Saturday, May 24, 2014

Killer shopping

After a late breakfast with croissants and the news paper I took off to meet Simone. We wanted to go shopping. We met at Sloterdijk and then went to Hoofddorp to look for a shirt for me and for whatever we would encounter.

So... We didn't find anything that both of us liked. The shopping ended in a bit of a disaster. Must make sure that doesn't happen again. Bummed the whole afternoon.
Simone's son too this photo of me at the mall. I like :-)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Met my girl

It was a bit of a hectic day at work, I was glad to leave. On my way home I met my girl, who was on her way home, at the ferry and we had ice cream together and then we both went our ways.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The R&D day

Today was R&D day from work. All our developers gathered in a hotel in Harderwijk where we attended lectures from colleagues.

It was a fun day in a great location!

After the formal part we did a GPS tracking game in the nearby woods.

At some checkpoint we had to solve a puzzle.

Afterwards there was beer!

And after the beer there was dinner with awesome dessert!

I have to admit, this was not a great week for my weight. But I gotta live a little as well eh...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Tonight I ran again for the first time in nearly 20 years. It felt good :-)

The results. I did 7x 3 minutes with 1 minute intervals. I'm looking forward to the next time!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The sun

The sun was trying really hard to get through the clouds this morning.

It looked like it was trying to crack open the sky for us.

It looked so beautiful that more people started making pictures.

This is the very last thing left standing from the burned down CityBox building. Everything has been flattened now...

In the evening I had dinner with Simone and her family in honour of her late dad's birthday. It was a very nice dinner at a tapas resto in a town called Purmerend.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The old tram

... And so the burned out remains of what once was CityBox in Amsterdam Noord is reduced to rubble, sand and dust.

After work I missed my ferry so I sat in the sun a bit. It was a beautiful summer's day.

In the evening I played squash with Eva. It was great being sporty but it was also great having dinner on their terrace. I skipped the alcoholic beverages tonight ;-)

There is a tram line that you cross when walking/driving to the Frans Otten stadion and it looks deserted. But, there's still a powerline above it and warning lights. For the first time tonight I saw an old tram crossing. Awesome! I think the line is used for keeping old stock rolling. I like!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Massaman curry

The weather was great today! I walked to the Apple store a few blocks down and made a selfie on the way with the sun on my face. Happy days!

This is the fountain in front of the Hotel American. I went to the Apple tore across the road to see the differences between 11" and 13" Macbooks. IF, I'm saying "IF" here, so IF I buy one, it will have to be 13". 11" is just too small... But it's also about a thousand euros and that's rather steep.

On my way home again I got beef, coconut cream, potatoes, peanuts and onions. Marjolein gave my this Thai massaman curry paste a long time ago and I had to use it before the use-by date expired.

So I started combining the paste and the cream.

Then I added beef, potatoes, peanuts and onion and let it simmer for 1.5 hours.

I love the shoots on my little Christmas tree.

I really need to re-pot it in a bigger pot soon...

Meanwhile my curry was finished so I quickly cooked some pandan rice. Very nice dish! I did learn though that the peanuts and potatoes can go in a bit later. The beef could've cooked longer.

After dinner I met Mic for a bit of squash. We did some old-men squash tonight. Still good fun and every calorie burned is good.

After-squash in the sun :-)

We sat in the sun and chatted for a while.