Saturday, January 6, 2018

Peek into my life 81


My dad in the chair for blood samples.
Let me start 2018 by writing down my stress I had and still have right now but just lesser of last period of December. December stress always knocks on my door every year which is something I know but this time it was extra tough.
My dad was diagnosed with kidney failures and had to stay for a night at the hospital. However dad recovered by the check up and medical attention and was released the day after which was a relieve for the both of us. But still it was something I wished it did not happen yet it happend anyway.

For those who followed my blog for years knows that my mum passed away and so when my dad had to be taken in the hospital a rush of emotions came to me like a sea storm. Not this again I was thinking. I had to take care of everything. From driving my dad to and from every places. Being a spokesperson to my dad since my dad and his Dutch is not good. At home I still had to do the households but sometimes I let the cooking part slip and order in because I was just too tired to cook. Me? To tired to cook! That says something because I always cook. Even when I come home from work I cook. And apart of all this whirlwind of troubleness I still had another daily duty which was my 8 to 5 work. And last but not least taking care of my brother too. But wait I had to prepare for holiday as well! Oh boy. I am glad I was able to pull of something. All the yearly Christmas cards/parcels has been send out perhaps not in time (sorry!) and our Christmas dinner was scrumptious but maybe a different taste than last year as again I wasn`t in the mood to cook.
I`m so so grateful for the friends, family and colleagues that help me pull through all of this. Each one of them are my little spark of light in the darkness and I thank you all.

My dad is not in pain and is not suffering and that`s a huge relieve. However my dad complains, moans, groans, sigh, whines constantly creating himself the saddest men on earth. I know my dad was not in the most comfortable position during that time but like I had my piece on my plate too. As all my female friends say about their partner, friend, father, brother etc. men are whiney and overreacting and I so agree. Since the holidays are behind us now everything kind of falls back in their place as once before. Sigh, yay. Having two weeks break also helps. Doing fun things too. 2018 has started and I want to start fresh and strong because shithappens obstacles are always there and I want to able to fight them and put them down. Down below are a much brighter recap of my last bit of 2017.
Homemade
creating new food & recreating old recipe.
Matcha loaf of breads, yum!
Coconut lime pie and milk tea tart. After this I had a couple of other tarts and pies in the making and having a pie-phase I guess? Am planning to share the coconut lime pie recipe with you guys so stay tuned!
all the dates
All the wonderful dates with my girls. And some -cough- Tinder -cough-
Here a not so regular Dutch grilled cheese at my favorite local coffee shop Expresszo. It was Dutch grilled cheese with! Peanut butter and baked onions and it was weird and alright. My friend didn`t like it though.
Hers with goatcheese was more likeable.
“OMG is that black charcoal ice cream?!” Nope it isn`t unfortunate but very dark and very bitter chocolate flavored ice cream.
Me and Jessy went to a matcha workshop at Round&Round. This was our lovely host and sensei! More of this soon in another blogpost!
Dinner with colleagues.
Some of the empties of 2017:
Soothing Gel Aloe Vera // Holika Holika
Gokujyun super hyaluronic acid foaming wash // Hada Labo

I really enjoyed this soothing gel from Holika Holika because it`s almost pure aloe vera that you`re getting. It feels super smooth on the skin with a soft after feel. Am planning to reorder this! This foamy facial wash from Hada Labo was my first timer using this brand after hearing and reading the good stuff about this brand. Luckily I can tell I can you guys the good stuff of this facial wash because I love how foamy it is and how gentle it feels on the skin. My skin feels clean afterwards and this product was very long lasting too!
city: Bruges
One of the most gorgeous little cities of Belgium.
wearing my wardrobe
Amsterdam
Working and doing fun things in gray Amsterdam

Stephen and Penelope
My favorite wool shop of Amsterdam! And perhaps from the entire Holland!
My haul.
Guilty pleasure: McVeggie burger from good ol` McDonalds! SO GOOD!
holiday period
My best friend S. surprised me with my very first pedicure and foot & leg massage in my whole life! How do I deserve this girl? This whole foot and leg experience was wonderful and utterly relaxing.
Me and S. agreed that we need to take this kind of relaxing moments more into our life. Perhaps 2018 resolutions? Sure thing!
Oriental meets Christmas theme?
How we welcome the Christmas holidays: Chinese food, ha.
5 December celebrates the Dutch holiday `Sinterklaas` (Saint Nicolas) and one of the annual traditional thing we do is: eating `pepernoten` which has similar tastes like gingerbread cookies.
Christmas feast at work
Phone snippets
all from work
Yummy vegan non-baked cheesecake.
Yarn stuff
Soft serves, a scarf, hot take away beverages and a pillow in the make!
Goodbye 2017
You were not so bad actually.
As every year and always my dad buys firework and fire them all off at our front yard as he believes to scare all the bad spirit away and literally start a new year with a bang. Me I much rather watch the fireworks than even touch these explosions because that`s what they are actually.

20 comments :

  1. Wow love everything you wrote. I agree they men are whiny little babies 👶. All your pics look beautiful too. Happy New Year 😊

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    1. Thank you so so much :) haha, happy to hear I'm not the only one thinking that! Happy New Year ^__^ Xx

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  2. Well done for pulling through a stressful December! Hope you had a good start to the new year :) Beautiful firework pics ^^

    On Yee - Paradigm Kiss

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    1. Thank you thank you! I had a pretty decent start ^__^ I hope yours was good too! Xx

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  3. Haha, aren't all men like that? After all, I have to live with three of them :p Glad to hear your dad's okay though, that must've been a scare. Wishing you all the best in the new year! :)

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    1. Haha aww! Poor you! I'm glad my dad is fine, thank you. Wishing you a great start and end of 2018 :) Xx

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  4. I feel as though even if December is a happy time of year, it's very stressful and I'm so glad that you made it through! <3 Glad to hear your dad is better! I've been experiencing similar with my own father, however I don't live close anymore so my brother and mum handles a lot of his appointments and tends to him. They are very whiney XD

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    1. Wooo glad you have made it through! And thank you for your kind words ^__^ and yup, men is absolutely whiney! Xx

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  5. I'm sorry to hear your dad was unwell, glad he's recovered now. happy new year!!

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    1. Happy new year 2018 dear Jane and thank you ^__^ Xx

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  6. I am sorry to hear about the scare with your dad! Is he okay now? Did they know why he had kidney failure?

    Grilled cheese with peanut butter .... hmm not sure what I think about that combo. Love the fireworks you captured, especially the last shot. Hope 2018 is amazing for you.

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    1. Hey Natalie, my dad is fine and stable now thanks for asking. Next week we are going to find out what the cause of kidney failure is, sigh, so we'll see about it.

      That grilled cheese was definitely not your ordinary grilled cheese haha and thank you!! I'm hoping a great 2018 for you as well! Xx

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  7. Aww, I'm relieved that things are alright with your dad now but your December really sounded tough!
    Your recap of 2017 was so lovely though! Friends really are the best, aren't they? x

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    1. Yeah overall 2017 has been treating me well so I'm good thank you c:
      Friends are my all Xx ^__^

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your dad's health but hopefully you guys have a handle on it. December can definitely get stressful, with all the holidaying, friends/family expectations, and social events, etc etc etc. Hopefully January grants you a reprieve and lets you catch your breath

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    1. Heey Rooth, thank you for your supportive words! I'm glad the December stress is all behind me haha, I'm planning to be nice and lazy in January :') Anyway I'm wishing you a great 2018 happening! Xx

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  9. I wish my Dad would whine a bit more when he isn't feeling well. Instead he suffers quietly like a samurai, so I constantly worry if he is rly feeling good? When he just scratches his arm or his breast I think "does his heart hurt", when he suddenly crave for sweets in my mind the Diabetes Alarm pops up. *sigh*

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    1. Awwww :( I feel for you dear. We women care for everything don't we? Lots of hugs for you! Xx

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  10. I've missed a lot in the blogosphere and am trying to catch up! The holiday season is probably one of the busiest seasons for creators, both business-wise and personal-life-wise. // I'm so sorry to hear about your dad ): Hope you, him, and the rest of your family stay strong! // Women are so strong!! There's so much we have to deal with that never gets recognized. Sending you all the good vibes <333 I'm glad to see that despite all that, you still had very many happy experiences! Happy belated New Year! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Hey girly, take your time in catching up! No need to rush ^__^ I'm already happy to see you're busy in real life and with your school and projects! Thank you for the good vibes, I've received them :D
      Happy belated New year and have a wonderful 2018 sweet friend! Xx

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