4.27.2015

Monthly Music

4.27.2015
Hi there! Welcome to another 'Monthly Music' of the month of April. The weather showed a lot of good days this past month and I believe it kind of reflects in the ten songs below. A bit of Vampire Weekend, Tokyo Police Club, and the Wombats to just name a few. Have a listen and let me know what you think.


Xx

4.26.2015

Foodies' Fun

4.26.2015
Wow...I cannot believe how fast April has gone by! It's absolutely insane. A month passed means another one of my usual recaps with Foodies' Fun where I show you some of the dishes and food I have enjoyed as the foodie that I am. Enjoy!













  • Breakfast/Lunch: Okay, let's start things off with a photo you might be familiar with as it is one of Easter brunch at my home that was also featured in my 'Happy Easter' post. Scrambled eggs and bacon, croissants and other baked buns, strawberries, some more eggs, and of course a delicious piece of 'rijstevlaai' or roughly translated Dutch rice tart. Yum!
  • Dinner: Next up there is delicious dinner my mom quickly made for me before I had to go to work: steak, poached pears, potato salad and an assortment of other salads. 
  • Treat: A little treat and surprise when I was under the weather - a red velvet cupcake from Taart
  • Dinner: Home-made burgers are the best and these were no exception!
  • Treat: As you would have seen in my latest post about my trip to Valkenburg: ice cream. I just couldn't resist it.
  • Dinner: Mom spent a long day in the kitchen resulting in an extensive rice table; rice, noodles, rendang, perkedel, braised chicken...it goes on and on. 
  • Breakfast: I shared this breakfast of mine on Instagram. Pinterest was my go to for figuring out what to put on my toast and cottage cheese. In the end I just added a couple of suggestions including apple, salt, pepper, lettuce, and serrano ham. 
  • Dinner: Spaghetti bolognese with a very refreshing salad and of course pieces of baguette topped with herb butter.
  • Treat: I thought I would try something different at McDonald's, and intrigued as well as excited by the sight of seasoned fries, opted for the alleged Shaker Fries. Expecting great and awesomely seasoned fries, I was a bit baffled by what I got - a portion of fries, a small paper bag, and a small sachet of seasoning that I was supposed to put in the small paper bag after I having put the fries in and well, literally shake everything together. The fries were fine and tasted good as I expected, but the entire process put me a bit off. In addition I thought it was highly overpriced, almost 3 euros for the gimmick. Guess I should ask before trying something new.
  • Treat: Filled pastries to enjoy in the evening with a film on. I had way too many, but what else is new. 
  • Dinner: The last two photos are taken at Shoko, a brasserie and ice cream shop where I went to dinner with my colleagues. My main course was again steak with pepper sauce, because why not. For the entree I opted for parma ham with melon, and the dessert existed of all kinds of treats such as ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate mousse. 

Xx

4.19.2015

A Day Off...│Valkenburg

4.19.2015
Hello!

I hope you are having a wonderful day and like here in the Netherlands have been able to enjoy a couple of days in the sun. Still recovering from the flu resulting in having to get back on my ashtma meds after years of not using them *sad face* I have missed the glorious days of sunshine in the last week, but my sadness can swiftly be brushed away as we had and still are having a couple sunny days this week. Wednesday was my day off and my work schedule couldn't have planned it better with blue skies and summer temperatures leaving me with the impulse of just having to get outside. After some deliberation I took the train to Valkenburg, a touristy town in Limburg known for its castle and chalk caves and houses. Accompanied by my friend Esther we strolled through the town, looked at some sights, and of course had amazing ice cream! See here some well maybe a lot of the photos I took...











The glorious ice cream! Fruit flavoured and sorbet ice cream for me ^^











I had a great time and am glad that I took a trip to Valkenburg on such a beautiful day. In addition to taking in the sun I also paid a visit at the Boots pharmacy situated in this town. Whilst it mainly is an apothecary, it also sells No7 makeup and so I had a look around and ended up with a lot more than I expected. If you are interested in a little haul then make sure to check back in two weeks time since next week there will be a wrap up of the month with my Foodies' Fun and Monthly Music posts!

Xx

4.12.2015

Tools for the student

4.12.2015

A funny fact, I started typing up this post well over a year ago when I was still fully in the swing of all the student things. Thinking I still needed to add some more elements but at the same time keeping it as an overview for myself whenever I was in need and had forgotten one of these useful "tools" as the title cleary states. Who doesn't love tools that makes work a lot easier, more durable and maybe even more entertaining? Over time I came across some nifty sites and software that have helped me as a student. Coming across these tools happened variedly from learning from friends, hearing about it from other students, or just desperately in need for something and trying all the possible keywords on Google. You may or may not have heard of these or are even able to suggest other tools and links that may benefit others. I might even have something in here for you that makes you go ah yes, just what I was looking for. Without further ado, the handy things I have come across...

  • Coffitivity - if you are in need of some background noise that either disrupts the silence that is seemingly everywhere around you - all you can concentrate on is that damn clock ticking away - or maybe you just want to desperately drown out the conversation other people are having...then Coffitivity might just be your thing. A fellow student and friend of mine mentioned this to me as she always uses it. I like working in silence, but sometimes it is just too silent. At first I tried to put on music but then I would concentrate on the lyrics and sing along which means distraction. After that I tried switching to more instrumentally directed music such as post rock but then I would find the melody or the song too interesting or beautiful to listen to. Music lovers problems, eh? Coffitivity has helped me in this way, serving as a nice background noise that doesn't get me distracted but still providing me that minimum amount of noise I need.
  • Bubbl - This website was in one of my there-has-to-be-something-for-this moments as I was struggling to come up with an initial research question for my thesis which of course had to be uploaded the next day. Still trying to figure out what I wanted to write about exactly and not having pen and paper near me, I found Bubbl. This is a website where you can create and save mindmaps for free. The system is really easy to use and you can create colour schemes and make connections as you go. Of course I could have gone with the old trusty Word, but this is much more free-flowing, giving you that same space as you would have with pen and paper but at the same time keeping it organized enough that you won't have to skim through all those pages you otherwise would have spilled all your ideas on.
  • Prezi - Over the years I have come to know that not everyone is familiar with making a PowerPoint presentation. My studies were internationally oriented, meaning it was given in English, covers a span of interesting topics and was 90% made up of students that came from outside the Netherlands. Different nationalities meant different schools and obviously different systems so I really shouldn't have been surprised that PowerPoint is not used as frequently. Prezi is a nice way out to cope with this problem. We all know presentations have to be made and done when you are studying and this website let's you create nice and creative looking presentations. It is an easy system with different templates, but you can also start from scratch and create your own 'PowerPoint presentation.' The best of all is that you can work online on it with a group of people, making it extra convenient for those group presentations.
  • oTranscribe - Need to transcibe an interview or other audio-file? Have a look at oTranscribe. Upload your audio-file and start typing at the same time with handy shortcuts to manage the speed and volume as well as pausing and playing. What's even better is that as long as you do not clear the cookies and cache your browser will save what you have typed. So the next time you want to continue you just upload the audio-file again and continue typing where you left of!
  • Zotero - If you are like me, and search most of your information online because you are too lazy or do not have the means or time to travel to the university library, do not want or cannot spend crazy amounts of money on books you are only using for one paper, or just have chosen a topic that does not lead to actual books that can be found in your library but is widely available online - for whatever reason - Zotero might just be the tool for you. Like your trusty bookmarks, you can save pages and articles you have come across and form your own personal library. What is even better is that the program detects if the page you are on has content that can be downloaded, keeping all those online sources and PDFs in one neat file. It stores all the info it can gather which makes it also very convenient for those references I know we all despise. You can sign up, add the extension to your browser or just download the software - whatever you like - and you are good to go. It evens syncs your profile, so if you are on a different computer and need access to your library you can just log in. Zotero has helped me a lot whilst I was collecting sources during my master thesis when I was not able to use my own laptop and has saved me a couple of times when I needed a reference. In short, in need of a tool to keep all those online sources together? Zotero all the way.

A lot of text, I know. If you have made it all the way to the end then thank you for reading! I hope there is something in here that could aid you in your studies or maybe something you can share with a friend who needs it. Also do not hesitate to sound off in the comments below on other tools that might be useful so that everyone can get the best out of this post!

Xx

4.05.2015

Easter!

4.05.2015

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day. To those celebrating Easter: happy Easter! Whilst we are not religious at home, we do "celebrate" this day with an amazing Easter brunch. As for tonight's meal we are going all out with our individual hot grill plates. Easy to use and this way no fuss about preparing a big dinner for the household and I always find it quite fun to do. What are your plans for today?

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