“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's lunch the Filipino way (Boodle fight)

For Valentine day my wife prepared a special lunch for our family, the two house maids and some friends.

It seems this is the way they traditionally like to enjoy their food together. The food is presented on some banana leaves and you eat with your hands. No plates, no cutlery.

The official name for such a festivity is "Boodle fight". It is copied from the American army. This is what google says:

Boodle fight is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the table. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat".

So enjoy the pictures, there is not more to say.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Our wedding anniversary in Hotel Mansion Garden (Subic Bay Freeport Zone)

For our 10th wedding anniversary we went this year to an area in the Philippines, which we didn't visit before.
It was partly inspired by the experience of a good friend/cousin of us, who went there recently.
It's only a 2.5 hours drive from our place (almost 200 km), thanks to the new TPLEx expressway.

The week before our anniversary date, we started to book a hotel for the weekend.

Unfortunately many hotels were already fully booked, we should have done this a month earlier. So we ended up in a hotel which was a bit more expensive than we had in mind and not at the beach, but anyway it was a good choice. We went for a King Suite, with a king size bed, sufficient for us and our child.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Geographic Comparison of the Philippines and the Netherlands

Courtesy: ifitweremyhome.com
Many people in the Netherlands have no idea about the geographical shape and size of the Philippines. The same goes for Filipino's about the Netherlands and Europe.

Especially when I get visitors from abroad here in the Philippines they want to go around and visit as many places as possible. I always say: impossible, or you should spend a couple of months here. They don't realize how big this country is and how small the Netherlands compared to the Philippines. Indeed you can do the Netherlands in a week or so, but the Philippines forget it.

Just recently I found a website that helps you to make comparisons between countries, not only geographically, but also in terms of income, life expectancy, chance of being murdered, etc. I am not really interested in that kind of comparisons, but I am in geographic's.

The following site gives you all the details:


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