of work/school before we go on a short holiday tomorrow!
Below: this week's flowers (tulips). They're gorgeous, imho;)
Last week, I went to an international dinner potluck with my research group mates. There was Turkish, Dutch, Ugandan, German and a few other dishes. My contribution was Bihun Siam. Of course, I stinged on the chillis but it still tasted fine.
Had dinner at Humphrey's again. Humphrey's is a franchise where you can order 3 courses (there are about 6 options per course) for just 23 euro or so. Very reasonable and the quality is not bad. We've been to restaurants (Smaak comes to mind!) where a 3-course meals costs 45 euro and tastes (wayyy too much salt) bad plus leaves you hungry.
Humphrey's is somewhere we go when we take people out as the decor is quite nice (it's by the river) and the margin of error is small, it's cheap and no one ever complains about the food there.
Here's what I had the last time:
Crunchy Scampi Prawns, antiboise and balsamic syrup
Entrecoté with endive mash and an English chimmy compote (whatever that is...)
The sun is shining and I should be happy but I really couldn't care less. In fact, I find it annoying because I'm obliged to do all kinds of 'sunny' things like go for walks, bike rides, barbecues and so forth.
The local ice cream parlour is filled to the brim with people stuffing their faces with ice cream. Seriously. Couldn't even walk anymore. I went at 4pm sharp (that's when they open on Sundays) to the local supermarket (opening on Sundays is a very recent development. This is the only supermarket which is open every Sunday) and it was like attending a Greenday concert. We literally had to line up to enter the supermarket. The line at the cashier reached all the way to the back of the store. I did manage to get some readymade barbecued meat though;-)
I really shouldn't be so grumpy. I should be grateful and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, right?
I am not looking forward to going back to school tomorrow. I love weekends. I love not having to do anything. love watching movies or having series marathons. I love Sunday breakfasts, lazing in bed, catching up on my reading. Back to the daily grind tomorrow!
Orange Vanilla Cupcakes
Something I'm sort of busy with is looking for an internship. It's still ages away (February) but the majority of my peers have chosen to do practical training before the study abroad so it's sort of infectious. I'm just finding out the possibilies so if anyone knows of some cool international companies in NL, please give me a shout! So far, I have about 5 companies on my list (haven't actually applied. February's still too far ahead). I'm hoping for a marketing/sales/management internship in a large international company, preferably one with a branch in Malaysia/Singapore. Oh right, and if possible one offering an allowance since I'd have to quit my part-time job to be a full-time intern!Am I too picky?
Easter was relatively quiet for me. Celebrated with half the family on Sunday and lazed Monday away. Nothing special food-wise too! Barely cooked the last few days and no plans to cook tonight or tomorrow either.
I met the Dutchman's grandparents and found them very sweet. I am SO glad I'm no longer the dumb,mute person I was when I first arrived. While it is still difficult for me to speak in grammatically correct Dutch and/or to banter properly, I can state my opinions, comment on random things (koetjes kalfjes crap!),ask questions..even argue! Yay. Definitely better than dying in agony at a "Circle Party", pretending to be interested and then being so tired after an hour that you just shut down like a computer.
Lots of flowers this week (for ourselves and as gifts to family)
We spent the entire day spring cleaning. I can actually walk in my bedroom again!
Had some people over for dinner but completely forgot to take pictures.
We basically got a 'gourmet' meat set from the supermarket, made a potato gratin, 2 kinds of salads and boiled peas. "Gourmetten" is a really popular here. It's basically like a Korean barbecue- only that it's on a grill plate. Everyone helps with the 'cooking'. Simple, which I'm thankful for after the 5 hours or so we spent scrubbing the place down.
A special project I have:
I went to the local wine shop and bought a 20 euro bottle of wine. It's a 2006 Saint Emilion Grand Cru (I don't know anything about wines). I'm going to keep it for 8 years and see what happens;)
We just booked our summer holiday (Malaysia, Cambodia and Hong Kong)! 4 weeks of bliss! So much to look forward to. Summer vacation, study abroad in Prague, parents coming over in December, us going there for Chinese New Year 2011.... ;)