BBQ gathering with some friends. Some of these friends were old friends, acquainted friends and even new friends I met for the very first time that day. Everyone contributed a little something to make the BBQ enjoyable. It was great! I was able to enjoy at least some parts of my not-so-eventful summer vacation over on the weekend. Continue reading

Exploring Rotterdam on a lazy Sunday afternoon

Hello everyone! 😀 Did you all have a nice Sunday? I sure did!

Sunday afternoon I had a great time spending with my good singer/ song writer friend of mine, Vangelis (please visit and like his Facebook page to give him some love) in the city of Rotterdam. We met up at the Central Station and walked to a fancy looking restaurant, La Buvette, where live music was being performed by a promising Dutch Jazz singer/ song writer Maya Christina accompanied with her band. The atmosphere was really relaxing and cozy and the music that played was quite enjoyable. We ordered a little lunch and took some pictures and just enjoyed the comfy restaurant atmosphere.

Furthermore, (unknown to me) the jazz performance was a performance done for the North Sea Round Town that is currently going on in Rotterdam. This is an event that will be occurring this and next week where musicians will be performing for free around Rotterdam until the final night where popular musicians/ singers from all over the world (I think) will be attending. And of course that particular night must be paid for by the attendees. Or so I was told. I do not know anything about it, so I cannot really go much in detail about it…

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We later walked around and my friend took me to see The Markthal that I have personally never heard of but apparently it is quite a popular building. Which rock have I been living under, lol… The Markethal was quite a huge building  with nice art of fruit and vegetables drawn on the ceiling. It was a type of market venue that had a variety of restaurants and shops inside. It was quite impressive. I do not think I have seen anything like it. Once inside my friend showed me around the building and we went into a restaurant to sip on some nice coconut cendol as we watched people walk below us and chatted away. It was a nice experience.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a little something about myself since I do not do this so often. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to also show me some love by liking and following me on my social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus). Take care!